DIY Minimalist Dream Catcher

I’ve lately become intrigued by dream catchers – and have wanted to take a stab at making my own version of the traditional Native American emblem. That said, I had very little confidence in my ability to weave the beautiful, intricate patterns found in a traditional dream catcher. This minimalist, modern take requires very little skill – and while it may not be very effective at catching dreams, it sure is pretty!

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Supplies:

12 ” Gold Macrame Ring

White Suede Lace

Jute Twine & White String

Wooden Beads

Feathers (not pictured)

Scissors & Hot Glue Gun

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Using a dab of hot glue to secure the suede at your starting point, begin to wrap the suede lace tightly around the ring.

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I decided to go about 3/4 of the way around the ring with the suede. I also decided to paint my nails for the first time in approximately eight months, so… yay me.

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Before I glued down the end, I strung on some beads, and arranged them in random places around the pattern. A dab of hot glue under the bottom bead keeps them from sliding around too much.

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Next, I looped on some jute twine and white string, in alternating order, on the bottom of my ring.

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The whole thing took about thirty minutes to make – and I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result!

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Here she is hanging over our headboard – ready to catch a dream or two!

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Are you a fan of dream catchers? I’ve never had one before, but I’m definitely enjoying this one!

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Luck of the Irish

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I’m not Irish – but I sure love Shamrock shakes & a nice cold pint of Guinness. So happy St. Patrick’s day, friends! I’ve got my green on, and I’m ready to eat some Irish soda bread.
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And if you happen to need some last minute St. Patty’s day decor – why not cut a lucky four leaf clover out of some gold card stock & stick it in a frame? You’ll get an inexpensive good luck charm to last you through all the parties & corned beef you can handle.

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Have a great day!

Embroidered Wall Hanging (From a Placemat!)

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So, I was strolling through Target, admiring ceramic snails and galvanized metal trays (seriously, Target’s Threshold line is my favorite ever), when I happened upon a lovely section of clearance items. This placemat immediately caught my eye – I loved the colors, and loved the price tag even more!

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I grabbed the only remaining two, but with very little intention of using them as actual placemats. Here’s how I created this super cheerful wall hanging for around $2!

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Supplies:

Cloth Placemat

Embroidery Thread

Square Dowel

Wood Glue

Needle (with a bigger eye for the embroidery thread)

Not pictured – straight pins & twine

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I printed out a nice large “hello” in my favorite font – Sacramento – and pinned it in place.

I doubled the thread to ensure my letters stood out nicely, and then began to stitch along the center of the lettering. (I added an inch or so of lead in to the h).

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I did not worry too much about keeping the stitches consistent – I found it worked nicely to do longer stitches for the straight parts of each letter, and smaller stitches around the curves.

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After I traced all the letters, I tied the thread off securely in the back, and then very carefully removed the paper. I cut the excess paper away, and carefully pulled/tore the paper in pieces while making sure the stitching stayed intact.

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The final step was to use the wood glue to attach the dowel to the top of the placemat, and then to tie a piece of twine for hanging it.

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I am so, so happy with this. The colors are so springy and fun!

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Make anything awesome for two bucks lately? Or find a fun new use for something ordinary, like a placemat?

February Highlights

Hi friends! I’m back! It was a crazy busy few weeks, and while I can’t say my schedule has really calmed down a great deal, I am ready to get back to it here at Some Kind of Lovely Ride!

March is here – so let’s take a second to review some of my favorite projects from February!

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Top: 1) This Wire Wrapped Cement Planter was a fun and easy DIY using quick set cement. 2) I loved putting together this Arrow Picture Mobile, using some DIY-ed arrows as hangers and displaying some of my favorite prints from Social Print Studio!

Middle: 1) I made these cute heart decals with washi tape & an X-Acto knife – a fun five minute DIY! 2) Feeling the love for V-Day, I strung up a garland of mini doilies & pretty white feathers.

Bottom: 1) For one last Valentine’s Day project, I shaped this heart out of wire & wrapped it in pink twine. This is super customizable to any shape, letter, word, whatever! 2) Before taking a break to focus on my day job, I shared some of my office/work/productivity essentials.

I am SO looking forward to the start of Spring (which you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram – can you say tulip addict?)

 

 

Make These in the Name of Love

Ok – Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. (If you’re not a fan, I totally feel you. Sorry for all the lovey dovey, heart themed crafts I’ve been sharing for the past few weeks – and take solace in the fact that it is nearing an end.)

But if you are a fan, and you need some last minute ideas for quick decorations or gifts, here is a round of up some relatively simple projects that you can knock out while you are snowed in by winter storm number 9,452 this week. (Oh, how envious I am of you California friends…)

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Clockwise from top left: Darling, glittery DIY Cupid’s Arrows from Bliss at Home // Mini Doily & Feather Valentine’s Garland (by moi!) // Adorable DIY Fringed LOVE Cake Topper from Sugar & Cloth // Easy Washi Tape Heart Decals (me, again!) // The cutest DIY Valentine you’ve ever seen from Studio DIY.

You can make most of these projects with supplies you may already even have on hand, so have fun crafting your little heart out!  xo!

 

Wrapped Wire Heart

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! I had a kind of stinky weekend, but I’ve got quite a week ahead and am determined to get through it with a smile. The good news is there is a three day weekend on the horizon, not to mention the promise of a lovely date night with my beau in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, today I want to share a really easy Wrapped Wire Heart DIY.

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This was one of those “let me experiment with this random stuff I have in my craft closet while watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony” projects. (Who wants one of those white furry vest & hat ensembles for this cold winter?? I do!)

So to make your own wrapped wire heart (or letter, star, or any other shape), you’ll need three things:

Wire (I used this kind)

String, Yarn, Twine, or whatever you want to wrap it with!  (I used pink jute twine from Michael’s)

Hot Glue Gun

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All you have to do is bend your wire into the shape of your choice, and then wrap it! Use hot glue at the start & finish to keep everything in place, and that’s it!

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You could make a few of these and string ’em on a garland, or make a mobile, or use them in a gallery wall on a teeny nail. Oh, the possibilities!

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Have a wonderful day!

Wire Wrapped Cement Planter

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Have you ever tried working with quick set cement? It was so much easier than I thought it would be! With just a few supplies & a few hours, I had this little square cement planter for one of my air plants.

To make your own, you will need card stock, painter’s tape, a tea light candle & quick set cement. I used a bag of cement mix from a Whimsey Box that I had from several months ago (p.s. – my husband bought me a Whimsey Box subscription for Christmas, and I can’t wait to get my first kit!)

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You can use any kind of disposable container to make your planter. I wanted a square shape, so I made my own box with card stock & painters tape. Now that I know how easy it is to make these, I’ve got a bunch of other shapes/ideas I want to try!

CementBoxAfter filling the box with cement mix (follow the instructions on your mix to determine the amount of water needed to reach a peanut butter like consistency), I pressed a tea light candle into the center to form the hole for my air plant.

After about 30 minutes, I was able to tear the card stock off the cement box that had formed, and pull the candle out. I let my planter sit for another 24 hours, and then wrapped some gold wire around it & popped in an air plant!

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This was so easy & fun, I can’t wait to make more cement projects!

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Thanks for stopping by!