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DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

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

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

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

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

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

Step 4: Cut two ears from the thin leather.

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

DIY Leather Piggy Bank DIY Leather Piggy Bank

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

DIY Leather Piggy Bank

Pig by Joao Santos from the Noun Project

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DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-suede-and-gold-leaf-colorbock-mousepad/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-suede-and-gold-leaf-colorbock-mousepad/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21643 Do you guys remember our suede and gold leaf polka dot mousepad from ages ago? Well, that thing was a total work horse. It finally, finally died recently after two...

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DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

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

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Colorblock Mousepad

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DIY Custom Notebooks for Back-to-School http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-custom-notebooks-for-back-to-school/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-custom-notebooks-for-back-to-school/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21770 My niece is starting kindergarten this year and she is beside herself with excitement. Since I can remember, she’s always loved writing and using every scrap of paper she can...

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DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Personalized Noteboks

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

DIY Personalized Noteboks

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

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

DIY Personalized Noteboks

DIY Personalized Noteboks

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Ukulele 101 // Part 3 http://lovelyindeed.com/ukulele-101-part-3/ http://lovelyindeed.com/ukulele-101-part-3/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21704 You made it! (Did you make it?) It’s the final episode in our series of mini ukulele lessons and we’re learning a whole song. Yaaaaay! And just so you know,...

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Ukulele Lesson

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

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

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

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DIY Pencil Sneakers for Back to School http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-pencil-sneakers-for-back-to-school/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-pencil-sneakers-for-back-to-school/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21844 I don’t care if I’m not in school any more — I love back-to-school season with a passion! Joe Fox said it best: “I would send you a bouquet of...

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DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

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

Materials

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

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

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

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

DIY Painted Pencil Back-to-School Sneakers

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

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Ukulele 101 // Part 2 http://lovelyindeed.com/ukulele-101-part-2/ http://lovelyindeed.com/ukulele-101-part-2/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21706 We’re back for more! Did you practice your chords this week? Up next is strumming, which is totally the fun part. Check out this week’s Ukulele 101 video to start...

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Ukulele 101

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

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

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

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

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DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-gemstone-shoe-clips/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-gemstone-shoe-clips/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21066 You ever have one of those projects that you could just make all day long? These are them! I swear, I was like Scrooge McDuck rolling around in piles of...

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DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

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

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

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

GET YOUR KIT HERE!

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

DIY Gemstone Shoe Clips

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Ukulele 101 // Part 1 http://lovelyindeed.com/ukulele-101-part-1/ http://lovelyindeed.com/ukulele-101-part-1/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21705 Okay, guys — it’s happening! We had such a fun response to this little ukulele video that we decided to share our love of the uke with you here in...

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Ukulele Lesson

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

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

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

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

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Fresh Pineapple Lemonade http://lovelyindeed.com/fresh-pineapple-lemonade/ http://lovelyindeed.com/fresh-pineapple-lemonade/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=21500 I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all...

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Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

I’m on a lemonade bender! I keep bringing home bags of lemons from the market and doing fun summery experiments. This fresh squeezed pineapple lemonade is the best of all summery worlds — a little tropical, a little tangy, and a whole bunch refreshing. It took me about 20 minutes to make with just our little hand held citrus squeezer, and we were sipping this stuff in no time.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed pineapple juice (about 1 large pineapple)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Step 1: Cut all lemons in half and cut the pineapple into large chunks (removing the skin).

Step 2: Juice all lemons with the citrus squeezer. Do the same with the pineapple! I found it to be way faster than blending and straining. Just put a couple of chunks into the squeezer and squeeze as if it was a lemon. You can fold the remaining pulp in half and squeeze again to get excess juice out.

Step 3: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir to mix sugar. Chill in refrigerator; serve over ice.

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

That’s it! I like my lemonade pretty tangy, so this is perfect for me! If you like it on the sweeter side, try adding an extra 1/4 cup of sugar. Or you can pour 2/3 of a glass over ice and fill with club soda to make it a sparkling pineapple lemonade, which is extra delish to the mish. I have to tell ya, folks, you’re missing out if you don’t try this one! Happy squeezing! xoxo

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

Fresh Pineapple Lemonade

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DIY Embroidered Instagrams http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-embroidered-instagrams/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-embroidered-instagrams/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20671 This was one of those projects that I actually made for Mr. Lovely (it was part of his Father’s Day gift!), so I had to embroider, photograph, and get this...

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DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams
This was one of those projects that I actually made for Mr. Lovely (it was part of his Father’s Day gift!), so I had to embroider, photograph, and get this post together all in secret. It was full-on undercover DIY. But the good news is that he loved ’em and now they’re proudly displayed around our house. These little embroidered Instagrams are the perfect gift, I tell ya! They’re also a perfect first embroidery project if you’re new to the game. The prints from Social Print Studio are the perfect weight for stitching and they look so cool when they’re all put together. Let’s get to it!

Materials

  • printed Instagrams (these squares from SPS are the way to go!)
  • embroidery needle
  • embroidery thread
  • thimble (optional)
  • pencil
  • scissors

Make Time: 15 Minutes per photo, depending on intricacy of your design

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

Step 1: In pencil, lightly sketch out a design on your Instagram. It’s fun to draw something that adds to the photo, like a sun in an outdoor photo or an extra flower in a garden.

Step 2: With a needle, punch holes along all of your drawn lines. Make a hole at either end of each line, and space them about 2-3 mm apart in between.

Step 3: Embroider through the holes using a backstitch. There’s a great diagram for a backstitch right here! Basically, you work right to left. Start your first stitch by coming up through the back and down through the front. Make another stitch by coming up through the hole to the left of your last stitch, then down through your first hole, which already has a thread through it.

Step 4: Keep embroidering until your design is finished! Knot your thread at the back of the photo and snip the ends.

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

DIY Embroidered Instagrams

Fair warning: this is addictive! You’re going to want to embroider little designs on every photo you’ve got. And I’m not going to stop you. Have fun! xoxo

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