Hello, my lovely readers! Today I’m going to share with you a super easy and fun DIY project that I did over the weekend. I made a beautiful DIY table lamp for my kitchen from a ginger jar, a lampshade, some dual lock fasteners, and a remote control puck light. And guess what? I didn’t use any tools at all!
Sounds amazing, right? Well, let me tell you how I did it. First, I found a ginger jar that I already had around the house. It was blue and white and it was the perfect size for the nook in my kitchen. I also bought a white lampshade that matched the size of the jar.
Next, I got some dual lock fasteners from the hardware store. These are like Velcro, but stronger and more durable. They have two sides that snap together and stick to any surface. I used them to attach the lampshade to the jar neck. I just cut four small pieces, locked 2 pieces together, and stuck them on the underside of the lampshade. Then I pressed the lampshade firmly onto the ginger jar.
Then, I got a set of remote control puck light from Amazon. This is a battery-operated LED light that you can turn on and off with a remote. It’s perfect for this project because it doesn’t need any wiring or drilling. I just peeled off the adhesive backing and stuck it on the neck of the lampshade, right in the center.
And that’s it! I placed the lamp on my kitchen table and turned it on with the remote. It looked so cozy and charming, giving off a soft glow that was perfect for dinner time. I love how it turned out, and I’m so proud of myself for making it without any tools!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY project as much as I did. If you try it yourself, please let me know how it goes in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more creative ideas. Thanks for reading!
Hey, friends! Today I will show you how to make a DIY Roman shade for your windows. This is an intermediate project; with a little work, add some style and privacy to your home. Let’s get started!
PREPARING YOUR FABRIC
Step 1: Measure your window and cut your fabric. You want to add about 3 inches to the width and 8 inches to the length of your window measurements for your decorative fabric and lining (-1″ of finished width and cut length same as decorative fabric cut length. This will allow for some extra fabric to fold over the edges and create the top and bottom hem.
Step 2: Lay decorative fabric right side up and place lining fabric right side down. Hem the first side of your fabric and lining (optional) pin them together and sew a 1/2″ hem in your fabric. Pull the lining to the opposite side of the decorative fabric and repeat the process.
Step 3: Center the lining fabric on the back of the decorative fabric Take a ruler and try to measure equal amounts on each side. If you are using a pattern be mindful of that. Before pinning down make sure you have the correct final width. Once you have it pinned sew 1/2” hem across the bottom.
Step 4: Turn the shade right side out and press the seams flat. Fold the bottom edge up about 3″ (make sure you have enough fabric for your final length; more is okay. You need at least 1′ at the top for your top hem. If not adjust your bottom hem size accordingly. Once it’s correct hem across the top and about 1 inch down each side this will hold your weighted bottom bar.
Step 5: Make your line fold marks using the formula below.
Step 6: For this project, I am using rib tape and plastic ribs. Once you have determined the placement; secure your rib tape well by ironing it in place. You can make your own holders by using fabric and fabric tape to create a pocket for your rib or dowels.
Step 7: We are now ready to close our top hem. Check your length if you have more cut-off excess from the top. Fold over at least an inch and pin the Velcro loop on top. Place a hem on top and bottom.
Step 8: To add the rings to the Roman shade, place them on every other rib tape line or fold. It’s important to ensure that the rings are spaced no more than 15 inches apart. This will help to achieve a neat and uniform look. TIP: When attaching the rings to the Roman shade, make sure to pierce through the front of the fabric and pull it all the way through to the back. This ensures that the rings are securely in place and the shade will function properly.
PREPARING THE HEADER AND HARDWARE
Step 9: Let’s move on to preparing the header for the shade. Cut the 1x3x2 pine board to a length that is about 1/4 inch shorter than the width of your window sill, if you’re planning to mount the shade inside the window. Then, use a staple gun to cover the board with decorative fabric. Once that’s done, add the hook part of the Velcro and secure it with the staple gun at the top and bottom of the board.
Step 10: Now, it’s time to attach the header to the Roman shade and mark the cord lock and eye screw position. To do this, I’ll pull the top of the Roman shade down to the rings and place a mark on the header that lines up with each line of rings. You can place the cord lock on the side of the shade where you want to use it. Use a punch tool to make a drill hole for your eye screws and cord lock and attach the hardware.
INSTALLING LIFT CORD/STRING
Step 11: To secure the lifting cord, tie the cord around the ring located on the opposite side of the cord lock. Make a knot about three times, but don’t cut the cord yet. To determine the required length, thread the cord across the header of the shade and halfway down the cord lock’s side. Now, cut your cord and thread it through the rings on the shade. Then, pass the cord through the eye screws and feed it through the larger side of the cord lock. Repeat this process for all cords on the opposite side of the cord lock.
Step 12: To secure the cord on the side of the cord lock, tie it to the lower ring. Before trimming the cord, thread it through the shade, across to the cord lock, and halfway down the shade. Once in position, cut the cord and thread it through the rings and eye screw. The single cord should be inserted through the small window of the cord lock. TIP: You can use a cord condenser and cord pull if you like or you can just knot the cords off.
INSTALLING THE ROMAN SHADE
Step 13: For installing an inside mount shade, I first predrill two #14 x 2 1/2″ wood screws in the covered header until they come out of the opposite side of the board. Then, I take the shade to the window and use a drill to attach it to the top of the window frame. I make sure to set it back about 1/4 inch in the window sill for proper placement.
Step 14: To ensure that the cord lock functions correctly, it is necessary to place the weight bottom bar inside the bottom hem opening that was created earlier.
And that’s it! You’ve just made a flat Roman shade for your window. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Thanks for reading!
Love a beautiful floral arrangement, but not the price tag that comes with it. I've seen some arrangements that cost almost $500.
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Shell Planter (or planter of choice)
1-2 orchids real/fake
1 staghorn fern or bird's nest fern real/fake
Coco Basket Liner, round
Cut coco basket liner to the shape of the planter.
Add a layer of potting soil for the base
Remove plants from the container and plant them in a container. Cover with soil. Note: if you are using fake plants break them carefully from the original container unless they will fit flush in your new planter.
Lastly, cover with Spanish moss, and voila.
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Here’s a quick tutorial on how to jazz up fake plants. Whether indoor or outdoor your neighbors and friends will definitely envy your green thumb.
What She’s Wearing
If you ever visit my home, you will know who primarily has the green thumb. Yes, you guessed it right, my husband. I for one was not prepared for the amount of wildlife activity that occurs when you are surrounded by water and the woods. I have seen my fair share of snakes; therefore during the spring and summer months, I leave the gardening to my husband. This year I still wanted plants on my porches; I have the great idea of trying out fake plants. So here’s my take on styling fake plants.
Plant(s). The first step is picking your plant(s). I have wanted lemon trees for a while. We have a few real ones in the yard, but I think the yellow looks perfect against my chinoiserie planters so I opted for lemon trees. This tutorial will work for any fake plant.
Planter(s). I am partial to any chinoiserie planter or anything blue and white. So have your pick. The perfect planter really makes the project pop. The best places to get planters at a great price are Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls.
Potting Soil. You can choose any soil you like here. Remember, if you are potting a fake plant, it doesn’t need to be filled with fertilizer. I used some of my husband’s bulk gardening soil.
Moss. This moss definitely makes the plant look even more realistic. The lemon trees used in this tutorial came with moss. I also added some additional moss I picked up from Hobby Lobby.
Now depending on the number of plants you are potting, this project takes less than 5 minutes per plant. The first thing I do is make a flat base in the planter for the plant to sit on. These particular planters had grooves in the bottom for draining, so I added a layer of soil on the bottom to make my plants sit flush. I then secured the plant in its position by adding soil around it. From there, I fill the planter will soil as I would planting a real plant.
Last but definitely not less, I added moss. Normally when planting a real plant, I use moss to hold the moisture in so I don’t have to water as much. Now if you decide to try this, please let me know. Your secret will be safe with me! Omniley.
Greetings. I hope this post finds you well. I can’t believe it’s already October; the days are just flying by. I finally wrapped up my fall decor and wanted to share with you all how I add small touches of fall throughout my home. I am actually behind schedule this year…I would have at least one Christmas tree up by this time. Let’s just call it savoring the moment or not enough time in the day.
I will forever be a blue and white girl when it comes to our home. The color combination just screams timeless and classic. However, I don’t dare let my timeless decor stop me from adding touches of seasonal decor throughout our home. I hope you find inspiration from some of my decor today. As always thank you for following me along this journey. Be Well-Omniley
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Greetings! I hope this post finds you well. One of my all-time favorite places to shop for our home is, Macy’s, and they are launching their Big Home Sale TODAY, it’s time to get shopping!! You can save up to 60% on furniture, mattresses, and rugs during The Big Home Sale. Here’s a roundup of my favorite finds for our home.
Greetings. I hope this post finds you well. I got so many inquiries on my Halloween display I decided to share all the details with you. I made the family room wall my Halloween accent wall this year and these bats did the trick. Just ask my son how realistic these bat look at night…I hung them up at night and called him in the room and I was screaming bats. I also used some staple pieces from MacKenzie Childs I think this display is the perfect balance between chic, spooky, and classy. I hope this post inspires you to live each moment to the fullest.
Greetings. It’s officially Fall. I decided to start decorating early this year to give my family the opportunity to fully enjoy the season. I myself have had such an eventful year it has really helped me put into perspective how much I have taken for granted.
Fall is a favorite for both my husband and myself. We definitely have some must-haves we do every fall. For him, it’s roasting a pig and for me, it’s my famous Coconut Curry Caramel Popcorn. We both love watching movies by the fireside. On Thanksgiving, we have made it a tradition after dinner is served to watch “Gone With the Wind”.
How do I transition from season to season with my decor you ask? It’s simply…I usually just incorporate smaller pieces of seasonal decor into my space but keeping my main canvas timeless. I love chinoiserie patterns and I am a blue and white Belle forever, so those themes/colors are always the features of my main canvas.
Decorating Tip: If you have a long table and can’t find one centerpiece the proper length; just buy multiple centerpieces and push them together. You can use the foliage to cover any gaps and also add picks for more fullness. My table is over 10 ft long so I placed together three centerpieces and added in three pumpkin picks.
Decorating Tip: I love using various textures in my decor. Here you have ceramic, velvet, and wood.
Decorating Tip: Use what you have on hand and incorporate nature. I used magnolia leaves from our yard as place cards and magnolia around the magnolia clip for a festive napkin ring.
Tip: Don’t break or damage the stem of real pumpkins and they will last longer. This are real pumpkins stacked (cinderella and two acorns)
Here is where I plan on spending most of September and October weekends. Should be the perfect temperature for enjoying fall. No mosquitos and snakes.
I hope this read brings you some inspiration to decorate and enjoy the season even more. As always thank you for following along on my journey. Your support means everything to me. Please leave me a like or comment so I can continue sharing. Be Well-Omniley