Posts Tagged ‘tutorials + diy ideas’

01/06/12

This contributor post was written by Beth of Parsimonia.

For me, the start of 2012 isn’t about resolutions; I’ve made tons over the years and usually forget about them before February rolls around. Instead, I like to look at it as a fresh start, a year brimming with bright, shiny possibilities along with the feeling that anything is within my grasp. As such, I thought it appropriate to bring you some bright and shiny DIYs to inspire you for the new year. The last one isn’t a full-out tutorial, but I know that you have what it takes to recreate it them — you are papernstitch readers after all! Here’s to a year of possibility! :)

(above) Gold Chevron Paintings by Makeunder My Life

99 Cent DIY Candles by Emily Henderson


Glittery Gold Bow Clutch by The World Is My Oyster


Metallic Gold Mason Jars by Lovely Little Details


Gold Tree Stump Side Tables via Love Maegan

Have a great weekend!

Beth is the writer behind Parsimonia: Secondhand With Style, where she blogs about her first love (thrifting) and her second love (cooking), as well as DIY projects, sustainable style and other bits of inspiration. She lives in St. Louis with one husband, one fuzzy dog and lots of dreams, and recently launched an online vintage store.

09/28/10

We have piles and piles of books at our house. Bookshelves are great, don’t get me wrong, but I have been itching for a new way to display our ever increasing book collection. And since I love the art wall idea so much, I decided a book wall would be an equally great solution. And the best part is, the books are still fully functional for reading. They can be taken down and put back up in just a few seconds.

If you already have the books and a few other very basic supplies, it won’t cost you a penny. *Book lovers: don’t worry. No books were harmed during the making of this project. So anyone can try it!

Materials: 1. Hardcover books 2. Velcro 3. Scissors 4. Level (optional)

How To: 1. Grab a handful of your favorite hardback books (yes- you’re going to want to use hardbacks. paperbacks don’t work as well). 2. Arrange them on the floor in various ways until you come up with a pattern that you like. 3. While keeping your books in their arrangement, individually cut and apply two strips of velcro to each book (use more if the book is especially heavy). One towards the top of the book and one towards the bottom, both horizontally. Each strip should be about one to two inches shorter than the width of your book. 4. Start at one end and move to the other, securing each book to the wall with the velcro strips, following the arrangement you created earlier on the floor. You can work from the middle out instead if you’d prefer. It doesn’t matter. A level might be a good tool to use as well if you have one. 5. Once everything is secure, you are done.

Now you can pull down a book and put it back up whenever you would like. And when you’re not reading, you have a colorful (and original) piece of wall art. Its a real conversation starter when you have company over.

For more ideas for quick and easy projects, click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 40 diy’s.

09/01/10

I recently had the pleasure of being asked to participate in the Best of Blogs series for Top DIY Projects by the folks over at iVillage, and I was thrilled to see the results. My double duty dry erase board project, which you may remember seeing here a couple months back made the cut, alongside the likes of Design Sponge, How About Orange, and a handful of others.

I rounded up a few my favorites here. But there are fourteen projects in total to explore. So head on over when you have some time. I’d love to know what you think.

08/13/10

I thought I’d wrap this week up with a diy link roundup for your weekend. Haven’t done one of these in a while, so this will be fun…

-Easy DIY Art Gallery (image of this project above): Switch out the artwork once a moth or once a day. So easy you’ll make more than one.

-Tea lovers are going to want to use this Tea Envelope DIY project again and again.

-Buy the first issue of Nuno Magazine (its only $5) and get instant access to 30+ tutorials utilizing recycled and salvaged materials. I have a copy and its definitely worth the $5.

-Taking a very literal approach to the standard bookshelf.

-If you have a sewing machine and six dollars, you make an adorable (and super comfy) DIY Dress that looks like it came straight from Urban Outfitters.

-Throwing an end of summer party? You’re going to want to bookmark these pretty, pink Drink Parasols.

-Framed Fabric Silhouettes: Great kids project!

Have a great weekend! We have a new giveaway going up Monday, so check back for that next week.

09/10/08

Images c/o The Small Object

I mentioned earlier this week that I love the Dear Ada blog (and I do). But, there is another blog that I am loving right now: The Small Object Stenopad. Sarah always has adorable handmade goods in her shop, but she also has an incredibly inspirational blog.

Images c/o the Small Object

There are excellent tutorials, updates on Sarah’s work, and loads more on the blog. My favorite post recently are: Life Changing Compound Tutorial, Mini Ring Notebooks Tutorial, and Stamp Nation. Click here to head to the Small Object blog (be prepared to stay awhile).