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DIY Holiday Tassel Garland with The Forest Fern

I have a handful of Holiday decorations that I look forward to bringing out each year. (We’re big on Scandinavian traditions at this house.) That said, I do also try to add new pieces into the mix each year to keep things fresh and festive. Last year, the cedar archway garland was the main event, and this year, I’ve teamed up with incredibly talented fiber artist, Sara Banner of The Forest Fern, to share a fun and easy project for Holiday decorating.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Sara is a devoted macrame + tapestry genius and a wealth of knowledge in all things fiber-related. I’ve been a fan of Sara’s beautiful work for over a year now and was lucky to meet and work with her while she was in Minneapolis last Summer. Together we created a modern tassel garland tutorial for draping across windows, the fireplace mantel and even the Christmas tree. Let’s get tasseling, shall we? Read on for the how-to on this smart, easy project!

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Materials:

  • Single Strand Cotton String – we used 6mm Black Cotton from Niroma Studio
  • Scissors
  • Hair brush, pet brush or wide toothed comb
  • 3-4 various colors of yarn
  • Thin cotton string (such as baker’s twine)
  • Tapestry needle

1. Construct Tassels. Cut 6 pieces of cotton string roughly 20″ long. Divide the 6 strands into two groups of three. Tie one laynard knot via the video explanation. The video clip details the knot using just two pieces of yarn for demonstration purposes. You’ll use all 6 strands of cotton when tying the knot.

2. Gather the strings in your fist just below the laynard knot and start your first Wrapping Knot. Use a different color yarn of your choosing to form a “U” shape at the base of the knot leaving one tail end out at the top of the “U”. Place your thumb midway up the “U” shape to hold the yarn in place while you wrap the other end around the tassel in a clockwise motion, keeping your rows spaced next to one another.

3. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn around the base of the knot forming a band of color. Tie off the yarn by threading the end through the loop created in Step 2. Then while holding the yarn end with one hand, pull the upper yarn end that was formed in Step 2 with your other hand. As you pull the upper yarn, the loop will eventually disappear underneath the wrapped yarn band. Trim yarn ends close to the tassel.

4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 to wrap additional color bands around the tassel.

5. Gather the tassel string ends in your fist and trim to a uniform length.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

6. Use a brush to separate string into individual yarns. Keep on brushing until the strings separate and are straight (yes, this can take some time!). Then give the yarns an additional trim for uniformity.

7. Repeat Steps 1-7 for additional tassels.

8. Measure the length of your window or fireplace mantle and double this measurement. Cut baker’s twine to this length, and thread the tapestry needle.

9. Thread tassels onto the baker’s twine through the center of the tassel head. Space them out evenly on the string, and hang up your garland!

Follow Sara on Instagram for loads more inspiration and info on her upcoming events + flash sales.

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DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

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DIY Holiday Card Moodboard (Video!)

OMG. I can’t believe I’m already writing this, but I’ve got HOLIDAYS on the brain!  Our Gold Foil Christmas cards from Mixbook arrived in the mail, and in the spirit of sending out cards, I’ve also been thinking about a way to display cards at our house.

Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

You see, I love giving + getting Holiday cards, but what I haven’t so much loved is hanging all of them up in my house. Until recently I couldn’t find a way to collectively hang them that fit cohesively with our seasonal decor. Usually we designate a basket for them on our dining room china cabinet, but let’s be honest, we rarely look in that basket once the cards are opened. So basically the cards just sit there collecting dust, and where’s the Holiday spirit in that??

This year? This year there will be more card enjoyment and less dust collection at this house. I’ve taken the idea behind the inspiration mood board (you know, the kind you hang at your desk and pin collected snippets to) and created a Holiday edition–a spot for corralling cards from loved ones, patterned paper that’s too pretty to toss, special ornaments, fresh greenery, etc.–all the little things that inspire you throughout the season. Check out this little video on how I made it.

Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.   Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook. Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

What You Need:

Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook. Watch the short and sweet video on making a Holiday Card Moodboard for displaying season's greetings from friends and family. In partnership with Mixbook.

1.Hang the grid on the wall with two nails, or lean it on your tabletop against the wall.

Mood Board Styling 101: Create layers which add depth and interest to your board.

2. Start with a base layer of decorative paper and/or fabric with clothespins. Use larger than greeting card size paper/fabric so that it’s still slightly visible once cards are added.

3. Attach greenery for texture.

4. Begin hanging cards. To help curb the chaos, hang cards straight up and down and not at an angle.

5. Next tie on ornaments and feathers in open spaces or layer them on the cards for additional dimension.

6. Lastly, drape Christmas lights on one side of the board, and add additional Holiday cards as they arrive in the mail!

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Here’s a look at our family’s Holiday card from Mixbook we’re sending out this year. About a month ago, we set up a tripod with a timer on the side of our house, just before the sun was about to set, and snapped these pictures of the three of us. We tried alot of takes, and this was the ONLY one where Sylvia was actually looking at the camera. Ha!

Something new this year with Mixbook is their real foil cards. We chose the Holiday Glitter Frame Card, and the gold foil is SO pretty and tasteful in person. I’m really happy with how they turned out.

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Sylvie’s Outfit Sources: Penny and Lila Head Turban  ||  Tea Collection Christmas Sweater

This post was created in partnership with Mixbook. They’re my go-to for Holiday and announcement cards (Remember these?). All ideas are my own.

 

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DIY Crash Course Event – 15% Off!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever sorted through 1000 YouTube tutorials or read even more DIY blog posts just to figure out how to do a common household repair or improvement? Well pull yourself out of that internet black hole, and join us for a one night DIY Crash Course. I’m teaming up with several local DIY’ers to demystify a variety of home improvement skills IN PERSON. There are a few spots left, so sign up and take 15% off your ticket with promo code: CRASH !

Join us for a DIY Crash Course of hands on experience + tips and tricks with industry experts! Click through for details!

When: Wednesday, November 1st from 6-9pm
Where: Projects in Person in Hopkins, MN
What: 4 DIY stations with hands-on experience, tips + tricks led by Projects in Person, Construction2Style, Francois et Moi (Me!) and Rebuild MN:
  1. Drywall
  2. Tiling
  3. Wall Treatments
  4. Wallpaper (I’m heading up this station! We’ll cover recommended tools, installation, removal, and additional resources. Plus, a discount code for 20% off Milton & King wallpaper!)

PLUS:

  • Ask an Expert (plumber, electrician, handyman) ask your questions and see demos!
  • Test Drive Power Tools
  • Drinks and Apps
  • Giveaways & More!

Click Here for More Event Details & to Sign Up!

See you there!

 
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DIY du Jour: Paper Leather Tote

Anyone else geek out over innovative materials–ones that make you stop and rethink the widely accepted use for a common item? I came across this paper product that’s WASHABLE. Yes, you read that right: Machine Washable. It has a resemblance to leather that ages and patinas with use, but it’s waaaaayyyy easier to sew on than actual leather. (Hint: no broken needles!) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this stuff and make a grommeted paper leather tote for–you know–toting around town. I used two different colors of paper and added a little surface pattern with fabric paint. I think it came out kinda cool! Read on for more…

Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through...   Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through... Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through... Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through... Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through...

Find my full DIY tutorial over at Sugar & Cloth!

A couple things to note: A) Make sure to remove the handles/grommets before washing. B.) If you make it, tag me on Instagram so I can see your rockstar work!

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DIY Crash Course Event with Projects in Person – Nov 1st

 
Homeowners, get ready! I’m teaming up with Minneapolis remodelers, DIYers, and industry experts for a 3 hour crash course in all things DIY for the home. If you’re looking to makeimprovements or repairs in your home, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Here’s the skinny:
 
When: Wednesday, November 1st from 6-9pm
Where: Projects in Person in Hopkins, MN
What: 4 DIY stations with hands-on experience, tips + tricks led by Projects in Person, Construction2Style, Francois et Moi (Me!) and Rebuild MN:
  1. Drywall
  2. Tiling
  3. Wall Treatments
  4. Wallpaper (I’ll be tackling this station!)

PLUS:

  • Ask an Expert (plumber, electrician, handyman) ask your questions and see demos!
  • Test Drive Power Tools
  • Drinks and Apps
  • Giveaways & More!

Register to join us by Friday, Sept 15th at 5:00pm and receive 10% off your ticket using Promo Code: crashETMOI

Click Here for More Event Details & to Sign Up!

See you there!

Photo Credit: @katebecker.mn 

 

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Pro Tips for Cleaning Your Vintage Rug

Kitchens, by design, are nearly entirely hard, wipeable surfaces, so I love the warmth and texture vintage rugs bring to these kinds of spaces. I have two Persian rugs that I switch back and forth with in my kitchen throughout the year, and whenever I post photos of my kitchen with the rugs on Instagram, I often get the question, ‘Doesn’t your rug get spilled on?!’ or the comment ‘You’re so brave to put a vintage run in your kitchen!’ Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

To answer that question…Uh-huh! Little spills and food are ground-in weekly; dare I say daily? Earlier this year, I was removing a BIG family size, take-and-bake pizza from of the oven, and accidentally flipped the ENTIRE pizza upside down on the rug pictured above. Ugh, cue near meltdown fueled by starvation. After running back out to order another pizza, tasking Ken with removing it from the oven this time, and devouring it at warp speed, we took the rug downstairs to rinse it off in the laundry area. I’ll spare you the saucy details, but obviously rinsing off the rug didn’t cut it. So how the heck do you clean vintage rugs anyways?

The rug is from Kim Gunter’s rug shop, Woven Abode, so I contacted Kim, and asked her to walk me through how to properly clean it. She’s a pro, guys. The cleaning went so well I went to town with the rest of my wool rugs, both vintage and new. Most recently I washed my white West Elm rug, and snapped a few pictures of the process. Hopefully you haven’t dumped an X-tra large pizza face down on your rug, but if you have, we have your back.

Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

To clean your wool rug, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vacuum
  • Bathtub
  • Woolite or Comparable High Quality Wool Detergent
  • Drying Rack – I use one similar to this Ikea rack.

 These instructions pertain to unbacked natural fiber rugs.

1. First, remove as much dust, dirt and pizza crumbs from the rug with a vacuum as you can. The best way to do this is to first vacuum the rug while it’s upside down. Then vacuum the top. Repeat these steps until no dust/dirt falls out when you vacuum it upside down.

  Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

2. Then soak the rug in a luke warm tub of water + 1/2 cup of Woolite. Soaking length will depend on how soiled your rug is.

Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets! Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

3. Finally, squeeze as much excess water out of the rug as possible, and let it dry on a rack in the sun. If you don’t have a rack, you can also lay it on the grass where air can get up underneath and dry  it out. Just make sure to flip it over after a few hours.

So there you have it. Easier than you might think, right? I love Kim’s process because she uses tools you probably already have lying around the house. 

I most definitely have more confidence now rolling out my pretty vintage rugs in messy areas like the kitchen and dining room, and hopefully you do too!

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LESS DIY INCLINED? Kim says you can also take your rug to an actual rug cleaner. “If you Google antique carpet cleaners you should be able to find one in your area. However, sometimes it’s tough to find them because carpet cleaners will pop up. Just make sure they are not people that come out and clean regular carpets because they will destroy it.”

If you’re in the market for a rug, pop over to Woven Abode, and browse Kim’s fantastic curated selection of hand-knotted vintage beauties. She adds new rugs weekly!

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DIY Geometric Metal Wall Hanging

Add interest to your gallery wall with a geometric metal wall hanging. Get the tutorial link here!

I’ve been playing around with geometric metal shapes that I found on Etsy recently, and rather than making some kind of statement jewelry with them, I decided to make something pretty for my walls. I came up with this cool brass + cotton flossing wall hanging. A little bit boho and a little bit modern, it pairs beautifully with a mixed art grouping or on its own in a small nook area, and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve made in a while. Check out the full DIY tutorial I did for Sugar & Cloth!

  Add interest to your gallery wall with a geometric metal wall hanging. Get the tutorial link here! Add interest to your gallery wall with a geometric metal wall hanging. Get the tutorial link here!

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Simple Stylings’ Bright & Renovated DIY Kitchen

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I recently caught up with the lovely Summer Hogan, brains behind lifestyle site, Simple Stylings, and she was kind enough to share her stunning DIY kitchen remodel with me, along with insight into her design goals & the challenges she encountered amidst the process. What began as a need to replace some 15+ year old buckling linoleum, morphed into a full-blown gut remodel (as many home projects do!), and the result is equal parts beautiful and functional with a side of bright & happy. If you’re considering tackling a DIY kitchen remodel or just plain love a good BEFORE & AFTER, read on for loads of insight and inspiration.

Let’s start with a look at the BEFORE & the fully gutted space…

The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen. The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

And now for the AFTER: The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen. The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

 What were your main goals for the new kitchen design? My main goals were to create a beautiful space that is also functional for our family. A place where we talk, hang out and cook together. The bar and stools definitely help make the space conducive for that.

What was your biggest design challenge and how did you solve the issue? The biggest challenge for us was cabinets. Brand new custom cabinets were not in the budget and it didn’t make sense to put new countertops, appliances, etc in and leave or just paint the old cabinets. So we compromised and went with the off-the-shelf cabinets from Lowe’s and I stained them myself. I think they turned out great for a fraction of the cost and so far we’ve been happy with them.

What is your most favorite part about your new kitchen? My favorite element is the counter to ceiling subway tile with open shelving but the overall best part is how bright and happy it feels now.

The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen. The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

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Such a gorgeous end result, right?! I can just imagine many a delicious weekend brunch taking place in here! Check out Summer’s blog, Simple Stylings, for the full DIY diary and thought process behind her design plan & material selections.

Photo Credit: Laura Sumrak (@laurasumrak)

The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

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