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.
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
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
Congratulations to this giveaway’s winner, Stacie! Check back later this week for another great giveaway.
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>>
SEW MUCH MORE
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!
Download the Party Supply Templates Now
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!