Category Archives: DIY

DIY \\ Affordable Paint Burst Art

September 4, 2014

DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

There is a certain type of person that just NEEDS quick art. At times, I am that person. There are too many empty walls in our place. And there are too few dollar bills in my wallet. So I have to improvise and that’s what I did with this paint burst art. Wall art in seconds? Okay.
DIY \\ Paint Burst Art DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

Materials:

  • canvas
  • assorted spray paints

Are you ready for the super tricky instructions?

DIY \\ Paint Burst Art DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

And it goes like this: spray the paint in short little bursts. Layer the colors over one another. Let it dry. Repeat on other canvases. Pat yourself on the back.

DIY \\ Paint Burst Art DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

DIY \\ Paint Burst Art

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I am already scheming up a version of this for Christmas. I’m so ready!

Do you have any shortcuts for art in your home? I’d love to hear. I was once given several small coupons from Urban Outfitters that had hearts printed on the back. I may have taken a few more just so I could have some heart art… Judge away.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

September 3, 2014

DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

Alright. Listen up. I know that we just had Labor Day. And I know that we’re going into Fall (hooray!). And I know that the pineapple was, like, the “it” fruit of the summer. But I’m not ready to give that up. I won’t give that up. I’m translating that trend and bringing it with me in a “back-to-school” sense. These concrete pineapple pushpins are just the ticket to a brighter and more cheery inspiration board, desk, or workspace. And I’m obsessed with pointy office things. Evidence: here and here. DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

Materials needed:

  • cement mix (I used cement-all)
  • pineapple ice tray
  • liquid leaf in classic gold
  • small paint brush

And it goes like this:

Mix up your cement. Add a tad more water than the instructions suggest so that the mix is a little runny. When I say, “tad”, I mean, “smidge”. You just need a spoonful to change the consistency. I’m not the first to use these pineapple trays for concrete. You can find some adorable concrete magnets over on Homey Oh My! I purchased these trays a while ago with the original intention to make magnets with these fruit trays, but this tutorial is way too cute! Great minds think alike!

So let’s make pushpins instead, mmmkay? You can tell I’ve used these trays for lots of different projects – including some fun crayons coming your way soon! :)

DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

Once mixed, pour the concrete into the ice tray and tap the ice tray gently on the counter several times. No air bubbles, friends! Before the concrete has a chance to get any harder, gently place a pushpin in the center of each pineapple. Place a wet paper towel over the ice tray to help the concrete cure for an hour.

Now that it’s dry, gently pop those suckers out of the ice tray and get ready to gild!

Holding onto the pushpin, paint a thin layer of the liquid gold on the surface of the pineapple. Hold onto the needle so that you can paint the back of the pineapple, too.

DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins Let the liquid gold dry. And then just sit and worship the golden pineapple for the rest of your days. DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins DIY \\ Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins

Back to school is the greatest, isn’t it?

Photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks

September 2, 2014

DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks

I’m SUCH a sucker for office and school supplies. Bouquets of  newly-sharpened pencils, anyone? Awwww, September is here so we can all watch that movie! When the kids go back to school, I also decide to tidy up my workspace. But I like things custom and colorful. And that’s where these DIY polished thumb tacks come in. They’re “polished” thanks to a special material that we all have on hand. Polished. On hand. I’m killing it with puns today. DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks DIY \\ Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks

To make your own, head on over to Style Me Pretty Living for more photos and the full how-to!

DIY Pretty & Polished Thumb tacks 

Hope your Labor day was relaxing! It’s back to business now. ;)

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Printed Moleskine Notebooks

August 28, 2014

DIY \\ Printed Moleskine Notebooks

Oh man, you guys. Did you think I quit blogging? You must have. I may seem like I have it together, but the truth is, I don’t! I can’t believe the amount of time that has passed since I was last here. I have been sharing projects elsewhere, and left y’all high and dry!

To be diabetically frank, I’m still trying to figure out how to manage the new health sitch. And it’s tough now that Vita-girl is walking! Did you see the video? Cutest girl in the world. My heart stops dead every time. Every. Time. I’ve been running around like a chicken with her (I’m a female chicken, of course) head cut off! You know when you just can’t seem to manage it all, but somehow, you make it to the end of every day only to start over tomorrow? That’s how I’ve been feeling and I’m slowly figuring out how to climb out of my hibernation.

DIY \\ Printed Moleskine Notebooks

Thank you so much for your emails, texts, and messages of support! I feel so lucky to have such a great community that comes from blogland. Y’all are tops!

All this is to say that I have a project to share with you! The words above were code for, “Let’s use some kitchen staples to create printed moleskine notebooks!”.

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DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

August 12, 2014

DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

It’s no surprise that I’m on a Macaron kick. They’re just delicious! I’ll be honest, though, and tell you that I’m happy with plain old vanilla. Does that make me boring? Hope not. The edible typography macarons were such a hit, that I decided to keep exploring the ways to print on this tasty treat. And then it hit me – Fabric-inspired Printed Macarons! They can be  real thing! I had several fabric swatches from Vita’s nursery and they had perfect designs that were easy to recreate with some edible food pens! DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

Supplies:

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And it goes like this:

Copy the designs from your fabric onto the tops of each macaron using the food pens. Don’t worry about perfection! I’m a simple girl.

DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

The pens don’t alter the taste at all and are safe to eat! But you might not want to because they’re so pretty. DIY \\ Fabric Inspired Printed Macarons

That was a joke. How could one NOT eat a macaron?

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

July 30, 2014

DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

I’m not going to let National Ice Cream Month slip away without sharing these pom pom ice cream cones. These are the kinds of cones that Diabetics can get on board with.  Bonus: They last forever. So you can dream about ice cream long after July…

DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

I cheated. These perfectly perfect poms were given to me by Rachel of Smile and Wave. She made a whole slew of them for the Awesome with Bing & The Alison Show event. (More on that party very soon!)

If you don’t have a super talented friend who can create the poms for you, they’re really easy to make. Check out a few tutorials here!

DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

This is the fun part. Head to the store and buy some sugar cones! Mine are from Dollar Tree. They have everything.

Hot glue your pom poms to each sugar cone and you’re set. DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

Ice cream cones that last forever. My dreams have all come true.
DIY Pom Pom Ice Cream Cones

Oh and don’t worry, that’s just me trying my darndest to seem cool in front of the camera. Maybe one day I will be. For now, Imma just focus on the pom cones. I’m willing them to turn to real ice cream before my very eyes.

photography: tutorial photos by The Proper Pinwheel \\ first & last photos by Sally Mae Photography 

DIY \\ Popsicle Drinking Straws

July 17, 2014

DIY Popsicle Drinking Straws DIY Popsicle Drinking Straws

I know. I post so much food here lately that you’re prob like, “DOES THE GIRL EVEN DIY ANYMORE?!?!”

I can assure you that I do. They’re just food-related projects these days! Ha! If I can’t enjoy a real popsicle, you better believe that a paper one will be in my hands all day long. My latest project for Babiekins Magazine went live today so head on over there to see how to make these crazy simple popsicle drinking straws!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Paper Clip Fruit Skewers

July 10, 2014

DIY Paper Clip Fruit Skewers

It’s summer. And I’m obsessed with fruit. Only a few types of fruit these days, but fortunately, they’re all small enough to fit on these cute lil’ DIY paper clip fruit skewers.  DIY Paper Clip Fruit Skewers Head on over to Babiekins to see the full how-to!

*Disclaimer* Guys. I’m not claiming these to be 100% food-safe! Make ‘em at your own discretion. Similar to other metal skewers, I boiled these in hot water to sterilize and let them cool before using them with the fruit! Mmmkay? 

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flags

July 1, 2014

DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flag

The 4th of July is one of my all-time fave holidays. Summer: check. Watermelon: check. Fireworks: check. Pie: check.  I don’t have a yard, but if I did, you had better believe it would be dressed to the nines in all sorts of flaggy goodness. (That’s a thing.) So let’s deck out your lawn and garden with these DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flags. Perfect for the garden. And perfect for the lawn. They just win at life.

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You’ll need:

  • wooden paint sticks (found at your local hardware store in the paint section)
  • red & white acrylic paint
  • foam paint brushes
  • staple gun & staples
  • Diet Coke (not optional)

DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flag

DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flag

Paint the sticks like a flag. You get it. Instead of painting the white stripes and stars, I just left things natural. DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flag

Once all the pieces of wood have been painted and dried, staple them together with your staple gun. Staple the ends to the longer paint stick and then staple the ends of the stripes together so that they stay together.

DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flag DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flag DIY 4th of July Paint Stick Garden Flag

Stick those suckers in your garden or hammer them into your lawn and then kick back with some pop-its.

And with that, I’m out for the rest of the week. We are currently in Idaho spending time with our family camping and churning butter. Kidding about the butter part. I wish you the happiest of Independence Days!

To see more projects for the 4th of July, click here!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ 4th of July Sparkler Drinking Straws

June 26, 2014

4th of July Sparkler Drinking Straws

Hey pals. With the 4th around the corner, I’m gettin’ my ducks in a row. It’s a very important holiday for us over here. I think it’s the fireworks. And maybe the pie and patriotism. I’m so enthused every year for the fourth, that I go a little crazy with the decor. You can spice things up really easy with these 4th of July Sparkler Drinking Straws that I made over at Babiekins Magazine. I’m a new contributor over there! Hashtag dream come true. See my last post, a paper fruit garland with a printable template, here!

4th of July Sparkler Drinking Straws

4th of July Sparkler Drinking Straws

We’re talkin’ 3-step easy.  So you best head on over to Babiekins for the how-to and to drool over the pics. I mean, can’t you see the condensation on the bottle? Hashtag drinkable.

Click here to see the tutorial!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel