It’s not even October yet, but we’re in full-on Halloween mode at our house. This weekend we set up a small cemetery in our front yard … more on that soon. In the meantime, here are some lanterns that Jenna and I made recently using a simple melted crayon technique. You can read the full tutorial on Modern Parents, Messy Kids today.
Over Christmas, I fell in love with a set of white feather wreaths from West Elm, and after purchasing them, I realized that they would have been really easy to make using feather boas. With Halloween coming up next month, I decided to try out my idea by using black feather boas to create a raven-themed wreath.
Here are the materials I used:
- Styromfoam wreath
- Black satin ribbon
- 2 black feather boas (6ft each)
- Several straight pins and t-pins
- Black faux tree branch
- Craft store raven bird (from Michaels)
- Additional ribbon for hanging
Here’s how I made the wreath:
I started by wrapping black ribbon around the wreath so that the white didn’t peek through the boas. I secured the ribbon with a straight pin at each end.
Next, I wrapped the boas around the wreath, also securing the ends with straight pins.
Once the boas were wrapped evenly around the wreath, I added the decorative elements. I chose a black branch and raven, but owls, spiders and other Halloween accessories would work great too. I used t-pins to attach the branch and bird to the wreath.
Once the wreath was complete, I wrapped a strand of ribbon around the top to hang it on the wall.
When I wrote this post earlier in the week about copper spray paint, I mentioned a similar project using copper contact paper. And while I had purchased the contact paper along with the spray paint, I hadn’t actually completed said project. Over the course of the week, I attempted to cover a small cylindrical vase with contact paper. Wow. I had no idea how difficult it would be. The sides of the vase were perfectly straight - no tapering at all – and, yet, there seemed to be no way the paper would adhere smoothly to the vase.
So that’s when I started thinking, how can I make this easier? And sure enough, not only did I make it way easier, I think I made it way cuter. Since working with a large, continuous area was beyond my crafting ability, I opted for small cut-out scallop shapes.
Here’s how I made them:
I started by cutting a 1 x 11 inch strip of contact paper. Next, I used a paper punch to create a half-circle pattern which I used to trace the scallop shapes onto the back of the contact paper. I cut out the half-circle shapes and then attached them to the side of my ceramic vase.
The process is so simple it hardly requires a tutorial.
Here’s the result:
Here’s a comparison of the two methods I tried for creating copper home accessories. For more info about copper spray paint, read Part 1.
My favorite souvenir from our recent trip to California is a small sculpture made out a crystal-filled piece of pipe from Calistoga. The pipe once carried water from the natural hot springs to nearby mineral pools, but calcium carbonate crystals formed in the pipes cause them to be replaced nearly every year.
Having something copper on display in my home made me think about all of the gorgeous copper accessories I’ve been seeing lately (like here and here). But rather than purchase something new, I decided to upcycle some existing items that I no longer use. I purchased two types of spray paint (aged copper and metallic copper) to experiment with different finishes and this contact paper to create DIY versions of copper accessories.
Today, I’m sharing the results of the spray-painted accessories:
The tall vase above uses the aged copper paint. Here is a comparison of the two spray paint finishes. The aged version is slightly darker and the other version looks exactly like a shiny new penny:
Here is the final display currently in our entryway:
Later this week I’ll share the results of my copper contact paper DIY project.
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This week’s start of a new school year also marks the one-year anniversary in our new house, something that has me thinking about how much the house now feels like our home. Last year at this time, I was writing about our ‘blank canvas‘ of a living room and sharing ideas about decorating a completely empty space.
Now that the room is mostly furnished, I’m turning my attention to the walls. The first area I plan to tackle is the large wall behind the couch. I’m considering having one or two of my recent photos printed for this space, which got me playing around in Photoshop with a few options. Here are my top picks so far:
I’ve been seeing lots of garden and outdoor accessories in a very pale shade of green, and I’m thinking about incorporating the color in our backyard. I love how it blends with the surrounding plants.
Since moving into our new home, I’ve had an ‘outdoors in’ approach to decorating. This is especially true in our formal living room, where an indoor garden of greenery has emerged over the past few months. Today, in my Forever Home series on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, I’m sharing some ideas for incorporating plants, especially easy-to-care-for succulents, into your home decor.
I may be going a little overboard with the plants in our house. At last count, we had 32 plants (including Jenna’s indoor flower and vegetable garden). That’s a lot of plants, but the truly amazing part is that I’m keeping them alive. And as my plant collection grows, so too must my planter collection. I’m always on the lookout for simple, beautiful containers to add to my collection.
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