Would you believe that this bad boy took me all of $50 and approximately 3 hours to complete? It's true! All you need is marbled paper from the craft store, plus Modge Podge. NOTE: Don’t do this if you have awesome walls. We do not. In fact, our walls have layers of wallpaper living below paint.
* Photo by Joe Tighe
Shower curtain wall art
Big, beautiful, and truly unique. That's this guy in our bedroom. I spotted the giant frame for $30 at JoAnn's, and the awesome floral shower curtain at Urban Outfitters. I love that the fabric references a vintage print, but the colors and the scale make it feel modern.
Drawer liner coasters
I love this drawer liner SO much. Here's why: 1. It's cool weave-like pattern. 2. It’s rubberized and can withstand moisture, dirt, etc. 3. It's super cheap at Home Depot. To make these coasters, I cut the liner and foam core into triangles, then used hot glue to bind them together.
Decoupaged family photo plate wall
My husband Andrew and I come from a long line of couples we admire. To honor their marriages at our wedding, we decoupaged copies of wedding photos onto vintage plates, which we hung on a wall that we covered with vintage wallpaper from eBay.
* Photo by John Dolan
Horse tablecard holders
This was a wild idea that turned out to be a hit at our wedding. We spent days drilling holes in the backs of more than 200 plastic horses, then spray painted them gold and used wires to hold the cards in place. The next obvious step: building a pasture for the horses out of sod and a DIY white fence.
* Photo by John Dolan
Soda can vases
Turn trash into treasure with some white and gold paint. I sprayed these three cans in white paint, then used tape and gold paint to create graphic lines in varying widths.
Did you know that faux moss comes on a roll? And you can cut it into placemats? That's what I did here for a ladies luncheon. I even added extra foliage that I'd spray painted gold to one side of the placemat using hot glue. Pretty and pretty dang simple.
* Photo by Carolina Mariana
Paint swatch holiday gift tags
Why spend money on tags when you can reuse free paint swatches from Home Depot? I love how these jazz up basic kraft paper and kitchen twine with color and graphic appeal.
I'd say the best craft supplies in life are free. In this case, I picked pinecones from a nearby park, spray painted them gold (along with the jar lids), then hot glued them to a trio of glass jars.
Heart light wall
For Valentine's Day, I taped Christmas lights to the wall in the shape of a heart, then poked the lights through a piece of kraft paper trimmed in washi tape. After dinner, we turned the room's lights off, then sat below the glowing heart, wine in hand.
I love emoji almost as much as I love stationery. I took photos on my phone of the emoji keyboard, then emailed the photos to myself so I could print the images out on sticker paper. I cut the images out, then arranged them in phrases. My favorites are a tie between "It's raining men, hallelujah" and "Quit playing games with my heart."
I traced a shoe cookie cutter (yes, this is something I own) onto a piece of paper to create a stencil. Then I used the stencil and a white grease pencil to trace the design onto a cheap floor mat from Home Depot. I used paint and a thin brush to make the lines more distinct, then sprayed the whole thing with hairspray to seal the paint.
Heart paper lantern
To make this little number in about 30 minutes, you need a lantern, plus pretty paper, a heart-shaped craft punch, and rubber cement. Pretty sweet, right?
Neon paper tulip wall
You know those cheesy white tissue paper wedding bells? I realized that when you turn them upside down and open them halfway, they resemble flowers. I painted them in fun colors, and taped them to a wall and added green tape stems.