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Valentine’s Day Fort

Valentine’s Day Fort
There are so many different ways to express feelings of love on Valentine’s Day: some are sweet and sentimental, others are bold and celebratory. For kicks, I’m thinking I might want to surprise my loved one with an amazing and decadent love fort, like this one from designer Justina Blakeney. Justina is the woman behind the LA-based design and consulting firm Compai Creative. She always shows a fearless use of color and has an amazing talent for mixing print and pattern to produce sophisticated, eclectic designs. You can read more about the making of this project from Justina after the jump, and be sure to check out Justina’s Before & After projects, as well. Thanks for sharing, Justina! Styling by Justina Blakeney and Caitlin Levin. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! In my family, building indoor forts was a weekly enterprise. Materials Instructions For the Fort: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. For the Newspaper Heart Garland: 1. 2. 3. For the Pom-Pom Garland: 1. 2. Related:  Make Fabric Playhouses For The Kids

The Little Blue House Two weeks ago, I finished Jenna's birthday present andstashed it in a closet to wait for today when we celebratedher birthday. It has been in my head even longer than thePrincess Pavilion Tent - and it originally was supposed tobe a regular flat-topped table tent. But late in the summerI found, for less than $5, this gem at a garage sale- and I thought it would be much, much cuter than atable tent. Here is Jenna's Little Blue House with its striped roof, little white gate, doorbell and awning (has dowels in it - I love dowels). The little white gate opens into a welcome mat which is brown flannel with felt applique. The back of the house has a little round window. One one side are two windows with gingham valencesand old-fashioned lace curtains with velcro tie-backs. There are window boxes with hidden slots for planting flowers. On the other side is a much bigger window withanother little awning to keep the rain out.And a little mailbox. The shades are down now because it is closed. and candy.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: valentine’s tea, three ways I come from a family of die-hard tea drinkers, so I am naturally predisposed to liking pretty much anything tea-related: teapots, mug cozies, you name it. Last week, one of our readers, Austin-based blogger and crafter Emma Hadzi-Anitch, shared an adorable idea she had to make her own teabags for an easy and simple Valentine’s Day gift. I loved the project so much, I had to experiment with it, and I went a little crazy . . . too much Irish Breakfast pumping through my system, I guess. I’ve included three different teabag designs, each one easier than the last. Whatever your time, budget or skill level allows, I guarantee you can whip up a whole batch of love tea for your Valentine before next Monday. I’m so charmed by these teabags that I might just make my own tea from now on, although I’ll gladly accept a box of Samovar’s Earl Grey or Yogi’s Ginger Tea any day. Floral arrangement by Studio Choo CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2.

Princess Pavillion Tent Woke the kids from their naps today to come see this: This tent has been in my head for months. I'd wanted to finish it during the winter so the kids could play with it during the boring cold weeks indoors. of course. summer, though, for two reasons. hot in the mornings when the girls want to be outside playing. Now they can hide in the shade of this tent and read or eat a mid-morning snack, or hold tea parties. time for garage sale season. this, hit the garage sales for used quilts/duvet covers or sheets- they are the cheapest way to procure large pieces of fabric! But more on the making later. Back to the kids' newest toy first: In case you haven't guessed yet, this is a table tent, or a cubby house, or glorified fitted tablecloth. a table underneath all that holding it up. usual way of table tents and dress up our rectangular dining table. of it. though, had the requisite four corner (if a round table can have corners, I mean) legs, so it got picked instead. No complaints - I love anything round.

Make Valentine Tea Bags These cute tea bags are refashioned and dressed up for Valentine’s Day. Take an ordinary tea bag, add some pretty scrapbook paper and you have a thoughtful, and useful, gift to give to teachers, friends, neighbors or family members. Go one step further and create the tea bag envelope too for that added personal touch! I used to participate in a secret sister club years ago. The idea is that you are given a person’s name, their interests, hobbies, likes, etc, and all month you send them messages, gifts if you like, and snail mail cards or letters. For my Valentine tea bags I looked for some poems but wasn’t real hip on what I found. I’ve sent this cup of friendship A little bag of tea I hope that when you drink itYou’ll surely think of me. Funny thing is, I’m not a big hot tea drinker. To keep the two separate, and to help the recipient, I printed the type of tea and short instructions onto address labels and attached them to the tea bag envelopes. Valentine Tea Bagsprintable version

House In Our Hallway Do you know those doorway puppet theaters that were all the rage a couple of years ago? Well, I thought they were ingenious, but I also thought it was time to move beyond the hanging, two-dimensional idea to the realm of the three-dimensional shapeshifting tent houses. All you need is three (or more) strategically-placed tension rods, and you'd have a morphing house that can also have a table-tent-esque flat top or a vertical townhouse facade (and everything in between) and that, because of the adjustable tension rods, can be jammed into doorways to amuse/confuse the living daylights out of postal workers or suspended over staircases for a faux loft feel. Disclaimer: I wouldn't encourage obstructing stairways, of course, but I had to do this today to get decent lighting. I also want to add that I chose to use just enough fabric for the front of the house, plus a little back roof overhang, because that's what 54" (the width) got me. Now let's break it down! First, the roof - the tulips

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: book strap side table i’ve always loved seeing pictures of students using leather book straps; they are so charming and orderly. but to be honest, it is not the best way to carry heavy books around town is it? but to carry something that doesn’t move, like a table…perfect! i went to a local recycling center to pick up some extra books, built a couple small cubbies out of wood, and went to work! CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump! materials: 1. books (old paperbacks are perfect, from a recycling center or a yard sale) 2. old leather belts ( 4 men’s belts should be sufficient) 3. hot glue gun 4. wood for cubbies (1″x8″x48″ and 1x4x16″) 5. red gloss paint (or any color you wish) 6. paintbrush 7. saw 8. sandpaper 9. hammer and nails 10. cardboard (about 8″x14″) instructions: 1. to make the cubbies, you need to cut the wood into 8 pieces: two at 1″x8″x14″, four at 1″x8″x5″, and two at 1″x4″x8″. you will be making boxes that are 5″x5″ and 4″x14″.

DIY: Tablecloth Play Tent My children have the day off from public school today (Happy Martin Luther King, Jr day!) and one of their favorite things to do is to make forts – what kid doesn’t? Knowing how much they love them, I made them a play tent in our dining room in the shape of a white tablecloth, complete with delightfully sweet curtained windows and a door for access too. Who says dining rooms are just for eating? I cannot take credit for this creative plan… my kids have been making tents out of tabletops for years (yours too?). I came up with a DIY version and gave it my own twist. To recreate it, all you need is enough fabric to cover the tabletop and the surround, and accent fabric for windows (or doors) plus a sewing machine and thread. I’ve made tailored tablecloths before and I prefer not to buy the more expensive linen/cotton cloth, instead I use drapery liner because it’s thick, affordable, and is 54” wide. When it was all stitched together, I pinned the bottom and hemmed that next.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: homemade leprechaun spirits Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner; it will sneak up on you before you know it, so you might want to prepare! The tradition of drinking on the holiday comes from a legend called Patrick Pot. This project honors that tradition. These mini, leprechaun-sized ales are perfect for a St. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials miniature liquors, such as Irish Whiskey or Goldschlager (limeade to make non-alcoholic)print papercorksstringgold papergluehole puncherscissors or X-acto knifeglue, Goo Gone or another adhesive remover Instructions For the Labels 1. 2. 3. For the Golden Shamrock Bottles 1. 2. 3. 4. DIY A-Frame Tent. Contributor Anu from Nalle’s House is back with another fantastic project which I’m thrilled to share with you! Hi there! I’m so glad to be back to share another project. During the summer I tend to spend a lot of time outdoors with my two little boys. House projects sometimes take a back burner to a trip to the splash pad, playing outside or even relaxing a little on our patio. So, in the spirit of spending so much time outside playing, I made a simple a-frame tent for the backyard. My boys love it! For those of you who don’t know already and were wondering why there is a sign in a foreign language on the tent, it’s because our family is Finnish. When I designed this tent I wanted to make it fairly sturdy to stand up to many years of use. Here’s how to make your own tent: You’ll also need some tools like a drill, hex key and a sewing machine. * For a no-sew version of the tent tarp, you could use iron-on hemming tape for the long edges and staple the short ends to the side dowels.