An Easy DIY Bauble Wreath…though not what you might expect!

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath using faux fur covered baubles

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a cumbersome stash of old Christmas baubles taking up way too much precious real estate in your meager Christmas storage space.

Remember the time you thought it would be cool to have a multi-coloured tree? Then there was the “white” year. Followed by the “natural” year. Preceded by the “gold” year.

Those baubles sure do add up!

Well, here’s a fun, easy and affordable DIY which up-cycles some of those excess baubles and helps you re-claim precious space in that overflowing ornament box! Not to mention produces a pretty and unique Christmas wreath!

You will need…

DIY Fur Bauble Wreath Supplies

1 WREATH FORM
I wanted something flat so made my own wreath disk from some thick card I already had. You can easily make your own too (ensure you use something relatively sturdy to avoid sagging) or simply purchase a ready-made form (just be careful it isn’t too domed or your wreath might look overly bulky and it could take heaps of baubles to cover it). You could also buy a cheap finished wreath and remove or cover the existing “adornments”.

2 BAUBLES
Although I designed this project around the up-cyling of old baubles, you can use anything round. Polystyrene balls would work well. I simply used my old and broken baubles in an assortment of sizes.

3 FAUX FUR
I used some affordable faux fur I found at Spotlight for just $8 meter (on sale). The more expensive faux furs were tempting though this cheaper one works well because the backing isn’t overly thick, so is easy to meld around the baubles, and the nap is medium in length, so it conceals the gather lines with ease.

4 RIBBON
I couldn’t find the ribbon I had envisioned so decided to combine two – a thick white satin ribbon with a fine red organza ribbon. Of course, you can use whatever ribbon you like.

5 HOT MELT GLUE GUN
I used a Bosch Glue Pen. This pen is fantastic because it’s cordless (no more wrestling with power leads!) and has a very fine tip which allows for precision gluing.

 

The process…

STEP 1 Cover baubles with faux fur.

This is pretty straight forward though getting the hang of it can take a bit of practice. Now, I don’t claim to be any kind of faux-fur-bauble-covering-expert, as this is the first time I have ever done it, though after lots of trial and error this is the method I personally found quickest and easiest…

– HOW TO COVER A BAUBLE WITH FAUX FUR –

How to Cover Something Round with Fabric to Make a Fluffy Ball

1 Cut a square of fabric which just covers the bauble.

2 Place the bauble, nodule side up, in the center of the fabric square and gather up the sides, holding the base of the bauble securely.

3 Squeeze a generous-ish amount of hot glue around the nodule.

4 Pull up the fabric and secure it tightly around the bauble, bunching it together in the same way you might wrap a bon-bon or make a wonton. Smooth and press as needed, ensuring all of the gathers are fixed in place with some glue. This is where the faux fur works so well – the nap of the fabric conceals any gathers which would be obvious if you used regular material.

5 Whilst the glue is still warm, trim off any excess fabric then press and smooth the cut ends down into the glue. Although you wont be able to see the area where the fabric meets once you make the wreath you still want it to be as neat and flat as possible.

6 You have created a nice round fluffy ball!

Now repeat that process thirty-seven times – LOL! It does sound tedious, though is actually quite fast and easy.

 

STEP 2 Attach baubles to wreath form.

How to Make Faux Fur Wreath

There really is no right or wrong way to do this as far as I’m concerned. I simply started by gluing baubles, join side down, around the outer edge of my wreath, ensuring I was covering the edge of the form. I then worked my way in, finishing by gluing small baubles on top to fill any gaps.

 

STEP 3 Attach ribbon.

DIY Faux Fur Bauble Wreath

I wanted my ribbon to sit neatly though was having some trouble due to the deliberate unevenness of my baubles. So, I wrapped a strip of cereal box cardboard in a faux fur off-cut then glued it to the wreath beneath where I wanted to position my ribbon. Voila! The strip is just narrower than the ribbon so is concealed yet provides a nice smooth surface for my ribbon to rest on (sorry, I tried to get a photo of this though all the fur just blended together so it wasn’t very clear!).

As mentioned earlier, I couldn’t find the exact ribbon I was after so I combined two – a thick white satin ribbon accented with a thin strip of red organza ribbon. To keep everything in place, I secured the ribbon to the rear of the wreath using a small dollop of hot glue.

 

STEP 4 Hang and enjoy!

Hanging a Wreath using a Thumb Tack

To hang the wreath I simply pushed a thumb tack through the ribbon into the top of the door. Easy! I didn’t trim the excess ribbon as this door always remains open so the rear is never visible. Of course, you could simply trim the excess or for something pretty and different, why not allow it to overhang the door and tie it in a bow then secure it to the door with some sticky tack or an adhesive strip.

DIY Christmas Faux Fur Wreath

I love the way all the little white mounds mimic snowballs though also give a nod to Santa’s fur trimmed suit. So festive!

DIY Fur Covered Bauble Wreath

To add a natural hint I played around with some live clipped greenery. It’s simply nuzzled into the cavities so can be changed as needed. You could adhere some faux greenery for a more permanent finish. I also like the idea of incorporating a few scattered pinecones or star anise for an earthy, organic touch.

I know Christmas is fast approaching though if you’re still in need of a pretty festive wreath this one is fast and simple to make. And maybe if time doesn’t permit you can save the idea for next year (there’s a pinnable image below).

Have a great lead-up to the big day all!

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Living-Dining Room Makeover | Sources & Projects

As promised, I’m back to share all the details about the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house.

If you’ve been following along from the start, you’ll know this was a DIY, budget-focused refresh so everything has been thrifted, up-cycled, bargain-hunted or hand-made!

I’ve included a complete source list at the end of this post though I also wanted to talk a bit about some of the projects and items I haven’t yet mentioned in my previous posts.

DIY Skirted Ottomomans

OTTOMANS 
We made these from scratch. Although there were two ottomans in the room previously (refer to the ‘before’ pics in my reveal post), they were a little pokey for the scale of the space and their frames had begun to sag.

Making these involved constructing a cuboid (rectangular cube) from plywood, attaching a foam pad to the top, covering the whole thing in wadding/batting, then sewing a pleated linen slipcover to fit. Obviously, if you’re competent with power tools and a sewing machine, this is a relatively straight-forward project, however it might seem a little complex and daunting to those of you who aren’t.

An easier alternative is to find some inexpensive little tables or storage cubes then upholster them using a staple gun – no building or sewing required!

I think each ottoman probably came in at around $30.

Dresser Styling

MIRROR 
I’m sure many of my fellow Aussie readers will recognise this $19 Kmart captain’s mirror. Bargain!

We didn’t have a stud in the wall where we needed to hang it so the wooden peg (which is actually the end of an old broom stick) is only there for cosmetic purposes. The weight of the mirror is really being taken by two screws under the rim.

Dresser Vignette

BUST 
I have wanted a bust for ages! Problem was…all the ones I came across were super expensive. I found this guy in the Emporium of Art eBay store for just $60. Unfortunately (or fortuitously for me?), there was a shipping mix-up so I eventually ended up with two – one for me and one for Mum!

Block Printed Pillow

CUSHIONS 
I kept all of the throw pillows light in colour to help off-set the dark sofas.

The plain square covers are from H&M and Mum made the long lumbar one. All of the inserts are feather-filled and came from Ikea.

The block-printed cushions are hand-made. Although I didn’t write a dedicated blog post about them, you can find my block-printing tutorial here.

Living Room Makeover

COWHIDE RUG
We already had this and adding it to the room was a last minute decision. It just provides an extra layer of interest, helps anchor the coffee table and ottomans, and references the brown from the sofas. It’s a faux cowhide rug we got from Kmart for $49.

Living Room After

WALLS
Although the room was already painted in a neutral shade, it was a little dull and yellow. To freshen things up we painted all the walls Dulux ‘Antique White USA’.

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SOURCE & PRICE LIST

FURNITURE
Sofas | Already Owned | Furniture Trader
Armchairs | $185 each (discontinued) | Ned’s
Coffee Table | $10 | eBay
Drop-Leaf Side Table | $50 | eBay
Piano Stool Plant Stand | $30 | eBay
Grey Side Table | Already Owned | Home Pine Furniture
Ottomans | $30 each | DIY
Canvas Trunk | $130 (discontinued) | Schots
Fireplace | $180 | Deals Direct
Dining Table | $80 | eBay
Dining Chairs | $75 each (on sale) | Early Settler
Grey Dresser | $80 | eBay

DECOR
Natural Rug | $150 | Ikea
Faux Cowhide Rug | $49 | Kmart
Pendant Light | $170 | eBay
Downlights | $45 each | Beacon Lighting
Curtains | $30 pair | Ikea
Block Printed Cushions | $10 each | DIY
Mudcloth Cushion | $12 | DIY
Square White Cushions | $8 | H&M
Long Lumbar Cushion | $12 | DIY
Green Demijohn | $60 | eBay
Heron Art | $45 | Thrifted & DIY
Botanical Gallery | $30 | Thrifted & DIY
Wooden Lemon Bowl | $15 | Early Settler
Large Blue & White Ceramic Bowl | $20 | Early Settler
Black Lamp | $10 | Thrifted
Cane Basket | $14 | Kmart
Canvas Cases | $80 set of two (discontinued) | Temple & Webster
Round Grey Pot | $10 | Kmart
Bust | $60 | Emporium of Art
Black Candle Holder | $5 | Kmart
Captain’s Mirror | $19 | Kmart
Brass Lamp | Already Owned | Online Lighting

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PROJECT GALLERY

Electric Fireplace Makeover       Dresser Makeover

DIY Mudcloth Pillow       Free Printable Botanicals

Piano Stool Makeover       Ikea Curtain Hack

Leadlight Door Makeover     Downlights

Spray Painted Lamp Update       Free Printable Large Scale Art

Farmhouse Dining Table       Block Printing on Fabric

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For further info about the space, check out my previous posts or feel free to ask any questions.

Have a great week all.

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Refreshing a Dated Lead-Light Door

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about the room makeover at my parent’s house.

Before I share all of the source and project info, I wanted to chime in with a quick post about one of the most mentioned elements – the “new” grey door.

Painting a Leadlight Door

It’s one of my favourite things about the space and was a super easy and affordable project.

This is what it used to look like…

How to Refinish a Leadlight Door

Don’t panic people. It’s a reproduction glass-pane door from the 1990’s and in no way a valuable antique.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a great before shot of it in the room though you can glimpse it in the top right corner of the below pic…

Room Makeover Before

Although it isn’t hideous, I knew it wasn’t going to work with the new scheme for the space, however replacing it seemed so unnecessary.

Surely there was another way.

Well, it took a bit of persuasion though I eventually convinced mum to simply paint it – glass and all!

We used Dulux Wash & Wear (Matte) in a colour called “Ticking” and gave the entire door three coats after lightly sanding first.

I must admit, I was somewhat skeptical about how the glass might look and wear though it turned out perfectly! You can’t tell it’s glass at all and the finish has help-up fantastically well over the past twelve months. Not one scratch!

Living Room After featuring painted door

I know some of you are probably worried about the implications of hiding glass behind paint though we’re pretty easy going and it hasn’t posed a problem for us at all. I guess if you’re a “safety-safety” kinda person you could cover the glass with a thin sheet of MDF or plywood prior to painting it.

So, there you go. If you’re ever contemplating replacing your dated glass pane doors, save yourself some hassle and cashola by considering the power of paint first!

 

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Living-Dining Room Makeover | The Final Reveal!

It’s done. Finally!

If I hadn’t initially proclaimed it would likely take me forever to finish this room re-do, I might be feeling even more sheepish than I currently do sharing the reveal over a WHOLE YEAR from when it commenced. Yikes!

Am I really that sluggish? Wait, don’t answer that.

Anyhoo, I got there in the end and am totally loving this ‘new’ space!

It’s not only the look and feel and function that I adore, though also the fact this transformation has been completed on a super realistic budget incorporating lots of thrifted finds and DIY goodness.

Just to recap, and for anyone new here, this is my parent’s open plan living-dining room which we decided to revamp after the burgundy billiard table (see below) was finally sold after having sat in place for more than 20 years! This gave us the opportunity to reclaim the dining zone for its intended purpose and tweak the lounge area.

For the purpose of this reveal post I’ll spare you all the whys and hows though if you’d like to learn more, or refresh your memory, you can find all my previous posts about the space here. I’ve also included a little gallery at the end of this post to make finding a specific project easy.

So, here’s what we started with…

Room Makeover Before

Room Makeover Before

Before Makeover

Before Room Makeover

Dining Room Before

It was dark and heavy and just lacked a fresh and inviting feel.

And here is the room now…

Living Room Makeover

Living Room After

Budget Living Room Makeover After

Living Room After - Painting a Leadlight Door

We painted the existing reproduction lead-light door (glass and all!) in this lovely moody grey-blue to tie-in with the fireplace and provide some anchorage.

Living Dining Re-Do

I’ve zig-zagged the grey from the linen armchairs through the room, from the little occasional table beside the sofa to the dresser on the far wall. Linking colours in this way helps provide a sense of continuity without being too “matchy-matchy”. Little touches of blue and white (mum’s favorite!) are also scattered here and there to further bolster the feeling of harmony, as are potted plants and clipped greenery, which also breathe life and vibrancy into the space.

Mum already had the eclectic gallery in her entryway. It creates a lovely link with the gilt frames and botanical subject matter in the new grouping above the sofa.

Botanical Gallery Walls

Living Room After

Drop Leaf Side Table

This antique drop-leaf trolley was stripped and left raw. The basket and canvas cases provide storage for DVD’s, remote controls and seasonal blankets.

Block Printed Pillow

Over-Sized Heron Art

Living Dining After

This is one of my favourite pics. Just ignore that hulking air conditioner (a bit of a necessity during summers around here) and focus on the lovely decor. M’kay?

Dining Room After

Dining Room with Antique Table

It would have been aesthetically nice to position a rug beneath the dining table to create some distinction between the furniture and timber flooring, though in all seriousness, how practical is a rug beneath a dining table anyways? If you can get away with one, you’re doing heaps better than us! :)

Dining Room Vignette

Dining Room After

Farmhouse Table Castors

Dresser Styling

Dresser Vignette

This lovely bust is my new best friend. I’ve wanted one for ages and absolutely love him!

If you’ve been following along with this room re-do, you might now realise that we haven’t actually done much to the “bones” of the room. Aside from the new lighting configuration and a fresh lick of paint, it’s really just all furniture and decor. Which is totally fine. That’s all it needed – plus it’s my favourite way to redecorate! You?

I’ve spoken about most of the elements and projects in my previous posts about the space though there are a few new additions I haven’t yet mentioned. To save turning this into an overwhelming monster of a post, I’ll be back in a few days to share all the extra details and recap on everything. In the meantime, feel free to ask any questions if you’re keen to know about something in-particular :)

Now, just for comparison’s sake, here are a few side-by-side before and afters…

Living Room Before and After

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Room Makeover Before and After

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Before and After Room Makeover

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Room Makeover Before and After

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Living Room Before and After

The above pics are taken from different angles, though you get the idea.

So, there you go. I know it’s not amazingly awesome though I hope it was somewhat worth the wait. I don’t really have a decent explanation as to why it took me so long (I mean, there was nothing particularly difficult or spectacular about it), I guess I just felt like lumbering over the line. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me!

 

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As mentioned earlier in the post, I’ll be back in a few days with an extensive source list. In the meantime, find a little gallery of some of the past projects below.

Electric Fireplace Makeover       Dresser Makeover

DIY Mudcloth Pillow       Free Printable Botanicals

Piano Stool Makeover       Ikea Curtain Hack

Spray Painted Lamp Update       Free Printable Large Scale Art

Farmhouse Dining Table       Block Printing on Fabric

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Easy DIY Mudcloth Pillow | Ikea Hack

Easy DIY Mudcloth Pillow

Has anyone else been crushing on mudcloth lately?

Well, just in case you’ve missed seeing it (absolutely everywhere!), and are yet to learn about its origin, mudcloth (also know as bogolanfini or bogolan) is a traditional African textile characterised by relaxed geometric symbols in predominantly neutral tones. It has a thick nubby texture and its subtle yet distinct patterns work well in almost any interior scheme, imparting a gentle tribal or boho hint.

DIY Mudcloth Pillow

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DIY Mudcloth Pillow

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Mudcloth in Design

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Although it has risen to mainstream popularity in the world of interiors over the past few years, it’s still a little tricky to come by and in general is justifiably quite expensive.

So, whilst I would love to purchase some authentic mudcloth, and in-turn support the African artisans, sadly it’s just out of my price range.

Still, despite the fact I generally shy away from trends, it seemed perfect for my parent’s “new” living room.

Soooo, it was time to get DIY’ing!

This was a super easy, fun and affordable project that absolutely anyone can try.

You will need…

DIY Mudcloth Pillow Supplies

1 Cushion cover (or fabric to make your own).

I used a basic Ikea VIGDIS cushion cover. Of course, you can use whatever you like though in the interest of authenticity perhaps consider looking for something with a bit of texture in off-white or black. The VIGDIS cushion cover is made from ramie so has a nice irregular weave and although it’s labelled as “white”, to me it’s more of a pale ivory.

2 Cardboard.

I simply used a sheet of old cardstock though you could use anything rigid and thick-ish (a cut-up old cereal box would do the trick). The cardboard is used to prevent marker bleed and help keep the fabric smooth and taut.

3 Fabric marker.

I used a dual tipped Derivan Fabric Art Marker in Black (they also come in White for use on dark fabrics) because it was the first one I spotted at the craft store. You can use whichever fabric marker you prefer.

4 Ruler/Guide Line.

Optional. Just to help with the layout of your design.

5 Iron/Clothes Dryer.

To heat set the ink.

 

What to do…

DIY Mudcloth Pillow Step 1

STEP 1 Launder and iron cushion cover.

This just allows for any future shrinkage and removes residual manufacturing chemicals/sizing to ensure your marker penetrates well. I always find it nice (and easier) to work with freshly ironed fabric.

DIY Mud Cloth Cushion - Step 2

STEP 2 Line cushion cover with cardboard.

Although this isn’t necessary, as mentioned above it prevents marker bleed and helps keep the fabric smooth and taut.

DIY Mudcloth Pillow | Step 3

STEP 3 Draw a design onto the cushion cover.

This is the fun bit! It might seem a little daunting at first (I was somewhat hesitant) though once you get started you realise just how easy it is – absolutely anyone can draw basic symbols like this! The loose, free-hand patterns used in genuine mudcloth are what gives the textile so much character and their hand-drawn nature is very forgiving to mimic. Nothing needs to be perfect.

That said, I did find it helpful to use a long ruler (you can use anything similar) as a guide to keep my design relatively straight. Although the symbols themselves don’t need to be immaculate, I didn’t want my overall pattern to look too wonky, skewiff or wavy.

Start by having a look online for some inspiration, then, once you feel confident (practice on a piece of paper or fabric scrap if need be), begin marking your cushion cover!

If you’re feeling particularly intimidated, you can sketch your design in pencil first. I actually tried this though quickly realised it wasn’t warranted as there is so much room for adaptation and improvisation as you draw. It’s actually a really fun and liberating creative process! Although I began by quite closely replicating a design I found online, after a short while I simply started making it up!

I found that the marker ink dulled a little towards the end. It wasn’t running out, the tip was just becoming a little dry. Though I actually like the slightly faded look it produced.

Most of the symbols used in traditional mudcloth patterns have meaning so each design actually tells a story. If you do a bit of research you can decipher some of the symbols then use them to create a story of your own. I was too lazy this time around and simply created a design I found aesthetically pleasing, which is totally fine, however I do love the idea of decor being both pretty and poignant.

Once your cushion is complete, allow the ink to dry for an hour or so before moving on to the next step.

Step 4 - Heat set the ink

STEP 4 Heat set the ink.

Press your cushion cover with a hot iron for two-three minutes, or tumble dry for an hour or so, to set the marker ink and make it completely permanent.

To finish, I like to launder the cushion cover again. Maybe its just my imagination, though it seems to soften the ink and make it look more ingrained.

And, that’s it!

DIY Mud Cloth Pillow

DIY Mud Cloth Pillow

At first I was skeptical about this project. I thought it might turn out a bit amateur-ish and noticeably fake, though it actually looks really, really cool!

And it was fun to style it with a few tribal-ish accessories.

Tribal Style Vignette

This was such a fast and easy project, I decided to create a second cushion with a more intricate design.

Easy DIY Mudcloth Pillow Ikea Hack

If you follow me on Instagram you may have spied this cushion in a recent pic of my living room.

I really like them both though the rudimentary crosses of my first pillow cover steal my heart.

Oh, by the way, in case you missed it previously, the lovely over-sized heron illustration is available as a free printable. You can find it here.

I know I keep promising the final reveal of this living room, and it is coming. Truly ruly. In the meantime, I hope you find this little project inspiring.

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DIY Mudcloth Pillow from an Ikea Cushion Cover

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