Category Archives: DIY projects

DIY Faux Cowhide Rug [guest post]

I’m always amazed at how quickly a month flies by!  That means I’m over at Homecoming today sharing my latest DIY.  If you’re an animal lover, but fan of cowhide rugs then this project is right up your alley.

how to diy a faux cowhide rug


In less than 15 minutes, I made this vinyl faux cowhide rug.  Can’t you hear all the cows in the world breathing a collective sigh of relief?   Swing on by to check out the full tutorial.



instagram picture holder

instagram picture holders made from scrap wood

Today I’m back at Kayla’s Homecoming sharing how I made these easy instagram picture holders.  If you have thousands of pictures floating around your hard drive like I do, then you might want to check out this post.  All you need are a few pieces of scrap wood and a chop saw!

I am also sharing how I created my own Polaroid-inspired pictures [remember those ancient things?].

I hope to see you over there!




diy starburst wall decor

I often get asked how I come up with my DIY ideas and projects.  I usually answer that question with, “I have no idea!”  The honest answer though is much clearer.  Probably like a lot of you, I flip through countless home decor+design magazines [West Elm, HGTV magazine, Ballard Designs just to name a few].  I also scan regularly through a few of my favorite websites and e-magazines [Target and Lonny].

Today I’m sharing a prime example of how inspiration becomes another DIY project.

diy abstract starburst

I was itching to create something easy yesterday so I clicked on the decor tab of Target’s website and spotted this: nate berkus star burst wall decor

I am addicted to almost anything Mr. Nate Berkus designs and this abstract starburst wall decor is no exception.  Plus I love that it’s free-form and a new take on the overly-popular starburst mirror+ brass sea urchin decor.  So, I had my inspiration.  Now comes the brain storming on how to re create it.  Off to the garage for supplies!

diy starburst wall decor made from bamboo skewers

I then started snipping off the sharp pointy end of the bamboo skewers with kitchen scissors.

diy abstract starburst wall decor

After doing this to about 40 skewers I started creating the abstract starburst.  I used a scrap piece of vinyl to protect my work surface.  I suggest using something tough like vinyl, maybe aluminum foil might work well too, since your piece will slide off easily.  Next I simply glued 3 skewers together to create a base.

how to make a diy starburst wall decor

make your own diy abstract starburst wall decor

The rest is so easy.  Just glue your bamboo skewers on wherever you think looks best.  Just be sure to glue each skewer on at least 2 points so it’s secure.

nate berkus inspired abstract starburst wall decor

Once I had the size and appearance I liked, I let the glue completely dry for a few minutes.  Then I grabbed a spatula and shimmied the starburst off.  Since I used hot glue, of course I was left with those nagging threads and globs of glue.  Just pull both off gently.

diy abstract starburst wall decor_nate berkus inspired

I had a ton of leftover lollipop sticks from my jewelry organizer project so I decided to use them to create another starburst.  I simply followed the above steps.

diy nate berkus inspired starburst wall decor

Once I was done creating both starbursts, I took them outside to spray paint each.  I chose to make one black and one gold.

how to make an easy abstract wall art

nate berkus diy abstract wall decor

The hardest part of this project??  Finding the perfect spot to hang them!

diy wall decor_nate berkus inspired starburst

Since these weigh about as much as a marshmallow, you can attach them to the wall using a tiny nail.  The gold starburst measures 13″x13″ and the black 9″x12″.

diy starburst wall decor nate berkus inspired

diy wall decor_abstract starburst

make your own abstract starburst wall decor

From start to finish, this project took all of 20 minutes.  Just enough time to scratch that “I-must-create-something-today-or-I-will-go-crazy” itch.  If you haven’t noticed, I try to keep most of my DIY’s to 30 minutes or less so my kids don’t feel ignored and I don’t feel guilty for having creative Mama time.

diy abstract starburst


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