Category: For the Home

How to Make Anthropologie Inspired Jute-Wrapped Handles

Add some touches to your decor with these easy-to-make jute-wrapped handles. We’ve chosen black paint here, but you can try other colors to match your room. You can finish the handles with optional polyurethane for sheen.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood handles
Black paint
Paint brush
Jute twine
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Paint your handles and allow to dry.
2. Warm up your hot glue gun. Start wrapping the jute around the middle of the handle, starting in the back. Glue the end in place.
3. You can wrap as much or as little of the handle as you desire.

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DIY Homemade Lavender-Scented Air Freshener

Because we all have rooms that could use a little help in the scent department, try this lovely lavender-scented air freshener. We’ve used a red glass jar here, but you can use a clear on or find another that matches your decor.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Glass canning jar
Jute burlap ribbon
Dried lavender buds
Lavender oil
Baking soda
Rubber band
1/4 or 1/2 stainless measuring cup


Things to do:
1. Pour 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the lavender buds into your jar.
2. Add an equal amount or less of baking soda
3. Pour in a few drops of lavender oil, and stir.
4. Add a square of the burlap to the top with the rubber band.
5. Wrap the ribbon around the jar and tie into a bow.

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DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Animal Chalkboard

An animal-themed chalkboard is a quirky addition to a classroom or home office. Simply spray your animals in your choice of color (we use gold here), glue them on, and smile when you write on the chalkboard!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Miniature farm animals
Small chalkboard
Metallic spray
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Fold up some newspaper and tape to the inside of the chalkboard, so that the wood borders are the only parts that are exposed.
2. Spray the chalkboard and the plastic animals. Once one side of the animals is dry, you’ll need to turn the animals over to make sure they’re evenly sprayed all the way around. It’s better to spray in light coats rather than one heavy coat. Allow to dry.
3. This is what your animals and chalkboard should look like when dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
4. Arrange your animals along the chalkboard border, and glue in place.

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DIY Vintage-Inspired Knob Jewelry Display

Keep your favorite accessories organized in style with this simple jewelry holder DIY. This adorable wall display only takes a few minutes to make and looks lovely hanging on your wall.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden plaques
Various glass knobs
Metal picture hangers

Things to do:
1. Use a ruler to find the center of your wooden plaque. Mark it with a pencil.
2. Using your pencil mark for guidance, drill a hole on the center of your wooden plaque.
3. Use a hammer to pound a metal picture hanger into the back of your wooden plaque.
4. Screw your glass knob into the hole you drilled. If your hole is too big, you can add a drop of glue to hold it securely in place.
5. Display your jewelry and enjoy!

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How to Make a Summer-Time Felt Watermelon Wreath

Seeing watermelons in the store is a sure way to feel ready for warm weather! Invite the feeling into your home to stay… because we know you love devouring the fruit. This felt watermelon wreath will bring a smile to anyone’s face as they enter your home!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
2 pink felt sheet
2 green felt sheets
1 red felt sheet
1 brown felt square
Styrofoam wreath
Fabric glue
Cotton twine
Rotary cutter and mat **optional


Things to do:
1. Cut the green felt into 1″-wide pieces that are 11 inches long each. You’ll have 18 pieces.
2. Cut 18 pieces of pink felt and 9 pieces of red, all 1″ wide.
3. Make a mark on both sides of your wreath, a little more than half-way down. The top of the wreath (the larger half) will contain the pink and red pieces of felt, and the lower part will contain the green felt. Tie on the first piece of green felt in the bottom portion.
4. Continue with all 18 pieces.
5. Start tying the pink and red pieces on the upper half, interspersing the red felt throughout.
6. This is what the wreath looks like when all the tying is complete.
7. Trim the pieces of felt on the inside (and outside if desired) to make it neater.
8. Cut a few pieces of brown felt into seed-like shapes.
9. Glue the “seeds” onto the pink felt with fabric glue. Tie a piece of string to the top for hanging.

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DIY Beachy Crushed Seashell Mason Jar Luminary

The beachy-looking mason jar is coated with crushed shells and would fabulous at your beach or lake home – or anywhere you’d like to bring a little bit of summer indoors!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 3-4 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Crushed sea shells
Mod Podge
Mason jar
Hemp twine
Paint brush
Paper plate


Things to do:
1. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to one quarter of your mason jar. You’ll want a thick coat to hold the shells in place.
2. Sprinkle the crushed shells onto the paper plate.
3. Pour some shells onto the jar, pressing them into the heavy coat of Mod Podge. You’ll need to individually place some shell fragments onto the jar, and be sure to apply an even coat. If the shells are stacked on top of each other, they’ll fall off.
4. Allow this side of the jar to dry for an hour or so, then repeat with another quarter of the jar. The first side should be dry first before rotating the jar to add crushed shells to another section.
5. Wrap a piece of twine around the top a few times and tie in place.

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DIY Retro ‘Flower Power’ Placemats

These bright and cheery placemats add a playful pop of color to your dining room table! You can also use the techniques you learn in this video to make a matching table runner to complete your stylish set.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap or burlap placemat
Wooden flower cutouts
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Spread out a sheet of burlap and trace a circle with a 15-inch diameter. If you have a large bowl, you can place it on top of the burlap and trace around the edge for a perfectly symmetrical circle.
2. Cut out the circle of burlap.
3. Protect your work surface by laying a piece of wax paper underneath your placemat.
4. Apply a drop of hot glue to the back of your wooden cutouts and start attaching them to the burlap circle. Start at the center and work your way out, varying colors as you go. You should end up with a perfect hexagon shape, each side made up of 4 wooden flowers.

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DIY Boho Macrame Wood Spoon Handles

This sweet and simple DIY is a great way to give your wooden utensils a quick, boho update! Talk about the perfect project to dress up your summer dinner party!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden utensils
White cotton twine

Things to do:
1. Cut a 6-foot piece of baker’s twine.
2. Lay the handle of your wooden utensil on the center of your piece of baker’s twine.
3. Tie a tight knot at the top of the handle.
4. Next, you’re going to knot your way down the handle. Cross the left string over the handle, creating a loop on the left side.
5. Cross the right string under the handle, creating a loop on the right side.
6. Pull each string through the loops you just created and pull them tight, creating two small knots.
7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you’ve covered the entire handle with baker’s twine.
8. When you reach the end of your handle, tie a tight double knot and trim the excess baker’s twine.

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Wall Art Shelf Tutorial

I love how a simple craft supply can create such a stunning piece of shelf or wall art! Easily make this popsicle stick shelf in any depth, and choose to place it on a shelf to frame a small vase, or hang on the wall with hooks.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+
Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Grid mat *optional


Things to do:
1. Start visually arranging 6 sticks to make sure you’ll create an evenly-distributed shape. It helps to use a gridded mat for this purpose. Warm up your hot glue gun, but don’t glue anything yet.
2. Once you’ve decided how to arrange the sticks, glue them together.
3. Start gluing a second layer of sticks as shown.
4. Continue going around the shelf and gluing sticks in place to make it as deep as it needs to be.
5. This is what the project will look like when complete!

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DIY Boho Macrame Pendant Light

This pendant light adds the perfect bohemian vibe to your space. In a few simple steps, you can totally transform a standard lamp kit into something unique and fresh.

Things you’ll need:
Lamp kit
Edison bulb
Macrame cord

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of macrame that measures 4 times longer than the total length of your cord.
2. Find the center of your piece of macrame and place the cord in the middle.
3. Next, you’re going to start knotting down the cord. Place the left piece over the cord and the right piece under the cord. Pull the left piece up through the loop and the right side down through the loop. As you knot your way down the cord, you’ll start to see a twisting pattern.
4. When you reach the end of your macrame, tie a double knot and trim the ends.
5. Screw in your Edison bulb and display your macrame pendant light!

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