Monday, September 24, 2012

Project Pinterest: Gallery Walls, An Autumn Centerpiece + Repurposed Candle Jars

It's no secret that I love Pinterest, I mean how can you not? It's one thing to Pin and pin and pin but when you actually "do"? Well, that's something to be proud of. 

AP started Project Pinterest last week and I can't jump aboard fast enough. 1 pin each week is a mighty fine intervention for all of this digital boarding, wouldn't you agree? Last week, thanks to some Pinterest finds, I found the very best method to perfectly place the frames on a gallery wall, I made a quick and festive centerpiece for our dining room table and I cleaned the wax out of my very favorite Anthropologie candle so that I could repurpose the jar. I would call last week a Pinterest inspired success!

Project #1- How to Perfectly Place a Gallery Wall

I actually learned this neat method from Amy and was later reminded of it from Emily. When hanging anything on the wall, I measure and re-measure and then, when it looks just about right, I re-measure again. I don't think you can ever be too meticulous when it comes these home details. I knew that I wanted a gallery wall down the hallway to our bedrooms in our house and I had a very clear vision. I started out by laying out all of the frames on the floor in varying compositions, trying to place them just right. Once I knew exactly which frames I was using, I grabbed some wrapping paper that I picked up at the dollar section in Target. (I didn't have brown craft paper) I traced each frame, cut out the squares/rectangles, and then with painters tape, arranged my gallery along the wall. The beauty of this method is that I could re-arrange the frame templates to my heart's content. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I simply hammered a nail in the center of each template, removed the paper, and everything was ready to be hung. From now on, I'll never hang anything on the wall without this method!

Project #2- Autumn Centerpiece

Fall is finally here! This weekend, I slowly started bringing out the Autumn decor, and I started by putting together this quick and simply centerpiece. Using my trifle dish as the base with an orange cinnamon candle in the center, I filled it with layers of dried split green peas, white beans, popcorn and red kidney beans. I think this same idea would look great on a mantle or coffee table with filled hurricanes and orange candles.

Project #3- How to Clean out Candle Jars

There is a clever pin floating around with instructions on how to clean the wax out of your candle jars once the candle is done burning. I've been holding onto my favorite Anthropologie candle for quite awhile now because I was convinced that I would find a way to repurpose it. Thanks to this pin, I learned how to clean out the leftover wax and my pretty green jar is now the perfect vase for a bathroom countertop. By sticking the glass jar in the freezer, the wax left at the bottom of the jar is easily cracked and removed with a dull knife. I stuck my jar in the dishwasher and it came out shiny and clean. I picked up a fresh cut purple tipped hydrangea just for this vase and it's a breath a fresh air every time I see it. I really believe there aren't many things better than fresh flowers in the home!

This week, I'm buying mums and pumpkins! I can't wait to make the entryway of our home ready for Fall!


  1. Woah. Look at you GO! I LOVE your gallery wall. I want so badly to do one in our house but M goes, "seriously. don't we have enough family pictures of us on the walls?" Thanks, honey. ;) I cannot wait to see you decorate for Fall and I have that DIY Fall bean centerpiece on my list to tackle this week! Such a great and easy DIY project! Thanks so much for linking up!!

  2. These are great ideas! Nice work :)

  3. Great tips!! Thanks for sharing :)