Stores like Anthropologie make me wish I had an unlimited home decor budget (as opposed to the reality that buying even one item there could break my budget). Lots of DIY’s claim to replicate items from the store, but leave me wondering who do you really think you’re fooling? Either the look of the final product is all wrong or the quality is so poor I rather go without than bother doing it myself. But that is NOT the case with these stunning DIY Easy Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers by Radical Possibility!
Spring is in full bloom, but for those of us with allergies it can be hard to enjoy the beauty of flowers when it means sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes are an added bonus. But rejoice, my flora deprived friends, we found a DIY that will let you add a touch of color to your home with some stems that won’t have you reaching for the tissues… but will have you reaching for the crepe paper!
Let’s Do Something Crafty has come up with an simple way to make your own bouquet of DIY Crepe Paper Flowers and it’s so easy that even the most Pinterest-failed among us can pull and poof it off! It’s also extremely inexpensive, requiring very few materials with the most important being crepe paper, and who doesn’t have an extra roll laying around from a party to practice with before committing to the DIY? So bring the colors of Spring inside without the risk of allergies by making yourself some of these crepe paper blossoms! Check out the Full DIY at Let’s Do Something Crafty.
In need of a little color pop in your home? VJuliet has come up with the perfect solution! This DIY Confetti Bowl will make the perfect addition to any home. It’s cute, functional and best of all, easy to make! This is a project that the whole family can be a part of and will be entertaining to the little ones. Who doesn’t love confetti, right? Continue reading
Have you found yourself constantly going back and forth between whether or not you should get a tattoo? If you’re a commitmentphobe like I am, you probably often find yourself wondering whether or not you would get sick of something permanently inked into your skin and wish that there was a way to test out your new look before going under the needle. Well, great news! The folks over at The Homesteady have come up with a great DIY method to do just that. My sister and I have both been contemplating getting tattoos and were eager to test out this do-it-at-home version. Continue reading
There comes a time in a person’s life where they head to the internet (e.g. Tumblr or Pinterest) for decoration inspiration. My latest inspiration comes from The Merry Thought. I was introduced to the idea of a DIY Circle Shelf which looks extremely complicated at first glance but it’s really not! Continue reading
When my books covered more floorspace in my bedroom than my actual furniture, I knew I needed to make a change. And I sure wasn’t planning on giving up my book addiction, so the next logical step was to give my books a place of honor in my home, on shelves made specifically for them. And thus, my library was born. Six months of painting, building, shopping and organizing later, and the storage room in our house was converted into my very own home library. And I’ve never been happier.
So if you’re thinking about tackling the same project in your home, here are a few tips from what I discovered about creating my home library.
1. Plan, plan, plan!
The last thing you want to do when transforming a room into your home library is cost yourself extra time and money because your not sure what you want. So grab a tape measure, a utility knife and an old cardboard box and plan yourself a room. I’m a fan of visualizing things in advance, so I found it helpful to measure the dimension of my room, including the locations of the door and window, to see just how much space I had for shelves, seating and any decor I wanted to add. Then, using the box, I cut everything down to size for a mini-model of my future library. Without it, I might have bought a couch so large it blocked any and all entry into the room.
2. Know your limits
Even if you have a small space to work with, don’t underestimate the time and (potentially) money that you’ll be putting into your library. Shelving, if you choose to make your own, cannot be built, primed, painted and ready for books in one day. Heck, your room cannot be painted and ready to move in all in one day for that matter. Plan a weekend for a small, solo project, or grab a few buddies and make it a transformation that lasts a couple of weekends. Just don’t stress yourself out. Creating your own library is supposed to be fun and something to be proud of when it’s all finished.
3. Pick your style and get creative
Decorating a library can be expensive if you plan on buying everything new. And that’s where flea markets, antique stores and Pinterest all come in handy. There are plenty of cool DIY decorating projects that you can tackle all on your own for a lot less money. I wanted my library to have an antique feel, but I’m living on a recent college grad’s budget, so flea markets became my best friend. I dug through some of my grandmother’s old pictures to make a stylish black and white photo collection, used antiques bottles that I had collected throughout the years to decorate empty shelves and bought discounted fabric to sew accent pillows.
And don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that you can’t make cool things!
I loved the idea of this window coffee table but I didn’t have the budget to buy it. Instead, I hunted up an old window of my own, used the extra wood and paint from my shelves, and viola! A total of $16 was all I spent to get the coffee table of my dreams.
4. Splurge on seating
One thing you don’t want to do is skimp on seating. Assuming that you’re creating a library to not only house your book collection, but to also have a comfortable and relaxing place to read, you’ll want a seat that won’t make your back ache or butt fall asleep 15 minutes into your newest read. Here’s where saving on decor allows you to spend a bit of extra cash on a super comfy couch or chair. Just make sure it fits nicely in the room and doesn’t overpower the space. Stores like Ikea and Overstock.com have good deals on furniture from time to time, but shop around until you find something you like. I managed to snag my loveseat at Walmart for a good deal.
5. Make it your own
Lastly, make sure the space is all you. If you want hot pink walls and purple carpeting or white everything, it’s cool. As long as your library is a space where you can unwind, then do your thing. Don’t be afraid of color. Add movie posters, pictures or your own art to the walls. Have mini-bookshelves or fill the entire room with books. Ask for suggestions from the people around you, but ultimately make sure that the final result is a space that you’re going to love just as much a year from now as you do the day you finish.
So for all my book lovers out there, I hope you’re adventurous enough to give creating your own home library a shot. And I seriously hope you have as much fun with your project as I had with mine.
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I always find it funny when magazines recommend jewelry pieces that cost upwards of $50 as items that can be afforded on any budget. I don’t know about you, but as a recent college graduate who has yet to begin her career, there is no way I can drop $50 or more on a necklace or bracelet, no matter how cute it is.
That’s why I love these DIY Jeweled and Studded Cuffs from Life in Mod. Blogger Camille Dipaola created these gorgeous and affordable bracelets with just a few supplies you can find at your local craft store. She walks you through the project step by step, and once you know the basics, you can take your own creative spin with designs of your own.
These cuffs would be a great addition to any wardrobe. They’re great pieces of statement jewelry for your next girls-night-out or date night. To get crafty, check out the Full DIY over at Life in Mod.
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Hi! I’m Abbie. I’m a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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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
Like most pet owners, I spend way too much time and money on my cats. Technically, they aren’t even my cats. They’re my boyfriend’s. But that doesn’t stop me from spoiling them with toys, constantly taking pictures of them and inserting their names into popular songs. Continue reading
If you’re like me and digging through drawers, bags or boxes full of jewelry drives you absolutely crazy, this DIY Heart Pegboard Jewelry Organizer by A Bubbly Life is for you girls. Before I got my own pegboard, I was guilty of rummaging through my drawers for about half an hour in the mornings before coming out with a mass of knotted necklaces and bracelets. For me, it was my daily episode of Hoarders. Continue reading
With summer coming to a close, a crazy school schedule will soon be back in full swing for students. As many college-goers know, it is close to impossible to fit every assignment, event, and club meeting into the average, teeny-tiny eight-inch planner. So, why not spell out your schedule in a big, bold way while also sprucing up your room? Continue reading
Wondering what you should do with those expired coffee beans? We’ve all got coffee stashed away, behind the aging mac ‘n cheese, gradually filling up our cabinets. It’s terrible. As a former barista myself, I know how coffee can accumulate. Perhaps you haven’t opened it because you don’t drink decaf. Now it’s several years expired, you can’t bring yourself to drink it, but you can’t bring yourself to toss it (in case one day you’re really desperate). Well I’ve got the perfect way for you to clear your coffee clutter: quick and easy DIY Coffee Bean Candles, from the The Happy Housewife. Continue reading
Lately, my interior design interests have been skewing very “country” and “rustic” feeling. I’ve been on the lookout for small ways to add those kind of design elements to my home, without breaking the budget or any major renovations (knowing my past M.O. of wanting to move onto a whole new theme way too often). My searching recently brought me to With Lovely where I found this wonderful DIY Mason Jar Flower Shelf. Continue reading
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.