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02.03.14

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Here’s a festive piece of decor to brighten up your valentine’s day. use this super easy to make mobile for an over the table centerpiece, or just a fun pop of love anywhere in your home!

what you’ll need:

• white hoola hoop
• bakers twine of your choice
• tape
• variety of sizes of honeycomb tissue balls (here) – I used 12 total in sizes 5”, 8”, and 12″

step 1 – trace and cut the tips of the honeycomb tissue balls to make each one the shape of a heart. start in the center of the half circle then cut at an angle all the way to the top of the ball.

step 2 – tape your bakers twine to the cardboard part of the tissue ball. keep it super long, so that you can cut it to your desired length once you attach it to the hoola hoop.

step 3 - tape your tissue ball/heart together so it will stay open.

step 4 - cut your bakers twine to the desired length in order to make it cascade in different lengths around the hoola hoop. tie each ball/heart to the hoola hoop.

step 5 - now you need to make the contraption that will hang your mobile to the ceiling. tie 3 pieces of bakers twine that are exactly the same length to your hoola hoop. measure out the distance between each piece of twine, so that each piece is tied equal distance apart. this will ensure that your mobile will hang balanced.

step 6 - screw in a screw hook to the ceiling.

step 7 - tie all three pieces of bakers twine together at the very top and hang it above your table!

project by: jesi haack design for designlovefest
photos by: ryan haack
more DIY projects here

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01.27.14

MAKE IT / 48

not sure how january is almost over already but february is right around the corner meaning, it’s almost valentine’s day. to me, valentine’s day is a celebration of love – no matter if you’re single or committed. it’s a time to appreciate those who are closest to you and, what better way than with some homemade heart pillows? leave one for someone on the bed or in a random spot…

jessica from bramble workshop created these adorable heart pillows for us using very basic materials and an easy how-to!

what you’ll need:

• fabric (two 18” squares)
• thread to match fabric
• stuffing
• pins
• needle
• paper for template
• sewing machine

how to make it:

• create a template for the pillow by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out a heart shape (ours was about 14 x 14 inches).

• stack the two pieces of fabric (right sides facing if it’s a patterned fabric).

• unfold the template and pin to the two layers of fabric.

• cut around the template, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

• unpin, remove template, and re-pin the pieces of fabric together.

• stitch around the edges with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 3 inch opening.

• clip into seam allowance (without cutting seams) along the curves to ease turning.

• turn the pillow right side out and stuff, working with small pieces so that the stuffing is free of lumps.

• slip-stitch the open edge.

and just like that, you’re done!

because everyone could use a little extra love in their lives and february 14th gives us all an excuse to be a little more generous with our words and actions. you never know how much a thoughtful gesture will mean to someone! xo, bri

project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here 

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01.06.14

MAKE IT / 47

if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a ton of coffee cups. some older and not so good looking ones i can’t part with for sentimental reasons and some really cute ones that deserve to be on display in the kitchen. jessica created a DIY that not only showcases those daily mugs of yours, but also doubles as cool wall art in your space. check it this 3-D wooden cloud…

what you’ll need:

• Dowels in various sizes (1/2”- 1 1/8”)
• White spray paint
• Gold paint (we used Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic craft paint)
• Sponge brush
• Elmer’s Glue-All (or wood glue)
• Three 1 ¼” white cup hooks
• 2 small screw eyes
• Safety glasses
• Drill
• Compound miter saw

• Wearing safety glasses, cut dowels in varying heights between ¾” to 2”. We used 125 pieces.

• Spray paint dowels white and then use sponge brush to dab gold paint onto one end.

• Glue about 75% of the dowels together in clusters, keeping unpainted ends flush with one another. Let clusters dry overnight.

• Drill small holes into two of the clusters and attach screw eyes. These will be used to hang the teacup holder.

• Arrange clusters in desired composition, with the screw eyes at the top. Glue the clusters together, adding additional dowels to fill in the gaps.  Let dry overnight.

• Decide where you would like the cups to hang, drill holes in the ends of three dowels, and screw in cup hooks.

• Hang on the wall using nails and display your favorite coffee cups!

what do you think? are you going to give this one a shot?

project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here

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12.16.13

MAKE IT / 46

today we’re going to learn how to make a super easy, cheap and fun backdrop with jesi haack design. make it for your next party or just to have around the house, because backdrops make everything better! you might have already seen this one appear in a photo or two on my instagram, it was just too good not to share.

what you’ll need:

• chicken wire (4ft by 6ft)
• 3 pieces of 1” x 2” wood, 6ft tall
• spray paint
• hammer
• nails
• napkins
• staple gun

how to make it:

• start by spray painting your 3 pieces of wood and your chicken wire. you will only need to paint one side since the backdrop is meant to lean against a wall.

• next, lay down 2 of your long pieces of wood parallel to each other, then lay the 3rd over top, like you’re make the top of a square. nail the top piece to the top of the other two pieces to create the brace for your backdrop.

• it’s time to stretch your chicken wire. first, flip over your brace so that you are looking at the unpainted side of the wood. unroll the chicken wire and use your staple gun to attach the end to one of the pieces of wood. i would staple down every 3 inches. stretch the chicken wire over to the other piece of wood and pull it as tight as it will go to ensure there will be no rolls in the chicken wire.

• set the entire brace with your completed chicken wire up against a wall. now you’re ready to make your heart!

• place the napkin in your hand, and pull up the center of the napkin to make a point. start by setting the parameters of your heart.  place a napkin where the bottom point of the heart will be and also one where the middle point of the heart will be. then place 2 napkins at the farthest point of each of the rounds of the heart will be.

• then start filling in the full outline of the heart…

• you don’t have to use every single hole in the chicken wire, i used about every other hole. if you see gaps, just fill them in or fluff up the napkins! hope you make & enjoy. - jesi

use it as a photo backdrop or as a cheerful element in your office…

project by: jesi haack design for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here and holiday entertaining tips here

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12.02.13

HOLIDAY WREATH DIY

The Holidays are my most beloved time of year. As a florist, we are advocates for bringing the outdoors in. During the Holiday’s we are decking the halls with garlands, mistletoe, and wreaths. -kristen from moon canyon design

Here is a very simple and fun wreath to make.

what you’ll need:

• grapevine wreath base
• cedar
• balsam fir
• acacia
• pine
• hemlock
• really any evergreen will do!

Start by creating your outer edges and working in towards your center. All you have to do is cut the pieces of green and tuck the into the grapevine base. The base is twisted up enough that it will hold the branches really well. No need for messing around with wire.

I really like asymmetry and so really there is no wrong way here! I like to keep the greens long and let them reach out and be wild.

It’s nice mix a bunch evergreens with different textures and shades of green. This creates such a wonderful winter forest palette. You can accent with ribbon or pine cones for an extra holiday burst.

With the extra bits and clippings from the wreaths I made these holiday corsages. Any chance I get to adorn myself with florals, I take it!

These corsages are basically petite posies tied with wire and accented with ribbon. If you have flowers that you want to add to the evergreens feel free to tie those in there as well. Pin them on and you have a beautiful fresh accent to your holiday look. Plus the scent is seriously amazing!

florals by: moon canyon design co. - see more floral posts here!
photos by: kimberly genevieve

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