DIY Yellow Fringe Blackout Curtains

You guys, let me start by saying I’m bummed because I lost all of the how-to pics from this project when my old computer died, BUT I still wanted to share how easy it is to make your own curtains.

I couldn’t find any light blocking curtains that I liked for my bedroom so I took on the task of making my own. Curtains are the easiest thing to make if you can sew a straight line. All you need is enough fabric to make a panel long enough to fit your window and hem all four sides, leaving a big enough loop at the top to fit a curtain rod through. I found a really nice and inexpensive fabric in the perfect shade of buttercup yellow, but the problem was that it was too thin and let a lot of light through. We’re not morning people so this was a no-no. To remedy the problem all I did was lined my fabric with an old black out curtain from IKEA. Easy enough!

 

IMG_4254.jpgDoing that completely blocked any light from coming into my bedroom and also added some much needed weight and heft to the panel.

IMG_4264.jpgFor some extra flair I added a strip of vintage looking rope fringe to the top.IMG_4270.jpg

 

 

IMG_4252.jpgTada! Stay tuned for more bedroom decor updates and be sure to follow along on Instagram.

DIY Striped Bed Skirt and Headboard

If you would have told me that finding a bed skirt would be the most difficult part of my bedroom makeover I wouldn’t have believed you. I thought I would just be able to pick up your run of the mill white skirt at any home goods store and be done with it. Nope. Of course not. Story of my life.

I had to exchange 3 bed skirts before deciding I was better off making one on my own. Either they were too short, too long, too sheer, or the wrong color. Who knew?! Luckily making your own custom bed skirt isn’t as hard as it may seem.

First of all, I wanted it to match my new DIY headboard so I picked up the same striped fabric from IKEA. The headboard isn’t really new, it was previously used as the backboard to my dining room banquette IKEA hack. The fabric for the bed skirt cost me about $16, much cheaper than bed skirts I was finding in stores.

DIY Bed Skirt TutorialThe first thing you need to do is figure out how long your skirt needs to be. Measure the distance from the top of your box spring to the floor. Then add 3-4 inches for seam and stapling allowance.DIY Bed Skirt TutorialMine was at 16 inches, so I cut 20 inch long strips of fabric. The fabric is 58 inches wide, so I needed 3 of these strips in order to cover 3 sides of my box spring.DIY Bed Skirt TutorialNext you need to make the hem. Fold over the long edge at 5/8″ and press.DIY Bed Skirt Tutorial

DIY Bed Skirt TutorialThen fold the raw edge under itself and press again.DIY Bed Skirt Tutorial This creates a nice clean hem. Stitch at 3/8″. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can use iron-on hem tape.

 

Once that is done, stitch the strips together at the ends to create one long strip. Then staple the raw edge directly to the box spring, making sure the hem just barely touches the ground. If you don’t have a staple gun you can use flat head tacks. 

DIY Bed Skirt TutorialDIY Bed Skirt and Headboard TutorialContinue all around the box spring. The mattress should cover the staples and it’ll look like a normal bed skirt!

 

DIY Bed Skirt and HeadboardFinally, make your bed as usual and reward yourself with a nice nap.

For instructions on how I made the headboard, click here.

DIY 4th of July Sparkler Cupcake Toppers

I love the 4th of July. It’s probably my third favorite holiday, and definitely my favorite summer holiday. I love everything about it.I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer night than eating hamburgers and blowing things up in the street. It’s just so…American.

The main requirement of Independence Day is that you use as much red, white, and blue themed things as possible. Even foods must be adorned with American flags or patriotic flair or you are doing it wrong. Here’s a fun, easy, and inexpensive little embellishment for your food flair needs.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake ToppersAll you need are a few dollar store items:

White, white, or blue tinsel garland
Double stick tape
Skewers or toothpicks

All you have to do is cut a piece of tape and wrap it around one end of your skewer or toothpick. Then cut 2 inch piece of garland and wrap it around the taped end. July 4th Cupcake Toppers DIYFluff it up so it looks like a firework or a sparkler! (Except this one doesn’t result in 2nd degree burns.)

DIY July 4th Cupcake ToppersStick it on a cupcake or something equally as delicious for ultra Americana cuteness.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

Happy 4th of July!

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

 

 

Yellow French Provincial Mirror Makeover

Something I do when I’m decorating a room is try to use what I already have. I’ve had this mirror in my dining room for a couple of years and when I decided to redecorate I thought about where I could use it rather than get rid of it. I got it for $20 on Craigslist and although it isn’t actually a pricey antique, it’s still a good deal for such a solid and large piece.

Originally it was painted an antique gold finish but that didn’t fit into my decor scheme at the time. To remedy that I did a silver metallic faux finish on it.

Mirror

I decided its new home needed to be in my living room above my fireplace and also wanted it to be a pop of color. I looked through all my spare paints and decided on a cheerful yellow. All I had to do was brush on some white primer, then a few coats of yellow paint, then a coat of clear polyurethane to give it a glossy, candy-coated finish.IMG_2572

 

I think it gives the wall a nice, bright feeling and ties in with the rest of the colors in the room. The best part is I spend no money because I already had all the materials! Yay! One project down…lots more to go.

 

IZZE® Friendsday Night Party and Cocktail Ideas

One of my favorite things to do when I haven’t seen my friends in a while is host a friend’s night with good drinks, yummy snacks, and hilariously inappropriate games. I pride myself in being the hostess with the mostest (alcohol) so I always have to be equipped with quick and easy ideas that I can whip up at a moment’s notice. I teamed up with my friends at IZZE® to share a few ideas for your next #FriendsdayNight.

 

Making a tassel garland with leftover colorful tissue paper is easy and super cute. All you have to do is cut long strips of paper, bunch them together, fold the bunch in half around a piece of string, and twist. Easy peasy!IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

 

Snacks are easy too. Cut up some fresh fruit and mix up a bunch of fresh guacamole with chips. My favorite guac recipe is sooo easy. 4 medium haas avocados, half of a red onion (chopped), a handful of cilantro (roughly chopped), juice from half of a lime, and salt to taste.

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas Don’t forget the drinks! This is my favorite part.

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

I like to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. The flavored sparkling beverages from IZZE® are perfect for cocktail mixing or drinking plain. My personal favorite is IZZE® Sparkling Grapefruit juice mixed with a shot of white tequila and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and lots of ice!

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas Enjoy your next Friendsday Night!

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

 

This post was sponsored by IZZE® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about IZZE®, all opinions are my own.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player \\#fearnomess

Oh man, I’m so excited to show you guys this project! I have to admit that I’ve had this idea for awhile but was hesitant to go through with it. Decoupage can get messy and sometimes I’m just not in the mood for the daunting task of cleaning up. But thanks to method’s #fearnomess campaign I was inspired to get down and dirty and tackle this decor project that I’ve been putting off for months! I can honestly say I love method and have been using their products for years to help me with prep and clean-up for even my messiest projects, so I jumped at the opportunity to team up with them to inspire you to do the same. Plus the fact that the products are safe, biodegradable, AND smell fantastic can make us feel even better about cleaning up. Did I mention they’re super cute and colorful too?

Now let’s get to the project! I’ve had this white and gold portable record player for a couple of years and although it’s beautiful just as it is, I thought it needed a little makeover to stand out against my white walls. I love colorful patterns and thought this fabric would look amaaaaazing on it…

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess…and I was right!

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Here’s how I did it:

First I cleaned off any dust and grime with my method all-purpose cleaner.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomessFabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Next, took off any removable hardware and used a brush to apply a layer of fabric decoupage medium.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomessThen I applied a piece of fabric that was cut to size and laid it evenly on the decoupage medium. I smoothed out any wrinkles and bubbles, pulling the fabric tight around the edges. For the corners I basically used the “hospital corners” technique (like when you’re making a bed).

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomessFabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

The metal corner plates weren’t removable so I used an exact I knife to trim around the edges and tucked any excess fabric under the plate. This gave it a nice finish. Plus the decoupage deters any fraying of the fabric and leaves edges looking tidy. Don’t worry about getting the medium on those areas, they clean up well with a spritz of cleaner.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

After the lid was done, I repeated the same steps for the bottom (trimming around any other non-removable pieces).Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

I carefully removed the turntable platter base and tucked the fabric inside, then replaced the panel. Next I cut around the front speakers with an exacto knife and tucked the raw edge in around the speakers. These steps gave it a really clean, finished look.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

All that was left was to do was apply a piece of fabric to finish the underside of the lid and to replace any hardware that was removed.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

I gave everything a quick wipe down with some cleaner and done!

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Cute right??? I’m IN LOVE and so glad I decided to #fearnomess. Now it’s your turn! Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

This post was sponsored by method products.

DIY Valentine Heart Pins

Ah, yes, Valentine’s Day. There are those who love it and those who despise it. I personally don’t feel strongly either way, but I think hearts are really cute and I like candy, so V-Day is ok with me. Whether you’re planning on being showered with gifts and candy by your love, or perhaps sitting at home feeling wretched about your love life with your Galentines, these DIY Valentine pins are for you. They’re the perfect way to express your feelings about love, and also make really cute personalized gifts! After all, you have to keep your #pingamestrong.DIY Valentine Pins

They’re super easy to make. Here’s how you do it.

You’ll need:

Oven-bake Clay (like Sculpy)
Heart Cookie Cutters (small, various sizes)
Embossing Letters (I used these)
Craft Paint and a fine brush
A gloss sealer like Mod-Podge
Heavy-duty craft/jewelry making adhesive
Pin Backs or Tie Tacks

First you’re going to roll out your clay to about 1/4 inch thick. Then use a small cookie cutter of your choice to cut out a heart shape.

DIY Valentine Pins

Then you’re going to press your messages into the clay using embossing letters. Bake the stamped shapes according to your clay’s directions.DIY Valentine Pins

After the clay is hardened and cooled, use craft paint and a fine brush to outline the letters. You can skip this step, but I like the way it makes the letters pop more and gives them more of a conversation heart look.DIY Valentine Pins

Now you’re going to use heavy-duty jewelry making glue to adhere a pin to the back of your heart. Let dry completely before handling.DIY Valentine Pins 4

Once everything is dry you can finish it off with a coat of glossy sealer. I used Mod Podge. It gives a nice finished look.DIY Valetine PinsThat’s it! Done.DIY Valentine Pins

Show me what messages you come up with by tagging @melodramablog on Instagram.

Mid-Century Modern Ginger Bread House Cookies

This holiday season I have learned an important lesson. I have learned and accepted that I am not very good at decorating cookies. I’m swell at baking them and they taste amazing, but when it comes to the fancy piping and frosting I am challenged.

Growing up in older neighborhoods of Southern California, especially the time capsule known as Palm Springs, I didn’t really get to see any houses that looked like traditional homes depicted in wintery Christmas scenes. This Christmas I wanted to create something that felt a little more familiar and “me”. MidCentury House Gingerbread Cookie TemplateThis was originally a concept I had for a gingerbread house but I thought they made perfectly fine gingerbread cookies and gave up on the other four walls. Can you blame me based on my questionable cookie decorating skills?

I still think the idea is cute and I bet you guys can do a really great job so here’s the template I used to create the cookies! Just use your favorite gingerbread and frosting recipes. Use a small knife to cut out the shapes and score the markings for the details. Throw some candies and sprinkes on if you want to get really fancy. Anyway, download templates here! Have fun and be sure to tag me on Instagram (@melodramablog) to show me what a great job you did.

Printable “Get Lit” Christmas Bar Graphic Print

I always decorate my bar for the holidays and one of the easiest things to do is switch out my framed prints. This year I came up with this adorably cheeky, retro-themed  “Get Lit” sign and wanted to share it with you guys!Get Lit Print

Printable Christmas Themed Bar Print

Click here to download your own on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

Printable Christmas Bar Themed Print via Melodrama

Disclaimer: For personal use only. Do not replicate for resale. The Christmas tree graphic was taken from a late 1960s government pamphlet and had no copyright listed. Any copyright infringement is not intended.

DIY Mid-Century Christmas Village Putz Houses

I’ve always had this wild fantasy that I would become one of those people who collect and make elaborate Christmas villages. I just love the idea of making perfect make-believe Christmas towns and being able to look at them all season long. The first time I ever walked into a Department 56 store I almost died. Alas, those things are expensive and I’m not a millionaire (Yet.) (Kidding.)

However, to fill the Christmas village hobby void I started making DIY Christmas village houses, otherwise known as Putz houses! Porcelain versions became popular around the 70s, but cardboard versions were very popular in the mid-20th century. Just my style.

Traditional cardboard putz houses were just that – traditional. Most were the standard cottage or a-line box. I have a love affair with mid-century modern architecture, so I sketched my designs pulling inspiration from some of my favorite architects and homes I grew up around in Palm Springs and LA. Then when I started to render them to be printables, a quick little internet search for putz houses led me to one of the best retro blogs out there called Retro Renovation! I’m so glad it did because they have some pretty amazing and inspiring Putz house patterns and tutorials! Great minds! Check those out immediately.

Anyway, this is a pretty easy and straight forward craft that can be done a few different ways. I personally printed the patterns out on cardstock and used hot glue to assemble them. DIY Mid-Century Christms Putz HousesDIY Mid-Century Christms Putz HousesYou can also trace the pattern onto cereal or gift boxes. To color them you can digitally fill the pattern in with color before printing, or you can use paint, crayon, or colored pencils to fill it in. Then use cardboard pieces for the roof and base. Whatever works for you!

After assembling the walls and roof, I covered a piece of cardboard in white felt and attached it using hot glue. I applied a hefty amount of white glue to my roofs and piled on the buffalo snow.

DIY Miniature Christmas Village Mid-Century Putz HousesYou can use miniature trees and accessories like cars, animals, and snowmen to bring the scene to life, and as you can see every house has a tree up in the window.

DIY Christmas Village Mid-Century Putz HousesFor this one I used paper straws to hold up the carport.

DIY Christmas Village Mid-Century Putz HousesAnd for this house I cut light shapes out of scraps of felt and glued them on. DIY Mid-Century Christms Putz Houses 4

So fun! Get out your exacto knife and start cutting!

Click here to download my variation of the patterns that I used here, and be sure to visit Retro Renovation for the originals and even more great putz templates, ideas, and step by step photos.