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Weekend DIY: String Nail Art!

I’ve been MIA for a while, I know. The busyness of life has overwhelmed my schedule, leaving little time to relax, nonetheless extra time to share with my virtual friends.

Last weekend, however, I found myself with a jam packed weekend of R&R, connecting with friends and being pampered at the day spa. Feeling a bit more relaxed than of late, Sunday found me eager to make a birthday gift for friend. An hour, a few paint laden fingers, and some hammered nails later emerged this lovely piece:

Wood Love String Art 1 | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Wood Love String Art 3 | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Wood Love String Art 2 | Tiffany Lane Handmade

I’d been wanting to try my hand at nail art since I came across this on Pinterest, but hadn’t made the time. Now that I know how easy it is, I’m sure something like it will find its way into our home soon!

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DIY: Wreath

DIY Wreath | Tiffany Lane Handmade

This project is so quick, simple and cheap! Just the way I like ’em.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own wreath, there’s no reason to wait. Head over to your nearest craft or hobby store. Right. Now. I’ll wait.

All you need is a wreath starter, mine is grape vine, and some florals and/or other garb of your choosing, hairspray or other spray adhesive, then top if off with some ribbon, twine, rope to hang it. Easy as pie.

But for those of you who need structure, here’s the breakdown in an easy to read format.

Time: 15-30 minutes

Materials
wreath starter (grape vine, foam, etc.)
florals/decorations (dried flowers, feathers, moss, etc.)
scissors
spray adhesive

ribbon/rope/twine

Process

Weave/attach your florals/decorations into your wreath starter until it’s perfect. You may need to weave and/or trim the ends back through the wreath on the backside so they don’t stick out too far. Spray with adhesive, especially if you used dried flowers, so everything stays in place. Tie your ribbon/rope/twine from the backside, being sure it’s long enough to allow the wreath to hang as low as you prefer.

Wah-lah!

DIY Wreath | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

I love that this project is so easy and versatile. Grab a picture frame, revamp it or not, add some fabric or paper for the “photo” as a background, and write on the glass with dry erase marker.

Not that I don’t adore this photo of my brother and me from way back when…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…I just needed an old frame to give a nice makeover to.

So I gathered my supplies to freshen it up a bit. Frame, check. Paint, check. Paint brush, check. Cardboard, check.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Gave it a couple of coats of paint and some time to dry…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…then I wrote away.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Great for food and drink party menus or love notes to your family at home, you can do so much with this idea. You can change out the background for whatever mood you’re in, too!

The most simple thing you could do with this idea would be to draw silly things on your pictures at home, no frame revamping necessary! Mustaches, party hats, funny notes. This could get dangerous…

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DIY: Tissue Paper Tassel Banner

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Over the weekend I got the urge to craft and decided to pick something from my favorites I posted about last week. Special thanks to Going Home to Roost for her tutorial.

This project is inexpensive, quick, easy and I’ll even bet you have everything you need on hand already. My favorite part? The finished product serves double duty, spicing up your next party, then adding a delightful and playful twist on home decor. The possibilities are endless!

Materials
tissue paper
scissors
clothespins, paperclips or similar

ribbon or twine

What To Do
Lay out your tissue paper flat. Now you can either layer with the same or different color sheets, or just use one sheet.  I used three sheets, one each of white, light blue and blue.  I don’t suggest using more than three sheets as your tassels may end up too large.
 
Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane
 
Fold the tissue paper in half width-wise (left to right as pictured). Do this now for all of your tassels so you can combine them for the next step, which will make it quicker.
 

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Take two or three sets of your folded papers and place directly on top of one another, then clip together with clothespins, paper clips or whatever you have on hand.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Using scissors, cut your paper into strips, thick or thin, leaving about an inch and a half at the top.  Don’t worry, they don’t have to be perfect.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Cut until you reach the other end.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Unfold your paper, one set at a time, to lay flat.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Gently roll the paper, starting at one end to the other. The tassels may get a little tangled, but I don’t mind since the ones in the middle add volume, and the ones on the outside are easily detangled.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

You’ll end up with what looks like a handle in the middle with tassels on each end. Twist the “handle” to make it tight…

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

…then fold the “handle” in half.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Loosen the fold enough to wrap ribbon around one side and tie a knot, leaving at least one inch of ribbon hanging from the knot.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Wrap the both sides with ribbon a few times, then use the one inch from the original knot to tie a second knot. After this second knot, leave enough ribbon to tie the tassel to whatever you string them on. I used a thicker matching white ribbon to the ribbon I tied my tassels with. Attach the tassels however far apart you wish (mine are 9 inches apart), and wah-lah!

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

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DIY: Candle Making (Again)

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Katie and I made these candles earlier this year and for her birthday I decided to make her a special one with the 2 pounds of soy wax flakes I had at home waiting for good use.

In my browsing for something to give her, I found this bowl at Anthropologie, one of her favorite stores.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Materials
Wax Pouring Pot
Large Metal Spoon
Soy Wax Flakes
Wicks &Tabs
Essential Oils

Container

What To Do

The first step is to measure your wax to make sure you have enough. Per our calculations, the wax flakes melts down to about 5 ounces per cup or 21.5 ounces per pound. For Katie’s candle, the bowl will easily hold about 2 cups of liquid.  For ease of calculations I went with 15 ounces of liquid as my base, requiring about 3 cups of dry flakes.

Before melting my wax, it’s a good idea to get the wicks ready. Since they don’t like to stand up on their own, I used tape to create a sort of divider, keeping them in place and something for them to lean on.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Melt the flakes a cup at a time over low heat, then take the pot off the heat and add any essential oils for scent a teaspoon at a time.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Once the wax cools, I’ve found the scent dissipates a little, so I made the warm wax stronger than I actually wanted the candle. For Katie’s candle, I decided on orange eucalyptus and ended up using 1 1/4 teaspoons eucalyptus and 3 1/2 teaspoons orange essential oils. Keep in mind that some essential oils have color and others are clear. Orange essential oil is definitely orange in it’s concentrated liquid state, but will turn a pale yellow once the candle has cooled.

Pour almost all the wax into your container, reserving a little to top it off once the initial pour sets.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

The initial pour tends to dimple or crack since the volume of the wax doesn’t cool evenly, but a thin top layer should cool more evenly preventing dimples and cracks. It will take a while for the initial pour to cool.  Once cooled, remelt your reserve wax, if necessary, and top off your candle. This layer cools much more quickly as there is less wax to cool.

After the top layer has cooled completed, you can remove the tape (or whatever you used to hold your wicks in place) and trim the wicks. As a finishing touch, I added some babies breath flowers and fern hairs. Wallah!

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

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DIY: Rustic Framed Chalkboard

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a DIY for you guys and I also waited way too long to make this!

Materials
sound/particle board/ply wood (something with a smooth surface)
wood trim
chalkboard paint
paint brush
nails
wood glue (optional)

wall mounts

Tools
saw
sander/sand paper

hammer

What To Do

Saw your sound/particle board to size or have your local hardware store cut it for you.  I know The Home Depot will saw materials for free upon purchase. Mine is 24″x36″.

Now it’s time to paint the board so the first coat can dry while you cut the trim.  You want long, smooth strokes here so it’s as smooth as possible, paying attention to the edges.  Be sure to paint the sides too since they may show a little from certain angles (I forgot this part and had to go back after I was done, oh well!).  You will need at least two coats of paint, so after the trim is cut and the allotted time (per your specific paint’s instructions) has passed, go ahead and apply the second coat.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

For your wood trim, decide how you want the corners to come together (i.e. both corners angled like most picture frames or both squared like blocks). For ease and preference, I decided on squared corners.  Next, measure your wood trim to size and saw. My length trims are 37″x3.5″ and width trims  20.75″x1.75″.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

My width trims are thinner than my length trims simply because I repurposed an old piece of wood for the trims and it was not long enough to wrap all the way around the sized backing I wanted.  So we cut off the lengths from the piece of wood then cut one piece for the width, which we then sawed in half lengthwise.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Time to sand your freshly cut edges (and any other sides that need sanding)…

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

…then arrange your trim pieces where you want them directly on your painted board. Because I wasn’t exactly sure how much overhang of the trim I wanted, we opted to wait and do a final cut of the smaller width trims until we arranged the pieces on the board.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

In the shot below you can see how much overhang we have; about 1.5 inches on the length edges and a .5 inch on the widths.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Once your trims are perfectly sized and placed (and after you’ve applied the second coat of paint and it’s dried), start adhering them to your board.  You can use the wood glue here in place of or in addition to nails.  We opted for no glue because I was getting impatient and I figured the nails would suffice, but looking back I should have opted for the glue for security.  Apparently the particle board we used doesn’t take well to nails (they don’t hold in very tightly), so we ended up using more nails than I had planned on.  While the trims are secure now and I am not concerned about them falling off the wall, I am a little worried if we ever move, I’m not sure they’ll hang on during transit. Use your judgement. If in doubt and you have more patience then me, use the glue!

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Here are the nails I used.  I like them because they’re a little more rustic and not so shiny like they were freshly manufactured. This is important because the nails will show if you put them through the trim. If you put them through the backing, they either may not go through the trim enough to hold it up, or the end of the nail will push through the trim. In the latter case, you could hammer the the nail tails sideways into the wood, which could look cool too.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Now before you get all crazy and start writing all over your board, you need to condition it.  The paint I used instructed to wait three days before conditioning to allow the paint to set.  After conditioning, I can write on it, but have to wait seven days (from painting day – not an additional seven days) before wiping it down with a damp cloth for cleaning.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Almost there! Before you can hang this baby on the wall, you’ve got to attach your wall mounts.  We used two standard picture hanging mounts, one in each corner.  Be sure you note the weight capacity of the mounts before buying, your chalkboard probably isn’t as light as a standard picture.  Measure your placement from the top and sides to make sure both mounts are aligned correctly.  Once the mounts are attached to your board, measure from the top of the trim to the middle of your mount and note the measurement (this will be helpful once you’re ready to hang it). 

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany LaneHold the board against the wall where you want to hang it, and mark the wall with a pencil where the top and sides of the board are.  Now measure your wall from the ceiling, noting how far down and in the mounts are on your board, then mark on the wall where the nails should go.  Once the first nail is in, I would remeasure to be sure before you nail in the second. If you measured correctly, your board should fit on the wall nicely!

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

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DIY: Silverware Cheese Markers

fork spoon cheese markers 1 - tiffany lane

I love vintage and I love to repurpose.  What better than to be able to combine the two?  Today I’ve got a fun DIY that would be great for gifts or to have on hand for yourself.  Do you know anyone who loves cheese?  Hubby and I made these for my MIL for Mother’s Day and she loved them!  They’ll go wonderfully with the slate cheese board we got her for Christmas.

What You’ll Need:
Silverware
Hammer(s) (standard to flatten the silverware and mallet for your metal stamps)
Bench Block or Concrete Surface
Metal Stamps
Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker
Sand Paper
fork spoon cheese markers 5 - tiffany lane

First things first.  Hammer your silverware flat by laying it face down on a bench block or concrete surface, securing the handles (I used my foot) and hammering until flat.  You may need to flip the silverware a couple of times to make sure they’re completely flat, and don’t forget to flatten the handles, too.

Next you’ll want to separate the spoon tops and fork tines from the handles.  I simply bent them back and forth over the edge of a brick until they popped apart.  I then “sanded” the rough ends of the silverware against the concrete until smooth.

fork spoon cheese markers 3 - tiffany lane

Now it’s time to stamp.  We found it best to place a piece of thin cardboard or the sandpaper underneath the silverware to cushion it enough that it doesn’t bounce and mess up your lettering when stamping.  Align your first letter stamp on the silverware and do one strong hit.  If you use enough force, you shouldn’t need to hammer each letter more than once, but if you need to (we did a couple times), carefully realign the letter stamp and do one more strong hit.  Continue with each letter until finished.  Keep in mind, you will be filling the indent with sharpie, so if the letters don’t seem to pop the way you want now, they will.

Almost done!  Using your ultra fine point permanent marker, trace the indent of the letters, then smooth the surface of the silverware with the sandpaper to clean off any excess marker.

Did you notice I didn’t stamp my fork tines?  Well they were a little too small for the size metal stamps I have (5/16 inch).  If your stamps are smaller or your fork tines larger, they should work.  The solution?  Fork tines can be used with a fine tip dry erase marker for custom cheeses.  Crisis averted!

fork spoon cheese markers 2 - tiffany lane

fork spoon cheese markers 4 - tiffany lane

Not only are these a great addition to your cheese and wine parties, but the possibilities are endless with silverware: garden markerswall hooksplace cardstable numbers.  What are you going to make with your silverware?

UPDATE: Tiffany Lane Handmade is featured on GoodHousekeeping.com. Check out the slideshow!

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