DIY: Baby Room Pennant Banner

A few months back my good friend (who was 7 months preggo at the time) joined me for a lunch out in Silver Lake and we stopped in the (awesome) store Yolk. If you got to LA Mill you should stop in Yolk next door. It’s a cute little shop with all sorts of home goods and a kids area in the back. My friend was looking at these hanging pennants longingly, but they were out of budget in the $40-50 range. It got me thinking that I could probably make her one using inexpensive supplies from Michael’s Crafts… and I was right!

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See those pretty pennants above? The nice thing about designing my own (as a gift for my friends baby shower) is that I could make the colors work with her room design/colors.

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I went to Michael’s Crafts and bought the following:

O Gray Yarn ($2?)
O 5 Different Shades of Blue Felt (75 cents each?)
O Gold string (like the thread you’s make a friendship bracelet with) ($2?)
O White small Pom-Poms ($1?)

Here’s a tip for Michaels: They have online coupons offering 50% off the highest valued item. If you are in Michael’s, just pull out your smat phone, google for the coupon, and then they scan your phone at the register and you get the discount. It’s an awesome deal.

In the photo above, you can see I braided a 6′ piece of yarn together to make a thicker string, for which the pennants will hang from.

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Next I made a template out of plain paper, and made a triangle, that would allow for 3 triangles to be made from one sheet of felt. I then used a ruler and sharpie to trace the template and cut a bunch of triangles from all of my felt. NOTE: I added an extra inch to the top of the triangle, so I could use that space to sew later.

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Then I laid each pennant out along the string to see if I wanted a random pattern, or a repeating pattern.

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I like it! Time to assemble!

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I started by hand sewing the white pom-poms to the end of each triangle. It’s super easy, as I am by no means and expert.

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Once the pom-poms were securely on, I pinned each pennant where it would be along the yarn. Be sure not to pin to the actual yarn, but instead make a loop with that extra inch of fabric you allowed for at the top of the triangle (below).

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Then I used the gold thread to sew the triangles in place, and also add a little sparkle to all the blues.

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Isn’t she pretty?! I’m so proud of this impulse art project as it probably took an hour of my time, and it came out looking so similar to the $50 pennant!

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My friend shared this photo above of the pennants home in here baby’s room.

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DIY: Backing A Bookcase

Remember how I told you about my blank canvas? Well I’ve been adding to the room (on a tight budget, of course) and I wanted to share this cheap, fast do-it-yourself project.

You can see the beautiful plants I wrote about here, in the photo above. And also the Ikea curtains I added (click here to see their online specs). But do you notice that the back of the bookcase (my roommate left for us) is completely naked? Not only does this mean wires show in the back, but it visually looks cheap and bare. I got a little creative and came up with an easy solution.

Step 1: Layout the bookcase and asses the tools needed. I got out my hot glue gun, some tacks, an exacto knife and my roll of handy trace paper.

Step 2: Measure the width of the bookcase, and cut a piece of trace paper slightly larger than that length.

Step 3: Tack the corners in place, as this is just temporary and to hold the paper in place while you hot glue the corners down.

Step 4: Hot glue just under the trace paper in each corner. In case you ever want to take it out, this will make it much cleaner to remove. Once dry, remove all the tacks. Then repeat this all down the bookcase, being mindful that seems line up to where the bookcase horizontals will cover them.

If you followed the instruction above, your bookcase back should look a little something like this.

Then prop the bookcase back into it’s spot, and notice that by gluing in just the corners, it allows for a gap where cords can fit down which hides them from the front of the bookcase.

How easy was that?! And while it’s only a subtle difference with the trace paper, it makes the bookcase feel much more elegant than it is. If you want to add some more drama with a fun color or pattern, check out your local arts store for fun gift wrap paper, or even contact paper/wallpaper. This DIY bookcase backing can be quite the statement!

DYI: Decorative Plants

This is fun inexpensive do-it-yourself way to jazz up a lifeless corner. We have a tall corner bookcase (which is empty right now) and needed something that would bring your eye upward. I already owned these Ikea white planters (cheap- $5ea?). Since I bought them not intending for this use, I didn’t care about the sizes which now are so critical. Notice how the middle vase isn’t exactly the “middle” size? It’s a tad shorter than it should be… I know how to fix that!

Step 1: Using some white 3/16″ foam board I already owned ($1 at Michael’s) I cut out a test piece to see if that 3/16″ boost would do the trick.

Step 2: Test it out. See how that piece of foam core lifts the middle vase so that it is the perfect “middle” height?

Step 3: Trace the planter onto the foam board and cut out the circle.

Step 4: Put the planter on the circle and trim any excess around the edges. Perfect! You barely even notice the “high-heel” the planter is wearing.

Fun with plants! Which plant should go in which planter? These plants are from Ikea, and we very inexpensive.

What adjustments need to be made? The right and left plants sink too low in the planters… I think we can fix that.

Step 5: Cut rectangle pieces of foam board which can go inside the planter and below the plants. Make several so you have room to play with the heights.

Now it’s time to play, until you find the right fit.

How adorable is that? The plants are arranged Large to small, angling into the room which draw the eye upward and add a needed pop of color. Love it!!

Clue #5… so close!

You’ve seen clue #1clue #2clue #3, clue #4… and we are SO close to the big reveal, so I thought I’d share some out-takes:

I didn’t realize I would end up on camera.. so I was not exactly dressed up- I didn’t even have my contacts in! Oh well… the final photos are still being edited, so more on that later. People were asking for an update, so I had to share. All photos courtesy of Erica Meyer. Contact me if you want her for your own shoot or event. I’ll have more on her when I post the final photos.

DIY: Greeting Cards

Thanks to a stamp on sale at Michael’s (for crazy cheap), I now have some lovely cards. I’m starting to really get into fall colors, but it’s too early! I have to pull myself back. Maybe it was seeing all the back-to-school signs at the store today, but I’m already in the mood to watch some Halloween flicks!

The next phase of my blog (which will take some time to coordinate) will be creating a shop through this website where my artsy projects can be purchased for a fair (and cheap) price. I might even use this pattern to do some fun embossing. Keep an eye out for it. In the meantime these cards are going out to a few family members and friends. I heart mail 🙂