How to Make Abstract Art with Fluid Painting

How to make abstract art with fluid painting

Marbling is gorgeous on just about any surface. It’s the perfect way to decorate your home, your clothes, your walls, your cakes, etc., so I decided to test out a new way to make beautiful marbled art with fluid painting. You can make abstract art with fluid painting techniques using any regular acrylic paint, glue and water, and each piece turns out completely unique. Grab your favorite colors that match your home decor, and you’ll quickly have a piece of art to brighten your walls.         Continue Reading

A Holiday Mantel Makeover: No Mantel? No Problem.

Christmas Mantel Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries.

A couple years ago, we designed a fireplace mantel facade for our fireplace. Although we still love it’s Scandinavian and modern vibes, this year we decided to focus on our fireplace as-is! Sometimes, you have to just work with what you have and go with it. Here’s how you can give any mantel-less fireplace a simple Christmas makeover!  

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Christmas Mantle Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries

Start with clearing out the surroundings or rearranging your furniture a bit to see what you have to work with.   Continue Reading

How to: Make a DIY Calder-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Mobile (for under $10.00)

DIY Calder mobile sculpture project

Iconic mid-century designer Alexander Calder’s background in engineering and mathematics inspired him to make art that was three-dimensional and kinetic. But you don’t need a degree to make your own DIY Calder mobile! It just takes a little imagination and a lot of balance. In this project, you’ll learn how basic shapes can come together to create a spinning, swaying, stunning work of art for any room. For less than $10.00, you'll have your own version of this sculpture, inspired by the great Alexander Calder. Continue Reading

Make This: Easy DIY Origami Wall Art in Under 30 Minutes!

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

While I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative, I understand that many people aren't comfortable with the idea of painting or drawing their own wall art. Heck, I’ve worked with paint all my life and sometimes I still don’t feel completely at ease with a paintbrush in hand!

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

The wonderful thing about art is that you can make it out of pretty much anything. So if you're looking for a way to decorate your walls, instead of going down the traditional painterly route, why not think outside the box and craft your way to beautiful art instead? Continue Reading

How to: DIY Family Silhouette Art in Under an Hour

Family Silhouette Art in Under an Hour

I've been itching to do some DIY art for our home that could involve my kids, but still be stylish and modern. This family silhouette art is definitely a blast from the past! I remember doing this in elementary school and coming home proudly displaying my rather odd-looking silhouette for my parents. This time around, I decided to have it more large scale, keeping the colors simple and the frames clean. It took less than an hour by the time I had them framed and up on the wall!  Continue Reading

$1 DIY: How to Make Fun + Colorful Easter Baskets from Dollar Store Pots

Dollar DIY: How to Make Easter Baskets from Dollar Store Pots

I love a good bargain! With Easter coming up, it’s time to start shopping for Easter gifts and treats to fill Easter eggs, but that can get expensive fast. My family hosts an Easter egg hunt every year, and I think these simple dollar DIY Easter baskets made from Dollar Store plastic pots are the perfect way to get a homemade touch without a lot of money or work. Use them to hunt for eggs or fill with grass and goodies for a homemade gift! Continue Reading

The Easiest Way To Add A Stair Runner For Under $120

The Easiest Way To Add A Stair Runner For Under $120
Photo: Faith Towers

Ever since we moved into our house two years ago, I’ve wanted to add a runner to our stairs. They’re really slippery, and they’re also just really boring. So I decided to install a runner myself. And here’s what I found out.   

 

The Easiest Way To Add A Stair Runner For Under $120
Photo: Faith Towers

It’s really easy! This will only take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your stairs. But there is one caveat – it’s easy for straight staircases. Continue Reading

A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a DIY Modern Pillar Planter

created at: 04/03/2012

Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

All week I have shown you how to host the perfect little soiree outdoors.   Continue Reading

A Little Spring Fun: Make Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza!

created at: 03/25/2012Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.   

Yesterday, I fixed a charming little cocktail and today, an appetizer to go with it: Goat & Fig Pizza.   Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Ways to Decorate with Washi Tape!

created at: 03/30/2012

Ahh, washi tape.  The craft-o-sphere’s wunderkind!  This seemingly all-purpose material can be found gracing the surfaces of everything from Easter eggs to vases and now… walls!  Check out a few of our favorite unexpected decorative uses for this craft supply miracle!   

 

created at: 03/30/2012

1. This apartment in France uses washi tape in every bedroom, adding a nice pop of color and whimsy!  See more here. [Photo: Julien Fernandez]

2. Created as a backdrop for a neon-themed wedding, this door’s architectural detailing gets some serious “oomph”.   Continue Reading