I have been loving these cute pouch purses from Rebecca Minkoff. Small enough to not be obtrusive and large enough to just hold your cell phone with a few credit cards and cash. The colors she used are so bright and playful. However, after looking at them, I wondered if I could DIY one of my own and add my own creative twist to it. I’ve come with with both a sew and no sew version for you. With less then $10 in materials and a few easy steps, you too can have a cute pouch clutch! Let’s get started on this DIY, shall we?….
Hey everyone! I wanted to give my wall a new look so I thought about hanging up all my wall art that I’ve collected. I really like how it looks, but I felt like I was missing some other elements and a dynamic touch. I had some empty picture frames and shadow boxes from previous D.I.Y.s and thought about making my own art. I created what I felt was missing from my wall and I also took inspiration of artwork that I liked but didn’t want to pay hundreds for. Want to make one? It’s so easy! Let’s get started….
If you are a candleholic like me, you probably have a stash of old candles or half burnt candles collecting dust in your cabinets. Ever wonder what to do with them? Today, we will be repurposing and giving new live to your old scented candles, the wax at least. This is a great DIY to recycle those old candles you have at home and give them a fresh new look in the form of wax melts. You can also make them any shape with the right mold. These will also make a great gift for any occasion! Who dosent love getting yummy smelling things? Let’s get started on this DIY!…..
I have been loving my Fuji Film instamax camera. It’s so much more gratifying to take a picture and instantly have a physical picture to give to a friend then just shooting on Instagram. The only problem with physical pictures is what to do with them afterwards. I thought it would be cute to hang them in a frame with some mementos to help remember a special occasion. This would make cute Valentines day gift and if giving it you your man, won’t threaten his masculinity because you can always customized it! So let’s get started on this DIY!…
I love vintage and thrift shopping, don’t you? There is something fulfilling about finding that unique piece at an incredible deal. Since moving here to sunny CA, I had the treat of checking out a few large flea markets in the area. Today’s DIY is inspired from one of my favorite thrifting finds and that is a vintage camera. I just love the industrial and chic design in this piece– This camera gave me the idea to make some simple graphic designs for tops! So let’s get started shall we?
I love the romantic bed canopy look. The only problem is that most of the time, dedicated canopies are built into bed frames and as a set, they can get super expensive. I already found a frame and headboard that I love, so what’s a girl to do? Eric and I were in Home Depot one day picking up wood to build a crafting table when I saw a pile of wood dowels. I looked at them and started to brainstorm up ideas. Who knew that the local hardware store could be a place of inspiration for my DIYs! Anyhow, after sketching it out, i think I have come up with a quick, and simple DIY that you will feel proud of hanging over your bed. The overall look is also dramatic and can really change the look of your room. Don’t worry if you think it’s girly. Eric thinks it’s pretty cool =)
As you can see, the dramatic draping lines adds a dimension to the room and helps frame and give a focal point to some wall art that we worked on last week. Looks great right? Well, if you want to work on this with me, let’s get started!…..
Welcome to my first official DIY on HGTV Handmade. My very first video on HGTV’s new YouTube channel was my craft room tour. If you want to watch that click HERE.
For today’s DIY project we will make bookends from scrap lumber. This is a great way to repurpose old lumber. I love that this is such a simple style yet chic with an earthy element.
For materials I will be using 4 blocks of wood. Each blocks are about 3.5” in width and 1.5” in thickness. These are offcuts from a 2×4 that we had lying around from some construction.
You don’t need the exact measurement since this should be based on whatever recyclable wood blocks you can find to repurpose. If you don’t have existing wood to use, there are plenty of free recycled pieces at your local home department stores, or you can ask a local construction foreman or carpenter.
Next, get some primer and gold metallic paint. You can also use craft acrylic paint for this project.
Last, you will need wood glue to attach the long and short blocks together and sand paper to smoothen the cut edges.
Step 1) Cut out your wood blocks in 2 sets and make sure they match in measurements. If you will be buying your wood, you can have the employees at your local lumber store to do this for you.
These are my standard measurements:
2 pieces of 8 inch long blocks and
2 pieces of 4 inch long blocks
*You can of course use other measurements according to your personal preference.
Step 2) Sand the edges and any rough patches.
Once that’s done, clean off all the dust with a damp paper towel.
Step 3) Create an L-shape with the long and shorter blocks.
Lay down the longer block and place the glue along one end, then place the shorter block on top.
*Allow this to bond for up to 24 hours
Step 4) On the following day, you can start to paint your book end.
Clean around the wood, then prime it. I always like to prime anything I paint because this will keep the main coat of paint looking more vibrant. Let the primer set for about an hour before spraying on the paint. If you feel you need a extra coat of paint… give it 1-2 hours in between.
Let the paint set over night before putting it to use!
There are so many fun ways to decorate the book ends !
One of my favorite way to decorate is by making my own mini terrarium. This will bring a outdoor element into your office or room.
To make one… I used a recycled candle jar, added in some pebbles, then the plant followed by some potting soil. That’s pretty much all to it!
I like also like to place pretty little minerals or stones on these ends. It adds a pop of color!
Other cute ways to decorate the book ends- is with fake indoor plants, a mini bank or using a cute holiday them mug to keep things festive around the desk or shelf.
For those of you who are looking to make your own vinyl wall decals, here is a material source guide! =)
Vinyl Decal Paper(you can also go to a local sign place and see if they have any offcuts or scraps they can give you for free) There are other colors on Amazon as well. Any sign supply house would be willing to sell a roll as well. Eric said when we was making signs, you can normally get a roll of 24″X10 Yard Matte Black for about $20. That’s enough to make decals for your home and all your friends and relatives homes =) When he ordered sign materials, he would go here http://www.signwarehouse.com and for these wall decals, he recommended the Orcal 631. You can get a roll of 15″X10 Yards for $13.00 in any color. You can also buy these in rolls at Michaels or AC Moore in the Cricut aisle.
Here are some Amazon affiliate links if you can’t order there:
This knife most closely duplicates the blade on a real sign cutter machine.
Have fun decorating!!!
I have been collecting these cute jewelry storage boxes and have been wondering what to do with them. These are the boxes that jewelry often gets sold or shipped in. The packaging quality is so good that it would be a shame to throw it out. I was inspired to make these jewelry boxes after looking at a few jewelry boxes from the renaissance period in Europe. While walking through the aisles of the local craft store, I came across these cute plastic animals and combined the idea! This is such a easy DIY to do and would look great as a piece of decor in your room or your desk! I’m so excited to glitter bomb these, aren’t you? So let’s get started with this, shall we?…..
Ok, we only have a few days left until the big holiday break. Are you like us running around wondering what to get everyone? Trying to find a unique gift idea that will leave the recipient in awe of your vast amount of thoughtfulness? Well, here is my top list of neat gift ideas! Lets get started with this list, shall we?