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Quick and Easy Boho Arrow Pillow DIY

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Quick and Easy Boho Arrow Pillow DIY

This is Vintage Renewal's third challenge in the Cricut competition to become the next "Design Space Star" sponsored by Cricut.

Today's D.I.Y. is super-easy, using a Cricut Explore Machine!  This is for contest, three, out of four, for The Cricut Design Space Star competition.  I hope you enjoy the quick and easy Boho styling! 


Step One:

Click here to get the design from the Cricut Design Space.  Follow instructions for printing Iron-On on a 12 x 12 Cricut Mat.  

  • Place Cricut Iron-on sheet, liner side down, onto Cricut Cutting Mat.
  • Adjust your machine settings according to the Iron-On Guide. You will need to re-insert the mat as many times as the machine prompts you in order to cut entirely through the Iron-On.
  • Size and select the image you want to cut.  Be sure to flip all images prior to cutting so they appear backwards (mirror image). 
  • Load mat into the machine and cut images.  

Step Two:

  • Remove negative Cricut Iron-On film, leaving only the desired image on the liner.
  • Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting and make sure the steam is off.
  • Use the iron to pre-heat the pillow cover for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Place the image, liner side up, onto the pre-heated material. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25 to 30 seconds.  
  • Flip the pillow case over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back of the material for an additional 25 - 30 seconds.  
  • Let cool.  Remove lining.

Step Three:

  • Style your new pillows and enjoy! 

Be sure to check out all the other Fabulous Gold Decor Ideas by our Cricut Design Team!

Over the Big Moon

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Crazy Little Projects

The Polka Dot Chair

Dolen Diaries

Designer-Inspired Layered Leather Geometric Necklace


Here at Vintage Renewal, we love the idea of having a zero waste policy.  Therefore everything is treasured and is saved for a rainy day project.  

Today, we are going to show you how we turned leather scraps into a beautiful Designer-Inspired Layered Leather Geometric Necklace (using our brand new Cricut Explore Machine).  Did we mention that we love this Cricut Explore Machine?  So much, that we decided to enter Vintage Renewal into the Cricut Design Star competition to kick off the Fall with a challenge!


Our first team challenge (as a member of Team 15) is a "Designer-Inspired" Fashion Project.  The first thing we did over here at Vintage Renewal was jump on the Pinterest inspiration train to see what we could find.  This little beauty below, was just waiting to inspire us!  

Note:  Unfortunately, there is no information leading us to the original designer of our inspiration necklace below.  Please do let us know if you have any ideas on who the creator  of this beautiful piece is.  We love to always give credit, where credit is due.   


The first step in our original design is to gather your materials.  For our project, we used:

  • Leather scraps to create both large and small triangle cuts
  • One 14" chain for the top layer of the necklace
  • One 18" chain for the bottom layer of the necklace
  • A pair of euro punch pliers 1.25mm round to poke holes in the leather scraps
  • A small pair of pliers to help open and close the jump rings (but you can use your fingers if you don't have them)
  • A package of round jump rings 9mm (buy two just in case)
  • A pair of scissors to cut your leather to fit the mat or to cut your leather if you don't have a Cricut Explore Machine
  • One Cricut Explore Machine with a regular blade installed
  • One strong grip adhesive cutting mat

We were initially inspired to add more color to our project using both denim and leather combinations, but the denim didn't work out for this particular purpose.   We happily moved forward with our leather combinations and the results were striking!    

We began by building our bottom layer in Cricut Design Space.  You can click here to access this layer now.  

Note:  I love how this layer looks all by itself, if you want to do a half project.  

Then we proceeded to build our top layer, which you can also access here in Cricut Design Space.  

You can access the complete double necklace design right here.  I recommend this link if you are going to make the entire project in one sitting.  

The large triangles in the bottom layer are W 1.92" x H 1.59" (as shown above in Cricut Design Space).

The small triangles in the top layer are approximately W 1.24" x H 1.02".   In our design we used 5 different leathers colors to create our finished piece.   Cricut Design Space will break each color off onto their own individual mats. This feature is awesome and makes cutting and designing a snap!  I used the strong grip mat for this project (which holds the leather down into place when the machine is cutting the triangles for you).  

Note:  Be sure to remove the plastic adhesive cover from your mat when cutting your materials.  I learned this the hard way and discarded a couple of mats in my learning curve. 

These are my 5 mats for this project.  If you do not have a Cricut, you can hand cut the same number and size of pieces on your own.  

Mat 1: contains 4 large triangles and 6 small triangles.

Mat 2: contains 6 large triangles and 8 small triangles.

Mat 3: contains 6 large triangles and 5 small triangles.

Mat 4: contains 4 large triangles and 6 small triangles.

Mat 5: contains 3 large triangles and 6 small triangles.  You can easily change the material choices and colors around in the Cricut Design Space based on your needs.  In this project, we selected the heavy leather option for our material settings.

I had my Cricut machine make the cut over the triangles 5 x and used a significant cut pressure in consideration of the material thickness.  You can change these settings by selecting the Materials Settings button shown in the picture above (it's just below, and to the right of where it says "Go")

After cutting, be sure to sort your materials into piles.  

Please note, that the holes that you see punched in the materials below were not close enough to the point of the triangle and had to be re-cut for the project to work successfully.

Use your Cricut Design Space screen as a guide.  Then, layout your pattern to make sure you feel comfortable with the direction of the design.

Start at the top and connect the first row to the necklace chain, then design top-down and then connect the rings across, row by row.   Punch your small holes close to the corners of your triangles in order to join multiple rings together (but not so close that they will tear). You will be using the same holes for multiple jumps rings, so just be patient and work the rings through the small holes as needed.  

When you are finished, you will have two separate necklaces, like this:

Just layer then both and wear!  

Be sure to make the top necklace as tight as you can (like a choker) in order to get the desired look.   

Thanks for reading!  



Let me finish by introducing you to my awesome Design Star Team and 6 other Fabulous Design Inspiration Projects!

Pam and Lisa from Over the big Moon - Knock off Graphic Tees

Shelly from the Dolen Diaries – Hello Goodbye Statement Overnight Bag

Amber from Crazy Little Projects - Pencil Case Tutorial

Melissa from The Polka Dot Chair - Custom Printed Fabric Infinity Scarf

Amy from This Heart of Mine - Appliqué Children Totes

Jeanne from Vintage Renewal - Layered Leather Geometric Necklace

Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters - Kate Spade Inspired Cheetah Shoes

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No Sew Boho Chair Makeover posted on Fleamarket Decor Magazine:

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Grab that summer wicker chair from the sun porch, and get ready to merge these recycled materials for a fall fashion “No Sew Boho” chair makeover, EXCLUSIVE from expert indie furniture redesigner Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal!

The first step is finding your fall color inspiration. Forget those color wheels! Go on outside for a hike. Let mother nature tell you what looks best together.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

This project is meant to be fun and to get your creative juices going. All you need is your camera, a wicker chair, a closet to raid and the ability to tie knots to complete this simple, yet elegant bohemian luxe style for fall.

“Before” photo by Jeanne Connolly

I chose a Peacock shaped Rattan chair with a woven wicker back for my makeover. If your chair has been used like mine was, than you’ll need to do some easy cleaning to get it ready for the redesign. I used a scrub brush along with a product called Wood Renew and water to clean my wicker chair up for painting. A solution of equal parts bleach and water would work just the same if you do not have Wood Renew for the project. Make sure to use gloves to protect your hands. Clean it thoroughly and let it dry for approximately 24 hours. Then prepare the surface for paint with a surface prep like TSP. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Once the surface has been prepped for paint, take some of nature’s inspiration with you down to your local home improvement store to pick out your paint color.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

I used a stick for my chair color inspiration. Since this project is all about color and texture, I decided on a metallic nickel finish for the chair color. To save time, I decided to spend more money on a spray paint that also doubled as a primer. It was money well spent! If you do not buy a primer and paint combo than you will need to take the separate steps to prime, than paint your surface area.

My chair makeover called for 6 cans of spray paint to complete. You can judge your own needs based on the size of your chosen project chair. Apply several thin coats and let dry in between sprays.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Now you are ready to take out those scarves and cami’s and get to work. Cut your recycled materials into strips approximately 2.5” wide and as long as the material will allow. Since this is a fun, stress free, redesign, there are no exact measurements to follow. Just start making strips and I’ll walk you through the rest.

You will want to use a fresh rotary blade with a rotary cutter for this project. I selected a blade with a decorative edge, but this is not necessary for the same end result. The most important thing is that you have a sharp fresh rotary blade before you begin.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Grab your first strip of material and use your scissor to cut the end of the scarf approximately 3 inches. You will use this cut area to make a knot around your wicker. Don’t tie it yet, just cut approximately 3 inches in.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Now the fun begins! You can decide on how much material you want to use to bring the color and texture into your own design. I decided on a diagonal start.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Take your “cut end” and make a knot around the wicker and through the back of the chair, keeping your long strip on the front side of the chair. Then start weaving your material through the wicker in the direction that you find the most appealing for your specific chair.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

I went on the diagonal with my design. I just followed the lines of the chair. It’s super easy! You can decide just how far you want your own design to go. When your material strip is getting down to the end. Snip it again and tie it off around the wicker and out the back of the chair again.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

That’s all there is to it! Keep cutting strips and tying them off until you fall in love with your chair all over again.

This project is meant to allow you to take this concept and apply it directly to the materials and chair that you choose to use for your makeover. Most importantly, it’s meant to be fun and to inspire you to see your old materials in a new way. Add high style to your home using what you already have or by hunting through your local thrift store and bringing their recycled materials back to life in a new way!

Here is the finished result:

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

You can take a winter scarf and wrap it around the base of the chair and use a faux sheep skin to add some bohemian style and replace that drab cushion.

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

Another idea is to drape a shawl down the one side of the chair:

Photo by Jeanne Connolly

If you like the idea of reuse and redesign and want to learn more, Indie Redesigner Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal wants to show you how you can save the earth one redesign at a time! Follow this link to learn more about her exciting project!

For more information about Jeanne Connolly and more tips for repurposing your favorite vintage finds, check out her designer profile in Flea Market Decor’s upcoming Spring 2013 issue, coming to a newsstand near you in January 2013!

Written, styled and photographed by Jeanne Connolly

Edited for the web by Elaine K. Phillips

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Make a Transportable Christmas Display with Vintage Renewal on Readymade Magazine

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Vintage Renewal writes a tutorial for Readymade Magazine on How to Make a Transportable Christmas Display!  View it at


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Class is in Session - Make an Upcycled Chalkboard Chair with Readymade Magazine and Vintage Renewal

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Vintage Renewal writes a tutorial for ReadyMade Magazine on how to take a salvages picture frame, back it with chalkpainted wood, trim it off with suitcase lining and upcycled mid century coffee table legs to make a child's size Upcycled Chalkboard Table.  Vintag Renewal created a chalk painted Mid Century School chair to go with the table and it's been covered in a vintage child's pattern featuring a sweet little squirrel. 

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