Party Beverage Bucket DIY

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My favorite part of entertaining has always been finding my own way to do things that is cool and low cost.  This particular project is one that I’ve done a few times before for other parties and just love how customizable it is.  Beverage tubs and champagne buckets tend to be one of those things that are weirdly expensive.  I saw an iron one last year that I like and it was over $100! Really, it’s just a tub!

So, I have started using small (bathroom sized) trashcans as a stand-in to keep bottles cold during our parties.  They’re inexpensive enough to not be a big blow to your party budget and with a couple of drawer pulls or knobs from the hardware store and a quick customization they also turn out way more cute than the run of the mill version.

 

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It’s an easy three step process and rolls in at under $20.  Want to make your own?   [Read more…]

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It’s Coming + Holiday Workshop!

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Christmas is coming guys.  I have my house totally decked out right now so that I can be sure to capture ideas early enough for you guys to get some inspiration and I’m really getting into the spirit. This little bar vignette is just a little taste of what this year’s theme will be… can you guess? Maybe if you follow me on Pinterest you’ve seen some of my inspired pins? I’m going to leave you hanging for now, but will announce it next week, so check back!

In the meantime, I have a really exciting announcement today that you guys are gonna love!  I’m teaming up with a fabulous group of bloggers and The Home Depot to make this year a ‘how-to’ holiday for you all.  I’m one of a few sponsored bloggers hosting the a Do-It-Herself workshop at Home Depot stores all around the country to show you guys how to make Ana White’s ‘JOY’ marquee sign!  It’s the perfect way to deck your halls with a handmade touch.

I’ll be hosting the Columbus workshop on November 20th (Next Thursday!!) at the Grove City location from 6:30-8pm.  We are SO excited to have you all involved, so SIGN UP HERE ahead of time!  Everyone at the Grove City location will be able to build and take home their light – which is pretty amazing.

If you’re not in Columbus, check out some of these other bloggers who are hosting in their towns, or check your own Home Depot for the workshops that will be hosted by the fabulous store associates.

 

DIH Workshop Holiday Blogger Team

Ana White – Ana

Handmade Charlotte – Rachel & Addie

Décor and the Dog – Michelle

The Design Confidential – Rayan

House of Earnest – Me!

Sunshine and Sippy Cups – Meagan

Two Ellie – Paula

 

As you can see, I took a custom spin on the project, but still used the instructions originally created by Ana.  For those of you who can’t make it to the event, I’ll be sharing my step by step on the blog after the event is over, so hold tight! For those of you who CAN make it, I’ll be walking around the workshop showing you guys how to get your own spin on the project and we’ll have some fun giveaways as well!  I can’t wait to see you all there!

 

Not ready to talk Christmas yet?  I’m sharing my top five entertaining tips today on the Bali Blog which will be perfect for all of those visitors you’ll be hosting in the next few weeks!  Enjoy!

DIY Linen Tufted Headboard

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I’m ecstatic today to finally share with you my completed headboard and transition to the king bed!  As we spoke about last week, Matty and I got a new mattress from Tuft & Needle, and were able to upgrade to a king! Previously we wouldn’t have been able to fit a King sized mattress up our bending staircase, but the mattress from Tuft & Needle came in a 12″ x 12″ x 60″ box, so it fit up the stairs just fine.

With my previous queen bed, I’d made a linen headboard with a nailhead border.  The past design took just an hour or so to complete and was under $60.  I wanted to up the ante a little bit this time and create a headboard that was inspired by the restoration hardware chesterfield style that I loved.  After we got the mattress in the room, however, I realized that a rectangular headboard would cut off way too much of the built-in bookcases, so I decided instead to create a scrolling design which allowed more of the bookcases to be visible.

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For this design, there was more work involved due to the tufting and creating covered buttons.  The majority of the cost of the entire project was actually wrapped up in the 2″ foam that I used to creating deep tufts (whereas on the last headboard, I just used batting).  None of the steps taken were very difficult, but I can certainly say that covering over 40 buttons was certainly time consuming.  All in, the total cost was $318.  I used lots of JoAnn’s coupons (60% off this weekend!).  Definitely make sure to get those coupons out of the mail (or just use their app) before buying the materials, as I saved about $250 using them.

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Aside from the actual headboard, I dressed the bed in the dotted West Elm sheets, a while West Elm duvet cover, and various throw pillows.  I still want to explore a few more pillow options to be closer to my original vision (and add it a little more brown and navy)!   Are you interested in seeing the step by step headboard tutorial?  Keep on reading for the full material list, photos of our process, and PDF with plans and measurements.   [Read more…]

Woven Yarn Wall Hanging

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We are really putting on our boho crafty hats today.  I’ve seen woven wall hangings in lots of high end shops recently and since don’t like paying hundreds of dollars for something I could make, I took the plunge. I have a ton of yarn on hand (because I keep thinking I can knit, but I can’t) so I had plenty of materials on hand to experiment with!

Most of the projects I make are just a few steps and I chirp on and on about how quick they are.  This isn’t one of those projects.  It isn’t hard to do, it’s just one of those ‘get-a-glass-of-wine-and-settle-in-for-the-longhaul’ projects.  This little woven banner took me about four hours from start to finish, but since it was just mindless, it would be an awesome project to do with a group of girlfriends (over that aforementioned glass of vino).

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I love the way it turned out, but I wish it were bigger… which would take even more time! I might try a macrame version as well and see how that goes, but in the meantime, let’s get started on this fun and funky project!  [Read more…]

Punched Metal Hurricane DIY

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Candlelight is one of those things that’s always welcome.  In the summertime, we love how candlelight punctuates our warm, romantic dinners al fresco, and when the weather starts to turn cooler it turns evenings indoors into a glowing warmth of family, friends, and holiday.

Beautiful hurricanes are also one of those things that always shocks me with the price! You’ll walk out of any home store paying between $30 and $40 for a good sized hurricane.  That is why I decided to make these lovelies!  I think you’ll agree that they’re as darling as store bought and they’re a cinch to make.

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I’ve got the product list and three easy steps after the jump, so let’s get started! [Read more…]