Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on projects for a collaboration with Lulu’s on a brand new Sugar & Cloth series, Fresh Spaces! This week you’ll get to see three different projects I’ve worked on with the perfect touch of gold… not that that little fact would surprise you. Although if you follow along on Instagram, you’ve gotten some sneak peeks here and there, can you guess which ones they are?
First up this week are these DIY up-cycled containers for organizing, storing, and just being pretty. Instead of buying expensive storage or hiding away planters during cold weather, you can transform ordinary household containers or planters into unique vessels. See all of the details here!
I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I can’t sew. I can do a little mending here and there, plus a button or two, but what I would consider full on sewing (that you’re actually willing to claim) I cannot. Thus making any kind of fabric related DIY has to either include glue or a no-sew technique, but as it turns out, trouser clamps do the trick quite nicely! If only you could make cute curtains or linens help together by trouser clamps… those would be the days.
This DIY no-sew inspirational banner makes for a simple way to create wall art without needing any real technique, which is perfect for those of us that are better at making desserts than we are with needle and thread. Here’s how:
- Trouser clamp (mine is from the Container Store)
- 12×12 piece of vinyl (won’t cause frayed edges), canvas, or card stock
- Adhesive felt (or precut felt letters)
Measure and mark the material you’re using for the banner to be as big as needed for you’re saying. My measurements for this were 12 inches from the top to the bottom point, 10 inches across, and had the angles begin 8.5 inches down on both sides toward the middle.
Once you have the banner cut, you can decided how big the felt letters should be. You can use chalk or a white colored pencil on the black adhesive felt to draw out your letters to size.
Then cut them out and decide their placement on the banner before peeling the back off and sticking them down. Once they’re adhered to the banner, open the pant hanger and clip the banner in. Now hang in your favorite spot!
Much like the donut has become just as cool as the cupcake, copper is quickly creeping up to be the new gold in town… and I like it. These ten crazy, and I say crazy because of how insanely genius some of them are, copper DIY’s will have you on the decor forefront in no time! Just don’t be mad if the guys in Home Depot happen to look at you funny as you strategically pick out your favorite pieces of copper, all of the cool kids are doing it too.
top photo, from left to right: DIY copper pipe wall sconce by Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles// DIY copper ladder storage by Monster Circus // DIY copper tripod lamp by Sarah M. Dorsey // DIY copper indoor garden by Monster Circus for Electric Trends // DIY copper handled marble tray by Almost Makes Perfect
bottom photo, from left to right: DIY copper sconce by Sugar & Cloth // DIY copper clothing rack by Weekday Carnival // DIY macrame wall hanging by Sarah Sherman Samuel for A Beautiful Mess // DIY mini copper planters by Sugar & Cloth // DIY copper kitchen wall hooks by My Home Design
A little insider tip: Did you know you can polish copper with ketchup? It’s true! If the smell of that much ketchup doesn’t make you nauseous, you can save yourself a lot of money cleaning up your DIY projects with it instead.
After all of the Christmas decorations came down last week and the rearranging for normal life set back in, I decided I had a corner of my living room that was in need of a little brightening up. I know I’ve said this before, but not every DIY has to be super complicated or from “scratch” if you will. This DIY metallic pendant sconce that I made was as simple as combining a few store bought pieces to make them into something new.
- Metallic pendant light (mine is from West Elm)
- Ikea Ekby bracket
- Spray paint
- Drill and 2 screws
- Vintage inspired bulb
First, spray paint the bracket a color of your choice, I used a gloss white. Then using dry wall screws and a drill, mount the the bracket to the wall.
Next, wrap the metallic pendant cord through the inset triangle and then up and around the top bar, leaving just enough left for the bulb to hang down after it’s wrapped several times. You can play around with this as little or as much as you’d like, it’s totally up to you!
Once you have positioned how you’d like, insert the bulb and flip the switch.
It’s a super simple light that packs a big punch and has just enough sparkle, don’t you think?