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DIY Marble Gold Trim Serving Tray

Happy 2016! I can't believe I haven't shared anything in almost two months! With the holidays, Etsy orders, and work, things just got really busy, and I just didn't have time to share any of my DIYs! But - it's a new year, and I have a lot of resolutions. I made a 2016 "bucket list" that I want to complete. I also want to be more decisive. And, I just want to do more of what makes me happy and healthy - really lean into the people, activities, and things that give me joy and keep me going.

And that means, more DIYs, more art, more adventures...starting with this marble gold tray!

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DIY Woven Macrame Planter Wall Hanger

I used to discover a lot of DIY ideas on Pinterest, but now I find myself saving a lot of pictures from Instagram! One of these DIY inspirations came from Nalani of @knottybloom, who sells these beautiful macrame plant hangers on Etsy! I wanted to try my hand at macrame, so I decided to attempt one of my own, and I think it came out pretty good!

I have quite a few succulents, so for this hanger, I decided it would hold a vase - motivating me to buy fresh flowers regularly! As for the project itself, I think the trickiest part was making sure it fit perfectly to my vase. The knotting itself was quite simple - I only used two different macrame knots, both of which are very easy!

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DIY Woven Wall Hanging Tapestry

I have been SO excited to share this DIY with you! After actively following Apartment Therapy and seeing all of these cute wall hangings in the featured apartment tours, I knew I HAD to have one. The weaving itself took a lot longer than expected - several hours over the course of several weekends - but it was totally worth it! As much as I wanted to finish, I started to feel like the process was fairly meditative. I could weave while watching TV, listening to podcasts, or even sitting outside in the sun. 

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DIY Hanging Belt Shelf with Reclaimed Wood

I am so so so excited to share this project; I haven't been this proud of one of my DIYs in a very long time! This wall shelf, made from recycled wood and excellent thrifted leather belts, came out even better than I had expected. Not only does it fit perfectly in narrow wall space I placed it, but it also fits perfectly with the look I'm trying to create in my apartment: a perfect balance of DIY, modern industrial, rustic, and slightly feminine. Can you tell I'm having trouble identifying my interior design "style"? :)

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DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

It probably comes as a surprise to NO ONE that I have lots of jewelry, especially necklaces! I don't think I buy jewelry often, but I keep pieces for a long time and probably make several pieces of jewelry every year. It always drove me nuts to keep my necklaces in a regular jewelry box, because they always got tangled and I'd spend 10 minutes every few weeks trying to separate a necklace I wanted to wear that day, tracing where each chain or string was going. One day, I thought of a solution - a closet, but for necklaces, where each necklace had its own "hanger"! 

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Rustic Modern DIY Pipe Towel Bar

I moved into a new apartment about a month or so ago, and I've had a lot of fun decorating and furnishing my home. It's a little bit difficult and slow, since I've prioritized a few goals in the process: minimize consumption (i.e., buy used), try to make things, and be frugal. This means that many of the projects on my DIY to-do list are home-related, and I'm very excited to share my first - a towel rack made from pipes! Inspired by several Pinterest posts and Etsy shops, this towel rack is perfect for a modern, industrial, and/or rustic look, and has much more character than your standard chrome bar from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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DIY Utensil Holder Jewelry Organizer (from Brit + Co)

A few weeks ago, my friend Meghan and I went to a free event hosted by Brit + Co and Close5. Brit + Co has awesome DIY tutorials, but I especially love that they sell DIY kits and host a lot of events. I've gone to their RE:Make fair, which hosts really cool local artisans and sets up tables with easy-to-follow DIY projects. This event that Meghan and I attended was equally well-organized, with food catered from Bi-Rite and prototypes for us to draw inspiration from!

This tutorial is super easy, and cheap, and might I say creative? Talk about taking on a new perspective - you can barely recognize that this jewelry organizer was once meant for utensils!

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DIY Woodburned, Painted, or Stamped Wood Slices

I've started following a few fellow Etsy-ers on Instagram, and it's SO fun. I get lots of inspiration for new projects, and it's honestly really cool to see how AWESOME some people are at such unique things. Three of my favorite discoveries are: The Dapper Jackalope, who makes the cutest and quirkiest illustrations; Be Good Natured, who makes incredibly realistic wool felt portraits of animals (you HAVE to see this!); and Forage Workshop, who creates really cool wood slice ornaments! 

So, when brainstorming Mother's Day gifts a couple weeks ago, I was inspired by the Forage Workshop and decided to try making wood slice coasters for my mom. I didn't have any fancy supplies, so I originally just painted them. But then, they were so cute, I decided to experiment with some other methods of decorating the wood, including stamps and woodburning. Stamping is definitely the easiest in terms of effort and dexterity required, while painting and woodburning are a little bit more advanced. Read on below to see how they turned out!

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