Weave your own circle rug and bring tons of color and texture to your floors. Get the full tutorial at www.abeautifulmessI am on a mission to see how many different home decor items I can weave! Just kidding but not really. Weaving is such an ancient skill and it makes me feel connected to generations of women (and men) from all over the world that have woven things both out of necessity and to share their cultural heritage through tangible items more than any other skill I've learned. I like combining ideas and introducing fresh life into traditional methods, so when I first saw this woven mat via Pinterest, I knew I had to make something similar for our house. 

Weave a fringed, circle rug for your favorite space. Get the full tutorial over at www.aBeautifulMessI used a variety of materials to get different textures for this rug but also changed up the directions so that it has 60 lines rather than 32. I like that it allowed for a tighter weave at the edges since this rug might get a little bit of foot traffic. I also used a lot of paracord because it comes in such great colors and patterns and is as utilitarian as twine or jute. It'll hold up well, too. The pom pom trim is for fun but if you are making a rug for a high traffic area, you may want to skip it. 

SuppliesSupplies
- a variety of yarn, paracord, twine, rope, strips of fabric, pom pom trim, etc.
- cardboard with at least a 22" diameter (or foam board)
- scissors or X-Acto knife
- pen
- ruler

Step 1-4Step One: Cut out a circle from your cardboard or foam board.  I tied some yarn to a pen and found the center of my cardboard. Then I held the yarn in the center and pulled the pen to the edge of the cardboard. Then I traced a circle with my pen while holding the yarn in the center tightly. I used scissors to cut my circle out, but you could also use an X-Acto knife.

Then I drew a straight line down the center and a horizontal line, also through the center. From that point I drew diagonal lines, like if I was cutting a pizza, using a yard stick to get a straight edge. I ended up drawing 30 long lines that went all the way through the center to the other side to get a total of 60 lines (from the center).

Step Two: After you've drawn your lines, prep your cardboard loom by cutting into the edge on each line about 1". The slits will keep your yarn in place as you weave.

Step Three: To get started, tape the loose end of your yarn to the back of the cardboard near the center. Then push it into one of the slits and wrap it around the front of the cardboard. Follow the line to the opposite edge and push it through that slit so that it wraps around the back and comes back to the front side through the next slit to the right of the one you started with. Follow the line to the opposite edge and wrap it to the back side making sure it goes through the slit to the left of the first slit. 

Step Four: Continue wrapping your yarn around your cardboard in a counter-clockwise fashion until you have come full circle. 

Step5Step Five: Each of your lines should have a corresponding line of yarn to match. Tape off the end of your yarn on the back side of your loom.

Steps6-9Step Six: Since the space between lines is tighter at the center, start with a thinner yarn. Cut a 4' length (or so) and tuck one end underneath the lines (your warp) with about a 4" tail hanging loose, and then weave the other end over and under every two lines until you've reached the lines where you started.

Step Seven: There will be an extra set of lines where you meet up so go under (or over) four instead of two and then it will get you started on your next row so that you are doing the opposite of what you did on the first row. Pull snugly as you wrap around each time. You want a tight weave at the center. 

Step Eight: Once you run out of yarn, tuck the last 4" under your weaving. To add in a new length of yarn (the same or a different color/thickness), tuck about 4" of one end under where your last piece would've come up had you not traded colors/thicknesses. For a more detailed explanation of this, see steps 13 and 14 in my weaving basics tutorial

Step Nine: Continue adding different colors to create circular stripes. You can see the section that has four rows instead of two more clearly in this image. 

Step10Step Ten: Once you get about 1/3 of your weaving filled, switch from weaving through every two rows to every other row. You can spread things out at that point and there's more room for thicker pieces to go over and under every single warp line instead of every two. Once you get to the same spot that had four rows at once, just reduce to two rows. You can add in thicker cords and yarns as well as pom pom trims now.

Step11Step Eleven: Finish weaving until you're happy with the width. It gets harder to weave things the closer you get to the edge! Then carefully cut two strands at a time on the back of your weaving. This will loosen opposite sides. Tie those two strands next to each other into a knot with about 1/4" of room from the edge of the weaving. This will give you room to add your fringe. Repeat on the opposite edge. Continue until you've tied off all knots and have carefully removed your mat from the loom.

Step12Step Twelve: The back of your rug will be a little messy. You can gently tie loose ends together in knots or even stitch them with thread to the back of the mat. 

Step13Step Thirteen: Trim your warp knots down, and then add your fringe by cutting 3 or 4 strips of yarn that measure about 7" long. Fold your fringe in half and tuck it through your knot as shown. Pull your loose ends down through the loop and gently pull. Trim your ends. For a more detailed explanation, see steps 17-21 in my weaving basics post. Repeat all the way around your rug. 

Brighten up your entry with a woven circle rug. Get the full tutorial at www.ABeautifulMess
Fringe Rug Tutorial
The end result is the happiest little rug I've ever owned and the perfect thing to bring a little more excitement to my studio. As I was making this, I thought it'd be really fun to turn this into a pillow. Pretty sure that needs to be added to my woven home goods list! -Rachel

Credits//Author and Photographer: Rachel Denbow. Photos edited with the The  Signature Collection

Hanging copper pipe garment rack (click through for DIY details!)Hi guys, LaTonya here! Now that the holidays are over, I'm sure you're unpacking your kids' clothes and your own new duds, and trying to figure out where in the world it's all going to be stored! This isn't just a holiday dilemma for us, it's a long time dilemma because of our small living space. I say our apartment is small, but really, by New York City apartment standards, it's a pretty good size. The only reoccurring issue that I wish did not exist is the lack of closet space. We only have one closet. Crazy, right? Truthfully, the closet can barely hold my clothes alone. And that's with constant purging and careful selection on my part. We created a closet in our hallway, the kids have a wardrobe in their room, but we were still lacking in storage space. We considered using a garment rack, but we were faced with another issue, lack of floor space. My husband and I started thinking about an attractive and functional way to free up some closet space, and we created this hanging garment rack! We both love that we now have more storage, and I love that this garment rack adds so much character to our room.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
-large diameter mini tube cutter
-3/4 pipe brush
-(2) 3/4 in. galvanized malleable iron floor flange
-marker
-(2) 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. copper C x MPT male adapter
-(8) anchors
-(8) medium size screws
-(2) 3/4 90 degree elbows
-drill
-3/4" x 5' Type L rigid copper pipe (We cut 8in. of the pipe for the hanging portion. You can cut off as much as you'd like depending on how low you want your garment rack to hang.)
-super glue (not pictured-optional)

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)  Step One. Choose where you want your garment rack to hang. Corners and low traffic areas are always best. After choosing your spot, take your floor flanges and your marker, and mark where your screws will be placed in each floor flange.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)   Step Two. Cut your pipe using your mini tube cutter. We chose to cut 8" off of our pipe, but you can cut as much as you'd like. Alternatively, if you want to keep your original pipe's length, and not use some of it for the hanging portion, you can purchase another pipe and cut that. After cutting the pipe, take your short pipe and thread it through your male adapter.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)    Step Three. Drill your holes. Using your studs and your screws, drill your floor flanges to the wall.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)     Step Four. Screw your small pipe with the attached male adaptor into the floor flanges.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)      Step Five. On your 5ft pipe, twist on your 3/4 90 degree elbow. You can use super glue to make sure it stays if you're concerned about the weight of your clothes on the rack. We did not use super glue and ours is holding up well.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)       Step Six. Place your 5ft pipe into the short pipe that's hanging in the ceiling. Feel free to use your super glue again in this step for extra security. Our rack is super sturdy without, and we chose to create it without the glue so we can easily move it in the future.

Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)        And you're hanging garment rack is finished! We chose to use copper because we love the way it looked against our wood and white walls. You'll find many other choices at your local hardware store.

Copper garment rack Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack DIY (click through for tutorial)         If you don't need the extra storage space, but you love how this rack looks, you can use it to hang your plants or to hang your art. Also, you could have it coming out from the wall instead of hanging from the ceiling to create a little organized art section for your kiddos. All you need are a few baskets, and s hooks. This project is so easy to make and can work in any room! -LaTonya

Credits // Author and Photography: LaTonya Staubs. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

DIY Wooden Coffee TableYes. Another coffee table. I know. Apparently we just can't make up our minds on this very important piece of living room furniture. 

If you're new to this blog, you might not know that I already made a new coffee table (with a fun epoxy top) back in May last year. So, what could possibly possess us to change it up so soon? Well, two things. First, it had gotten bumped pretty hard a few times making the legs a little less sturdy. Plus, we got a new couch. And it's grey (our last couch was a greenish yellow). So the grey coffee table just didn't look right with it, and I can't leave well enough alone, apparently. 

So, we made another coffee table. And it's probably our favorite to date.

DIY Wooden Coffee Table Really, Trey came up with the idea for turning something like this beautiful 2x4 table into something smaller that could work as a coffee table.

Building the coffee table out of basically a bunch of cut-to-size 2x4 boards turned out to make this a super easy project. After buying the supplies, the building portion only took a couple hours (less if you had your boards cut to size already), and then sealing it took only as long as the dry time. Easy!

Supplies for coffee tableSupplies:
-(9) 55x2x4 inch boards
-(12) 8.5x2x4 inch boards
-(2) 13.5x2x4 inch boards
-(2) bench style hairpin legs, or 4 wooden legs (I used these)
-2.5 inch wood screws (I bought a box of 50 and used about half)
-sandpaper
-Polycrylic protective finish in semi gloss

Tools:
-power saw
-power drill
-paint brush for stain
-saw horses (optional)

First cut your 2x4 boards to the sizes listed above. Set the boards up as they will be for the final look, and mark where the legs will go to ensure space.

Also, please excuse our messy garage. Trey and I built this coffee table together on Christmas Eve in our garage... and it's a little less than picture perfect in there right now. :)

NOTE: If you wanted to remove power tools from the equation altogether, I bet this project could be pulled off pretty easily if you just got all your pieces of wood cut to 55 inches and simply wood glued the whole thing together. We wanted our legs to sit inside the table and wanted it to weigh a little less, so we went with a more hollow center. Either way, just throwing that out there.

Cut the boards to the size you needSecond, lay out the top layer of boards (consisting of five of the 55x2x4 boards). Keep in mind that this will be the top of your coffee table, so pick the prettiest sides. We offset every other board 2.5 inches to get that bundle of 2x4s look. 

The only kind of tricky part to this table is finding the best method to hold the boards together horizontally. We opted to use a couple cross beams and hide them with the second row of 2x4s. So lay out your second row of 55x2x4s on either edge (be sure to stagger 2.5 inches). Grab your 13.5x2x4s  and use them as a guide to figure out where you'll need to put the notches. Go ahead and lay out your smaller 8.5x2x4s on the vertical edges for that row as well just to make sure they fit.

Mark the edges on your second row of 55x2x4s, so you know where to cut, and give yourself some extra room. This part will be totally hidden anyway. We used our circular saw to cut the notches, but it can be done with a jigsaw or even a handsaw + chisel. A quick google search can show you the best notching techniques based on the tools you have available. Again, it's gonna be totally hidden, so no big deal if it's a little/lot sloppy.  Once cut, drill your second row and crossbeams into place.

Screw the boards togetherNext, layer by layer, screw all the boards in place. This is where you can add a staggered, stair step look to the edge if you want. Like I said, ours is offset 2.5 inches. Once you have all the boards in place, screw the legs on as well.

Seal the tableLast you'll want to sand the entire surface and edges well. 2x4s aren't always the smoothest. Then seal with a few layers of semi-gloss polyurethane. We chose not to stain the wood as we wanted to keep the light, raw wood color. But if you want to stain before sealing—go for it. I'm not going to stop you. It all depends on what will look best in your space.

DIY Wooden Coffee Table   DIY Wooden Coffee Table  This coffee table turned out to be much sturdier than any of the others we've had in the past, making it a perfect spot to kick your feet up at the end of the day. Thanks for letting us share! xo. Emma (+ Trey)

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman and Trey George, Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the A Beautiful Mess actions. In case you're curious our couch is from UO and our rug is vintage.

How to organize your closet in 5 minToday I just wanted to share with you something I'm continuing in 2015. Hold tight, as I'm about to talk about clothes for a while. :)

But let me back up to where this began. First, I've seen quite a few fellow bloggers and IG friends trying out the whole capsule wardrobe thing (if you haven't heard about it, you should read about it here because it's way cool!). There's a whole lot of reasons to try something like this, but what struck me as really cool about it is only needing less than 40 items for an entire season. 

The second thing that happened was I was talking with a group of friends one night about the whole idea of being content with what you have and living in the moment. You know, that stuff we all remember to do 100% of the time. Not! At least not me. I sometimes do a terrible job of being content, taking time to be thankful and count my blessings, and allowing that attitude to infect my state of being and also propel me to help others. I'm all for improving your situation, don't get me wrong. I'm a goal oriented, future-dreaming kind of gal. But trying to find ways to be content with life as it is right now, in the present tense, is something I forget to make an effort to do sometimes. And I'd like to work on that in 2015. 

Obviously, there's a million and one ways to try to involve this kind of thinking in your life. And I think that's what got me thinking about the whole capsule wardrobe thing. I thought, you know, keeping to a set amount of clothing is kind of a daily reminder to be content with what you have, to really appreciate the clothes on your back. 

Easiest way to organize your closetThen Elsie showed me this little trick for sorting/cleaning out your closet. You add a ribbon (or yarn) to one side of all your clothes, and when you wear something, you move that article of clothing to the other side of the ribbon. The goal is to wear everything in your closet. This can help you recognize items that you just don't wear, or it might force you to wear something you impulse bought or have had a long time that just doesn't fit you well. So I tried this during the last month and a half, and I loved it! It helped me wear more of the clothes I already had, and it sort of opened my eyes to all the clothes I already have and love but don't wear often enough.

So, I'm keeping with the ribbon method for now. I feel sort of silly sharing all that as I think this would be way more interesting if I was making some kind of more extreme resolution, like:
I'm not buying anything for a whole year!
I'm donating all my shoes except one pair and wearing only those all year!
I'm only wearing a burlap sack I got on sale at a thrift store... for a whole year!

Yeah, I'm boring because I'm really not doing a lot of strict rules. For example, my birthday is at the end of January, and every year my grandmother takes me to the mall to buy something new. She does this with all her grandkids (we usually get lunch too, so it's a great time to connect with my grandmother). I usually end up getting a new pair of jeans or shoes and I don't think that this hinders my ability to be thankful for what I already have. So I didn't really want to make any rules that were unnecessary to my overall goal—to appreciate what's already right in front of me.

For me, I just want a little reminder that I already have so much. I'm so lucky, and my daily attitude should reflect that. If I want to go to the mall with a friend one night to shop for fun, that's OK, but I'll know that I don't need another plaid shirt no matter what it costs (I already have three!). It might surprise you, but I'm not that big of a shopper anyway. My thing is I want to make sure that I really wear everything I own, or I should be donating it. If I do buy something new, it should be something I really need. And the big goal is to be thankful for what I already have. In all areas, but clothing is an easy, daily reminder since we have to get dressed everyday. So, that's why I'm doing the ribbon method this year (over and over as I go through my clothes) and now you know why.

If you've never tried the ribbon method before, I highly recommend it. Or if you have your own closet resolution that you're trying this year, feel free to share as I'd love to hear about it. Thanks for letting me babble about clothes for a while. :) xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Happy New Year!We're off celebrating the new year today. Here's to 2015 being filled to the brim with good things for you and your family! xo. The ABM Team

P.S. We're still in love with this easy sequin DIY garland!

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