Hopefully everyone is giving into some sort of splurge for Valentine’s Day today! After all, you should always love yourself enough to make a good excuse for treats. Or you can just find a best friend that thinks ice cream cake to be an equally important part of life and will share it with you for Valentine’s sake. That’s actually a true story… I was that person.
In the meantime, can we all put our heads together to come up with a good reason to turn these DIY party animals from Confetti Sunshine into every objects instead of just Valentine’s? I’m thinking I need a few floating around reminding me to stay off social media and to remind me to water the plants, you know, just the necessities.
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.
Valentine’s day is this week, and in case you might be doing some last minute scrambling for how to woo your love, this is the simple DIY for you. Buy a cake (ok ok – or bake a cake), make these cake toppers in 30 minutes, and leave it out for them to see it right when they walk in. You’ve definitely done your wooing for the day, and you still get cake out of it! It’s a win win.
- red or pink tissue paper
- fringing scissors
- kabob sticks