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 May 16, 2013 at 3:59 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Don’t have a green thumb? Well, I have the perfect thing for you: air plants. Yeah, air plants. No dirt, just the air. They require VERY little maintenance. Just a random spritz of water, or a soak in a cup of water every week or two. Even if you forget the random watering part: they still seem to live.
Today I’d love to share a fun DIY for hanging your air plants: Air Plant Wall Hanger. This little wall hanger is low cost and simple to create. It also makes it look like your plants are floating on the wall. Want to make one for yourself? Here you go:
Supplies to make 1 hanger:
- Three: 3 – 4 inch nails
- Sculpey (or whatever oven baked clay you prefer
- Picture hanger
- Wire (I used 18 gauge)
- Wire cutter
- Grab your wire and 3 nails. Cut a 10ish inch piece of wire. Secure the wire near the head of one nail. Add a second nail, at an angle, and tie it on. Add the third nail and tie it on. The nail tips should be spaced 1/2 – 1 inch apart. No need to be perfect. If needed, cut another 10 inch piece of wire to better secure the nails.
- Use your Sculpey to completely cover the nails and wire. Press the base of the piece on a flat surface, to prep it for hanging on a flat wall.
- When the piece is covered, follow the Sculpey baking instructions to bake it. Let your plant hanger completely cool.
- When the plant hanger is cool, use the E6000 adhesive to glue on the picture hanger. I used a triangle hanger (since it was smaller), but you can use whatever you prefer. To keep the triangle a bit more secure, I glued the actual triangle to the base of the hanger. I made sure to leave an 1/8 inch space between the top of the triangle and the base. Let the glue dry for an hour.
- Since you’ll be misting your air plants every few days, apply a coat of Acrylic Clear Spray to seal the hanger. Let the hanger(s) dry for 24 hours before you hang. P.S. You may notice the hangers look a LOT like chicken feet, ha! You wont notice that once they’re on the wall.
- Find a special place to hang your newly created Air Plant Wall Hangers and add your air plants. Since I had smaller plants, I put 2 plants per hanger up.
If you enjoyed this DIY, please feel free to share!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on February 4, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
I can remember just a few years ago when everyone was throwing away, covering up, or painting things in their home that resembled gold or brass. Admittedly, I fell prey to the trend and turned my nose up at anything gold. Well, as is the way of the decorating world, gold is making a glorious comeback, and it’s more beautiful than ever.
Whether in a chandelier, picture frame, or mirror, touches of gold are popping up everywhere in today’s interiors, and I couldn’t be more head-over-heels excited about it. Not only does gold add a touch of sparkle and interest, but it gives a nod to things of the past, to tradition. It has a way of making a space look lived in and loved.
Inspired by a vignette from this gorgeous living room, I found a collection of gold mirrors to help you create this stylish look in your own home. I think a mirror is a fun and easy way to bring back the gold.
What are your thoughts about incorporating gold into your space?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm