DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Agate Stone Wall Hooks

I double dog dare you to resist making this DIY, guys. It’s just too dang pretty! When the light shines through these lovely little wall hooks just the right way, I can’t…

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

I double dog dare you to resist making this DIY, guys. It’s just too dang pretty! When the light shines through these lovely little wall hooks just the right way, I can’t stop staring. And now I have a pretty little place to hang some of my fancy lady accessories.

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

It just so happens that these pretty agate wall hooks are my featured kit this month over on Darby Smart, so you can get everything you need to put these together sent to your door in one little box! The agate slices that they have are primo, and it’s like opening a treasure chest to see which colors you’re gonna get. My nerdy, geode-loving, third grade self is in absolute heaven. Head over to Darby Smart to see the full project and get a kit to make it yourself! xoxo

GET YOUR AGATE STONE WALL HOOK KIT HERE

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Agate Wall Hooks

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Paint-Dipped Flatware

Hey kittens! Coming atcha today with a quick DIY that’ll take ya no time at all. I made these paint-dipped utensils and we’ve been using them as our outdoor flatware…

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

Hey kittens! Coming atcha today with a quick DIY that’ll take ya no time at all. I made these paint-dipped utensils and we’ve been using them as our outdoor flatware all summer! Since the theme of the day is quick and easy, let’s get right down to it. You’ll have your own paint-dipped flatware in no time… flat. (Oh come on, I had to.)

Materials

  • plain set of flatware (cheap is good! think dollar store stuff.)
  • latex paint
  • waterproof polyurethane sealant
  • sandpaper
  • twine
  • binder clips
  • cardboard or other material to catch paint drips

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

Step 1: Lightly sand the handles of the flatware to rough them up so the paint will adhere.

Step 2: Dip the handle of your flatware into the paint.

Step 3: Rig up a string of twine so it’s suspended. Clip a binder clip over the twine and onto the utensil so that it hangs to drip dry. Be sure to place your cardboard underneath to catch all the paint drips.

Step 4: Repeat with all flatware and allow it to hang dry. We let ours hang for a good few days to really cure and harden.

Step 5: If desired, dip into the poly sealant to add an extra layer of protection. I recommend this if you’re planning on getting a lot of use out of your pieces!

Step 6: Allow the poly to dry and cure for another few days. Then remove the flatware, hand wash, and eat up!

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

See? So simple! It’s literally dip, repeat, dip, repeat. I love ’em! And I’m kind of wondering if, when you get tired of the color, you could just dip right over it with a new color. Maybe we’ll try it in the fall?! Happy making! xoxo

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Paint Dipped Flatware

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

More office supply DIY fun for our grownup version of back-to-school! I love using clipboards to display a rotating selection of art on my walls at home. But sometimes those…

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

More office supply DIY fun for our grownup version of back-to-school! I love using clipboards to display a rotating selection of art on my walls at home. But sometimes those ol’ clipboards are just kinda… dull. There, I said it. No offense, clipboards. So the paints came out and my old friend gold leaf made an appearance and BOOM my clipboards are fancier than I am. I love the color this little project adds to a wall, and with a piece of art on one of these babies the gold leaf peeks out from underneath juuuuust the right amount.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

Step 1: Tape off a diagonal line with washi tape. Paint the bottom portion of the clipboard. Remove the washi.

Step 2: Learned this one the hard way: allow that paint to dry and cure completely, or your gold leaf will stick to tacky paint and make a mess!

Step 3: Paint short brushstrokes of gold leaf adhesive over the painted area. Make sure the adhesive is just a thin layer, and don’t allow it to pool.

Step 4: Once the adhesive has dried for a minute or two and is tacky to the touch, place a sheet of gold leaf face down over the brush strokes.

Step 5: Pull away the sheet and the gold leaf should stick to the areas with adhesive. Repeat the process until all the brushstrokes are covered.

Step 6: Use the duster brush to buff away all the excess gold leaf.

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

Load up your new clipboard with art and hang ’em on your walls! Or, if you’re extra fancy, just use these clipboards at work in your office and impress all of your colleagues. Think you’ll give these guys a try? What colors would you use? I had a heck of a time narrowing it down but I think they’d look awesome in a whole rainbow of colors! xoxo

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

College ain’t getting any cheaper any time soon, kids, and so little Henry needed a piggy bank! I had been wanting to put together a bank for him ever since…

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

College ain’t getting any cheaper any time soon, kids, and so little Henry needed a piggy bank! I had been wanting to put together a bank for him ever since he came along and his Papa gave him his very first dollar (my dad loves giving his grandkids spare change; it’s hilarious). So now that dollar has a place to go — a very cool DIY leather piggy bank! It even has a way to empty out the change without ripping the whole thing apart. And this little piggy is kind of adorable, to boot. Wanna make one?

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

Step 1: Print out the piggy bank template and cut out. Cut the ear away from the body.

Step 2: On the back side of the thick leather, trace two pigs. You’ll trace the first, then flip the paper and trace the second so that you have two opposing pigs.

Step 3: Cut out the pigs. You’ll want to go very slowly and take breaks for this process so that your fingers don’t go numb! Trace the pen lines with the craft knife, going over and over a section of the line until you cut through the leather entirely. Continue until you’ve cut all the way around both pigs.

Step 4: Cut two ears from the thin leather.

Step 5: Your thin leather into long 2″ strips. Place a thin line of glue along the back of the long edges on both sides. Starting at the bottom of the snout on your first pig, glue the thin leather up the snout and around the head and back. You’ll need to go slowly, smoothing the thin leather down and wiping away any excess glue that seeps out.

Step 6: This strip should reach all the way around the rump of the pig. Leave about 2 inches at the end unglued; this is where you’ll take money out of the bank. Repeat step five with the other pig, so that the two pieces are both glued to the thin strip. Once this is complete you can lay the pig on its back to make it easier to work.

Step 7: Punch a small hole in the center of the end of another thin 2″ strip and insert the button stud. Punch a larger hole in the flap of the first strip, on the pig’s rump. You may need to widen this hole with a small slit; use the craft knife for this. Insert the button stud into the hole. Now with this new strip, begin glueing down using the same process. You’ll glue it down the back and around the back leg, all the way across the pig’s tummy. When you get to the leg, spray the thin strip carefully with a bit of water. Once it’s slightly damp, mold the leather around the back leg. Glue down to the edges of the thick pieces.

Step 8: Glue one more 2″ strip from the front leg to the bottom of the snout, completing the pig. You’ll need to mold this strip around the front leg with some water, as in Step 7.

Step 9: Slightly dampen the base of the ears, put a tiny dot of glue in the middle of the bottom of each, and pinch each ear together to get a folded shape. Once this glue is dry, put another small dot of glue at the base of each ear and glue them on the head. Hold in place until they cure.

Step 10: Cut a strip of thin leather that’s about 1’4″ x 3″. Wet thoroughly and wrap it around your craft knife or pen. Allow it to dry in a curly shape, and glue it on the pig’s rump!

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank DIY Leather Piggy Bank

Phewph! Think you’ll attempt this one? It’s not difficult but there’s a lot of detail work. It’s one of those projects that when you’re done you feel like a super rockstar, partly because it’s an involved process and partly because it looks so stinking cute! Okay, gang, off to feed the pig some pennies. xoxo

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

Pig by Joao Santos from the Noun Project

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

Do you guys remember our suede and gold leaf polka dot mousepad from ages ago? Well, that thing was a total work horse. It finally, finally died recently after two…

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

Do you guys remember our suede and gold leaf polka dot mousepad from ages ago? Well, that thing was a total work horse. It finally, finally died recently after two years of almost daily use. I’d say that’s a pretty solid DIY! So after it bit the dust, I needed a new something to mouse around on, and I decided to whip up another version of the gold leaf mousepad and share it here. Wanna make one too?

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

Step 1: Use your old mousepad and trace a circle on the back of your suede around it. Cut out the circle carefully.

Step 2: Spritz the mousepad with spray adhesive and smooth the leather face up on top of it.

Step 3: Mask off a portion of the leather with washi tape. On the unmasked area, apply a liberal amount of gold leaf adhesive. Allow the adhesive to dry for about a minute, or until it feels tacky.

Step 4: Cover the adhesive with gold leaf sheets and gently pat them down with a clean, dry paintbrush.

Step 5: Remove the washi tape mask and use a clean, dry, fluffy paintbrush to buff away the excess gold leaf.

Ahhhhhh that’s better! Day after day I was staring at that busted old mousepad, thinking how beautiful it was when I first made it. Now we’ve got a fresh start again and it feels so good. Hope you try this one out — be sure to share a photo with #thelovelysquad if you do! xoxo

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Custom Notebooks for Back-to-School

My niece is starting kindergarten this year and she is beside herself with excitement. Since I can remember, she’s always loved writing and using every scrap of paper she can…

DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Personalized Noteboks

My niece is starting kindergarten this year and she is beside herself with excitement. Since I can remember, she’s always loved writing and using every scrap of paper she can find to write notes and lists. So I made her a little personalized notebook to celebrate kindergarten, and obviously I had to make a grownup version for myself. Shake your palm palms, indeed.

DIY Personalized Noteboks

These are so fun and so simple and I want to make a million of ’em! Get the full tutorial right over here and make yourself (or your kiddos!) some for back-to-school. xoxo

P.S. On a totally unrelated note, did you know that there’s free shipping in the Lovely Indeed print shop until Sunday? Go grab yourself something pretty for your walls!

DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Personalized Noteboks

Ukulele Lesson

Ukulele 101 // Part 3

You made it! (Did you make it?) It’s the final episode in our series of mini ukulele lessons and we’re learning a whole song. Yaaaaay! And just so you know,…

Ukulele Lesson

You made it! (Did you make it?) It’s the final episode in our series of mini ukulele lessons and we’re learning a whole song. Yaaaaay! And just so you know, the chords that we’re learning can be combined in a bunch of different ways to play a whole mess of songs, so your friends will think you’re a ukulele prodigy. Check out the video to hear a few of the other tunes you can learn, and strum along as we teach you a little ditty you can be singing by tonight. (Psst… Go back and review with Part 1 and Part 2!)

We’re singing a shortened version of the song, so see the links below for the lyrics to all the verses and learn the whole shebang! And as always, there are more links to help as you’re learning. I hope you’ve loved trying a little uke; it’s been so fun to put the series together. Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve been following along! And don’t forget to use #thelovelysquad on social if you’re learning so I can see your progress. Can’t wait to hear it! xoxo

Ukulele 101 // Part 1 and Part 2
Lyrics to I’m Yours so you can sing along.
Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Pencil Sneakers for Back to School

I don’t care if I’m not in school any more — I love back-to-school season with a passion! Joe Fox said it best: “I would send you a bouquet of…

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

I don’t care if I’m not in school any more — I love back-to-school season with a passion! Joe Fox said it best: “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” And I’m sorry if I’ve quoted You’ve Got Mail before, but it just may be one of the most perfect movies ever. But I digress! Back to the business at hand, which obviously is painting cute little pencils on your sneakers for back-to-school! I was looking for some sneaks at Payless Shoe Source the other day and these caught my eye. They’re super comfy and the perfect transition from summer to fall! After I wore them once or twice I started thinking that the lines on them reminded me of binder paper and I totally knew what I had to do. I’m thinking of grabbing a pair of kids’ shoes from Payless and making my little niece a matching pair, because she’s starting kindergarten this year. Let’s all make ’em!

Materials

  • striped sneakers
  • craft paint in yellow, pink, and gold
  • small paintbrushes
  • black Sharpie

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

Step 1: Paint a diagonal thick yellow line on the toe of your sneaker. This will be your pencil.

Step 2: Paint a small gold triangle at the base of the line, which will become the point of your pencil.

Step 3: Paint a rounded pink square at the top of the pencil. Allow all the paint to dry thoroughly and go over any spots that may need more coverage.

Step 4: Begin tracing the outlines of your pencil with the Sharpie. Start very lightly so that you don’t overdo it; you can always add more black. Trace the outer edges of the pencil and create a few lighter lines in the center.

Step 5: Draw a small triangular tip where the lead of the pencil would be; also draw a few scribbles coming from the pencil.

Step 6: Trace the eraser by drawing a flattened oval at the top and two lines on either side, almost connecting with the lines on the sides of your pencil. Then draw a few arcs where the metal would be that connects the eraser to the pencil.

Step 7: Repeat the process on the other shoe, mirroring the image you created on the first.

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

That’s it! Tell me these aren’t the cutest things you’ve seen all day. I’ve been bopping around in them and they’re keeping my feet pretty happy (and also making me wish I was picking out more back-to-school shoes!). Hope you try them out! And if you’re outfitting yourself or your fam for back-to-school, hit up Payless for lots of other cute styles. I might have come home with a couple of extras, just in case… For more inspiration, check out Payless on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.  xoxo

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via RhythmOne. The opinions and text are all mine.

Ukulele 101

Ukulele 101 // Part 2

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start…

Ukulele 101

We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start combining your uke skills and strumming with the best of ’em.

Eeeeeek, I just want to reach into the video and tune up that little ukulele partway through!  Maybe we should expand the series and do a whole lesson on tuning? But you get the point. So whaddaya think — is it the chords or the strumming that’s more difficult for you? Strumming always came easy to me and I really had to work on the chords with my left hand. Maybe it’s different for you!

Hope you’re following along! If you are, be sure to share your progress on social media with #thelovelysquad and we can talk uke all day. It’s totally addictive, right? And to learn more, don’t forget to check out my favorite links below. See ya next time! xoxo

Ukulele 101 // Part 1
Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of…

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of beautiful sparkly gemstones, trying different arrangements and swiping them away and trying again. This is definitely a project where the process is as fun as the product!

So! Wanna make some of these bad boys for your kicks? I’ve been popping them on this shoe and that shoe and trotting all over town with ’em. And these beauties just happen to be my kit of the month over on Darby Smart, so you can order it straight to your door and have sparkly shoes ASAP!

Head over to Darby Smart to see more photos, get the tutorial, and order your own kit of supplies to make yourself some gemstone shoe clips. (Psst — you can make three sets of clips from one kit, so you can make ’em with your pals! Hellooooo, crafternoon!) xoxo

GET YOUR KIT HERE!

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

Ukulele Lesson

Ukulele 101 // Part 1

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in…

Ukulele Lesson

Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in the form of ukulele lessons!!! I know, I’m kvelling with excitement over here too. Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Or maybe you have a burning passion for the ukulele but don’t even know how to hold one? Well this here’s your lucky day. Today we’re kicking off a short series of mini uke lessons so you can strum away to your heart’s content.

Take a peek at the video to learn your first uke chords, or as a review if you already play. You should note, in the video I’m playing a soprano ukulele in C (the most common), so be sure that’s the type you have if you’re studying up using the Ukulele 101 series. Now let’s play!

If you’re hungry for more, we’ve got a few of our favorite ukulele links for ya! Stay tuned next week for more Ukulele 101. xoxo

Make your own pineapple ukulele.
Stay in tune!
Review chords (or find lots more).
More in-depth tutorials, if you just can’t get enough.