Hey folks! Today I’m sharing a shockingly easy tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make a laptop table from plumbers pipe. Take a minute and check it out!
I’m incredibly cruel and teased you with peeks of a metallic zebra rug that I DIY’d when helping my girlfriend redesign her home office, back in August! I feel bad for holding out so long, but I originally had wanted to make a few more and host a giveaway (which I still might do), but time got away from me. So, today I’ll share the tutorial so you can make your own!
I was quite fond of the faux zebra rugs crafted from drop cloths that hit the DIY stages a while ago. I thought about making my own but decided against it since I figured they would dirty easily, not to mention drop cloth fabric isn’t heavy and wouldn’t lay flat like a true rug would.
When deciding to make this rug I knew the only way for it to be a success if it met these two criteria: heavy in weight and easy to clean. The perfect medium hit me as I was browsing the fabric store – vinyl! It was perfect, a fabric that is wipe-able, durable, and heavy enough to lay flat like a true rug. The quality of vinyl these days is very impressive. For this rug in particular I chose some vinyl with the color and texture of linen, but I’ve also made one for myself from smooth white vinyl, so any vinyl of your fancy would work perfectly!
- 2 yards of Kraft paper
- 2 yards of upholstery width vinyl (54″ wide)
- 2 Krylon gold leaf pens
STEP 1 Sketch out the outline of your zebra rug on your Kraft paper. You really only need to do this for one side of the rug since you can flip over and use for the other side. I used this image when sketching out my zebra rug, as well as for the stripes.
STEP 2 Flip your vinyl over wrong side up, lay your Kraft paper stencil down and trace the zebra outline. Flip the Kraft stencil over to the opposite side of the vinyl and trace. Then, cut out the zebra form.
STEP 3 Flip your vinyl right side up. Lay your zebra stencil on top of the vinyl and begin drawing the outlines of the zebra’s stripes with the gold leaf pen on the opposite side, mirroring the stencil. You can fill in the stripes as you go, or outline first then fill in after. I worked a hybrid method as I drew the stripes.
Don’t worry one bit about being perfect, the great thing about zebra stripes is they are unpredictable and weird, so you really can’t mess up.
STEP 4 Now that you have the left side complete, remove the Kraft stencil and freehand the stripes on the right side.
The gold leaf pen dries quickly and is permanent as far as I’ve experienced, but if you want you can seal the rug by spraying a coat of clear acrylic spray paint as a protectant.
The options are endless for this rug! If gold isn’t your thing, try a black Sharpie or a Montana Cans paint pens, which comes in all colors of the rainbow including gold and copper (and are CRAZY permanent, ask my husband what happened to our brand new sheets when I accidentally shook the pen too hard. Oops!)
And there you have it! Who would have thought the secret to a killer faux zebra rug is vinyl?
Hello! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I find it’s definitely easier to swallow a Monday when it’s a holiday. My commute this morning was a breeze
I wanted to share some of the projects I’m currently working on. The most exciting of them all is this 6′ campaign dresser I bought off Craigslist for next to nothing. I still can’t believe I fit the entire thing in my car! My husband and I decided to upgrade our commuter vehicle to a Kia Soul after having rented one during our trip to Chicago last spring. We fit SO MUCH in that little car, 8 giant suitcases and 4 adult human bodies. I was beyond impressed. I’ve packed my car to the brim a few times, but this dresser is quite an impressive feat.
So, what will we do with the dresser? I envision it landing in our nursery, but my husband thinks it’s for our bedroom. We’re planning to move to our own place in April, so for the time being we can use it in our bedroom, although in my opinion it would make for the most perfect dresser/changing table.
Next, I’m in the process of re-upholstering a pair of mid-century swivel chairs. They are currently upholstered in a gross vinyl that also smells mid-century. I’m thinking they’ll look adorable in velvet.
The third project I’m working on is almost complete. The adhesive I used needs extra time to cure, so it’s just sitting and hardening in my garage right now. This project was fun one.
My husband’s on a work trip in India for the next 9 days, which means I’ll be occupying myself with these projects to pass the time. He left on Saturday and I already miss him, so I’m hoping if I keep myself busy the week will go by fast.
So, how about you? Are you working on any fun projects? Is your husband away on travel too? What do you do to pass the time?
I LOVE making gifts for friends and family. Over the years I learned handmade gifts are not for everyone, which is kinda sad, but actually works in my favor because I usually run out of time to make gifts for everyone. However, for those who appreciate the effort and the thought, I try to spend extra time and make them something special each year.
The main inspiration for this project came to light after I found this faux leather gold fabric at Joanne’s. Gold fabric can go wrong oh so fast, it can look too yellow or worse, green! But if you find just the right metallic gold sheen it can be perfect in all the right ways. This fabric has a hint of snakeskin texture, is super soft, and pretty much near a perfect gold tone. I had it in my mind to make a velvet lined clutch, and with the gold faux leather in the spotlight, I made it happen. Follow along and you can make one for yourself! (or a friend or relative, but we all know YOU want one )
ONE // With your fabric wrong sides out, measure and cut the leather and velvet. I wanted my clutch to be 9″ x 7″, so I first measured 9″x7″, then added a 1/2″ seam allowance for the two 7″ sides and one of the 9″ sides. The other 9″ side will be the zipper side, which needs a larger seam allowance. I gave myself a conservative 1″ allowance for the zipper.
TWO // Take your liner velvet fabric and sandwich the two leather pieces. The two leather pieces will remain wrong sides out, the outer liner velvet will literally sandwich the leather, right sides out.
THREE // Before we begin sewing, let’s move on and prepare the zipper. The zipper length will be about 8″, just slightly shorter than the long length of the clutch. Trim your zipper (make sure you keep the actual zipper piece on, as in, don’t trim it off!). Next, cut yourself two 1″x2″ (ish) pieces of leather. Fold the ends of the leather towards what would be the middle of the leather, then fold the piece in half. The idea is we want to cover the ends of the zipper, but you do not want a raw edge of leather, so you want to fold the raw edges inside of this leather “mouth”.
Once you’ve managed this, pin to the end of the zipper piece. Repeat for the other side of the zipper.
FOUR // (Not pictured) This is where it gets easier and begins to feel like we’re sewing a pillow. Take your fabric sandwich from step TWO, on the zipper allowance side, sew about 1″ down on the top and then the bottom. Open up the fabric so that both top velvet sides are facing up towards you.
FIVE // Note – we do not want to iron the leather, instead, using your hand and fold the zipper allowance ends down towards the fabric. Use pins to keep the fabric in place. Next, lay your zipper in place.
SIX // Using a zipper foot attachment on your sewing machine, sew down each side of the zipper.
*In case you’re curious, I used metallic gold thread (from JoAnne’s) for this project since I knew my seam would be exposed on the top of the clutch. I wanted the thread to match the leather. Just do your best in matching your thread to your fabric.
SEVEN // Literally, sew it like you would a pillow cover. Be cautious since you are sewing 4 layers of fabric. Most current sewing machines will do just fine, however I have an ancient Kenmore which I pretty much need to sing lullaby’s to every time I sew something out of the ordinary. Once you’re done sewing the three sides, cut tiny slits at the two bottom corners with your scissors. This will help your clutch look nice and smooth when it’s turned right side out. If you skip this step, chances are the bottom corners will look puckered and lop sided.
EIGHT // Flip it inside out and you got yo’self a clutch my friend! Beautifully lined with velvet too! (cue oohs and aaahs)
Now, you can stop here if you like. I mean, what a beautiful clutch, right?
I wanted to add a little flair so I tested out Erin’s tassel DIY. I changed up her tutorial a bit by using a hot glue gun instead of leather rivets, only because I didn’t have any on hand. Erin’s tassels with rivets looks much more professional than mine, just sayin’. Or, you can also try my DIY tassel tutorial with gold caps. Those would pair nicely too!
I like to live on the edge… I’m a last minute gift wrapper. Raise your coffee mug if you’re done shopping. Take a sip if you’re done wrapping!
Even though I’m a last minute gift wrapper, I still enjoy every detail that goes into wrapping each gift. My go-to formula is plain wrapping paper, like Kraft paper or something simple like stripes. Then I dress each gift up with some ribbon. Glittery ribbon, let’s be honest. I always try to create a unique gift tag. I just hate resorting to using scraps of wrapping paper folded in half. We’ve all done it. I’m not proud.
One year I made individual chalkboard gift tags, those were quite a hit! They did take some time to cure, so this year I decided to make something a little simpler out of glitter scrapbook paper.
Clearly world’s easiest DIY gift tag. All you need is the gift-tag looking hole punch which you can find at your local craft store. I bought mine at Michaels. I also bought about 10 sheets of glittery scrapbook paper over Black Friday weekend, which were seriously a steal. I think each sheet ranges from $.99 to $1.99, totally worth making these adorable gift tags.
I crafted two varieties, a bronze and a gold. On the back I stamped “TO” and “LOVE”, punched a hole at the top and strung some baker’s twine for easy use when attaching to each gift.
In preparing for last weekend’s pop-up shop, I sold packages of 10 tags. Let me tell you, everyone LOVED them. You can get so creative with what scrapbook paper you choose as well. I almost bought the faux snake skin paper. Almost.
What special touch do you put on your holiday gift wrapping? Do share!
Happy weekend friends! It’s a rare Saturday post today, but it’s all because of a mighty fun collaboration with a business I adore. Tiny Prints asked me to host a DIY on their blog in exchange for some holiday cards. I immediately said “YES!”, for two reasons of course – one, the opportunity (duh) and two, it was a slim chance I was going to get my butt in gear and put together (let’s be real here, pay for) a holiday card. Now that we’re in full saving-every-penny-for-the-baby mode, some of the traditions I love, like sending holiday cards, have to be sacrificed. Again, this is what happens when two accountants get married!
Thank goodness for Tiny Prints! They made my holiday card dreams come true, AND we were able to coordinate a pregnancy announcement with them as well. As my husband would say, “double whammy!”.
Let’s get to the fun part. The DIY I’m sharing over on Tiny Prints blog is a super easy, 6 step tutorial on how to make your own faux fur stocking.
Hop on over to Tiny Prints to get the full step-by-step! And I bet you didn’t know, there is a whole plethora of DIYs from so many bloggers you already know. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and have a little Saturday reading
Happy Saturday everyone!
I’m sharing a fun tutorial today over at the amazing 6th Street Design School on how to glam-up a closet staple – the crew neck sweater!
Hop on over and read the full tutorial here.
Phew! THIS PROJECT.
Boy, this project was a beast.
I guess it’s bad blogger form to tell your readers how hard something is. Projects are supposed to look easy and error free, right? If I’m being completely honest, this project probably shouldn’t have been beastly, or terribly hard for anyone who’s built something from scratch before. In my defense, when I started this X bench (back in January!) I hadn’t ever built anything from scratch out of wood. Well, I was itching to use the Kreg Jig I got in my swag bag from last year’s Haven conference, and I was also itching to have myself my very own upholstered X bench, but no way was I ever going to fork over $200+ to buy a brand new X bench. So I thought I’d scratch both itches, give my Kreg Jig a try and make an X bench myself!
*Disclaimer #1* Building an X bench is HARD!
In building this X bench, I mainly referenced Beth’s tutorial. I tweaked her tutorial a bit to fit the specifications of a bench, rather than an ottoman. I also chose to use 2″ x 2″ oak boards instead of 1″ x 2″ boards, which in Beth’s tutorial you have to glue together to make a 2″ x 2″ board. I’d rather pay a couple dollars more to skip that glue + clamp situation.
Here is a short montage of the work it took to build the bench…
I definitely used my Kreg Jig, and bought some fancy clamps. You probably noticed I built this whole thing in my kitchen…. eh, that’s how we roll.
*Disclaimer #2* Upholstering an X bench is HARD!
I originally wanted the upholstery to be perfectly seamless. I started by hot glue gunnin’ the batting over the wood, but it was taking WAY too long to dry (I know, I’m impatient). I started to worry once the batting was completely attached, ‘this upholstery business isn’t going to go well’. I ended up stapling the fabric in strategic places around the X legs and middle bar.
The seat was easy: foam + batting + staples that you can hide, no worries there.
I wanted the option to remove the the top cushion in case it needed to be cleaned, so instead of drilling it into the base, I secured the top with velcro. I also drilled the lower base onto the X legs for added stability.
Boom. X Bench done! It’s vibrant and luxurious, and full of staples, but what the hay, it’s perfect for me.
I’m a big fan of benches at the foot of any bed. They’re the perfect touch to an otherwise boring (and awkward to look at) foot of the bed.
My advice to you is – just go and buy an X bench. It’s worth the $200.
As much as I hate to admit this, I’m no party planner. I get overwhelmed obsessing over all the details, (usually the details about what cheese and delicate meats to buy… ), or I end up planning SO MANY details that I’m unable to execute everything. I’ve learned party planning isn’t my forte, and that I throw better parties when I keep things simple, because then I’m able to step back and have a good time with the guests, instead of worrying over all those details like striped napkins and paper straws. Although I LOVE striped napkins and paper straws, they just overwhelm me.
My sister-law asked for some help prepping my brother’s birthday bash this past weekend. Perfect! A party for dudes only care what beer’s stocked in the fridge? Boom. Done. We planned Rock Band sessions, beer pong (apparently men don’t grow out of college drinking games), lots of snacks and cheese, and one little unexpected surprise…
My favorite party gal ever, Kelly of StudioDIY, makes the most mind blowing piñatas. I followed some of her piñata tips to create this ‘ol dirty ‘stash.
Using a giant piece of cardboard, scissors and an Xacto knife, I traced and cut two exact mustaches. I used the sides of the cardboard box, which measured ~3″ deep, cut them off in long strips and glued the edges down to one of the mustaches using a hot glue gun. Next, I glued the other mustache to the top, leaving a trap door at the top in order to fill it with candy later. Next, using a package of black tissue paper, I cut ~2″ strips of tissue, then sliced some fringe with my scissors.
There are a few ways you can cover a pinata in fringe. One way is to glue the fringe, the other way is to use double-sided tape. I didn’t have time to wait for the glue to dry, so I used double-sided tape. First, I taped the tissue fringe down in long strips across the front and back sides of the mustache. Once the front and back sides were covered in tissue fringe, I essentially did the same process with the sides, laying a long piece of double-sided tape down, then a long piece of tissue. Once the mustache was completely covered, I poked two holes at the crests of the mustache, tied some hemp cord, then filled the piñata with my bro’s favorite candy.
Let me tell you, this dirty ‘stash was a hit! And seriously, if you want to impress your friends, make a piñata! For some reason people are so shocked when you say you made the piñata, as if piñatas couldn’t possibly be hand crafted. It’s like they just appear at the grocery store with no point of origin. Crazy people.
Happy birthday big bro!
Sometimes you just can’t help but jump on the bandwagon. I’ve been loving all the DIY versions of the black ink abstract art, and just HAD to make my own for the gallery wall in my bedroom.
But friends, get this, I didn’t just use a bit of paint and a paint brush. I used something more incredible, something brand new to the art market. Now let me introduce you to a life changing product from Montana Cans, the company that brought you worlds best gold spray paint….
Acrylic paint markers!!! The anatomy of these markers is basically pure genius. A tube full of acrylic paint topped with a sturdy felt tipped head constructed with a pump system which releases the paint as you go. Perfection! Montana Cans knew what artists needed, we needed the ability to paint with a pen, not with a sloppy brush.
Instead of re-creating one of the art pieces West Elm is selling, or by some more famous artists, I really wanted to create something with my own mind. Think of it as a stress release. Just close your eyes and go to town on a few pieces of paper, pick your favorite one and frame it! It’s art, I don’t care what anyone else says. We are creative beings and we should pat ourselves on the back (or shamelessly display your art by framing it in a vintage gold leafed frame and blog about it) whenever we step out of our comfort zones and create a masterpiece. Maybe not a “masterpiece”, but be proud of your work, people!
Get to it! Get one of these pens (or a boat load, as you can see I did in the photo above) and go crazy. Literally.
Oh, and that weird little thing beneath the abstract art is also a crazy painting of mine, using the same acrylic markers! Now it’s your turn. Go!