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DIY \\ Textured Frame

April 9, 2014

DIY Textured Frame

I’m on a frame kick. As evidenced by this post here. I got lots o’ prints in the house and am needing some cute frames to display them in. Thing is, I’m a little picky about the look. And the cost. I don’t want to drop a ton of $$$ on something unless I love it and would throw a Diet Coke in front of a bus for it. That’s love, my man.

I like unique frames that are pretty and textured and colorful and pretty. Sometimes I can’t find what I’m looking for, so I make my own.

DIY Textured Frame

To make your own textured frames you’ll need:

  • cheap frame (IKEA, anyone?)
  • old necklace with unique beads
  • hot glue & gun
  • spray paint

DIY Textured Frame DIY Textured Frame

Hot glue the necklace/beads right on to the frame. Once all the beads are glued in place, cut the cord or string that was holding the necklace together and pull it gently through each strand until it’s completely out. Spray paint the frame a color you like and try to fight the urge to sniff the paint while you wait for it to dry. And that’s it!

DIY Textured Frame DIY Textured Frame

Amiright? I’m thinking this is going to get a little out of hand now that I’ve scoured my jewelry box and found a whole slew of necklaces that can be recycled. Look out, frames. And look out, world.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY Washi Tape Heart Wall Installation

February 13, 2014

DIY Washi Tape Heart Installation I’ve got one last DIY project for you for Valentine’s Day. I had planned to share this one days ago, but then little miss Vita-roo decided to come down with the croup and it just got away from me! Luckily, this washi tape heart wall installation is easy to make! Seriously. Takes less than an hour and less than one roll of tape! Win. Win. I had such a hard time choosing a tape pattern. I had y’all weigh in and help me choose on Instagram last week!

DIY Washi Tape Heart Installation

You’ll need:

  • white poster paper (cut in shape of half-heart)
  • pencil
  • washi tape (sprinkle tape from Target)

Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel

Use the poster paper to trace a heart onto the wall. Starting at the top, apply torn pieces of washi and make sure they stick well. The pieces can be different sizes, but I didn’t tear any longer than 2.5″. Work your way down the shape until you reach the bottom. Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel

And you’re done! Run your hand over the tape to smooth out any edges. Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel I just might keep this guy up for a little longer this year.

DIY Washi Tape Heart Installation

Logan hardly ever checks this here blog so I’m going to surprise him with a bunch of these all over our house! We have lots of washi tape here and what better use for it?!?

Are you doing something special for your love this year? Single and partying? I’d love to hear your tradition!

DIY || Valentine XO Mugs

February 11, 2014

DIY Valentine's XO Mugs | The Proper Pinwheel
DIY Valentine Mugs | The Proper Pinwheel

Who isn’t in love with Valentine’s Day?!?! There are only a few people. And those people must just hate love for some reason. The heart wants what it wants. I can’t make excuses for those people. This project is for the ones who love this glorious day of love. If you and your luvvah like to exchange handmade gifts, have I got a project for you?! These DIY Valentine XO Mugs are the perfect addition to your morning coffee/hot chocolate/diet-coke-in-a-mug routine.

DIY Valentine Mugs | The Proper Pinwheel

You’ll need:

DIY Valentine Mugs | The Proper Pinwheel

You don’t really need pictures of the how-to. It’s basically a paint-whatever-you-want-on-the-mug situation. If you don’t have the best hand-writing then jotting down an X and an O are perfect. No skill required, my friends. That’s how I live my life.

DIY Valentine's XO Mugs | The Proper Pinwheel DIY Valentine Mugs | The Proper Pinwheel

DIY Valentine's XO Mugs | The Proper Pinwheel Once painted, allow to dry for 24 hours and then bake according to directions on paint. Usually 30 minutes at 300 degrees F.

Package these up with some hot chocolate sticks from Ticket Kitchen, some conversation hearts and other V-day goodies, wrap some twine around it and call it a day. Call it a Valentine’s Day! The pink one is my favorite! ;)

The Cricut Explore Does What?!

January 30, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Vita-roo and I were in Salt Lake City last week. We were lucky enough to be flown out by the folks at Cricut to learn all about their newest machine, the Cricut Explore. Now, I will be the first to tell you that I really didn’t know much about any of the Cricut machines. I knew they cut paper. And that’s about it. But holy moly cricut batman, you guys! These do more than just cut paper. I snapped some photos and you just have to see. You just have to.

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Everything was so perfectly styled. I am ready to join the Cricut team and to have the chance to style these events. I’ll just sit around and wait until that glorious day comes. See that wooden placemat with the unique vinyl design? Cut from the Cricut. The paper menu? Cut from the Cricut. I died when I learned about all the materials this machine can cut through. Wood, metal, magnet, cork board, and felt are just to name a few!

cricut explore

The Cricut team had styled all of the conference rooms with a different theme. The Utah room was my absolute favorite. You walked in and immediately felt like you were in a cozy little cabin. Hot chocolate was served. Decorative thermoses were abundant. Flannel throws. Tents pitched. S’more brownies. (I took more than one, but I am not going to give you an exact number.)

cricut explore

cricut explore

The place settings in the Utah room were gorgeous. These lovely napkin rings were felt cut from the Cricut. The paper leaves? Cut from the Cricut.
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These lovely pots were outfitted with vinyl stickers (cut from Mr. Cricut, of course!) in different colors and shapes. The foxes. A must when glamping.

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Almost every decorative detail was created using the Cricut Explore. My mind was honestly blown everywhere I looked.
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One of the other conference rooms took on a Big Apple kind of theme. Caramel apples for everyone. It was staged as a 1920′s New York and there were amazing dresses being modeled in this room. This one was the show-stopper. All of those butterflies were cut from paper using the Cricut Explore. I mean, is your mind reeling with all the possibilites? I am seriously so amazed by the genius.

cricut explore Hands down, one of my favorite parts of the entire conference was the flower arrangements. Created by Ashley Beyer, the genius behind Tinge Floral, they were stunning and unique and impossibly fresh-looking. She styled every arrangement for every table the day before. And we all thought the arrangements would just be re-used the next morning. Nope. That girl took all the flowers and re-arranged them for the following day! Bless her. And her amazing skills. If you’re in Utah and are in need of some lovely blooms, I urge you to stalk her.

This is just a little teaser of what’s to come. I’m honestly stoked to get to partner with Cricut and bring you some baller projects down the road. I mean, this thing cuts leather. Stop it. I’m dead. To read more about the Cricut Explore and how you can get your hands on one, head on over to Cricut’s website! And check out the video below. I’m not a Cricut wizard, but I aim to be. So for now, watch the vid and learn all about the amazingness you can create with this machine!

 *Though I was given a Cricut Explore, all opinions are my own. I honestly just love this machine and the possibilities it creates! Thanks for being supportive of the companies that help The Proper Pinwheel build unique content! 

photography: All photos by The Proper Pinwheel’s Instagram via Visual Supply Co.

DIY HEART & ARROW HEADBAND

January 21, 2014

Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

Guys. I’m just channeling my inner kiddo with this DIY and I love it. Things don’t get much easier than cutting up some felt and putting it in your hair. amiright??? These heart and arrow headbands are perfect to sport this Valentine’s season. Whether you make them yourself, or help the littles create them, they’re a sweet little gift! I’m thinking I’ll make a bunch for all of Vita’s little bald baby-friends.

Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

Supplies:

  • felt
  • pen
  • scissors
  • white elastic
  • hot glue gun

Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

In a nutshell: trace out some hearts and arrows on the felt. Carefully cut those bad boys out.

Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

Once you’ve cut them out, use the hot glue gun to layer them and adhere them to the elastic. Tie the two ends of the elastic into a knot and you’re all set! To make the hairpin, layer the triangles and hot glue them to one side of a bobby pin.  Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

I thought it’d be fun to put an arrow on top of my head. Not going through. On top of.

Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

The hair pins are adorable and easy peasy. Felt Headband for Valentines Day #DIY #properpinwheel

Now, I’m going to pretend like I’m not all vain and thank you for allowing me to model these super fly valentines. Now, go make me proud and make some of your own!

To see more Valentine’s projects, click here!

all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY Pillow Box Valentines

January 16, 2014

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Ever since Alt Summit last year, I’ve been obsessed with pillow boxes. I used some transparent pillow boxes to hold my biz cards to give to people I met. While they were a pain to carry around, they definitely made a statement! (An over-achiever kind of statement, that’s what.) See my business cards here, complete with a garland and some confetti!

I spotted these kraft pillow boxes at Target and knew that they would make perfect Valentines for your loved ones or your kids’ classmates!. These DIY pillow box valentines are small enough to hold The Three C’s of Life: cash, candy, and confetti! Just kidding about the cash. Or am I? Maybe I bought love as a child, alright? I’d buy you too if I could…

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Supplies:

  • kraft pillow boxes (found at Target and other paper goods stores)
  • confetti and/or paper shreds
  • candy
  • cash (if this is a valentine for yours truly)

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I don’t have to tell you how to stuff the box. Put all your goods inside and seal that sucker.

valentine 2 You can put anything you want in these here valentines! I added some cute heart balloons, some felt lips, and lots of chocolate. Throw in a love note or two…

valentine 5

Once they’re full, decorate with patterned washi tape or a simple lovey demand. Pass out to your classmates in their homemade boxes at school! Remember those days? Instead of the sweet girly valentines, I used to give out Batman valentines. Because I mean business when it comes to love and buying friendships.

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This is the kind of craft that is perfect for the kiddos, but it can also take on a more sophisticated look for adults. Nothing says romance like a sophisticated valentine. “Won’t you be mine, sir?” See? Sophistication in a box.

If you want to be really cool, you can fill these boxes all the way with confetti! One squeeze and these become confetti cups that will shoot and shake confetti to the masses!

Psss – we got a makeover! Trying to work a more simple and awesome vibe. What do you think?!

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photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY Wood Pallet Table Runner

January 15, 2014

Today’s guest post comes from Aileen of At Home In Love! This girl knows all about DIY and making your home prettier than everyone else’s. Take it away, Aileen!
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I’m Aileen from the blog At Home in Love and I’m so honored to be guest posting here today! Today I’m sharing a little DIY project that would be perfect for your next party: mini shipping pallets that you could use as a table runner, cake stand, etc. Shipping pallets have been a big trend in home decor this year–from headboards to coffee tables to flooring. I’ve been wanting to do a project of my own, but they’re not as easy to come by as Pinterest makes it seem. And besides, I’ve heard there can be dangerous chemicals and general nastiness on pallets (after all, who knows where they’ve been?)…so when I thought of this idea, it seemed like the perfect way to get my pallet fix in a clean, cute, and miniature way. It doesn’t hurt that this project is super easy and basically free, too!
supplies
Supplies:
  • 16 paint stir sticks per pallet. You can buy them in bulk online, or pick them up for free at your local hardware store
  • Natural/light colored wood stain (optional)
  • Hot glue & hot glue gun

stain

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Directions:
Stain the paint sticks for a more realistic color. You can skip this step and leave your wood untreated if you’d like. If your stir sticks have writing on one side, glue together three sets of two, writing side in. Lay down three stir sticks (writing side down), at the length of one stick.
Glue crosswise the three sets of sticks that you already glued together–one on each end and one in the middle. Glue the last seven sticks on top, laying flat with the writing side down.
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Voila! You have a mini shipping pallet, ready to party. I made two of these and laid them on my table as a runner. All you need is $5 worth of flowers from your local farmer’s market and a couple mason jars, and you have a cute and budget-friendly centerpiece! I like that you can tuck some flowers into the slats of the pallet itself. There are tons of other possibilities for these mini pallets too: placemats (if you’re ambitious and want to make a lot), wall decor, etc. What would you use them for?
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See more of my DIY projects on my blog or check out my Pinterest board filled with clever, easy projects! You can also find me on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.
Photography: At Home In Love

DIY Christmas Clothespins

December 20, 2013

This post is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry.

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Happy Friday, folks! This is the last weekend before Christmas and we have SO MUCH to get done! From packing for vacation to the neighbor gifts to wrapping presents, my hours are scheduled! What about you? Are you surviving this December? Today’s DIY project is a really really RIDICULOUSLY EASY one. I mean, I’m almost ashamed to call myself a blogger. I’m pretty sure I’d be fired… These Christmas Clothespins are soooo sweet and super mini so they’re perfect for all your clothespin needs!

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Supplies:

  • clothespins
  • foam stickers in Christmas shapes (Found at Michael’s, and Christmas is currently 50-70% off!

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Basically, remove the back of each sticker and place it gently on the clothespin! And that’s it!

DIY Christmas Clothespins

Aren’t these guys the cutest? I can think of a million things to hang with a clothespin right now. Can you?

DIY Christmas Clothespins

So simple and Christmasy-cute! Use these to display your friend’s holiday cards. Just snip a few feet of red and white baker’s twine and get to hangin’!

**happy weekend**

To see more Mission: Merry projects, click here! To see even more DIY projects, click here!

24 Merry Days Update: Head on over to Design Crush for a chance to win $500 worth of Mud Australia Dishware! Ack! And it was our turn to host yesterday’s giveaway with some goodies from Amelia. Have you entered yet?!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Christmas Cards with Pinhole Press and A 60-second DIY

December 18, 2013

This is a sponsored post by Pinhole Press and is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry.

Customized Holiday Cards

I LOVE sending Christmas cards. There. I Said it. I look forward to the holiday season every year so that we can plaster our faces on the front of some beautifully printed card and send it your way. Things were a little different this year as we had to announce the arrival of sweet baby Vita! That girl…

I wanted to send a birth announcement of sorts. I also wanted to send a Christmas card. But I didn’t want to pay postage twice! I’m cheap. Do you see my dilemma here? Answer to my solution: a folded card from Pinhole Press. The folks at Pinhole Press were kind enough to provide our Christmas cards to us this year. I was able to find a clean and simple card that seemed to fit our holiday theme this year. Having a baby is a definite cause for simplicity!

I’m also a sucker for white envelopes. I decided to customize our envelopes a bit this year by adding some cute holly berry paper from Paper Source! If you haven’t sent your cards out this year, check out how to add a little shizazz (it’s a word…) to your envelopes!

Customized Holiday Cards

Supplies:

  • envelope
  • decorative paper
  • pen
  • scissors
  • glue dots

Customized Holiday Cards

Using the pen, trace your envelope onto the decorative paper. Cut 1/4″-1/2″ inside the line to make the paper just a tad smaller than your envelope.

Customized Holiday Cards

Stuff it inside your envelope and press a few glue dots on the back so that it adheres to the envelope and that’s it!

Customized Holiday Cards

So simple and now the card is even MORE decorative and celebrational and full of shizazz (it’s a word…)! Let’s just talk about that sweet picture of baby girl!

If you haven’t ordered your cards yet, there is still time! I was a total slacker this year when it came to the ordering. I placed the order, and the cards were on my doorstep three days later. That’s fast, my friends. And I didn’t even choose expedited shipping! Head on over to Pinhole Press to pick out a card right now! You can send cards well into the new year and you can even save 20% off your holiday order with the code: CARDS20! Everyone loves pretty mail.

To see more Mission: Merry projects, click here! To see even more DIY projects, click here

**24 Merry Days Update – Head on over to Little White Whale for a chance to win $150 to Oh, Hello Friend!

 

**This is a sponsored post by Pinhole Press. Thank you for being supportive of the companies that keep these cyber pages bright and beautiful!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tins

December 17, 2013

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

Keeping up with the love-of-gift-giving, today I’m sharing a quick and lovely way to package the prezzies. These DIY Nutcracker Gift Tins take seconds to make and they’re so fun to give away!

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

To make your own you’ll need:

  • metal tin
  • wooden nutcrackers (found at Hobby Lobby)
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • hot glue gun (not pictured)

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

In a well-ventilated area, spray the nutcrackers with the gold spray paint. Allow to dry. Once they’re dry to the touch, hot glue them to the top of the tin and you’re all set! Fill the tin with tissue paper and your gift of choice (cash…) and give to a friend (me)!

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

DIY Nutcracker Gift Tin

Don’t you just love the holidays? I/ve always been obsessed with nutcrackers. Remember these nutcracker jar toppers from last year?

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**24 Merry Days Update – Head on over to This Little Street for a chance to win a pair of Swedish Hasbeens!!!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel