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Reupholstering a Mid Century Chair DIY

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Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover
Reupholstering a Mid Century Chair DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

My sewing skills are well, non-existent and when it came to making completely new cushion and covers for this chair I just wanted to get looking semi-finished instead of just the frame. So I came up with a no-sew alternative that cost me less than $20 and took only an hour or so. Talk about a lazy girl DIY, right?! But they look pretty good and my husband is loving his new chair (he is sitting in it as I type this). 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

||  What You'll Need  ||

  • Cushions (this will vary on your chair) - I got mine at a local craft store
  • Batting (about 2 -3 inches larger then your cushion) - sam craft store
  • Fabric (about 4-5 inches larger then your cushion) - thrift store for $2! 

First layout your fabric, then your batting centered on top of your fabric and then your cushion (like the photo above). 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

Next you just fold each layer over the cushion and secure in place with a safety pin (see what I mean -- super lazy DIY! ha). I secured the sides first and then did the corners like if I was wrapping a present. 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

*** If your chair has a wooden board/bottom then follow the same steps but add your wood board as the last layer and staple in place (with a staple gun - I just used my kate spade stapler to show what I meant) but you should get the idea. 

Add a cushion and you are good to go! 

Mid Century Lounge Chair DIY No Sew Cushion Cover

West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY

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West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

While I was looking through the new West Elm Catalogue this wall hanging next to the fire place caught my eye. I feel like wall hangings are EVERYWHERE these days but I loved this one and how simple and different it is to the usual (woven) hangings you see all over pinterest. I've been so over the blank walls in my office and I knew this "simple to make" circle wall hanging was just what it needed. Plus I can never have enough of that yummy combination of dark green a nude pink around my house. 

You can see the original one below. 

West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

||  Things You'll Need  ||

  • A large swatch of thick green (or color of choice) vinyl or Faux leather (I bought mine here).
  • A small swatch or scrap piece of leather (or vinyl again if you prefer - bought mine here). 
  • 1 small wooden dowel about 12in or 30cm, most arts supply stores or home improvements stores will have them. 
  • Jute or any type of thin rope / string you prefer. 
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

||  Directions  ||

  • Trace a large circle on the inside of your vinyl, leather etc. (I used a stool as it was the largest circle I had around my house) and do the same for your small circle (a coaster will work). 
  • Cut out both circles and then using the sharp point of the scissors puncture a hole at the top and bottom of the large circle (using a ruler to make sure they are lined up in the center) and just 1 small hole at the top of the small circle.  
  • Lay the circles out on a flat surface leaving about 6 inches between each circle and wooden dowel.
  • Thread the string through the hole at the "top" of the smaller circle from the front to back and make a knot big enough it won't slip through the hole. Then thread the other end through the bottom hole of the larger circle front to back and knot it. 
  • Repeat the above the steps from the top of the large circle to the wooden dowel right in the center. Once you've got your circles in place then tie your string from one end of the wooden dowel (leave some slack for hanging) and then tie on the other end of the dowel. 
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog
West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

This is such an easy DIY and leaves a big impact in any room. 

West Elm Leather Wall Hanging DIY // Alexandria Mavis Blog

Marble Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor

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Marble Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis
Marble Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis

According to my Instagram feed Fall has officially arrived in North America and I am beyond jealous of all the leaves changing colours, the boots with sweaters and pumpkin everything! Thankfully the weather has been good to me this year and kept the warm Australian spring away a little longer then expected... AND Australian Starbucks finally for the first time ever has Pumpkin Spice Lattes!! Can I get an amen?! So naturally wanting to feel all festive and while sipping on my PSL, I decided to bring a little hint of fall into our home, at least until the 80 degree weather hits. 

These marble candles are really simple and paired with some eucalyptus and pumpkins will give you all the Fall Feels! See the full DIY below!

Marbled Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis

||   W H A T  Y O U' L L  N E E D   ||

  • white tapered candles
  • black or dark coloured nail polish
  • a deep container (that will allow you to fully submerse the candle) 
  • a large ziplock bag
  • rubber gloves

||   D I R E C T I O N S   ||

  • place the ziplock bag in the container and hold in place with rubber band if needed.
  • fill the container almost to the top (full enough it will allow you to fully place your candle under the water). 
  • drop several drops of nail polish into the water (optional: some like to stir the paint around with a stick ahead of time so the water looks "marbled" but I found all the paint stuck to the stick I was stirring with). 
  • then with rubber gloves on, hold the bottom of the candle and slowly but without stopping dip your candle in the water until it's completely submerged and as soon as it is, lift it out of the water again, turning the candle as you do so in one steady motion. 
  • immediately place on a paper towel to dry and repeat the process adding more drops to the water before the next candle. 
Marbled Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis
Marbled Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis
Marbled Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis
Marbled Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis
Marbled Taper Candle DIY & Fall Table Decor // Alexandria Mavis