DIY Idea: Instax Doorway

instax diy

I have a pretty decent collection of mini Instax pics I’ve taken. And for months they’ve just basically sat in a drawer and done nothing. But I’ve been trying to think of ways to actually display them. And I came up with this little doorway frame type of thing. It’s super easy and now I can actually SEE them every day. So that’s cool. Here’s how you can make your own.

colorful instax

instax wall tutorial

instax door

All you need for this project is a small collection of Instax mini photos (or full sized – your frame will just be larger!) and some painter’s tape. I just added a small ring of tape to the bottom of the first photo, then another small ring of tape at the top so that it kind of sticks out to also be used for the next photo. Line them up along the door frame and all the way around (I just did one side and the top because my door lines up to a corner). You can do it all at once or just continually add new photos as you take them. I think it looks really fun and I’m excited to continue adding to it!

instax wall diy

Donut Tealight Candle Holders

donut candles

In preparation for National Donut Day next month, I’ve been coming up with lots of fun donut themed DIY projects. They’re kind of like emojis in that you can basically turn anything round into a donut. So here’s a fun and easy donut candle holder to give an instant upgrade to your boring old tealights.

DIY Donut Tealight Candle Holders – what you need:

  • polymer clay in a few colors (most likely tan, brown, white and pink)
  • tealights in their original container OR flameless tealight candles
  • oven for baking

clay tealight diy

donut candle diy

clay donut candle holder

donut tealights

Step 1: Shape the donuts

Start out with a mound of clay thats a bit larger than your tealight candle and roll it into a ball. Use the clay that will make up your actual donut (so probably brown or tan). Then press the tealight or flameless candle into the center of the clay and form a donut shape around it. Remove the tealight.

Step 2: Add some frosting and sprinkles

Take the clay that you’d like to use for the frosting and roll it out so that it’s flattened into a round-ish shape with some irregular edges. Then use the top of your tealight candle (or a similar round object) to cut out a circle from the center of it. Then press it onto the donut shape so that the center is still open. Take another color of clay and form some small sprinkle like shapes to add to the top of the frosting.

Step 3: Bake and put together

Once you’re happy with your donut, bake the clay (WITHOUT the actual candle) in the oven according to the directions on the package. Let them cool completely before adding your candles. Then just enjoy your fun new home accessories!

diy donut candles

DIY Letters

diy letters

I’ve been getting into hand lettering lately, and it seems I’m not alone. So I’ve been looking into some cool DIY projects that incorporate hand lettering. And there are also obviously a lot of ways to craft your own letters so that they stand out a bit more. Here are some of my favorites!

What are your favorite ways to incorporate lettering into your DIYs?

Bird’s Nest Bowl

bird nest trinket dish

This is an old springtime project I made a few years ago. But I still think it’s really cute and it makes a great little decoration for the spring months. Here’s how to make your own.

DIY Bird’s Nest Bowl – what you need:

  • loose straw
  • spray adhesive
  • bowl/tupperware
  • mini birds (optional)

nest bowl

diy birds nest

Step 1: Shape the bowl

Start by putting the straw into a bowl or tupperware that is about the same size (maybe slightly smaller) so that the straw forms kind of a bowl shape.

Step 2: Hold it together

Outside, spray the adhesive over the top of the straw. You might want to do this a couple of times. Once it’s dry, you should be able to remove the straw from the bowl with it staying pretty much the same shape. Then spray the adhesive over the bottom of the straw bowl too.

Step 3: Decorate

If you want, add some miniature birds or other decorations around the outside of the bowl. I got these little vintage birds from my grandma’s craft stash and they’re what inspired the whole project to begin with. Then fill the bowl with little rings, other jewelry, or anything else you can think of!

birds nest bowl

5 DIY Hairstyles Perfect for Summer

summer hairstyles

It’s almost summer, which is mostly a good thing. There’s swimming and ice cream and barbecues and a bunch of other cool stuff. But there’s also the whole humidity thing. Finding a way to style my hair so that I won’t end up looking like Mufasa is a real challenge. So I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for inspiration. Here are a few fun summer hairstyles that I’m considering. And I think they could work for some of you too!

Do you have a favorite summer hair or beauty trick?

Ice Cream Cone Lights


ice cream cone lights

By far my favorite thing about summer is ice cream. I mean, I can and do eat ice cream throughout the rest of the year. But in the summertime it’s even better. So to celebrate the coming ice cream season, I decided to take a string of lights I had lying around and turn them into ice cream cones. Naturally.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Lights – what you need:

  • string of paper lantern lights
  • cereal box or similar thin cardboard
  • pen
  • hot glue

paper lanterns and cones

cardboard cones

cardboard ice cream cones

ice cream lights

ice cream paper lights

diy ice cream cone lantern

ice cream light string

Step 1: Cut cone shapes

You’ll need to cut cone shapes out of your cereal box or other cardboard. When flat, the cone shapes should look sort of like half circles (or slightly smaller). If you’re more of an exact angle type of person, 150* should do the trick. And the circumference will depend on the size of your paper lanterns. The ones shown are about 3 inches across.

Step 2: Draw on cones

To make them look even more like ice cream cones, you can draw a little cris-cross pattern on the cardboard. I did this after I had already formed them into cones, but I would recommend doing it before. It’ll be a lot easier for you to draw clean lines.

Step 3: Glue cones

Then you need to take your cardboard and actually form them into cones. Add a few drops of glue at the ends so that it stays put. Then glue around the top edge of each cone and attach them to the paper lanterns. Let it dry and then hang the string of lights around your home!

ice cream lanterns

Emoji Mirrors

emoji mirrors

Find circular object, draw on emoji face – that’s my motto. Here in my latest edition of emojifying my life, we have circular mirrors. This one’s basically the same concept as the rest. But here are some more in-depth instructions anyway.

DIY Emoji Mirrors – what you need:

  • set of circular mirrors
  • black paint pen
  • paint pens in other colors (optional)

circle mirrors

drawing faces on mirrors

emoji mirror

heart eye emoji mirror

emoji mirrors diy

Step 1: Draw on faces

Honestly all you need to do is pick out some of your favorite emoji faces and then use the paint pens to draw on the facial features. If you make a mistake you can wipe it off really quickly with a damp cloth. Once you’re happy with each face, allow them to dry for a few minutes before touching or moving them.

Step 2: Hang up mirrors

Then all you have to do is hang up the mirrors in your home and enjoy seeing yourself as an emoji whenever you pass by them. I have to admit I spent wayyyy too long taking pictures of myself making dumb faces in these. Oops.

diy emoji mirrors

DIY Projects for Your Pet

diy pet projects

If you have a dog or cat, then they’re probably the center of your world. My dog Sarge is pretty much the coolest. So I’ve been looking up some dog (and cat) themed DIY projects to potentially make for him. Here are some of my favorites.

Do you have any favorite pet themed DIY projects?

Constellation Candle Holder

constellation candle

Here’s another post in my “Inspired by…” series, where I try out some crafty tutorials from other bloggers and add my own twist. When I saw this clay votive DIY from A Beautiful Mess, I thought it would be really cool to use it to make little constellation patterns. Soooo that’s what I did.

DIY Constellation Candle Holder – what you need:

  • sculpey clay
  • rolling pin
  • knife or clay sculpting tool
  • straw or toothpick
  • battery powered flameless candle

sculpey clay diy

constellation clay

clay constellation candle holder

constellation candle holder

You can get the actual instructions for this project over on the original tutorial. But the basic idea is to roll out your clay and then poke holes into it in the shape of a constellation. I chose the big dipper because it’s the most recognizable. Also, my candle holder is a bit smaller than the one in the original tutorial, so I used the large end of a toothpick to poke holes in the clay rather than a straw. Once you’re happy with your constellation pattern, form the clay into the shape of a candle holder and then bake it in the oven. Add a flameless candle and then enjoy how the constellation glows and stands out from the clay.

constellation clay candle

Beach Snapshots

beach accessories

After years of owning a DSLR I finally signed up to take a photography class and, you know, learn how to use my camera. So I decided to start documenting some of my pictures here, just to track my own progress and also to force me to take more pictures of my everyday life. So I recently took my camera on my vacation to Florida (which you’re well aware of if you follow me on Instagram). Here are a few of the photos I captured on my trip. I will try to take more next time.

beach birds

beach photo

beach pic