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Wednesday
Nov162011

diy: homemade banner

One of my nearest, dearest friends is expecting her first baby at the end of December and, while the sex is going to be a surprise, she has already decorated her nursery in a nuetral color palette with a little animal print thrown in for good measure.  In keeping with her theme, I kept decorations neutral for her baby shower/luncheon, including this simple banner.  It's super easy to make-I whipped this one up in less than half an hour, and the mama-to-be can hang it in the nursery.  Here's how I did it:

All you'll need is two different colors of thick cardstock; a small, single hole punch; a 2 1/2" hole punch; a 3" hole punch; glue and some twine:

First, using the larger of the two hole punches, I punched circles on the darker cardstock. (I turned my hole punch upside down to see where I was punching):

Next, I printed letters on the lighter cardstock and then punched them out with the smaller of the two hole punches. 

I glued the two circles together:

Then, using the small, single hole punch, punched holes in either side of each circle:

Next, I tied each one together with a piece of twine until all the letters were connected, and you're done!

 

 

Have a great weekend!

Monday
Oct102011

diy: pine cone wreath

I was so inspired by the pine cone wreath I featured in this post last week, that I decided to make one for my front door!  If there's one thing there is an over abundance of in the state of North Carolina it's pine trees, and since we have a ton of them in our backyard, I headed out with my furbaby to grab a bunch.  This was a super easy (and inexpensive) diy project - all you need is a glue gun, glue sticks, an 18-inch grape vine wreath and a bunch of small to medium-sized pine cones to make it lush and full: 

I started gluing the medium-sized cones to the outer rim of the wreath, points facing out, like this:

Once I made it all the way around the outside of the wreath, I started filling in every bare spot:

For some of the tight spots that needed filling in, I yanked the bottoms off of a few smaller pine cones with some needlenose pliers:

...it made it a lot easier to fill in the rest of the wreath:

And here it is:

With all those pine cones, this sucker's HEAVY, so I had to use a metal wreath hanger, but then I covered it with 4-inch wide burlap ribbon to soften it.  I also glued a little felt onto the back of the wreath in a few spots so it wouldn't scratch the door.

What are your favorite craft projects with pine cones?  Hope you're off to a great start this week!

Monday
Aug152011

diy: painting stripes

I'm working on a nursery for a first-time mommy-to-be, who has a small niche off her master bedroom.  The room is small-10 feet by 10 feet-and so, instead of cramming a bunch of small pieces of furniture and accessories everywhere, I started by adding some visual interest to draw the eye upward and painted stripes all the way around the room.  I'll admit, the first time I attempted to do this a few years ago, I was definitely intimidated, worried I wouldn't get the lines straight or that paint would get under the tape, but if you have the right tools, it's easier than you think.

All you need is a great laser level, like this one...

...and A LOT of this:

First, attach your laser level to the wall, once you've decided where you want your stripes to be.  When the bubble is directly in the middle of the level, that means your line is straight:

Next, tape your first line.  For mine, I taped UNDER the red line.  This would be the bottom of my first stripe.  You can see it in the above picture, to the left, where the tape is under the level line. Make sure the tape is attached firmly, that there are no air bubbles, otherwise paint will get under it and ruin your lines.

Next, place the level above the first line...

...get the line level, then place the bottom of your tape ABOVE the red line, like this:

Continue taping all your lines in the same way. And don't be afraid of corners!  Your level will go around them, continuing a straight line for you.  Mark the line with a piece of painter's tape, then place your level in the middle of the second wall, lining up the level with that piece of tape.

Once you're done, it will look like this:

Now that the hard part is over, get to painting! I used a Purdy 2 1/2 inch angled brush...

...and got to work!  It took two quick and light coats:

I let it dry completely for 24 hours, then removed the painter's tape for crisp, clean lines.  Here is a sneak peak of the nursery now:

Happy painting!

Tuesday
Jul122011

DIY: grid gallery wall

Decorating a large expanse of wall or even one with a vaulted ceiling used to frustrate the heck out of me, but I quickly learned there is power in numbers.  A gallery wall of your favorite photos or artwork hung in a grid pattern packs a huge visual punch and makes a beautiful display. Remember the conchology book I found at Barnes and Noble?  I printed at ton of coupons from Michael's to buy floating frames at 50% off and hung twelve of my favorite pages all the way to the ceiling in my entryway.  The transformation is unbelievable!

I'm sure there are a million different tutorials out there that explain how to create a grid gallery wall, but these three steps worked for me.  It's easier than you think, but, it's a tad time-consuming to measure and make sure each photo is in line, but the final outcome is totally worth it.

I started with a clean slate, taking everything out of the foyer except my skirted console table:

Next, I cut kraft paper to the size of each of my frames and using the table as my guide for where I wanted the pictures to be centered, I taped them to the wall in four rows of three.  These are obviously not spaced exactly the same distance apart, but it helped to guide me when I started hanging the pictures:

Then, starting in the bottom left corner, I hung my first frame:

I wanted them to be 1.5 inches apart, so, using my yardstick, I put a pencil mark exactly 1.5 inches from the top right corner of the first frame.  This is where the left corner of the next frame would be. 

Next, I used my laser level to create a straight line from the nails holding my first frame, across the rest of the row.  I then put another pencil mark where the middle of frame number two would be:

I hammered in nails and hung the next frame.  These are basically the only three steps I followed to get all 12 of them up: (1) measure 1.5 inches from top right corner of frame; (2) use a laser level to create a straight line from nail marks in first frame to where nails will go in the next frame and (3) make pencil marks, then hang next frame!

And here they are:

Here is a close up of the prints; you'd never guess they were pages out of a book:

Hanging them all the way to the ceiling adds height and drama, perfect for making a great first impression when guests walk through the door.  I'm still tweaking the rest...I definitely want to swap out the white lamp shades for black ones and add some greenery, but, for now I think it's a good start. 

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