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Using an Embroidery Hoop to Create a Fall Wreath

My goal: to create a cheap and easy fall wreath that doesn’t scream gaudy Halloween. I knew black and orange were probably not an option (not yet that is). I do love me some gaudy Halloween-its just a little too soon for me to go in that direction, especially on my door. Coming home to happy Halloween for over a month is not my idea of a happy Halloween. A few weeks, absolutely.. more than that- no. Plus, I wanted to create a fall theme that could stay up far beyond those adorable trick-or-treaters. 
That’s when I decided on this: 
Embroidery Hoop Wreath
A fall wreath that is cheap, easy, not-so gaudy, and available to welcome our guests on turkey day.  
Fall Wreath Supplies

What you’ll need:
Embroidery Hoop: you can buy these at your local craft stores in all sizes
2 Fabrics: one fabric must be large enough to cover the hoop and the other, contrasting fabric can be much smaller, only big enough for your design. (in my case the monogram)
Double sided sticky interfacing: You can buy this by the yard at JoAnn fabrics, make sure it’s big enough to cover the hoop and the back of the letter.
Spool of Wired Ribbon
Iron
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors

Embroidery hoop fall wreath

To kick off this super simple wreath, unscrew the embroidery hoop and fish through the large piece of fabric. Tighten the hoop back up and cut the excess fabric.

How to create a fall wreath for less

You’ll be left with something like this.

Rookie Tip: Because you’ll eventually fold over the excess fabric and hot glue this to the hoop, the cutting can be far, far from precise- just make sure you leave enough to fold over. #myfavorite

cheap and easy fall wreath
fabric liner wreath

Repeat those first steps with another layer of fabric. This layer is just to add a backing; I didn’t want my front door peeking through the yellow polka dots.

fold over edges

Fold the fabrics together and hot glue them to the embroidery hoop. Just like the cutting, this does not have to be super precise as this will be hidden in the back of the wreath.

embroidery hoop wreath tutorial
Before long, this is what you’ll be seeing. Almost done!! 
wreath with an embroidery hoop

Notice how far from perfect this fold/glue job is. No worries, because when you flip it over…

wreath with a hoop

… you won’t even see it! So, now to the front of our new wreath.

yellow polka dot wreath
chevron interfacing

Using the directions on the interfacing, iron the fabric to the interfacing (making sure not to put the iron directly on the interfacing).

iron on interfacing
wreath tutorial

Trace whatever letter or shape you want to use lightly with a pencil.

cut a monogram

Cut along that pencil line… very carefully.

embroidery hoop wreath for fall

Peel away the interfacing layer (check the directions first) and iron on your monogram! Seriously, it’s that easy.. as long as you don’t directly touch the iron with the interfacing.

polka dot and chevron mix
embroidery hoop with monogram
And now for my favorite part… adding embellishments. Thanks to this simple tutorial, I used some of the leftover chevron fabric and some other fabric I had laying around the house to make these fabric flowers. With a little more hot glue… 
fabric flowers
… I attached the flowers,
burlap bow

…added a burlap bow,

fall wreath for less

… and admired my new fall wreath that didn’t break the bank!

hoop wreath
Not only was this a super easy DIY, but it was cheap, adds some serious color to our front door, and can carry us all the way through November. Can’t ask for much more than that.
monogrammed wreath with embroidery hoop
So there you have it- my not so gaudy fall wreath on the cheap… goal achieved!
PS. This wreath idea could be perfect for a Christmas inspired ornament wreath or with an oval embroidery hoop, the perfect Easter inspired wreath.  
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Chevron Bookcase

Chevron bookcase

Sometimes an old piece of furniture seems like it’s so ugly or plain that it has no hope for a successful DIY make-over. Take this bookcase for example.  

bookcase before

This bookshelf was a staple in my teeny-bopper bedroom. It held things that awkward pre-teen girls loved back then; like picture frames, Michael Jordan books and bug cages (yea… don’t ask).

Thankfully, this poor bookcase escaped the misery of being called home to grasshoppers and earthworms and graduated to my classroom. In my classroom, this shelf served as a place for my students to store their binders and any other supplies they needed during class. Although this shelf has had an adventurous life, it just hasn’t been able to find its inner glam.

I know she doesn’t look like she has a lot of potential, but don’t be fooled- looks can be deceiving. To bring out the inner glam that I feel like this old thing deserves, I decided to add CHEVRON to the backing.

To kick off the project, I removed the backing. Just like many successful make-overs, the poor thing had to strip down and start from scratch. #allinthenameofglam

chevron template

1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.
2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”
3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf using pencil.

chevron DIY

4. Tape every other chevron (warning: this part is tedious and a little time consuming)

Rookie Mistake: Make sure your tape is tightly secured to your surface… no one wants paint sneaking onto any areas it’s not welcome.

5. Spray paint (I needed 3 coats because of the dark color)

Give the paint ample amount of time to dry. You don’t want to start peeling the tape until you are certain that your piece is completely dry.

6. Take off the tape and admire your work!

DIY chevron

I was amazed at the pop of glam that these chevron stripes provided. I was even more amazed that some of the navy spray paint seeped onto the white chevron. With some tedious scraping, I created a more crisp, clean line.

6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf, dress her up and enjoy!

chevron bookcases

Who knew that this teeny-bopper bookcase could turn into such a masterpiece? I can’t wait for someone to come over and say… “Oh my goodness, I love this!”

I will reply modestly, “Oh, this old thing?” …and I’ll really mean it.
Chevron bookcase

This “old thing” had far more potential than it originally appeared to have. Don’t underestimate the potential of your “old things”. With a little creativity and lots of spray paint, there is no piece of furniture too ugly or too plain to makeover.

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  1. Jan O'Halloran

    I have two of these old bookcases in my basement bedroom. They used to be in Liz’s teeny bopper room. I think you just gave me my next DIY project, Bridget. Love it!

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  2. ejm852

    Ok, this may be a dumb question, but how did you get from drawing a chevron on the back of wrapping paper to having it on the back of the bookshelf? I’m stumped. But I want to do this project! Love it!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Oh my goodness, definitely not a stupid question… I should have been more clear.

    1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.

    2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”

    3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf

    4. Tape every other chevron and spray paint the backing

    5. Remove tape to see your newly painted chevron backing

    6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf and enjoy!

    I hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions. And the most important part…. send us pictures if you create one!! We’d love to see your work. (diyplaybook@gmail.com)

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  4. Maggie

    I’m staring at a random white bookshelf that I recently inherited but have no clue what to do with. This is perfect! I’m wondering why I never thought to paint the back. Cute idea!

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  1. Jan O'Halloran

    I have two of these old bookcases in my basement bedroom. They used to be in Liz’s teeny bopper room. I think you just gave me my next DIY project, Bridget. Love it!

    Reply
  2. ejm852

    Ok, this may be a dumb question, but how did you get from drawing a chevron on the back of wrapping paper to having it on the back of the bookshelf? I’m stumped. But I want to do this project! Love it!

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Oh my goodness, definitely not a stupid question… I should have been more clear.

    1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.

    2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”

    3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf

    4. Tape every other chevron and spray paint the backing

    5. Remove tape to see your newly painted chevron backing

    6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf and enjoy!

    I hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions. And the most important part…. send us pictures if you create one!! We’d love to see your work. (diyplaybook@gmail.com)

    Reply
  4. Maggie

    I’m staring at a random white bookshelf that I recently inherited but have no clue what to do with. This is perfect! I’m wondering why I never thought to paint the back. Cute idea!

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Dressing up a Dresser

dresser
We want to follow-up this morning’s post from the boys with a little message from us:
April Fool’s! We love our boys and are willing to do almost anything for them, but posting a GIANT Seinfeld poster in our guest room or adding an entire roster of bobble heads to our bathroom are just not some of them. When we posed this April Fool’s opportunity to the boys, we really had no idea what to expect. We set out to create a fun April Fool’s joke on you, our favorite readers, but I think the real joke’s on us. Matt & Finn are now teaming up to take a stand on our crazy DIY ideas and are determined to incorporate more of their styles into our places. What have we created?! Thanks for tuning in and playing along! Happy April Fool’s Day! Now, back to our regular scheduled post…
Remember when Matt and I finished our Not so Ombre Dresser a few weeks back? The outside of the dresser was perfect, but the inside of this dresser still had a build up of childhood “secrets”. Living in Matt’s bedroom for over 25 years, this dresser has quite the story to tell. Secret stories aren’t the only things that this poor thing has been collecting. Hidden deep in the drawers of this beauty are dirty secrets…. literally.
Lining a dresser Drawer

These dirty secrets come in the form of blemishes and lots of marks of wear and tear. Where they come from, how long they’ve been there, how they got there… I’d rather not know. How we will get rid of them…. definitely no secret.

chevron shelf liner
I scored this super cute Chevron shelf liner at Marshall’s. There were a ton of bright colors and designs, but I didn’t want to torture Matt’s dresser with lots of girly glamour. So I skipped the pink polka dots and went with the grey chevron. I figured this print was a nice compromise- trendy for me, grey and masculine-ish for Matt. Chevron is for boys too… right?

This liner was super easy to measure and cut evenly because of the grid system on the back. Having a grid system is a major benefit of using shelf liners rather than some wrapping papers or old wall papers to line your shelves (or drawers).

macbeth collection shelf liner

I measured the drawers, cut along the lines, removed the sticky backing and placed the liner into the drawer to hide ALL of those dirty secrets.

DIY Shelf Liner
How cute are these drawers now? I loved this liner because it wasn’t too sticky, which allowed me to stick the liner onto the shelf temporarily, readjust, and then smooth out the air bubbles permanently.
Chevron Dresser Drawer

This side-by-side photo shows you how many dirty secrets needed to be eliminated from the dresser. #25yearsworthoflittleboywearandtear

MacBeth Collection Shelf Liner
Chevron Liners
I absolutely loved the final product. I can’t wait to “dress up” all of my dressers from now on! It took about half hour and it was totally worth the little extra time. Plus, if you’re anything like me, a cute organization method definitely increases the probability of staying organized!
Happy Organizing!
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  1. Lisa Muhs

    hahahaha! Come on… no Kramer?! If I slept in your guestroom and woke to Kramer in the morning, I would be a happy camper ; ) haha Please keep us all posted on the DIY-dualing!

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    hahahaha! Come on… no Kramer?! If I slept in your guestroom and woke to Kramer in the morning, I would be a happy camper ; ) haha Please keep us all posted on the DIY-dualing!

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How To: Chevron Stripes

So I’ve been a bit obsessed with chevrons lately. They’re just so darn preppy and pretty.

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But, I haven’t gotten around to incorporating any chevrons into our place…until now. I have this huge frame and the frame mat was looking a bit dull and boring. It needed a nice pop of color, and I knew chevron stripes would be perfect!

Now, I’m not gonna lie to you. This was a time consuming little project. But more tedious/mind-numbing work than difficult work. So I would suggest catching up on your favorite shows while making chevron stripes of your own.

So here is what you’ll need for this project.

SUPPLIES:

Painter’s tape (1 inch)
Paint
Paint brush
Ruler
Pencil
TOTAL COST: $0 (I already had everything)
That’s it! I’m guessing you’ll have most of this on hand…
Step 1:
Decide how big you want your chevron stripes to be. I opted to make 1 inch squares, horizontally and vertically across my frame mat. This way my stripes wouldn’t be too big…or too small. Draw lightly with your pencil.
Step 2:
Once you have all of your little squares set…you can start drawing your chevron pattern. Draw a line (using your ruler) from corner to corner across your first middle square. Kinda hard to explain, so use my picture as a reference.

Step 3:

Grab that painter’s tape and start taping my friends! You’ll need a ton of 2 inch pieces of tape, and then put them over your chevron lines, so they’ll stay white underneath.
This will take a bit of time. Easy, yet tedious work.

Step 4:
Now is the best part. Painting it! I mixed up a burnt orange color and went to town.

Step 5:

 I did 2 coats and let it dry overnight.  The next day, carefully peel off the tape.
Now, when I peeled off the tape and I ran into a small issue. The tape was so powerful it was peeling off the paper on the frame mat. Yikes! I went into “chicken little” mode (a.k.a. the sky is falling!) But with some patience, and a few touch ups of white paint, it turned out just fine!
I put in our “House Rules” that I created in Microsoft Publisher and had printed at FedEx Office for $.46.
I think it looks fabulous. But, the boy does say it looks like we’re now University of Texas fans with the burnt orange look. Oh well…Go Longhorns I guess!
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  1. Jenny

    Love it Casey! To make it more tedious, it probably would be a good idea to use a pen knife to ensure the tape lines are perfectly square – but you only missed a couple of spots. Wish I has seen this before I attempted the same on an area rug! I didn’t think to use squares, just eye-balled it (OK, I was never great at geometry!).

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  1. Jenny

    Love it Casey! To make it more tedious, it probably would be a good idea to use a pen knife to ensure the tape lines are perfectly square – but you only missed a couple of spots. Wish I has seen this before I attempted the same on an area rug! I didn’t think to use squares, just eye-balled it (OK, I was never great at geometry!).

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