Category: Craftiness

DIY photo board from a door grille

DIY photo board from door grille {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was leaning in the corner of my client’s basement, and I recognized it immediately as one of those wooden grilles you’d see in a French door. “Oooh! Can we use that?” — one of my favourite questions when I’m decorating a room for…

Sneaky DIY secret of dry-brushing

The sneaky DIY secret of dry-brushing furniture and accessories {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s not that I’m lazy. I’m actually one of those people who is always doing something. I can’t even watch TV without also loom-knitting or quilting or embroidering or something. But … I admit to being a little lazy (and sloppy) when it comes…

DIY Harry Potter costumes

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

And so, after spending a year feeling guilty about dropping waaaaay too much money in the stupid Halloween store — and coming to the conclusion that DIY costumes aren’t always cheaper — I present to you … our sorta-bought, sorta-DIY Harry Potter costumes ……

DIY Halloween costumes for kids

DIY Halloween costumes for kids {Heather's Handmade Life}

This is our EIGHTH year of going trick-or-treating with at least one kiddo, and we’ve had a lot of fun costumes over the years. Many have been handmade, but many have also been store-bought and maybe modified a lil’. (Er, some more expensively than others.)…

DIY costumes aren’t always cheap

DIY costumes aren't always cheap {Heather's Handmade Life}

Last week, I told you all about my epic Halloween mistake: bringing both kids into a Halloween store when I had a headache and caving to their pleas for ridiculously overpriced, cheap costumes. This year, I was determined to do things differently. I wasn’t…

FALL DECOR: Embroidery hoop wreath

FALL DECOR: Embroidery hoop wreath {Heather's Handmade Life}

As much as I love my sewing machine, I also like having hand-sewing projects to do while I’m watching TV. I go through periods of quilting — especially in the winter when it’s snuggly to be sitting underneath my “work” — or sometimes I’ll…

DIY silhouette art

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’m always guffawing at the prices of simple silhouette art in home decor stores. A solid-coloured canvas with a solid-coloured silhouette in the middle — a crown, a dog, a purse, a hamburger (OK I haven’t seen a burger painting but I’d sure like that…

DIY glitter name from foam core

DIY glitter name from foam core {Heather's Handmade Life}

On Monday I shared the fun (and budget-friendly) gallery wall I did for a client’s daughter, and today I thought I’d share the steps behind the oversized glitter-covered “Addy” that’s part of the arrangement. You’ll need:  A sheet of foam core (mine was a…

Budget-friendly kids’ gallery wall

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

The thing about decorating kids’ rooms is a parent’s instinct is often to (a) add bright colours and (b) let the kids pick out things they like. Neither of those things are wrong, but they can both lead to decorating roadblocks. I was recently…

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps ... and turn one table into two nightstands! {Heather's Handmade Life}

When it comes to decorating around a bed, I know three things to be true … If you have different nightstands, they should at least be the same height. If you have different bedside lamps, they should be the same height and have the…

My DIY dreamcatchers were a nightmare

It all started, as most DIY disasters do, with the prettiest Pinterest image. Whimsical DIY dreamcatchers with gold beads, rustic twine, and pastel-coloured feathers. Surely I could make that! DIY dreamcatchers would be an easy project and look great in our daughter’s bedroom. I…

Shadow box your treasures so you can actually appreciate them

How creating a simple shadow box can make you feel happier I admit to being sentimental when it comes to “stuff,” but it gets complicated because I also hate clutter and our house has limited storage space. It’s a vicious cycle, where I lovingly…