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DIY Copper + Yarn Wall Hanging

September 8, 2016

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It’s been five weeks since we’ve moved into our new apartment and I’m embarrassed to tell you that most of our walls are still bare. I’ve made it my goal this week to start hanging our art and make our space feel more “finished”.

I think one of the hardest places to decide what to hang on the wall is above the couch. It’s such a focal point and something you really love should be placed there. I was struggling with what to put above ours and that’s why I decided to make this wall hanging. I love the homey warmth it brings to the space and it’s super easy to create. And bonus – it’s really inexpensive to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:
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SUPPLIES: copper pipe (mine is 2 feet long), copper couplings (1/2 inch), yarn, scissors

wall-hanging_chairDIRECTIONS:

1. Place your copper pipe between two chairs, this will make it much easier to work with.

2. cut yarn into strips to your desired length and drape the strips over the pipe. This step is tedious – I suggest having an interesting podcast on while working.

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3. Once you have your desired look and length, knot each strip of yarn using a larks head knot – similar to how you would tie a luggage tag. Tighten and repeat until all the strips are knotted.wall-hanging_knotwall-hanging_knot2

4. Finally, add your copper couplings in a pattern of your choosing. For the size of my yarn, 6 strips fit perfectly into each coupling. I decided to arrange mine in an upward arrow formation

5. To hang it, make sure it’s level and rest the pipe over two nails. wall-hanging_finished

And that’s it! Super easy. I love this project because you can really customize it with the colors and the arrangement of your couplings. Also, the couplings are really easy to move around, so if you get tired of their placement, you can easily update it to give it a different look!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you try this DIY.

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Homemade Soap DIY

July 28, 2015

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I’ve been on a soap-making kick you guys! And it’s so fun and easy and I feel like I’ve made enough soap to last me for a few years. I can’t stop.

I’m always so intrigued when I see soap stands at the farmer’s markets. Smelling ALL the soaps. Holding up the line like no one’s business. So I figured I should start making some of my own. I went online, bought the ingredients and started. It’s so much easier than I thought it would be. There are a few different ways to make soap, but the method I used is super simple and quick.

The basic things you’ll need to make homemade soap is:
A soap mold. I used this one.
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A soap base. I used shea butter and goat’s milk.

After those two things, anything else you use is up to you!

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To melt the soap mold, you can either create a double boiler on the oven or melt it in the microwave. If you use the microwave, make sure to heat it in 30 second intervals and stir the mixture in between.

Once you’ve melted your mold, let it cool for a few minutes, then mix the extras that you want! I made Shea Butter & Lavender, Lemon & Grapefruit, Vanilla Latte and Lemon Chia Seed. Here’s what I added to make each flavor:

Shea Butter & Lavender: about 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers.

Lemon & Grapefruit: 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 10 drops of grapefruit oil.

Lemon Chia Seed: 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds.

Vanilla Latte: 10-15 drops of vanilla essential oil and 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds

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For the packaging, I had some leftover watercolor scraps that I cut into strips and I secured it to the back with washi tape. Super easy! I think tying fun fabric around the soap would be really cute as well. Or using twine and creating a bow. The options are endless really.

I hope that you try making some soap and have as much fun as I’m having! I’m sure I’ll be back soon with more concoctions. Because I just. can’t. stop.

xo, e

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All Gold Everything – Consignment Mirror Revamp

October 29, 2014

Like I said on Monday, we did some consignment shopping this past weekend, and I found this awesome mirror that was in need of a little love. This mammoth weighs about 50 million pounds, and our Uber driver was not impressed that he had to help me put it into his (extremely messy) trunk.
But, 15 dollars and 3 miles in an angry Uber driver’s car later, the mirror was mine!
Although it wasn’t the most beautiful of mirrors, I knew that with a little paint and some love, this beauty would be perfect for my bedroom.

 

The mirror is about 2 feet by 3 feet, and I could have gotten by with a sample-sized container of paint, but unfortunately Home Depot doesn’t sell metallic paint in the sample size.
But that’s okay, because you can never have too much gold paint.
Soon our apartment is going to look like that Disney movie.. I think it’s called The Golden Touch, where everything the king touches turns to gold, which seems like the best problem to have, but then he touches people and that obviously causes some problems.
Anyways.

 

The frame was a really dark wood, and I didn’t use a primer, so it took about three coats to fully cover it. The paint dried really quickly, and the whole process only took a few hours.

 

 

How AWESOME is the gold? I can’t get over it.

 

xo, E
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