modern felt wreath {a tutorial}

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I should just have a separate blog dedicated to wreaths…I make them All. The. Time. For instance, here’s another felt wreath from last year, turquoise felt and glitter wreath, and, since Fall’s right around the corner, a roundup of favorite Fall wreaths. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Though, in my defense, I haven’t created a wreath quite like this before. I love the blocks of color and it’s so, so simple!

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Various Colors of Felt
Wreath Form
Embellishments (I used paper butterflies)
Hot Glue
Ribbon or Fabric for Hanging

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Step 1: Take your felt, and cut lengths that are approximately 6″ long x 2″ wide. I used 26 for my 12″ wreath form, but you’ll use more or less depending on how far apart you space them. I stuck with a blue, green and gray color palette, but wouldn’t this wreath look great in oranges, yellows, and reds for Fall? Or maybe lots of bright colors for a birthday? The color combinations are endless!

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Step 2: Wrap a length of felt around your form, and hot glue it closed on the back of your form. Unlike other felt wreaths I’ve created, this one is really quick to make! It took about 15 minutes to glue all the felt to the wreath.

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Step 3: When you’re done, you’ll have this.

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Step 4: Add some embellishments (or keep plain for a simpler, more modern look), hang, and admire!

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Need more wreath inspiration? Click here for my wreath archives!

diy paper towel holder inspired by Viva® Towels


Like many style-minded home decor bloggers, having well-designed everyday products in my home is a luxury I couldn’t do without. When this product is something I not only use everyday, but keep in full view on my kitchen counters, it’s even more important that it be aesthetically pleasing.

That’s why I was thrilled (and you should be, too), when Viva® Brand teamed up with Hollywood actress and designer, Alyssa Milano to transform traditional paper towels into kitchen couture with the launch of the Alyssa Milano Signature Designs by Viva® Paper Towels. She created nine bold, new designs that are the envy of paper towels everywhere.

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When I came across these newly designed Viva® Signature Design Towels the other day, I knew they’d be the perfect complement to our newly designed kitchen. They inspired me to create an easy DIY paper towel holder, and I’m thrilled to share the tutorial with you all today!

What you need:
-1″ #6 screw
-#6 flat washer
– dessert plate
– decorative knob
– dowel (mine was 5/8″ wide)
Viva® Towels

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Step 1: Take your dowel, and cut it down to 13″. Using a ceramic drill bit (ours was 3/16″), drill a hole in the center of the plate. We did this while the plate was submerged in water to cut down on dust production and to keep the bit cool. Don’t forget to place a sponge or other item underneath your plate to protect your sink!

paper towel holder

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Step 2: Using a 3/32″ bit, drill a hole in one end of the dowel.

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Step 3: Using a screwdriver, attach the screw and washer to the dowel. Be sure not to over tighten the screw to prevent the plate from cracking.

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Step 4: Using a 5/16″ bit, drill a hole into the top end of the dowel. Shorten your knob, if needed, and insert the knob into the top of your paper towel holder, using hot glue to secure it down. One quick note about choosing a knob: make sure that the widest part of the knob is smaller than the inside of a roll of paper towels. This will ensure that you’ll easily be able to slip a roll of paper towels on and off it with ease.

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And that’s it! A quick DIY that’s the perfect complement to my new Viva® Towels! If my countertops could talk, they’d thank me, I’m sure of it. :)

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Viva® Towels were also right at home on a tablescape I created for a dear friend’s adoption shower…

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baby shower inspiration

Viva® Brand is launching the Kitchen Couture Contest on September 9, where five people will be awarded $1,000 towards making their dream kitchen a reality, by pinning items inspired by the nine Viva® Signature Design Towels. Official contest rules are available at!

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

marbled acrylic tile coasters {a tutorial}

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Coasters! They’re an easy craft project, fun to make and gift, and so easy to customize. I create personalized coasters in my etsy shop, but wanted to tackle a material I’ve never used for coasters before–acrylic tiles!


  • 4 Square Acrylic Tiles
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Patterned Paper or Fabric

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Step 1: Gather your materials. You can cut your acyrlic sheet yourself using a table saw, but you may be able to find a home improvement store willing to do that for you. Trace your tile onto the back of your paper and cut. Do this for each tile. Love the paper? I got it from Paper Source!

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Step 3: Use your Mod Podge to cover one side of the tile. Place your paper (patterned side down), over your tile and press firmly. Once dry, use the Mod Podge to seal over the paper.

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Let dry, and that’s it!

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Cute, right? I think a set of these would make a great hostess or housewarming gift!

Thanks for reading!