are you ready for the cheapest and easiest holiday napkin rings of all time? i’m serious. you can make these while your turkey is in the oven for crying out loud. i had all this cardboard from the shipping boxes i had for my old vintage etsy shop that i’ve been wanting to use instead of throw away — so i covered the cardboard in gold duct tape.
cardboard + duct tape = napkin rings? sure why not.
scrap cardboard pieces
gold duct tape (mine was an impulse buy at the local hardware store)
scotch tape (optional, for interior touchups)
step one . cut your cardboard to your desired size. i cut my pieces to 15 cm wide x 1.5 inches — just make sure your tape is larger than your cardboard
step two . mark every 3 inches with your pencil on your cardboard. score with your xacto knife
step three . bend each scored section and bring the ends together
step four . cut a piece of duct tape longer than your cardboard and lay it down sticky side up. carefully place your cardboard onto the tape, one edge at a time
step five . bend each piece again now making the tape bend with it. fold the tape over the edges, leaving one side long and unfolded. trim any excess on the other corner and fix any areas on the inside with a small piece of scotch tape
step six . fold the ends together with the tape overlapping the top, carefully trim a straight edge at the seam
+ once you do one, you can bust a bunch of these out real fast.
actually we probably all do. watch this video and realize how much we’re actually missing out on.
the holidays are here! while i am actually jewish, i am in loooove with christmas. there’s something about pajamas and lots of food and the smell of the tree and wrapped presents. omg i love it.
after i begged gideon not to, he bought grand theft auto 5. and now as i predicted, all i want to do is play it. this is causing my blog posts to go up late every day this week, and i’m way behind on DIYs. so this weekend i am determined to play MORE of it so i can become less obsessed. because that’s possible right? it’s really bad. all i want to do is take a week off and sit in bed playing it eating hamburgers. hope you have way more productive weekend plans!
one . i’m determined to make some ornaments this year, and these geometric gold leaf ornaments are very inspiring
two . the holidays definitely bring out the glitter side in everyone right? normally these placemats would be too girly for me, but not 2 months a year.
three . shanna murray did some dishes for west elm, and my favorite is definitely this pumpkin pie dish
four . i find most stockings hideous, but these ones make me think of christmas in the beverly hills hotel
five . obsessed with the smell of the tree, so candles that smell like christmas trees are OK WITH ME.
six . target has a huge array of cheap and modern stag heads that i’m loving
you may have seen it already, but if you haven’t — watch the weirdest video ever late for meeting (via youtube)
i loved this post about whether or not you should go to design school. personally, i did go and i think i learned more than just design, but real career skills too. i don’t think that it’s necessarily crucial, but it can only make you a more well rounded designer (via the house that lars built)
with thanksgiving a few weeks away, i am now looking at all my pie and dessert options that i want to try. this maple custard pie with candied bacon looks insane (via raspberri cupcakes)
i love this simple leather personalized keychain that will take you 20 minutes to make by the very talented rachel (via 52 weeks project)
using tools you have around the house, you can make these artful diy wrapping paper designs yourself. your gift getters would probably avoid opening their actual gifts. (via oh happy day)
it might be old — but this tumblr page of cats wearing tights makes me so happy. and laughy. look how long their legs are. so good. (via meowtfit)
now that my brain is set on all holiday all the time, i can’t help but only want to look for pretty holiday decorations and diy projects on pinterest. check out how pretty all these projects are.
one . sending your guests home with a little thank you gift is such a nice gesture, that it could make you feel ok about bogarting all the leftovers for yourself — rosemary sea salt favors by best day ever (via poppytalk)
two . these simple and totally customizable place settings using feathers and herbs are so gorgeous and modern — by kara roselund
three . our rosemary is the only herb that survived the season change, so i was thinking of incorporating some into a place setting, until i saw these rosemary wreath napkin rings and place settings by spoon fork bacon. perfect and simple.
four . neutral and simple goes a long way when you’re doing your holiday table. some cinnamon, herbs and twine will make your table stand out — perfect place settings by vintage house
five . using washi tape and paper clips, you can make your own feather place cards perfect for thanksgiving — by a fabulous fete
six . my mom and i used to collect pinecones outside for place settings, but some neon paint takes it to the next level — by jennifer rose smith for camille styles
i had the week off of work last week, so for some reason — we decided to go to san diego for the night last minute. we usually go to palm springs for getaways, but our anniversary is in a few months so i figured we’d save it for next time.
we stayed at this tiny boutique hotel — the pearl, which was SO cheap and really cute.
we didn’t do much since we were only there for half a day, but we did visit some really cute places. san diego is kind of a weird place to do a quick visit, because everything is pretty spread out — so we walked around the gas lamp at night.
we had an amazing brunch at the cutest diner ever called great maple. they have a long list of bloody marys (our favorite was the pickle) and warm maple bacon donuts that were so rich and so good. also the chilaquiles were delicious.
we went to this shop pigment that i could have easily spent a million dollars in.
we had yummy cocktails in the fancy bar at the us grant hotel.
and then we got home and celebrated halloween. after alllllllll those movie costumes i put together, i chose another costume — saul from pineapple express. here i am trying to look stoned. i look asleep.
it’s november now! so this month i’m going to do a lot of table setting DIYs. yay for pretty tables and stuffing!
also… i promise this is my last color blocked / paint dipped project for a while ok? promise.
pears (use fake ones if you want to reuse these next year — also, it felt kind of wrong to spray paint fruit)
white spray paint
gold acrylic paint
elastic, string, or twine
a plastic tub
alphabet stamps or a pen
matte medium or fixative spray
a paint brush (if you’d like to fix spots)
step one : spray your pears with fixative to prep them for paint.
step two : spray paint the pears and let them full dry outside.
step three : pour your paint into a plastic tub and prepare a clean drying surface (i used paper plates). dip each pear in by gently holding the stem and spinning the pear while keeping the tub tipped to one side.
step four : let the pears dry and fix any weird spots with a brush if you’d like. in order to not have the pears dry onto the plates, i picked them up and moved them every 20 minutes or so.
step five : stamp or handwrite your name cards, attach to elastic and knot onto the pear stems. i’ve had these tiny alphabet stamps from china for months and finally got to use them.
hope you had a fun halloween! i’ll be posting my costume later, which believe it or not — was not part of my many weeks of costume ideas. (or you can just see it on my instagram)
more importantly… i’m cold!! now that it’s gotten just a little colder in la — our apartment is freezing so i’ve been bundled up for weeks. today’s wish list is all about cozy.
one . i’ve been wanting these giselle pajamas forever. maybe i should take the plunge this year.
two . from september to april, if i’m at home, i’m wearing big thick ragg socks. i took a lot of my dads.
three . these linen slippers are so handsome – i’d probably leave the house wearing them.
four . i’m very into the three wick candles, that’s like 300% more candle. and i love the black tin.
five . i’ve always wanted a chemex coffee maker. it’s the most fancy way to make coffee ever, right?
six . loving the simple pattern on this peach linen throw. i want to bundle up in it and not move.