As much as I love gift shopping, planning and co-ordinating my wrapping and name tags to my Christmas decor has always been just as fun to me. This year, I decided on a beige and gold wrapping paper with a wreath-like DIY name tag. I love all the lovely wreaths I’ve seen and decided to take on this Christmas classic and make it slightly more modern. I love that these name tags are reusable and could just as easily double as Christmas decorations on a tree!
Granted this DIY is time consuming and maybe not as practical if you’re wrapping more than a handful of gifts, but it sure is pretty! Plus making the stars is the perfect activity to do whilst watching Christmas movies.
All you need is:
- copper wire
- buxus stems
- super glue
- ribbon of choice
- white card stock
- black pen
- Start by deciding on the size of your star and the bend it in shape using the pliers. It does take some practice to get it right, but the key seems to be to keep each line equal in length.
- When you get to the end of your star, be sure to make a little loop for the ribbon to go through.
- Cut a small stem of buxus to size and super glue it to place near the loop you made for the ribbon.
- Punch a hole in white card stock cut slightly larger than your star and write the name of the recipient on the front of the card. Be sure to check that it will be visible poking out behind the star wreath.
- Loop the ribbon through your card and the star and secure it to the package either with a bow and some tape or wrap around and tie.
In previous years I’ve used gold stars and blush ribbons as name tags or gone with a simple white and gold theme.
What did you choose to do this year?
About 95% of our home DIYs include or are solely comprised of paint. It is by far the cheapest and easiest way to transform a space! It also requires the least amount of skill, although patience definitely is a virtue (waiting for layers to dry is literally the worst!) I thought it would be fun to think of all the times Ryno and I have used paint to personalise our space. Not all projects have to be as big as our recent garage transformation witht the help of Prominent Paints. Some of these jobs could easily be completed in a weekend.
When we first moved into our 1980’s house my husband and I went with “quick wins” like replacing the green carpets and painting the rooms and trim throughout. This immediately made the home feel more us, but I feel like we haven’t made as much progress since. This is probably because the projects that are left are more time consuming and definitely not easy on the budget.
I’m really lucky to have had one of my lifetime dreams realised with four amazing types of roses in our garden. Although most of them do last quite a while when placed indoors, I’m always looking for ways to reuse them after they’ve wilted. Last year we saved all of them for our wedding confetti so I looked into making rose bath salts. This is a surprisingly easy and very simple DIY, with only three ingredients (maybe four, read more below…)
- 3-4 Fragrant roses
- 1 kg Epsom salts
- 50 g Baking Soda
- Pick the petals of three roses that have slightly wilted and leave open in a bowl for about two days, so that it can partially dry. If you do use plain cut roses that aren’t as heavily fragranced, you can add a little bit of essential oils in the next step.
- In a larger bowl combine rose petals, salt and baking soda. If you want the petals to be able to drain, place the mixture in a food processor with a blade for finer leaves. I like just fishing mine out of the bath when I’m done, leaving zero possibility of blocking the drain.
- Store all the loveliness in an airtight container to treat yourself.
We found ourselves constantly needing more coasters as a white coffee table is not the most forgiving. I really struggled to find ones that I liked and started thinking of ways that I could DIY them. These were as much fun to make as you’d imagine, and we’ve been using them all the time. They’d also add the perfect touch to any festivities and they’re fully customizable (shape and colour).
In the first post of my Christmas series-thingy, I’ll be showing you how I made these pinecone decorations. It is so easy, I probably shouldn’t even call it a tutorial, but that is my forte! I’ll show you how I did it just incase you were wondering!
Considering how quick and easy it was, I am really impressed by how good it looks. It also happened to be the perfect addition to my all gold Christmas tree.
Instead of using hot glue, which I just find terribly unreliable as the one minute it sits and the next you might as well have never used it, I decided to use a thread and needle. All the pinecones I found still had a piece of wood protruding from the top which attached it to the tree, so I decided to use that to fix my ribbon to.
I cut 30 cm of ribbon for each pinecone and sealed the ends with a candle. Then I folded each piece in half, and tied it to make the top loop about 5 cm long. After that I made bows over the original knot making sure to twist and turn the ribbon for perfect bows. The final step was to tie the ribbon to the pinecones with a thread and needle. I simply wrapped my thread around the aforementioned stick at the top and then threaded it through the ribbon.
Recently I’ve been loving home accessories that inject a little texture and colour into our (mostly monochrome) home. So instead of painting this wooden tray white, which I would have done before, I tried something slightly different and I’ve been loving it. Whitewashing wood is so easy and it can really transform a piece. I think it looks great on this tray but could work just as well on a wooden box.
I had been admiring gorgeous tassle garlands on Etsy and Pinterest for quite a while before something clicked and I realised that I can easily recreate it on my own. It took me a while to hunt down the tissue paper colours I wanted (or something relatively close) and I eventually found it at my local grocery store. Although it was quite time-consuming, I wouldn’t describe it as a difficult process and I really like the end result. So I highly recommend you make one for yourself as it is a much more affordable option and you can customize the colours.
- 2,5m plain twine
- 2 sheets of each colour tissue paper, minimum three colours
- a pair of scissors
- clear tape
- Start by folding each sheet in three (across the width) and cut along those lines leaving three sheets of approximately 20 cm wide sheets.
- Fold each sheet in half (across the length) and start cutting the fringe leaving about 5 cm uncut at the top fold. Repeat this on all the pieces of paper. This is what took me the longest and seeing Martha Stewart’s solution (a simple slicing machine) did not help!
- Once I was done with this you’ll have to unfold all the pieces and lay the coloured side of the paper down on your surface. You’ll then start rolling down the centre of your fold. I found it best to pause every now and again just to comb through the fringe and rearrange it otherwise you risk tearing pieces off. Try to roll this as tight as possible, but don’t worry if all the pieces don’t look the same.
- Once you’ve finished rolling you can twist that section and fold in half to create a loop. Secure it with a small piece of tape.
- I decided to alternate my pieces according to colour and arranged them onto the twine. Lay it out on a table and add a little bit of glue to each tassle so that it stays in place.
- Once dry you can hang it anywhere from a party table or wedding car and even above the bed. The possibilities are endless!
Happy first day of Spring!
I went jogging yesterday and the change of the seasons has never been more apparent. The sun was beating on my back but in the distance I could see some snow left on the mountain peaks. I am glad summer is finally on its way!
Whilst there is no way for me to wish away another cold front, I do plan on indulging in some summer traditions like a fun manicure and over-wearing my stripes.
I also want to find the perfect shirt-dress and somehow master the cat eye, any and all tips welcome! If the amazing weather we’ve had this weekend holds up, a trip to the beach would definitely be on the cards.
Lastly I’ve found this really cute DIY bow bracelet on A Pair, A Spare and couldn’t resist sharing. I have no idea where I am going to find a gold bow, but it is so pretty that there was no way I could keep it to myself.
I hope you enjoy the first month of spring! For all my Northerners, keep warm this autumn with loads of hot choc, I might join you when the next cold front hits.
I recently moved a double bed into my room and ever since the blank wall above it has been bothering me. DIY seems to be the most cost effective option, so here are some of my favourite ideas.
1. Chevron Painted Canvas
I’ve done this before for my boyfriend’s apartment and it really is super easy. The most time consuming part is drawing the pattern with pencil. Remember to start with the lightest colour and then be careful when painting with the darker colour.
2. Heart Bunting
This couldn’t be simpler. I think this would be best to add a little interest if you already have height courtesy of a headboard or pillows. It adds a nice pop of colour and a little interest.
3. Hand Painted Wall
This beautiful statement wall is Elsie’s from a Beautiful Mess. Follow her steps to create this here. Don’t do the entire wall, rather do a few lines centred above the bed.
4. Material Tassels
Create a few tassels from material rather than crinkle paper to create a more muted decoration for above the bed.
5. Paper Heart Wall Art
This is great for children’s rooms as the children can make it on their own. Get the DIY guide here.
6. Art Wall
This is the least affordable option but possibly the most impressive. Buy secondhand frames and spray them all in the same colour scheme. Get creative with your art as there are some amazing free printables on the web. Pretty cards and favourite quotes add a personal touch. Get the DIY guide here to see how to assemble it.