7 DIY Spring Centerpieces…

I love the change in the seasons, particularly going from the muted colors of Winter to the bright, fresh colors of Spring.  One of the best ways to bring that feeling into your home is by creating a centerpiece for your table.  Here are a few ideas for you to consider this weekend…

#1.  Robin’s Egg Blue Vase, Yellow Branches

Nicest Things

Nicest Things

One of my FAVORITE color combinations for Spring!  Go to your local craft store for the branches with yellow buds.  Paint a terracotta vase blue (get a small sample size of paint from Lowe’s or Home Depot which should be plenty for this project and cost around $2.50).

#2.  Flower Nest

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

The House of Smiths

The House of Smiths

This would be beautiful with live flowers but you could create the same look with DIY flowers made of crepe paper streamers. Dip your eggs in yellow dye and rest on white serving dish or bowl.

#3.  Glass Cylinder and Decorative Paper

Hostess With The Mostess

Hostess With The Mostess

It doesn’t get much easier…take all those glass cylinders you have lying around the house and cover them with beautiful Spring scrap or wrapping paper. Embellish with ribbon.

#4.  Gathered Branches and Pink Flowers

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

On your next long walk (if you don’t take long walks, stop reading this and go take a walk!) gather some branches 🙂  Break out the hot glue gun and pop some pink flowers off a cheap arrangement.  Adhere the flowers blooms to the branches and display in a glass vase.

#5. Egg Cups and Cupcake Paper

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

So fun!  Layer cup cake paper inside an egg cup and fill with Easter candy.

#6. A Little Bit of Everything

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Glass dishes, flowers, eggs, branches, butterflies…not sure there’s a better way to display Spring.  Nest your eggs in flowers set on glass dishes.  Surround with branches; attach craft butterflies with hot glue.

#7. Mixed Vases and Fresh Flowers

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Arranging a collection of vases in glass and white ceramic allows you to spread one bouquet out to fill a larger space and let’s every flowers and plant take center stage.  Add tea lights around the base for a stunning display.

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5 Fun and Crafty DIY Bookends…

Bookends aren’t just for your shelves…put them on your coffee table (stand your books up for some added height) or use them on your desk for a pop of color.  Here are 5 amazingly cute bookends you can make yourself!

#1.  Raid the Toy Box

PB teen / Just Crafty Enough

PB teen; Just Crafty Enough

How cute are these…seriously?  Pottery Barn Teen no longer has these available but that’s even more inspiration to make them yourself.  Find some sturdy wooden blocks, a few cute wooden toys or figurines, a little wood glue and some spray paint and…voila!  Very cool.

#2.  BLOCK LETTERS

Followpics.com

Followpics.com

Hit up your local craft store for some chunky block letters, flatten out the bottoms or adhere them to a flat service, stack together, glue and paint.   These would be great for a kids room!

#3.  Bookshelf Bling

A Thoughtful Place; inspired by Young House Love

A Thoughtful Place; inspired by Young House Love

These are my favorite.  I love the bright gold metallic against the soft pastel colors of the books.  Spray your mason jars with a heavy coat of paint for maximum shine; fill with rocks to an appropriate weight.

#4.  Vintage Chic

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

This project requires a power tool but it would be totally worth the work to make these (I used to talk on phones like these…scary!) They would be a really unique touch to a home office desk…click on the picture above for detailed instruction on how to put these vintage bookends together.

#5.  Brickends

Pinterest Love

Pinterest Love

What could be easier than covering bricks in scrapbook paper…wrap them like you would a present and set them in place.  Cute!

5 Ways to Repurpose a Picture Frame…

One thing thrift stores have more of than anything else (besides Myrtle Beach tee-shirts possibly) are pictures frames.  The next time you see one that jumps out at you don’t pass it up!  Here are 5 really cool ways to repurpose a picture frame and make it a focal point in your home.

#1.  Make it A Display

Becky's Blog

Becky’s Blog

The back of this frame was wallpapered which is cool all by itself, but then smaller framed pictures were adhered to the inside to be displayed as one large piece.  I love this.

#2.  Turn it Into a Chalk Board

Divine Consign

Divine Consign

Shabby McFabby / Esty

Shabby McFabby / Esty

Use a bold color for the frame and cover the glass with chalk board paint (Martha Stewart has one available at Micheal’s).  This would also be great for a menu board in your kitchen!

#3.  Make it Into a Jewelry Holder

MonCheriShop / Esty

MonCheriShop / Esty

MonCheriShop / Esty

MonCheriShop / Esty

These are practical for organizing your loose jewelry and look beautiful hanging on the wall with or without ornamentation.  Add hooks or detailed knobs to the bottom for additional hanging space and visual interest. Beyond that you’ll need wallpaper or scrap book paper, chicken wire, and a staple gun!

#4.  Make it a Photo Memory Board

Shelterness

Shelterness

Shelterness

Shelterness

String wire in rows horizontally and staple to a brightly painted frame.  Clip small pictures to the wire using mini clothes pins – change the pictures out frequently…add in notes or your baby’s (one of mine is 9 years old but he’s still a baby to me) artwork in to mix things up.

 

#5.  Use it to Frame Your T.V.

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

We’ve all seen the picture frames where beautiful art slowly retracts to reveal a huge flat screen…but that seems a little involved, right?  Find a large frame to “frame” your mounted t.v.  ( I especially love this against the wallpaper).  Looks amazing – and when the T.V.’s off the frame is still appealing to look at!

Sharpie + Coffee Mugs DIY…

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

Happy Saturday Morning!

Just a quick post for this morning…something fun to try while your hanging around the house.  Grab a Sharpie, a few white coffee mugs and get creative! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.

And while your drinking your coffee follow the link above to ‘A Beautiful Mess.’ Really cute ideas and recipes…new blog love!

(Note:  These have to be hand washed rather than tossing them in your dishwasher)

Here’s Mine!

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5 DIY Wall Art Projects to Try This Weekend…

The weekend is coming (yay!) and hopefully that means you’ll have a little extra time to do something creative.  Here are 5 really cool DIY wall art projects to try…have fun!

#1.  THE “EYE CHART”

Gardners two Bergers

Gardners two Bergers

I keep seeing these all over the place and every time I do I think how amazing they’d look as part of a photo gallery wall (by the way, I can’t wait to work on that myself this weekend!) so imagine my delight when I discovered that there’s a website for making these…really!  It’s http://www.eyechartmaker.com – easy enough to remember, right?  It allows you to customize your message, although you’re limited to character spaces, so be creative!

(TIP:  To print the eye chart I saved it to my desktop, expanded the size to 200% using Microsoft Office Picture Manager and it came out great!)

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#2.  LETTER ART

346 Living

346 Living

346 Living

346 Living

Buying these finished can cost anywhere from $18 to $75 a pop depending on the material they’re made out of.  How about paper mache letters from your local craft store and some spray paint?  Um, yeah…we can do that! Click on the picture above and follow the link for more detailed instructions.

#3.  SCRAP BOOK ART

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

Have you ever been in a craft store looking at scrap book paper and thinking how pretty it would look on your wall?  Well, get it up there!  There are some amazing patterns and colors available…try looking for distressed frames at a thrift store to contrast with the bright paper; matting inside the frame really polishes this look.

#4.  LIGHT BOARD

POPSUGAR

POPSUGAR

I LOVE this idea!  To do this you’ll need a large canvas, a string of Christmas lights (you still have some lying around, right?) craft glue and paint…oh, and something to punch holes in the canvas.  Make sure the holes are at least an inch and a half apart…follow the picture link for more info.

#5.  DECALS

Art Fire

Art Fire

Wall decals are so much easier than custom painting and the results are amazing.  Do some research…there are so many options available online!  Look at the little openings on the decal above for adding in personal pictures.  So cute!  For a long time I thought decals were more suited to children’s rooms but the variety out there now makes them appropriate for any room in the house.  Here are a few sites to check out!

http://dalidecals.com/Quotes-Phrases-Saying-Custom-Wall-Decals-Wall-Stickers/ (the “quotes” decals on this site are great)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/luxeloft?section_id=7418445 (check out their monograms!)

Luxe Loft Esty

Luxe Loft Esty