DIY Fabric Flower Pushpins + DIY Desk Accessories

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One of my favorite things about working with Waverly on some special DIY posts over the past few years (here, here, and here), has been the challenge to think outside of the box when it comes to fabric. So when they recently asked me to dream up a project or two that would make a great Mother’s Day gift, I envisioned a set of fabric-adorned office goods that are perfect for dressing up a desk at home or work…and are even better when given as a gift to your lucky mom!

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Keep reading to find out how to make four easy-to-create gifts using these great Waverly fabrics:

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Supplies:

  • Printable Fabric Flower Template (download will begin immediately)
  • Medium-weight fabric 
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue (permanent) | I recommend Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives
  • Standard pushpins
  • Brooch pinback (optional) | for wearable variation
  • Standard pencil set with erasers (optional)

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These pushpins look great on their own…and even sweeter when presented as a gift inside a DIY Fabric Embellished Pencil Cup (below). The project only takes minutes to make…so there’s no reason not to!

Tip: If your mom is a fashion maven, switch things up by crafting a fabric flower into a wearable brooch! Simply add a pinback onto the back of your bloom (leave off the thumbtack) and you’re all set!

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Supplies:

  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Small empty paint can | available at hardware stores
  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge adhesive (matte finish)
  • Paintbrush

Imagine just how much it will brighten your mom’s workday every time she sees this lovely cup full of useful blooms that you made for her!

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Supplies:

  • Cork Trivet or small cork board | I found a set of two cork trivets for just a few dollars at Target
  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge adhesive (matte finish)
  • Paintbrush

You can make just one or several of these mini message boards (you might even want to keep one for yourself). They can be propped up or hung on the wall with removable wall-hanging strips. Don’t forget to pin a favorite photo of you and your mom onto the board when you give it to her!

DIY Fabric Embellished Note Card Set diy-fabric-note-cards

Supplies:

  • Blank note cards or heavy-weight paper cut and folded into note cards
  • Envelopes (optional)
  • Medium-weight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue (permanent) | I recommend Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives

These beautifully customized notecards just might bring back the lost art of the hand-written note. Tie them up with a length of pretty ribbon…and don’t forget the posy-topped pencil!

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I hope you liked my DIY gift making ideas! Stay tuned tomorrow for a giveaway from Waverly…you could win all the fabric used in this post! xo Ez

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This post was kindly sponsored by Waverly. Follow them on TwitterPinterest, and like them on Facebook. The DIY content, images, and opinions shared in this post are my own.

DIY to Try: 3 Fresh Projects for Spring

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Oh there are just so many good DIY ideas out there these days, aren’t there?! These three recently caught my eye since they are perfect for this Springy time of year: A tutorial for wrapping your Mother’s Day gifts with fabric from the talented team at Artifact Uprising

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…a sweet DIY Toy Storage Box solution from This Little Street (just in time for Spring Cleaning)…

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…and coffee filters have never looked so darling, as they do transformed into DIY Coffee Filter Easter Favors from Urban Comfort! Time to get crafty!

See more DIY to Try post here…and all Creature Comforts DIY projects in the DIY Gallery

5 Minute DIY: No-Sew Decorative Pillow Cover

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Over the past couple of weeks I have to admit that I’ve been a tad bit distracted by a little bedroom makeover that I’m finally almost done with (can’t wait to share the results with you soon). So I wanted to reward you for your patience with a nifty little decor project that you can bust out in 5 minutes or less. Serious! Enter this lightning fast No-sew Decorative Pillow Cover…using a scarf!

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All you will need is a large light-weight scarf (I like to pick up affordable scarves at places like Forever21 and Target), and a throw pillow insert. UPDATE: the pillow used here is 16″x16″ and the scarf is 76″x40.”

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Here’s how to make your pillow cover. First, open and lay your scarf down on a flat surface. Place your pillow insert onto the center of your scarf. Fold the bottom half of your scarf up over the top of your pillow form.

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Then fold the top half down. Grab the two long ends and knot them in the center of the pillow.

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Knot once more for a fuller look. Feel free to tweak the fabric until it looks good to you. Tuck loose scarf ends under the open scarf flaps on either side and distribute the bulk evenly.

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Ta-da!! You’re done!

If you give this project a go, I’d love to see your results! Use the hashtag #ccpillowcover on instagram so we can all have a look-see! xo Ez

Psst…if you’re feeling crafty, you can find all of my past DIY projects in the Creature Comforts DIY Gallery!

DIY Idea: Golden Triangles Nail Art

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I spotted this fabulous nail art over on pinterest last week, and when I showed the pin to my daughter she asked if she could treat me to a fun manicure right on the spot. We wanted to use the original look as our inspiration, but with Spring newly upon us we started thinking that using lighter “Springy” polishes might look best. So we decided on a golden / metallic look that was surprisingly easy to create.

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To replicate the look that my daughter created for me you will need:

Apply one coat of “Shell We Dance” polish all over the nail and allow it to try completely. Use strips of Scotch tape (two strips per nail) to tape off each nail, leaving a triangle-shaped portion of each nail visible. Swipe a thing coat of “Good As Gold” across each nail. Be sure to fully coat the non-taped portion with polish. Allow to dry. Next apply a thin coat of “Golden Rule” polish atop the dried gold polish.  Once dry, slowly peel away the tape on each finger. Finish by applying a coat of your favorite clear topcoat to seal. Ta-da!

Make this look your own using your current favorite polish / colors! xo Ez

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Photos kindly taken my my daughter, “Miss K”.

In Good Taste: Homemade Caramel Corn

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While growing up my little sister and I weren’t allowed to consume any sugar. Because of this, I have a lot of strong food related memories. One in particular, is a brilliantly clear memory of a sleepover at a friend’s house where her dad cooked up a batch of peanut butter popcorn. I think that their family was a reduced-sugar clan too…but they used “real” peanut butter (read: the kind with sugar in it) vs. the dry ground paste that we had at home. Thinking back on it, I’m doubtful that this popcorn was really all that amazing, but at that time, to my sweets-deprived taste buds it was pure nirvana. I might have licked the bowl, and I’m pretty sure that I ate more than my fair share (I was greedy like that). Afterward, I revered her father like some sort of god…and you can guarantee that I was keen to sleep over at that friend’s house as often as possible from that point on.

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This in part, is why I determined that when I became a parent one day, that I would be one of those moms who would wow their kids’ friends by busting out delicious snacks…such as an epic rendition of caramel corn. And this lovelies, now brings to me the sweet, salty, crunchy goodness that is attainable through the Homemade Cracker Jack Recipe by Brown Eyed Baker. OMG!

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I’ve made this caramel corn more times than I can count and it’s a winner every-single-time (minus the first time when I burnt it—a note on that below). It’s the perfect recipe to add to your kid/friend-wowing recipe arsenal. Head over to Brown Eyed Girl for the Caramel Corn Recipe.

Here are a few tips that I’ve learned during all my popcorn making:

  • Making caramel with a candy thermometer can be intimidating, but you can’t really mess up this recipe as long as you watch the temperature closely. You’ve got this!
  • I found that the oven cooking time needs to be drastically shortened. I only bake mine for 25-35 minutes (vs. the hour noted on the original recipe).
  • You cannot stir the baking popcorn too much. I recommend carefully doing so every 5-10 minutes. This will ensure a nicely distributed caramel coating on your corn.
  • The caramel coating on the popcorn will fully crisp up once it has cooled. Don’t worry if it’s a little bit sticky at the end of the baking time. If you feel that it needs more baking time you can always pop it back in the oven for a few more minutes…but once it’s burnt there is no going back. Don’t make that sad mistake.
  • If you can use Fleur de Sel in place of the sea salt in the recipe your caramel corn will taste even more mind-blowing.
  • Store the leftovers (Ha! As if there will be any!) in an airtight glass or plastic container. I found that using a plastic storage bag doesn’t work as well and gives the popcorn a yucky plastic-like taste.

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Photo props: Stamps from Besotted Brand | Wooden baskets from Michael’s Craft Store