Gold Leaf Antlers

I’m always looking for little trinkets when I’m out shopping to decorate with.  Whether it be a cute vase, candle or a vintage bowl. If it catches my eye, it comes home with me! I have been seeing deer antlers used as decor forever now and love the touch of nature that they add so naturally I need to have them!  I tried looking on Etsy for some but couldn’t find what I was looking for and then I was all “Umm Cindy, did you forget your father is a hunter??” So off to Pops I went and BAM, there in his office was a deer’s antler! It wasn’t as big as I would like but it would do.  I’ve informed him and my brother to keep their eyes open while they’re out.  So here is the antler I confiscated.

Gold Leaf AntlerPretty simple but I wasn’t feeling whatever was going on at the end there. Maybe it’s just me but leftover caracas doesn’t really scream coffee table decor. Here is where the gold leafing came in.  I could have tried to saw it off or go with another approach but let’s get real, if you can make it gold, make it gold! 

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I started by dabbing the adhesive pen all around the area and then waited about 45 minutes for it to be tacky.

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Once it was dried enough I used the sponge brush to add the leafing. 

Gold Leaf AntlerI’m happy with the way it turned out.  I’m hoping to get a bigger one at some point but for now it fits perfectly! 

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed your New Year festivities and are feeling the sense of accomplishing great things in 2014! I have set a few goals for myself for 2014 and am excited to see where life takes me this year!  I’ll be back next week to share a quick gold leaf project and another Ikea hack I did! In the meantime you can follow along in all my other craziness on Instagram

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{DIY} Glittered Headband

Tomorrow night we will be ringing in the new year and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store! I have been planning my New Years outfit and of course I had to add some glitz and glam to it!  When I was looking for some ribbon last week for my gift wrapping I was struck with the idea to make a headband.  I had a roll of elastic and plenty of ribbon so I thought it would be a perfect accessory for this holiday season.  All you need to accomplish this is a ribbon that’s about 3/4″ wide, an elastic band and hot glue.

DSC_0064I cut out 10″ of elastic and wrapped it under my head to see where it landed.

bandNext I measured the ribbon from the top to where it would meet the elastic and cut what I needed. Then I simply hot glued the two pieces together.

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It’s a fun way to add some sparkle to your holiday night out or any time for that matter!

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Here’s wishing you all a magical and wonderful New Year!! 

A Year in Review

Hi beauties! I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays! I thought I would sweep in here on a Sunday and share some of my favorite posts of 2013! We are approaching the end of 2013 and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to do a wrap-up of the year and take a look back! If you’re new to M2S you can always go through the archives on the sidebar or check out my top tabs! Thank you all for making 2013 so wonderful and I can’t wait to share more goodies with you in 2014!! 

Made2Style 2013

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Winter Wreath 2013

It’s Friday, woohoo! Break has officially begun and I’m headed to the mall to pick up some last minute gifts (wish me luck!).  But before I head out I had to come and share the last of my holiday crafts! I like to think I saved the best for last. In case you missed the title it’s my winter wreath! Last year I made my Snowman wreath which is out again this year.  My favorite thing about that wreath was that after the holidays were over I was still able to keep it up because he was more of a winter wreath than a Christmas one. I wanted to do the same thing this year.

My inspiration for this years wreath came from a post that Censtational Girl did. I had this idea to do felt snowflakes on my wreath and here is what I came up with! 

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Once I had all the snowflakes cut it was super easy to put together. The tough part was cutting out the snowflakes.  Well, it wasn’t so much tough as it was tedious. I used a white wool felt fabric and a snowflake that I printed and put on card stock that I used as a tracer. I cut a few out every night here and there while catching up on some shows.

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photo 2I used a very fine black marker and cut inside the marker so that you wouldn’t see the black on the snowflake.  Once I had all of them, about 50, I took the felt and cut strips and wrapped it around the foam wreath form.

DSC_0100After that I just used small pins to hold the snowflakes onto the form. Then I just hot glued the bow on top and used floral wire to make a hook so I could hang it! 

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WreathWhile the red bow is quite festive, once the holidays are over I’m planning on taking it out and replacing it with something a little less Christmas and more winter! Of course I’ll let you know what I end up doing! 

Linen Christmas Tree

So here’s the thing about me: I like to make things.  I get called many things…creative, inspiring, cheap, penny pincher, crazy.  You know all sorts of names.  The truth is I like to challenge myself.  I don’t necessary makes things because I don’t want to spend the money on buying it but sometimes let’s be honest I can so make that for the fraction of the cost! Other times I see something and I think to myself “Oh, I could totally make that”. And not because I want it and don’t feel like spending the money but because I like the challenge of seeing if I can actually make it. I know, I’m weird. 

With that said, I was in Target the other day for what was probably the third time that day week. As I was perusing the home decor aisle I came across this cute tree.

photo 1 Immediately I thought, “I could totally make something like that. What is it, a styrofoam tree and some fabric. BAM I’m gonna make that.” And so I bought me a styrofoam tree and used some leftover linen that I had and made me one.

I tried doing the whole oval shaped bottom but I was just free handing it and so I decided to go with a pointy bottom rather than a rounded one.  I started by covering the bottom all around with my linen and then cut little triangle points on strips of the fabric.DSC_0053Once I had all the strips cut out I laid them on top of one another and on the back side I taped them so they wouldn’t budge.

photo 2For the top I just hot glued a small piece of fabric flat down.

photo 3Once that was done I just wrapped the whole thing around the tree and pinned it into place. I made a few snips with my scissors where there was some extra unneeded fabric and curled up some of the triangles.  It’s not exact and it’s certainly not perfect but I kinda love how organic and imperfect it is! 

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What inspires you? 

Brown Paper Wrapping

Happy Wednesday guys! Hope your enjoying the last week before Christmas! I wanted to come in today to share some tips in wrapping gifts because we all know that wrapping gifts can always be a daunting task. Especially when you wait to do all the gifts together rather than wrapping as you buy (guilty). Now if you are not like me or even if you are and you’re looking for a different approach to wrapping rather than the festive paper then you have come to the right place! One of the cheapest ways of wrapping is using brown kraft paper.  You can easily buy a 30lb. roll for about $25. It’s so easy to have fun with kraft paper especially if you are a crafter because you can pretty much use whatever you have on hand to decorate it.  If not then you can hit up any craft store and get little trinkets like ribbon, glitter, paint and anything else that tickles your fancy! Here are some gifts that I put together for inspiration!

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For this one I used the eraser on a pencil to make little polka dots with white paint.  Then I decided to add some drops of glue on top of some of the dots and add gold glitter. Then I wrapped it in ribbon and a cute bow I found at Michael’s.

Brown Paper WrappingUsing some burlap and a tree filler gave this next box a festive look.

Brown Paper WrappingAfter finding this white and gold bakers twine in the dollar bin section at Target I wrapped it around the gift and then glued a snowflake that I painted and a little gold acorn.

Brown Paper WrappingFor this little guy I used some leftover linen fabric that I had. I frayed the edges, wrapped a glittered ribbon I had and added a small wooden snowflake. It’s my favorite. 

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Inspired yet…

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Are you overwhelmed with wrapping gifts? Do you think you’ll give kraft paper a try?