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...]