Category Archives: DIY

DIY: Painted Bottles

I saw this great DIY project on apartment therapy that takes every day bottles and makes them fantastic and display worthy (or as I’d like to say “wow-worthy”)… The cost is minimal – some bottles and paint, and the result is extraordinary. Isn’t that what DIY is all about! Simple instructions via poppytalk:

1) After finding some bottles with great shape and detail, remove the labels, clean the inside and let them dry out completely

2) Next, pour a good size dollop of paint into the bottom of the bottle. The color options here are endless. This set is monochromatic, but a few bold contrasting pieces would be quite nice as well.

3) With the paint in the bottle, you will have to slowly rotate the bottle to get the paint to coat the entire interior of the bottle. Depending on the opacity of the paint, this might require two coats. (Acrylic paint will work for this as it will adhere to the glass, but note that you shouldn’t fill the bottle with water later.

4) Let it dry thoroughly and you are all set.

Update: check out one of my favorite bloggers Jamie from I Suwannee. She spotted this project and got right to work – the result is fantastic:

tumbleweed: tiny house company

This home is 89 square feet. Total. The Tumbleweed home was designed by Jay Shafer who since 1997 has been living in houses smaller than some people’s closets. His decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from some concerns about the impact a larger house would have on the environment. Jay Shafer’s homes fulfill basic domestic needs without demanding much in return. The Tumbleweed home DIY is $19,950, ready made costs $45,997. Check out the Tumbleweed website to see more varieties – some with 2 bedrooms – and see where the Tumbleweed home tour is heading next for a chance to visit and see what it would be like to live in such a small space yourself!

DIY art inspired by sewing

I am obsessed with the simplicity and fun of this DIY project I spotted over on Design*Sponge. These use “swatches” of ribbons and buttons as an example, but the same project can also be done with beads, fabric and decorative papers. Click here to download two 8×10 design templates to use for your own collection.

DIY: all purpose tray

I love simple DIY projects that spruce up plane and simple home accessories. It is such an affordable way to add something new and fresh to your living space. This DIY cork tray project was spotted at Design*Sponge.
Simple DIY instructions below but check out the website for more info.

prime and paint
cut cork into strips and weave
use a glue gun to secure

Canvas Pop

How cool is this!? Use Canvas Pop to print your photos on canvas pro style… From any source, any resolution or size – and customized to your wishes – your photos and digital images become stunning custom art. All you do is upload an image (from your cell phone, digital camera, photoshop, facebook, flickr…) choose your size and customize, and then your canvas art is delivered, ready to inspire. I am definitely giving this a try…

DIY picture frame ornament

My friend hosts a ladies craft night once a month and at our last meet-up we all made these adorable picture frame ornaments out of a soda can… I have since gifted these to some of my friends and they have been a big hit.
Check out the step by step instructions below to make yourself one!

Grab any ol’ empty soda can and rinse it out…
carefully cut off top
cut slits down the can leaving quarter inch strips
spread quarter inch strips out (again be careful! edges are sharp!)
bend each strip over the two (or three) strips to the right…
continue folding strips over…
until you have folded over all the strips.
tuck the last strip into one of the folded flaps.
pick a photo and cut it to size
put a bit of scotch tape on the back side and voila! a cute picture frame!

scrap wood wreath

I love this simple DIY wreath made out of scrap wood. Just goes to show you what a little creativity can do. Those pieces of wood would have been destined for the trash and now they have become a wonderful addition to the mantle. Earthy, industrial, and fantastic.

{more information on rock scissors paper, spotted on design sponge}

DIY: Luxe Snow Globes

Snow globes remind me of my sister – she had a collection of hundreds when we were growing up. They are also wonderful for the holiday season. This simple project is easy to do and would be great decoration around the house to stir up some holiday cheer!

You will need:
All can be found at a craft store.
*A jar of your choice (with a lid)
*Figurines or jewellery
*Anti-rust sealant for metal pieces
*Clear-drying epoxy
*Distilled water
*Dash of glycerin
*Large silver or white glitter (smaller versions will float at the top)
1. Use clear-drying epoxy to adhere your piece to the inside of the lid. Let dry per  instructions.
2. After the epoxy dries completely, fill your jar with distilled or boiled water (at room temperature, of course).
3. Add just a dash of glycerin so the “snow” falls slowly.
4. Add as much glitter as you like. If you don’t like the look of glitter, you can usually find faux snow at craft stores.
5. Screw your lid on tightly and enjoy your snow globe!

{spotted on well worn}

decorative paper

Kate’s Paperie has the best selection of decorative paper. I have used these sheets as wallpaper, wrapping paper for special gifts, for collage, and have even framed entire sheets creating affordable art. You can always count on rich textures and vibrant colors to add that special touch to any decorative project. Sigh…


DIY: book page wreath

book wreath wall favorite
While I enjoy holiday decor, I adore non-traditional holiday decor, like these wreaths made from book pages. I am so impressed by the ruffled texture and am obsessed with the vintage feel… And literature lovers fear not – most of these wreaths were made using mass market fiction or found materials. Step by step instructions can be found at Living with Lindsay

{spotted on apartment therapy}

can’t wait to visit

the urban craft center logoLocated in Santa Monica, CA, The Urban Craft Center is a place for social gathering and inspiration. Check out the studio – they have plenty of room to spread out your stuff and tons of tools available for use. They also have classes, private one-on-one lessons, and a full retail space with natural and hard to find items. Sounds like a one stop shop! I am definitely putting The Urban Craft Center on my list of things to do when heading home for the holidays…
urban craft

stick with blik

Wall decals are one of the easiest ways to transform a room and for that reason I am a huge fan. This is the perfect alternative for those looking to add color or style to a space without the commitment to something more permanent, like paint or wallpaper. These decals are cheap, easy to apply, easy to remove and some are even reusable.

This grandfather clock decal is in my apartment entry way. We added a working clock to the face, bringing it to life…
wall stickerHere are a few of the more simpler decals from Blik

There are so many great themes to choose from – cityscapes, animals, arcade games, music, pop art and fine art – to name a few… Oh, it’s also possible to customize and design your own!

feeling crafty?

craft DIY image

Today my friend told me about the greatest website ever: save-on-crafts. This website sells anything and everything your crafty and DIY loving heart could desire. From apothecary jars, feathers, and variety of natural touches (shown above) to all you need to create jewelry and decorations – they carry a variety of lights, paper lanterns, ribbons and tulle to name a few. They have a section devoted to crafting ideas for finding inspiration and instructions for more projects then you can imagine. With affordable wholesale prices, my biggest problem is going to be finding enough occasions to showcase my newly constructed centerpieces and decorations.

DIY: wine bottle vases

wine bottle vase 1I spotted this awesome DIY project on Design*Sponge last week. Not only do I love the way these wine bottles turned vases are mounted on the wall, I love the way they are framed by the painted square. Click here for step-by-step instructions to recreate this project on your own.
wine bottle vases 2

DIY: dresser turned bookshelf

I recently purchased a new dresser and wish I had seen this project on Country Living before tossing my old one to the curb. I am obsessed with wallpaper – especially when it is used unconventionally to spruce up otherwise simple pieces. This DIY project transforms old dresser drawers to create a colorful shelf for displaying your favorite books and trinkets. I’d say we’ve hit the perfect blend of creativity and functionality on the nose.
DIY DresserStep 1: find an old dresser
Step 2: prime and paint
Step 3: coat the bottom of the dresser with adhesive (spray on Elmer’s glue works well..) and affix wallpaper

Stay tuned for an upcoming DIY project I have planned to revamp my bedside table. And for those of you who haven’t seen the bookshelf built from re-purposed wood and lovely wallpaper finishes in my apartment check it out below.

bookshelf top
wall paper viewWallpaper is the best… just like icing on a cake!