DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets-10

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Our girl Kara is back today with a simple and rad DIY that has me all “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Prepare to love these little DIY fluffy pompom…

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Our girl Kara is back today with a simple and rad DIY that has me all “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Prepare to love these little DIY fluffy pompom magnets.

I don’t know about you, but I, Kara, have been obsessed with pom poms of late. Since I have suddenly found myself on a quest to add pom poms to every room of my house, I figured I might as well share these new DIY fluffy pom pom magnets with you too. That way you can start obsessing over pom poms like me! This DIY is seriously easy and gives my office the perfect poppy punch of color that keeps me smiling during the work day.

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

You can’t tell me your desk (or refrigerator) wouldn’t be loads better with these colorful little fluffs! I couldn’t decide between solid colors and multi color poms, so I of course made some of each and I am so glad I did!

Materials

  • Yarn in several colors
  • Mini pom pom maker (you can find these at the craft store or online)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Strong magnet rounds

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Step 1: Begin by opening the pom pom maker and wrapping your yarn around both sides.  You can use just one solid color or choose several for each pom and just alternate the colors used when wrapping.

Step 2: Use your scissors to cut the yarn down the middle on each side.

Step 3: Cut a piece of 5″ long yarn and tie a double knot around the center of the pom pom maker and open up the pom pom maker to get your pom pom out.

Step 4: Trim up your pom pom to form a nice and neat little ball and repeat to make a whole batch of pom poms.

Step 5: Use your hot glue gun to glue the pom poms to the magnets.

Now go forth and hang up your child’s art work or your bills with a smile on your face, because that my friends is the power of using these DIY fluffy pom pom magnets! xoxo

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

So I know that just about everybody in my generation, at some time or other in life, has owned an Ikea lack table. Don’t deny it. It was your coffee…

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

So I know that just about everybody in my generation, at some time or other in life, has owned an Ikea lack table. Don’t deny it. It was your coffee table in college; maybe now it’s your junk table in the garage or something weird like that. This one was holding our tool collection in a hall closet until recently. We brought it out and I decided to see if there’s anything you can do to it to hide its true identity. It may have worked. It also may not have. But either way, we tried, and so this newly fancy table is coming out to play.

Materials

  • Ikea lack table (or similar)
  • upholstery nails
  • stain-proof fabric (pleather works like a charm)
  • spray adhesive
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
  • soft mallet

Make Time: 1 hour

Cut out fabric for the top of your table. To do this, flip the table upside-down on the back side of your fabric and carefully trace the outline of the tabletop. Cut and set aside.

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

Add your nailhead trim. Hold an upholstery nail in place with pliers and gently hammer with mallet. Keep adding nails until you’ve covered all of the areas you’d like to trim.

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

Fully cover the back of the fabric with adhesive spray. Carefully align the fabric with the corners of the table and smooth it down, ensuring that the adhesive is secure.

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

There you go! Definitely an upgrade in my book. Put your favorite things out on your new(ish) table and enjoy. xoxo

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

DIY Ikea Lack Table Upgrade

This Fall

this fall

It happens every year. I see a leaf drop and immediately want to wear sweaters and have everything smell or taste like pumpkin. I’m trying to take it a little…

It happens every year. I see a leaf drop and immediately want to wear sweaters and have everything smell or taste like pumpkin. I’m trying to take it a little easier this year and let summer play out until it’s good and ready to go, but I still can’t help getting in the autumn spirit. This season I’m being drawn to some unusal things, though, and decided to put together a little mood board of what fall looks like in my current heart. Here’s what I love.

This Fall

Knit. Buffalo. Pumpkins. Fox. Donuts. Paris. Rug. Basket.

This fall I want simplicity, unexpected colors, gentle music, quality over quantity, delicious small bites, nature at its best, comfort, and quiet. That’s what my fall’s going to look like. How about yours? xoxo

my walls are fancy

I got bored with a blank spot on our bedroom wall the other day and went to town. I clipped three mini prints from Minted onto a little clothesline that…

I got bored with a blank spot on our bedroom wall the other day and went to town.

I clipped three mini prints from Minted onto a little clothesline that we were given at Alt.  Another Minted print got washi taped to the wall, next to a vintage lotto card.  It all got topped off with a handmade garland from my French package exchange partner.  Much more exciting than plain white, no?  xoxo

glitter garlands

Remember the DIY glitter garland I made forever ago?  Well, it kind of took off (see more incarnations here and here), and I recently had a request from someone special…

Remember the DIY glitter garland I made forever ago?  Well, it kind of took off (see more incarnations here and here), and I recently had a request from someone special for some that might serve as inspiration.  So I chose some words & phrases and went to town!  Here are the results.

If you’re finding yourself in need of a wordy little sparkle garland, don’t be shy — contact me and we can talk about a custom garland, just for you.  xoxo

brighten up//hibiscus

Hey!  It’s Monday!  I’m still loving this new color column, so let’s get to it.  I know that there are some persnickety folks who might have a bone to pick…

Hey!  It’s Monday!  I’m still loving this new color column, so let’s get to it.  I know that there are some persnickety folks who might have a bone to pick with me over calling this color hibiscus rather than coral, but hey — who cares?  Any way you slice it, it’s gorgeous.  This particular orangey-pink hue makes me long for summertime, out-of-control sunsets, and fruity drinks.  Oh, and obviously a quick trip to Hawaii.  xoxo

Feather. Llama. Bag. Necklace. Curtains. Couch.

diy stenciled stag painting

There’s a spot in our building, down in the basement, where tenants leave things that they don’t need any more.  It’s kind of like a free, in-house thrift store.  It’s…

There’s a spot in our building, down in the basement, where tenants leave things that they don’t need any more.  It’s kind of like a free, in-house thrift store.  It’s great.  The other day, Mr. Lovely was passing by and spotted this old brown frame with a blank canvas in it.  Being the super-awesome Mister that he is, he immediately saw DIY potential and snagged it.  He brought it home and we made this.

It’s a super-simple project, and while we chose a stag for our shape, you can do it with any shape you like.  Here’s your list of materials.

  • an old frame
  • muslin fabric
  • black spray paint
  • black acrylic paint
  • sponge brush
  • spray adhesive
  • freezer paper
  • scissors
  • iron

Then just put it all together and hang it up!  Depending on the type of your frame, you could also staple your fabric in — or just get a blank artist canvas from a craft store and stencil right onto that.  We were just using what we found.  Hooray for upcycled art!  xoxo

diy ampersand throw pillow

I’m not sure why ampersands are so hot right now, but I’m on board for sure!  We have an old throw pillow on our bed that was looking pretty tired,…

I’m not sure why ampersands are so hot right now, but I’m on board for sure!  We have an old throw pillow on our bed that was looking pretty tired, so I decided to dress it up a bit.  Read on for the full tutorial.

Cut two pieces of fabric slightly larger than the size of your pillow.  Cut an ampersand shape out of freezer paper to use as a stencil and iron it (shiny side down) onto the center of one piece of fabric (1).  Using gold paint and a sponge brush, stencil the design onto the fabric (2).  Once your stencil is complete (3), peel away the freezer paper and let it dry (4).

Pin and sew right sides of your fabric together (5).  Leave 2/3 of the bottom edge of your fabric unsewn, and stuff the fabric with the pillow (6).  Use a hidden stitch to close the open section on the bottom of your pillow (7).

Bam!  You’re done.  Isn’t that a chic little update?  You can tell all of your friends you got it at some expensive home boutique.  Orrrr, you could tell them you made it and watch their jaws drop.  Either way.  xoxo

diy mason jar soap pump

On a recent hunt for the perfect bathroom soap pump, I came across a whole slew (slew?) of folks who had made their own out of mason jars.  It’s not…

On a recent hunt for the perfect bathroom soap pump, I came across a whole slew (slew?) of folks who had made their own out of mason jars.  It’s not necessarily the style that we’re taking the bathroom decor in, but I thought it would make a fun little project, so I decided to do it!  I happened to be home at my parents’ house, and so I got some excellent assistance from my Dad — shall we call him Papa Lovely?

Gather your materials:

  • mason jar with lid
  • pump handle (mine came from an old discarded lotion pump)
  • white latex paint
  • chrome spray paint
  • something that can punch a hole through the mason jar lid (punch set, hammer and nail, etc.)

Now just put it all together!  Make sure to let the inside of the jar dry thoroughly and really cure, so that the paint doesn’t dissolve in the soap or lotion.  I’m thinking these might make a cool holiday hostess gift for a gal with a vintage or shabby chic vibe!  I’m pumped.  (Get it?  Pumped?)  xoxo

diy rag knit bathmat

I’m not sure why, but this little 30 by 31 project has been eluding me forever!  It actually started out on the 30 by 30, and I didn’t quite make…

I’m not sure why, but this little 30 by 31 project has been eluding me forever!  It actually started out on the 30 by 30, and I didn’t quite make the deadline.  But here she is in all her glory — a rag knit bathmat, by yours truly.

I came across this pattern on cocoknits last year, and decided I had to try it.  It looked a little intimidating at first, but it’s beyond simple once you break it down.  I used an old queen-sized sheet, ripped it into shreds, and used size 17 needles to knit it back into this mini masterpiece!  And the best part about the whole thing?  It’s super-soft and cushiony under your feet.

Check out cocoknits for bunches of other cool (free!) knitting patterns.  xoxo

his & hers: wedding gifts

We’re taking a quick trip back to our wedding day today for a His & Hers post featuring our wedding gifts to each other!  Mr. Lovely and I wanted to…

We’re taking a quick trip back to our wedding day today for a His & Hers post featuring our wedding gifts to each other!  Mr. Lovely and I wanted to get each other something cool and significant, but we were both aiming to stay within a pretty reasonable price range.  So naturally, without realizing that the other was doing the exact same thing, we both turned to Etsy!

Mr. Lovely found me these awesome vintage book pages with fun illustrations printed on them from Prrint.  (My fave is the girl playing a giant ukulele).

And I found him this letterpress print from The Big Harumph on Etsy.

We thought it was kind of funny that we essentially got each other the same thing for our gifts!  Maybe it’s a good sign.  We’re already on the same page.  xoxo

{Images by Joelle Pulido Photography.}