Highlights Scrapbook DIY I made this scrapbook from recycled materials to celebrate some of the "highlights" of my relationship with Jeremy. I listed out ten things that I love about our life and then used a highlighter pen and cut them into strips for each page. It's the perfect small book for our coffee table at home. Here's a look at each of the inside pages. Here's a look at the front and back of the book, as well as the inside of the last page. Here's a little bit about how I made this book. Step 1: Trim all pages. There you go! A few tips for the highlighting.... Have fun creating your own highlights book! It's Elementary-Avant Garde Art Made With Crayons This is a very fun project to make for yourself or with your kids when they get a little bored with reading, writing, and arithmetic and need a creative outlet. This time of year I always get the urge to buy school supplies. When I was growing up I loved getting new pencils, notebooks, and folders along with some new shoes and clothes to start the new school year off right. Since I have no need to buy school supplies anymore I came up with a project that would have me needing to take a stroll down the school supply aisle to buy some very elementary school supplies – crayons. I recently saw a very avant garde canvas where the artist melted crayons to create art. This is what I ended up with. Stretched Canvas Crayons Cheese Grater Wax Paper Iron Optional: Ribbon, Thumbtacks, Hammer 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. At first I was thinking – YIKES that didn't come out as I thought it would and then the image started growing on me.
Song Lyric Wall Art / D.I.Y. Project A couple weeks ago, I found a paint-by-number at an unbeatable price. I can't pass these things up even though I already owned this particular design. I thought that I could maybe use it to make a fun D.I.Y., but my new rule is that all thrifts that I purchase with the intent of restyling need to get done right away. I have way too many half finished projects in my life. With that little bit of motivation I came up with a fun D.I.Y. to display some of my favorite song lyrcis in our newlywed home. Enjoy.... Here's how I did it... I displayed our piece in our bedroom, on Jeremy's side of the bed.
Make Your Own Canvas Portrait! I love the look of family photos printed on canvas, but I never knew I could make them at home! After transferring photos to fabric, I was super excited to try some pieces using stretched canvas. I hope this inspires some of you to make something special for your home... Here's how I transferred my photo to canvas: 1. ), paint brush and the image you want to transfer (laser copy) and a spray bottle filled with water. Note: You can expect an imperfect transfer. I'm so excited to have this little keepsake for our home. Wedding photo courtesty of Arrow and Apple. EDITED TO ADD: Wow, guys! I love the look of family photos printed on canvas, but I never knew I could make them at home! Here's how I transferred my photo to canvas: 1. Wedding photo courtesty of Arrow and Apple. EDITED TO ADD: Wow, guys!
Kitchen Wall Art Lately I have been working on organizing and decorating in the kitchen/diningroom of my house. Even though these spaces are pretty small I have somehow managed to keep them really minimal (read: bare) since I moved in last year. :) I really wanted to create some kind of string art ever since I saw this one from Elise's blog. There are so many different takes on string (or yarn) art. I got this piece of wood at Hobby Lobby and then had Elsie helped create the outline of a fork and spoon. I really like how it turned out, and I can't wait to hang it in my kitchen this weekend!
Best Friend Wall Art: Weekend Project I love to decorate my home for each season. This time of year it's a celebration of L-O-V-E! I used some Queen song lyrics (a song from our wedding) to make a simple, graphic piece of art for our bedroom. Would you like to play along? 1. You will need: Vinyl letters (I used 3 inch), a large canvas (mine was appx. 4 feet tall) and craft paint. 2.
D.I.Y. Photo Guestbook Hey there, It's Alec. Im a big fan of taking old books and bringing new life to them through multiple uses. So for this case I chose to make a photo guestbook. Items that I used can be seen here. First thing I did was take the old photo album, peel the pieces of plastic off each page and then cut the pages out a couple at a time. Next, I ripped out all of the binding in the book and said goodbye to the pages. Following that, take the pages from the old photo album and fold them in half, and then trim them to the size of the book, and in accordance with the look you are going for. After that, take the twine and thread it through each of the holes and knot it, leaving a small amount of play in the tightness. Next, put glue in the middle of your vintage book, and sit the bound album paper firmly on the glue. Well well. you now have a rockin photo album to use for any occasion! [Alec, Thanks so much!
Make Your Own A-Frame Tent We love a-frame tents, so we invited Rubyellen to share her method for making your own. Are you excited? Here's how the magic happens- 1. Making the cover: Since the cover is made using a vintage crocheted cloth, what you have readily available to use may be a different measurement. (Hint: A twin sized sheet fits this tent frame almost perfectly!) 1. TIPS: For a little extra detail and to keep the tent cover taut, I fed twine through some holes of the cover and tied it to the legs of the frame. Again, how you make this tent cover will vary depending on the size of the crocheted cover you find and decide to use. Thanks so much, Ruby!
Make Your Own Canvas Portrait! I love the look of family photos printed on canvas, but I never knew I could make them at home! After transferring photos to fabric, I was super excited to try some pieces using stretched canvas. I hope this inspires some of you to make something special for your home... Here's how I transferred my photo to canvas: 1. ), paint brush and the image you want to transfer (laser copy) and a spray bottle filled with water. Note: You can expect an imperfect transfer. I'm so excited to have this little keepsake for our home. Wedding photo courtesty of Arrow and Apple. EDITED TO ADD: Wow, guys! Magnetic Spice Storage: Weekend Project Today we wanted to share a cute idea for organizing your kitchen spices. With every new recipe we end up collecting a new spice or two. Having all these options available is perfect for adventurous cooking but it can leave your kitchen cabinets looking cluttered! We decided to make our new spice storage magnetic so it could adhere to the side of a refrigerator, and we found these cute clear containers so you can easily see how much of each spice you have on hand. Here's a before + after comparison. They're easier to store and easier on the eyes! Step 1: Trace your container (we got ours here) onto a sheet of magnetic paper.
Make Your Own Skull String Art One of my goals this year was to create a couple of decorations for each season that I would be excited to store and pull out for years to come. This skull string at is a new favorite! It's large (2x3 feet!), so it makes a great statement piece above our piano in our dining room. It catches my eye and makes me smile each time I walk into the room. Do you wanna know a secret? 1. Note: If you don't have time to get a blueprint copy, try this (easier) method instead! Tip: When the season's over, use craft paper to wrap this art up for storage and label the package, so it's easy to find next year. There's nothing more satisfying than a DIY project that turns out exactly how you envision it! xo. Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman
Hank and Hunt - HOME - HOW TO MAKE A FLOATING HEART BACKDROP You will need: clear fishing line, heart punch, card stock in fun colors, tape (regular and painter), and scissors. Use the punch to punch out a ton of hearts. For this set up, I needed 20 garlands with 6 hearts each. Since I used 6 colors, I only needed 20 hearts of each color, plus a few extra to mix and match. Once all of your hearts are cut out, make 20 sets of 6. Cut a piece of fishing line and strand your garland on the table with tape. Then take a small piece of tape and attach each heart to the line. Hang your garlands one at a time, starting five feet from the wall, and hang one garland to the edge of your photobooth area. Make 5 more garlands on the floor and hang the first one one foot closer to the wall and six inches left to where you placed the previous row's garland. I made five garlands and immediately hung them, but you can make five and store them until you are going to hang them. Once they are all hung, pop in the middle of them and smile!
DIY Steampunk Notebook Very cool notebook you can make yourself: Source: vk.com, master-klass.livejournal You just need this: Then, do this: Laura's Galaxy Face Art One of the things I love about living in the internet age (other than online shopping of course) is that you're able to look around a bit and find out about new trends and artists you've never seen before. One of my favorite pieces that I pinned this past year was this work by Erin Case. I love her mix of the human figure and landscape elements. The combination gives off such a dreamy effect. Supplies: galaxy poster (I used this one), foam core board, X-Acto knife, rubber cement, painter's tape, and spray adhesive. 1. I really love how this project turned out. Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman