Can you believe it is officially summer?!?! But seriously, where has this year gone already?!?! Anyways, what does summer bring but a lot of time outside with friends, usually by the pool or in the backyard enjoying, the hopefully cool, night air. While cooking out on the grill is always a safe bet, once again I have partnered with the fabulous Angelina Danae to bring you an exotic twist for your next summer soirée. If you've stopped by the Target home goods section you can see the hot new trend is very natural: tassels, hand woven rugs and baskets, and pottery. So why not bring that global inspiration to your next gathering. Angelina had the genius idea to do a very Greek/Mediterranean style menu packed with couscous, chicken kebabs, garlic hummus, and so much more.
Keeping the menu and theme in mind I started brainstorming the decor for the evening. As you know, I am a huge believer in using what you already have. My everyday dish wear is teal blue and has an unfinished look to it - perfect for that natural theme. We decided to have the dinner on Angelina and J's apartment deck and I thought, what would be more fun than sitting around a smaller coffee table on decorative pillows?!?! Bigger outdoor pillows are so much fun but can get kind of expensive, so I came up with two different, no sew, pillow diy's that not only look on trend but don't break the bank.
Simple additions, like stringing lights and using terra-cotta pots with tea lights, brought a bit more warmth to the setting. Finally, I tied it all together with some greenery - I used a large banana leaf to write the menu on and then some smaller banana leaves for the place cards. All of this gave such a fun and fresh twist for a summer gathering.
First iron out your pillow covers to get out as much of the creases as possible since you really won't be able to do this after you decorate it. Then lay out where you want to add the pom pom ribbon as trim and cut all the pieces to size. I decided to trim the edges and then do two sets of pom pom ribbon across the face of the pillow. Pro Tip: The great thing about this diy is that you can decided how much pom pom you want to trim your pillow will. Want to cover it with them - do it! Just want the edges trimmed, do it!
Once you have decided where you want the ribbon to go, you can start attaching it with the fabric glue. I used a small paint brush to apply the fabric glue to the pillow case because I wanted as nice of a line of glue underneath the pom pom ribbon. Apply a little blue at a time and then attach the ribbon. Don't worry if there is a bit of glue sticking out from the sides; the glue dries clear so you won't see it once it is all dry.
Continue to add a little bit of glue and then a little bit of ribbon until you have attached the pom pom ribbon where you want it. Pro Tip: If the excess glue is bother you, you can take the end of your paint brush to get it up.
Once you've applied the pom pom ribbon to everywhere you wanted, simply let it dry for 2-3 hours and you're pillow will be all done!
PIllow 2: Tassel Pillow
- Pillow cover
- Embossing thread
- Fabric glue
Just like the last pillow, you'll want to make sure you iron it out before attaching any of the tassels. I decided for this tassel pillow that I wanted the tassels to cover the full face of the pillow. Again though, the nice thing about these two diy's is that you can decide how decorative you want your pillow and make it your own creation.
Making the tassel is fairly easy. First you unravel two lengths of it and cut it off. Then take the remaining thread and fold it in half. Tie it together with the length of thread you had cut off at the beginning. I tied it around at least four times before trimming the edges. Then simply cut the end loops and trim the bottom so it is all even and you have a tassel!
Once you've made your tassel, simply add a dab of fabric glue to the back of it and apply it to the fabric. Hold it down for a couple of seconds to let the glue attach to the pillow case then move on to the next tassel. Add as many or as few tassels and you want to decorate your pillow.
Once you've attached all the tassels, simply let it sit for 2-3 hours. Again, the really great thing about these two pillow diy's is that they are completely adjustable to fit your personality and style. It's very trendy right now to do tassel's and pom poms in bright neon colors but personally that's my style so I opted to go with complimentary pom pom color to my pillow and then for the tassels did more blues and greens in order to fit with the theme. But just because that's my taste doesn't mean it's yours, so get creative and make something that you can see yourself using over and over again. Because, let's be honest, trends are temporary but if you create something you love you'll continue to use it, regardless of the current fad.
Tassel Wine Charm
- Wine Charm
- Embossing thread
Another little touch I added to the dinner were these cute wine charms to go with the pillows, and they couldn't be easier to make!
First to make the tassel, I pretty much did the same thing above but did everything in half's. First you unravel two lengths of it and cut it off. But then also cut that length in half to make two small pieces of thread. Then take the remaining thread cut it in half to make two equal lengths.
Then take one of the half's and fold it in half around the wine charm. Tie it together with the small length of thread you had cut off at the beginning. I tied it around at least four times before trimming the edges. Then simply trim the edge to the desired length and your charm is complete!
I really hope you like this season's collaboration and are able to use some of the diy's and recipes throughout your summer. Have fun and enjoy the sun!