Posts Tagged ‘Craft Ideas’

DIY Office Decor :: Mixed Metal Desk Accessories

DIY Office Decor

I was recently looking for the perfect canister to use on my office desk. I began searching around my house to see what I could re-purpose into some DIY office decor, when I had the idea to transform discarded soup cans into new chic decor. I started by gathering a set of three cans in a variety of sizes. I then removed the labels and washed the cans. Once dry, I masked off sections of the can using painters tape so that I could spray paint them to give them a trendy look.

Mixed Metal :: DIY Office Decor

Since mixed metals are in style, I decided to leave some of the silver can visible and paint stripes using gold and copper spray paint.

 DIY Office Decor :: Mixed Metal

I lightly sprayed on two coats of paint and once completely dry, carefully removed the tape.

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DIY :: Add a Pop of Color

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There are many outlets you can go to for inspiration when you are throwing a party; however, planning one can get overwhelming – and expensive. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can easily add some flair to your next get-together while avoiding spending a fortune at party and craft stores. For example, you can add color to party supplies and décor by using simple and inexpensive solutions, like nail polish! Here are a few DIY ideas on how you can add creative of color to your next event.

Who knew nail polish could be used for party decor?

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Dress-up your cutlery

Adding a few stripes of color to the handles of your cutlery will add unexpected style and fun. You can purchase stainless steel forks, knives and spoons at most dollar stores. The set I used (in the above image) came in a four-pack for $1.00, so I didn’t hesitate adding nail polish to dress them up. Be sure to hand wash them once your party is over.

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How to make tissue paper pom poms

I’m a big fan of using tissue paper pom poms in my party decor. What I love about them is that they are inexpensive and can be used in a wide variety of events. I’ve used them for birthday parties (like this candy party) and baby shower (like this spring shower) + many other events. I often get asked how I make them — so today, I thought I would share my tips for making and also for buying tissue pom poms.

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How to make tissue paper pom poms. They aren’t difficult to make, but I’ll be honest and say they are time consuming. If you have a couple nights to dedicate to making them while watching your favorite TV show, I say go for it. Here are the simple steps I follow:

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Aren’t those finished pom poms gorgeous?! They were used in a first birthday party I spotted over on The Sweetest Occasion.      The DIY method looks like this, not too much to it. It’s a pretty simple method and you can check out the full details and how-to here. Remember though to give yourself some time (and extra tissue for mistakes)! Also, I recommended finding a little higher quality (aka thicker) tissue than what you might typically use for gift wrapping. It’s easier to tear and the thicker paper tends to hold up nicer.

If I’ve scared you or the DIY method just isn’t your thing, I suggest just ordering your tissue pom poms.  They are inexpensive and this will save you from having to trek to 8 different stores in 3 cities to find the perfect shade of teal tissue paper (not like I’ve done that or anything).

Whether you make them, or buy them … these tissue poms are a great way to add some flair without breaking the budget. My daughter even re-purposed her poms from her recent birthday party into decor for her bedroom — love that!

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DIY Plaid Ornaments

Thinking about creating some homemade holiday ornaments? DIY ornaments really can be simple and these DIY plaid ornaments are proof. I love the green factor, turn something old into something new.

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New!

I love the cozy and warm look of these. Check out the simple DIY steps via Eddie Ross.

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Spooky Frame Decor

I am always in favor of doing simple DIY projects that will add a punch of pizazz to a party. For Halloween, these spooky pictures frames are the perfect project. Line them up on a mantle, place them in a group of three on on your table or place them in your entry way. Here is a simple DIY Halloween project from Christine of Just Loverly. Thanks Christine!

What you’ll need:

-Picture frames that are 8×10 or smaller
-Black spray paint (flat)
-Spooky images to go into frames
-Paper

Step 1

-Remove the glass from your picture frame. Dust it off and then apply the black spray paint to cover the frame. Let dry.

Step 2

-Find images to print that will go into your frame. Christine says:

“The first place I looked for eerie pictures was Graphicsfairy.blogspot.com and she did NOT disappoint! You can get all the images I used in this DIY either under the Anatomy section or the Halloween section. They are so great, I just hope I can do them justice!”

-Print, cut, and place in your frame.

Step 3

-Place spooky chic frame on your mantle or group in a set of three for a spooky centerpiece.

So simple! Thanks Christine for sharing this DIY Halloween decor idea with us!

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DIY Wedding Favor Bags

Want to save on costs but also send your wedding guests home with a sweet treat? How about trying these DIY favor bags? With minimal effort {and a fabulous FREE template}, you can create these thoughtful treat bags to give your guests.

You’ll need:

Supplies
1. Scallop Cards from Paper-Source $6.50 for a 20 pack of cards
2. Lunch Bags
3. 1/8 in Ribbon $9.50 for 30 yards we used chartreuse
4. Eyelet Setter $4.50
5. Eyelets in Gravel $1.45 for 50
6. 1/8 Hole Punch

Instructions
1. Print out the Scallop Cards
2. Place Scallop Cards on the Lunch Bag
3. Punch holes through the card and bag at the same time
4. Place eyelets right side up and card right side down, use Eyelet Setter and a small hammer to set
5. Fill your goodie bags with yummy treats
6. Run 1/8 in Ribbon through the bag and card and tie

And you will have the most thoughtful favor bags!

Template and images via The Wedding Chicks

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