I’m now on Etsy!

Something I have been working on semi-secretly for the past few weeks is finally launching: I started an Etsy store!

I make hand-lettered bunting banners with tassels using only recycled kraft food packaging and vintage mixed fibers. I am so excited to be able to share some handmade goodness with the world! I love these banners because they can be used in so many different settings:

Wedding decor
Baby shower decor
Engagement photos
Bridal shower decor
Baby photos
Home decor
Pregnancy photos
Nursery decor

And the list goes on! I love the versatility of it, as it can be customized for any occassion or season of life, and I love being able to use only recycled materials! The kraft cardstock I use is all 100% recycled from food packaging, like boxes of granola bars and oatmeal. The mixed fibers I use are all either thrifted or vintage, and are an eclectic and exciting mix of lace, ribbon, yarn, and fabric! I love making these lush and juicy tassels and customizing each one to have a unique mix of textures and colors.

You can bookmark my store page, as I will be adding new listings every week!
www.throneandthimble.etsy.com

I hope you check it out, and maybe find something you like! ❀ Shay

 

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Confetti wall decals

It’s been a WHILE! Now that baby boy is almost 6 months old I’m finally starting to get a bit of my crafting mojo back, phew! Starting with…. these colorful and fun wall decals!

This is a super easy DIY that can brighten up any space, just in time for spring! When I was looking up wall decals to decorate the nursery I saw a few online, but they were either pricey or not exactly the colors I had in mind. I decided to do it myself using both an adhesive vinyl sheet that you can find at your local craft store, and washi tape.

Here’s how:

Adhesive vinyl:
You can find this material in your local craft store for only a few dollar per sheet. it is available in different colors and finishes, from matte to shiny and even glittery! It is basically a giant sticker that is safe to use on wall surfaces. Normally these adhesive vinyl sheets are used with a cutting machine to precisely cut out designs, but you can cut your own by hand!

Shapes– I decided to go with triangles, and since I was going for a fun confetti look it was ok that they were all a little different. If you prefer a more uniform look, definitely trace out your shapes before cutting. The easiest shapes to cut are triangles, squares, and diamonds. If you go with a more curvy shape like circles (for polka dots walls) or hearts, you may consider investing in a craft punch that can quickly punch out uniform shapes for you.

First, cut out your sheet into strips. Some sheets have a grid pattern on the back to make it easier to get a straight line, or you can use a ruler if you prefer. Then, zig zag cut along the strip to form your triangles. See, told you it was easy!

Washi tape:
This collectible supply is a crafting must have that most people already have in their stash. If you do, then this project will cost you nothing! However if you have a specific color or pattern in mind for your wall stickers you may need to pick up another roll. And don’t call me “enabler”!

On a piece of parchment paper, lay out strips of washi tape so that their edges sightly overlap. This way, you are creating your own giant sticker! If your tape has a repeating pattern pay attention to line it up so that it looks continuous. Make sure to press down along the edges so that there are no gaps.

Pick up your washi sticker and cut out your shapes! A bit more work but still super easy!

Sticking to the wall:
Arrange these wall decals on your wall in any way you like- a dense cluster along the corner, perfectly lined up and staggered, or as random or specific as you like! You may want to give your wall a quick wipe down before starting to make sure there is no dust, this will help your wall decals stick better. Make sure to apply pressure with your fingers along the corners, as that is the most likely spot to lift. I have had these on my nursery walls for about 8 months now and so far they are holding up great! The only time you may see lifting is if there are extreme temperature or humidity shifts in the room.

These are a lot of fun to add color and personality to any room, but especially great for dorm rooms or renters as they are easily removable and do not damage the walls.

I hope you try this fun DIY! If you do, please snap a picture and tag me on instagram @throneandthimble so that I can admire your creation! 🙂

Marble Furniture Transformation on a Budget

My apologies for being MIA! Before we get into the nitty gritty of today’s project, a personal update: I’m expecting! My husband and I are thrilled to be welcoming our first baby this fall. Since I have been a bit distracted and lacking in energy, even my favorite hobby had to be put on the back burner. However, I am excited to share some of what I have been working on in the meantime! More updates to come later 🙂

Ever since we moved into our current home, I have fantasized about having a marble top dining table. However, since we are on a budget, splurging on one was just not meant to be. In the meantime, I made do with a hand me down glass top dining table that I hated (see my previous dining table update here!). We have since upgarded to an IKEA one that I love! It is glossy and white, and we already had white bent wood chairs to go along with it.

However, with that ugly dining table out of the way, our hand me down bar was now very much out of place. It was a matching dark wood and glass set, and I know it had to go! So off to IKEA we went, but could not find something that we both liked, that was functional, and pretty, and under $50- am I asking for too much?

During a quick thrift store stop to drop off donations after some spring time de-cluttering, I poked my head in to see what’s new. I came in with the expectation that I will probably not find anything that fits our home, but had a few minutes to spare. I ran across this white bar with perfectly proportioned cubbies in my go-to white. Ummm sold! The $29 price tag didn’t hurt either 😉

The furniture piece was fairly solid, but once we dragged into our apartment I gave all the screws a little tightening, just in case. I then wiped down every surface with sanitizing wipes, and gave some of the scuffs along the legs a little scrub with a magic eraser. It was already looking better!

The top surface of the bar had some water damage, with some areas scuffed right down to the particleboard. I know I was going to cover the top, and I also knew just the right way to do it- contact paper from the dollar store! My local dollar store, Dollarama, has a good selection of sticky back shelf liner and contact paper in a variety of colors and patterns. I picked up 2 rolls of marble printed contact paper for $2 each and got started as soon as I got home.

After wiping down the surface one more time, I smoothed on the contact paper. It is forgiving enough that if you have to lift it and try again you can, as long as you do it right away before really pressing it down. I find it easier to go slowly and squeegee the bubbles out of the way as I go along. I wrapped the paper around the beveled edges and smoothed it down around the corners, trimming as needed.

If you do end up with some bubbles during your application, you can poke a small hole with a safety pin, and smooth it down to let out the air. You can also smooth out bubbles towards the edges to get an even surface. Once it is all smooth, burnish your surface gently to adhere it securely. I find that the stickiness is enough to hold it down well, no additional adhesive is needed! I have done this project a few months ago now and it is still holding well, no peeling at all!

Unfortunately my contact paper roll was a bit too short to cover the entire length of my bar top, so I lined up my next roll to finish it off. There is a seam, as the random marble pattern is not made to be repeating / matched, however it is not too obvious in the finished piece. Here is a close up, judge for yourself!

This “marble” top bar definitely satisfied my craving for a classy and polished piece to complete our dining room. Total damage done = $33. However, you can definitely do this for any piece of furniture you already have. It is such an easy makeover, I am thinking of trying it with one of my living room side tables!

Since I finished this project, several friends who visited us commented on it. The consensus: none of them could tell it was not real marble by looking at it! many of them assumed it was pricey and heavy, and were shocked when I told them it was one of my dollar store projects 🙂

If you are needing a bit of marble elegance in your space, give this project a try! It is so affordable, quick, easy, and (so far) durable, and will easily transform even the most boring pieces in your home! The contact paper sticks to any smooth clean surface, so will work with laminate / IKEA type furniture, glass, metal, and I would assume even wood, as long as the grain is not too prominent.

Quick note- keep in mind this contact paper is removable! this means you can try a different style and take it off if you change your mind without damaging the furniture.

Paint Chips Wall Art DIY

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If you are like me, you may try to avoid going to craft stores when you are on a budget. The endless aisles of temptations, and those prices! But rest assured, you can still craft with a minimal to non-existent budget, and still create beautiful projects!

Inspiration strikes anywhere- even at the hardware store! I love looking at all the different paint chips on display, especially ones with ridiculous names- “blooming persimmon”?! I’m guessing that’s a shade of orange?

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Even better is that you can usually sneak away with a handful of paint chip samples without anyone giving you a dirty look- yay! Free crafting supplies! These are a lot of fun for any kind of paper crafting- you can cut them up and use them in cards, scrapbooks, journals, basically any kind of paper project!

I grabbed my handful of paint chips and cut them all out into a rough leaf shape using a made up template. You can use any shape you like, working around any writing on the sample cards. If you have a shape punch or a small die-cut available this would come together very quickly! But scissors and a few minutes of concentration work just as well!

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After all your shapes are cut out, you can play around with creating a pattern that you like. You can go with a more geometric and structured look, or a more organic flowing one- your call.  Once I figured out a pattern that I liked, I backed my leaves with double sided tape. You can also use foam tape for a more dimensional look.

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You have a few options on how to turn this into a wall art / décor piece:
– An empty picture frame
– A blank canvas
– Painted wood plank
– Foam core / craft board

I went with the last option, I remember using lots of foam core board in my days in design school, and to be honest the material is very finicky to work with, but at $1.25 I figured it would be worth the trouble!

Glue your pieces down according to your pattern, and proudly display it anywhere in your home! This fun and thrifty craft project is very budget friendly- the paint chips were free, and the board was just over $1 and I have leftovers for future projects!

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I hope you try this affordable craft, to inject some fun summer color into your space! ❀

Sneak peek- upcycled and thrifty DIY’s coming up!

If you are following me on Instagram (@throneandthimble) you may have already seen some of the sneak peeks I have been sharing over the past few weeks, pictures like these for example:

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These are little previews of some of the fun DIY’s I have planned for the next couple of weeks! I will be sharing with you all different techniques to make beautiful and realistic flowers out of upcycled and thrifty materials, like coffee filters and ribbon. These are perfect little project for spring, and bring light and color into any room they are in. If you have an event like a wedding coming up (like I do!) these are also great budget-friendly alternatives to expensive floral centerpieces and bouquets, and are a great solution for those of us with allergies too. I will be sharing one flower per week, focusing on the different techniques and different results you can get with very humble supplies- think dollar store and thrift store, rather than big-box craft supply stores! I hope you come on this floral journey with me, and stay tuned for all the fun projects to come!

❀ Shay

 

DIY Canvas Monogram- Easy Room Decor

My little sister is all grown up, and will be going away to college next year, I can hardly believe it! It is also her birthday next month, so I wanted to make her a cute little décor piece for her room, something that is small enough that she can take with her to her dorm to give it some personality and color.  I was inspired by different recycled canvas art designs that have a masked quote that shows the colors of the canvas through the letters, but is painted everywhere else, kinda like these:

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So after getting inspired, I set out to the thrift store to find myself a canvas to repurpose! The ones I found were not too colorful, so I ended up picking out a more neutral one and adding in the color myself for a similar effect. The canvas I found was pretty small, about 8 inches by 8 inches, and was already decoupage-d with pages from a book, which I though gave it a really nice texture as a background. And it was only $3! What a score!

I could not decide on a quote, and since the canvas was pretty small I decided to just go with a monogram instead- simple, and doesn’t change with your mood!

To do the lettering, you have a few options:

1. Letter stickers– This would be super convenient if you are doing a whole sentence or quote, as it keeps all the letters consistent. One thing to keep in mind is to keep an eye for wonky letters and uneven spaces!

2. Tape– you can use painters tape or washi tape to tape off a letter (or any shape, for that matter) and paint around it or within it.

3. Template– you can make your own by drawing out or printing out your letter or shape on paper and cutting it out. Either use that template as a mask, and paint around it or within it, or draw the shape on your canvas and freehand paint it.

I ended up using option 3, and drew out the letter “M” myself (my printer is broken!) and cutting it out. Next came painting- I wanted to have lots of bright colors, but I don’t have a bunch of different paint colors in my craft stash, so I had to improvise! Out came my nail-polish stash!

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Using different color nail polish (including glitter and sparkle!) I carefully painted within my template. It did leak a bit around the edges, but most of it would be corrected later on.

To get a more modern look, I painted the background white with some leftover paint primer I had from our previous painting adventures. Since I wanted the texture to still come through, I diluted the primer with water to provide a more see through wash of color.

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Painting the background also allowed me to go in and correct any small mistakes where the nail polish leaked around the edges, to get a cleaner look. I ended up with 2 thin coats of the primer-water-wash all over the canvas, including the sides.

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This was a very quick project, and the whole thing came together in just 2 afternoons. Total cost= $3 how great is that! So happy I was able to achieve a very similar look to the inspiration pieces, without buying a bunch of supplies, and instead use what I had at home. I hope my sister likes it and displays it proudly an her dorm wall! ❀

Wallpaper- take 1 and 2

I have always loved the look of wallpaper, and how it can give a space so much style and personality. Now, I’m not talking about your grandma’s flowery faded pastel kind of wallpaper. My taste in patterns is a lot more modern, leaning towards more geometric shapes and neutral colors.

When we bought our place in the summer we had some renovations to do. Nothing major, just changing the floors from carpet to laminate, and some painting. One of the design elements I wanted to include in our place is some wallpaper. Thus began the adventure…

Take 1: Textured paintable wallpaper
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The wall above our fireplace had some icky “popcorn” texture, and also a giant mirror glued to the wall that I wanted gone. Once we removed the mirror (it took lots of duct tape and 2 hairdryers… don’t ask) we realized that there is a recessed part of the wall behind it. That area was looking pretty gnarly- lots of leftover mirror glue and some tearing in the drywall. We decided to cover it up rather than patch it, so we got a small piece of drywall from the hardware store. We measured and cut it to fit the recessed area, the drilled it into the studs using drywall screws. We patched up the “seams” with some filler. The next dilemma we faced was- how do we make the wall texture even? The one patch of new smooth drywall was surrounded by areas with the “popcorn” texture. My solution was: Textured wallpaper!

Since no stores nearby us had textured wallpaper, we ordered it online. The pattern we picked is called “Shatter” and you can see it here and here. We bought some regular wallpaper glue from the hardware store, and I got to work! Now, I have never done wallpaper before, so through some trial and error I figured it out. Here are some tips:

1. Take your time to line up the pattern and generally pre-cut your strips, one at a time.

2. I found it much easier to put the glue on the wall, rather than on the paper. Walking around with a giant soggy piece of paper that keeps sticking to itself felt very counter productive.

3. What I ended up doing is putting the glue on the wall in sections, and squeezing out the bubbles / adjust alignment for each section. Much easier than doing the whole strip in one go!

4. To trim the wallpaper once it is covered in glue, resist the urge to use a knife! using scissors might not give the most even and straight cut, but using a knife often rips through the wet paper leaving a ragged edge 😩

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The wallpaper we picked did a great job camouflaging the difference in textures that was going on underneath, and we also painted over it in the same paint color as the rest of our walls. We ended up mounting our TV on that wall, which works perfectly. This textured wall gives a great subtle interest to our living room focal wall.

Take 2: chevron print wallpaper
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I love chevron print, but could not imagine myself painting a pattern on the wall myself. Even with lots of painters tape and painstaking measurements, I could not see myself being happy with the results, especially with such a clean geometric pattern. So wallpaper it is! This one was for our dining room focal wall, but it is also a “hallway” wall, since you have to pass through our dining room to get to our living room. Whenever we have people over, whether it is for a meal, or tea, or watching a movie, everyone passes by it!

I do not remember the exact name of the pattern we chose, but we ordered it through our local Benjamin Moore store. They were great about letting us borrow book after book of wallpaper patterns until we found just the right one! This white and grey pattern works great with the wall paint we picked, and the subtle lines of shiny texture add interest.
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Putting this wallpaper up ended up being a 3 person job! This wallpaper was a lot thinner and so much more delicate than the previous textured one I experienced. It was also much more important to make sure the pattern lines up just right at the seams, since it would be very obvious if it was even just a little bit off.
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Overall I am very happy with how it turned out. You can see the rest of my dining room in my previous post here (even though I ended up replacing the photo on the wall- update will be coming eventually!). I will probably not be tackling wallpaper again in the near future though, and if the budget permits hire a professional to apply it next time.

Have you tried putting up wallpaper yourself? How did it work for you? I would love to hear your wallpaper success stories (or disasters!) 🙂