Folded Paper Napkin Ring + Namecard Holder

gold octagon placecard napkin rings

So many of the times, the projects that end up being my absolute favorite are also the absolute easiest.  There is just something magical about a really simple project hitting all the right chords.  This napkin ring/name card holder is no joke the most simple and the most beautiful thing that will be gracing my table this Thanksgiving.

It’s made of… paper.  Yep.  Just gold paper from the craft store which cost $2. I made sixteen napkin rings out of the one piece of paper meaning that each ring cost just $0.12 to make. If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is.

Folding them into geometric octagons gives a modern look to my more rustic table.  They’re simple and cheap, so what are you waiting for?  Let’s make some! [Read more…]


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Sometimes it’s a Fail

diy fail

Well, I can’t tell you that broken pieces of a bench I’ve been trying to make for the last two months was top on my list of things to blog about today, but here we are.

I was really proud of myself with this bench.  I had used the miter saw without aide, made it as solid as I could, and was thrilled when the high gloss black finish turned out so smooth.  I even used primer under the paint – a step I usually just shortcut around because… who has time for primer?  [Read more…]

Easy Carved Pumpkins with Style

pinhole pumpkin carving

I love the idea of carving pumpkins, but usually 0.2 seconds into the affair, I’m wishing I’d done something simpler.  I’m the kind of person who is gung-ho about a super intricate design, but is irritated when it takes me longer than 20 minutes. Last year I used my pumpkin dremel to make some character from star wars for my nephew, but he fell asleep like 10 minutes into the affair and I spent the next three hours finishing the monstrosity.

Typically, I don’t decorate pumpkins at all… I know, it’s a total blogger faux pas, but the aforementioned scenario plays through my mind, then I just set whole pumpkins around and call it done.

This year, however, I got to looking at one of my pinhole Moroccan style lanterns and thoughts of easy pumpkin carving ideas swirled through my head.  I thought I’d try my hand at creating a design similar to my pinhole lanterns because potentially, I could just use my power drill and make it easy on myself. And sure enough it worked out pretty well.  [Read more…]

Spooky Halloween Wreath DIY

creepy twig halloween wreath diy

I’ll start off by saying this… I am not usually one for knocking off exact designs from stores, but sometimes, there is really just no reason to spend money on something that can so easily be made.

In this instance, I saw this creepy twig wreath at Crate and Barrel and I loved it, but wondered why it was $50… I mean… it’s sticks.  So I put my designer/shop owner hat on and thought that certainly it had to be pricy because it was actually much more difficult to make than it seemed, and warranted the additional costs due to labor or materials.  Nope.  That wasn’t it.  This thing took me all of 30 minutes and that was with me taking periodic breaks to go outside and hunt for sticks.

Of course, their sticks are a bit different, but I’m still a pretty big fan of how this turned out.  It’s perfect for halloween, but isn’t goofy looking.  (you know how I feel about tacky halloween decor).

Since I already have a pretty gorgeous eucalyptus wreath on my front door, this one is going to adorn the inside of my house and I can’t wait to share the easy how-to with you.  [Read more…]

Easy DIY Witch Broom

easy diy witch broom

I think there is nothing more eerie than a minimal, understated nod to halloween.  Why?  Because if you’re not going overboard, and decorations are a little more hard to spot, then it seems like part of everyday life, which is super creepy.  Like how last year, I placed simple painted bones in the cloches throughout my house.  It would take people a while to figure out what when going on, but once they did, it was like, “wait… are those bones?”.

The same thing was on my mind this year when I decided to make this really easy and rustic diy witch broom.  It looks pretty authentic and I love how simply spooky it looks just lying across the mantle. [Read more…]