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How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

One of the very first things I hung in our house when we moved in three years ago was a set of open shelves in our kitchen. There was this one section of cabinetry and countertops off to the side of the space with the perfect patch of blank wall above that practically screamed for open shelving. Luckily, I had a set from IKEA that I had previously used in my old studio, so it worked out really well. The only problem was that the shelves were on the smaller side and not the same width, so they ended up being a little more decorative than functional.

It worked for several years, but this fall I found myself craving more. I wanted to be able to load the shelves with extra plates, bowls, and glasses, not to mention canisters for dog treats, coffee pods, and other kitchen-themed goodies so we could make more room in our overstuffed cabinets.

Well, three years later, and we finally managed to cross “install bigger open shelves” off our to-do list. You may have seen the full reveal of our mini kitchen makeover earlier this month, complete with that brand new set of upgraded open shelves, and today I’m back to talk about how I actually installed them. Scroll on for the full step-by-step tutorial, and then feel free to head over to Hunker where I’m offering a numbered guide to styling kitchen shelves, too.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Here’s What You’ll Need:

1. Level

2. Stud-finder

3. Pencil

4. Power drill and bits

5. Heavy-duty screws

6. 6 metal brackets

7. 2 1-inch-by-12-inch-by-48-inch wood common boards

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step One

Start by using a stud-finder to locate the studs behind your drywall. If you plan to load your shelves up with heavy dishes and glasses, like we did, you’ll need to attach your brackets right to those wood supports behind the drywall to ensure a strong hold. Mark the studs with a pencil, and repeat for however many shelves and brackets you plan to install. For this demo, we installed 2 shelves over 6 brackets—3 brackets apiece.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step Two

Hold your first bracket up to the wall over the marks you made at the studs, and mark through the screw holes onto the drywall with your pencil. Repeat again for however many shelves and brackets you plan to install, using a level between each bracket before making your marks so you know you’ll have an even shelf when finished.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step Three

Drill through the marks you made using a power drill and bit that matches your screw width. Then, hold the bracket up over the holes, and use the drill again to screw the hardware into place until the bracket feels nice and snug. Repeat across all brackets.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

Step Four

Lay your wood common boards across the brackets so that they’re centered across the brackets. You may choose to screw yours into place, but the weight of your dishes and glasses should keep the wood from shifting in the end. We still haven’t screwed our boards to the brackets, but they haven’t budged.

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

As you may have noticed, we decided to leave our wood raw for now, but will eventually give it a clear coat stain to make it water tight. There’s no big rush on that now, though, since they don’t come into contact with much (if any) direct moisture.

These upgraded shelves feel so much more grown-up and functional than the old IKEA set ever did. If you want to learn more about the reasoning behind my styling choices and how I managed to maximize our new storage square footage, click over to Hunker here where I break it all down into seven steps. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

How To Install & Style Open Kitchen Shelves

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Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

One of the first questions I’ve been trying to ask myself these days before starting a new piece at the pottery studio is this: “How is it going to function?” I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Well, duh!” but it’s really not always that simple. Before, I would often come up with an idea for a shape—or maybe even just a cool glaze technique to try on a finished piece—before I even contemplated how it might work from a usability standpoint.

As an example, I’ve been making a lot of cups lately. Most of them are super simplified, wide, low forms that don’t have handles or any pronounced curves. They’re just boring old cups. I’m not sure why I’ve gravitated so organically to this shape, especially since I hate to label them as nothing more than cups when I go to list them on Etsy. Sure, it’s handy to have a nice stout cup within reach in the kitchen, but you know I can never leave “well enough” alone. I wanted to take things one step further, so I decided to turn a few of my favorites into candles.

I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but the project ended up being one of my favorite DIYs from the entire season, and the best news of all is that you can pull it off using any of the tumblers and cups available for purchase in my Etsy shop. Scroll on to find out how to turn my ceramics (or your own if you have some!) into all-natural candles to warm up your space this fall and winter.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Start by wiping out your ceramic cup with a clean rag to get rid of any loose dust or moisture. Next, cut natural wax slabs into rough rectangular chunks and place them inside a pouring pitcher. Layer the pitcher inside a large traditional pot on the stove, and double boil it over medium/high heat until the wax inside is melted. You may use a candle thermometer to regulate the heat if you want to.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Attach whichever type of wick you’d like to use (wooden or cotton) to the inside center of your chosen ceramic cup. Whisk some sort of natural candle fragrance into your melted wax to give it a nice seasonal scent (I love all the options from this online shop), and then pour the wax slowly into the ceramic cup to about 1 inch from the top rim of the cup.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

As you can see in the photo just below, I was a little worried that my wicks would shift during the cooling phase, so I placed two pieces of regular old clear office tape on either side of each wick to keep it in place. Give your DIY candles about 24 hours to fully cool and harden, and then cut the wicks down using trimmers. Note that you’ll want to cut your wicks to a 3/16-inch height for an even burn. Light your candle to finish.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

If any of this is sounding familiar, you probably caught this post from the summer when I talked about making my own candles using store-bought vessels and supplies. All the same concepts apply, so feel free to revisit that post for more candle-making tips, and you can watch it all unfold in motion on my YouTube channel here.

No matter what tutorial or video you choose to reference for your own DIY candle project, just know this: it’s probably going to be a lot easier than you expect, and the results are going to be so satisfying.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, you can check out all of the cups and tumblers I have available in the DGD Pottery shop on Etsy here. Every one of them will work for a DIY candle, and I will plan to add a few extras before the year wraps up in case you don’t see one currently in the collection that suits your aesthetic at home. I know I’m biased, but don’t you think this would make for the perfect stocking stuffer at Christmas time?!

As a special bonus, use the code “DIYCANDLE” at checkout in my shop for the next two days (now through 11/15) for 15% off your order.

How To Turn Any Ceramic Cup Into A DIY Candle

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DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

I’ve set a new record where Christmas decorating is concerned! Usually, by this time of year, I’ve got the house decked top to bottom in holiday décor. I’ve always used the blog as my excuse because I love to share Christmas decorating ideas here to inspire your own holiday look. This year, though, I felt the need to live a little more authentically, and I guess I also wanted to preserve the anticipation of waiting until after Thanksgiving to pull our tree out of storage.

Don’t worry! I still plan to fully document our decorating once the season “officially” kicks off after next week, but in the meantime I’m excited to share a little hint at our planned motif with my tutorial for DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments. This collection of handmade tree decorations was an assignment from my editor at Hunker (see the full how-to here if interested!), and it ended up inspiring me to go with a very organic, minimal vibe with all of our Christmas decorations this 2018 holiday season.

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

I can’t wait to show you everything I have planned for our pulled-back, mostly-handmade Christmas, but if you want to see how we pulled off what I’m calling “Phase 1” of our tree decorations, hop over to Hunker here. And, just to be clear, I only used the bottom half of our artificial tree as a backdrop for these photos. It was promptly tucked right back in its box after I finished snapping the images I needed. Ahhh, the power of Photoshop—am I right?!

Anyway, what do you have up your sleeve for holiday décor? Are you planning to try something new, or do you prefer decking your halls with the same set of beloved accents you’ve used year after year? Tell us all about your Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, etc.!) decorating plans in the comments below.

DIY Stamped Air Dry Clay Christmas Ornaments

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DIY Thanksgiving Wreath-Inspired Door Hanging

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath-Inspired Door Hanging

You guys know that I’m all about that tell-tale mid-century style when it comes to home décor, but there are certain parts of that design era that, I think, are hard to replicate in a contemporary way. Mid-century bathrooms, for example, tend to feel pretty…well…dated no matter how you look at them. There are exceptions to that statement, of course, but I feel like it’s often easier to get that retro vibe in a bathroom by balancing modern accents with antique ones in an even 50/50 split.

Wreaths are another example of mid-century décor that I find hard to love in their purest form. Especially as someone who prefers clean lines over a lot of fuss, retro wreathes just feel a little too over-the-top for our home and personal aesthetic. So, each season, I try to come up with front door accents that feel trendy and retro without going too far in that direction.

This year, I’m all about knotted and woven textures (as you saw last month with this project), and I wanted to carry that vibe over to our front door for Thanksgiving by putting together a DIY wreath-inspired door hanging. You can see the full step-by-step process on Hunker here, but, essentially, the idea is to update a traditional wreath accent in honor of the holiday with faux florals in a fall-inspired color palette, and cozy, fluffy yarn. Click here to see it all come together on Hunker, and feel free to let me know in the comments below if there’s anything about your chosen era of design that you like to make your own!

DIY Thanksgiving Wreath-Inspired Door Hanging

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DIY Thanksgiving Branches With Printable Prompts

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Thanksgiving Branches With Printable Prompts

Confession: I’m notorious for making big fall time plans, and then dropping the ball a couple of weeks in…I’ll spend time gushing with John and my family about all the things I hope to do (think: visit the pumpkin patch, light up the fire pit, learn to make a PSL at home) only to realize that the season is almost over and I didn’t cross a single thing off my “for fun” to-do list.

Frankly, I’m very disappointed in myself and it’s making me realize what a workaholic I am. Instead of taking time off to fully embrace and enjoy the season, I end up working ahead on deadlines. That’s all well and good, of course, but pretty soon life’s going to pass me by and I’m going to regret all the fun things I didn’t get around to.

So, with that downright depressing confession out of the way, I wanted to share the DIY project that I’m hoping will turn things around: my DIY Thanksgiving Branches With Printable Prompts. This simple, light-hearted project is the perfect way to motivate anyone to cross big things off their seasonal list—like taking flowers over to a neighbor, starting a new holiday tradition, or bonding with family over a board game. When’s the last time you did any of those things? Been a while, huh? That’s what I thought.

DIY Thanksgiving Branches With Printable Prompts

DIY Thanksgiving Branches With Printable Prompts

DIY Thanksgiving Branches With Printable Prompts

Not to spook you, but Thanksgiving is only three weeks away, so now’s the time to get those fall time activities on the calendar so you don’t miss out. Pop over to the Oriental Trading Fun365 website here to find out how to make your own version of my DIY Thanksgiving Branches, and let me know in the comments below if you have anything specific you’re hoping to do this fall.

Oh, and before I go, I wanted to remind you to revisit this DGD post from last week to see what the branches arrangement looks like once you’ve taken down the paper leaves post-Thanksgiving. I might be biased, but I definitely think this is one type of fall décor that you can leave up all winter long.

DIY Thanksgiving Branches With Printable Prompts

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5-Minute DIY Branch Décor For Fall & Winter

5-Minute DIY Branch Décor For Fall & WinterAs you’re all more than well aware, fall is my favorite season. I love just about everything this lovely time of year has to offer—from pumpkin-flavored pastries and chilly air, to sweater weather and the promise of Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner.

That said, I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. My sister, for example, can’t stand fall (she’s a summer gal through and through). If you agree, then the idea of fall décor might sound like a huge chore or something you just can’t get pumped about. I get it! The awesome thing about this season, though, is that it doesn’t take much to decorate around.

You saw just last week how I updated our dining room for fall, right? Well, I’m back today with a couldn’t-be-quicker seasonal arrangement that anyone can do using practically all free materials. It really hardly even warrants the word “tutorial,” but I just couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I’m explaining my DIY branch décor for fall (and winter!) below.

5-Minute DIY Branch Décor For Fall & Winter

All you need to recreate the look is a large glass jar (I ordered mine here), some pebbles, and leaf-less branches. First, dump your rocks into the basin of the jar. My pebbles were purchased on clearance from Target, but I’ve used gravel from our front garden beds before for similar arrangements, so feel free to use what you have on hand. Then, you can push the ends of your branches down into the pebbles until they’re deep enough to stay put.

I think the key here (and what I didn’t have time to talk about in my post from last week) is that it’s best to use big branches. Small branches might end up looking a little dinky, so try cutting down or choosing fallen branches that are extra full. You can always trim them a bit or remove scraggly branches once you’re inside and working on the arrangement. I personally love an asymmetrical look, so I snipped down two different sized branches from a tree in our yard, and layered them on opposite sides from one another in the jar. When in doubt, look for branches that are longer than your arms to ensure lots of sculptural height.

This arrangement was actually an afterthought while I was decorating our dining room for fall, but it’s now unexpectedly my favorite part of the whole room. I love that it’s so eye-catching, and I especially love that it was free since I was able to use materials we already had handy. Stay tuned next week for another DIY tutorial that shows you how to remix this arrangement specifically for Thanksgiving—I can’t wait to share!

5-Minute DIY Branch Décor For Fall & Winter

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DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Is it too early to talk about (let alone think about) Thanksgiving? I can’t decide, but the holiday is right there looming just one month away on the calendar, so I’m taking it as a sign that you guys have started making plans for the big event. The good news is that today’s quick craft project can really be used any time of year—Thanksgiving and beyond—so I promise you’ll feel extra productive while putting it together this month. Scroll on for the step-by-step tutorial to make your own DIY Wood Ring Trivet Mat!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Not only is this project super easy to make—it’s also super cheap. The 1-inch wooden rings I used cost just $6, and the yarn was on sale for a few bucks. Since I used only a handful of feet from the spool of yarn for my DIY trivet mat, that figure could even be knocked down to a few pennies to be totally accurate. Other than those two main supplies, you need to grab a pair of scissors, some clear tacky glue, and maybe your phone to crank up the tunes or a podcast while you work.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Step One

Open your bag of wooden rings, and lay them out on the table so you can play around with different designs. My ultimate plan for this trivet mat is to use it under my favorite rectangular casserole dish come Thanksgiving, so I decided to follow suit with the same shape for my mat. You, of course, can run with any kind of shape you want, though—a square, a semi-circle, anything!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Step Two

Once you have your shape laid out, start connecting the rings to each other using small lengths of cut yarn. I would suggest cutting your yarn pieces a little longer than you actually need them to be, just to save you some headache while tying knots between the rings. The longer your yarn, the easier it will be to grip and tie a knot. I went with a triple knot on each, by the way, and my yarn pieces were each roughly five inches long.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

Step Three

Even though I used triple knots between each ring, I still felt like my mat could stand to have a little more strength, so I dabbed a bit of tacky glue over each knot. I was careful not to get the glue on the rings, though, because I wanted the rings to twist under the yarn knots for easy folding and storing. Just dab the glue right on top of the knot to keep it from unraveling. Since it dries clear, you’ll never see it.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

A Quick Note

You might have noticed that side-by-side image a couple photos up. I included that so you can see the difference between the knotted underside and the top of the mat. It’s much cleaner and less chaotic when you flip it right side up, which I was relieved to see. If you want an even more minimalist look, choose a colored yarn that matches the wood tone of your rings.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

After the glue dots have dried, you’re ready to flip the finished DIY Wood Ring Trivet Mat over and use it under anything hot you might serve this season. I personally love using it under my kettle now that I’m craving afternoon cups of coffee and tea (it’s so cold here already in Virginia). Tell me what you think of our little heatproof trivet mat in the comments below, or, better yet, tell me what you’d like to serve on top of it this Thanksgiving!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Ring Trivet Mat

P.S. Click back here to take our fall dining room tour for even MORE Thanksgiving-themed inspiration!
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5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

I don’t know about you, but my fall decorations came out practically at the stroke of midnight that first calendar day of autumn. I had been dreaming of setting out ceramic pumpkins and fall-time colors since August, so it didn’t take long for me to call our seasonal decorating done. That said, I know not everyone feels quite so…shall we say…enthusiastic about fall decorating, and you might even be feeling a little stumped on where to start. Scroll on for five of the biggest pieces of advice I can offer now that our own home is feeling festive for fall.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

1. When in doubt, add pumpkins

It’s no secret that pumpkins are a universal symbol of the season, so maybe try starting there. Real pumpkins are wonderfully nostalgic, but I always feel so guilty about throwing them away at the end of fall, which means that we inevitably end up with a sad collection of rotten gourds come December. I’ve learned my lesson over the years and tend to stick with nothing but faux pumpkins (think: ceramic, plastic, and even stuffed). Dot two or three around your own space in between your everyday décor and that’s practically all you need to get the point across.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

2. Embrace autumnal colors

Another easy way to decorate for fall without having to buy a bunch of new themed accents is to work within a traditional “autumn” color palette. If you squint your eyes while looking at these photos of our fall dining room, you’ll pick up on orange, evergreen, rich gold, a bit of blue, and lots of natural wood tones. Now open your eyes wide and refocus. When you actually take a good long look at things, you’ll see that we had to add just two or three physical hits of orange to the mix amongst our year-round décor to make it look fall-like. It just goes to show that you don’t need to go overboard when incorporating fall colors within your décor.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

3. Color-coordinated wine display

This is probably taking things too far, but I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit OCD when it comes to color-coordinating our house, and this third tip proves it. We’re wine drinkers in our family, and keep extra bottles at-the-ready on a vintage wine bottle rack that John bought me for Christmas last year. I know it might sound silly to some, but I tend to judge a wine by its bottle, and go so far as to purchase bottles that I know will look good amongst our everyday décor. The same, of course, goes for fall. During this season, I like to stock up on wine bottles that feature jewel-toned, metallic wrappings and labels so that they fit right in with our fall decorations. Don’t worry—they all taste just as good as they look. I’m not that silly! (wink, wink)

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

4. Use live branches

With the exception of three new faux pumpkins that I added to our collection last month, everything else you see here we already owned. I didn’t have to buy anything else, and that includes the set of branches you see on the console. They were cut right from our back yard, so they didn’t cost a thing, plus I love how they add some sculptural interest and height to the room. Try playing around with branches cut from your own property this season, or visit a local park and see if you can find some natural options already lying on the ground ready for the taking.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5. Add something unexpected

Because I used mostly items that we already owned, I started to feel like the room wasn’t fresh enough. It didn’t feel all that different to me, even with the addition of festive pumpkins, jewel-toned wine bottles, fall colors, and big branches. So, at the last minute, I decided to hang a new gallery wall. It was a quick and easy way for me to make use of art we already had in the basement that I hadn’t seen hung in a while, and it gave me a bigger opportunity to showcase those autumn colors I love so much. I chose an abstract print, a vintage landscape painting, a line drawing, and a printed portrait of my favorite composer done by my favorite artist. The collection makes me smile every time I walk into the room, and was the perfect unexpected finishing touch I was craving.

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Are you like me and already have a fully fleshed out fall house now that it’s mid-October? I’d love to hear if you have tips of your own to share, or if you think I could be doing something more to celebrate the season through décor. I’m always hoping that these types of how-to-decorate posts turn into more of a conversation than me just telling our own side of the story, so please tell all below!

5 Easy Fall Décor Ideas For A Dining Room

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How To Make A Macramé Wall Hanging

*This post was sponsored by Solid Oak Inc.

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

Truth be told, it’s not often that I shy away from trying something brand new to me. I live for DIY projects of practically any kind, and rarely decline the offer to learn a new skill. This probably isn’t surprising for you to hear, but what might actually take you by surprise is just how long I put off learning how to macramé. Everyone and her mother seems to be head-over-heels for this DIYer-friendly craft, but, for whatever reason, it intimidated the heck out of me, and I just made do with store-bought versions for our home.

Well, that point of view has totally changed because…You see that knotted wall hanging up there? Yeah, I MADE THAT! I don’t feel too bad putting that statement in all caps because (a) it’s far from perfect, and (b) I never, ever thought I’d be able to say that and, darn, does it feel good. Scroll on to find out how I pulled the project off in one afternoon with a little (read: a lot) of help from Solid Oak Inc.

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

So, why hadn’t I tried this before? I think I was just super intimidated by the idea of how much time it might take to learn all of those “complicated” knots. I put the word complicated in quotes there because, now that I’ve done it, I know for a fact that they aren’t all that complicated to actually do.

The sole reason I’m here and able to talk about this with any kind of authority, though, is because of Solid Oak Inc. The team reached out to me over the summer and asked if I’d be interested in trying out their new line of Make-ramé wall hanging kits. The team explained that they were starting to carry these kits that come with everything a crafter needs to get started macramé-ing—rope, knot diagrams, wire, dowels, etc.

I definitely hesitated before agreeing because this was something I had never tried before, but I eventually decided to give the partnership my go-ahead. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was fate offering me the perfect way to learn how to macramé once and for all.

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

After receiving the kit and confirming that I had everything I needed, I did something terrible (but not surprising for my personality): I tucked the kit away where I wouldn’t see it. I was just so scared of failing, especially since it wasn’t just me that I would be disappointing. I would be letting the brand down, too.

But with a deadline looming, I finally decided to suck it up, and pulled out my supplies last week. I chose a bright and sunny afternoon to start the project, and spread out on the living room floor where I could carefully and comfortably look over both the instructions and the materials.

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

Within 10 minutes, I was off and running, and a couple of hours later, I was staring wide-eyed at my finished macramé wall hanging. It’s definitely not perfect—you can see where I miscounted in that first diagonal V shape on the left, and I made the executive decision to place the tassels over my messier knots rather than follow the kit design to the letter—but I love it in all its imperfection. As it turns out, the hardest part really was just getting started!

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

Sure, I could buy the ready-made version of a macramé wall hanging at some big box store, but there’s just something so satisfying about knowing (and being able to tell everyone who comes to our house!) that I made this one on my own.

Of course, a huge thanks goes to the team at Solid Oak Inc. for making this moment possible, and for offering the perfect kit for newbie macramé-ers like me. The instructions they include in their kits are easy to follow, and there’s even a direct email you can use to ask questions if you run into issues. I didn’t need to test out that feature, but I felt better knowing there was someone to whom I could reach out if I had trouble with any part of the process.

Have you ever made a macramé wall hanging before? What are your favorite types of knots to do? This one called for three different knots—Lark’s Head, Double Knot, and Overhand—but now I’m anxious to learn others. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever given this craft a go!

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

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DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

I don’t know about you, but temporary holiday décor is my absolute favorite. Like I’ve said time and time again here on the blog (sorry to keep repeating myself!) I kind of despise any type of holiday decorating that requires me to put away most of our year-round “everyday” accents. It feels like I’m undoing all the hard work I put into decorating our home, so I try my best to come up with small high impact tweaks I can make throughout our house that makes it look festive without forcing us to keep a ton of decorations in storage.

That mentality, of course, had a pretty direct impact on the DIY I’m sharing today. The DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece that I put together for Hunker was made using nothing but a standalone piece of driftwood, some paper bats, and a bit of tape. We keep the branch out year-round anyway, so all I had to do to give it Halloween edge was cut out a handful of bats and temporarily stick them to the branch for the month of October. It’s the perfect holiday project if you’re also hesitant to buy a bunch of holiday décor or if you don’t have much time on your hands. This project can be done in less than 30 minutes!

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

To find out how to make the Halloween centerpiece for yourself, make sure to click through to Hunker. I even included a printable bat silhouette template so all you have to do is print it, cut out the stencil, trace, and cut the final shapes out. A few other Halloween-themed goodies (think: ceramic pumpkins, dark linen napkins, novelty plates) are the finishing touches to make your table ready for a spooky soirée. Get the DIY details and printable template here, and then let me know in the comments below how you find balance between holiday decorating and your everyday décor.

DIY Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece Décor

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