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 November 27, 2020

DIY Leather Sling Countertop Wine Rack

Recently, I made a modern wine rack to sit on top of the countertop 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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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on November 22, 2020

Mason Jar Centerpieces That Will Tickle Your Senses

We all know and love mason jars for their many crafty uses, especially for parties. They’re handy vessels for jams, fruits, lollies, iced tea, scented candles… and even for the centerpiece at your next get-together. This mason jar centerpiece can be as dressed up or down as you like, and it’s a fun opportunity to turn your creativity loose....

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on November 22, 2020

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 November 22, 2020

How To Make Homemade 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 you’ll need to make the candles at home: A pretty canister! Pick one that you love, in metal or ceramic. I was...

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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 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 July 29, 2016

Mason Jar Citrus Summer Sangria

This citrus sangria will be the lifeblood of your next summer party. I threw together a picnic hamper with mason jars, dips, and – of course – a freshly-made pitcher of sangria. It’s fruity, it’s simple to make and it’ll bring a little bit of pizazz to your next get-together. Just like your nonna’s recipe for spaghetti sauce,...

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Posted in Outdoor | by Stephanie Albares, on June 24, 2016

How To Strip and Stain Your Deck

If you have a tired-looking deck that could use brightening up, a hearty scrub and a can of decking stain will work wonders. This project can be done in a weekend – and aside from basic maintenance, you won’t need to do another deep clean for years. My deck is made from pressure-treated pine, and it hadn’t seen a coat of...

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