TGI{DIY}Friday :: Personalized Envelopes

April 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Happy Friday! It has been such a beautiful week here in Austin! I am looking forward to a fun weekend with family and celebrating my sister, Anna Beth’s 21st birthday.

I wanted to show you one of the easiest ways to dress up an envelope. This can be done with wedding, shower, or party invitations and even personal notes.

Here’s what you need…
Envelopes. Any size, shape, or color will do.
Glue or double stick tape
Any decorative paper you want




*Measure the paper you want to cover the space on the inside of the envelope and cut to size.
*Tape or glue the paper to the envelope. Do not cover the seal strip on the envelope.

Finished product!



TGI{DIY}Friday :: Personalized Wine Glass

January 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

This project was one of the easiest I have ever done. I love it because you can use this cute wine glass idea for so many things. It would go great as a personalized place setting at a dinner party. Or, it could be a great gift given with a bottle of wine.

I actually had all of the supplies on hand, but even if you didn’t this is a very inexpensive craft. You need…

Wine glasses. Any size or shape you like.
Chalk board spray paint
Wax paper (I used foil and it worked fine)

1. Hold the glass, not the stem or the base.
2. Spray the paint on the base of the stem, going up the stem as far as you want. It may take about 1 1/2-2 coats.
3. Blot any excess drips under the base on the foil or wax paper.
4. Let the glass dry. Pick it up every so often to make sure it is not stuck to the foil/wax paper.
5. You are now ready to personalize your wine glass!


TGI{DIY}Friday :: Chic Luminaries

October 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

This might be one of my favorite projects ever! Here is what you need…

Glass vase

Two different colors of tissue paper (light and dark). I used two different color combos…cream & gold and white & silver

Elmer’s glue (like the kind you used in elementary)

Small paint brush

Craft punch


Step 1

Make your tissue medallions with your craft punch. Mine is 1 1/2″ in diameter. You will probably want to make quite a bit, depending on how big your vase is and how many you are making.

Step 2

Make your paste. Mix the glue and water to make a milky paste. You want it to be sort of thick, not too runny. Make sure it is completely smooth and there are no clumps.

Step 3

Cover your vase in the tissue medallions. I used two different types of patterns while doing mine. My hands were pretty full while doing this project, so I couldn’t photograph myself in action.  I’ll post the picture I used as my guide.

Step 4

Continue gluing tissue medallions around the remainder of your vase until the entire thing is covered and painted in a coat of glue paste. If you hold your vase up to a window or light you will be able to see your pattern a bit better. You will need to use half pieces of tissue medallions to finish off the pattern around the top, in the same way you did when you started your pattern at the bottom. Make sure to set your luminaries aside to completely dry before putting candles inside.

For more on the inspiration behind this project, click here

TGI{DIY}Firday :: Milk It For All It’s Worth

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love this project so much! In the wedding business, you tend to accumulate a ton of vases. They all start to look the same after a while, so I wanted to change the vases up a bit. I found out it is super easy and cheap to recreate a vintage milk glass with the vases I already have. This project can be done with vases or any type of glass, but works best with a textured surface.

Here’s the look…


Textured glass

Glass cleaner

White Spray Paint (Krylon in Flat White)

Step 1:

Find the glass pieces you want to use. You might be surprised what you find. If you absolutely don’t have anything, you can always look at thrift stores.

Step 2:

Wipe down your glass with glass cleaner. Remove all dirt and dust. If there was a price tag or sticker, remove and wipe off the gummy residue.

Find a good place outdoors and put a tarp or plastic down. Spray carefully and evenly.

Step 3:

Let glasses completely dry overnight before you fill with water and flowers.

Step 4:

Enjoy your beautiful new milk glasses!

For more on this project, click here

TGI{DIY}Friday :: Moss Letters

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

So, this little craft is nothing new, but I think it is super cute. Last weekend, at The Plantation House, the bride brought out her cute little moss letters that she had made. We ended up hanging them on our balcony and they were so beautiful. You can find the same thing at Pottery Barn, but for $79.00 a letter

I know our bride did not spend that kind of money, because she and her mom made them.

Here’s What You Need

*Your letter of choice and size

*Super Moss Preserved Sheet Moss

*Hot Glue Gun

*Ribbon of Choice

*Scissors or Rotary Cutter

This is a 12” Paper Mache Letter. You can choose any size and style you like.

This is the Instant Green moss. Lay out your sheet of moss and place the letter on the back of the moss. Trace your letter and then cut it out of the sheet.

Take your hot glue gun and start putting the glue all over the letter. Place the moss over the glue and let dry.

You can either hot glue or tack the ribbon to the back of the letter, or it’s pretty cute just propped up without a ribbon too.

I found all of the supplies you would need for this craft at Joann Fabric and Craft Store

These letters are not only great for weddings, but also in your house! Warning, they can be messy. Just know when you are moving the letters around they can shed.


TGI{DIY}Friday: Anthropologie Inspired Lampshade

September 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

So, a couple of weeks ago I featured a lamp, but only really talked about the base that I spray painted. Today I want to share how I recreated a lampshade I was about to throw away.

Here was my inspiration…

Now on to the lampshade.  All you need is the shade, some burlap, and a glue gun.  I used about 1 1/2 yards of burlap and probably 10 or so gluesticks, but what you use will depend on how big your lampshade is and how “ruffly” you want your shade.

First, cover the shade in a layer of burlap.  I cut a piece big enough to go all the way around the shade and fold over about an inch to the inside on the top and bottom.  I didn’t want glue leaking through the burlap on the outside, so I only glued on the inside along the top and bottom of the lamp shade.  Pull the burlap taut as you go.

Now you need to cut the rest of your burlap in strips. Cut them double the width you want your ruffles to be, and about 1.5 times as long as your shade is tall. Fold them in half and press.

Now you’re ready to glue the ruffles to the shade.  Put several inches of glue on the fold of your burlap and glue it onto the lamp in a squiggly line.

This is the strip I’m gluing right now.  It’s straight where I haven’t yet glued it, and bent where it has already been glued to the shade.

As you go, don’t make the burlap ruffle all the same way to add interest.  You’ll end up with gaps, which you can fill as shown below:
The arrow is pointing to the gap.

And now the gap has been filled with a ruffle of burlap.

Here’s a close-up of the finished shade.

I was inspired by a wonderful post on Tatertots and Jello

TGI{DIY}Friday: I Love You

September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

This project I am about to show is super easy, fun, and gets a lot of attention. We were changing up some of our wall decor this summer and didn’t want to go out and buy all new wall “junk”, as my husband calls it. We were even able to recycle from what we were taking down. Here’s what we came up with…

Here’s what you need:

3 frames (any size). We just used the frames from the old pictures we took down.

Any kind of fabric (we used what we had, a brown damask print)


Tissue paper or newspaper

Burlap  (Joann’s fabric)

3 Metal fixtures (Hobby Lobby)

Here’s how you do it:

On your cardboard, trace out your letters to give you a guideline. Glue your bits of tissue paper on the cardboard to make your letters.

After all the tissue is on, cut out the letter so there is no excess cardboard that can be seen.

Wrap whatever was in the frame with the fabric and staple.

Glue the tissue letter onto the fabric board.

Place the board in the frame.

Hang your frames where you would like.

Hang the metal fixtures centered above each frame.

Pull the burlap through and tack on to the back of each frame. The frames are not being supported by the burlap and metal, the frames are already hung on the wall.

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