Boho Home Series: Flag Banners (Indoor / Outdoor)

Finally got done with a few more DIY projects. One of the first that I completed, also the easiest, was the flag boho banner.

Give your home or patio a festive, casual look with this super simple, colorful fabric flag banner. All you need are scraps of old fabric and a whole lot of patience.

Materials:

  1. Old colorful fabric squares 
  2. Scissors
  3. Hot glue
  4. Paper & Pencil
  5. Twine

Process:

  1. Choose the fabric pieces you want to use. Try to mix in different colors and patterns together.            IMG_2488
  2. Draw a triangle template on paper and cut it out.
  3. Use the template as a base to cut out triangles from your fabric.                                                 IMG_2490
  4. Arrange the different triangles in the order you like.
  5. Unravel your twine and keep it taut and straight by holding the edges between 2 heavy objects.
  6. Place the twine on top of a fabric triangle, leaving one inch from the edge. Add hot glue to the twine and wrap the edge of the fabric over it.                                                       IMG_2521
  7. Repeat this for all triangles, leaving about 2 cms between each triangle. Let everything dry. Get some pins or tape and find a nice place to hang your banner.          IMG_2522

You can also use tassels, pom-poms or fabric strips as embellishments between each triangle. Make multiple strands of these and join them by collecting and tying the ends together to create a wall display. 

Boho Home Series: Decorative Rocks

We have a surplus of rocks around us. Why not grab a few and decorate them to add some color to your environment? You can use painted rocks to create a little bit of whimsy in your garden, use them as paper weights, give them as gifts, paint and then stick them to a canvas for your unique art etc…

Materials:

  1. Gather some rocks – flat, round, irregular, different colors, big, small…whatever you like.
  2. Acrylic paints – Your choice of colors
  3. Paint Brushes – Get fine and thick brushes
  4. Sharpies – Assorted colors

Procedure:

  1. Clean your rocks thoroughly. Let them completely dry.
  2. Decide on your designs for the rocks. I went with some creatures, some quotes and some mandala designs.
  3. To paint a cat, paint the entire stone black and let it dry. Draw 2 triangles on the top of the rock for ears.
  4. Use a thin brush to paint almond shapes close together for the eyes.
  5. Draw 2 oval shapes under the eyes and a little curve under the ovals for the nose and mouth. Add eyebrows, eyes and whiskers and you’re done.
  6. For a fish, I painted an irregular rock with metallic gold. Use a black sharpie to draw an eye and 2 fins (one up, one down).
  7. Use the red sharpie or paint to draw random designs on the body. Repeat the same with different colors to get multiple fishes and place them on a blue board 🙂
  8. For a mandala stone, paint the rock black and let dry. Use the back end of the brushes as well as the bristles to make big and small dots on your rock. I added some medium sized red dots with the back of my brush, by dipping it into the paint. Make smaller dots around the big ones with either the same or different color. Let dry.
  9. Repeat this for different colors. You can do different designs and swirls using toothpicks as well. Let everything dry completely.

    As  you can see, I kinda fell on the blue section and it smudged. Had to do a lot of fixing. I did a few word stones with sharpies and a few dots. There’s a lot you can do, so go crazy 🙂 Add them as decorative accents to your garden or as paper weights for your stacks of unread paper.IMG_2562

Boho Home Series: DIY Dreamcatchers

A dream catcher is a traditional, handmade hoop with a woven net within. 

The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises.

(I love how a random google search brings out the most random and interesting results). 

Today’s post is about….Surprise…Surprise…A DIY on dream catchers.

What you need:

  1. A metallic or wood hoop (available at Joanns, in the sewing section)
  2. Any old rags or spare fabric you may have laying around
  3. Hot glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Thread
  6. Twine
  7. A whole lotta patience 🙂

What you do:

  1. I had some old purple /turquoise fabric pieces laying around, so I used those. Cut all your fabric into thin strips (thickness of your finger and as long as you can). You will need enough to cover the hoop completely and for hanging at the bottom.
  2. Add a little hot glue to the tip of one strip and wrap it around the hoop as a starting point. Keep wrapping the strip around the hoop and close to the end of the strip, add some glue to seal it. 
  3. Attach the next strip partially over the first and glue it together. Wrap all the strips around the hoop until it is completely covered.                                                                     IMG_2479
  4. Attach one strip to the top of your hoop, as a hanging loop. Make 2 knots and cut off the excess ends.    IMG_2480
  5. Use some twine or thread to make a knot on one end of the hoop. Keep looping the thread all through the hoop, in a zig-zaggy fashion, to get a random looking web. You can add a few beads through some of the loops before winding it around the hoop.
  6. Secure the final loop with a small knot and a dot of glue.
  7. Take the strips you have for the bottom of the hoop and tie one around one corner and make a knot. You can cut off the excess ends or let them hang.                                     IMG_2483
  8. Keep doing this for all strips evenly. Cover the entire bottom of the hoop. 
  9. You can make a few knots in the strips towards the bottom of the strip, to give a chunky feel. Find a suitable place to hang 🙂

I made 2 more, smaller ones using suede string from the leather section at craft stores. I had some spare lock / key charms and beads that I attached to the middle while looping. I also added feather accents by gluing them to the suede string. I connected both together to make one long dreamcatcher.

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I got this gorgeous, huge one from the dollar store. It was so colorful, I couldn’t resist. You can also add crocheted designs to the centers of your dream catchers by knotting their ends securely to the hoop using string. Makes it easier than looping string all around the hoops.IMG_2421

 

 

 

Boho Home Series: “The Bohemian Home Look” – Part 2

Continuing with our color journey to create an airy, casual, bohemian look, this post will look at adding a little whimsy to kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. As I mentioned in my previous post in this series, tapestries make it very easy to decorate your walls, while adding color. Check out Part 1 here (Boho Home Series – Part 1)

The best place in the kitchen to add color, besides utensils and cutlery, would be the refrigerator using magnets. I have some really cute, mini-flower vase magnets that I got from Michaels that are perfect for holding coupons and cards but I just put fake flowers in there. I also have some wine – lady magnets that add some class. I also got some coffee info cards from Starbucks that I added to my fridge. The whole fridge is just bursting with color.

My chocolate lady sits by my counter-top, ready with candy and snacks if I ever need them while cooking, which is always.

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And finally, my $3 purple, straw trash can completes the kitchen. It’s so cute and tiny ♥

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For the bedroom, I have a long tapestry on one end ( a bright orange). No need to add anything else, in my opinion, but my ceilings looked bare. So I got little lanterns that I hung at different points on the ceiling in all rooms. My little elephant chime went near the AC vent so I could hear it tinkle ( My apologies: the light wasn’t very good while taking these pictures).

Get a few moroccan glass, mosaic lamps like the one below. It gives out a soft multi – colored glow in the bedroom.

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A long rug made of scraps of sari fabric and ribbon leads the way to the bathroom. Isn’t i gorgeous?

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You can use colorful shower curtains, soap / brush holders to add a pop of color. Maybe add some fun picture frames, or Potpourri bowls or any other ideas you might have. I went with vertical, paper doily banners from Michaels, matching the color scheme of my curtain. I just tied them with colored twine and voila…Instant color.

Add your own color and sparkle to rooms with glittered accents, embellishments, artwork, bead hangings etc 🙂

Boho Home Series: “The Bohemian Home Look” – Part 1

Growing up, I always wanted bright splashes of color in my room. Hanging fringy accents, glittery bead lamps and other non-conventional decorations, I wanted them all. I had to settle for a bright pink bed and a colorful tapestry instead. But now that I’ve got my own place, I can go as crazy as I want with no one judging or questioning me. This post will address a few ways, both DIY and non, to create a fun, whimsical look for your home.

A few useful tips to create the ultimate boho look in your home:

  1. Mix and use different textures in your room (cotton, burlap, leather etc). Use different materials for your furniture, pillows and other accents. 
  2. Never leave your walls stark and empty, Get some solid, bright frames for your walls, tapestries, colorful pictures etc.
  3. Get indoor plants to add a casual, airy feel to your room. You can paint the pots in a colorful mess to fit in with your theme. Plants also help purify the air, so double win.
  4. Do not be afraid to clash colors and patterns together.

I always go hunting around in thrift and antique stores for inspiration and ideas. You can find a lot of bright, hand-stitched quilts that are perfect for boring old couches (I have a plain, gray one…ughh). I always tend to find amazing, richly created crocheted blankets and quilts. Aren’t they gorgeous?? ♥♥

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Perfect for draping over very plain furniture. Really brightens up the plain couch (with a couple of bright pillows thrown in for a comfy, loungy look and some crochet arm covers).

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The best item to create a whimsical look is a tapestry (preferably one with beads and little mirror accents). I found all of mine at ethnic asian / middle-eastern stores. You can also find them online. Cover an entire wall in these rich, crazy tapestries. I purchased three of these, one for each section of my home. This avoids the hassle of finding wall decor for every single wall. I also hung little sparkly luggage tags and masks to some of the tapestries.

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Get some colorful ottomans (or plain ones with colored covers) and lay them haphazardly for an informal atmosphere.

Add some greenery with indoor plants or terrariums in colorful pots. You can also get pot  friends (little animals / bugs with wired feet that stick into the sides of the pot).

Lastly, I got a mobile in a dusty white color from Michaels (in their home decor section) and added some colorful tags I had made earlier using the Tim Holtz paints and art kit. It always swings around at the slightest breeze and is a wonderful addition.

The Part 2 of this series will discuss decor in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. There will eventually be DIYs on a few boho decor items. Enjoy 🙂

Check out Part 2 here (Boho Home Series – Part 2)