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. 
Argh!