Category Archives: DIY

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

September 25, 2014

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

Alternate titles for this post would be:

“Undead Wildlife”

“Zombie Dinosaurs”

“Paint The Toy White”

“The Rawring Dead”

I could go on… This is one of those projects that I am overly excited about. It probably has to do with the fact that I’m now a parent who gets to teach her daughter all about dinosaurs and how they can turn into zombie wildlife with the power of one’s imagination. Thanks, AMC.

If you know me, then you know that I’m terrified of zombies. Truly. My recurring nightmare is one that involves zombies of civil war soldiers. It’s frightening, alright. These zombies are on the friendlier, less-threatening, side of the undead spectrum. I’m okay with ‘em. And your kids will be, too.

DIY \\ Zombie Wildlife

DIY Zombie Wildlife

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DIY \\ Concrete Pumpkin Place Card Holders

September 23, 2014

This project is part of our Halloween series, MISSION: SCARY. To see more Halloween projects, click here!

Concrete pumpkin place care holders

Okay, so some of the projects for MISSION: SCARY aren’t as scary as they are pretty. The only thing frightening about these concrete pumpkin place card holders is how gold and awesome they are. Oh, and maybe how ridiculously easy they are, too. You can have concrete pumpkins in under an hour, my friends.  Concrete pumpkin place care holders

They make perfect ornaments for your plates at Thanksgiving dinner. Their own con? You can’t eat ‘em.

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DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

September 22, 2014

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

Oh, oh, oh. Boo. Boo. Boo. I love Halloween way too much. Just kidding. Not too much. An appropriate amount. And that’s why I can’t wait another second to start a new Halloween series! Remember every year around Christmas time when I introduce Mission: Merry?! And then proceed to share all sorts of Christmas-y DIY goodness?! Welp. For this next Halloween holiday cycle, we’re runnin’ with a new series called Mission: SCARY. See what I did there? I know. I’m good with the words. Anyway! This series includes a slew of terrifyingly cute/fun/spooky Halloween projects. We’re kicking off with these easy DIY Halloween Boo Bottles. They’re terrifyingly easy…

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series Materials:

  • assorted glass milk bottles
  • white spray paint
  • cotton balls
  • tape
  • black Sharpie marker

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

And it goes like this:

Stuff cotton balls into the mouth of each bottle and tape over the top. This will help protect the opening so that the bottles can still be used for beverages!

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

Shake your tail feathers paint can and spray each bottle making sure to cover the entire surface. Allow 1 hour for each bottle to dry to the touch. Once dry, draw fun and spooky faces on each bottle like a ghosty face or the face of a happy jack o’ lantern.

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

Fill the bottles with tasty cider or some orange soda (Diet Coke for me, thanks!) and then pop a cute and Halloween-appropriate straw in each! You’re all set for a terrifyingly fun celebration. Get ready for all the “terrifyingly fun” puns that are about to commence. I’ve got a lot of ‘em.

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

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Keep up with all the sneak peeks and fun happenings with this series by following the hashtag #missionscary! And if you feel like getting a head start on Christmas, check out the hashtag #missionmerry!

Sidenote – Logan made sure to tell me that this post was filled with “photos of the same thing but just at different angles”. I recognize. And I just liked all the photos too much not to share. ;)

So boo me. (Get it?)

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

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?

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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