13 Weaving Projects to Welcome Colder Temps

Though there are few things more perfect than a sunny summer beach day, we’ve long been ready for the cooler (read: less sweaty) weather. Right now, we’re in the middle of changing over our wardrobes, our decor, and even the craft projects on our want-to-try lists in anticipation of the coming winter. The one technique that’s been topping that list has been weaving, which has surprisingly risen in popularity. While we have seen handcrafted textiles and macrame wall hangings trend in the decor realm, the appeal of woven textures in the fall and winter is obvious — it’s all about getting cozy.

Whether you’re new to looms or are an experienced weaver looking for new projects (like these fringed pillows from A Beautiful Mess), here are just a few crafty ideas that will bring comfy-cozy texture into your home.

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15 Times Cross-Stitch Was Actually Incredibly Cool

This is not your grandma’s cross-stitch. These projects take the art form of stitching tiny X’s with thread and turn it on its head. Giant painted cross-stitch wall murals, stitched sterling silver bangles, an embroidered IKEA stool – trust me, there’s a lot more to this craft than alphabet samplers.

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Out of the Ordinary Door Decor: Remarkable DIY Wreaths for Fall

What’s the next-best fall activity, after apple picking and sipping pumpkin spice lattes? Crafting a pretty autumn wreath for your front door. No, but really. If the thought of a wreath makes you think of outdated arrangements and fake-looking florals, think again. These nine modern designs feel as fresh as the season, and use unexpected botanicals, such as orchids and air plants. Grab some supplies, invite your friends, and deck out your door in fall’s finest.

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How to Create a "Dining Room" In Even the Smallest of Homes

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Your urban rental will almost certainly include a bedroom (or sleeping area), a bathroom (heaven forbid you have to live college dorm style!), and a kitchen (no matter how small, it still counts), but to have a designated dining room is about as common as having a designated bathtub for washing your dog. Regardless of whether your dining area doubles as a kitchen prep station, coffee bar, or workspace, here are ideas to help you “have your cake and eat it, too” when it comes to living in the city and having a place to sit down and enjoy a meal.

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From Beginners to Experts: DIY Wall Weaving Ideas for Everyone

Wall weavings have certainly made their way around the DIY and craft circles the last few years, and for good reason. Whether weaving is your job (I mean, just look at the craftsmanship over on Etsy), your lifelong hobby, your meditation device, or just a one-time thing, the results are often stunning. And that, to me, is reason enough to give it a go.

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How To Test for Lead Paint in Your Home — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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Lead paint is nasty stuff. If you live in a home built before 1978, it’s very likely that layers of lead paint lurk on the windowsills, trim around the doorway, or walls. Not knowing if you have it in your home is scary — especially if you are pregnant or have children — so it’s worth finding out. Inexpensive kits are widely available, and testing is easy, so fork over the $10, be the responsible human you are, and put your mind to ease.

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Starting from Scratch or Semi-Homemade, DIY Curtain Projects You Can Totally Pull Off

Some people might consider curtains a luxury, others a necessity. If you think about the many benefits that curtains provide, I’d err on the side of necessity. Sure they make a great design statement in a room, but they also can give the illusion of larger windows, create privacy, block out hot summer sun, add a layer between cold winter drafts, and get a nursery ready for nap time. But not all styles, windows, and budgets are alike, so when it comes to curtains, don’t shy away from making them yourself, either completely from scratch or with the help of existing materials. Here’s a roundup of project ideas to get you started…

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Get On the Plant Trend With These 10 Easy DIY Hanging Planters

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The plant parents of the world are all about taking good care of their green children, from “Watering Wednesdays” to giving each houseplant their own unique name. But why stop there? Why not give them some extra love by hand-making their home and giving them even more reason to thrive. Plus, who actually has an overflow of floor and shelf space to spare for your ever-growing collection?

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