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How to etch a monogrammed horseshoe beer glass for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Spring, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Hey mint juleps, step aside. Make this monogrammed horseshoe beer glass to watch the jockeys race for the Triple Crown. All you need is a $3 beer glass and some etching cream to make...How to etch a monogrammed horseshoe beer glass for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes... »
 
 

DIY Geometric Painted Planter #craftmonthlove

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Spring

Here's a DIY geometric painted planter to get you in the mood for spring. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores makes spring crafting easy with this $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and the...DIY Geometric Painted Planter #craftmonthlove... »
 

 

My HGTV Crafternoon Episode With Marianne Canada

DIY Gift Ideas, Home

So remember when I told you that I filmed a video at HGTV thanks to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores? I’m excited to finally reveal the craft that Marianne and I made for Jo-Ann...My HGTV Crafternoon Episode With Marianne Canada... »
 
 

‘8 glasses a day’ water drinking tally refrigerator magnet

Free Printable, Home, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I'm terrible at drinking water. Really awful. And with the Chicago deep freeze winter I'm even more dehydrated than usual. Enter my new DIY water drinking tracking 'system' ...refrigerator magnets! Simply place the long...‘8 glasses a day’ water drinking tally refrigerator magnet... »
 

 

DIY Wall Art: Personalized Sun Prints

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Paper Crafts, Summer, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here's a fresh and sun shiny DIY wall art idea: personalized sun prints. Liam's room is getting a makeover so I decided to make a bit of DIY artwork for his room to keep...DIY Wall Art: Personalized Sun Prints... »
 
 

Baker’s Twine Fall Wreath

Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Home, Thanksgiving

This post is sponsored by ConsumerCrafts.com: Creativity Made Affordable. Here's an easy DIY fall wreath idea with a modern flair: A baker's twine wreath with rustic tin leaves painted orange and glossed up with...Baker’s Twine Fall Wreath... »
 

 

DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches

Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects

Oh sofa indecision. I had it bad. So bad that I ended up with an embarrassingly large pile of sofa fabric swatches from Room & Board and Crate & Barrel. Thank goodness I finally...DIY Pillow from a Pile of Leftover Sofa Fabric Swatches... »
 
 

Festive Tassel and Beaded DIY Cocktail Stirrers

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under 1 Hour

I am loving these tassel cocktail stirrers -- just the right added flair to summertime drinks on the deck. Earlier I showed you some of my DIY custom necklaces, earrings and belts using Styled...Festive Tassel and Beaded DIY Cocktail Stirrers... »
 
 

Easy Bejeweled DIY Vases

Home, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I bejeweled a couple of vases to hold the flowers that friends have brought over to welcome Liam Ellis home. They are a little extra posh compared with my normal decorating style but while...Easy Bejeweled DIY Vases... »
 
 

DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers

Earth Day, Home, Recycled Crafts, Spring, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These free DIY printable garden seed markers are made from recycled plastic salad containers. The packrat in me always kinda feel bad about throwing these plastic salad containers away so thought I'd try to...DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers... »
 
 

{DIY or Buy} How to Make a Garden Mosaic Stepping Stone – Or Where To Buy if Your Plate is Full

DIY or Buy, Home, Spring

Spring is already here and my Must Make This Someday List is really filling up. I totally have 'eyes bigger than my stomach' syndrome when it comes to crafting. So I’ve decided to round...{DIY or Buy} How to Make a Garden Mosaic Stepping Stone – Or Where To Buy if Your Plate is Full... »
 
 

Free pillowcase pattern with pocket and French seams

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10

This free pillowcase pattern features a super cute little pocket for tucking in nighttime treasures. Kids can use the pillowcase pocket to store flashlights and bedtime friends. Adults can tuck in tissues, earplugs, or...Free pillowcase pattern with pocket and French seams... »
 
 

Make your own coasters with ceramic tiles and etching cream {plus Chicago flag free template}

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under 1 Hour

It's easy to make your own coasters using cheap ceramic tiles and glass etching cream. The effect is subtle but elegant - I just love the gloss/matte white clean white look on these Chicago...Make your own coasters with ceramic tiles and etching cream {plus Chicago flag free template}... »
 
 

How to etch a glass vase and free monogrammed DIY glass etching template

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Mother's Day, Recycled Crafts, Under $10

Etching glass. What a cool DIY way to recycle those generic glass vases from floral deliveries into something that ends up looking pretty darn elegant. And I'm sharing my free monogrammed printable glass etching...How to etch a glass vase and free monogrammed DIY glass etching template... »
 
 

Make modern tile coasters {the fingerpainting edition}

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under $10

I made these tile coasters using ceramic tiles, Glossy Mod Podge and my two-year-old's fingerpainting artwork. Making your own decoupage tile coasters is crazy easy, I love how they turned out, and Elise got...Make modern tile coasters {the fingerpainting edition}... »
 
 

Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Home, Paper Crafts

Thanksgiving is around the corner so I thought I'd round up some of my favorite Thanksgiving free craft project tutorials. First: Some easy ways to dress up your turkey table this Thanksgiving with napkin...Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up... »
 
 

Personalized Sugar Cube Wrappers {free printable + how to wrap}

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Home, Under $10, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

I made these personalized sugar cube wrappers to go along with a bridal shower gift for my friend Debbie. I bought Debbie's sugar bowl and creamer from her registry (very pretty btw) and filled...Personalized Sugar Cube Wrappers {free printable + how to wrap}... »
 
 

Custom fabric-covered Huggies baby wipes popup tub container {free pattern}

Baby & Kids, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10

My baby wipes pop-up container box has become a fixture on Elise's shelf so I thought why not make it extra pretty? So I decided customize it by covering it with fabric. Here's what...Custom fabric-covered Huggies baby wipes popup tub container {free pattern}... »
 
 

Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Weddings

I made this ring holder from a recycled cardboard egg carton as a gift for my friend Debbie's recent engagement. Would you ever guess that this ring holder was made out of a recycled...Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton... »
 
 

Hostess or Housewarming Gift Idea: Mint Plant with Teabag Card

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under 1 Hour

I whipped together this easy but clever hostess gift for my friend Wendy's 'Welcome Home' housewarming barbeque: a potted mint plant with a teabag 'card' perfect for summer sun tea. Wendy's new 3-bedroom Chicago...Hostess or Housewarming Gift Idea: Mint Plant with Teabag Card... »
 
 

DIY Fabric Safety Gate for Baby and Toddlers

Baby & Kids, Home, Sewing Projects

Here's how to make a fabric safety gate for baby and toddlers for the bottom of stairs or between doorways. This DIY fabric baby safety gate has given me a lot of piece of...DIY Fabric Safety Gate for Baby and Toddlers... »
 
 

Oven mitt pattern

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10

This free oven mitts sewing pattern was inspired by our new KitchenAid range. Bye bye cheap-o Frigidaire ...momma's got a double oven now with a griddle on top. And it was just begging for...Oven mitt pattern... »
 
 

DIY photo frame masking tape craft

Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10

Today's photo frame craft idea is all about recycling. I used masking tape pieces to cover an old red photo frame that I almost gave away to Goodwill and voila! A whimsical, throwback photo...DIY photo frame masking tape craft... »
 
 

45 vinyl records used as frames for wall art

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Vintage Inspired

My DJ friend Chad creates free compilation music mixes for anyone who asks. Being the lucky recipient of many said mixes, I wanted to make Chad something to thank him for the tunes. Chad...45 vinyl records used as frames for wall art... »
 
 

Refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

This craft was originally created for and published by design*sponge. Welcome, design*sponge readers! I found a pile of buttermilk, chocolate milk and orange juice vintage bottle caps tucked away in a cardboard box in...Refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps... »
 
 

Embroidered birdhouse pillow using tissue paper + sewing machine

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Vintage Inspired

My friend K.C. MacQueen asked me to be an artist for the second annual Pritzker School Community Art Project: "Birdhouses." Artists create a birdhouse for display in local Wicker Park stores. Home Tweet Home...Embroidered birdhouse pillow using tissue paper + sewing machine... »
 
 

Pincushion thread catcher

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10

The pincushion thread catcher that my mom gave me years ago is my sewing table's best friend. Yeah, I know it seems a little grandma-ish but it's no surprise that I'm a big fan...Pincushion thread catcher... »
 
 

2010 Sewing Calendar featuring MerrimentDesign.com projects

Home, Inspiration, Sewing Projects

I'm crazy excited to be a part of the Sewing 2010 Day-to-Day Calendar edited by Megan Smith. One hundred simple sewing projects organized in three-day increments fill this crafty calendar of the new decade....2010 Sewing Calendar featuring MerrimentDesign.com projects... »
 
 

Gathered Dust Ruffle Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds

Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects

We're in the middle of converting our den into a baby's room. We're keeping it simple -- borrowed our niece Madison's crib, kept the room painted light gray -- and have begun accenting with...Gathered Dust Ruffle Bed Skirt for Cribs and Toddler Beds... »
 
 

Paper and Fabric Leaf Fall Wreath

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Home, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Happy Fall! I love this time of year ...changing leaves, football, pumpkins, cider, late-afternoon sunshine, scarves. And fun fall crafting, of course. This paper wreath took me all of about 15 minutes to make...Paper and Fabric Leaf Fall Wreath... »
 
 

Canning label template

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Home, Recipes

Canning has been a theme the past few weeks so I'm excited to share these free printable canning labels with you. It all started with a canning night from iheartcrafting, a Chicago ladies' crafting...Canning label template... »
 
 

Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes

Decorations & Favors, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this fabric napkin rings recycled craft from an empty Saran Wrap tube. A few months ago I was getting ready to throw away an empty Saran Wrap box and happened to notice...Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes... »
 
 

All You Can Eat: Hand Painted Dishware Set

DIY Gift Ideas, Home

Did you know that more than 96 billion pounds of edible food is thrown away in the U.S. every year? Creative and resourceful Merriment reader Sarah Roarty painted her own unique and unified set...All You Can Eat: Hand Painted Dishware Set... »
 
 

Chalkboard Pillows Holiday Edition

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Holidays, Home, Sewing Projects

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here's a special holiday variation of chalkboard pillows complete with two new free ornament and tree templates to make your own 16" x 16" pillow for the season. The ornament in...Chalkboard Pillows Holiday Edition... »
 
 

Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids

Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

My friend Heather Crosby and I have creative chemistry. Whenever we get together we build on each other's ideas until it becomes something totally original. Heather came over for dinner last week toting stacks...Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids... »
 
 

Chalkboard pillows for kids and adults redux

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects

UPDATE: Dinosaur and Birdie Chalkboard Pillows are now for sale at UncommonGoods! Great gift for kids. So when I first invented chalkboard pillows I handmade the chalkboards out of plastic, a knife, drill and...Chalkboard pillows for kids and adults redux... »
 
 

Car racing wall art for kid’s rooms

Baby & Kids, Home

Watch out Speed Racer. Mom of two Amy Herlihy hand painted racing car wall art to match her son Kieran's racing themed comforter and pillow sham. Now Kieran has his dream bedroom. And it's...Car racing wall art for kid’s rooms... »
 
 

Farmland CD Covers for Music Mixes

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Home, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

I made these three kitschy CD mixes to thank my friend Amy for letting me stay at her place for the first few days of my week in NYC. Back when I was a...Farmland CD Covers for Music Mixes... »
 
 

Planting seeds and herbs for the garden

Home, Recycled Crafts

After a brutal Chicago winter I'm aching for spring. So today I planted vegetable, herb and flower seeds for our back deck garden. Now I've tried planting seeds many times before with mixed results...Planting seeds and herbs for the garden... »
 
 

Garden Mosaic Stepping Stone

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under $10

I visited my parents in Indiana this Easter weekend and it felt like Spring outside! The crocuses are even coming up which is a sure sign of hope. I made this garden mosaic stepping...Garden Mosaic Stepping Stone... »
 
 

Chalkboard pillows

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Home, Sewing Projects

++ UPDATED: I have evolved this craft considerably and posted a MUCH better way to make them. Please go to http://www.merrimentdesign.com/chalkboard-pillows-for-kids-and-adults-redux.php instead. And enjoy!! ++ I'm really excited about my newest creation: Chalkboard pillows!...Chalkboard pillows... »
 
 

Friday Inspiration: Tape Vases at Anthropologie

Home, Inspiration, Vintage Inspired

So my friend Renee and I decided to browse through Anthropologie after having afternoon tea at Julius Meinl. It's no surprise to anyone that Anthropologie has some of the most crafty, creative, seasonal store...Friday Inspiration: Tape Vases at Anthropologie... »
 
 

Guest towels for bathrooms

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

This is the detail that got the most comments from my wedding guests. My friends said it was 'typical Kathy' to personalize even the bathroom towels. But this crafty activity is something you can...Guest towels for bathrooms... »
 
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