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An easy weekend DIY project: pom pom baskets.

Thank goodness pom poms and tassels seem to be here to stay.  In addition to being fun accents on handbags and clothing, I recently noticed them showing up on home accessories too.  My friend Melissa created pom poms with embroidery floss to add to some of her baskets, and she suggested yarn would work well too.  Pinterest had plenty of tutorials, but I liked this one from Camille Styles the best.  Camille suggests wrapping the yarn a certain number of times, but I just wrapped until it looked about like the picture.  Make sure the center yarn is tied as tightly as possible (step 4), and otherwise the pictures sum it up great!  I made 5 pom poms, then easily tied them through the openings of my palm tree basket.  I can't wait to top some presents with these cute accents, or use them as trim for the corner of accent pillows or throws.

Camille Styles showing the steps to a perfect pom pom. 

Camille Styles showing the steps to a perfect pom pom. 

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An easy weekend DIY project: faux flower wallpaper.

A fresh flower/washi tape wall, featured   here  at Style Me Pretty Living. 

A fresh flower/washi tape wall, featured  here at Style Me Pretty Living. 

I've recently seen flower walls popping up all over the internet, and I hope it doesn't stop! All you need is foil tape and some short stemmed flowers to transform a wall for a photo booth backdrop or as festive party decor.  I suppose real flowers will eventually dry if you leave them taped up, but it makes sense to use artificial plants or flowers if you want to have something more permanent.  I wanted to have a splash of fun for my office wall behind my desk, so here is how I made a wall of ferns (a.k.a. Fern Wall-is, in honor of the lovely lady who created fashion week, Fern Mallis). 

This fern bunch and washi tape were found at Michael's. 

This fern bunch and washi tape were found at Michael's. 

1. Gather Supplies:

-5 yard role of foil tape (similar to washi tape, but doesn't peel off as easily)

- approx 2 "bunches" of ferns per 10 sq. ft. of wall

2. Pull off the leaves. 

3. Tape bottom of fern with ~2 inch strip of tape. After some trial and error (and totally having to re-do the wall) I realized it was better to tape the bottom than the top so you aren't battling gravity. Gravity always wins. 

4.  Arrange in repeating diamond pattern.  Exact measuring isn't on my patience radar, so I started with a diamond shape spaced approx 6 inches apart.  Continue making a diamond pattern, which will result in diagonal rows of ferns. 

5. Voila! Enjoy your new wall, which comes out with a 3D wallpaper effect.  You could be more haphazard with your taping, but I love the uniform pattern of my ferns! Start to finish, this project could be completed in about an hour or less.  It could also be done with a variety of fun types of flowers, so tag me on Instagram if you make your own faux wallpaper! 

Fern times had by all! 

Fern times had by all! 

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