Top 5 DIY Projects to Create in January

One of my favorite ways to get inspired is to see what other people are creating, so I've been scouring Pinterest for my favorite DIY ideas to share them with you. These are all projects that I'm either working on right now or wish I were working on.


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This wreath is promoted as a fall project, but the basic idea is neutral enough to last all year. I've got an 18" silver hoop ready to build on. One of these days I'll get around to completing my version and share the photos with you.

Isn't this so pretty? We painted a blank wall in our kitchen black with chalkboard paint and got a gold chalkboard pen, so that's the obvious application choice, but this could also be cool in a hallway, our empty stairwell to my office, or in other awkward blank spaces.

One person on pinterest marked this as "tried" and commented that they'd applied the technique to making pet portraits. The possibilities are endless. Now, if only I can get Blue to sit still long enough to get a non-blurry profile shot...maybe when she's asleep? ;)

We recently fell in love with and bought the Francesca Floral Damask stencil from Royal Design Studio (click the photo to see their site, and no, they don't sponsor me...but I'd happily accept your sponsorship, RDS!). It's going to be an accent wall behind our headboard, like in the picture. Our background is a dark turquoise that reads like a navy in our dim room, and we were originally thinking we'd do a brighter shade of the same color for the florals. Now, though, I'm lovig the idea of treating the stencil like a coloring page and inserting pops of saturated colors throughout the design. More to come later, I'm sure. ;)

5. Peg Board Cross Stitch Art

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If you're feeling *really* ambitious, you could tackle a cross stitch project with epic proportions like this one! I love this idea and this execution is gorgeous to me.  Pegboard is my display product of choice at markets and craft fairs because it's so easy to reconfigure my completed hoops. I've been thinking about using this technique to fancy up my display. If you try it, please promise to report back and let me in on your learnings! 

What have you been making lately--or wanting to make? Please comment below to share.  And if you decide to tackle any of these projects, please take lots of pictures! I'd love to feature you in a future post.