75 Modern DIY Ideas to Make for Spring


We’re under an expanding sheet of ice here in Boston but there’s good news — the first day of spring is next week.

I don’t know about you but I’m chomping at the bit for flowers and light scarves and sunny walks and flowers and sandals and flowers and longer days oh and flowers flowers flowers.

While we all wait for the weather to catch up to the calendar (stop rubbing it in, Californians, we know you’re ahead of us), I’ve gathered up 75 modern DIY ideas to make for spring.

Spring is in the air and it's time to start a new craft project (or 75). Check out these 75 modern DIY ideas to make for spring.

There’s drinks and decor and accessories and lots of flowery, planty crafts for us to fawn over. And bonus, the evenings seem longer now with all that extra sunlight so we can squeeze in even more making.

Floral champagne glasses — Delineate Your Dwelling

Textural embroidered artwork — Design*Sponge      Read More


IKEA Hack: Make Your Own DIY Copper Mirror

This post is sponsored by IKEA Stoughton, but all words/ideas/opinions are entirely my own.

It’s been 92 days since my last copper DIY.

Yes, I keep track of these things.

Never fear, I’m getting us our copper fix today with this DIY copper mirror that is also an IKEA hack, it’s like the perfect combination of crafting goodness.

You can turn any plain mirror into a DIY copper mirror on a budget using just copper leaf and a paintbrush. The perfect low-budget craft for a high-end look!

You can turn any plain mirror into a DIY copper mirror on a budget using just copper leaf and a paintbrush. The perfect inexpensive craft for a high-end look!

I’m so stoked to share this project with you, not only because I love how it turned out, but because it means…my entryway makeover with IKEA Stoughton is nearly complete. I’m just finishing up one more project, adding some details, oh yeah and assembling the furniture, then shooting and editing…well anyways it will be ready next week, yay! Read More


The State of the Blog: 2017 Survey Results, Naps, and What to Expect


Love this Scandinavian workspace makeover with white open shelves, plenty of storage for craft supplies, and a gorgeous DIY copper inspiration board.

WOW, thank you, THANK YOU for your survey feedback. I was overwhelmed by all the positive things you had to say, and by the fact that any of you even took the survey. It means more than I can say that so many of you are following along, coming back for more, and invested enough to take time for this little bloggy. You make blogging fun and I’m internet hugging you all so hard right now.

Ok, let’s dive into the 2017 survey results! I’m nerding out over all your answers. We bloggers like our stats. Like, 64% of you read Idle Hands Awake mostly on a desktop/laptop, which is how I prefer to read blogs too. And 40% of you have been reading for 1-2 years! That makes my heart so happy. But I don’t want to bog you down with all the little details — let’s talk about what YOU like and how it affects the future of the blog. (Spoiler alert: you like DIYs. I like DIYs. There will be more DIYs).

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Make it Friday: Plywood and Pastels


Did this week fly by for anyone else?? Not that I’m complaining, but I’ve still got SO much to do for my entryway and could use some extra time. It’s my own fault, I keep adding steps because I am a DIY masochist.

If you’re looking for pretty DIY ideas to make this weekend, I found some good ones for you this week.

Make it Friday: Plywood and Pastels // DIY ideas to make this weekend via @idlehandsawake

+++ Don’t you just adore the shape and styling of this plywood corner shelf? And I’m obviously loving the plant, too. | Growing Spaces

+++ Copper and tassels make for a pretty cute necklace DIY. | Club Crafted

+++ Oh look, more copper! These patterned and copper-leafed eggs are just divine. | Lily Ardor

+++ Brittany is the reigning queen of paper flowers and these gift toppers do not disappoint. | The House that Lars Built

+++ Such a unique way to use a glass cloche and I think it would be really easy to put your own spin on it. (In Spanish with clear step-by-step photos). | Fabrica de Imaginacion

+++ A minimalist plywood phone stand that’s the perfect easy weekend craft. | Ohoh Blog

And in other news:

My favorite home and plant blogger writes about how difference makes us.

The colors in this dining room are just heaven. (Spotted on this equally beautiful roundup post).

How to make a portfolio book.

OMG bunny chalk!

The coolest of cool rugs.

Look out, Molly, I’m moving in.


I am STILL PAINTING this weekend, because I decided to paint the linoleum tile floor of our entryway. I am so, SO sick of painting, so why did I decide to do this? I told you, I’m a masochist. What’s on your weekend agenda?


Eight Modern Urban Jungle Patios That are Perfect for Lounging


Is February too early to be dreaming about summer?


We had a mini tease of spring temps up here in New England last week and it’s got me longing for patio weather. And also, for a patio.

I figure I’m not the only one with spring fever so I’m sharing these modern urban jungle patios for us to collectively swoon over. THEY ARE SO LUSH AND LUXURIOUS. Now whether this helps our hurts our ability to deal with the rest of winter is up for debate.

Please remember to pin from the original source!

Eight Modern Urban Jungle Patio Ideas @idlehandsawake

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Eight Modern Urban Jungle Patio Ideas @idlehandsawake

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