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. I printed out ten photos that I love, they don't necessarily have anything to do with my list of favorite things. The pages are super simple... just a photo, a journaling strip and some washi or masking tape. Make Your Own Tree Swing Our first house in Springfield had a huge Oak tree in our wild, rambling backyard so I made Sebastian a tree swing once he was big enough to enjoy it. We were so sad to leave it behind when we moved, especially since our second house had absolutely no trees large enough to support even a family of squirrels much less a toddler. Our new place came with a good-sized apple tree right in the middle so as soon as the weather warmed up I decided it was time for another swing. 1. Supplies needed: 1 - 2x4x8 piece of wood for the seat, 1 - 1x2x8 piece of wood for the top, rope long enough to hang from your branch and strong enough to support adult weight (just in case).
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.
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. Supplies needed- stretched canvas (I chose an 8x10 size), gel medium (I used this kind from Liquidex ), paint brush and the image you want to transfer (laser copy) and a spray bottle filled with water. Pallet Vertical Garden Today Rachel is sharing an adorable project she recently created; a vertical garden from recycled pallets! The chain link fence in our yard provides a few unsightly views of our lovely neighbors' weed-infested parking lot of a backyard. Since we are renters a new wooden fence was not an option and I didn't think I'd have the patience to wait on a dozen bushes to grow tall enough to block the view so I schemed an inexpensive way to at least draw attention away from the eye sore(s). A few trips to the hardware store and a local dumpster and I had created a new focal point that helped cozy up our little yard with bright colors and a bit of texture.
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 love seeing vintage pieces and I also love modern takes on this classic craft, like this one and that one. So I decided to make one for my kitchen area. I got this piece of wood at Hobby Lobby and then had Elsie helped create the outline of a fork and spoon.
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. The Instax Camera definitely works great for this. Film can get a little steep price wise but I am a big fan of the small size and it fits in a book quite well. Heart Jeans D.I.Y. If you haven'tnoticed, I have a bit of an obsession with hearts. I even designed a pair of high waisted jeans with hearts on the knees recently. This got me thinking... it would be super fun (and easy) to add hearts to the knees of almost any pair or jeans! I'm enjoying gathering new pieces for my fall and winter wardrobe, including a few DIY pieces like these jeans.
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. From the top of each moulding, measure and mark 6" down with your pencil. 2. With your drill and 3/4" spade bit, drill a hole at your mark.
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. 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.
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. DIY Steampunk Notebook Very cool notebook you can make yourself: Source: vk.com, master-klass.livejournal You just need this: Then, do this: Heart Blanket DIY I love this blanket! I'm always looking for new ways to decorate our living room without spending too much. This design is bold, but still cute. You can make one too, here's how... 1. Supplies: throw blanket (we picked up a simple blanket at Target), Martha Stewart All Surface Paint