Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DIY Party Cup

Ready to get rid of those red solo cups and party in style?!
Not only is this upgrade chic, it will save you money!
No more buying entire packs of cups just to use one and throw it away.
Heres what you'll need:
Oversized glass cup
Glass paint
Pearl/Jewel stickers
I was able to buy all of my supplies at Michaels!
I grabbed an oversized margarita glass, two bottles of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint (Acorn & Beetle Black), and a sheet of Martha Stewart Pearl Stickers. 
I found this simple leopard pattern on google and tried to somewhat follow the shapes.
I began by free handing the brown shapes onto the entire glass. I decided to go back  over the shapes after the first coat dried because as you can see, it was pretty streaky.

I then went back and blotted/stippled the black paint in random spots and shapes.

After I let the cup dry for awhile, I tried to stick on the pearl stickers.
Unfortunately, they didn't stick AT ALL so I had to hot glue them on.

This extremly simple yet adorable craft only cost me $14.00 and will probably save me money in the long run!
Hope you enjoyed :)

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

DIY Chevron Sneakers

I don't know if it's just me... but I am OBSESSED with chevron. Chevron curtains, chevron rugs, chevron clothes, chevron... well you get the picture. Vivian and I decided one craft day (yes we have started comitting entire days to our crafting addiction) that we were going to express our love for chevron on some hideous white kicks from Target.
Here is our lovely before picture..

and after 2 hours of hard work and several hand cramps later, my after :)

I can't tell you how many times someone has asked me where I bought them! Love the feeling of a successful DIY :)

What you'll need:
Any pair of old/new white sneakers
Fabric markers or Sharpies
A chevron template

When I said hideous.. I wasn't kidding. They don't call them the "Olga Sneaker" for nothing.
Got these winners at Target for $12.99

Womens Mossimo Supply Co. Olga Canvas Flat Sneakers - White
Hobby Lobby has a ton of fabric markers to choose from. I decided on FabricMate Chisel tip. I purchased mist grey, neon orange, strawberry, and turquoise.
WARNING: These particular fabric markers bleed really bad... when drawing your stripes leave a little bit of white space inbetween to give it room to bleed.

As I mentioned in my sunburst spoon mirror tutorial, I'm kind of a perfectionist so I used a template for most of my shoes but Vivian winged her and they still came out lookin' awesome. I simply looked up chevron template on google. I then copy and pasted it to Microsoft Word and messed with the size until I found the perfect one! When I wanted a smaller or bigger stripe than the others, I just scooted the template over a little bit more. Worked like a charm :)

Thanks for checkin' out my blog.
 I would LOVE to see how your kicks turned out!
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIY Sunburst Spoon Mirror

 I have always been fond of sunburst mirrors, but not too fond of the store bought prices. So I decided to surf good ole google for some inspiration. I finally came across the perfect one. I found this lovely idea and "how to" tutorial from

I began this project with a trip to Hobby Lobby. As ususal, I went there to buy a mirror for the center of my sunburst mirror and ended up coming home with a bag full of goodies. I purchased the Decorative Round Mirror Plate located in the candle isle.  This mirror has a beveled edge and measures 13".

Decorative Round Mirror Plate

I then made my way to the paint isle and decided on Krylon Blue Ocean Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint. Finally, I purchased a large piece of foam board to hot glue my spoons on to. After my visit to Hobby Lobby, I then made my way to The Dollar Tree. Because I didn't realize how many spoons I would need I only bought 4 packages of 48 spoons. To save you the 3 seperate trips I ended up taking, I would buy around 14-15 packages depending on the size of mirror you are wanting to make. Unlike my inspiration that only had around 7 layers of spoons, my mirror ended up having 11 rows.
So without further delay, here is my personal tutorial for a DIY sunburst spoon mirror.

1 large piece of foam board
1 large circular mirror
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
15 (48 count) packages of plastic spoons
1 can of Ocean Blue Krylon spray paint

1. I began by placing my mirror in the middle of the foam board. I carefully traced around the outside. After this step I measured 9 inches out from the circle I had traced and placed a mark. I continued to do this a few inches apart around the entire mirror. I then used an exacto knife to cut the circular shape of the mirror by connecting the marks I had made. (Do not worry if your circle is not perfect because the spoons will cover it up!) I cut out the center of my circle but I would suggest to leave it there. The hole made it difficult to hot glue the mirror on at the end.
2. I then snapped off all of the tops of my spoons. Once that was complete, I glued by first spoon on to my foam board on the outter edge making sure to let it hang off. Because of my perfectionist tendenceys, I marked every two inches around the outside of the mirror gluing each spoon in the middle of that mark.

3. Once the outside row is complete, you can add your second row by simply gluing the spoons in between two of the spoons on the outer row. After completing the outer row, I did not mark anymore. It was fairly easy to eye where the spoon should be placed. Overlap your spoons just enough to cover the foam board, hot glue, and ends of the snapped spoons. Complete one row at a time until you reach the inner traced circle. DO NOT worry if the spoons begin to go directly in front of a spoon on the outer layers. Once the project is complete you cannot tell! Just remember it is important to keep them fairly inline with their neighbor spoons :)
This is my "craft night" bff Vivian :) Without her, this mirror would've taken a week to finish!

4. Once all the rows were complete, I spray painted the entire thing. Because my mirror was so large, I did not ombre the spoons. Once dried, I hot glued the mirror right where I had traced. I hung the sunburst mirror using 3M Command picture hanging strips.

SO proud of my DIY sunburst mirror!
Let me know whatcha think and if you have any questions, ask away :)
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