Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}

Hi y’all! It’s been, um…a while. Blogging has mostly been put on the back burner these days. Not because there isn’t anything to share, but because I’d rather be playing with my sweet baby girl {who is keeping me busy these days by being}, and when I do have down time…sleep is just really awesome. #momlife.

#SWAP4 Logo FINALI was super excited for another round of Swap it Like it’s Hot because 1)It is so much fun and 2) an actual deadline means something went onto my to-do list…so blogging is actually happening! Which is great, because I do love and miss it a little bit. We got our “surprise baby call” during the last round of Swap {7 months ago!}, so I feel like I’ve come full circle. :)

swap itemsEmily from Two Purple Couches sent me this assortment of thrifted finds. I was stumped with what to do for most of it, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the white and cream trim and lace as soon as I laid eyes on it! I had a beautiful, textured wreath in my mind that would be perfect for this fall. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}I grabbed the other items needed to make this happen from the craft store : a straw wreath form, burlap ribbon, and some fabric flower embellishments that coordinate perfectly with the lace and trim. This wreath was fairly simply to make and I was able to complete it during one very sad Texas football game {get a grip, Longhorns!}. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}To begin, I secured one end of the ribbon to the wreath form {still wrapped in plastic — don’t remove that or you’ll have a straw mess all over your house} with straight pins. I continued to wrap the entire spool of ribbon around the wreath form until it was completely covered. i discreetly secured the end with more straight pins. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}Once the wreath was fully wrapped in ribbon, it was time to start layering the lace and trim. I started with the bottom layer and worked my way up. I attached each piece with just a little bit of hot glue. To achieve a ruffled look, I pleated the lace as I attached it to the wreath. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}After a few layers of lace and eyelet, I capped it off with a bit of the textured trim and 3 fabric flowers. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}I used a bit of the leftover lace and eyelet to hang the wreath on the front door. The warm textures look awesome with our other fall front porch decor. I’ll have to come back next week and show you how we’ve fall-ified the house this season! 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}


Hop on over to Finding Silver Pennies to see what Danielle did with my thrift store finds! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the swap girls’ posts. There have been some seriously amazing projects! 


Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.


That’s My Letter / DIY On the Cheap / Run To Radiance / The Gathered Home

Two Thirty Five Designs / Chaotically Creative / Decor Adventures / Homemade By Carmona


Thoughts From Alice / Reinvented / Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Restoration Redoux

Always Never Done / I Am a Homemaker / Black and White Obsession / Windgate Lane


Town and Country Living / brepurposed / The Charming Farmer / 58 Water Street

Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body / Year of Serendipity / White House Black Shutters / Desert Domicile


Two Purple Couches / Like A Saturday / Finding Silver Pennies / Artsy Chicks Rule

Something to Be Found / Shades of Blue Interiors / Simple Designing / Our Southern Home


Evey’s Creations / Dragonfly and Lilypads / Weekend Craft / Ciburbanity

A Designer At Home / Polished Habitat / Blue i Style / Addicted 2 DIY

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Tie Dye Technique : Batik

This post is brought to you by Tulip and Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.

Summer is upon us, which means a couple of months with the kids at home….all day….every day. I know you’re ready right now, Mom, to be done with the homework folders, and the packing of the lunches, and bargaining with your kids to hurry up and get ready. But, just picture yourself a month from now…’re going to need back up. I’m here to help with a fun and easy craft project! Get ready to tie dye your summer

Tie Dye Technique : Batik  Tie dying is an old summer camp standard. It’s fun, and kiddos can go wild and get creative with it. I thought I’d give another dying technique a shot to shake things up a bit.  

Tie Dye Technique : Batik Several years ago, I had the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime to Asia. While there, we were able to visit both major cities and more rural areas. I especially enjoyed experiencing the different cultures far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of my favorite stops was to a fabric shop where we got to see women creating beautiful dyed batiks. If you’re not familiar, batik is a form of wax resist dying. I’ve been fascinated with it since getting to witness this beautiful art form. I thought I’d try my own version of batik dying! 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik To create your own batik dyed project, you will need the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit, a bottle of washable craft glue, a paint brush, and white fabric that you would like to dye. Muslin is a good fabric, or you could try a tea towel or white t-shirt. 

Traditionally, batik is created by using hot wax. It is a super complicated process that only skilled artisans can achieve, and not quite kid-friendly. Instead of wax, we’ll be using plain ol’ craft glue to act as a resist. You can either freehand “paint” your design onto the fabric, or you could use a stencil like I did. 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik I just painted a layer of glue right over the stencil. The more layers you do, the whiter your design will be. Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to dying the fabric. 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik The Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit has everything you need for an easy, mess-free project….including plenty of gloves! All you have to do to prepare the dye is fill the bottles up to the line and shake until the pigment is dissolved. Simple! 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik

Once the glue is completely dry, you can head outside to dye your fabric. Just squirt the dye anywhere you want color, including the areas that you have “painted” with glue.  

Tie Dye Technique : Batik

Tie Dye Technique : Batik Next, you will wrap your project in plastic wrap and let it sit for at least 6-8 hours. This will allow the dye to set.

Tie Dye Technique : Batik When it is time, you can unwrap your project and rinse the dye out in the sink. This will also wash out the glue and start to reveal your design. If the glue is being a bit stubborn, you can use an old toothbrush to help it along. Continue to rinse until the water runs clear. The final step is to run your project through a hot cycle in your washing machine and dry. 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik The options are endless with this technique! You can create custom t-shirts, pillow cases, tote bags, or even wall hangings. I decided to sew my batik rose fabric into a lavender sachet to keep our drawers smelling fresh. 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik

Tie Dye Technique : Batik

What would you create with the batik dying technique? 

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Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

I started working on the nursery early this year. I had only gotten so far with this special room makeover when we got our surprise call from our agency and got to meet our daughter 24 hours later. In between feedings, diaper changes, and naps I’ve been working on getting our girl’s room looking cute and cozy. 

Luckily, I already had the major items on the to-do list checked off, so I’ve mainly just been working on the final touches. I’m actually really glad it worked out that way, because it turns out you might do things slightly differently when you actually know who your child is and can make it a bit more personal. Right now my main focus is getting wall art together. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery …and it must be monogram season around here! Because I have yet another monogram project for you! This one could not be easier. It was the perfect simple craft to work on during nap time, and could be easily customized for any space. 

To make your own you will need : a wooden letter {this one came from the new Target craft section…that I’m obsessed with}, fun patterned paper, washi tape, mod podge, scissors and/or Xacto knife, and either a picture hanging sawtooth or Command strips {I used the velcro kind}. 

Whimsical Monogram for the NurseryI decided to paint the edges of my letter white with craft paint, but it would also look fine “naked”. It’s up to you!

Trace your letter upside down and backwards on the wrong side of your paper. { Ha! – Does that make any sense?}. Carefully cut the paper version of your letter out. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

Whimsical Monogram for the NurseryApply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wooden letter. Smooth out the paper onto the letter to make sure it’s stuck well and without any bubbles. Allow it to completely dry before applying your sealing layer. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

You will just need one to two thin layers over the paper to seal. Always make sure the Mod Podge is dry before adding any more, otherwise you will be dealing with bubbles and wrinkles in the paper. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery

As a final touch, add a bit of coordinating washi tape to the edge. I found some sparkly gold tape {by Scotch}. It’s like the pot of gold at the end of the heart rainbow! ;) I wanted my stripe to a be bit thinner than the tape, so I just let it hang over the edge and trimmed the excess with and Xacto knife. 

Whimsical Monogram for the NurseryAnd voila! A cute initial to hang on the wall. I just used a picture hanging Command Strip to adhere it to the wall. I’ve been collecting other L’s to have a little collection. 

Whimsical Monogram for the Nursery


I have so many nursery projects to share with you in the coming months! I’m so excited with how it is looking in there so far. But no worries! I’ll be sprinkling some non-nursery projects here and there as well. :)

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