How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.     Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own DIY Dog Treats!

In this post, you'll learn how to make dog treats that are healthy and all-natural. 

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I'm known around these parts as “the crazy Schnauzer lady”, but in truth, I'm crazy about ALL dogs… and think they deserve some tasty, homemade treats every now and then!  This simple, two-ingredient recipe can be customized like nobody's business, so get creative and have a little fun (while pampering your pooch) with this easy dog treat recipe!   

 

I love my homemade dog treat!

I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it. Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Leather Bowl from Scraps!

created at: 03/29/2012

If you’ve seen those leather scrap bundles at your local craft store and have wondered what to do with them, wonder no more!  We’ve got a simple afternoon DIY project that will add a touch of rustic charm to your decor — for cheap!   

 

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Voila!  Look at that!  It’s an elegant/rustic/modern/awesome leather bowl.  Don’t you just want to make one right this minute?  I do!  Alicia from Dismount Creative has all the deets on how to transform a bag of miscellaneous leather scraps into a beautiful bowl — check out her post for a supply list and instructions! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Modern Leaning Shelf!

created at: 03/20/2012

Before you spring for the (hollow laminate) version of this leaning shelf from one of those pricey catalogs, consider making a quick trip to your hardware store instead!  You’ll save money AND get a better quality product: win-win!   

The good folks at the Lowe’s blog (seriously my new favorite DIY blog — they have tutorials for everything) have happily shared this detailed tutorial for making your own modern leaning shelf!  It’s tagged under their “beginner” skill level projects, so if you’re new to woodworking don’t be scared.   Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own DIY Faux Milk Glass!

created at: 03/15/2012

You can find real milk glass pretty easily at thrift stores or estate sales, but if your aesthetic swings more towards the modern and/or contemporary realm the pickings are slim (or non-existent).  With this simple DIY technique, though, you can turn any sleek, glass vase into modern milk glass in no time!   

 

Erin from House of Earnest (the same Erin that shared this awesome tutorial for paint-dipped utensils), created this great little how-to for making your own faux milk glass.   Continue Reading

How To: Turn Button-Up Shirts into Throw Pillows!

created at: 03/12/2012

Curbly reader Chrissann sent me a link to her awesome DIY pillow idea recently and I am SO glad she did!  It is the single most creative (and cute) repurposing project I have ever seen.  Also?  Her “before and after” photos totally cracked me up:   

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See?  Ha!  Anyway, Chrissann had the most brilliant idea of turning her husband’s worn out shirts into these perfectly quirky throw pillows.  Aren’t they adorable?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • clean, ironed button-up shirts (one per pillow)
  • pillow forms
  • sewing machine or handheld stitcher
  • scissors
  • pins

Once you’ve picked out which shirts you’re going to use, check out Chrissann’s how-to over on Ducks in a Row! Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Paint-Dipped Wooden Utensils!

created at: 03/01/2012

The paint-dipping craze isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, kids.  Which is a-okay in my book (I secretly love it… okay it’s not really that big of a secret).  If you feel compelled to dip everything within a 5 mile radius in paint as well, you’ll love this DIY idea!   

Wooden spatulas and utensils can be found here.  After that, all you need is some craft paint in your color(s) of choice and some food-safe shellac*.   Continue Reading

Make It: Pretty Painted Porcelain Plates!

created at: 03/01/2012

Hey, when I see an alliteration, I run with it!  And to be completely honest, these porcelain plates ARE pretty.  They’re also extremely easy to make and affordable to boot!   

Jennifer Hagler from A Merry Mishap has single-handedly convinced me to run to my local craft store (this instant!) and buy myself a porcelain pen… or five.  Not only are they cheap, cheap, cheap, but they come in all kinds of colors.  Imagine the possibilities, people! Continue Reading

How To: Dye Your Laptop Using Common Fabric Dyes!

created at: 02/28/2012

This DIY goes out to all the design-minded, technically inclined, color-loving Mac geeks.  You are a beautiful and unique snowflake — and so is your laptop!   

 

I’m filing this project under the “so cool, but so complicated” folder.  Obviously, dying your Macbook involves some level of warranty-busting risk, not to mention some technical know-how.  (You’re not going to see me completely disassembling mine any time soon.)  But if you’ve got the guts and the skills, I say go for it! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Festive DIY Confetti Tablecloth!

created at: 02/16/2012

Whether it’s because I’ve got a birthday coming up or I just live life like it’s a party, I’m totally feeling this colorful DIY project.  I mean, it’s a confetti tablecloth, y’all.  What’s not to like??   

I love this project as a quick way to spruce things up for a birthday party or just as a way to add a touch of playful color to your table.  It’s a simple technique that you could apply to more than a tablecloth, though.   Continue Reading