Tag Archives: DIY

Feature Post: Marquee Lettering!

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If there are two things we love at LS, they are shoes and vintage inspired lighting- and this in-house built signage has both! Want to try tackling this project on a smaller scale for your own home? Check out this lovely DIY post by Lana at Making a House a Home blog HERE.

Happy Friday to all and best of luck of your weekend DIY’s!

DIY Post: Scarf Styling!

If you haven’t seen our newest Look book yet, you’re in for a treat! It’s full of great How-to’s and ways to wear vintage scarves- and lovely photos too, of course. Check out all of the fun how-to’s below and make sure to give our Look book a view HERE ! Know any other great ways to style a scarf? Share them with us, we’re always up to try something new.

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DIY Post: Simple Lanterns

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1- Clip your wire into a circle and hot glue. Reinforce joint by wrapping with wire to make your circle extra secure. Note: each lantern requires 2 loops – 1 for top and 1 for bottom. (Our loop shown here is 10 inches in diameter)

2- Make a cross bar with your wire. This is only necessary for your lantern’s top loop, and is used for hanging.

3- You should now have 2 loops of the same size- 1 with a cross bar and 1 without

4- Hot glue your top loop about 1/2 inch or so from the edge of your paper making a 3D shape. Do the same with your bottom loop on the bottom edge of your paper.

5- You should now have a tube like shape. Use your hot glue to seal the seam down the side of your tube.

6- Voila! You’ve got a lantern. Hang with fishing line for a floating effect & cluster different sizes and width lanterns to create a focal point!

We loved the effect of these lanterns for a pop of color and whimsy this season and we hope you do too! Try them out and send us your pics at info@libbystory.com – we’d love to see ‘em!

 

 

DIY Post: Festive Backdrop

It’s the holiday season- There are a million celebrations happening- maybe you’re even hosting an event of your own? Here’s a simple, cheap and festive way to decorate and give a little extra whimsy to any event. This backdrop texture also works WONDERS for photos. We chose bright colors for this DIY for the ease of visual instruction, but we’ve previously used all white tissue paper and this same technique for occasions and the positive feedback hasn’t stopped yet!

Step 1: Fold 3 sheets of tissue paper in 1/2, long ways (crease at the top).

Step 2: Fold the tissue paper in 1/2  and then in 1/2 once again, and cut the left and right bottom corners off of your tissue paper to form a point at the bottom.

Step 3: Fringe the bottom of your tissue paper, about 1/2 way up.

Step 4: Unfold back to the form you made in Step 1

Step 5: Seperate the top layer from the back layer and stagger to make the appearance of 2 layers. Then crease to this form.

Step 6: Tape these sections to your wall or location of choice working your way from bottom to top. Make sure to tape on the top crease and from the crease inside as well. The interior tape holds the multiple sheets of tissue paper in place.

 

That’s it. Really. It’s that simple. Try it out, let us know how it works for you and if you’re super inspired, send us a photo!

Happy Handmade Holidays!

DIY Post: Free People shop-in-shop

If you haven’t been into our Ridgeland location recently, now is the time to do it! We just wrapped up our renovation of the front portion of our store, which has now morphed into a Free People shop-in-shop (meaning a full space devoted solely to the FP brand)! And, it’s pretty dreamy if we do say so ourselves. What’s even better than that?? Come in tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 6th) and receive 20% off all Free People in celebration of National Fashion’s Night Out!

DIY Post: Upcycled Vintage Rug

At Libby Story we are all about recycling and upcycling vintage goods. We think putting a modern twist on an object that has vintage charm is a great way to make something that’s one-of-a-kind. In this DIY, we tackle home/dorm decor with a lovely upcycled vintage rug!

STEP ONE: Tape your rug with painters tap or heavy masking tape on the areas you do not want painted.

STEP TWO: If you printed out text or shapes, cut them out with your scissors or box cutter. Once cut, you can tape your stencil on the back (or use a spray adhesive if available).

STEP THREE: Adhere your stencil to the rug where you’d like it, apply pressure and make sure all edges are secured down.

STEP FOUR: Spray your color of choice over top of your rug. Try to keep your line of spray directly over the rug, since shooting at an angle may allow paint under your stencil… Try to be patient while it dries- we know the anticipation is killer.

STEP FIVE: Peel and reveal! Then try out some other patterns and colors– like this MSU Maroon chevron print!

Here’s wishing you all happy decorating!

DIY Post: Industrial Bird Feeder

This fun and easy bird feeder can add an industrial look to any front porch.

Supplies:
Poultry Wire (1/4 inch)
Jewelry Wire
Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Chain
Bird Seed

STEP ONE:
Start with a 6×6 inch piece of Poultry Wire.  Fold the one edge into itself to create a cone.  Use your wire cutters to cut the edge where the two meet.

STEP TWO:

Use a piece of jewelry wire to “sew” the seam together creating a finished cone.  You will notice at the top of the cone, that one edge is finished and the other is unfinished and sitting higher.  Cut that with your wire snips to make a smooth edge.

STEP THREE:

Add a chain to each side, fill with bird seed and hang to your heart’s content.
Once you get the technique down you can make them in any size!  Group them together at varying heights and create a mobile look that will have the birds coming for days!

Enjoy!

{Shelley Turk is the owner and designer of Stitched & Wired. Her handcrafted goods and blog can be found at www.stitchedandwired.com}

DIY Post: Beach Stone Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite pastimes in summer is talking walks along Lake Erie.  Whether with friends, family or on my own, I get wrapped up in the beauty of the water and the items it washes ashore.  From beach glass to special rocks, I’m always picking things up and taking them home with me.  The beach glass sits in a mason jar in my kitchen and the rocks often find themselves in my flower pots.

 

 

On a recent trip to Fairport Harbor with my family, I picked up these pretty stones and couldn’t wait to do something special with them.  Here is a little how to for displaying your pretty beach finds.

Supplies:
Jewelry Craft Pliers
Multi-use Wire Snips
Craft Wire
Premade Necklace Chain – try Etsy Supplies or your local craft store
Findings – Jump Rings
Pretty Stones
Cut an 8 inch piece of wire and make a small loop.

STEP ONE:
Twist about three times giving the loop a tail.  This will add strength and stability to the loop.

STEP TWO:
Determine which side of the stone you want to have in the front and place that wire loop in the back.

STEP THREE:
Wrap the wire around the stone as tight as possible, crossing the two tails over one another and adding a dab of super glue for extra security.  Once your stone is secure, snip any excess wire.

FINAL PRODUCT:
Add the beach stone charm to the necklace chain using a jump ring and Voila!  A pretty, and natural, necklace to wear all summer long

Special thanks to my friend Adam Taseff (www.twitter.com/arterxcreative) for taking these pretty photos!

xoxo, Shelley

{Shelley Turk is the owner and designer of Stitched & Wired. Her handcrafted goods and blog can be found at www.stitchedandwired.com}