DIY Idea: Chalkboard Table

chalkboard painted table

This is a super easy idea that has probably been done a bunch of times before (pretty much everything has been covered in chalkboard paint). But I still thought it was cool and wanted to share.

chalkboard painting

All you need for this is a small side table or coffee table, some chalkboard paint, and a sponge. Cover the top of the table with the chalkboard paint so that you can write fun/draw fun things. What would you write or draw on your chalkboard table?

chalkboard table

Make Your Own Diamond Photo Display

diamond wall art

I’m always looking for new ways to display photos around my home. I think regular frames are so boring. So here’s an idea I came up with that’s really easy and adds a cool geometric element.

DIY Diamond Photo Display – what you need:

  • 4 or more photos
  • a black and white printer
  • thin cardboard/cardstock
  • a pen
  • scissors
  • tape

black and white photos

diamond photo template

diamond photos

Start by picking out a few of your favorite photos and printing them in black and white. My photos are 4×6 inches, but you can scale them larger or smaller if you so choose. Take a thin piece of cardboard or regular piece of cardstock and fold it in half, then cut out a diamond shape that is even on both sides. Using that as a template, mark a few diamond shapes on each of your photos. Cut them out and space them evenly along your wall. You can use tape to make sure that the lines are straight (I probably should have done that a little, now that I am looking at the pictures).

That’s it! I think I’m going to keep adding photos to mine over the next few weeks/months. But I’m really happy with the way it turned out so far!

diamond photo wall art

DIY Idea: Comic Strip Wall Art

coloring comics

Here’s an idea for a really simple wall art project. All you need is a printer or some old black and white comic strips, plus a colored pencil or marker. The idea is to highlight one color with some accents so that it goes with your decor. Here’s how:

comic strips

Start by picking out a color (or two, if you want) and pick out some comic strips that might allow you to use your color. I chose yellow as my color, so Peanuts comics and Calvin and Hobbes worked pretty well (Calvin’s hair, Charlie Brown’s shirt, etc.). Plus they’re my favorites anyway.

comic art

Print out the comics you chose and then simply color in the areas that go with your color. Then you can hang them up on your walls, put them in a journal, or do basically whatever you want with them.

comic strip wall art

Customize Ceramic Kitchen Containers

ceramic flour and sugar containers

I’m constantly working on little things around my house that aren’t necessarily huge projects. But when you put all of these little projects together, they can make a pretty big difference. Last week, I used some basic stencils and paint to update the flour and sugar containers in my kitchen. It was really simple, but now I have some containers that are more unique. Here’s how you can customize your own:

DIY Painted Ceramic Kitchen Containers – what you need:

  • plain ceramic kitchen containers (for flour/sugar/coffee/tea/whatever you keep on your counter)
  • adhesive letter stencils
  • acrylic paint
  • acrylic top coat
  • paintbrush

ceramic kitchen containers

ceramic stenciled flour container

ceramic painted kitchen containers

As I said, this project is very simple. You just need to adhere the stencils onto your clean containers so that they properly label what’s in each one. Apply a thick layer of paint to the inside of each stencil and let it dry. Remove the stencils and apply a thin top coat.

You can customize this project by varying the fonts used, paint colors, or even adding some design elements around the basic labels. Have fun with it, and you’ll soon have some containers that are completely unique!

ceramic painted containers

Make Ice Cubes With Wine and Fruit for Sangria

wine ice cubes recipe

I love a good sangria – especially in the summer. But who wants to see their drink get all watered down right away when the ice cubes melt? Luckily, you don’t have to just accept the awful fate that is watered down sangria. Here’s a really simple recipe for wine/sangria ice cubes.

Wine and Fruit Ice Cubes – ingredients:

  • red wine
  • sprite (optional)
  • various fruit
  • ice cube tray/freezer

wine ice cubes

wine and fruit ice cubes

wine ice cubes diy

This is really, really simple. Fill an ice cube tray with your favorite red wine that you use for sangria. DON’T just fill it with the sangria itself, because the brandy could make it difficult to freeze fully. If your wine’s alcohol content is high (above 14% or so) you can add just a splash of sprite or water to help it freeze.

Some of the ice cubes should be completely full and others should have a little room. In those, you can add a small piece of fruit or two. I used blueberries and maraschino cherries because I thought they would be a little festive for the Fourth of July. But feel free to customize as you like. Freeze the ice cubes overnight, add them to your sangria, and enjoy!

wine ice cubes for sangria

Weekend DIY Roundup

diy projects

It’s not technically the weekend anymore, but I was a little too busy to post this yesterday and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to share all of these great projects. So here’s your weekly dose of DIY goodness:

Embroider Flowers Onto Canvas Shoes

flower shoes

A few years ago, I bought a huge box of plain white canvas shoes with the intention of customizing and selling them. I didn’t end up following through with those plans, but I did end up with a whole lot of extra shoes. So I have a lot of different tutorials that involve these shoes. Some of them I’ve made already, some are just ideas. Here’s one of my favorites.

DIY Flower Embroidered Shoes – what you need:

  • plain canvas shoes
  • at least 3 colors of embroidery floss
  • embroidery needle

embroidered shoes

embroidered shoes diy

embroidered flower shoes

Decide where on your shoes you’d like to add some flowers. Take your main color of embroidery floss and make about four 1/2 inch stitches right next to each other, then make four more running across those perpendicular. Take your second color and make four stitches running diagonally just covering the middle where the two other sections intersect. Then you can take some green (or whatever color) and just make a little leaf running from the center out in between two of the petals. Cover as much of the shoes as you’d like. I did a few different colored flowers but kept them along the sides. I think I might add some more throughout the rest of the shoes. What do you think?

diy embroidered flower shoes

Knit a Simple Braided Headband

 

braided headbandI recently chopped a good portion of my hair off and have been looking for new and different ways to style my new ‘do. I’ve decided that headbands are basically the easiest and therefore the best. So I made this equally easy DIY braided headband. Enjoy the tutorial and also my awkward attempts at photographing it without including my non-made-up face.

DIY Knit Braided Headband – what you need: 

  • 3 colors of yarn
  • knitting needles (I used 6 mm needles)
  • scissors

knit strips

knit braid

For this really easy project, you just need to knit three strips of yarn in each different color. Use a stockinette stitch 4 across until the strip is long enough to reach around your head without being stretched. Once you have the three strips, tie the ends and braid them together, then tie around the back of your head. Done! The braid should shorten up the strips just enough so they will fit comfortably around your head while being stretched just a little.

braided crown

knit braided headband

Floral Photo Collages

flower background photo

Here’s an idea for some fun mixed media art you can make to display or include in an art journal or whatever. I had a lot of fun making these and they’re so easy I’m probably just going to make a whole book of them.

DIY Floral Photo Collages – what you need: 

  • magazines
  • scissors
  • black and white photos
  • plain paper
  • matte mod podge
  • paintbrush

flower collage

black and white photo collage

Start by going through some old magazines to find pictures of flowers. They can be any types of flowers – real ones, illustrated ones, floral patterns on dresses, flower jewels, anything. Cut them out and set aside.

You’ll also need some black and white photos for this project. So if you don’t have any already (or any that you’d feel okay cutting up) go ahead and print or copy some (the ones in this post printed kind of funky because I was out of ink, but I actually think they look kind of cool so I just left them). Cut out the subject of the photo and discard the background.

diy floral photo collage

Then you’ll need a plain piece of paper for the background. This can be any size you’d like, but should definitely be larger than your original black and white photo. Take your cut out flowers and start applying them to the paper with a thin layer of mod podge. Cover the whole paper and then cut around the sides (or don’t, if you want it to be uneven – I made one of each type). Then apply the photo subject over the flowers and let the whole thing dry.

Frame it, hang it up, put it in a journal, use it as a bookmark. The world is your playground. Have fun with this project and make it your own!

flower collage background

flower photo collages

Weekend DIY Roundup

father's day diy projects

It’s Father’s Day weekend, so I thought I’d put together a little roundup of DIY projects that could make good Father’s Day gifts. You know, just in case you’ve waited until the last minute ;)