DIY Mardi Gras Accessories You’ll Actually Wear
Mardi Gras is about a lot of things. Carnival, eating and drinking the all day and night in preparation for Lent, and beads, beads, beads! Now, we don't need to know how you get those beads of yours, but we are happy to share a few easy ways for refashioning them into wearables all year round.
– string: shoelaces, ribbon, t-shirt strips, etc
– hot glue
– old hoops or bangles
– chopsticks or dowels
Green Bauble Hoops
For these festive beauts, perfect for St. Patrick's Day, we simply updated a pair of cheap old hoops. You'll use one necklace for each hoop, cut so that each necklace is one long strip.
Glue one end of the necklace to one end of the hoop. Wrap around the hoop tightly and keep wrapping until the end. Glue on the second end and you're done!
Next up, the Chunky Blue Bangle.
This couldn't be easier. Take three blue necklaces. Use blue thread to tie them together at one end (no need to cut). Braid using 1 necklace (2 strands) for each section. Tie at the second end using thread again, then tie the two ends together. Cut off any excess beads and that's it!
Black & Fuchsia Statement Necklace
For this little black number, we employed an old pair of black shoelaces. Take one black necklace, one pink necklace, and 2-4 strands of shoelace. Braid together and tie off each end. Cut excess shoelace and bead from each end, and add a remaining piece of shoelace to tie around your neck. Lovely!
Remember in the 90s when french twists were awesome and we all improvised them using mechanical pencils, paintbrushes, and chopsticks? Oh, you don't remember that? Well… moving on.
We created these using dowels, hot glue, beads and spray paint (optional). Cut one strand of beads and glue the end to the top of the dowel. Keep wrapping around and gluing every so often until you form a little bauble. Spray paint to make the color uniform, stick in a bun or braid, and you've officially blinged it up, bead-style.
These would also make super cute additions to a centerpiece, dried flower bouquet, or as part of a cake pop display!
Bohemian Beaded Headbands
As you can see, we're really into braiding. These headbands are so simple, and the shininess from the Mardi Gras beads gives your headband a touch of glitz perfect for taking a summery daytime look into night.
We used a strip of t-shirt, ribbon and one string of beads for each headband. Use the ribbon to tie off the top. Leave about 5 inches of t-shirt for when you need to tie it on. Braid, and tie off again with ribbon. Leave a few inches of t-shirt once again, and you should have enough to tie around your head! We love the look of two in a more traditional headband fashion as well.
How do you make Mardi Gras beads fashionable? Send tips and tricks our way by saying hello in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)