How to Use a Bulletin Board to Display Jewelry (Tutorial)

When you can see your jewelry, you’re more likely to wear it. That’s why I keep my accessories out in the open. It reminds me to enjoy them every day.

Bonus! I get to see the pretty baubles all the time.

How to Use a Bulletin Board to Display Jewelry

Using a bulletin board to display jewelry is simple. All you need is a few pins and a great looking board. In this example, I customized it with a modern twist on a 90s favorite – splatter paint!

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Time Required: 10-30 minutes

Cost: Free or Minimal

Tools:

  • Paint Brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Drop Cloth

Materials:

  • Bulletin Board
  • White Paint
  • Gold Paint
  • Pins

Instructions

Start with a bulletin board of any size you like. I had previously used this one in an office. So, it was looking a little rough.

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Step 1: Paint it White

Paint the board white. You’ll probably need several coats to get the desired effect. Having done this with both spray paint and acrylic paint in the past, I prefer acrylic. It soaks into the corkboard better.

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Step 2: Protect and Splatter

Pick an area to start splattering the frame. Guard the cork board by putting down paper.

Dip the toothbrush into your gold paint. Then, flick the bristles to create a splatter.

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Step 3: Add Dimension

Drop some larger splatters using a paint brush. Just hang it above and flick it Jackson Polluck style.

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Step 4: Pin and Enjoy

I prefer to use white sewing pins over typical office push pins. They make it easier to hang jewelry. Add your accessories and enjoy.

How do you Display Your Gems?

I’d love to see how you display your gems. Maybe you are using a bulletin board or perhaps, you hang them on a little tree. Whether you keep them out or store them away, I’d love to see how you keep them.

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How to Make Your Own Pom Pom Garland Tutorial

If you’re looking to add a little whimsy to a room, a pom pom garland can do the trick. For my version, I went a little primitive and boho with varying pom pom colors and sizes.

What I love about this tutorial?

It’s easy to make it your own.

How to Make Your Own Pom Pom Garland Tutorial

This tutorial is easy to put together, especially if you already know how to make cute pom poms. You can use up scrap yarn and turn it into something wonderful.

Time Required: 10-30 minutes

Cost: Free or Minimal

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pen or Marker

Materials:

  • White String
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Pom Poms or Yarn
  • 3M hooks

Instructions

If you haven’t already made some, start by making your own pom poms. Then, you are ready to make this garland.

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Step 1: Measure Your Yarn

Determine how long you want to make your garland and the space between your pom poms. For this one, I made it 15 feet long with about 3 inches between pom poms. Cut to length and make marks where you want your pom poms.

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Step 2: Glue Your Poms

Glue Your Pom Poms into place with a single dot. You’ll need to separate each strand slightly. Repeat until you finish.

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My Tip: I decided to make a variety of sizes and do them from large to small going out from the center.

Step 3: Hang and Enjoy

Using a 3M hook, hang your pom pom garland on the wall.

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Show Me Your Garlands

I like light-weight wall hangings that work with 3M hooks. As a renter, you want to avoid putting too many holes in the wall. A pom pom garland is perfect!

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I’d like to see any garlands you have made. Please post in the comments or tag me on Instagram @verderamade.

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Free Download! Calm Desktop Wallpapers

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

Henry David Thoreau

If you follow my blog, you know I talk about decluttering often. I find creativity when I am centered and calm. So, I’ve put together a few device wallpapers that reflect that mindset.

Free Download! Calm Desktop Wallpapers

Just download and enjoy. Click on each image to get the file.

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The Easiest Way to Make a Perfect Pom Pom Tutorial

Pom Pom projects are everywhere! These little puffs form the base for so many cute crafts. I’ve wanted to test out the many methods for a while. So, I put together this little tutorial with my favorite tips.

The Easiest Way to Make a Pom Pom

There are many methods to make a pom pom but, I found this one to be the easiest to use. Also, it works best when you want to use multiple colors of yarn and layer them. It’s easy to make the board and then you can curl up with this craft anywhere.

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This may have some of the cheapest supplies ever.

Time Required: 20 Minutes

Cost: Free or Minimal

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Cup

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Cardboard

Instructions

Putting together these pom poms is easy once you make the weaver. That takes a little time but, you get to use it over and over for each pom pom.

Step 1: Trace Your Circles

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Trace two circles on cardboard. I used a cereal box as my base. A cup can be used as a stencil when you trace.

Step 2: Cut Out Circles

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Cut the circles out of the cardboard. Then, layer them and cut into a C shape as pictured below. They must match.
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Once you’re done, you’ll have two identical C shapes of cardboard.
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Step 3: Set up and Weave

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Place one length of yarn in between your two pieces of cardboard. For this one, I left my string about 10″ in length. You need it to be long enough to stick out the sides for easy tying.
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Start wrapping the yarn around the C shape. Once you get a few wraps, it will hold itself in place. Continue wrapping until the yarn gets thicker.
The thicker the wraps, the denser your pom pom will be.
I wrapped this one until it was about 1.5″ thick.
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Step 4: Separate and Cut

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Trim around the C shape, slicing all the pieces of yarn in half. As you cut, tie the interior string into a little loop. Tighten this loop as you cut. Once you finish cutting, you can tighten the knot completely.
Double knot it. Remove the cardboard rings.
Then, you can trim any stray ends to smooth the shape.
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You can trim the interior strings to finish the piece.

Pom Pom Projects  Start Here

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All the cute projects start with a perfect pom pom. Just spend a few minutes on Pinterest and you’ll quickly see all the possibilities. You can string them together to make a garland. Or you can use them as a base for a puffy wreath. The possibilities are endless!
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Final Tips:

  • Use up scraps from other yarn projects by wrapping them in layers. Just trim the uneven ends after you are done.
  • To make a larger pom pom, just make your ring larger. You can use a bowl or dessert plate as a template for a larger one.
  • Keep the center strings long if you want to tie the pom pom to something. This makes it easier to use on a project like a garland.
I’d love to see what you do with your perfect pom poms. Everyone can find a unique use for these little nuggets. Show me your favorite pom pom projects in the comments!

How to Hack an IVAR (IKEA Hack Tutorial)

If you need slim storage, you can turn an IKEA IVAR into a narrow cabinet with a few simple steps. All you need is the cabinet, furniture legs and some paint. At $70 a cabinet, this is an easy and cost-effective solution to your home organization.

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I put two cabinets side-by-side to make a living room landing space. My husband and I each get our own cabinet. I store art supplies and work files in mine. My husband stores electronics and work files in his.

The best IVAR IKEA hacks transform the cabinet into furniture while capitalizing on the low price of the original piece.

How to Hack an IVAR from Ikea

Hacking an IVAR easily transforms this kitchen cabinet into a unique piece of furniture. You don’t need much to get started.

Time: 1 hr 30 minutes

Cost: $70 – $300

Tools:

  • Screw Driver
  • Paint Brush
  • Hex Key from kit

Materials

  • Screws
  • IKEA IVAR Kit
  • Furniture Legs
  • Paint, Furniture Wax or Polyurethane

Instructions

The best thing about this project? The variations are limitless. All you have to do is purchase unique furniture legs and finish to make the IVAR work in your space.

Step 1: Purchase your IVAR and Assemble

Follow the instructions provided with the kit. The cabinet should be assembled as specified by Ikea.

Step 2: Add Legs

Add your selected furniture legs using the instructions from the leg kit. Most include a metal piece that must be screwed into the bottom of the IVAR cabinet. Then, you can screw the leg into the metal piece.

Step 3: Finish and Style

Paint, wax or polyurethane according to your taste. Mine are currently the raw pine with no refinishing. However there are several cool transformations that you can fine online.

Best IVAR Hacks

I’ve created a board with the best IVAR hacks. Most of these follow a similar design, adding legs to the narrow model. Repin your favorites for inspiration.

 

Show Me Your Inspo!

I’d love to see the IVAR projects that you love most. An IVAR hack is such a great project for any home. Send me links to pins or projects in the comments!

 

How to Make a Felt Star Mobile (Tutorial)

If you are only going to make one project for your baby’s room, this is it!

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Baby’s Eye View of the Mobile

When I thought about decorating my son’s nursery, my DIY spirit tempted me to take on a long list of projects. Realizing that I should focus on simplicity over quantity, I opted to commit to a single project.

What project inspired me most?

I liked the idea of my baby peacefully enjoying a unique mobile that created just for him.

I selected this project after some disappointing shopping. I didn’t see a single mobile that I liked. To begin, I wanted something with a nice look both from the side (for me) and beneath (for baby). Also, I wanted soft colors (for my clean aesthetic) but something eye-catching (for the baby). I wanted it to feel organic but, I needed it to be motorized.

The resulting project was my solution.

How to Make a Felt Star Mobile

Time Required: 45 Minutes

Cost: $30

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

Materials

  • Mobile Hanger (model pictured)
  • Mobile Motor (model pictured)
  • White paper or thin cardboard
  • White string
  • Royal Blue Felt (2 sheets)
  • Dark Grey Felt (2 sheets)
  • Light Grey Felt (2 sheets)

Instructions

Making a felt star mobile requires a trip to the craft store and a little online shopping.

Step 1: Cut Out Stars

I traced and cut out stars on white copy paper. However, you could buy pre-cut stencils for any shape.

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Step 2: Cut Felt Stars

I cut out the stars from the selected felt colors. You’ll need 2 sides for each shape. So, I cut the following:

  • 20 small light grey stars
  • 20 medium dark grey stars
  • 10 large blue stars

Make sure you keep the fabric scraps in a pile to use as stuffing later.

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Step 3: Create the Blue Stars

These stars hang at the bottom of each strand. Using your scissors, poke a hole in the middle of 5 stars. Then, thread the white string through. Stuff each star using fabric scraps and seal it with hot glue. In the end, you should have 5 strings with a big blue star at the bottom.

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Step 4: Add the Grey Stars

Add the grey stars one at a time. They can be spaced about 2 inches apart. You can measure them evenly or vary them for an organic look.

Keep each star in place on the string with a dot of hot glue. Then, glue both sides together around the edges.

Repeat this until you’ve added all the stars for each strand.

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Step 5: Assemble the Mobile

In the end, you should have 5 strands with 5 stars on each. Hang these from your mobile kit by tying a knot on each end. You can hang them evenly or vary the heights.

I chose to vary the lengths for a more whimsical an organic look.

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I attached the mobile to the ceiling using a 3M hook. The small motor plays music and spins the motor. This light-weight mobile spins with the breeze or when the motor is on.

Let’s See Yours

In the end, I created an simple felt star mobile that my baby loves. You can see how this concept can be changed for different colors and shapes. It’s light-weight and whimsical to perfectly match the feel of the room.

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I’d love to see how you decorated your child’s room. Leave a link to your favorite projects in the comments.

How to Deal With Sentimental Clutter

LovecraftProjecting emotions onto objects is an odd quirk of being human. Items themselves can evoke memories from their shape, feel and smell. Some are special and good. Some are unpleasant or weak. Separating meaningful items (even if they aren’t useful) into keep and toss piles can be a stressful and energy sucking process.

In fact, sentimental clutter is usually listed as a separate category of organization. It’s so hard to decide what stays and what goes.

The experts say…

  • Christine Kell: “I put my prom dress on one last time, took a picture, and shared it on Facebook,” says Kell. “People laughed and commented, and that made it easier to get rid of the dress — because it’s really all about your relationships and sharing the memory.” (Source)
  • Marie Kondo: “Hold each item in your hands, as close to your heart as possible,” she says. “And then, pay close attention to how your body responds. When something sparks joy, you should feel a little thrill running through your body, as if your body is somehow slowly rising up to meet the item, embracing it even.” (Source)
  • Joanna Gaines: While going through her kids’ baby clothes, she kept her favorites and tucked them each in a container with a note, “in case they are sentimental like their mama,” she writes on Insta Stories. (Source)

How to Deal with Sentimental Clutter

My process for sentimental clutter is a little different. I go through a process that allows me to identify the emotions and determine what space the objects have in my life. Below are the steps I take to assess each item.

Separate Emotional Items

First, I pull together the clutter that I consider to be keepsakes. These are objects that really don’t have much function and don’t fit as part of my daily life. I put them in laundry baskets. Seeing them together often causes me to reconsider the sheer amount of sentimental items I really need to keep.

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My mother saved this cabinet for me from our childhood home. I updated it with some wood oil and paint to make it a special place in my son’s bedroom.

Pack Away and Take a Test

Next, I pack these items away. I leave them somewhere safe but, where I can’t see them. I put a reminder in my calendar to go back a couple of months later and review the baskets.

When the time comes, I try to make a list of what I packed away without looking. Usually, I can only recall a handful of special things that I set aside. This is a very telling part of the process. It shows what items really matter because they take up some space in my memory.

At this point, I can usually remove some of the items because I have realized they really don’t matter much to me.

Write Down Your Feelings

With the remaining items, I create a list. Next to each, I write little notes about the emotions they give me. Sometimes, the feelings can be complicated or negative. Often the emotions are not ones I want to relive. This helps me get rid of things that don’t make me feel joy.

Display and Enjoy

With anything that is left, I make a plan on how I will display them. Sometimes that means framing things, cleaning them or altering them in some way. Regardless, this means less of those items are actually clutter.

They are now a meaningful part of my home decor with the chance to bring me joy each day.

Tell Me Your Thoughts!

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I’d love to hear about the special items that you choose to keep and display. Do you have something special handed down from a friend or family member? Do you have mementos from special events? Let me know about your favorite pieces and how they came into your life.

Why I Decided to Organize My Life

I consider myself a “Type A” creative person. Some people may call that a contradiction. It kind of is. Basically, I have an artistic side that I express through writing and art. But, I also prefer to work in a meticulous and organized manner.

You won’t find me in a studio filled with piles of inspirational clutter.

“It’s human nature to take the easy route and leap at storage methods that promise quick and convenient ways to remove visible clutter. Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved. But sooner or later, all the storage units are full, and the room once again overflows with things.” – Marie Kondo

Since my first apartment, I became determined to organize my life. Below are the key motivations behind my process.

Why I Decided to Organize My Life

Have you ever stayed in a hotel room for business travel? It’s amazing. With such a neat and maintenance-free space, it’s easy to focus on being productive. You can sit on the bed, hunch at the little desk or put your feet up on the coffee table at the undersized couch. Nothing rests on any surface except the materials you need for your project.

That’s the feeling I wanted to develop in my own home. I wanted a place that allowed me to focus and that meant I needed to get organized.

I desired to be more creative.

I feel very blocked when I am surrounded by mess. Instead of letting my thoughts flow through me, I find myself making lists of things I need to tidy or clean. However, when I am in a tidy space, I can’t help but touch my tools and supplies more thoughtfully. It makes me feel free to create.

I wanted more time.

Disorganization actually sucks up my time. I find myself hunting for things because I don’t know where I put them. Then, that creates stress. And when I finally find the item, I’m annoyed that I had to search for it. Keeping things organized gives me some of my precious time back.

I craved less stress.

Overall, I feel less stressed in an organized home. I’m a Type A list-maker. I need a certain amount of control over my surroundings to feel at ease. Keeping things organized levels out my moods and allows me to enjoy everything I do.

All of this motivated me to organize my life. Now, I spend less time lost in emotions and stressful thoughts. Instead, I get to be more creative and enjoy that process.

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How I Was Able to Organize My House

When I moved into my first apartment, it was a disaster. I had just graduated from college. I had clothes, boxes from my childhood bedroom and one piece of furniture – a desk. The place looked how you would expect. Stuff was everywhere.

Even as I started to acquire normal furniture like a bed, sofa and kitchen table, the place still looked crazy.

“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of live are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I hadn’t lived there very long when my boyfriend sent someone over (unannounced) to pick up something from my place. He didn’t live with me and wasn’t aware that I was spending my weekend tearing things apart, cleaning and trying to deal with my piles of stuff. When my surprise guests arrived, I was so embarrassed!

Even from the front door, you could tell the place was a mess. At that moment, I realized that I wanted a very clean and organized home – one that would be easy to maintain.

How I Was Able to Organize My House

cacd6080636dbd9dd72cf0d276ecd622As someone who works, and always seems to have a side hustle, I don’t want to spend much time maintaining my space. Sure, I have to clean like everyone else. But, I don’t want to move piles around to find things or clean underneath.

So, I developed a system to organize my house and keep it looking good in any situation.

1. Focused Mindset

As I started unpacking my stuff, I realized that I had a lot going. There were craft supplies, art supplies, sewing supplies, old textbooks, clothes, sports equipment, board games, cooking tools and piles of books.

As I considered my situation, I noticed that my possessions weren’t reflective of how I spent my time. I didn’t do massive sewing projects ever. I never looked at my college textbooks. I really preferred to cook simple meals without lots of tools or appliances.

So, I culled my belongings to match how I actually prefer to spend my time. By only keeping the stuff in reach that I actually use daily, my space became more focused.

2. Smarter Storage

For the stuff I rarely used, I developed a pattern for smarter storage. For example, I always have a bin for donations or yard sales. As I pack things away, I find there are items that I’m not sure I want to keep. So, I place those in a “maybe” box along with the items I’m sure that I want to store. This keeps me from endlessly packing and unpacking items that I really don’t want to keep.

3. Manageable Lists

As a list addict, I would fall into that common trap of long, complicated lists. They usually aren’t achievable and bring a feeling of constant defeat. Over time, I changed my mindset and simplified my list-making into a more manageable process. Some of it is similar to Bullet Journaling, where I focus on daily activities and a few long-term goals.

4. Reliable Routine

I must admit that I’ve become a more boring person for the sake of home organization. Meaning – I schedule time to keep things neat. It’s part of my daily, weekly and monthly routine. It starts with putting things back in their place every day. Weekly, I make sure I get rid of items that don’t belong in my home. This is often things that I must return to other people. Finally, I go through my storage monthly. I just do one “problem” space at a time like a cabinet or a shelf. It’s a chance to make sure I’m actually using the things I have put away. By keeping to this regular process, I keep things in check.

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