Category Archives: DIY

Apartment Therapy post – harnessing toy clutter

Loving this idea from Apartment Therapy on creative ways to organize toys.  I’m not the handiest person, but this seems like a project that even someone like me can figure out.

Hanging planters on a wall – how ingenious is this???  And the sock monkey chillin in the rocking chair is a super cute touch.  I’m SO gonna try this.

DIY printable invitations

I confess – I still love reading wedding blogs and perusing wedding-related websites.  It’s been almost a year since my wedding, but I still haven’t let go of admiring all of the whimsical ideas that vendors, designers, and brides-to-be have.  It’s so fun!

iDIY recently posted some really cute printable invitations…free for anyone to download! Though mostly intended for weddings, they can easily be customized for bridal showers, birthday party invitations, or whatver else you want.  I wish this was available when I was doing my planning!  Oh well…I guess I can still use them for birth announcements 🙂

DIY project inventory list

I’ve been noticing some really fun and whimisical DIY/crafting ideas and thought I’d share them in a post dedicated to future projects I hope to undertake:

DIY crocheted-flower bunting from Project Nursey:

Awesome but labor-intensive DIY felt wreath from Domestic Fluff:
DIY flower garland from Once Wed:
DIY birdcages from The Brides Cafe:
DIY silverware chandelier from Apartment Therapy:
(check out the $4500 version at Anthropologie)

Paper project – DIY bows

This gift bow tutorial from How About Orange came in handy this Christmas to create some pretty and unique bows for many a holiday gift. 

Experimenting with different types of magazines and catalogs (it wouldn’t be as fun or as eco-friendly with regular paper, IMO), I found that the prettiest bows are made using…

Paper Source catalogs!

The variety of colors in the catalog and the stiffness of the paper stock itself is perfect for this project, which you can do even while watching TV.  Save them up to use to wrap gifts all throughout the year, and never buy another pre-fabricated plastic-y bow in the store ever again!

DIY pom pom failure

Maybe I’m not following instructions.  Maybe I’m using the wrong kind of tissue paper.  Or maybe I’m just not a crafty person.

Whatever the case, I attempted to create some DIY pom poms like the ones I’ve seen on Martha Stewart’s and others’ websites.  Since they required little in the way of materials, skill, or time, I thought this was the perfect project for me.

In order to be sustainable, I reused some anthropologie tissue paper I had saved.  The result was something that looked rather…sad. 

The pictures above that I took don’t look TOO bad because I tried using flattering angles/lighting.  In reality, they sort of look like blooming cabbages.  Or some sort of albino vegetable with red veins.
Maybe using recycled tissue paper was the mistake.  I looked at several different sets of instructions from Martha’s to other crafters’ blogs.  I do have this theory though that Martha’s instructions are purposely a little off to get people frustrated, subsequently leading them to buy her premade craft projects instead. 

Kusudama balls as wedding decor

I love the clean, elegant look of kusudama balls, and decided to forgo flowers for our wedding ceremony aisle decor and use these instead. 

Initially, I was totally psyched and ordered several sheets of blue and silver mulberry paper, excited to get started on this project.  Can you believe it took me about 6 months to make 12 balls?  Let’s see…5 petals per flower times 6 flowers per ball times twelve balls…okay, makes sense.  I’m pretty flaky when it comes to crafting, but even with every spare minute dedicated to cutting the paper to size, folding, and gluing, it  felt like a neverending task.  Even with the help of one of my bridesmaids, it was still pretty daunting. 

After the wedding, I managed to find and keep 3 of them, which are now hanging from a lamp in our office.  I have no idea what happened to the rest. 

DIY mini-magazine holder

I’ve seen several DIY magazine holder tutorials online.  Since I had some time last night, I decided to create a holder for my Martha Stewart Food magazines, which are smaller than the average size periodical.

A family size cereal box proved to be perfect for this quick project:
I measured about 3″ on the shortest side, up to 7″ on the tallest
Then cut along the lines using a craft knife
Here’s what it looked like after cutting
The trickiest part was covering the box with patterned paper.  Other sites recommended using fabric, but since I didn’t have any I liked for this project, I ended up going with a Wooster & Prince paper I had on hand. 
I ended up just tracing each side of the box on the back of the paper, cutting out each piece with about a quarter inch allowance, and then gluing them in place with a glue gun.
Here’s the finished product:
Easy peasy!  Now I just have to actually start cooking some of the recipies in these magazines…

That’s Sew LA!

So after my skirt-to-apron attempt, I realized that the sewing skills from my 7th grade home ec class aren’t up to par anymore and it’s time to take a sewing class.  I found a really cute one in Silver Lake called Sew LA which isn’t too far from my place (well, without hideous LA traffic, that is).

Sew LA offers classes for students of various levels, including private lessons, but they also have a great selection of really cute fabric, plus supplies and books.  I’m gonna have to check this place out soon!  They actually have a class on making vintage aprons…