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DIY: Brass Ring Necklace

DIY HeaderI recently came across a brass ring necklace on Pinterest that caught my eye. Not only is the necklace super original, but it uses unconventional materials that make it such a statement piece.  So… I decided to head to the hardware store! Give this DIY project a try and you’ll absolutely love the finished product!

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Step 1. I began by selecting about four different sized brass rings and laid them out on the floor of the hardware store. I played around with different patterns and sizes until I decided on one shape. I took a picture of the pattern so that I could remember the layout and refer back to the original pattern once I brought the materials home.

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Step 2. Begin by taking the two center rings out of the bunch. Take a 12″ piece of nylon and connect the two rings by wrapping the cord about three to four times around the rings. Once you feel they are as secure as possible, tie a tight knot and trim both ends with scissors. This is where you will need to take your lighter out and melt each end.  Once you have burned one end, immediately take your lighter to the melted end and press the side of the lighter firmly against the melted tip. This will seal the knot and prevent the ends from separating or fraying.

You will essentially want to repeat this step with the next ring, working your way from the inside out.  Once you have connected the pattern, you will then need to make the strings from which the rings will hang from. Simply take two 40″ pieces of nylon and loop each cord through the top two rings of your pattern and adjust the length.

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Voila! There you have your very own brass ring necklace!

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DIY: Glasses Holder

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The J Banks retail store was in desperate need for a unique and shop-able eye glass display. I recently made a display similar to the one featured on this month’s DIY so I offered to make one for the retail store! One of the J Banks employees graciously donated her vintage mirror, thank you Jenn!! But you can really make this with any kind of mirror or frame of whatever size you feel like!

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Step 1. Since the mirror had been stored in the attic, I first dusted and cleaned the face of the mirror. I then flipped the mirror over, laying the front face down and measured with a pencil where I needed to place the screw eyes. It really just depends on how big of a piece you are working with and how many glasses you think you will be hanging on the frame.

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Step 2. Once you have all of your holes marked, take out your drill and drill holes into the back of the frame.

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Step 3. Then take your screw eyes and twist them into the holes you just marked until they are securely in place. Take your fishing line and weave the end of the line through your first screw eye. Make sure you are tying a secure knot or else the knot will slip when tension is created. Once your knot is secure, pull the line across to the other screw eye to give yourself an idea of how much length you will need. Cut the line, leaving yourself an extra 4-5 inches. Repeat this step for all of the screw eyes along the same side. Pull each line across across the front of the mirror as taut as it will allow and tie the same knot through each screw eye.

Step 4. Trim any excess fishing line you may have and hang the frame. Once it is hung, you can then display the glasses! However, don’t limit yourself to just using the frame as a sunglasses or glasses holder, as the piece would also be perfect for hanging jewelry as well! Check out the finished product below, now displayed in J Banks retail!

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Happy DIY!

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DIY: Paper Flower Chandelier

DIY HeaderFor this DIY I worked with J Banks Designer, Deb Van Plew, to help her create a hanging centerpiece for our hospitality tent at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament.  Deb envisioned a huge chandelier-like piece composed of vibrant tissue paper flowers intertwined with white paper lanterns that would provide scale and volume.

I was so excited to start this project because Pinterest is overflowing with images of tissue paper flowers and poms. One of the things I like about these flowers is that they capture the beauty of flowers but with a quirky and whimsical twist. Before we began to assemble the ‘chandelier,’ a few of the J Banks team members and I got together to start making the tissue paper flowers.

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Step 1. Begin by laying the tissue paper flat and stacking the colors in the order you want them to appear in the flower.  I used two pieces of tissue paper per color so that each color would pop!

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Step 2. Once you have laid out all of your tissue paper, start at one end and begin folding the stacked tissue paper like an accordian .  Try to keep the lines even.  This initial fold will be a guide for you throughout the creation of your flower.

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Step 3. Once you have folded the stack, separate all of the colors and fold them back into the accordian fold individually.

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Step 4. Lay the colors in the order in which you want them to appear in your flower. Begin trimming the ends of the tissue paper into curves or triangles.  We wanted our flowers to be a bit edgier so we went with the triangle shape.

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Step 5. As you are trimming the edges into triangles, begin staggering the length of the various colors of tissue paper.  The shortest pieces will appear in the center of your flower and the longer pieces will be on the outside of the bloom.

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Step 6. Starting with your longest section of tissue paper, carefully unfold the tissue paper sections and layer them on top of each other (like you did in Step 1.).

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Step 7.  Using your guide lines (from Step 2.) carefully refold the tissue back into the accordian shape.

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Step 8. Using a 12″ piece of floral wire, cinch the tissue paper in the middle and then twist the wire on the bottom to secure the fold. Leave the excess wire hanging off the bottom as this is what you will use to secure the flower to the rest of the arrangement later.

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Step 9. Pull the two inner edges of the flower together and begin to open up the bloom.

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Step 10. Starting in the middle of the flower, carefully lift each layer of tissue up.  The tissue is thin and you might have a few little tears in the middle where the paper is bound thickly, but that is okay, just keep going and take your time.  These little uh-ohs won’t show once your flower is complete.

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Step 11. Continue lifting up each layer of tissue paper.

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Step 12. Ta-Da!  Your have a beautiful tissue paper flower!

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Store the flowers somewhere safe and dry until you are ready to use them.

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On set-up day we laid all of the flowers out so we could see our color selection.

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Our friend Gene started to shape the ‘chandelier’ by hanging several of the white lanterns in bunches across the top of the tent.

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With Deb’s guidance, he began tying in the tissue paper flowers using the wire on the back of each flower.

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We varied the colors and sizes of the flowers.  The asymmetry looked great!

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And here is a picture of the finished product – our ‘Paper Flower Chandelier’ was the talk of the tent!

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After the tournament, we were able to reuse the flowers and lanterns for a retail display!

Stay tuned as I will have another DIY project for you again in June!

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DIY: Zebra Drop Cloth Rug

These days the internet is overflowing with DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects.  With so many options and variations out there, picking a project that seems not only fun – but also possible to complete – can be daunting.  We decided to take the guess work out of this equation by tackling one DIY project at least once a month.  We want to show that we can handle these projects and YOU CAN too! Our marketing assistant, Lauren Thomas, tackled our first DIY project – a Zebra Drop Cloth Rug!

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I recently embarked on a rather crazy DIY project – a stylish metallic gold zebra print rug! This project was inspired by the growing trendiness of animal prints, not only in the interior design world, but in all facets of fashion as well!

This was such a fun DIY-er and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share my step-by-step guide and tips and tricks to crafting your very own!

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I first began by laying out my drop cloth on a large even surface where it was easy for me to begin sketching the outline of my zebra.

At first, I was a little nervous that the shape would not be perfectly symmetrical, but realized that the less perfectly sketched it was, the more real and authentic the shape would look-so I just went with it!

1- Sketched

I began sketching with a pencil in case I needed to erase. After I sketched the shape I wanted, I went over the lines with a sharpie, so that I could see the lines more clearly as I was cutting. I then cut the drop cloth with scissors and encouraged the edges to fray a bit, in an effort to make the rug look like an authentic hide.

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After I was pleased with the shape, I ironed the drop cloth. Ironing makes the material smoother and eases the process of sketching and painting the stripes.

Then the painting began! I laid out a tarp that covered the surface area of the rug and began to apply the white base paint. The white paint serves not only as the background but also as a primer for the drop cloth. I used more than one quart of paint, as drop cloths absorb a TON of paint.  I recommended getting at least two quarts of paint so you can apply generously!

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It took about three hours for the paint to dry. During this time I began sketching my stripes with a pencil.  Just remember- no two zebras have the same stripes, so just have fun with it! You really can create any look you want!

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Once I was happy with the stripes I sketched, I began painting the stripes. This was my favorite step, as I loved seeing the whole process come to life! I actually mixed a tannish brown paint with a gold metallic to get a more subdued gold look.

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I loved how this technique turned out because none of the stripes are the same exact color, as some were mixed with more gold and vice versa. It gives the rug a more authentic feel!

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If you are happy with your rug with just one coat, then that is great! I chose to go back over the stripes with a second coat to add a bit more color and touch up a few light areas. Once your paint has dried completely (I would let it dry over night just to be sure) you can apply your polyurethane coat.

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I applied a light coat of polyurethane in hopes that it would increase the durability of the rug. But if you find that it slightly alters the shine or hue of the finish you wanted to achieve, then you should be fine without it as long your rug will not be in a high traffic area of your home.

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Voila!  Not too difficult at all! I ended up putting the rug in my room and layered it on top of the rug I already have in the space.

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