It’s that time of year again: everyone is gearing up for a season full of proms, formals, weddings and more. I’m not exaggerating — all three ladies on my team are currently planning weddings (something that makes my event-planning heart sing!). So why not make a special pair of dancing shoes to celebrate these occasions? Or, you know, just a regular date night. Check these out:
Watch the video to see how you can add a little sparkle to a basic pair of pointed-toe shoes.
I just love how these turned out, and they couldn’t be easier to make! I’m already planning to make a pair of flats for my little girl Lulu. What are you inspired to add glitter hearts to? Do you have any special occasions on deck this spring?
Five years ago this month, my husband and I bought our dream house: an architect-designed seventies modern home nestled into a hillside in the middle of four acres of woods. We knew it would need some updating, but nothing was pressing and the lines of the house were swoon-worthy. We have made a few small changes, but other than the nursery, nothing on the interior has been completely updated. Until now! This week, we started a kitchen renovation.
Of course, I have lots of Pinterest-board inspiration. Watch the video below to see the kitchen “before” and hear what I have planned.
What is it about spring that makes us want to redo everything in the house? Am I the only one poring over Pinterest? What projects do you have on deck this year?
This year, I’m in charge of dessert for my family’s Easter dinner. Sure, there’s a lot to love about bunny-shaped treats and classic coconut cakes, but this year, I’m thinking pizza. Egg-shaped fruit pizza, to be exact! Just look:
This impressive-looking dessert is deceptively simple thanks to store-bought sugar cookie dough and an easy-to-make lemony whipped cream topping. Watch how it’s done.
See, even non-bakers can totally do this! Have fun by swapping in your favorite fruit and creating your own custom design. It’s a giant blank canvas. The best part: It can double as an Easter centerpiece…until your family gobbles it up, that is.
What are you serving on your Easter table this Sunday? Tell us about it in the comments below.
As you guys have probably figured out by now, I just love a pretty dining table. But let’s be real: who can afford to completely trick out their table for every major holiday? I certainly can’t. With this in mind, I set out to create a fresh, pretty Easter table setting made from materials you can find at the grocery store for literally just a few bucks: Coffee filter flowers.
Want to make this project for your Easter table? Click through to learn how to make this project.
DIY Coffee Filter Flowers
I honestly thought spring would never come. I mean lets be real, it was pretty dicey there for a while. But spring is finally here and I’m ready to welcome it to our house, starting with my front door. Can you believe I still have my Christmas wreath hanging? Insert embarrassed face emoji.
But have no fear, my front door has sprung forward with the help of this simple chalkboard door hanging. Here’s what it looks like now:
Want to brighten up your door for the new season? Click through to watch my video and learn to make your own.
MAKE THIS CHALKBOARD DOOR HANGING
St. Patrick’s Day is next week and I have to admit: I don’t really get into it. Sure, green is one of my favorite colors and I dream of visiting Ireland one day, but green beer and crowds? No thank you. However, there is one person in my house who LOVES St. Patrick’s Day: my daughter Lulu. She loves hunting for leprechauns, and wouldn’t dream of being caught in anything but green on the big day.
So, to protect her from any would-be pinchers out there, I’m making this eraser-stamped four leaf clover t-shirt. Adorable, right?
All you need to create this project? Some paint, a T-shirt, some waxed paper and pencil with a fresh eraser. (I may have “borrowed” one of Lulu’s pony models.) Watch the video to see how I made this cute St. Patrick’s Day DIY.
Make Your Own Clover-Stamped T-Shirt
Spring is around the corner, but we’re not quite there yet. One upside of the winter season, though? Citrus fruits. I’ve been on a grapefruit kick and my kids can’t get enough oranges. Every bite is like a little bit of sunshine. But don’t ditch the peels after you’ve had your fill: Save them up to create an all-natural, citrus-scented cleanser.
Click through to watch the video and see how it’s done.
It’s Friday! And you know what that means? It’s time for another #HGTVWeekend and new, fun projects to cross off our list! Last #HGTVWeekend, we planted an adorable bundt pan succulent garden and relaxed in our very own at-home bathroom spa. It was fabulous!
This weekend, don’t forget to change your clocks as we spring forward into (hopefully) warmer weather and longer days. To honor this unofficial start of spring, the first March edition of #HGTVWeekend is focused on freshening up our homes and our daily routines for an effortless transition into this lovely new season.
If you try out these projects (or tackle some of your own), we want to hear from you! Tag your project photos #HGTVWeekend on Instagram and Twitter and we’ll share some of our favorites right here on Design Happens. And make sure to check back every Friday for more fun to-dos!
What we’re doing with our extra hour of sunlight this weekend:
Cook This: DIY Natural Home Scents
Have you ever put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning and came home to its delicious scent filling the entire house? For this project, HGTV Crafternoon’s Marianne Canada combines natural ingredients like grapefruit and sage in a slow cooker for incredible home scents made from grocery store basics.
How to Make These Scents, Plus More Fun Projects
I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but tassels are kind of having a moment. They have been popping up on jewelry (loving this bracelet) and clothing (this tunic makes me pine for summer), but my favorite place to see these colorful accents is in the home. Ever since my friend Emily Henderson wrote about this gorgeous guest room, I have been obsessed with that bedding. I knew I had to figure out how to DIY them.
Luckily, it couldn’t be easier to make colorful tassels out of inexpensive embroidery thread. Check out my video to learn the quick technique.
See How to Make DIY Tassels
Did you see my coworkers’ nightstands yesterday? Talk about eye candy! I love getting a peek into people’s homes. And it was PERFECT timing for me, because it just so happens that my video this week is all about my own nightstand makeover.
This week on the HGTV Handmade YouTube channel (you ARE subscribed, right?), we are all participating in a thrift store challenge. Adding to the challenge was the ice storm that hit our area—I’ve been stuck on our hill for over a week! Luckily I had the perfect entry for our challenge already in my garage: A beat-up piece of mid-century office furniture that I planned to spruce up with chalk paint and gold leaf. Watch the video to see how I did it.
I’ve used it for a couple of projects, but I’m still just as smitten with chalk paint! Not having to sand or prime is such a time saver, and the finish with a couple of coats of wax is lovely. I also can’t get over the difference a little Rub & Buff made on the handles and legs! It’s like a brand new piece, and it makes the perfect nightstand. I added a Jonathan Adler tray to corral my must-haves, a vase with the first Lenten Roses of spring, my favorite books and a delicious smelling candle. Perfect.
The Finished Navy-and-Gold Nightstand
What thrift store scores have you made recently? Tune in to HGTV Handmade every day this week to see what my partners in crime make with their thrift store finds.
Guys, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, I’m going to celebrate Galentine’s Day by making these adorable marbled clay dishes for all of my favorite girls. I mean, just look at them:
Adorable, right? The good news: They’re easier to make than you think. With some oven-bake clay and a few rolls and twists, you’ll have a big batch in no time. Read on to see how I made these…and what to fill them with!
How to DIY These Marbled Clay Dishes
You guys, it’s freezing. Even my friends in Florida are freaking out (it was 40 degrees there yesterday!). And my pals up north are buried in several feet of snow, with more in the forecast. You know what they say…when life hands you snow, make snow cones.
Okay sure, eating something frosty may not sound super appealing, but this recipe for Hawaiian-style shaved ice is sure to transport you to the tropics, at least in your mind. Bonus: it’s a fun activity for cooped up kids and a healthy (vegan and dairy-free!) snack to boot. You can try using (clean, please!) snow from your own yard, or make like an ice queen and blitz your own in a blender. Either way, you’re going to want to make this. Trust.
Learn How to Make Your Own Snow Cones
It’s no secret: when it comes to weather, I am all about the heat. Give me a warm summer day poolside and you won’t hear a peep from me. All of that said, I have to admit I’m a *little* bit envious of all the snow that winter storm Juno just dumped on our northern neighbors. As much as I love the sun, a cozy snow day sounds kind of fun. For a day or two.
But there’s one thing I can’t stand about winter weather, and that’s the puddles of salt and grime drug in by hard-working snow and rain boots. Nothing puts me in a mood faster than a wet, soggy entryway and a messy pile of discarded footwear. My solution is both simple and stylish: turn a tired cookie sheet and a river rock tile into a chic and practical boot tray. Not only does it dress up your entryway, you’ll be relieved of that unsightly boot meltoff.
Keep reading to see how to make your own.
MAKE YOUR OWN DIY BOOT TRAY
In the spirit of the new year, I’m coming clean: I have a dirty little secret. My counters and tabletops might look pretty tidy, but what lurks beneath is my secret shame. That’s right, folks — I’m talking junk drawers. It’s a sickness, and this year I’m tackling my drawers of shame one by one. Up first, my vanity. I love fun makeup and jewelry as much as the next girl, but I can’t even see to the bottom of these drawers (you’ll see…). Luckily, we’ve come up with some super simple and inexpensive ideas to trick out even the most disastrous drawers.
If you can’t find a clean cotton swab among the makeup compacts and piles of nail polish bottles, look no further. If you hoard hair accessories, we’ve got you covered there, too. Watch the video for easy DIY solutions to keep everyday items organized and within reach.
Tips to Keep Everyday Items Cute & Contained
The mail shows up every day, but it’s usually not anything to, ahem, write home about. That every-once-in-awhile handwritten card, however? Priceless. This year, my resolution is to send more of that “fun mail” to family and friends. To make it easy, I dreamed up six simple cards you can make using easy-to-find 3-D objects. This “Thank You” card is one of my favorites:
Start with some kraft paper cards, an alphabet stamp and strong glue, then get creative. Watch the video to see how to make all 6 cards.
Easy Cards to Send All Year Long
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day tends to be a week of recovery from the hectic holiday season. But if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner party or New Year’s Day brunch, it’s a time for one final push. That’s why these geometric plate chargers are the perfect decorating solution: They’re a snap to make while you catch up on the best shows of 2014, and they make a huge visual impact.
To make these simple table accents, just tape off different sizes of triangles on a wooden charger plate (available at your local craft store.) We used bright hues of acrylic paint to create this fun design, but black and gold would be an elegant twist for New Year’s Eve. Add two coats of paint, then peel off the tape. Place under dishes at each place setting or underneath plain appetizer plates for a more casual party.
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How do you keep it simple when decorating for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Tell us your tips in the comments below.
You guys, it was SO FUN seeing your response to our last few videos. Whether it was pattern mixing, party planning, or gallery gazing, each video really seemed to make an impact. Judging by the awesome comments, it looks like you guys want to know more, and so over the next few weeks we will be breaking down some of the individual projects. First up: Remember this centerpiece?
This structural, modern showpiece is made up of Finnish himmeli ornaments. We used plastic drinking straws and yarn to create these simple shapes. Click through to watch the video and discover how simple it is to make your own.
Learn How to Make Himmeli Ornaments
You guys. I need to tell you something, lean in close. Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK. Somehow the holiday season is upon us. I know! I was a little bit shocked as well.
Whether I’m entertaining the masses or just planning for a quiet family celebration, I love to set a pretty and festive table this time of year. In today’s video I’m covering all of your bases, whether your style is more retro-traditional or glam-meets-modern.
These versatile table settings will dress up your dining room straight through to New Year’s Eve. Click through to watch how I created each look. Plus, enter for a chance to win some of the chic items featured on these tables!
2 Step-By-Step Party Themes
When it comes to fall pumpkin decor, do you favor real or fake? I love the look of a real-life decorative gourd for an outdoor display, but if I’m putting in serious crafting time, I’m all about the foam pumpkin. Why? I can decorate once and have a one-of-a-kind pumpkin for years to come.
This week, I present three faux pumpkin crafts that pull double duty. These look as good on your front porch come trick-or-treating time as they do as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape. To get started, you’ll need two things: A foam pumpkin and a big box of dressmakers’ pins. (Glitter optional, but highly recommended.) Take a look at this simple-yet-stunning technique:
Check out all three finished versions:
Are you a real or faux pumpkin fan? Tell me in the comments below. As always, if you’ve missed any past episodes of HGTV Crafternoon you can find them all right here.
String art used to be straight out of the ’70s, but new, graphic versions are still going strong. (Did you see my girl Meg’s geometric string art bear?! So cute.) This version uses a rustic slice of wood (available at your local crafts store) to juxtapose the modern, metallic monogram. See how it’s done in just a few steps:
What do you think? I love the graphic impact of the finished piece, and it adds texture and dimension to a ho-hum gallery wall. See what I mean?
Want to make your own piece of custom string art? You can download the letter template here and get step-by-step instructions and materials here. As always, if you’ve missed any past episodes of HGTV Crafternoon you can find them all right here.