DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

DIY Ombre Dip Dye Throw Pillows

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more dip dyeing. I can’t get enough! You know how when you find a new technique or craft supply and you…

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows
I have a sickness, and the only cure is more dip dyeing. I can’t get enough! You know how when you find a new technique or craft supply and you just want to use it on everything? Yeah, that. I had so much fun with these dip dyed towels I wanted to go another round and make some new throw pillows for our couch! They’re perfect for summer and totally brightened up our living room.

If you want to make your own but you’re intimidated about getting the right supplies, you can grab a kit to make them right here! Yup, these ombre dip dye pillows are my kit of the month over on Darby Smart. The dye they have is great and works like a charm. Order your own kit and everything you need to make them will come to your door so you can get your DIY on.

Let me know if you try ’em! And always remember to share your Lovely Indeed projects on Instagram with #thelovelysquad. xoxo

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DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

DIY Dip Dye Ombre Throw Pillows

Spiked Watermelon Rosemary Punch for July 4th

The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday…

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The 4th of July is coming our way, and I’m so excited to celebrate! There’s a special place in my heart for the 4th. I love that it’s a holiday that the whole nation can celebrate together, to take some time to appreciate our history and the things that have made us great. I also love that it’s in the dead of summer, because that means we get to celebrate with all of the things that summer brings — swimming pools, BBQs, and a little something cool and refreshing to sip. So we whipped up this little punch recipe for your July 4th celebrations, so that we can all say cheers for America together! It’s a perfect, simple recipe to bring people together for a laid back Independence Day party.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Servings)

  • 1 1/2 cups Smirnoff Watermelon
  • 1/2 large seedless watermelon
  • 5 lemons
  • 6-7 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • club soda

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To start, cube your watermelon and squeeze your lemons. Remove the leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs and chop coarsely. Add watermelon, lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds. Once blended, strain the mixture to remove all rosemary and watermelon pulp. (You can make this part the night before your party and chill it so it’s ready the next day!)

In a pitcher, mix 1 1/2 cups of Smirnoff Watermelon with 2 1/2 cups of your pureed watermelon mixture to create your punch.

Pour a half cup of your punch mixture over ice, top with club soda, and add a sprig of the extra rosemary for garnish.

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I love how the rosemary adds just a little extra oomph to the watermelony flavor! And since I’m such a watermelon fiend in the summertime, this punch is right up my alley. So! What will you be doing this 4th of July? Do you have any special traditions or celebrations? Hopefully there’s a firework or sparkler thrown in there somewhere. And while you’re planning your festivities, you’ve gotta try this crazy delicious recipe and make a #Punch4Everybody! Please, as always, remember to celebrate responsibly and have a safe & fabulous 4th! xoxo

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DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game (And a Giveaway!)

More backyard fun, gang! We made this cornhole game set recently, and it just so happened that it was right before my niece’s 5th birthday party, which (of course) had…

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

More backyard fun, gang! We made this cornhole game set recently, and it just so happened that it was right before my niece’s 5th birthday party, which (of course) had a Frozen theme. She seemed to be under the impression that we made the game to look like Anna and Elsa’s dresses — and oddly enough it did happen to go perfectly with her party decor. But that’s mostly because Behr paint has some primo color selections and these were the ones that I was totally digging! But Anna and Elsa aside, my whole family has been having a ball in the backyard with this little DIY cornhole game. (Psst — don’t miss our giveaway with Behr, at the end of the post!)

Materials

  • Behr paint in Glass Tile, Rainwater, Little Bow Pink, Inked, and Shea
  • 1″ plywood
  • four large hinges
  • drill
  • saw
  • sander
  • paintbrushes
  • painter’s tape
  • fabric
  • dry beans
  • sewing notions

Make Time: 4 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Cornhole Game

Step 1: Cut out your wood pieces. Note: We made our game a little smaller than standard size. Feel free to size up your pieces if you’re a stickler for the rules! Cut two small rectangles, each 8″ x 18″. Cut two large rectangles, each 34″ x 18″. At the top of the large rectangles, cut a 5″ hole in each. Sand all of your pieces.

Step 2: Connect your large and small rectangles by drilling hinges into the wood.

Step 3: If desired, paint a coat of primer or white paint on your wood to prepare it for painting.

Step 4: On the top of the large rectangle, paint a layer of your first color. Work your way about halfway down on the edges to create a rough triangle. Do this on both boards and allow to dry.

Step 5: Mask a triangle shape with painter’s tape, just above where the first color color ends. Paint a stripe of your next color, again leaving a rough bottom edge.

Step 6: Continue working your way down the board until you have all the stripes you’d like. Finish with your last color creating a large triangle at the base of the board.

Step 7: With a 1″ foam brush, paint a ring around the hole cut in the board.

Step 8: Make your beanbags. Cut out 16 squares of fabric, each 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. If you’d like different colors for different teams, and a gold side to your beanbags like ours, cut out 8 gold squares and four squares each of two different colors.

Step 9: Put right sides together and sew a straight stitch around all sides, leaving about 2″ open.

Step 10: Flip the bags right side out.

Step 11: Fill the bags about 2/3 full of dry beans. Sew them closed with a hidden stitch.

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game

DIY Cornhole Game
DIY Cornhole Game

Get your cornhole on all summer long! I tell you what, this game is addictive. If those beanbags are laying around, you can bet that sooner or later you’ll have a full on cornhole tournament fired up in your backyard.

And! If you want to make your own, or if you have some other paint projects that you want to tackle, the gang from Behr is hooking you up with  a giveaway! Enter below in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win three gallons of Behr paint for all of your summer DIY adventures! xoxo

Paint for this project graciously provided by Behr.

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DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

Succulents strike again! I’ve always wanted to try gold leafing a succulent and as it turns out, it couldn’t be cooler. (Or easier!)I put together this little gilded table runner…

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

Succulents strike again! I’ve always wanted to try gold leafing a succulent and as it turns out, it couldn’t be cooler. (Or easier!)I put together this little gilded table runner over on Swooned — check it out if you missed it! It’s simple as can be and perfect for weddings, showers, or just for any old fun dinner party. And even better, you can plant the succulents when you’re done with the table runner and they’ll grow for ya! It’s the DIY that keeps on giving. See the full tutorial here. xoxo

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Gold + Copper Leaf Succulent Table Runner

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people…

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

You guys know our awesome illustrator Lindsey, right? Well girlfriend just got a crazy fun day job working for inmod, an online modern furniture company. And she noticed that when people would return purchases the returns would just sit in the warehouse, all sad and begging for some kind soul to take them home and show them some love. So when she sent over this (barely used!) chair and told me to go DIY wild, I about did backflips! I knew right away what I wanted to try and it turns out that you can restyle one of these little babies in about 15 hot minutes. Wanna do it?!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

Step 1: Cut a length of the vinyl tape, wide enough to span the top of the chair. Smooth the tape on to the top of the back of the chair, being sure it creates a level line.

Step 2: Use the X-Acto knife to slice off the ends of the tape, creating a line that follows the edge of the chair. If you press lightly, you’ll just cut the tape and not do any damage to the chair back.

Step 3: Repeat the process with a stripe of gold tape.

Step 4: Keep adding stripes until you reach the bottom. For the last stripe, you may need to trim your wide vinyl before sticking it on, as the curve of the chair may make it tricky to get it to lay flat. Trim as needed and smooth the tape down so that no bubbles remain underneath.

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That’s it! I love this project for so many reasons — it hides any imperfections on the chair back, it adds a pop of color, and you can remove it all if you ever decide you’re over it. (Although I’m pretty sure I’m gonna love it this way for a good long while. This was such a fun one! Have you ever done a little shell chair makeover? I’d love to know what you tried! Leave a link in the comments and share. xoxo

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Striped Midcentury Shell Chair

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

There’s this magical thing that happens in the summer where we live. It’s called Concert in the Park, and once a week for six weeks the community puts together a…

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

There’s this magical thing that happens in the summer where we live. It’s called Concert in the Park, and once a week for six weeks the community puts together a concert band and the band plays onstage at a park in our neighborhood. Everybody who’s not in the band comes to watch and have picnics. And let me tell you, the picnic game is fierce. You have to go the night before and set out your blanket if you want a spot or it’ll all be taken up. People bring out their best gear — I’m talking white tablecloths on picnic tables, candles lit, the whole shebang. I like to keep it simple but I did want to fancy up a picnic blanket this year, mostly so we would be able to recognize it in the sea of blankets. So clearly a little giant embroidery was in order!

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

We also stocked up on some primo picnic gear from AllModern! (Now I won’t have to feel like a schlub next to the white tablecloths.) Read on for the picnic blanket how-to, and details on our favorite picnicking pieces.

Materials

  • striped blanket
  • yarn
  • large sewing needle for knitting
  • scissors
  • colored chalk

Make Time: 2 Hours

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

Step 1: Sketch out your design on the blanket using the colored chalk. Be sure you make a mark dark enough to remain visible.

Step 2: Thread your needle with the yarn, tying a knot at the end. Begin embroidering at the end of your first word, using a split stitch. This diagram is better than I could ever create — check it out if you don’t know a split stitch! If you run out of yarn, tie a hidden knot behind the blanket and thread your needle with a new piece. Knot it to your old piece and continue your split stitch.

Step 3: When you’ve embroidered your whole design, knot your yarn firmly at the back of the blanket and snip the ends.

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

I love this blanket! We’ve started keeping it in our car just in case — ya know, for picnic emergencies. And when we’re toting stuff to and from the park, that basket with leather handles has been the perfect carry-all. Check out a few more of our recommendations for a perfect picnic!

For cheeses and charcuterie // Cheese Tray + Tool Set
For lounging // Mrs. Pillow + Coral Pillow
For outdoor dining // Retro Glasses Plates
For sharing food // Marble Lazy Susan
For a family-style dish // Oval Platter
For small extras // Buttering Board
For carrying it all // Half Moon Basket

Do you have anything in your town like our Concert in the Park? Do you go? I don’t know what it is but I just love an event that brings the community together like that, especially in the summer. Hope you make yourself one of this fun little blankets and find a place to picnic soon! xoxo

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket

Product for this post graciously provided by AllModern.

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of…

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of documenting our travels within an inch of their lives when we are out on adventures so I can remember every single thing. So I made myself some new journals to fill up this summer. (And a little zebra print never hurt anybody, am I right?)

Hope you make some! xoxo

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Trivia time! Did you guys know that my major in college was music? Yup, I’m a music nerd to the core. And after college, I taught high school choir for…

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Trivia time! Did you guys know that my major in college was music? Yup, I’m a music nerd to the core. And after college, I taught high school choir for a few years and then made a living as a musical theatre performer for another few years before making my way into the world of blogging. Music still is a huge part of my life — I play a whole mess of instruments and I sing, too. So today we kind of have two parts of my world colliding with this little painted pineapple ukulele project! Ryan and I pull out the uke all the time to play and sing for Henry, and I kind of had an itch to make a cool little uke that we could have just for him. And here it is!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Step 1: Your kit should come with all of the uke pieces you’ll need. Start by masking off the sides of the body with painter’s tape and painting the front of the uke yellow. It may take a couple of coats.

Step 2: Once the yellow is dry, paint a lighter shade of yellow along one side of the body to give some dimension.

Step 3: Use a ruler to create a criss-cross pattern over the yellow once the paint is thoroughly dry. Add a dot to the center of each square that you create.

Step 4: Paint a random leaf pattern in a light green on the headstock of the uke. Once the light green is dry, outline the leaves with a darker green.

Step 5: Allow all the paint to dry and put your uke together according to the directions on your specific packaging.

Step 6: If necessary, sand any rough spots on the uke. Cover with a sealer and let cure.

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Now invite some friends over and have a good ol’ fashioned sing-a-long! I was too shy to put a video of me playing and singing here, but word on the street is that you’ll find one on my Facebook page, and maybe Instagram or Snapchat (@lovely-indeed) later today. Eeeek!

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

Do you play any instruments? If you’re dying to put together this little uke but don’t play, my favorite ukulele website is Ukulele Underground. They have fantastic tutorials and you’ll be strumming a tune in no time. Have fun, lovelies! xoxo

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Painted Pineapple Ukulele

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers Game

Here it is, gang! The grand finale to our DIY game series! I don’t know why I chose Chinese Checkers for the grand finale but it just felt right. Maybe…

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

Here it is, gang! The grand finale to our DIY game series! I don’t know why I chose Chinese Checkers for the grand finale but it just felt right. Maybe I just love how organized and symmetrical it is. That’s probably it. In any case, I hope you’ve had fun with the series and maybe even made a game or two of your own! We’ll be featuring a few of these games in some of our other upcoming summer projects, so stay tuned for lots more summer fun. In the meantime, let’s make Chinese Checkers!

Materials

  • 3/4″ round balls (60)
  • 18″ wood round (find it in the lumber section at Home Depot or Lowes)
  • 5/8″ drill bit with drill
  • circular saw
  • sander
  • ruler and pencil
  • washi tape
  • craft paint in 7 colors
  • paintbrush

Make Time: 4 Hours (Plus Drying Time) 

To make the board:

1. Draw a hexagon on the board. Use your circular saw to cut off the edges of the circle and make it a hex.
2. To draw all the dots for the holes on the board, draw a dot one inch in from each point of the hex. Connect the dots to create a six-point star. Make a dot at each intersecting point. Start filling in the dots along the lines. You should have a dot every 1 1/8″. Keep filling in, using your ruler to keep the dots in straight lines.
3. Drill a hole at each dot, placing the drill bit carefully centered on the dot. Drill about halfway through the wood.
4. Give the entire board a good sanding and brush off all dust.
5. Choose 7 paint colors. Paint the inside of the holes. Each point of the star and its corresponding 10 holes should have its own color, and all of the center holes can be another color. Allow the paint to dry completely.

To make the game pieces:

1. Wrap a piece of washi around a wooden marble at the halfway point.
2. Apply a thin layer of paint on the unmasked part. Use the washi to stand the marble up while drying.
3. If desired, add a second coat of paint. Remove the washi tape and set the marbles in the board to dry and cure.
4. Repeat the process with 60 marbles, 10 in each color. Make the colors correspond to the colors you chose for the points on the board.

DIY Chinese Checkers Steps

Eeeeee I love it! This one turned out so cool that we leave it out on our coffee table! (At least, we will until Henry can walk around and then we’ll have to put it some place where he can’t eat the marbles.) Guys, I hope you’ve loved all the games! Did you have a favorite or try any of them? Leave a comment and let me know! And if you did put some together, be sure to share on Instagram with #thelovelysquad. Have fun! xoxo

P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

DIY Chinese Checkers

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game

When I was looking around for materials to put together a DIY backgammon game, I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to use. We toyed with the idea of…

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game Art

When I was looking around for materials to put together a DIY backgammon game, I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to use. We toyed with the idea of building it out of wood, or chipboard, or doing another leather roll-up game. But then my eyes fell on a bunch of blank canvases in my office and my brain was like ding! What if we make a game that doubles as art for your walls?! So we did. DIY backgammon game… art.

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Paint your entire canvas in a bold, fun color. Set aside and allow it to dry.
2. While your canvas is drying, cut your backgammon points out of vinyl. The triangles for the points should have a base that’s one inch across and should be four inches tall. You’ll need 12 gold and 12 white.
3. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your dice and doubling cube. Allow the top and sides to dry thoroughly before flipping them over to paint the bottom.
4. Once the canvas is dry, add a border of washi tape around all four edges, placing the tape flush with the edges of the canvas. Starting at one corner, add your points to the board. With the canvas placed vertically, place your first point in the lower left corner. Align the base with the edge of the washi tape. Place six points, alternating colors. Repeat the process, starting at each corner, so there is a space between the points in the center of the board. Be sure you’re alternating colors correctly!
5. To make the game pieces, follow the same instructions from our DIY checkers tutorial, cutting all measurements in half. This includes the amount you pour into each well of the ice cube tray — be sure to only use a half teaspoon to create each piece. Allow to dry and paint them in the same manner as the checkers. You’ll need 30 game pieces total.

DIY Backgammon Tutorial Steps

DIY Backgammon Game Art

The end! I confess: I had no idea how to play backgammon when I decided to make the game, but I’m learning now and it’s awesome. And our game board sits on a shelf in our office because it looks so cool to boot. Bam! Game art! Double win. What color would you paint your board? xoxo

DIY Backgammon Game Art

DIY Backgammon Game Art

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P.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

Tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed. All other photos by Scot Woodman.

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

DIY Gold Summer Totes

Hey hey summer lovers! You headed to the beach? Pack up all your stuff in one of these perfect little DIY golden tote bags and go spend some time in…

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

Hey hey summer lovers! You headed to the beach? Pack up all your stuff in one of these perfect little DIY golden tote bags and go spend some time in the sand. No joke, these things have been going with me everywhere.

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

And the best news of all? They’re my DIY kit of the month over on Darby Smart! Head over and pick up a kit, and everything you need to make these little guys will be at your door in no time. It’s the very best way to DIY, in my humble opinion. And look at it this way: I’m saving you gas money so you don’t have to run to the craft store. I know, I’m a saint.

Find out how to make these beauties or order your very own kit right here! xoxo

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DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags

DIY Gold Summer Tote Bags