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03.31.16

DIY ROOM SPRAY

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

we’re true fans of alyssa hoppe over here and all of the projects she creates for us (hanging planters and this holiday wreath). and today’s post is no exception, these room sprays are seriously beautiful. she teamed up with photographer nicole moser for the project and they’re going to show us how to make some of our own. they’d be the perfect hostess, housewarming gift or addition to your bedside table, so pretty!

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

“Flowers are blooming and Spring is finally here (yay!). What better way to enjoy the change of season than by bringing the freshness of outside, into your home! These room sprays are both functional and beautiful, and can be made with a wide range of essential oil combinations to suit your fancy.” alyssa

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• glass bottle with mist nozzle (i got my bottles from a perfume store, i asked for their old testers! but here are some similar options 1, 2, 34 and 5. )
• essential oils
• distilled water
• vodka or gin
• dried flowers
• measuring cup or kitchen scale for ounces
• masking tape

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

– If you’re buying fresh flower to dry, tie a string around the ends and hang upside down for a week. Once the flowers are done drying, clean out an empty glass bottle and pour distilled water three fourths of the way full. 

– Next, take your essential oils and do a total of 25-30 drops in the water.

-Measure out 1 oz of vodka or gin and pour into the bottle. The ratio I use is 6oz distilled water/1oz alcohol. If your bottle is smaller or larger, you can adjust accordingly.

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

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03.28.16

DIY DENIM PATCH PILLOW

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

we’re sure you’ve probably noticed, but we have quite the thing for embroidered details these days. taking a cue from some of our favorite jean jackets we’ve made an easy denim pillow cover for all the patches we’ve been collecting and created the perfect way to work the trend into our home decor.

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest
diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

we made an easy, zipper free pillow cover with frayed edges, but if sewing isn’t your thing you can purchase pre- made ones here and still partake in the embellishment fun. *we also have a few extra patches from our project that can be purchased here while they last.*

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

supplies:

  • 1 yard medium or heavy weight denim fabric
  • embroidered iron or sew on patches
  • fabri- tac glue
  • scissors
  • pins

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

start by measuring the pillow you want to cover and make two paper pattern pieces. one for the front that is the size of your pillow (our is 16 x 16 inches) and one for the back overlapping pieces that is as wide as your pillow but half as tall plus 2 inches (so 16 x 10 inches in our case).

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest
diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

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03.24.16

DIY FLORAL CURTAIN

diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this DIY is a reduce, reuse, recycle project at it’s best. remember our beloved floral christmas tree?  after a few months of looking at all those flowers and thinking about the good ole days we finally figured out a way to repurpose them so they could be on display in the studio all year.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this project was surprisingly easy. we had to custom make our sheer curtains due to the unusual size of the windows but ready made versions are easy to find to fit most residential spaces. once you have sheers and your faux florals all you need is a pair of scissors and some high quality craft glue. our favorite adhesive for this kind of project can be ordered here or found in most craft stores.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

the key to this project is to try to make the backside of the flowers as flat as possible so that they adhere well to the curtain. using scissors just clip the area where the stem had been connected as flat as you can but making sure to leave the end of the plastic piece. in some instances it is helpful to add a little glue to the remaining plastic part so that the petals all stay together. then just glue, glue glue. we started by glueing the large flowers first and then added smaller and smaller flowers along the way to create the sense of the flowers falling into a pile at the bottom.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this is the perfect, relaxing weekend project. it takes a little while but it’s easy and and fun and in the end you can make yourself a little piece of floral magic.

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis

03.04.16

MAKE IT/ YARN WRAPPED LAMP SHADE

diy lampshade | designlovefest

lighting fixtures really make a room come together but they can also be quite expensive. we wanted to create something unique and special for our office space without breaking the bank. this modified lamp shade diy is quick and easy and requires just a few inexpensive supplies. it’s a total win, win. we saw this one and figured we would try to DIY it!

diy lampshade | designlovefest

supplies:

  • large lamp shade, we used this one
  • oversized yarn in two colors
  • tacky glue
  • foam brush (not pictured)

start by measuring the circumference of the bottom of your lamp shade with yarn, add a few extra inches and fold that amount over itself to double the thickness. using the contrasting colored yarn tie a knot at the end. pull out the yarn about an inch and tie another loop, continue this until you have a long enough piece to wrap around the bottom of the shade.

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diy lampshade | designlovefest

using the tacky glue adhere the two tone portion of your yarn to the bottom of the lampshade. the nice thing about tacky glue is that it doesn’t dry too quickly so you have time to get the yarn perfectly in place. after your first layer dries you can use a foam brush to apply wider areas of glue and simply continue to wrap the yarn around the shade.

diy lampshade | designlovefest

continue until you have made your way to the top of your shade and add a little extra dab of glue to the end for good measure and to keep the tail end of the yarn from fraying.

diy lampshade | designlovefest

we added an optional macrame element to the exposed portion of the lamp chord. for directions on how to wrap something with a macrame knot see our COOLer cooler video here.

diy lampshade | designlovefest
diy lampshade | designlovefest
diy lampshade | designlovefest

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis

12.17.15

WOODEN BEAD GARLAND DIY

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after that floral tree you might have thought we were done with our holiday decor for the year but surprise! we have one last diy to share with you, a wooden bead garland.

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we searched high and low for the most beautiful unfinished wood beads and found the perfect ones

here. in addition to the beads all you will need is yarn or cotton cord, a yarn needle and a pair of scissors.DSC_9638
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the beading is relatively simple. start by stringing a long strand of beads that stretches the length of the area you are intending to decorate. when you get to the end take your needle and insert it through the bead second to the last, by doing so you will reverse the direction you are working in and create a finished end.

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to create the loops continue running the yarn back through the beads you’ve strung up in a line and every so often add a stretch of new beads and then return to your original strand. the swag is created when for example you skip 6 beads on the original strand but add 10 beads to the new strand and reconnect back at the 6th bead.

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we found it was helpful to plan out our pattern ahead of time and layout the beads before stringing to get an idea of how many we would need to use for each swag. it’s also fun to play around with the proportions, since the beads are so large it’s fast to string up a few to get an idea of the shape and size any certain number or shapes of beads might create. we tried a few different designs before deciding which one we wanted to commit to.

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since the holes in the wooden beads are so large you can create multiple swags if you wish to create increasingly more elaborate designs.

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it’s quick and easy but really makes a statement. it’s also the perfect holiday decor for those of us who might not have the space for a tree (or just didn’t manage to get one in time.) and the best part is you can leave this holiday decor up and enjoy it well into the new year.

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we hope this holiday brings you lots of happiness and cheer, quality time with family and friends and a little free time to get to a few diy projects you’ve been meaning to try. please tag and share with us what you make, we love when you share your creations.

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis

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