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DIY Mermaid Floppy Hat

on August 16, 2017

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy sun hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

 

She just might get you lost,
And she just might leave you torn,
But she just might save your soul
If she gets you any closer….
Rooftops and Invitations 

Dashboard Confessional

 

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Today’s music selection comes from my current re-discovering of Dashboard Confessional. Do you guys ever go back and listen to a band you liked years ago and realize that you still love them and their songs still hit you in the feels? And it just feels like… coming home. I don’t really know exactly how to quantify it but that’s what it feels like. So, you know… just listen and enjoy.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

You know all that stuff about being secretly a mermaid? Yep, there’s hats, swimsuits, shirts, necklaces, leggings, pencils… all of it. But lets be real here, if you were a mermaid, wouldn’t you just tell everybody? Just own that shit because ITS AWESOME! But… you know… more like the Daryl Hannah or Peter Pan kinds. Not the Harry Potter ones, those give me nightmares.

MAKE IT: MAGICAL MERMAID BARK

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Anyway. The moral of the story is be a mermaid. Be magical. Own that shiz and don’t care what anyone else says. Oh! And you know, it doesn’t hurt to have something that looks like a mermaid on to REALLY identify yourself. Like a Mermaid beach floppy hat perhaps?

Aside from Mermaids, the inspiration from this project came from the wonderful Rachel Mae Smith of thecraftedlife.com and Sarah Hearts who hosted a DIY Floppy hat workshop at Craftcation 2017. If you’re a maker, creator, seller, etc. I definitely recommend signing up because it is a truly amazing learning and connecting experience.

DIY Mermaid Floppy Hat

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Supplies:
Floppy Hat
Large Foam Pouncers – These Martha Stewart pouncers are great! Scroll down for an easy hack so you don’t have to buy a million packages of these things.
Medium flat paint brush
FolkArt Color Shift Paint in Purple Flash
Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in Crystal Green and Peacock Pearl
Deco Art Extreem Sheen in Antique Bronze

Cost: $20 or less
Time: 1-2 hours
Waterproof? um… no? maybe? Don’t use it while you swim. It’ll make you swim slower and clumsier, not like the mermaid you are.

MAKE IT: DIY MERMAID TRINKET TRAY

I’m in love with the Martha Stewart pouncers but I really didn’t want to buy more than one package so I hacked them with melamine sponges. To do this, you’ll need some magic eraser sponges – I got mine from the dollar store, a large Martha Stewart foam pouncer and a craft knife.

Easy Martha Stewart foam pouncer refills

Remove the foam part of the pouncer and use the casing to create 2 circle cut outs from each sponge. Glue them together – on top of each other – and let it sit for about an hour or two to dry. Stick the stacked sponge into the empty pouncer container and use a craft knife to carefully trim away the sides to create a neat circle. Now you’ve got a total of 3 pouncers, one for each color!

Easy Martha Stewart foam pouncer refills

Okay, on to the hat!

Start by creating a pallette of each color for dipping. I like using the lid of a sour cream container or a paper plate. Stamp in a random pattern around the edge of the hat.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Once that’s done, start layering colors in random order around and up until the entire brim is painted. Stop as close as you can to the crown of the hat.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Grab a medium to large flat paintbrush to add in some detail with an accent color. For this project, I used metallic bronze. Lightly brush paint around a few of the “scales” and finish by painting a band around the base of the hat to give it a more finished look.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Allow it to dry completely and you’re off to show everyone your fancy mermaid self!

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Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

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DIY Hand Painted Care Bears Shoes

on August 10, 2017

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups!

Oh, uh oh, you’re changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are
– 1234, Feist


It’s a Feist kind of day and no one is going to stop me. Instead, listen to her soothing voice as you create! And work! Or take a nap. It’s kinda good for everything!

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

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Let’s talk about the Care Bears shall we? So… I, along with many of you grew up on them and are probably now introducing the brand to all of your littles. But not the new CGI ones. Those were an abomination and should never be talked about again. I’m talking about the OG, hand drawn Care Bears. My favorite one was Care Bears in Wonderland. I have no idea why, but those were some seriously good times. Scared to admit you’re a Care Bears fan? Feel like others will tell you they’re “too kiddie”? Just own it! Do you really care what someone else is gonna say?

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

MAKE IT: STAMPED WATERMELON SHOES

Okay now that we’re feeling all nostalgic, let me introduce you guys to today’s DIY. Yep, you too can have your favorite bear with you wherever you go! For these painted Care Bears shoes I used Grumpy Bear (because even though he was Grumpy, he was still pretty awesome) and Cheer Bear… because… Cheer Bear? And rainbows!

This project was pretty cheap to do, I found the blue shoes at Walmart on sale for $3! $3 you guys! I nearly filled my cart! But I decided against it because I am a responsible adult (sometimes).

DIY Painted Care Bears Shoes

Cost: $15
Time: 1 hour
Nostalgia level: 10!

Supplies:
Canvas shoes – really any shoe with a solid toe area
Multi-surface paints in desired colors
Small paint brushes
Iron for heat setting

To begin, gently clean the front of each shoe with water in the area you will be painting. Allow to dry.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes
Use a white colored pencil or galaxy marker to outline the shape for each Care Bear “tummy”. It’s essentially a circle with a tuft at the top.

MAKE IT: ZELDA PIXEL HEART NECKLACE

Mix white paint with a bit of fabric medium and fill in each circle with a thin layer of paint. Allow to dry and add one more layer to create an opaque circle.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Once the white layer is dry – give it about 15-20 minutes – go in to paint the design.

For Grumpy Bear:
Paint the cloud first, then the rain drops. Once those are dry, go in with a tiny brush in red to draw “v”s. They come out looking like hearts so there’s less chance of them being too big. You’ll need to draw 3 on each “tummy”
Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

For Cheer Bear:
Start by painting a thin slightly arced stripe of blue about 1/4 inch from the bottom. Allow 5 minutes to dry. Then paint stripes of green, yellow and red (from bottom to top) in the same method.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Paint a tiny heart on the outside heel of each shoe (because all Care Bears have those cute heart butt tag things) in red.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Allow to fully cure for 24 hours then use an iron and a piece of scrap fabric to heat set each design.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

And well… you’re done! Let your 80’s baby flag fly! You are awesome and if you love it… you should wear it!

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Sassy Day of the Week Printable Hanger Tags

on July 31, 2017

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy day of the week printable hanger tags!

Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
‘Cause I run my shit, baby

Woman – Ke$ha

Ke$ha’s Woman has been playing on repeat for at least two days. And if you can get past the cursing (there is a lot) it’s a pretty awesome song of really just owning independence. Which is kinda awesome. Also… those horns. Take a listen if you’re down for it, it’s not your typical Ke$ha that’s for sure.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

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All of that goes to say that this DIY is probably one of my favorite funtional ones I’ve one in a while. I’ve recently realized that I LOVE systems. If you follow my instagram stories, you’ll see me do daily journals and talk about how every Sunday I put stickers in my planner to organize my week. I’m far from the most organized person, but I try where I can. Spending an hour or so to set myself up for success? Totally worth it. And yes. I pick out my clothes for the week on Sundays. It saves me a TON of time trying to figure out what is clean and what I “feel” like wearing. So yes, I treat myself like an elementary school kid sometimes, and you know what? I’m owning that shit with cute hanger tags.

Sassy Day of the Week Printable Hanger Tags

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

These tags are great because I created them to have a notes section on the back to add little things like which bra and shoes to wear with each outfit! Pretty snazzy heh?

I had a lot of these supplies on hand so they’re relatively inexpensive to create.
Cost: $10 or less
Time: 1 hour
Organization level: 10!

Supplies:
Printables printed on card stock
Cricut/craft cutter or scissors
Glue stick
Laminator with laminate sheets
Optional: Dry Erase Marker

Printables:
For Cricut/craft cutter
For Regular print outs

I created these printables to also work with a Cricut craft cutter. I use an Explore Air 2 and I absolutely love it! Just resize them to be 6 inches wide in design space and use the print and cut function.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

If you’re not using a cutting machine, simply print each tag template at 100% scale. They’re sized to be 6 inches wide.

Make it: Washi Tape Pencils

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Cut each hanger tag out either with the cricut or using scissors. Glue white sides of each tag together and let dry.

provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution

Once the glue is dry on each, run them through the laminator or use the laminator sheets with an iron. I fit 2 per sheet. I ran mine through twice (each direction) to make sure that it was secure.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Cut around the edges and center circles making sure not to re-open the laminate. Then run each tag through the laminator a few times again. This might be overkill but as long as it works right?

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Make it: DIY Glam Pencil Box

And you’re done! Grab a dry erase marker to write your notes on the back and yet yourself organized woman!

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

on July 24, 2017

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to!

 

In the Vegas lights
Where villains spend the weekend
The deep end
We’re swimming with the sharks until we drown

-Vegas Lights, Panic! at the Disco

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Before I get into this DIY I wanna talk a little bit about the band mentioned in the lyric above. Do you ever feel weird being a fan of a band that is super huge AGAIN? Like I went to their shows when they opened to Honda Civic Tour for Fall Out Boy (their first tour). I was there through the split up and consequent unknown afterwards. So it’s really strange to me to attend a concert of Panic! at the Disco when a lot of their fans now are younger than I was when they first formed as a band. I’m totally happy for them but it just makes me feel so… old? At what point did I become the parent in the room?!? Anyone else?

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Okay so Sharks. Can we talk about Sharks? Because I’m really excited that it is Shark Week and also the premiere of Sharknado 5! Yep! There are 5 of them. And I am the first to admit that I have watched and LOVE all of them so far. They are the epitome of cheesy sci-fi and and so out there that it’s hilariously amazing. As for Shark Week… I learn a ridiculous amount without having to be scared out of my wits a la Deep Blue Sea or Jaws (Cheesy, yes I know but imagine watching those when you’re like 12. No more oceans thank you very much!)

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Okay, so DIY. Yes, that’s why we’re all here. I started these to be earings but they ended up being way to big to put on the side of your head so I had to do some quick thinking and decided that cupcake toppers was the proper solution. I really love this project in particular because I can get some of the older kiddos involved and keep them busy. Perler beads are your BFFs when you work with 6+ year olds!

DIY It: DIY Shark Tshirt Costume

Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

Time: 20 minutes or less
Cost: I had everything on hand so free? If not, $15 or less
Awesome level: Vicious.

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

You will need:
Square perler bead peg board
Perler or Hamma beads in Grey, Red, Black and White
Iron
Perler bead ironing paper or parchment paper

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Make sure there are 3 rows of stick on the bottom. I forgot to add those to the pattern! Oops!!

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

 

These are super easy, as usual. Grab a square peg board and follow the patterns above. Iron as directed and allow them to cool completely before removing them from the peg boards. I found that a large square can hold 2 sharks and 2 fins so keep that in mind if you’re working on a large batch.

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Stick in your favorite cupcake recipe and get down with your bad self! Depending on how you iron, these can also be washed in the dishwasher – top shelf please!

 

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

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Turn dollar store placemats into a bright and fun DIY Placemat Handbag

on July 18, 2017

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

“Take me with you, I start to miss you…”
– Cross My Heart, Mariana’s Trench

If you’re a pop punker, power pop, whatever you’re into and haven’t heard of Mariana’s Trench, you’re missing out. I firmly believe they’re Canada’s appology for Justin Bieber (because all of this is after Celine Dion who is a national treasure).

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You guys! I made a thing. Okay so that’s basically how I start every day of my life. But seriously, I kinda love it. This project? It was made while on a binge of the Mariana’s Trench Pandora Station while it was 100+ degrees outside and my bedroom doesn’t have AC. I do have an evaporative cooler, but that is beside the point. To say that sweat went into this placemat handbag is an understatement… okay that’s gross. Ignore that. BUT this I gotta say is pretty cool. I even put pom poms on it and you know how I feel about pom poms. AND it’s ORANGE!!! So bright and sunny! And you can change out the pom poms for fall should you feel like it!

Make it: DIY Abstract Flamingo Bag

Time: 2 hours or less
Cost: $10 or less
Dork level: 2 – it’s pretty classy. You can dork it up with fun keychains if you want!

DIY Placemat Handbag

What you need:
2 round placemats from the Dollar Store
Sewing machine OR Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® OR Hot Glue
Wooden handles
Matching color embroidery thread and embroidery needle
Wooden handles

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Make It: Animal Butt Magnets

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

Start by folding over the top 1/3 of each placemat and secure it with a safety pin. Glue the inside with Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® or hot glue to secure it down or sew the top edge of the fold. – let dry if you’re using glue

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

Match the fold sides inside and pin the outside edge around with safety pins. Sew around the outside edge right up to the folded area. It’s even easier if you’re glueing!

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

To attach the handles, position the handle centered so that 2/3 of the handle is above the fold. Secure down by loop stitching with embroidery thread and needle with 5-7 secure points. Secure each side and the center first and then add points on each side.

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Do the same for the second. Trim up threads and glue down the stray embroidery thread to make sure knots hold.

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Embellish however you feel like! Pom poms, tassels, have at it!

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Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses

on July 12, 2017
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #Chardonnation #NotableSummer#CollectiveBias
Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more!

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

On hot summer nights I like to open up the windows, pull out my favorite vinyl and drink a cold glass of wine. I invite the gal pals over for some great conversation and noshing and well… we call those nights “Vinyl and Wine” nights. There is just something about the evening and flavors that really bring out the experience. And as you guys know… I am all about the sensory experience and flavor is probably at the top of my list.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Thanks Notable Wines for giving me the perfect excuse to host a great Vinyl and Wine night with my gal pals to talk sound and flavor senses. I teamed up with them today to make these pretty classy (if I do say so myself) lyric etched wine glasses inspired my their two varietals of Chardonnay that highlight the flavor right on the bottle!

For this get together, we had the Oaky and Buttery (California) Chardonnay and the Fruity and Crisp (Australia) Chardonnay. My favorite thing to do was pair each wine with a song or lyric that hightlighted the flavors so for the Oaky and Buttery Chardonnay, I chose a more full bodied, deeper song and for the Fruity and Crisp, I chose a song that is a little bit lighter and acoustic.

Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Wine Glasses
Stencil tape or adhesive vinyl
Pencil and craft knife
Template
Etching cream

To begin, clean your wine glasses off with rubbing alcohol. That will make sure you have a clean surface to start with.

Cut out your lyrics. If you’re super fancy and have a cricut, you can simply load the template into the design space and set the size – 3×2″.

If you want to do your own lyrics you can choose your font in the program and go to town! Mine turned out a little smudgy… but I think the quotes were a little long.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Adhere the lyric cut outs to your wine glasses. If you’re using larger quotes there will be some bubbles in the vinyl. That’s fine. Just use your nail to squidge it down so that the edges are sealed in.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Put on your latex or rubber glove and begin to paint on the etching cream in globs. Just dab it on there. Once it’s all on there, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. I found that for these glasses, 5 minutes was better.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Once it has set, simply wash the etching cream off in the kitchen sink. Peel the stencil away and rinse some more until everything is off of the glass.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Voila! Pour a glass of either Oaky and Buttery or Fruity and Crisp Notable Wines’ Chardonnay and pair with your favorite music. What songs will your pair it with at your next “Vinyl and Wine” night?

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more!

DIY Game of Thrones House Sigil Glasses

on July 5, 2017

Show your Game of Thrones pride with some easy custom DIY Game of Thrones House Sigil Glasses. Represent your favorite houses and drink up!

Show your Game of Thrones pride with some easy custom DIY Game of Thrones House Sigil Glasses. Represent your favorite houses and drink up!

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If there is one thing you must do at every Game of Thrones Premiere party, it is drink ale, or at least something that looks like it. It was the custom of the time dudes! So why not embrace your inner dork and love for Game of Thrones by repping your favorite house and letting your friends do the same?

Show your Game of Thrones pride with some easy custom DIY Game of Thrones House Sigil Glasses. Represent your favorite houses and drink up!

Okay, so one year my friends all decided to dress up as Game of Thrones for Halloween. It was seriously amazing. We even had dragons! James wore leggings! It was magical.

The problem for me was that there wasn’t really a character that I connected with and other characters that I was interested in had already been claimed. Those friends of course ended up not going to Mickey’s Halloween Party with us, but decisions had to be made and they lost out. Me? After much deliberation, I stuck with House Stark. I made my own cape and went as (D)Eddard Stark. Why? Because I got to run around in a cape and I didn’t have to worry about a fancy dress. Enough said.

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DIY Game of Thrones Cutting Board

on July 1, 2017

Create your own wood burned Game of Thrones Cutting Board with this easy tutorial. If you’ve ever wanted to try wood burning, this is a fun project to get you started!

Create your own wood burned Game of Thrones Cutting Board with this easy tutorial. If you've ever wanted to try wood burning, this is a fun project to get you started!

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I admit it, I love Game of Thrones! But… I couldn’t hack the books. Anyone else in the same boat? I think what I love most is the fandom surrounding it. It is intense and I seriously love being in the room with my friends who are OBSESSED with it and I feel like it makes me a better fan? Or not. I don’t know. But I do know that I’m really interested to see what happens to particular characters and sometimes read spoilers of scenes that will probably make me want to puke… know know the ones I’m talking about. Sorry to get too graphic on you guys.

Anyway, this Game of Thrones Cutting Board is a gift for my friend who has made almost every “Winter is Coming” joke he can possibly make this month and more. If you’ve got one or you are that person this makes the perfect addition to your kitchen geekery!

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4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper

on June 27, 2017

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

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I was going to start this post with some pithy comment about how much I love fireworks but I gotta be honest with you guys, sometimes I don’t really have time or want to make fancy cupcakes for gatherings. Whew. There, I said it. Sometimes I just don’t have time for all the prep and want to take it back old school with random snack cakes that everyone can appreciate…. do you see where I’m going with this?

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

Yes. I am taking Hostess Cupcakes to my friend’s 4th of July party and I am not ashamed to admit it. Why? Because everyone loves those little cream filled tasty things. And if they don’t, they’ll appreciate the nostaligia of when our mom’s used to pack them in our lunch boxes or when they’d be a party treat. That being said, I figured I should jazz them up a little with a fun pom pom cake topper. You dig?

So whether you’re like me and digging the nostalgia factor, baking your own cake or using a store bought one (no shame!) you can always dress it up and make it your own with this unbelievably simple 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper. Let me show you how!

4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper

Cost: $5 or less
Time: 10 minutes max
Patriotic factor: 8 (because red, white and blue you guys!!!)

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

Supplies:
Red, White and Blue Pom Poms
Paper Straws
Embroidery Floss – Or bakers twine, regular thread, or even dental floss
Embroidery needle
Scissors or Craft knife

Begin by cutting two 1/8 inch vertical slits in the top of each straw. You’ll want them to be across from each other.

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

Cut an 8 inch piece of string and tie a knot in the end. Thread it through the needle and start threading on pom poms. String on as many as you want or as little. Just think about the length you want the topper to be across your cake (or cupcakes)

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

When you have the desired amount in whatever pattern you chose to put them in tie a knot for the length you want it to be. Then simply place the thread between the two slits on each side – knot on the outside. Cut off the ends of the string and space the pom poms out to your liking and voila! You just upped your presentation game!

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

 

Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

Happy Birthday America! Go get your party on.

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Throw some pom poms into your Independence day celebrations with this unbelievably simple DIY 4th of July Pom Pom Cake Topper.

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DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass Set

on June 24, 2017

Create to impress this summer with this DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass set! A perfect fit for a backyard party or watercolor paint and sip!

Create to impress this summer with this DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass set! A perfect fit for a backyard party or watercolor paint and sip!

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It’s officially summer! That means pool parties, back yard star gazing, picnics and brunch. All in wide brimmed hats and flowy skirts. It also means summer drinks and the fun barware gets to come out to play! Okay so it is probably known that I have a thing for watercolor and alcohol ink. I just love how they look all colorful and smokey! For this alcohol ink pitcher and glass set, I kept it colorful using three primary colors and an easy coat of dishwasher safe mod podge. Yep! That’s it! Whatever colors you wanna make them, go for it! Just embrace that quirky side of you and do splotches or drips or whatever you like, then serve up your favorite drink to yourself and some of your favorite people!

Cost: $20-30 depending on what you have on hand
Time: Weekend Project
Fun level: During the project is like a 4 but after when you’re drinking margaritas it’s definitely a 10!

DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass Set

Create to impress this summer with this DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass set! A perfect fit for a backyard party or watercolor paint and sip!

Supplies:
Glass Pitcher – I got this one from IKEA
Glass cups – I also got these from Ikea
Alcohol Ink
Rubbing Alcohol
Cotton pads
Paint brush
Straw (optional)
Dishwasher Safe Modpodge

Create to impress this summer with this DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass set! A perfect fit for a backyard party or watercolor paint and sip!

Start by cleaning off your pitcher and glasses with the rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad. This will help to ensure that you have a clean surface and that the ink will spread correctly. Work with the pitcher or glass upside down.

Create to impress this summer with this DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass set! A perfect fit for a backyard party or watercolor paint and sip!

Working on a covered surface, paint a section of the bottom edge of the glass with rubbing alcohol. Then use a paint brush or the tip of the ink to paint alcohol ink on that section of your pitcher or glass. Use the straw or just tip the glass to guide the ink as it dries. It dries really quickly, but using a straw and/or blowing on it can help it along and make sure the ink doesn’t run further than you want it to.

This can take some trial and error, but the great thing is that if you mess up, you can always take it off with rubbing alcohol and start again!

Once you’re happy with your glasses and pitcher let them dry for about 2 hours. You can probably use less time but that’s what I did just to be safe.

Create to impress this summer with this DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass set! A perfect fit for a backyard party or watercolor paint and sip!

Once your ink has set, gently paint a thin layer of dishwasher safe modpodge over the ink and up to 1/4 inches away from the lip of the glass. Let it dry overnight then add a second layer. You’re supposed to let this cure for 28 days for it to form a hard shell, but if you’re impatient like me, you can cure it in an oven.

How to cure dishwasher safe modpodge in an oven:

In a cold oven, place your items on a baking sheet. Heat the oven to 175 then bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and allow your pieces to cool with the oven. I usually do this before I go to bed so they can cool over night. Once your pieces are done, they are top shelf dishwasher safe!

Go forth and make yummy margaritas and entertain your friends all day long! Don’t forget to PIN for later!

Create to impress this summer with this DIY Alcohol Ink Pitcher and Glass set! A perfect fit for a backyard party or watercolor paint and sip!

 

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