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DIY project - frame kids artwork in shadow boxes - via the sweetest digs

how to: frame kids artwork in a shadow box

28th July 2015

Art is one of those things that totally personalizes a house. I love to walk into somebody’s pad and see personal photos, pieces picked up during travels, their own paintings maybe, and artwork that just feels like them. It can really help to turn a bland house into a unique home, you know? We have been slow to put up much in the way of artwork in our house since the reno, because so many of the walls remain un-painted. We’re chipping away at it, but I can’t wait to get a big gallery wall going up our new staircase and Dan’s office covered in some old family oil paintings. One of the things that I’m incorporating more of now (obviously!) is kids artwork. Maya churns out paintings and drawings like crazy, so I plan on making sure these are dotted around the house.

DIY project - frame kids artwork in shadow boxes - via the sweetest digs

For Mother’s Day, Dan took Maya to one of those “paint your own ceramics” places where you can choose from mugs, bowls, etc, paint them, and then they bake them in the kiln for you. I told Dan that I wasn’t keen on a mug (we are overflowing with mugs as it is!), so to surprise me with something else. Let’s be honest – I was expecting a plate that was muddy brown from too many colours mixed together. I still would have treasured that plate, but it might not have been given an ultra prominent spot in the house, you know?

I was pretty shocked when, on the big day, I opened up two ultra sweet round tiles (coaster size) painted in beautiful colours with Maya’s handprints on them. Do you remember my failed attempt at getting Maya’s hand and foot prints back when she was turning 1? Well, Dan totally won on this one. How he got her to do her hands so neatly, I don’t know. Clearly he steered the colour direction (!!), but apparently Maya sat quietly and took her time carefully painting the discs. I can barely picture it – ha!

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I have been wondering how I was going to display the tiles, and realized that a shadow box frame would be perfect. I had one on hand already, but IKEA sells this one that could totally work.

I had a piece of Graham & Brown wallpaper from a sample pack I had ordered, and knew it would make a great backing. This is a fun way of incorporating some extra colour and pattern. Use a piece of wallpaper, wrapping paper, or a sheet of scrapbook paper.

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I used some heavy duty double-sided adhesive tape to affix the tile to the piece of wallpaper. Two small pieces did the trick.

DSC_1432Affix the tile, slide into the frame, and call it a day! Shadow boxes are amazing for framing objects – things that are too big for regular frames, but you’d like to somehow display. I have seen cute ones with baby shoes, hospital bracelets, and all kinds of sweet memorabilia.DSC_1436

Graham & Brown’s trend for this month is “Precious”. I thought about what was really precious to us in our home, and it isn’t the furniture or the stuff, it’s the artwork and a few things handed down from family. We have all of our photographs and files backed up and stored online so we are well protected when it comes to pictures, but I would be heartbroken to ever lose some of these handmade pieces by Maya or some of the family heirloom paintings that we have.

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Have you guys used shadow boxes before? Do you have any clever ways of displaying your kids art? I saw a project on Pinterest a while ago where a parent took a picture of all of their kids artwork (before recycling at least half of it – I think you would need a second house to store every single piece!), and then created a huge photo collage of the artwork. There must have been at least 50 photos in the square collage and it was such a neat representation of their kid’s creativity that also looked stylish framed and hung on their walls. You could also do a photobook with all of the pictures – cool to see the progress in your kiddo’s drawing and painting ability over time. 

 

tips for perfectly painted doors

DIY this: gray painted interior doors

16th July 2015

Doors aren’t really one of those things that you think too much about when you rent or buy a house (unless there is something especially hideous or amazing about them), but when you’re renovating or building a house from scratch, doors kinda become a major deal. You usually have to shell out some major dough when there are so many to buy! What style of door are you going to go with, hollow core or solid, doorknob choice, and color. I’ll get into why we chose the style of door we did in a separate post, but today I want to chat color: our gray painted interior doors.

DIY tips for perfectly painted interior doors (we painted our doors gray!) - via the sweetest digs

I knew from the get-go that I wanted our main floor to have totally white walls. I wanted everything to feel bright and airy, and super white walls were the way to get that feel. Once we started to put the doors in though, I realized how they would just fade away into the background and be really pretty dull if they were also white. So… I started to think about colors.

I wasn’t going to go crazy with some overwhelmingly bright hue, as that wouldn’t really fit into my mostly-neutral beach house feel that I wanted for our main floor. Once our IKEA Lindigo (now Bobdyn) gray cabinetry was installed in the kitchen, I knew right away that pulling that color through to the interior doors was the way to go. It would help connect the kitchen to the other areas in the open concept space, and it would definitely allow for the doors to stand out.

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I tested out a bunch of different grays to figure out which one was going to be it. The winner? PARA Paint’s “Courtyard”.

I used PARA’s door & trim paint and gave each door two coats. You guys, painting doors is SO MUCH EASIER if you take them off the hinges. Seriously. Do it. It only takes a few minutes and they are simple to hang again.

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Here is my door painting method to get a perfect finish that looks factory applied:

1 // Lay the door on saw-horses so that the door is nice and high up (you won’t hurt your back or something having to bend over), you can get at the sides easily, and there won’t be any drips. I was painting brand new doors so didn’t have to worry about any prep, but if you are doing old doors, make sure you have done any necessary sanding.

2 // Either remove or tape off the handles and any other hardware with painter’s tape (I like 3M ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and FrogTape). I taped ours off because they were really easy to do, but taking them off makes it even easier to get that perfect look.

3 // Paint into any moulding with a regular paintbrush first (I love Purdy brushes, personally. They are worth the splurge and will last forever if you clean them properly after each use).

4 // Paint the rest of the door with a mini foam-roller quickly afterwards so you can blend in those brush strokes (I use this Shur-Line roller with these roller re-fills). Do not apply too much paint at once. Go lightly and evenly.

5 // After letting dry for several hours, repeat steps 3 & 4 for your second coat. Let dry for at least 24 hours before flipping and doing the other side of the door.

6 // Re-hang, and enjoy your new beautiful door!

Honestly, people can’t believe that I painted these doors myself because they look so good. For reals.

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The paint color match (PARA Paint’s “Courtyard”) with the IKEA Lindigo (now Bodbyn) gray kitchen cabinetry is pretty near perfect, and I’m really happy with the way it helps to continue the colour palette throughout the space. DSC_1425

A reminder of how the space is coming together. Still lots to do, but it’s getting there slowly but surely. dining room 4Officially ticked off the “to do” list – yay. However… I still have all of the upstairs doors to go. SO MUCH PAINTING.

What about you guys? Have you ever painted any interior doors? Or what about your front door? You might remember I painted our front door a super bright turquoise before our renovation. I loved how it looked next to the red brick. Doors can be such a fun spot to inject some personality, you know?

Amazing DIY! turn the IKEA Vittsjo laptop table into a chic gold and marble side table - via the sweetest digs

chic IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table

9th July 2015

Guys, I have a seriously good IKEA hack for you today. Probably my favourite ever. I actually did this project a little while ago and hadn’t photographed it properly until yesterday… but here she is! The IKEA Vittsjo hack into a gold and marble table. It is easy to do and ridiculously gorge.

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So here is what you need for the project:

1 // The Vittsjo table from IKEA. It retails for about $25, but I happened to get mine in the scratch and dent section for only $16, so keep your eyes peeled in there.

2 // Gold spray paint. My choice is this Krylon gold spray paint. I really like the deep gold hue it gives (warning: Krylon has quite a few different metallics, so make sure you get the one that you love).

3 // “Instant Granite” in Italian White Marble. It’s a peel and stick paper – not the cheapest one out there, but the quality is good and I really like the marbling as it looks very real. I searched a bunch of these on Amazon, read a ton of reviews, and ultimately settled on this brand. I was super happy, so definitely recommend it!Amazing DIY! turn the IKEA Vittsjo laptop table into a chic gold and marble side table - via the sweetest digs

Start off by assembling your table and then spraying it gold. Remember the cardinal rule of spray paint: thin and even coats. Don’t try to do it all in 2 coats, as you will get drips.

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While that’s drying, get out your Instant Granite marble paper and glass top piece. The paper comes in a tube and there is plenty in the roll for a few different projects (I have tons left over!).

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You want to roll out some of your paper with the good side down, place your glass piece on top, and cut out the portion of paper you will need, leaving some extra around the edges. Pardon the terrible lighting in these “in action” photos – sometimes trying to DO and photograph a project at the same time does not produce the best photography results!

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Then comes the somewhat tricky part. This is easier as a two-person job, having one person hold the edge taught while the other pulls the backing off. I did it on my own though, so no fear, it can be done solo. Just be patient!

Peel off the backing about 1/4 of the way and stick it down on the glass, starting on one side. Then continue peeling the back off slowly as you smooth out bubbles with a credit (starbucks?) card. It’s just really important to do it slowly and get the bubbles as you go. And don’t press too hard with the credit card as you don’t want to damage the paper. FYI that this stuff can be peeled up and re-placed down too, if you really flub along the way.

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Once you have the whole surface done and all the bubbles smoothed away, it’ll look like this. Now it’s time to deal with the edges.

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I used an exacto knife and cut the corners on an angle. Then I would tightly pull the side around and stick down along the back of the table. Then cut the angle of the next side, and pull down on top. It sort of ends up like wrapping a present.

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That’s the hardest part, so yay – you’re done! Now it’s just a matter of popping your new marble table top back into the table.

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And seriously, the table looks swish and people will think you shelled out big bucks. I get comments on ours all the time.  DSC_1397DSC_1405

If the spray paint ever gets any dings, the great thing is you can easily pop the top off and freshen it up with a new coat. And if you wanted a different look, you could easily do a fun colour. I think a neon pink or bright mint would be AMAZING. In fact, I’m pretty tempted to do a pink one myself for our future upstairs family room….

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Total budget for the table was $65, but a lot of that was for the marble paper which I have leftover for future projects.

What do you guys think? Fun, right? Doing any IKEA hacks yourself these days?

IKEA hack: kids bookshelves

nursery hack: IKEA picture ledges as bookshelves

7th July 2015

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have used IKEA ledges and spice racks as bookshelves in most (all?) of the kids rooms I have designed. In Maya’s new room, I used the IKEA picture ledges as bookshelves and they worked perfectly.

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Here are the reasons why I love doing these outward facing “libraries” in kids rooms:

1 // Books as art. Kids books have such fun covers and I love being able to put favourites on display. These shelves are perfect for that, and they help to maximize a narrow wall space that might have otherwise been left blank. I like doing at least 3 shelves (4 or more is better, in my opinion) to create height in the room.

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2 // Budget-friendly and easy to install. Who doesn’t love IKEA prices? And there is no major assembly required – just drilling into the wall and bob’s your uncle.

3 // Promoting reading. I think most parents out there would say that they really try to encourage their kids to read. We want to create smart, imaginative little people! We read to Maya at bedtime in her room, but also have books dotted around the house so that she can pick one up and sit down to read anytime she likes.make kids bookshelves using IKEA ribba picture ledges - via the sweetest digs

4 // Multi-use. Once your kid outgrows large board books, these shelves totally double as artwork display. Let your kiddo put up their latest masterpieces and you have a rotating art show!

On Bekvam Spice Racks vs. Ribba Ledges: I have done both hacks – the first using the IKEA bekvam spice racks and the other using the IKEA ribba picture ledges.

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The spice racks have that slightly higher front rail piece which holds books in a little better, and I think they are a bit deeper too, meaning you can fit more books in. The downside though, is that they are more narrow and you have to sand and paint them, unless you are going for the raw wood look. Good if you want a custom colour, not good if you just want white and find the extra work annoying (me).

With the Ribba picture ledges, you can get them in a few different widths and they come in white and a few other colours. For those reasons and the ease of installation, I prefer them over the spice racks. We can still fit in plenty of books and haven’t had any issue with them falling off the shelves. But ultimately, both options are good ones.

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Have you guys done this project at your pad? Or used IKEA products in non-traditional ways? Gimme the scoop!

IKEA HACK: Latt table

IKEA hack: latt table and chairs

30th June 2015

A few weeks ago when I was garage sale-ing, I came across an IKEA “LATT” table and chair (it was missing one chair from the set). The family was only asking a couple of dollars, and although we already have one table for Maya to draw/craft/play at, I figured it would be nice to have a second (one for her room, one for the main floor). The set was looking pretty worse for wear though, so I knew I would need to pull the old “IKEA hack” on this LATT table.

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This month with Graham & Brown (the wallpaper company I’m working with) the inspiration is ‘Popsicle’. Aside from sunny summer days at the lake, the idea of popsicles conjures up bright rainbow colours, pattern, and fun. I fell head over heels in love with this floral wallpaper, which I thought embodied the trend pretty spot on.

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It’s called “Isabelle Blue” and it’s part of the Monsoon collection over at Graham & Brown.

So to make the Latt table way more fun, I figured an application of this wallpaper would be amazing. 20150610_191835

I cleaned up the table, and then gave the wood part a coat of high-gloss white paint. Once that had dried, I got out my paper and a bunch of white glue. I didn’t have any actual Modge Podge on hand, but knew that regular white glue would do the trick.

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I cut a piece of the wallpaper to be slightly larger than my table. Once placed on the table, I went over the creases with my finger to create a natural bend where the paper needed to be cut. Then I used an exacto knife to get a precise cut with the blade (cut the paper right in place). Another option if you didn’t have an exacto would be to trace where you need to cut with a pencil, and then trim along that line with scissors. 20150622_200810

Once I had my piece ready, I gave the top of the table a coat of white glue. Make sure to put on enough that your paper is going to adhere well, but not so much that it might be overkill and you won’t be able to smooth out bubbles.20150622_201318 I placed the piece of wallpaper down on the table, smoothed out bubbles first with my hand, and then gentle with a credit card, and made sure it was perfectly in place. Once that was done, I applied some white glue on top with a paintbrush, to help seal the paper. Again, don’t do too much at once, as you don’t want it to get too goopy. I did two coats of glue, giving a few hours in between for drying. 20150622_201638To tie the chair in, I used the same mint coloured paint that has been used elsewhere in Maya’s room (“Baffling Behavior” by PARA paints). It was a good match with the wallpaper, and helped to tie in with the shadow boxes and closet doors.

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It really works in the space, and so far it’s all been holding up beautifully! The two coats of glue have sealed in the paper well, which obviously was a strong paper to begin with (advantage of using actual wallpaper versus something like wrapping paper). DSC_1282 ikea hack latt children's table and chairs - via the sweetest digsLooks cute, right? The small table and chairs we had in there before, we have moved back downstairs to Maya’s play space on the main floor (where they originally were, anyway).

I’m so loving the wallpaper, that my plan is to paper the inside of Maya’s closet in it. And we may also do a bedroom at our family cottage with it as well. It’s really so stunning.

And in case you’re looking for them, here are the other posts related to this room:
Maya’s room reveal
Ice cream cone decal wall
DIY embroidery hoop art

Have you guys done any IKEA hacks? I love taking items that so many people have and putting your own spin on it, you know? Plus when you can score the furniture from garage sales instead of new, even better!

Disclosure: Thanks to Graham & Brown for sending that beautiful wallpaper my way to use for this project. All opinions are of course my own!

 

 

mint + gold dresser makeover

re-finishing 101: a mint and gold dresser

23rd June 2015

In our dining room (which I’m going to give you more deets on later this week), there was this nook next to the window that had been left bare. Between it looking un-finished, and the fact that I had been in desperate need of storage to unpack things like our table clothes, napkins, candles, etc, I was keeping my eyes peeled for a piece of furniture we could use as a buffet. The one that we had used in the bungalow was too long for this space, and also broken. Womp womp. Enter, a perfect opportunity to make over a yard sale find!

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I came across this solid wood dresser at a garage sale in my neighbourhood. The asking price? $15. Oh, and that $15 also included a wooden coffee table and a round table that I plan on eventually using as a kids craft table. So basically, it was more like $5 when you divide by the 3 pieces I got. Amazing, right? This is why I ADORE garage sale-ing.

Dan was maybe not as thrilled about my finds, as he had to go lug them home with a borrowed truck and put them in our garage, which looks like an episode of Hoarders right about now. Sorry honey!

I got to work on making over this bad boy right away. I took out the drawers, and the middle cabinet door, which was affixed with some flimsy nails (it doesn’t open with a handle like the others). As with any wooden piece of furniture that you are re-finishing, I gave the dresser a light sanding by hand. There weren’t any major dings or holes, so no need for wood filler. I also gave it a once-over with a wet washcloth and a bit of water and vinegar. I find that this helps to take away any musty been-in-the-basement-too-long kind of smell.

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As you have seen in Maya’s room, I have fallen hard for a particular mint paint lately – “Baffling Behavior” by PARA Paints. Not only is the colour so damn sweet, but I’m in LOVE with the paint. It’s PARA’s Cabinet and Furniture paint line and I have been finding it amazing to use. It covers really nicely and has a finish that isn’t too glossy but yet is durable. No adding a layer of poly on-top, this paint is the primer, colour, and top coat all in one. Perfect for this lazy DIYer.

I gave the whole thing two coats. I use a brush to get into the nooks and crannies, but then a small foam roller to roll everywhere I can. That way you get the nice finish of the roller, with no visible brush marks.

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Clean-up is easy as the paint is latex and can be washed out with water. I throw out my rollers after each use, but rinse out my trays so that I can re-use them for multiple paint jobs. Quick tip: keep your roller and brush wet between coats by wrapping them in saran wrap.

As for the hardware, I was tempted to replace it all with something a bit more special… BUT we are working on a budget over here, so instead I pulled out a can of Krylon gold spray paint from a previous project and gave the knobs a quick coat. Gold + Mint is pretty much a match made in heaven, don’t you think?

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Even though I wasn’t crazy about the curly lines of the feet or door fronts of the dresser, when it’s all painted and in place, they don’t bother me as much. For the $5 price tag, I can relax about it not having more straight-lined edges, which would have been my preference.a DIY mint and gold dresser makeover - via the sweetest digsIt holds a surprisingly large amount of stuff – the perfect spot for napkins, tablecloths, placemats, notepads, batteries, etc. a DIY mint and gold dresser makeover - via the sweetest digs

Are you guys making over any furniture lately? Finding some good stuff at yard sales or curb-side? I’m totally one of those crazy ladies who slows RIIIIGHT down when I see a piece of furniture in the trash. Is it solid wood? Can I paint or stain it? Will it fit in the car? Ha. Tell me you guys are the same? 

DIY embroidery hoop art tutorial - via the sweetest digs

how to: DIY embroidery hoop art

16th June 2015

Time to dive in to some of the projects you spotted in Maya’s nursery reveal. First up? DIY embroidery hoop art. I have been wanting to do this project for AGES, and finally had the perfect spot – a corner of Maya’s nursery dying for a little colour and pattern.

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Here is what you need:
-white paint + paintbrush (if you choose to paint the hoops like I did)
-fabric scraps
-scissors
wooden embroidery hoops of various sizes (buy them at your local craft store, keep your eye peeled for them in the thrift store, or order online – here are some from amazon that are a great deal!)

It’s a super straightforward project. I wanted a bright and crisp look to mine, so I decided to paint my hoops white rather than leaving them wood. I used basic white acrylic paint – two coats. And remember – the smaller hoop will be hidden behind the fabric, so you just need to paint the bigger one.

Once they had dried, it was time for the fabric. I had pulled out all of my favourite fabric scraps in the colours that I knew would work in the room, and then narrowed it down to a collection that felt cohesive. These were either remnants from other projects, or fat quarters that I had purchased.image

To actually put the hoop together. you just loosen the outer hoop, place your fabric on top of the inner hoop, place the exterior one over top, and tighten.

Stretch the fabric so that it’s nice and tight in there, tighten the hoop as tightly as it’ll go, and then trim off the excess fabric at the back.image2

One of the best parts of this easy peasy project is how simple it is to hang them. No level required or special hanging supplies, just a finishing nail and hammer.

I hung one in the center, and then placed others randomly around it. I have mine on their own, but these could totally be mixed into a gallery wall, placed around letters spelling out your kiddo’s name, whatever!

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It’s a great way to bring in some pattern into a room without committing too much. Plus, if you have your eye on a super expensive fabric, buying a fat quarter is not a big deal compared to buying it for drapery or something!DIY embroidery hoop art tutorial 2- via the sweetest digsDIY embroidery hoop art tutorial 3- via the sweetest digsCute, right? My sister-in-law did embroidery hoops with lace for her daughter’s nursery that are all kinds of sweet and have a vintage vibe to them. Have you done any projects with embroidery hoops at your place? Got any other favourite DIY artwork projects to share?

 

painted driftwood hanger

DIY painted driftwood hanger

5th June 2015

I’m always on the look-out for eye-catching ways of hanging necklaces, scarves, and other favourite things. So much nicer than stuffing them in a drawer, right? I had a piece of driftwood laying around from a previous project, that I was dyyyying to do something with, so I put together a DIY painted driftwood hanger. It’s a crazy easy DIY… I promise that any of you could pull this off no probs.

First step is to find your piece of driftwood. Got kids? Make it an activity on your next walk in the woods! “Who can find mummy the best piece of driftwood?” Ha!

Once found, next up is to smooth out your piece with some sandpaper, if necessary. Mine had a few gnarly, flaky spots, but turned into a lovely soft piece after some sanding.

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Then you want to use some painter’s tape to tape off some stripes. I did different widths and wasn’t too careful about where I was placing them. It’s nice if it looks a bit random.

I started out with white and gold paint, but you can totally customize to whatever colours suit you.
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Once you remove the tape, you’ll be left with some stripes. Then you can free-handed a few more stripes (in between two painter’s tape ones is good so that you have straight lines to conform to), and then add some triangles and/or a zig zag. You don’t need to be too perfect…. just have fun. I stuck with a colour scheme of white/gold/black/pink/teal.

Next up is to screw in your hooks (purchased in a pack at the hardware store) by hand. You need to apply a bit of force, and use any cracks in the driftwood to your advantage. I had one long crack down my piece, so I used it as a guide for my hooks. Just maybe hold the piece of driftwood up against the wall before screwing in the hooks, to be sure that it can still lay flat.3 driftwood hangerThen it’s just a matter of hanging it up. I used a simple string looped around both ends of the stick and then hung it from a finishing nail, but you could also screw the stick into the wall or hang using whatever method you prefer. It might vary a bit depending on how sturdy you want it to be.

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Rather than just being storage, it totally turned into a piece of artwork!

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Easy project, lovely result. Those are the best kind, don’t you think?

FYI – this project will be featured in the spring/summer issue of Merry Mag, which is hitting the internet on Monday!! Stay tuned … it’s going to be PACKED with loads of amazing ideas and inspiration from a group of amazing bloggers (seriously, I’m in incredible company…!).

If you’re looking for other jewelry organization ideas, you might want to check out the DIY gold and white jewelry stands that I still use and LOVE, the industrial style necklace holders I made out of pipe, and the chalkboard tray for organizing your smaller baubles.

How do you guys organize your jewelry at home? Ever done a project with driftwood?

 

DIY galvanized steel pipe jewellery stand tutorial - via the sweetest digs blog

DIY industrial pipe jewelry stand: make this!

14th May 2015

I’m always on the lookout for good ideas to store jewellery. I’m a bit obsessed with necklaces, bracelets, and rings, and don’t ever seem to have enough places to hold them. If you’ve been reading for a while, you will have seen other jewellery holders that I have made. Waaaaay back when (2011! seriously? I’ve been blogging for that long? yikes!), I made this fabric covered bulletin board to hold necklaces:

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And then more recently I made these gold and white jewelry stands, which are perfect for small things, like rings and earrings:

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Bracelets, though, usually end up piled high and my one board for necklaces doesn’t quite cut it (told you, I have a necklace problem…!).

So, I thought I would make another stand. This time I wanted an industrial chic kind of look, so used pipe and pipe fittings from the hardware store. This tutorial is dead easy guys. Like if I were to rate my DIY tutorials, this one would barely even qualify for the “easy” category. You can pretty much do it with your eyes closed.

Start out by going to the hardware store and grabbing your supplies. This is what you’ll need:

-1 of 3/8″ x 12″ galvanized steel pipe nipple
-2 of 3/8″ x 6″ galvanized steel pipe nipple
-2 of 3/8″ galvanized steel cap
-1 of 3/8″ galvanized steel tee
-1 of 3/8″ galvanized floor flange

The total cost (including taxes) for these items was $27.50. Of course the prices may vary slightly depending on where you buy, but this is roughly what you can expect to pay.

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Then it is just a matter of screwing the pipe pieces into the fittings so that you create a T-shape. I didn’t take photos of this part, but it’s not rocket science. The flange piece makes the base of the stand, you use the t-piece at the top of the tall pipe piece, and then cap off the sides.

Although the steel was a cool look, I wanted to glam these up a bit. I sprayed one in a matte black spray paint, and the other in a gold metallic. Always remember the trick to spray painting is to do multiple coats that are thin and even — don’t try to get it all coated at once.

DIY galvanized steel pipe jewellery stand tutorial - via the sweetest digs I can’t decide which one I like better…. DIY galvanized steel pipe jewellery stand tutorial - via the sweetest digs DIY galvanized steel pipe jewellery stand tutorial - via the sweetest digs I had worried that the base wouldn’t be sturdy enough and had toyed with the idea of securing it to a wood block at the bottom, but so far so good. No tipping to report.DIY galvanized steel pipe jewellery stand tutorial - via the sweetest digs DIY galvanized steel pipe jewellery stand tutorial - via the sweetest digs

If you’re looking for a way to store your bracelets and necklaces – this is it!

How do you guys store your jewellery? Do you like to have it all on display? I definitely do… otherwise I tend to forget what I have and just wear the same thing every day. 

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DIY paper flowers

31st March 2015

If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed a recent trend toward pinning paper flowers – there are so many ways to do them, and they are just so pretty. With spring in the air, I finally got my act together and actually made some.

I choose one of the simplest methods I could find, because let’s be honest… simple is good. I might work my way up to watercolour painted flowers with torn, beautiful petals, but these little rosettes turned out quite sweetly and were so, so easy to do.

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Supplies needed:

-cardstock paper in colour/pattern of your choice
-scissors
-hot glue gun & glue
-flower picks (or something to use as your stem – I found mine at my local Dollarama)
-Real Housewives playing on your computer .. you know, an integral part of any craft project

It’s pretty straight forward in the photos, but I’ll take you through the steps. First is to cut a large circle in your paper (I would get 2 circles from an 8.5×11 sheet of paper). Then cut that circle into a spiral, leaving a reasonable base in the middle.

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Starting with the outside edge, curl your rosette up into shape. I would do this before any gluing, just to get the shape and look right.

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Roll up again, and this time put a dab of hot glue every now and again to glue your flower into shape. Once you get to the base, you’ll have to put a few squiggles of glue on that bottom base circle and hold your rosette up against it to set. DSC_1453

Poke your flower pick/stem through your flower, turn over, and put a dab of hot glue on the bottom to keep them firmly together.

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Turn over, and voila!

paper flower tutorial - via the sweetest digsRecap – in one easy photo (you know… for pinning!).

DIY tutorial to make pretty paper flowers - via the sweetest digs And really, they are ridiculously lovely.

paper flower tutorial - via the sweetest digs

I now have so many ideas floating around of how I want to use these — put some up on the wall somewhere with washi tape, skip the flower stem all together and just put the rosettes along a table like a runner, or put 1-2 in small vases all the way down the table as a centerpiece. So many ideas! paper flower tutorial - via the sweetest digsI had some turquoise paper hanging around with my pink stack, so I made a few teal beauties while I was at it. You can see the top of the stems more clearly in this photo. If you didn’t like the way those looked, you could just add a little bit of tissue paper to the top of the stem as the “center”. With some white paper and a black center, they could look a bit like anemones (such a pretty flower!).
paper flower tutorial - via the sweetest digsEach flower is slightly different and I think it’s nice to be a little imperfect on this one. Adds to the charm, you know?

I have gotten together with some of my favourite fellow Canadian blogging pals and we have put together everything you need to throw a whole “spring dinner party” here. My flowers can be the centerpiece of your table, and these gals have you covered for everything else – from appy’s to drinks to party decor. Have fun checking them out!

Beautiful ideas for hosting a Spring Brunch

Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs made a delicious Strawberry Shortcake dessert
Virginia of Fynes Designs put together a beautiful Easter table setting!
Lucy of Craftberry Bush made a Customizable Watercolour Printable Menu
Jenn of Clean & Scentsible made delicious Vegetarian Mexican Roll-Ups for appetizers
Tara of Suburble has some fun ideas for the Kids Table
Christina of The DIY Mommy put together a Fresh & Happy Spring Dessert Table

I don’t know about you, but’ I’d love to be a part of this beautiful party! Happy Spring!