DIY Hanging Shelves

I always find myself hoarding small trinkets that I have no idea where to store. I hung some shelves last year that are already overflowing with plants, frames, and small ceramic sculptures. I wanted to hang some smaller shelves that would also serve as an art piece. I love the look of unfinished wood and the simplicity and strength of rope cord. The result is a simple design that makes a big impact in your space!

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DIY Multicolored Pom Pom Eggs

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So excited about todays post! I’ve been working on these multicolored pom poms for quite some time now. They are an easy and relatively mindless activity to do while watching Netflix. But don’t be fooled…to get such a compact and perfect shape these poms take time. I probably spent around 30-40 mins on a single pom. So get yourself a good pair of scissors and get to crafting!

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Materials

Yarn in multiple colors, scissors, 3 inch embroidery hoop*

*There are many ways to make pom poms. I love using an embroidery hoop because it’s simple, fast, and the flat edges are great to keep the yarn from sliding around too much. However, the multicolored effect will work with whatever method you choose!

Pom PomsBegin by wrapping the yarn around your embroidery hoop.

Pom PomsThen, take your second color and wrap it overtop of the first.

Pom PomsContinue to layer the colors on top of each other. You can do two colors at once for a speckled effect. The thicker you wrap, the tighter the shape you’ll be able to form.

Pom Poms  Once you’re done wrapping, cut a piece of yarn and tie it tightly around the middle of the wrapped yarn. Then cut the either end of the threads to free the pom from the embroidery hoop.

Pom PomsStart trimming your pom! At the beginning, there is no rhyme or reason to the cuts. Trim until the pom starts to gain shape.

Pom PomsIt’s hard to show in pictures how to form a pom. You could technically cut any shape you want. For an egg shape, you’ll want to keep the bottom more rounded with a rounded point on top. Keep going until you reach your desired shape. Trim slowly at the end so you don’t lose too much yarn evening out a large cut.

Pom PomsAnd you’re done! These will be great for hiding during an egg hunt! Happy Easter!!

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Flower Friday: DIY Paper Carnations

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I never understood why carnations have such a bad reputation. They’re lovely, inexpensive, smell good, and last a long time. I guess most of us have memories of high school and being gifted tiny, half-dead carnations on Valentine’s Day. This crepe paper version is far from plain. While other tutorials have you make the petals from a single strip of paper, these are a bit more complicated as I cut out each individual petal (you can find the template at the end of the post). More time-consuming, but the results are worth it. (more…)

DIY Concrete Photo Background

Concrete Photo BackgroundConcrete Photo BackgroundI’ve been blogging for about 3 years now but I’m always looking for ways to improve my photography. The same plain white, poster board background was starting to get a little old. Literally and figuratively. I had seen some of the concrete countertops other DIY bloggers have been posting. I love the polished industrial look but I doubt my mom would appreciate me pouring concrete on her counters, no matter how much HGTV I watch. I figured I could get similar results on a piece of wood that I could pull out whenever I wanted to take photos, but also store when not in use. A quick trip to the hardware store and a little help from Dad, and I have an awesome new photo background.

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DIY PomPom Blanket

Pom Pom BlanketFor the longest time, I was on a search for the perfect blanket. I wanted a blanket for the end of my bed that reached the floor on both sides. That proved a little difficult as my bed is up on risers. Being the DIYer that I am, it only made sense that I make my own. I got super lucky one Wednesday afternoon at a Joann’s store. They had just gotten in a luxury fleece but it ran about $17 a yard. Luckily I had a coupon and ended up paying only one third the retail price. That was a good day. I may or may not have texted all my friends to tell them about the amazing deal I got. For some reason, they were not as excited as I was. Then again, they didn’t know how soft and thick this fleece is! On that note, I’m gonna go wrap myself in my blanket!

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