This week has been full of my plans and quandaries surrounding our upcoming trip to Europe and I wanted to add just a little bit of Parisian-inspired flair to my wardrobe to stave off the aching excitement. Now, I highly doubt that an actual Parisienne would ever wear something that said Très Chic (especially after reading How to be Parisian), but here in Ohio, it’s probably considered understated.
Regardless, I think they turned out Très cute and they only cost about $5. Here is how I made them.
I have a little teaser for you all today! We keep sneaking further and further into the office makeover before the big reveal next week. We still have a few details to complete, but in the meantime will share some DIYs for completed pieces of the puzzle. This weekend, I recovered by plain and boring cork board into something a little more elevated. I thought it was a fitting Monday project as we’re all gearing up for our work weeks!
At this moment, I keep glancing over to my finished inspiration board and I just love how it turned out – working with the decor rather than just being an eyesore. Using leftover linen from my headboard DIY, all I had to purchase were the decorative nailheads which were fairly inexpensive to complete this pretty upholstered corkboard. The full project requires very few steps and is quite easy, so let’s get to it!
Most of you all know that I love hand writing. I hand letter lots of my projects, but today’s tutorial is a first for me because I’m taking it digital! I have never shared any tutorials or projects that are geared more toward tech and blogging because I don’t want to just be blogging to other bloggers and didn’t want to isolate my other readers with web or online projects. I am sharing this project, however, because I feel that it can really appeal to anyone who does some computer-based creating. With this tutorial, you want to add hand writing to photos for things like wall art or scrapbooks. I know a lot of designers have tablets (like the wacom tablet) which can easily capture hand writing onto the computer, but I don’t love using my tablet. I have one, but it makes my writing look so crazy! I might just need to practice, but in the meantime, I have created this work-around.
Over my winter break, I did a fair amount of thinking about the DIYs that I post here on House of Earnest (soon to be something else!). I determined that I hate the idea of making things for the sake of a post. Although I really love just making something creative for the hell of it, it doesn’t seem like a great use of resources or time. I decided that going forward (because there will, of course, be DIYs going forward) the projects and tutorials I share will be for one of two reasons. Either because it’s something I really want/need on my body or in my house, or because it’s a new skill or technique that I’m trying to explore. I’m trying to be mindful of living simply and getting rid of superfluous *stuff*, so the DIYs will follow suit.
Today’s project is a perfect example of creating to fill a need. I bought this slouchy hat a while ago, but it didn’t quite ‘slouch’ on me and always looked like a dunce hat or something from the movie Elf. I needed to add some weight to the top of the hat to get it to lay properly. I had a bit of fur left over from the throw I made last month, so I decided to take action and make this hat work for me!
Making fur poms is just too easy not to put them on everything you own, let’s get going on this simple tutorial!
It might be the week of Christmas, but we’re not slowing down quite yet (we’re saving that for Wednesday). Just in time for the weeks’ festivities, we’ve made a few custom tea towels to bring to the people in our family who are hosting the holiday as a sweet little hostess gift.
I decided on using the ‘Joyeux Noel’ simply because I was listening to my french lesson yesterday and was inspired to use the phrase somewhere. I surrounded both the monogram and the Joyeux Noel with some laurel leaves to give them a festive feel. I used the same monogram on my custom printed napkins as well!
These towels are super super simple and just use wax paper as a way to transfer the ink onto the plain muslin towels – there is no special iron-on material or anything like that. I have the graphics and all letters of the alphabet for you to download for the project too! Here is the easy tutorial!
We are really getting down to the wire here, but in my mind, this is the most fun time of the holiday season when creativity and resourcefulness take center stage when trying to really pinpoint the perfect gift for someone special. My favorite part of the gift giving is really when someone opens a gift and they LOVE it. Isn’t that the best feeling?
This gift is designed for an easy, two material way to show someone that you love them enough to hand make them something. This is a gift I’m planning on giving to my sister and I know she will not only love it, but be so proud that it was made for her.
I love working with leather, which is a total throwback to my corporate days working with leather goods in the retail industry, but there is something deep inside of me that just loves the texture, the grain, and the smell of leather. I bought a few beautiful metallic skins from Florence, Italy a few years ago and I’ve been doing projects with them ever since (a full skin lasts me that long!). You don’t have to be a leather buyer, though. There are loads of wonderful resources that I use in the U.S. who offer fabulous quality skins for crafting. Tandy Leather Factory is one of them and ACS on Etsy is another good one. Although a good hide will cost between $50-100 they are fairly large and you can use them on lots of projects.
This clutch was a challenge to myself to make a beautiful no-sew style. There is one piece of leather and some ribbon involved… that’s it!
Although it’s a super easy project, there are a fair amount of photos to follow (just so that you all can get the most detailed tutorial!)
What is it about all things mini that makes me get all excited? I love mini anything! I was inspired the other day by the adorable mini house luminaries
I saw on Remodelaholic and thought… “I want mini houses in my house”. It was a deep thought, I know.
So, I had these birch sheets that I’d purchased from a local nursery (the tree kind, not the kid kind) and although I was planning to make ornaments with them to share with you guys, the luminary idea sparked in me the desire to make mini house ornaments.
The mini birch houses are way more practical than the typical gingerbread, and still have all the charm. I made a few for our tree (to be revealed on Monday!) and couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
Since the birch sheets can be cut with scissors, it’s really the only ‘special’ thing you need. I used a hot glue gun to bind it all together and a little piece of twine with which to hang it! On to the Step-by-Step!
I have loved all of the fur pom throws I’ve seen around the webs over the past year or so and have always loved how girly and lavish they feel. Pom poms are awesome on their own, but in fur they really shine. I’ve always wanted to try and make one of these throws and I thought this time of year was the best to give it a try and give it to someone really deserving of a unique and elegant gift.
I couldn’t be more excited to share this DIY holiday gift with you guys. Granted, I didn’t ‘make’ the body of the blanket, but making existing things better and more beautiful is almost just as good as making something from scratch (in my mind at least).
The other options in the market are crazy pricey (like, over $150), but my version is under $30. Thats enough of a savings to make one for a gift and one to keep! (keep! keep!)
Here’s how we did it!
I love a good holiday scent – specifically anything Christmas Tree related – spruce, fir, whathaveyou. I find, however, that with the bajillion of candles that I have in this house, there is just no need to add more. So I’ve developed a little trick to turn the plain votives that I use so much into scented candles.
Years ago, I bought a Balsam & Cedar home fragrance oil for about $5, but realized that burning it straight was a little overwhelming, so that is when I developed this little trick. I simply add the oil to drugstore epsom salt and surround a plain glass votive with the salt. Then, when the plain candle burns, it warms the salt, giving off a much more subtle scent than just the straight oil in an oil burner.
Not only do you use less oil, but then you don’t have to buy a burner! I’ve told you guys how many of my DIYs stem from being super cheap! See the step by step photo directions below.
I’m clearly loving monogrammed things this Christmas, and my wreath is no different. I created this ‘S’ wreath to go in my entryway, hanging from the mirror, but have experimented with it on the back door as well (since I’m trying not to neglect the back of the house). I find monograms are inherently preppy, which isn’t really me, but I love being a little over-the-top for the holidays.
It’s actually a super easy DIY although it looks fairly complex. All it takes a few quick materials and 30 minutes!
We’re back again with another fabulous idea for a handmade gift. Like I’ve said, my family has a $25 cap on gifts between my sisters and brothers, so I really have to get creative sometimes! This project is one of my all-time favorites. I bought myself a blanket cape at a cool boutique a few weeks ago and when I got it home and wore it, I kind of just discovered it was a blanket with a notch cut out of it. I was torn between feeling silly for spending big bucks on it and feeling delighted that it’s something I could easily make – and share with you!
The blanket cape trend has been around for a few years now, but it’s really starting to mainstream recently and this DIY makes it easy to make and easier to wear (as opposed to the straight-up rectangular versions).
I’ve worn mine belted, hanging open, or draped across one shoulder. Its a versatile addition to anyones wardrobe and makes leggings and a t-shirt look pretty chic.
The best part of the whole project is the price! A $19 blanket from Home Goods and a little thread was all it took. Best yet, it’s super easy and takes a total of 20 minutes to make. Who on your list could you see wearing this beauty?
This project does require some sewing, but if I can do it, you can do it too… my sewing is an absolute atrocity. So, if you have $20 and 20 minutes to spare for someone you love?