The calendar is telling me that spring should be making an appearance any day now (not to mention that pesky groundhog), but y’all? It is COLD here. We had a hard freeze this week at HGTV headquarters, and there is snow in the forecast tomorrow. Snow! I am doggedly ignoring all of this and instead looking at this lovely Easter wreath, packed with charming paper flowers and so easy to make, it will warm your heart (if not your freezing hands). Check out the DIY video:
The best part of this floral wreath? It’s inexpensive and, if stored properly, can be enjoyed for many spring seasons to come.
So, what’s the weather like in your part of the world? Are you dreaming of spring decor while there’s frost on the ground?
Want more crafty inspiration? Check out past episodes of Weekday Crafternoon right here.
Either I’ve been inspired by the new HGTV Gardens website, or I know that spring is just around the corner (March 20!), or maybe it’s both — but, I can’t get enough of outdoorsy talk. Plants, flowers, gardens, warmer temps, beach vacations, whatever — bring it!
I noticed this week while perusing Pinterest that my fellow blogger Jessica pinned this photo below. This is a craft project from Dilly-Dali Art that you can do with your kiddos that will be fun for them and you, and the end result will be a stunning pot to use for your spring flowers.
Do you have spring fever, yet?
Are you sweet on someone? Feel like you’ve been shot by cupid’s arrow? Valentine’s Day puns aside, this hot chocolate, complete with an arrow-embellished straw and heart-shaped marshmallows, is a great way to show your Valentine that you care.
Make This Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate At Home
If you don’t know how to knit, the process can seem mystifying — two sticks, a ball of yarn, some knots and presto! It’s a scarf. But really, learning to knit a simple scarf is super easy. In fact, the cute kid’s scarf in this video only requires learning two steps.
To fasten the scarf, you can buy a pin or make this sweet stuffed heart pin just in time for Valentine’s Day. Click here for the step-by-step on making your own heart pin. Even if knitting is still a challenge, the pin is great for crafters of all skill levels!
Don’t forget, you can find loads more adorable Valentine’s Day crafts and projects on HGTV.com. Happy crafting!
Keep your Christmas tree grounded with school spirit and vintage flair with a one-of-a-kind souvenir pennant tree skirt.
Give me a C! — C! Give me an H! — H! Give me an R! — R! Give me an I! — I! OK, you get the point.
Adults speaking with baby voices are annoying. Don’t you think talking to your little one with correct grammar only speeds along their development? I say that (sounding big and bad), but then there’s the gumdrop turkey.
Apparently, this little guy causes me to throw my cynicism out the window. Every time I look at this picture I immediately launch into: “Wook at this wittle, itty-bitty turkeeeeeeeeey. I just wanna eat him up, yes I do. Yes I do! Gobble, gobble.”
What hopelessly adorable, baby voice-invoking craft do you have planned for the holidays?
It’s just 1 week till Thanksgiving — is your dining room ready for the big event? If not, don’t worry, there’s still time for a guest-impressing makeover. From disguising a past-its-prime dining table to an easy way to give stock white plates a high-end look — we’ve got you covered with five easy project ideas, each with complete step-by-step instructions.
A plain white tablecloth is great for covering up a scratched or discolored tabletop. For a sophisticated look, stitch on a row or two of ruffled burlap or linen:
Enlist help from the kids to glue real or silk fall leaves onto fishing line to create a magical falling-leaf effect over the dining table or buffet:
Classic pinecones get a modern, ombre treatment in this painted DIY project. Use the finished, colorful pinecones as holiday party favors or to decorate your home for the season.
Also, take a look at this fun pinecone craft that Briana highlighted last November.
And, Even More Pinecone Crafts:
Pinecone Gift Wrap (Say what? It’s true!)
Pinecone Christmas Ornament
Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever said the word “pinecone” so much in my life. Alas, do you have any other crafty crafts where pinecones are utilized? Share them below!
Okay, so I know today is Halloween — and believe me, I thought about sharing more Halloween craftiness; but unless you’re looking for pumpkin-carving templates (here and here) or cocktail recipes, the All-Hallows ship has pretty much sailed.
But, in just three weeks (yes, only 3 weeks!) friends and family will be ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. So, if you haven’t started working on your Turkey Day decorations yet, now’s the time.
Start by putting leftover Halloween decorations to good use. Give faux pumpkins a fashion-forward makeover by covering them with trendy upholstery fabrics:
Turn a canvas dropcloth into a custom-fitted dining chair slipcover, perfect if you need to visually unify mismatched chairs:
When it comes to Halloween pumpkins, I think many of you out there will agree with me when I say that faux can be fabulous. Oh, I know, there are always pumpkin purists who like the squishy sensation of pumpkin innards oozing through their fingertips (You know who you are!) or prefer the look of a real pumpkin or choose real so they can roast the seeds — tasty recipe here, btw — but my personal choice is faux.
Why, you ask? Because, quite honestly, I am a project-aholic. At any given time, I have too many projects started and not enough time to finish them all, so when I buckle down and take the time to bling out a pumpkin, I want my hard work to be displayable for many years to come.
If you’re like me, our Halloween feature is hooking you up with lots of creative ideas for faux pumpkins. Here are 5 of my faves:
For a sophisticated look, add a trendy silhouette:
Coordinate your Halloween decorations to your decor by using scraps of leftover fabric for these decoupage pumpkins:
My colleague Kayla requested hanger crafts in the comment section of last week’s wood pallet post, and since I’m a people pleaser, I did not want to disappoint. Lucky for me, wooden hangers and coat hangers in particular are a crafting goldmine. Joan Crawford was famously down on wire hangers, but they too can be put to good use as I found out from my Pinterest perusing. (Maybe she would have liked them more if she knew how to repurpose them?) Take a peek at my finds and tell me which you’d like hanging around in your home!
What’s the best thing about this “succulent garden” from Addicted2Decorating.com?
You can’t kill it!
You will need lots and lots of pistachio shells for this project.
Creativity at its finest!
Do you have a craft project that involves using something that is pretty random? Let me know what it is in the comments below!
Been hosting some late summer picnics and backyard barbecues? I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what to do with the leftover food (potato salad, mmm!), but you might not be making the most of your other leftovers. Namely, the paper plates. Take a look at these paper plate crafts I found through Pinterest and you’ll see they aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, some of them could make charming additions to your next outdoor party. Get ready to MacGyver in 3…2…1…
If you’re anything like me, your “junk drawer” is filled with condiment packets, plastic utensils and chopsticks. Sometimes they come in handy — like the one time in college when my roommates and I had an epic dish-washing standoff and we all resorted to eating everything with chopsticks rather than clean our utensils. (Yes, everything. Even cereal. I’m not proud.) Lately they’ve just been taking up space, but no more, thanks to these inventive chopstick arts and crafts. Who knew a free side of cool DIY decor comes with that Kung Pao chicken?
Too early to be thinking about Christmas? No way!
Get a head start on the holidays; craft your own handmade gifts, cards, ornaments and decorations.
What will you be crafting for the 2012 holiday season?
Nothing says a party like cupcakes, amirite?! But did you know that you can also bedeck your entire shindig with those leftover cupcake liners? Suddenly those red velvet delights are looking doubly sweet to this MacGyver. Check out these cute cupcake liner crafts and decor I scouted on Pinterest.
Hello, readers. It’s a stormy Monday, or at least it is here in New York, and my outlook has taken a nosedive as a result. It’s the kind of day that’s really only good for a few things, but since an afternoon nap isn’t in the cards for me, crafts it is! I just came upon a stash of assorted ribbon that I’ve socked away from hair accessories, gift wrapping, clothing and other crafty endeavors. So, my mission is clear: To find ribbon crafts that anyone can make to brighten up a rainy day. Start with this accented shower curtain, check out Farima’s delightful find, and then move on to the stunners I spotted on Pinterest…
Whenever I buy new clothing, I save the tiny bag of spare buttons attached to the tag. Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection, but the buttons have outlived most of the garments themselves. If I don’t do some MacGyvering soon, I’m going to have a serious button surplus on my hands. If you’re in the same jam that I am, don’t worry — help is on the way. Get some inspiration from our own projects, or spring into action with these ingenious button crafts I found via Pinterest.
Hope you’re enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, fellow MacGyvers. As the holiday draws to a close and the charcoal briquettes from your barbecue turn into smoldering embers, you’ll probably be left with some plastic soda bottles. Do not throw them away! I repeat, do not throw them away. At least not without seeing what crafty things you can do with the humble vessels first…
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