Embroidery Hoop Art


If your walls are feeling bare as bones, but you don’t have the money to buy “art”, then this easy do-it-yourself project is for you.

All it takes is some fabric remnants and a few embroidery hoops. (There’s no actual embroidering required with this project, although personally I’m eager to try that next.)

Basically, you just place your fabric in the embroidery hoops, trim off the excess and hang your new hoops on the wall. See:


Here I just strung several different sized hoops along a piece of twine to create a collection. The display pretties up a bare door.


Fabric scraps leftover from other projects make the perfect pieces for this embroidery hoop art project because you don’t need a lot of fabric. I found my fabric remnants a while back at an estate sale for something like $1 each. (Sometimes supply hoarding turns out well for me!) But you can also find cheap remnants at fabric and craft stores.

Thick paper will even work. The reddish-orange leaf pattern is actually paper not fabric.

Or, you’ll even see I even used the denim leftover from cutting a pair of jeans into shorts. The leg pieces were leftover, so I figured why not reuse them? If you have old T-shirts or maybe that favorite dress with a stain on it, why not repurpose the good fabric into art for your home? That way you can still enjoy it, just in a new form. It’s about reimagining, guys.

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Embroidery hoops with fabric make an interesting addition to a gallery wall. It’s fun to add in something different instead of just the same ol’ same ol’ picture frames. Or, mount several hoops in a vertical or horizontal line on a wall for an easy display. There are so many options!


Embroidery hoops look similar to a picture frame but their circular shape is far more visually interesting. I love the unexpectedness of them mounted on a wall. What do you think of the look?

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DIY Tiered Tray: 5 Different Ways


This tiered tray is one of my favorite do-it-yourself projects ever because of its simplicity—and its dramatic end result.

Making your own tiered tray is about as easy as it gets. You simply glue two plates to opposite ends of a candlestick holder using adhesive glue. That’s really it!

For full instructions, check out my original tiered tray stand, or watch this video where I explain how to make a tiered tray on Better Kansas City, a local lifestyle T.V. show on KCTV5 in Kansas City.

What you’ll need:
- Two plates (one large, one small)
- One candlestick holder
- Adhesive glue (I use Amazing Goop, which you can find at craft stores.)

Use plates you already own or check thrift stores and secondhand shops. Finding cute plates at secondhand stores is really easy. I had a fun time shopping around for different options to show you. Since it’s springtime, I went in search of floral plates and I love the different ones I found.

There’s a lot you can do with a tiered tray. Here are a five different variations!

1. Mismatched tray stand


This is actually my favorite tiered tray stand look. Mix-n-match two plates that don’t have the same pattern. The look works if you choose two plates with a similar theme, like florals. The plates will still look like they “go” together, even if they don’t “match.” The plates above go together because they both have hints of gold and a similar-colored floral design.

2. Matching Tray Stand


If you’re more into the coordinated look, then scope out a smaller and larger plate that match. It’s easier than you might think to find matching plates of different sizes at secondhand stores and thrift shops. It took me just a couple minutes of digging to spot these two.

3. Bowl tray stand


Another option for a tiered tray stand is to use a shallow bowl for one or both tiers. The bowl is great for holding dips for parties or get-togethers. I like the idea of using the shallow bowl on the top tier. That way you can line the bottom tier with crackers, chips or veggies and have your dip up top.

4. Cake stand


Instead of two tiers, just add one and you have a cake stand! I can’t stop picturing a cluster of three of these cake stands displaying different types of cakes on a party table. It would make the desserts just show-stoppingly pretty. And cake stands are expensive. This project isn’t!

5. Jewelry tray stand


You’re not limited to just breaking out your tiered tray stand for parties. Use it all the time as a jewelry holder. Just set the tiered tray stand on a dresser and lay out your jewelry. It’ll make your morning routine way easier when you can see all your jewelry options right there.

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Skeleton Key Wind Chime


For the latest issue of VintageKC magazine, a vintage home décor, fashion, and DIY magazine, a handful of other bloggers and I were challenged to create wind chimes out of vintage, reused or thrifted materials.

Immediately, I thought of skeleton keys. What’s more wind chime-y than keys clinking together?

Luckily, I had quite a few on hand. After I expressed my love for old skeleton keys to my tool-savvy grandpa a while back, he gives them to me any time he comes across any—and I’ve amassed quite the collection. (You can find them at flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores, too.)

The next question was how to structure the wind chime. What was going to hold my skeleton keys in place? I wanted something that would hold up outdoors and that would go with the rustic look of the keys. Randomly, I’d purchased an old mattress spring at a flea market for $1 a while back. Don’t ask me why. I thought it would come in handy sometime. And it did!


I decided to use the mattress spring as the base for hanging my skeleton keys. I strung the keys to the spring using 24-gauge craft wire. An old keyhole plate (also from my grandpa) completed the look. It’s rustic, whimsical and completely vintage.


Pretty, huh? I can’t wait to listen to it chiming in the breeze.


What would you use to craft your own wind chime? The beauty of wind chimes is that they’re so diverse! The possibilities are seemingly endless.

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