What a crafty year!

Can’t believe 2015 is over so soon, and at the same time sooo looking forward to all the great things 2016 has in store! In bullet form, here are some of the personal highlights for me this year:

  • Started this blog! duhhhh!!
  • Moved to a new apartment and got to decorate it!
  • Bought an apartment, and got to renovate it! Phew… enough moving for one year!
  • Started planning our wedding for next year- stay tuned for details!

And here, at a glance, are all of the crafty projects I have posted about in the past year, as a quick reference if you are feeling crafty during these cold winter night:

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Toilet paper roll wall art

 

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Melted vinyl record bowls

 

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Beer bottle vase

 

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Recycled pennant bunting

 

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Thrifted cake plate / cake stand

 

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Painting laminate furniture

 

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Felt succulents

 

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Crisco candle

 

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Magazine paper trees

 

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Felt stockings (ornament / gift card holder)

 

I hope you find some inspiration and give at least one of these projects a try! And here’s to a crafty, inspired, thrifty, and colorful 2016! 🙂

When your decor budget = $0

Starting from scratch. That’s a daunting thought, right? But what if that was the case: empty space, zero budget, go. How would you make it comfortable, stylish, YOU?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Up-cycle and reuse: when your pockets are empty, work with what you’ve got! Anything you can get your hands on that can be re-purposed using existing materials will work. A few examples of this are my toilet paper roll wall decor, beer bottle up-cycle, and bunting.

Hand me downs: there is NO shame in accepting previously loved pieces from friends or relatives. They may not be ideal, but they can definitely get you started! Stuck with an ugly hand me down sofa? Here are some ideas.

Learn to love simplicity: I know it can be tempting to want to fill all those shelves, hang something on every wall, and have cushions in every color and pattern. These are the things that make your space YOURS. However, restrain yourself from over-stuffing your space, as it can quickly become cluttered, fussy looking, and dust collecting! I don’t mean go totally zen and minimalist, but leaving your space relatively empty has a calming effect, makes your space feel larger and cleaner, and is great on a budget! Don’t believe me? Check out these spaces:

dorm1     bedroom

living room     dorm2


What would you do if you had to start from scratch with a $0 budget? Leave your tips in the comments! 🙂

Easy and FREE Pennant Bunting DIY

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If you are like me, you have probably been pinning and coveting all these awesome bunting ideas that are so popular for parties or room decor. I wanted to make something like that, but didn’t have a budget for materials. So I decided to make one for free!

I used:

– Cereal/ cardboard-y food box

– Washi tape

– Ribbon / yarn / string / twine, etc.

– (I’m assuming you already have scissors, a pen, and hole punch)

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I decided to do a notched shape, but the traditional triangular shape will work perfectly. Cut out your shapes, and decorate them to your liking. String them up and you’re done!

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I like bunting with lettering, so I decided to go with “HOME” for the entrance to our apartment. I used a regular black pen, and doodled / zen-tangled the insides of the letters, which by the way is a very calming process!

Lesson: If you are craving a craft but have no budget, there is always a way! Use things you already have, and make something out of nothing 🙂

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Beer bottle upcycle

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What a better excuse for a cold one! As spring is officially here (in my part of the world at least) I find myself drawn to flowers and everything green. However, as I have repeatedly proven that I cannot keep anything alive (I managed to kill a cactus. Twice.) I opt for fake flowers instead. This easy upcycle puts a cozy spin on an old beer bottle.

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Beer Bottle: Granville Island Honey Lager. Pretty soon our local brewery, Steel and Oak is going to have bottled version of their beer, so I look forward to using those too! (If you are in New Westminster you must try their Royal City Ale- my favorite!)
Alternatively, you can use a glass jar, a tea tin, or other similarly shaped container that could work as a vase.

Yarn:  I used leftover cream colored acrylic yarn from my wintertime knitting phase, but you can also use twine, string, or anything else really.

How to: Use your choice of glue to attach the yarn to the bottle, wrapping tightly as you go. A few extra dots of glue may be needed in curvy areas of the bottle to make it more secure.

bottle after 2If needed, you can go around the whole thing a second time to fill in any gaps or bare areas. My yarn was pretty flimsy, So I went over the bottle twice, starting from the top working my way down. You can be as neat or as messy with this as you prefer, I tried to keep it generally lined up but didn’t get too finicky about it.

Total time: 15 minutes!
Total cost: FREE!

I hope you give this DIY a try, it works great as a bud vase enough for just one flower, or you can cram a few thinner ones in there. For a more rustic look you could also use dry branches, anything really!

❤ Shay