duct tape wreath {a tutorial}

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I’m not sure about you, but inspiration strikes me in the unlikeliest of places sometimes…I don’t necessarily need nature, music, or even Pinterest to inspire me…sometimes all it takes is a stroll through Target to do the trick! I came across this aqua geometric duct tape, and I KNEW a wreath was where this DIY was going. It’s reminiscent of my Leaves and Lace Felt Wreath, as well as my Felt Ombre Wreath, but made with tape!

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All you need is tape (I used just over one pack), scissors, and a foam wreath form (mine was 12″). I’m calling this tape “duct tape”, but, technically, it’s masking tape. You can tear it by hand like masking tape, but, honestly, it feels like washi tape when you’re working with it, so it’s kind of a masking/duct/washi tape blend. Got it? So glad to clear that one up. icon smile duct tape wreath {a tutorial}

Step 1: Anyway, grab your tape of choice, your wreath form, and scissors, and you’re ready to begin! Because a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s the first three steps in pictorial form….

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Basically, take a length of tape approximately 3.5 inches long, fold the top inch and a half over (middle pic), and then use your scissors to trim up a leaf shape.

Step 2: Attach it to your wreath form and repeat. You can get an idea below of how I proceeded around the wreath, overlapping leaves to make sure the whole form was covered.

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And here’s an image about an hour in…halfway through!

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Continue around the wreath form, and you’re done!

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This was one of those projects that really turned out better than I could’ve imagined. I love the color, the pattern, and the simplicity of it. If you make one of your own, please send me a picture, I’d love to see!

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DIY brushstrokes painted pillow {a tutorial}

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Happy Monday! I apologize for my blog being quiet last week–Summer has, so far, been quite busy (all in a good way, but still). Today, though, I have a DIY painted pillow tutorial for you all! Hope it makes up for my silence:) You may remember my painted pillow tutorial from a couple of months ago…while I liked the concept, I wanted something a little less colorful, with a little more white space to better blend in my my living room’s decor. I made two of these, in about an hour, and I love them! Here’s the how to….

For these pillows, I used white Ikea pillow covers, and a selection of craft paint (navy, turquoise, kelly, gray, white and yellow).

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Using a paintbrush (I used the end of a foam brush, one per color), dip it into your paint, and make simple brushstrokes randomly across your pillow covers. I started with my darker colors, and let them dry before applying my lighter colors to avoid excessive bleeding and blending of colors. I varied the length and direction of my strokes, aiming for a random, whimsical pattern. Here they are about halfway through!

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Add paint until you are happy with your pillow covers, let dry, and insert pillow forms. Easy as pie.

 

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Is there any easier, more impactful way to update a room than with new pillows? I think not. I love the color, texture and pattern that these beauties add to the space!

Happy day, Lovelies!

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birthday box {a tutorial + printable}

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Both of my kids have Spring birthdays, so I thought this would be a great time to share a tutorial for a meaningful and fun project that will help your family make memories and connect for years to come. Each year, for each child, we fill out a simple questionnaire, attach a picture, and store it in the box for safekeeping.

Materials:
Mod Podge
Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencil
foam brush
glitter
embellishments
questionnaire (see printable at end of post)

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Step 1: This was my first time working with Amy’s line of  Peel and Stick Stencils, and I was amazed at how easy they were to use! The best part? They clean easily and the adhesive will reactivate for up to 20 uses. This was my first, but definitely won’t be my last project with these stencils!

The first step is to remove the stencil from the backing, and place on surface. Use a spouncer to apply Mod Podge through cutout area of stencil.

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Step 2: Remove stencil, and apply glitter to Mod Podge. One thing to note: you need to get your surface glittered while the Mod Podge is still wet, and it can dry quickly, so you may need to work fast (which is also why I don’t have a picture of this step!)

Place stencil back on carrier sheet and wash. Allow Mod Podged area to dry completely, then use a small brush to remove any excess glitter from surface.

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Step 3: Embellish box (I used a white scrapbooking embellishment, washi tape, and letter stickers), and you’re done!

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You can click here to see (and print!) the questionnaire I created for my five-year-old–if you have children much older or younger, feel free to use it as a guide to create your own questions!

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