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

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DIY Connect Four Game

Ahhhh, Connect Four. The stuff of my youth. Many an hour was spent on our old plastic Connect Four game, with my sister outsmarting me almost every dang time. I…

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DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

Ahhhh, Connect Four. The stuff of my youth. Many an hour was spent on our old plastic Connect Four game, with my sister outsmarting me almost every dang time. I had to make a new version so I could play her again and try to even the score! Ryan and I have been playing at night after Henry goes to bed so I can brush up my skillz and challenge her to a Connect Four duel! Wanna make one and relive your youth, too?

Materials

  • 1/8″ plywood
  • 1/4″ square dowel
  • 1/2″ drill bit with drill
  • miter saw
  • sander
  • spray paint in two colors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • air dry clay
  • small circular cookie cutters – we used the smallest size of these
  • water glass or rolling pin
  • craft paint in two colors
  • paintbrush
  • E6000

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

To make the board:

1. Cut two pieces of plywood, each 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Cut 7 lengths of the dowel, each 5 1/2″. Cut one length of dowel to 6 1/4″. Cut two triangles from the plywood, each with a base of 2 1/4″ and a height of 1 1/4″.
2. On the two pieces of plywood, use the pencil and ruler to draw a grid for your holes. There should be 6 across and 7 high, evenly spaced so that horizontally there is 1/2″ between each hole and vertically there is 1/4″ between each hole.
3. Get your drill out and go to town! Drill your holes in each piece of plywood. Once the holes are drilled, sand the plywood to get rid of any splinters.
4. Glue the long dowel to the bottom of one of the boards so that it’s flush with the bottom. On the same board, glue the short pieces of plywood vertically across the board (one flush on either side, and the others separating the vertical columns of holes).
5. In a well-ventilated area, give all of your wood pieces a few light coats of white spray paint on both sides. Let dry thoroughly between coats.
6. Mask off a diagonal half of the outside of each board. Cover the unmasked portion with a coat of gold spray paint.
7. Allow to dry thoroughly. Glue the two boards together, sandwiching the dowels between them. Glue the two triangles on the bottom of the boards to serve as legs. Allow all glue to dry and cure.

To make the game pieces:

1. Roll out a piece of air dry clay to 1/8″ thick.
2. Use the cookie cutter to cut at least 42 small circles (cut a few more in case of mistakes!).
3. Pull away the excess clay and allow the pieces to dry.
4. Paint 21 pieces one color and 21 pieces another color. I chose to leave the edges unpainted. Paint one side first, allow to dry, then flip and paint the other side. Allow all pieces to dry thoroughly.

DIY Connect Four Game

There! Aren’t you proud of yourself? I’m seriously loving making these DIY games. I know that some of them take a little longer or are more difficult than our usual DIYs around these parts, but I know that they’re projects that I’ll have around forever. I love that they’re becoming regulars at our family game nights and that our niece and nephew love to play them, and that Henry will play them one day too. We’re literally making memories here, people! Happy playing! xoxo

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four Game

DIY Connect Four GameP.S. See all of our past game night DIYs right here!

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

DIY Instagram Memory Game

DIY Instagram Memory Game + Giveaway

It’s time for more DIY games! I looooved Memory when I was little. I was a Memory champ. These days, I play it with my four year old niece and…

DIY Instagram Memory Game

DIY Instagram Memory Game

It’s time for more DIY games! I looooved Memory when I was little. I was a Memory champ. These days, I play it with my four year old niece and she totally trounces me. Remember when you were little and had a mind like a steel trap? Yeah, my steel trap is kind of like a wet cardboard box these days. But I digress. DIY Instagram Memory! This here is the easiest little DIY you can imagine — because the “DIY” part means you just hop online and order it. Be sure you get to the end of the post to see how you can win a set of Instagram Memory cards with your own photos!

I’ve introduced you all a few times to my very favorite way to print Instagram photos, with the gang over at Social Print Studio. SPS has a new product that I was checking out and immediately knew this was the perfect purpose for it. (They’re really supposed to be contact cards or business cards, but psh. This is way better.) Here’s how to put together your very own Memory game with your very own Instagram photos!

DIY Instagram Memory Game

Make Time: 10 Minutes

1. Pull up SPS’s Contact Card page and click “Create Yours.”
2. Select a set of 60.
3. Sign in using your Instagram account.
4. Browse your Instagram photos on the next screen and click on the images you’d like to use. You’ll choose 30 images. On each image, click the Up arrow once to order 2 of each (so you can match them, duh!).
5. Once your photos are selected, click “Choose Template.” This is where you decide what you want the back of your Memory cards to look like. Choose the one you’d like best! You can pick one with text and type in a message, or you can upload your own image. If you like the image we created, you can download it right here and upload it for your own game!
6. Click “Preview Your Print.” If everything looks on the up and up, you’re ready to order and finish the purchasing process.

DIY Instagram Memory Game

Isn’t this just the most fun? Mr. Lovely and I had a ball choosing which photos to use. And we’ve already played with our niece, and yes, she won again. I think this could be such a fun gift for grownups or little ones!

Now! Wanna win a set of your own? Head over to my Instagram account to enter — it’ll just take you a few seconds. Then you can make your own set and give your Memory muscle a little exercise! Big thanks to the gang at Social Print Studio for the game night throwback! xoxo

DIY Instagram Memory Game

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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 Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

DIY Dip-Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

I’ve had some plain flour sack towels sitting in my supply closet for literally years, just waiting and waiting and waiting for me to figure out something cool to do…

DIY Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

DIY Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

DIY Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

I’ve had some plain flour sack towels sitting in my supply closet for literally years, just waiting and waiting and waiting for me to figure out something cool to do with them. I had this idea that I wanted to make some towels with words on them somehow, but I just couldn’t quite figure it out. Embroidery? Too hard. Stencil and paint? Didn’t really feel like it. So when I teamed up with Epson to try out their iron-on label maker, I knew exactly how I wanted to use that bad boy.

I love these things. Probably entirely too much. I love how the sharp typography contrasts with the dreamy dip dye, and I love that you can make ’em say whatever you want! I plan to make a million of ’em saying different things and use them as hostess gifts. But before that, let me tell you how to make your very own.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

1. Decide on the phrases you’d like to use. I think it could be so fun to make these as a gift and use the recipient’s go-to catch phrases! Like, if I made some for Ryan they’d just all say “Nailed It.”
2. Type your phrases into the Epson label maker. Decide on your font and style (I love that you can change it up!), and hit print. Print all four phrases. Set aside.
3. Prepare a dye bath for your towels. In a bowl, combine about 1/3 of the bottle of dye with 2-3 cups of very hot water. (I adjusted the measurements a bit to get a more saturated color in a shorter amount of time!)
4. Fold your towel in quarters. Wearing rubber gloves (if you don’t want pink or blue fingers), dip about two thirds of the towel into the dye, starting with the unfolded ends. To create a slight ombre effect, leave just the ends in the dye the longest — we left these in for about five minutes.
5. Repeat the process for each color of towel (or do them all the same color!). Rinse all the excess dye from the towels and give them a quick run through the washing machine on cold. Dry and iron each towel.
6. Trim the ends of your iron on labels. Arrange them to your liking on your towel.
7. Carefully press down directly on the labels once they’re in place. Press firmly for about 10 seconds to adhere them to the towel.

Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towel Tutorial

DIY Dip Dye Typography Kitchen TowelsTake these gorgeous things out at your next party and have a ball! Better yet, make a bunch of them for your guests to take home as party favors. Aren’t they so fun?! And now: go treat yo’ self. xoxo

DIY Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

DIY Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

DIY Dip Dye Typography Kitchen Towels

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

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

Hey hey game night lovers! We’re kicking off this year’s DIY game night series today! I’m starting to think these DIY games are my very favorite things to make. Aside…

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

Hey hey game night lovers! We’re kicking off this year’s DIY game night series today! I’m starting to think these DIY games are my very favorite things to make. Aside from the fact that I love me a game night, it’s just been so fun to reimagine these old classics that I used to play for hours on end. Up today: DIY Checkers! This one’s getting a leather, gold, and cement twist. Because that’s how we do. And it’s perfect for rolling up and taking with you on the road. Let’s get cracking!

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

To make the board:

1. Cut a piece of leather 13″ x 13″.
2. Mask off the outer 1/2″ of each edge with washi tape.
3. Mask off the first set of squares. Measure 1.5″ from the edge of the outer washi tape, and mask off with the top edge of another line of tape. Then from that top edge, place another line of tape so that the bottom edge is 1.5″ away. Keep masking with these same measurements.
4. Paint the large open squares. Once you’re done, gently and carefully pull away the washi tape.
5. Once the paint is dry (ours took about 10 minutes), mask off the opposite set of squares. Use the same process as #3, but you’ll be masking over the squares that are already painted gold.
6. Paint these squares and remove the washi tape. Allow all paint to dry.

To make the checkers:

1. Mix 1/2 cup of Cement All with 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of water. Stir thoroughly with the popsicle stick until all lumps are gone.
2. Spoon a teaspoon of the cement mixture into each hexagon tray. Work quickly (but carefully!) so that the cement doesn’t start drying — it will start to harden shortly after you mix it.
3. Tap the sides of the hexagon tray to get rid of any bubbles or uneven spots in the cement.
4. Allow the cement to dry for about an hour and pop the hexagons out of the tray. You’ll need to make 24 pieces, so repeat the process a second time.
5. Once all the pieces are made and dried, paint ’em up! For a colorblocked look, tape off half a checker with washi tape and paint the other half. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Set all the checkers aside to dry.

DIY Leather Checker Board Tutorial

Boooom! Set up your checker board and get all Bobby Fischer up in there! (Yes, I know he was a chess player. It’s the only reference I could think of. Cut me some slack here.) This board is perfect if you’re traveling and want to take some games along — just roll it up and squish it into the bottom of your suitcase. Or if you love it way too much (like I do), you can just leave it out on your coffee table forever and ever. Come back next week for our next DIY game! xoxo

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

DIY Leather and Cement Checkers Game

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

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

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

Hey kittens! I thought I’d hit you up today with a simple little project you can put together in about 10 minutes. We are always using clothespins in our house…

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

Hey kittens! I thought I’d hit you up today with a simple little project you can put together in about 10 minutes. We are always using clothespins in our house for all kinds of stuff — chip clips, refrigerator clips, holding together random stacks of stuff. But I’m not really into the natural wood color these days, so I whipped out some paints and went to town. These will just take you a sec but they look pretty cool when you’re all finished.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

You guys are brilliant so I’m pretty sure you can figure this one out pretty easily. But just in case, here are the few simple steps. First, paint the front of your clothespin one solid color. Let it dry.

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

Next, put a small strip of washi tape on the clothespin at a diagonal. Paint over the tape and out to the end of the clothespin.

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

Remove the tape while the second color of paint is still wet. Allow the pin to dry and clip it on everything in sight.

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

A few of these guys are currently proudly holding our chip bags closed! I’ve also got about a zillion stacks of photos/scraps of paper/ticket stubs/ephemera in my desk drawers that I’m starting to organize and these little clips have been lifesavers. Go make a bunch of ’em! xoxo

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

DIY Colorblock Clothespin Clips

Brass and Suede Geometric Garland

DIY Brass and Suede Geometric Garland + Fun News

I have officially decided that mini brass tubes are my new favorite DIY material of choice. Whyyyyy do they look so cooooool?! I can’t take it. I had to whip…

Brass and Suede Geometric Garland

I have officially decided that mini brass tubes are my new favorite DIY material of choice. Whyyyyy do they look so cooooool?! I can’t take it. I had to whip up this little brass and suede geometric garland and now it hangs in my office and therefore my office cool factor is up by a good two hundred percent.

And I have some really super fun news! Starting right this very moment, I’ll be putting together a new DIY project kit every month over on Darby Smart! And the even more fun news is that you can pop over there and order a kit to make each month’s DIY. I love it. Love it! How rad is it to have a gorgeous little box of DIY materials just show up at your doorstep, so you have everything you need on hand to put a project together? And our very first project is this here brass and suede beauty.

Brass and Suede Geometric Garland

Brass and Suede Geometric Garland

Brass and Suede Geometric Garland

So! If you want to get your DIY on with this little garland, head over to Darby Smart to get the tutorial and order your materials, if you need ’em. For reals, I am putting together another one this week because I can’t get enough. My bedroom is jealous of my office for having one of these on the wall, so we have to even the playing field. xoxo

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Brass and Suede Geometric Garland

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