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DIY to Try: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Hey all! I confess I’m in full Christmas mode this week – I love all the crafting and decorating ideas being shared around the blogosphere and on Pinterest right now, so much creativity! Whenever the catalogs start arriving in late October and early November I like to pile them up and then sit down with a cup of coffee to browse what’s on the pages. I always spy a few things I think could be recreated and a bunch of inspiring ideas jumped out at me, so I had to share!

A version of this felted wool wreath at Viva Terra could be recreated with leaves cut from inexpensive pieces of felt glued to a wire or foam wreath.

felt wreath viva terra

 

Antlers are still hot right now – here’s an idea from Horchow to create a series of them using wood plaques and decoupage medium (patterned paper or fabric). For faux antlers, look to these DIYers: Cassie used clay, Shannon used leather, wire, and a shell, Jennifer used driftwood branches, Aimee used branches and clay.

faux antler plaques

 

A template, a jigsaw, some plywood and paint, and you could make your own whitewashed reindeer like this one at Home Decorators to display year after year.

whitewashed reindeer

 

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DIY Wrapping Paper Wreath

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Welcome to another week everyone and wishing you all a Happy Veteran’s Day – our town hosts a parade that honors our local veterans, then we’re off to celebrate Matt’s grandmother’s 104th birthday (!) today, bringing lunch and a cake to her home.

Today I’m featuring a project I showed a glimpse of in the Holiday Lookbook, a focal point wreath crafted with wrapping paper. The process to make it is similar to a bookpage wreath but this version is created with layered tubes of gift wrap!

diy wrapping paper wreath

To recreate, here’s what you’ll need: 12” foam wreath; 6 feet of sturdy wrapping paper (thicker is better); hot glue & glue gun; invisible tape, ribbon for hanging.

gift wrap wreath

The first thing to do is to tie a ribbon around one section since you’ll be layering tubes of paper on top.

tie ribbon around wreath

 

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DIY Spiderweb Treat Bowl

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Sometimes I surprise myself, especially when it comes to crafting. This little Halloween project started as an idea in my head and I questioned its success during the execution, but it turned out so great, I just had to share.

diy spiderweb halloween treat bowl

I attempted a similar bowl with yarn and wire last year but it was a total #craftfail. I approached it again with a different attitude turning to the tried and true glue plus water plus string formula that others have used in the past. Great news, the method worked and as a result I constructed a clever yet creepy Halloween treat bowl inspired by one of our favorite Halloween motifs: the spiderweb.

diy halloween treat bowl

Remember all those DIY string ball pendant fixtures we were so wild about a few years ago? The ones that required you mix glue and water and dip your string and wrap it around a large plastic ball and then insert a pendant kit inside? This is basically the same idea. Without the lightbulb. Want to create one of these spiderweb bowls? It’s pretty cheap and remarkably easy.  

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