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May Day Pole DIY

So last year, if you remember, I had a May Day Brunch and it was so MUCH. FUN.

I can’t even.

So if you would like to have your own May Day Party this year, I though I would tell you really quickly how I put that pole together. May Day Party | MostlyMinted.com

It was actually really easy.

Here’s what you need:

  • Crepe Paper in a bunch of colors ($1 at the Dollar Store)
  • 10 ft copper pole from Home Depot (about $10)
  • Wire
  • Drill and Bit
  • Tape
  • Tiki Torch holder

The whole thing ended up costing me about $15 to make, which I think is pretty reasonable.

DIY May Pole |MostlyMinted.com

Okay, so the here’s how you do it.

  1. Drill a hole through the top of your copper pipe. The metal is pretty soft so just apply a slow steady pressure and it went right through for me.
  2. Bend you wire into a crown like shape, the same way you would to make a flower crown. Then using the same length of wire create a cross section the can go through the hole and attach to the opposite side of the pole. DIY May Pole |MostlyMinted.com
  3. Measure out pieces of crepe paper that are about twice the size of the pole (20 ft) and start taping to the wire. Until you have as many streamers as you want. I did 10 because five people were coming. DIY May Pole |MostlyMinted.com
  4. Store the pole inside until day of. It’s only crepe paper so you don’t want it to get wet or spend too much time out in the wind. Then move it outside.DIY May Pole |MostlyMinted.comDIY May Pole |MostlyMinted.com
  5. To stake it into the ground, you are going to want to have your tiki torch holder already in place, and then put the pole into it. I put about 6 inches of the pole into the ground and that was good enough to hold it.

And that’s it! You are ready to twirl and feel a little bit like a pagan or a fairy. It took about an hour to get everything together. Have fun!

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DIY String Shelf

Recently, I was looking through my pins and realized I was pinning a lot of pictures of shelves over beds. Mostly, I think I liked the addition of plants.

The area over my bed has been basically a blank wall since I moved in last November. I don’t even use a head board.So when I saw the theme, I thought I could do that. My first trip was to Target, but all of the shelves were about $30 and not quite what I was looking for.

So, of course, I decided to DIY it. This shelf took less than a half hour to make and cost only about $12, plus you’ll have some extra materials.        String Shelf | Mostly Minted

Here’s what you need:

  • A 1 by 6 board (I went with pine and had the guy at Home Depot cut it in half)
  • Suede lacing (or different rope, as long as it can hold the weight)
  • Drill
  • Sewing needle + a bit of thread.
  • 2 hooks

So here’s what you do:

1. Measure where you want the holes to be. Mine are 2 inches in from the sides, 3/4 inches from the front, and a half inch from the back.

2. Drill your holes. You want them to be as close to the size of the lace you are using as possible.

3. Put your lacing through the holes. To make it easier, I used the needle and thread. I put a stitch into the suede lacing and then let the remaining needle and thread hang off. I used this lead to make it easier to squeeze the lacing through the holes. Tie a basic knot to secure it.

4. Put your hooks into the wall.

5. Hang it up.

 

Sting Shelf | Mostly Minted

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Thrift Store Art Revamp

Quick story.

While I was on the road trip last fall, one of the places we stopped was a thrift store in Nashville called Old Made Good. It’s a super cool store, where the people are giving their old things, new life my giving them a little tweak. Check out their store here.

One of the things I loved the most was the art. They were taking old school painting and collaging over them to give them a modern edge. I bought one, but I also left thinking “hey, I could totally do that.”

Which brings me to today. I was at this big estate sale with Eryn (the house hadn’t been opened since the 1980s) and she spotted this painting.

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Being a fall baby, she fell head over heels for it, but was wondering if I could update it. So I instantly flashed back to the Old Made Good painting and said I could make it cool.

Because I wanted to make sure it actually looked nice, I opted to print out a template “wander” and then very carefully cut it out. I then traced it right onto the canvas, and filled it in with black craft paint.

Revamped Thrift Store Art | Mostly Minted

And it was that easy!

Painted thrift store art | Mostly Minted

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DIY: Hanging shelving unit

So, this one is an oldie, from my first apartment.

DIY hanging ladder shelf. Takes less than two hours to make.

 

I needed a shelving unit for my porch, so I can up with this easy ladder shelf.

To make it, you need need 1 by 4 boards cut to the width you want (have the people at the store cut it  to size for you if you don’t have a saw), clothes line, an o shaped ring that is fit to hold weight, a hook for the ceiling that can hold weight and a drill.

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First, paint or stain the wood the color you want. If you are going to keep it outside, I recommend treating the wood in some ways.

Then, at the corners — one inch from each edge — drill a hole that is slightly smaller than the clothes line you are using. You want to be able to still get the line through, but you want it to be tight so there is friction to help keep everything in place later.

Next, cut the clothes line into two lengths that are double the height you want the shelf to be plus two feet. Use a larks head knot to tie center of the string to the o-ring. You should have four strings hanging down from it. From there, thread them through the four holes on what will become your highest shelf. When the shelf is at the height you want, tie and overhand knot under it to keep the shelf in place.  Repeat until all the shelves are in place. Then cut away the excess string or leave it. Your choice.

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DIY: Pallet mug holder

A few weeks ago, I was out on assignment at a road striping business (you never know where aa day in job will take you) when I spied this giant pile of pallets out back.

Now, Eryn and I had been scheming the about the past way to get out hands on pallets for about a week. We tried Home Depot, that didn’t work out. We had scoped out the parking lot at the newspaper, they were all plastic or broken. So, when I saw them sitting by a dumpster I got excited.

At the end of the interview, I casually asked the owner if I could have some pallets. Well, he, the News Herald photographer and a crew member ended up going through the whole pile of pallets to pick out the best ones for me, and then loaded them into my car for me.

Now, that’s Southern hospitality.

At the end of the table project, which I will should you later, Eryn and I had a lot of extra boards from the pallet, and we worked hard to pry every board off the pallet. Pro tip: buy a crow bar. Don’t delude yourself into thinking you can do it with a hammer. There’s no efficient way to do it with a hammer. There just isn’t. Invest.

DIY Pallet Mug Holder

Once we got the boards off, we quickly stained them a deep brown to match Eryn’s table.

Then, we measured out enough room for nine hooks on the two pieces of wood we took, and drilled pilots holes … in my dining room. No workshop for us.

DIY Pallet Mug Holder | Mostly Minted

After that we screwed in some hooks I had picked up at Walmart.

DIY Pallet Mug Rack | Mostly Minted

Then a quick test to make sure everything was fitting okay at my place. It’s not actually on the wall hence the crookedness of it.

DIY Pallet Mug Rack | Mostly Minted

Then at Eryn’s we attached it to the wall with just two screws. I think the dark wood looks really nice against the light blue wall. She had wanted to paint her kitchen almost a navy blue, but I talked her into a lighter (and I think more liveable) color.

DIY Pallet Mug Rack | Mostly Minted

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I think it helps to elevate what is otherwise a pretty ordinary kitchen.

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Getting ready for the holidays

It’s weird celebrating the holidays in a place the air never gets that nip in the air. No matter how many Christmas carols I listen to in the car, it still feels more like mid may. Yesterday, I wore shorts and a tank top to an evening event. Whatever happened to mittens and hot chocolate?

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Inside though, I have a fireplace adorned with pinecones, holiday scented cameras and my woodsy Christmas tree covered in DIY ornaments and some vintage baubles that used to my grandparents.

Here are a look at some of the ones I made this year.

1. Balsa Wood Cut Out Creatures

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For these, I would look up an animal outline online and then draw it the best I could onto the balsa wood. Then I would lightly score the wood with an exacto knife.

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From there you just deepen the cut, until the balsa wood breaks away. It easier to break it up into little pieces than it is to try to separate it as two big pieces.

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2. Balsa Wood Animal Portraits

These guys are my fav. You just cut out an oval and then draw a silly little animal onto the wood. I then framed them with a little bit of extra pom pom ribbon I had lying around.

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3. Balsa Wood Trees

These are just decorate triangles of balsa wood. Nothing too fancy, but the raw wood just added a nice balance to the tree decorations.

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4. Paint Pen Baubles

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I had gotten the DecoColor pens for another project (painted mugs) and as it turns out they also worked really well on some glass ornaments from michaels. Eryn and I drew little trees on them as well as geometric patterns.

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5. Gold leaf baubles

As you can see in one of the above photos, we also covered some of the ornaments in gold leaf. We just used Modge Podge to get it to stick

6. Contact Paper Designs

I still have a lot of contact paper from that DIY statement wall I did, and I wanted to try using some of it on ornaments. It creates starker lines than painting and you can move it around if you want to adjust the look. It is however tricky to lay things on the curve of the sphere.

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And there you have it, 6 different easy DIY ornaments.

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Tip for making any bouquet of flowers festive

Eryn brought me some wonderful flowers to decorate the table for our Florida Thanksgiving feast with some people from work. However, the bouquet wasn’t very “holiday-esque” so I thought I would try this tip from Paper and Stitch and add some berries.

 

Palm berries make a bouquet look a little more festive | Mostly Minted

Paper and Stitch recommended pepper berries. But earlier in the day I discovered the palm tree in my back yard had berries handing from it. Who knew that was a thing? So I decided to substitute them in, and I think it looks just as good. Check out all the arrangements I made. My whole apartment is done up.

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For a little extra spark, I used some extra ferns and berries to make crowns that we wore during dinner.  So fun! It felt sort of like a Charles Dickens novel, but with less sadness. When we weren’t wearing them, my home decor got a turn.

A DIY crown of ferns and berries is perfect for holiday parties | Mostly Minted Flower crowns make excellent thanksgiving attire | Mostly Minted

 

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There is such a thing as too many windows.

The front door of the my new apartment has 15 window panes. Enough to make me afraid to throw stones, give the neighbors a easy view of my apartment and Addie an even better view of the neighbors.

Addie quickly took to standing at the window and barking all the time.

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I was worried the neighbors would hate us so something had to be done. There was a bamboo type curtain, but I thought it was ugly and Addie kept getting stuck in it. So that had to go and we needed a better fix.

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My solution was to go to Home Depot and buy some window film immediately. I wasn’t even in the apartment 24 hours before I high tailed it to the store (I also bought paint).

I only bought one roll, which wasn’t enough to fully cover all the windows, but I’m very happy with the results, i.e. the barking stopped. I like the vertical stripes near the top, but I’m undecided on if the top panes show have something on them or if I should try to create a Scandinavian style decoration for up there.

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The film was extremely easy to work with. Just a bit of soapy water in a spray bottle, and I actually used a credit card as a squeegee. They’ve been on for about a week now and seem to be holding on just fine.

 

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Goodbye Apartment

This morning, I bid goodbye to my sunny apartment in Gardner, and in a weird and slightly unexpected turn of events, I’m going to miss it.

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To be clear, it was not a nice apartment. It was barely insulated, the walls and floors were in bad condition, most of the rooms were a hideous brown. The neighbors came with their own batch of concerns.

However, the neighbors had good days, like when Don gave me his sunflower and the fat cat Addie became friends with. I loved, loved, loved my bright white living room. My walking loop had a lovely pond full of wildlife (like an otter). Best of all, I could have little Adeline there.

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This was my reading area. Sometimes I would move the chairs out of the way so I could do yoga in the morning light. The chairs were both Craig’s List finds. I redid the stool myself after my grandfather gave it to me. The bookshelf, dog bed and such are all things I made.

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My desk with it’s tangled mess of cords is where I created everything. I built the top with my brother, and triangle shelves next to it are something I designed and my dad helped me build. It was, by far, the most difficult project we’ve ever undertaken but I love my mountain shelves.

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Side note: Martha Stewart paint is definitely the best coverage. I swear by it.

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My favorite thing about the room is that just about everything is thrifted, a hand me down or handmade. The rug was a $4 find at a flea market, the couch was from Craig’s List, I made the pillows, the trunk was my grandfather’s when he was in the Navy, I made the light fixture, painted the deer skull and so on. Heck, even Addie is a little rescue creature.

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This apartment came at a time when I really needed just a little bit of space to figure stuff out. I got that, but I also got Cinco de Mayo parties, nights of making flowers crowns on the floor with good people and lots and lots of memories that prove I will be okay. It showed me I can craft the life I want to live and that I have choices.

So yeah, I’ll miss my little space. But not enough to pay the electric bill this winter.

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DIY Branch Air Plant Hanger

Hi guys!

Still air plant week over at these parts.

So once I had seven plant holders I needed a way to hang them without putting seven holes in the wall, because this is a rental. Then I got remembered this Pintrest pin, that I had loved. It’s like a whole garden on a wall.

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And I said I can do something like that.

So I went on a walk, found a tree with a dead branch I liked (I promise it was dead) and ripped it off the tree and brought it home. I’m basically a lumberjack.

Once I got it home, I wrapped some pink embroidery around the ends, about an inch on each side to add some color, and then tied the ends to create a loop.

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From there, I just strung the plants on and hung the branch on the wall (only two nails – not seven).

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This is what it looked like.

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