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DIY Chalkboard Globe & Musings on Change {Anthropologie Knockoff}

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Love this Anthropologie painted globe knockoff-- personalize it with favorite quotes or constellations! So pretty!

Seasons come and seasons go, and I'm feeling a shift in the electricity signaling that I'm entering a season of transition.  It brings to mind the Mary Poppins quote: "winds in the east, mist coming in, like something is brewin' and 'bout to begin...", the feeling of change around the corner is seeping into my heart.  I'm not sure if it's because we're facing change with my kids moving into full-time school mode this fall, or if it's something larger-- a big move, perhaps-- but it's there.  … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Birch Candleholders {more woodland decor, I can’t help myself!}

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The perfect look for your rustic Christmas decor: DIY faux birch candleholders using thrift store vases. Catch the tutorial to see how to bring this beautiful Christmas decor idea int your home this holiday!

Growing up in New England, I was surrounded by birch trees-- and to me the peeling white bark so beautifully symbolizes nature's perfect imperfections. Since taking birch bark off the tree can damage the tree, I used birch scrapbook paper to get the same look without being a tree killer.  And thus, these faux birch candleholders were born from thrift store glassware with just a roll in paper, piece of tape, and dash of gold! A more simple rustic Christmas craft you will not find. ;-) The … [Read more...]

DIY Whimsical Woodland Ornaments {aka, my dream come true}

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These DIY woodland ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas tree! Check out this easy tutorial and prepare to fall in love with all those adorable little woodland scenes!

I've always loved miniatures, so when I saw woodland ornaments at West Elm recently I WANTED THEM. My West Elm allowance has been blown this month however (new coffee table, woot woot!) so I knew I had to knock them off. So that I could save for another West Elm splurge that's a little bigger. ;-)  Getting to play with teeny bottle brush trees and mini-deer in the name of Christmas crafting made me all kinds of happy! Keeping with my natural woodland Christmas theme (Glam Scandi, I call it) I … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Woodland Fairy Light Shadow Boxes

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Check out the CUTEST way to use fairy lights: whimsical woodland fairy light shadowboxes! Add some GLOW to your holiday decor; you need to see this easy tutorial!

Are you looking to add a whimsical touch to your holiday decor this season? I wish I came up with the idea for these glorious fairy light boxes myself, but truthfully I saw a similar version at Terrain and just knew I had to DIY them. Especially since I can't find them on their website anymore.  They were super easy to make (of course, I mean, it's ME, I can't do complicated!) and add a beautiful glowing touch to these dark nights. Plus the kids are enthralled by the dimming lights and rush to … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Art Idea: Tea Towel Wrapped Canvas

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Check out how to make this easy DIY Christmas art from a tea towel! LOVE simple Christmas decorating ideas like this Anthropologie hack!

I'm a sucker for anything Anthropologie, so when I saw this wintery tea towel at the end-of-year sale I snagged it for about 70% off the regular price. The colors and shimmer also became the inspiration point for my entire holiday decorating plan, but I digress. I thought about framing it, but realized a FREE solution was under my nose... er, workbench. I had a pile of wrapped canvases (the type you can get at Michaels for cheap with a coupon) and suddenly the simple idea emerged to put the two … [Read more...]

A Handmade Holiday {Scandi Christmas Style & Ideas Galore}

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simple yet beautiful handcrafted Christmas ideas and decorations! Love the simple Scandinavian style!

Last year’s Christmas clutter had me feeling totally depleted.  After the holidays I’d just had ENOUGH. Enough stuff. Enough clutter. Enough stress and blowing the budget. Enough of mismatched styles and towering bins of décor I no longer loved. Amidst the chaos, I made a snap decision to start from scratch. My budget (and free space in my home) doesn’t allow for a huge shopping spree, so I created a careful plan to focus on how I wanted my holiday décor to feel this year. I wanted … [Read more...]

25 Gorgeous Ways to Use Christmas Lights

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25 Gorgeous Ways to Use Christmas Lights

Ever since putting fairy lights in a jar last year, I've been obsessed with the soft glow of string lights in everything from bed canopies to art to ambient lighting on bookcases and shelves. Christmas lights add a touch of whimsy to any space and stir the heart as the days grow darker. I've rounded up 25 gorgeous ways to use string lights in your home, whether it's in Christmas decor or as an everyday use that lasts the whole year long. Enjoy, and let your light shine! My fairy light mason … [Read more...]

DIY Plate Decorations, 3 Ways {Fall Decor on a Dime!}

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Another $1 decorating idea... DIY decorated plates! Here's how to decorate your plates 3 ways this holiday season, be sure to read these tips before starting this easy decor project!

Ready for another quick idea for fall decor on a dime? Because you could LITERALLY pick these up for a dime at a yard sale or thrift store. Liter.all.y.  And if you can't find them for a dime, you'll only need to spend 9 more dimes to buy them at the Dollar Store. The only other things you need, depending on the style you go with, are washi tape and a gold sharpie. Here's what I started with: Now we're going to decorate them. I'm going to assume you know that these decorated plates are … [Read more...]

How to Make a Leaf Garland {more DIY Dollar Store Fall Decor!}

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Make this reusable fall leaf garland for just $1! LOVE fall decor that's pretty AND budget-friendly!

I know I should probably hide my head and pretend I bought all my fall decor from some upscale retailer, but I can't help myself. I promised more budget fall decor ideas up my sleeve, so here you go-- a faux leaf garland with supplies from, da da dum... The Dollar Store. There goes the neighborhood, right? BUT! These leaves looked realistic enough I figured buying them wouldn't lower my home's value but rather serve as an easy way to create chic decor on a dime. Here's how to make them. If … [Read more...]

Burlap & Pumpkin Fall Wreath {Dollar Store Wreath Idea!}

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This festive fall burlap wreath was made with Dollar Store pumpkins!

This fall I wanted to really cut back on seasonal spending for fall and Halloween decor so my wheels started turning on how to create a higher-end look for a LOT less than retail. Browsing the Dollar Store last month, I found these bags of mini-gourds and a fall wreath idea was born. The green speckled look wasn't horrible, but it wasn't what I was looking for in terms of an upscale style wreath. A quick hit of spray paint in glossy white... ... and high style pumpkins were born! I simply … [Read more...]

DIY Gift Ideas: Constellation Box and Tree Ring Coasters

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How to Use a Dremel Micro Rotary Tool to create these artistic DIY gift ideas!

I've wanted a Dremel rotary tool for roughly a decade thanks to first hearing about it from my artisan mom, so when I finally got my hands on this hot little tool that does a HUGE amount of tasks from crafts to DIY to hobbies I had a field day. But you're not here to listen to my field day stories, you're here because you're curious about DIY gift ideas you can create with a Dremel Micro rotary tool. It's seriously the most powerful cordless rotary tool Dremel has ever made. So let's get to … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Makeovers {Swap It Like It’s Hot}

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Flea Market Finds and Awesome Thrift Store Makeovers!

Oh how I love the challenge of a thrift store or flea market makeover. LOVE. Thankfully I've found similar minded peeps-- the ones who also get all giddy at the idea of poking around thrift stores, discovering treasures, and turning something old and outdated into something shiny and useful once again. Meet the Swap It Like It's Hot crew-- we got together this month to find something old, send it to our swap partner, and do something new with it: I got to search for an item to send to Caitlin … [Read more...]

Framed Paper– It’s a Thing, and It’s AMAZING

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Clever Wall Art Idea: Frame Handmade Paper for a High-End DIY look! #diy #art makinglemonadeblog.com

Today's DIY idea isn't rocket science. Some might not even call it a DIY.  A piece of framed paper, really, Carrie? However it's something you can easily do yourself in just a few minutes, has a HUGE impact, and looks seriously high end so I had to share it.  Plus who needs rocket science? (astronauts).  But first, CHECK IT: That's paper. And every time I see it at my local Paper Source it stops me in my tracks (a Paper Source just opened near me, I'm in HEAVEN!)  It looks like a gorgeous … [Read more...]

How to Make Large Gallery Wall Photos {on the cheap!}

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You can fake HUGE canvas style wall photos on the cheap-- this print cost just $3! #gallerywall #photography Get the tutorial at www.makinglemonadeblog.com

We're chugging away on my son's 'big boy' room and finally finished his gallery wall. I'd been hearing whispers of an incredibly inexpensive way to fake a photo wrapped canvas  (or large gallery style wall photo) and have been just waiting for the perfect time to experiment to see if it works. And guess what? IT DOES! Large canvas wrapped photos can cost hundreds of dollars, but you can fake it for about $10 or less. Plus, you don't even have to make yours train themed. Really. You could use, I … [Read more...]

Spring Wreath Revamp {Reindeer Moss Wreath}

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How to Make a Simple Spring Reindeer Moss Wreath via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #spring #wreath

There's something to be said for saving something special; for revamping instead of recycling, for fixing up instead of throwing out. I originally created this spring wreath during a sad time in my life, hoping that creating would take away that sting. Every day I'd come home to an empty house that I so desperately hoped to someday fill with kids and happy chaos, and would pick up a glue gun or paint brush to fill that void instead. It was a time when I needed spring to arrive, both outside and … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Hand Dyed Embellished Tote

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Great Mother's Day Handmade Gift Idea: Hand-Dyed Embellished Tote Bag! #giftidea #mothersday via www.makinglemonadeblog.com

I may never know whether it was nature or nurture, but ones thing’s for sure: my mom and I both love to be creative.  No matter what I proposed as a little kid, my mom barely batted an eye. A fort made from blankets that took up my entire room? Sure. Using leftover vinyl flooring for my dollhouse? Go for it. Re-sewing an old shirt to emulate the latest spring fashion? Of course! Thanks to my artistic mom’s encouragement, art became a way for me to find my happy place. Since we live far … [Read more...]

How to Make Gilded Edge Agate Coasters

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Don't spend a fortune, make these trendy gilded edge coasters yourself. Makes a great gift, too! EASY tutorial at www.makinglemonadeblog.com #agate #DIY #giftidea

  I've been lusting after the gilded edged agate coasters spotted in many catalogs and high-end retailers, but alas, the prices are usually astronomical. So I got up to my old DIY-ing ways and knew I could make my own.  Turns out that once you have the supplies, you can make them in under 5 minutes each. They'd make amazing Mother's Day gifts as well-- hint, hint! Aren't they fancy? But forget the $100+ price tag, these guys cost just $8 each to make (or less, if you find an inexpensive … [Read more...]

Fun Kids’ Activity They’ll Love (and so will you!)

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Fun Kids Activity Idea: Marshmallow Geometry! Kids love it, and they learn as they play. Bonus! #kids #activities www.makinglemonadeblog.com

This is such a simple kids activity idea I debated whether to post about it or not, but honestly it keeps my kids entertained for huge chunks of time and it's so fun they constantly ask to play it. Plus it takes only two supplies that you might already have on hand, so I can bust it out whenever I need 20 minutes of peace and quiet to make dinner or take a phone call. It's a geometry activity I used with my second graders when I was a teacher, so imagine my surprise when my 3 and 5 year old … [Read more...]

In Like a Lion {Faux Ceramic Animal Planter}

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How to make an EASY and INEXPENSIVE faux ceramic animal planter! What a fun gift idea! #DIY #modern #planter via www.makinglemonadeblog.com

March comes in like a lion... and apparently out like one, too, the way the weather's been lately.  ;-) I know this tutorial on how to make a faux ceramic animal planter isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I love fun, quirky touches in home decor and this one suited my style nicely. Plus, it only cost $7 to make so it falls solidly under the 'easy and inexpensive DIY project' camp that I so adore. I've seen these in high-end handmade studios for MUCH more, so if you like this look then … [Read more...]