Mirror Mirror Inspiration

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When it comes to decorating, mirrors are the ultimate element to add impact to a space. Not only are they practical and purposeful, they also help to give the illusion of more space with their reflective surfaces. If you’re looking for a way to add more light to your room without cluttering up your space, get a mirror! They reflect your other lights, automatically adding brightness!a97b762cc4a2254c4a4b222c7d56e88bBasic mirrors are easy to upgrade with elements like reclaimed wood, or even just a can of spray paint!

fd576f65a1a927115d212e6ef355933eGot a lot of space? Double up on the mirrors, and make your room seem that much bigger!

9593eb77cc3c18582bc92ec7403f1f26What about an entire wall of mirrors? This mirrored bathroom wall makes for an dramatic statement in an otherwise tiny space.

e1349236111918a732b82789866d106cGo with the grain, and add earthy elements to your mirror. The outline of of the wood grain creates the illusion of a river.

 

Outdoor DIYs for Fall

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Fall is one of our favorite times of year because of the gorgeous colors of the seasons. One of our favorite ways to display the shades of autumn is with outdoor decor. Check out some of our favorite ways to decorate your doors!
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Wrap fall flowers and shrubs in burlap for a rustic feel that’s perfect for the season!

c2340ef297fbec103bf842e52809a841Fill lanterns with tiny pumpkins and pinecones!

antique-autumn-lightingAdd a little interest to outdoor lighting with festive leaves.

3938a97041858f7de746285e856f9811Go for the gourd with a wreath made of pumpkins and leaves!

Burlap-Stenciled-Outdoor-PillowGet comfy in the great outdoors with a printed burlap pillow.

Man’s Best Friend DIY Roundup

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We feature a lot of DIYs for your home and your outfits, but what about your non-human other half? If your pup needs some pampering, create a DIY that you know they’ll love!ropeball2Does your dog chew up toys almost as fast as you can buy them? Make this rope ball to give them hours of enjoyment.diy-modern-pet-bedWith this modern pet bed will have your puppy saying sayonara to your bed for those nights when you want to have some extra room to stretch.

07_bowtie If your pup is a prince, don’t forget to deck him out in this adorable bow tie!

Screen-Shot-2012-01-13-at-11.07.00-AM-700x712Class up your daily walks with a leash that will make all of the park avenue puppies green with envy.

dog fenceKeep your space separate without the eyesore of the usual white dog gates.

Labor Day DIY Roundup

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Ready-Set-Splash-Balloon-Pool-Party8-600x900A balloon filled pool party is the perfect way to make that final splash before you winterize your pool!

happysummer_printables_05Add some final summer fun to your party with these yummy printables!

citrus-coasters-4-425Keep your surfaces from getting cloudy with these fun citrus coasters!

lawn-jenga-1Take advantage of your gorgeous green yard with your favorite games in larger-than-life sizes!

DIY: Party Hats

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With our 78th Anniversary coming up we have parties on the brain. From cake to candles, all we can think about is fun celebrations! Our next DIY highlights our recent obsession, and aims to create an upgraded party staple using trims, crystals and colorful card stock!

DSC_0073What You’ll Need:

Card Stock Paper

Citrine Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Capri Blue Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Light Siam Flatback Rhinestones in SS30

Emerald Flatback Rhinestones in SS30 and SS34

15MM  Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging 

Scissors

E6000

Hot Glue Gun

Hole Puncher

Thick String

Tweezers

 

Pompom Party Hat
DSC_00791. Cut a circle out of your card stock.

DSC_00812. Cut a line into the center of the circle.

DSC_00843. Start to curve the paper to form a cone, and glue in place.

DSC_00904.  Glue your 15MM Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe around the rim of the hat.

DSC_00975. Punch a hole on each side and put through the thick string on each side.

DSC_0102Make a knot on the inside. Cut string to appropriate length to tie around your face.

 

 

 

Ruffled Trim Hat

 


 DSC_01091. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

DSC_01172. Take your 23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging and starting from the top, glue down going around the cone in a spiral.

 

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Crystal Party Hat
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1. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

 

DSC_01262. Glue crystals onto the cone with E6000

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DIY: Ribbon Garland

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A very special birthday is coming up, and the cake is definitely bound to have more candles than it can handle. But what do you do when you want to keep the celebratory impact of the cake without turning the cake into a crater? With a simple decoration that’s also easily translatable to walls: ribbon garland!
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What You’ll Need:

15mm French DF Satin Ribbon

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

Dowels

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1.Cut your ribbons into 4″ strips.DSC_0022

2. Add glue to one side of the ribbon, and place it under the string in the middle.DSC_0010

3. Fold over the ribbon and pat it down. Repeat this step with the other colors until you reached your desired length for your garland.

DSC_00414. Once the ribbon is dry, fold the tips of each ribbon meeting together. Cut on an angle doing downward.

 

5. Add dowels to each side of the cake and attach your cake garland to each side.

 

Ribbon Garland

 

What You’ll Need:

1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon #00299

Thick String

Scissors

E6000

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1. Repeat the steps above with 10″ lengths of ribbon.

 

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Cake Topper DIYs

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Do you have a big birthday coming up? A party you want to impress your guests at? A special announcement that needs a special dessert? Enter the cake topper. This wonderful addition to any cake, big or small, can instantly take your cake up a notch or two. Perfect for any occasion, cake toppers make any celebratory event even more exciting, but pre-made varieties can cost more than the cake itself! So why not roll up your sleeves (if they aren’t already rolled from creating that perfect cake) and get crafting!
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Gems are totally outrageous, and thus the perfect toppers for a delicious cake. These cute paper and glitter creations from Designlovefest are perfect for any princess’s party!

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What’s better than a cake topper? A cake topper you can eat. What’s better than that? A cake topper you can eat with sprinkles. Kojo Designs checked off every box, and made the perfect sprinkle cake topper.

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These monogram cake toppers from Design Sponge are so beautiful, we’d hold onto them long after the last slice has been had.

 

Ombre Flag Cake Toppers

Lauren Conrad must share our love for ombre and ribbons. Just look at these beautiful flag cake toppers! They’re perfect for a baby shower.

 

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Even the smallest of cakes can use a little topper love. These paper clip balloon toppers from Studio DIY are just the ticket for some sweet personalized treats!

Favorite DIYs of July

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Summer is always a fun time to DIY because the projects can get bigger, more messy, and brighter! From accessories to art, bloggers have been crafting their hearts out making the coolest projects! Below you’ll find a snapshot of some of our July favorites that really expanded our creativity!
Gold Bulb ChandelierBrit + Co made the coolest chandelier using painted gold bulbs with larger circular ones. We love the clustered effect of this modern chandelier, and wouldn’t mind having it in every room of the house!

 

6a00d8358081ff69e201a511e22506970c-800wiThis month the beautiful sisters from A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a simple beaded necklace. When working with natural gemstones, sometimes all you need is something simple to showcase their inherent beauty.

Bridal-Shower-Invitations-MintedThese bridal shower invites from Creme de la Craft are beyond adorable, and just go to show you that it’s the details that make all the difference.

watercolor-napkins-8We love the watercolor trend, especially on these beautiful napkins from Paper and Stitch! They’re the perfect addition to your dinner party place settings.

Sticker Mandala

From far away this looks like a piece of traditional Hindu art, but this mandala is definitely modern! Upon closer inspection you’ll find an array of different stickers that are sure to put a smile on your face. We love the stickers they picked out at HonestlyWTF.

DIY: PomPom Placemats

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Summer is all about having fun, seeing friends and family, going on adventures and bright, bright colors! Embrace the summer spirit by introducing some fun onto your dinner table with these pompom placemats we’ve created. They add the perfect amount of pizzazz to your summer table, and are great for using when entertaining friends!

Materials for Pom Pom Fringe Placemat What You’ll Need:

Placemats

3/8” Pom Pom Fringe

E6000

ScissorsMeasuring Pompom Trim for Placemat1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.

Gluing Fringe onto Placemat2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.

3. Repeat on all sides.

Finished Pompom Placemat

DIY Summer Centerpieces

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We may be a month or so through summer, but our love for summer parties has not waned! One of our favorite aspects of the summer party, aside from seeing family and friends, is, of course, the decorations. We love the look of a simple centerpiece at the table, whether it is a vase of blooming flowers or a bowl of strategically arranged fruit! 692ebef56726070fbc38bbd853316e05We love the bright colors of these simple centerpieces from Delighted Magazine’s Summer 2013 Issue!

summer-centerpiece-4.jpg-682x1024This simple floral centerpiece Like a Saturday captures the effortless style of summer, since everything is so beautiful this season, decorating takes practically no effort!

citronella-candle-4This citronella centerpiece candle from Adventures in Making is both practical AND beautiful. You’ll be throwing out those tiki torches without a second thought!

IMG_0494Who says single buds can’t be just as captivating as a mixed arrangement? Definitely not us, especially when they’re showcased in such a unique way by Hello Bee!

IMG_3906-600Succulents are all the rage right now, and make a great centerpiece for a beachy summer party! Take a look at how Home Depot made this sweet succulent centerpiece.

ST_DIY_Ombre_Colored_Sand13Who knew that even sand could get the ombre treatment? Check out the cool summer candle centerpiece they created over at Something Turquoise!