Category Archives: DIY

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.

flag 1

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

DIY // Mother’s Day Tablescape with MOM Floral Backdrop

May 8, 2014

Mothers Day Brunch Tablescape

Mother’s Day is just a few days away. I’m feeling especially lucky this year to join the ranks of Motherhood and can’t wait to just party up a storm. As the mothers do. If you’re planning a brunch or get together of some type, there are lots of ways to make it special! You don’t have to go crazy with the details. I’ve got a few easy projects for you below. They’re not that time-consuming, but they make a big statement!  Mothers Day Brunch Tablescape

To make the MOM floral backdrop you’ll need:

  • 115-125 carnations
  • white lattice (found at Home Depot)
  • floral shears
  • velcro strips to attach to the wall

Mothers Day Brunch Tablescape

There are two ways to do this. A way that seems easy, but then becomes a little more difficult. Or the best way that you didn’t think of at first, but came up with after the first way proved to be more difficult than you’d like. Ya follow?

Keep reading to see all the mother’s day glory!  continue reading

DIY \\ Carnation Chair Garland

May 7, 2014

DIY Carnation Chair Garland

Carnations are underrated. They really are. While they’re not my FAVORITE flower (lookin’ at you peonies, ranunculas, and garden roses), they are one of the most versatile and long-lasting. Not to mention the cost! Holy cheap! If you are planning a little get together and are wanting to incorporate some flowers, use carnations! You can use a lot of them and when you pick the right colors, they’re just gorgeous. These carnation chair garlands are the easiest floral project out there. Not joking. Let’s make some, mmmkay?

DIY Carnation Chair Garland

To make your own you’ll need:

  • 7-10 carnations per garland
  • embroidery or waxed thread
  • embroidery needle
  • scissors
  • floral shears

DIY Carnation Chair Garland

Using the floral shears, snip the base of each carnation to cut off the stem. Thread the embroidery needle and carefully thread each carnation together. Start at the top and push the needle down through the petals and carefully pull it through each carnation base. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. DIY Carnation Chair Garland DIY Carnation Chair Garland

That’s it. No need to tie a knot! The carnations will stay put. DIY Carnation Chair Garland DIY Carnation Chair Garland

Give each garland a lot of thread slack on each end and tie these beauties to your chairs! They’ll last for days, my friends. Definitely getting your money’s worth, I’d say!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Mother’s Day Gift Guide & DIY Cut-Out Gift Boxes

May 5, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide & DIY Polka Dot & Monogram Cut-out Gift Boxes

I am not fashionable by any means, but I love giving gifts to fashionable people. It’s fun to plan and pick out items specific to each recipient. Even better? Wrapping it all up in some cutie-fruitie-tootie gift wrap.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t have the time or confidence (or desire!) to create something handmade for your beloved moms this Mother’s Day. Things fill up your schedule. Important things. And it’s hard to carve out time to whip up something from scratch. It doesn’t have to be handmade to be heartfelt. That’s exactly the rule I’m following this Mother’s Day. Luckily, the two ladies I plan on giving these specific gifts to don’t really read this here blog or follow me on Instagram. So they will still be surprised when I show up with these presents on Sunday!

I’ve whipped up two small gift guides that are simple, sweet, and just the ticket for that classy mom and/or sister or friend of yours. Of course, if you’re a mom too (it can be to a dog! I’m not judging! I was a mom to Tagg the pup for five years before Vita-roo came into our lives.), feel free to give these to yourself! You deserve a present as much as anyone!

Read on to see how we pamper moms and to see how to make some cut-out gift boxes!  continue reading

DIY // Typography Cake Toppers

May 2, 2014

DIY Typography Cake Toppers

Fonts. Fonts. Fonts. I love fonts. I also love cake, but that’s no surprise! I’ve been wanting to make up a special cake for the moms in my life and I’ve had this vision of typography cake toppers in the back of my mind for some time now.

DIY Typography Cake Toppers

Remember when I shared all about the Cricut Explore machine? And then I basically went quiet about it? Welp, to be honest, we moved and I totally forgot about the machine. It’s been sitting on my desk for months just glaring at me. And then I forgot about how easy it was to use and slowly became intimidated by it. Until earlier this week. I mustered up the courage to hit the power button and see what happens. DIY Typography Cake Toppers

And what happens? Cake toppers. Magnificent typography cake toppers. It took me a little while to figure out (I am NOT computer savvy despite the fact that my life and job are online), but once I got it, it was smooth cutting sailing. DIY Typography Cake Toppers

You certainly don’t need a Cricut Explore machine to make these simple toppers, but it made my life a heck-of-a-lot-easier by having everything cut in under 20 seconds. Once all the tags were cut, I peeled them off the cutting mat and hot glued them to some BBQ skewers. Make sure you soak the skewers in water first to avoid splitting wood! DIY Typography Cake Toppers

I showed this to Logan when it was all finished and the first thing he said?

“You should have put ‘Mum’.”

So supportive, amiright?

Click here for the cake topper download

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY // Embroidered Gift Boxes For Mother’s Day

April 29, 2014

DIY Embroidered Gift Boxes with Dove Dark Chocolate #sharetheDOVE

Chocolate is just one of those things I won’t give up. And now that I’m a mom, it’s NEVER gonna happen. I live and breath for the stuff. And for Vita, of course! Errr.

The majority of my pals out here in Denver have children. And all the rest of my friends love chocolate. So I like everyone. I’m always wanting to do something special on Mother’s Day for all my mom friends, but there’s a LOT of them. And I can’t give each of them a BIG, grand gift, but I CAN give each of them a custom gift! Enter these DIY embroidered gift boxes for Mother’s Day.  DIY Embroidered Gift Boxes with Dove Dark Chocolate #sharetheDOVE DIY Embroidered Gift Boxes with Dove Dark Chocolate #sharetheDOVE

To make your own you’ll need:

Cut the thread a few feet long and thread through the needle. Starting at one end of the box and working carefully, thread the needle through the box and continue weaving in and out to create any design you like. Tie the ends of the thread in a knot inside the box and you’re set! One of my boxes has a simple zigzag design and the others are geometric and whatnot. That’s what I call the little design – “whatnot”.

DIY Embroidered Gift Boxes with Dove Dark Chocolate #sharetheDOVE

Fill the boxes with a few paper shreds and top off with DOVE® chocolate. And lots of it!  DIY Embroidered Gift Boxes with Dove Dark Chocolate #sharetheDOVE

DIY Embroidered Gift Boxes with Dove Dark Chocolate #sharetheDOVE

If you can’t get your hands on some favor boxes, don’t fret. Just wrap individual DOVE® bars in cute gift wrap and tie with some twine. You can write a special note on the inside of the wrap and your friends will love reading about how much you worship them.

DIY Embroidered Gift Boxes with Dove Dark Chocolate #sharetheDOVE

I have to say – I’ve never been a fan of straight dark chocolate. It used to be the last thing I would eat and I had to really be starving. But when it’s filled with swirls of caramel, or almonds, I’m singin’ a different tune! I’ve also heard the rumor/truth that dark chocolate is good for the heart. And who am I to argue that?! Logan is the epitome of fitness and I’ve even convinced him that we need to eat these daily to keep our hearts healthy… One a day, keeps the doctor away. A bag a day, keeps the stress at bay? Yes, yes. That’s how it goes.

*This post is sponsored by Dove Dark Chocolate via MomTrends. I was compensated to create the boxes, but not paid to gush over my new love of dark chocolate. Thanks for being supportive of the brands that help keep Proper up and running!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel