How to Make a Gorgeous Fiesta Flower Wreath

April 05, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Fiesta, Wreaths

It’s almost Fiesta time in San Antonio, and given that it is my 5th year celebrating this unique San Antonio tradition, I thought I was due for a new Fiesta wreath idea! I partnered with Amols’, a family-owned party business that has been serving San Antonio for the past 70 years and the headquarters for […]

The Sweetest Bird Wreath for Spring

March 07, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths

This spring bird wreath is dedicated to my grandmother, Marian Rose Terry. She was a bird lover who taught me to love birds. I have many memories of watching birds from her kitchen window or while sitting on the back patio at her home in Nebraska, where my sister and I spent our summers and […]

Woven Popsicle Stick Baskets

March 05, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

Next week is spring break at my daughters’ school. It doesn’t seem possible, especially since it is currently 28 degrees outside in Texas while I write this! Rather than traveling somewhere during the week off, we are staying home this year. If you too will have some downtime with the kids over spring break, these […]

Make a Wood Spring Welcome Sign

February 28, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

It might not feel like it, but spring is on the way! You can help hurry it along with this pretty wood welcome sign that you can make yourself. It is my latest project in partnership with Oriental Trading, and it uses some of their fun DIY wood signs and metal decor. It would look […]

Giant Floral Heart Wreath

February 07, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Flowers

Just when I thought I was done with Valentine’s Day crafts, I’ve come up with one more idea. 🙂 Yesterday, I hung this giant floral heart on our front door, and what an impact it makes! It came together in minutes with just a piece of foam core and a variety of faux flowers that […]

DIY Valentine Card Display

January 31, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

I hope you all enjoyed LOVE Week last week! I have one more Valentine’s Day craft for you. This sweet card display that I made using a chicken wire frame from Oriental Trading would be a sweet way to show off the Valentines your kids bring home from school, or the Design Improvised Valentine you […]

Love Week: 7 Tips for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner

January 25, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Valentine's Day

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, my husband Ross and I always like to have a special dinner at home rather than go out. No having to book a babysitter, secure a reservation, or pay for an expensive pre fixe menu. We just get the kids to bed early, light some candles, and enjoy a […]

Love Week: DIY Wood Heart Decor

January 24, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Home Decor, Wreaths, Wall Art, Valentine's Day, Pom-Poms, Paint

Welcome to Day 4 of Love Week! Did you sign up to receive a Valentine from me yesterday? I hope so! Today I have another fun project for you in partnership with CraftCuts – a pretty wood “love” heart that you can hang on a door or prop on a shelf for Valentine’s Day. This […]

Love Week: I Want to Send You A Valentine!

January 23, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

It’s Day 3 of Love Week and time for my favorite tradition at Design Improvised – sending my readers a Valentine! If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you probably know that every Valentine’s Day I send a snail mail card to anyone who wants one, and this year I’m partnering with my friends at […]

Love Week: Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Bouquets

January 22, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

We’re bringing you more love for Day 2 of Love Week! Did you catch the yarn heart wreath yesterday? Today I have another pretty piece of home decor that is so easy to make – a set of Valentine’s Day mason jar bouquets filled with doily flowers. I love mason jar crafts and the combination […]

Love Week: DIY Yarn Heart Wreath

January 21, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Valentine's Day, Yarn

This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure. Welcome to Love Week on Design Improvised! Valentine’s Day just might be my favorite holiday to craft for… it is just impossible to resist all the pinks, reds, and hearts! In addition to the 30 different Valentine projects I’ve made over the years, I have five more ideas […]

Design Improvised Turns 8 – Year in Review!

January 11, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

Well guys, the earth has circled the sun yet another time and this little blog keeps chugging along. If that’s not an occasion for throwing pom-poms in the air, I don’t know what is! Each year when I do these anniversary posts I am increasingly in awe that I am still doing this. 🙂 A […]

Just Start! A New E-Book You’ll Love

January 07, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

There is nothing quite like the beginning of a new year. It holds so much possibility and offers a fresh start on achieving your goals. While I’m a big fan of planning and goal setting at this time of year (check out my first ever vision board!), I’m an even bigger fan of just doing. […]

Clear Stenciled Snowflake Ornaments

December 12, 2018 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

 This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure.Bring a little snow into your home with these simple stenciled snowflake ornaments that I made in partnership with Martha Stewart and Plaid Crafts! I love making Christmas ornaments, and each year I try to come up with a new idea or two, often involving my favorite Martha […]

Kids Week: Paper Plate Christmas Masks

December 07, 2018 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

It’s the final day of Kids Week and we’re wrapping up the week with these silly and sweet paper plate masks of Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty the Snowman! This is another project I did in partnership with Oriental Trading using all their fun craft supplies. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the Christmas craft ideas […]

Kids Week: Personalized Craft Supply Box

December 06, 2018 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts

It’s Day 4 of Kids Week! If you’re in search for a unique kids gift for the holidays, I have a simple idea for you that they are sure to love. Make them their own personalized craft supply box filled with fresh supplies. I haven’t met a kid (or adult) who doesn’t love a shiny […]

Kids Week: Tissue Paper Christmas Trees

December 05, 2018 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

We’ve arrived at Day 3 of Kids Week! Have you been following along? I have to admit, these crafts are equally fun for adults to make…I know from hands-on experience! Check out the end of this post for lots of other simple Christmas craft ideas. Today we are turning foam cones into colorful Christmas trees […]

Kids Week: Yarn Wrapped Christmas Ornaments

December 04, 2018 | FILED UNDER: Holiday Crafts, Yarn

Welcome to Day 2 of Kids Week! Did you see our candy-filled tree to kick off the week of kids Christmas crafts? Today we are using two of my favorite craft supplies – yarn and pom-poms – to make these pretty yarn-wrapped Christmas ornaments. These look just like the type of ornament I would have […]


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