Palm Leaf Pumpkin with Lights


Now I am not ready to say sayonara to summer yet, but the weather in Indy this week has been screaming fall. Cool, breezy day like these can’t help but make you think of apple picking and pumpkins. Living on a Caribbean island, Karah from The Space Between does not have the luxury of having a real pumpkin since they rot before you even leave the grocery store. Instead, Karah turned palm fronds leaves into a natural and unique pumpkin that comes aglow with a strand of Christmas lights.

lit pumpkin

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Painted Modern Monogram Pillow


Heather from Southern State of Mind loves Jonathan Adler’s “chic-meets-cheeky-meets-trendy-meets-vintage” style and was immediately smitten with his signature needlepoint pillows. Instead of dishing out $125 or taking up needlepointing, Heather turned to her old faithful friend paint to make a modern monogrammed pillow. All it cost Heather was 30 minutes of her time since she already had all the materials on hand.

painted monogram pillow

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Nautical Rope Lamp Makeover


It’s always amazing how a little rope can totally change the look of something and instantly infuse it with a nautical feel. Krista from The Happy Housie took a lamp she had purchased at Wal-mart a couple of years ago, glued a paper roll to the base to thicken it, and then wrapped it with sisal rope attached with some hot glue. It gave the lamp an upgraded nautical look that fits perfectly in her son’s new nautical camp style bedroom.

nautical rope lamp

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Liven Up a Plain White Bowl with Glass Paint


The crafty ladies over at LollyJane were inspired to liven up a set of plain white bowls using DecoArt’s line of glass paint. The markers made it a cinch to freehand the designs onto the girls’ thrifted Corelle bowls, and the pretty color selection just added to the fun! Kristi says, “Of course it’s not perfect but it sure is more fun displayed in my turquoise hutch than 3 boring white bowls, right?”

painted bowls

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Metallic Paper Sunburst Mirror


While Aly from Entirely Eventful Day says she may be a dreamer, she’s also a realist. That’s why she decided to spend only $5 to make a starburst mirror instead of blowing hundreds on a trend that will eventually fade. How did she do it for only $5? Paper! Yeppers, Aly created her shiny beauties using thick metallic and sparkle paper. Aly’s tutorial is so easy and inexpensive it’s perfect for those who have been hesitant to jump on the sunburst mirror bandwagon.

sunburst mirror

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Tufted Fabric Headboard with Winged Sides


Chris and Julie from DO or DIY desperately needed some pizzazz in their guest bedroom and knew the perfect solution would be a headboard that made a BIG statement. However, despite all the tutorials for DIY headboards, Chris and Julie but didn’t find anything that quite fit the mark. The couple decided to come up with their own design that combined fabric, tufts, winged sides, and nailhead trim. Julie says, “It makes just the statement we wanted in the room, accomplishing that luxurious hotel look we were going for… although I didn’t consider how it would encourage guests to never leave! The best part of this project was that it was a weekend’s worth of work that only cost us $100, compared to retail versions that ranged from $800-1500!”

diy tufted headboard

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Monogram a Towel with Paint


When Charisa from Madtown Macs saw West Elm’s digitally monogrammed hand towels, she immediately loved them and swooped some up as gifts. Sadly, Charisa never got one for herself and knew it was time to change that. She easily created her own modern and bold monogrammed hand towel with a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint. I am all about painting some fabric!

DIY Monogram Towel by Madtown Macs

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Lace Pressed Jewelry Dish


Esther from Wholly Kao wanted to come up with an original idea for a handmade gift swap with some friends. Instead of defaulting to jewelry, Esther was inspired to create a dish for holding rings and other small baubles. I love the designs that Esther achieved by pressing lace into the clay prior to baking. So pretty!

diy jewelry dish

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