anthropologie-inspired ceramic platter {a tutorial}

anthropologie tray

I always love a good Anthropologie find. When I saw this striped tray the other day, I loved it’s simplicity and versatility. I also knew I could make my own for a small fraction of the cost…


  • Ceramic Tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic or Ceramic Paint

striped tray tutorial

Step 1: I wanted to freehand my lines, but wanted a little bit of a guide to work with. I knew I wanted three lines going around the tray, so I started by putting three dots in each corner, plus three dots on the long side of the tray. This way, I could still get that freehand effect, but with a little help…

striped tray

Step 2: Add a bit of paint to your brush (yes, I did switch out brushes…the paintbrush held more paint than the foam brush did), and carefully draw your lines. Let dry, and touch up as needed.

anthro knock off

Let dry completely, and that’s it!

anthropologie inspired platter

anthro stripe tray

And because it’s always fun to compare side by side…here’s Anthropologie’s version….

anthropologie tray

…and mine!

blue stripe platter

Thanks for reading all about my DIY ceramic striped tray! Have a lovely day!

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watercolor doily garland {a tutorial}

watercolor garland

watercolor garland

This was one of those easy (30 minutes!) craft projects where I was able to create something fun using items I already had on hand (YAY!) This watercolor doily garland consists of painted doilies strung together on bakers twine. Keep reading to see how to make it!


  • Watercolors
  • White Doilies
  • Bakers Twine (mine is from The Twinery)

doily garland

Step 1: Using your watercolors, paint your doilies. I concentrated the color on one half of each doily, and then just used water to fade the color over the rest of the doily, giving them a suble ombre effect.

watercolor garland

When you’re done, let them dry…

ombre garland

I kind of even love the effect on the posterboard once I lift up all the doilies :)

garland doily

Take your dried doilies, and string onto your twine…

watercolor crafts

Such an easy and inexpensive garland that you can customize to any color scheme!

watercolor garland

doily bunting

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely day!

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napkin wine bag + free printable gift tags

no sew wine bag 1

When it comes to holiday gift wrap, I love finding simple, inexpensive shortcuts that look anything but run-of-the-mill. It’s not a challenge to come up with something amazing if you have an hour and unlimited funds…but creating a clever, no-sew wrapping job in 10 minutes and a couple of dollars? Much harder to pull off.

no sew wine bag 2

I often use wine for hostess gifts around the holidays, and, each year, I tend to find a brand or style of wine that I love, and use that for my gifts that year. This year, the wine of choice is Gloria Ferrer

napkin wine bag

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, opened in 1986, is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Exuberant and fruit-forward, Gloria Ferrer wines go perfectly with today’s diverse and flavorful cuisine, and have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years. In short, they’ll make the perfect host/hostess gifts for our get-togethers this year.

wine bag using napkin

For a simple, chic and elegant no-sew wine bag, I used a cloth napkin (typically about 20″x20″), ribbon and some printable gift tags (available to download here). You can find inexpensive cloth napkins almost anywhere. Mine are from Target, but World Market, Crate & Barrel, and Pottery Barn also have a great selection.

Lay out your napkin, and place your bottle of wine at the edge, with the top of the bottle meeting the edge of the napkin.

no sew wine bag

Next, start rolling the bottle and napkin, then fold up the excess napkin fabric (similar to wrapping a gift)…

napkin wine bag

…finish by lifting up the bottom edge of napkin, and folding it over, as seen below)…

napkin wine bag

Continue to roll the bottle and napkin, tie with a ribbon, and you’re done! For this festive bow, I just took 4 pieces of ribbon, and tied them at the neck of the bottle. It gives the gift a relaxed, shabby-style feel that I love.

napkin wine bag

gift tags

I created some printable holiday gift tags using some of my favorite holiday elements–whimsical trees and deer, fun wreaths, and confetti. Just print onto an 8×10 piece of cardstock, trim, and hang!

printable gift tags

no sew wine bag

For gift giving purposes this year, I chose the 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir (my favorite grape variety), which, had a delayed harvest due to a long, cool growing season, giving the fruit more time to develop flavor and concentration. I’m also gifting the Blanc De Noirs, created mainly from Pinor Noir grapes and boasts bright strawberry and black cherry aromas.

gloria ferrer wine

So there you have it! A simple, yet clever, no-sew wine bag that’s sure to impress.

I’d love to know-what are your go-to tips and tricks for creative gift wrapping? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.