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The Look for Less: Embroidered X Pattern Throw Pillow

Have you guys seen the new Hearth & Hand home decor collection by Magnolia at Target? Woah. It is pretty amazing!!! There are so many cute pieces and the prices are pretty reasonable. I especially love this cute little embroidered x pattern throw pillow!

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If you haven’t checked out the collection yet, you have to see it. I think I need one (or two) of everything. Like this doormat, these striped napkins, this wreath, etc. It is like Joanna Gaines crawled into my brain and stole all of my neutral lovin’ home decor ideas. And then made a home decor line with them. *wink*

X Pattern Throw Pillow

Check out how I turned a Hearth & Hand placemat into a cute embroidered x pattern throw pillow.

Hearth & Hand Placemat

I’m always on the lookout for a good deal. So, when I found a placemat from the same line that was the exact pattern of the pillow for only a quarter of the price, I scooped up the opportunity to get the look for less.

Placemat Price Comparison

If you come across a cute fabric placemat that you love, chances are you can make it into a throw pillow. (I’ve done this before and it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get a stylish pillow for your space.)

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

double sided fabric placemat | seam ripper | cotton batting | needle & thread

To start, take a seam ripper and pull out the stitching on one side of the placemat, about 4 inches long. (Or just big enough to slip your hand into.)

Using a Seam Ripper

Next, stuff the pillow! (I decided to go the cheap route and just pulled apart an old bed pillow to use as stuffing.) Fill that puppy up until it is sufficient to your liking.

Pillow Stuffing

Finally, it is time for a little sewing. Using a needle and thread matching the pillow color, hand stitch the opening closed.

Hand Stitch Pillow

Voila!  That’s it!

Hearth and Hand Placemat Pillow

These placemat pillows are so easy to make and you can whip up several of them in no time.

Upcycle Placemat Into Pillow

I just love the neutral style of these embroidered x pattern throw pillows. They are the exact look of the Hearth and Hand version for only a fraction of the cost!

DIY Lumbar Throw Pillow

Although, I probably didn’t need any more pillows, I’m so happy that I found this little inexpensive hack. My husband may not be quite as thrilled, since he considers me a pillow hoarder, but I’m sure he appreciates the fact that I saved some money in the pillow acquiring process!

Not feeling crafty?

Buy the original embroidered x pattern throw pillow here!

Simple Ribbon Heart Place Card

Originally published on Feb. 1, 2016. I’ve put a lot of projects on this blog over the past couple of years, many of which are pretty detailed and take quite a bit time. But I absolutely love an easy project and today’s is just that. This simple ribbon heart place card requires minimal supplies and is super quick to whip up.

Ribbon Heart Place Card

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Here’s what you need:

(I found these pretty, neutral ribbons a few weeks ago at World Market and knew I had to have them in my stash.)

Neutral Ribbons

To start, cut two equally sized pieces of ribbon. Mine were about 5 1/2 inches each.

Cut Ribbons
Next, using the hot glue gun, place a small line of glue at one end of a ribbon. Press the ends of the ribbon together to make them stick. Do the same to the other ribbon.

Gluing Ribbon Ends

Then, run a small bead of glue along one side of one ribbon and attach the other ribbon to it to create a heart shape.

Hot Glue Ribbon Heart

To make the name tag, cut a small banner shape from a piece of paper and use the alphabet stamps and stamp pad to write the name.

Small Alphabet Letter Stamps

Finally, add a dab of glue to the middle of the heart and attach the paper banner. Aren’t these cute?

Place Setting Heart Place Card

These would be perfect for a party or even for a Valentine’s Day dinner. And, you could always change the wording on the paper to fit whatever occasion you choose. So many possibilities!

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Book Page Candle Holder

This month, I’m joining up for my first Create & Share Challenge, hosted by Casa Watkins and Pocketful of Posies!

So wait… what is this challenge?

Well, participants are tasked with using their personal decor style to create a project centering around one main item.  And this month, we are working with candles! For this project,  I chose to share the Book Page Candle Holder that I whipped up a few months ago.

Book Page Candle Holders

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I love candles of all kinds and it is so much fun to decorate with them.  Especially when they look pretty and match your existing decor. So many yummy scents, but also tons of styles and colors. Taper, pillar, tealight, oil, soy, square, round. The possibilities are endless. There are even battery powered candles, which is what I chose to work with for this project.

To make these super simple book page candle holders, you will need:

I started out by cutting out the book pages and trimming around the text so there were fewer blank spaces. (If you don’t want to cut apart a real book, you can find printable pages online.) Then, after measuring my candle holders, I cut the pages to the correlating height.

Paint Book Pages With Mod Podge

I used 3 page pieces for one candle holder, but you may prefer to use more or less.

Paint Brush Glue Book Pages

Using a paint brush, I applied the Mod Podge to the end of two pieces of paper and overlapped the other pieces on top. If you don’t have Mod Podge, you can glue or tape the pieces together. (I already had Mod Podge out, so I just used that.)

Book Page Candle Glass Jar Supplies

Then, I added the book page insert to the inside of candle holder, making a round shape and overlapping the end pieces. Easy Peasy. Feel free to adhere the ends together for a cleaner look.

Glass Candle Holder Book Page

All that is left is to drop in a little battery powered candle and you are finished. (Please do not use a candle with an open flame. Your book pages may catch fire!)

Tea Light Battery Powered Candles

I love the clean look of these book page candle holders.

They are so simple to whip up and you can add a new look to your decor without commitment if you decide to change things up later. I even experimented with adding some wrapping paper in place of the book pages, which gives you so many more options.

Wrapping Paper Book Page Candle Holder

These would look great as a table centerpiece with candle holders of varying heights or lighting a walkway to the front door. Also, since they use battery-powered candles, they are kid and pet safe.

Book Page Candle Holders Glowing

Now, check out the DIY Candle Projects my friends did! These ladies are so talented/creative and came up with some really amazing projects!

Need to make all of these DIY candle projects!

DIY Easy Candelabra and Color Blocked Candles – Craft and Tell

DIY Colorful Wooden Candleholder– Casa Watkins Living

Bat Halloween Candles – Pocketful of Posies

DIY Matchstick Holder – Iris Nacole

DIY Squash Fall Candles – Seeking Lavender Lane

Buffalo Snow Frosted Candle Holders – The Kim Six Fix

DIY Glittered Candles – Flourish and Knot

Book Page Candle Holder – Elizabeth Joan Designs

 

Contributor Post: How To Make Pinecone Scale Pumpkin

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a great weekend.  I just wanted to pop in really quick to let you know that I have new contributor post up at Domestically Speaking. I’m so in love with this latest craft that I made and I would love for you to check out how to make your own.

 Pinecone Scale Pumpkin

Contributor Post Pinecone Scale Pumpkin Large Small

Also, don’t forget to check back tomorrow, October 17th!

I will be partnering with The Home Depot in their Workshop Virtual Party. I can’t wait for you to see my version of the Seasonal Character Door Hanger!