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Dec 15, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

Pipe cleaners aren’t just for kids!  You can take these sweet fuzzy sticks and turn them into a chic little white tree perfect for Christmas.

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Now that I am decorating my shelves for every holiday, I wanted to create a simple tree to add some height to my Christmas decor.  When I recently cleaning out my craft room, I found a bag with white pipe cleans, a dowel rod, and a wooden square block.  Clearly I had been planning on making a tree in the past!  Man, I need to do inventory checks on my craft supplies!  At least I found this before I went and re-bought all of the supplies I already had.  I know we have all been there at some point in our crafty lives!

After I made my tree I wanted to add some ornaments to it so it had a pop of color.  I used small red pom-poms and jewelry eye pins.  These ornaments are the sweetest! The full tutorial is below.

Supplies:

  • Wooden Square Block
  • Wooden Dowel Rod
  • White Pipe Cleaners
  • White Paint and Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Optional:

  • Small Red Pom Poms
  • Jewelry Eye Pins
  • Pliers

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Step 1: Drill a hole in the center of your block.  Paint your block and dowel rod white.  Once dry, add your rod to the hole in your block.

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Step 2: Add a bit of hot glue to the bottom of your rod and start wrapping a pipe cleaner around the bottom.  Then, fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist it around the rod.  Once twisted, push it down towards the bottom of the rod.

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Step 3: Continue adding your pipe cleaners to your rod until it’s full.

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Step 4: Press your pipe cleaner so they are flat.  Use your scissors to trim them into a Christmas tree shape with the longest pipe cleaners at the bottom and the smallest at the top.

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Step 5: Fluff your pipe cleansers and arrange them to fill in the shape of your tree.

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Step 6: To make the ornaments, push a eye pin through the bottom of a pom pom.  trim the wire down to 1/8 inch.  Then, use your pliers to bend the wire into a hook.

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Dec 14, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Festive Holiday Letter Board

Letter boards are having a major moment right now.  I keep seeing them all over Instagram and in the stores.  So, naturally I have been convinced I also need one. So funny how that happens.  I started having letter board FOMO!

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I was lucky to find a letter board (on sale!) at Michael’s for $7.  Whoop!  It was like it was meant to be.  I grabbed that baby so fast and was super pumped to get it home and start playing with it.  Obviously the holidays are upon us so the debut of my new letter board had to be festive.  I arranged my letters in a sorta-circle shape to give it a little more character.  When I was finished arranging them, I felt like my board needed something else.   (more…)

Dec 14, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Shadowbox Snowflake Shaker Artwork

I was feeling super inspired the other day when I was roaming the aisles at Michael’s when I spotted there clearance section.  I found 2 framed pieces of artwork that were on sale for just $1.00!   As I played around with them for a bit, I thought I could glue them together to create a shadowbox frame.  Now, shadowbox frames aren’t crazy expensive, but I figured if I could make one for $2 and turn it into a fun wintery scene I was down with it.

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There is something about a shadow box frame.  The depth and dimension make it way cooler than any regular frame. Am I right? I really wanted to turn my DIY shadowbox frame into a festive holiday decor piece so I grabbed some snowflake sequins to fill that baby up. (more…)

Nov 24, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Rhinestone Shoe Clips

When it comes to flats, I always seem to lean more towards simple shoes. I like to have shoes that can be worn with different outfits, maximizing the wear I get out of them. However, there are times when I wish I had a shoe that had more pizzazz.

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I was recently looking online at some higher end shoes and noticed there were some with pretty sparkly embellishments on them. (more…)

Nov 22, 2017 | Post by: Meghan 6 Comments

Trader Joe’s Bag Challenge: Project 3 – Paper Flowers

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I am pretty much in love with everything from West Elm.  Their style and esthetic is modern yet chic. A few years ago I saw the below paper flowers.  Of course, I looked at the price tag and thought “Really, for paper??”.  So, I took inspiration from West Elm and created my version of their paper flowers.  These are a fun DIY to add to an empty vase you have that’s in need of some no maintenance flowers!  (more…)

Nov 20, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY No-Sew Apron

Staying clean while cooking is so much easier when you can toss on this cute and functional no-sew tea towel apron!

When it comes to cooking I always make a huge mess.  Even when I try my hardest to be clean and neat as I mix and beat, I always seem to fail. I’ve even started changing my clothes when I cook because I know myself, and I know I’ll get whatever I’m making on my clothing!

Changing into my “cooking clothes” was starting to become a pain; I didn’t want to change my clothes just to make some brownies! It was time to protect the clothes I was wearing, so I made a functional and cute apron out of a tea towel. What’s great about this project is it doesn’t require any sewing.  This DIY apron is perfect if you are hosting Thanksgiving this year.  It would also make a great hostess gift!  See how the full tutorial on diys.com.

Nov 15, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Pumpkin Placecards

These mini DIY pumpkin placecards are just what you need for your Thanksgiving tablescape! Entertaining during Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. There’s the meal planning, housecleaning, and the decorating for the big day. We want everything to be perfect and special so the day is memorable while spend time with friends and family. Adding special touches to the decor can create an environment that your guests will remember.

If you don’t have a lot of time to create an elaborate centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table, all you need are these mini DIY pumpkin place cards that are the perfect touch.  They create dimension and give your guests something to take home when the evening is over.  Since these mini pumpkin placecards are simple to make, you won’t need to spend a lot of time creating them. You can whip them up quickly and check them off your long to do list!  Head on over to diys.com to see the full tutorial!

Nov 13, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Simple DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving with these cute and simple DIY fabric pumpkins!

 

 
Now that I am actually making an effort to decorate my house for the holidays, I was pretty excited about the transition to more generic Fall/Thanksgiving decor.  I’ve decided to treat my two shelves in my living room as my holiday focal points for my decorating.  They are perfect because they are out of reach of Tommy and Evie—I don’t have to worry about them getting their little hands on items they shouldn’t be touching!
 
I’ve been seeing fabric pumpkins circulating since the end of Summer (insane, right?!) I saw my first fabric pumpkin at a cute art fair back in August and thought it looked super easy to make.  So, I added it to the list of projects I wanted to try.  I went to Joann’s and grabbed some cute Fall fabric for my pumpkins.  As I started making these little guys, I wanted the process to be as simple as possible.  So, Instead of sewing the top of my pumpkins, I cut slits at the top and tied a knot!  The entire pumpkin making process took about 30 minutes.  If you want to se just how easy these cute pumpkins are to make, head on over to diys.com for the full tutorial!
Nov 04, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

A Fall Wreath Alternative

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A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me some birchwood printed paper. I guess at one point I had told her she could get the look of a birchwood frame by buying birchwood printed paper and adding it to a frame as opposed to actually buying the real deal. I must have had a few glasses of wine because I do not remember this convo at all! Either way, she ended up not using the paper and gave it to me to use it for a project. I’ve had this paper forever and finally decided to use it!

I knew I wanted to add a Fall wreath to my front door. Now, I wasn’t really feeling a traditional wreath; I wanted something different. I came up with an idea using a large pinwheel, a berry wreath, and a small pinwheel. At first, I was going to use a small stick wreath I had bought at Joann’s, but as I got into my project I decided Click here to continue reading…

Oct 31, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Bat Candle Holder

I have one more fun Halloween project for the season (nothing like waiting until the last minute to post this!).  This DIY bat candle holder is a fun twist on lighting up your mantle, shelf, or walkway this Halloween.  It’s also the perfect project for glass jar hoarders and those that love a good upcycle!

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My kids had finished yet another jar of peanut butter from Trader Joe’s I was rinsing it out so I could put in in the recycling pile when I noticed what a nice jar it was.  You guys, it was smooth with no weird decorative swirls or odd seams – it was such a nice simple jar!  I know this might sound weird, but I think it’s hard to find a glass jar that has a simple style.  Since I was clearly in love with this jar, I wanted to try and use it for a project.

I grabbed some extra adhesive vinyl I had and cut out small bats.  Now, it you have a Cricut or Silhouette, bravo to you because you can literally finish this project in like 10 minutes.  If you are like me and do not have one find a bat template from the good old internet, print out the image, trace it on top of your vinyl, and cut it out.

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Once you have all of your bats cut, arrange them on your jar.  Then, hit the jar with black matte spray paint and let dry.  You’ll want to do two coats of paint.  After your paint has dried, slowly peel off the vinyl bats – you may need to use tweezers to get them off.  That’s it!  For extra detail, I wrapped the top of my jar with raffia.  Plop in a battery operated candle or a real one for a super cool and bat candle holder!

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You can see the spooky bats shining through!

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