DIY Halloween Pillow Cover

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween is almost here and as you may know, I'm all about low key seasonal decor. I don't have a whole lot of time or the cash flow to deck out my space for the holiday, but I just had to decorate a little bit. This particular pillow cover DIY is so simple, fun and great for Halloween! With three drops of fabric glue, this project can easily become a no sew pillowcase DIY project.

  • Scissors
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Iron
  • Fabric glue or thread and needle
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter's tape
  • Printer or Letter Stencils

Begin by measuring your fabric. This will differ based on the dimensions of your pillow. My pillow measured 10x14 to get the right fabric size you'll need to:
  • Double the width, add 3 inches
  • Double the length, add 5 inches
Basically, you just want a little bit of wiggle room outside of just doubling the measurements of the pillow.

Phase two of this spooky sweet DIY includes a lot of folding. Begin by folding the lengthwise edges of the fabric over the pillow.

Fold the width-wise edges like you're wrapping up a gift.

Use your iron to faux sew the edges and secure the creases. If you're going for a super crisp look, use some fabric glue to hold the edges down. Repeat the folding and ironing on the other side.

Make sure the edges match up evenly.

Sew or glue the edges together. I chose to sew the edges because it looks a little more Jack Skellington-esque, perfect for Halloween.

Now we paint! This part is pretty easy, for a step-by-step guide to how I print my stencils take a look at this post.

Not perfection, but pretty good. That's all there is to it!

Bonus bat.

Comment below and let me know if you liked this Halloween DIY project or tell me what kind of DIY projects you'd like to see in the future!

Mango Salsa Fresca Recipe

Saturday, October 10, 2015

When I'm hungry and throwing dinner together quickly, this mango salsa fresca or pico de gallo, you can call it what you want, is my go-to topping for chicken or fish. The flavor possibilities are endless when it comes to salsa. Experiment with different types of onions or leave out the Serrano pepper. The secret to a great mango salsa is to use fresh mangoes, not canned, not frozen.

Mango Salsa Fresca Recipe

  • 1 mango
  • 2 green onions
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes or 1 small tomato
  • 1/2 lime 
  • 1 Serrano pepper, seeded
1. Roughly chop mango, green onions, Serrano pepper and cherry tomatoes. Combine in a bowl.
2. Squeeze lime juice over the top and add salt and pepper to taste. Chill until ready to serve.

That's all there is to it.

What is your favorite type of salsa?

DIY: Quote Banner Wall Art

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fall is here, two months have passed and I still haven't decorated the walls of my new abode. Actually, since moving in, the walls have remained completely blank in most rooms. In the midst of unpacking boxes, going on weekend adventures, job hunting, and interviewing, I just have not found time for many do-it-yourself projects. However, I have been slightly proactive. I did make a trip to Ikea last month in search of decor, but left with only two succulent plants and some notebooks from the stationary section, no wall art. Slowly, but surely little things are starting to make this place feel like home. Maybe by Christmas I will have two pieces of DIY art hanging up around here.
Wall art brightens up a space and today's tutorial is a quick easy DIY that allows you to personalize your space. This wall art is inspired by all of the wall banners I've seen on Pinterest.

The distressed texture of the letters fits well with my space, but as per usual feel free to mix up the color/ painting technique. Beforehand, I knew this particular piece would end up hanging near to the space where I practice yoga so I chose the phrase la vie est belle remind myself to take a deep breath and remember that life is beautiful.

You'll need:
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Fabric 
  • Dowel rod
  • Fabric glue
  • String/ribbon
  • Printer or letter stencils
  • Scissors
Begin by measuring and cutting your fabric to the same width as the dowel rod. The length should be about 1 and a half widths. Note: Length measurements will vary based upon the font and quote you plan to use, so be sure to check that it fits before cutting.

Fold the lengthwise edges at about 3/4 of an inch in. Then iron over the edge and secure with fabric glue.

Next, locate the center of the bottom width-wise edge and make a cut that is about 1.5 inches long.

Next, fold the edge up and use an iron on the crease. Then use fabric glue to hold the edges down. Then fold the top piece of fabric over the dowel rod and secure with fabric glue. By the way, if your fabric is super wrinkled like mine was, now would be a great time to iron it!

Now for the fun part! You can use letter stencils you already have, or you can print your own. To make a stencil like I used: type your phrase in Microsoft Word (I used font Arial Black, size 165), print it out and cut out the letters. Use tape as needed to secure the paper.

This is the first time I tried this stencil method. It worked well and was easier than expected, although a little time consuming. I got the distressed look by pressing lightly and using paint sparingly.

Almost done! Affix your ribbon to both ends of the dowel rod so you can hang your creation.

This wall art really warmed up my blank wall. What DIY projects have you done to decorate your space? Leave a comment below.

I've recently added a DIY section to my blog where you can view all of my DIY projects.

For more DIY room decor projects take a look here and here.

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