For the next month or so, I’ll be highlighting some favorite past projects each Friday. Since I’m preparing to move again, I won’t have time to prepare new blog material. To post something new in the midst of all the purging & packing I’m doing would be sheer madness—and I already have enough of that to go around.
Today’s flashback is quite apropos for the holiday season. These gift card holders can be made for any occasion, but I like them best for Christmas because there’s so many cool holiday fabrics out there right now.
Because gift cards can feel impersonal to the gift-giver, these holders are great because you can customize them to each person. The first year I made these, I made one for my sister with purple felt (her fave color) and zebra-print fabric. She loved it so much she reused her holder as a wallet. Plus, these DIY holders allow you a chance to infuse some hand-made love into your gifts.
These holders are really easy and would be a great project for children too! Feel free to comment if you have any questions or feedback.
Confession: I used to think trays were an unnecessary part of decor. Unless they were truly used to carry items, I saw them as impractical. But when I created a tray for my last bedroom makeover, I became a convert. I discovered trays are much more practical than I’d once thought and I now have four in my home.
Trays are a wonderful decor item as they help corral loose items and can be used to showcase other decor, like part of a vignette. My main purpose in creating one was to add color and pattern that complements my living room makeover.
Read along to check out how I created my tray and how you can do the same!
Perhaps I should’ve changed my site to “The DIY Nomad” instead.
Because of some big maintenance issues with the apartment I moved into this summer, I will again be moving into a new place. I’m able to end my lease early and get outta here.
This time, it will be a totally different location, totally different management, and totally different style of apartment. (Hey, I can’t just do it half-assed, right?!) Oh, and I can paint the walls in this new place—NICE!
NOTE: In updating my site to reflect my new name, The DIY Homegirl, this post gave me some wackiness while editing. So I had to repost this as a brand new blog. This makeover was done in 2011, but it’s still pretty fly!
Completing my kitchen’s decor has been an ongoing project for quite some time now. I actually tried out a few different color schemes before deciding a mostly white palette would be best. And boy, was it.
I won’t lie, this makeover was a challenge because I live in an apartment and can’t alter the cabinetry. But I did find a way to visually alter the cabinets without doing any harm. Find out how I completed this kitchen makeover after the jump.
From my teenage years on up, my friends would enlist me to redecorate their rooms. Most times this just involved rearranging furniture, reorganizing, and reusing items they already had. But I loved helping them breathe new life into their space and relished each opportunity.
Fast forward to today, where I’m manifesting those passions into becoming an interior designer (back to school next year!). When my parents asked for my help in making over their outdated country kitchen, I was glad to assist. This is the first large-scale makeover I’ve been a part of, so I’m quite excited.
Continue reading for details on how we came about this plan and the items we’ll use to create a stylish yet comfy kitchen.
When you live in an apartment and can’t paint the walls, you’ve gotta get creative to add color to a room. I’m currently decorating my living room and had to figure out a way to bring color to the wall where my TV is placed. This wall is opposite my sofa, where I’m using lots of color with pillows and pattern.
I’ve employed various methods in the past to incorporate color on my white rental walls. But this time, I wanted to try something different and also use items I already had to save money. Thus, I created this distressed color block wall art:
Continue reading to learn how I created this and another way color blocking was added to my living room.
Do you ever see a current decor trend or accessory and think, “I wish I could just make that myself to save money”? Or, “I love this but I wish it came in a different color”?
Ikat has been on the scene for a while now, but it’s still going strong. If you love the textured patterns of ikat but can’t afford the real deal (or want to save money instead of buying the printed versions)—I’m here to help.
Follow along for my tutorial on creating your own ikat-patterned fabric.
Ah, Halloween. It’s the one day of the year in which we can dress as serial killers and D-list celebrities without being judged. It’s kind of like The Purge, but on a much more humane level. Halloween is the only occasion in which grossing out your guests is deliberate and socially acceptable.
I tend not to get into seasonal decorating or crafts, but I do love me some holiday cooking. So I rounded up some of the grodiest Halloween recipes out there. Warning: proceed with caution and an empty stomach.