Showing posts with label home-decor-diy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home-decor-diy. Show all posts


Yesterday when I was cleaning, I took notice to the small, upcycled vases sitting empty on my coffee table.  I made them last year (see DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Urns Using Dollar Store Glass and Cast Off Ceramic Containers) and decided it was time to add something to them.  I decided to fill them with fake cotton branch stems. They were super easy, inexpensive and quick to make.  Here is how I did it.


I absolutely LOVE going to thrift stores! When I go it's like a treasure hunt. While many people go in the hopes of finding hidden gems in usable shape, I go to find old castoffs that I can give new life. Recently I found a lamp in a Charleston, SC thrift store just begging for my love. It was priced at $10 but on the day I went all lamps were half off so I snagged it for only $5!


Christmas will  be here before you know it! Yaaaay! I make the majority of my gifts and decor, so I have to get started as early as possible in order to get everything done. As with anything I make, I try to recycle and reuse as many materials as possible. With a little imagination, it's really not necessary to spend lots of money or contribute to waste in order to create beautiful new decorations that make a huge impact.  My first project for this Christmas is a recycled book page mini-tree. Here's how you can make your own.

How to refinish wood furniture dresser paint stain tutorial diy

A while back, my friend snapped a picture (below) of an old wood dresser she was getting rid of and asked if I wanted it.  The answer was yes of course! I had been wanting a new buffet for my dining room and I new with a little tlc it would be perfect.

DIY Home Decor and Crafts Tutorial for Fall

While it's still in the upper 90s in the hot South, it doesn't stop me from dreaming of cooler weather, hoodies and nighttime football games.  Unfortunately, I've been too busy melting away in the heat to prep a new "Fall" themed project for you guys. Fortunately, I still have an awesome, DIY pumpkin project that I did last year and a network of awesome, super, crafty friends that have many projects to share with you, so let's roll!

DIY Borei Design Recycled Fabric Yo yo Can Craft Tutorial

The craft tutorial I decided to share with you could not be easier or cheaper and involves something we all have plenty of laying around the house: cans!

How to Make A Recycled Minecraft Creeper Fan Desk Organizer Pen Cup or Can

When you are decorating a room, you have to design to fit the needs, style and desires of  each particular client.  Right now my "client" just happens to be my teenage son.  As I have the time...time, what's that? ha! how funny, says a lady with twins...I am going to work on redecorating his bedroom in a "gamer" theme. Going forward, I will be sporadically sharing tutorials with you that you can use for your favorite gamer's room as well.  I'm not exactly sure when I will be able to work on and post all the projects I have planned, so if you are interested in seeing more be sure to sign up for email updates for my site! All that being said, getting him organized is an ongoing battle that I'm going to try address along with the new decor.  I decided to start with a baby step in that direction first.

How to create your own etching stencils and monogrammed wine glasses.

I have a love-hate relationship with wine glasses and glassware in general.  I love all the creative, beautiful pieces that are available for purchase but they are constantly being broken in my home.  I bought an absolutely gorgeous set last year that was pretty pricey.  I finally cut my losses and gave up on replacing the individual glasses as they broke.  After some thought, I decided to replace them all at once with an etched monogram set.

After pricing etched glasses at places like Anthropologie (see Etched Monogram Glass) and Ballard Designs (see Riviera GlasswareMilano Glassware and Classic Barware, I quickly realized that if I purchased them already made, I would most likely be stuck in the same expensive cycle of replacing pieces as they break.  I've never etched glass before but I became determined to create my own using sturdy plain glasses of my choosing. Imagine my delight when I found the perfect, sturdy, candidate at a local dollar store of all places! Yaaaay! I was happy that I had solved the actual glass problem but thought I would probably be scratching glass for the rest of my life in order to create the monogrammed set I had in mind.  Thankfully I found a product that does all the etching work for you in no time! Unfortunately, I also found out you are required to buy disposable stencils, made specifically for etching.  Pfffft! No way! I decided to DIY those as well.  Here's how I created the etching stencils and a new set of monogrammed wine glasses that can be replaced quickly for very little expense.

Looking back over a full year of craft tutorials.

Can you believe 2015 is almost over? I can't. 2015 was my first year of regular craft project blogging on this site.  With the new year of projects approaching, I would like to take a moment to highlight some of the tutorial projects I brought to you in 2015.  So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and dive in.

How to make a monogram wine cork holder using recycled materials.

The New Year is the perfect time to start saving wine corks to display in a unique new way such as with a monogram cork holder.  For decorative purposes, you can fill up the holder all at once (if you already have a collection) or you can fill it as you go throughout the year.  You can even write the date or other info on the end of the corks to mark bottles opened on special occasions.  There's lots of pricey wine cork holders out there to choose from but it's even more special when your create your own using recycled materials. Here's how to do it.

DIY Crafts Paper Mache Owl Tutroial How To Make

I've been a busy bee for the last few weeks making Christmas gifts for family members.  My mother-in-law (who loves owls) recently fell in love with the paper mache elephant wall bust I created for my daughter's room (see: Borei Design Papier-Mâché Sculpted Elephant Bust Tutorial).  So guess what she's getting for Christmas?  You got it, an owl sculpture.   My primary supplies for this project was a roll of toilet paper, a cardboard box and some newspaper.  Here's how I did it.

diy craft tutorial how to make a recycled book page dala horse or dalahast swedish Christmas

My husband is part of the first generation of his family that was born in the United States.  Over the years we have found a happy blend of family traditions when it comes to decorating for Christmas. In a previous post I discussed traditional Swedish Christmas ornaments and showed you how to make a Swedish Advent Star (see: How to Create Swedish Advent Stars Using Recycled Book Pages).  Today I would like to share with you another decorative Swedish item that can be made with book pages and other recycled materials: the Dalahäst or Dala horse.

DIY Anthropologie inspired elephant bust craft tutorial

Faux animal busts appear to be popping up everywhere at some of my favorite home décor stores. I haven’t really given much thought to the trend until I saw the adorable papier-mâché editions at Anthropolgie. Inspiration struck when I was admiring the picture of the Plains Traveler Bust Elephant. An elephant’s trunk when raised makes a natural hook where you can hang practically anything. When you add a fun pattern to the mix, you have the makings of an awesome wall accent piece that is both functional and decorative. I knew that it would be a colorful way for my daughter to hang winter scarves in her room. I set out to create my own version that was both sturdy and complimentary to the current color schemes of her room.

paper swedish christmas book page stars ornaments tutorial how to make diy crafts reycle

Handmade straw and wood ornaments are a long standing tradition in Sweden and many other Scandinavian countries. I always look forward to receiving a handmade ornament from Sweden from my Mother and Father-in-law every Christmas. Advent stars are one of the items that are commonly made. When I was recently looking at a pic of antique woven star, I was inspired to make my own version using recycled book pages that could be used as a decorative hanger not just for the Christmas tree but for any time of year.

how to make paper mache pumpkin tutorial diy fall halloween thanksgiving crafts

Fall is FINALLY starting to rear its head in the hot other words, it has hit 70 degrees! Hallelujah! To celebrate relief from the summer heat, I decided to add a little fall to my decor.

Sorry it has been a while between updates.  I have been super busy over the last month or so.  However I have tried to keep the projects going amidst the mayhem.  Currently I'm in the process of making over some old wicker furniture and creating new outdoor throw pillows and cushions using inexpensive outdoor, picnic style table cloths.  I thought I would share my progress thus far with you how I created the above ensemble for $7.

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 Deep in the Southern United States, a comfortable, beautiful porch or piazza can be the most prized "room" of the home. There's a funny saying floating around that proudly states, "we don't hide crazy in the south.  We parade it around on the front porch and give it a sweet tea." That's not always far from the truth but a great porch in the South can be so much more than that.  It's a place where you can make endless memories with your friends, family, children and neighbors.

Tutorial Girl The Right Shoes DIY Chalkboard Craft Borei Design

 My youngest daughter is an amazing little athlete with a sweet disposition and a "go-getter" attitude.  She plays softballs, runs, cheers and not only loves but most often excels in pretty much anything that involves sports.  She is also a total fashionista.  Because of all this, she literally has to wear a lot of different types of to dress up her school uniform, cleats, sneakers, cheer shoes, dress shoes and so on and so on.