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Easy Easter DIYs — Try Them This Weekend!

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Looking for some easy ways to add some DIY style to your Easter festivities on the 30th? We’ve rounded up some fun ideas that won’t take up a lot of time. Which one are you going to try this weekend?

 

Eat Drink Chic is offering this free downloadable printable tag, which would be perfect to add to an Easter basket or present. Inspired by origami, we love its use of color and glitter.

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This charming Easter Egg bunting from Flax & Twine is actually upcycled from cereal boxes. Pretty and eco as well!

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How clever is this bouquet, which uses florals and Easter egg radishes? Find the steps for this DIY on Remodelista.

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Understated, elegant, modern and textured. The Norwegian knitting and craft site Pickles has outdone itself with these all-white Easter eggs

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We’re excited to try these Pinata Eggs from A Subtle Revelry. They’re filled with confetti!

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These Easter bunny place cards are a total treat! Janis from Pinecone Camp  has all of the instructions for creating them.

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Have you completed an Easter DIY for a blog? Add the link to your project below!

Six Days of Spring: Refresh Your Living Room With These Easy (Yes, Easy!) Envelope Pillows

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We’re excited to feature a week’s worth of spring projects and DIYs with five other bloggers (make sure to click through on today’s projects at the bottom of this post), and today we’re showing you how to add an easy spring refresh with pillow covers. For this project, we used some Pottery Barn fabric we had purchased a few years ago. We have a lot of other great yardage choices currently available. Find them all here.


Sewing pillow covers is a great way to refresh your sofa or bed for spring. This project takes very little time once you’ve assembled your materials. (We finished it in less than half an hour.)

What You’ll Need

  • Pillow Insert
  • 1-2 yards of fabric, ironed (fabric yardage depends on the size of your pillows)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating color thread
  • Measuring Tape
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Scissors

Here’s How to Do It

  1. First, you need to determine how much fabric you’ll need. You’ll do this by using the size of your pillow insert to calculate your mesurements. (Stick with us here, measuring is the hardest part of this entire project!)
  2. Measure the length of the shorter side. Then, measure the length of the longer side, multiple the length by two and add four to five inches for your seam allowances and overlap. I also recommend adding even more fabric for the overlap, as then there’s no danger of a particularly plump pillow opening up in the back to reveal your insert.
  3. Confused by Step 2? Here’s how that measurement looks: If you have an 18 inch square pillow, cut your fabric to 18 inches on the short side, and 40 inches on the long side (18 inches, doubled, is 36 inches, plus four inches for allowance; again, feel free to add more fabric on the long side if you want the pillow insert to be absolutely covered, as we did).
  4. To get this measurement exact, it’s easy to use kraft paper as your pattern. Just lay out your measurements on the kraft paper and cut to size. Then, lay your fabric out under your pattern and cut it out.
  5. Next, measure and iron a quarter-inch hem on both of the short sides of your fabric, with the right side of the fabric down. Then fold over each side again to a quarter inch and iron. Then pin the edges and sew these hems.
  6. Lay the fabric right side up and fold one of the sides over a little further than half way. Then fold the other side over so it overlaps over your first folded side. It should extend three or more inches over your first folded side. Next, pin and sew each of these longer sides.
  7. Turn the pillow cover you’ve just sewn inside out. Use a wooden spoon to poke out the corners. Stuff your pillow, and you’re finished!

Check out the rest of the DIYs featured today from the other participating bloggers!

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Six Days of Spring: Think Vertically For Your Spring Garden With a Linear Planter

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Are you eager for spring? We certainly are! This week, we’re participating in a week’s worth of spring projects and DIYs with five other bloggers (make sure to click through on today’s projects at the bottom of this post).

Given that we’ve had some mild, sunny days in the San Francisco Bay Area as of late, it seemed like a great time to add some spring-inspired decorating elements to the home. Recently, one of our Pottery Barn team members decided to add some spring-related garden decor to her front entrance with a little help from the Pottery Barn Linear Succulent Planters. The linear planters, which are crafted from galvanized iron and finished in matte pewter, struck her as a perfect way to frame her front door entrance.

 

 

Our Pottery Barn team member told us that she challenged herself to create the linear planter display using only edible plants. “That way,” she told us, “my front entrance wasn’t only pretty, it was also, essentially, a kitchen garden I could utilize while I was cooking.”

 

 

We asked our Pottery Barn team member for tips on re-creating this look at home. Here’s what she told us:

  • “Use plants that you love. We love to cook, so I included things that we’d use in our kitchen, such as herbs, greens and edible flowers. Look for varieties of chard or lettuce whose leaves can be snipped off individually and then will re-grow in the container.”
  • “For drainage purposes, I added a handful of pebbles before planting my linear planter.”
  • “Use a high-quality container-specific soil for your planter and make sure to amend the soil with an organic supplement to keep your plants growing strong.”
  • “I planted my plants in the same pattern in each planter, so it had a unified look when placed on either side of the door.”
  • “Make sure you place your planter somewhere where it will get the right amount of sun. It’s easy to determine which plants need full or partial sunlight — just look at the tag in each planter when you go to your local nursery.”

 

Have you tried using a linear planter around your home? We’d love to hear how you like it!

Check out the rest of the DIYs featured today from the other participating bloggers!

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This Weekend, Curl Up With a Good Book (After You Try This Bookmark DIY)

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A crafty tutorial that’s quick, cute and requires only two simple steps? Those are just three of the reasons we love this cute button DIY from Sweet Paul Magazine (psst, the new issue comes out in March!). Keep reading to get the oh-so-easy directions for the bookmark DIY, then find out what some of our favorite Twitter friends are recommending as their current book of choice this month. We’re inspired to crack open a new favorite novel or coffee table book — are you?

 

Make the perfect gift for any reader in a snap!

You Will Need:

  • Vintage Buttons
  • Large Paperclips
  • Superglue

  • Simply glue the button to the top of the paperclip.
  • Let it dry and it’s ready to use!

 

Can you believe how easy that bookmark DIY is? Now, for the perfect book for your new button bookmark. Check out the titles that some of our Twitter pals are loving right now:

 

What’s on your reading list this season? We’d love to get more recommendations of favorite can’t-miss titles!

Photos courtesy Alexandra Grablewski

How-To: Build Kyle Schuneman’s Pipe Shelving

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Interior Designer Kyle Schuneman‘s apartment was recently featured in Sunset magazine, and we fell in love with his cool style — as well as his ingenious wall shelving, seen here. Kyle DIYed the shelf out of plumbing parts, and ever since the article ran, he’s been getting questions about how exactly he built it. We reached out to Kyle to find out the steps for this DIY. Check out Kyle’s directions for the DIY below.

 

 

Supplies

  • 24 – 3/4″ Galvanized Pipe Flange
  • 12 – 3/4″ (18″ long) Galvanized Pipes
  • 5 –  2″x10″ (8′ long) wood lumber
  • 96 – 1″ Screws
  • 6 – 2″ Casters
  • Phillips Head Screw Driver
  • Wood Stain
  • Rag
  • Tape Measure
  • (Optional: 3 1″ L Brackets and Screws)

 


Step 1:

In a well ventilated area stain all sides of your 5 long wood boards and let them dry. Wipe on the stain along the grain and with a dry rag wipe off the excess. The more layers of stain you put on the darker it will get.

 

Step 2:

Lay one board on the ground and measure halfway from the end of your board (48″) and make a mark. Place and screw your first flange there. Measure 2″ from either side of the ends of your board and place and screw on 2 other flanges. Do this same treatment to one more board. These will be your top and bottom shelves.

 

Step 3:

Do the same to the remaining 3 boards. However, with these you need to attach flanges to both sides of each board.

 

Step 4:

Once your flanges are all attached is time to screw in your pipes. Connect the boards by screwing in the pipes.

 

Step 5:

Attach the 6 2″ casters (2 under each flange) to the bottom of the bottom shelf


Step 6:

If you’d like to attach your bookcase to your wall for extra support, you can screw in 3 L-Brackets (centered and on the sides) to the top of the top shelf.

All photos by Joe Schmelzer

How-To: Make Place Card Holders For Your Next Dinner Party

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Did you fall in love with the place card holders featured in our garden party tablescape? You’re not alone. We’ve already received several requests from readers for directions on how to create them.

 

 

They’re perfect for weddings, dinner parties or other gatherings where a place card is needed. Karen Ondracek of General Taxonomy has all of the details for her DIY.

 

Supplies 

 

  • Small wooden blocks (toy blocks worked well – I chose them in the spirit of reuse. You can buy small wooden blocks at craft and hobby shops.)
  • Vintage clip on earrings and/or vintage pins. Larger brooches & pins can be used to make holders for menus, welcome signs, etc.
  • Spray paint (Needed only if you wish to alter the color of your blocks or jewelery. You may wish to use a spray primer as well.)
  • Masking tape (Needed only if you are spray painting and wish to retain some original colors.)
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

 

Step 1:

Spray paint the wooden blocks to coordinate with your color scheme. I chose white. If you have wooden blocks that look great as found, skip this step.

 

Step 2:

 

Spray paint vintage jewelry to coordinate with your color scheme. Mask off any jewels or other areas that you want to retain their original appearance. I spray painted gold tone, brass and pearl elements of my jewelry silver. If all your jewelry looks great as found, skip this step.

 

Tip: Try a few drops of eucalyptus oil mixed with a bit of hand lotion to remove any spray paint you might accidentally get on your skin, then wash with soap and water. Unless, of course, you are allergic or sensitive to eucalyptus.

 

Step 3:


Use hot glue to attach earrings and pins to woodblocks as shown.

 

For pins you want to create a narrow slot between the pin back and the block for the card. For large pins, you may need more than one block.

 

With the variety of jewelry styles & spray paints out there, these DIY place cards could work in many a tablescape. Have fun!

Thanks Karen! Make sure to check out her shop General Taxonomy for more arty and vintage goodness!

Outdoor Tablescape Inspiration: A Garden Party For Your Favorite Girlfriends

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The spring and summer seasons are perfect for celebrating the important people in your life, so why not throw a garden party for your favorite girlfriends? We also thought it would be a great time to try out Pottery Barn’s Caroline Dinnerware in a less formal setting.

We teamed up with Diva Pyari of Linea Carta and artist Karen Ondracek of General Taxonomy to throw a fun garden party, perfect for reuniting with friends over refreshing drinks and an English picnic-inspired menu. (Special thanks as well to Tom Tomkinson Weddings for photographing the entire affair.) We hope our outdoor tablescape inspires one of your own as well!

 


To try something similar, move your party to a lush lawn — it doesn’t have to be at your home, either. Try a regional nature preserve or a neighborhood park if you don’t have a lawn of your own. And while our folding chairs and teak table were sturdy and easily transportable, there’s no need to go to such measures. A picnic table in a grove can be just as good of a staging surface for your gathering.

 

To create an elegant yet relaxed and artful look to this table,  Pottery Barn’s new Caroline Dinnerware was the perfect choice. We love these dishes’ mix of vintage elegance and handmade appeal, thanks to the silver banding and organic, uneven rims. We layered the dishes over kraft paper runners, which were arranged horizontally over the PB Classic Linen Tablecloth.

 

 

Karen Ondracek created the place card holders using vintage clip-on earrings (we’ll have her DIY for them on the blog on Friday).

 

 

Diva Pyari’s Tiny Heart Linen Napkins added a pop of pattern to each setting, while heirloom silver set off the banding on the Caroline dishes nicely. Pyari also handpainted the garland around each dish in place of a charger.

For flowers, we chose a mix of hot pink spray roses, mixed with wax flowers and displayed in small vintage vases. We also took advantage of our California climate, sourcing additional florals and botanicals from our home gardens. Clustered together, these mini arrangements created a gorgeous focal point for the table.

 

 

Diva also created the hand-calligraphied table menu, displayed on one of Karen’s place card holders. If you’re inspired to try something similar, Diva offers starter calligraphy kits for sale in her shop.

 

 

Chances are good that you’ll need extra room for your drinks station, as we did. We hung tassel garland from The Flair Exchange above an antique wooden ironing board, which we decked out with a cake stand, silver tray, vintage glassware and bottles of  favorite cocktails. Bouquets of florals rounded out our drinks station. Diva made hand-lettered drinks tags for the bottles as well — this is a great way to add a special touch to your drinks station.

 


However you deck out your table, we hope that you choose to share your garden party with good friends. There’s nothing quite like a good meal, enjoyed in the outdoors and shared with some of your favorite people in the world.

All photos courtesy Tom Tomkinson Weddings

Special thanks to April, Magnolia, Diva and Dani for modeling!

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