DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Word Art for Mother’s Day

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love…

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love to make her laugh. So when I was thinking of something that might be fun to make her for Mother’s Day, I came up with these silly little papercut cards. You can make them say anything in the whole world, give them to mom as a card, and she can frame them or hang them as art for ever and ever. It’s like a grownup version of giving her something you made at school so she can put it on the fridge. Like that. But cooler.

Materials

  • cardstock in various colors
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • printer, or a cutting machine like the Cricut

Make Time: 1 Hour

Decide what you’d like your mom’s art to say. I went with a few different sayings; if you like mine you can download them here: 1/2/3/4. If you have a cutting machine like the Cricut (which I can’t recommend enough – it’s brilliant), upload the files into the Cricut design space and cut them out of colored cardstock. If you want to get familiar with a Cricut, you can check them out at your local Michaels store!

If you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear! You can cut these old school style, with scissors and a craft knife. It’ll just take you a while longer. If you’re cutting them old school, print the files on colored cardstock using your printer, and cut out the words with your cutting tools.

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

On a contrasting color of cardstock, spread a thin layer of glue stick. Press the two sheets together.

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Cut away the excess until your art is the size you’d like (these are about 5″ x 7″).

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Give them to your mama and make her giggle! Unless you decide to have them say something really sweet. Then give them to your mama and make her cry. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! Be sure to check out the links below to see what the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up for Mother’s Day, along with some other springtime celebrations! xoxo

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art


DIY Organized Makeup Bag

Five Minute DIY // Organize Your Makeup Bag

There is nothing more satisfying to me than figuring out a five minute fix for something that has been bugging and bugging me. This is one of those. You know…

DIY Organized Makeup Bag

DIY Organized Makeup Bag

There is nothing more satisfying to me than figuring out a five minute fix for something that has been bugging and bugging me. This is one of those. You know all that junk floating around at the bottom of your makeup bag? (Come on, I know it’s not just me.) Well I fixed it.

DIY Organized Makeup Bag

The DIY will take you just a few minutes and it will save your brain much anguish while you’re rummaging around in your makeup in the morning! Get the full tutorial right over here — you can thank me later. xoxo

DIY Organized Makeup Bag

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

I have been wanting to put this project together for absolutely ever, and when Flower Muse sent us these most gigantic and perfect peonies I knew the time had finally…

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

I have been wanting to put this project together for absolutely ever, and when Flower Muse sent us these most gigantic and perfect peonies I knew the time had finally come. Gaaahhhh what is it about peonies? I know they’re everyone’s favorite flower in the world and blah blah blah, but they totally deserve it. They’re just so ruffly and amazing. And obviously perfect for decorating your bicycle handlebars, right?! It looks so fancy but I promise it’s a piece of cake. So piece-of-cakey, in fact, that it’ll just take you a few minutes. Let’s do it.

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

Grab a large flower, trim away the greenery from the stem, and cut the stem off at about 4 inches. Cut a piece of floral wire to about 5 inches. Hold the bloom over your handlebar and use the wire to affix the flower firmly. Repeat this process with large blooms across your handlebars.

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

Fill in any blank spots with greenery or smaller flowers like carnations. While you’re filling in, you can probably just wedge the stems of the greenery into the wires that are already holding your flowers, rather than wiring each individual piece. Fluff everything up and roll out!

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

We had so much fun cruising around town with my handlebars all decked out. If you try this one, be ready to get lots of smiles and comments from friendly folks who are into your flowers! xoxo

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Floral Bicycle Handlebars

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

Can you just not get enough of these gorgeous florals from Flower Muse? I hope not because there’s still a whole parade of flower posts and they’ve got me jumping…

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

Can you just not get enough of these gorgeous florals from Flower Muse? I hope not because there’s still a whole parade of flower posts and they’ve got me jumping for joy that it’s spring. Today — something simple but so, so rad. DIY flower messages!

Kinda self-explanatory, right? Get a gang of beautiful blooms and surprise someone you love with a message on the ground! How fun would it be to come out of your front door in the morning and get a message in flowers? Also, call me crazy but the 17-year-old girl in my heart thinks that this would be the perfect way to get asked to the prom. Duh.

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

This little project works best with lots of different shapes, colors, and textures of flower. We even included some succulents in the mix! Use flowers on the stem to create longer lines, and some flowers with the stems cut off for decoration. There’s no wrong way to do it, which is my favorite kind of project.

So what would you write? I’m thinking “Will You Marry Me?” would be the ultimate use of this little DIY. Or maybe just “Happy Thursday!” xoxo

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower Messages

DIY Flower MessagesFlowers for this post were graciously provided by Flower Muse.

 

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Two-Tone Gilded Mani

I love seeing all of these fun nail art manis that are popping up everywhere! In case you want to dip your toe in the crazy mani pool but aren’t ready to go all the way, here’s a DIY that’s the perfect in-between.

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

I love seeing all of these fun nail art manis that are popping up everywhere! In case you want to dip your toe in the crazy mani pool but aren’t ready to go all the way, here’s a DIY that’s the perfect in-between. I obviously didn’t have enough gold in my life, so now it’s on my nails, too.

So pretty for spring, right? Get the full how-to right over here, and let’s have matchy manis! xoxo

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Two Tone Gilded Mani

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not….

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not. You too can have these fancy gold legs on your boring old bathroom sink, dudes. In the new house (is it still new if we’ve lived here for six months?) we have this teensy tinsy half bath that really needed a little something fancy. Eventually we’ll probably do a whole remodel on this little room and make it a full bath; for now we just wanted something to hold us over and update it a bit. It’s so tiny that we were hesitant to add any major statements, but some gold accents felt just right. Because gold anything always feels just right. Right?

Materials

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Measure the distance from the underside of your sink to the floor. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length using the dremel tool.
2. Measure the distance that you’d like from the pipe legs to the wall. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length as well.
3. Give all of your copper pieces a light sanding to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick. Wipe clean.
4. Put together your legs. Slide a T connector up each long leg and insert the short pipes into the T on each side. Connect a flange to the end of each short pipe. Put a cap onto the bottom of each long leg. Secure each piece together with E-6000. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
5. In a well-ventilated area, spray the whole structure with gold spray paint. Start with thin layers and build, leaving plenty of drying and curing time in between. Be careful not to touch it too soon or you’ll leave fingerprints!
6. Insert the metal structure under the sink and be sure it’s level. Once level, screw the flanges into the wall with a drill.
7. Optional: Go hog wild like Mr. Lovely and paint everything in sight gold. He ended up painting the pipes under the sink and even our faucet. To do this, mask the crap out of your bathroom with painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths. Then open a window and carefully spray the parts you want gold. (I kid you not, he masked the rest of the room so well it looked like an episode of Dexter.)

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

Ta-daaaa! A fancy schmancy (looking) sink that’s just a little more special than your average. I get so jazzed on this thing every time I wash my hands! We’re still figuring out what to do with the rest of the bathroom — I can’t decide if I just love it plain white and gold or if it needs a little something extra. I’ll keep you posted. xoxo

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty…

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty on a table, especially with these gorgeous poppies. And speaking of poppies, aren’t they such an incredible flower? I didn’t used to like them much but now I think they’re so beautiful and kind of sculptural but still ruffly. It’s the best of all the flower worlds. So let’s make some centerpieces!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Start by emptying out your egg shells. Carefully score a round hole in the top of the egg and cut it away with a sharp knife. Empty out the yolk and white (you can freeze them to save for later!). Wash out the inside of the egg with warm soapy water and let them dry thoroughly.

Once dry, paint the upper half of the egg a bright spring green. While the paint is still slightly wet, paint the lower half of the egg a slightly darker green. Blend the two colors together a bit at the border for an ombre effect.

Fill each egg about halfway with water and place them in your egg crate.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Cut the stems of your flowers to about 1-2 inches, depending on the size of your eggs. Insert flowers into the eggs. Arrange the flowers to your liking, being sure that each egg is full enough of flowers so that they remain upright and don’t fall out the side.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Set it out on your table for Easter and celebrate! xoxo

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce11

DIY IKEA Hack Geometric Wall Sconces

We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of…

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce1
diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce2

We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of the time the answer would be IKEA. That, and West Elm. But you gotta mix the high with the low, you know what I’m sayin’? So when we want something that looks really cool but won’t cost an arm and a leg, we head to IKEA with our DIY goggles on.

We initially saw these sconces in this adorable little girl’s room makeover that Ashley did. We got pumped and knew we wanted to give them the DIY treatment. So we snagged a pair and Mr. Lovely got to work. Here’s how you can make ‘em too!

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce3

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

So here’s the deal — sometimes Mr. Lovely takes off on a project without giving me fair warning and I don’t get any process photos. In fact, that happens quite a lot around the house and sometimes I don’t share things here because I don’t have good documentation of the process! But these were too good not to share so I’ll do my best to give you the lowdown without any photos.

Start by cutting your 2 x 4. Cut two identical pieces, on an angle of your choosing, to make your diamond. Our pieces were about 10″ long and cut on a 60 degree angle.

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce4

Next, stain or seal your wood if desired. We didn’t stain but we put two coats of sealer on the wood for a finished look.

Then, glue the long edges of the two pieces of wood together with wood glue to form the diamond.

On the back of the diamond, drill a small hole in the center, about two inches down from the top. Drill at an upward angle, pointing the drill bit toward the top of the diamond. This will be where you insert the nail or screw to hang the sconce on the wall.

On the front of the diamond, screw in the bracket for the light fixture. Attach the top screw to the top piece of wood and the bottom screw to the lower piece of wood for a little extra security.

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce6

Put the light fixture together by attaching the metal bracket to the clamp on the light. Then, insert a strong nail or a screw into your wall where you’d like your sconce hung. Hang the light on the nail and be sure it’s secure — we found that ours hung well with just a screw but be sure to check that yours are steady!

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce7

If you like, you can do some fancy loopy knots to your cord. That’s it! Light it up and enjoy your handiwork. Have you done any rad IKEA hacks lately? Leave a link in the comments if you have! xoxo

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce8

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce9

diy-modern-geometric-wall-sconce11

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Easter Brunch Idea // Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple…

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple of years ago we’ve been trying out recipes and eventually I realized I Instagram so many waffles I gave them their own hashtag. It’s been a million years since I did a waffle post on the blog so these spring beauties were the perfect time to bring it back! The perfect idea for an Easter brunch: edible flower waffles!

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

They’re crazy simple to put together — all you need is your favorite waffle recipe (which obviously should be this one) and some edible flower petals. All of these insanely gorgeous flowers came from Flower Muse and I had the absolute best time pretending to be a florist! We worked with Flower Muse on Meet/Make/Do last year — they’re an absolute dream. You can order flowers online and they ship right to your door direct from the farm. When these showed up they were so fresh and perfect.

So! Whip up your waffles. For these, I liked waffles that didn’t reach the edges of the waffle maker so they had unfinished edges. To get that look, just don’t fill your waffle maker with batter — leave a little space around the sides. Once your waffles are made, stack ‘em up and sprinkle them with petals. Here’s a great resource about what kinds of flowers are edible. Always be sure to check whether they’re safe before you ingest any plants or flowers! We used tulip, rose, peony, carnation, and dandelion petals.

especially think you should serve ‘em like this:

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

How pretty is this for an Easter brunch?! It’s like a meal and a centerpiece all in one. Boom. Two pretty birds. One pretty stone. You can drizzle them with syrup or honey, or even dust with a little powdered sugar, too. Hope these petals find their way to your table! xoxo

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Flowers for this post were graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

These are most definitely going to be the coolest eggs at the Easter egg hunt.

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

I loooooove Easter egg season! It’s so fun to come up with something new each year. This year I made myself chuckle with a few of these little guys. They’re pretty funny for an Easter egg hunt, or just for leaving in a bowl as decoration. Bonus points if you get this one:

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

Let’s make ‘em!

Materials

  • contact paper or adhesive vinyl
  • scissors and craft knife
  • optional (but it makes it a whole heckuva lot easier): Cricut cutting machine
  • eggs
  • craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • tweezers

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been doing lots of cutting projects lately and while you totally could do them by hand, they are so much better and so much easier if you use a Cricut machine. No joke, cutting all of these words took about 3 minutes with the Cricut. By hand I’m sure it would have taken hours. But I digress.

Cut out your letters in phrases that you love. If you like mine, you can download the file right here! Upload it to the Cricut design space and cut, or print it onto your vinyl and cut out the letters by hand. Set your letters aside.

Hard boil your eggs and dye or paint them. I chose to paint these because I wanted really opaque, saturated colors. Just cover them with a coat or two of paint and let them dry thoroughly.

Stick your letters onto your eggs! It can help to use tweezers for placement if your letters are extra tiny. Press the letters into the eggs to be sure that they adhere thoroughly.

Hide these dudes all over the yard and make your family hunt for them! Or just take pictures and Instagram the pants off ‘em. Either way, you’re pretty much gonna win at Easter. I said a hip, hop… xoxo

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Golden Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite…

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite DIY blog, and if you love the lovely you should go tell ‘em so. Vote right here. I thank you from the bottom of my gold leafed toes.

And now! I hereby present to you the easiest, fanciest food DIY project you could possibly imagine. What’s better than gold stuff? Edible gold stuff. And since St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, you can make yourself and your friends a fancy little pot of gold macarons for nibbling while you celebrate!

Materials

  • macarons
  • edible gold paint
  • paintbrush (be sure it’s one you only use for food, not one you’ve used for paint)

Make Time: 5 Minutes

I have another secret for you, too. Do you maybe live in a place where there just ain’t a macaron shop on every corner? Dudes, go to the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle! They have frozen macarons there by the desserts, and they’re totally tasty, not to mention pretty. Problem solved.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

So. Get yourself some macarons from your favorite macaron spot, and get yourself some of that edible gold. Then just brush it right on! The end. After some experimenting, I decided that I liked it in a kind of painterly swash just across one side. Very professional, you know.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons DIY Edible Gold Macarons

That’s it! Set them out at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or just eat them all on the couch while you watch Dance Moms. No? Just Me?… xoxo

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons