I'm a huge wine fan. I'm not picky though - white wine, red wine, pink wine....I'll drink any of it. If I'm not sure which bottle to buy at the store, I'll typically grab the cutest label in the shop. I'm all about making my bar cart look cute (including the booze on it) so I was excited to and create new wine charms for my cheapo wine glasses. This craft is easy to change up and so simple to do. You only need three supplies to get started!
I am a stationary hoarder. I've been told the first step is admitting to an addiction, so there you have it: my admission. I love new cards, old cards, fun cards, sad cards....but especially meaningful cards. Brandon and my wedding cards are so special to us - I cried multiple times reading through them - so we wanted a way to keep them all. Without the mess. Alas, a neat and crafty card book was born!
I was so inspired by I Spy DIY's neon letter light sign last week that I made one for Brandon's studio this weekend. We're obsessed with our new little addition to the rising sun digs (as we so lovingly call our new apartment). The coolest thing about this project is that each sign will be totally unique and replicate your own handwriting! I'll explain the "how to" below but first, supplies!
(read more for the step by step)
Though the holidays may have passed, I'm still pondering creative DIY gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and host-gifts! I had this idea to make hand-stamped keychains after beginning with hand-stamped initial necklaces (like these). Since the gold plates for the keychains were much larger than those for the necklaces, they looked a little boring with just a short phrase on them.
I experimented with adding some metal leaf in gold, silver, and rose gold to the plate before stamping and loved it! It adds a little extra glam to a simple little gift.
Step by Step:
These make for such a cute add-on gift! They would pair well with a gifted cute vintage bag (a go-to gift choice of mine), stamped with the city of your host, or attached to a gift bag for a name tag. They're so customizable and easy to make. The best part? The supplies you buy will be able to be used in lots of projects to come! Courtney
P.S. Thanks to my hand model, Sarah!
I love having a "rainy day" craft! Recently, I've especially loved when those crafts just happen to be wedding related. This little chalkboard wood slice is a quick DIY project that could be used for hosting parties, home decor, and (in my case) wedding activities.
Brandon and I are using these decorations on the children's table during our reception. We'll pair them with colored chalk for drawing and (if time allots) a little "I Spy" list! I love the idea of having something kid friendly for the little ones to enjoy into the night. Since we can't anticipate them sitting still thru the speeches, first dances, cake cutting, and introductions without an activity of their own...we thought up this little idea.
One of my favorite things about this project is how cost effective and time sensitive it was! Each slice only took a few minutes to paint and the initial cost of supplies was shared between all the slices.
I started by painting each slab with the large paintbrush. To get a natural but detailed edge, I used the smaller brush around the rim. I chose to leave a small border, but you could paint it right to the edge. After the paint was completely dry, I rubbed the side of the white chalk across the painted slice and quickly wiped it off. It gave the piece the exact look I was going for - making it not so crisp and clean. I really like the more distressed look of the chalkboard, but you could also choose to skip this step and keep it fresh and simple.
This project would be great for labeling small dishes at parties, using as charger plates at a dinner, or using to welcome guests at your home. It's a great rustic element that can add a little bit of homemade love to any space. Fingers crossed the kids at the wedding enjoy them as much as I do!
Coachella may be over, but that doesn't mean Coachella style has to end! I made this cute and festive floral crown today out of kraft paper and wire. I combined a few "how-to" paper flower tutorials (like this one) to make a flowers to trim the crown.
This little detail would be perfect for summer birthdays, children parties, and the kids table at a wedding! I'm obsessed with the idea of making them for Brittany's upcoming birthday. How cute would they be for the birthday girl to wear during a BBQ celebration?
Learn how to make your own below!
I've been doing my best to stay on budget for the wedding. This includes coming up with centerpieces for 10-12 tables that won't break the bank. If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen that I recently pinned terra-cotta pots with a pretty gold leaf border. I was dying to try it myself!
I was able to find this pretty metal leaf with a mix of yellow gold, silver, and rose gold. I love the idea of the mixed metals on these pots because it will allow me to showcase different metals in the rest of my decor. (Not to mention, I'm getting FOUR stacking wedding rings to layer with my engagement band, and they will be mixed metals too! I'll share that info soon.) This is a craft that can add a little glam to your outdoor garden, or a little pizzaz to some terra-cotta indoors too.
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I've been obsessed with wall-hangings as of late. I've seen them featured on lots of my favorite blogs and I love that they add a little "boho" charm to any room. Although I'm dying to take up real weaving, I decided to start with something a little simpler. You can make your own wall hanging following the step by step instructions under "read more"!
If you're anything like me, you probably leave some of your gift buying until very last minute. I'm kind of the Queen of procrastination. It doesn't mean I don't care....it just means I'm lazy! I perused one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, for some great last minute gift ideas. They had some awesome gifts that I was so excited to find! I adapted their sharpie mugs to create a personalized gift for my sparkle-loving friend!
This gift takes about 30 minutes to make, and leaves you with a thoughtful, inexpensive idea for all your loved ones!
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The Harvest season has been upon us now for a few week now (and in my opinion, there is no better time for decorations)! Mother nature flaunts her amazing natural color pallets, a crisp change in the air, leaves on the ground, and most importantly,Halloween!
My mother, like most, loves nothing more than decorating our home for the seasons. While cruising her newest obsession, Pinterest, she found a beautifully monogrammed pumpkin and knew instantly we must add our own to the fall decor collection! Happily I offered my hand (literally) in the project.
Here is how simple, inexpensive, cute and fun this DIY is:
Step 1: Go to any local craft supply store and pick yourself a nice carvable craft pumpkin. They come in all different shapes, sizes, prices, and they adorably even different life-like bumps and lumps on them.
(We found our "Fun-kin" at A.C. Moore on sale for $10.99)
Step 2: In pencil make a rough outline of your design of choice, we clearly chose an "M" in a simple, yet elegant script for Morris; my last name.