Anthropologie DIY: Peek-A-Boo Lamp Shade It’s been a little over two weeks since I set foot in an Anthropologie, and I’m still ogling their goodies online every day. Maybe twice a day. Okay, three or four times a day, but don’t judge me. There is one particular lamp shade that I am continuously drawn to. My DIY version of the Anthro shade was very easy to put together, and has added a little spunk to an otherwise boring little lamp. Fun, right? I started with a plain, white shade that needed some updating. Then, using the new Silhouette fabric interfacing that’s just come out (LOVE it!) I wrapped my burlap around the shade and “dry fit” the frame so I’d know where I want to iron it on. I carefully removed the burlap from the shade and ironed on the frame. I attached the burlap to the shade in a few ways. You might even get yours on straight, unlike me. I used black 1/2″ bias tape to trim the top and bottom of the shade. Now, to create the little surprise. I cut three because I want to layer them to create one really thick shape.
Upcycled Doily Lamp « I’ve been collecting vintage crochet doilies for several months, with plans to make this pendant lamp. Finally, now that the holidays are over and things have slowed down a bit, I took the time to make my first prototype. There are a few things I need to work out, but overall I am very pleased with how it turned out. The shadows that it creates on the ceiling and walls are just gorgeous. P.S. P.P.S. Like this: Like Loading...
Do-it-Yourself DIY String Wedding Lanterns Yarn Chandeliers - StumbleUpon Jessica of Wednesday Inc shows us how to make those gorgeous twine chandeliers from the inspiration shoot she shared with us this morning. Using balloons, glue and twine, you can also make these lanterns for your wedding – and then bring it home and use it as your very own mid century lampshade. What you will need are: balloons, glue, yarn, tray for glue, corn starch 1/2 cup of Corn starch, 1/4 cup of Warm water, clear fast drying spray paint, hanging lamp cord or fishing line (depending on your desired final product), and a lighting kit if you’re looking for a fully functional lantern. Jessica recommends using a sharpie to mark on the inflated balloon how much room you need to leave for the lighting cord. She also recommends coating the balloon with vaseline prior to wrapping the yarn coated with glue so it doesn’t stick on the balloon once it’s dry. Are you getting excited to try to do this at home as much I am? Instructions: 1.
Re-purposing: Tshirts into 5-strand-braided-headbands I was walking through Target a few weeks ago and noticed this little knit fabric headband that was not just braided together…….but woven. I decided they were charging way too much for something that could be made with t-shirt scraps. And that means free. So there you have it. A nice and easy project to give my bad-hair-day head some love. (Or you may need one for working out. I kinda love it on my little girl . She always has little hair fly-aways that get into her face…….and this helps with that problem. It even works great with her hair down…..and keeps that hair tucked behind her ears. And yep, good for me too. Thanks little t-shirt scraps. Want to make your own? First, find some old t-shirts. Then, cut your fabric into long strips. Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end. Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges. But let me explain a little better. First, you’ll work on the left side. And that’s it. This post is sponsored by:
Valentine's Day Wall Art I loved how my Valentine's Day garland and wreath looked so I decided to make another Valentine's Day decoration. In our living room we have a big blank wall that is patiently waiting for us to finish the wall art we plan on hanging. I decided to use that space and try to make a simple, cheap wall art. Supplies: Card stock, pattern to print (I did sheet music), scissors, tapeCost: $0 (I already had all of the supplies) I started off by printing off sheet music. Then I found a heart shape that I liked (via google images). I cut out the hearts by hand - I'm very jealous of people with cricuts or other similar machines that do it for you. :-) I had originally planned on just taping the hearts to the wall (I was going for very simple wall art) but decided it might look neat if the hearts stood a little bit off of the wall. Does that make sense? I printed the outline with the folding lines (light grey) onto card stock and cut them out. Then I taped them to the backs of the hearts. All done!
DIY Project Lighting, Egg Carton Flower Pendant Light There are so many fun crafty things that can be done with paper pulp egg cartons. When I came across these unique purple ones in the trash at my office (yes, I dug them out of the trash), I just knew they could be turned into something really spectacular. My idea? This paper pulp egg carton flower pendant light. I think this flower pendant light would add a pretty feminine touch to a girl’s room or any room that needs a pretty, feminine touch . This pendant light gives off a soft, beautiful ambient light. Project Cost: Approximately $30 Tools & Materials: 15-foot extension cord,One strand of 50-count miniature white Christmas lights,Paper pulp egg cartons (at least 80 cups, plus a few extras to allow for errors),Metal hardware cloth with 1/2-inch grid,Approximately 50 4-inch zip ties,Scissors (they need to be sharp!) Instructions: Prepare the flowers (you’ll need a total of 40 flowers): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Helpful Hints:
Wedding Mason Jar Lanterns I spent today with my Mom, sister Brooke, and Marcie, my sister-in-law and and Jen, sister-in-law-to-be. Can I just say I love those women. We were busy with plans and decorations for the upcoming wedding of Josh (my brother) and Jen. I am so excited about the creative “Make it Do” ideas we have for the wedding… it’s going to be beautiful. The reception will be outdoors on a patio of a local restaurant. So the project of the day was to make Mason Jar Lanterns. We found a wonderful tutorial for the lanterns on one of my favorite websites One Pretty Thing. Here is the link to the tutorial. Mason jar2 1/2 – 3 1/2 feet of wirewire cutterspencilplierssand or potting soilvoltive candle Here’s how we made the jars: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. One down and 39 more to go. These are going to look great lit up and lovely all around the wedding reception.
Home Decor: Painting an Old Dresser (from the thrift store) First of all, did you see the winner of the Silhouette CAMEO here? Also, have you entered the Hellmann’s/BlogHer giveaway here? An easy $100 to spend on anything you’d like over at cooking.com. Fantastic! Okay, onto other things. I know I have mentioned this before (maybe 100 times or so….haha!) So, all of that to say that I will have several home decor posts coming up. The first thing up? Oh my, how I love turning old into new. So here’s the old dresser that I found at the thrift store for $12. And turned it into this: It became a great focal point on a bare and boring wall. Want to see more of the process? The drawers were all wonky and needed new stops in the back to keep them from going in too far. And in case you haven’t painted furniture much……here’s what else I did, that worked well for me. I have purchased super cheap paint in the past. The other thing…….I purchased a more expensive paint brush. I also added Floetrol to my paint while painting. I love how it turned out. Related posts:
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