Category Archives: Decor

How to Make A Mesh Wreath (Or making it up as you go along)


| Decor, DIYs

You guys…this is totally a big deal: I actually FINISHED a craft project and in a timely manner none-the-less. That NEVER happens.

Halloween Mesh Wreath

 

I don’t really consider myself very “crafty”…creative and artistic…yes, but crafty seems to elude me. Which is super frustrating because I have an art DEGREE I should be able to make whatever adorable thing I saw on Pinterest, right?! What usually I come up with a “GREAT” idea, buy all the stuff I’ll need for it, get distracted when it doesn’t seem to go as planned and never finish it, so in great celebration of my huge and earth-shattering accomplishment (I’m assuming someone else is curing cancer) I’m sharing how it all came to be.

I stopped into our local Ben Franklin’s in search of paint for the mural at my husband’s new school. I’ve decided I need to wear blinders in the craft store since I get distracted and always forget what I’ve actually gone in to buy. I noticed this wreath and even though I loved it, I wasn’t really sure it was worth the $60 price tag.

 

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(Sorry it’s blurry…I was wrangling a baby and making sure my preschooler didn’t touch anything breakable)

Determined to make my own even-MORE-awesome, cheaper version I followed the steps as outlined below:

1. Watch precisely ONE YouTube video after googling “How to make a mesh wreath”.  Get impatient and fast forward thru any actual instruction as you are clearly a “visual learner”.

2. Go to the craft store. STAY FOCUSED. Buy mesh ribbon in a variety of sizes and colors (save your receipt since you have no idea what you’re doing and figure you’ll return everything you don’t use).

3. Pick out coordinating ribbon. Decide that wired ribbon is too expensive, buy the cheap alternative.

4. Start your wreath with a wire frame and your mesh ribbon. Realize that mesh ribbon is apparently made of velcro and sticks to EVERYTHING (seriously it makes my 18 month old Momma’s boy look like Teflon). Decide the project would be easier done in your swimsuit on the bathroom floor.

5. Randomly bunch the ribbon and attach it to the frame with pipe cleaners. It’s basically impossible to mess up.

6. Begin to cut and attach your ribbon…realize that the cheap ribbon will flop around and hang limply from your wreath. Google “How to stiffen ribbon”. Make a solution of Elmer’s glue and water to dunk your ribbon in and let it dry. Feel like a genius when this actually works.

7. Attach your ribbon to the frame. Hot glue is your friend…no one is going to see the back right?

8. Realize that the charm of mesh wreaths is that they basically look like a craft store threw up on them…add more stuff to it. THEN, add even more stuff….think you’ve gone too far and added too much stuff…then add more. Perfect. You are a craft-goddess.

Optional Step: Realize your wreath is now larger than a small child and you have no place to hang it.

Happy Crafting!

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NINE Awesome Silhouette Projects


| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

I’ve had my Silhouette Cameo for nearly three years now and while I’m not a scrapbooker or a card maker AT ALL, I still think it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made. I find new uses for it all the time, here are NINE of my favorite projects:

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Party Favor Boxes & Namecards  |  Monogrammed Notecards  |  Monogrammed Pillow
Gold “Leaf” Art  |  Custom Painted Sweatshirt (done via this method)
Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers  |  Kitchen Jar Labels  |  Cake Topper & Bunting  |  Toddler Valentine Card

Sharing some of my favorite HOLIDAY projects soon!

 

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Guilded Upcycled Trunk


| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

I have been waiting sooo long to do this post…and I don’t mean like a few weeks long or since my accident long…I mean like a year. I’m probably the slowest DIYer on the planet…but I refuse to put deadlines on anything other than client work or you know, feeding my kids, so I plod along as I find the time. Looking back for my before pictures I realized I started this project around September of last year so I’m happy to finally have it completed. Upcycled Trunk This trunk belonged to my father’s parents. When they passed away we packed up some of their things in a couple of trunks for me to have. I ended up taking this one to school with me. So it definitely has some sentimental value.

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At some point in my college career I decided it would super cool if I decoupaged photographs on the lid. Ahem.

2013-09-03 16.31.02 The lid was pretty badly dented because sometimes I’d use it as seating. Whoops. Then it spend the rest of it’s life in our basement housing old art supplies.

Anyway, when I started my original office makeover I pinned this image:

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We had a couch in the office that was about 9000 lbs and I figured I’d slipcover it and use the trunk as a small coffee table so the couch wouldn’t look so out of place.

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I choose some wooden feet from Home Depot and screwed the plates into a couple of pieces of wood I placed inside the bottom (since the sides were pretty thin). I spray painted them gold to match before I attached them.

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I sprayed the bottom of the trunk black since I just wanted to cover the green and I didn’t want to waste my precious gold (my precious…). :)

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Then we moved and it sat around for a long time till I finally decided to finish spraypainting it. I had my father in law cut a board to match the top so if someone did sit on it they wouldn’t fall through. I added some foam and upholdsterd it with some white duck cloth left over from my pillow case and watercolor projects.

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I added the faux nailhead (Dollar Store pushpins) to give it a more finished look. I made a few throw pillows using the same techniques I did here and here.

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So glad it’s no longer an eyesore. I think my grandmother would think it is just fabulous.

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