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}