Super easy, super cute baby shower decor

I went to the cutest little baby shower last weekend and absolutely loved the decor. Everything looked super glam, but actually ended up being super easy evening DIY crafts. There were mason jars spray painted in gold metallic paint filled with cute pink and white faux flowers. There were books wrapped in gold metallic wrapping paper.

But my absolute favorite pieces of the baby shower decor were the kids zoo animal toys spray painted in gold. I honestly thought these were fancy trinkets/items you would buy to put on your office bookshelf to make it look more sophisticated but once I picked up the elephant I realized what it was. I love this idea! I honestly might just buy an elephant toy off amazon, spray paint it, and add it to my bookshelf. DIY at its finest.

Door Decor – Hoop Wreath

Happy Friday! As graduation parties start to wind down (hopefully), there’s more time to just relax and enjoy the summer. Here’s a quick and easy weekend DIY project – the hoop wreath.

Items Needed:
Embroidery Hoop
Floral Garland/Greenery
Floral Wire
Faux Flowers (optional)
Cute wording or sign (optional)

I wanted to decorate our front door with something more unique than just another wreath, so I decided to make a hoop wreath, using the biggest sized embroidery hoop that they had at our Jo-Ann’s. For some reason, Michael’s didn’t have any embroidery hoops, but they did have 50% off all greenery. To make things easier for myself, I got one long summery garland and one bouquet of faux summery flowers. I had also found a $3 chalkboard sign at Target.

How to make a hoop wreath:

This is super simple, just like making a normal wreath. Start with one end of the garland, and cut about 10 to 12 inches of the floral wire; the wire needs to be long since embroidery hoops are pretty thick. Wrap the wire around the garland + the hoop so that it stays in place. Continue working your way around the hoop, wrapping 10 to 12 inch pieces of wire around the garland and hoop every 3 to 4 inches. This is easy, mindless activity so you can do this while watching TV.

I decided to cover my hoop all the way, but I’ve seen some super cute hoop wreaths where they only cover the bottom or 2/3 of the hoop with greenery. Cut the garland wherever you want it to end on your wreath, and wrap one last 10 to 12 inch piece of wire around.

If desired, use the same wire wrapping technique with a few pieces of flowers to add a splash of color. I also added my Target sign and tied it to the top of my wreath before hanging it on the door.

Hope you love it!

Door Decor

Easter egg painting

I’m heading into my second busy season — working until midnight during the week and then working on Saturdays & Sundays too — so I spent the last weekend doing a few Spring-time crafts, including painting Easter eggs and making new outdoor decor for our patio.

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DIY: Painted Easter Eggs

Step 1: Hard boil the eggs — Place eggs in an even layer in a pot, and then add water about an inch above the top of the eggs. Place pot over the stove on high and bring to a boil. Turn the heat off, cover the pot, and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, remove from heat and let cool.

Step 2: Place paint tape on the eggs based on your design — Once cool, you can start to decorate the eggs. I decided to go with a two and three toned design.

Step 3: Paint your first color — I used two coats of paint each.

Step 4: Re-tape and then paint your next color — It’s super important to be patient in between colors. The paint on the eggs actually dries faster than you’d think, but you still want to be careful that it has dried all the way before peeling off the tape. Using the same piece of tape, re-tape it on top of the painted side so you can start to paint your next color. I always try taping a tiny section first to make sure that the paint is dry enough to not peel off with the tape. If you’re doing three different colors, go ahead and add on another strip of paint to create your third section.

Step 5: Repeat until all sections are painted. Once done, you may have to carefully retouch a few areas.

Tip: I used the normal, blue paint tape that you can get a any hardware store, but I cut my pieces of tape length-wise in half to make it easier to tape around the egg.

Easy outdoor decor:

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Michaels was having a 60% off all spring flower, garden and greenhouse items sale this weekend, so I grabbed a flower basket and arranged a few flowers and the painted eggs for a temporary festive display. How cute is this basket from Michaels?!

DIY: Sunflower Crown

Music Festival Season is right around the corner, and thanks to Snapchat’s filter, flower crowns are definitely still in style in 2017. This is a super easy, wearable DIY project for your weekend.

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Items Needed:

Floral wire
Flowers & leaves of your choice, taken off the stem
Dark green or black felt pieces, cut into small circles
Hot glue gun

DIY Instructions

Step 1: Wrap the floral wire around your head, so that it will easily stay on your head, but make sure it’s not too tight, or else it will cause flower-crown-head (like hat head) and/or give you a headache. Wrap the wire around one or two more times so that you have a sturdy base for your crown. Using wire cutters or sharp scissors, cut the wire and wrap the end around a few times (see picture below). This is the base of your crown.

Step 2: Take one of your flowers and hot glue the bottom of the flower directly onto the outside of the wire. On the opposite side of the wire and the flower (i.e., the side your head would touch), hot glue a felt circle so that you cover up the glue and the base of the flower. This will also ensure you don’t cut your head on something sharp or pointy.

Step 3: Repeat this process all the way around the crown. To add more color, glue a few pieces of leaves around the inside of the crown.

DIY in process:

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Final Product:

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Co-workers taking an American Flag photo, flower crown included.

DIY: Upgrade Office Storage Boxes

I’m really trying to upgrade our office space in the guest room, as originally, it was super cluttered and unorganized. All of our office things were stuffed into mismatched bins and baskets, so I finally decided to buy a shelf and figure out a way to make it look more put together. Slowly but surely, we are starting to make progress, but I’m not going to post before and after pictures until it’s complete.

I didn’t want to go overboard and spend hundreds of dollars on organization. I almost spent over $100 just on storage boxes from the Container Store, but then I decided I could spent that money elsewhere and instead upgrade some cheat storage boxes from Ikea. These boxes are $3-$5 each, depending on the size vs. the $11-$19 boxes I almost bought (nothing against the Container Store, because I really really love that store, but I just wanted another DIY project). Then I bought some gold tape and gold circle stickers off of Amazon.

The gold tape linked above is Japanese washi masking tape, which is perfect to use for crafts because it doesn’t wrinkle or get easily stuck together like other tape, but it also sticks to the surface that you put it on. I decided to go with a Kate Spade theme with black and gold stripes and then white and gold polka dots.

Additionally, on the mint green boxes I used the gold brackets for the corners to give them a fancier, more regal look. So far, so good! Any other suggestions on office organization?

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Weekend project: Upscale Crates

This weekend, I upgraded a few storage crates. These were a few cheap wooden crates that you can get from Walmart or Michaels or Amazon for $10-15.  I just stained them a darker color and added some corner brackets. Now I use the crates as storage bins for our living room blankets and for my boyfriend’s soccer scarves.

Before:

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 During:

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Staining wood is super easy. I always use this brand because it dries quickly and the color always ends up perfect. To stain the crates, I recommend using an old rag or an old white t-shirt. Mix the stain, dip the rag into the stain and slowly brush the wood stain onto the crate. For these, I used two coats because I wanted them to be pretty dark. A few words of advice: definitely do this outside, as the smell can be strong. Make sure to put down plenty of paper because it’s easy for the wood stain to drip. If possible, wear disposable gloves! Wood stain will stain your hands for a few days.

After:

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I love the way these turned out! As an added bonus, I used some corner brackets that I found off on Amazon to give these crates a more vintage feel.

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What do you think? Any other wood staining tips?

Sprucing up the office

We spend at least 40 hours a week at work, and if you’ve got a job like me, you’re working inside an office. I’m also in accounting, so the dooming busy season is about to come my way – much more than 50-60 hours a week in the office. In an attempt to brighten up our work day, and to find some happiness after the Falcons loss and a rough Monday, my team and I decided to get a plant for our room. I grabbed one of my bigger mason jars and painted it white and gold, and Fran the Fern was born. We know, we know, this isn’t a fern. But Fran really helps to add some happiness in our room. ❤

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DIY – Mason Jar Vase

Items Needed:
32 oz. mason jar
white spray paint
gold paint
paint tape

Instructions:

Spray paint the mason jar with two coats and let dry completely, preferably overnight to ensure the paint tape doesn’t peel off the white paint. Once dry, layer on the paint tape about 1 inch above the bottom of the jar. Paint (either using gold spray paint or gold acrylic paint with a brush) two layers of gold on the bottom of the jar below the paint tape. Let dry completely. Carefully peel off the tape and decorate the room!