How To: Make a Found & Foraged Scandinavian Christmas Wreath on the Cheap

How To: Make a Found and Foraged Scandinavian Christmas Wreath on the Cheap

One of the things we love to do year after year during the holiday season is wreath-making! It’s a relaxing and fun way to get into the festive spirit the whole family can enjoy. This year, we leaned toward our usual Scandinavian-inspired look, but using found and foraged materials. Sometimes, there is so much beauty in our own backyards or neighborhoods, if we just take the time to explore!  


How To: Make a Found and Foraged Scandinavian Christmas Wreath on the Cheap

Various kinds of winter greens (i.e. Continue Reading

When Autumn Leaves Start to Wall

Fun fact: Autumn Leaves was the first jazz standard I learned on guitar back in high school, when I though learning to play jazz guitar would make me cool and get girlfriends. It’s a pretty basic song, and a good one to teach a 15-year-old me how to do a chord melody, which, on a guitar, is where you play a song’s chords and melody at the same time, and … hey, isn’t this supposed to be a DIY blog!? Continue Reading

How To: Make One-of-a-Kind Prints Using Gelatin!

created at: 05/31/2012

I took a bunch of different printmaking classes in college, but this technique still blows my mind! No fancy presses, machines, or chemicals required — just regular old gelatin. Amazing, right?   


created at: 05/31/2012

Cassie Stephens put together this tutorial as part of an art class for second graders. It’s pretty simple and, frankly, kind of magical! All you need to try this at home is the following:

  • gelatin
  • cookie sheets
  • printmaking brayer (available at most craft stores)
  • printing ink
  • leaves
  • paper

Once you’ve gathered your supplies and are ready to found out how this awesome process works, head over to Cassie’s blog! Continue Reading

DIY Decor Idea: A Spring Antler Centerpiece

created at: 05/03/2012

I’m in full support of the painted antler trend that’s been floating around for a while, especially if it combines pretty little bud vases and springtime blooms like this one!   

This particular white and gold version comes from A Subtle Revelry and would make a beautiful everyday centerpiece or would be perfect for a special event (like a wedding, maybe?).

created at: 05/03/2012

There’s not a whole lot in the tutorial department, but the main idea is to paint the antlers white, tape off the tips and paint them gold, and then tie tiny bud vases on with colorful string. Continue Reading

Make It: A Colorful DIY Driftwood Coat Rack!

created at: 04/24/2012

I love the idea of incorporating found objects and elements from nature into your decor and this driftwood coat rack is a perfect (and playful) example of how to do just that!   


For those who don’t live in a driftwood-producing area, you can easily set aside a great looking branch during your gardening or yard work adventures. After that, it’s just a matter of cleaning it up and adding some pizzazz! I particularly love what Chelsea from Lovely Indeed did with hers. Continue Reading

DIY Stocking Holders

created at: 12/20/2011

My friend Cami is trying to revamp her Christmas decorating this year to pay homage to Christmases past.  When it came time to switch up her stocking holders, nothing from the store was in her desired price range, nor did it have the aesthetic she was going for.  Solution?  A tree.   She says the conversation between her and her husband (the guy with the power tools) went something like this: “Honey, go get your saw, and that hunk of a tree, and get to work. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Natural Moss Wreath From Dollar Store Finds!

created at: 09/27/2011

This oversized moss wreath sure is a doozy, don’t you think?  It’ll blow your mind even more when you find out what the $1 wreath form is made out of… Care to wager a guess?  


Karen Bertelsen, whose many budget-friendly projects we’ve featured in the past (globe feeders, fire pits, and hanging lanterns–oh my!), recently took on the challenge to create a stunning nature-inspired wreath solely from dollar store finds.  The real kicker is the oversized wreath form she made herself… wait for it… from a $1 pool noodle.   Continue Reading

How To: Make Upholstered Tree Stumps (No Sewing Required)

The mix of natural and manufactured materials is a look that’ll never get old. A balance between handmade and nature-made can give your outdoor (or indoor) spaces a sense of playfulness and air of just-thoughtful-enough without seeming fussy.

Like these DIY upholstered tree stumps, created with a found bough,  and some fabric and batting. No sewing or complex measuring required.   Smaller limbs will make great little toadstools for kids, and using a larger stump should make for fun seating for anyone. Continue Reading

Curbly Roundup: Bringing Nature into the Office

Nature is good for us. Introducing it to the office can help us breathe easier and take the edge out of a stressful workday. When we think of bringing nature to the office, plants first come to mind, and although we’ll be covering vegetation in this Curbly Roundup, we’ll also be exploring a few other options as well.    

First, the flora.

For the brown-thumb-ers out there, I’d highly recommend snake plants and ZZ plants (pictured below), both of which are about as easy to maintain as a fake plant. Continue Reading

Three Nature-Inspired Stools to Make Yourself

created at: 12/28/2010

One huge trend as of late has been nature-inspired furniture and decor, especially log stools and side tables: they’re Scandinavian, rustic, and modern all at once, which may explain some of the allure.  I’ve seen them all over the Internet and from just about every online retailer.  The problem is, most of these bad boys cost a ridiculously pretty penny and I’m willing to bet you could DIY them for a whole lot less.  

Most of these log stools and tables are plain stumps, sanded down and gussied up (like this one from West Elm that goes to the tune of $200 – one of the cheaper variations out there).  Continue Reading