By Anna Kocharian

Published on October 28, 2016

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Photography by ALYSSA ROSENHECK

This summer, we had the chance to go inside the home of Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess. The blogger and DIY-pro won over our hearts with her (plus sister Emma Chapman’s!) ability to transform the everyday into a vibrantly colorful creation. Her carefully curated Nashville home was no exception. So in the spirit of all that is lively and bright, we rounded up a few of our (many) favorite DIYs from the uber-talented sister duo. Take a look! 

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Photography by LAURA GUMMERMAN

Tabletop Tic Tac Toe

Every coffee or side table needs an accent piece, and if you ask us, this one is it. Playful, cheeky, and delightfully graphic, this DIY tic tac toe board will not only lend a lighthearted element to your space, but will also provide guests with a little entertainment.

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Photography by LAURA GUMMERMAN
You know that one photo you have that would make for an excellent piece on the wall? Here’s your chance. Using a photo editing software, you can transform a single photograph into an oversized work of art. We’re loving the tiled effect that results from the washi-taped grid on the wall!
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Photography by MANDI JOHNSON

Oxidized Copper Planters

Copper may be having a moment, but we’re all for switching things up with this DIY that results in an oxidized-effect. The concept is a simple one, wrap a jar or can in a copper sheet and spray with a vinegar mixture, which will produce the oxidized characteristic. Yep, it’s that easy!

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Photography by RACHEL DENBOW

Woven Pillow DIY
You’ve got the basics of weaving down, and are waiting to take on your next challenge. Consider this it. Using a loom and a handful of colorful yarns, the clever ladies behind A Beautiful Mess guide us through this oh-so-chic DIY!

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Photography by SARAH RHODES AND JOSH RHODES

A Mid-Century-Inspired Kitchen Table

For those well-versed in the realm of DIYs, this project is the one for you. Who knew that a table as chic as this could be crafted from a single sheet of hardwood plywood? The best part – it’ll only cost you around $75! It hardly gets any better than that.

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Photography by LAURA GUMMERMAN.

Personalized Photo Ring Dish

Think of this project as the better alternative to hoarding photos in your phone’s camera roll. Transform your favorite snapshots into functional ring dishes or trinket bowls with this clever DIY! 

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Photography by MANDI JOHNSON

Invisible Bookends

A carefully curated bookshelf is a crucial element of any home’s decor scheme. A pile of mismatched books skewed about? Not exactly a pleasant sight. For those whose shelves lack the space for the often-bulky bookends, this “invisible” take is just the thing. Clean cut perfection never looked so good.

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Photography by MANDI JOHNSON
Put your embroidery skills to the test with this ultra chic and graphic DIY. Using a conveniently slotted frame as the template and a colorful array of yarns, it’s easy to create a style-focused design of your own. You won’t want to miss this one!
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Photography by RACHEL DENBOW AND JANAE HARDY

Scandinavian-Inspired Wall Art

Wall art and mirrors aside, we are strong proponents of bringing in unique pieces and elements into our home, especially when it comes to wall decor. This Scandinavian-inspired piece comes clad in an assortment of eclectic accents that will lend a colorfully lustrous detail to your walls.

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Photography by ELSIE LARSON

Hand-Colored Photographs

Give your photos a new lease on life by adding in a little color of your own. This Warhol-inspired DIY features a vibrant bunch of punchy colors and is fit for crafters of all experience levels! Simply print out black and white versions of photos on glossy paper, and take to them with a saturated watercolor palette. 
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Photography by MANDI JOHNSON.

Wooden Planter

It’s no secret that potted greens can do wonders for a space, especially one that is lacking in color. This mid-century modern-inspired planter only requires a wooden bowl, ring display cones, and some epoxy cement. We know what we’re doing this weekend. 

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Photography by RACHEL DENBOW AND JANAE HARDY.

Linen Bed Cover

This textured linen coverlet comes with a playful detail in the form of pom poms! The no-sew craft will instantly elevate even the snooziest of bed covers. Using a lightweight linen fabric, standard yarn, and an embroidery needle, you can easily recreate this DIY!