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DIY Tutorial: Indoor Plant Hanging Pipe Rail

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Tutorial & Images: Ribbons & Bluebirds

Our house is covered in plants. My husband is obsessed with succulents & house plants and while I do love me some green foliage (and what it does for your air quality) we are running out of floor space for all the plants! Enter Ribbons & Bluebirds’ ah-mazing DIY Plant Hanging Rail tutorial – a perfect way to bring the outdoors in, without taking up any floor space! Take it away Jen.

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Spring!!! Spring is finally here, and with the nicer weather comes the return of lush green for your garden. But, you don’t have to wait for nice weather for a splash of greenery in your home, and with this tutorial you can infuse a little colour year round.

I have a confession: I do not have much of a green thumb.  I have too many projects on the go at any given time to remember to water them consistently and between my neglect and the constant attention (read: attacks) of my feline houseguests, plants rarely thrive around here.  In addition, many plants are toxic to both cats and babies, neither of whom have the good sense to not chew on them, so I knew that part of my plant-craving solution had to be to keep the plants up and out of harm’s reach, and requiring no maintenance. So for my tutorial, I placed the rail up a little higher than you may wish and used arrangements of fake succulents, however I think this same concept would be killer in a kitchen to hang herbs!

** NOTE** My lengths are based on spacing of studs in my wall, at 24” on center.  BEFORE YOU BEGIN OR PURCHASE MATERIALS you should determine the stud spacing on the wall you’re intending to use: you need to be able to hit at least 2 studs to properly hold up this rail without trusting to drywall plugs.

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Materials, *should* all be available at your local hardware store:

  • 18” section of ½ dia. basic black pipe, threaded at both ends
  • (2) floor mount plates for ½” dia. pipe
  • (2) 90deg. elbows for ½” dia. pipe
  • (2) 3” straight connectors for ½” dia. pipe
  • 1×4” pine board
  • (8) ¾” #8 screw\
  • (4) 2 ½” #8 screws
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Wood stain (optional)

Tools needed:

  • Saw
  • Power drill and 1/8” drill bit
  • Level
  • Use a stud finder to find studs to mount the hanger on

Step 1. Start by cleaning and assembling your pipe pieces.  Thread the long pipe into one end of each 90 degree elbow, and then thread the 3” extender into the other side.  Make sure that when tight, you have a flat “u” shape, with both 3” pieces coming off of the elbows at a matching perpendicular angle to the straight pipe.  Then screw the floor plates onto the end of the extenders, making sure that the whole assembly sits flat and (reasonably) level.

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If you’re planning to spray paint your rail, go ahead and do that now and let the whole assembly dry.

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Since my wall studs are at 24” on center, I needed the wood rail behind my pipe to be at least 25” long to hit one at each end.  I cut my 1×4 to 25” long using a saw, and then gave it one quick coat of wood stain to better match the other furniture pieces in the room.

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Step 2. Once both pieces are dry, it’s time to pre-drill holes for mounting.  Pre-drilling holes is a great way to make sure that your wood doesn’t split when you install screws, and helps the screws go in much easier in general.  This is especially important here if you’re going to be installing screws only ½” from the ends of the board like I am – the board would definitely have split without predrilling. I marked spots for drilling ½” in from the ends of the board, each 1” away from the top or bottom.  Then, I lay my assembled pipe rail onto the board and marked holes for each of the 4 plate holes.

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Remember how we used a tape flag to mark the depth to drill in the mesh lampshade DIY? Same deal here – I wanted to make sure that I didn’t go through the board for the pipe mounting holes, so I placed a tape flag ½” up my 1/8” drill bit. Once the tape flag was on the bit, I drilled all 8 holes.

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Step 3. I decided to install the pipe rail onto the board before installing the whole thing on the wall, but if your stud configuration means some screws will be behind the rail once installed you may want to attach the board to the wall first.  I used ¾” screws (#8 Robertson head wood screws) to attach the pipe rail assembly to the board.  Then I pre-screwed the wall-mounting screws into the board, to save my scrambling and dropping screws while I was holding the piece up onto the wall for mounting – I was careful here to not drill through the board as I didn’t want to scratch my wall while I was possibly flailing around one-handed holding this thing up on the wall.  I used 2 ½” screws (again, #8 Robertson wood screws) to mount the board to the wall.

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Step 4. Use a stud finder to determine where your studs are in your wall (like I mentioned at the beginning, you may want to check this at the beginning here so you can plan for the length of your pipe rail and placement) and mark them lightly in pencil. Start by drilling one screw into the wall to hold one end fixed, and use a level to make sure your board is straight before you drive the rest of the screws in to hold the rail securely to the wall.

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You’re finished!!  Now have fun hanging plants (or anything else you’d like) off of it!

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A special thanks again to Ribbons & Bluebirds for creating this AH-MAZING DIY tutorial.

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DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow

Happy DIY Wednesday Romancers! I am in a fog of lack of sleep after a bachelorette party weekend in AC and then a quick 2 day trip to Florida to visit Andy’s grandpa. So please excuse my grumpiness, typos, and other sleep-deprived nuances. Today we are sharing the last of our 1 Napkin, 3 Projects DIY tutorial series from Ribbons & Bluebirds. We already covered an adorable DIY Bouquet Wrap and a DIY Fabric Bowtie and for today we have a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow!

Our last project is the ring pillow – the final DIY project to tie together some wedding details. Check out the step-by-step tutorial.

How To Make a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 fabric napkin, at least 16×16” square
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hot glue gun (low heat if you’re like me and end up touching the glue a lot!)
  • Hem tape
  • Ribbon or twine for finishing
  • Cotton batting for stuffing, like you would use for quilting or upholstery.  (If you know you will never use cotton batting again, use jumbo cotton balls instead.)

The last of our napkin DIYs is just as simple as the first two – a ring pillow you can make in half an hour using your iron and hot glue gun!  This is a low key project with lots of ways for you to personalize – add a buttons or appliques, extra ribbons or a band of lace, or just keep it plain and start with a great fabric for personality.

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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1. Start with a corner of your napkin (you may want to refer to your cutting diagram if you’re making all 3 projects) and cut a square keeping the two hemmed edges.

Iron a ¼” fold from the raw edges onto the back of the napkin to create a flap to cover the hem tape.  You may also want to clip the corner to help keep it neat and flat.

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Step 2. Cut your hem tape to fit the length of each raw side, and set it under the ironed ¼” fold.  Use your iron to set the hem tape – refer to the hem tape instructions for exactly how long you should keep your iron over the tape, but when you’re done it will be a secure bond and you will now have 4 finished edges of your square.

Step 3. Starting with the finished corner you just made with the hem tape as the “bottom,” fold the bottom and side flaps towards the middle like you’re making an envelope.  The bottom flap edges want to be slightly overlapped by the two side flaps, as this will help you glue.

Step 4. Starting in the corner with a little extra glue, apply a thin band of hot glue to the bottom flap’s edges one side at a time. Press the side flap over the glue band but be careful not to glue the whole thing to the back of the pouch – you want to make sure the middle stays open to receive stuffing. Repeat this with the other side.

Step 5. Cut a strip of batting that is just narrower than the pouch, and about 2 or 3x as long.  Fold this over on itself a few times, and slide it into the pouch.

Step 6. Fold the top flap down, and secure with hot glue if you would like.

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Finish the pillow with ribbons or twine to hold the rings, and you’re all set!

What do you think!?

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We can’t thank Ribbons & Bluebirds enough for sharing this awesome DIY wedding tutorial series! Let us know if you use them and make your own DIY bowtie, DIY ring bearer pillow or DIY bouquet wrap for your wedding!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Bowtie from a Fabric Napkin

We’re back with Ribbons & Bluebirds and Part 2 of our DIY Tutorial series – 1 Napkin, 3 DIY Projects (Part 1: How to make a DIY bouquet wrap is here). Today we are bringing the second project – how to make a DIY bowtie! If you’ll remember, first you need to cut your initial fabric napkin like so:

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DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Fabric Bowtie

These bowties are SUPER easy, fun to make, and look sharp! I love how choosing different fabrics totally changes the feel of the bowtie, but they all start with the same formula.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 fabric napkin, at least 16×16” square
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hot glue gun (low heat if you’re like me and end up touching the glue a lot!)

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Directions:

Step 1. Cut a rectangle of fabric for your bowtie: standard bowties want a rectangle 4.5 x9”, but you can use any dimensions you want as long as you keep the ratio of width to height 1:2. For my larger bowtie (so you can see it when my super furry dog is wearing it) I went with a 6.5×13” rectangle.

*When you’re cutting the napkin up, save the hemmed edges to use as the center wrap (or be prepared to do some extra ironing with scrap fabric.)

Step 2. Start by folding your napkin length-wise, so that the outside edges will meet in the center. This means your folds are at the ¼ marks in from each edge – for a standard bowtie, this means 1 1/8” in from the edges. Iron those folds nice and flat.

Then do the same thing in the short direction – fold the edges inwards so they meet in the center. For a standard bowtie, this means you’re folding at 2 1/4” from the edges. Iron these folds flat too.

Step 3. Now comes the glue-up! I like to pre-pinch the bowtie, to get the fabric used to folding the right way before I add hot glue since you need to work fast for maximum stickiness. Once you’ve got a shape you like, start by adding two lines of glue in the center of the back, and pinch the middle of the bowtie while it dries. Then, glue each top flap down (glue goes on the front.) When you’re finished this step, the bowtie should hold its shape even when you put it down.

Step 4. To finish, glue one end of your saved hemmed edge (or a ribbon, or a piece of scrap that you’ve ironed the raw edges inward…or whatever you want!) onto the back of the tie. Wrap it around the front, back to the back, trim, and glue the end in place. If you want to make a loop (like if you bowtie is for a dog collar) then instead of trimming, wrap your finishing fabric around one more time, and glue on the underside.

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You’re all done! If you wanted this bowtie to have a clip, you can glue one right onto the back with your hot glue so it’s ready to wear.

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Wasn’t that EASY?! A perfect way to match your bouquet to your four-legged friend! Especially if he or she is going to be a part of your wedding day. A special thanks again to Ribbons & Bluebirds for sharing yet another, super awesome DIY tutorial with us!

Ask the Crowd: Help a Bride to Be with her DIY Dilemma!

I get all sorts of emails from readers (which I LOVE) and I love trying to answer the questions they pose in any way I can. However, a recent email stumped me and I suggested that I blog about her issue to see if any of my super awesome & crafty readers might have a solution. Robin writes:

Hi! I love your blog (I remember your booth at the LGBT wedding expo earlier this year — so great that you were there!) and when I came across this particular dilemma I wondered if you might have a suggestion — perhaps even one that could make a future DIY tutorial?

I have a DIY accessory dilemma. I’d like to use my mother’s wedding pearls in a hairpiece or other accessory for my own big day. Obviously I need to keep them intact — no glue, etc. I thought I might attach individual pearls to bobby pins with jewelry wire. However, my mother presented me with the necklace and I realized there was a problem: The pearls were stuck together by a jeweler many years ago to keep them from sliding loose around the chain. Now I’m not sure if I can use them for my wedding. I don’t want to wear them as a necklace. Any ideas?

Here are the images of the necklace, including a close-up so you can see where the pearls are stuck together:

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So what do you think Romancers?!!? Any idea for helping Robin out with turning this beautiful necklace into a hairpiece? Leave comments below with your ideas and then hopefully we can make it into a DIY Tutorial to share on the blog!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make an Indoor Herb Garden

We are kicking off the first DIY Wednesday with a step-by-step DIY indoor herb garden tutorial courtesy of my awesome husband! We saw this idea on Pinterest a while ago, and after finding some old wood in our back alley (seriously), Andy decided he was going to attempt to make one for us.

The project ended up coming out so awesome that I immediately asked [forced/nagged] him to make a tutorial that I could blog. Thanks again to Andy for putting this DIY tutorial together!

How to Make a DIY Indoor Herb Garden

Materials:

  • Reclaimed wood plank (or any piece of wood you prefer to use)
  • Sand paper
  • Plumbing clamps (x 4) – Make sure you get something that will fit the diameter of your Mason jars.  I used a 3”-5” clamp, which was probably a little too big, so make sure you get the right size.
  • Wood screws – I used ½ inch #8 wood screws, but your size should depend on the thickness of the wood you’re using.  You want something that will go as far into the wood as possible without coming out the back.
  • Mason jars (4)
  • Something to fasten the herb garden to your wall.  I used 1-1/2”-2” wood screws and drilled directly into the wall studs, but some hollow wall anchors would work too if you don’t have a stud finder.

Tools:

  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Level (or something to draw a straight line)
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Drill (if you have one, otherwise you can get by with a screwdriver)
  • Scrap piece of wood

Step by Step Directions:

Step 1. Lightly sand your piece of wood to get rid of any loose debris and clean it up.

Step 2. Cut your piece of wood to the appropriate length.  For my project, a 29” piece worked perfectly, but it’s really personal preference.  Make sure you measure the wall where you plan to put the herb garden so you know how much space you have to work with.

Step 3. Use a piece of chalk to draw a horizontal line directly across the center of your piece of wood.  You’ll use this as a marker to center the holes for your clamps so they’re evenly placed on the piece of wood.  I recommend using chalk instead of a pencil as you can easily wipe away the chalk guideline with a damp paper towel when you’re done.

Step 4. Take the total length of your piece of wood and divide it by 5 (assuming you’re using 4 jars… if you’re using more, divide the total length by one more than that total number of jars you have).  For my length of 29”, that came to 5.8”.  With your chalk, draw an ‘X’ or some sort of marker every 5.8”.  This will used as a marker to evenly space out your clamps.

Click inside for the rest of our DIY Indoor Herb Garden Tutorial!

My DIY Fabric Flower Sash Tutorial

Last week I shared some DIY Flower Sash tutorials & inspiration. Last week I went to work, attempting to make one myself, to dress up a little black dress I was planning on wear for a wedding I was attending.

For today’s DIY Wednesday post – I thought it would be fun to share how my fabric floral belt came together – and add my own DIY tutorial with how I ended up making it!

How to make a DIY Fabric Flower Belt or Sash

 

First, using the research I did the previous week, I ended up using a combination of these two DIY Fabric Flower Sash tutorials. One from Monkey See Monkey Do and the other from Bromeliad.

Materials:

  • long strips of fabric [approx 4 inches wide and ranging in length depending on size of your flowers]
  • scissors
  • needle & thread
  • hot glue & hot glue gun
  • card stock
  • ribbon
  • industrial velcro

Because my fabric strips weren’t long enough – I cut three out and sewed two together so that I could end  up with one larger flower and one smaller flower:

This is a shot of my extra long piece – it was probably 3-4 feet long [sorry I didn’t measure!!]

Next, fold the fabric strip in half and hand sew thread across the bottom, along the cut edges. I made loops of about one inch:

As you sew you will start to see that the fabric strip will begin to bunch up. This is OK! This is supposed to happen to make the fabric eventually form a flower.

Here is a shot of the final sewn fabric:

The next part I struggled with BIG time. This was taking the sewn fabric [above] and forming it into something that looked like a rose or flower. I ended up taking one end, and sort of just gathering the fabric in a circular pattern. This make take some practice and a couple tries!

Once I had something that faintly resembled a fabric rose, I went to town with hot glue. I cut a piece of card stock into a small square, threw some hot glue on it and delicately placed my fabric flower onto the square.

From there I added more hot glue into the flower to make sure it was all going to stick/stay in place on the card stock.

I trimmed the card stock a bit so that you couldn’t see it. Then I hot glued the two flowers to the end of a piece of purple, satin ribbon.

Then I used industrial velcro to finish off the belt. [A lot of other tutorials just tied the belt into a bow at the end – I thought about buttons or snaps, but had the velcro on hand, so I just used that. I think I might go back and use snaps instead :) – FYI]

I measured the ribbon around my waist and then SNIP, I cut the end and place the other piece of velcro there.

And VOILA! A beautiful hot pink fabric flower sash that added a bit of modern whimsy to my little black dress! I thought they ended up matching the shoes pretty well too! You could easily make this DIY fabric flower belt to snazz up a dress or even to snazz up your bridesmaids dresses!

Enjoy!

 

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