Category Archives: DIY

DIY \\ PIEBOX Paper Liner

November 20, 2014

DIY PieBox Liner DIY PieBox Liner

Here ye, here ye. I have an announcement. My new favorite gift (for myself!) is a wooden box from PIEBOX! Every attendee of the pie workshop was given one, and they were SUCH a hit! Not to mention how well-crafted they are. The lid just slides off like butter creating a safe place for your precious precious pie. Perfect to transport all those pies you’ll be making this year for Thanksgiving, right? ;) Well, I love my PIEBOX, and I also love having one of a kind wooden boxes that carry pie. So here we are today with a simple tutorial for a DIY PIEBOX Paper Liner!

DIY PieBox Liner


  • one wooden PIEBOX
  • cute patterned paper
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • a pen or pencil DIY PieBox Liner

Remove the lid from the PIEBOX and lay it on the back of your patterned paper. Trace around it with your pen or pencil. Take caution not to get anything on the wooden lid!

DIY PieBox Liner

Once you’ve traced, cut out the paper square. Cut just a little inside the lines so that it’s a tad smaller than what you traced. DIY PieBox Liner

Place a few pieces of double stick tape to the inside bottom of the PIEBOX. Tape that sucker right into the pie box and gently smooth your hands over the paper to ensure it all lays flat and sticks well.
DIY PieBox Liner

DIY PieBox Liner

Bonus: the paper protects the wood AND looks pretty. Everybody wins!

Double Bonus: They’ve just come out with a MEATBOX. Logan’s brain just exploded. DIY PieBox Liner DSC_0507

Now go.

Go and make pie.

Go and box pie.

Go and eat pie.

To read more about the pie workshop, click here! You can also visit the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate on Instagram!

This post is in partnership with PIEBOX, an amazing company that believes in protecting your baked goods. They provided wooden boxes for the workshop and for this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that help The Proper Pinwheel keep creating!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ Floral Pie Topper & Wreath

November 19, 2014

DIY Floral Pie Topper

Today’s the magical day that we finally talk about pie! Remember last month when I taught the EAT DRINK CREATE pie workshop? And it was amazing, and wonderful, and I want to do it again?! I thought you’d remember. I always get nervous when putting these events on. (Sign up for the holiday workshop here!)  It’s like in high school when you’re throwing a party, and you’re afraid nobody will show. Ya feel me? But tickets sold out in a matter of days! So then I got all cocky. Just kidding. You can read all about it today over here on Style Me Pretty Living!

Aside from making and decorating pies, we also used some amazing blooms provided by Flower Muse to decorate the pies with. So let’s talk about how to make a floral pie topper & wreath, shall we? It’s easier than you think and really packs a pie punch.  DIY Floral Pie Topper amirigggghhhhtttt? Honestly, this pie stayed in our fridge for weeks because I thought it was too pretty to eat. I just kept snapping an inappropriate amount of photos of it!
DIY Floral Pie Topper DIY Floral Pie Topper

Flower Muse knocked it out of the park with the flowers they sent. It was so fun for me to create arrangements, big and small, for the tables! And they look especially pretty in my animal head vases from Anthropologie!
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Minted Cherry Pie Print

Check out the full recap for the workshop here on Style Me Pretty Living! And, of course, don’t forget to watch the short video! You can view it at the end of this post and on the Style Me Pretty recap! :)

Now, let’s get to the wreath business.

DIY Floral Pie Topper

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Printed \\ Giftwrap Printables & Download (+ A Giveaway!)

November 17, 2014


In my spare time (which is rare!), I’ve been trying to teach myself different skills. I’ve been focusing on calligraphy, photography, and as of late, illustrator! I’ve really been trying to spend a focused amount of time bettering myself. That usually means spending a focused amount of time trying to NOT down 4 Diet Cokes in a day, but whatever. I’m actually really excited about this one! I’ve been dabbling with drawings and turning them into lil’ prints and just thought I’d share this with y’all! I’d like to introduce you to the first of hopefully many free giftwrap printables and desktop downloads!


I know it’s a little bit beginner and I know that all you pros are gonna be like, “c’mon! That is so amateur.” But just let me live!!!!! If you decide that you want to download it (and you should!), just click the links below! It’s really really REALLY fun printed. It’s also pretty large so it could act as some giftwrap if you want to make all your friends love you.  DSC_0457

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Click here to download the  \\ Gifties Desktop Download \\

Click here to download the \\ Gifties Printable \\

I’m going to be working on these here and there and trying to improve my skillz, and hope you’ll find something you like! Also. Tips. I need tips. So if you’ve got ‘em, I’d love ‘em.

And in true holiday fashion, get started on your presents early! Head on over to enter the Giftry giveaway to win $1000 of your Giftry items! For free! Ho Ho Ho, indeed! Want to see what you should give the baker, paper lover, and the other loved ones in your life? Visit here! 

I’m still in good ol’ California celebrating #meetthemindells, but I’ll be back tomorrow! Have you seen all the goods that Palm Springs had to offer?! Check it all out on Insta, my friends. Check it all out on insta.

DIY || Typography BOO Pumpkins

October 21, 2014

Typography BOO Pumpkins

You guys. The internet is hard. I don’t know why, but every now and again, I struggle to find that balance between work and mom-life. It’s just been one of those weeks when the blog stops working and then Vita-girl gets sick. And when she’s sick, I just feel like the world stops. I hope you understand. I’m sure you do. Thanks for that. :) Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk about these typography BOO pumpkins, aight?

Typography BOO Pumpkins

I’m just obsessed with letters. Letters that make words. And when you can easily write those words on pumpkins? Well, everybody wins.

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DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

October 2, 2014

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

Say it with me. “I’m an addict. I have a problem. I need help.”

“I also need to eat all the macarons.”

“All of ‘em.”

These have to be one of the most versatile treats in all the land! My latest obsesh? These spooky & sweet macarons. They’re the perfect little favor to give to yourself your friends and neighbors. If you want to be super fancy, just let the kids trick-or-treat for these guys.

DIY \\ Spooky & Sweet Macarons

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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


  • 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