Now that Halloween has come and gone, I’m starting to get really excited about the holidays — and freaking out about getting a jump on DIY holiday gifts, especially things like infused liqueurs and other projects that need to be made more than a month ahead.
Which is why interviewing Brooklyn-based author Alison Caporimo this week and reviewing her new book, InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More, was the perfect antidote. Using no fancy tools or techniques, Alison offers up more than 50 ideas for super cute (and surprisingly easy) DIY gifts and projects — and for just a few bucks apiece. Ahhh…serenity now.
Books hide out like dust bunnies in my apartment. Whenever I think they’re all on the bookshelf, I find one under the bed and another in a forgotten tote bag — I swear they have minds of their own. To group your precious reads together, camouflage old bricks and use them as sneaky props to keep wild reads from getting away from you.
- Two bricks
- Acrylic paints
- Fine-point paint pens
Wash the bricks with water. Once dry, coat one edge with acrylic paint. Use paint pen to write out book title. Let dry.
The more battered the brick, the better! Nicks and bumps supply a great textured canvas for the paint and make for vintage-looking spines.
SNEAKY HOLIDAY STORAGE
Rather than tucking decorations into a box and stashing them in the closet, I found a fun way to display holiday shimmer all year long. Stow gold décor this way, and when the holidays come back around, take decorations out to hang.
- Extra deep frame (1-inch or more)
- Garland or tinsel
- Fine-point paint pen
Write a message on the front of the frame glass with the paint pen. Open the frame and pile in garland, tinsel, or both. Close frame and hang.
Got small Christmas ornaments? Use double-sided tape to secure glass baubles to a piece of white paper and place in a frame for year-round glittery globes.
Instead of tossing torn or ripped tights, try this two-second technique to give small pots some texture.
Cut the foot plus some extra off of a pair of tights. Pull the foot onto flowerpot.
To water the thick-leaved echeveria succulent seen here, fill a spray bottle with water and spritz the soil.
Photos & project instructions: Courtesy of Alison Caporimo, Meera Lee Patel & Ulysses Press, 2013. All rights reserved.