No really, Kiri Masters from ilikethatlamp sent me a DIY lampshade kit, and it’s LE-GIT. Check out the lampshade I made!
This lampshade kit typically calls for fabric, you can make your own drum lampshade using the fabric of your choice, but you know me – I wanted to shake things up using paper!
Let me explain – I bought two rolls of this absolutely incredible faux bois gold foil wrapping paper from Target over the holidays (can’t find a photo! but Emily used it in this Target styling video). I don’t know why Target does this (I should tell them they’re giving me an ulcer), but Target only releases a small quantity of their best things. UGH! You know what happens? Frantic scarcity panics set in, and, if you’re like me, you either hoard ALL you can find and/or go to the 3-5 closest targets and scour their inventory for ‘just one more’ because you know it’s a limited edition item and once it’s gone, it’s GONE. I think I wrapped only one gift using this wrapping paper before it hit me that duh! I can’t just WASTE this wrapping paper! I can’t let it get torn to shreds! So, I hoarded my two rolls and let my brother (gently) unwrap his Christmas gift by nicely requesting that he not tear the paper and yes I would like it back.
Above are the basic steps it took to make this lampshade. It really wasn’t difficult at all, it took some precision and patience, but overall I would absolutely make another lampshade using this kit. What do you think? The lampshade looks pretty convincing right? Would you guess it was a DIY if I hadn’t told you?
sources: fringe wall hanging / horse bookends: vintage / white ceramic vase / gold lamp base: thrifted / mirror parsons table (West Elm, no longer available) / sheepskin / headboard / black & white bedding / fringe pillow / chair: cb2 (no longer available)
The amount of things you can create out of copper plumbers pipe never ceases to amaze me. I could spend hours in the plumbing isle of the hardware store, brainstorming and scheming away. Usually I hustle out of there for fear the plumbing gurus will see the impostor that I am. “I’m a DIY blogger, don’t shoot!” Seriously though, I don’t even know the names of the fittings I used in this project haha. Don’t judge me.
I’ve always loved the look of a vintage wooden or iron ladder in a home. Old ladders can be used as a decorative architectural piece; they fit perfect in awkward blank wall spaces or nooks that needs something but nothing quite seems to fit.
We have this odd wall space beside the fridge that came about from our kitchen remodel. It’s the cabinet that encases the fridge. I’ve been contemplating painting it the same color as our walls, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger. As a temporary and creative solution for this blank space, I decided to make a ladder myself, from copper pipe!
(please disregard the subfloor! we’re still saving up for uniform flooring, until then we’re living with this beautiful, “vintage” 50 y/o subfloor…)
- Top & Bottom: 4 x 14″ length copper pipe
- Five rungs: 5 x 12″
- Mid section: 8 x 10″
Assembly is super straight forward, I figured pictures of the assembly would just be silly. I do however, recommend putting a dab of adhesive inside the copper tees and caps when assembling to strengthen the ladder’s overall integrity.
Use the ladder to hang tea towels, vintage fabrics, bath towels, or throw blankets. Seriously, anything looks adorable hung on a ladder.
I realized after making this ladder my hand towel game is really lacking. I just might have to fix this! Oh, and if you want to quickly clean your copper pipe, ketchup works amazing!
Two DIYs in one week?! What?! I know, I’m just as shocked as you. Although truthfully, I’m procrastinating a little on writing those dreaded New Years resolutions… I’m still sorting through all my feelings over 2014 and determining exactly what it is I want to get out of 2015. I want a lot folks, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure just yet.
SO! What exactly are we making today? Well, it’s a quicky art project that is probably a dud, but I actually like how it turned out so screw any haters and let’s get our copper tape art on!
You literally need 4 things to complete this project: Copper conductive tape, scissors, paper, and a frame – if you plan on framing it, or you could tape it to the wall all Washi-tape like with, you guessed it, copper conductive tape!
Rule of thumb for this project, no measuring is required. Honest. I taped out these hexagons very loosely. Doing so adds a dimension of “quark” and “funk” and all the other adjectives that are synonymous with ‘weird’.
There are two things you need to know about copper conductive tape. 1) there is a paper backing that you remove to adhere to any surface and 2) the edges are VERY sharp. I used the butt end of my scissors to smooth out each strip of tape after positioning them to the paper. Do NOT do what I did first: use you fingers to smooth out the pieces of copper tape. It’s real copper folks, and again, it’s SHARP. Copper conductive tape paper cuts hurt worse than manila folders. I know you all know what those feel like…
Above photo is before smoothing out with scissors, just FYI.
Then, I framed my fabulous artwork in a standard Ikea frame, the matting didn’t quite fit but you get the idea.
I love the overlapping hexagons. I recently saw a similar pattern displayed on the windows at Urban Outfitters. Such a coincidence!
Hello! I’m kicking off the new year with a fun project! This one is an ode to my favorite, and quite possibly the best selling rug of 2014: the West Elm Souk rug.
My husband says we can’t have this rug because we have dogs, that our dogs would destroy it, and then I would be the grumpiest wife if I had a dirty Souk rug. He might be right, but I cannot help but yearn every. single. day. for one! So, instead I brought this look into my home by upgrading a faux fur Eruo pillow I made last year. Sometimes you’re forced to get creative to get what you want, right folks?
This tutorial is so easy, all you need is a roll of painter’s tape, a comb, a Sharpie paint pen, and a faux fur pillow of your choice. I had a giant white faux fur Eruo pillow I made for my bed out of costume fur from the fabric store. Here is a smaller and very affordable option too if you don’t feel like making a pillow from scratch.
STEP 1 // using your comb, comb out the zig-zag pattern by brushing the fur in opposite directions
STEP 2 // place a piece of tape down the center of your combed zig-zag lines to protect the fur area that will not get Sharpie’d. Then, repeat step 1 & 2 about an inch away, parallel to the taped line. This is the zig-zag pattern that you will ‘paint’ with your Sharpie Paint Pen.
STEP 3 // using the Sharpie Paint Pen, go to town coloring the fur! I placed the paint pen on the tape and brushed inwards, repeating until I got about 80% coverage. No need to be a perfectionist here. If you mess up you can always trim away bits of the fur with scissors.
I’ve been dying to try this process on a cheap faux fur rug, like this one, to fully replicate the Souk rug, but I just haven’t had the chance. Someone do it! Quick!
I don’t want to sound like a complainer here, but seriously, glass ornaments! There’s not a whole lot more you can do with a glass ornament that hasn’t already been done. So instead of this project being an “OMG what an amazing idea I wish I thought of that!” sort of project, it’s going to be an “oh cool! I really like that version of that ornament!” At least I hope so.
We were each challenged to design an ornament using essentially the same ingredients: A clear glass ornament, ribbon, faux snow, and a Sharpie paint pen. The ornament shape, ribbon color, and Sharpie paint pen color were of our choosing, which is a great little twist because instead of all our ornaments being pretty much the same, we’re able to pick the ingredients that work with our individual styles and tastes.
Ornament inspiration: the hand painted Wanderlust Globe
My main mission was to find or make something that would be the equivalent of a globe display stand. I considered crafting it out of clay or wood, then I found this gold loop easel at the craft store, which ended up being perfect for the ornament version of the Wanderlust Globe, mainly because the head of the ornament would have posed some issues. Instead of trying to hide the ornament head, I utilized it as it was intended, to hang from something, like this easel!
The process of my ornament transformation is fairly straight forward. First, I painted two coats of chalkboard paint over a round ornament bulb. I hung the ornament to dry on the gold easel. I’m still so happy I found this easel,l it really is the best thing I could find that looked like a globe stand. Then I drew the continents with the white Sharpie paint pen. Maybe it was user error but I was having trouble getting the paint out, just don’t look too closely at North America…
Next, I took a gold marker and wrote in all the major locations. I wish the marker I chose had a little more metallic sheen to it, but I needed a fine tip so my options were slim.
The last thing I did was take a section of the glitter ribbon tape and wrap it around the base of the ornament topper. So, where’s the snow? Well, consider me disqualified because all I could come up with is sprinkling it around the globe stand for the picture. You can’t win them all can you.
Well, there you have it! Make sure to hop on over to the other beautiful participants to see what ornaments they cooked up! Here’s the list again if you need it
Wow! I can’t believe we’re already through with Thanksgiving. As of yesterday I am in full Christmas mode! The tree has been purchased, holiday decorating has begun, and lights are up on the house, which is super exciting because now that we’re homeowners, this is the first time we’ve ever hung Christmas lights outside. My husband is kind of afraid of heights, he had to climb up a ladder to hang our exterior lights, and it’s mean of me but it I couldn’t help but laugh as he got all worried climbing only two steps up from the ground. It’s not like our house is that tall!
I have an exciting announcement to make! I’m participating in a Christmas ornament challenge! The lineup for this event is blowing my mind. I religiously follow each one of these ladies blogs and feel unworthy to be lined up beside them. It must be a mistake!
The challenge is kinda like that foodie show Chopped? I always watch that show while I’m at the gym running on the treadmill, something about it mystery food dishes help me ignore the fact I’m working out. Is it weird that not one dish have I ever thought to recreate? I wonder if the show has ever taken a poll on this… Well, anyway, this challenge is something like Chopped, where we each get a box of random craft supplies (we all get the same stuff!) and we create an ornament of sorts using said supplies. The good news is no one is going to get publicly shamed, the bad news? I might actually shame myself if I don’t think up of something other than a snow filled ornament…
Here are the ingredients we get to work with:
I’m not very good at posting on Mondays, mainly because it’s well, Monday, and arguably the worst day of the week. I’d like to promise I’ll try to post more on Mondays, but i’m not going to pigeonhole myself or make promises I cannot keep, so instead let’s consider today’s post a bonus!
Last week I revealed our bedroom. I’m actually happy to report it pretty much still looks this way! I’ve managed to keep all surfaces clean and organized and ‘decor-ized!’ Not destroying our bedroom immediately after having taken the stylized photos is a major accomplishment. Hopefully we can keep it this way for a little bit longer!
Anywho, I wanted to share with you today the DIY behind creating this raw wood valance, as well as more details about these amazing curtain panels! The raw wood valance was 100% inspired by the Decorview setup in this guestroom makeover. I needed to have a modern wood valance in my life, and thought the bedroom window was the perfect place to experiment!
First, I hung a very inexpensive curtain rod, I think it was $4 from Ross (you can see it in one of the photos below). Then, using an 8-foot 1″ x 3″ pine board, my miter saw, 3″ L brackets and a stud finder, I crafted a simple valance. The width of the valance was measured by first identifying the location of the studs flanking our window. I wanted to be sure this valance was secured to the studs.
I attached the valance to the wall using more L brackets, as you can see below. The L brackets and curtain rod are hidden from view, but here is an undershot so you get an idea of how it was assembled.
Now, how ’bout that fabric??? This Chinoiserie inspired print is a stunner! I love how bold and vivacious this fabric looks in our bedroom. It certainly plays the leading role without stealing the show.
The fabric itself is a Williamsburg print from their new fabric collection, called Dunmore Dragons in persimmon. The Williamsburg collection is full of vivid colors and intriguing designs. These bold prints and woven textiles are reminiscent of artifacts and objects in Colonial Williamsburg and their extensive archives of 18th-century decorative arts. Williamsburg Licensee PK Lifestyles, took this historical influence and updated these prints into these very trendforward designs. I definitely recommend browsing the full collection of Willimsburg textiles, there might find something you love!
I made the curtain panels in like 30 minutes, no joke! I chose not to line them, mainly because I didn’t have any fabric to use for lining. I can always add a liner later or double up the curtains with inexpensive white panels from Ikea. All I did was fold the edges over twice, iron the fold down, and run the edges through my sewing machine.
I hung the panels to the inexpensive curtain rod using rings with attached clamps, then hemmed the bottom at the length where the panels hit the floor. I didn’t even take the panels down! I brought my sewing machine to the window and hemmed them while they were hanging. I’ve never done this before, it was SO much easier than I expected!
So there you go! I am seriously loving this perfect marriage between a simple-but-fancy raw wood valance and these vibrantly chic curtain panels!
Confession: I’ve been sitting on this project for over a month. A month! Why the wait, you ask? Well, I kinda feel like I cheated, although simultaneously I kinda feel like a genius. Take your pick, I wont be offended.
I wholeheartedly admire pure artisans, crafters, and makers. I admire their patience and persistence and adoration of what they do. I also admire people who pay a pretty penny for handcrafted goods, and I wish I had that pretty penny to support said makers, but alas I am not made of money therefore if I want something I usually have to figure out how to hack it, DIY it, fake it, or give up on it. Consider this project a clever hack; mighty clever if you ask me!
I’ve gone and made a wall hanging (from a bathmat!!!). I am crazy in love with Rachel Duvall’s textiles, so you can say this project piggy backs off her designs, specifically how the wall hanging is actually hung from the wall. Alright, enough words, lets get to the tutorial shall we?
First, per usual, I ran to Target to get some supplies. I picked up a plain white bath mat. I kind of wandered around for a while, I was looking for something simple in design with a loom type look to it, maybe a welcome mat, maybe a rug? No, a bathmat! Next, I rummaged through my craft paint stash, picked two boy-ish colors (teal & navy) as well as a bottle of fabric medium and a roll of Frog Tape. I taped off the top triangle first, mixed the fabric medium and the acrylic paint per the instructions, and liberally coated the bathmat in paint. I let this dry for a hour or so, then repeated this step for the bottom triangle.
Then attached to the bottom of the bath mat using hot glue
Then I unraveled each strand to get that lovely rug fringe look
I LOVE the way Rachel Duvall hangs her textiles, so I created something similar out of 1″x2″s. I measured, cut, and stained the wood then secured them together with screws from the reverse side. I added a picture frame hook on the back and hung it in the nursery.
So yeah, it’s a bathmat, and I’m probably not fooling anyone, but I think it actually looks really great! You could definitely do the same thing with a small entry rug of sorts, you know, those small rugs no one buys that measure like 2’x3’?
Would you consider hanging a bathmat as wall art?
I love mixing things up with fun pillows, don’t you? Today I’m sharing a pretty cool tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make this chevron pillow from your favorite black and white striped fabric! My bets you have a stash somewhere at home, pull it out and let’s go!
Thank you everyone for all your great comments on the woven bench post! I already have some family members requesting that I make them a bench. It’s very encouraging, although I just might have to invest in a KregJig.
OH. And about that earthquake! Is everyone OK?? My grandpa owns a couple stores in Sonoma which got a little rattled, poor guy had to rally up a team of employees at 3:30 am to clean up before they opened. A friends brother’s garage floor cracked, some keepsakes broke at my Meemaw’s house, and my baby boy slept through the whole darn thing. It definitely woke me up, and motherhood has officially changed my outlook on earthquakes. I used to think they were no big deal, but this was the first time I really felt panicky that I couldn’t protect my baby from something, and I didn’t like that feeling one bit! My husband on the other hand, he just fell right back to sleep (ha!), but it seriously got me thinking that we need to fine tune our evacuation plan.
ANYWAY, back to today’s tutorial! You may have noticed a cute little leather handled tray sitting on that woven bench I made…
Maybe you didn’t, that’s OK! See it there now? So cute, right? Well it just happens to be world’s easiest project I made from my stash of leather scraps. If you remember, I made this pinwheel pillow and this camera strap also from leather scraps! Seriously, don’t toss your leather scraps or fabric remnants, chances are you can easily make something chic and sophisticated with them. I’ll be here all day encouraging you to do so
So anyway, this project started out with a need. I needed a tray of sorts by my bedside to corral all the random things – glass of water, hair clips, baby monitor, etc, you know, all those random things that make your bedside table look a mess? It was getting out of hand and I didn’t need yet another fancy $50 tray. Lo and behold I found this $5 fabric covered tray at Target (I can’t find it on the website, sorry!), and athough it was lovely enough in gray linen, I thought it needed a little dressing up.
Naturally the next thing I did was grab my trusty stash of leather scraps. Then, I measured and cut two 3/4″ x 6″ strips of leather to make two handles.
I cut triangles out of each end so that the handle resembles a little banner.
Using a leather hole punch, I punched one hole on each end of the strap.
I eyeballed where I wanted to place the leather strap on each side of the tray, grabbed my drill and drilled two holes using a bit about the same size diameter of a rivet.
I attached each handle with two rivets, I only had silver rivets on hand but brass rivets would look fantastic here too!
Super cute, right? And so easy? What’s funny is I originally needed this tray at my bedside but now it resides on our coffee table. I’m back at square one with a mess of a bedside table. Tell me, what do you use to corral your bedside randoms??