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.

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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…

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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DIY Printable Spring Calling Cards

I kind of love the idea of an old school calling card. People don’t do that any more! But how rad is it to be able to leave a classy little…

DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

I kind of love the idea of an old school calling card. People don’t do that any more! But how rad is it to be able to leave a classy little card when you stop by someone’s house? I had been wanting to put some modern calling cards together and had this idea of hand-drawing some patterns for them. I’ve also been wanting to put my new Sprout to work, so it was the perfect chance to mess around with some pattern making!

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Have you heard of the Sprout from HP? This thing is, I have to admit, pretty cool. It’s a new take on a computer, with a big fat extra boost of creative possibilities. The touchpad allows you to draw, sketch, scan, take photos (even 3D photos!) and put all of your ideas together so that they can come to life. I have another couple of projects coming up that use the scanner and camera, but this time I really wanted to use the super-easy painting options on the touchpad. So I made you these fun patterns! Read on for the full tutorial to make yourself some fresh spring calling cards.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Start by downloading the three files from the materials list and printing out a copy of each, on white cardstock.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Decide which pattern you’d like as a backing to your calling cards (or you can mix and match!). Use the glue stick to stick the cards to the backing pattern.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

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Cut out the cards using scissors or a paper cutter.

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Leave cards wherever you go! They’re perfect for dropping little notes here and there.

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We’re bringing back the art of the calling card, guys! How classy are we? And as a side note, the pattern sheet downloads can be used for a whole boatload of other projects — let me know if you find another use for them, I’d love to see it. Can’t wait to share the next project I’m cooking up with the Sprout! xoxo

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 Photos by Scot Woodman

This post is sponsored by HP. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Planters

Guys, spring is definitely on the way here in California and I’m so excited about it. Trees are blooming, the sun is coming out to play, and I have the…

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

Guys, spring is definitely on the way here in California and I’m so excited about it. Trees are blooming, the sun is coming out to play, and I have the itch to freshen up a few corners of the house with fun spring touches! The other day I grabbed a few new plants and wanted to find something a little bit funky to put them in, so I whipped up these girly planters. I’m pumped to be partnering with Glade to put together this little DIY, perfect for adding some punch to your spring decor!

I was totally inspired by the Poppy Groove fragrance — the color and the scent both feel bright and vibrant and downright playful. These little girlies are the perfect partners to cozy up to Glade’s candles and wax melt warmers. The whole gang is dressing up my work table in the office and it feels so fun and springy. Here’s how to make your own!

Materials

  • gold adhesive vinyl
  • scissors and craft knife (or cutting machine)
  • small bowls or planters (I used these)
  • small plants or succulents
  • potting soil

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Girly Face Planters

Start by cutting out your girlies’ face shapes. I went with a variety of mouths and eyes. If you like the ones I used, you can download the file right here! (The file contains two different sizes in case your bowls are a little larger than mine.) Cut out the shapes from gold vinyl and stick them on your bowls.

DIY Girly Face Planters

Next, repot your plants into the bowls. Remove the plants from their containers and gently massage the roots so that they fit into your bowls. Nestle a plant down into a bowl and pack around the edges of the bowl with extra potting soil. Once your plants are cozy inside the bowls, give them a sprinkle of water to welcome them to their new home.

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

Dust off the outside of the bowls with a clean towel and set your playful little girlies out to welcome the spring!

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

This post is presented in partnership with Glade. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Face design by Refika Kortun, Mister Pixel, Ruben Verhasselt, Matt Brooks, Halfazebra Studio, and Sandor Szabo.
DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

I was so pumped to tackle this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, because this time around we were given free rein to make something inspired by Paris. If you don’t remember,…

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

I was so pumped to tackle this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, because this time around we were given free rein to make something inspired by Paris. If you don’t remember, we spent a few weeks in Paris a couple of years ago and I came back with my head absolutely in the clouds. One of my very favorite Parisian-y things to do was to pack a picnic and go eat in the park (preferably under the Eiffel Tower, duh), which led to my favorite all time picture of me and Mr. Lovely.

Le sigh. Take me back. As soon as Hank is up for a little international travel, you can bet we’ll be taking him there. But for now, I decided to put together a little picnic basket DIY so we can get our al fresco dining on, even in town. Michaels has a killer selection of baskets, so pick out your favorite and let’s do it.

Materials

  • basket with hinged lid
  • E-6000 (or your favorite mega-strong glue)
  • elastic
  • large button
  • scissors
  • upholstery thread

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

Start by figuring out what utensils you’d like to attach to the inside of your basket. I wanted to make space for a couple of sets of silverware, and a couple of champagne glasses. (Speaking of which, here’s a tutorial to make your own gold polka dot champagne flutes!)

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Measure out the elastic so that it’s long enough to wrap around your glasses but keep them very snug. Snip off the right amount of elastic. Spread E-6000 on both ends and press the ends firmly into the underside of the basket lid.

DIY Picnic Basket

Repeat the process for the other items you’d like to attach to the lid. For utensils, make a small loop of elastic by cutting about 2 inches and glueing the ends together. Then glue the loop to the lid in the same way you did for the glasses.

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

Use thick upholstery thread to weave through the front of the basket and through the hole of your button. Make a few passes to ensure that the connection is strong, then double knot and snip the ends.

Glue a loop of elastic to the underside of the lid of your basket, long enough to reach around the button and hold the lid taut.

DIY Picnic Basket

Allow all of your glue to dry for at least 24 hours, or until it’s completely cured.

That’s all! Fill it with fun treats (champagne required) and get yourself on some picnics!

To see what other Paris-inspired projects the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up, see the links below. And, here’s something rad: if you make your own Parisian-inspired project you can enter to win Michaels’ giveaway of a trip to Paris! Create a Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and upload a photo to www.paris.michaels.com through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest. You can win a four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more! If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com. xoxo

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Update All Your Picture Frames for A Few Bucks

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had….

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had. I mean, I love all of the actual art but the frames were so sad and busted looking I was just bummed out. Those frames have been with us for cross-country moves, multiple apartments, and a zillion rearrangements. I really wanted to chuck them all and start fresh but that seemed 1) wasteful and 2) expensive. Frames are expensive, right?! I also didn’t want to get into the whole spray paint thing, because I’ve gone down that road with picture frames and it’s just a mess. So I thought and thought and eventually came up with this little fix: vinyl. Or even contact paper! Anything with a nice finish and a sticky back will do it. Here’s how to update your own frames for just a few bucks.

Materials

  • old picture frame
  • adhesive vinyl or contact paper — I used this one
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife

Make Time: 20 Minutes Per Frame

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Start by cutting a piece of vinyl slightly longer than the long side of your frame. Make it wide enough to wrap from the inside front to the inside back of the frame. Smooth it down on the frame and be sure to get rid of any bubbles.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Slice the edges with the X-Acto knife so that they wrap toward the inside of the frame and cover it completely. Then wrap the other side around the back. Cut away the excess from the ends. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Keep covering until all four sides are covered. Just carefully cut away excess with the X-Acto knife. When all four sides are covered, make a diagonal slice at each corner and peel away the excess of one layer of vinyl. This will just create a nice, neat corner and give the illusion that it’s an actual frame.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Smooth it all down one more time and put your picture or art in it! BLAM — new picture frames for everyone! I did this to about 5 or 6 frames and it made all the difference in the world. Just find some great vinyl or contact paper and go to town. And isn’t that little Hooray print so cute? It’s actually the card that you get in the mail if you’re signed up for Anthropologie’s birthday list. I’m all about multipurposing! xoxo

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY