26 posts tagged Design*Sponge
I was so excited when I saw this project, because I actually already have all the things listed! These little wood blocks are so sweet - all you have to do is drill the holes and paint with watercolours. Don’t they look amazing with those giant pink blooms!?
I remember seeing magnets like these on etsy and thinking - oh that looks pretty easy - all you have to do is cut a piece out o air dry clay and chop into a gem shape! Easy! No. No it wasn’t. They looked completely manky, and I rolled it into a ball and threw it at the wall. This tutorial is much easier - you use a gem shaped candy mold instead! Then you can use them for whatever you want - pushpins like in the tutorial, magnets, put a brooch piece on the back, stick around a picture frame…
As you guys know, I’ll always re-blog anything cross stitch related, and this one is super fun too! This large-scale art would look great in a family room or entrance hall to great visitors.
Here’s an amazing before & after from Design*Sponge featuring one of my favourite patterns - ikat! It’s so pretty and colourful!
Postage Stamp Coasters | Design*Sponge
Coasters: Not something you really think about when you’re shopping. In fact, I don’t know where the one set of coasters I bought when I moved into my house is. I think I’m going to make these though, because I adore the vintage postage stamp pictures! If you don’t want to fork out a bucket of cash on transfer paper (seriously, it’s like $20 for a few sheets?!) you could print these out on paper and use some Mod Podge to glue them to some wooden blank coasters. Which I might also do too!
Butterfly Dome | Stylist Home
Did you know that Design*Sponge has a book now? I’ve never been so excited for a homewares book to come out since the Domino home guide! Design*Sponge has some amazing DIYs, and Stylist Home features one of the projects. To be honest, i don’t agree with using real butterflies. I think you could get the same effect using fake ones, but if you really want to use the real ones there is a link. And if you want to get the new Design*Sponge book, try going here!
Bird Cage Chandelier | Design*Sponge
Tonight we continue our series of ‘Emma Loves Chandeliers’ with maybe the most ingenious chandelier I have seen in yonks! What I like the most about this is that I don’t have to have a hanging light bulb, plus if you hinge the top of the cage as they have here, you get easy access to the bulb when you need to change it. Which, in my crappy wired house, is quite often!
Chevron Pattern Fan Blades | Design*Sponge
Fans. Does anyone actually think about fans unless you’re building a house?! Nope. I didn’t think about decorating my fans until I saw this! And of course, chevron, the love of my life is featured so of course I adore this style. Though you could use any pattern really. Just remember that whatever colour you use is going to be spinning around above you though, so make sure you choose one that won’t make you insane!
DIY 101: Building Your Toolbox - Sanding | Design*Sponge
One of my goals this year was to build more. Well we’re half way through the year but I’m yet to build anything. Oh well. But I am the kind of person who likes to be prepared so this series of Building Your Toolbox is just brilliant. I’ve always done things kind of half arsed because honestly I didn’t really become interested in in DIY until after I graduated - if only I had listened in Tech Studies class instead of gossiping! Oh well. Sanding is one of those incredibly important things that I’ve always skipped. It just seems like too much work! But like with most things, it’s the prep that can make or break a project. It’s time to go shopping!
DIY Faux Cameroonian Feather Hat | Design*Sponge
First off: have you checked out the new look at Design*Sponge?! Gorgeous! Also gorgeous: this faux Cameroonian is amazing. I’ve always wanted one but they cost in excess of $600. This is a fantastic alternative, I’m just going to have to try and find that wool.
Log Jar Display | Design*Sponge
Sometimes it’s quite hard to display small items without them being overwhelmed by what’s around it. Displaying them in something as pretty as this not only draws attention to them but does it in a effective and cheap way!
Wood Bud Vase & Salt Dish | Design*Sponge
I like objects that are both pretty and practical. This is not only pretty & practical, but easy to make as well! Love it. This is perfect as a Wedding gift or a Christmas present. I’m going to invest in some drill bit pieces that drill holes like this…and then get my dad to show me how to use them!
Rubber Coasters | Design*Sponge
I can’t remember going out and actually buying coasters, but I still have some. It’s kind of the same with candles and placemats. You never remember buying any but they always end up in the house! Well I think I will consciously make these adorable rubber coasters! The best part is that these are made from the grip rubber matting you put in drawers to stop stuff rolling around, so once you put your cup on this it’s not going to go slipping and sliding!
Sculptural Lamp Shades | Design*Sponge
Felt is my favourite fabric, mainly because I don’t have to hem it! I also love how creative you can get with it, it’s great for fashion and homewares alike. I love these lamp shades, they look so high end and expensive. And the most intensive part of this is the cutting out of the circles! OK and maybe hot gluing them on… I’m always burning myself. Though I’m very excited about what my next purchase will be - a cordless hot glue gun! So smart! Why didn’t anyone think of this before!?
Patterned Key Rack | Design*Sponge
When you’re a lady on a budget, giving gifts gets tough. If you’re like me, you want to give them something pretty yet practical, something that they won’t throw out or give on. And everyone (I don’t know one woman who doesn’t) has enough of those cheap, body lotion & wash packs in some sickening scent (seriously, stop buying these. It’s the only way they’ll stop making them!) enough funny mugs, and seriously, enough candles. Unless specifically asked, don’t buy people candles unless they are super expensive nice ones from Dusk. Please. Anyway, I made these key racks for friends one year when I was very short on cash and they loved them. They were super easy to make too - I got the wood cut at Bunnings, sanded them down, glued on some pretty paper from Spotlight and whacked on the hooks. It’s both a pretty piece of art to hang on the wall and everyone needs somewhere to hang their keys! And the best part is you can customise it to suit your giftee - cover it in a LOLcat for a cat lover, a plucky phrase for your pessimist friend or glue on a mirror for the friend who always has lipstick on their teeth!