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Fall decor is everywhere you turn this time of year. Some tried-and-true decor, while traditional and seasonal, can slip past the eye unnoticed in the been-there-done-that way. Not in your home though! Instead, you’ll break from the usual gourds, pumpkins, acorns, and pinecones and DIY your way to some unexpected and chic fall garlands. Around your front door, over your mantel, or even up your banister, these decorative fall garlands will catch eyes and inspire style for you and your guests.

 1. Copper and Burlap

This unexpected combo comes from the mind of Melissa, a blogger friend of One Krieger Chick, Ariean. When she pulled apart the pieces of an outdated artificial wreath, she realized she could use more than just the wreath’s frame. Setting aside all but the faux leaves for this project, Melissa also brought out leaf-shaped burlap and copper paint for this simple and stylish copper and burlap garland. Secured to twine with mini clothespins, these leaves are the perfect combination of fall and chic.

Image Via: One Krieger Chick

2. DIY Book Page Garland

Rather than spend $40 on the book-page garland she found at the market, Duchess of York blogger Brittany decided she could make her own on the cheap. And by cheap, we mean free. She already had all the supplies at home, and chances are good you do, too! If you don’t have old books to disassemble, just pop down to a flea market or used books store and pick a couple up for a dollar or two. Once you’ve done that, check out the steps for Brittany’s DIY book page garland.

Image Via: Duchess of York

3. Crepe Paper Leaf Garland

Another Brittany in the blogosphere has her own take on fall garlands. She created this ombre fall garland out of crepe paper over at her blog The House that Lars Built. Be inspired by her beautiful photos, follow the step-by-step tutorial, or watch the how-to video. The options are endless!

Image Via: The House that Lars Built

4. Tribal Leaf Garland

You need only four supplies for this cute and crafty garland. String, leaves, glue, and a paint marker. Heather and her husband made this variegated leaf garland after an inspiring family road trip. The Twin Dragonfly Design blogger gathered up some leaves from their trip and painted them with funky tribal designs. Evenly spaced and glued to the twine, this is a decoration that will grab guests’ attention.

Image Via: Twin Dragonfly Designs

5. Glittery Paper Feather Garland

These glitter-dipped feathers are made from paper. Hard to believe, I know, but this garland is so simple to make. Lia Griffith used this paper and glitter feather garland on her Christmas tree, but it is lovely enough, not only for the holiday season, but for fall as well! She provides a simple step-by-step guide and downloadable feather templates.

Image Via: Lia Griffith

6.DIY Eucalyptus Garland

Amy thinks the best way to bring the fall feeling into your home is to incorporate greens and flowers into your decor. The surprising, beautiful hint of green she incorporated is a branch of Eucalyptus, turned garland. After cutting the branch into tinier sections, Amy attaches each small branch section to the string with bits of wire, overlapping each branch for a continuous look. Check out her detailed process at her blog Homey Oh My!

Image Via: Homey Oh My!

7. Washi Tape Leaf Garland

Crafting this Washi Tape garland was a walk in the park for crafter and blogger Angie. The farmhouse-flair wife and mother chronicles how to decorate, cut, seal, hole-punch, and hang this stylish garland over at Crafts Unleashed. She used tape to imbue a rustic theme, but feel free to make the design match any decorative themes in your home.

Image Via: Crafts Unleashed

Fall decor can be trendy and chic, and these bloggers show us how to do it. Give one (or more!) of these projects a shot this weekend, and let me know how they turn out. What will you decorate? Your mantel, the front door? I’ve got a spiral staircase just asking to be decorated.

Until next time,

~Bri

 


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Trend: 12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces

It seems you guys really enjoyed my clever decorating ideas for small spaces post I put together a few weeks back, so I thought I’d share some more small space ideas with you! I live in a 950 square foot home and I know how tough it can be to create a functional home with barely any space to work with. Today I’m talking all about small laundry spaces! Check out the 12 Neat Laundry Room DIYs for Small Spaces below.

If your laundry room is in a space that’s pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog. If your laundry room is in a space that's pretty visible to the rest of the home, then make it pretty! This lovely little laundry room is colorful and nice to look at. Check it out on the A Beautiful Mess Blog.

Talk about utilizing the space you have. This small laundry space is wonderful. Check it out on Young House Love.

Talk about utilizing the space you have. This small laundry space is wonderful. Check it out on Young House Love.

This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty.

This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty. This laundry room makeover makes me so happy! This blogger made her own pedestal to create more storage under the washer and dryer. I must do this in my laundry room! Found on Tremendously Thrifty.

This DIY is meant to extend a windowsill, but I think it’s the perfect DIY for a fold away folding table. Check out how easy it is to make on Martha Stewart.

This DIY is meant to extend a windowsill, but I think it's the perfect DIY for a fold away folding table. Check out how easy it is to make on Martha Stewart.

Maybe you don’t have room for both a laundry space and office supply storage? Don’t stress. A “laundry room” doesn’t only have to be for the laundry stuff. Organize office supplies with baskets and shelving. Found on Organized By Helen.

Maybe you don't have room for both a laundry space and office supply storage? Don't stress. A

If the idea of building cabinets makes you nervous, maybe try using wood crates instead? They are already built for you and all you need to do is install them on the wall. Found on the Home Depot Blog.

If the idea of building cabinets makes you nervous, maybe try using wood crates instead? They are already built for you and all you need to do is install them on the wall. Found on the Home Depot Blog.

Hang labeled laundry bags on the wall so your family can, hopefully, help with sorting the clothes. Found on The Pin Junkie.

Hang labeled laundry bags on the wall so your family can, hopefully, help with sorting the clothes. Found on The Pin Junkie.

I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs. I love pretty much everything about this laundry room makeover. My favorite part is the space saver idea to have a spot to hang clothes right above the machines. Found on Emerson Grey Designs.

This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It’s folds up into the wall when you don’t need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

This is one of my favorite laundry room DIYs. We have no where to hang clothes to dry in our home, so this is perfect. It's folds up into the wall when you don't need it. Found on Centsational Girl.

If you do have some cabinet space and need a spot to hang clothes, this DIY retractable clothesline is so cool. Check out how she did it on Just About Home.

If you do have some cabinet space and need a spot to hang clothes, this DIY retractable clothesline is so cool. Check out how she did it on Just About Home.

If you have a small home AND cats, then you probably keep the cat food and litter box in your laundry room. That can take up a lot of valuable space, SO stack up that food and litter box on a shelf. Found on Southern Sprout.

If you have a small home AND cats, then you probably keep the cat food and litter box in your laundry room. That can take up a lot of valuable space, SO stack up that food and litter box on a shelf. Found on Southern Sprout.

I love how this clever person really worked with the small space that she had. Tiny shelves hold the items she needs easy access to while doing laundry. Found on Waffling Blog.

I love that this clever person really used the small space that she had. Tiny shelves hold the items she needs easy access to while doing laundry. Found on Waffling Blog.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Are you looking for the perfect way to ask your friend to be in your bridal party? Are you and your partner trying to announce a new bundle of joy? Can’t find the perfect tumbler to encourage you to drink more water on the daily? Or do you simply have boring glassware and are looking for the perfect quick-and-easy DIY project? You’ve come to the right place! Check out these 10 stellar projects that change boring beverage holders into gifts, announcements, inspirations, and the downright coolest drinkware around.

1. Copper Cups

As Delia says over at her blog, once you’ve made these unique tea cups and saucers, you’ll want to paint ALL your dishes. This porcelain paint comes in small tubs or as a paint pen so you can paint large sections at a time, or create fine details. These paints are dishwasher safe, and Delia says a little paint goes a long way — enough for all these pieces and her dinner plates!

Image Via: Delia Creates

2. Easy Etched Glass

There’s something especially classy about etched glass. Brit + Co writer Lee Schellenberger shows us how to totally personalize any glass cup, tumbler, or flute with the help of vinyl tape and etching cream. Follow the steps for her DIY lines, patterns, and monograms, or create your own. Don’t host your next dinner party without these!

Image Via: Brit + Co

3. Ombre Glitter Cold Tumbler

It’s not a DIY project until there’s glitter and spray paint! Rachel Teodoro warns that you’ll need time on your side for this project. Patience is your friend while waiting for these ombre glitter tumblers to dry between coats of spray paint. You can also have fun with vinyl adhesive, peeling the sticker off once the paint is dry.

Image Via: Rachel Teodoro

4. Alcohol Ink Watercolor Cups

Babble contributor Lucy Akins has a fun and funky way to add watercolor to your water cups, coffee mugs, and wine glasses. If you’ve never used alcohol ink before, you’re in for a fun surprise. Generally used on nonporous materials — such as this dollar store porcelain mug — the solid-base dye comes in an array of colors and can achieve a watercolor paint effect by diluting them with rubbing alcohol. Look here to see more on how she achieved this look.

Dollar Store Hack: Beautiful Alcohol Ink Glasses

Image Via: Babble

5. Chalk Paint Martini Glasses

Do you use (or try to use) those drink markers and charms at parties, trying to distinguish your glass from your friends’ and family members’? Then do you forget which charm you had to begin with? Here’s the more helpful — and DIY-able — way to mark your cup. Something Turquoise creator Jen will show you how to make these chalkboard martini glasses, though you could do this with any type of glass or porcelain drinkware. Bonus: Once the paint has cured, these beauties are dishwasher safe!

Image Via: Something Turquoise

6. Glitter Dipped Coffee Mug

Another case of surprisingly dishwasher safe drinkware: the glitter mug. Mom and blogger Ann Marie wanted a mug that was fancy, glittery, and would make her coffee extra magical. She got what she asked for. The mug will take nearly a month to be considered fully dishwasher safe (based on decoupage manufacturer instructions), but a years later update from Ann Marie proves that the glitter really will last! Here’s her how-to guide from her blog White House Black Shutters. She’s even got a separate page for what NOT to do when glitterizing.

LOVE this DIY glitter dipped coffee mug! it's easy to make and dishwasher safe too

Image Via: White House Black Shutters

7. DIY Marbled Glassware

Though a drink doesn’t change taste by the look of the cup it’s poured into, it can be more fun to see an electric, marbled design after bottoms-up! Erica made this super fun DIY marbled shot glass set with just a few simple supplies. Pick colors to your choosing, but her selection of neon nail polish colors definitely did the trick here. Simply tape, pour, mix, dip, dry, finish, and peel. Got it? Good.

Image Via: HonestlyWTF

8. DIY Floating Glitter Tumbler

Travel back to the ’90s with this hot cold cup. Kelly Mindell, main mind behind Studio DIY, was brought back to her childhood with thoughts of floating glitter, so she thought, why not craft with it? And the floating glitter tumbler was born. But not just any tumbler will do. You’ll need the clear photo insert style tumbler (and there are travel mug styles, too, for you hot drink lovers!), water, and a variety of glitter, sequins, and metallic confetti.

Image Via: Studio DIY

9. Pastel Dipped Glassware

This easy-peasy project won’t even take you all afternoon! Erin, of Earnest Home co., wanted a semi-opaque colored glasses, and she found the perfect way to make them. Mixing acrylic paint with a clear sealer kept the paint bright and glossy without it coming across as seaglass. Dip your cups in the one-to-one paint/sealer mix, let dry, and bake in the oven. They’ll be top-rack dishwasher safe with the proper heating and cooling process. Note: though non-toxic, acrylic paint shouldn’t be consumed — be sure to leave an inch or two between the paint and the mouthpiece.

Image Via: Earnest Home Co.

10. The Sharpie Treatment

Trendier than any design style on the internet, the DIY draw-whatever-/write-whatever-you-want permanent marker mug can be everything you ever wanted — if you know how to sustain the ink. Cool Crafts contributor Liz Nieman compiled a list of 50 DIY Sharpie mug ideas. They’re all awesome, but don’t forget to use an oil-base permanent marker. It’s this type of ink that will actually remain permanent.

Image Via: Cool Crafts

For dishwasher-friendly designs on most projects, be sure to bake your cup. Though all projects vary, most instructions suggest placing the designed mug, cup, or glass in the oven while it preheats to 350 degrees. Bake for at least 30 minutes (depending on the medium used, longer oven exposure may dull colors), then let the item cool.

Give these projects a try, and let me know how they go! If you need me, I’ll be making some of these in anticipation for Christmas gifts.

Until next time,

~Bri

 


Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

Trend: Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

The power cord situation is pretty messy in my home. Our pile of unorganized cords always get mixed up and it’s frustrating to figure out which cord is mine when I’m digging through a drawer, or just trying to plug in my phone. I’ve had enough of this mess and I finally cleaned it up. It’s super easy to clean up cords when you use the cute sticker labels I created just for organizing my power cords. Explore the post below to see how you can download these labels and organize your cords!

Supplies needed to make these stickers for your home:


Directions:

Step 1: Download my free printable labels! I’ve provided two different styles for you. The first style is my crazy and wild label set, the next is more simple with one color on each label.A quick note: I have learned that my printer does something very weird when printing these labels. Apparently it moves the print up about 1/4 inch when printing and the stickers do not line up. If you find your printer does the same thing, download my adjusted labels here: Adjusted Wild Labels print and Adjusted Colorful Labels print.

Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

Step 2: Follow the directions for printing your labels on the Avery package. Remember, print these labels at 100% and do not fit to page. I also suggest printing out a test copy on printer paper before printing onto the stickers. Hold the test print up behind the sticker sheet and see if they line up. If they don’t, maybe try downloading my adjusted labels I mentioned in Step 1.

Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

Step 3: Peel off the stickers and fold them onto the end of the cords. Use a permanent marker to write down what that cord is used for. Done!

Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords! Pretty Labels to Organize Power Cords!

How does it feel having organized cords? Pretty great! Use some pipe cleaners to tie up cords that you don’t use every day and keep them organized in a drawer. No more tangled cords!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Confession time: one of our kids just turned 5, and he is still sleeping in the crib we bought when he was a baby! Now, before that idea sends anyone into a tizzy, let me shed more light on the matter. This particular child happens to be the sweetest child in the entire universe. He has never once attempted to climb out of bed, and I honestly don’t think the idea would even occur to him. When he wakes up in the morning, he calls softly to me until I come get him. And that’s how life has always (quite happily and contentedly) been for the past 5 years. And the crib is supposed to transition to a bed, so I’ve never had any worries about the maximum weight being exceeded or anything like that. But, he has started to ask when he can have a “big kid” bed, so we know the long-put-off transition is imminent. As luck would have it, my husband built our girls really lovely twin beds when they shared a tiny bedroom in our old house, and they’ve been in storage since we moved. They used to be bunk beds, but with a little work (actually two weekends worth, but that’s another story), they will soon be a pair of really beautiful, solid, wooden beds for our boys’ shared bedroom.

We got the original bed plan from Ana White. If you are at all interested in making things out of wood, you must spend some time exploring her amazing website! She has plans for beds, desks, kitchen tables, armoires, dressers, and more. The plan we used was for the Simple Bed, with a few modifications to make the beds fit into our space. We opted to DIY instead of buy because we just couldn’t find what we wanted at a price we liked. To convert these bunks into twins, we’ve replaced all boards that needed replacing (anywhere that the bunk beds were hooked together with 1″-thick dowels), filled holes with wood filler, sanded the living daylights out of everything, treated the wood with wood conditioner, and sanded some more. We are just in the beginning stages of staining, which is really exciting. We have the first of several coats of stain on and are planning to do more tomorrow after the first coat dries. The beds should be finished by next week, and our big boy can finally have his big kid bed.

I’ve rounded up a few really cool DIY kids’ beds from around the web. There are some pretty amazing bed ideas out there! I made sure to grab ones that not only have a photo, but also provide plans!

DIY kids bed

Here’s an example of a DIY bed that looks just as good as one from a furniture store. If you find a bed you like with a price tag you just don’t love, try DIYing one instead! [photo and plans from Home Depot]

DIY kids bed

This darling house bed makes a statement without looking big or clunky. Super cute! [photo and plans from Remodelaholic]

DIY kids beds

My kids love the idea of a loft bed because it doesn’t take up as much floor space as a regular bed, which means more room to play! It’s a great idea for tiny bedrooms. [photo and plans from Ana White]

DIY kids bed

Raise your hand if you wanted to sleep in a bed nook at any point in your childhood. Or even now. This DIY bed nook is so cute and cozy! [photo and plans from Remodelaholic]

DIY kids beds

Here’s another take on the house bed, only this one is a cabin bed! This is kind of a nice mix of the bed nook and the house bed above. It is super cute and cozy without being too closed off or enormous. [photo and plans from Jen Woodhouse]


A furniture makeover doesn’t need to be costly. In fact, you may already own all you need to give your dresser, nightstand, vanity, or cupboard drawers a stylish revamp. Take a look at some of our favorite DIY drawer pulls, and see how these bloggers thrifted, upcycled, painted, molded, and tied their way to fresh-looking furniture.

1. DIY Copper Pipe Drawer Pulls

Upcycled furniture is the way to go this year. Katie, creator of Mountain Modern Life, is totally on board with this trend. She completely revamped this dresser with a good sanding, a healthy coat of paint, new and shiny legs, and let’s not forget the classy DIY copper pipe drawer pulls. Follow the furniture flip here!

Image Via: Mountain Modern Life

2. DIY Crystal Drawer Knobs

Not satisfied with the drawer knob alternatives found in stores, Julie opted to make her own. To refresh her space, she found a number of large crystals of similar shape and size — though she does mention the option to mix-and-match. By simply epoxying the crystals to bolts, she completely revamped the look of her dresser. Julie says if you’re ever bored of your new drawer pulls, simply remove them and repeat the process with another small treasure!

DIY Drawer Pulls

Image Via: Free People Blog

3. Jewelry Box Makeover

Ever wondered what to do with all of Grandma’s old brooches? Easily turn your jewelry box into a statement piece with blinged-out drawer-pulls; Simply remove the backs of the pins with pliers and get to work with your glue gun. No hand-me-downs from Grandma yet? Creative Carmella picked these beauties up at a local thrift shop.

Image Via: Creative Carmella

4. Gold Clay Knobs

For her master bedroom update, Amy wanted to spend as little money as possible. A great place for her to cut corners was with the update of her dressers’ and nightstands’ drawer pulls. Because she already owned the knobs and spray paint, the Delineate Your Dwelling blogger spent only $4.50 on a tub of air-dry clay (she approximated she only used $0.15 of clay per knob). Check out the tutorial for how to make inexpensive clay knobs.

Simple Inexpensive Clay Knobs, Delineateyourdwelling.com

Image Via: Delineate Your Dwelling

5. Rope and Hex Nut Drawer Pulls

For son Dawson’s bedroom, MarKay knew she wanted most everything to be DIY; down to the drawer pulls! For these rope-and-hex nut drawer handles, MarKay used rope, hex nuts, duct tape, and superglue. On her blog, Aqua Lane Design, she’ll show you how she styled, glued, and knotted the ropes to become the perfect drawer pull for Dawson’s room.

Image Via: Aqua Lane Design

6. DIY Acrylic Drawer Pulls

In another case of why-buy-it-when-you-can-just-make-it, handy-girl Sandra made these beautiful acrylic drawer pulls. She spent just fraction of what her local hardware store was asking for similar handles ($3.40/handle vs. $330) and saved over $8,000 on her drawer-pull replacements! Follow Sandra and her thrifty ways over at her blog Sawdust Girl.

DIY acrylic drawer pull - sawdustgirl.com

Image Via: Sawdust Girl

7. DIY Knobs from Faucet Handles

Amanda also nearly fell victim to overpriced drawer pulls, until she came across these old faucet handles. For her bathroom vanity remodel, all she needed to do way spray-paint the handles and add the hardware. The quick-and-easy project (and her Anthropologie self-restraint) saved Amanda some big bucks and gave her bathroom the perfect look.

repurposed faucet handle knobs

Image Via: Wit and Whistle

Your next bedroom, bathroom, or even kitchen update may not be the costly hassle you thought. Take a leaf out of these bloggers’ books and try the simple touch of updating your drawer pulls. Which ones are your favorites? Have you tried something like this before? Let me know how it went!

Until then,

~Bri

 

 

 


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