Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013

4 things to do with my 2013 calendar

So, I came out with a butterfly calendar for 2013 based on the story of Thumbelina. And THEN, I accidentally reordered not once, not twice, but 3 times. Yes, I’m that slow. So, I have an abundance of butterfly calendars sitting here in my studio. I don’t want them to go to waste, so I cam up with a few ideas that you can do with them. The printing on them is just lovely and it’s printed on a wonderful cotton paper so it’s nice and thick. Because of this, you can do so many wonderful things with them like…

I tend to get a little crazy with my wrapping in general so this isn’t uncommon. Wouldn’t you want to receive a butterfly tower on your gift? Right?! 
OR, butterflies in your hair. Gah, the idea could be so 1997 (remember?!), but this approach is a bit different. Just stick them in your hair with some bobby pins. They’re especially great for little girl’s hair.

 OR, stick them on some skewers to top your cake or cupcake. Just add a little washi tape to the back.

Want to know how to do it? Here’s how to make the wrapped gift:
Materials: scissors, my Thumbelina butterfly calendar (on clearance on The House That Lars Built Etsy shop), glue gun, wire, wrapped gift, glue gun
Step 1: Cut out the butterflies.
Step 2: Using the curve of the wire, glue gun the wire to the top of the gift. I used three different strands of wire at different lengths to build it up.
Step 3: Glue the butterflies to the wire.
Step 4: Add some moss to the top to cover the wire and glue spots. Glue it down.
DONZO. Pretty spectacular with very little skill required. Also, I sprayed a bit of gold to the gift for a little va va va voom.

Again, find the calendar here.

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DIY + Projects / Monday, 5 Aug 2013

DIY vintage ribbon camera strap

I know, I know…”But you just did a camera strap DIY!” I can hear it now. Last month I made a camera strap from a Laura Ashley scarf and it was a hit. I gave the strap to Maurine as a thank you and so I needed one of my own. I have a little thing for ribbon and most of my vintage ribbon is just sitting rolled up on my shelves. I have NO idea what to do with beautiful ribbon. Seriously. Anyone? AND THEN, like lightening, I thought…camera strap! It’s the perfect size, it will get seen and used, and it adds so much to a black hunk of plastic. I bought a few yards of this beautiful ribbon from the Brooklyn Flea when I was there for the Today Show in May, and I’m so glad I found something to do with it.
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DIY + furniture + furniture makeover + Projects / Monday, 29 Jul 2013

Furniture makeover: trash can

Chronicle Books sent over a copy of the brand spankin new Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been doing lots of furniture makeovers of my own, but completely winging it. Meaning, I have no idea what I’m doing, I just kind of go for it. I’ve been devouring it ever since so I can learn the proper techniques. There’s nothing worse than finding a beautiful piece of furniture and then not knowing how to fit it into your decor so you just pass it up. (Ok, there are FAR worse things–just petty first world problems I like bringing to your attention.)
While I was at my parent’s house in California the last two weeks, I noticed that the hordes of crepe paper rolls that my mom had on hand for the millions of flowers she made for my sister’s wedding, sat in the box they came in. Wouldn’t they fit snuggly in a plain-o trash can? And look a bit better and out of our way? So, I made it over. And then added some pom poms for extra good measure. Because who doesn’t care for a little pom?
Materials: super cheap aluminum trash, spray paint for metal, yarn to decorate, pom pom maker if you’re the type, spray paint primer for metal
Step 1: Prep your trash can by giving it a good scrubbing.
Step 2: Prime your trash can. I used one whole can.
Step 3: After waiting for the primer to dry (I waited 1/2 hour), spray it with your color choice. I chose a lovely faded mint that looks a lot better in real life. Blast my amateur photography skills.
Step 4: Add another layer.
Donzo.
To add pom poms: Surprisingly, this was my FIRST TIME EVER making pom poms. Are you shocked? Ok, not my first time. It’s my first successful time. And only because my mom had some pom pom makers on hand. I made a variety of sizes and then added a braid around the bin with some yarn that had pom pom garlands built in (from Michael’s). 

I left this one in California, but I’m going to do the same for myself here for my studio because if you saw my studio you would be horrified. I need a professional organizer in my life! The crepe paper rolls and wrapping paper are spewing out of the room.

Have you ever made over a piece of furniture? What are your tips? Help a girl out! 

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DIY + fourth of july + holiday + Projects / Friday, 28 Jun 2013

Weekend project: Make an American flag picnic blanket

Do you love the 4th of July? This town LOVES the 4th. There are parades, festivals, outdoor movie nights, rooftop concert series, a thing called Stadium of Fire that apparently is, like, the thing to do. After a few times coming unprepared to a few such events, I decided to smarten up and get a picnic blanket that will last the whole summer, patriotic style. Again, you know my motto: easy, cheap, and fast and yes, this covers all three.
Supplies: blue paint (I got outdoor paint), red paint, primer, ruler, pencil, dropcloth (mine was $9 from the hardware store. I got the 6×9′)), big roller brush, small roller blush
Step 1: Prime the bottom of the canvas so that it’s more water proof.
Step 2: Create a grid of your flag with a pencil. Remember, 13 stripes (red stripe on top and bottom). Each stripe is 14cm wide if you use a 6×9′.
Step 3: Use the edge of the dropcloth as the ruler to draw your lines. Make light lines.
Step 4: I wanted a rough look for my blanket so I left a lot of parts white when I painted it in. 
EASY! It took 2 of us about 30 minutes total to make it. Easy beazy! 

Thank you Maurine Dashney for helping!

Have a lovely weekend!

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collaborations + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 27 Jun 2013

DIY shapeable headband

This is a full on DIY week! Phew. I’m exhausted. A couple of months ago Scarves.net asked me to come up with a DIY for one of their scarves. I decided go with a shapeable headband that you can turn into a turban or bow or whatever your heart desires. How do you get the look? Find out here.

photo by Maurine Dashney

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