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Handmade in the Home

June 25, 2013

I’m a DIY Junkie. If there was a support group, I’m sure I should be going to it. I have fabric, paper, paint, brushes, etc… stashed away in a cabinet, under tables and everywhere in between. Living in less than 800 square feet, I have had to be creative about where all my DIY supplies go. But needless to say, they are perfectly on hand when the creative juices get going.

Since moving into our sweet little DC apartment, I have gotten extremely bitten by the DIY bug. Through my former job, I began to really appreciate the artistry of handmade and just couldn’t get enough of making unique pieces that I could have in our home. Here are some of my favorites.


For a simple pin board, I covered a cork board square with a plain canvas fabric and used handmade pushpins from Antropologie. It’s the perfect size for above my desk.

With a different piece of cork board and with some more of the same canvas material, I took my love of Ireland and made it into a piece of string art.


With sewing straight pins, some thread and lace tape, I made a string map of Ireland with a heart over the city where I used to live in.

One of my favorite mediums to work with is cardboard. There are literally countless ways to up-cycle cardboard into amazing handmade goods. Like:


A hanging wall frame that you can change out the photos in whenever you choose. I covered two pieces of card board with fabric, glued them together and used velvet ribbon to allow it to hang on the wall. With no glass in the frame, I can change out my photos easily.


I didn’t make these next two. They were made for us by a sweet friend in West Virginia. I love how she stamped our names onto them.


I love to read and one of my favorite ways to decorate is using books but I could never find bookends that I absolutely loved, so I decided to make some of my own.



I went to a hardware store and found some wooden shelving sconces, primer and paint and painted them to make them perfect bookends for what I wanted.


Made from scrapbook paper and an app on a website (which is not longer available, so sorry), I was able to maker my own vision chart that has our names and wedding date. Instant art done in less that 30 seconds.

I use a lot of fabric for DIYs around our apartment and used some leftover fabric to make a hanging wall saying for our bathroom just using fabric, felt and ribbon.


What have you made recently? Any good ideas?



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3 thoughts on “Handmade in the Home

  1. Emily K.

    Your book-ends are awesome! I’ve also been looking for some, but can’t find a set that I love. (duh, diy!)
    I seem to be breaking out the Mod Podge and scrapbook paper a lot lately to cover up / recover flaws, cracks, things that aren’t my style, etc.

    1. emilie marian Post author

      I love ModPodge! And I definitely say go for the DIY Bookends. I think those cost me about 8 dollars total. I used leftover spray paint.


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