Dare to DIY Deck the Halls Features

There were so many amazing decked halls linked up on Monday!  You guys did an awesome job!

Today all of us (KimMichelleRachel, and I) are spotlighting three projects we loved.  We made sure that none of us spotlighted the same projects, so make sure you head over to the other chicks’ blogs and see if you were featured.

If pinning, please pin from the original source!

Trisha from The Sweetest Survival created this beautiful mantel.

Holly from Just Two Crafty Sisters made this gorgeous felt flower tree skirt.

Katja from Shift Ctrl Art put together this amazing tablescape.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Dare to DIY series.  We had a great time checking out everyone’s projects.  And we hope you had fun creating your projects and checking out what others created.

Dare to DIY: deck the halls

Alright, let’s see your decked halls!

I’m thrilled to be co-hosting with Decor and the DogMaybe Matilda and  Newly Woodwards.

This week it’s Dare to… deck the halls!
DIY something new to deck your halls. Did you find something in a catalog that you wish you had? Wreaths, stockings, pillows or advent calendars? Make it! Inspire us all to do the same.

I shared my decked out card catalog vignette on Friday.

I also shared my sweater present tutorial on Saturday.

Kim created this awesome NOEL sign.

Michelle whipped up some pretty burlap stockings for her mantel.

Rachel shared her modern woodland vignette.

Each Monday, the link party goes live for that week’s Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish, as long as the posts correspond with the theme of the week.

You can link up on any of our four blogs listed above. The linky below will stay live through Wednesday. This Wednesday, each of us will spotlight at least 3 projects we loved from the week on our blogs. We’ll also pin those projects on our shared Pinterest board.

The only rules:
1. Please follow the Dare to DIY theme of the week (this week is ‘dare to be thankful’).
2. Please link back to Dare to DIY by linking to at least one of our blogs (or copy this: I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!)
3. Please go to at least one other blog and comment. This is a party. So get to know a few other bloggers.



Dare to DIY Give Handmade Features

A big thanks to everyone who linked up to the Dare to DIY Give Handmade link up!   There were so many great projects that we decided to compile our favorites into one handy post.

Hopefully you can use this compilation to help you out with those last minute handmade gifts.

 House Drawing by Planting Sequoias * Card Table Playhouse by Anything Pretty

Dog Silhouette by A Peachtree City Life * Wine Gift Bags by Bowl of Cherrys

Wine Cork Trivet by B&B Build a Life * Christmas Joy Felt Pillow by Our Next Great Adventure

Owl Coasters by Boxy Colonial  * Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub by Wills Casa

Sharpie Mugs by Shannaigans * Travel Jewelry Holder by Naptime DIY

Gold Leaf Agate Coasters by Desert Domicile * Lilly Doll by Home in the Country

Festively Red Spread by Little Rays of Sunshine * R2D2 Stocking by Creative Chaos Art

Geometric Necklace by Ceci Bean * Mason Jar Snow Globes by The Sweetest Digs

Woodbead Necklace by Decor and the Dog * Crochet Blanket by Maybe Matilda

Dish Towels by NewlyWoodwards * State Necklace by Two Twenty One

We will be pinning all of these handmade gifts to the Dare to DIY Projects board.  You can also find all of the co-hosts on Pinterest: Decor and the Dog, Maybe MatildaNewlyWoodwards, and Two Twenty One.

Are you ready for next week’s Dare to Deck the Halls Challenge?

Dare to DIY: give handmade

Alright, let’s see your handmade gifts!

I’m thrilled to be co-hosting with Decor and the DogMaybe Matilda and  Newly Woodwards.

This week it’s Dare to… give handmade!
DIY a gift made by you. Nothing is more special to give than something you created, so share projects that will be go in brown paper packages this holiday season. Ideas include bath and body items, kitchen gifts, hand-sewn clothing or home decor.

I shared my DIY state necklace on Friday.

Kim made pretty dish towels for her co-workers.

Michelle created a lovely wood bead and ribbon necklace for her mom.

 

Rachel crocheted a beautiful blanket for her bed.

Each Monday, the link party goes live for that week’s Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish, as long as the posts correspond with the theme of the week.

You can link up on any of our four blogs listed above. The linky below will stay live through Wednesday. This Wednesday, each of us will spotlight at least 3 projects we loved from the week on our blogs. We’ll also pin those projects on our shared Pinterest board.

The only rules:
1. Please follow the Dare to DIY theme of the week (this week is ‘dare to be thankful’).
2. Please link back to Dare to DIY by linking to at least one of our blogs (or copy this: I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!)
3. Please go to at least one other blog and comment. This is a party. So get to know a few other bloggers.



How to Make a State Necklace {DIY}

I’m pretty sure many of you have seen those state shaped necklaces floating around the Interweb for the past couple years.  I’ve looked into them and debated purchasing, but the $50+ price tag always gets me.  Don’t get me wrong, I support handmade items, but I’m a cheapskate when it comes to certain things (she get it from her momma), especially things I can DIY.  When I start making my millions I’ll by handmade like it’s my job.  Until then, I’ll save my $50 for our electric bill and attempt to make my own.

In attempt to make my own state shaped necklace, I did a little researching last night and found a great tutorial on the blog, V Juliet.  I had everything I needed so no trip to the store was necessary.
Cha-ching.

Here’s what I used:
22 gauge wire (JoAnn)
round nose pliers (JoAnn)
wire cutters (JoAnn)
masking tape
outline of Indiana (found here)
card stock (Walmart)
chain necklace (Etsy)

I started by searching Google images for an outline of Indiana.  Then I scaled down the image to 2″ by 2″ in Photoshop and printed it onto card stock.  I grabbed my wire and made a loop at the top for the necklace with my round nose pliers.  My loop wasn’t made using a specific looping method.  But if you YouTube search “simple wire loop” you’ll find a bunch of examples.   Plus, it’s easier to watch a video than to try to decipher photos.  Make sure you make a big enough loop to feed your necklace through.

After I made my loop, I started to trace my Indiana shape with the wire and my round nose pliers.  I used masking tape to secure the wire as I went along.

For the Ohio River part of my state, I gently bent the wire with my round nose pliers.  Sometimes I would hold the wire in place with the pliers and bend the wire with my free hand.  Trial and error, people, trial and error.

Be careful when doing twists and turns.  If you put too much stress on the wire it will snap.  Here’s your proof:

After tracing the state, I removed the masking tape.  Then I made a couple loops around my original loop and cut the wire with my wire cutters.  Since I was putting this on a necklace, I gently turned my loop to face the opposite direction so the pendant would look right once I fed the necklace through the loop.

Full disclosure:  I ended up making five Indiana shaped pendants.  Proof that not all bloggers get it right the first time.  The pendants are placed in chronological order– from first to last attempt.

More disclosure: it took me 5-10 minutes to make each pendant.

I like how the rose gold looking pendant (#2) turned out, but I didn’t have a matching necklace on hand to go with it, so I decided to make a sterling silver plated one.  I finally got it on the third try.  I envy all of you who live in states like Colorado.

It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.  I plan on making some for Christmas gifts, and keeping one (or more) for myself.

Will you dare to give handmade on Monday morning for Dare to DIY: give handmade?  Need some extra inspiration?  See how KimMichelle, and Rachel gave handmade.

What do you think about the whole state shaped necklace craze?
Think you’ll attempt this DIY project?

I’m sharing this at the following parties: Home Stories A to ZTatertots and JelloHouse of HepworthsThe Shabby Creek CottageTidy MomLiz Marie BlogCraftomaniacThe Shabby NestPositively SplendidWhipperberryFunky Junk InteriorsClassy ClutterToday’s Creative BlogUncommon DesignsLive Laugh RoweMiss Mustard Seed, and Serenity Now.

Dare to DIY: entertain

Who’s ready to show off their entertainment themed project?

I’m thrilled to be co-hosting with Decor and the DogMaybe Matilda and  Newly Woodwards.

This week it’s Dare to… entertain!
DIY something for your table. This could be something from last wee’s Thanksgiving table or a new Christmas look. Get creative and use things in new ways. Or go true DIY and make something totally new. Ideas include place mats, table runners, place cards or centerpieces.

I posted my simple (and sparkly) table setting on Saturday.

Kim created a pretty yellow and turquoise table setting.

Michelle showed off her fancy table setting.

Rachel sewed a (completely unique and never done before) ‘Grateful For’ Thanksgiving table runner.

Each Monday, the link party goes live for that week’s Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish, as long as the posts correspond with the theme of the week.

You can link up on any of our four blogs listed above. The linky below will stay live through Wednesday. This Wednesday, each of us will spotlight at least 3 projects we loved from the week on our blogs. We’ll also pin those projects on our shared Pinterest board.

The only rules:
1. Please follow the Dare to DIY theme of the week (this week is ‘dare to be thankful’).
2. Please link back to Dare to DIY by linking to at least one of our blogs (or copy this: I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!)
3. Please go to at least one other blog and comment. This is a party. So get to know a few other bloggers.