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We live an old house. And old houses, especially in drought-ridden Texas, come with cracks. My plan was to cover the crack in our nursery with a rather complicated custom wood cutout. Then my mom came up with this genius solution.

Now there’s a felt tree covering the ugly crack. (No, the crack wasn’t that big. We just wanted a big tree.) And we used Velcro for the leaves and bird so they can change with the seasons. Educational! I love it. And Miles loves to stare at it.

Coming soon: a fox, a squirrel, a knot in the trunk with Miles’ initials “carved” (stitched) on it, and whatever else we come up with. You can’t tell from the photo, but the tree stretches from the baseboard and up onto part of the ceiling.

This is the 27th of my November photo a day posts.

DIY tissue paper poms

Photos by Rori Harrington

I made these DIY tissue paper poms for my awesome hostesses to use at my baby shower. (Thank you Misty and Lindsay!) They were fun and easier than I expected. A friend also recommended trying this with tulle fabric, which would probably look amazing. I haven’t tried that … yet. 🙂

1. These poms are easy and fun. Here’s what you need: Tissue (8 sheets per pom) in the colors of your choice; scissors; paper cutter; tapestry needle; twine; twist ties (I saved up the ones from bread for a few weeks to make these).

2. Be sure to evenly stack your 8 sheets per pom. My stacks were between 20″ x 10″ and 20″ x 12″ for these poms.

3. Take one stack and make an accordion fold of about 1″ until you reach the end. (You are doing the folding along the 20″ length, so you should be left with a 10-12″ folded piece.

4. Wrap and wind a twist tie at the center of the accordion fold.

5. Trim each end into a rounded edge. If you have a punch, you may want to use it. I just used a good pair of craft scissors.

6. Fan out one end of the pom.

7. Carefully (you don’t want to tear them) pull each leaf away. Don’t worry if things seem wrinkly. It’s going to look great once you finish.

8. Before moving to the next side, take a length (base this on your needs) of twine and thread it through a tapestry needle. Carefully thread the needle under one end of the twist tie for convenient hanging. After the twine has been added, fan out the next side and repeat step 7.

9. You’re done! Now you just have to decide where to hang your fun creations.

 

 

DIY custom cupcake toppers

I love creating DIY party decor. If you have an event coming up, perhaps a game day gathering or a child’s birthday, these DIY cupcake toppers are super simple decorations that add a fun punch of color. I love red and turquoise together. And I heart whales, so I made mine with my favorite whale stamp.

The best part? You can customize these toppers to match any theme or color scheme. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money. All you need is a few sheets of white card stock to layer on a colored or patterned card stock, a few punches, some popsicle sticks and glue.

Stamp your selected image on the white card stock. Punch out the image with a scalloped circle or whatever shape suites your theme. Use a strong adhesive to stick the scalloped circle on a larger punched circle. Put some glue around the back of two of the large circles, add some extra glue in the center for the popsicle stick, and sandwich the stick between the circles. This way you have a whale (or whatever image you selected, on both sides of the stick. I used mini clothespins to hold everything together while the glue set for a couple minutes.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY inside-out sopapillas

Before you make these, let me warn you. They are addictive and delicious. Zach got me these amazeballs Jet Puffed “cinnamon bun” marshmallows. The new flavor is delicious. I bet they would be super yummy in coffee. If you love cinnamon, you should try them.

You may remember my post about crescent roll s’mores. These awesome mallows inspired a new experiment: DIY inside-out sopapillas. There’s no honey involved and this recipe is much less messy than the traditional treat. I used dairy-free ingredients to make mine, but you could do the same thing with regular unsalted butter.

Here’s all you need to do: Melt your butter and sprinkle some raw sugar on a plate. Dunk a couple mallows in the butter and roll them in the sugar until they are covered.

Place one or two mallows on a crescent roll and fold the roll shut. Pinch the dough so there aren’t any openings. You want all the mallow goodness to stay inside. Press the roll in the raw sugar to give the outside a sweet coating. Place on foil and cook the same amount of time you would cook regular crescent rolls.

These taste so good. And they are so quick and easy to make. I recommend serving them warm. Enjoy!

DIY ornaments to show off your collections

These super cute ornaments are sooooo easy to make. You can find clear ornaments at your local Michaels or Joann store. These came in a pack of six.

They are a fun and simple to make. Perhaps a good craft project to do with the little ones? The nice thing about these ornaments is they don’t have to be strictly for the holidays.

Just raid your collection of buttons, seashells, ribbon, glitter, whatever fits through the opening of your ornaments. Remove the top and fill it up. So much pretty!

DIY handstitched doorstops and bookends

Make a doorstop or a few bookends in your favorite colors. All you need is a brick, some felt, a needle, maybe buttons for eyes and some floss in a coordinating color. This project is super easy.

Step 1: Stitch something cute in the center of your base color. For ours, I used a bird. You can cut out the shape you want. Or maybe cut out your initials or spell out your name? You can use felt for the topper or scrap fabric. If you want to you can stitch a border around the image.

Step 2: Wrap the brick with your base piece of felt, carefully placing your topper in the center. Just fold the felt as though wrapping a gift.

Step 3: Stitch it all together. Don’t worry if your stitches aren’t fancy. (I didn’t. Lol) The bottom won’t show anyway. Done!

Arm Party gold

Who hearts bracelets? Everybody, obviously. I’ve been trying all sorts of new methods out thanks to all the DIY bracelet projects on Pinterest. (Remember my neon macrame adventures?) So when I found out about the Arm Party courtesy of Leonora and Illy, I eagerly signed up.

My partner, Chelsea, sent me two fun and trendy pieces – one in gold and black, the other in blue and gold. Thank you, Chelsea! (Btw, she wrote a post on how to DIY that blue and gold braided beauty.)

A certain baby boy I know really kicks up a storm when I hold this bracelet up to current residence. 🙂

Chelsea’s website is fab. Can we talk about her drool-worthy recipes for a minute? This Strawberry Pie sounds and looks shut-the-front-door amazeballs. I almost licked the screen for real. And she provides a super cute free 4 x 6 recipe card download. Delicious.

Speaking of freebie printables, Leonora offers some great ones on her site. If you know me, you know I’m hooked on to-do lists. Leonora’s got some that will make you want to look at your list. My favorites are the blue and red lists. Hilarious and beautifully designed.

While you’re writing that to-do list, be sure to check out Illy’s sweet Etsy shop. It’s full of adorable headbands, earrings and more. How cute are her bows?

Follow all three lovely ladies on twitter and keep up with all their awesome: @YellowHeartArt @muchloveilly @two_twenty_one.

baby food jars + craft supplies = an easy upcycled DIY

There are thousands of small items in my studio. Little craft items I need to store usually end up in a Ziploc baggie or one of several mismatched boxes.

Now I’ve got awesome upcycled containers that function better and make it way easier to find what I’m looking for. All these baby food jars needed was a good wash and a coat of spray paint on their lids.

I especially love these for the tiny letters I use to make custom notebooks for my shop. Rather than searching for ages to find the letters I need, I’ve split the letters (a-d in one jar, e-h in another, etc.). Talk about a time saver!

The jar of brads may be the prettiest one in my collection. I just love that it’s so easy to see what’s inside so I can quickly get to what I’m looking for.

Ask your friends with little ones to start saving baby food jars for you for your projects. This works with larger jars too. Your pasta jar can hold ribbon, crayons, paper scraps, etc. What is your favorite storage solution?

a simple no-sew DIY to give old sandals new life

I heart this little DIY. It’s perfect for us frugalistas who can’t go out and buy a new pair of shoes for every outfit. The best part of this version? It isn’t permanent. No sewing. No glue. Just safety pins and a few minutes.

What you need:

  • a pair of flip flops or sandals
  • 8 small safety pins
  • scissors
  • ribbon or 1-inch fabric strips

Wrap the ribbon or fabric strips around each strap.

Pin the fabric or ribbon to itself inside so it doesn’t show. (Use scissors to snip any loose threads from fabric strips, if that’s what you use.) This is a great opportunity to upcycle some old fabric too.

You can change the colors to match the season, an outfit, whatever presents itself. Yay for easy and versatile projects!

DIY washi tape tealights

I have this big bag of tealight candles. I bust them out on days like today, when I’m boiling eggs and don’t want the whole house to stink.

It occurred to me today that these plain little candles could be really pretty when wrapped with my collection of awesome washi tape.

All I did was carefully wrap the candle with the tape. It’s super easy. I think I’m going to always use washi tape on my tealights now. They are soooo much more fun like this!

If you’re looking for a washi tape resource, my favorites are Omiyage and PrettyTape. All the tape featured in this post came from those two shops. What is your favorite washi project?