Rewind: Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Fabric Hoop

I’m taking a little break this week, so I wanted to share a couple of favourite posts you might have missed. This is from back in February.

Today I thought I’d share with you a fun way to display those fabrics you love, but you’re not quite sure what to do with, in a simple but fun DIY. These make great wall hangings and only take about 20 minutes max to make!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Fabric Hoop Instructions via Style for a Happy Home

What You’ll Need and How to:

  1. First, Collect your supplies: Some fabric you love (mine is from a few seasons ago at Spotlight), An Embroidery Hoop (also from Spotlight around $3 I think), Sticky Tape and Fabric (or sharp) Scissors
  2. Open out your fabric and choose where the pattern will look best in the hoop by laying the hoop on top and taking a look.
  3. Cut the fabric with extra around the outside of the hoop. I prefer to do this as a rough square
  4. Take the embroidery hoop apart and leave the outside to the side. Flip the fabric to the wrong side and line up the inside hoop so that the best of your pattern is inside that hoop space
  5. Flip the fabric and the inside hoop over again so that the right side of the fabric is facing out AND the left and right side are loosely folded under
  6. Place the top/outside hoop over the top of the fabric and the inside hoop, adjust so the screw is at the top and carefully pull the fabric at the back to tighten. The fabric inside the hoop should have a little bounce to it when it’s tight enough
  7. Tighten the screw at the top
  8. Now it’s time to trim the fabric at the back. I like to leave approximately 1cm so it will fold in nicely at the next step. Don’t cut it too close or it may come out of the hoop and it can be a pain to try to get it to stay put afterwards
  9. Take your sticky tape and with small pieces fold the fabric down into the inside of the back of the hoop and tape it there. Continue until you have no fabric sticking up. There are lots of different methods for this depending if you want to use the hoop again. This is the hack that I like, as I won’t be reusing my hoops
  10. Check that it’s all stuck down and you’re happy with it. Then, flip it over
  11. Voila! Your fabric hoop is ready to be hung up!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Fabric Hoop via Style for a Happy Home

Thoughts on the project:

This is a quick and fun project that will add some colour to your walls. It can be really inexpensive to do depending on the fabric that you choose. My Ink + Spindle fabric for the hoop (lower hoop) is more on the expensive side. I think they look fantastic grouped on a wall in a child’s room or nursery or even to decorate a living space. I love that they only take about 20 minutes to make, and that’s factoring in the sticky tape not behaving the first time around. You could use an exposed nail to hang them, or use blutack at the top and bottom as they are easier to move around if you like to switch things up sometimes.

I think it’s a craft that you could do with school aged children as it doesn’t require too many parts and they could choose the designs that they like. The little hoops could also use scrap fabrics from bigger projects if you have a fair few scraps laying around.

I think I’ll slowly add more to my collection when I feel like the walls need something new to spruce them up ;)

Have you got any of these in your home? Or do you have some fabric laying around that would be perfect for this project? I’d love to hear.

If you do try this, I’d love to see a photo or hear about how it went! Tweet me your pics at: @danniellecresp or instagram me at: @dannielle with the hashtag: #styleforahappyhome

Rewind: Finding Your Decorating Style

I’m taking a little break this week, so I wanted to share a couple of favourite posts you might have missed. This is from September last year.

Styling your home can be a daunting task. Even calling it “styling” can cause raised eyebrows and sometimes even a tiny shudder in some of us. It can feel like an overwhelming task if we think of it as making our homes look like the spread of a magazine. Totally not realistic for most of us – and not what we want. You probably already have a lot of things in your home that you love and wouldn’t part with for the world, and they are exactly where you start.

Finding Your Decorating Style on Style for a Happy Home

If you’re asking yourself the question “How do I know what looks good?”, the answer is easier to find than you think. Hint: it’s hidden in your local library or your newsagent or it might even be hiding on Pinterest. How do you know what looks good? You see it and say: “I’d love that in my home”, “that’s the look and feel that I want to achieve”.

If you have a library book (try the 747.78 section to start with) pick out the titles that catch your eye, take it home and add a post-it note to each page where the room or furniture catches your eye. If you’re in the newsagent, flick through the home and style magazine section, treat yourself to a couple of magazines that have images that catch your eye. Bring them home and tear out the pages that you feel are the ones that most speak to you. Create a file or a binder to keep these in. There is no right or wrong. It’s about what catches your eye. Me, I love mid-century modern pieces that are a medium finish, colourful furnishings and beech timbers. I’ve grown to love white over the years but I also love a great colourful poster in a white frame.

Pinterest is another great resource for this. You can pin images to boards for your home or for individual rooms (like I have). It’s a treasure trove of both product images and magazine style home shots. It’s a great way for you to curate the things that you love the look of. Whether they’re in your budget or not. Once you start to get the hang of what your style is, then you can look at what your budget might be and when you might purchase the items. It doesn’t all have to be about the big things either. Lamps, cushions, trinkets for your desk are all part of your style. They don’t have to perfectly match a magazine image – this is real life after all.

When you’re attempting this, take it easy on yourself. This is not a test. It really is as simple as: what catches your eye. Do you prefer chairs that are super comfy (like me) or are you more into the very cool looking plastic Eames ones? Do you like a light timber, a dark one or painted so you can’t see the timber at all? There is no wrong answer, remember! Think about how you use your furniture and the pieces you already own (and love). What do you love about them? Do you want to keep with that style or make it a feature piece?

Finding your decorating style is not only about what you decide to put in your home, it’s how it will get used and whether it is practical for where you’re at right now. Maybe you have a toddler or a teenager or you just like your floorspace. Maybe that glass coffee table does look awesome in that carefully photographed photo but it just wouldn’t work in your home. And that’s ok too! You’re allowed to love things you don’t necessarily want to own right now. I know I’d love a quarter acre property overlooking the ocean, but that doesn’t mean I’ll pop out and buy one tomorrow (it’s nice to dream though).

Remember that your home is about how you live in it. Above all else, it’s about being able to walk in your front door and feel that relief that in that moment, you’re exactly where you’re meant to be and there’s a spot on your couch with your name on it, just asking you to sit, relax and enjoy.

Do you have a decorating style? How did you come to find yours? I’d love to hear!

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Winter Warmers Play Ideas for Kids

Hello! Happy Saturday! For this week’s Pinterest Saturdays round up I thought I’d share some fun wintery play ideas that could be fun to try with the kiddos in your life! With all the rain and cold we get cabin fever can set in. These could be done with your own little ones or as a treat for a younger niece, nephew or cousin. There’s nothing like a little bit of creative play to help kick those blues to the curb!

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Winter Warmers Play Ideas for Kids on Style for a Happy Home

  1. Indoor Toy Race Track Whilst this is suggested for Toddlers, I think you could make it fun for most kids under 10. The older they are, the more you could involve them in the making of the race track too! Original Post HerePin It Here
  2. Ariel View Snowmen Even though snow is rare here it can be fun to talk and play with snowmen in the winter time. I love this activity as you get to create your snowman from above Original Post HerePin It Here
  3. Make Your Own Molding Snow If you don’t mind the mess this is a fun sensory activity for kids where they could make their own mini snowmen. I recommend a tub to play in and a good art smock Original Post HerePin It Here
  4. Weather Lacing Cards These are a great free printable for the kiddos on a rainy day. Original Post HerePin It Here
  5. Puffy Paint Polar Bear This is a great paper plate craft for the little ones to try. You could switch out the Oreo for some paper if you wanted it to last longer Original Post HerePin It Here
  6.  Snow Play Dough This homemade play dough with glitter in it looked like a fun treat to try with your little playdough lovers. Looks nicer than the other stuff. Original Post HerePin It Here

Do you have a favourite activity for kids on the rainy, cabin fever like days? Which of these would you choose?

You can follow my Winter Warmers Pinterest Board and my Getting Crafty Pinterest Board for more inspiration! And you can also follow me here, if you’d like!