Design*Sponge

Your home for all things Design. Home Tours, DIY Project, City Guides, Shopping Guides, Before & Afters and much more

diy projects

Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

diy, diy projects by 0

Printable Freebie: Gemstone Bookmarks

Last week, we offered up some snazzy gemstone-themed bookplates for all your summer reading needs. This week, we find ourselves still very much on a bit of a gemstone kick, but come on—can you really blame us? Gemstones, whether they’re the real deal or just lowly made-at-home printouts, have the ability to elevate quotidian tasks…

Read More »

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

diy, diy projects by 14

DIY Mirrored Trellis

Right now I can’t get enough of my garden. To be honest, it was kind of a dirt pit at the beginning of spring, but since then a lot of work has gone into it, so I’ve really been taking time to appreciate the fruits of my labor. We’d added a fence for privacy, but…

Read More »

diy, diy projects by 11

Printable Freebie: Gemstone Bookplates

One of my favorite online discoveries of the last year was the British Library’s Flickr stream. Not necessarily what you’d expect from a social media page, The British Library’s Flickr functions as a massive, searchable online compendium of scanned imagery, largely in the public domain. In other words, a crafter’s goldmine! Ever since I discovered the…

Read More »

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

diy, diy projects by 7

DIY Project: Paper Flower Bouquet

Despite my recent good luck streak with growing plants at home, I still have a soft spot for paper flowers because of their relative ease of care (minus a little dusting now and then). I rounded up 14 of my favorite DIY Paper Flower Projects earlier this spring and shared these waxed paper magnolia branches…

Read More »

Wednesday June 18th, 2014

diy, diy projects by 9

DIY Project: Beautifying Track Lighting

Recently I helped our senior director of communications, Danielle, put some finishing touches on her DIY apartment kitchen update. My favorite solutions were these feather-covered lampshades. They are super simple to make and disguise the less-than-attractive track pendant lighting. Keep reading for all the details on how I adapted these shades to work with the…

Read More »

diy, diy projects by 10

DIY Project: Waxed Paper Magnolia Branch

Magnolias are one of my favorite flowers. When magnolia trees are at their peak they’re stunning, but before you know it, they’re gone. With a just a bit of paper and patience, you can enjoy branches of magnolias all year! This quirky version of the flower combines dyed, sculpted paper and a real branch. A…

Read More »

Wednesday June 11th, 2014

Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Wednesday May 14th, 2014

diy projects by 21

DIY Project: Shibori Designs 4 Ways

By now most of us are familiar with shibori, a type of dyeing that’s having its moment in the trend spotlight. But did you know that shibori is surprisingly easy (and very fun) to DIY? Here at Brooklyn Craft Company, we’ve been doing a ton of shibori dyeing lately, preparing for the shibori workshop that will…

Read More »

diy, diy projects by 9

DIY Bed Canopy

Are you missing a headboard? Look no further than this sweet summertime refresher: a simple overhang canopy constructed with just a length of fabric and two curtain rods. I made this canopy for my friend Eileen in just one afternoon. Keep reading for my step-by-step guide to this glamorous and easy project, and be sure…

Read More »

Wednesday May 7th, 2014

diy, diy projects by 14

DIY Project: Peg Wall

When I moved into my studio fifteen months ago, I knew I wanted to create a feature wall near the entryway that felt curated, functional and peppered with color. It’s a place where I’d greet clients and a space to display my work and objects I’ve collected. While I would have loved to contract a…

Read More »

diy, diy projects by 3

DIY Projects from Washi Tape 101

Having a roll of washi tape around the house feels like second nature these days. I first discovered Japanese washi tape a few years ago when it felt like every cute design shop had a roll or two you could use to dress up packages and letters. Its low tack makes it perfect for using…

Read More »

Wednesday April 30th, 2014

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

diy, diy projects by 8

DIY Project: Fabric Covered Photo Mats

We all love a good gallery wall but, depending on the artwork, it can sometimes feel a little disjointed. One simple, and super chic solution is to use the same color mat in multiple frames to unify the look. The end result is totally bespoke and it’s simpler than wrapping a gift. I choose to…

Read More »

Wednesday April 16th, 2014

Wednesday April 9th, 2014

diy, diy projects by 8

DIY Project: Arrow Light

When I saw Lindsey Adelman’s You Make It Chandelier I knew it was a project I had to try. I created one of my own for this kitchen makeover, so when it came time to update the exposed bulb dangling from the ceiling in my entryway I thought I would revisit the project with a…

Read More »

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014

diy, diy projects by 6

DIY Project: Floral Garland Mirror

This simple oval mirror is bedecked with a tone-on-tone paper floral garland, giving it a romantic but understated update. Drawing inspiration from springtime blossoms, I mimicked the forms of ferns, fritillaria, and magnolia in my garland. You can replicate any flower form you like, even varying them for spring, summer and fall flowers.  -Natalie Click…

Read More »