01/27 DIY Projects

Decorating a Planner Cover

Planner cover decorating

I’m very particular about what I want in a planner and though it’s all very simple, this is the first time I have ever come across one that covered everything on my list.  There was only one issue, or for a DIY’er, it’s the funnest part- the cover was blank.

Sugarpaper LA Planner

I’ve checked out the Sugar Paper LA line at Target a few times before, but I didn’t come across this particular  planner until a recent trip.  The blank cover is unfortunately very boring, but an easy fix.  I took inspiration from the rest of the Sugar Paper designs and set out to decorate the cover myself.

Of course I went with gold.

I started by typing “2014” in a Word document using the font Engravers MT.  After printing it out and cutting it down, I taped it to a piece of gold adhesive vinyl (affiliate link) with painters tape.

2014 numbers

I cut out the numbers with an X-acto knife, then peeled off the vinyl to stick onto the planner. Right about now I’m screaming at myself to get a Silhouette already.

For the polka dots, I used a regular hole puncher to punch out holes in the gold vinyl.

Gold vinyl polka dots

I very roughly planned out where I was going to put the polka dots and used a ruler to help stick on the dots equidistantly.

Polka dot planner

Simple and gold, just how I like it.  I also like how it’s fairly consistent with the inside, which I guess I should probably show you since I’ve talked so much about it.

Planner month

See the polka dots?  Always a sucker for those.  First off, this planner is the size of a regular notebook, which I prefer the larger space to write on.  Second, there are tabs for each month- major plus!  And for the months, the weeks start on Sunday, NOT Monday.  I’ve seen too many planners that start on Monday and I will never, ever get used to it.  Tell me I’m not alone on this!

Week in planner

This is the most critical part of a planner for me.  The weekly pages come right after each month.  Yes!  I feel like this is harder to find than it should be.  I need to have everything for the month all in the same tab.  And this Notes page that comes after each week is killer.   The large space is perfect for how I often need to jot down random things, ideas, or lists.  Perfect.

All these features, in addition to a simple, no frills design, makes this planner my favorite ever.

What do you think?  What are your must have features in a planner?

01/23 DIY Projects / Seasonal/Holiday

DIY Heart Wall Art

DIY Heart Art

I don’t think I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it now.  I like hearts.  Phew!  Glad we got that out of the way.

Oh yeah, so Valentine’s day is coming up soon.  I don’t typically decorate for this holiday, so I wanted to create something that could still stick around after the holiday is over.  You might be thinking I probably could have gone with something more subtle than a big red heart, but I really think it can be a chic decorative piece because of how it’s both bold and simple.

I kept to the traditional red heart and made things a bit interesting by composing the heart out of smaller hearts.  I’m about to show you how!

I traced the 12×12 insert from the shadow box frame onto some poster board.  I then took that insert and cut it into a heart, using the standard method of folding it in half and drawing half a heart to cut a along the lines of.  I traced this heart onto red card stock to cut, then glued the red heart with Mod Podge onto the previously cut poster board.  I ended up with this:

Red heart

Next, I used a heart lever punch to cut out a bunch of smaller red hearts.  I went with a lever punch simply because of ease and would highly recommend using one to save yourself from the inevitable hand cramps that would result from cutting out each heart individually.  I folded up about 1/3 of each heart before gluing them on with Mod Podge.

Gluing on hearts

I folded up either the right or the left side of the  hearts since I only wanted the curved edges to be sticking out.  There’s only one heart where I folded up the top third of it.  I wonder if you can find it…

Heart Art

I’m loving the interesting texture created by the folded up heart edges.  And I’m also REALLY loving with how well this layers with the black and white art in the back.  Shout out to the great outdoors for providing the stick in the vase.

What do you think?  Is this strictly Valentine’s day decor or could you see it continuing to sit pretty somewhere in the home?


01/20 DIY Projects

DIY Copper Dipped Vases

DIY Copper dipped vases

I was stoked to find these vases and the tray at Ross for a whopping total of $5, but that was almost a year ago, and they’ve been hidden in a drawer since.  How sad and shameful is it that I lose track of these things??  Especially if it’s a vase, because God only knows how many vases I have.  Thankfully, I was reminded of them when I saw this Etsy listing via Pinterest.  Beautiful, right?  I tried to think if I had any bud vases that I could do something similar with, and out of the drawer they came out.

Gold would have been the obvious choice, but I’ve been so eager to use this copper spray paint again after almost admitting that I liked it more than the gold one when I used it for my copper tin can planters.

Rustoleum Copper Metallic Spray Paint

Guys.  This stuff is incredible.  You might be wondering why the cap looks crappy and I’m wondering that too, because it is entirely misleading.  The color and finish are *stunning* and I am even closer now to considering it better than the gold.  You can find the spray paint here (affiliate link).

After wiping down the vases with rubbing alcohol, I applied painters tape about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of each vase.  I reinforced the bottom edge of the tape by pressing and sliding my fingers over it since this is what will be creating the edge of the “dipped” paint and it should be as crisp as possible.

Vases tapedI covered the top portions of the vases with aluminum foil, taping it down at the bottom end while making sure it didn’t go below the first strip of tape I applied.

Now for the second funnest part.  I held each vase by the neck and sprayed the paint across from the neck to the bottom of the vase.  Going in this direction is extra insurance that the paint edge will be crisp, since the paint is moving in the direction from the tape to the glass.  I applied 3 light layers, waiting about 1 minute in between applications.

Finally the funnest part.  Removing the tape and admiring the paint.

Copper dipped vases up close

This color could even be considered rose gold, no?  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I put in some of my favorite mini green mums and I think they complement the copper so well.

Copper dipped vases

What I like about bud vases is they can really stretch your dollar with flowers.  Instead of buying or putting together a whole arrangement, you can just get a small bunch of one variety and spread them across a few vases to create a floral display for less ;).

And now I’m wondering… Do you like the vases displayed with or without the tray?  I can’t decide!


01/16 DIY Projects

What to Do With Leftover Fabric

What to do with leftover fabric

Ok, so I STILL had leftover fabric after covering the magnet board I shared earlier this week.  I know.  I promise guys, this is the last you’ll be seeing of this fabric!  Just finishing it off with a quick post showing you what I did with the rest of it.

First, this boring pencil cup was something I’ve been wanting to cover up for while.

Pencil cup

All I did was apply Mod Podge on the outer surface, wrap the pre-measured and pre-cut fabric around the cup, and wipe off any Mod Podge on the inside that seeped through the holes in the cup.

Fabric covered pencil cup

I’m going to be using it to hold my scissors (why I have multiple I don’t know except for the Fiskars, which are bomb) and it’ll now match nicely with my fabric lid boxes, which made a cameo appearance in the photo above ;).

DIY pillow cover

This here is my first ever DIY pillow cover!  It was so easy, and I’m holding myself back from making a bajillion more.  I followed the no sew tutorial at Live Love DIY and I think this is such a great way to use up leftover fabric, especially if you really love the pattern.

Finally, let’s take one last look at the magnet board I shared previously, especially if you missed it!

DIY Fabric covered magnet board

You can see how I did it here.

What do you do with your leftover fabric?  I’d love to know in case I end up in this same surplus of fabric again, which I probably will ;).

01/13 DIY Projects

DIY Fabric Covered Magnet Board

DIY Fabric covered magnet board

Does this fabric pattern look familiar to anyone?

I got WAY too much fabric for my fabric lid boxes, specifically 2.5 yards when I only ended up needing 1/4 of a yard.  I might suggest poor planning, but I’d rather think I had foreseen wanting to use the fabric again for other projects since I liked the pattern so much.

Yay for using left over fabric!

For this project, I basically did the same exact thing I did with my fabric lid boxes, only this time I used the Spontan magnet board from IKEA.  I got it in college but since moving have kept it hidden in my closet because I felt it no longer matched with my current decor, but this fabric makeover has brought it some new life!

IKEA Spontan magnet board

I cut the fabric along the red lines shown above, and circled in green are the corner flaps that will wrap around the corners.  The photo shows the magnet board face up, but it should be face down for the next steps (the magnet board basically looks like a big magnetic lid).

All I did was apply Mod Podge on these fabric flaps and wrapped them over the magnet board edges.  I started first with the two shorter sides since the corner flaps needed to be glued over the corners before folding over the longer fabric flaps. The fabric didn’t initially stay folded over so I had to hold it down until the glue dried a little bit. (Sorry I didn’t take pictures on these steps!  You can refer to my fabric lid boxes for some images on these details.)

Fabric covered magnet board

The board is sitting on my desk and I threw on some photos and other random things with some small, strong magnets I got from Office Depot (they work SO well and I will surely be getting more).  And that mini tree is no longer a Christmas tree, but just a gold tree ;).  Anyone recognize where the fabric swatches are from??

ALSO, I just found out my friend Alexis at Persia Lou did this same exact project almost 2 years ago when she recently shared this printable on her blog. So I guess I’m a little late on this idea :P.  Nonetheless, I’m happy to feel like I have any creativity remotely similar to hers!

Do you like the idea of having a magnet board instead of a cork board?  I personally prefer a magnet board MUCH more.

01/10 DIY Projects

DIY Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray with Jewelry

I love gold, and I love jewelry, so the idea to decorate this tray was an easy choice.  Stripes are also a huge favorite of mine, so you’re seeing a lot of what I love through this DIY!

DIY Jewelry Tray Steps

The tray is actually a ceramic “salad plate” I got from Target, though that should not suggest this project is food safe (it’s not!).  I taped the design with 1/4″ 3M blue tape, then applied a gold leaf pen in between the tape.  This took a few strokes on some parts and I also needed to apply a second coat on little areas after the first layer dried.  That means the overall look is not a factory finish but a more organic texture that shows the gold leaf strokes, which I like!  This could also easily be done with a gold Sharpie, followed by curing in the oven (ask me how if you want to know).

After removing the tape, I took a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and cleaned up any imperfect edges.

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray

I applied a few layers of clear acrylic spray on top to protect the design.  Mod Podge or another similar sealant would work as well.  The protective coat can be skipped all together, but I figured with all the jewelry traffic this tray will be seeing, the protective layer would be best to have.

Jewelry Tray Display

I’m in love with how it turned out!  Organizing my accessories is something I’ve been needing to work on and plan on doing soon, but for now what I needed most was a place where I could just throw off my jewelry at the end of the day.  That still counts as organization, right?

What do you think of my jewelry tray?  Would you have a use for one of these as well?