How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of…

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs
How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of those projects that just never happened. Well, two years and two kids later the fabric on the chairs was looking way less than fresh so I decided it was finally time. It was so easy I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t done it sooner! So here’s how you can recover your kitchen chairs in less than an hour.

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill

Make Time: 15 Minutes per chair

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Step 1: Remove the seat from the chair using the drill. You can either remove their fabric covers or cover over the existing fabric.

Step 2: Lay your fabric out on a table, right side down. Place the seat on the fabric, also right side down.

Step 3: Cut around the seat, leaving a 2-3 inch extra allowance on all sides (more for a thicker cushion.

Step 4: Begin stapling your fabric. Pull taut and staple along two opposing sides. Then smooth, pull taut again and staple along the other two opposing sides. Finally, fold the corners down flat, smooth the excess fabric, and staple the corners.

Step 5: Reattach the seat to the chair frame.

Yeah! Love this little refresher in our kitchen. It’s also nice because the pattern hides spills by a certain toddler who shall remain nameless… The jury is still out on whether I LOVE love the fabric — I might switch it out again for something else one day. But right now the splash of orange and pink is pretty fun. Hope you try this one out! xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Make a Travel Map

DIY Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for…

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for a Valentine’s gift. It had a dot on every city we had been to together, with a string connecting the cities in the order in which we had traveled to them. It was a masterpiece. I found it the other day and I thought it would be super cool to recreate it larger, and with the additional places we’ve been together and now as a family with our kids. So here we are. This thing is a work of art! And we’ve got a free printable so you can make your own DIY travel map too.

Materials

  • printable map
  • small brads
  • embroidery thread
  • craft knife
  • optional: computer, printer, and white paper
  • scissors
  • double-stick tape

Make Time: 2 Hours (or less if you have only a few places on the map)

Step 1: Download our printable map and head to a print shop. The map is sized to 11″x17″ to give you lots of space to add your cities. Have them print a color copy for you.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to make a small incision dot on every city you’ve visited.

Step 3: Insert a brad through each dot and fold the metal prongs back behind the paper.

Step 4: Separate a single strand of embroidery thread from a package of floss. (Most embroidery threads have six strands wound together. You’ll need something pretty thin for this so a single strand works well.)

Step 5: Decide which brad to start with. Wind your thread around it a few times and tie it to itself. Trim the end.

Step 6: From there, crisscross the map from city to city, mapping out your travels. If you run out of thread and need more length, repeat Step 5 on your most recent brad and start a new thread.

Step 7: When you get to your final city, tie off the thread in a similar manner.

Step 8: For locations outside the U.S., I approximated their location on a smaller scale, just off the map a bit. If you have locations outside the U.S., label them with a small printed city or country title. We used Century Gothic Bold font, size 7. Print and cut your city or country name and affix to the map with a tiny bit of double-sided tape.

We framed and hung ours so we can marvel at all the traveling we used to do! Granted, the first couple of years of our relationship we were on tour but MAN that’s a lot of cities. There are also a few missing that we’ve been to separately but never traveled to together. And now we have some places, like Tulum, that we’ve been with our little ones. I have a secret dream to have a mural wall of a world map and do the same thing in greater detail. Someday! xoxo

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to…

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to bring you some fresh DIY vibes, and I’m so excited to have her on board. Can you even stand her first project? These cacti are on point. (Get it?!)

Hey Everyone! I’m Kara from A Kailo Chic Life, and I will be popping in once a month to share a colorful new DIY project with you. Crafts, colors, and patterns are my jam, so I am so excited that Chelsea has asked me to come and spread the joy of DIY with you all this year! First up on the crafting list are these amazing DIY colorful cacti soaps. Soap making may seem intimidating, but I promise, if you can use a microwave, then you can make these soaps!

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Wouldn’t you just love a few of these colorful gems in your bathroom? Not only are they fun for you to use to clean your hands, but they make amazing gifts too. Just package up a few in a clear bag and top with a few pom poms or a bow for the perfect gift.

Materials

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Step 1: Begin by cutting your soap into 1″ chunks. Microwave 1-2 cups of soap (depending on the size of your pan and how thick you want your finished soap to be) in 15 second increments until just melted.

Step 2: Add your essential oils or scent and a few drops of your desired soap colorant. Mix well to combine and then pour into your mold.

Step 3: Spritz with the rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then let sit for 1 hour to harden.

Step 4: Once hard, use the cookie cutter to cut out your cacti soaps. If you use a metal pan instead of a silicone pan, you will need a small offset spatula to remove the soap from the pan before cutting it. Or you can place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan before pouring in your soap to ease the removal process.

Once all your soap is cut, you are ready to package it or give it away. Oh, and don’t throw out those scraps, they can be melted down again and reused for another soap project!

Thank you so much for reading along, and hopefully you now feel inspired try making your own DIY colorful cacti soaps! xoxo

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Valentine Pompom Drink Stirrers // 5 Minute DIY

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole…

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole lot of time. So if you’ve got cocktails on the menu, these little stir sticks will take you precisely 5 minutes to put together. Pop them in your glasses before you start passing around the drinks, and they’ll up your festive quotient big time. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Step 1: Use the scissors to trim your bamboo skewers to your desired length.

Step 2: Use the glue gun to attach various pompoms to the top end of each skewer. Vary the arrangement and number of pompoms on different skewers for a fun effect.

Step 3: Trim all glue strings and be sure your skewers are free of any splinters. Pop them in your drinks and serve!

I love how they kind of look like bubbles! They look particularly fun in a fizzy pink drink, I’m just sayin’. And if your guests are smart and remember which stir stick is theirs, these can even double as drink markers! Pompoms are clearly the answer to everything, guys. Cheers! xoxo

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

DIY Valentine Ideas

We’ve got a spankin’ new recipe coming atcha tomorrow, but today I got all nostalgic and wanted to share a few of our greatest hits in the Valentine’s Day DIY…

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

We’ve got a spankin’ new recipe coming atcha tomorrow, but today I got all nostalgic and wanted to share a few of our greatest hits in the Valentine’s Day DIY category! Looking back, some of my favorite projects we’ve ever done were for Valentine’s Day, and it was so fun to revisit a few of these. Check ’em out, and make something for your Valentine! xoxo

GUERILLA BALLOON VALENTINES

Guerrilla Balloon Valentines

CONVERSATION HEART COOKIES

How to Make Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies for Valentine's Day

ANTI-CONVERSATION HEART SWEATER

How to Make an Anti Conversation Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day

RESIN CONVERSATION HEART PAPERWEIGHT

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

GOLDEN DINO VALENTINE

 

DIY Valentine Scavenger Hunt and Instax Camera Giveaway!

Whatcha doing for your Valentine this year? I’m thinking it’s time to ditch the heart-shaped box of chocolates and do something a bit cooler. I had the idea to put…

Whatcha doing for your Valentine this year? I’m thinking it’s time to ditch the heart-shaped box of chocolates and do something a bit cooler. I had the idea to put together a photo scavenger hunt downtown to send my Valentine on a mad dash looking for his gift. That dude loves a challenge. It’s so fun and so simple to put together! Grab your Instax Mini 70 and head to your favorite part of town. The rest is quick and easy. Check out the video or read our instructions below! There’s also a chance to win your own FUJIFILM Instax Mini 70 camera and film, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom!

 

Start by hiding a gift somewhere. Use the Instax Mini 70 to take a photo of the location and make sure it’s recognizable to your valentine. Take that Instax Mini instant film to another location and tape it up. We added a balloon by every photo to help locate them. Once you tape up your photo and balloon, take another photo. Then go hang that photo somewhere else. Get the idea?

Keep going until you have about 3-5 locations. Then give your Valentine the photo of the first location to lead them all the way to the end and to their gift! The camera is so much fun to play around with, and makes these great photos that are colorful little keepsakes.

And NOW let’s talk about a giveaway!!! One of you lucky duckies can win your own FUJIFILM Instax Mini 70 and Instax Mini instant film! You’ll need to head over to our Instagram to enter, details are all over there. Can’t wait to give one of these away and spread the fun around! xoxo

ENTER TO WIN A FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 70

This post is sponsored by FUJIFILM. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes

DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes

Here’s a quickie DIY that you can put together for all of the peeps on your Valentine list! I love this little project because the decoration on the box becomes…

DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes

DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes

Here’s a quickie DIY that you can put together for all of the peeps on your Valentine list! I love this little project because the decoration on the box becomes the gift tag, too. Double duty is my favorite thing.

Materials

  • adhesive foil
  • tiny gift boxes
  • scissors or a cutting machine

DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes

DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes

We got all of our materials at Michaels! You could just go the sticker route but I found this awesome adhesive foil and decided it would be rad to cut out custom letters and designs. If you have a cutting machine like a Cricut it’ll be a piece of cake. If not, just use scissors to cut out letter or shapes.

Once you’ve got the letters cut, remove them from the protective film. Place the sticky side down on the lid of your box and smooth them down to adhere.

These little boxes, by the way, would be perfect for packaging up some petit fours, and we just so happen to have a recipe for those on the way next week. Stay tuned! And for more fun DIY ideas, see what the rest of the Michaels Makers have been up to right right here. xoxo

DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes
DIY Personalized Mini Gift Boxes

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine Photo Backdrop

We haven’t done a photo backdrop in forever! I was pumped to put together a quick and easy little Valentine photo backdrop for some family photos. (Please note the absence…

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

We haven’t done a photo backdrop in forever! I was pumped to put together a quick and easy little Valentine photo backdrop for some family photos. (Please note the absence of good ol’ Hank in these “family photos” — he was particularly opinionated on this particular day and couldn’t be persuaded to come take pictures. Sigh.) Anyway! This is a perfect photo backdrop if you’re on a money and/or time budget. There are only two materials and it took me about 10 minutes to put together. Let’s do it!

Materials

  • 6″ x 6″ cardstock squares (we got a pack of assorted shades of pink at Michaels)
  • removable glue dots
  • scissors

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

Step 1: Start with a blank wall. Decide where the upper right and lower left corners of your backdrop will be. Place a glue dot on the back of two squares of cardstock and stick them to these corners to outline your backdrop.

Step 2: Start filling in the wall. You can work in an ombre pattern like we did, or mix colors all together. We just placed the colors in a pixelated formation, leaving an empty space at random.

Step 3: Once you’ve filled it in, step back to assess and check for any spots that may need adjusting.

Then just snap away! This one is fun because it looks great both up close and a little farther away. It would be perfect for a Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day party  — you could snap photos of your guests or let them do their own thing with their smartphones. So cute! xoxo

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Print

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool,…

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Hey gang! Here’s another fun use for your gold leaf supplies. We still have a few blank spots on our walls and I wanted to DIY something simple but cool, so this is what we came up with. We had all of the supplies, so it didn’t cost a cent! If you’ve got your gold leaf materials and some old frames laying around, you can do it too.

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes per Frame

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Step 1: Use a paintbrush to splatter or drip gold leaf adhesive on a piece of cardstock.

Step 2: Allow the adhesive to dry for a minute or so, until the adhesive is tacky but not wet. If you have lots of adhesive pooling, gently dab it with a tissue to soak up a little excess. Be careful not to smudge the glue. Place gold leaf over all of the adhesive and smooth it down with a soft, dry paintbrush to be sure it adheres.

Step 3: Use a stiff paintbrush to buff off the excess gold leaf.

Step 4: Place the finished product in a frame and hang it up!

Love how these look all hung up together. I feel like this technique would be SUPER cool on a large-scale canvas, hanging over a mantle or something. Would you try it?  xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

DIY Gold Leaf Splatter Art

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

DIY Photo Album with Instax Film

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and…

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

There’s this thing that happens to parents — I like to call it the Documentation Fail. You have a kid and you totally mean to take photos all the time and print them out and put them in a baby book for the kid to enjoy for years to come. And then you have a baby and thanks to your smartphone maybe you realize to snap some photos, but they pretty much just sit there in your camera roll collecting dust, never to be seen again. I can’t tell you how many adorable photos I have of my babes that have never seen the light of day. I don’t even really remember I have them. BUT! I just fixed the Fail. I discovered that Fujifilm has a printer that will print instax film using any photo you’ve got in your phone. So like any mother obsessed with her adorable kids, I decided to finally get a book together of Henry’s monthly photos from his first couple of years.

Materials

  • smartphone with photos
  • Instax SHARE Printer SP-2
  • FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film
  • spiral bound book or album
  • patterned paper
  • washi tape
  • double stick tape
  • scissors

The printer is super easy to use (I didn’t even need Ryan to show me how to set it up, ha!) and I had Henry’s prints in my hands in about 10 minutes. You just download the app that connects with the printer, jump on the printer’s wifi, and select the photos you want to print. You can even edit them, make them into collages, or add little templates for holidays. So because I had all of these photos on my phone, I was able to just choose and print one from each month. They print on FUJIFILM Instax Mini instant film, which is so fun!

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Once you’ve got your photos all printed, find a blank spiral bound notebook. Grab some washi tape and fun paper to decorate your book. We added a background paper to each page with double stick tape and taped the images onto the background with patterned washi tape. If you like, label each month.

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

I love that I finally have a really simple way to get our daily snapshots off of my camera and into my life! We’ve already got these plastered all over our fridge, too. Even though we take posed monthly photos of both of the kids, this is a chance to print some of the photos that we take while we’re just doing our normal day-to-day stuff. I will always love holding a photo in my hands better than looking at it on my phone, especially the little moments we catch that aren’t part of some photo shoot. And by the way, you could make a book like this for anyone! It would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart or your bestie, a fun birthday gift, or a great idea for a teacher gift from the whole class.

I showed Henry his album and he wants to flip through it every day and have me tell him where we took each photo. That kid loves a story. He also wants us to make one for Maggie (hello, melt my heart), so I’ve been letting him pick photos and press the Print button which totally floats his boat. I’m thinking we’re gonna need to get some more film. 😉 xoxo

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

Monthly Baby Photo Album with Instax Photos

This post is sponsored by Fujifilm. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron On Weekend Shirts (5 Minute DIY)

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do…

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Two things led me to this project. First, I’m sick of the hustle! Forget it already! Yes, work hard and go chase your dreams and all that jazz. But do we really have to do that every second of every day? Not me, gang. Sometimes I just want a day of nothing. Well, nothing and bottomless mimosas. And secondly, I’ve started seeing these fun shirts with sayings on them being sold all over the place at an insane price point. I mean, a t-shirt with flocked iron-on letters for $40? Nope. Because you can DIY that business for a few bucks! And I’m here to show ya how.

Materials

  • Iron-on letters
  • Blank t-shirts (there are a bunch of great options on Amazon if you search “plain women’s t-shirts”)
  • Iron

Make Time: 5 Minutes

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

I hardly have to include instructions but I will! It’s so simple I’m sure you can figure this one out on your own.

Step 1: Peel off the flocked letters from the page of letters. Place the letters on your shirt where you’d like them.

Step 2: With a hot iron, press down firmly on all the letters for about 15 seconds each. Turn the shirt inside out and repeat.

That’s IT. And you just saved yourself a bunch of bucks by DIYing it! I’m calling these my weekend shirts but I’d wear ’em any day of the week to proclaim my love for taking it easy. Let’s all slow our hustle and just enjoy life a bit, huh? What would you have yours say? xoxo

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts

Iron-on Weekend T-Shirts