DIY: A Girl’s Pearls Framed Update

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Using the same directions as DIY: A Girl’s Pearls Framed I made this jewelry board for my BFF’s birthday. I hot glued seashells from the dollarama to the pins for a beachy, shabby-chic look.

xx

CP

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DIY: Rosebuds

You might have noticed on top of my purple pineapple – otherwise known as my DIY: Ombre Vase – the little rosebuds.

This DIY was actually really difficult tedious. I did it with my BFF and we were both ready to call it quits.

I took my inspiration from The Idea Room, and as you can see, mine looks nothing like hers! A girl can only dream.

Materials

  1. Tissue paper streamers – I bought mine at dollarama, but they only had ugly colours remaining in the regular sized streamers, so I bought pretty pink colours in small sized streamers. I think this was my downfall. So definitely buy regular sized streamers (regular sized in width – about 2-3 inches).
  2. Glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Styrofoam ball to glue your rosebuds on

Directions

  1. Cut your streamers into 24 inch strips. You can crumple the paper if you want the paper to be softer (optional)
  2. Take one end and begin rolling the strip between your fingers
  3. Every 3-4 inches, twist the paper 180 degrees. Keep rollin’
  4. Now roll, twist, roll twist, etc etc etc etc
  5. Glue your roses onto your styrofoam ball

So, did you get beautiful roses like The Idea Room? Or not-quite bloomed rose buds like me?

DIY: Ombre Vase

I have seen so many versions of this craft all over the web, so much so, that I doubted it would even need an introduction!

But, just in case, and without further adieu..

The Plastic Spoon Ombre Vase (pictured on the far right, behind the white birdie)

Materials (all available at Dollarama)

  1. Plastic spoons
  2. Acrylic Paint – buy one base colour, i.e. purple, blue, etc. and buy white so you can make different shades
  3. Glue gun and sticks
  4. Any type of jar (I used an old coffee canister)

Instructions

  1. Cut off the heads of the spoons. I needed 12 heads per row. Try to guestimate how many you’ll need by measuring your jar
  2. Line your spoon heads on newspaper or a plastic sheet in as many rows as will fit on your jar (I had four rows)
  3. Take your base colour and create your different shades. Play around, adding more and more white paint for each row of spoons.
  4. Once you’ve perfected your colours, begin painting your spoon heads, each row the same colour.
  5. Let your spoons dry. While they are drying, you  might consider painting your jar or canister. I painted mine black.
  6. Once everything is dry, begin glueing the spoon heads onto the canister. You can arrange your spoon heads from dark to light or light to dark, facing up or facing down, your choice! Although it seems most people agree the downward direction of the spoon head is more attractive.

Do you like it? To be honest, I am slightly indifferent towards mine. It looks kind of funny. But the examples I’ve seen look really pretty, so maybe I will give it another go.

Check out Addicted2Decorating for a pretty example. In fact, check out her whole website. It’s awesome 🙂

What do you think? Did you try it?

DIY: Dub Step

 

Dub step, two step… let me see you one, two step

What am I talking about? Well, none other than the easiest and best crafting there is!

You two step… your craft has two steps!

For example, I painted this lovely antique tray (thrifted for $1 in Wasaga Beach, Ontario).

I bought, I painted.

If you think about it, you’ve probably done many two steps. And two steps are just as crafty as the dreaded ten step, in my humble crafty opinion.

Show me your best dub step!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY: Easy No-Drill-Bit Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

I have been wanting to do this DIY for a while now, but every time I googled the directions, I got flustered by the whole “need a drill bit” instruction. C’mon now. Like I always maintain, power drills and DIYs do not mix well for me. Now, I did have to sacrifice some quality for my stubborn method, but it was easier, and it works. My hands are clean!

You can choose to paint your mason jar – if you do I recommend spray paint, it goes on smoother on glass jars – but I chose to keep mine clear to monitor soap level!

Materials

  1. Mason Jar with non-glass lid!
  2. Soap pump – I recycled mine from a soap dispenser I bought at Dollarama
  3. Scissors
  4. Super glue *optional
  5. Straw *optional
  6. Soap *not so optional

Instructions

  1. Clean mason jar if dirty
  2. Cut a hole in the lid (I used scissors to poke the initial hole, then twisted the scissor blade to make it larger and rounder). The hole should be as big as the width of the soap dispenser tube.
  3. Make sure soap dispenser tube fits into the mason jar, if its too long, trim the tube, make sure it isn’t too short though!
  4. Fill mason jar with soap – best part of this? you can buy those litres of refill soap vs. the more costly individual bottles
  5. Screw lid back on, insert tube! Now if its not very sturdy, you can super glue the pump to the lid.
  6. Tie straw around bottle.
  7. Pump, pump!

Take that, drill bit.