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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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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My Calm, Minimalist Nursery

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

How to Be More Organized

“I always carry lots of stuff with me wherever I roam, always weighted down with books, with cassettes, with pens and paper, just in case I get the urge to sit down somewhere, and oh, I don’t know, read something or write my masterpiece.” -Elizabeth Wurtzel, author

The creative process and organization are closely aligned. While the word “organized” may make some people think of a grey, stifled office cubicle filled with dead-looking filing cabinets, you can be organized in such a way that promotes the creative process. The trick requires balancing the process with the end result. Essentially, you need to use organization as a tool to aid creativity without stifling your energy.

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If you’re wondering how to be more organized then, these easy tips can guide some big changes.

Types of Disorganization

Understanding the cause of your disorganization can help you avoid future challenges. According to Forbes magazine, several types of disorganization pervade our spaces.

  • Clutter
  • Personal Administration
  • Time Management
  • Never Reaching Goals

Which one of these sounds the most like you?

In general, clutter overwhelms most people. The sheer volume of stuff requires time and energy to maintain. That makes organization much harder. So, during this process, you’ll likely find yourself learning how to let things go.

How to Be More Organized

Organization start by setting up simple rules. These little mantras can guide you through the daily decisions. You’ll learn how to be more organized with time and that will aid your creative process.

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1. Give Up on Your Dreams

Cut out the “someday” projects and focus on the things that you can do now. This points your energy toward your real passions.

A certain kind of clutter comes from “someday” projects. You may have a list of hobbies you’d like to start. Or you bought supplies for a big idea. These dreams come with manuals, tools and supplies that fill up your space.

They often bog down your ability to actually get things done. Your to-do list becomes so long. It paralyzes you. You’ll find yourself avoiding organization because you have so many half-finished things on your mind.

Questions to Ask

  • When did I first decide to do this?
  • Why do I want to do this?
  • How do I feel when I think about doing this?
  • How much time have I already put in?
  • What would I lose if I quit?

Based on those answers, you might find that you’re not really interested anymore. If that’s the case, you should think about directing your energy toward something that aligns with your current passions.

So, give up on your “dreams.” If you really wanted to do them, you would have started by now. Get rid of the stuff related to the projects that you keep putting off.

And you can always come back to them if your find a passion again.

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2. Stay Ugly

Don’t wait until you have a perfect studio with a beautiful planner and impeccable shelving. Make a system that works now. Make it pretty later.

Most people hate the daily task list. It’s just not sexy. Bullet journals, cute planners and kitschy calendars can help motivate us. But sometimes, you just need an ugly, ugly list and a ugly, ugly space.

Ugly List

Write your tasks down somewhere you’ll really use them. Don’t let the process of making a perfect list keep you from making a list at all. Each list should have certain elements to keep you on track.

  • Project Name
  • Due Date
  • Category or Label

This simple notation can really help you get organized, especially over the long term.

Ugly Space

Most of us crave a beautifully organized office space.  But, that can keep you from actually getting things done. Instead of waiting to buy perfect office supplies, organization bins or furniture, you must get organized now.

Find ways to use the things you have or can afford right now, even if they aren’t super pretty. Your reward for keeping things organized will be to get nice storage later.

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3. Kick Your Butt

Set up your own simple rules. Gurus, books and bloggers can make things complicated. Make your own system and stick to it.

Motivational gurus propose a million different methods to stay productive. Instead of applying a pre-packaged philosophy, kick your own butt.

You’re reading this list for a reason. You want a change. So, make a list of rules that work for your life and stick to them. Some of mine are below.

  1. Do It Now: If it takes 5 minutes or less to complete, do it now. Sorting mail, taking out trash or filing papers all fall into this category.
  2. Ask First, Buy Second: Before buying anything, check to see if anyone is willing to loan or give you an item. The less things you have to organize, the more organized you’ll be.
  3. One at a Time: I only tackle one project at a time. That means supplies and tools don’t pile up in work spaces. Once a project is complete then, I can move on to the next thing.

By creating my own list of rules, it’s easier to hold myself accountable. They match the way I want to live and keep me in check.

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4. Procrastinate with Purpose

Organize the easy stuff first. Then, you can get a friend to help you sort out the most challenging organizational issues.

Do you try to eat the frog first? This philosophy works for many people because it encourages them to do the worst, hardest thing at the beginning of the day. However, for organization, it’s important to start small.

Otherwise, your entire organization process can be held up by an organization conundrum. If you identify a huge problem area, leave that for last. To tackle it, you may need to get some help. 

Organize These First

  • Files and Paper: If you don’t have one, get a file box and put hanging folders in it. Make very general categories and put your papers in there now. You can get more complex with subcategories and dates later.
  • Supplies: Group like items together and put them into some form of usable storage.
  • Tools: Gather all your tools by the type of project. Put each in a labelled bin.

Anything that is left is probably a little too complicated to easily box up. You can address those after the basic, easy things have a home.

To keep your  momentum, procrastinate with purpose. Take care of all the obvious organization issues. Throw away the trash. Label the file folders. Sort the tools and supplies. Leave the perplexing issues for later when you have the time and energy to solve the problem fully.

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5. Be Generous

Embrace the positive energy that comes from focusing on others. Give things away. Work on projects that help someone else.

Being organized and a giving spirit are actually aligned. Consider everything in terms of what you have to give.

This can be literal, such as passing along unused supplies. Or it can be figurative, making the most of your time in a way that allows to help others.

Focus on…

  • things that will move you forward. Disorganization can be a symptom that you are clinging to something from your past. You may be able to move on if you give away the things that hold you back.
  • the energy of your space. Your creative process is supported by good emotions. Think about what you can do to make the world better. Then, use that feeling to improve your process.
  • whatever brings you joy. Helping others feels good. Make room for this by freeing up your time and energy, starting with an organized space.

As you begin to declutter your home, make generosity a part of your mantra. You’ll find a new energy invades your space and motivates you to stay organized.

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6. Stop Using Your Brain

Write things down. It frees up your brain. Then, you can actually get things down without wasting time and energy.

This excellent lifehack, encourages you to write things down. Instead of remembering everything, make notes and reference them often. You can do it using an app, bulletin board lists or a trendy bullet journal.

Kaya Ismail at Shopify lists several reasons why you should write things down.

  • It helps you think bigger. He explains, “There’s nothing quite like writing down a startup idea in the middle of a blank page and then branching out with a flurry of ideas.”
  • You’ll learn more. Several studies with students have confirmed that writing aids learning and memory.
  • It frees up mental space. Instead of putting energy into remembering, you can focus on doing.

Instead of putting so much strain on your brain, make your lists do the work. Organized people don’t keep everything in their head. They write it down to preserve mental energy.

Stay in Touch

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for organization. Send me pictures or tell me stories about your space. What are your favorite organization ideas?

Also, don’t forget to share this post if it helped you.

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Brown Paper Packages: Simple Gift Wrapping Tips

Brown Paper PackagesBrown paper packages are one of my favorite things! If you are looking to simplify your gift wrapping, consider making the transition to brown wrapping paper. It creates the perfect backdrop for any gift wrapping design. Also, you’ll only need to store one tube of wrapping paper that you use for all seasons. Then, you can just decorate with your favorite ribbons, markers or baubles to match the occasion. Below are three ideas to dress up brown wrapping paper for Christmas.

1. Put a Bow on It

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Supplies:

  • Brown Wrapping paper
  • Sharpies
  • Hot Glue
  • Scotch Tap
  • Wire Ribbon

Wrap your gift box in plain brown paper. Encircle the gift with one, off center ribbon. Overlapping slightly in the back, tack the ribbon with hot glue. Then, make a simple bow and glue to the front. (You can see similar instructions HERE.) Write the recipient’s name in Sharpie marker on the front. Depending on your style, this can be fancy, rustic or whimsical. Your handwriting, marker color and choice of ribbon create limitless options.

2. Color Pop

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Supplies

  • Brown Paper
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hemp or Twine
  • Used Tissue Paper
  • Sharpie marker

Layering gifts by tying them together creates a classic look. It reminds me of old parcels from vintage holiday cards. To start,  wrap the larger present in brown paper. Then, wrap the smaller present in used or leftover tissue paper. Label the brown package with a sharpie marker. To finish, tie the gifts together with some hemp. The overall effect is simple yet, nostalgic. I like how the wrinkles add a carefree, wabi sabi flair. This option can help you organize your wrapping supplies as you use scrap wrapping and tissue paper.

3. Get Dimensional

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Supplies

  • Brown Wrapping Paper
  • Scotch Tape
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Tissue Paper
  • Craft Glue
  • Pencil

This option utilizes an old-school crafting technique. Start by wrapping the gift in brown paper. Then, cut used tissue paper into small squares, 1.5″ x 1.5″. Use a round item, like a drinking glass, to trace three, staggered circles onto the front of your gift. Then, draw on the wires and tops for your ornaments. Using craft glue, slowly add your small tissue paper squares to the circle. (Step-by-step instructions for this method are HERE.) Once you fill in each circle, the design is complete. Finish by writing the recipient’s name with a Sharpie marker. The options for this design are limitless! You can trace and fill any Christmas shape.

Simple Gift Wrapping Tips

By cutting your gift wrapping paper back to one color, your storage should go down significantly. It creates a blank slate to design new gift decorations for every occasion. With time, you’ll find this method helps you use up old bows, ribbons, flowers and tags because everything matches the simple background. Then, you can switch up your decorations from season to season using whatever supplies inspire you. Below is a roundup of some of my favorite ways to wrap brown paper packages.

Do you use brown paper to wrap your gifts? Comment with your photos.