Make This!: Customized Vinyl Wall Decal

DIY This!: Vinyl wall decal

For some reason or another I’m obsessed with contact paper. Maybe it’s because it’s an easy way to transform objects, walls, anything really. It might be because shelf liner is cheap, or maybe it’s the renter in me that loves how temporary it is. Whatever the case, it’s a fact that I love vinyl. And it’s a fact that I love to DIY, which is how this customized vinyl wall decal came to be.        


There are lots of resources online and in stores where you can buy vinyl wall decals, but for the picky people out there (ahem, me) who like a challenge, it’s easy to make your own. Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won’t Want To Miss

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us… and we’ll be rushing to buy supplies for parties and dinners and get-togethers. So we thought we’d help you get a head start by sharing some of our favorite metallic goodies perfect for your next shindig. And here’s the best news – nothing on this list will set you back more than $40!   


Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

1. Gold Number Wine Charms from Amazon: $16

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

2. Silver Striped Hexagon Plates from Cakegirls: $7 (set of 8)

Shopping Guide: 10 Metallic Party Picks You Won't Want To Miss

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Make It: DIY Industrial-Modern Copper Pendant Lamp

A little bit modern, a little bit industrial, a whole lot of awesome: this DIY pendant light can be made in one afternoon and enjoyed for years to come!       

The materials are easily found at most hardware stores (or online), so check out the supply list and full tutorial on Design Milk and get crackin’ on your own version of this hip design!

Make It: DIY Metallic Diamond Mobile

Add a little bling to your decor with this fun and easy mobile you can make yourself!       

I love this (much simpler) take on Finish Himmeli ornaments and mobiles. Of course, if you want to get super fancy and intricate, go for it! For this easy diamond version, though, check out Sugar and Cloth.

Roundup: 10 Awesome DIY Metallic Vases and Planters

created at: 01/14/2013

Who doesn’t love a pop of shiny, metallic goodness? This design trend has been hot for a couple years and, judging by the huge amount of gold and copper DIY projects we keep seeing, it doesn’t appear to be going out of style anytime soon. If your own space could use a little touch of shine, check out these easy vase and planter projects — they’ll add just the right amount of flair to desktops, counters, or windowsills!      Continue Reading

Make It: A Modern Copper Tubing Side Table

created at: 12/05/2012

A quick trip to the hardware store will yield all the materials you need for this unique, modern side table!     

created at: 12/05/2012

Whether you opt for some geometric, neon-y goodness or keep things au naturel is up to you — those copper legs will look marvelous either way! Check out the tutorial (by the fabulous The House that Lars Built gang) over on Design Sponge!

How To: Make a DIY Geometric Pipe Pendant Light

created at: 11/12/2012

We’ve been seeing brass, gold, and copper making a big splash in home decor for the last few years, but these metallic pieces usually carry a hefty price tag, especially in the lighting department (um, have you seen the prices of Lindsay Adelman chandeliers??). It’s always exciting, then, to see people get creative with inexpensive materials and come up with something super stylish and on-trend, like this brass and copper pipe light!      


created at: 11/12/2012

I like the boxy-geometric look of this DIY light by Claire Zinnecker, but you could easily adapt the shape to suit your tastes and space; just play around with the pipe and fitting arrangement (try sketching it out first so you’ll know how much pipe to buy). Continue Reading

How To: Make a Modern DIY Geometric Lampshade

created at: 06/04/2012

I recently returned home from a trip to ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), where everything was brass-y, angular goodness. It was a neo-80s explosion. In a good way. So, spying a low-cost, DIY version of all this shiny metallic high-brow design was quite exciting!   

A trip to the hardware store for some thin metallic tubing is all you’ll really need to get started on your own design-y lampshade. After that, it’s all about bending and folding to create an interesting shape, according to Riikka Kantinkoski, the blogger and DIYer behing Weekday Carnival. Continue Reading

Making Burnt Brown Bag Sculpture


Never in a million years would have I considered taking a match to a paper bag slathered in tacky glue to see what kind of effect would occur. But then again, I’m not in the habit of testing glue for flammability, which is exactly how this technique was discovered back in the 60’s. It’s a very cool way to get a metal sculpture look without the metal. To give it a shot, you’ll need to gather up the following:

To see the entire process, follow this link to Inspired at Home. Continue Reading