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How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I am so excited to finally reveal the entire Pantone-inspired luncheon tablescape I created for Oriental Trading Company! I snuck in a few peeks a couple of weeks ago when I shared my hack for doubling deli pasta salad, but now the entire collection of posts is officially live, and I can send you on your merry way to check them all out, one by one.

This was actually the first entertaining feature that I was able to pitch and execute since deciding to rethink how I conceptualized things for the blog back at the beginning of 2017. In years before, as you know, I typically went really bold and colorful with my parties, but this season I’m trying to be more intentional about a classic, neutrals-based look. This new aesthetic suits my current lifestyle, which is centered on investing only in things I know I’ll love long-term rather than for a single season.

Click over to Oriental Trading to see my feature all about How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon, and continue scrolling for a few behind-the-scenes tid bits, plus extra links to individual DIY tutorials.

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

The tutorial I came up with for DIY Leafy Burlap Place Settings truly takes just 30 minutes (if that), and feels so sophisticated despite the inexpensive materials I was able to use.

My favorite DIY project to come out of this collection though is the set of DIY Grassy Placecard Holders. When I create placecards for the blog, I love to get creative with the names I use and display. This go around, I decided to pay homage to my team mates over at Glitter Guide. It was fun to think, even just for an imaginative moment, that our team could all be in one place since we’re all scattered across the United States—from Annapolis and New York, to California, Nashville, and right here in Waynesboro, Virginia.

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I’m also pretty partial to the DIY Leafy Beaded Faux Leather Napkin Rings I created for this green-inspired luncheon. I am so drawn to organic, wrapped textures right now, so these beaded napkin rings felt just right. I love that they can be customized to any style and color palette you want, too!

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Hop over to the Oriental Trading blog to see so many more photos, plus the breakdown behind everything you see displayed here in my teaser post today: the full tablescape story and tutorials for DIY Leafy Beaded Faux Leather Napkin RingsDIY Grassy Placecard Holders, and DIY Leafy Burlap Place Settings. Here’s hoping you’ll soon feel inspired to throw a Pantone-inspired party of your own this spring or summer!

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5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

Today is an extra special day in my little world, because this morning I turned 31 years old! As soon as April comes around, I tend to get questions from friends and family asking how I’d like to spend my birthday. The answer is almost always the same: something ultra low key with just a handful of the people I love most. This usually involves things like a classic movie night, a wine and cheese dinner date in with everyone, or—as was the case this year—a simple gathering around our DIY fire pit in the back yard.

I’ve always considered myself a bit of an (unofficial) pyro. I could sit around a fire for hours and hours, flaming sticks in-hand, and there’s almost no better smell on earth to me than bonfire smoke. So, in order to properly appreciate my birthday bonfire this year, I teamed up once again with the team over at Duraflame. We tested their Campfire Roasting Logs around the pit in honor of the occasion and, just like always, had the time of our lives.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

If you ask me, there’s practically no better way to ring in a new year of life than gathered around a toasty fire, s’mores fixings in-hand, and good company all around. But, that said, in order to really appreciate this kind of party, it’s important to do a little bit of pre-planning before plopping down in those camping chairs.

As John and I worked to set up our outdoor celebration over the weekend, we made sure to keep a running list of all the little precautions we took before friends and family arrived. Most of these bullet points below you’ll already know, but sometimes it’s good to hear things all over again, plus you might just learn something you didn’t know before! Read on for the five main takeaways we came up with before lighting things up at my party.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

5 Precautions To Take Around A Fire Pit

  1. Check the forecast: Of course, rain is never ideal for your backyard fire pit party, but windy conditions also offer enough reason to postpone. Heavy breezes have the power to blow fire-causing embers off into surrounding areas, so do your best to schedule your outdoor gathering on a clear, quiet evening.
  2. Consider your combustibles: Beware of using pressure-treated wood in your fire pit. This type of material often contains harmful toxins that you and your pals definitely don’t want to be breathing in. Better yet, save a tree and skip traditional wood altogether. Use Campfire Roasting Logs, which are made from 100 percent renewable resources (like real wood charcoal!) and are a USDA certified biobased product.
  3. Light things up: If you plan to be relaxing around the fire pit after dark, make sure to have either a flash light or lantern around for easy nighttime maneuverability. Having a light source on hand could save you and your friends from after-dark falls and will make that hunt for extra roasting sticks much easier, too.
  4. Clear is key: Make sure your fire pit and flames are at least 10 feet away from any other combustable materials. It may be second nature to look up to make sure there aren’t any low-hanging branches, but it’s important to look down and around, too. Before lighting your fire, scoop away loose branches and leaves so that you’re left with a clear area around the pit, and don’t forget to keep your fire’s flames relatively low as well. There’s no need to have an extra tall fire since roasting treats really only requires embers.
  5. Water works: It, of course, goes without saying, but always (always!) have a bucket of water and/or hose within reach just in case the fire gets out of hand or someone gets a little closer to the flames than they should. You probably won’t have to use your water source for emergencies, but as they say—it’s better to be safe than sorry.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

As a generally anxious type of person, I need to think way ahead in order to really enjoy myself at any type of gathering or party, and this weekend’s birthday fire pit soirée was no different. Happily, because John and I had planned through all of the “what ifs,” I was truly able to relax knowing that we were covered for almost any kind of uncertainty. The only thing I had to worry about catching on fire was the marshmallow on the end of my stick—and that’s something I don’t mind mulling over any day of the week.

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

5 Precautions To Take At Your Festive Fire Pit Party | dreamgreendiy.com + @duraflame

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How To Organize Paper Clutter & Memorabilia

Earlier this year, I received a reader comment over on Facebook that immediately sparked a lot of thought. Simply put, she said, “I have such trouble with paper clutter…so much trouble. I am 15 years behind in corralling my memorabilia.” It got me thinking, how do I actually keep paper clutter at bay?!

I think these types of everyday routines get so engrained in our minds and lives, that we often don’t even think about things as we do them. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that John and I actually have a pretty set system for keeping our paper collection under control.

Whether you’re working to purge and organize in honor of spring cleaning season, or you’re in desperate need of a new daily routine, I’m offering the two main systems we use (plus a handful of bonus tips, too) that have helped us hold on to our sanity where paper is concerned.

How To Organize Paper Clutter & Memorabilia

Toss It In A Tray

The main place we toss paper clutter is in a tray that we keep tucked inside an extra deep kitchen drawer. Anything from store receipts (the kind that I might need to use for returns later on) and electronics shipping labels, to medical paperwork and utility bills all ends up in this tray. The drawer is right near the front door, which makes it an easy spot to reach for when I clean out my purse or when we sort through mail.

Whenever the tray gets a little full, I take 15 minutes to sit at the kitchen table and weed through the paperwork. Anything that we don’t need anymore can be tossed, and whatever needs to stay either goes back in the tray for easy handling or in a filing cabinet in my office for long-term storage.

As for paper clutter that you immediately recognize isn’t useful? Put it directly into the recycle bin. We keep a reusable grocery bag hanging in our pantry that we fill with things like ripped-open envelopes, catalogs, expired coupons, and the like. Once the bag gets full, we take it down off the hook and tote it out to the car along with our other plastic and glass recycling, and head to the local recycle center here in town for disposal. There’s just no sense in cluttering either your important papers tray or your trash can with these useless pieces of paper—stick them right in the recycle pile.

How To Organize Paper Clutter & Memorabilia

Tuck It Behind Glass

Now, if you noticed, the reader who inspired this post mentioned two very separate types of paper: clutter and memorabilia. Since we don’t treat these two things the same, I wanted to make sure that I touched on both. Our clutter paper storage I explained above, but when it comes to precious memorabilia (think: special cards, notes, and clippings), I like to put them behind glass in a frame.

Since paper memorabilia tends to be pretty priceless, I hate the idea of filing it away in a drawer or tray where it will never get enjoyed. So I purchased an armful of inexpensive white wall frames from Michael’s, and then filled the frames with our most prized paperwork and memories. You can fill a single frame with 5-6 pieces of paper because it’s all flat, making it the perfect place to store your favorite items, even when not on display in the front of the frame.

You could try this trick with favorite birthday cards from your grandmother who might not be with you any longer, a stack of family photos, or children’s artwork, but I personally love to keep and display a rotating collection of my magazine features. It’s such a fun way to celebrate these milestones and means that I’m not cluttering up my desk drawers with clippings that never actually see the light of day.

How To Organize Paper Clutter & Memorabilia

Schedule A Paper Purge Day

The last thing I wanted to address was getting an already-out-of-control situation in good order. We do our best to keep up with the two aforementioned systems each and every week, but what if, like the reader, you’re 15 years behind in getting your papers organized? Well, the short (but long) answer is that it’s going to take some time.

Set aside one day in your calendar to sit down with those stacks of paper and just go through them one by one. Try not to spend more than a few seconds on each piece of paper so that you can avoid overthinking things. The point of this exercise is to get rid of paper you no longer need, so be cutthroat!

Try creating piles: one for toss (destined for the recycle bin), one for keep (to go in a set filing system), and one for sensitive materials that need to be shredded. If you haven’t even looked at a piece of paper in several years, it’s almost definitely going to be tossed or shredded, whereas things like important bills, receipts, and medical papers might need to be kept in a more permanent (but organized) filing cabinet or drawer in your home.

How To Organize Paper Clutter & Memorabilia

One last thing I wanted to suggest pertains to manuals. I can’t tell you how many manuals we personally have stored carefully away in our home, only to be forgotten about and never used, even years later. The fact of the matter is that, these days, electronics and appliance manuals can almost always be found online, so holding on to these typically bulky booklets is just actively wasting space.

When you run across manuals in your day of paper purging, they should automatically go in the recycle pile. Even if all you do is get rid of manuals one day, your paper collection is likely to noticeably decrease—along with your stress level.

What do you think? Could these tricks help corral your paperwork and favorite flat memories? I’m dying to hear your own paper storage solutions, so do tell in the comments below.

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At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

Just like anyone else who works in front of a computer every day, I suffer from chronic wrist pain. While I don’t spend all day long tapping away on a keyboard, I do tend to clock at least a few hours every day at my desk in the office. So it’s not really surprising that my wrists suffer.

This is probably TMI, but I’ve actually developed a cyst in my left wrist that makes things like long hours at the keyboard a struggle. It’s especially aggravated whenever I do heavy lifting, and has made yoga (namely any positions that put weight on my wrists) pretty excrutiating. The good news is that it hasn’t started to press on any nerves in my hand yet, which would necessitate surgery, so it’s just something I have to be careful with.

At my annual check up, I made it a point to ask my doctor for strategies to improve the strength of my wrist, and she had a few tips and tricks to share. Happily, the simple exercises she explained to me that day in her office are all things we can do in our own offices while carrying out normal day-to-day tasks. Scroll on for three step-by-step at-home exercises that will help improve wrist strength and reduce the effects of wrist tendinitis.

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

Exercise 1

  1. Rest your forearm comfortably on your knee or a table with your affected wrist and hand extended out, palm down.
  2. Slowly bend upward at the wrist and allow your hand to close into a fist, then lower your hand and relax your fingers so that they point downward. Hold the two final positions for roughly 6 seconds each.
  3. Repeat 7 to 10 times.

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

Exercise 2

  1. Sit in a comfortable position, and extend your affected wrist and hand, palm down, beyond your thigh.
  2. With your forearm held in place on your thigh, rotate your wrist so that your palm faces up. Rotate just your wrist so that the palm now faces down. Alternate these two positions—palm up and palm down—while leaving your forearm planted solidly on your thigh. Hold the two final positions for roughly 6 seconds each.
  3. Repeat 7 to 10 times.

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

Exercise 3

  1. Sit in a comfortable position, and extend your affected wrist and hand, palm down, beyond your thigh.
  2. Slowly bend back and forth as far as you can at the wrist. Hold the two final positions for roughly 6 seconds each.
  3. Repeat 7 to 10 times.

Slowly start incorporating these types of wrist flexion and extension practices into your daily routine, and ease off of them if you start to experience more pain. While these exercises have certainly allowed me to find relief from my pain, you’ll want to consult a licensed practitioner for best practices when it comes to your own wrists and body.

Do you suffer from chronic wrist pain? Have you found any exercises or practices to help relieve stress on our joints? I’d love for you to share any and all tips in the comments below!

At-Home Exercises To Relieve Wrist Pain | Dream Green DIY

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How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

Even though I’ve worked hard to simplify the decor of our home ever since the kick-off to the new year, I still love finding subtle ways to celebrate my love for color. More often than not, that usually comes to life through art.

Sure, art is one of the most subjective things a person could add to their personal space—it’s rare to find two people who gravitate toward the exact same pieces—but that’s one of the things I love most about curating an at-home gallery. Seeing what a person chooses to invest in (or create!) for their art collection is like having direct insight into their personal aesthetic. For example, someone who has a lot of graphic, primary-colored typography hanging in their home might tend toward modern furniture and accessories, whereas earth-toned landscape paintings could hint at a love for traditional design.

So, when ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers challenged me to come up with a DIY way to colorize our home, it wasn’t long before I decided that art was the way to go. Read on to find out how I added a hearty dose of new color to our home using paper and 2D visuals as my inspiration and foundation.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

Here’s What You’ll Need

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

Step 1

Choose a coordinated selection of Astrobrights paper to work with. You’ll need four colors to recreate this project. I chose a range of blues (specific Astrobrights colors are linked in the supply list above!), plus a rich pure black.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 2

Lay each sheet of paper flat on your work surface, and situate a straight edge diagonally across the paper so that it lines up with the corners. Trace a light line along the straight edge with a pencil, and then repeat across the opposite corners to create an “X.” Repeat this step across all four sheets of paper.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 3

Cut along the traced lines from Step 2 using scissors. Set each of the cut pieces of paper off to the side in their pre-trimmed shape to make the next step a little easier.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 4

Carefully rearrange the slices to create collections of multi-colored paper sheets. In other words, you should have pieces from the Terrestrial Teal paper, the Blast-Off Blue paper, Eclipse Black, and Lunar Blue paper represented in one newly formed full sheet.

Tape the four pieces of paper together on the back to form the finished 2D frame, and repeat the steps to create all four “frames.” Note that you’ll want to keep any visible pencil marks to the back side.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

STEP 5

To finish, flip the 2D paper frames over and use double-sided tape to attach pretty magazine cuttings or printed photos to the front. I used pages pulled from my favorite issues of Kinfolk Magazine, but you could use anything from printed Instagram photos to inspiring quotes. Finally, hang the finished 2D-framed art on the wall using more double-sized tape or thumbtacks.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

My favorite thing about this project (aside from the fact that it takes just 15 minutes to complete!) is that it can be customized to absolutely any color palette. If you’re a minimalist, try using shades of cream, white, gray, and black, or if you want to create an extra bold look, consider choosing vibrant neon pink, yellow, purple, and orange. Primary colors would be another fun direction to go in if you’re not afraid of color. For me, this cool and calming blue color collection felt just right.

Which Astrobrights papers would you choose to colorize your own home? Leave your votes in the comments below.

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

How To Make DIY 2D Color Block Paper Frames | dreamgreendiy.com + @astrobrights #ad #colorize

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Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

I never thought I’d ever say this statement out loud, but we live in a house that doesn’t have air conditioning. We have a window AC box and two stand-alone electric units, but no central air. Although I thought a home without air conditioning was going to be a deal-breaker when we went house hunting back in 2015, I ended up falling hard for a vent-less mid-century home and the rest, as they say, is history.

So, to make up for the lack of air flow in the spring and summer, we’ve installed energy efficient ceiling fans in practically every room of our home. John and I have always been “fan people,” so this mass fixture installation probably would have happened anyway, but fans turned out to be essential pieces to the puzzle as we adjusted to life in an AC-free home.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

The home actually came equipped with plenty of ceiling fans to kick off our collection, but most of them were either too dated for our taste or were on their last legs. The fan in our living room checked both boxes. The only issue—and the reason why this fan was left to last—was because it was at the top of the vaulted ceilings in our living and dining rooms and we didn’t have a ladder tall enough to reach it.

Before we head into our second summer here in the house, I wanted to cross this big to-do off our list, so I called up our favorite local electrician who came out and replaced our old fan with a new one in just a couple of hours.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

We decided on a sleek white ceiling fan for a number of reasons. First, of course, you know we’re suckers for modern design, and this 3-blade white fixture definitely packs contemporary appeal. And second, we wanted this particular fan to blend into the ceiling as opposed to the old wood veneer fan that practically screamed, “LOOK AT ME!” no matter where you stood in the room.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Since I know we can’t possibly be the only ones working to outfit our home with fans ahead of summer, I wanted to share a quick reminder that, in addition to considering a fixture upgrade, it’s also time to switch your fans over to summer mode. For some reason, I have the hardest time remembering in which direction the blades need to run, so I thought I’d share a quick GIF animation to settle the score once and for all.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as me telling you to switch your fans to run clockwise or counterclockwise since not all fans are manufactured the same, but the animation above should shed some light on the situation. The short answer, though, is to set the direction of your fan so that the blades move in a forward upward angle. This creates a strong breeze and lots of aggressive air flow down into the room, thereby cooling you.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

As for winter (just in case you need a refresher on that concept, too), your fan’s blades should have a downward angle moving forward so that the fan slices into the warm rising air, pushing it up to the ceiling and back down the walls. To change the direction either way, there should be a switch on top of your fan to easily change it in between seasons.

Have you ever put a new ‘spin’ on your ceiling fans? Did you even know you could? I’m guilty of forgetting to do this seasonal task all the time, so if all of this is news to you, you’re not alone! Leave your stories and any advice for summertime cooling in the comments below.

Which Direction To Set Your Fan For Summer

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How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

The other day, I was sitting on the porch reading the latest issue of domino magazine when I happened to come across a picture of a wooden mobile. The mobile was situated over a crib in a nursery, but my adult eye couldn’t help but fall hard for the cool linear shape of the floating accent. I remember thinking that it was a work of art, and that I would actually love to have one in our kid-free house. Then, just before flipping to the next page, I paused and realized, “Hey, I could totally make that…”

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

So, later that week, I popped out to our local craft store and bought $4 worth of dowel rods and wooden caps to see if my vision could actually work. Fifteen minutes of crafting on the living room floor later, I was done and my DIY Modern Wood Mobile was twisting and turning prettily from the ceiling over the credenza.

I was more than a little dumbfounded to realize just how simple it was to make this trendy mobile, not to mention how cheap it was. Whether you live in a kid-free or kid-filled home, I think you’ll enjoy testing out the step-by-step DIY details that I describe below.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 2-3 .357-inch x 36-inch dowel rods
  • Hack saw or bolt cutters
  • 1-inch wooden dowel caps
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors
  • Clear fishing line
  • Screw-in wall hook

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 1

Use a hack saw to trim your dowel rods to their desired lengths, or cut your rods using heavy duty bolt cutters like I did since the rod ends will be covered in the next step and don’t need to be clean. The rods in the project pictured here were cut in pairs to 14 inches, 9 inches, and 5 inches.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 2

Squeeze a small dot of tacky glue into the opening of your first dowel cap, and then push it down over the end of a cut dowel rod. Repeat the process, two on each rod.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 3

Allow the glued caps to dry for 30 minutes on the dowel rods. Connect the rod sections together using clear fishing line, leaving about six inches of space between each.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Step 4

To finish, hang the mobile from a hook screwed into the ceiling. Since this type of mobile is incredibly light, you won’t need to screw the hook into a stud and it’s unlikely that you’ll need to use an anchor. The sheetrock should sustain the light weight of the mobile without issue.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Since hanging the mobile, everyone in our family (both human and pet) has enjoyed watching its lazy movement. Every time you glance at it, the mobile looks different thanks to the natural air current in our living room, which flows around the capped dowels. I’ve included a GIF animation below to demonstrate the effect—it’s really kind of mesmerizing.

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

Have you ever tried your hand at recreating something you saw in a magazine or catalog? It’s a fun challenge that I love to put myself to every time I read something at home, so feel free to try the task out for yourself this season. You might be surprised by how much money you could save from your décor budget simply by making designer-inspired accents at home!

How To Make A DIY Wood Mobile For $4

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DIY Mini Modern Abstract Painting Installation | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Art is still, to this day, one of my very favorite things to DIY at home. Of course, that’s not new news to those of you who have been following along for a while, but the possibilities when it comes to crafting homemade art are practically limitless. Armed with nothing but a piece of paper or canvas, some markers, paints, and pencils, you have the power to create something entirely unique and all your own.

The other good news is that DIY art is pretty hard to mess up—no matter what your DIY skill level is. This is especially true when creating abstract art. I teamed up with the folks over at Oriental Trading to prove just that last month, and you can see the fruits of my creative labor (i.e. a set of DIY Mini Modern Abstract Paintings) on their blog here.

DIY Mini Modern Abstract Painting Installation | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

There are two main things to note about this type of mini gallery wall project. First, it’s entirely customizable to any color scheme you want. When I first pitched this idea to my editor at Oriental Trading, it was actually last December when I was still working with a bright pink and pastel color palette.

Now, though, I’m focused more on neutrals and keeping things in our home within an earth-toned palette. Happily, I didn’t have to scrap my idea for a DIY Mini Abstract Art Installation entirely because I just had to rethink my paint colors to make it work in our freshly redecorated home!

DIY Mini Modern Abstract Painting Installation | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Mini Modern Abstract Painting Installation | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

The other thing that I love about this project is that anyone can recreate these paintings, even if they’ve never picked up a paint brush! The animated GIF above shows how the paint is layered on in just three simple steps to create the mod abstract look of the finished gallery wall. If you’re not confident in your painting abilities, you can use my pattern to recreate the look pictured here—right down to the very last paint stroke.

So, what do you think? Are you game to give this DIY paint project a try? Get the step-by-step tutorial and the linked supply list over on Oriental Trading now!

DIY Mini Modern Abstract Painting Installation | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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How To Double Deli Pasta Salad For A Party

Boy, do I have a tasty tid bit to share with you today! Namely, a recent life hack that I managed to accidentally stumble upon while styling a luncheon tablescape story (which will debut in full early next month). In the process of planning the meal for my mini at-home photo shoot, I decided that a hearty pasta salad was just the thing to serve as my menu centerpiece. The only problem was that I had never made pasta salad and was short on time.

So, instead of waking up at 6:00 A.M. to put together a giant bowl of pasta salad that was really just for photos rather than our bellies, I decided to hit the local grocery store deli. I figured buying pre-made pasta salad would be pricey, and I wasn’t wrong. I ended up ordering a pound and a half of deli pasta salad, but it was immediately clear that the $6 carton of food still wasn’t going to fill the bowl I needed it to.

How To Double Deli Pasta Salad For A Party

In a rush to get home and not wanting to spend another $6 to supplement the first batch of pasta salad, I decided to grab a box of bow ties from the pasta aisle that I could then cook to match the deli-made version. I did just that 15 minutes later, and voila! I had doubled my $6 pasta salad with just $2-worth of extra noodles!

After the shoot, I taste-tested the mixture, and it was actually delicious. Come to find out that the deli pasta salad was sort of drowning in dressing, so folding the plain extra pasta in was the perfect way to balance everything out.

How To Double Deli Pasta Salad For A Party

The moral of the story? If you’re ever hosting a real life luncheon or party, don’t feel like you have to spend a fortune on 2-3 pounds of deli pasta salad to feed your guests. Try this short cut and you’ll save money with no one being the wiser for it.

Have you ever had to think fast to solve a problem pre-party? I’d love to hear any other entertaining life hacks you’ve managed to come up with or put to good use, so please share away in the comments below!

How To Style A Green Pantone-Inspired Luncheon | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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DIY Polka Dot Pinwheel Wreath | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I’m going to do my best not to hold onto you for too long this morning because (A) it’s Wednesday and that’s not the best news you could ever hear first thing in the morning, and (B) because I’ve got a fun feature over on Oriental Trading that I’d love for you to check out instead!

Click on over to the OTC blog to see how I put together this DIY Polka Dot Pinwheel Wreath in just five easy steps. In my (obviously biased) opinion, I think this craft could be the perfect way to kick off the creative spring season if you haven’t already done so. Hop to it here, and thanks as always for following along with me over on Oriental Trading!

In case you’re looking for even more front door décor inspiration this warm weather season, you’ll find my companion DIY Burlap Butterfly Wreath tutorial right here!
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