DIY Fabric Scrap Garland

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: fabric scraps, scissors, baker’s twine

How to make a fabric scrap garlandAfter making this banner last week, I was left with a pile of fabric and no immediate use for it. I absolutely loved the color and painterly feel the inkodye created, but since the pieces weren’t large enough for any other project, I decided to make a garland! If you’re throwing a party or just want to add a little color to your space, a fabric scrap garland is the perfect way to reuse those pieces of fabric that are too good to toss.

How to make a fabric scrap garlandStart by cutting your fabric into strips (I probably made about 20 for a small garland). Mine were about a half inch in width and about a foot in length. Don’t worry about cutting perfectly straight lines since it isn’t super noticeable; just focus on getting the same length. If you’re looking to save time on this project, I recommend using a rotary cutter instead of scissors– just be careful!

Once you have all your strips cut, knot them on your string. You might have to play with the style of knot a bit until you get your fabric to lay flat; I had to double knot mine. If you’re not sure how long you want your garland, I recommend not cutting your twine until you’ve achieved your desired look, this way you can adjust as you knot.

Once done, hang and enjoy! What do you do with your fabric scraps?

Painted Photo Booth Props

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: wooden photo booth props, acrylic paint, brush

Painted Photo Booth PropsIf there’s one thing I love, it’s a good photo booth. For those of you who I met at Craftcation, you’ve experienced this joy firsthand. When thinking about the upcoming event Hello Lidy and I are hosting at West Elm (get your tickets here!), I knew we’d have to have props to choose from. Because really, what is a photo booth without acting like a fool?

Painted Photo Booth PropsI found these wooden props at Michael’s. If you don’t happen to live near one, try these printable photo booth props instead!

Painted Photo Booth PropsChoose your colors and start painting. Let your base coat dry before applying a second coat or before moving on to patterns.

Painted Photo Booth PropsIf you don’t have the steadiest of hands, or if you haven’t practiced painting in a while, I would stress not to be overly ambitious with your pattern design. During this project I thought I would test out a series of new patterns and ended up with one big mess (see above– yes I thought I’d fix my mistake by spray painting the whole thing black).

Good news though! If you do mess up, just use a little sandpaper to strip some of the paint and smooth out the texture. You may have to apply a few extra coats of the new color, but it’ll work. Trust me on this one. To keep it simple, you can make polka dots with the end of your paint brush.

Painted Photo Booth Props Aren’t these fun?! Can’t wait to put these to the test in LA; hope to see you there!

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Painted Photo Booth Props

 

 

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: glass bottles, spray paint

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!

It’s no secret that I have a mild obsession with spray painting glass (see here and here). These ombre milk bottles would make great table vases for your next party or gathering this summer and only take a few minutes to make. Perfect for last minute decor!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!All you need to do is place your bottle upside down and spray paint the very bottom. The paint will trickle up the sides giving you an ombre effect. You can see my 10 minute vase if you need further instructions!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit!

DIY Ombre Milk Bottles-- materials available as a kit! 

 

Mini Glitter Clothespins

Time: 15 minutes
Materials: mini clothespins, mod podge, sponge brush, glitter

DIY Mini Glitter ClothespinsIt’s no secret that I love glitter. In fact, I’ve even glittered clothespins before, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me when I stumbled across these mini clothespins at Michaels. So while these little guys won’t hold much, they will add a nice touch to your next party favor bag. And if you’re not throwing a party anytime soon, they’ll still look great amidst all the other stuff that’s piling up on your desk.

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins In a small dish, mix equal parts mod podge and glitter. If you want your clips to be extra sparkly, just mix in more glitter as you go.

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

Clip the clothespins onto a thin piece of cardboard. Brush on your glitter mixture, avoiding the sides of the pins. Let dry, then flip over and repeat on the other side. DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

DIY Mini Glitter Clothespins

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