Wallflower Pizazz

Who would’ve thought you could decorate a nursery using napkins?  Up until recently, certainly not me.  In fact, I would’ve pictured something tacky, flimsy and just outright laughable.

I’m proud to say that I think this project is far from that.  But if you can’t bear the thought of using something so outrageous on your walls, you could use tissue paper just as effectively.

I love the texture and feminine touch it adds to the room.  We definitely needed a girly touch in there.

Tutorial is found on Dana Made It.

Pics That Stick

These gorgeous “polaroid” magnets have captured my heart!  What a fantastic way to enjoy all your favourite pics.

The lovely Jenn over at Ambrosia has a full tutorial and more pics to inspire you.  I love that these can be made using resources around the house too.  Maybe even chop up some promotional magnets for the back (you know the flexible ones companies sometimes post out) and attach with a hot glue gun.

I’m so keen to get making some and the cute size just makes them all the more enticing.

Jenn’s blog is full of lovely photos and inspiring ideas, so be prepared to get sidetracked while you’re there!

Upcycle: Rustic Coffee Sack Mat

Coffee sacks are so full of character.  I love them!  And there are plenty of inspiring projects available too.

With some coffee sacks still on hand from my recent basket project, I’ve been on the hunt for another idea to utilise my stock.  This little number quickly took my fancy!

These mats are super easy to make and surprisingly quick.  If you’re on the hunt for some rustic decor, they would look fab in a kitchen or laundry.  I’m thinking I should have ironed mine before posting a photo though! Continue reading

DIY Wall Decals

Photo courtesy of HowAboutOrange.com

I love blog surfing.  It starts with finding a great blog that I peruse for an hour or so, before I get distracted by their exciting looking blog roll and I spend another few hours scrolling through all those blogs too.

A wonderful time waster but it’s so inspiring!  There are so many talented people out there.

It was one such expedition that I found “How About Orange” and her wall decal post.  At first it seemed quite astounding that you could iron stiffened fabric onto a wall.  I mean, how did someone even discover that?  Was it by accident?  Yet, I’m loving the idea.  How cute would an elephant shape or child’s name on a nursery wall look, cut from your favourite fabric.  It’s genius!

It won’t damage your walls, removes easily and means you don’t have to spend big $$’s on fancy store bought decals.

Check out her post here for more inspiration and a full tutorial.  I haven’t tried it yet but it has quickly made it onto my to-do-list!  Not to mention the blog has become a new fav of mine too.  Thanks Jessica!

Stencils Using Photocopy Paper Wrappers

Stencils

There are oodles of tutorials online about how to stencil fabric with freezer paper.  They all look fabulous and give you an easy way to personalise tshirts, baby onesies, bags … the list is endless.

Alas, there have been many frustrating hours spent hunting for freezer paper in New Zealand, only to find it both rare and ridiculously expensive.  Would you believe that what sells for $4 in the US has sold for as much as $24 here?!  That makes me feel ill.

But, despair no more, my loyal Offsquare friends (I know you’ve all been kept awake each night wondering how you’ll ever do a freezer paper stencil without paying for airfares to the US first … or is that just me?), I have the answer you’ve all been looking for.  Plus, it’s thrifty AND upcycled! Continue reading