DIY: String Art

String art is popping up in a lot of different places lately. It first became popular as decorative art in the late 60′s, but I love the modern twists on it these days. This simple craft can easily be customized to make unique art for your home. If for some reason you don’t feel like tackling this project on your own, you can purchase the one I made in the video on my Etsy Store. But I would really love to see what you all create, so instagram a photo and tag @likehearted!

Also, want to send a thank you to The Gentlemen Ether for new music in the video!

Other creative ways to utilize the craft: decorative signage for a wedding, table numbers or even a name sign for a nursery.

Photo Credits: I do, 6 Table Number, Harper Sign

Materials:

  • Wood

  • Yarn/String

  • 3/4” Nails (at least 2 boxes)

  • Download free font – Pacifico

Tools:

  • Hammer

  • Scissors

Total cost:  under $20

 Steps:

  1. Make a template on your computer of the word or shape you plan on using. I downloaded Pacifico and made the template in a word doc using a font size of 375.

  2. Cut out the template and align on wood board, use scotch tape to keep it in place.

  3. Begin to outline the word/shape with nails, placing them about 1/2” apart.

  4. To start threading tie one end of the string to a nail, then outline the word/shape. Wrapping around the nail head as you go.

  5. Tear away the paper template.

  6. Start wrapping the string around the nails creating a zigzag pattern. Continue to do this until you have filled in the entire word/shape.

  7. Secure end of string by tying a knot to a nail.

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Spinach & Artichoke Wonton Cups

I love this recipe because it takes the messiness out of eating a dip since you have the spinach and artichoke filling in individual cups.  I haven’t found gluten free wontons yet, so if you want to make this gluten free, forget the wonton cups and just serve the filling with tortilla chips. If you do this I suggest making it a bit more creamier by adding additional greek yogurt. Plus, it’s a much lighter version of a traditional spinach & artichoke dip.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
  • 1 Can of artichokes in water, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Frank’s hot sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1/2 Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Wonton Wrappers (these are not gluten free)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a muffin pan, place a wonton into each tin and press down to form the cup shape (they don’t have to be perfect). Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the wonton tips are a light brown. You can make these wonton cups a few days in advance, just store in a zip lock bag. 
  2. Make sure the chopped spinach and artichokes are drained well. Use a paper towel to press out any excess water.
  3. Mix all filling ingredients together in large bowl.
  4. Fill wonton cups with mixture. Don’t fill the cups more than 30 minutes in advance otherwise the wontons will get soggy.

Adapted from this original recipe.

Wedding DIY: Turn Your Guestbook Into Art

Instead of having a traditional guestbook that is going to sit on a bookshelf and collect dust, my theory is to turn it into something that can be on display and viewed daily. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to do something unique for your big day.

Option 1: Lip & Mustache Silhouettes 

Check out the photo booth tutorial on how to make the lip and mustache silhouettes, you can do any shape that matches the wedding theme: bow ties, hearts, birds, leaves, flowers, etc. Arrange the shapes in an interesting pattern to create a piece of custom artwork for the bride and groom’s home.

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 Option 2: Wine Corks

If the bride and groom are wine lovers or the wedding is taking place at a vineyard, have the guests sign wine corks. I wrapped a canvas in kraft paper and then hot glued wine corks into the first letter of the bride & groom’s last name or make free standing letters. Either way it’s a great decorative accent to the home.

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image via Style Me Pretty

 Option 3: Vintage Postcards

If the theme of the wedding is more rustic, consider having your guests sign vintage postcards. After the wedding have your maid-of-honor drop them off at the post office so that when the bride & groom return from the honeymoon their mailbox is filled with well wishes from the guests. Plus, who doesn’t love snail mail? If you are looking for vintage postcards then check out this awesome Etsy shop.

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DIY Chalkboard Platter

Here is the last video from the first set of DIY entertaining tutorials – check out the many uses for a chalkboard platter. Warning: this was the very first one that we shot, so clearly I had some warming up to do! It got a little easier the second time around, I just reviewed the rough cuts of the wedding tutorials and can’t wait for you all to see them.

Materials:

Tools:

  • Paint Brush

Total cost: Under $20

Time: 20 minutes (minus drying time) 

Steps:

  1. Make sure the plate is clean and dry.
  2. Paint the inner edge of the plate. Be sure to follow the directions of the chalkboard paint you are using, The Martha Stewart chalkboard paint requires you to wait at least 1 hour before doing the second coat. 
  3. Write with the chalk to describe what you are displaying.

Various uses for the chalkboard platter:

  • Cheese Serving Plate
  • Beer (or your alcohol of choice) Tasting Platter
  • Perfume Display

Tip: 

  • Turn it into a housewarming gift by including cheese knives, a monogrammed dish towel and a chalkboard pen. I also like the idea of writing the last name of the new home owner on the bottom of the platter, for example “The Brown House Est. 2013.”

DIY Photo Booth & Props

I hosted New Year’s Eve and decided to do a photo booth as a way to capture the night’s moments. Watch the video to see how to make your own and check out the photos at the bottom of the post for the final results!

Prop Materials:

Photo Booth Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Sharpie

Total cost: Under $10

Time: 30 minutes

Steps for Props:

  1. Draw freehand or download a stencil online for lips & mustache silhouettes. 
  2. Trace the stencil onto the card stock.
  3. Cut out the shapes.
  4. Secure the shape to wooden dowel with a dot of hot glue.

Steps for Photo Booth:

  1. Find an area in your home that will function as your photo booth.
  2. Take the kraft paper and hang on wall with clear push pins.
  3. Decorate with tassel garland, white lights and/or other decor to match your theme.

Tips: 

  • Use the backdrop as a guest book and have party goers sign it.
  • Write a hashtag (#newyearseve) on the backdrop as a reminder to guests to tag their instagram & twitter photos.
  • If you have an old Polaroid camera feel free to bust it out or have your guests download the photo sharing app Flock onto their smartphones (you can send an invite to your friends to download the app before the day of the event).

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DIY Tissue Tassel Garland

The Likehearted YouTube Channel is live! I had a blast being a content contributor and getting to share my craft ideas. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Sitewire has given me, and the beautiful work Snapfactory did on the videos. It’s definitely nerve-racking being on camera for the first time but I’m really proud of the videos and hopefully you all enjoy them too!! More videos to come, so make sure to check out all the tutorials by subscribing to my channel: http://www.youtube.com/iamlikehearted.

Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Total cost: Under $10

Time: 2 hours

Steps:

  1. Fold one sheet of tissue paper in half width-wise, then fold it over length-wise.
  2. With your scissors, cut strips of fringe about 1/4 inch wide along the unfolded long edge of your folded tissue, leaving about 2 inches of uncut tissue at the folded edge.
  3. Unfold your paper and cut the tissue in the center, creating two halves. Set one aside.
  4. You should have a sheet of tissue with fringe on either side and a solid section down the center. Using the solid center section, begin to roll the tissue paper up, being careful to keep the fringe untangled.
  5. After the entire section is rolled, twist the center tightly. Then curl it in on itself to create a loop, and secure with a small dot of hot glue.
  6. For a finishing touch, place a small dot of hot glue under the loop and wrap twine around the base, secure with another dot of hot glue.  Trim the ends if desired, and string your tassel onto your cord.

Tips:

  • One sheet of tissue paper makes 2 tassels.
  • I suggest about 16 tassels for your average size garland = 8 sheets of paper.
  • To make tassels with longer fringe, during step 2 cut along the short edge of the unfolded tissue instead of the long edge.

Don’t have time to make your own? Purchase the one I made in the video on my Etsy shop.