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DIY String Art Tutorial

DIY String Art Tutorial
I’ve been seeing tons of string art popping up all over the web and decided to try my hand at a piece of my own. I really didn’t want to mess with hammers and cutting wood and all that though, so I used cork board instead. Easy to work with, light weight and cheap! Here’s what you’ll need: {Before I started this project, I unrolled the cork boards and placed a bunch of heavy books on them to straighten them out a bit. Each piece of cork board is only about 1/32″ thick – definitely not enough to hold a nail stable. You can download my template for the word “dream” here. Reinforce the spaces between the “e” and “a” and “m” with some additional tape. Center your template out on your cork board. I really wanted the look of a white background for my string art so I decided to paint the cork. When the paint dried, there was a little bit of buckling of the top layer of cork board and I could see where I had missed spots with my hot glue. Center your template and tape it down. Cork: $26.97 Related:  Home Decorating

Photo Wall Art Display {Home Decor Inspiration} Here at I Heart Faces, our goal is to help you get the most out of your photography. From learning how to use your camera to getting your images off the computer, we want you to be inspired and enjoy your images. Last month we suggested using your photos to create some dynamic wall art displays. We’ve rounded up some more of our favorite ideas from around the web to inspire you to create your very own photo wall art display. Above Photo Credit: Apartment This photo art display was part of a spunky laundry room re-do by Dimples and Tangles. This clean, modern staircase wall treatment by Nicole Begley, one of our lovely I Heart Faces readers, makes a bold statement. We love this whimsical family tree photo wall collage by Poppytalk. Perhaps you are renting or you are concerned about putting too many holes in your wall. This outstanding 3D photo frame collage was featured in a tutorial on In My Own Style. The more the merrier!

TUTORIAL: Coffee Stirrer DIY Wall Art - Last week, I posted a preview of the simple, inexpensive wall art my mom and I created. Now I’m excited to show you how you can make a one-of-a-kind coffee stirrer masterpieces too! I’m big on projects that anyone can do. And this is one of those projects. Here’s all you need to get started: 1. Additional Supplies: 5. Okay, first things first. So, once you’ve got your palette, it’s time to paint your frames and your coffee stirrers! My mom and I did our painting as the sun was setting, which is always a questionable decision. I was going for the reclaimed driftwood sort of look. Once your coffee stirrers are painted, it’s time to trim them to fit into the frame(s) you’ve chosen. I found the quickest way to do this is to measure one stick to be the length you need it and then use it as the guide for trimming all the others. This next part is fun because you’ll start to see your piece come together fairly quickly. What’s left?

Holder for Charging Cell Phone (made from lotion bottle My husband and I both have cell phones. And both of us have phone chargers. And that means lots of obnoxious cords. You never know when one of us may be moving phone cords around, to give our phones an extra charge while we’re chatting away……… or trying to charge our phones up before running errands or something. (Okay, and how about when you’re in a hotel or visiting family/friends. I was looking around on the internet for a solution and found this. It made the perfect little holder for my cell phone while it’s being charged. Holder for Charging Cell Phone And no more phone hanging down from the outlet while in this room or that room……..the cord and phone are now up off the ground, and tucked away into the little holder, while the phone drinks up a full charge. And of course I couldn’t just leave the poor little holder alone……I had to Mod Podge some fabric right onto it for some kick. If you look closely, you can see that the orange print is fabric. And turns out, it’s pretty useful.

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Inspiration For Moms: I Finished It Friday: Canvas Wall Art I found this art on Pinterest and I thought it was so elegant and yet so simple... Upon further review, I found out that the company resides is in the United Kingdom and charges 295 pounds (which is...gasp.... $486!!) for this lovely artwork. Oh, did I mention that they don't deliver to the United States. I took a few trips to my favorite Hobby Lobby with a few 40% off coupons and gathered my supplies. -3 art canvases (sized 11x14) -13 wood letters (for the words love, laugh, live) -spray glue -spray paint First, I measured out all my letter placement. Then I sprayed the glue on the back and placed each letter on my canvas. Final step...the spray paint. And it really is that easy folks! My version set me back about $25 bucks and I love it! Linking to:Tatertots and Jello Home Stories A to Z

DIY Natural Room Scents Don't miss my follow-up post to this one withNATURAL ROOM SCENTS FOR DIY GIFTS & CENTERPIECESCLICK HERE This post was featured in the April 2013 issue of Woman's Day magazine. Here's the thing. I'm married to a man who hates artificial scents of any kind. Turns out that King-Man may just be ahead of his time. But, the air in my house gets stale sometimes. There is a simple, all natural, truly lovely solution. Keeping the supply list simple. How to Make Natural Room Scents Fragrant items for naturally scenting your home: citrus -- I've tried other fruits. view whole spices on Amazon: cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans Five Natural Room Scent RecipesThese are all scents that my nose likes. General procedure: Combine the ingredients in a 2 cup (pint) jar or container, or in a pan on the stove top. view on Amazon: ♦pint jars ♦plastic lids for jars Scent #1: Oranges, cinnamon & cloves (allspice and anise are optional). Scent #2: Lemon, rosemary, & vanilla. Gift them!

How to Make a Simple Bow These little bows are so simple and fun-- I make them all the time. They are so versatile-- you can wear them as shoe clips, hair clips, broaches, whatever you want! I've also attached them to headbands. (Photo from last year when I was obsessively watching Mad Men and attempting the bee hive hairdo. Looks a bit like Marge Simpson if you ask me. ;) ) How to Make Simple Bows: Step 1: First you need to cut a rectangle of fabric with a little sliver of fabric to set off to the side. Step 2: Next you need to fold the fabric onto itself, lengthwise. Step 3: Now fold the fabric in the other way to to middle. Step 4: Stitch those bad boys together. Step 5: With a curling iron, straightener, or iron, press the sides of the little sliver of fabric together. Step 6: All done!

Jambalaya Boxes It's that time of the year when tourists descend upon New Orleans like a bunch of drunk and shirtless locusts. Middle aged conventioneers with names like Stew and Skip take up with sorority girls, frat boys, and Lousianans alike in America’s spring break: Mardi Gras. Yes, it’s that time of year, but it isn't all bad for the good people of NOLA — they get free jewelry. And by jewelry, I mean beads. Lots of beads. Hippy Ti Yo beads! Mardi Gras is the only holiday I know in which people throw shiny things off of floats and hang said shiny things on trees and doors and fences and anyone who will flash a tata or two. It’s been a few years since I have been to New Orleans for the season, but last time I prepared as best I could by grabbing beads enough for ten people plus half of Jackson Square. This year, considering Fat Tuesday is February 12, I thought it would be fun to mash it with its neighboring holiday—Valentines, on February 14. What will I need? Total cost: $2.50 – $6.00

radical possibility: Easy Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers Thank you all so much for such amazing feedback and for helping this project circulate all over the internet! My cups have held up pretty well due to not being used too often (they are currently just holding bobby pins in my bathroom) but several readers said after a little wear and tear, the paint comes off. Other readers have found that using paint specifically for glass leads to a much longer life! In the comments, readers have specifically stated that Martha Stewart Paints and DecoArt paints have lasted the best. I have used both, and love them both! The process of making them will remain the same, but these products should help prolong the life of your glassware. xo, z Here's the thing about Anthropologie; everything is gorgeous. Let the knockoff begin! The internet taught me that I can use acrylic paint on glass as long as I seal it afterwards, so thats what we are going to do here. In true knockoff fashion, I did one rainbow confetti, and one each of red and blue. xo,

How to Turn Wine Bottles into Tumblers You knew you’d been saving all those wine bottles for a reason! With this in-depth tutorial, we’re pumped to show you how to turn old wine bottles into gorgeous new tumblers. Not only are these green (both in color and in eco-ness), they make a great gift for the holidays and are an instant conversation piece. This tutorial is definitely on the more advanced end of the spectrum, and requires a few tools you may not be familiar with. As long as you follow the steps you can definitely make it happen, but feel free to shoot questions our way via the comments below or send an email to Materials: - wine bottles with parallel sides - bottle cutter (available on Amazon) - rags or towels - large pot + potholder - candle - 2-3 sheets of dry or wet sandpaper ranging from medium (~150) to fine (~300-400) - 1 sheet of craft-foam - safety mask & goggles (not necessary if using sandpaper) First thing to do is remove those labels. Now, it’s time to start cutting your bottle!

Mardi Gras Beads Redux: Funkytown Ceiling Lamp Check it out y’all! now I’ll have Mardi Gras in my living room all year round. Wahoo! A couple weeks ago I sent out the message I was hunting for ideas on ways to use old mardi gras beads....lo and behold you sure answered. The first idea that hit-me-in-the-face came from Kelly on facebook, and was soon echoed by LeeLu and Ann (clearly, all three of them knew a good thing when they saw it!).... Just one problem. The compromise? Yeah, well, it’s not as formal as Heather’s chandelier but golly-gee it sure is festive! *Note: The project here is not for those seeking perfection. Materials One wire hanging basket 40+ Strands of beadsBolt of 32gage wire I started out by wiring the edges of the basket with green beads –this helped keep it it looking a little more uniform or “on purpose”....then just went to town swagging and twisting wire around each strand where it hit the wire basket. This project was free and easy --can’t beat that!

Make Your Shelf at Home: Revamping a $10 Bookcase Our sunroom houses my little home office, but it didn’t originally. When we moved in, it was more of a room-we-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-so-we’ll-put-all-the-extra-boxes-there-until-we’re-done-unpacking sort of area, and at the end of all the moving in, four boxes remained, forming a tower that loomed over me as I worked. I hung curtains, got houseplants (now long dead of course), and put art on the walls, but there were the boxes, ignored and despised. They stayed there for about a year. Living with them sucked, but looking back, we deserved it. We do the dumbest stuff. One day, I looked directly at the tower of boxes for the first time in ages, and I realized I had the power to remove them. Thirty seconds later I began brainstorming ideas to fill the space. By the end of the day, I’d announced my plan to grab some kind of cheap secondhand unit. Pretty hard. Personally, I liked how weird it was. So I took it home and got to work. Sanding sucks so much. See? But I’m happy with it.