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DIY Photo Garland

I like photos.  I take a lot of them. I print a lot of them. I keep ALL of them. And I love to display them in my home. A home just isn’t the same without pictures of the people you love and the experiences your cherish! Still, I’m sick and tired of picture frames, so I designed this little photo garland to hang up on my wall. It was quick and easy to make, and it looks super cute once it’s finished!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own: 

florist’s wire

wire cutters

miniature wooden clothes pins

Step one: 

Cut a piece of wire that is several feet wide. Between 5 and 6 feet should be good. Then, string your clothes pins onto the the wire by threading the wire through the metal springs in the pins. I used 11 pins on my garland.

Step Two:

Secure the clothes pins onto the wire by twisting the wire around the top of the pins. You can wrap the wire around them as many times as you want, but be sure to leave about 3 to 5 inches between each pin so that you have enough space for your photos. Also, make sure you leave a few inches at each end of the garland so you can hang it up!

Step Three:

Embellish your garland with leaves! For each leaf, cut a piece of wire 3 to 5 inches long. Tightly wrap one end of the wire onto the garland, securing the leaf in place. Then, fold the wire over itself, creating a little loop in the middle. Take the loose end of the leaf and wrap it around the garland. Bend the wire to mold into the perfect leaf shape (whatever that is). Continue adding leaves until your garland looks like a vine.

Step Four:

Finish your garland by creating curls at each end. Take each end of the garland and wrap a few inches of the wire around the handle of your wire cutters. Then, slip the curled wire off. You can use these curls to hang the garland on your wall.

Step Five:

Trim any excess wire off of your garland. Then, clip your favorite photos into the clothes pins.

Hang it up in your home and enjoy!

 I hope you like your new photo garland! Tell me what you think of the project in the comments below, and make sure to include any of your own tips and tricks that you used to make your garland unique!

Smiles and all the best,




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Filling the Void: DIY Chandelier

When my roommate and I moved into our apartment nearly nine months ago, we couldn’t wait to start decorating. We scoured stores of all kinds in search of the perfect decor like two chipmunks gathering nuts for winter. Slowly but surely, we acquired many of the necessary trimmings: color-coordinated pillows, pig-shaped salt and pepper shakers, refrigerator magnets. But several months into our home-making, we found ourselves saddled with one last decorating challenge: the nook. Carved out of our white plaster wall, inconveniently placed just to the right of the couch, is a three-by-four sort of cubby. We weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Perhaps we could get a bird cage and adopt a monkey? Or turn the nook into a theatre and host a flea circus? A shrine?

While these ideas were appealing, none were quite what we wanted. We abandoned the nook until Christmas, when we stuffed it with a miniature tree.

However, Christmas brought inspiration, and thanks to one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess, I was able to fill the three-by-four void.

Using this DIY design, I crafted a fabric chandelier out of Christmas lights, old scarves and a wire cooling rack. Now, the nook houses some of our favorite books, cute photos and a one-of-a-kind chandelier.

Thank you so much to Rachel, who designed this project! If you’re going to try it for yourself, here are some adaptations I made to her design that you might want to try:

  • Rachel uses texture, like lace, in her design to make the chandelier more exciting. I decided to use color instead. I varied between two shades of blue and white, and both of my blue scarves were patterned.
  • If you have limited fabric, craft your chandelier into an inverted pyramid shape. Just lay the scarves out like diamonds and cut from the outside in. This way, you’ll have an even assortment of short-to-long strands of fabric.
  •  If your fabric is thin, or your chandelier is smaller, use some of the fabric to sew a cylinder for your lights to fit into. Sew or tie it to the wire rack just like the other garlands, and slip the lights inside. This will keep your lights from peeking out from between the strips of fabric.

Thanks again to the ladies at A Beautiful Mess for helping me add a special touch to our home!

I hope you enjoy the soft glow of your new chandelier!

Smiles and all the best,


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Photo of the Week: Sunny Sunday

When I walked into my grandmother’s kitchen on Easter Sunday, I discovered this on the counter.

It’s a sunflower. It’s a cake. It’s a sunflower cake! And it is almost too cute to be eaten… emphasis on “almost.”

Here’s how Gramma did it:

You will need any cake mix of your choice (my grandma used yellow mix), chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and about 15 yellow peeps.

Step 1: Make cake batter according to the directions. Evenly distribute it into two circular cake pans, then bake.

Step 2: Once your cakes are done, let them cool, and remove them from the pans. Spread your chocolate frosting over the top of one cake then place the other cake on top, creating two layers.

Step 3: Cover the entire cake in chocolate frosting.

Step 4: Arrange the peeps in a circle around the edge of the cake like flower petals, leaving a circle of frosting in the middle. Place the chocolate chips in the center.

Step 5: Snap adorable photo, then devour.

Thanks Gramma for the creative design! The cake was adorably delicious!

Smiles and all the best,


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