DIY: A Girl’s Pearls Framed

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Well if you happened to come across my DIY: Wine Charmed, you will already know the instructions! With pinks, pearls, and creams this project is especially girly ❤

Materials

  1. 1/2 inch thick foam board – Deserres, price depends on size ($6-$20)
  2. Picture frame – mother’s basement (or try Dollarama)
  3. Fabric – mother’s basement (or try Fabric Land)
  4. Glue gun and glue sticks – Dollarama
  5. Push pins – as many as you want, in any style (Dollarama has pretty ones). I glued old fake pearls to push pins to keep some consistency.
  6. your jewelry!

Instructions

  1. Measure and cut foam board to fit into frame. If you do it exact enough, it will squeeze in and not need any support
  2. Cut fabric so that it is slightly bigger all around your piece of foam board
  3. Glue the fabric to the board by gluing the extra fabric to the back of the foam board, pulling it tight so it stays taut
  4. Put fabric covered foam board into frame. Place push pins and jewelry in the order you want
  5. Hang – ta-da!
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DIY: Button Love

This DIY was 100% free for me. And that’s just half the reason I love it.

I put it on my front hall table and it matches beautifully the mirror above it (also framed in black). And yes – those are my candles from my earlier DIY post!

You can also find all of the materials at Dollarama!

Materials

  1. Old buttons, well they can be new, but they are old for me! Any colour, shape and size. The more diverse the better! Try Dollarama or Fabric Land for button options.
  2. Frame, I recycled one in my mom’s basement. Otherwise I recommend (what other than) Dollarama
  3. Construction paper – your choice of colour, Dollarama
  4. Glue gun and sticks – Dollarama again!
  5. Optional Acrylic paint if you want to change the colour of the frame, Dollarama.

Directions

  1. Arrange buttons into the shape you like. As you can see, I chose a heart. Peace signs, letters, numbers etc all work.
  2. Measure and cut your construction paper to fit into your frame. I kept the originally backing of my frame because i liked the brown.
  3. Carefully transfer and glue each button onto the construction paper. I recommend roughly stencilling your shape in pencil onto the construction board to keep your design in tact. Warning: this step can be difficult, go slowly and always plan your next move.
  4. Optional Paint the frame to match your colour scheme
  5. Let frame dry, frame your button art – voila!

What colours and shapes did you use?

P.S You do not need to keep the glass frame cover. Keep it for your next DIY! You never know when you’ll need it.

DIY: Special Dates

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Sorry for the delayed post! I have actually been busy being a good student.

The art of framing dates has been in many decorating magazines lately. But like any good DIYer, I asked – why buy it for an insane price when I can make it for a lot less??

The 3 dates I have painted above are my boyfriends birthday (top), my birthday (bottom) and our anniversary (middle). It is hung above our dresser in our bedroom. You can do this for birthdays, anniversaries, or any other notable day! I also made one for my BFF; I put my birthday, hers, are other BFFs birthday and the first day we all met (grade nine ;))

Materials

  1. Canvas – I bought mine for $8 (50% off deal!) at DeSerres, but I have now seen them at Dollarama! They are smaller though, and likely weaker.
  2. Acrylic paint and brushes – Dollarama always works well for me!
  3. Optional Stencils – Michaels, $11

Directions

  1. Plan what you want to write and where, then stencil lightly with a pencil (make sure you have a good eraser!) If you have a steady hand or neat writing, no need to stencil!
  2. Paint in the lines
  3. Let dry, admire.

What dates would you paint?

DIY: Romantic Mason Jars

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I was never a huge fan of how my coloured mason jars turned out. I liked some of them, but others were a mess. I came across this really cute and simple DIY idea that I instantly loved. And I got to cover up my…less than perfect… coloured jars.

I am indebted to Pure & Noble for this idea. Check out her pro images for better inspiration than my grainy photo above.

Materials

  1. Mason jars (or any jar!) and size or shape, it looks better to have less uniform jars!
  2. Spray paint – I picked white, but its up to you. Home Depot, $6
  3. Glue gun – $10 at Walmart
  4. Glue gun sticks –  a pack of 10 for $2 at Dollarama
  5. Optional Silk flowers or sticks

Instructions

  1. Make sure your jar is clean and free of any debris on the outside
  2. Plug in and heat up your glue gun
  3. Plan what word you would like to write on the jar. I recommend keeping it short, like “calm” or “love”.
  4. Write your word in hot glue on the jar (your choice where and how large, the font, etc.) NOTE: try to keep the glue smooth, any imperfections will show up! Consider shaving down any awkward 3D bumps
  5. Let your word completely dry (5-ish minutes)
  6. Spray paint your jar, spraying downward. The paint will run and leave streak marks so be sure to spray evenly. You do not need to spray the inside of the jar, but can if you choose.
  7. Let dry!
  8. Optional I spray painted some silk flowers and branches the same colour to put in the jar.

Beautiful! What word did you write?

Partial DIY Bedroom Update

Hi team!

Sorry for the delayed post. I was busy re-doing my bedroom! I may or may not be using this post to brag, because it really isn’t much of a DIY, except for a few details.

I wish I was talented enough to make a DIY queen sized comforter! Instead I gave in and bought a fresh new white one from Winners. It has pretty purple and silver flowers. I found my beautiful new lamps for $35 for the pair from an antique store called The Barn . I bought the lamp shades from Goodwill for $3 each, and the night stand on the left for $8!Image

Here comes the DIY – I painted the shades. They were originally powder blue. Fun fact – you can paint lampshades! My mom doubted this. I began using multi-purpose white paint spray, then switched to regular wall paint when the spray can ran out. Easy peasy!