DIY Washi Tape Spider Web

washi tape spider web wall artSince we moved into our new house, I haven’t had a chance to decorate the living room. So, I decided to use that to my advantage and make the wall my personal canvas.  Good plan, right?  I got out my favorite craft medium (washi tape) and created this oversized spider web. The web was easy to make, it just took a little time cutting/applying all the tape (about 45 minutes).  If you want to try something like this on your wall, I’ve provided simple directions below.


Regular width size roll of black washi tape – I used almost the entire roll for this project

Thin width roll of black washi tape – I used the whole roll for this project

Washi Tape Spider Web Directions

washi tape spider web wall art 21.  With regular sized washi tape, place five strips on the wall to make a star shape.

2.  With thin washi tape, place one piece in the wedge (refer to fig 2).

3.  Add a second piece of tape (refer to fig. 3).

4.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 to fill in all the wedges.  Continue to do this, making a larger ring outside of each ring until the web is complete.

*Washi tape is low tack and should come off your walls easily without ruining the paint.

Mollie Makes Christmas Edition


Christmas CraftsHave you started crafting for Christmas?  The closest I’ve come to getting started is purchasing this Mollie Makes Christmas magazine.  And just between you and me, this might be as far as I get, *sigh*.

I found this Mollie Makes magazine at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I always like the holiday edition craft magazines because they usually include more projects.  This edition contains 156 ideas with a lot of templates and patterns.  Below, are a few of my favorite projects.

Christmas Crafts 3Christmas Collar by Samantha Stas

Christmas Crafts 4Sweedish Dala Horse by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Christmas Crafts 2Retro Ornaments by Samantha Stas

Christmas Crafts 5Woolly Words by Meredith Crawford

DIY Sleepover Birthday Invitations

sleepover party invitationsI’m in the process of planning my daughter’s first sleepover birthday party.  And my main concern isn’t the decorations or the food but if I will get any sleep?!  When my mother talks about my first sleepover, she always reminds me that it was hard to get everyone to go to bed.  My memories are a little different.  I remember I wore a pair of old-fashioned striped footed pajamas.  Not only did my mom rent a movie for the occasion but she also rented the VCR.  Yes, there was a time when people rented VCR’s.  My friend Jillian gave me the book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  And last, I remember that one of the favors was a purple wonder woman shaped soap. Kind of random, I know.

Anyhow, you’re probably interested in the invitations I’ve got pictured above.  On my search for inspiration, I came across a lot of cute invitations.  Pictured above were a few of my favorites.  I actually used the cute “sleeping girl invitation” for my daughter’s invites.  Links below.

1. Sleep Mask Invitation by FunkyTime – free printable

2. Miss Sleepy Invitation by Ginger & George – free printable

3. Cereal Box Invitation by Heidi Kenney – free printable

4. Makeup Compact Invitation by Mouse House – DIY directions

Okay, just one last thing.  Does anyone have any tips for throwing a sleepover party?  Your advice would be much appreciated.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 2For the past few weeks I have been plugging away at a large pom pom project. I decided to take a break from it so what did I do?  I made more pom poms.   I now that doesn’t make any sense but when I’m deep into a project I start thinking of all these spin off ideas.  And one of those ideas was candy corn pom poms. So today I thought I would share how I made them with all of you.

Project level: Intermediate – knowledge of how to make a basic pom pom


Pom pom maker

Yarn – in colors yellow, orange and white


DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 3

Pom Pom Maker – 3 1/2in diameter

For this project I used a pom pom maker .  For more complicated pom poms, the old wind yarn around your fingers metod doesn’t really work. If you don’t have a fancy pom pom maker, you can easily make one out of cardboard. Click here for directions.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Pom 41.  Wrap each half circle, with yellow, orange and white yarn. Make sure your half circles line up with the white and yellow yarn touching.  For each section (six total) I wrapped four layers of yarn around the semi-circle.

2.  With scissors, cut in between the two circles.  Wrap a piece of 12in yarn around the center of the circles securing all the yarn with a knot.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 53.  Your pom pom should look something like the picture on the left.  You may have to move the yarn around a little, so all three stripes line up.  If this is the case, just push the yellow and white yarn away from the center (refer to circle in left picture).  Then push the orange yarn together to fill the gap.

4. Once this is done, your pom pom should look like the picture on the right.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 65. Now you’re going to start trimming your pom pom into a shape of  a candy corn.  Refer to the picture on the left.

6.  Trim the top and back of the pom pom to make it flat.  Refer to the right picture.

DIY candy corn pom poms 77.  Keep trimming all sides and your pom pom will begin to take its shape.  It will be about half the size of your pom pom when you’re finished.

Pom pom tip – you can pull a few pieces of yarn out of a pom pom.  This can help with making your color sections more sharp.  Just don’t pull out too many pieces or your pom pom will fall apart.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms

Five Knitting Patterns for Fall

cute knitting patternsI guess you could say I’m a seasonal knitter.  When the weather starts to get cold, I feel the need to knit.  And right now I want to knit all the things pictured above.  In reality, I’ll probably just end up knitting the house slippers and I’m okay with that.  But if I did have more time and a larger yarn budget, I would start with that city cape.

Nola Slippers by Nola Miller – After the jump, scroll down and you will see the pattern on the left.

City Cape by The Purl Bee – How I love this site.  Year after year, the Purl Bee keeps churning out beautiful patterns for all.

Boot Cuffs by Sara Gresbach – This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

House Slippers by Therese Timpson – This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

El Matador by The Sweatshop of Love – This pattern is available for purchase on Kollabora.

Fun With Washi by Jessica Okui
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