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Pup Tipi DIY

Dog Tipi DIY Tutorial

A tipi for the pups has actually been one of those things that's been on my list for a long time. I don't even remember what first sparked the idea (I know ones for kids have been poping up all over the internet for some time, so it may be from that), but I've been a little intimidated by the idea too. Turns out, it was way easy. Maybe a tad tricky to get just right, but pretty simple none the less. 

What you'll need // 5 Wooden dowels (I got mine from Lowes, I'm not positive of the size I used - sorry! But I just kind of held up a bunch of different sizes to figure out how big I wanted my tipi), leather (or faux leather) cord, canvas (I got a whole yard and had more than enough). 

Pet Tipi DIY

I started by drilling a hole through each dowel. You can skip this step if you don't have a drill handy, you will just want to wrap your dowels nice and tight to compensate. Then I threaded my leather through the holes in each dowel. 

Pet Tipi DIY

Next you'll want to stand them up and arrange them at different angles to make the structure of the tipi. Make sure you leave a larger space between two of them for the front opening. Once you have them aranged how you like you can knot your leather to secure. At this point I also hot glued each of the dowels together as well to add a little extra support too. 

Pet Tipi Instructions

Take your leather and continue wrapping around the dowls. I also criss crossed through the dowels to make sure everyone stays in place. I love the look of it being really thick, but you can wrap to your own liking!

Pet teepee DIY
Pet Tepe DIY

Getting the fabric to lay right is deffinitely the fussiest part. I just draped the whole yard over it to start (top left) until it layed how I liked, and then trimmed off the obvious extra (top right). Next I just went around and trimmed off the extra from pole to pole. I also hot glued the tops and bottoms of the canvas to the dowels so they would stay in place. It's good to keep in mind that you can always trim off more, but you can't add more, so take your time and trim just a little at a time until you're completely happy! 

Pet Tipi DIY

One of the fun parts of making a tipi is decorating it! I debated weather to paint the outside of mine, but decided for now to just go with a simple tree clipping, pinned to the top. 

Dog tipi DIY

This could also be easily done for a kid's tipi as well, you'll just want to make it bigger than I made mine. But really, your dog needs a tipi though, right?

Pajaki Chandelier DIY

Fine and Feathered - Pajaki Chandelier

A while back I fell completely in love with the little chandelier that Ariel Alasko has hanging in her apartment. It turns out it's called a Pajaki, and Design Sponge did a lovely little post all about them. Well, ever since I saw Ariel's I've had them on my "list". You know, that crazy long DIY list I've been neglecting since our whirlwind summer last year? Well, now that things are finally feeling totally settled I decided to start digging into it and this little guy was one of the first things!

The most fun part of making it was feeling like I didn't have to copy anyone else's. You can make them completely your own, whatever colors, shapes and sizes you like. If you want to follow along with mine though, here's some details...

Fine and Feathered - Pajaki Chandelier

For mine I used a lot of things I already had on hand : coffee filters, plain paper, a hot glue gun, white embroidery floss, and one large quilting hoop and the small hoop I just made out of some thick guage wire I already had.

I started by covering the hoops in the thread, just wrapping it tightly around. It was teadius, but I didn't mind having something for my hands to do while watching tv one night. Then I made the flowers. I used this tutorial which was nice and simple. I didn't even use the masking tape, I just fluffed my flowers and gave them an extra staple when needed. I just rolled some plain old paper real tight and taped it to keep it together and then cut them to inch sizes. I also just cut my own little paper rounds out myself and use a quarter as a pattern. 

Next I attached the two hoops together, with the small one floating just slightly lower inside the bigger one. Using hot glue I attached three large flowers to the outside of the large hoop. In between the flowers I wrapped peices of thread with long tails on each side. The top part of the tail I added some of my "paper straws" and circles  using an extra big needle to get them on. Once all three top tails were decorated a I tied them up (at this point it can be helpful to hang the chandelier to work on). On the bottom of the tails I used my needle again to add small flowers, tying knots underneath each one to keep them in place. Then I just added a couple more pieces of thread with straws and circles to the smaller hoop and I was done!


I also made a little video to go along with it! It's not an instructional video, it's mostly just for fun, but it does show a lot of the process.

Fine and Feathered - Pajaki Chandelier

Have any of you guys ever made one? They're really fun! I also think kids would love to make them too. It's a great little rainy day activity.

Grayscale Corkboard Map DIY

When I saw this corkboard map on Anthropologie's website I fell in love! It's so cute and simple, and I knew I had to make it! I've always been a huge fan of black, white, and gray and thought it would be fun to do a whole grayscale version! I love how graphic looking it came out, and it really was pretty easy, it just takes some time and a steady hand.


Thin Cork (I got this roll from Hobby Lobby) // X-acto knife // Cutting mat, or other cutting surface // Pen or marker // Black, white, and grey craft paint (optional)

It's easiest to mark out all your cut lines on the back of the cork, especially if you decide not to paint yours. I started by finding a plain outline map of the world on google, and just flipping it horizontal (so it's the mirror image). I copied it onto the back side of my cork with a pen. It was great doing the drawing on the back of the cork, because I could mess up and just draw right over it without pen marks bleeding through the paint.

If you're going to be using it more as a decoration (like me) then don't feel like you have to get it line-for-line perfect. I found it a lot easier to cut out the islands and penisulas when they were a little thicker, so I gave myself a little leeway there!

Once you're happy with your backwards outline, just go over it gently with an x-acto knife. If you push too hard the cork ends up more jagged, so I just went over it gently a few times and it came out really nice and clean.

If you got your cork in a roll, it may want to curl up on the sides, especially now that it's in smaller pieces, so you can weigh it down with some heavy books and give it a day to flatten out.

Now you can choose to keep it plain old cork, just like the Anthropologie version, or you can do grayscale, or it would even look great in a fun color. It's totally up to you. You can give the whole world polka dots, or stripes, if you want!I just used some painters tape to keep mine up, but if you want to keep yours up more permanantly I'd use Command strips, or something more heavy duty.

This is one of those great little DIYs that almost anyone can do. You don't have to be good at drawing at all, and you can customize it however you like. You just have to be a little patient, especially if you're doing a bigger one like I did!

This DIY is part of my INSPIRED BY // ANTHROPOLOGIE series I'll be doing all week - read about it here!

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