Happy Saturday, folks! I’m popping in with a special weekend edition of my weekday DIYs to share a quick Halloween-related how-to. The focus? Studio DIY’s brand new line of Halloween costumes! I have been such a major fan of this brand since basically day one of my own journey as a blogger in 2011, and I’m sending their team a few extra mental high fives in celebration of their product line launch.
In case you hadn’t heard the news, here’s a quick rundown of the details. Kelly Mindell, of Studio DIY, created a line of shift dresses in six fun colors, plus a range of removable accessories that you can add to the dresses in order to temporarily turn them into costumes fit for your Halloween festivities this season (and beyond!). You can grab everything you need to turn yourself into fruit, a piece of pie, a toaster pastry, chocolate chip cookie, and more.
I had my heart set on Kelly’s DIY strawberry costume, but I needed to make one minor tweak to the get-up. Since John and I don’t go out for Halloween, and since our neighborhood doesn’t get many trick-or-treaters (we live amongst mostly elderly couples who turn their lights off at 7:00pm), we’ve adopted the tradition of staying in and watching spooky movies on Halloween night. So, I don’t really need to go all out with a full costume. Instead, I err on the comfy side and wear sweat pants and a T-shirt.
Not wanting to miss out on the chance to support Kelly and her growing biz though, I decided to snag a set of the Studio DIY white seeds in order to turn a red sweater that I already had into my own cozy version of the brand’s signature strawberry costume! I just peeled the paper backing off the felt seeds after they arrived, stuck the sticky side down on a piece of linen that I had nearby to remove a bit of the strength, and then laid them one by one across my sweater.
Oh, and if you try this tutorial on for size, don’t worry! The stick-on seeds won’t harm the wool of your sweater. They’re way gentler on the fabric than those obnoxious “SIZE MEDIUM” stickers that come on the sweater from the store.
Now that my sweater is decked out in seeds, I just need to pull a green beanie down over my head (to act as the leafy topper), and I’m good to go for Halloween lounging. The best news is that—like Kelly’s shift dresses—you simply remove the seeds after Halloween and your outfit is good as new!
Here’s hoping that Kelly doesn’t mind my small night-in costume tweak! In case you’re into the idea of this cozy interpretation, hop over to the Studio DIY shop today to order your seeds—there isn’t much time left to get your order in ahead of this holiday (you must order by tomorrow, Oct. 23, at 11:59pm EST to get it by Oct. 29), but you can always stock up for NEXT year if you catch this update a bit too late.
FYI that the free shipping upgrade has been extended, and that you can get a free hat or accessory with any dress purchase if you do decide to go that route—just use code JAZZITUP. Happy early Halloween, everyone!
P.S. In case it wasn’t clear, this post isn’t sponsored in any way, shape, or form—I’m just a big fan!
Shoo-EE! What a week! It hasn’t really been too busy or too slow, but it was still packed with a LOT and I’m excited to see how this season is starting to shape up. Most notably, I started working on DIY Christmas content this week, and can’t wait to share more soon.
While I’m on the subject of the most wonderful time of year, are there any Christmas projects or DIY crafts that you’d love to see here on Dream Green DIY? Maybe a recipe or two? While I’m always open to feedback and suggestion, I’m feeling especially so this year, and would love to cater my editorial calendar to the types of things you really want to see this Christmas season. Leave your votes in the comments, but before you do, read on for seven colorful projects that should get you off on the right crafty foot this weekend.
7 DIY Links To Boost Your Maker Motivation
- DIY Mini Colorful Dessert Goblets, via A Kailo Chic Life
- DIY Hairpin Leg Dog Bowl Stand, via Dans le Lakehouse
- Photo Transfer Fall Serving Tray, via Sarah Hearts
- DIY Sun-Maid Halloween Costume, via The Merrythought
- Printable Halloween Votive Wraps, via Make and Tell
- Messy Paint Bucket DIY Pencil Holder, via Lines Across
- DIY Cartoon Eyeball Halloween Wreath, via yours truly & Oriental Trading Company
And in case you missed some of the fun content that went live right here on DGD, click back to see my roundup of 20 Woven Wall Hangings To Invest In Now, the full reveal of my Black, Blush & Gold Fall Dinner Party with HP, and a tutorial to recreate my DIY Seasonal Candle Centerpiece. Oh, and don’t forget to enter your name to win a $50 credit to WoodWick candles! Have a great one, guys.
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With my black, blush, and gold fall dinner party all wrapped up and captured on camera, it’s time to share a couple of the tabletop details that really brought the party together—namely the centerpiece. I’m certainly no pro when it comes to arranging petals, but with a couple of budget-friendly shortcuts, you and I can both put together seasonal centerpieces that look natural and Instagram-worthy!
Read on for my 3-step centerpiece breakdown in collaboration with WoodWick, plus enter to win a set of candles for yourself this fall.
Step 1: Greenery
Begin by laying down a bunch of greenery, and I mean a bunch! This leafy base manages to take up a ton of tabletop square footage, but costs very little at the grocery store. Better yet, if you happen to have some ivy or cool leafy branches on a tree in your yard, just snip off a few lengths and lay them in the middle of your table for a completely free focal point.
Step 2: Small Bud Vases Of Flowers
You’ll also want to pick up a small bouquet of flowers from the grocery store. Bring them home and snip off the statement flower buds. Then, layer them in small bud vases alongside more leafy green clippings. In total I spent $10 on the fresh cut elements of my centerpiece, but the inexpensive materials still managed to bring the entire look together. Don’t skip these two steps!
Step 1: Candles
Another step not to be overlooked? The candles! Just place them right on top of the greenery in the center of your table. I used medium hourglass versions of WoodWick’s Mint Truffle and Ginger Flower candles, plus a large Wood Smoke candle to nestle inside my collection of Geometric Candle Holders. The edgy black and gold shape of the holders themselves actually served as the starting point for my black, blush, and gold tablescape! I love that the bold shapes and sizes of the candles and holders were able to anchor the centerpiece, and they offered a sweet-smelling finish to my party table, too.
Now for the extra fun part: a giveaway! The WoodWick team and I are thrilled to partner up to give one DGD reader a $50 gift certificate to enjoy at www.woodwick.com this fall. To enter, hop through to Instagram here, and follow the instructions. Not on Instagram? Not a problem! Just leave a comment below telling us which scented candle from the collection you’d love to burn in your home. I’ll make sure that your name is entered for a chance to win the prize.
Contest is open to US residents only and ends Thursday, October 27 at 12:00 a.m. EST, so don’t delay. Oh, and if you just can’t wait, shop all regular priced products with a 20% off discount (expires 12/31/16 and can’t be combined with other offers) using code “DGD20″—enjoy!
It’s finally time to share my black, blush, and gold fall dinner party! In case you’re just tuning in to this 3-part saga (part 1 here and part 2 here), I teamed up with HP to curate a creative fall tablescape, the color palette of which was inspired by the new Spectre laptop. I am not someone who typically gravitates towards shades of black in my décor, but this sleek, metallic computer has me rethinking my decorative process, and I decided to test out my newfound appreciation for a moodier scheme with a sophisticated black and blush tablescape.
Click through to see the whole party in all its final glory, plus find out how I used technology to both inspire and document the event from start to finish.
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So, you’ve got yourself a big empty wall. It’s a complete blank slate, and practically begging for a hint of your design personality. But, what if you’re sick of seeing the same type of framed run-of-the-mill art? Maybe it’s time to invest in the bohemian inspired woven wall hanging trend!
I, myself, have slowly but surely built up a collection of these textural wall accents, and am completely won over by the range of colors and styles available. Whether you buy a mass-produced, more budget-friendly option (guilty!) or you purchase a handcrafted piece woven by a local artisan (also guilty!), these unique, often one-of-a-kind textiles add a lot of interest to any space. Scroll on for 20 buyable options that range in price from $23 to $690! The choice is yours. Which would you invest in?
- Laguna Wall Hanging ($75)
- Blue Threshold™ Woven Wall Hanging ($28.49)
- Threshold™ Copper Woven Wall Hanging ($28.49)
- Ojai Wall Hanging ($198)
- Ysabel Wall Hanging ($75)
- Purple and Natural Handwoven Tapestry ($216.75)
- Modern Handwoven Wall Hanging ($59.96)
- Woven Wall Décor ($199)
- Indio Wall Hanging ($75)
- Pillowfort™ Woven Wall Décor ($25.19)
- Zana Woven Wall Hanging ($364)
- Japanese Fiber Art ($98.52)
- Threshold™ Cream Woven Wall Hanging ($28.49)
- Ellery Wall Tapestry ($162.99)
- Woven Wall Hanging in Grey Gradient ($108.37)
The honest truth is that I’m not very good at decorating around the holidays (think: Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, even Christmas—with the exception of a tree, of course!). Sure, I’ll style a corner here and there, but I just don’t have the time or even the interest, really, in changing over our entire home specifically for each holiday. I work really hard to perfect our everyday décor, so I don’t tend to prioritize seasonal changes.
That said, I am more than happy to change out our doorway with something holiday themed! This single spot in our home sees lots of changeover depending on the season because it’s a small area to focus on and doesn’t cost much to make over.
Take Halloween, for example. If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you probably know that it’s rare for me to go all out ahead of this holiday (see the one exception here). But then, at the urging of my editor over at Oriental Trading, I came with plans to make a simple DIY Cartoon Eyeball Halloween Wreath. This creative craft suits my bright white, super colorful aesthetic, yet still feels appropriately spooky ahead of the ghoulish holiday—it’s a win, win!
Click through to the Oriental Trading blog here to find out how to make your own version of my DIY Cartoon Eyeball Halloween Wreath, and then tell me: how do you prep your home for the holidays? Do you go all out, or do you keep things simple like me? Let me know in the comments below!
It may be Friday, but I am busting my butt today to finish up a deadline that got moved up unexpectedly. As they say, there’s no rest for the weary, and I’m pretty beat…But I just keep telling myself that it could be a whole heck of a lot worse!
This week, I’ve worked my way through four photoshoots behind the scenes (with a fifth one today), which means that a massive slew of new content will be hitting Dream Green DIY in the coming weeks. To say that I’m excited is an understatement, and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the upcoming reveals serve to inspire you all season long. That’s always the goal with every single thing I share on my blog, so here’s hoping my projects are hitting the mark and inspiring at least one of you to pick up the paint, glue, and staple gun this year!
Read on for a handful of DIY links that caught my attention this past week, and be sure to let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these out yet, or if you plan to add them to your list for fall.
7 DIY Links To Boost Your Maker Motivation
- Modern Halloween Wall Decor, via Damask Love
- DIY Honeycomb Pumpkin Drink Stirrers, via Lovely Indeed
- 3 Flower Costumes For Your Baby, via The House That Lars Built
- DIY Toaster Pastry Costume, via Studio DIY
- DIY Confetti Stamped Tablecloth, via The Crafted Life
- DIY White-On-White Pom-Pom Scarf, via Dream Green DIY
- DIY Rustic Fall Wreath, via Design Improvised
And in case you missed some of the fun content that went live right here on DGD, click back to see another cat hack project to help keep your dog out of the cat food, a quick DIY Buttoned Canvas Photo Display craft tutorial, a roundup of 20 Fans You Won’t Be Embarrassed To Own, and a coffee table book review of The Vegetable Butcher. Got a fun link of your own to share? Drop it in the comments!
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The Vegetable Butcher ($18.04)
I would be lying if I said that I spent much time in our home’s kitchen. John is the main cook in our family, and for good reason. If I were in charge, we’d more than likely be feasting on things like frozen pizza and bowls of macaroni and cheese every night. I just don’t have a ton of time and energy to get busy slicing and dicing once I shut things down in my office around 5:00, so John has embraced his role as the “kitchen king” in our household, and I couldn’t possibly be more appreciative of his talents in creating tasty home-cooked meals for the two of us day in and day out.
In order to even out the load a bit, I volunteered to take over the creative meal planning aspect of our dinners. So, you’ll often find me cuddled up with the “Yummm” board on my Pinterest feed or flipping through cookbooks in my (rare) spare time. The latest book to keep my meal planning on track is The Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini, by
WHO SHOULD READ IT
Although, at first glance, I figured this book was just a run-of-the-mill vegetarian’s cookbook, it turns out that it’s much, much more. It’s really more like a resource guide for your kitchen, because it comes packed with everything you need to know about properly slicing all sorts of vegetables. We’re talking avocados, tomatoes, potatoes, bok choy, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli—the list goes on. If you’ve ever Googled, “How to slice celery root,” or if you didn’t even know that there was a “proper” method for slicing each veggie variety, then it’s safe to say that this book is for you.
The book starts off with a detailed breakdown of the knives, cutting boards, and other tools every smart “vegetable butcher” should have in his or her arsenal. That alone was enough to keep my mind (and my Amazon shopping cart) busy. But then I started flipping into the heart of the book, which features step-by-step photography of how to slice every kind of vegetable you can think of in alphabetical order. My ultimate takeaway is this: there is no one-size-fits-all method for slicing your fresh produce, and this book can teach you how to waste less and enjoy more of your favorite seasonal flavors.
FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE BOOK
Hands down, the step-by-step photography. If you’ve been following along for any length of time here on Dream Green DIY, then you know I’m a fan of chronological directions. I’m a visual person by nature, so listing the steps in word form only just doesn’t work for me when I’m trying to learn a new skill. The fact that this book comes packed with easy-to-digest (literally!) visuals, has me wishing that I had had this resource book years and years ago. There’s no doubt that it will be a mainstay in our kitchen for generations to come.
If you’ve read (or plan to read) the book, be sure to leave your own review in the comments! And don’t forget to tag us in your social shares and use the hashtag #DGDonmycoffeetable for a chance to be featured.
Now, I know not everyone is a big fan of, well…fans, but hear me out! These combo light and air circulation fixtures are practically nothing like they used to be. These days, ceiling fans can be just as much a focal point in your made-over space as a cool thrifted floor lamp or statement piece of art.
In case you don’t believe me or if you need a little more convincing before officially joining me on Team Fan, I rounded up 20 gorgeous options for your own ceiling. I tend to gravitate towards fixtures with retro, mid-century inspired details, like sleek-lined wood finish blades and a round globe with squared-off edges (think: a layer cake), but I’ve also included a few traditional options, plus a couple of wilder, more contemporary fans, too.
I personally own the first one on the list (it’s installed in my office), and I looooooove it. A bright white fan with fewer thicker-but-shorter blades is a great way to get the functionality of a fan without making it a focal point in your room. I know ceiling fans have a bad rap and certainly some rooms can’t quite handle this chunky type of fixture, but I’m telling you…in the right room and with the right fan style/silhouette, it can be a show-stopper in all the right ways. Which one is your favorite from the list?
Okay, here’s a challenge for you on this fine Tuesday morning: come up with a creative, never-before-seen use for buttons! I’m curious to know…how can I show off these cute little colorful embellishments in a way that you don’t see everyday? Well, that’s exactly what my editor at Oriental Trading Company tasked me with last month, and today, I’m showing off the finished craft: DIY Buttoned Canvas Photo Displays.
Although my final project tells you to attach the buttons in the traditional way (i.e. sewn onto fabric to be looped over later on), I decided to mix things up a bit by turning the buttons into DIY hooks, if you will, for photos and notecards. I chose to show off a few beachy photos from my trip to LA back in 2014, as well as a cute notecard (that I clearly can’t get enough of, as evidenced here, here, and here) from ban.do.
Hop through to the Oriental Trading blog to find out how to make your own, and then come back here and tell me in the comments what you would show off on your own DIY Buttoned Canvas Photo Display!