Easy Do It Yourself Dreamcatcher

Recently, I made a DIY dreamcatcher for my sitting room, and I thought it might be fun to share it with you!

Supplies:

  1. Lace Fabric
  2. Yarn
  3. Embroidery Hoop
  4. Faux Flowers

Steps:

  1. Add lace fabric to an embroidery hoop and trim excess fabric from the back. (You could add a little glue at this point, but it’s definitely not necessary.)
  2. Cut the yarn into strands. I chose to leave mine rather long.
  3. Cut a few small holes in the lace fabric near the bottom of the hoop.
  4. String the yarn through the holes.
  5. Add some yarn to the top of your dreamcatcher to hang it.
  6. Add some decorative faux flowers to the top, and you’re done!

 

How to Make a Clothespin Photo Wreath for the Laundry Room

My laundry room is about 50 percent complete. We painted, bought a new washer and dryer, added some temporary storage, hung some art and called it done for now. Well, “done for now” is driving me crazy. As it turns out, I don’t like unfinished projects. So, I decided to tackle something I’ve had on the list for awhile: making the space more personal.

I toyed around with a lot of different ideas for making the space feel more like me. I knew I wanted to be able to add photos at random. At first, I considered a memo board, but I’ve been there, done that. Then, I thought about adding cork with push pins. But that didn’t seem like me. I thought about hanging a ribbon and pinning photos to that, but that seems like kitten bait.

One day I woke up and knew exactly what I was going to do. It was a true moment of clarity. I decided to make a clothespin wreath that could look pretty on its own, but also hold photos of friends and family. I know, it’s probably not a very original thought, but I’m in love with the final product.

DIY Clothespin Wreath at BetweenWeekdays.com

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

Clothespin Wreath Supplies from BetweenWeekdays.com

Clothespins (purchased at the Dollar Tree)
14″ Wire Wreath Form
Ribbon
Hot Glue

Happily, I had everything but the clothespins on hand, so this project cost me a grand total of $2.

Instructions:

1. Decide on a placement. I decided I wanted all but a few of my clothespins facing out in order to maximize the number of photographs that could be displayed. At the very top of my wreath, there are four clothespins that face inward so a photo or two can be located inside the wreath.

Clothespin Wreath Placement from BetweenWeekdays.com

 

2. Glue all of your clothespins into place. I found it best to place a line of glue on the highest two bars of the wreath from and then lay down the pins before the glue dried.

Gluing Clothespins at BetweenWeekdays.com

3. If you want, add some decorative elements to your wreath. I decided to make some ribbon rosettes following this tutorial. The wreath looked pretty enough on its own, but I think the addition of the ribbon rosettes are a pretty, final touch.

4. Add a ribbon to the top of your wreath for hanging purposes. I added a simple bow to the top, but a loop of ribbon would also look great.

5. Add photos and enjoy!

DIY Clothespin Wreath Tutorial at BetweenWeekdays.com

Our laundry room may still have a long way to go, but at least I’m feeling a little better about its appearance. This $2, 20-minute project goes a long way in making the laundry room a happier place to be. For now, I’ll be arranging and rearranging different photos on my new wreath!

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick.

DIY Map Art

A couple of years ago, map art was all the rage. I suppose it still is. Like everyone else, I jumped on the bandwagon (like I did with my DIY paint chip art) and fashioned my very own map art. It has been hanging in my office for at least two years now, and I’m still in love with it.

I bought a $5 dollar map of my current city, and found the most visually interesting part of the map to frame. Lucky for me, Chattanooga is a dynamic town with lots of streets, a river and mountains. It looks lovely framed.

You’ll notice my ironing efforts went largely unnoticed by my map. Luckily, it’s barely noticeable indoors.

At first I was disappointed that my street wasn’t included in the framed map, but then I realized this was another opportunity to bring some art to the other side of the office for the bookcase.

I gathered my supplies: the remainder of my map, a frame, sewing needles and red thread. (Sorry for the horrid photo taken years ago.) Do you see where this is going?

I stitched a red heart around our street and added it to the IKEA frame. Voila! Cute, personalized and cheap art.

I’m looking forward to creating a few more pieces of map art once we move. I also plan to keep these pieces around, because, after all, Chattanooga was our first home as a married couple. We’ve had a lot of fun here.

I’ve got some great ideas for transitioning the heart map art to include more details of our first home. This is my inspiration:

I absolutely love the placement of the photo in the middle. I’d like to add the embroidered map in the bottom, and then frame our house keys at the top. I think it’d be adorable, plus I have visions of having a huge wall of frames in our future house.

What have you been DIY-ing lately (or years ago, if you’re like me)?

Covering Lampshades the DIY Way

This weekend, the husband and I fancied up some clearance lamp shades for our master bedroom. I have to admit that I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Wanna hear how we did it?

Remember when we donated ours to the second guest bedroom? Since then, we’ve been living with bare-bulb lamps in our bedroom. This weekend, I decided I had had enough of the harsh light and decided to do something about it. Ok. I actually made the decision on a whim.

Originally I had planned to purchase lampshades for our bedroom. When I couldn’t find anything, I knew I’d have to DIY a pair. Luckily for me, I found the perfect size at Target.

Clearance Lampshade

The plumb trim was easy enough to remove. And once it was gone (see ya later!), I had a blank canvas.

But what to do with a blank canvas? It can be a bit daunting at first. At least, that’s why I like to think I let this project wait for five months before I picked it up again. I was a bit stuck, until this weekend.

While I was at Hobby Lobby, I spotted just the right fabric in the upholstery section for my clearance lampshades. And it was 30 percent off. Score! I happily snatched up enough to cover my two lampshades and some decorative black cording.

Actually covering the lampshades was pretty easy. There are plenty of tutorials out there, so I’m not providing one. However, I will give you a tip I found helpful: SPRAY ADHESIVE. Not only is it fun to say (What? That’s just me?), it’s also a cinch to use.

Once we had our fabric cut to size, we followed the directions on the can and applied the spray adhesive to the back of our fabric. It was tacky enough to grip the lampshade, but not so sticky that it couldn’t be pulled away to be reapplied. And, trust me, we had to reapply it many, many times to get it just right.

Spray Adhesive

Just make sure you use an adhesive that is safe for fabrics and follow the directions. Also, don’t be like us. Use this product outside. If you are like us and use this inside, at least turn on a fan and open a window.

After the fabric was in place, I used hot glue to secure the fabric to the inside of each shade being careful to keep the fabric pulled taunt. I also used hot glue to create a seam on the outside of the shade with the fabric.Then, I added the decorative rope cording to the bottom of each shade with more hot glue.

It was at this point that I ran into a problem. On the top of the lampshades, you could see raw edges of fabric on the inside of each shade. Duh! Why didn’t I prepare for this?

Luckily the solution was pretty simple. I easily hemmed a small piece of fabric and glued it in place. Isn’t iron hem tape the best invention ever?

Hemmed Fabric Hides the Unfinished Edges

I think they turned out pretty stellar.

Finished Lampshade

What have you been DIY’ing lately?

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