Have & Make: Harvest Hanky Bunting

What a beautiful time of year for festive outdoor dinners!  I’m prepping for a harvest themed dinner in late September, early October to take advantage of the beautifully colored trees we usually have in our yard around that time.  I’ve begun to put together some ideas, and this easy bunting features handkerchiefs that you could already have on hand.  If not, your local craft store would have a bunch of colors for around a dollar each.  The process is simple:

ONE cut the hanky into quarters, TWO fold diagonally around a piece of twine or rope. THREE secure with a few staples.

Repeat as necessary with all of your handkerchief quarters, or throw in some vintage scarves or tea towels to add more pattern and color. I’m able to carefully remove the staples from my vintage hankies later and keep them relatively unscathed.

There will be more details of the dinner to come!  I’ll show you each little bit along the way, and then the big picture after the party! This would be so cute in team colors for a tailgate, or in all vintage for a shower.  Happy Harvest!


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Have & Make: Stars and Stripes

If you’re still in need of a little decor for your 4th of July cookout, here is a cute and easy bunting that uses striped paper straws.  Don’t have these exact straws? Don’t worry about it!  Make them out of traditional solid color plastic ones in a red, white, and blue color scheme for another take on this easy project.

Just string some twine through five straws, tie your two ends together, then reconfigure into a star shape and glue into place.  It’s that easy! Tying the stars onto a separate piece of twine threaded with multiple straws ensures they’re evenly spaced.

I had a whole box of these straws, and even after two events, still had a fair amount left over.  I knew there was something different from using them for drinks that could be done with these straws.  I’ll probably hang mine layered up with my festive fringey string lights for tomorrow’s holiday!

Give it a try (and fold it up to keep for Christmas!)

Have a FESTIVE Tuesday!

Have & Make: Summer Cooler Bowl

This ‘Have & Make’ has no DIY involved – but is just a quick entertaining idea for summer.

If you have a globe vase sitting around, fill it with ice and snuggle in a bowl that is similar in size to the vase opening.  Fill it with whatever summer dish needs to be kept chilled (shrimp cocktail anyone?) and you’re ready to go!

Alfresco dining is probably my favorite part of the summer, but dried up food is not.  I use the trick all year long for parties, but for summers, it comes in particularly handy!

Enjoy this quick tip and have a COOL Wednesday!

Have & Make: Terracotta Cloche

On weeknight summer evenings, after a long day of work, sometimes my husband and I just sit outside with a glass of wine and some snacks instead of a full dinner.

I love dining al fresco, but hate spending the whole time shoo-ing away bugs from my food instead being in the moment.

I thought of using a washed terracotta pot as a cloche, not just because it’s functional, but also because it’s pretty. A simple piece of rope knotted through the bottom hole acts as a handle. And guess what?  Terracotta will retain the head of a hot dish, or keep a cool dip from warming up and drying out.  Double awesome.

This is really a project anyone can do, just be sure to wash your old pot really well and have fun with it! (bonus points for cool colored rope or a painted pot!)

Have a SPLENDID Wednesday!

Have & Make: Glitter and Glow

Who doesn’t love a little glitter in their lives?  Add in the glow of a candle, and you’re all set.

This glitter candle was probably the easiest Have & Make yet.  Spray the inside of a small vase or candle holder with spray adhesive, sprinkle and shake around with glitter until the surface area of the vase is completely covered.  I would recommend using the larger flakes of glitter as opposed to the very fine powdery variety – you get more impact of the shimmering flakes through the glass than you would with the latter.

Style the candle simply (a little glitter goes a long way) with books, and a natural element like flowers or a plant.  Look at you glow!

I felt glitter was a fitting topic for today because I’m headed off again to a bachelorette party for my future sister-in-law in Las Vegas, where everything glitters (but everything that glitters isn’t gold, if you know what I mean).


Have a SHIMMERY and SHINY Thursday. (I know I will!)