Meg Allan Cole

Meg is a DIY guru who has been blogging since January 2007 and been making how-to videos since 2008. She's been hustlin' on the DIY scene with a glue gun in hand ever since. Obsessed with minimalist modern design, reading real books (you know, in PRINT), Woody Allen movies, and "Dallas" (yes, the TV show from the 80's), on most days you'll find Meg making something new to share with you on HGTV Handmade and taking intermittent breaks to snuggle with her rescue dogs, Milo and Gracie. This weirdo lives and works in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, with her dreamy musician husband Will and aforementioned adorable pups.

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Meg's pressed botanical heart art

This week on HGTV Handmade, I brought inside beautiful leaves from the ferns in my backyard to create DIY heart art, and this got me all into the botanicals-as-decor trend.

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Pressed botanicals are a classic form of decor with so many ways to put your own spin on it. Let’s see how people are customizing their botanicals to see if it’ll spark more ideas!

botanical apothocary jars

Hello Lidy created really rad botanical apothecary jars that leave quite an impact when shown as a collection.

3D flower wallpaper

I went crazy for this rad 3D Flower Wallpaper installation when I first blogged about it on CRAFT in 2011. Created by Front, a Swedish designer, this living install is so lovely for your home as decor, or as a temporary botanical-inspired photo booth back-drop when you have a garden party.

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Illuminated driftwood centerpiece-1

I just returned from the beach where it was all seashell accents, palm prints and driftwood decor. I’m back home now, but can’t let the summer end just because vacation is over. To keep the dreamy summer look coming, here are some of my favorite driftwood projects.

illuminated driftwood centerpiece

I’ve done a few driftwood projects in the past, and in yesterday’s video for HGTV Handmade, I show you how to make an easy illuminated driftwood centerpiece for your summer entertaining. Add some shells and a Mexican blanket as a tablecloth, and you have a whole tablescape that brings bohemian summer vibes to the party.

driftwood wall garden

Driftwood is really such an easy material to work with, and can easily be hung on the wall. In this video on my channel, Meg Allan Cole Crafts, or MACC, I created a simple summer driftwood wall garden using air plants.

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Meg's moon phases on No News Is Good News

I’m over the moon for anything involving stars, constellations and the night sky. Last April, I created a DIY ‘phases of the moon’ wall art piece for No News is Good News, the newsletter that accompanies Panda Head blog. Ever since, I’ve kept my eye out for more moon moments and have found a few favorites to share.

Moon Phases clock by Glitter Mint

Form meets celestial function in these moony clocks. Glitter Mint represented with dreamy moon phases as the numbers.

Hello Bee moon clock

And Hello Bee made her whole clock face a moon. Both are so lovely.

Meg's moon night light

Make your moon glow with a DIY project that was the result of my $5 Hardware Store Challenge on HGTV Handmade.

Moon Cradle

Builder Network took their love of the moon to the next level to create a sweet cradle for their baby. How sweet! Do you think they make that for grown-ups? Or better yet — DOGS.

oreo moon phases

If none of these are you, perhaps you are more in the mood to show your love for the moon with Oreos? Via DIY

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curbly summer round-up

In last week’s Easy Summer Entertaining post, we started to get ready for our backyard BBQs and mellow get-togethers with our friends and family. Since we plan on keeping the cooler packed all summer long, here is Part 2 of low-key, fun, summer entertaining ideas. To start off, we are diving into a meta moment with this summer entertaining round-up by Curbly in my summer entertaining round-up.

Cup of Jo refreshing waters

For a cleansing refreshment, try out these three different all-natural flavored waters on Cup of Jo.

watermelon salad

Any watermelon salad is oh-so-summer and just screams refreshing. This one, in particular, looks mouth-watering and delicious. Via Design Sponge.

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metallic brush stroke balloons

Summer just beckons small gatherings of friends in the backyard, firing up that grill, and sitting back in an Adirondack chair with a refreshing drink in hand. We all want to throw that perfect party, but if you are like me, you’re not trying to break your back with all of the prep and planning. Here are some fabulous party ideas that are low-maintenance and low-cost so you can just focus on having fun!

design love fest metallic balloons

Design Love Fest shows the quickest and easiest way to bring a simple balloon to the next level with these metallic brushstroke balloons.

picnic food ideas

Need some food ideas? Check out Design Sponge’s Best of Picnic Foods.

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free father's day printables

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, and happy scramble-until-you-find-the-right-gift to the rest of us. You know dad just wants us healthy, housed and capable of paying our own bills, but for Father’s Day we want to show him just how much we appreciate his perfect grilled chicken, the way he always says “take your time” when you are driving somewhere, and that his pep talks always involve the words “put your game face on.” So here is a round-up of handmade gifts you can give to your dad to show him just how much he is loved and appreciated.

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Handmade Charlotte has you covered with 5 different *free* printables for dad.

Chalkboard organizer

Give dad a place to organize his keys and shades with this Chalkboard House Organizer that I made on HGTV Handmade.

Wood and Faulk's leather camera strap

Is your dad always saying cheese and capturing “the moment?” Then he might dig a handmade leather camera strap for his special day via Wood and Faulk.

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Julia shows us how easy it is to make a custom pint glass for dad in this great video.

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If dad is a coffee lover, make him a custom dishwasher safe mug, like I do for my dad on HGTV Handmade.

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Meg's dip dye pillow

There is something about the mellow, organic vibe dip-dying creates that is so lovely and oh-so-summer, to me. A deceivingly easy DIY, considering how intimidating it looks. I’ve tried my stained hands at this many times before (Re: wear gloves), and shared the in-progress process and the results on my blog, Nest. Liz touched upon this trend a few weeks ago in her Color of the Month post, so clearly we are all digging the dye right now.

Meg's dip dye lamp on Nest

This week I felt the need to share just how simple it can be to create the look over on HGTV Handmade.

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Please DO try this at home. The result is really quite dreamy and I can see this being a great addition to any couch, bedroom, or even a pop of custom color in a new dorm room.

Anthropologie's dip dye linen duvet set

Inspired by this lush and lovely dip-dye duvet set at Anthropologie, I took the project into a home textile place with a set of dip-dye pillows in a palette of blues and purple for my HGTV Handmade video.

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watermelon tote bag

I am so ready for summer I can smell the suntan lotion, feel the sand between my toes, and hear the waves crashing now (or is that my sound machine that helps me sleep?). I’ve been seeing watermelon everywhere right now in fashion and home decor and it’s beckoning a long, chill summer season perfect for BBQ’s and pool days. This trend is in tandem with the pineapple moment that is happening right now, and the combo is oh-so-refreshing! Let’s see what else bloggers and YouTubers are creating with citrus across the ole’ inter-web. Madame Citron hand-dyed this tote bag to be watermelon fresh and it’s adorable.

watermelon salad

Are these projects making you hungry? Then let’s make this delicious-looking dish seen on Food 52.

watermelon shoes

The Hey Hey Hey painted a pair of slip-ons to look like the fruit and they are uber-cute.

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Meg's DIY upholstered headboard

It seems like everyone I know covets one common thing — SLEEP. Dear, beautiful sleep, an illusive old friend that comes and goes and never quite stays long enough. A major influence on the frequency and length of our pal’s nightly visits can be largely contingent on our bed. I shamefully admit that my husband and I were slumbering on my childhood double-mattress until very recently. No wonder I was an insomniac who watched countless episodes of Golden Girls until the wee hours of the morning on countless sleepless nights.

Meg's DIY fringe bed canopy

The investment in a new, high-quality QUEEN-SIZE mattress was a game-changer, to say the very least, yet the combination of our new mattress and my DIY upholstered headboard still begged for something else. With the bed being the focal point in the room, I wanted something to frame it and make it stand out while creating a romantic, relaxing aesthetic. I found the perfect solution for this in a DIY Fringe Canopy that took all of 30 minutes to install, yet changed the entire dynamic of the room.

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It got me curious to peer into other people’s bedrooms and see how they were creating a bed that begs you to slumber peacefully. And, so as not to be creepy, I bring you a totally-appropriate yet intimate look at different sleeping situations that might inspire you and your bedroom.

Justina Blakeney's bed canopy

Any post concerning creating an up-grade to your bed would be remiss if it did not include Justina Blakeney’s incredibly romantic and dreamy handmade canopies. Customize with lanterns, ribbon, pom pom trim, or whatever your heart desires. Learn how to make one with Corinne Czar in this episode of Recreate.

Justina Blakeney's romantic bed canopy

Nate Berkus's bedroom in Rue Magazine

In a stark contrast to those colorful, feminine spaces, Rue Magazine gives us a glimpse into Nate Berkus’s masculine and modern bedroom. Those clean lines and dark palette would put my mind in a calm and restful state immediately.

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Meg Allan Cole's geometric bear string art

With the determination of an aging pop star, string art continues to reinvent itself over and over again. Design is always in flux so it’s impressive when a technique evolves over time and continues to connect with what’s going on in the home decor world. Originally a “decor craft” in the 60′s, string art has evolved from kitchy to trippy to modern right before our very eyes, if you consider old Domino magazines and Pinterest right before our very eyes. Here are a few of my favorite interpretations, and I’d love for you to weigh in on which ones you dig in the comments section.

Marianne Canada's monogram string art

Our own Marianne Canada made a rad monogram moment with her version on Weekday Crafternoon.

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I brought string art to a geometric animal place with my Geo Bear for HGTV Handmade.

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