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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 \\ 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

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.


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


  • 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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  • 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…

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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?!

To see other valentines-themed crafts, click here! To see more DIY projects, click here!

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!
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!
  • 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 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.
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?
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