Written on December 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm , by Joni Lay
Have you seen that beautiful “cheers banner” that has been floating around Pinterest? Apparently it’s no longer available, but I thought it was worth a shot to re-create it because it’s just so lovely, and it would be a great addition to any room or any party, regardless of the season. It’s also a great way to use some of that cardboard that is inevitably laying around this time of year!
Here is a list of the items you will need:(1) Cardboard; (2) Yarn or String; (3) Marker; (4) Gold Contact Paper (I used gold vinyl, but contact paper will be similar); (5) Washi Tape; (6) Heavy Duty Shears or Utility Knife; (7) Acrylic Paint; (8) Paintbrush; (9) Gold Fringe Garland (I used some shredded mylar, because the store was out of the garland, but the garland would be much easier to work with!)
Here is what you need to do:It would also be really sweet with your baby’s name on it, and strung up on the wall in a nursery! It’s a festive update to the name bunting, don’t you think? Or perhaps for a birthday party? We’ll be using it for a little family New Year’s celebration.
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on December 12, 2013 at 3:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Creative Gift Wrapping. Forget the regular ‘ol store-bought gift wrap and make your own! There are SO many different things you can do to make a creative wrap. I’ve gathered a few favorites from around the internet to share with you.
Scarf Wrapping: Everything Golden.
Faux Chalkboard Wrap: Going Home To Roost.
DIY Fabric Ribbon: Dana Made It.
Woven Paper Gift Topper: Minieco.co.uk.
Washi Tape Wrapping: Poppytalk.
Typographic Gift Wrap: Man Made DIY.
Yarn Wrapping with Stamped Paper, from Cotton & Flax.
Photo Magnet Gift tags: The Paper Mama.
Polar Bear Gift Wrap: Mr. Printables.
Scarf Gift Wrap: Lisa Storms for Fiskars.
Confetti Stripes: 3@12.
Marshmallow World Wrapping Paper: The Paper Mama.
Duct Tape Gift Tag (with free pattern): UCreate.
Have you ever made your own gift wrap?
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on November 14, 2013 at 3:34 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Ikea Hacks!
I love a good Ikea furniture DIY. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Ikea Hacks I’d been saving for inspiration. It’s amazing what people have come up with!
Gold Desk Ikea Hack from discontinued Ikea items: Just Bella.
Frosta Side Table from the Frosta Stool: Ikea Hackers.
What do you think? Have you tried to revamp any Ikea pieces? I’m pretty sure I need to try out that chandelier.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on October 31, 2013 at 3:42 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Beautiful garlands!
Everywhere I look I see leaves covering the ground, but here and there I’ll spy a flower holding onto it’s bloom for just a little bit longer. The last little bits of summer are still here, mixed with fall. That’s what inspired this sweet thing. Here’s how you can make it for yourself…
- 2 felt sheets of each color you use (I used 3 colors)
- 1 sheet of red felt
- 3 yards of baker’s twine or yarn
- hot glue
- Choose a main color and cut out 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles (no worries about making the circles perfectly even). For the last two colors cut out 1″ diameter circles from one sheet and 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles from the other sheet.
- To make the first flower type, glue one felt circle in half. Fold again and glue. Glue the corners of about 5 to 8 folded circles together. Glue the flowers onto the baker’s twine as you go along. Repeat.
- To make the second flower type cut little strips into one side of 8 – 10 circles. Glue the uncut ends together. Glue onto the twine as you go along.
- Grab your red felt and cut tiny 1/2 inch circles. Glue onto baker’s twine as you go along.
- Hang and enjoy!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on October 25, 2013 at 9:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi there! My name is Carissa Fox. I’m the voice behind the blog brown eyed fox, where I share my thoughts, our home, my love of things simple. And I have to say, I couldn’t be more thrilled to get to guest post here at BHG.
When the air turns crisp and I start to grab for my heavy cardigans, I know the time is coming. We get to start our “thankfuls” tradition.
Cut up paper, colored pencils, and wooden clips await. Every day of November we each jot down a “thankful” for that day.
It might be…
That first sip of coffee in the morning…
The smell of pancakes on the griddle…
The protective roof over our heads.
Some days it’s a single… and others… we might want to jot down lots.
Of course, being grateful is something we wear with us daily — or should.
Seeing and experiencing gifts along the way.
This just takes it a step further.
The purposeful act of actually writing them down has not only become a fun tradition we all look forward to, but a wonderful way of expressing and sharing our thankful thoughts.
For this board I found an open vintage frame, grabbed a roll of garden gate from the home improvement store, then cut the gate/wire to dimensions of the frame and simply nailed it into place on the back side of frame. Voilà. All ready for “thankfuls” or the many other great uses.
How about an advent calendar? Where treats or messages wait in anticipation.
Have a little artist at home? It’s a neat way to let them showcase their latest creations.
Pin up all those pretty holiday cards that arrive in the mail.
Use it as a reminder and events bulletin board.
Lightweight and easy to move around, you’re sure to find a spot and a use.
Written on October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hello! My name is Carrie – I’m the founder of lifestyle and DIY blog, Dream Green DIY. While there, you’ll find me up to my elbows in Mod Podge, spray paint and the like just about any day of the week. Like many of you, I am constantly evaluating the little things that inspire me on a daily basis. Can I make that? Is there a more affordable way to achieve a high-end look? And how can I use what I already have to bring a little flair into my everyday?
Case in point, today’s simple Halloween DIY project. With the holiday weekend fast approaching, I’ve been brainstorming party-ready ideas that won’t break the bank. I doubt I’m the only one who has to keep to a strict budget this time of year, what with the gift-giving season just around the corner. So you can imagine how satisfied I was when my DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks ended up costing less than $10. See below for instructions on how to make your own!
- Plastic swizzle sticks (I pulled out the orange ones for this project)
- Black pom-poms
- Craft glue
- First, grab a pom-pom and gently pull apart the fibers until you see the round center. Squeeze a bit of the craft glue inside.
- Next, pick out one of the orange swizzle sticks and put another dot of glue on the end.
- Push the end of the swizzle stick into the middle of the pom-pom, holding it in place until it doesn’t move when you gently let go. Set aside to dry for a couple of hours before handling any further.
- Repeat until you have the amount of swizzle sticks desired.
This weekend project only requires about 30 minutes of hands on time, which, if you’re anything like me, is a blessing what with multiple priorities taking up any given hour. The other great thing about these fluffy drink accessories? They can be repurposed for just about any holiday. Try red and green for Christmas, blue and crystal clear for the New Year and any other combination for life’s little celebrations in between.
See the bonus recipe below for those tasty green concoctions. It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with this smooth, creamy, minty cocktail (with just a hint of rich chocolaty flavor!) come bash time.
- Creme de menthe
- Green food coloring
Combine all to taste, add about 4 drops of the food coloring and pour into cocktail glasses. Pop in a DIY swizzle stick at the rim, and serve.
Cheers! -Carrie, Dream Green DIY