Martes, Mayo 31, 2016

Yardzee Yard Dice Game Tutorial + Printables

It is summer time and BRING IT ON already!  Are you guys ready to play some Yardzee?   I am so ready!  Ready for family game time outside, neighborhood barbecues, NO school and our amazing flood irrigation parties – seriously the best perk about this old house!!!

It is funny how much joy there is in a new season and I feel like Olaf as I dream of summer and all things hot and fun!  Especially now that my kids are in school and I am craving some freedom from busy schedules and being closed up inside the house.  Let's just play outside all day and enjoy the

Easy summer game projects are definitely a favorite. Especially with Remodelaholic readers, so we thought we would add this REALLY fun DIY game to your summer plans.

Yardzee Game + Free Printable -- summer fun for the whole neighborhood with this fun yard dice game! Learn to make your own easy yard dice, plus free printable labels and score cards.

Free Yardzee Game Printable & Score Sheet

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1 – 5 gallon bucket with a lid for storing (we bought ours at Walmart)

Approximately 20″ of 4×4 wood

Craft paint, sharpie or wood burning tool

Sanding block and sanding paper (orbital sander or belt sander)

Canon PIXMA MG 7720 Printer 

Our free Yardzee printables for score cards, customizable bucket label (in 6 different colors!), and dice stencil

(You can also  purchase a pad of score cards on Amazon)

YARDZEE is an oversized take on that classic dice game -- made even more fun since it's played with yard dice on the lawn! This free printable bucket label and score card make it easy to make a Yardzee set for yourself, or to give as a gift.


This project can be as easy or hard as you make it.  So as I write the instructions just keep in mind, that this can be small and easy or you can take it all the way, and go crazy perfectionist (like my cute husband) did on our game.

Video Instructions:

Watch this quick tutorial video for step by step instructions.

How to Make Your Own Wood Yardzee Dice GameYardzee is a fun easy summer yard game for the whole family. Easy to make a set for your own family or to give as a gift, especially with these free printables!

Step 1:

Set up a stop on your miter saw at 3 1/2″.  Do this by clamping a board to your fence.  By creating a stop you can guarantee that each dice is exactly the same size, and it saves a TON of measuring and time. Simple push the 4×4 til it hits the stop and cut according to the directions on your machine.

Step 2:

When the yard dice blocks are all cut, it is time to knock down the sharp edges of the new cuts.  This can be done in several ways depending on the tools you own. Optional tools:

  • hand sanding block,

  • orbital sander, or

  • table top belt sander.

Just be sure to soften all the corners to match the pre-cut, filleted (or rounded) edges of the 4×4.  This will also be a helpful safety precaution since you don't want those sharp corners to land on any toes when you are playing Yardzee, so don't skip this step.

Step 3:

Once the blocks are sanded smooth, you need to printout your dice stencil printable from above.  Mark the layout of the dice in a couple ways.

  • You can use trace paper to trace the shape on the blocks,

  • Try rubbing soft pencil lead on the back of each dot, place the rubbed lead side down on the block and trace the circles, the lead should transfer the mark.

  • Use a ball point pen to trace the outline of the shape and indent the soft pine.

  • Use an awl to locate the center of the dot, and use a drill press to drill out the hole thereafter.

Step 4:

Color in the number dots.  There are several options.

  • Use a sharpie to fill in the dots.

  • Use a wood burning tool to fill in the dots.

  • Use a drill press set at about an 1/8th inch depth.  Drill the holes and then using black acrylic paint fill in the holes. (No drill press? You could also use a Forstner bit like Jamison used here.)

Step 5:

Seal with polyurethane or oil if desired.  We skipped this step because I liked the light color of the wood, and these steps always darken the wood.

Step 6:

Print out the Yardzee bucket label of your choice. You can leave it blank like we did, or customize the PDF by typing in the family name. Great for neighborhood BBQs or an easy gift idea!

How to customize the free printable Yardzee label from @Remodelaholic

We used our Canon PIXMA MG7720 on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  We decided to laminate ours so that it could stand up to heavy use and possible water.  Tape it to your bucket.

Print out the Yardzee score card sheet.  (Again we laminated ours and threw in several dry erase markers so that we would always have a score card available.  You can also buy a yahtzee score card sheet pad on Amazon.)

Throw the dice, and score sheets in the bucket and get ready to Yardzee your summer nights away!

Summer family fun with a Yardzee yard dice game. Easy to make, and a great gift idea!

Summer family fun with a Yardzee yard dice game. Easy to make, and a great gift idea!

Summer family fun with a Yardzee yard dice game. Easy to make, and a great family gift idea!

Thank you to Canon for partnering with me on this super fun Yardzee printable.  Be sure to check out more great crafting ideas on Canon.


Be sure to check out more fun summer yard games here, too!




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Lunes, Mayo 30, 2016

Summer “Reading” List

I don't know about you but I am PSYCHED for summer!!  Now that I am an adult, I love me a good summer reading list… not so much when I was younger… but now that I know how much I actually love to read and get to choose what I read I am always looking for a good book.

But there are a few cons when it comes to reading.  When I am reading a book, I become bad at “real life” – like I can't shower, or be a mom,  I can't clean the house and do the laundry or who wants to work when there is a good book at hand?  I just don't get anything else done.  My house quickly becomes out of control, and the laundry just piles up.

I just HATE to put a book down, its like the commercial break that never ends.  Then, when I do have to stop, I miss my made up friends and life, I know I just said that- truly I get into my books.  But you totally get me right?

Also, while I love to read, a can get a little stir crazy.  Because usually I really like to stay busy and get things done.  There are always things on the to do list around here and I don't have a day to sit around to read a book, and I also like to sleep at night so reading all night and waking up like a zombie the next day is not an option.

Lastly, since it is summer I want to be outdoors, gardening and working on helping to build a new playhouse.   But just think about this for a second, if I can garden, build, craft or clean and be immersed in a book at the same time, or better yet, learn something new, life just got even better.

So I am making up the summer reading list for real life people and that list includes partnering with Audible.  Have you guys discovered the joy that is listening to books on Audible.  I have at least 15 books on my phone as we speak and the list is always growing.  You can both garden AND read at the same time.  It is a busy person's mecca!  I love audible and have been using it in real life for about 4 years.

One of my favorite features about audible is the speed option.  If you are in a hurry and want to listen fast, you can easily speed up the narration of the book.  I ALWAYS choose 1.25 at least, but often set it at 1.5, just to help me get through books faster which is really nice for road trips, because if you know about the length of the trip often you can time your book to last the trip, and finish in time.

old books on wooden shelf.


Guys I don't pick favorites well.  Seriously, trying to make a list of favorites, leads me to forget everything or think of everything all at once.  But here are a couple books I have listened to recently and really enjoyed (a couple I am still listening to)..

Business and Learning:


Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Instutitue

Want a good slap in the face?  Read this book!  But seriously, it is a very worthwhile use of your time.  It is very eye opening about why we do stuff and how our motives of thoughts affect our actions.  If you want to be a better spouse, parent, employee this is a great book to read.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This is a book my husband and I downloaded and listened to on a road trip.  I LOVE road Trip books, and this one was amazing for thinking about business ideas and great thinkers

The E Myth by Michael Gerber

This is great for small business owners that want to know how to grow their business and what to have control over and what to let go.  LOVED it.

The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

This was just interesting, everything about it.  Hearing about people that have not followed the course that everyone seems to, some how they excel or are not effected in the same way by seemingly natural laws.  Fascinating.

Health and Fitness Books:

The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor

My two dietitian friends were reading this, and so I listened to it too.  A lot of interesting ideas to think over, I don't agree with everything he says, but it is an interesting perspective.  (Con, when he knocks “dies” programs designed to help people but yet he sells his own- so read it with a grain of salt)  Still, I really enjoyed the book and feel like there are a lot of worthwhile take home points.

The Diet Trap By Jason Lillis PhD and JoAnne Dahl PHD

I haven't finished this one, but I like thinking about the psychological aspect that eating and health has on our life that we don't even think about.


The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

I loved the original love languages book, and I thought this was nice to hear how it related to kids and to think specifically how it relates to my kids.

Daring Greatly By Brene Brown 

This is on my list to listen to, from my sister.

Just for Fun:

(Book preferences vary greatly so to give you an idea of what I like, my preferences are, clean, happy endings, and fast reads)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is my FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME.  I LOVE this book more than words.  My favorite part happens in the very beginning when Jane is living at Lowood School and Helen explains to her forgiveness- it is pure truth that resonates with my heart.   Literally I have it highlighted like scripture in my paper copy.  This particular part has not been portrayed in any of the movies, so if you haven't read this book you are missing out.

The Host by  Stephanie Meyer

I hesitate to put this, because I read it first on hard copy and it was a boring the first go round and LONG.  BUT once I finished, knew the story line, I REALLY loved it.  I have since reread the book, I really love the story.   It is one of the books that randomly I will think I want to read that again, and audible is perfect for re-listening to old favorites.

Bonus: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Okay, anything by Shannon Hale to be honest.  But this book made me want to be an author.  I loved every moment, plus it is part of a series, so then I get to read the rest, without having to find new books.

Young man with headphones and bag standing at the beach from behind

What do you love to read?

Tell us your favorites in the comments.  Notes to readers, I never read a series unless the whole series is out, so if it is a series, please let me know.

Sign up for Audible today and get a 1 month free trial.  I really have loved learning more or discussing books on a long road trip or camp out.  Totally worthwhile!!


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Style Icon: the Louis Chair

It's classy, classic, versatile, well-designed, and comfortable – what more could you possibly want from a chair? The Louis chair is a wildly popular style, and it's no wonder: it fits in with virtually every decor scheme. What some may … Continued

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Trough Sinks {+ Colored Powder Coating}

Shiplap Bathroom Kohler Brockway SinksBHG Many years ago my mom put a really cool deep white sink with a black undercoating in our beach house laundry room. I loved it! Ever since then I've had my eye out for an opportunity to use a sink like it. My mom's beach house laundry sink – Sink source (does not include wood stand) I […]

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Sabado, Mayo 28, 2016

Tutorial: How to Build a Ladder Plant Stand

I actually started to work a bit outdoors, since the weather it's starting to be nicer here in Okinawa, Japan. But all we have is a small balcony with ugly concrete flooring, so I started searching the web for inspiration for makeovers and I am happy to say that I am in the middle of giving our balcony a makeover. So today I'll be sharing a cute Ladder Plant Stand I made, it is super practical for a small space and will hold all our veggies and flowers.

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH - Inspiration out of a magazine

Isn't this ladder plant stand super cute? I would have loved to use a real ladder for this, but since we are overseas my options were limited. However, building it from scratch wasn't as hard as you may think!

Follow this easy tutorial to build your own tiered ladder plant stand for the patio or porch. Perfect for flowers, an herb garden, or a small container garden.

How to Build a Ladder Plant Stand

by Oh Everything Handmade

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  • Total 253″ of boards ( buy – three 6 ft x 3 1/2″  + one 3 ft x 3 1/2″ )

  • 2″ square legs ( 3ft tall )

  • Kreg Jig

  • Screwdriver

  • Electric Drill

  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil

  • Saw (electric or handsaw)

  • Clamps

  • Nails

  • Screws 1″ and 1 1/2″

  • Corner brackets

  • Stain or Paint

  • Waterproof wood finish


Leg Assembly

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to put together the legs

  • Cut all the ends of the 35″ boards at a 22.5ยบ angle. Make sure they are both the same length after the cuts

  • Cut the back legs at the same height

  • Add glue to each board and secure with clamps.

  • Use a Kreg jig drill bit to drill a sinking hole for the screw (see images 2-3 above).

  • Screw both legs together with a 1 1/2″ pocket screw

To give the top board a better hold I attached corner brackets, the top boards are 16″ long and 3 1/2″ wide. Gluing the two boards together before assembly is recommended.

Horizontal board assembly

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal boards

  • Measure 11″ from the top down on both legs

  • Drill pocket holes on each end of the support boards (see image above and below)

  • Align and level the horizontal boards between legs (TIP: to keep the boards in place use clamps but only tighten them slightly so you can still move the horizontal board)

  • Use 1 1/2″ pocket screws to attach the boards onto the legs (additional gluing is optional)

  • When attaching the front board make sure it is lowered by 3/4″ – measure 11 3/4″ from the top down

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal boards part2

Attach the shelves

  • The boards for the second shelving measure 8.5″  x 3 1/2″

  • Drill pocket holes at the bottom (one side only)

  • Gluing the boards to each other is recommended (make sure to let them dry before continuing)

  • Align, level and attach the boards with 1″ pocket hole screws

  • Use scrap wood for the sides (this it to cover any gaps and to close of the shelving)

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the side bracket

  • Use wood glue and a clamp to secure the wooden piece on the side (as seen above). I also used two screws on the bottom to connect the pieces

Bottom Board Assembly

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal side boards

  • The boards for the bottom shelving measure 15″ x 3 1/2″

  • For the sides I used 3/4″ thick scrap wood that I cut to 1 3/4″ x 15″

  • Add pocket holes to one side of all the boards, including the side boards

  • Once everything is attached, glue and nail the front piece on – my measurements are 1 3/4″ x 15 1/2″

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Building instructions - How to attach the horizontal front board

Sand, Stain, and Apply a Waterproof Finish

  • I only sanded the corners and where I had written on

  • Once sanded, dust the ladder shelves off and start applying the stain or paint

  • I used black water-based stain, mixed with a water-based weathered wood stain

    • Stain mixture: 3/4 part black stain with 1/4 part weathered wood stain

  • Let dry overnight and apply 1-2 coats of waterproof sealer

Ladder Plant Stand by OEH- Finished project

DIY Plant Ladder Shelf @Remodelaholic

Want more gardening ideas? Check out this garden fence from Betty over at Oh Everything Handmade:

GardeningFence by Oheverythinghandmade


For the past month or so I have been growing some garden tomatoes (successfully), however after I put some belt pepper seedlings into the ground I had to find out that our wild rabbit likes the leaves… not good at all! That's why I haven't planted my other veggies yet, the fear of mr. rabbit …





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The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}

Green Botanical Wallpaper in  Dining Room Nook - White Paneled Ceiling - Designed by Rita Konig - Wallpaper by Pierre Frey - Photo by Eric PiaseckiElle Decor / Design by Rita Konig / Wallpaper by Pierre Frey / Photo by Eric Piasecki Yesterday on social media I posted a link to a post I wrote a couple of years ago called Finding the Happy Medium in Design. As I reread it I realized I would say pretty much the exact same thing today about my style preferences! I feel […]

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Biyernes, Mayo 27, 2016

My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

Outdoor Space - The Inspired Room - Tiki TorchesThis post created in partnership with TIKI Brand When we moved to Seattle last fall, our biggest priority was to have more family time. Even though we knew there would be a need for some remodeling, we were certain that the location and many of the features of this house would make family togetherness an […]

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Undercover Entertainment: the Hidden TV

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A floating ethereal structure

By British architect Luke Lowings of Carpenter Lowings worked with American sculptor James Carpenter on the design via Dezeen

Home Decorating Coloring Book {You're Invited!}

The Inspired Room Home Decor Coloring BookHey friends, I am SO excited about this! My first copy of The Inspired Room Coloring book arrived at my house last week! I just have to say it is even more beautiful than I could have imagined. I cannot wait for you to see it, I think you are going to LOVE it. If you missed the news about my latest […]

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Huwebes, Mayo 26, 2016

Hampson Williams

By Hampson Williams

High-Low Farmhouse Dining Room Decor

Hello! This is Kristin from Postbox Designs, back to share some beautiful, but affordable ways to decorate your home. I'm a huge believer that you can get great design at any budget! Sometimes I have even more fun decorating for clients with a smaller budget because you have to do some detective work before uncovering the gems. To prove my point, today I'm showing you a High-Low comparison for two dining rooms. Both rooms have a neutral farmhouse look to them, with a mix of whitewashed woods with pops of black. Both show off a little color with a graphic indigo rug. Both are beautiful, but one is THREE TIMES THE COST of the other! I don't know about you, but I think I would pocket the difference and book a trip to the beach…

Designing a Farmhouse Dining Room on a Budget

by Postbox Designs

Can you tell which is which? Here is Version #1:

Farmhouse Dining Room

And here is Version #2.

So…..can YOU tell the difference? Which room costs THREE TIMES more than the other?

High Low Farmhouse Dining Rooms

Before I spill the beans, here are some other farmhouse inspired dining rooms that make my heart beat a little faster:





Okay, you had some time to think about it now…was Version #1 or Version #2 the High-End version? If you guessed Version #1, then you were correct!


Let's start with the High-End dining room: pretty right? With both rooms I started with a soft, neutral gray for the walls. The color is “Silver Fox” by Benjamin Moore. And I'm already picturing wide plank, hand scraped wood floors for a room like this. The more beat up, the better.

Here's how I filled it up:

High End Farmhouse Dining Room

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Chandelier: This Pottery Barn wire chandelier will be a great focal point to any room, and it clocks in at $449 (a fun fact though: it is an indoor/outdoor chandelier!)

Dining Table: This turned leg table is from Restoration Hardware, and it is truly beautiful. This is the type of furniture you give a name and make it a part of your family! However, it doesn't come cheap, the 72” size it comes in at $1995.

Area Rug: With all of these neutral colors, I think the room needed some depth with this rich, indigo flat weave rug from Pottery Barn. The 8'x10' size can be yours for $599.

Woven Baskets: For some rustic decorations over your buffet, I love this idea of a collage of baskets. Mix it up with different sizes, shapes, and colors. For a similar look, you can pick up three of these Pottery Barn round baskets at $120 each.

Buffet Table: I love the weathered look of this Restoration Hardware buffet with loads of drawers for storage. It comes in multiple sizes, but it makes me gulp at $1550.

Pillow: I'm currently obsessed with a swiss cross pattern! This handmade pillow can sit on your upholstered head seats, or sit on extra chairs. But be ready to pay over $100 for two pillow covers.

Black Windsor Chair: The ultimate farmhouse chair is the classic Windsor chair, this look will never go out of style! A simple black finish both ties in the chandelier, and helps ground the space. To buy a set of four of these from Restoration Hardware will set you back almost $1000 though.

Upholstered Chair: I love adding upholstered chairs to a dining room for the head chairs. It gives your space a more high-end look, plus it mixes things up a bit. To buy two of these for your table will cost around $900 from Pottery Barn. Hint: If you are going to use an upholstered chair, think about having a stain-resisting treatment applied to it before use.

Grand Total for this Dining Room: $7,001

I love the look, but I think we can do better. When you are starting any decorating project, go crazy and start Pinterest or Houzz boards filled with gorgeous high-end looks. This will help you narrow down the elements or the style of the room that you truly love. After that, it is time to play detective. Some great sites to start looking at are: Target, World Market, Pier 1, and Amazon. Also try Craigslist or Ebay to find a gem that you can DIY for a similar look (and then just hop on Remodelaholic for oodles of DIY tutorials!). I was able to replicate this dining room for less than 1/3 of the price. This is how I did it:

Budget Friendly Farmhouse Dining Room

Chandelier:  I think I actually prefer this World Market chandelier over the Pottery Barn version! The black metal finish makes it classic, but it has a modern twist to it. And it is almost a third of the price at $169.99!

Buffet Table: This rustic console table has a very similar look to the Restoration Hardware version, with drawers and open shelf for storage. You could buy two and put them side-by-side and still come in way below budget at only $299.

Pillow: The room still has the vintage looking swiss cross pillows to bring a softer quality to the room. Plus, having a pillow on my chair might force me to relax while my kids load up the dishwasher! This pillow cover is very reasonable at $29.

Woven Baskets: To achieve the look of a collage of woven baskets on your wall, my first stop would be the flea markets or garage sales. Collecting these baskets over time will give it a beautiful eclectic personality to it. But if you are looking to fill up your wall ASAP, grab three woven baskets from World Market at $19.99 each. With this rectangle basket, you could even create a grid pattern using nine of these lined up over your buffet.

Dining Table: I love this budget-friendly table: it is the very definition of farmhouse charm with it's turned legs and slightly whitewashed finish. It comes in several sizes (including an extending version) from Pier 1, but this 60” version is only $449.99. You could buy this table AND a back-up and still be ahead!

Area Rug: This indigo and cream graphic rug is a great focal point to all of the neutral colors. Whenever I put rugs under my dining tables (especially if there are kiddos in the home), I always use an indoor-outdoor rug. It is a breeze to clean with a bit of water. This 8'x10' Target beauty is a steal at only $299.

Black Windsor Chair: I think the best deal in the bunch may be these black Windsor chairs. They are a classic look that will last forever. I have two sets in my home, and I plan on keeping them for a long time! Unlike the pricey ones above, these are only $75 each. So for all of you fellow math nerds out there, you can buy THREE of these chairs for less than the price of one of the high-budget chairs.

Upholstered Chairs: And again, to make Mom and Dad (or your guests) feel special, add two upholstered chairs to the ends of your new farmhouse table. These beauties from Home Decorators are $279 each…go ahead, buy two!

Grand Total for this Dining Room: $2194

When you are willing to be creative and spend a little extra time searching, you can find budget beauties for almost any look, I hope you have had fun shopping with me! If you want to fill up on more budget friendly design ideas, follow me on Facebook, or check out my Postbox Designs Blog. We have all kinds of fun with things like Designer Math Mondays and the 30 Day Design Challenge. As always, thanks to the fantastic team at Remodelaholic for letting me come hang with you all today!

See you soon,


High-Low Netural Farmhouse Dining Room | A farmhouse dining room worthy of a magazine doesn't have to cost a fortune! Read these tips and (shh!) sources for budget-friendly farmhouse decor from Postbox Designs on

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Lunes, Mayo 23, 2016

{Inspired By} Blue Patterned Statement Rugs

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Out of the Box: the Triangular Bathroom

Despite the popularity of chevrons, triangle-shaped bathroom fixtures can be hard to find; most are round, square, rectangular, or oval. But never fear, three-sided polygon lovers: there are triangular bathroom furnishings! And we've compiled a list of the best ones … Continued

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Architecture details

Architecture details

Biyernes, Mayo 20, 2016

Four Ways to a Fabulous File Cabinet

It's the bane of many a homeowner, a necessary evil (okay, maybe not that bad). Face it: even as the world is rapidly going paperless, there are still plenty of papers to be filed, and the standard piece of furniture … Continued

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From Chaos to Organized & A Home Organizing Shop

The Inspired Room Home OfficeMy office in my last home Right now my house feels a bit disorganized, like I'm moving in to my house all over again. Ugh :) It's not quite that bad (thank goodness) but we have been hauling a lot of furniture and boxes down the stairs and making a big mess of our basement, so I'm definitely having […]

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Cantilever steel

Cantilever steel

Huwebes, Mayo 19, 2016

DIY Block-Printed Fabric Curtains

LGN DIY block print fabric curtains

I have an obsession with block-printed fabrics and textiles! I love how the patterns are modern, organic and geometric all at the same time. (Some of my favorite fabric pins HERE)

I've been wanting to try block printing myself for a long time though and Lucy's bedroom curtains presented a great opportunity! We started with this gorgeous brass rod and these favorite IKEA linen-look white curtain panels that just can't be beat at $35/pair. A pretty and simple combo, but I knew we could step it up a notch with a subtle blue stamped pattern. I thought about making my own stamp with a lino block to look something like this Madeline Weinrib print, but then I found a fern stamp at my local art supply store that I really loved.



Amazon also has about a hundred cool block print options if you want to try one for yourself! DYING over that Tiger stamp! I want to stamp Evie's plain white roman shades with black or hot pink tigers. :)

block print stamps

tree  //  tiger  //  flower  //  leaf combo pack  //  Aztec design  //  snowflake  //  butterfly


The stamps themselves are pretty easy to use, especially after a couple of practice rounds, so my best piece of advice about the project has to do with the set up. I've wanted to try this project for ages, but I didn't want to have to deal with marking each and every placement of every stamp. And it is SO important to have exact measurements in the pattern drop!


So I cleared off our desks in the studio one weekend (you can just do this on your hard-surface floor if you don't have a table big enough) and started marking out an 8″ grid pattern.


I started first by making the horizontal hatch marks with a little bit of tape and then the long lines and then the vertical marks and lines. It was SUPER fast and easy to do.



I wanted there to be about an inch of white relief at the top of the header before the pattern started, so I was sure to plan out my pattern marks before I started taping.


I picked a bright blue fabric paint and used this roller to apply the paint to the stamp in a thin, even coat before each application.


IMG_6432 It's really helpful to completely clean off the stamp every fifth or sixth application, just to keep the lines crisp. The charm of the block-printed look is that each stamping will look a little different but hopefully only a little different with practice! I stamped six panels for Lucy's bedroom and my last four were much better than my first two. We only ended up needing four panels for her room, so it all worked out! :) I just seamed two panels together for each side so there would be enough fabric for Lucy to close her curtains and still have some fullness.



I'm OBSESSED with the final look! The blue is such a subtle touch of color in a room that already has a lot going on with the blush walls and bright pink bed. Claire needs some new curtains in her bedroom and I can't wait to try another pattern and color! :)

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