DIY Wall Art

When we bought our house about 3 years ago we had very little art for the walls. In the living room we have vaulted ceilings and a huge blank wall that we had no idea what to do with. We were low on money at the time because of all the expenses that come along with buying a home, so we decided on this little DIY craft project.

We found 12×12 canvases at Aaron brothers on sale so we bought 12 of them to cover the large space. Then we picked out three different fabrics from a nearby fabric store and bought a few yards of each. We cut the fabric into chunks just a few inches larger than the canvases, wrapped and stapled them down. Then we arranged them on the wall until we had them just right. This was such a simple and inexpensive project. I’d recommend it anyone trying to fill a large open wall.

T-Shirt Scarves

So I recently saw this adorable idea for re-purposing old t-shirts on Pinerest and decided I had to try it. The idea is to cut up old shirts you don’t wear anymore and make them into adorable new scarves.

They are extremely easy! All you do is cut the seam off the bottom of your old shirt and then continue to cut the shirt into thin strips (about 1/4 inch each) until you get to the sleeves. The larger the shirt you use, the more you’ll be able to do with your scarf. I actually used a jersey-cotton pillow case that didn’t have a match for the scarf below because it only had one seam and was the perfect size! Make sure to cut all the way around the shirt (or pillow case) so the strips stay in loops. At the end you can attach them together however you’d like. I cut one of the loops and wrapped it around the scarf to cover up the seams and keep all the loops together.

You can find a better tutorial on how to do this and other cute t-shirt projects here. I have to say their scarves turned out a little better than mine, but for my first try I think it turned out pretty well. Click on the images to see a larger view.

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Tutu?

My best friend found this awesome video tutorial on how to make tutus without any sewing. She has a 2 1/2 year old niece who loves dress up and wanted to make her a tutu for Christmas so I decided to join in the fun! I have twin nieces who are 14 months and would look adorable in their own homemade tutus. These were so easy (and inexpensive)  I couldn’t believe it. I made one that was ivory, pale pink, and pale green with a green satin ribbon and one that was ivory, pale pink, and periwinkle with a light blue satin ribbon. The tutus  I have photographed here are the green one I made and the one my friend made as well. Hers was so fun! It was blue, pink, purple, and white. What little girl wouldn’t LOVE to have one of these to play with? I plan on making these for every little girl I know! You can click on each image to get a better view!

Hopefully I can take some photos of the girls wearing them this weekend for next week’s blog post! Stay tuned :)

You can watch the tutorial here but all you need is tulle, scissors, ribbon and a ruler!

Make Your Own Cake Stands

I saw this idea on another WordPress blog, A SLO Life, (thanks for the idea!) and I absolutely loved it. I love to entertain and am always looking for fun dishes/plates to display appetizers and desserts and this looked like such a fun idea! I made a few different types because they were so quick and easy. All you need is a few plates (I chose different sizes) candle holders, and some tacky glue.

I found these three white candle holders and the blue and white plates at Marshalls for only a few dollars each and I used white plates that I already had at home. I also made a few stands with square plates and made the bases from dishes I had in my cabinet. These cake stands only cost about $5.00-$10.00 a piece!