DIY School Supplies with Martha Stewart Stencils

August 14, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Paint, Back to School

Getting new school supplies is always an exciting time for my daughters Stella and Hazel, especially picking out their new backpack and lunchbox. If you are also in the midst of back-to-school shopping, remember you aren’t limited to what is at the store. You can DIY your school supplies! I’ve partnered with the Martha Stewart […]

Free Back to School Printable!

August 11, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Back to School

The first day of school is almost here! In fact, I know some schools start as early as Monday. It’s hard to believe! This downloadable free back to school printable makes it easy to snap a photo of your student before they rush out the door to school. Just have your child fill out the […]

How to Make Easy Paper Poppies

August 07, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Accents, Paper, Flowers

These giant paper poppies just might be the easiest DIY paper flower you can make, especially with my free downloadable poppy template. If you are new to paper flower making, these poppies are the perfect place to start. Talk about a simple project that makes a big impact, with only three supplies! You can create […]

Make a Tropical Leaf Wreath

June 19, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Summer

Summer officially arrives in a matter of days, and you don’t have to go to a far-off beach to get some tropical vibes. You can bring them into your home with this tropical leaf wreath! All types of tropical leaves, from palm leaves to monstera leaves are having a moment in home decor. The best […]

5 Tips for a Backyard Fiesta Party

June 11, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Fiesta

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a backyard fiesta party? We love inviting our neighbors over a couple times a year for an informal get-together. Rather than get cramped inside, we all head out to the backyard, so the kids can play and the adults can hang out on the […]

Camp Fun: 13 At-Home Summer Camp Themes

May 31, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Fun Activities

Camp Fun is back for another year! I partnered with Oriental Trading to develop an at-home summer camp program back in 2016, and since then it has grown into 13 weeks of summer camp themes to help you keep the kids busy, creative and having fun while at home this summer. This year we added […]

How to Make a Napkin Wreath

May 21, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Fiesta, Wreaths

Did you know you can make a wreath from napkins? Yes, it is possible to make a cute wreath from just about anything! I’ve tried everything from straws, to pinwheels, to egg cartons to make wreaths before, but this is my first time making a napkin wreath. It was actually incredibly easy and can be […]

Floral Mason Jar Wall Decor

May 14, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wall Art

Once in awhile its fun to add a little something new to your walls, and this floral mason jar wall decor is so easy to make. It adds an instant dose of color and coziness to your kitchen or a family room gallery wall. I love any type of wall art that mixes up the […]

Paper Plate Butterfly Kids Craft

May 08, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Pom-Poms

How cute is this paper plate butterfly craft for Oriental Trading? When I saw these beautiful floral paper plates I knew I wanted to make a spring craft with them, and I thought the flowers and addition of sparkly pom-poms was a fun spin on paper plate butterflies. It’s a simple kids craft that is […]

Mom Week: Super Mom DIY Mother’s Day Cards

May 03, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Holiday Crafts, Mother's Day

Welcome to Day 4 of Mom Week. Today, we’re celebrating our favorite super hero – MOM! These trading cards are a fun DIY Mother’s Day card idea and a creative alternative to the traditional greeting card. To make these, I partnered with Kid Made Modern to use their new DIY Trading Card Kit. At only […]

Mom Week: Egg Carton Flower Wreath

May 01, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Room Decor, Mother's Day, Paint

It’s Day 3 of Mom Week and I have the prettiest egg carton flower wreath you can make for mom. You may have seen egg carton flowers before, but this one is jam-packed with color and pattern using Kid Made Modern supplies. I love when I can incorporate recycled materials into my craft projects, especially […]

Mom Week: Make an Embroidered Journal for Mom

April 30, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Mother's Day

Welcome to Day 2 of Mom Week! Today we’re crafting a special embroidered journal for mom with a fun product from Kid Made Modern. As you may know, I have been working with this awesome brand for the past year to create projects using their one-of-a-kind craft kits. Their Go Make Stuff blog is full […]

Mom Week: Mother’s Day Photo Flowers

April 29, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Mother's Day

Welcome to Day 1 of Mom Week! This week on Design Improvised, we are spending each day celebrating mom! I have some fun kids craft projects that are perfect for Mother’s Day, whether they are for mom, grandmas, aunts, or any special woman you want to celebrate on May 12! We’re kicking off the week […]

Mother’s Day DIY: Stenciled Otomi Pillows

April 26, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Accents, Pom-Poms, Mother's Day, Paint

You may not have heard of the word “Otomi”, but I bet you’ve seen this gorgeous pattern lately! The Otomi pattern is named after the Otomi people of Mexico who typically hand embroider the pattern onto textiles or paint it by hand. This beautiful pattern full of animal and plant silhouettes has become oh-so-trendy and […]

Design Improvised Launch Party Recap

April 19, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Balloons, Summer

It’s hard to believe that the website launch party for the new Design Improvised was already two weeks ago! The days following have been filled with project deadlines, ongoing website fixes and a workshop and TV appearance thrown into the mix. Needless to say, the launch party will go down as the highlight of the […]

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 […]