Inspiration Galore: Fall Idea House Tour

by DIY Maven
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I recently had the opportunity of touring an "idea house." The property, a charming 1920's bungalow, belongs to and is maintained by a local family-owned company called Bachman's. The idea house is near their flagship store on Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis and is maintained as a landmark to celebrate the family's ancestors who lived in the home, conducting business just a few hundred feet away. Although the company is known primarily as a premier garden center, it also offers home decor items a-plenty. They

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Make It: 10 Imaginative DIY Advent Calendars to Welcome the Holiday Season

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Imaginative DIY Advent Calendars

It doesn't seem possible that another holiday season is upon us, but it is... which means that if you plan to make an advent calendar, it's time to get started on it! This is a wonderful tradition, especially for children... when I was a kid I remember looking forward to opening my advent calendar each day in December. So today we're sharing ten super creative, beautiful ways to make your own.   

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Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays

by Lexy Ward
Felt balls and fun and colorful ways to use them during the holidays
Photo: Hello Maypole

I'm always looking forward to the holidays because I can finally bring out my felt ball collection! I trim the tree with them. I string them on a garland for the mantel. I hang them everywhere! And they're not just used for garlands. Here are a few fun and colorful ideas for decorating and gifting with felt balls this season! 

 

 

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Dream Green DIY

Who wouldn't want to party with these fun and colorful felt ball kabob cocktail stirrers?!?! See more on Dream Green DIY 

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Damask Love

Give your shoes some holiday love and turn them into Figgy Pudding! See more on Damask Love!

 

Make mini pinecone Christmas trees with the felt balls as the ornaments! See more on The Magic Onions!

Create beautiful mini wreaths to gift to friends this holiday season! See more on The Casual Craftlete!

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: via The Interiors Addict

And what about this gorgeous rug? All you do is essentially weave and round the balls together with thread until you've achieved the desired size of your rug! via The Interiors Addict

Where to buy them? I'm partial to Hello Maypole (she's the queen of felt balls!) and her gorgeous and unique colorways. Like this pretty Woodland color combo!

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Hello Maypole

A package of felt balls from Hello Maypole runs about $18 for a package of 50. You can make a 4ft garland if you string them back to back, or expand it to 8ft if you space the balls out a bit!

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays
Photo: Hello Maypole

If you don't like the idea of stringing them together yourself, you can pick out a wreath-making kit for $75! It comes included with all the supplies necessary (minus a glue gun) to make a wreath for your door!


 

Felt Balls and Fun Ways To Use Them For Holidays

 

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DIY Halloween Costume: Purple Rain

by Alicia Lacy

Prince Purple Rain Costume

It would be a shame to leave a Prince-themed costume out of our DIY costume repertoire this Halloween, for three compelling reasons:

 

1. Everyone admires Prince.

2. We live in Minneapolis, a city that holds Prince in its heart.

3. He epitomizes what it means to be an artist. He is a legend.  

 

So this Halloween, we're paying tribute to Prince with a Purple Rain-inspired costume. Read on to find out what we did...


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Sewing 101: How to Make a Cozy Faux Fur Throw Blanket For Fall

by Faith Provencher
Sewing 101: How to Make a Cozy Faux Fur Throw Blanket For Fall
Photo: Faith Towers

Now that the temperatures are getting a bit chillier, I've been spending the evenings curled up on the couch with throw blankets and a warm cup of tea. And if you have too, then you might enjoy the tutorial that I have for you today... I'm going to show you how to make an incredibly simple faux fur throw blanket with fabulous yarn tassels adorning the corners. Click through to check out the full photo tutorial.   

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10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps

by Faith Provencher

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps

If you are a big DIYer, then odds are you have some yarn scraps lying around. Or if you're like me, you have tons of yarn scraps. So today I'm sharing some great ways to use up those scraps. Click through to check out ten of my favorite yarn-busting DIY projects.   

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: Sarita Creative

1. Make a colorful pillow cover using a handful of different yarns. Here's the helpful tutorial. [Photo: Sarita Creative]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: Mama In A Stitch

2. Woven wall hangings are a great way to use up little tiny bits of leftover yarn. Learn how to make this one here. [Photo: Mama In A Stitch]

 

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3. If you have black, white and one other color available in your leftovers, give this impossibly cute fox basket a try. Here's the tutorial. [Photo: All About Ami]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: I Try DIY

4. Tassels are a super fun way to use up scraps... try making this colorful garland using these instructions. [Photo: I Try DIY]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: Blitsy

5. Here's a simple knitting project that can be made using a variety of different yarn colors. Find out how to make these coasters  here. [Photo: Blitsy]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

6. This woven circle mat can be completely customized to fit your decor... check out the easier-than-you-might-think tutorial here. [Photo: A Beautiful Mess]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: Everything Etsy

7. Crocheted washcloths are another great option. Check out the free pattern for these here. [Photo: Everything Etsy]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: Jennifer Rizzo

8. This fringe pillow is stylish and easy to make... get the how-to here. [Photo: Jennifer Rizzo]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo: Love and Renovations

9. Spice up your curtains with a set of yarn tassels! Get the easy tutorial here. [Photo: Love and Renovations]

 

10 Genius Ways To Use Up Yarn Scraps
Photo:  All About Ami

10. And last but certainly not least... crochet yourself a fabulous mustache-adorned cup cozy using this great tutorial. [Photo:  All About Ami]

 

10 Ways To Use Up Scrap Yarn
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Make It: Upcycle A Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

by Jennifer Farley

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Can you have enough baskets? I don't think so. Here is a fun and easy way to upcycle those super inexpensive thrift store baskets you can find anywhere.   

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

I found these two baskets for 25 cents each at my favorite local thrift store. They are the perfect size for what I call "drop zones" for random things I need to set down.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

I am personally loving embroidered straw hats and totes. This look on a hat or tote is totally a summer vibe, but I thought the idea could be used year round in home decor. The plan was to attempt it on the 25 cent basket for my entryway. [Left Photo: Koko Polenki; Right Photo: Smallable.com]

Materials

 

Here is what you need:

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn
Source: Yarn: Hobby Lobby; Chalk Pencil, Scissors, & Upholstery Needles: Joann
  • Basket: I chose the round basket because it had a tighter basket weave. It looked like a better option for stitching writing.
  • Yarn: You do not want thick yarn but you don't want thin string either. I got mine here.
  • Chalk Pencil or Fine Tip Dry Erase Marker: I used the dry erase marker so you could see my tutorial. Next time, I will use a fabric chalk pencil. The dry erase did easily wipe off on my basket. I am sure this is not the case for all baskets.
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery Needle

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Write your word on the basket. I wanted the word "stuff" because this little basket was going to hold my stuff. If you are using a dry erase marker, first test it on the back of your basket to see if you can wipe the marks off.  I free handed the word, and had to erase it a couple of times. I used a disinfectant wipe to erase my lines. A baby wipe would work as well.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

String your needle. I tried to double my string at first thinking the stitching would go faster. It was just harder to feed through the basket so I did a single string and made the writing thicker by repeating the stitch.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Start your stitch on the back and tie a knot to secure the yarn. Do not cut the excess string immediately. Leave a little excess so you can tie off the string when you need to start a new one.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Stitch along your lines.

I will tell you this might take some time, depending on the basket. The stitches would be much easier on a straw basket. Give yourself a little grace with the stitches. I was okay with my lines not following the markings perfectly because I knew the dry erase pen would wash off.  There is not an easy 1,2,3... for how to make a stitch. I simply stitched in a way that the letters would take shape. I learned that sometimes if a stitch would not stay in a direction I wanted it to go, I could get it to stay in place by tying it off in the back and starting a new string.

I would also advice ending strings often. This will help you if you don't like the way your letter is looking. I didn't like how part of the letter "f" was turning out so I used a seam ripper and my scissors to undo the letter. Since I had used another string for the other half of the letter I didn't have to rip out the part I liked. 

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

To tie off your stitches. You will do this the same way for a new string and when you are completely done. To do so, tie a knot. For extra security, feed the string through one of the back stitches. Leave a little excess on the end to be able to tie a knot with the start of the new string.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

When you are all done, clean up the back of your basket by cutting any excess strings.

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Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Finally, clean off your chalk or dry erase markings with a wet rag. I used a disinfectant wipe.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

My advice is don't try to make it perfect. With some baskets this is not possible. I did my best to make it readable with clean lines. A straw basket would be much easier to stitch perfectly straight stitches.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

This project could be used to monogram a smaller or larger basket to hang on the wall. It also could be a unique way to label a storage basket like this one

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

For me, my basket is used for a drop zone for my keys, mail, and....well, stuff.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn
Pin It: Yarn Embroidered Thrift Store Basket
If you love simple and inexpensive DIY projects, check out this tutorial for a stylish task lamp or this post on how to make a stylish pillow from thrift store clothes.

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Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

Love to decorate with bright colors? I'm with you. There's something about color that just brings a smile to your face. So today we're sharing ten bold DIYs that are filled with practically every color under the sun. Read on to get inspired.   

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Kailo Chic Life

1. These glass vases are all dressed up in their colorful best. Learn about this DIY here. [Photo: A Kailo Chic Life]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: PB Teen Blog

2. Add some pizzazz to those boring old terra cotta plant pots with this tutorial. [Photo: PB Teen Blog]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Damask Love

3. Display all those family photos that are collecting dust using these fun neon photo holders. [Photo: Damask Love]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Kailo Chic Life

 

4. Set your cocktail on top of something nice! Check out the tutorial for these colorful coasters here. [Photo: A Kailo Chic Life]

 

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Enthralling Gumption

5. Serve drinks in style on this colorful brush stroke tray. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Enthralling Gumption]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

6. This painted welcome mat will add some color to your entryway. Find out how to do it here. [Photo: Rachel Mae Smith]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Tell Love and Party

7. Decorate a plain basket with some acrylic paint and a couple of pom poms. Learn more here. [Photo: Tell Love and Party]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

8. Add pom poms to your throw pillows to infuse them with some extra color. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: A Beautiful Mess]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Hello Glow

9. Cover an old clock with a pretty pattern using this easy, colorful DIY. [Photo: Hello Glow]

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

10. Who knew candles could look so darn pretty?! Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Sugar & Cloth]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
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Roundup: 10 Classy DIY Projects For Your 4th of July Party

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Classy DIY Projects For Your 4th of July Party
Photo: Green Wedding Shoes

I love the fourth of July just as much as the next girl, but I'm not the biggest fan of cheesy, literal decorations and DIYs - I prefer a more subtle look for my Independence Day celebrations. And I'm guessing I'm not alone, right?! Here are ten of my favorite understated, less traditional patriotic DIY ideas for the upcoming holiday.   

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How To: Make Embroidered Canvas Art

by DIY Maven
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Photo: Persia Lou

Alexis's DIY embroidered canvas art is about the sweetest art DIY art project I've seen in ages. Not only is it a snap to make, it's fool-proof. To replicate her creation, all we need is some stretched canvas, embroidery floss or craft thread, a needle, scissors, ruler and a pencil and eraser. To see how Alexis put it all together, please visit Persia Lou. 

DIY Embroidered Canvas close up
Photo: Persia Lou

DIY Embroidered Canvas Wall Art...

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