Posts Tagged ‘home decor’
A while back (during the summer, I think), I bought some plastic house-shaped terrariums from Ikea. They came as a set of three for around $10. And as soon as I saw them, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I noticed some little slots at the top of each house, for venting the terrarium I imagine, and thought they looked like little coin slots. So, naturally I felt compelled to make a house-shaped coin bank (well, I call it a piggy bank, even though its not pig shaped).
That said, I struggled at first to find a material to cover the houses in that looked cool and was durable enough for use. Luckily, I heard about Walls Need Love not long after and partnered with them on this project.
If you don't know about Wall Need Love already, you should because they're awesome! It's a Nashville-based adhesive art company that helps bridge the gap between art and wall. They make removable adhesive wallpaper (and a whole lot more) in amazing patterns, like bananas (!!!). Head over here for the full product lineup.
And speaking of bananas, today's project definitely fits into that category. Shall we get started?
- removable wallpaper decals (I used Velvet Bananas + Retro Pop)
- Easy stripe (I used 1.5 inch ocean and 1 inch yellow)
- shape blade / boxcutter
- plastic house terrariums from Ikea (or milk cartons, since they're a similar shape)
Quick notes before getting started... I LOVE the designs that I selected for these coin banks, but there are TONS of design options on the website too, in case my picks are a little too crazy for ya. The quality is top notch, for real (I wouldn't say that if it wasn't)! And would be great for more 'traditional' wallpaper applications too, since it's so easy to apply to surfaces (and remove).
I would also recommend grabbing some Easy Stripe. It comes in 25 colors, multiple widths, and doubles as chalkboard! Yep, you can write on it with chalk! How fun would that be on a larger scale, as a wall design or something?
1. Cut the wallpaper decal down to the proper size. You want to be able to completely cover the house all the way around and leave several extra inches on each side to give you some wiggle room. Then remove the backing. Place the house onto the wallpaper, being sure to leave extra room at the top and bottom (as shown in photo).
2. Then, flip the whole thing over and smooth out any bubbles, being careful not to allow the wallpaper to attach to any other sides just yet. I used a special tool to help push any air bubbles out, but you can just as easily use your hands and just start at one end and apply even pressure.
3. Use this same process to wrap / attach the remaining base sides of the house with the wallpaper. Do not do anything with the angles top pieces yet. And smooth out any air bubbles as you go.
4. Next, use a sharp blade to cut 4 flaps from the excess of the bottom of the base of the house (one flap cut at each of the four corners). Then, secure each flap to the inside of the house.
5. Once the bottom base area is finished, it's time to move onto the top. This part is a little more difficult, I'm not going to lie. But it's totally doable. Promise! It's like wrapping an oddly shaped package.
Lay the house flat again and start by cutting a line from the center top of the excess wallpaper (where the point of the house's roof is). Then, carefully cut a line down the roof, on each side that is currently facing up. I left a little bit of excess that I could roll over to the top to give myself some extra breathing room for step 7. But it's up to you.
6. Flip the house over and repeat this process on the other side. You know you did it correctly if you're left with two flaps that are still attached. See photo.
7. Next, cover the top of the roof with the flaps that are remaining and smooth out any bubbles as you go. Then, cut the excess from the reaming roof sides, similarly to what you did in steps 5 and 6.
8. Then, using the preexisting slots from the plastic as your guide, cut a coin slot with a blade.
9. Once that's done, all you have to do is cover the base tray in Easy stripe and pop the house on top. Now your coin bank is ready to use! You can add another strip of easy tape to the front of the banks too, if you want to write little chalkboard messages or just like the decorative element.
This would be a fun gift for the holidays too. Christmas is only 5 weeks away!
Think you'll give this coin bank a try? Or do you have another project you might use this wallpaper for? Really curious to here your suggestions because I have a ton of wallpaper leftover.
This post is in partnership with Walls Need Love. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.
I've been talking about getting the studio holiday ready lately, but wanted to switch gears today and share a few photos from a recent project I completed in our home. Often times, I don't get a jump on decorations until December, but this year I'm changing that. Which I'm sure I've mentioned before.
So today, I've teamed up with the folks at Snapfish to pull together some really quick and easy ways to add winter vibes and holiday spirit to your home without making it look like you just stepped into a holiday catalog. Don't get me wrong, I love those holiday catalog vibes, but they don't feel particularly attainable for the average person, much less the average home.
Which is why I decided to keep things fairly simple at our house this year - a few stockings and holiday accessories here, great winter textiles and knits there. There's even a DIY project in the mix. Can you spot it? I'll give you a hint...I woke up like this.
This hand lettered DIY pillow is really simple to create, even if you're not a calligraphy expert. I promise, your handwriting is ALWAYS better than you think it is. So let's get started with the DIY.
You'll need a handful of materials to get started, all of which are listed below. But I wanted to take a second to talk about the most important item first: your pillowcases! I used Snapfish to print my own photos directly onto pillowcases to add a more personal touch (plus I like the abstract patterns).
You can get started with an 18x18 pillow of your own right here (it comes with the pillow insert too, which makes it super easy). There are plenty of other things in the canvas and decor department at Snapfish that you can have printed too (including blankets!), so be sure to head over there to check out the full selection of products before getting started.
- Snapfish pillowcases made from your photos
- fabric paint
- paint brush
1. Unzip the pillowcase and remove the pillow insert from the pillowcase. And decide on your color scheme. I knew I'd be working with a tealish-green print, so I decided to go with an orangey-red fabric paint to tie in holiday colors ever so slightly.
2. Choose your message, phrase, or word (I have a whole pinboard of ideas here if you need some inspiration). Then, map out the phrase and spacing directly onto the pillowcase, with a pencil.
3. Go over the pencil lines with fabric paint. Once dry, go over the first layer of paint one more time to make the paint less transparent.
4. Once completely dry, place the pillow inserts back into each pillowcase. Zip it up and you're good to go.
So, that takes care of the DIY element. And the rest of the decorating is super easy because it doesn't involve a ton of stuff.
I started with a few table top accessories for the coffee table (like the gilded pedestal bowl, ornaments, a few books, and some plants). Then I added some additional pillows in different colors and textures, a cozy knit blanket, and some stockings hanging on the wall. That's it.
Oh, and before I forget...we also snuck in another pillow, that isn't especially holiday, just for fun. Just to give you an idea of how you can recreate the DIY again, long fear the holidays are over. What do you think?
How are you preparing for the holidays? Any decorating underway yet?
This post is in partnership with Snapfish. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.
You guys are probably going to think I'm a total nerd, but I am super obsessed with an iPhone game. I know it seems a little strange, especially considering I am nearly always in work mode, but this game has literally pulled me away from my work because it is so awesome.
And I have to tell you about it, so we can freak out over it together. Cool?
The game is called Two Dots. Amelia told me about it a couple of weeks ago and I am SO hooked now. On level 68, in case you're curious.
If you're not familiar with the game already, Two Dots is a free (award-winning) puzzle game where you connect like-colored dots to earn points and move onto the next level. Download it on the App store.
The interface is super easy to use and the illustrations that make up the different levels on the map are awesome.
So, we decided to make some Two Dots inspired DIY artwork for the studio. Which was actually perfect because I wanted to get a little seating nook in the entryway put together anyway, to hang out when I'm not on my computer.
To make your own Two Dots inspired artwork, you'll need...
- heavy paper or card stock
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
1. Start with a line drawing of the trees and/or jungle leaves. We sketched out a couple of options for the jungle leaves before using the 'good' paper to determine placement, etc. So, I would recommend that as well. The trees were super easy, so no need to test those out ahead. Just FYI.
2. Once the pencil drawing is completed, it's time to paint! Super easy! Just use a smallish brush and keep your hand steady for the lines on the trees. Other than that, I think it's pretty self explanatory.
3. Frame 'em up and you're good to go. I used frames from Ikea and removed the glass. Once the glass is removed, they're super lightweight and can be hung with heavy duty command strips, if you don't want to put any holes in the wall.
What do you think? Do you like how they turned out? I love the jungle painting especially, but the trees would totally work for the holidays.
And just for fun, I thought I would include a few photos of me actually playing in my spiffy new nook.
I honestly didn't realize Amelia was taking photos as first, so she caught some legit 'game faces'. I was tempted to not include them in my post, but I figured it would be better to out myself...
Craft production and photography by Amelia Tatnall
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Have you ever played Two Dots before? If so, please tell me you can identify with my addiction.
This post is in partnership with Two Dots. An awesome game app that I actually use (everyday). Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.