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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.

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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Beginner Crochet Beach Bag

on March 15, 2017

If you’re looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

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If you’re like me, you’ve learned to crochet and you’ve got the basics down. You can single and double crochet with the best of them…. heck you are a wiz at granny squares… but you’re looking for something more practical and cute to do with your skills. Does this sound like you? Are you still in the beginner crochet step? It’s cool. This free Beginner Crochet Beach Bag is for crafters of all skill levels and makes a beautiful suzette stitch that no one will even have to know how easy it is! In fact, the suzette stitch is a great one to have in your arsenal. It works up a beautiful thick but breathable texture that is great for any number of projects.

If you're looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

This inspiration for this bag came from a recent trip to the beach (because apparently Los Angeles decided to skip spring all together and go right into summer) wherein my favorite beach bag not only broke but got covered in sunscreen. Cue dramatic freaking out noise. So!!! In a fit of crochet desperation and some love for Pantone’s color of the year (and my birth stone!) I made a bag. Since it’s cotton yarn I can wash it on gentle. So if someone spills juice or apple sauce or sunscreen, I don’t have 30 minutes of wet wiping ahead of me. AND!!!! It’s versatile! If you don’t live near the beach, this bag also works wonderful as a fashionable market bag. Pretty cool right? So grab a crochet needle, sit down with Lilo and Stitch (and some other fun Disney movies) and let’s make all the things!

Beginner Crochet Beach Bag

If you're looking for a quick and fashionable summer project, check out this beginner crochet beach bag using the suzette stitch.

Supplies:

Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Solids in Mod Green (4 balls)
Size J crochet hook (I love this set from Susan Bates!)
Yarn needle
Ruler and pen or marker

Time: Weekend/Binge watch
Cost: $10
Skill level: Beginner
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DIY Watermelon Shoes

on July 11, 2016

To say that I’m a bit in love with these shoes is an understatement. I’ve had them just sitting in my closet waiting for the perfect project to come along and well, this is it…. for now.

You guys, I’m not a shoe person by any means. I literally have like 3-4 pairs that I wear until they fall apart then bemoan the fact that I have to go find another pair. Yes folks, life is rough. (can you sense my sarcasm?)

Feeling fruity? These DIY Watermelon Shoes are quick, fun fashion for your summer picnics! Easy potato stamp tutorial for great results!

BUT back to these super cute watermelon shoes. Aren’t they cute?!? They take about 15 minutes to make and then you’re out in the sunshine showing off your love for the best summer fruit ever!

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DIY Flower Crown

on April 6, 2016

Festival season is upon us which means, if you live in SoCal, Coachella! If you don’t, there are a million festivals going on all summer for you to go vibe out at. If you’re a mom, dad or nanny to little girls, it means tea party picnics and pretending to be a pixie among other things.

Easy DIY Flower Crown. Great for festival fashion, photography props, and dress up boxes. Make yours for under $5!

That being said, I am anxiously awaiting all of the bohemian fashion posts that I will assuredly see on various fashion blogs.

One of the staples that I’ve seen every year are beautiful flower headbands and crowns. I’ve seen them retail for upwards for $50, but today, I’m going to show you how to make one for under $5. Yep, under 5. Let us all say thank you to the 99¢ Store powers that be.

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