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MAKE IT / 51

between decorating my studio and redoing my bedroom i have a lot of wall space to cover. i am really into the idea of using wall hangings, i love the organic texture they add to a room. i’m excited to share this DIY that created for us, the muted tones with the copper accents is right up my alley…

what you’ll need:

• Thick yarn in varying textures (we purchased four wool blends from JoAnns and used a total of seventeen 40” pieces.)
• Everbilt 1/4 in. x 10 ft.
• 10 pieces of ¼ in. Copper Coupling
• Measuring tape
• Scissors
• China marker
• Wire cutter

how to make them:

• Unroll and straighten 30” of copper rod. Copper is soft enough that you can bend it with your hands.

• Using a china marker, measure and mark at 5”, 15”, 25”, and 30”

• Cut at 30” mark using wire cutter (or hacksaw.)

• Bend at marked points to create a triangle.

• Push the two ends together – they will be concealed by the yarn.

• Fold pieces of yarn in half and tie to frame using a .


• Attach the copper couplings to the ends of the yarn by threading the yarn through and then tying a knot. Distribute the 10 pieces evenly across the bottom edge of the wall hanging.

• You will have enough materials left to make two more wall hangings. Experiment with making different sizes of isosceles triangles and using varied yarn lengths.

Pretty easy, right? We hope you give them a shot!

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MAKE IT / 50

i have been searching for the perfect placemats for our dining room table ever since i hosted thanksgiving at my house and realized i didn’t have any! today we will be making some dip dyed linen placemats that i just LOVE. this would be a great DIY project for a wedding reception or your next outdoor event. the texture of the linen looks really great, and each placemat has it’s own unique look.

what you’ll need:

• Heavy weight linen fabric (one placemat = 13×18”)
• Fabric dye (we used Fiber Reactive Procion dye in Bubble Gum and Elephant Grey from .)
• Soda Ash and salt (for Procion dye; for Rit Dye follow instructions on packaging)
• Plastic tub
• Two plastic cups
• Two wood craft sticks
• Plastic spoon
• Measuring spoon (do not use utensils also used for cooking with dye)

how to make them:

• To start, rip your pre-washed linen into 13 x 18 inch pieces, leaving a raw edge. To rip linen, make a small 1/4-inch cut on the edge of the fabric with a scissors and then tear so that the linen rips along the grain of the weave.

• Combine 2 teaspoons of dye and a small amount of water in plastic cup. Stir with wood stick to create a paste and completely dissolve dye (this step prevents “freckles” of undissolved dye on finished piece.)

• Combine dye mix with about 8 cups of water, ½ cup salt, and 2 tablespoons of soda ash in the plastic tub.  (Or follow more precise dyeing instructions on the  site.)  Stir with plastic spoon until everything is completely dissolved.

• Hold placemat above plastic tray and lower one end into dye bath, keeping as straight as possible. Submerge about 2-3 inches and let dye penetrate for a minute.

• Remove fabric and set on a piece of plastic to dry. The dye will continue creeping up the fabric a bit while drying.

• Repeat previous steps with second dye color and dip dye opposite edge of placemat.

• Rinse each end in cold water and then wash the whole placemat in warm water with detergent. Hang to dry.

So, will you be trying these out? Experiment with a bunch of colors and send me pics!

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MAKE IT / 49

Here’s a festive piece of decor to brighten up your valentine’s day. use this super easy to make mobile for an over the table centerpiece, or just a fun pop of love anywhere in your home!

what you’ll need:

• white hoola hoop
• bakers twine of your choice
• tape
• variety of sizes of honeycomb tissue balls () – I used 12 total in sizes 5”, 8”, and 12″

step 1 – trace and cut the tips of the honeycomb tissue balls to make each one the shape of a heart. start in the center of the half circle then cut at an angle all the way to the top of the ball.

step 2 – tape your bakers twine to the cardboard part of the tissue ball. keep it super long, so that you can cut it to your desired length once you attach it to the hoola hoop.

step 3 – tape your tissue ball/heart together so it will stay open.

step 4 – cut your bakers twine to the desired length in order to make it cascade in different lengths around the hoola hoop. tie each ball/heart to the hoola hoop.

step 5 – now you need to make the contraption that will hang your mobile to the ceiling. tie 3 pieces of bakers twine that are exactly the same length to your hoola hoop. measure out the distance between each piece of twine, so that each piece is tied equal distance apart. this will ensure that your mobile will hang balanced.

step 6 – screw in a screw hook to the ceiling.

step 7 – tie all three pieces of bakers twine together at the very top and hang it above your table!

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MAKE IT / 48

not sure how january is almost over already but february is right around the corner meaning, it’s almost valentine’s day. to me, valentine’s day is a celebration of love – no matter if you’re single or committed. it’s a time to appreciate those who are closest to you and, what better way than with some homemade heart pillows? leave one for someone on the bed or in a random spot…

jessica from  created these adorable heart pillows for us using very basic materials and an easy how-to!

what you’ll need:

• fabric (two 18” squares)
• thread to match fabric
• stuffing
• pins
• needle
• paper for template
• sewing machine

how to make it:

• create a template for the pillow by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out a heart shape (ours was about 14 x 14 inches).

• stack the two pieces of fabric (right sides facing if it’s a patterned fabric).

• unfold the template and pin to the two layers of fabric.

• cut around the template, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

• unpin, remove template, and re-pin the pieces of fabric together.

• stitch around the edges with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 3 inch opening.

• clip into seam allowance (without cutting seams) along the curves to ease turning.

• turn the pillow right side out and stuff, working with small pieces so that the stuffing is free of lumps.

• slip-stitch the open edge.

and just like that, you’re done!

because everyone could use a little extra love in their lives and february 14th gives us all an excuse to be a little more generous with our words and actions. you never know how much a thoughtful gesture will mean to someone! xo, bri

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MAKE IT / 47

if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a ton of coffee cups. some older and not so good looking ones i can’t part with for sentimental reasons and some really cute ones that deserve to be on display in the kitchen. created a DIY that not only showcases those daily mugs of yours, but also doubles as cool wall art in your space. check it this 3-D wooden cloud…

what you’ll need:

• Dowels in various sizes (1/2”- 1 1/8”)
• White spray paint
• Gold paint (we used )
• Sponge brush
• Elmer’s Glue-All (or wood glue)
• Three 1 ¼” white cup hooks
• 2 small screw eyes
• Safety glasses
• Drill
• Compound miter saw

• Wearing safety glasses, cut dowels in varying heights between ¾” to 2”. We used 125 pieces.

• Spray paint dowels white and then use sponge brush to dab gold paint onto one end.

• Glue about 75% of the dowels together in clusters, keeping unpainted ends flush with one another. Let clusters dry overnight.

• Drill small holes into two of the clusters and attach screw eyes. These will be used to hang the teacup holder.

• Arrange clusters in desired composition, with the screw eyes at the top. Glue the clusters together, adding additional dowels to fill in the gaps.  Let dry overnight.

• Decide where you would like the cups to hang, drill holes in the ends of three dowels, and screw in cup hooks.

• Hang on the wall using nails and display your favorite coffee cups!

what do you think? are you going to give this one a shot?

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