March 8, 2016

DIY Wall of Hearts-Coat Hanger Wall Art

Coat Hanger Heart Wall Art

I love to take something I find around my house and reinvent it to turn it into something giving it new purpose. With a closet full of wire coat hangers I thought I would turn them into heart to create and adorable wall art to place next to a photo gallery of my daughter and I in my home. It’s simple, inexpensive and full of handmade character. Here’s how you make them!

Supplies: Wire coat hangers, Pliers, String, Fabric or Trim of choice (yarn, lace, twine, burlap, ribbon, fabric,
trim, lace etc.), Hot glue gun, Spray paint (optional) Small command hooks, nails or picture frame hooks (as you
desire.)
Step One: Use your pliers to cut off the curved loop at the top of the hanger. Spray paint your hanger your desired
color (optional).
Step Two: Bend and manipulate the wire hanger into a basic heart shape. The twisted part of the hanger (which
was once at the top) becomes the bottom point of the heart shape. Don’t worry about making your heart perfect.
“Perfection is in the imperfection” and the imperfection is what makes it interesting and gives it an organic feel.
Step Three: Choose a material that comes in long strands – yarn, lace, twine, ribbon, burlap, etc. Secure one end
of your material to the bottom of the heart with hot glue. Then, stretch the strand across the shape and secure on
the wire with a dot of glue. Continue to crisscross the strand back and forth across all areas of the shape, securing
with glue along the way. When the entire heart is filled in with overlapping lines, snip off the remaining material.
Step Four: When you are finished making all of your hearts, lay them out on the floor to decide how you want to
arrange them on your wall. Lastly, hang them up using one or two small nails or small Command hooks for each
heart. You can also use one as a Valentine’s Day wreath for your front door.

I hope you had fun making this simple project to create wall art for your home. I think this would be really cute to use as an embellishment to gift packaging for any occasion. How cute would these be for a baby shower gift using fabric?  You can watch my DIY on the FLY video tutorial here: https://youtu.be/X-AGhbZluzQ Don’t be afraid to get creative! I would love to hear your comments and feel free to email me your contact information along with photographs of your coat hanger hearts to be considered as a feature on my blog and social media. If you like my YouTube tutorial please subscribe to my channel and I would love for you to follow me on my social media.

Enjoy! xo

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May 21, 2015

DIY on the Fly™- Dip-Dyed Stationery

Handmade Dip-Dyed Stationery

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Photo Credit: Dana Gallagher

As the owner of my own greeting card company to say I am passionate about paper and people is an understatement! There is nothing more sentimental in this day and age of technology than that of a hand written note. I believe everyone needs a personal set of stationery and handmade stationery for mom will make her think of you each time she sends a note. This is a simple, fun project that the whole family can enjoy and it also makes a great gift for teachers or other important people in your life.

Step One:

Find some plain white, uncoated stationery, envelopes or gift tags from your local craft or paper store.

Step Two:

Using a plastic cup or Tupperware dish fill it with hot water and your desired color of Rit liquid dye. Let the solution cool before dipping your stationery or envelope.

Step Three:

Carefully dip the paper about an inch into the solution until you have your desired color. Don’t worry about creating a straight line. Perfection is in the imperfection. Each piece is unique and that’s the true beauty of this project!

Step Four:

Lastly, you will want to hang your paper to dry before you package it together and embellish it with a beautiful decorative ribbon and a handwritten gift note.

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January 9, 2013

Sheet Music Gift Wrap

I love the art of gift wrapping.  For me, the little details and the presentation of the gift are what matters most.  I adore this idea of using sheet music, old or new to wrap up your special gift for a unique touch.  You can take it a step further and search for music that matches the occasion.  Maybe it’s the Happy Birthday song for a birthday gift, a special song that takes you and a friend back in time, or a love sonnet such as “The Greatest Love of All” for an anniversary.
As a final detail try adding a vintage brooch, decorative button, or old piece of jewelry on top of a beautiful ribbon.  Whatever the occasion, this simple do-it-yourself gift wrap idea has a truly deeper meaning that adds to the gift itself.  So, next time you have a gift to give try adding a some music to your wrap and watch as you evoke a melody of pure joy!
Send us photo’s of your beautifully wrapped creations.  We would love to post them and show them off for you.
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January 6, 2013

DIY for Elegant Party Invitations

I love this simple DIY idea for making an envelope.
Use a square paper doily and fold the sides in around your card or invitation. (You can find these at Joanne Fabrics or Michaels Craft Stores) Fold the sides and bottom in around your card or invitation so they overlap slightly.  Make sure to leave enough room to slide in your card or invitation. Use a clear glue stick to hold them in place. (See photo for folding example)

Finally, you can add a wax initial stamp, sticker, or label for an added touch to seal your envelope. Simple, inexpensive, elegant, and a truly unique way to set the tone for your special occasion.
Have fun, and then send me a photo of your beautiful creation to post or let me know how it goes!

 

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