While I am not a big fan of the winter cold, there are a few things that I like about the chilly weather: boots, cute coats, and pom-pom hats. There's something about pom-poms that are just too whimsical to pass up. Add to that the fact that making almost any object either tiny or giant suddenly makes it inexplicably adorable and it seemed a giant pom-pom garland was the perfect way to show a little holiday spirit. Here's what you'll need to make one:
1. Use an X-Acto knife to cut two circles out of cardboard that are about 6 inches wide with a 2 inch hole in the middle. 2. Place your cardboard donut shapes on top of each other and wind your thick yarn through and around the donuts until all the cardboard is covered. 3. Since we want an extra fluffy pom-pom, wind around the donuts a second time until you reach your beginning point again. 4. Once you're finished winding, stick your scissors through the yarn and get the blade between your two cardboard donuts. Cut between the donuts all the way around. 5. Cut a piece of thin yarn to tie around the middle of the pom-pom. Place the yarn between the two cardboard layers and tie a knot around the middle tightly. 6. Once your middle is secure, carefully cut out the cardboard donuts and fluff the pom-pom. Use scissors to trim any pieces that are sticking out further than the rest and use your yarn needle to string your pom-poms and bells onto some thin yarn.
The pom-poms add a bit of fluffy personality to our decor and I love that you can easily move the garland around to different spots in the house or display them in a big bowl with other ornaments (although, everytime I move them, I forget how loud the giant bells are!). Oh well, it's Christmas, so I guess I'll let them jingle all the way! xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy
Hey everyone, it's Laura! There are a lot of things to love about the holiday season (like time with family and friends or delicious food), but one of my favorite things about Christmas is the decor. I love the glittery silver and gold and the soft glow of candles and Christmas lights, so this year I was inspired by Elsie and Emma's guest room light up headboard to put all of my favorite decor aspects into one holiday project: a light up marquee sign!Supplies: You'll need a large wood board (50 x 24 inches), 4 wood planks (2 x 1 inches), wood screws, drill, indoor christmas lights, white acrylic paint, loose gold glitter, Mod Podge, chipboard letters, glue, duct tape.First you'll want to cut your wood planks into four pieces and use them to frame the outside edge on the back side of your marquee. This will help hide the Christmas light's wires and make the sign appear more finished when viewed from the side. Cut your planks into two pieces that are 46 inches long and another two pieces that are 24 inches long. Use the drill and wood screws to attach the planks in place, keeping the planks flush with the outside edge of the board.Next you'll want to paint the front and sides of your sign with two coats of white acrylic paint. Use the same white paint to paint the side edges of your chipboard letters and allow the paint to dry. Once the letters are dry, paint the front of each letter with a coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle loose glitter on the wet glue. Gently turn the letter over to shake off any excess glitter and set the letter aside to dry. Don't forget, you can do another coat of glue and glitter once the letter is dry if you missed an area. (The chipboard font that I chose didn't have an ampersand option, so I made that letter out of glitter cardstock).Arrange your dry letters on your painted board and use a strong glue (like E6000) to glue the letters in place.Now it's time to drill! Since it's hard to mark the spots where the holes should go with a pen or marker (drawing on top of glitter doesn't work very well), I got a box of screws and turned them upside down to mark each spot where I wanted a hole. I would suggest that this section be a two person job; one person drills the holes while another holds a shop vac hose near the hole to vacuum away the shavings as you go (my husband Todd was my helper). Once your holes are drilled, you can start to push your lights through your holes on the back side and tape each one in place with duct tape. Plug your lights in, and watch your new marquee shine!I have to say that this is probably my favorite Christmas decoration I've ever made. It sits right next to our tree and at night when we turn on the fireplace, it brings such a glittery glow to our living room- it really feels magical. I'm going to be too unbearably sad to pack it away in January, so maybe I should make another one that's for the rest of the year... Hope you get to make something extra special to you this season! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman, Project Assistant: Todd Gummerman
SAFETY TIPS: We spoke with our local fire department to double check the safety of this type of project. It's no less safe than a lit Christmas tree, as you'd probably guess. Just be sure to follow these guidelines (if you plan to recreate this project):
-Before purchasing your lights check for a label of an independent testing laboratory (most commercially sold christmas lights will have this). Some lights are specially made for indoor or outdoor use, be sure to use lights made for indoor use.
-Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose/broken lights. Check the manufacturer's instructions for the number of strands that can be safely connected.
-Your finished project should not have any exposed bundles of cords or wires, only the final cord or extension cord so it can safely reach an outlet.
-Just as you would with your house decorations or your Christmas tree, always turn off lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
Hi friends! I'm so happy to invite you in for a little tour of my laundry room! I've spent the last few months obsessing over this teeny tiny space. Weird, I know. I've never really put this much effort into making a laundry room a pleasant place to be. Everywhere I've lived, it's always been a sort of cramped and uncomfortable room. I wanted to create a space that felt organized and just, well, nice. I mean, it's a laundry room, so there are only truly two things that happen in this room: washing clothes and grabbing a tool or supply that is stored there. With that said, there is an open doorway into our dining room from the mudroom. Every person who uses our downstairs bathroom or goes into the backyard sees this room along the way, so I wanted to make it cute... you know, for a laundry room! ;)Before: ha! Ok, so before I started working on this room there wasn't much going on. I had a place to do laundry, a bunch of piles of stuff and that was it. What shocks me the most looking back on this before photo is how much space I had in that room that was completely wasted. The shelves were filled with things, but not organized. There was a ton of wall space and a little floor space that wasn't being used at all. We painted it white and switched out the light fixture when we moved in. But beyond that, zero effort had been made. Its time was coming!
Now to show you how we fixed all that: First, let's talk about color. It's kinda funny because we decorated most of the rooms in our home really quickly, but not this one. I changed my mind on the color in this tiny room so. many. times. We painted, re-painted and re-painted again. I have four colors that are my comfort zone for my own home. They are teal, yellow, green and pumpkin orange. I have used the first three a ton so our house kinda matches. I love that, because I can swap couches, rugs, tables and pillows with no problems. But for this room I promised myself I'd try a new color since it's kind of a wild card. That was harder than I thought it would be, but I'm so glad I committed to it. I love the peachy color that we chose. Instead of using it on the walls we used it in three accent spots: the shelves and homemade countertop on the machines, the front of the shelves you can see above, and on the inside of the shelves on the opposite wall, which you'll see below. We used just enough so that it feels like a lot of color, but it's still white and bright! As a bonus, if I ever wanted to change colors it would only take an afternoon to repaint rather than a day or two!
We mixed a strong dose of black and white pattern and print into the design as well. We used electrical tape to add pattern to our washer and dryer. This technique is water-resistant, easy to clean and removable. I'm so happy that we tried it, because it turned out to be the perfect solution for us. Fun fact, more than thirty thousand of you guys pinned that little project in the past few weeks! Crazy, right?! I've been getting lots of photos of readers trying it and it looks adorable every single time. I've even seen some experimenting with other patterns, which is really cool!
Yesterday Emma shared the laundry basket shelf that she built for me. This is SO helpful. Adding that little shelf beside the machines gives us a spot to store two baskets of clean clothing and a surface to throw a clean towel on and do a little ironing when we need to. I love that the space is no longer wasted, storage is added, and it's visually more pleasing as well. So I posted a few sneak peeks of this laundry room makeover on instagram and I got approximately 8 million comments about how it looks like the swan is pooping. A bit of a facepalm moment for me, but I left it anyway. Oh Instagram!
Anyway, the jar of laundry pods has been a helpful solution already. Before, in our messy laundry room, we would have been digging through piles trying to find the laundry soap. Now it's just there, lookin' pretty! Our other frequently used cleaning supplies are in arms reach as well.On the opposite wall my dad helped us install peg board. Now that entire space that used to be wasted is used to store cleaning supplies and tools. I used a metal box from a flea market to create a little first aid kit, since I always forget where our band-aids are.
Something that isn't pictured that I still want to mention is a second pegboard just outside our laundry room in the mudroom that is now being used to store pots and pans. It looks just like Emma's, but painted white. We needed some more cabinet space in our kitchen, and our pots and pans were always super hard to find, because they were stuffed into two lower cabinets. That solution has been really helpful for our situation. I wish I would have done it sooner. Thanks, dad!! Here are a few more photos of the room. There is a designated spot for dog bones, spray paint, paint brushes and board games. Any shelf space that wasn't being used is now holding extra paper towels and toilet paper.
As a naturally messy person, I'm proud of our new tidy space! Our new laundry room isn't perfect, but it makes me smile when I walk in now, so I think it's reached it's full potential. A+ for you, laundry room!
I'd love to hear about your laundry room trials and joys, hopes and dreams! I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a little bit geeky for laundry rooms now. I even started a pin board for them. xo. Elsie
Etsy Art Sources// If you want to be happy/Maridee Studio, Oh Darling banner and Yes, Yes, Yes/Fifi Due Vie, Rain drops/Ashley G. Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman, Emma Chapman (and our dad too- thanks dad!), Photography: Janae Hardy.