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It happens more often than I can count: Someone finds out I’m a stylist at HGTV and anxiety flashes across their face. Turns out people get a little stressed out by everyday design questions. One of the big ones? The basics on mixing and matching patterns like designers do.
Whether it’s bed linens or upholstery, choosing patterns that complement each other can seem daunting, but anyone can achieve a trendy, professional result with just a few tips. We’re using some of our favorite throw pillows to show you just how easy it is to get your pattern on. Here’s a cheat sheet:
Watch the full pattern-mixing video to get more easy-to-use tips.
Simple Ways to Make Pattern-Mixing Easy
Like all good craft projects, this one started with a problem: It can be difficult to find phone cases that are both attractive and affordable. The solution: An inexpensive clear plastic phone case, a scanner and some flowers. Watch and see how it’s done:
Kind of amazing, isn’t it? Turning down the lights while scanning the flowers makes the colors more vibrant and creates a dramatic black background. We used a bouquet of grocery store flowers, but you could forage in the yard (or around the craft room) for your own mix of materials. Ferns, feathers, pompoms, yarn, sequins — the possibilities are endless. Just scan, cut and install inside your clear case, then switch to a new design when the mood strikes.
What materials would you use to create your own scanned phone case? Tell us in the comments below.
When you begin searching for a new craft idea, it’s easy to be lured by two magical words: NO SEW. Sure, no-sew crafts generally seem less daunting and easier to put together in your spare crafting time. And of course, if you don’t own a sewing machine, no-sew crafts are the only way to go.
That said, yesterday marked 163 years since Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine, so in honor of this momentous day in crafting history, dust off your sewing machine (or borrow one from a friend), grab some thread and try some of these cute craft ideas! Trust me, they’re sew simple and fun, you definitely won’t regret giving one a try.
Fabric Pouf Ottoman
Creating a custom ottoman is an easy way to add a punch of color and personality to a room. Something to consider with the school year just around the corner: These poufs are a great option for college dorm rooms since they’re super versatile. You can use them as ottomans, extra seating, or even as a coffee table by placing a serving tray on top. SEWING INSTRUCTIONS HERE>>
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Summer may be winding down, but we have a few more weeks to enjoy warm weather and, if you’re lucky, the beach. But, if your family is living landlocked this summer, there’s another fun way to entertain little ones: These sea-inspired finger puppets. Turn up the volume and take a look:
We worked with illustrator Kori Clark to design this exclusive set of finger puppets just for, well, you! The coolest part of the designs? They wrap around your fingers, making them easy to animate. Kids will love setting up a mini puppet stage and sending these little guys on an adventure.
Or, if you’re really headed to the ocean, cut and assemble these pint-sized puppets before you leave to keep kids occupied in the car.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE OCEAN FINGER PUPPET TEMPLATE RIGHT HERE >>
It’s no secret that I’m kind of obsessed with freezer paper stencils. So far, I’ve created a nautical, anchor-stenciled boat bag and some adorable onesies, but I’m not done yet. This week, I’m turning this cute cloud-and-raindrop stencil into a sweet summer dress.
If you’re new to this adaptable technique, prepare to be smitten. To get started, simply print or cut out the design of your choice, then affix it to fabric or clothing with an iron. Then, paint on fabric paint, let dry and peel away the stencil. The result? The look of a custom screen print in a fraction of the time. Watch this week’s video to learn more about the process:
Pretty cute, eh? I used a patterned cotton dress for this project, but it would look equally cute on a shirt, table runner or set of white cotton napkins. Download the stencil here to get started with your own design! If you’d like a longer pattern, pair the cloud and raindrop stencil with this extra set of raindrops.
Tell me, have you tried freezer paper stencils? Where would you use this cute cloud-and-raindrop design?
The Fourth of July is upon us, and that means lots of backyard barbecues in celebration of America’s birthday. In between burgers, ice pops and fireworks, your July 4th guests are going to have some down time. Keep the party going with this easy-to-make ring toss game that’s fun for guests of all ages. A few clear bottles, some paint and a fruit crate are all you need! Watch the video to learn how:
This game is a great way to upcycle items you’d likely otherwise toss in the recycling bin. If you don’t have a fruit crate handy, you can also pick up an inexpensive wooden crate at your local craft store. The crate doubles as storage, making it easy to keep this fun summer game ready to play all summer long.
How are you celebrating July 4th? Tell us in the comments below.
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Even for those of us who make crafts for a living, furnishing an entire party with handmade decor can be a bit of a challenge. Meanwhile, cute store-bought decorations tend to be pricey. The compromise? This summer, simplify your party decor (while still adding a handmade touch) with one simple watercolor technique and your printer.
Watch this week’s video to see how to turn one design into all of these (adorable!) printable party decorations:
This herringbone design is a fun twist on the trendy pattern, but the sky’s the limit for your template: Try polka dots, stripes, zig zags or an abstract, drippy design. The good news for you? Even if you don’t have time to create your own custom pattern, you still can download our ready-made party supply templates right here…for free!
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My daughter Lulu just turned five, and since you don’t turn five every day I decided to throw a blowout. However, it was my birthday too (y’all know we have the same birthday, right?), so I didn’t want to create a ton of extra work for myself. So I did two things: first I made a bunch of custom birthday candles to decorate a plain white sheet cake. Then, I made a custom rubber stamp that I could use on everything from invitations to party decorations. Watch the video to see just how easy it was to make!
Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Speedy Cut Block (or you can use an eraser to make a small stamp!)
- Stamp Pad
- Linoleum Carving Set
- Hot Glue
- Wood Block
- Washi or Paper Tape
- Plain White Paper
Armed with my horseshoe stamp and a stack of brown card stock, I was able to make all kinds of party signage and inexpensive invitations in just a couple of hours.
Cake decorating is an art (I mean, truly), but let’s be honest…sometimes the idea of all those piping bags of frosting (or wrestling with fondant) can be a bit overwhelming. With this in mind, I set out to make colorful candles that dress up even the most basic grocery store sheet cake. They are easy to make and can be customized for any occasion (make the patriotic star candles now and stash them away for your Fourth of July barbecue!). Watch the video to learn how, it’s a real toe-tapper:
I started off making these candles for my daughter Lulu’s birthday but then I couldn’t stop. They are seriously fun to make. What shape would you make?
Watercolor prints have been rising in popularity for a few months now — HGTV Home’s Nancy Fire even named them as one of the top design trends to watch this spring. I personally love these hazy, colorful designs — but you know what I don’t love? That designer price tag. So, how excited was I to discover that you can make your own watercolor-esque pillow covers with basic rubbing alcohol and a handful of Sharpies? Pretty darned excited. Watch the video to learn how:
Fair warning: These pillows are kind of addicting to make, and I’m itching to use the technique on table linens and maybe even a t-shirt. The possibilities are endless!
I feel like this post should have a #ThrowbackThursday hashtag, because today we are taking something straight out of the ’80′s and making it oh-so-modern. That’s right y’all, we are making Shrinky Dinks. Ditch your memories of pre-fab cartoon characters and check out these modern designs made with blank Shrinky Dink sheets and permanent markers. Karen Kavett, one of my HGTV Handmade collaborators (and graphic design genius!), is along for the ride. Watch the video to see what we came up with:
While the necklaces Karen and I made are SO super cute, I really loved the charms I made out of my kid’s drawings (seems I can’t resist a gift made by my kids!). What a fun Mother’s Day gift that would be, am I right? What would you doodle on a Shrinky Dink?
Get loads more Mother’s Day gift ideas right over here. And make sure to check out all of the great DIYs on the HGTV Handmade YouTube channel.
Mother’s Day is coming up, and while presents and breakfast in bed sounds nice, all I really want this year? Time with my kids. So, I’m super excited to share this cute Mother’s Day art project. Using household items like a cardboard egg carton and a shoebox lid, your kiddo can create a sweet keepsake to give mom, grandma, or just hang on their bedroom wall. Watch the video to see Lulu in action:
You know, I didn’t think I could top last year’s Mother’s Day (which fell on mine and Lulu’s birthdays). However this year, with two awesome kids to celebrate with, I’m feeling very lucky indeed.
Check out what Marianne and some other HGTV stars have to say about Mother’s Day (and see some adorable pictures too!).
We woke up to a dreary, rainy spring day here at HGTV Headquarters. Sigh. But you know what they say about those April Showers! In honor of this hard-won spring, I made a quick and easy (and frankly adorable) cloud and raindrop magnet set. Watch the video to learn how:
You can make your own set of magnets in about 10 minutes, plus some drying time, and it’s just the thing to dress up your fridge, locker, or message board. I’m all about a sunny day but I can’t help but smile at this happy little guy.
Thirsty for more DIY projects? Check out the HGTV Crafternoon page!
Easter is this Sunday, and if you celebrate it I would bet you have plans to do some egg decorating this week. Vibrant dyes make quite an impact, but did you know you can get amazing colors with fruit and vegetables? Head to the crisper and put a pot of water on to boil, it’s time to make some natural Easter egg dyes. Watch the video to see our favorite colors:
I still can’t get over the deep teal color that boiling red cabbage gives you. Who knew that Easter egg dye doesn’t have to come from a bottle or a tablet?
Want even more great egg-decorating ideas? Learn how to make Baker’s Twine-Wrapped Eggs, or check out how your favorite HGTV Stars decorated eggs this year!
I’m almost scared to say it, but I think Spring is finally here for good (cross your fingers!). Flowers are blooming and Easter is just a few weeks away. So why not get your hands dirty making some lovely and inexpensive concrete planters? These bad boys would make a gorgeous centerpiece for your Easter or other Spring celebrations, then you can use them to dress up your deck or patio straight through to fall. Watch the video to see how to make your own:
If you don’t have interesting shaped bowls or pans in your cabinets you can always hit up a thrift store to find some inspiration. Who knew that old gelatin molds could make beautiful planters? What would you use as a mold?
Want more Spring decorating ideas? Check out the HGTV Spring House. And as always, you can find more episodes of HGTV Crafternoon right here.
“Marianne, you make it all look so easy!”
“Marianne, you’re so good at making things!”
All I’ll say is…watch this, y’all.
Happy April Fool’s Day from all of us here at Design Happens! Playing any pranks today? Dish in the comments below.
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but macrame is back in a big way. To bring this craft out of the 70′s and into the 21st Century (not to mention close out National Craft Month), we’re using a chic neon and metallic color palette and two clean and simple knots. Watch the video to learn how (and see me do a little disco!):
It’s the perfect size for a small vase or planter–I filled mine with cheery yellow flowers, but it would be a great way to show off succulents or air plants as well.
Catch up on all of our National Craft Month projects–these easy felt bowls, festive pom-pom banners, and this gorgeous herringbone tray and box. Check in next week for another great how-to!
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I kind of love St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a festive harbinger of Spring and a great excuse to throw a party featuring lots of my favorite color, green. Last year I decorated everything within arms reach with these super easy felt shamrocks, so this year I’m headed into the kitchen. What’s cooking? Minty green shamrock marshmallows destined to dress up Irish Coffee and hot cocoa alike. Even better, I made two versions, one no-cook and one that will have you busting out your candy thermometer. Watch the video to learn how:
This classic marshmallow recipe isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day, skip the food coloring and cut them out in whatever shape you like for any occasion–or no occasion at all! Read on for the full recipe.
Yesterday Liz reminded me that it’s Modernism Week, and my timing couldn’t be better. Why is that? Well today I’m showing you how to make this killer geometric pendant light from a $20 roll of copper tubing from the plumbing section of the hardware store. Watch the video to learn how:
This is a great project for those in search of modern lighting without the big price tag. An abstract design means there are no mistakes–so have some fun!
You’ve made your valentines and decorated your cookies, but now that the big day is almost upon us, maybe you’re looking for one more way to make your Valentine’s Day the best yet. Why not put a little heartfelt effort into the most important meal of the day? In today’s HGTV Crafternoon I’ll show you how to put a little extra love into three easy family breakfasts. Click to see what’s cooking:
My daughter Lulu was partial to the heart-shaped pancakes with bacon “arrows”, my husband Chris scarfed down the egg in a heart-shaped hole, and my favorite was the heart-shaped mini breakfast pizza with an egg cracked right on top. Yum! Do you make any special meals for Valentine’s Day? Dish in the comments below.