Easy DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkins

Making your own linen napkins is way easier (and cheaper) than you’d think! I’m about to blow your mind with how easy it is to make these no sew napkins!

DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkins Cheap and Chic

Every holiday, I’m the first one buying decorative cocktail napkins. The thing is, I hate throwing them away, and I really hate the way the stiff paper of printed napkins feels on my skin. I made these for a recent party and have used them a couple of times since, and I’m now a DIY napkin convert. They’re a great way to elevate your event. Everyone was asking me where I got them! I even went and got fabric to make more for Easter!

DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkin is Easy!

As with all good rehab projects, I started with a need that turned into an idea, then I headed to the fabric shop (okay, bad projects start that way, too, just stay with me here.) I knew I was looking for a red, pink, or purple, but was willing to go with the flow based on what was available. I found this gorgeous pink color and ended up making 8 HUGE napkins for $17!

DIY Frayed Edge Napkin
The napkins looked gorgeous with the lace runner and vintage dishes at my Galentine’s Day tea party.

The only tools you need for this project are the linen and fabric scissors. Believe me, fabric scissors are necessary. They make a huge difference in being able to get straight lines and smooth cuts.

Here are the steps to get you on your way to making your own frayed edge linen napkins:

  1. Wash and dry your fabric to preshrink it. If you want to skip the prewash, I’m sure you’d be okay just cutting the napkins larger than you normally would to allow for some shrinkage.
  2. Decide how many napkins you want/ can get from your piece of cloth. I did this by folding my fabric and estimating how big I’d want each napkin to be. I do everything based on look, so I’m sure if you wanted to measure, you could get really specific and make lines on your fabric with a fabric pen, but why make it harder than it needs to be?
  3. Cut your fabric! I used the folds to guide how I cut the fabric. It’s easier for me to cut when I’m holding both sides of the fabric and can get the scissors flying smoothly!

    DIY Frayed Edge Napkins Fabric Detail
    Before you get to make a mess!
  4. Then you’re ready for the fun! Pulling out the fabric at the edges to create the pretty frayed look. It can be messy, but that’s half the fun, right? I pulled the fabric around the edges while I watched an episode of Fixer Upper.

    DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkin How To
    Pulling out the edges. You want to work from the piece on the outermost edge first. Otherwise, the strings can get tangled.
  5. Enjoy your new napkins! Yep, that is it! Wash, cut, pull, done!

DIY Frayed Edge Linen Napkins Easy Entertaining

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Galentine’s Day Tea Party

In honor of Valentine’s Day this year, I broke out some of my vintage dishes and invited some friends over for a last minute Galentine’s tea party. We all know you don’t really need a reason to get together with your girls, but who doesn’t love a theme?

Follow along for my tips and you’ll be throwing a tea party in no time!

Everything was all about mix and match. I had camomile flowers left over from last week that I mixed with my Valentine’s flowers I got over the weekend.

Because I’m constantly thrifting, all of my plates and cups and silver pieces are just a bit different. I tied it all together with matching gold teaspoons, gold flatware, and pink linen napkins that I made one morning last week.

To make the party as simple as possible, I picked up pastries including these amazing heart shaped, chocolate dipped cookies at my local bakery. I also stocked the fridge with lots of champagne. Of course we also had tea! I served Prince of Wales, mint, and a blend from Laduree (a French pastry shop.)

I used a piece of lace I had left over from a project as a runner and mixed up chairs from around the house for an Alice in Wonderland vibe. I had my guests pick records that we played throughout the party.

Along with pastries, I served tea sandwiches. Because what is a tea party without tea sandwiches!?! I made butter and cucumber sandwiches, salmon with cream cheese and dill sandwiches, and turkey and cheese sandwiches. I think cucumber sandwiches are extremely overlooked and underrated. Last year, I had an obsession where I ate probably 3 cucumber sandwiches a week for at least a month.

I also served a veggie tray and radishes with butter and sea salt. I loved having the veggies, even though it’s not “traditional” for tea time.

I sent my girls home with these sweet treats because don’t they just remind you of being a kid!?

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing photos from my party! When you throw your own, just remember to keep it simple and keep it about hanging with your girls!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Rehabbers!

Vision Board Tips

Creating a vision board isn’t exactly rehabbing, but it is crafty!

I do one about once a year, and what better time than the new year to envision what you want?

Creating a vision board is a great activity to do alone or to do with a group of friends. I spent some time thinking about my goals and cut out the images by myself, and then arranged my boards with friends this year.

Here are some of my favorite tips for creating your vision board:

I love arranging my boards based on areas of my life, so it is easy to focus on one area at a time.

I even created an entirely separate board for my dream house one day!

I hope you enjoy imagining your future and creating your vision board!

DIY Marshmallow Reindeer and Snowmen

This is a bit of a flashback, as these guys were my favorite Christmas DIY of last year. They were a big hit among my friend’s kids, too!

It all started when I was shopping at Williams Sonoma and came across marshmallow snowmen that were so cute. I knew they’d make the perfect gift paired with fancy hot cocoa, but when I realized each pack of 4 cost $13 (!!) the idea for an easy DIY formed.

First things first, I put the offensively expensive snowmen down and marched out the door. I went to the grocery store and got marshmallows, sticks from the baking section, and packets of icing. I chose these nifty icing writers that you just snip. I was being lazy and didn’t want to make icing, and, honestly, who wants the mess of making a ton of icing? Let’s keep it easy! Disclaimer: I couldn’t find a brown icing writer so I bought a white icing tube and brown food coloring.

Here are my supplies. I put out some wax paper to control the mess and keep my counters from getting sticky.

Next, I put the marshmallows on the sticks.

The next step was the most fun! I practiced some squiggles on the wax paper then started “drawing” on my reindeers and snowmen.

For the reindeer, I kept it simple with red noses, black dots for eyes, and scarves for some festive color. Also, you may notice I drew “upside down” compared to the Williams Sonoma version. I did this because I wanted them sticking out the top of stockings.

I let them “dry” for several hours and put pairs in plastic favor bags for gifting (sorry for the dark photo- it was late!)

The great thing about these is that they’re easy, inexpensive, and have a big impact! I paired them with fancy hot chocolates as stocking stuffers. You could even get cute mugs from Marshall’s or TJ Max, put a hot cocoa packet inside, and top them off with these babies for a festive gift!

Holiday Wreath Round Up

Last week, I had a wine and crafts night with my friend Susie and we made homemade magnolia wreaths! They were no match for the Southern California sun and completely wilted in just a few days.

So I’ve rounded up some great holiday wreaths that don’t cost a fortune and won’t be dying on you anytime soon! Get ready to deck the halls, y’all!

I love this led wreath that’s currently on sale at West Elm. Now, I’m part barracuda, so if sparkly isn’t your thing, keep reading!

I’m a sucker for anything with wood that looks vintage, and I love how Christmassy this wreath feels. And how cute are those tiny mittens!?

I’m loving the gold accents in this magnolia wreath from Pottery Barn (don’t they just nail holiday decor!?) Don’t worry, it is a really good fake, so you can use it for years to come!

My parents new place has one of those glass insert doors, and I️ think this triple wreath would be stunning if you have a glass door. Even better is that it’s from Kohl’s and on sale (!) and my mom is obsessed with using Kohl’s cash for discounts. (Hi, Mom!)

I love this boxwood wreath because boxwood is in for any time of year. Even better? It’s on sale for $40!

Don’t like the red and green look? Decorating for another December holiday? This white wreath feels elegant and vintage at the same time… and it’s 50% off!

Not into wreaths but want a little holiday flair? I’m loving the blend of wood, ribbon, berries, and pinecones going on with this snowflake door hanger.

Happy hall decking, Rehabbers!

Thanksgiving Spruce Up

This year, I’ve taken a hard stance on decorating for Christmas too early. I feel like everyone is straight up skipping Thanksgiving. Other bloggers were decorating for Christmas before Halloween! I feel like that’s a missed opportunity for a whole month of decorating for and celebrating Turkey Day.

That got me thinking… What better time of year than right before the holidays to spruce up your home and get prepared for all of the guests you’re sure to have?! And why not this weekend!?

I started thinking about ways to make a big impact in your home for not a lot of money. You don’t actually need all new furniture to make your space feel new again. You just need to clean up, clean out, and get a few key items that make a big difference. And I’m going to tell you what you need to do to make a big impact!

Essentially, you could change the whole vibe of your place this weekend! Spend Saturday cleaning up and cleaning out, go pick up some of these basics Sunday, and, voila! You’ll be ready for Turkey Day next week (and just switch this stuff back in after the holidays, you’ll be a step ahead on your New Year’s clean up!)

I started by cleaning out my closet and drawers, and posted a ton of my clothes on Poshmark, then donated the rest. I used the extra cash I made selling and went to Target and stocked up on a lot of the items I from Hearth & Hand from my last post (I may have gone a little nuts there, I ended up with the rug, place mats, mugs, bowls, and even Christmas decor…oops!)

So, my shopping trip aside, the items that will make a big impact in your home and get you prepared for the holidays are these:

Thanksgiving spruce up

You might notice that some of these items will take you through the holidays and into the new year. That’s the point– get a lot of bang for your buck! Okay, now to breakdown the list:

Throw pillows

pottery barn washed velvet pillow cover

No need to buy a new couch. Get rid of your pillows that are looking old and flat (I have them, too!) and replace them with some new pillows in seasonal colors. I love that these velvet pillows feel so luxurious! You can make a huge impact in a room with throw pillows. Put them on your couch, in lounge chairs, on your bed. Bonus points because you can just change these pillow covers as the seasons change!

A Cozy Blankie

pottery barn cozy pom pom throw

When you get rid of your tired old pillows, create a space for ultimate hygge (coziness!) by adding a new throw to your couch or the end of your bed. I love these options because they’re neutral enough to work for other times of year based on what you pair them with.

Candles

Pottery barn flameless candles

Lighting is often overlooked and so important. Candles like these create a romantic glow that just screams holidays. Plus, everyone looks better in candlelight. I love that these candles are flameless, so there’s little risk if you have little ones running around and it’s not a big deal if you forget to blow them out.

Silverware Caddy

silverware caddy

This silverware caddy is super cute, and I love having a way for guests to grab what they need without going through my drawers or having to do a formal table scape.

silverware caddy

I also really love this one!

Another (cheaper) option that I love for silverware is using 3 mason jars and just filling them up with flatware- one for forks, one for knives, and one for spoons.

Display Pieces

My dad always says, “presentation is everything,” and I agree. Having cool display pieces can take a normal meal up a notch and make your guests feel special.

Hearth and Hand cutting board

I’m all about creating a cheese and charcuterie display using stuff I picked up at Trader Joe’s but using a special cutting board like this one from Chip & Jo or platter to elevate the feeling.

galvanized metal display

I also love playing with the height of items in my displays. Having layers creates visual interest, and is another hack in making your spread feel special with minimal work. I love that this galvanized metal piece can take you through the holidays, and that it works just as well for a spring or summer display!

Folding Chairs

Sure, you don’t need extra chairs taking up space in your home most of the time, but folding chairs are amazing. You can store them away in the extra closet space you have from that clean out, and just pull them out when unexpected guests pop in.

folding chairs

I love using folding chairs like these when we have parties, and I end up using them multiple times throughout the year.

Bonus item: A bar cart!

I love having drinks displayed on a bar cart when friends come over. It keeps guests out of the kitchen and gives you a chance to make a special display. I like to decorate mine with vintage glasses and one of my vintage ice buckets, and a variety of liquor, of course! Bar carts are also a great way to display seasonal items.

This is actually the exact bar cart that I own.

Aiden bar cart

I also love this bar cart, especially if you want to top it with the galvanized stand above.

I hope you guys are feeling motivated to complete your own pre-holiday spruce up! Everything on this list is from Target or Pottery Barn (except the second bar cart, which is from World Market, and the folding chairs, which are at Bed Bath and Beyond) so you can get in and get out and you don’t spend all day running around before the holidays start to get really crazy!

 

Favorites from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Chip and Jo Gaines have done it again. Yesterday marked the launch of their new line Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target. It is great! I love any pieces that translate to easy entertaining, and they’ve provided. They have neutral black and white dishes with pops of green, white kitchen towels, throws, and napkins with black or grey accents, and even a cute door mat. I love the galvenized metal touches throughout the collection, and for those that don’t like silver, they’ve included gold. Everything is mix and match.

Yes, there are a couple of things that left me scratching my head (a goat cookie cutter… like, whyyyy?) but for the most part, anything you scoop up is going to be great, especially for all of the holiday entertaining you’re going to do! And why not pick up some gifts for the Fixer Upper fans in your life?

Here are my favorites from the collection.

Entryway:

Hearth and Hand Rug
I love this natural fiber rug with a neutral pattern because it can last past the holidays.
Hearth and Hand Wreath
This wreath was the first item I saw, and I knew I’d love the whole collection. I love how it is understated but pretty.

For the table:

Hearth and Hand Plate
Who doesn’t love a simple white plate? The shape keeps this contemporary.
Hearth and Hand Smoke Glass Vases
I normally don’t love smoked glass, but these vases work. I can just see them as centerpieces for a dinner party.
Hearth and Hand White Tray
Give me all of the serving pieces.
Hearth and Hand Black Tray
I’ll take both!
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I love these neutral striped napkins. They’d be awesome for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of year.
Hearth and Hand Cutting Board
Go- to gift alert. This acacia cutting board with a leather handle screams special. Best part? It’s only $14.99!

You can check out more of the collection on Target.com and in stores now!