Instagram has become one of the easiest ways for people to document and share photos from their everyday lives. But the problem, for me at least, is that I basically rely fully on Instagram and don’t ever print or display photos in my home much anymore. If you have this issue too, there are actually a lot of really cool DIY ways to bring your Instagram photos into your home decor. Here are a few of my favorites.
What are your favorite ways to display Instagram photos?
Okay, so here’s the deal. I’m in the process of moving so all of my craft supplies are being packed and everything is a mess. That means I don’t really have any DIY projects to share now or in the near future. I’ll still share some roundups and stuff but I probably won’t post quite as often as I usually do. Try not to shed too many tears.
Anyway, I was going through my old blog to see if there was any content I could repurpose over here in the meantime, and I came across soooo many of my old hats that I used to make. Aside from the semi-embarrassing pictures and less-than-stellar craftsmanship, I still think the ideas are pretty cool so I thought I’d share a few of them.
I still don’t know how to use knitting patterns or anything, but is anyone interested in seeing some projects like this here in the future? I used to make these all. the. time. and I really loved coming up with the concepts and then seeing how they turned out. Do you have a favorite of the ones shown or any suggestions for future ones??
Ice cream season (<–what I call summer) is in full swing. So why wouldn’t I want to paint ice cream cones onto my nails? And why wouldn’t you want to do the same?? Here’s how.
DIY Ice Cream Cone Nails – what you need:
- dark brown nail polish
- mesh fabric
- light brown nail polish
- white nail polish
- red nail polish
- various other colors of nail polish
- tooth picks
Step 1: Start with a base
Pretty simple – just add a coat of dark brown nail polish to each nail.
Step 2: Add the cone texture
Once the dark brown polish is completely dry, take some small strips of mesh fabric and wrap them around each nail, taping them in place. Then add a coat of the light brown polish over the top of it and let it dry before removing the mesh.
Step 3: Top it with some ice cream
After that, add some white nail polish to the top of each nail. You’ll want this part to be sort of rounded, but it can be a little messy (just like real ice cream) so you don’t necessarily need to tape it off.
Step 4: Embellish
When the white polish is dry, just add a small dot of red to the very top of each nail, because every ice cream cone needs a cherry on top, right? Then you can also dip a tooth pick into other nail polishes and use them to add little sprinkles around the top of each nail as well. That’s it!
It’s officially summertime, and that means it’s time to get out every pair of sunglasses you own. As you may or may not have gathered from reading this blog, I truly hate to throw anything away. So I have a lot of sunglasses lying around, some of which are very similar to other pairs I already own. That led me to brainstorm some DIY solutions to change up my sunglass collection a bit. So obviously I had to turn a pair gold. Here’s how you can really easily do the same.
DIY Gold Leaf Sunglasses – what you need:
- painter’s tape
- gold leaf
- paint brush
Step 1: Cover the lenses
When you paint a pair of sunglasses gold, you want to cover every part of them except, of course, the lenses. Now, if you’re into not being able to see through your lenses, then by all means skip this step and just go full on gold. But if you want to actually be able to, you know, wear them, you’ll need to cover both lenses, front and back, with painter’s tape. Unfortunately, there’s not a secret formula to doing this quickly and easily with full coverage. But you can use a few different pieces of tape to make sure you get the whole area covered.
Step 2: Paint it gold
Then you’ll need to take your paintbrush and gold leaf paint and cover all of the plastic parts of your sunglasses with the gold. Let it dry and then add another coat. Do this until you’re happy with how the gold looks overall.
Step 3: Finish it up
Once your final coat is dry, remove the painter’s tape from the lenses. There might be some little flecks of gold that made it through – if so, you can just use your fingernail to scrape them off the sides. Then touch up any parts that might need it, and you’re good to go! Have fun showing off your shiny new specs all summer long!
I’m honestly still on a high from seeing Jurassic World last week (and I still have at least one more themed post to share – I just ran into a couple road blocks but it’s coming!) So I thought I’d share some cool DIYs from other bloggers (alongside my own) that also integrate dinosaurs in some way or another. Here are some of my favorites!
Have you guys seen the movie yet? I’d love to know what you thought of it!
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed with clay-based DIY projects right now. So you know it was only a matter of time before I made some sort of emoji project. And you’re in luck! This one’s so easy to make and I’m really happy with how it turned out. So pick out your favorite emojis and get to work!
DIY Emoji Beaded Necklace – what you need:
- air-dry or oven-bake clay
- yellow paint
- black marker
- paint in other colors (optional)
- embroidery thread
Step 1: Form the beads
Start by forming your clay into small beads (whatever size you want really). Then take a needle and poke it through the middle of each bead, sort of jiggling it on the way through so that there’s a good sized hole in the middle of each one.
Step 2: Paint the beads
Let the beads sit or bake them until they’re completely dry. Then add a coat or two of yellow paint to each one. You could use other colors too depending on your favorite emoji faces. Allow that paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step.
Step 3: Add emoji faces
Take a black marker and add some of the facial features of your favorite emojis. You can use other markers or paint to add some of the more colorful facial features as well. Let that paint dry fully.
Step 4: Complete the necklace
When all your beads are completed, just run a colorful string of embroidery thread through all of your beads and you have yourself a fun little necklace. You can wear all of them on one necklace together or you can just switch them out and wear one at a time depending on your mood or something.
I have this problem where I can’t stop buying plants. I suppose in the grand scheme of things that’s really not such a bad thing. But I do seem to run out of containers to hold all of these plants. The latest addition to my plant collection is a little snake plant. So I decided to DIY a planter that goes along with the name of the plant, naturally.
DIY Snake Planter – what you need:
- plain canister
- white spray paint (optional)
- wax paper (also optional)
- air dry clay
- paper towel
- gold leaf
- plant in container
Step 1: Paint canister
This part is optional, especially if you already have a canister that’s white or a plain color that you like. But I used an old oatmeal canister, so it needed a couple coats of white paint to look like an actual acceptable planter. Note: this isn’t sufficient to actually hold the plan on its own. I used it as sort of an outer holder with a basic plastic planter and tray inside it.
Step 2: Form snake
Once the paint is dry, it’s time to make a snake with some clay. Use air dry clay because it needs to be around the canister when it dries so that it’s the right shape. I’m sure you remember how to make a snake from your Play-Dough days. The only difference here is that you should make yours a little more life-like. Form a head shape at one end. And then use a paper towel or something similar to add a little bit of texture to the clay so that it actually looks like a snake. Wrap a sheet of wax paper around your canister and secure it with tape. Then wrap the clay around the canister so that you can see it from all sides. Press it into the wax paper in a few spots so that it stays long enough to dry. I suppose you could skip the wax paper part if you’re confident enough to paint the snake without getting any on the canister.
Step 3: Add the gold leaf
When the clay is dry (which should probably take a few days) use a paintbrush to add a layer of gold leaf to the snake. If you used the wax paper in the previous step, this part should be pretty easy because you can make a mess. But if you didn’t, use a small brush so that you don’t get gold all over your pretty white planter. Or you could even use a bit of painter’s tape.
Step 4: Remove the wax paper
When the gold leaf is dry, you can remove the wax paper. If you do this part properly, the clay should fit perfectly around the canister without being actually attached to it. BUT you need to do this very carefully because I broke my clay at the last second and had to glue it back together which was quite the headache. I would recommend sort of cutting the wax paper around the snake and always always hold the clay in place while peeling off the wax paper.
Step 5: Add the plant
At this point, you should have a completed planter! You just need to add the plant (complete with plastic planter and tray for excess water) and enjoy!
I share lots of crazy and weird and awesome DIY projects here. If you ever wondered what the space where I make all of those projects looks like, you’re in luck (well, sort of).
Cat of Cut Out + Keep asked me to take part in this new feature for her site, where I shared some photos of my crafting space along with some interview questions about it. As it turns out, I’ve actually moved since sending those photos. But a lot of the supplies and things are the same, just in a new place! And the interview is still basically true of course.
So check it out if you’re interested. And please please please let me know if you have any crafty organization tips. As you can see, I need them!
You have no idea how long I’ve waited to say this: Scrunchies are back!!!! I have no clue who decides what’s “in” and such. But I’ve seen some people wearing/talking about scrunchies lately and quite frankly that’s enough for me. So I started brainstorming ways to create DIY versions, and this one of the things I came up with. If you’re like me and you’re sick of boring old ponytail holders, make one of these bad boys and enjoy the resurgence of The Great Scrunchie.
DIY Pom-Pom Scrunchie – what you need:
- ponytail holder
Step 1: Create pom-poms with yarn
Wrap your yarn around your fingers to create the base of your pom-poms. If you’re unfamiliar with this method, this post can explain it better than I can. The only difference is, when you go to tie the ends of the yarn around the middle of your pom-pom, you’ll also need to loop that yarn through the center of your ponytail holder as well. Then the pom pom should be attached to the side of your ponytail holder. Continue making pom-poms and attaching them with this method until the entire ponytail holder is covered.
Step 2: Cut the edges
When you have your rough pom-poms going around the whole perimeter of the ponytail holder, you’ll need to cut through the ends of the yarn so that they actually, you know, look like pom-poms. Trim any longer edges and add any additional pom-poms to cover up empty spaces if necessary.
Step 3: Be an awesome scrunchie babe
And that’s it! You should be able to use this as a regular old scrunchie. So put on your favorite 90′s inspired duds and hit the town in you hip (again) scrunchie!
I know that you’ve all been just sitting there refreshing your browsers waiting for more Jurassic Park crafts. Well, you don’t have to wait any longer. Here’s a little clay ring dish that I made to look like a dinosaur footprint. It sort of reminds me of that scene in the original JP movie where you can see the water moving in the foot imprint. Sooo you obviously need this in your home.
All you need for this project is some air-dry clay. I used the kind that dries into a sort of tan/off-white color. But you could basically use any color you like and maybe even paint it if you want to go for a natural muddy look with some brown OR you could go more dino-glam and paint it gold or something (I really just like painting everything gold right now tbh).
Start out by just working the clay into a ball and then flattening it a bit. Use the photos here as a guide to form your footprint shape (or, you know, just google dinosaur footprints). Use your fingers to make points at each of the toes and form edges around the whole perimeter of the footprint. The good news is that all of the edges don’t have to be perfect because dinosaur footprints are kind of messy and imperfect (at least that’s what I’ve learned from watching Jurassic Park a million times…) Let it dry and then use it to store your rings, coins, or whatever you want. I think it would also be cool to make a bunch of them and then situate them so it looks like a dinosaur was walking across your table. I might be going a little overboard though…