DIY Leaf Print Cushions

by Kate on October 14, 2015

anthologymag-blog-diy-leaf-pillows-1In the past week or so, the signs of fall have been coming on strong, and the streets around my home are already strewn with leaves. When I was little, I used to love making leaf prints and collecting fallen chestnuts from the yard this time of year, and I’m excited to use this project as an excuse to do those things again as an adult.

This printed cushion DIY is wonderful not just for its simple elegance, but because it reminded me that you need very little to make a beautiful print. You just need fabric, some leaves, and paint—and you let the beauty of the botanical world do the rest. If you’re interested in trying out this project for yourself, you can find the full tutorial on Ukkonooa, the blog of Finnish artist and designer Maija Ukko. This is a great project to do with kids, friends, or solo on a leisurely weekend afternoon. If you give it a go, please share your results!

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DIY Soap Stones

by Kate on October 7, 2015

anthologymag-blog-DIY-soap-gems-1In recent years, I’ve been dabbling in a variety of new craft techniques, especially ones pertaining to health and beauty. My friend turned me on to making my own toothpaste and deodorant last year. I am totally hooked! I haven’t tried soap making yet, but as a sculptor I think I’m going to love it.

This soap-making tutorial created by the multitalented Fran of Fall for DIY is well suited for those with artistic interests because it introduces you to melting and dyeing soap and teaches you how to make inexpensive silicone molds out of almost anything you can think of. I’m impressed by the beautiful palette she achieved and cannot wait to try this out for myself. To find the full tutorial, and many more from Fran, click here.

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DIY Floral Phone Case

by Kate on August 18, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-floral-iphonecase-1I recently attended the wedding of some very close friends of mine at the Headlands Center in Marin, and as one of the local guests I was allowed to take home a couple of the table centerpieces at the end of the evening. Designed by Studio Choo, the floral arrangements were spectacular, full of tea-colored roses and aubergine ranunculus. Had I discovered this awesome floral phone case tutorial from the Etsy blog a bit sooner, I would have certainly used the leftover flowers to make a few of these cases. Alas, those bouquets have since perished, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be trying this project immediately.

The steps are wonderfully simple, and this would make the perfect project for a party or gathering with friends. The most challenging part is also the most enjoyable: creating the botanical arrangement. In my opinion, the best designs are the ones that utilize the negative space of the white case, but it’s hard to make a wrong decision here. To see the full project and find links for purchasing supplies, visit the Etsy blog here. Happy crafting!

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DIY Wooden Comb

by Kate on August 4, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-comb-1I love discovering things a short time after they’ve first appeared. It’s a feeling akin to rediscovering an old favorite book, or a great photo from a trip you forgot you had taken. This wooden comb created by Caitlin of the Merry Thought is one of the best DIY projects that I’ve come across; she published the tutorial for it last winter.

The comb is simple, functional, and makes an excellent gift—though you’ll undoubtedly want to make an extra one to keep for yourself. The process will take a little time, especially sanding your comb to give it that smooth texture. But you’ll be rewarded with a handmade object that looks remarkably elegant and refined. And if you’ve never used a scroll saw before, this project is a great excuse to try it out!

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melanieabrantesYou’ve seen them in magazines and on blogs: an assemblage of beautifully crafted everyday items that when arranged just right, make for an exquisite display in a home. Personally, I’ve been considering starting a collection of wooden spoons, but I just haven’t come across the spoon to kick off my new collection.

Well, thanks to Melanie Abrantes spoon-carving kit, I can actually make that spoon myself. Which is kind of exciting to think about, and may be just the thing to get my collection going. The kit includes a hardwood spoon blank (you choose from poplar, cherry, walnut, or mahogany), a Japanese spoon gouge, a Mikikicha carving knife, handwritten instructions (charming!) … and even a band-aid (ha). Oakland-based Abrantes also sells individual blanks—perfect if you get hooked on the craft and want to make an entire collection. (That’s probably going to be me.)

I’m also super tempted to snap up one of Abrantes’ great designs, like her wood-and-cork candlesticks or cork bowl with rope handles.

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{ Images via Melanie Abrantes }