Lately, I’ve been on a DIY binge, especially with Christmas around the corner. To me, there is nothing more special than giving a gift that is unique to the person receiving it and was crafted by my own two hands. It makes my heart smile just thinking about it. After weeks of searching, I think I’ve found the perfect gift to try out this year, and it’s so simple you may not believe it: infused sugar and sea salt. Continue reading
Another week, another amazing pumpkin DIY! When I saw these gorgeous pumpkins on Funkytime, I just had to ask if we could share them here with you. I am all about creative pumpkin decoration ideas and these are some of the prettiest non-carved pumpkins I have come across so far! I adore the ombre pumpkin and think it would make a beautiful thanksgiving centerpiece. I also think the triangle design pumpkin is the kind of whimsical detail that is great for a children’s Halloween Party with more flair and less scare.
I have a thing for map art. Something about viewing a depiction of the continents is just as appealing to me as gazing at a van Gogh. Perhaps it’s my traveler’s soul, or maybe I’m just fascinated by the notion that we’re all slowly drifting together and apart at the same time. Either way, I like map art and it always catches my eye when I come across it. This DIY Mod Podged Map Art by Punk Projects peaked my interest right away for two reasons (beyond it’s mappy subject matter), I love its whimsical feel and I am all about using Mod Podge.
Every now and then I come across a DIY that is simply awesome and awesomely simple at the same time. When it happens, I usually do a happy dance and then get crafting. This time I’m taking a quick pit stop between dance and craft to share my super nifty find with you! This DIY Tape Dispenser Makeover by Smashed Peas and Carrots caught my eye right away, not only because it’s super fun and cute, but also because it just so happens to fit two of my crafty needs! Continue reading
I think I may have mentioned this once or twice, but I refuse to pay ridiculous prices at home decor stores for items I can make for much less on my own, especially when that allows me to customize the piece to my taste and needs. I have always admired the lean against wall ladders that all homegoods stores carry, but refuse to pay the high prices since I don’t technically “need” one. When I saw this DIY, I was overjoyed. Jennifer of A Merry Mishap came up with a way to make one of these leaning ladders at home that is so great I had to share. Continue reading
Believe it or not, high fashion sweatshirts are one of spring 2013’s hot new trends. After all those years of being told that sweatshirts are not meant to leave the house by fashionistas in the know, it seems the way I have been dressing to go to to grocery store for years now makes me a trendsetter (I wonder if Stacy London feels bad for trashing all those What Not to Wear women’s duds in hindsight). Ever the fan of do it yourself jobs, I found this DIY from Leah at We Live Upstairs that teaches you how to make your own super snazzy sweatshirt to be on trend this season and had to share it with you. Continue reading
There are enough amazing DIYs by Laure Parke at A Girl Who Makes to keep you busy for months, but this particular DIY is my personal favorite from the site. If I have said it once, I have said it a million times, I am huge fan of simple do-it-yourself projects that have big impact. Of course a project that requires specialized tools, fifty different supplies, and an art school degree to complete is going to result in something impressive, but I am personally more impressed by a beautiful do-it-yourself project that anyone can complete with simple tools and a little creativity. Laura Parke’s Painted Wooden Bead Necklace is one of those DIYs.
I have been all about fashion DIYs lately. I especially like the ones that teach you how to turn something you already own into a fashionable new creation. Being a bargain shopper extraordinaire, I tend to grab boring or bland pieces that are ridiculously marked down telling myself that I will find a way to glitz them up and make them fabulous. Usually, they just hang in my closet till I give in and wear them in their boring and bland state. This happens a lot with cardigans, which I have an unnatural affinity for and cannot seem to pass up. That being said, you can probably guess how excited I was when I found this How To Make a Paillette Sweater Tutorial by Kristina Clemens for Clothed Much. Continue reading
Beautiful do it yourself projects that are so simple you wonder why you never thought of them always catch my eye. This DIY Leopard Print Gold Leaf Tray by A Creative Day is one such DIY. All you need to make this project at home is a gold leaf pen, a little creative flair, and a tray that is in desperate need of some leopard spots!
Tights are awesome. Custom tights with little hearts on them are even more awesome. I absolutely love this DIY for Patterned Heart Tights from Lemon Jitters! Not only is the DIY simple to accomplish, it’s also big on style impact and just darn cute. If you’re not a fan of hearts, you can choose any simple shape that you can find a puncher for (my head started spinning just thinking about all the punch shape possibilities available at my local craft store). You also have so many options for customization with all the choices in fabric paint out there and tights colors.
I like journals and I like monograms, s0 this DIY by Design Mom got my attention right away. I was one of those kids that would scribble my initials all over the covers and margins of my notebooks (I had this thing for putting A’s in stars. I think I had it in my head that it stood for my name and being “a star” I don’t know I was a weird kid, who grew up into a weird adult who got it tattooed on herself). I would also insist on purchasing anything with an “A” on it just because and even had some of those obnoxious sweaters with your initial embroidered or in rhinestones in the early 2000’s, but enough about me. Continue reading
I love the idea of quirky one of a kind accessories and apparently so does Lana of Lana Red! Her DIY Button Rings have been making the rounds on tumblr, but each time I saw them reposted there was no link to where they came from. By the third time the showed up on my dash, not only was I convinced I needed to make some of my own, I had to know who was the brilliant mind behind them. A little google detective work later, I had found the Lana Red site and was busy browsing all her excellent posts. Continue reading
There is something about old fashioned Christmas tree light bulbs that makes me incredibly nostalgic. Seeing them brings back wonderful holiday memories Christmases at my grandmother’s house. She always used the old fashioned lights on her tree and seeing them brings a smile to my face. At the same time, I am not a big fan of how they look on my own Christmas tree. Call me strange, but I feel like they clunky and odd on my tree even though they always seemed perfect on hers. When I came across these DIY Vintage Glitter Bulbs by The Moody Fashionista, I found the perfect way to include the nostalgia of vintage Christmas bulbs into my holiday decor, while sticking to my preference of the smaller bulbed lights on my tree.
I love books and I love quirky decor, so it’s obvious why this DIY Telephone Book End Project from A Beautiful Mess caught my attention. I think it’s a fun way to accent and draw attention to a book collection and would also make a great handmade gift for the bibliomaniac in your life. For the Full DIY, and lots of other great projects, visit A Beautiful Mess.