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
Written on October 17, 2013 at 3:30 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: The no-carve pumpkin. I have great memories of carving pumpkins as a kiddo, but sometimes it’s just easier (and maybe more fun) to go the no-carve pumpkin route. Need some inspiration to get you started?
Golden Pumpkin from Dough Puncher.
Decoupaged Pumpkins from FunkyTime.
Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins from A Night Owl.
Yarn Jack ‘o Lantern from BHG Style Spotter The Paper Mama.
Candy Corn Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens.
Striped Pumpkin from Makely School for Girls.
Gold Geo Pumpkins from Lovely Indeed.
Silhouette Pumpkins from Celebrations.com.
Funky Ombre Pumpkin from FunkyTime.
Creepy Cat Eye Pumpkin from Paper & Stitch.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on October 3, 2013 at 5:32 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: the no-carve pumpkin. Skip the mess and make a Yarn Jack o’ Lantern Face! I found this idea in the Better Homes and Gardens archives and I needed to give it a try and show all of you how to make this for yourself (little Jack ‘o Lantern face templates included).
- 1 pumpkin (real or foam, your choice)
- pack of 100 gold pin heads
- black acrylic yarn
- painter’s tape
- Print out your Jack ‘o Lantern Face Templates. Pick out the face size you’d like and cut it out.
- Use little folded painter’s tape squares to arrange and set up the mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Grab your pins and push them into the pumpkin near all the points + corners of the Jack ‘o Lantern face. Don’t push them ALL the way down to the pumpkin skin, keep the pin heads up about 1/4 inch. Next, place pins along some of the main “pumpkin lines” to create the stripey portion of this pumpkin.
- Pick a pin to start with, and tie a double knot onto it. Push the pin all the way into the pumpkin to secure the yarn. Follow the shape of the face, eyes, and mouth and add the stripey lines (wrapping the yarn twice around each pin as you go, then pushing them into the pumpkin to secure). Tie knots along other pins if you need to stop the yarn and start on a new point.
You’re done! Since yarn doesn’t do too well outside, I recommend keeping this Jack ‘o Lantern out of the rain. I used a real pumpkin, but if you use a foam pumpkin you will have this guy to decorate your home next year!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Categories: DIY-ify, Style Spotters | Tags: autumn, autumn decor, diy, diy home decor, DIY-ify, fall decorating, fall porch decorating, halloween, holiday, holidays, home decor, outdoor, pumpkin
Written on September 19, 2013 at 7:16 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Tired of the boring ‘ol everyday lamp shade? Yeah, me too. All of these DIY’s will hopefully inspire you to create one for your home! Enjoy!
Fruit Bowl Lamp from By Wilma.
Natural Dyed Lamp Shade from BHG Style Spotters.
Duct Tape Lamp Shade from Justina Blakeney.
Anthropologie Inspired Floral Lamp from The Gold Jellybean.
DIY Geometric Lampshade from Weekday Carnival.
Cake Pan Lamp Shade from The Paper Mama.
Chopsticks Lamp Shade from How Joyful.
Whirl-It Lampshade from Pickles.
DIY Pom Pom Lampshade from Uncommon Designs.
Bundt Pan Chalkboard Lamp from Too Much Time On My Hands.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on September 6, 2013 at 9:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Sarah Khandjian is the crafty maker behind the DIY lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She is a graphic designer with a passion for creating lovely things. When not blogging or making something cute, Sarah can be found at the barn with her horse (her other passion).
I’m always looking for stylish ways to keep my desk organized. Since most of us spend so much of our days at our desks, why not fill them with functional items that look lovely, too? My organizational solution was to create a fun pencil cup using an empty paint can that would corral pens, pencils, and paint brushes. This colorful container also doubles as a daily calendar. It’s stylish and multi-functional – two things that are a must when you’re limited on desk space.
To create your own calendar pencil cup you will need:
- Empty one-quart paint can
- Washi tape, in various colors and patterns
- X-acto knife
- 2 printable magnet sheets
- Calendar template (click to print)
- Ink jet printer
Start by downloading the calendar template and printing out the text on the magnetic paper. Use scissors or a cutting machine to cut out each word and number.
It is helpful to bend the magnets around a pencil before you use them. This creates a slight curve in them and helps them wrap around the paint can.
Cover the entire outside of the paint can with washi tape. This can be kinda haphazard for a more organic look or it can be applied neat and orderly. Be sure that the tape hangs off both the top and bottom edges.
Carefully use the X-acto knife or a utility knife to cut off the excess tape on the top and bottom of the can. Peel off the small pieces of cut washi tap and you’re ready to add the magnets and fill the cup with writing utensils!
Happy DIY organizing!
Note: You can store the extra week day and number magnets on the back side of the paint can so you can quickly change the date.
Written on September 3, 2013 at 9:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi all! I’m Christy, the “Planted and Blooming Girl,” a busy mom who dabbles in DIY projects in my spare time. The biggest of these is my staircase, and thanks to BH&G for featuring my project this month, as well as asking me to “guest blog” about it! Although the entire process was an adventure, I have to admit, the most exciting part of the whole ordeal was when I was called and asked if I would be interested in having my staircase renovation featured.
I almost ignored the call when it came, because the number was unavailable! I did answer, lucky for me, and this sweet voice introduced herself as Kit Selzer, an editor from Better Homes & Gardens…my mind was wandering at this point, could my subscription really be up, already? Wait… did she say editor? She went on to ask if I had submitted my staircase redo to the “I Did It” section online? Why yes, that’s me. She proceeded to explain that they would like to feature it in an upcoming issue of the magazine. What? In print? Get the heck out!!! That’s so awesome, I’m thinking, because now, it proves to my husband that the stairway really does look good! He didn’t understand the molding and trim or why I even ripped up the carpet to begin with! So I waited for her to get to the part where I send them a picture of me in front of the stairs and they publish it. Not the case. Kit told me that they would like to send a stylist and camera crew to my house to photograph the staircase, featuring me and possibly, my kids, within the next three weeks!
After several phone conversations with Kit and Lauren Matina, the stylist, reality set in that my stairs were going to be in a magazine! How crazy is that!? The staircase to be featured is in my family room, which I cleaned and arranged to magazine-page perfection for three days before they came. Little did I know, that once Lauren, John Bessler (the photographer) along with his assistant, arrived, they would upend everything in the room! Furniture was moved and artwork was taken down to make room for the huge photography screens, computers, camera equipment, clothes, shoes, and accessories. (Everything went back into place at the end of the day.) Lauren had her work cut out for her, by trying to coordinate the clothing for five kids! (Welcome to my world every single holiday.) It was a whirlwind and lasted for almost six hours! Six hours for one picture! It was a long day of taking pictures on the stairs, but John made the day fun because he was so great to work with!
This experience was so much fun, completely unexpected, and so unlike anything I’ve been involved in, as well as my children. I have such an appreciation for how much effort goes into each and every picture featured in this magazine.
Thank you again to BH&G for selecting my project. I hope I have given other people a bit of inspiration to “bloom” where they are planted and try a project they have admired!
Christy, Planted and Blooming Girl