Thursday Tutorial: The Tiny Flowers Bracelet

I have to be honest with you guys, I have been sitting on this one for a long time. In fact, one of the outtakes from this tutorial is a shot of a severe snowstorm happening outside my window. Yea, that long. So I apologize for being a crafty but lazy blogger. Anyway, since summer is coming I thought it was still a good time to share this tutorial for my tiny flowers bracelet!

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Thursday Tutorial: 7 Quick DIY Christmas Ornaments

So call my mom sentimental if you want, but I’m her only child so you’ll have to understand why at 24 I’m still looking for handmade ornament ideas to make for her.  Mostly, we’re probably still just humoring each other, but damn it I think she love the Christmas ornament I make for her every year!

Of course, at 24 covering a wine cork in glitter and beads doesn’t quite seem to cut it anymore. So I went on a Christmas ornament hunt on the Internet and found some really awesome ideas. I think I know which one I’m going to make as a gift, but I found so many fun ideas for handmade ornaments that I thought I’d share then with you guys in case I’m not the only one out there still making kindergarten-esque gifts.

I know my mom would love the little Matryoshka doll one so I guess I’m headed out to buy some felt this week. But all of the tutorials for these other Christmas ornaments are too adorable not to share.

  1. Hot Air Balloon Ornament from The Cheese Thief
  2. Vintage Egg Ornament from Happy Together
  3. Matryoshka Doll Felt Ornament from My Sparkle
  4. Holly Jolly Ornaments from Martha Stewart 
  5. Map Cut Out Ornament from Mary Jane and Galoshes
  6. Thumbprint Reindeer Ornament Tutorial from Little Bit Funky
  7. Acorn Nest Ornament Tutorial from Twig and Toadstool

Do you still make Christmas ornaments as gifts?

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Thursday Tutorial: Last Minute Fall Leaf Garland

I kind of snoozed on decorating for fall and Thanksgiving this year after all my excitement decorating for Halloween, but I still wanted a little something up and I thought that a garland would be the easiest way to do that. Also, I’m completely obsessed with garlands. Why? Who knows. Is “they’re pretty” not a good enough answer? Anyway, I had all this fall leaf colored felt laying around in my fabric stash and decided that would be my easy solution: A Fall Leaf Garland!


This is also the easiest tutorial ever so if you still need that last little piece of decor to put up, this is it! It shouldn’t take you more than an hour and a half depending how fast you cut. I happen to be a slow cutter and that was the most tedious part. Anyway, here’s the tutorial!

Fall Leaf Garland Tutorial

Materials:
  • 3 pieces of felt in fall colors (or more if you need a longer garland)
  • 2 sheets of plain white paper
  • Paper cutting scissors
  • Fabric cutting scissors
  • Yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Instructions:
  1. Trace the shape of your leaves onto your white paper. I just pick two leaf shapes (a maple and an oak) and pulled them up on my computer screen. Then I held up my white paper to that and traced it out.
  2. Cut out your leaf shapes.
  3. Use them as a template and cut out the same shapes on your felt. I cut out two of each shape on each piece of felt leaving me with 12 leaves.
  4. Thread your yarn through your tapestry needle and thread on your leaves. I threaded first and cut last, this way I got to play with the spacing and length of the string without wasting any yarn!
  5. Hang up your brand new fall ready garland!
Easy right? I told you this was the super easiest tutorial for fall home decor. 

Are you all done decorating for Thanksgiving?

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Thursday Tutorial: Hot Pink Home Decor DIY

I’ve been in the process of making my apartment a home for a little bit now. Slowly but surely it’s all coming together! Oh course my appetite is constantly bigger than my wallet, so I’ve been finding cheap ways to creatively decorate my apartment. This hot pink and gold serving tray set way my first attempt at doing just that and I was really happy with how it turned out so I’m sharing this little tutorial for it with you guys!


I wanted a serving tray for my apartment that was bright and fun for when I had friends over, but I also wanted some simple vases to brighten up the place with some fake flowers. Yea that’s right, fake flowers. I’m not good at keeping plant alive so I’ve kind of stopped trying for the moment. If anyone has some green thumb advice for house plants, I’ll gladly take it. Anyway, I had picked up a metal tray from the thrift store that was pretty cool, but a little beat up and not as fun as I wanted it to be. As I dug through my stash of spray paint, inspiration hit!

This set will cost you close to nothing to make, especially if you already have spray paint at home. If you don’t, it’ll still probably cost you somewhere under $10. Super cheap right? Just be sure to save those ice tea bottles and pasta sauce jars.

Materials:

  • Old metal tray
  • Two or three glass jars, empty with labels cleaned off
  • White spray paint
  • Hot pink spray paint
  • Gold spray paint
  • Painter’s tape

Instructions:

  1. First off, cover your work surface entirely so you don’t little hints of hot pink on your tables (like I did).
  2. Prime your surface with white paint. I skipped this step and it was a mistake. 
  3. Once the primer has completely dried, cover the entire tray and bottles or jars with the color that you want peaking out from underneath the main color. In my case it was the hot pink. 
  4. Let the first coat dry. You might want to do another coat of the under color, especially if it didn’t come out as bright as you wanted. 
  5. Let the first coats dry overnight then you can start taping down your design with painters tape. It is very important that you make sure the first color has completely dried before you tape down your design otherwise the paint underneath will come off when you pull off the tape!*Keep in mind that the parts you cover in tape are the parts that will stay hot pink after all the painting is done. 
  6. Once you’re picked out your design, spray paint the whole thing in your top color, gold in this case. You might have to do two coats of this as well. Again, make sure you let the paint dry fully in between coats. 
  7. Let your masterpiece dry overnight and then carefully peel off the painters tape. A razor blade or Exacto knife comes in handy here. 
  8. And you’re done! Pop in some pretty flowers and enjoy your brand new DIY home decor!

I was going to make the whole set hot pink and gold, but as I was letting the two pasta jars dry they looked really cool with the set in the sunlight so I changed the plans. The joys of DIY on the fly!

How do you decorate your home on a budget?

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