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How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

You guys have been asking for this tutorial for ages (a whole year, to be exact), so I finally put my head down the last couple of weeks to get the project wrapped up and photographed, and now I’m finally ready to share the DIY details. It turns out that fixing dated decorative cabinet scrollwork is easier than you might think, so let’s dive into it.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

First, let’s back up a little bit. As you may remember, the section of wood cabinetry above our kitchen sink has looked pretty dated since the day we moved in. This point was driven home with particular force when I took over the Better Homes & Gardens Instagram account early last year. Many of the first commenters on this particular photo took it upon themselves to bash the curvy scrollwork detail, calling it out as old fashioned and ugly. Of course, I didn’t disagree but would have loved nicer notice (you can read more about my thoughts on Internet bashing here).

Anyway, not one to really let that type of thing push me away from my own staunch home décor opinions, I left the scrollwork alone for several months. The project was still at the top of our to-do list, but it wasn’t something we rushed to cross off either since it wasn’t hurting anyone.

Then, an off-handed conversation with my dad about how we might eventually fix the dated header turned into a scheduled woodworking day. Practically nothing excites the two of us more than solving a home dilemma, so we put our heads together to come up with a simple process to update the woodwork with as little dust and debris as possible.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

The ultimate goal was to keep the wood exactly as it is (because it’s just so beautiful!), but to remove the curvy edge to reveal a sleek straight line. This would help modernize the header just enough to not give away its age, and it would no longer draw the eye. I’d much rather place focus on the granite counters we splurged on.

To achieve that, the first thing we did was take a full-size level and lay it across the wood, end to end, just above the curvy edge. Using a black Sharpie, we marked out the line, and then used measuring tape to double check that the line was straight and an even distance from the crown moulding up top.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

Next, we used a jig saw to cut carefully and slowly along the line. You can start your cut, like we did, by situating the blade along the bottom center of the wood header, pulling the trigger to get it going, and then slowly pushing the blade up at an angle into the wood until you reach the marked line. An alternative would be to drill a hole just below your marked line large enough to slip the jig saw blade through. Cut along the line with the jig saw in both directions, getting as close as you can to the cabinets on either side.

To finish the cuts without biting into the outer cabinets, we stopped our jig saw about a quarter of an inch from the cabinet edge, and then used a handheld jabsaw to finish the cut along the scrollwork. Then, it was just a matter of pulling the two loose end pieces off the nails that held them in place on the inside of the adjacent cabinets. A quick hammer wack on each nail loosened them enough to pull them out, finishing the first phase of the job.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

Now, of course, we weren’t exactly done since the hacked header was looking a little jagged and uneven. To complete the project, we used a block plane to even out the raw edge as much as possible, and then my dad measured, cut, and stained a trim piece that covered both the raw edge on the bottom and the one on the front of the wood panel. You can get these types of L-shaped trim pieces at most home improvement stores if you’re not able to make your own. We pre-drilled pilot holes every 12 inches or so along the bottom of the trim piece, and then tapped nails into place to attach it to the wood header.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

In a perfect world, we would have been able to access the hardware for the header so that we could have just taken it down and run it along a table saw (ultra flush nails prevented us from doing that), but the finishing trim method would still have come into play. Our custom process required a handful of extra steps, but, in the end, we were left with exactly the results we were hoping for: a super sleek, straight edge that allows the header to blend right in with the rest of the squared-off cabinetry.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

It’s amazing how such a small change can make such a big difference. We love the way the straight edge helps modernize our retro kitchen without taking away any of the gorgeous character. So, what do you think of the update? Do you think you could manage the project on your own? I know you can! If you have any questions on the exact process or specific tools that we used, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

How To Remove Decorative Cabinet Scrollwork

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DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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When I first started working for Oriental Trading to create original DIY tutorials, I was still very much in the thick of what I like to call my “colorful” phase. I was infatuated with ALL THE THINGS, and especially those things covered in color. Nowadays, though, I’m finding myself drawn to a simpler aesthetic and I’m investing in pieces that I think I’ll love for the long haul—trends aside.

If you’re anything like me, you associate the Oriental Trading brand with bold patterns and bright colors, so I was admittedly a little worried about being able to make my work for OTC, well…work now that I was moving toward a more minimalist look. The good news is that there is so much more than meets the eye within OTC’s collection of craft supplies and home décor.

DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Take my DIY Foam Cone Base Cupcake Plate, for example. This pulled-back, neutral pastry platter was so easy to craft, and uses materials that you may even already have on hand including (as the title of this post gives away) a surprise supply that makes it all possible.

Visit Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website for the full tutorial, and let me know in the comments below if you have any foam cone craft ideas of your own to share. Speaking of, this project is actually part of our “Supply of the Month” series, so you can get even more cone-themed inspiration by clicking here for our group of four unique DIY projects.

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DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar

* This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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While a good portion of my DIY projects for Oriental Trading need to be intentionally “evergreen” (meaning they can be used or made any time of the year), this project is definitely something that, I think, works so well for this Christmasy holiday season.

Just think about it! How fun and practical would it be to use this DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar to countdown all of your very favorite festive traditions?! We’re talking Christmas movie nights, greeting card addressing, baking and decorating sugar cookies, maybe even an annual local wreath-making workshop. I know I’m hugely biased, but I would love to use this finished pin board to lay out each of the weeks’ tasks leading up to December 25, because this really is the most wonderful time of year, with to-dos that most definitely don’t feel like chores.

DIY Days-of-the-Week Clothespin Board | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Days-of-the-Week Clothespin Board | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

When Christmas is over, though, you’ll be able to use the clothespin calendar for any and all of your weekly obligations and events. It’s the perfect way to get you organized before diving head first into the brand new year in just a few weeks’ time. Visit the Oriental Trading Fun365 website now for the full tutorial for my DIY “Days Of The Week” To-Do List Calendar, and let me know in the comments a handful of the projects that are still left on your Christmas to-do list.

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Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Well, all I can say for myself is this: I really did try not to use so many photos in this post. I just couldn’t edit the collection down any more. This room is so festive and happy to me, which more than warrants a barrage of photographic evidence—at least in my opinion. I hope you guys don’t mind. My advice? Click “play” on some holiday tunes, grab a second cup of coffee (bonus points for the peppermint-flavored kind!), and settle in to soak up our full Christmas living room tour—22 photos and all.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

While the furniture arrangement stayed largely the same this year in comparison to last year, the color palette is practically on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. We went from hot pink and minty blue holiday décor, to a softer, more neutral collection of colors.

Our new earthy art acted as the main source of inspiration for the new palette, as well as our existing leather couch. Alongside those pieces, our old collection of pink and blue ornaments just felt a little out of place. So, I quickly ran out to Target and spent $20 on a set of “rusty” round ornaments to use instead. I was able to combine the new rust-colored balls with our existing set of gold and silver ones from years gone by to fill our white tree with warmth and shimmer.

It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune year after year on new ornaments to suit your evolving tastes. Just supplement and combine what you already own to remix the look.

Learn more about our earth tone gallery wall here, including 19 other prints to inspire your own neutral art collection.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Earlier this week, I explained how my sister and I went on a mini shopping spree at Tuesday Morning, and how impressed we were by all that we were able to find (and afford). This was a shop I hadn’t been to since my days in high school, but it turns out that the brand has an awesome décor collection up for grabs. We had to edit our haul down quite a bit before lugging our carts up to the cash register because there were so many good picks to be had.

Watch the video embedded above to find out what we bought for the living room and how you can make a lot of the pieces work well beyond Christmas, too. By the way, while the post on Wednesday was sponsored by Tuesday Morning, this one here today is not. I was just that impressed and couldn’t help but spread the love into a second day.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

I’m still well into purging mode right now, and am resistant about bringing anything new into our home unless I have a firm place in mind for it. Because of that mindset, I worked hard to style the space with as few traditional Christmas accessories as I could. Those little things add up so quickly and end up wreaking havoc on our basement storage system the rest of the year, so a lot of what you see here will probably end up staying out past Christmas.

The only things I plan to put away come December 26 are the Christmas trees, ornaments, the dried wreath, and our stack of holiday books. Everything else (from the pom-pom garland and artwork, to the new lamp, pillows, tray, and textiles we picked up at Tuesday Morning) will stay right where you see it. By keeping the holiday-themed accents to a minimum, they’re going to take up far less room in the basement, and (my favorite part) it will probably take about 25 minutes to clean up once the holidays are over.

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

Honestly, after looking through these photos, I feel like it could be even more minimalist. There’s just something about that big white Christmas tree that seems to scream, “LOOK AT ME!” am I right? What do you think? Should we have gone even more muted with our holiday decorations?

I think the room falls somewhere in between minimal and glam, which sounds like just about the most ridiculous combination a home could identify with, but I’ll simply call this my baby step toward minimalism until the 2018 holiday season rolls around. Tell me: what’s your Christmas color palette this year?

Our Rust & Gold Christmas Living Room

*This story was an in-kind partnership with Tuesday Morning. Though compensation wasn’t received, we were given product to style and experience first-hand. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dream Green DIY!
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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar

*This post was sponsored by Tuesday Morning

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Entertaining is something I love in theory, but I honestly don’t do it all that often. I have lots of ideas, and I love perusing other blogs and Pinterest for party ideas, but I personally tend to get really stressed out by the idea of hosting a large gathering.

This past year, though, John and I have worked hard to push ourselves beyond that anxiety, and we’ve successfully had our families up to the house for a few small gatherings (like this one). By keeping our guest list to family, it takes some of the pressure off—after all, we know our parents and sisters won’t judge us for having a home filled with half-finished projects!

The holidays, in particular, always provide lots of motivation to put my hostessing cap on, and this year I’ve decided that the perfect no-fuss, low-stress family gathering is one centered on a simple DIY Christmas hot chocolate bar. I’ve teamed up with the folks at Tuesday Morning to build the perfect holiday buffet, and I’m sharing all of the details (including a must-grab shopping list) below.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

The first thing you’ll need (of course!) is a buffet. The china hutch in our dining room actually transforms into a buffet by clearing and lifting off the top shelf portion, so that’s exactly what we did, but any buffet or console table will do.

If you don’t have a buffet, though, it’s totally fine to clear off your main dining room table to use as a place to set your food and serving dishes. We did this for my dad’s birthday party since we had extended family joining us for that gathering, and it worked out really well. We all ate comfortably in easy chairs in the living room.

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How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Accessories:

  • Runner or placemats
  • Linen or paper napkins
  • Faux evergreen wreath
  • Large serving bowl
  • Small serving bowl
  • Stack of dessert plates
  • Tiny bowls for toppings
  • Festive tray
  • Mugs
  • Spoons
  • Holiday decorations (ceramic reindeer, bottle brush trees, etc.)

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

I took my sister along with me to our local Tuesday Morning (find your own store here) to gather supplies for our little holiday party, and it was an absolute blast. We filled our cart to overflowing with all sorts of things—from pillows (our living room reveal is coming on Friday, so stay tuned!) and plates, to Christmas-themed accents and serving dishes, too. We were able to make our budget go really far, and I love that this set of pieces can be used year after year.

I’m really trying to be extra intentional this year with the pieces I buy for our house. I want to buy things that I know we’ll love year after year, so I wandered the store with that in mind. Every time I picked up an item, I asked myself, “What are a couple of ways I can put this to use?” If I could only come up with one cool way to style the piece, I put it back on the shelf.

I used to go out and buy all sorts of really specific items for a particular party or decorating idea, but I’ve come to realize that my tastes change far too often to shop that way. Instead, I try to buy neutral pieces that work for parties and everyday occasions, for winter and fall, too. You know how a lot of people are into capsule wardrobes? Well, I’m into capsule decor! It’s the same idea of purchasing a few key pieces that work for all sorts of occasions and seasons.

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Must-Grab Food:

  • Pre-popped seasoned popcorn
  • Christmas sugar cookies
  • Hot chocolate packets
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • BONUS: Whipped cream at-the-ready in the fridge

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #adHow To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

Once I had everything home, I first laid my runner down (an earth-tone beauty that will work any day of the year!), and then placed each of my serving dishes down on top of that. I rearranged until they felt right, and then I filled in the blank spots with Christmas-themed pieces—things like a pair of metallic gold Christmas trees and a few vintage accents that I already had in our holiday stash. As for art, a faux evergreen wreath (you’ll find similar ones at Tuesday Morning!) was all I needed to get the festive point across.

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

How To Style A Christmas Hot Chocolate Bar | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad

In the end, this Christmas buffet took maybe 30 minutes to set up, and since I bought mostly pre-made food from the grocery store, it was even less time-intensive. I hope the styling accents and food shopping lists I put together help get you excited to throw your own hot chocolate party this Christmas.

You can click here to learn more about Tuesday Morning, and to find a store location near you to explore. Keep an eye out on Friday for the reveal of our decked-out holiday living room with even more from our shopping day, as well as lots of decorating advice, too.

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DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Have the holiday cards started rolling in to your mailbox yet? Or, maybe more importantly, have you mailed your Christmas cards yet? I’ve got that annual task on my own to-do list this week, which is a little later than I’d like, but such is life!

One of my favorite Christmas crafts each year is finding new ways to display all of the pretty holiday cards we receive. Some years I prop them all up on the China hutch in our dining room, whereas other times I go all out by taping them up around our entry door. This year, I teamed up with Oriental Trading to create a one-of-a-kind display that plays into my love for all things natural.

DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Pop through to the Oriental Trading Fun365 website to see the full tutorial for my DIY Leafy Holiday Card Holder, and then tell me in the comments how you love to display Christmas cards. Are you like me and change things up from year to year? Or, rather than keeping them out for all to see, do you tuck those precious cards away in a photo album for a more intimate keepsake? Do tell in the comments below.

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DIY Jingle Bell Christmas Cupcake Toppers

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

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First, a question: have you started Christmas decorating yet? You may have spotted a few sneak peeks over on my Instagram feed, but we’re well into our own holiday decorating this year. We’ve got two trees up and decked out—from their tippy top stars, to their trunks down below—and our mantel is already laden down with festive stockings just waiting to be filled. Suffice it to say, the official Christmas decorating season is in full swing around these parts, and I feel confident in saying that it’s the same all across the world at this point now, too.

In order to help inspire your holiday decorating (not to mention, Christmas party hostessing) I’ve got a brand new project up on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website. Click to see the full tutorial for my DIY Jingle Bell Christmas Cupcake Toppers, and go ahead and tell me in the comments below just how far you’ve gotten in your own holiday decorating this 2017 season. No matter what your Christmas plans are, here’s hoping it’s an extra merry and bright one!

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DIY Jingle Bell Christmas Cupcake Toppers | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

You may have already seen this little project on Instagram, but I know not all of you are on that platform, so I wanted to share the quick details here on the blog just in case you missed out. With Thanksgiving leftovers in most of our futures, I also couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to share this simple food-to-go tutorial.

The DIY project was actually inspired by a campaign hosted by Esurance and was meant to be motivated by a car-related need. My ultimate idea was to create a super quick cooler project that would help make picking up perishable foods from specialty grocery stores just a little easier—and more aesthetically pleasing, too, of course.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

John and I love going to places like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market for our weekly meals, but our closest versions of those stores are about 35 minutes away in Charlottesville, Virginia.

We have to schedule our trips ahead of time so we can be sure to have a full shopping list that will take us several weeks into the future (thank goodness for freezable meal ideas). We also need to make sure we pack a cooler since we’ll be spending quite a bit of time on the road and don’t want our hard-won food to spoil on the trip home.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

As with most things, I’m not satisfied with just any type of cooler, especially since this one would theoretically be living permanently in my car to reduce the headache of having to remember to pack it every time we go out. So, when I spotted this mint-colored cooler on clearance at Target, I scooped it right up. The color couldn’t have been more perfect for me, and the price (less that $12) was spot-on, too.

Shortly after purchasing the cooler, I got that fated email from Esurance asking me to find a way to spice up an everyday car accessory. It wasn’t until I saw an episode of Cheers, of all places, that the lightbulb went off in my head: DIY retro flowers made from office stickers!

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

I ordered this set of multi-colored circle stickers from Amazon, and then (after practicing with a few on scrap paper to get my design down pat) I stuck them right onto the white part of my cooler in a flower-like formation. The whole thing took less than five minutes, if even that, and the final result looks exactly like what I had pictured in my head.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

Thanks to Esurance for motivating me to think of such a fun and practical project for our family, and thank you also to Cheers the TV show for providing the most random and wonderful inspiration for the retro flower design. I just love when unexpected ideas pop up like that—don’t you?

Now, grab that old cooler of yours and get to sticking because you’re more than likely going to be packing in the leftovers before hitting the road back home this Thanksgiving holiday. A fun face-lift like today’s DIY project is all your cooler needs to feel refreshed and modern—no expense or overtime required.

Car Cooler With DIY Retro Flower Stickers

*Today’s blog post was not sponsored or compensated, but is an organic bonus from a paid social media campaign with Esurance. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Dream Green DIY!
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DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil Case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

It has been far too long since I hosted a giveaway—wouldn’t you agree? In case you do, you’re in big luck because today the Dream Green DIY team is partnering to share a really fun (in my not-so-humble opinion) prize pack of new, vintage, and DIY goodies.

You may not know it but DGD is actually made up of two very driven, creative entrepreneurs: myself, of course, and Nikki McIntosh, of Wise Apple Vintage. Nikki has been working behind the scenes to manage the blog’s marketing since the beginning of the year, and she has proven time and time again to be an absolute asset. Not only is she a whiz with all things SEO and social media-related, but she’s also someone I’ve come to rely on for inspiration and support, too.

Whenever the you-know-what hits the fan, Nikki is right there with a slew of kind, heartfelt words to get me looking beyond the negativity. Her offers to help (aside from her normal duties as DGD Marketing Manager) show up in my inbox at least every other day. I couldn’t ask for a better team member, so I was really excited when she suggested the idea of a collaborative giveaway.

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

One person will win the entire collection of pieces you see pictured in this blog post: a vintage rattan tabletop organizer via Wise Apple Vintage, 3 new notepads, a handful of freshly sharpened pencils, 1 blank weekly planner pad, and a DIY pencil case made by yours truly. Speaking of which, this project turned out to be so simple, that I wanted to share the quick step-by-step tutorial just in case you don’t get to take home the prize pack with the original tucked inside.

To make the DIY ‘Write on!’ pencil case, grab yourself a canvas pencil case (I found mind in the dollar section at Target) and a fine point black Sharpie or other fabric marker in your color of choice. Then hand-draw the pun-y little phrase, ‘Write on!’ across the canvas.

As an aside, my handwriting is definitely not that good. To fake my calligraphy, I always pull up the digital download page for Asterism the font, type my phrase into the “Enter your own text” box toward the center of the page, and then copy the sample text exactly as I see it on my sheet of paper or fabric. Oh, and before you think I’m rotten for “stealing” the design, I have purchased the font outright, too, and would encourage you to do the same to support the talented artist who designed this lovely font!

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

Now for those giveaway details…First, make sure you’re following both @dreamgreendiy and @wiseapplevintage on Instagram, then comment on either (or both!) of our official giveaway posts with your favorite office supply. Tag some friends in the comments to increase your odds of winning—each friend tagged counts as an extra entry. Giveaway ends on Monday 11/13 at midnight and is open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years or older. Just a little disclaimer that this giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Good luck!

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

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’12 Reasons Why I Love You’ Photo Book Gift Idea

*This post was sponsored by Snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

When you hear the words “photo book,” it might be easy for you to conjure up images of a nicely bound hardcover book with your family’s smiling faces peering up at you from the cover. This is obviously all very well and good, but, being the overachieving creative that I am, I wanted to take things further. I wanted to stretch the concept of a photo book and give the already-sweet idea a little more pizzaz—a little more personality and (dare I say it) heart.

To prove that it’s possible—and with a little motivation from the folks over at Snapfish—I tucked myself away in a cozy reading chair to brainstorm ideas for a custom 8×11 hardcover photo book of our own. I played around with ideas like a cookbook, a page-by-page family tree, and even a DIY projects manual featuring a few favorite images and tutorials from this little blog (feel free to steal those ideas for yourself if you’d like, by the way). In the end, though, I decided to treat my hubby to a simple book-form list of 12 reasons why I love him.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

I decided on this idea because (A) it’s a little simpler than putting together a comprehensive crafting or cooking manual, and (B) it’s something that anyone can do for a loved one this holiday gifting season. You could make one for your best friend, your parents, a sibling, your children, or—heck—even a pet if you want to get really goofy and sentimental.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

Before I could bring this project to life I needed to gather my photos. I happened to have already scheduled a lifestyle photoshoot with our professional camera-weilding pals, the Mallorys, so it was the perfect way to kill a bunch of birds with one stone. Those lifestyle stories that we shot will be rolling out here on the blog soon enough, but in the meantime, you can get a little sneak peek through the photo book I made for John pictured here.

The collection features photos of us sitting in and around our home, and I think it’s worth noting that these are the first photos of us we’ve had taken since we got married back in 2012. It was time, and seeing those (slightly older) smiling mugs makes me downright giddy.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

Snapfish made it so easy to put the book together once I had all of the Mallorys’ photos of us downloaded to my computer. Although there are tons of different pre-made photo book themes to choose from (including super cute Christmas designs!), I decided to go with an all-white version to allow our new family photos to really shine. Then I clicked the prompts to add our photos and placed them one by one on the digital pages of our photo book. I could decide if I wanted two photos, one photo, big photos, or small ones, etc.

Finally, I added text to the pages to list off my top 12 reasons for loving my hubby. I went a little cheesy for some, a little cheeky for others, but all in all, my hope is that the book can be something we look back on and smile at through the years—not just because of the sweet family photos, but because of my reasons for loving John that I’m sure will evolve as time goes by.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

With a few final revisions and a triple spell check, I ordered the book and it arrived within a week. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough to get it wrapped for Christmas and John discovered it sitting out on the kitchen counter when he got home from work. I didn’t realize it until I started hearing little periodic “Awwwww!”s and the sound of turning pages coming from the kitchen. I couldn’t help but smile, though, knowing that the book had hit the right mark.

Save 40% off your own Snapfish photo book order using the code “CARRIEBOOK40”, and tell me in the comments below to whom you might gift a similar ’12 Reasons Why I Love You’ book!

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

*Family photos printed in the book by Bethany and Aaron Mallory
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