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Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
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Friday, October 28, 2016

How to Make a Tissue Paper Garland

How to Make a Tissue Paper Garland


Hey guys! Long time, no hear huh? Things have been crazy busy around here. Sophia is on the move and since being home from vacation, she picked up some not so nice habits of wanting to skip naps and sleep in our bed and wake up a million and one times throughout the night and not to mention the poor kid is still teething and not a single tooth has broke through yet! So this mama is tired and doesn't have the time to dedicate to blog as much as I wish I did. I have tons of ideas and I have photos for the posts, I just need to draft it but by time Anthony is home from work, it is straight school mode or we relax and enjoy each other's company. I mean you guys get it. Life happens and there are certain seasons you enter that are crazy hectic and exhausting but I wouldn't change this season we are in for the world. Being a mama is my dream and I am getting to live it and I love it with all it's challenges and rewards.

With all that said, I did manage to sneak some time for a Halloween tutorial, yay me! Honestly, this tutorial can be used for anytime or any occasion. The color of tissue papers you use is what makes it fit the occasion. For me, I created this purple and metallic silver garland for a Halloween movie night I hosted for my sister's 30th birthday. I wanted the decor to be simple yet fun so I decorated my TV dresser (we are using a dresser as our TV stand) as if it was a mantel because we don't have one and I provided a popcorn bar (I unfortunately did not get pictures of this because, let's be honest, I suck at this professional blogging thing. I did get inspiration from here so check Jessica's post if you are interested in how to set up a popcorn bar).



Anyways, this project was free for me because I am a tissue paper hoarder. I am that person that carefully opens gifts and folds all the tissue paper neatly and saves the gift bags/boxes to reuse and I am also that person that tells people to not rip the box or tissue paper that I put their gift in because I can still reuse it another time. Don't judge.

Supplies
Tissue Paper (I used 4 sheets, 2 purple and 2 silver)
String (I used black twine)
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Scissors















I broke the steps down and tried to make it as dummy proof as possible, I even contemplated making a video tutorial but with a talkative and active baby, I only get one shot so I didn't try but if your interested in that kind of thing, let me know in the comments and I will update the tutorial if needed!






The greatest part of this tutorial is it is basically free or cost very little money.

So be honest, who else is a tissue paper hoarder?


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Stormie Ramirez
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Modern Flat Bow | Tutorial

Modern Flat Bow | Tutorial


Hey guys! I know it's been a good while since my last interesting post, haha. I have been doing weekly updates on how I am staying active weekly but I know that can be a bore for some of you so I'm back today with a tutorial but first a little background.

If you follow me on Instagram (@stormieariel) than you know I recently opened my own small shop on Insta (@shopstormieariel). Since Sophia was born, actually before she was born, I loved the way nylon headbands looked. They are so sweet and simple and chic, perfect for a little girl. BUT the price tag on most of them kept me from biting the bullet and even if they were a reasonable price, I couldn't pick just one. So I decided to teach myself how to make bows since I had fabric on hand that was left over from the fabric kites I made for Sophia's nursery plus I also had tons of ribbon on hand from my numerous other projects and from my schoolgirl days.


And I know there are mommas out there like me who are on a budget and need to know how to make simple bows to get them by until they can splurge so I decided to make a video tutorial of how I make one of the bows I sell in my shop. It is the simplest and easiest bow tutorial, so easy a caveman can do it (name that commercial). Also, please let me know how you like the video tutorial in the comments below. I would love the feedback as to which I should start including videos in all my tutorials or if step by step photos preferred or both!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DIY Frame Tutorial

DIY Frame Tutorial


We are halfway through the work week, hooray! I can't wait for this weekend mostly because I am excited for everyone to open their gifts. We bought Anthony's dad this shirt for Father's Day and I plan on making him this card to go along with it, we are gifting Anthony's mom a necklace similar to this one and earrings like these for her birthday and I made Anthony a gift based off this pin I found but I am unable to find the original source (please leave the link below if you know so I can give proper credit). I decided to show a tutorial in how I achieved the look for our frame.


As I mentioned in my Father's Day Craft roundup, Scrabble and Words with Friends is a favorite game for Anthony and I to play with each other and to play with his dad and brother so I knew immediately I wanted to try to recreate a scrabble word frame. This project is very cheap and easy to do and took less than 10 minutes to complete. My type of project with a very needy baby in tow!
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Friday, May 27, 2016

DIY Vintage Fabric Kites

DIY Vintage Fabric Kites



So I know I am going at a snails pace with Little Love's Nursery Design but I just haven't put enough effort to get it completed since she is still in the room with us. I know I do need to get the ball rolling though, the last you guys all saw I finally cleaned up the room and had the crib and bedding perfectly styled. Since then, we found a beautiful vintage dresser that needs a makeover, added a large (unusual) "art" to the wall and I finally hung the kites I made months and months ago. I'll eventually get to sharing the other stuff but today I wanted to share a tutorial on how I made these kites for her room.
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Stormie Ramirez
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Salvaged Garden Box

Salvaged Garden Box


For as long as I could remember, I have always wanted a garden; filled with flowers, vegetables, fruit, you name it. I tried my first hand at gardening a few years ago when we were living in a tiny apartment. I bought lettuce seeds, jalapeno seeds and green bean seeds and I planted them in containers. My green bean plant was the only one to grow but I only harvested two green beans. TWO. That was it. To be fair, our porch of the apartment was very shaded with no sunlight at all so I gave up.

When we bought our first house, I was excited to carve out a place to garden and when my dog Olive died we made a remembrance garden with flowers but our other dog Bella decided to dig all that up so I gave up again.

Well now with this house, Bella hasn't been digging as much and Anthony decided he wanted to build something with some of the old fencing I have been hoarding. You can guess by the title of what he decided to build me, right?

So I'm gonna share the pictures and process he took to make me this little ol' box. There are no specific measurements involved as he made use of the pieces we had so you can customize this to whatever size you want.


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Stormie Ramirez
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

DIY Wood & Wire Photo Display

DIY Wood & Wire Photo Display



Hey guys! This project has been a long time coming. I have had it in my mind for a over a year, we also had all the materials probably before I even wanted to create this photo display. I love the fact that we can change out these photos as often or as little as we want. Originally, I intended to hang photos of Anthony and I on these but now that Little Love is coming and our baby shower is at the end of the month, I knew this display would be perfect to showcase our ultrasounds especially at the baby shower. Of course, this photo display is even more perfect now because we can interchange photos of Little Love as she grows because lets get real, it'll be all about her.



This project was super easy and didn't take long at all. We used salvaged wood from our fence, photo hanging wire, eye hole screws and a sawtooth hanger as our materials. We had all these on hand already so the project didn't cost us anything but time, well my husbands time as he put it together for me. I could have easily done it but I like to play the damsel in distress (shhh). Anywho, all he did was cut down the salvaged wood to the size we wanted and than he sanded down the entire surfaces and edges. On the back, he nailed down a sawtooth hanger and than he screwed in the eye hole screws on the front side, one on each end and attached the hanging wire to each screw by wrapping it around the eye hole. Easy enough! Than the fun part came in hanging it on the wall in our entryway.


I was also able to get him to finally move our console table inside and played with different displays (its a work in progress). I am in love with this wood and wire display and can't believe we didn't do this sooner. Just imagine all the possibilities: you could display childrens' photos, childrens artwork, Christmas cards and so much more. I hope you gain inspiration to create a photo display to your liking!

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Stormie Ramirez
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Friday, July 3, 2015

No-Sew Scarf to Vest Tutorial

No-Sew Scarf to Vest Tutorial


Before the spring season, I purchased multiple scarfs but now that spring is over and summer is in full swing I wanted to try to incorporate the scarfs I bought into the summer season.


Let's be honest, I live in Texas so wearing something around my neck is like being naked in Alaska. No Bueno.

I decided to look to Pinterest of course and ran across couple of tutorials showing how to turn a scarf into a vest but a lot of them required sewing. The whole purpose I want is to be able to wear my scarfs across all seasons so sewing them into a vest isn't ideal. 

So here is the best version of the no-sew scarf to vest conversion:

Stretch scarf out lengthwise

Fold hamburger style (who remembers that from elementary)


Tie the corners you are holding into a small knot, you could get fancy here if you want but I went the simple and easy route

Open scarf


And now you are able to wear your scarf as a vest during summer without overheating.





Now tell me you are not excited to do this to all your scarves? I know I am now that I can get more bang out of my buck.
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Monday, December 22, 2014

DIY Branchlers

DIY Branchlers


Last week while reading the blogs I follow, I came across Jenna Sue's 5 days of Holiday DIY's. On Day 1 she showed a tutorial for branchlers and provided free printables. I immediately printed out one of the printables and placed it above my kitchen cabinets in place of the NOEL sign. I also started storming up ideas to create the branchlers.


We Anthony and my brother-in-law, Don, recently trimmed down one of the trees in our front yard so we have had branches in our backyard for a few weeks already. The only thing I had to buy was the plaque which was only a few dollars at Wal-Mart. I did not get to get pictures of the steps because I am a horrible blogger. So I will do my best to walk you through our steps for the most part however you can also refer to Jenna Sue's tutorial which is what we followed for the foundation of the project. 

The first thing Don did was remove the the smaller branches off our main pieces to give it more of an antler look. Once he had the shape I liked, he began removing the bark by using a small knife; he also sliced the bottom using a handheld saw to have a flat surface to mount on the plaque. Don finished the branchlers off with sand paper to smooth it out and Polycrylic clear semi-gloss.

As for the plaque, we simply stained the front and back with one coat of dark walnut stain. You do not have to stain the back since no one can see it but I chose to to have a more finished look overall.


After the stain was dry, I attached a sawtooth picture hanger to the back. 


Lastly, we attached the branchlers to the plaque with regular nails using a hammer.


 I love how the branchlers look in our home and I think it was the perfect touch for Christmastime although I do plan to keep them out year round.


 






Have you completed any DIY projects for the holidays?
Do you have antlers out for Christmas or all year long?

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