DIY Wooden Geometric Centerpieces

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I needed a quick and inexpensive solution to fill space on my long thanksgiving table. I saw this idea on instagram by Lay Baby Lay and it is SO easy. I made 4 of these geometric boards for literally under $10, and popped some votives on top and there you have it…centerpieces!

Go to the lumber section at home depot or any hardware store, and find a long piece of unfinished wood (I believe mine was about 8″x64″). The cheap stuff, mine was under $4 for the whole piece of wood. Have them cut it into 4 even pieces. At your local craft store (I went to Michael’s) buy some painters tape, acrylic paint (black and gold), and a foam brush. Below I’ve tried to show each step with photos. It was late at night and I had my 2 year old helping, so my apologies for the poor quality of photos :)

Here’s a quick rundown:

Tape your triangles across the board. I didn’t measure them out, I kinda winged it and just eyeballed the triangles to make them look about the same size and distance. Paint your first color (black) and let it dry. Then peel the tape off. When it’s completely dry, tape off the second triangle for the opposite side. Paint your second color (gold metallic) and let it dry. Peel off the tape, let it dry completely, and finito!

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XO
Kiira

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My First Thanksgiving

This year was my first time hosting Thanksgiving in my own home. I was excited and nervous, but mostly nervous about timing the food and wrangling my kids + 20 family members. Due to that fact, I didn’t get to capture many photos as I’d have liked, besides a few on instagram, so my apologies for the crappy imagery. A little recap to follow…

Prepping everything the night beforeImage

Root vegetables ready for roasting…Image

This party is simply lovely, stretching out the skin of the turkey to make lots of room for BUTTER!Image

Yes…that is all butter and herbs…Image

Roasted turkey fresh out of the oven…see the steam rising? #nomnomImage

Snacks before dinner…cheese from Trader Joe’s, fruit & charcuterieImage

Me (hi!) carving the turkey the way I learned on YouTube ;)Image

Table for the adults! (kiddie’s not shown)Image

And we’re done! Special note to the amaze-balls Sausage + Celery root stuffing recipe borrowed from the beautiful Jessica Burns!

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XO
Kiira

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DIY Geometric Table runner

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I needed a quick solution to cover two long six foot tables for a party recently. I bought a giant roll of brown builders paper for only $11 at Home Depot (so cheap!!). I laid it on the tables and used masking tape to wrap the paper around the edges. I’ve been dying to try potato stamping for awhile now, so I went out and got a big russet potato and some black paint. I cut the potato in half, and then cut a triangle shape into it. You could do this with circles, squares, or a variety of shapes (depending on how talented you are at carving :)

Here’s a quick video I made on instagram showing the process.

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Kiira

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DIY Baby Shower String Monogram

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I first saw this idea over at Green Wedding Shoes and I fell in love with it. I stored it away in the back of my mind for the future and this baby shower was the perfect place for it.

This DIY is so easy and super affordable. My friend Amy and I knocked it out in about 30 minutes. Each ball of yarn was under $3, and the wood was only $7. I think in total we spent under $20 to make it.

Supplies:
– Piece of wood (you could use reclaimed wood or brand new from the hardware store)
– Paper to trace letters
– Ruler
– Xacto blade (or scissors)
– Nails (we used medium sized nails)
– Yarn

We found the wood at a hardware store and they cut it to size for us. I used plain white paper to trace out the letters, cut them out and hammer the nails around the border of the paper to create our outlines.

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Once you’ve got your outlines, take your yarn and begin wrapping around the nails, in whatever pattern you like. You could do horizontal lines, vertical lines, or geometric shapes like we did. Keep wrapping your yarn until you’ve filled the space between the board and the head of the nail. This gives you a deep dimensional look and makes the colors really pop off the board.

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I had some leftover wood and yarn so I created a heart shaped one as an extra accent piece.

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There is so much possibility with this DIY. You could create any shape you can think of (as long as you can make it with nails!) Perfect for hanging in a nursery, living room, kitchen or even to give as a gift. Nothing beats a thoughtful hand crafted gift. I’ll be making many more of these in the future! :)

Happy crafting!
XO
Kiira

Credits:
Photography: Amy Stone
Wood & Nails: Home Depot
Colored yarn: JoAnn’s Fabrics

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Simple, affordable DIY Succulent centerpieces

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I wanted a simple and affordable solution for filling extra table space at a baby shower I was styling with my good friend and photographer Amy Stone. The colors were peach and turquoise, with hints of gold metallic. I had tons of old canned vegetable cans stored up, so I sprayed them metallic gold and planted miniature succulents in them as centerpieces. Super easy & super affordable. The spray paint was under $5 and the cans were leftover from my pantry food. The succulents were free since I clipped them from plants in my garden and re-planted them into dirt in the cans, but you could always head to your local nursery to pick some up or even Ikea sells mini succulents for $2.99!

Enjoy and happy planting!! :)
XO
Kiira

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Featured by Hostess with the Mostess!

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I’m super excited that Judah’s 1st birthday party is being featured today by Hostess with the Mostess! Check it out here, and check my blog for some of the affordable DIY decorations I created to make this party extra special :)

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Kiira

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Nursery Rhyme Books Birth Announcement

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I had the absolute privilege to design these birth announcements for baby Anna Josephine this month. What a doll! Working on these reminded me of my own little one’s birth announcement, when we stacked him on top of his nursery rhyme books. He’s nearing his SECOND birthday in August. Where does the time go?!

Congratulations to Anna’s wonderful parents, Patrick and Jill.
You’ve got a beautiful little girl! :)

XO
Kiira

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DIY Gold Confetti Stationery

I’ve been going a little gold crazy lately. I bought a can of metallic gold spray paint for a crafty DIY baby shower I’m putting together with my friend Amy. We’ll post more on that in a bit ;) In the meantime, I’ve been finding all sorts of fun things to use metallic gold to accent with. Here I printed a simple black and white greeting card on my inkjet printer. Then created a cardstock stencil using varied hole punch sizes, lined it up on my card, sprayed, and voilà! A beautiful, handmade metallic confetti greeting card! You could do this any way you like, if you don’t have a printer you can handwrite a message or do calligraphy.

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Supplies:
– White cardstock
– 1 can metallic gold spray paint
– Ruler
– X-acto blade
– Cutting mat (so you don’t cut through onto your floor or table)
– Hole punch
– Hammer

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First, punch holes in a piece of cardstock in a pattern or design you like. I wanted mine to look like scattered pieces of confetti falling. I used two different sizes of hole punches that you hammer to punch through the paper. They come as a set at Michael’s craft store. Once you have your design, lay it flat onto a second piece of cardstock and do a test spray with your metallic spraypaint. It’s best if you can hold your stencil very tight so the spray can’t sneak under it. Once you’re ready, print (or write) on your greeting card. Then place it under the stecil, hold tight, and spray. When the paint has dried, cut along the measured lines with your x-acto blade on your cutting mat (I created a 5×7″ flat card). I used a metallic gold pen to address the envelope to tie them together :) Enjoy!

XO
Kiira

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Summer Farmer’s Market Birthday Party

What’s a more perfect way to welcome summer than to throw an outdoor bash? I wanted to put together a festive BBQ for my son’s 1st birthday, inspired by the amazing farmer’s markets that are so well known to California summers. This was a very DIY heavy party, as I needed it to stay low-budge, as always. :)
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Some of my favorite details from this party are the paper goods and the cartons. Finding real, true vintage cans is not-so-easy. So I decided instead to create my own. All of the can labels I found online, printed and glued on myself. I’ve been saving large, extra large, medium and small cans for months. :) The vintage egg cartons and the turquoise berry baskets I found online from Bake it Pretty, and I couldn’t imagine the party without them. And you can’t have a party without paper straws, so the striped red and blue straws I found online from Can do Chefs.

I went to my local Joann’s fabric store and bought a yard of tiny red and white gingham fabric, which I cut into squares and folded into napkins. I also bought several yards of burlap and a large scale red and white checked fabric to use as tablecloths, much cheaper than buying a finished tablecloth. The loose cut of the fabric added to the rustic feel, so I didn’t mind the edges being unfinished.

All the wire baskets and galvanized tubs were a slow collection from thrift and garage sale shopping. The flowers are wild flowers from friends gardens. No time to bake a cake from scratch this time around, but funfetti mini cupcakes fit the theme, lol. Overall the party was a wonderful summer gathering to celebrate our little one’s first birthday. We were overjoyed to share to occasion with all of our close friends and family :)

For a behind the scenes look at some of the DIY projects, go here.

Credits:
Party planning + decor: Kiira Turnbow
Flower arrangements: Kiira Turnbow
Photography: C.M.Elle Studios
Paper goods + Invitations: Kiira Turnbow
Craft supplies: Joann’s Fabrics and Michael’s
Extra Large Balloons: Bargain Balloons
Food + Cupcakes: Kiira + Pillsbury :)

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Summer Farmer’s Market DIY

For most of the DIY’s for this party, I used brown craft paper, or recycled brown paper grocery bags (Trader Joe’s rocks!) I drew out a rough pattern to make teeny-tiny paper bags to hold chips. I rolled the paper to make popcorn cones. I folded the paper into little pouches (I’m an origami master at this point, lol) to hold the napkins & silverware, and tied them with blue baker’s twine. Pinking shears are a girls best friend, so I clipped the edges on all my bags & signs to give them a handmade but finished look. I used the leftover scraps of brown paper to fold little flags over wooden skewers (kabab sticks found in the cookware section of your grocery store!) to be my food signs. Then I hand lettered the words with a white gel pen, which I found at an office supply store.

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A super cute accent to any party is a string of bunting flags. I had an old gardening calendar that had wonderful fruit & vegetable graphics. I used it to cut simple triangle flags, folded the top, and stapled them over a string of white twine to make my farmer’s market bunting flags. I traced and cut out the letters J U D A H and pasted them on to personalize the flags.

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For the party invitations, I wanted a bright yet faded look, reminiscent of a vintage paint can or food label. I designed and printed them myself, and I found brown kraft paper envelopes at Paper Source. I printed and cut out the red gingham liners myself using a template I traced from the envelope shape.

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