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10 Drool-Worthy Decor Ideas You Should Borrow from Coffee Shops

by Faith Provencher
Droolworthy Coffee Shop Décor Inspiration
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Coffee shops tend to be well designed... they are trying to draw you in to sit and drink their product, after all. So today we're going to talk about ways to translate those ideas into decor for your own home. Here are photos of ten coffee shops I've visited paired with real world ways to achieve a similar effect in your own home.   

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5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Brown kraft paper is one of those materials that I always keep on hand because it's both cheap and versatile. It can be used for so many different things... including wrapping gifts. Today I'm sharing five creative ways to customize kraft paper to make your gifts look like they came straight from Pinterest. Click through to check them out.   

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DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments

by Faith Provencher
DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I love the holidays for many reasons, but my favorite is that they give you a good excuse to get super crafty. So when I walked by the balsa wood section at my local craft store, the wheels started turning. I came up with a fun project that uses paint and metallic tape to create totally unique color blocked triangular ornaments. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself!   

 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

One of the greatest things about this project is that it uses wood but no saw. And while I have plenty of saws, I'm aware that not everybody does. So we'll use a plain old pair of scissors for this one. 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Here's what you'll need for your ornaments:
 

  • Thin balsa wood, 1/16" thick works well
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Bakers twine
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Washi tape or blue painter's tape
  • Metalized polyester film tape (not pictured)
  • Hot glue gun
DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by measuring out equilateral triangles on your balsa wood. Each edge of mine was 3.5 inches long. 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the triangles. Be gentle, because wood this thin can easily split along the grain.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Trim off the tops so they resemble trapezoids as shown above, and mask off sections using washi or blue painter's tape. Paint one section a darker color and let it dry.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Remove the first piece of tape and place another one across that section to mask off another area to paint a different color. Let that area dry too and remove the tape.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, add a piece of metalized film tape across the area where the two colors meet. Trim the ends of the tape, leaving a bit of excess to fold onto the back side.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Put a small line of hot glue across the top of the ornament, as neatly as you can. Quickly attach a piece of twine and let it dry. Then tie a knot at the top so the twine creates a triangle shape that completes the triangle formed by the wood.

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

And you're finished! I love the way the hanger integrates into the ornament, forming the top part of the triangle. 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The tape gives them a fun pop of metallic color, giving them some serious style. You could try making these with other paint colors too, for a completely different look. Have fun with it!

 

DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
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How to: 3 Elegant Tree Decorations You Can Make from Recycled Paper

Three DIY Recycled Paper Tree Decorations
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

December is one of my favorite times of the year, but there is something about all of the spending and consequent waste (shipping boxes, gift wrap, etc.) that rubs me the wrong way. So I thought it would be fun to decorate a tree using recycled paper and cardboard, and I'm sharing three mini tutorials with you today. Click through to check it out.      

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20 Gifts For The Hand Lettering Aficionado

by Faith Provencher
20 Gifts For The Hand Lettering Aficionado
Photo: Chalkfulloflove

Hand lettering has grown more and more popular over the last couple of years, and with good reason - it's a creative hobby which is also super functional and useful in daily life. So why not give some hand lettering materials as gifts this holiday season? Here are 20 of our favorite books and supplies for the beginner or intermediate lettering aficionado in your life.   

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IKEA Hack: Giant DIY Lazy Susan

by Faith Provencher
IKEA Hack: Giant DIY Lazy Susan
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I've been thinking about ways to up my entertaining game... so when I walked by the Snudda at IKEA I had an idea. Why not turn the humble wooden lazy susan into a glorified, beautiful serving piece with more space for snacks and a way to label them too? Well, I turned this idea into a reality. Click through to check out the full tutorial!   

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