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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Little Geometric Planter that Could {& Free Printable}

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Adorable Geometric Plant Pods/ Planters-- made from paper! Get the pattern and tutorial at www.makinglemonadeblog.com #crafts #paper #planter

It's no secret that I love simple and easy crafts with modern appeal-- if I'm going to take the time to craft, I want it to be something beautiful and useful, too!  That's why strolling the aisles of my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store is a huge stress reliever for me. Something about wandering those aisles and dreaming of projects fills me with happiness, especially when I leave with a bag of goodies and creative ideas. It's National Craft Month, and what better time to scout out spring … [Read more...]

ROCK IT! Make an Agate Jewelry Box

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Make a gorgeous gilded agate slice jewelry box for WAY less than retail-- here's how! www.makinglemonadeblog.com #DIY #agate #jewelrybox

Sometimes... just once in a blue moon... when Jupiter aligns with Mars and the sun hits the right way and the tides reverse-- a sure sign that something is meant to be pops up and you can't ignore it.  Case in point: I'd been lusting after the gilded edge agate slice boxes I'd spied online, but couldn't splurge on the $95 price tag. BOO. Then last week I was invited to a blogger preview of the new Container Store located in King of Prussia (!!!)(that definitely needs many exclamation points … [Read more...]

Stenciled Woodgrain Tea Towels {DIY Kitchen Decor}

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How to Add a Woodgrain Pattern to Fabric- so easy! Make these faux bois tea towels for simple DIY kitchen decor www.makinglemonadeblog.com

I've been searching for a way to add a faux bois (woodgrain) pattern to fabric for, like, EVER. (Forever. Forever ever? FOREVER EVER.) Back to faux bois. You might remember how easy it is to paint a faux bois pattern on a smooth surface like this breakfast tray, but there's some surfaces where that technique wouldn't work-- curved surfaces and fabric come to mind. Which is why I've been on a search for a woodgrain stencil for awhile to make all my curved, fabric faux bois dreams come … [Read more...]

Decorative Spring Flower Pots, 3 Ways

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How to Decorate Spring Inspired Flower Pots 3 Ways from www.makinglemonadeblog.com

Who's ready for a touch of spring? Nothing says spring like flowers, so  I'm sharing how to decorate terra cotta flower pots three ways (in under 10 minutes each, for those of you busy people who think you don't have time to make things). These pots range from sweet to modern to shabby chic; simply choose your favorite style and enjoy! Plus, I'll show you a few extra touches that make these decorated pots perfect handmade gifts for just about every occasion except for Labor Day. Because really, … [Read more...]

Christmas Decor Idea: Easy Gold Dotted Servingware

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Holiday Crafts and Handmade Gifts Ideas: Gold Dotted Servingware

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO. Got 5 minutes?  Good.  Because what I'm about to show you will BLOW YOUR MIND and can be done in 5 minutes.  (maybe 7 minutes if you take your time, unlike me). If you've been around these parts for awhile, you know there's two things I adore: the color gold and-- nerd alert-- office products.  In fact, … [Read more...]

How to Make a No Sew Metallic Table Runner

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While I dream about buying the entire inventory of West Elm (no, literally, I DREAM about it) it simply wouldn't be a wise budgetary decision.  So I know when to hold them, when to fold them, and when to DIY my own no-sew metallic table runner in both silver AND gold.  BOOYAH. I'll give you a moment to get the Kenny Rogers song out of your head. Most of my DIY projects are easy-- and this one IS, don't get me wrong!-- but it does take a little longer than most of my tutorials.  Even … [Read more...]

Holiday Hostess Party Tips + Kirklands Giveaway!

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Easy Holiday Entertaining + Decorating Ideas

Welcome! If you like this festive idea, then you'll love getting a daily dose of freshly squeezed ideas in your inbox by entering your email address here! Now that the Thanksgiving dishes have been cleared it's time to pull out the Christmas decorations that I've been waiting a year to see again.  And thanks to the thrift store score of the century (that 6 foot long lacquer buffet!) I now have space on which to place all kinds of fun holiday items for the upcoming get-togethers and festive … [Read more...]

Christmas in a Minute: Easy Ribbon Trees

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Easy Christmas Craft Ideas: Ribbon Trees

The holiday season is busy enough without spending hours crafting decor and DIY gifts, so a few friends and I created some super simple holiday ideas for you that we've called Christmas in a Minute.  Have a few minutes?  Great, then you can create these easy ribbon looped Christmas trees that make perfect holiday decor for tables, mantels, buffets, and even window sills.  It can be made in about 15 minutes-- trust me, I had literally 15 minutes to whip this up as my husband got the kids … [Read more...]