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

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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

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have…

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

I have a deep and abiding dislike for tissue boxes. I know they try to make them cute with colors or patterns or whatever, but they’re just… not. Ryan likes to have tissue boxes in approximately every corner of the house (allergies, ya know), and so I finally have had to wage war against the boxes by making my own cute covers. Obviously, we turned to gold leaf to get the job done.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Step 1: Paint the top and upper half of all four sides of your box with gold leaf sizing. A coat just thick enough so that it doesn’t puddle should be plenty.

Step 2: Once the adhesive is tacky, lay down pieces of gold leaf on all of the areas you painted. Smooth the gold leaf down so that it adheres thoroughly.

Step 3: (I recommend doing this step outside!) Buff away all the excess gold with your clean, dry brush until the gold finish is smooth.

Step 4: Measure the 4 sides of your tissue box and cut a piece of vinyl long enough to cover all four sides.

Step 5: Cut it to the height you’d like around your box (or cut it on an angle for each side like we did). Carefully wrap one layer of vinyl around the lower portion of the box, smoothing as you go.

Step 6: Optional: If you can see through your vinyl, you might consider adding an additional layer to make the coverage more opaque.

Yes! I win. Tissue boxes that don’t annoy me every time I see them. And my stuffy husband can blow his nose to his heart’s content. All is well with the world! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

DIY Gold Leaf Tissue Box Holder

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So…

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Nothin’ fancy today, gang, just a little inspiration from me to you. I love the new year because people everywhere are amped on a fresh start and everything seems possible. So this one is for you Boss Ladies who need a reminder throughout the year of how you feel right now — energized, powerful, excited, and clear-eyed. Go get it, girl.

Just pick your color, download, and print. Then trim the edges and hang it up anywhere you need some inspiration. Let’s smash 2017, y’all. xoxo

DOWNLOAD BLUE
DOWNLOAD PINK
DOWNLOAD RED

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Printable Inspiration Wall Art

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

DIY Elf Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts ever, and…

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

As we prepare to head out for the holidays, I’m sharing one final best-of-Lovely Indeed post! These Elf Quote Christmas Cookies were maybe one of our most popular posts ever, and I was so pumped to see that you all loved them as much as I did! They were a total ball to make and I remember having fits of laughter with Ryan as we were deciding which quotes to use from Elf. I mean, there are just too many to choose from, right?! I still can’t pick a favorite. But in case you need one more baking idea, you can get the recipe and how-to for these fun cookies here. Happy baking! xoxo

MAKE OUR ELF QUOTE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

8 Simple DIY Gifts

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally…

Be done with shopping already! If you’ve still got a couple of people on your list, it’s time to get your DIY on. We rounded up eight simple but totally fantastic DIY gifts, with a little something for everyone on your list. So tonight, turn on White Christmas, pour yourself a glass of something sparkly, and start making. xoxo

Eight Simple DIY Gifts

For your Mom // Bead and Stone Necklaces
For the Teacher // Lemon Printed Tote Bag
For a Kiddo // Smiley Toy Crates
For the Cook // No-Sew Apron
For a New Mama // Beaded Pacifier Clip
For the Apartment Dweller // Concrete Mini-Planters
For your BFF // Rhinestone Flats
For your Dude // Copper Candelabra

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

DIY Custom Cover for Annual Photo Book

It’s that time again! I’ve been sorting through all of our zillions of photos from the year to compile into an annual family photo book. I love this tradition, and to…

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

It’s that time again! I’ve been sorting through all of our zillions of photos from the year to compile into an annual family photo book. I love this tradition, and to me it’s totally worth all of the work of organizing all of those photos. Looking back at our family photo books is always such a treat, especially now that Hank likes to look at them with us. And this year, after we had ours printed I decided to add a little custom DIY to the mix, because you know I can’t leave well enough alone. 😉

I came across the premium photo books from Mpix this year and really fell in love with the covers — they’re linen and they come in a bunch of colors, including my current favorite shade of aqua. So I got to work on their site and once I got the hang of the book editor it all came together in about 90 minutes. Seriously! You can customize every page if you like with different layouts, text, and all that jazz. I did a custom layout for every page and it still went super fast. I made myself a rule a few years back when I started putting together these albums, and it’s this: Don’t Agonize. You could spend days and days agonizing over every choice, but then you’ll most likely toss your hands up and forget the whole project. So I gathered all of my photos, uploaded them to the site, and popped them into the layouts. Mpix does the rest, and their printing makes it all look so beautiful. I especially love using full-frame layouts where the images go right up to the edges of the page — I think it looks so fun! And if you’re into the DIY cover, here’s the how-to.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Step 1: Download our printable 2016 template. If you have a cutting machine, upload the file to your machine’s software and cut out the design from the vinyl. If not, print and cut the design and trace it onto the back of the vinyl. Use the craft knife to cut out the design, leaving the rectangle outline and the numbers on the vinyl backing and pulling away the excess vinyl. Either way, be sure to reverse the image so that it’s correct when you iron it on.

Step 2: Place the design with the backing down on the front of your linen photo book. Be sure to center it. Smooth the design in place.

Step 3: With a hot iron, press firmly onto the clear backing of the vinyl. Press and hold for about 15 seconds in each area, being sure that it all adheres to the linen.

Step 4: Carefully pull away the clear backing; the gold design should remain affixed to the book.

That’s it! I love the gold against the aqua color of the book. And I love how the linen cover feels in your hands. Just a little something to make the book extra special! This one will be going on the shelf right next to our previous years — that is, after Henry finishes looking at it for the 37th time. (Have I mentioned that kid loves pictures?) xoxo

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

Custom Cover for an Annual Photo Book

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

Geometric Holiday Wreaths with Air Plants

Deeeeck the hall with lots of air plants, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-laaaaa! Did you know that it’s actually Deck the Hall, and not Halls, in the original version? Just a little bit…

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Deeeeck the hall with lots of air plants, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-laaaaa! Did you know that it’s actually Deck the Hall, and not Halls, in the original version? Just a little bit of Christmas carol trivia for you there, from my music nerd past. Anyway, speaking of decking the hall, I put together these fun additions to our holiday decor this year and these geometric wreaths are hanging in our entry, being totally festive. I love the modern geometric touch, especially hanging on those pretty moveable hooks from Command™. Perfect for hanging wreaths or any other holiday goodies! Here’s how you can make some too.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes per Wreath (Plus Drying Time)

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Step 1: Lay out your wood rectangles on a piece of cardboard and spray paint in your favorite holiday colors. Leave some unpainted as well. Allow them to dry thoroughly.

Step 2: On your cardboard or scratch paper, draw the outline of the shape you’d like your wreath. We sketched out an equilateral triangle, with each side 12″ long.

Step 3: Start glueing pieces together, using the shape you’ve drawn as a template. Use the glue gun to glue pieces together one by one. I recommend mixing unpainted pieces with painted pieces for a random look. Place some pieces over and some pieces under their neighbors so that the wreath doesn’t warp.

Step 4: Continue tracing the outline you drew until your pieces form an entire wreath.

Step 5: Remove the red side from your Command adhesive strip and press it onto the back of the hook. Clean the wall area where you’ll be mounting your hook.

Step 6: Remove the black side from the adhesive strip and press the hook firmly onto the wall, holding for 10 seconds.

Step 7: Slide the hook up and off, and press the base for 30 seconds. Slide the hook back on and wait for about an hour for the adhesive to full stick before hanging any heavy items on your hook.

Step 8: Grab some air plants and nestle them in among the geometric tiles on your wreaths. You shouldn’t need to glue or affix them in any way — just let the tendrils of the air plants curl around the tiles and they should hold well.

Henry loves seeing these things when we come and go from the house! He calls the air plants “tiny trees.” So this one’s a win-win for grownups and kids! Now go deck that hall! xoxo

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I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

Somehow I did this project last year and never posted about it! I think I just had a whim one day to add some color to my Christmas decorations and…

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

Somehow I did this project last year and never posted about it! I think I just had a whim one day to add some color to my Christmas decorations and started dunking pinecones in paint, not even thinking about turning it into a blog post. Isn’t that weird? Sometimes I forget that the little things I do around our house for fun are things that I should be sharing here. Duh. Anyway, I love these bright pinecones and they were a bit hit last year in our decor! My niece was fascinated by them, probably mostly because she and her little brother collected them for me on a trip to our family’s cabin. But I love them and they’re making a repeat appearance this year!

Materials

  • pinecones of all shapes and sizes
  • acrylic or latex paint
  • containers for dipping
  • bendable wire
  • cardboard

Make Time: 1 Minute per Pinecone (Plus Drying Time, approximately 24 hours)

Since I didn’t think of posting it on the blog last year, I don’t have any step by step photos! But this one’s pretty simple so let me lay it out for ya.

Step 1: Set out a large sheet of cardboard where your pinecones can drip dry.

Step 2: Open your paint containers. If they’re large enough to dip your pinecones in and you don’t mind possibly getting pinecone debris in your paint, you’re good to go. If they’re too small, pour the paint into a container with a wide mouth so that you can dip.

Step 3: For the half-dipped pinecones (like our long white Sugar Pine cones), just hold on to one end of the cone with your hand and dip the other, submerging only halfway. Twist it around slightly in the paint to ensure that all areas get coverage. Pull it out, allow the paint to drip off into the container until the drips slow, and lay it on your cardboard to dry.

Step 4: For smaller pinecones that you want to fully submerge, form a piece of wire into a hook and affix it to the pinecone somewhere. Find a spot that feels nice and firm, like the wire won’t come off when you dip.

Step 5: Dip the pinecone and fully submerge under the paint. Repeat the process from Step 3.

Step 6: After a few hours of drying, we went in and flipped all of our pinecones over & set them in a clean spot on the cardboard. This seemed to help with the drying process and even the paint out.

Boom! Crazy colored pinecones for your mantle, your table, or any old place. Would you do bright colors, or would you stick to a more traditional holiday palette? Oooooh, you could also do gold! That would look pretty fab on a centerpiece at Christmas dinner. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Painted Pinecones

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

Printable Christmas Cards

It’s here! The Christmas season! Now that Thanksgiving has passed I can officially go holiday hog-wild and nobody can give me side-eye about it. (Even though, let’s be real, I’ve…

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

It’s here! The Christmas season! Now that Thanksgiving has passed I can officially go holiday hog-wild and nobody can give me side-eye about it. (Even though, let’s be real, I’ve been listening to Christmas music since the day after Halloween. It can’t be helped.) Anyway, now that we’re in full swing, we’ve got a printable for you to kick off the season. If you need to send some Christmas cards or attach a little note to a holiday gift, we’ve got ya. These are as simple as download, print, and give — and around this time of year simple is good.

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our holiday card printable. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Note Cards (product #8315).

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and follow the instructions through to print! Use the toolbar on the left to add any text you might like; you can even print on both sides if you’d like to print a message on the inside of your cards.

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank card sheet. Separate the cards, trim if desired, and you’re all set.

Have fun addressing your cards! Do you like sending Christmas or holiday cards? I’ve always loved it. I know it’s a ton of work but there’s just something so lovely about getting them in the mail and I can’t stop sending them. Hope these come in handy for you this season! xoxo

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

DIY Printable Christmas Cards

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