DIY | reindeer moss wreath

reindeer moss wreath tutorial | home sweet blogWhen I finally took down my Christmas decorations (clearly I was in no rush. But, Elvis used to leave his Christmas decor up until his birthday on January 8th. So, just pretend I did that on purpose… you know… for Elvis.) I needed a little something for the front door. I decided to make a reindeer moss wreath – it’s perfect for the transition from winter to spring. This could not have be any easier and I love the way it turned out! Here’s what you’ll need to make it,

reindeer moss wreath | home sweet blog

  • grapevine wreath (I used one I already had)
  • reindeer moss (I found mine at Michael’s and bought two different colors, $6 per bag, and had plenty left over)
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • burlap or ribbon for hanging

Prepare yourself because the “how-to” is embarrassingly simple… just hot glue the reindeer moss on the front of your wreath. I chose to leave a few of the vines showing. If you wanted a less rustic looking wreath you could use a foam wreath form. After covering the front, I glued the moss around the edges of the wreath, so only the back was left uncovered.

reindeer moss wreath instagram | home sweet blog

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When you’re finished gluing, just hang and enjoy! So far it’s been hanging outside for two weeks and it has held up wonderfully. The moss has stayed on and it hasn’t lost any of it’s color. The wreath below was on One Kings Lane this week for $55! Not only was mine a tiny fraction of that price, but I like it better.

OKL reindeer moss wreath | home sweet blog

Also, saw this one at Target for $44.99! It looks pretty good online, but I saw it in store and the moss practically crumbled when it came in contact with anything.

Target wreath | home sweet blog

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reindeer moss wreath 2 | home sweet blog{ sorry for my scary reflection… }

reindeer moss wreath 1 | home sweet blog


diy: tissue paper tassel garland

tassel garland tutorial | home sweet blog

Earlier this month we co-hosted a baby shower for some friends who are expecting a sweet baby girl this January. Since they are welcoming a little girl we opted for pink everything with little bits of gold. For part of the decor I made a tassel garland – it turned out super adorable and was super easy. Here’s how I did it,

// materials //

  • tissue paper or mylar*
  • scissors
  • thin wire or twist ties
  • glue stick (not pictured)
  • wooden skewer (not pictured)
  • ribbon or string

tassel garland | home sweet blog

1. Gather materials. (glue stick and wooden skewer not pictured)

2. Fold a piece of tissue paper in to quarters. Then, in half lengthwise and in half lengthwise again. Each sheet of tissue paper will make four tassels.

3. Cut towards the fold to create fringe, leaving 1″ to 1.5″ uncut at the fold line. Cut the last fringe on each side all the way to the fold (to make the four tassels).

4. Unfold the tissue paper and separate the four pieces.

5. Put a thin line of glue on one edge, place the wire or twist tie and begin rolling tightly down the middle crease. Once it is rolled up, begin twisting tightly.

6. Fold in half and twist to create a loop for hanging. To get the loop extra tight, slide onto the wooden skewer and twist.

7. String onto ribbon, secure with a knot to prevent tassel from moving.

8. Repeat with other colors and hang.

*The mylar was pretty difficult to work with. Next time I might just use gold tissue paper. It will not be quite as shiny, but will save the hassle of dealing with mylar.

Here are a few shots of the tassel garland (and another fun DIY – tutorial to come!) in action.

tassel garland 1 | home sweet blog

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How amazing are those flowers? My friend Caroline is an incredibly talented floral designer. I was supposed to help her arrange… but I mostly just watched in awe as she worked.

diy: burlap door hanger

burlap door hanger | home sweet blog

Adorable burlap door hangers everywhere – in fact, we have an Auburn one that we hang during football season. So when my sis-in-law and bro-in-law found out they were expecting baby #2 last fall, I wanted to get them one. Actually, I would have had to buy two… they got our entire family together to announce the sex of the baby and and as soon they did, I wanted to give them a little something to welcome the new addition. That meant buying one for a baby boy and a baby girl. (Side note: I was convinced baby #2 was a girl, so I almost went with my gut and bought one. Glad I didn’t, because of course, now I am aunt to an adorable nephew) Since I needed two, I decided I’d try to make them as opposed to dropping $40+ that they sell for in gift shops. They actually turned out pretty cute and I was so much more excited about presenting them with a homemade gift. Here’s how I did it,

You’ll need:

  • burlap (I had a lot leftover from our wedding)
  • paint (I used regular acrylic craft paint)
  • black puff paint
  • hot glue
  • plastic grocery bags
  • wire (for hanging)

burlap door hanger 1 | home sweet blog

burlap door hanger 1 | home sweet blog

I made a template out of newspaper and then used the template to cut out my burlap. You’ll need to cut to pieces of burlap – one for the front and one for the back. I painted the front piece of burlap. Be sure to put down paper or plastic as the paint bleeds straight through the burlap. I painted free-hand but you could easily sketch with a pencil or marker first. Once the paint was dry, I outlined with the puff paint. I attached the front painted piece of burlap to the back piece – leaving a little opening – stuffed the inside with the plastic grocery bags, then glued the opening shut. Attached the wire and it was ready to hang!

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no butts about it

In an earlier post I mentioned our fab engagement party – full details still to come! I’m waiting for pics – but in the meantime I wanted to share the DIY hostess gifts. I really struggled with what to give our hosts to say thank you. BW and I finally decided to give everyone a good barbeque rub. I mean, who doesn’t love barbeque? BW shared his secret rub recipe and we bottled them up in jars. My friend Sam helped by offering her graphic design skills for the cute pig tags. She did a fab job of capturing exactly what I had envisioned. We added a set of tongs and tied it all together with some twine. I think they turned out pretty adorable!

So, if you decide you want to whip of your very own (which I would highly recommend!) I’m letting you in on BW’s super secret recipe!*

{ BW’s barbeque pork rub }

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

*In all honestly…he’d tell you it’s not really much of a secret at all. But somehow it makes it a little more exciting if you feel like you’re in on the secret.

wingback chair: part 1

I’ve been pretty busy lately, so unfortunately “project: wingback chair” is not moving along quite as quickly as I’d hoped. What I originally thought would be a weekend project has turned into more of a month-long project…I haven’t give up yet, so there’s still hope. Here’s an update of what’s happened with the chair so far…

Last weekend my mom stopped by to give me a hand. We decided to use the muslin I’d purchases as a pattern. I sketched out this little drawing of the chair to use as a guide for our pattern pieces. Then I left my mom to work while I went out in search of more straight pins…we clearly did not have nearly enough. It seriously takes an obscene amount. My mom also managed to slice her hands up pretty badly with the straight pins. The joke of the day was “just don’t bleed on the slipcover” (spoiler alert – she did.) I don’t think she quite realized what she’d signed up for. Sorry, Mom! After a few Band-Aids and some new pins, we were back on track. We began pinning and cutting the muslin. We used a pencil to draw each piece and then I later cut them out leaving about an 1-1 1/2 seam allowance. Here is my adorable mom helping with the chair…

{ mom }

Fast forward one week: I spend Sunday evening pinning the pieces back on the chair to make sure that the patterns we cut would fit. The next step will be to baste (loose stitch with a needle and thread. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this term. I didn’t either, I had to Google it. I probably learned this in a fashion course at some point, but obviously it didn’t stick.) the pieces together. I will then flip it inside out and make sure everything looks alright. Then, I will have to rip it all apart and use these pieces as the pattern on my actual fabric. Ugh, I’m already exhausted and feeling a slight tinge of anxiety at that thought, but at the rate things are going I’ve got at least two weeks before I get to that point. I had been toying around with the idea of using drop cloths to make the slip cover. I read about that here. They are super cheap and easy to work with. But since I don’t want to have to go through this again anytime soon, I decided to go with fabric I’ve had in mind all along. Otherwise, I don’t think I would be 100% happy with it. I ordered this oatmeal colored natural linen online for an incredible deal of $5/yard.

{ love this fabric }

I’m excited for the fabric to arrive and I’m even more excited to share the next stage of progress. I’m not yet ready to throw in the towel or admit I’m in over my head, so hopefully another update is on it’s way!

chair-y tale

I’ve been searching for a wingback chair for my living room. After searching high and low – along with some help with my mom, thanks mom! – I was able to track this one down on Craigslist for $30. Since I’m not loving the blue faux velvet (what’s not to love…right?!) all it needs is a good slipcover. It’s not much to look at now, but I love the shape and the style of the legs. A good slipcover should completely transform the chair. I’m going for more of a loose, shabby chic look. I haven’t been able to hunt down a pre-made slipcover that I love and since having one custom made is not really in my budget, I’ve decided to make one on my own. Next weekend I am loading up the chair and my sewing machine and heading over to my parents house. I have enlisted the help of my mom. I figured two sets of hands is better than one. Here are a few different styles I’ve pulled for inspiration.

Oh and did I mention the chair smells of moth balls? I guess that’s what 3o bucks gets you. Nothing a little fresh air and an obscene amount of Frebreze  won’t fix. Hopefully beautiful slipcover pics are on the way!

diy: printed gift labels

Things are always so busy around the holidays. With some much going on, I haven’t really had a chance to keep up with the blogs I normally read. So, while catching up on my reading I stumbled upon these on Creature Comforts (if you haven’t checked out the blog, you totally should! LOVE her!) Not only did she design some beautiful gift tags, but she complied an ah-mazing list of tags from other sites, if only I would have had these BEFORE the holidays! Either way, I thought they were too beautiful not to share. Guess I’ll
just have to file them away for next year…

{ from creature comforts, download here }

And how much do you love these candy bar wrappers?

{ from creature comforts, download here }

{ from design*sponge, download here }

{ miss pickles press, download here }

{ from blush printables, download here }

{ eat drink chic via love, obsess, inspire, download here }

{ domestifluff, download here }

{ domestifluff, download here }

{ from is•ly via this pin, download here }

{ from lovely design, download here }