DIY Copper Tape Art

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!

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

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!

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakesRule 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’.

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakesThere 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…

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

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.

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

I love the overlapping hexagons. I recently saw a similar pattern displayed on the windows at Urban Outfitters.  Such a coincidence!

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

 

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DIY Souk Inspired Pillow

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

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.

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakesMy 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

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

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.

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

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.

 

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakesSTEP 4 // allow the paint to dry before combing and taping off the other half of the pillow.  Repeat the “painting” process.

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakesSTEP 5 // once completely dry, pull off your tape go! You now have a West Elm Souk inspired pillow.

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!

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

Related Tutorials: Headboard // leather & gold pinwheel pillow

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2014 Highlights

Hello! I hope everyone had a fantastic last few days celebrating with family and friends and loved ones. We had a great time making my son Zano’s first Christmas a joyful memory. Did you catch his Christmas outfit? I had that vest/pants combo planned for over a year! The best secret to clothing shopping for your kids is to shop the post season sales for the following years sizes #genius. Sadly this doesn’t really hold true once your an adult. Super bummer.

SO! It’s that time of year we get to reflect on ALL this year has brought; all the projects, all the memories, all the ups and downs.. This year was quite conflicting, it’s been a tough and rewarding year, and honestly I’m glad to see it go. We experienced life and loss. We bought our first home and helped others in their struggle to keep theirs. We reached career milestones only to realize the fight isn’t over. 2014, you’ve been quite the feisty lady, but it’s time to turn the page. But! Before we do so, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and check out all we’ve accomplished on the blog this past year:
The best thing we did to kick off the new year was finding out we were having a boy!

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Talk about highs and lows, it wasn’t much later I found out my identity was stolen

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Arguably the second highlight of the year was when we bought our first house! It’s tiny but mighty!

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I started working on the nursery beginning with a little DIY of course, a mobile and a potato stamped swaddle, a woven wall hanging from a bath mat! That one was your favorite :)

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All too quickly (actually the opposite!) the little bambino arrived! And I shared my birth story.

Summer quickly came and we hosted a s’more party thanks to The Home Depot and the Patio Redux Challenge.

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We were finally settling in to our new home also with a little help of sir DIY, our woven bench coffee table was quite a hit.

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It took 3 long months but we finally completed the first major renovation in our home: the kitchen! And boy did you guys love it.
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Not only did our kitchen get a makeover, our bedroom finally got a beautiful facelift!

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I feel like with that kitchen we finished the year off with a bang! We have grand plans for 2015, so let’s get the party started!

Fringe Wall Hanging at Target!

Hello! I had to pop in today and share with you the new fringe wall hangings I spotted at Target! I really shouldn’t be surprised that, yes, Target has done it again. But I am! As I’ve learned, woven wall hanging’s aren’t for everyone, but I really do think they’re a beautiful art and look so good in almost any space. I love these two from the Nate Berkus line at Target, both are simple and sculptural, somewhat basic in palette, one being cream and the other (which is significantly more beautiful in person than in this image) has touches of metallic thread that really give off a lux vibe to what is traditionally known as a boho art piece.

Nate Berkus Fringe Wall Hangings // brittanyMakes

 

Metallic fringe wall hanging // cream fringe wall hanging

I know everyone’s gearing up for Christmas so I’ll make this post brief. Have a happy holidays everyone! If I don’t catch you before Christmas, enjoy every minute, listen to a lot of holiday music, laugh a lot, watch your favorite holiday movie a few times over, because before you know it it’s going to be over and we will all be stressing about the new year.

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LAST MINUTE GIFTS FOR HIM & HER

I definitely waited for the last minute to post my last minute gift guide.  See what I did there? I unintentionally showed you just how much of a procrastinator I can be… Help! How do I prevent my son from inheriting my ‘wait until the last minute’ tenancies? Funny enough and in my greatest defense, I usually make my best decisions under pressure! Speaking of pressure, we only have 6 more days to shop for Christmas… Here’s what you need to finish off that shopping list of yours!

 

Last Minute Gift Guide! // brittanyMakes

// ONE I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent trying to get my husband to wear chukkas, as dapper as I tell him he’ll look, he still refuses.  These are the most affordable ones I’ve found, yet still look mighty handsome // TWO a very manly vest to do very manly things while wearing // THREE because the holidays wouldn’t be the same without a red buffalo check blanket // FOUR copper is a man’s metallic, any dude will look a 100x sexier poppin’ bottles with a copper opener // FIVE matching copper shaker is a must, naturally // SIX pour your manly drinks in these rigid and angular drinking glasses

Last Minute Gift Guide! // brittanyMakes

// ONE my favorite thing to wear every day lately is a heathered gray vest, it goes with everything! And this one is perfect! A little lux action with that fur hoodie // TWO trust me when I say every lady needs a gold wishbone paperweight // THREE Black + gold + NYC action? This sweater is so cute // FOUR get this stool for one of the ladies in your life (or yourself!) before they’re gone! // FIVE gold glitter satchel? you had me at hello // SIX blush pink is a year ’round staple, grab this leather tote while it’s on sale!

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12 Days of Holiday Tablescapes!

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakesChristmas is in 9 days. 9 DAYS! I tend to be a giant procrastinator around the holidays, I get caught somewhere between trying not to spend a million dollars on gifts yet still trying to find that perfect something for each member of my gigantic family without offending them with something from the dollar section at Target.  I know, a gift is a gift and should be happily received regardless, but it’s not always so easy is it? ANYWAY, I’m getting off track. Christmas, it’s here! And it’s the first time in our new house that we get to decorate for the holidays.  My husband is beside himself with joy.  It’s his FAVORITE time of year and I wouldn’t be a good wife if our table was sans decor.

And what fabulous timing! I’m joining forces with 11 other mighty talented bloggers (list below) on a 12-Days of Christmas Tablescape tour.

SIDE NOTE – our dining chairs, thrifted of course (which I’m 99% sure are Milo Baughman) are in horrible shape and need to be recovered.  Please don’t look too closely.  I got them for $10 each so if they’re not Milo I’m not even mad.

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

My formula for this holiday season was super easy: tartan napkins, sheepskin flokati, touches of metallic gold and copper, and classic white dinnerware.  Everything pairs nicely with our warm walnut dining table!  I love our dining table, it’s the first ‘grown-up’ piece of furniture we’ve purchased that was delivered pre-built! White glove delivery and everything!

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

 

I just trimmed some sprigs of greenery off our Christmas tree as a little tabletop flair. I tied them together with a bit of rosemary and red velvet ribbon.  What screams the Holidays more than red velvet ribbon?

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

 

There’s like a lot of weirdness going on in our dining area right now, like subfloor as flooring, missing baseboards, grimy dining chairs, weirdly draped tinsel, plants that look like tenticals, to name a few.  But i’m not going to complain one bit, It’s the holidays and my baby’s first Christams.  I couldn’t be more blessed and more at peace with these things.  All in good time these details will be fixed.

 

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

So!  Since I’m a noob at holiday decorating, what are your go-to tips and tricks to decorating for the holidays? Do you bother with a holiday tablescape? I actually quite enjoy the little details like the handwritten notecards, it makes me actually want to host an intimate holiday dinner :)

SOURCES: Dining Table // sheepskin flokati // shelving unit (sprayed gold) // gold flatware // DVF geo-shaped dinnerware // terra cotta place card holders // dining chairs: vintage // tartan napkins // gold & cement vase (instores only, sold out?) similar here // Wanderlust Globe // metallic mini bowls // zebra rug: vintage //

I have to thank Jen for hosting this fun tables cape tour! Be sure to check out the last 6 days tablescapes and mark your calendars for those who are scheduled next!

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