I love a good DIY project or two (which is why I write the DIY for this lovely mag). These four projects are on my to-try list. The above honeycomb shelves are awesome. Love the shape, love the stained wood. Problem is they require many sharp tools… This one might be a joint project for me and Michael (M, if you’re reading, don’t say no just yet!).
I’m digging how this chandelier softens a space, and I think it could be just the thing to cure our sunroom’s serious lack of pretty lighting.
I think I’ve blogged about this tray before (perhaps elsewhere?) and I keep coming back to it. It’s not a DIY (it’s from etsy) but it definitely could be. Take a wood tray, some painter’s tape, a shade of neutral and a shade of gold, and you’ve got it. Could be great for our coffee table.
Once over the summer in college, I took an abstract painting class, and one of my paintings turned out like this. Maybe it’s time to resurrect it?
Are you a DIYer? Have any projects to share? I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.
This little DIY is so easy, and the possibilities of color and glass vessels are endless! I’m bummed I didn’t take photos of the process, but if you’re wondering how to do this, here’s a little instruction:
You will need: Clean glass jars/ wine bottles / vases, Painter’s tape, Paint
For the paint, I just went to Lowe’s and chose 6 different colors from paint chips and had them mix up samples for about $2 each. We had around 130 or so vases, and I had plenty of paint.
Then you just wrap your painter’s tape tightly around each vessel from the top of the vessel moving downward. I liked varying the heights for a more eclectic feel. You want to be sure the tape is really taut against the bottle, especially the edge that will touch the paint (or else you will get drips!). Then I experimented some with the paint – it’s water based, so you can add water to it if need be. If your paint is on the thicker side, you should be able to use a brush without getting the brush stroke effect as the paint dries. If you make the paint more viscous, you can actually dip the bottles directly into the paint and allow the excess paint to run off. Either way, you should find a space where you can dry your bottles face down, so the excess paint drips off and the bottoms don’t stick. Finally, once the paint is dry, unwrap the tape (carefully)!
Easy. Inexpensive. And a way to reuse all those mason jars you have left over from your wedding. What do you think? Would you try it?
Photo by Maggie Stein.
how awesome is this diy canvas? it would look gorgeous in a front entranceway, softly setting the mood as guests arrive for a dinner party. found via apartment therapy.
remember when i had mentioned that i’d been wanting to make the book wreath featured on the jones design company blog? well… i did it! check out jones design (it’s amaaazing!) for full instructions. i have to say, my wreath turned out pretty differently from hers, but i still love it. she said it took her about two hours, but i have to warn you – mine definitely took longer (i think i watched 3 movies over the course of a week or so). and three whole books. and an entire pack of hot glue sticks i had just bought. but – so worth it, don’t you think?
i made mine a bit fuller than hers by placing all of the folded book pages close together, overlapping the edges as i went around. i hung it in the hallway for now (please excuse my bad photography!) but i’m thinking it might make a cute decoration at the wedding (especially since m and i love reading together. it represents us well!).
happy weekend! this weekend, i’m officially kicking off christmas. i’ll be going to the AQ christmas party this evening followed by a christmas concert that m bought us tickets for! tomorrow i hope to make christmas cookies (maybe i’ll try these) with some dear friends and then head to a gift exchange party. in the midst of the hubbub, i hope to make this wreath (out of book pages!).
do you have any fun holiday plans?
here are a few fun links from around the web:
just discovered this stress-free, down-to-earth site for all you brides-to-be. her guest post here is great reading.
hilarious gift guide for an ornery little brother.
loving sequins this season.
obsessed with this song. and check out this cute baby dancing to it.
cutest pregnant woman ever. complete with red lipstick.
wouldn’t you love an indoor swing?
now that i have my dress, i feel like the wedding finally has a solidified feel. a bit vintage, a bit romantic, a bit laid-back. the above inspiration board encompasses many of the elements i hope to incorporate – washed out colors, cabbage roses, lamb’s ear, antique apothecary bottles & mason jars, poms, linen. i swoon just thinking of it!
i can’t wait to start the diy projects (and excited to share them with you all here!), hunt for blush pink bridesmaid dresses (i’m staying away from the matchy-matchy look so each dress will be unique!), and help m pick out a snazzy suit!
ideas? i’d love to hear them!
Green Wedding Shoes had an amazing post about a do-it-yourself cupcake topping bar. i couldn’t resist re-posting. i love diy wedding food. the more choices for guests, the better. m & i are thinking of doing a mashed potato topping bar, complete with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, white potatoes, cheese, bacon, you name it!
check out the entire post here!