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!


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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?

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Wishing you a lovely weekend!