Archive of ‘DIY = Design it Yourself’ category
Who said pumpkins needed to stay orange? There are so many ways to reinvent them and designer extraordinaire Genevieve Ghaleb did just that for the efashionista baking in high heels event which took place tonight. How fabulous do these pumpkins look. Talk about an amazing centerpiece or outdoor decor your neighbors will surely notice.
Don’t get overwhelmed with the term designer, because you too can create these pretty pumpkins yourself. All you need is the following & a little imagination.
- Pumpkins of various sizes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glitter – Lots of glitter
- Fake Flowers
- Beading of choice (this case pearls)
This color palette was a pretty classic one, but one I love. Whites, Golds, Bronze, Copper… you can’t go wrong with that. But the possibilities are endless. Maybe opt for a monochromatic scheme, or even an neon filled one. It really depends on how you feel at the moment. Have fun… that’s all that counts (and make your kids/friends participate too!)
Thank you Genevieve Ghaleb for sharing your awesome creation! Happy Fall / Halloween everyone!
When I was told I would be having a girl, the first thought that came to my mind was ruffles!!! (no joke!) and it’s no wonder that my first purchase for the nursery was a ruffled curtain. I decided I wanted to have a little more ruffle in the room and went ahead and make my own ruffle lamp shade. I thought I would share the easy step by step with you so you can go ahead and make your own!
- Thread and Needle
- Glue Gun
Let me start off by saying that I don’t sew. Do I own a sewing machine, yes! Do I know how to use a thread and needle? Yes, but very limited so trust me when I say that if I was able to make this work… so you can too.
1. Grab the fabric of your choice and cut in strips. I cut them about 1.5 inch (it’s hard to say how much you will need because it all depends on the lampshade you choose) but for mine I used a little under half a yard of fabric. Another suggestion, if you want a more condense ruffle (which means more fabric) you can use a flat bed sheet in the color of your choice. It’s a cheaper option for yards of fabric.
2. Using a thread and needle, hand stitch each strip of fabric in the center while gathering the fabric to create a ruffled look. Repeat until you have at least 10 stripes of ruffles (you may need to have more depending on your lamp shade)
3. Cover your lampshade with pale muslin. (In my case, I simply had to remove the current fabric)
4. Using your hot glue gun, dab some glue on the lamp shade, starting at the top and glue your stripes of ruffles. Repeat until your shade is covered in ruffles.Put the shade back on the base and admire your piece of art.
I absolutely adore how the lampshade came out… and it’s even prettier when it’s lit. Just the perfect dim lighting for baby girl. Hope you will attempt this little project. Happy ruffling!
Being a mother myself, I find that I appreciate mothers day even more. That my mom deserves the world and you only understand what she has done for you when you become a mother yourself. Maybe you can blame the hormones, but just thinking what my mom went through when I was 0-6 months makes me cry. (I was crying every single minute for 6 months straight – and I’m not exaggerating)
I find that sometimes going back to the basics is what makes it even more special… so why not whip out the scissors and glue (just like when you were in school) and make your mom a great mothers day gift. Even if she says she doesn’t want anything, the appreciation even in the smallest gesture warms her heart. I came across this beautiful DIY Mothers Day Mini Album on the Simple as That blog and thought I would share.
For more pictures and a template to create your own album, visit the Simple as That blog.
I’m due around mothers day… how sweet a gift would that be for my mom (and me)
Cupcake liners… now with all your different patterns, textures and colors you are making every baker and crafter dream of pretty cupcakes/projects. Just look at this adorable Cupcake Liner Bouquet from Project Nursery. Isn’t it adorable?!
For full instructions on how to make your own, visit their tutorial Ah… spring. You are so close.
[ Images : Project Nursery ]
Always in search of some great, unique ideas, I have to say I never thought of this one and I LOVE IT! Custom Birthday Balloon Bouquets. Talk about how great a gift this is to a long time friend. You gather your friends and they each write something unique to the birthee. Or what about a long distant friend. How fun is it to receive snail mail with a special note(s) on the form of balloons. Now, to start collecting balloons and writing down messages.
Don’t be surprised if you are my friend and happen to receive this in the mail.
[ Via | A Subtle Revelry ]
Loving these easy to do, DIY headboards. Who said you need something pricey to get the desired look. A little paint, repurposed items and voila something drab to fab. I unfortunately have a built in headboard on my bed but trust me when I say when I will buy a new bed…. I am definitely going all out with my headboard.
I am loving the mixture of typography, but I’m not sure I see this work well for a headboard. Sure for wall art but regardless it’s inspiring.
I am liking the idea of using a mantle. How pretty is this? Obviously I would make sure the frames or decoration were well “fixed” incase you decide to have some adult playtime in bed (if you know what I mean)
The idea of using doors is amazing. You can find an inexpensive vintage decorative door and paint it. Maybe the molding 1 color and the rest another. How pretty would that be?!
Would you or have you attempted to make your own headboard? Are you more paint, wood or fabric?
[ via : BHG ]
Loving these great ideas of using something old for a new purpose. From left to right :
- Cleaning Supply Display out of a rod
- Rubber Bands to stop your clothes from falling off the hanger
- Rubber Bands for little fingers (avoids slipping or reduces contact with hot/cold)
- Soap Box to store compact cameras
- Paper Clip to hold money & Keys (perfect when you need to pack light)
- Shower cap to avoid dirtying clothes when you pack your shoes. Smart!
There are 50 different ideas up on the Real Simple site. Be sure to check it out.
[ Via : Real Simple ]
I might, just might have a glitter wall one day (hopefully sooner than later). Now, to find sparkles in bulk. Any ideas crafters?
( updated : a reader (thank you Lizz) brought to my attention that Benjamin Moore sells a Glitter Glaze. I’ve never tried it but it might be on my next to do list. )
[ Via : A Subtle Revelry & Aaron Ruell ]