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HOW TO MAKE A FUN BRAIDED POM POM RUG

This Braided Pom Pom Rug tutorial uses inexpensive materials and is a simple project that even tweens and teens can make! This DIY rug is a great way to brighten up a small nook or cranny in your home. An easy braided rug project is a fantastic activity to work on while catching up on all of your favorite shows and results in a beautiful, colorful piece of home decor you’ll admire for years to come!

Pom Pom Rug

 

I’ve been fortunate when it comes to finding reasonably priced colorful rugs in all kinds of textures. Both my living room rug and my dining room rug still make my heart pitter-pat when I see them! Apparently, though, my luck ran out when I began looking for something for my sunroom in my price range. Not to be deterred, sometimes the best way to find what you want is to make it yourself. Such is the case with this DIY braided pom pom rug, or what my husband likes to call the “Dreamcatcher rug”!

This rug isn’t the first braided rope project I’ve done, and I’m sure it won’t be the last – there is nothing easier for making strong rope for textured projects. I love that you can take even the flimsiest material and make it durable just by braiding. Good thing – while inexpensive as a material, the yarn is pretty flimsy! The idea of weaving a rug was pretty daunting, especially since I didn’t want to take the time to sew the entire thing together – ain’t nobody got time for all that! 

Solution? Braiding, a weekend, some hot glue, yarn and hemp rope, and a bit of Netflix binging yielded a soft, durable rug in a kaleidoscope of colors and pattern just perfect for my decor! Let me tell you how I did it.

HOW TO MAKE A DIY BRAIDED DREAMCATCHER POM POM RUG

Gather your Supplies

Braided Pom Pom Rug-materials

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Determine the Pattern and Cut your Yarn

Braided Pom Pom Rug-arrange pattern

Although this part is optional, I laid out a pattern with all of the colors I was using, including two rows of the black (neutral) and the hemp rope (strength and neutral) before braiding to follow. Then, I started cutting. For the yarn strands, I cut six of each color per braid. My rug measures 3.5′ in diameter, so, I estimated that the inner braids needed to be about 5′ long; the outer braids about 7′ long.  The hemp rope only needed 3-strands – it’s plenty sturdy enough on its own. I ended up using about 64 braids in total, so cut enough yarn/rope for that many strands! I know that seems like a lot, but as you wrap the braids, you’ll need more length to go around the outside.

Separate the Strand and Begin to Braid

Braided Pom Pom Rug-separate and braid

Begin braiding. Using a piece of painters tape to anchor the rope at the top helps to keep the braid stable and allows you to pull it taut, helping to ensure an even plait.

Add a New Color

Braided Pom Pom Rug- add a strand and braid

Braid the new color into the last beginning at least 3-4″ from the end. Do not be concerned about the loose ends – you’ll work them in when you roll the rug.

Braided Pom Pom Rug-braid lots of strands

Turn on your favorite binge and braid your little heart out. Then braid some more. It’ll be worth it, I promise!

Roll it Up

Braided Pom Pom Rug-begin rolling

When you finish braiding (whew!), start to curl the end of the braid to form the carpet, using as much glue as needed to get a very sturdy rug, .

Add pom pom trim

Braided Pom Pom Rug-keep rolling-add pomp pom

If you’re using pom pom trim, glue the trim to the strand, pom poms facing up, then stick the strand into the rug.

Braided Pom Pom Rug-keep rolling-after pomp pom

Continue to glue and wind the rug, using as much glue as needed, tucking any loose ends with glue on the bottom side of the rug. Secure the end of the braid in the same way.

Sew for strength

Braided Pom Pom Rug-sew for stability

Use strong thread and a tapestry needle to stitch from the outer edge of the rug base through the center, tacking down each braid.

Cut and Glue on the Backing

Braided Pom Pom Rug-cut and glue backing

Cut the rug pad slightly smaller than the mat, then glue the rug to the pad. Use the needle and thread to sew the pad to the rug from the outer edge to the center. To make the rug even more durable and waterproof, spray the rug with Polycrylic Finish to seal the rug.

Enjoy!

Braided Pom Pom Rug-whole rug

Although this project is a little time consuming, the results are SO worth it.

braided rug

To me, it looks JUST like a kaleidoscope of color. I love the pattern and texture it brings to this dark spot at my front entrance. Although, I’m not entirely sure it won’t be moving to the sunroom to brighten that area up. Either way, it was well worth a few nights of Netflix!

If you are looking to add a bit of color to your area, don’t be daunted by the idea of making your own rug like I was. You’ve got this – and I’m just an email away if you need any help!

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How to Make a Gorgeous {but Easy} DIY Faux-Marble Vase

Love the look of marble but not the price tag? Read on to learn how you can create a simple DIY marble vase and get the look for less! 

marble vase

I recently completed a Living Room makeover for the $100 Room Challenge where I shared all kinds of DIY projects for under $100. Details on that project can be found here!

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Accent pieces can make or break a room, and this room needed something bold! I love the marble trend and thought the distinct look of black and white marbled design was the perfect contrast to the colorful, eclectically styled room. But, with real marble vases costing upwards of $60.00+ each – yikes! – And a budget of only a few dollars, an authentic marble vase was NOT happening. Luckily, I came up with an idea to get the look of real marble, without the expense of it – in about fifteen minutes flat!

How to Make a DIY Faux Marble Vase

Gather Supplies

marble vase - materials

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Measure and Cut Paper

Marble Vase - Measure

To begin, measure the height of the vase, and cut the contact paper to size. There is a handy grid on the back to act as a guide for this step.

marble vase-cut

Begin by cutting out a length of contact paper to cover the surface of your vase. You should be able to wrap the entire piece of paper around the circumference of the vase with enough to overlap the bottom of the vase as well.

marble vase - apply paper2

Next, remove the backing from the contact paper and line up the edge of your vase to the edges of the sticky part of the paper, allowing a 1″ edge at the top and bottom of your vase.  Holding the paper firm, gently roll the vase to cover the entire cylinder. Keep the paper taut and smooth out any air bubbles with your fingertips as you go.

marble vase - apply paper3

To finish,  cut slits around the top, about 1/4″ apart, into the overhang to form flaps as pictured. Press the flaps flat, overlapping as needed. Repeat this process on the bottom overhang.

marble vase-finish edges top

marble vase-finish edges

If you’d like, add a strip of gold washi tape around the edges to add a bit of bling.

marble vase-with gold

Find a fabulous place to display your vase!

marble vase-final

I decided on three of different sizes in my room. Here they are all finished. Aren’t they fun?

marble vase - horizontal

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How to Make your Sweetie Feel Special with a Romantic Valentine Table

No matter how much (or little) time you have to spend with your Valentine make it special with a chocolate fondue feast, a romantic table for two and stamped napkins that add sweet sentiment to your Valentine table.

valentine table

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m joining a group of bloggers for a Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all of the other participants!

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Every year, without fail, although we don’t do a ton of decorating, we have a Valentine Day party with the kids. We exchange little cards and candy and finish the day off with one or two of our favorite Rom-coms. As fun as that is, sometimes it would be nice to spend some time alone with just my Valentine. We’re so busy all of the time that it is hard to remember to take time for us.

valentine table for two

I think this year, on top of our usual party, maybe I’ll make something special just for us – After all, a shared disdain for Valentine’s Day resulted in the first funny conversation we ever had. And the rest, they say, is history!

I’m a dessert girl and haven’t gotten past the idea of chocolate fondue with fruit and pound cake, complete with a chilled glass of Prosecco, but I have figured out exactly how the table is going to look! I’ve also figured out the special message I’ll be sharing with my Valentine – hopefully, he knows he’s the love of my life, but just in case, I have a fun project to remind him and to share with you.

HOW TO MAKE SWEET STAMPED VALENTINE TABLE NAPKINS

These napkins are a snap to make with just a few materials.

materials - stamped napkins

You will Need:

  • Fabric paint
  • Napkins or flour sack towels
  • Paint Brush
  • Stamps
  • Paper Plate

Squeeze a small amount of paint onto your paper plate.

stamped napkins - step 1

Spread the paint out into the size and shape of your stamp. You don’t want the paint to be swimming on the plate, but you don’t want enough that the stamp can pick it up.

stamped napkins - step 2 spread paint

Press your stamp face down into the paint.

stamped napkins - step 3 stamp paint

Press the paint side down onto your napkin or towel and press firmly.

Carefully peel the stamp off of the fabric.

 

SET THE TABLE

valentines table for two-fireplace

I placed the table by the fireplace, lit with candles for a soft, romantic glow and placed a sumptuous faux fur rug underfoot.

valentines table for two - from top

The table palette is soft creams and grays, with a simple centerpiece of greenery and white feathers.

valentine table for two-centerpiece

valentines table for two - cross my silverware

My sweet napkin sentiment is complete with a chocolate kiss topper.

stamped napkins - step 6 napkins

Often, when decorating the table, I use our everyday white stoneware, but for today’s setting, I pulled out the china. These sweet napkins deserved to have their moment, so I wrapped the silverware in gold and jute twine and crossed them – cross my heart!

valentines table for two -closeup setting

Dessert will be a scrumptious but simple fondue – A delicious platter of fresh fruit, marshmallows, key lime and pound cake bites for dipping into both white and dark chocolate.

valentines table for two-fondue

valentines table for two-marshmallow fondue

To round out our feast, we’ll treat ourselves to glasses of chilled Prosecco – a perfect ending to moment – for that’s about as much time as we’ll have before someone needs something!

valentine table for two-prosecco

With any luck,  we the kids will be well, it won’t be snowing, and we’ll get a few hours to ourselves to have a good giggle about that first Valentine’s Day. Either way, I hope my Valentine knows he’s the bee to my honey, the peanut butter to my jelly, the stars in my sky, and the love of my life!

How about you, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Anything special you like to do with your Valentine?

Thanks so much to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing another fun Tablescape Blog Hop! Be sure to click on the links below for more table inspiration this week:

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Home is Where The Boat Is
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PMQ for Two

Tuesday

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My French Twist
Red Cottage Chronicles
Our Crafty Mom

Wednesday

Bluesky at Home
The Painted Apron
The Little Yellow Corner Store
The Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Living With Thanksgiving

Thursday

At Home With Jemma
Dining Delight
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Friday

From My Carolina Home
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The Red Painted Cottage
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