Stephanie Albares

Stephanie Albares

DIY Contributor
Stephanie Albares is a graphic designer who blogs about bringing a mod aesthetic into her weatherboard house over at Saltbush Avenue. She is enthusiastic about modernist design, collecting too many plants, sewing her own textiles and weird secondhand goodies.
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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on January 4, 2017

DIY These Cute Citronella Candles

Homemade scented candles are satisfying (and simple) to make, and here’s another option: making a DIY citronella candle! Make the most of warm weather and nights with friends with one of these beauties. Materials: A pretty canister! Pick one that you love, in metal or ceramic. I was drawn to this gold ceramic canister with a...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on October 14, 2016

DIY Macrame Hanging Plant Shelf

Who would have thought that macrame and fiber art would become so beloved all over again? I love seeing the chunky textures reinterpreted with a punchy modern aesthetic, using more color and minimal lines. I made this plant hanging shelf to snugly cradle one of my plant pots, and here’s how you can make one like it....

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on October 5, 2016

DIY Hessian Planter Bags

Hessian (or burlap) sacks are useful for storing odds and ends, but I’m fond of using them to dress up planters. Whether you prefer a farmhouse style or an arts & crafts bungalow vibe, these hessian planter bags will look adorable as anything.   Materials, for a 6″ bag: Hessian (burlap) fabric Straight-edge ruler, pen, and...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on September 27, 2016

Natural DIY Jewelry Tree Display

Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside with this DIY jewelry tree! Mother Nature is the original designer out there, and I’m delighted by her simple solution for storing my necklaces. Materials: Tree branch. Preferably dead (not still green), with branches that are a finger thick and have a few nubs along them, as perfectly smooth...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on September 5, 2016

An Adorable Raindrop Wall Hanging

It’s fun to make decorations for children – and you never know, the parents might just love the objects too! I made this raindrop wall hanging for an outdoorsy friend of mine who has a little one on the way. The felt, cotton twine and tree branch have an organic, tactile quality that brings a little bit...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on August 23, 2016

DIY Geometric Felt Coasters

It’s satisfying to have objects that are both useful and beautiful, and these felt coasters fit the description. Create a few to keep around the house for serving up drinks in style, or make a collection in order to give away as a sweet, handmade housewarming gift. Materials: 3mm thick felt, in the colors of...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on August 12, 2016

Pretty Upcycled Marble Containers

You’ll never guess what materials I used for these marble and wood patterned containers. Can you work it out? Hint: they’re made from what lots of people would consider to be their unwanted leftovers. Here’s what’s hiding under the pretty packaging… old gift tins! Whether they were picked out with care or hastily grabbed off a...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on August 10, 2016

DIY Leather Sling Wine Rack

Recently, I made a modern wine rack to sit on top of the buffet in my kitchen. I took my inspiration from modernist wine racks that I’ve seen on the market, but this design can be easily assembled by your average Jane (no welding necessary). The sharp geometry and leather slings of this wine rack...

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