DIY Fun| LOVE

Since it’s Valentines Day, it seems appropriate to post something related to love.  While I enjoy this sweet holiday and typically celebrate with my hubby, I don’t always do a lot of decorating for it.  This year, however, I put up something that works for Valentines but will last all year too!

I’ve been wanting to put some giant zinc letters like these from Anthropologie above our master bed for a while but could never find exactly what I wanted in person and didn’t ever bite the bullet and pay for shipping said giant letters.

zinc letters

A while back, I found a few different tutorials for how to make them…all of which seemed very easy and much less expensive than ordering custom ones.  So, I went for it.  It was super simple, cost about $25, and turned out fabulous!  

I used the 23.5″ tall, paper mache letters that came from Joann’s and cost about $6 each (with a 40% off coupon).

paper mache letters

Then, I painted them with Martha Stewart’s metallic craft paint in Sterling (color number 32128) from Michael’s.  Each letter took 2-3 coats (be sure to let each coat dry before adding another).  I think each bottle is around $1.25, so it’s less than $1 after using a coupon.  1 bottle covers 3 letters completely, so I had to buy a second bottle for the 4th letter.

paint

Here’s the finished product.  What do you think?  Definitely makes a statement, right?!

LOVE4

LOVE2

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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all women stalk

I admit it.  I am beauty-skill impaired.  I can’t ever get my hair to do anything “really cute” and my make-up application is what you would call “routine.”  Enter All Women Stalk.

I found this sight through Pinterest (of course!) and fell in love!  What better resource for a girl who has 4 hairstyles and basic make-up application skills.  There are all sorts of useful tips and tricks.  Here’s screen shot of the home page:

 

Aside from make-up and beauty tips, there are travel tips, workout regimens (body specific and target area specific), fashion finds, DIY projects, relationship advice, gift ideas, and book lists.  You (and I) could spend hours reading through all of the articles.  So head on over and check it out.

  Be sure to pace yourself, though.  You could get sucked-in if you’re not careful!

Have fun!

sweet paul

If you’re looking for some Spring reading, Sweet Paul magazine has published it’s latest 2012 Spring issue and it’s available online for FREE!

It pretty much has everything you’d want to read about in it–recipes, crafts, travel…If you’re a blog reader, this is definitely your kindof magazine.  Beyond that, the photography is is awesome:

Download the full issue for free HERE 

Have a great weekend!

diy: star mobile

It seems that everyone I know is having a baby!  Crazy.  Asa’s big-boy room installation is scheduled for this Saturday–I posted the idea boards in this post.  He’s moving out of the nursery to make space for his new baby brother, Kade, due in March.  And! My nephew is due in just one month!  Hudson should be arriving on or around February 16th!

My sister-in-law, Ally, and I have been trying to add some finishing touches to his room.  This week, Ally and I, along with my other two sisters-in-law, got together to make the mobile.  I know, some people say that mobiles are unnessecary or distracting, but we couldn’t resist {hopefully the sleep machine with heartbeat and ocean sound will make up for it!}

When we were deciding how to make the mobile, I pulled some inspiration from Pinterest–these are a few of our top picks

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own star mobile:

stamp in the shape you’d like or pre-cut die-cuts, embroidery hoop, ribbon, fishing line, hot glue, colored cardstock

Step 1:  Use the stamp to punch out the shape–we used 4 different colors of cardstock so we punched out stars from each color.  Set aside.

Step 2: Wrap the embroidery hoop with ribbon.

Step 3: Create ring stabalizers and hanging loop-use three long pieces of ribbon {be sure to measure how long the pieces need to be based on how high your ceilings are vs. how low you want the mobile to hang}.

Glue and wrap the end of each of the three pieces around the embroidery hoop.  Space them equa-distant at 3 different points on the ring.

Step 4: Punch 2 holes for stringing in each shape using a push pin.

Warning!  This can be tedious but will vary depending on the size of your shapes and the amount you will need to fill the mobile

Step 5: String multiple stars in a variety of colors onto each piece of fishing line.

We used fishing line at varrying lengths. Tie a knot at the end of the line before stringing.

Step 6: Tie each strand onto the embroidery hoop, spaced out evenly.

The number of strands you will need will vary based on the size of the embroidery hoop. We used 12-15 strands.

And you’re done!

What’s your take on mobiles?  Distracting or soothing?

Check back later this week–Meg over at Little Blue Prints has offered a great item from her Etsy shop as a giveaway!!

See you soon!

Jenna

diy: book page ornament

Today I am going to show you how to make a book page ornament.  You shouldn’t have to buy much for it and it makes a great gift or craft project for the kids.

What You’ll Need

– A round ornament–color doesn’t matter

– Mod Podge

– Glitter

– An old book (or book pages)

What You Do

1. Cut book pages into 1/2″ strips

2. Coat ornament with Modge Podge and attach strips of book pages

3. Once you’ve stuck the book page strip to the ornament, paint modge podge over it to seal it to the ornament.  Depending on how thick the paper is, you may have to add multiple coats–it’s ok, though, it dries clear!

Continue adding strips on top and coating with Modge Podge until the entire surface of the ornament is hidden. Then let it dry.

4. Once the ornament is dry, coat the top in glue.

5. Fill bowl with glitter, then dip the glue-coated top of the ornament in the glitter until it’s completely coated.  Let dry.

6. Embellish!–I added a piece of scrapbook paper with “Peace on Earth” stamped on it but you could add a berry sprig, some ribbon, or even a small picture.

Attach with twine and…Ta-Da!  You’re all done!

Happy Ornament-Making!