Admittedly, I am not a normal girl. That goes for several reasons, but in this case — flowers do nothing for me. Except I like to doodle them during boring work meetings. They’re easy to draw. But the real thing? My ex-boyfriend used to send them to my office ALL THE TIME and I secretly hated it. Obviously I’m a very practical person when it comes to money (or anything for that matter), so a constant replenish of short-lived lilies compared to…let’s say, a new pair of shoes or something along those lines. Guess which one I’d rather have?
In short, when it comes to flowers — I’m fine with fakes, not to mention they’re fun to make. In light of Valentine’s day tomorrow, here’s how to dodge debt of overpriced roses. I swear it’s a sin how much they’re marked up. Suckers.
Supplies: Tissue Paper, Scissors, Markers, Pipe Cleaners
DIY: Using a circular lid or container, trace the shape onto a fair amount of layered tissue paper, then cut. Color the edges with choice marker and puncture a hole in the center of the pile. Poke a pipe cleaner through the hole — fold the top portion and kink the stem underneath– to secure the stack. Crinkle each layer of the paper and there you have a paper flower.
Yes, I know these flowers don’t need water, but the added sequins are cute, right?
This technique has been scattered all over Pinterest. Everybody’s doin’ it, you guys. Draw or write whatever you want on a white mug, bake it, then drink coffee ‘er hot chocolate ‘er whatever. But here — on this blog — you’ll learn sign language. And how to smudge the color to give it a cool effect. Gotta set myself apart in a special way when I can…
Supplies: white porcelain mugs, Sharpie markers, an oven
As mentioned, draw what you like — for me that was a bow and the sign for ‘I love you’ in sign language with a cute little heart as the palm. To create a rad watercolor effect on the mug, all you have to do is draw a line, then carefully smudge it in with your finger staying within the lines of the drawing. Maybe do a little touch-up as needed with the outlines of the image. Lastly, bake the mug at 350degrees for 30 minutes, making sure to remove the cooked cup using an oven mitt [ouch!]. Let it cool, then sip the beverage of your liking.
Someone got a little outfit envy the other day. And that someone is me, so I took matters into my own hands. With conversation tees being hot to trot right now, figured I’d combine my sassy attitude, love for Christmastime and one of the best movies ever with a little bit of paint and a few stencils…
- Basic Cotton Tee
- Circle Stencil Brush
- Colored Fabric Paint
- Desired Stencil Letters [size is up to you, I used 1 1/2"]
- 1. Insert a piece of cardboard or some sort of buffer inside the shirt so the paint doesn’t leak through to the other side.
- 2. Place first stencil onto shirt where you’d like phrase to start
- 3. Dampen the brush with paint; if too saturated, the shirt will be soaked with paint and bleeding outside stencil
- 4. Dab the brush over the stencil, continue until entirely filling the cut-out
- 5. Repeat process for each letter until phrase is complete
Statement Necklace from Forever 21, $8 / Cotton Tee from Urban Outfitters, $5 [clearance]
Ankle Strap Pumps from Target, $12 [clearance, 6 years old] / Pleather Circle Skirt from Forever 21, $24
As mentioned, I’m one of those lunatics who squeezes in arts/crafts time on top of all the other hectic holiday prep! If you’re like me and find DIY to be relaxing, even therapeutic, put your efforts towards this glitzy sequined ornament for some extra tree glam…
Styrofoam Spheres, your choice size
Thin ribbon, your choice width
*I purchased all my supplies from Michael’s
1-Place choice sequin onto ball where you’d like it placed
2-Stick pin through center hole in sequin and force into Styrofoam
3-Chose design or pattern of your choice and repeat until the entire ball is covered
4-To attach the ribbon, cut a piece in about 7″-8″ in length and fold in half
5-Position matched up ends on ball where you’d like the top to be
6-Repeat steps 1-3 with ribbon between Styrofoam and until ribbon is securely fastened
7-Hang on tree!