Easy DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Wreath

Easy DIY Saint Patrick's Day Wreath - illistyle.com

If you love St Patrick’s Day you will love this easy DIY St. Paddy’s Day wreath.  I created a simple moss covered wreath base that can be used over and over again for different seasons. For March I like to have a little St Patrick’s Day green on my front door. Here’s how you do it:

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Supplies for Wreath Base:
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1 foam wreath
3 rolls faux moss (available at Michales stores and Hobby Lobby)
Hot glue gun
hot glue sticks

Supplies for Wreath Decoration (as shown below):
1 roll of festive St Patrick’s Day themed ribbon
Burlap ribbon
5-7 Straight pins
1 Sprig yellow flowers


Begin by wrapping moss around foam wreath.  Secure with hot glue as needed.

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Pin Burlap to wreath.

Pin ribbon to wreath, wrap, and secure other end with another pin. **(This way the ribbon can be removed without damaging your moss and you can change out your ribbon and/or fabric with the season! See how I changed it up to make and English Garden Wreath here)

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Tuck your golden flowers under the wrapped burlap. Now it looks like a little pot o’ gold.

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Secure with a ribbon bow.

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Your sweet and easy DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Wreath is ready to be hung on your door to greet your guests.

Do you do a different wreath for each holiday or have one for each of the four seasons? I love wreaths and feel like I can never have too many… but the hubby disagrees!

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How to grow your lashes naturally in one step!

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Guys! I have to share this secret with you.  It is life changing.  I have always had two major issues with my eyes: dark circles and short lashes. I am working on the dark circle issue and will tell you guys about what I find in another post, but for now I can share a tip I found on how to grow your lashes naturally which has changed my life…. ok, well, totally enhanced my life.

It is so ridiculously simple: 2-3 drops lavender oil in my mascara.
That is it.

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I wish I had super scientifically legit before and after photos.  But I have a confession: When I first tried this trick I didn’t think it was actually going to work! lol. Even though essential oils have done so much for my family now, when I first tried this I was still a total skeptic! So no official before + afters. But here’s what I do have:

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The first is a professional shot and edited image of moi with LOADS of lengthening mascara (and a generous helping of photoshop.) The second is me on a normal day with one coat of mascara and ZERO photoshop lash enhancement. Here’s another set of images from the same days:

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Two things are obvious from these photos: I need the ever-talented Lindy Rojas to follow me around and capture every moment of my life because she is amazing… and that my lashes are SOOO long! Never before have my lashes extended out this far. This is ONE COAT of mascara, people. Just One. (and NOTHING on the bottom lashes of the current photos. I usually put a coat on there, but now they have grown so long I do not need to anymore!)

Here is my totally unprofessional opinion on why I think this works:

– Lavender has been shown to be antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial (see source list below for more information.

– Healthier hair follicles and hair will grow longer before falling out, thus allowing for longer lashes.

Like I said, I am not a professional, but I am the proud owner of these (now) long lashes and I am so stoked! If you have been looking for how to grow your lashes naturally then all you need is 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your mascara tube!

I personally use and trust Young Living Essential Oils.  If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils and what to look for when deciding to buy, you might be interested in this post about Essential Oil Basics which discusses oil safety and has fun charts like the one below for all my visual people, this one includes some everyday uses for Essential Oils (like lavender!)

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Do you have any uses for Essential Oils to share?

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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

1. National Center for Biotech Information
2. ScienceDaily.com
3. Oxford Journal


Personalized Chalkboard Coasters + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

If you are looking for an affordable personalized gift, these Personalized Chalkboard Coasters are a super fun choice.  I love being able to personalize gifts for those I love. I made these for a friend who has a witty sense of humor:

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I got all the supplies at the Target Dollar Spot

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And I simple chose my phrases and then typed the into a word processing program on my computer and found a font I like.  This font is “Jacques and Guilles.”  Then I wrote the phrases in a similar manner as to what I saw on the computer screen.  I love the end result:

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These also make great place cards, like the ones I made for my Thanksgiving Table.  And they erase with a damp paper towel so you can write another witty phrase or friends name… or even a doodle if you have sweet free-hand drawing talent.

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These make great holiday or hostess gifts that anyone would like to receive and they are so easy to make! Who will you make some for?

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DIY Gold Wishbone Napkin Holders

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Yesterday I shared my $10 Thanksgiving Table Decor and today I am going to show you how to make these easy DIY Gold Wishbone Napkin Holders to go on that table.  These are very easy, all you need is Sculpey Clay (or other oven back clay) in gold.

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These come with break lines (as seen in photo above) so the clay is already separated into quarters.  Break off one quarter and seperate into thirds. *Tip: I used tissue paper to protect my work space as this clay can sometimes stick to hard surfaces.

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Take one third and begin rolling into a ball

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Then roll the ball on the into a “snake” and shape into an upside down “U”

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Using one hand, pinch the top of the “U”

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Then pinch each tip at the bottom

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Make as many napkin holders as you need, then place a peice of tin foil on a baking sheet and lay out your wishbones.

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Bake according to the package directions.  Allow to cool. Place on your table

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How are you decorating your table this year?

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20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial

 20 Minute Baby Dress - illistyle.com

My family are all currently awaiting a new arrival to our already crowded bunch. My cousin (grandchild #7) is expecting his first baby with his girlfriend – a girl and we are all super thrilled about it. Now that little Ella is due to make her arrival any day now I thought I’d share a few projects we’ve been working on for her, starting with this super gorgeous little shirred dress I whipped up in literally 20 minutes the other day. I’m in love with the gorgeous black and white stripes and with the ribbon ties it makes it super easy to put on and take off if by any chance Miss Ella decides to use it as a vomit rag. I also added a super cute sequin letter ‘E’ to the front which I’ve got listed as a new item in my shop available for purchase! (I’ve also got an exclusive illistyle deal below!)

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For this cute little dress I used what I already had on hand and it took me literally 20 minutes to make and I’ve got plenty of material left for more as well as lots of un-shirred knit for other projects!! For this dress I used pre-shirred knit/jersey but you could easily purchase some elastic thread and shirr your own but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of shirring and I wanted a quick and easy sewing project. Along with the knit/jersey, you’ll need some ribbon or fabric scraps for ties, pins and a sewing machine! It’s that simple – so let’s make ourselves a dress with this 20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial!

You’ll need:

· Knit or jersey fabric
· Elastic thread (if your fabric isn’t pre-shirred)
· Ribbon or scrap fabric
· Item of similar sized clothing (to get the right size)
· Pins
· Scissors
· Sewing machine
· 20 minutes!

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1. Start by laying your item of clothing down on your fabric. I used a little vest we picked up for Ella. Mark where the garment ends and fold it over so you have double thickness at the right size. Add 1 cm for seam allowance

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2. Measure how long you want the dress to be. I based mine on the theory that most babies are 19-22 inches long and made mine 14.5 inches + 0.5 inches for seam allowance. Mark your measurements with a fabric marker or pins.

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3. Cut out your fabric. Make sure your fabric is smooth and even.

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4. Double fold your hem up and pin in place. Don’t pull or stretch the knit/jersey just work slowly and carefully. You can choose to leave the hem unfinished since knit doesn’t fray but as this was a gift I chose to hem for a more professional look.

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5. Sew your hem, backstitching at the start and finish. Some tips for working with knit: don’t pull! Place your fabric under your machine foot and start sewing, let the machine move the fabric for you and just guide it in the right direction with your hand. And take your time! It doesn’t have to take exactly 20 minutes!!

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6. Pin your fabric right sides together and sew down the edge. Make sure you backstitch at the start and finish.

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7. Cut your ribbon. I chose to cut mine about 10 inches long but depending on the age you can make this longer or shorter. I would have probably made it a bit longer so that they can be tied in bows.

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8. Pin your ribbon onto the tops of the dress, making sure you line them up on each side.

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9. Sew in place. Backstitch over this a couple of times. Since this will be on the shirred section of the dress it doesn’t matter if the stitching is a little wonky as you won’t notice it with the shirring! Tie up your ties and YOU’RE DONE!!

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CONGRATULTIONS!! You just made yourself a pretty new dress! The great thing about this dress is that it is SO versatile – you can make it for any age, from newborn to adults and the process is exactly the same!! I hope you liked this tutorial and I’ll be back next month with another one – in the meantime feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hi! I’d love to have you over!!

– Danielle


Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial

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Happy October!!!! Let’s kick this month off with a little Fall Decor.  I created this Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial for you guys.  I know you might be thinking… “Fall AND Nautical? What?” Lemme explain: I love nautical decor.  I love fall decor.  Some people think the two styles aren’t compatible … I beg to differ. Lots of natural woven elements, white, the boat paint-by-number, and the round mirror (think port hole) make it nautical.  Pumpkins, leaves, and black chevron say fall. The elements all work together because neither is over-emphasized.  Plus, white on white is dreamy, am I right?

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The woven Nautical ball garland is easy to make:

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1 package Large Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 package Small/Medium Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 length thick Hemp (available at Amazon)
Thread (neutral color)

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Sew the woven balls onto the hemp. In order that the balls do not slip on the hemp, sew the balls to the hemp by pushing the needle through the hemp and then wrap the thread around the hemp.  This will ensure the balls will stay where you put them.

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Pair the garland with white pumpkins, leaves, and anything white and you can call your fall mantel decor done for the season!

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What’s your design asthetic? Does Nautical + Fall work for you?

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DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates

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Hey yo to all the My Little Pony fans out there!  If you have ever dreamed of being Twilight Sparkle or any of her pony friends? Well, now you can!  I made these felt masks for Ava’s 5th birthday (if you wanna check out the other MLP crafts I made, check out this post.)  And because I L.O.V.E. love you guys, I made printable templates so that you can make them too! Check em out- DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates (10/17/14 All Masks are viewing and printing correctly, please let us know if you experience any trouble and we will fix ASAP):


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Felt in desired color (indicated by photos above)
Printable PDF of desired Pony Mask (available by clicking desired Pony Mask above)
Fabric Glue

Black Sharpie

General Directions:

1.Click on desired mask
2. Download PDF
3. Print PDF
4. Cut out peices
5. Using a pencil, trace around peices, onto felt
6. Using fabric glue, attach pieces to main mask
7. Using sharpie, draw on lashes as shown in photos above
8. Using glue, attach string
9. Wear with Pony Pride

All of the masks can work for kids and adults.  I realize that Rarity looks funky around the eyes in the photo above, if you are making the Rarity mask for an adult, please feel free to widen the eye holes in order to get your peripheral vision back.  Also, you will want to cut the top of Rainbow Dash’s head to connect to her ear (as shown), this will serve as the backing for her bangs. Trust me, it is a necessary thing.

All of these masks are free for personal use.
I would love to see the photos of your masks!
Tag @illistyle in your FB / Twitter / Instagram photos!

Who are you gonna be for Halloween?

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How to Make a Tissue Paper Tassel Banner

Hi guys! Welcome to day 3 of My Little Pony Week here on illistyle.  If you missed day 1 or 2 you can find them here and here. Today we are talking about how to make a tissue paper tassel banner like this one I made for Ava’s 5th birthday. This banner looks great and sis o so festive.  I have seen for sale online and in stores for sale for a LOT of your hard earned dollars… but why, when you can make so easily and tailor it exactly to your party’s color scheme/theme.  Here’s how we do it:

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Tissue Paper in desired colors (3-4 is usually enough, unles syou want each one a diffrent color – which is cool too)

Instructions (to make one tassel):

1. Take one sheet of tissue paper and lay flat

2. Fold in half toward you

3. Fold in half to the left

4. Fold in half again to the left

5. Cut up the folded edge of tissue, stopping 1.5″-2″ from the top seam

6. Fold in half a third time to the left

7. Repeat Step 5

8. Cut line up the middle of the tissue, stopping 1.5″=2″ from top

9. Unfold tissue

10. Starting from the side, tightly roll the tissue along the middle (uncut) portion of tissue

11. With tissue in a cylinder shape with tassels at both ends, graps the tissue at top of each tassel and twist

12. As you twist the tissue a natural loop should form, go with that

13. Secrure loop by twistting tissue back on itself

14. Repeat as needed

15. Hang all tissue pompoms from a string

16. Get this party started

What colors would you use?

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(PS don’t forget, I will be back tomorrow with DIY Cutie Mark Temporary Tattoos for you guys!)