Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself’



Need a quick and easy thank you gift for a friend? Don’t worry, I have you covered with a budget-friendly thank you gift that pretty much anyone will appreciate – from your next door neighbor to your best friend.

I recently made these painted succulent favors for Project Wedding, but they could easily transition into a little pressie for any occasion, so I thought I would share them here. The pots are actually paper baking cups, which I painted in different designs and colors. There are stripes, polka dots, and even a few ombre ones (which actually remind me of the plaster painted votives I made a while back). 

DIY // Painted Baking Cups + Succulents Gift

DIY // Succulent Wedding Favors

Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff for Project Wedding.

Full tutorial and more photos here on Project Wedding.

P.S. Don’t forget about Father’s Day…If your dad like to garden this would make a great last minute gift or add-on for him too. You can easily paint the baking cups with a more masculine design.


Design blogs constantly post drool-worthy goods that are sometimes just a wee bit out of our price range.  So when I saw this fantastic chandelier on mustard and sage - and then learned it came with DIY INSTRUCTIONS – well, I was all about it.

Lindsey Adelman creates gorgeous lighting.  On her Web site, Lindsey explains that experimenting with readily available parts is what helped her get started in the business.  So now she’s provided explicit DIY instructions to help anyone and everyone create their own chandelier masterpiece.

The Brick House followed Lindsey’s instructions and experienced major success (see above photo!).  She says: “The project cost about $120 in lamp parts, one trip to Home Depot, two days of labor and some pretty intense arguing, jimmy-rigging and brainstorming with the Boy. All completely worth it – I love it!”

It’s a win win win situation.  You get an awesome lighting fixture.  You have the opportunity to actually MAKE something with your own two hands.  You save yourself enough moolah to celebrate your good work with a bottle (or two) of post-project champagne.

Go make something!


color me happy 3

Particularly in today’s not-so-delightful economy, I’m all about resourcefulness.  When I saw the haystack needle’s BRILLIANT paint chip invitations via Snippet & Ink I literally gasped with glee.

(Please keep in mind that at this point I was recovering from a serious sweet-potato-caramel-bread-pudding overdose – sugar coursing through my veins and eyelids drooping – so such an enthusiastic reaction in this sugared-sluggish state can only attest to the brilliance of this idea).  

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For a last minute housewarming party, Miss Jen grabbed a stack of free paint chips from a local store, then used her typewriter for the text of the invites.  The theme of the party was “Color Me Happy” – with bursts of color incorporated throughout the festivities.  Would you not LOVE to have this invitation show up in your mailbox?

color me happy

Wishing you a lovely weekend!



how to make a fabric banner

Entertaining for parties and other special occasions is becoming quite the craze, with great sites like Hostess with the Mostess and Toast and Tables showing us how its done. As some of you might remember from this post, I made the fabric banner above for our wedding ceremony- but it would make a great addition to any celebration and can take as little as 30 minutes to make, depending on how long the banner is. Initially, it took me a while to figure out the best way to go about making one of these fabric banners, but now that I have it figured out- you don’t have to. Here’s what you will need:

create a no sew fabric banner tutorialSupplies:

1. Iron 2. Yarn, Jute, or String 3. Iron-on Adhesive (I used Heat n Bond) 4. Leftover Fabric Scraps 5. Scissors 6. Ruler

Step by Step:

1. Gather your fabric scraps and begin cutting them into equal size 2.5 x 5 inch rectangles (size may vary depending on preference). Once you have cut enough, get out your string. Leaving a good amount (2-3 feet) of extra string before starting, turn your first piece of fabric over, so that the “front” of the fabric is facing down. Then place your sting on top of the fabric towards the top of the rectangle, as shown below.

no sew fabric banner

2. Cut a piece of iron-on adhesive that is slightly shorter than the width of the fabric and place below the string. Now fold the top half of the fabric over (should be about a 1/4 of an inch) the string, making sure to cover the iron-on adhesive fully.

no sew fabric banner

3. Place iron on top of fabric for 4-8 seconds, and remember to use the correct fabric setting depending on what type of fabric you are using. Apply more heat if needed.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until desired length is reached, making sure to evenly space each fabric rectangle from the next (1-2 inches is perfect). Hang and enjoy!

no sew fabric banner

What I love most about these banners is that you can use them for any celebration (or year-round for that matter) and you can easily personalize them by using specific color fabrics or even add vinyl-sticker lettering to spell out a message, like Welcome Home.

{top image c/o Jeanne Ciasullo}


brittni and jeff get married

Jeff and I are finally back from our honeymoon and it feels good to be home. Thank you so much to everyone who wished us well on our trip to the west coast. I have so much to share, I am bursting with excitement. We  spent our trip in San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland mostly. So expect more posts about our experiences there….if you are considering moving to any of those cities, you won’t want to miss it. AND, I’ll be posting photos and some tutorials from our Do It Yourself wedding this week as well. I can’t wait!