DIY Arrow Picture Mobile

I am obsessed with using arrows in my home decorating right now. Maybe not as obsessed as I am with burlap (which made this arrow & burlap art from a couple weeks ago a double-win), but definitely feeling it. I think they are perfect for valentine’s day, but can be non-seasonal at the same time, which means I don’t have to pack something away after displaying it for just a few weeks. And this project combines my love for arrows with another unique way to display some of my favorite photos!

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Here are the supplies you need to make your own arrow picture mobile:

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Wooden Skewers (we use these to do veggies on the grill, so I’ve got a whole bunch in my pantry)

Feathers (mine are mixed earthy colors)

Twine

Felt

Wooden Beads

Pictures (I displayed some of my favorite new prints from a recent Social Print Studio order, as well as three more polaroid prints from Marianne Hope (they were in the same ‘love’ set that I used in this picture display).

Kraft Paper Heart Gift Tags (these are from the Target Dollar Spot!)

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To make the arrows, tie three feathers to one end of the wooden skewer with twine. Thread a bead or two onto the dowel, and hot glue triangles of felt to the other end to form the arrow head.

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Once I had three arrows made, I connected them with long pieces of twine – doing my best to keep everything even & well balanced. Then you’re ready to clip on your pictures!

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The little clothes pins are from the Target dollar spot, too.

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I tied the little kraft paper heart gift tags onto each arrow for the “cupid’s arrow” effect, and I could easily take them off after Valentine’s Day. The overall effect is not very Valentines-y, though, so I may very well just leave it as it is!

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And, by the way, Social Print Studio is the most amazing photo printing service ever! It is such an easy way to print your Instagram pics, or any other photos you have on your phone, straight from their iPhone app. I’ve ordered their beautiful, matte finish 4×4 prints several times (last year I made a bunch of prints from our wedding & put them in a fun little book). The quality & the price are amazing, and the shipping speed is awesome too!

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Right now this is hanging in our living room, though I have a feeling I am going to move it to the bedroom once we paint & redecorate (in a month or two). And of course, the pictures are completely interchangeable, too!

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Well, I hope you liked this fun project! Thanks for stopping by!

Rustic Photo Display Frame

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A few weeks ago, I ordered a set of love – themed photographs from Marianne Hope, a Norwegian travel photographer living in the Netherlands and bringing beautiful imagery and inspiring places to my Instagram newsfeed on a regular basis. When they arrived, I set to work designing a special way to display them.

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Materials:

Wooden Picture Frame

6 ” Grapevine Wire Ribbon (I bought mine at Michael’s for around $6)

Burlap

Wire Cutters

Staple Gun

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Stretch the grapevine wire ribbon across the back of the frame and staple it into the sides. (It is only wired on the outside perimeter, so the inside rows of grapevine will just break as you bend it to fit to the frame).

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Use wire cutters to cut the excess wire – leaving an extra inch – and twist the wire around itself to secure it around the staple.

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Stretch your burlap across the back of the frame, cut it to size & staple it around the perimeter.

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I attached the prints by hanging them from the wire with a small piece of twine taped to the back of each photo.

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Then just display your new creation and enjoy!

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And if you just love these darling prints by Marianne as much as I do, go check out her Etsy shop!

Twig & Berries Heart Wreath

I’m a hopeless romantic – so naturally I’m a fan of Valentine’s day. Even so, it’s not typically a holiday I pay much attention to or overtly decorate for. Being a cheesy, lovey-dovey person in general, you’ll find hearts all over my home no matter the season. But this year, adding a few touches of romance & warmth to my decor has been a welcome distraction during these bitter cold, dead-of-winter days. My display of this burlap arrow & simple burlap & felt heart art is probably my favorite scene in the house right now, but this cozy little corner is a close second.

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I moved my lazy-girl’s DIY framed chalkboard over to a new spot after Christmas (I can never leave anything in one place for long – it’s a problem), and I made this twig & red berry wreath for a rustic, valentine’s day touch.

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To make the wreath, I used a heart shaped twig wreath (found at Michael’s) and some red berry garland I had in my Christmas decoration bins (we used it on our tree last Christmas).

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Using wire cutters, I snipped off sprigs of berries, and stuck them into the twig wreath. It couldn’t have been easier!

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The framed chalkboard is hanging on a nail, but I used a small command hook right above the frame to hold the wreath – tied up with some twine.

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I’m playing around with chairs in this corner – and eventually hope to find a cool statement piece. For now, I’m using one of our dining table chairs – draped with an alpaca throw I bought in Peru & a burlap pillow we’ve had since our wedding.

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One habit that I definitely inherited from my mother is the desire to constantly change my decor, rearrange furniture, and experiment with new ways of decorating with the things that I have. The framed chalkboard has been on three different walls since I made it, and I’ve loved it everywhere!

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Do you constantly move things around in your home, too? Or do you stick with a great set-up once you’ve found it?

Well, here’s to a happy Monday and a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Birch Slice Monogram Art

I love combining natural elements with a little touch of glitz. I also love monograms. So, basically, I love this little guy a whole lot!

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To make this little monogram artwork, I used:

A birch slice (purchased at Michael’s, because I live in the city).

A wooden letter C  – I have like 7 “C”s in various sizes & materials. I love my last initial, because I love that I share it with my hubby!

Craft Paint – White (Folk Art) & Gold (Martha Stewart) & a little paint brush

A photo hanger

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First, I nailed the picture hanger into the back of the wood slice.

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Then painted the C gold – two coats.

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And I carefully painted inside the wood slice with the white.

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I attached the letter with wood glue, and hung this baby on my wall!

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I’m sort of obsessed with this. Like I want to make about twenty five more and create a whole birch-slice-alphabet-wall.

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How about you? Make anything cool lately!?

Six Easy (and Practically Free) DIY Ideas for Holiday Artwork

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Hey guys! I had so much fun sharing my holiday decor in my Holiday Home Tour 2013 (which you can see here, here & here). Most of these ideas for easy (and super affordable) DIY holiday artwork were seen in the tour. I love simple little pieces that can be ‘subbed in’ for the non-seasonal art you may already have scattered throughout your home. Some of these pieces are just stuck on top of whatever print is typically displayed – which means you’ll save by not buying new frames, and you can pull out the holiday artwork and be back to ‘normal’ in a flash!

Here are six ways I updated my walls for the holidays this year. Since many of these pieces were created using supplies I already had on hand, my total ‘new’ costs for all of these pieces combined was probably somewhere around $10!

Burlap & Wood Reindeer Art

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To make this simple & rustic holiday art, I painted a wooden reindeer head cut out (found at Michael’s for under $2) with white craft paint (or whatever color you choose). Cover the glass with burlap (or whatever fabric you happen to have lying around), and glue the reindeer to the fabric. Stick it in your frame, and you’re done!

Stenciled Kraft Paper Art

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Stencil a festive animal, word, or other design onto a piece of kraft paper. Frame it. Go get a pedicure with all the time you have leftover after this project. (Don’t have a stencil? Make one by printing out clip art in the design you want & cutting it out!) Chances are, you already have everything you need to do this… which makes it technically free! But if not, you can probably get everything you’d need for less than $5.

Framed Chalkboard + Wreath

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If you don’t already have a framed chalkboard somewhere in your house, you can make one! I made mine without even opening a jar of paint – here’s how. Hang a wreath in front of your new chalkboard with some pretty ribbon, and add some inspirational text. But don’t thank me for this idea, I saw it here, here & here first. This one is ‘free’ to make too, if you already have a chalkboard, some ribbon, and a wreath!

 

Framed Holiday Card

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This really can’t count as a “DIY” project as it pretty much only requires the ability to put something into a frame. But I am obsessed with these holiday postcards from Rifle Paper Company, and am using them this year to send quick well wishes to friends and family. I love them so much, that I framed one in my kitchen, and one in my bathroom! Use holiday cards from your stash, or a pretty one that you received this year, and enjoy another free new piece of holiday artwork!

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Merry & Bright Typography

I just played with some fonts on my computer and printed out this little fella onto some recycled cardstock and framed it. Boom! Easy artwork!

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Burlap & Ribbon Tree Wall Hanging

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I shared this little project last week and again – I made it completely out of supplies I already had on hand. (Ok, maybe I am a burlap/ribbon/glue gun hoarder… but maybe you are too!?) You can probably guess how I made it (think hot glue gun), but you can see the original post here!

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So, what do you think? Any ideas you would try in your home? What are some other quick & inexpensive ways to deck your walls for the holidays? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Burlap + Ribbon Tree Wall Hanging

Yup, you guessed it… more burlap!

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I made this wall hanging from my large assortment of Christmas ribbon. It took about 15 minutes to determine the layout, cut my ribbons, and hot glue them onto a rectangle of burlap.

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I only burnt myself twice on the hot glue gun, so I’ll go ahead and chalk this one up as an epic success.

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Our Christmas tree, as you can see, is burlap, gold + red, plus a whole assortment of woodland creatures. It’s rustic and glittery all at once, like this ribbon tree, and that makes my heart happy.

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I glued a strip of cardboard to the top of the burlap, and then glued on a piece of jute twine to hang the art. Easy as they come, folks – and if you’ve got a bunch of ribbon & burlap, like me, it will be completely free!

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I’m off to enjoy a weekend in NYC with the hubby – there will be lots of eating, drinking, window shopping, and jostling through crowds! I hope you have a great weekend, too!

Handmade Burlap Stockings

You may or may not have noticed (depending on how loyally you follow my Instagram newsfeed…) that I am utterly obsessed with all things Burlap this Christmas season. A month or so ago, I was scouring Etsy with the hope of purchasing some burlap stockings to hang this year. I was about to purchase some, when I was struck with the brilliant idea of convincing my mother – who has legitimate sewing skills, unlike myself – to “help” me make my own handmade stockings.

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In the interest of full transparency, I should tell you that by ‘help’, I pretty much mean that she did ALL of the work. I supervised, which worked well for me as I quite like being in charge of things.

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According to my mother, who did the sewing, this is a fairly simple sewing project – and the rustic & homey feel of burlap really takes the pressure off trying to create something “perfect”. The imperfections are the beauty of it, don’t you think?

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It was also very special to me to do this little mother-daughter project. My Mommom, who passed away this past winter, made beautiful hand-knitted stockings for her children, her children’s husbands, and her grandchildren over the years as her family grew. Even though these simple little burlap stockings will probably not become permanent fixtures in my family Christmases, I know that my mother and I both felt slightly closer to her as we worked together on this project. I am so grateful that the tradition of creating handmade items for our homes and family members is one that will continue in our family – in whatever form it takes.

Our process was not super technical, but if you’d like to create your own burlap stockings, here’s how:

First, collect your supplies:

Burlap (a few yards depending on how many you’ll be making)

Cotton or Muslin for the lining

Paper for creating a pattern

Fabric Scissors, straight pins & a sewing machine (or hand sew them w/ a needle and thread!)

To create our pattern, we just traced a random red stocking we had on hand onto a paper bag.

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We added a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch. The pattern for the lining material had an extra 4 inches at the top, for the cuff fold over.

Using straight pins to secure the pattern, I cut two pieces at a time (you need two lining & two burlap shapes per stocking). I was really good at the cutting part, and that was pretty much all that I contributed to this project.

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Next, my mother sewed together the inner & outer pieces, including a small hem at the top of the liner that would fold over to create the cuff. Stanley, my parents’ Siamese cat, posed for a little photo shoot while my mother did the work.

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I chose not to attach the liner to the burlap stocking, since the cuff held both pieces together pretty well. This way I can always change the inner or outer material (in case I make myself completely sick of burlap sometime down the road… which is not likely!)

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I attached a jute twine loop with a safety pin (so it is also interchangeable), and pinned through both layers to add some extra security.

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I added some unpainted wooden letters with our initials (including Emma, of course – her stocking will be stuffed with bacon flavored treats and squeaky creatures).

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Then, I used my only-daughter-charm to convince my father to cut a branch off of one of the trees in my parent’s back yard. Since we do not have a mantle to hang our stockings from, I turned the donated branch into my stocking hanger!

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I’m totally smitten. And the best part is that I only spent around $10 on the white muslin and wooden letters, and had everything else that we needed on hand! (That cute felt garland, by the way, was an awesome Target grab a few weeks ago).

What kind of stockings did you hang this year? If you, like me, don’t have a mantle to hang them from, what creative ways do you find to display them in your house? Filling my husband’s stocking with goofy little things is one of my favorite Christmas activities, and I can’t wait to do it again this year!