How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

Lovely Indeed’s Fave Holiday Projects

I can’t help it. I’m dipping a toe in the Christmas pool the week of Thanksgiving. But I figure everyone’s already shopping holiday sales so it can’t be that early,…

How to Make Rhinestone Christmas Tree Ornaments

I can’t help it. I’m dipping a toe in the Christmas pool the week of Thanksgiving. But I figure everyone’s already shopping holiday sales so it can’t be that early, right? I was cruising through our archives recently and found some of my (and your) favorite holiday projects! These were all so fun to put together and have been some of our most popular posts ever, so let’s get into the holiday spirit and revisit some oldies but goodies. I think I’ll actually be making a couple of these again this year to fill out our collections, starting with our DIY rhinestone ornaments at the top of the post.

Hank’s mini tree will be making another appearance this year, with his festive animals. I think our little girl needs some too!

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Lots of you have tried this simple holiday gift wrap, and it’s still my go-to for little gifts.

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One of our craziest concoctions! The pink-tipped tree took a while to make but it sure is worth it once it’s up and decorated.

How to Make a Pink Tipped Christmas Tree

How to Make a Pink Tipped Christmas Tree

And if a giant tree isn’t your style (or doesn’t fit your space), you can always give this geometric painted tree a go. It was perfect when we were living in apartments.

DIY Geometric Painted Plywood Christmas Tree
DIY Geometric Painted Plywood Christmas Tree

If you’re looking for more holiday inspiration, grab a mug of hot chocolate and head to our archives! Lots of Christmasy goodness awaits you right here. xoxo

Tips for Taking Your Own Holiday Family Photos

We get asked all the time who takes all of our family photos. And with the exception of just a couple of photos, the answer is… we do. We take…

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We get asked all the time who takes all of our family photos. And with the exception of just a couple of photos, the answer is… we do. We take them ourselves! Partly it’s because we have the equipment and the know-how so we might as well just go for it, and partly it’s because you never know when the opportunity will present itself for a group picture. So we’re kind of always ready. I’ve done a little post on this before, but I thought it would be good to get into more detail about how we actually get the shots of everyone smiling with their eyes open and looking like they’re having a decent time. So! Read on for our tips on how to take your own family photos, and you’ll have your Christmas card shot in no time. xoxo

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Set up your Equipment. I think that it’s absolutely crucial to have a remote shutter for your camera if you’re planning on making this a habit, or trying to get a good photo for a holiday card or something similar. It’s just too hard to keep running back and forth between your camera and your photo area if you’re using a self-timer button. Do a little research and see what remote shutter will work with your camera. We have been using this one for years; it’s less than ten bucks and works like a charm. If you’re using your smartphone you can also get a remote shutter like this one.

Once you’ve got your remote shutter, read the instructions on how to pair it with your camera. It should be in the shutter instruction booklet. Then set up your camera somewhere steady to get the shot. Note — I said “somewhere steady,” not “on your fancy tripod.” Yes, we sometimes use tripod setups for our group photos in a studio setting but more often than not we are out and about while we’re taking these photos. I’m usually caught without a tripod so I’ve been known to wing it. We’ve taken photos with the camera on our car hood, on a stroller, on my purse, on a park bench — you name it. Just be careful that you place your camera in a spot where it won’t slide off and fall. That would be TRAGIC.

Get Focused. Be sure that before you start snapping photos you check the focus on your camera, especially if you’re shooting on something that doesn’t autofocus for you. Have one family member stand in the spot where you’ll be taking your photos and take some test shots to be sure nothing is blurry. Then, once you start snapping photos, be sure that you’re all standing in the same spot and on the same plane (or distance from the camera) so that you’re all in focus.

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Designate a Photographer. So you’ve got your remote shutter set up, and now you need someone to hold it and actually take the photos. This means that you’ll be holding the remote shutter in the images that you’re taking, but if you’re tricky you can almost always disguise it. Either Ryan or I are holding the remote in every one of these photos; sometimes you can see it and sometimes you can’t. But it never really detracts. And if it really bugs you to see it, then do a little Photoshop magic afterwards and get rid of it.

Anyway! Pick somebody to hold the shutter. We find it best to just fire away once you’re all together and take a whole mess of photos. Yes, it’s more work to sort through afterwards but when you’re all in the picture and nobody is placing or styling you, you just have to go for it. Also, you’re bound to miss a sweet moment or two if you’re waiting to press the shutter until you feel like you’re perfectly posed.

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Start Playing Around. And speaking of being perfectly posed, don’t. Well, I guess maybe that’s a good rule of thumb if you have toddlers or babies, anyway. But usually our family photos are of just just goofing around and being happy together, and we’ve found that it’s what works best. It feels less stiff, everyone is more comfortable, and we always end up with photos that look relaxed and feel like us. So instead of trying to get your kids to look at the camera and smile, just try to get them to have a good time while you’re snapping. And if it’s just the two of you, don’t get too prom-photo-y. Put on some music, move around, try different positions, and just be yourselves. In the photoshoot below for our Christmas cards last year, Henry had just learned to walk and he wanted to go everywhere. At first we tried to hold him and he was not having it. So we let him wander and it made for some great images.

How to Take Your Own Holiday Photos

Pick a Child Wrangler. Another good tip for parents with babies or toddlers — one of you needs to be in charge of the kid. Instead of both getting in their face and trying to make them laugh or smile, just let one parent entertain them. The other can look at the camera or look at the kid while they’re snapping the remote shutter. The separation of duties makes things easier on everybody and is less overwhelming for the baby if they’re just focused on interacting with one parent.

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Feel Happy, Look Happy. The number one thing we’ve learned taking all of these photos of our family? If someone’s in a bad mood, just stop. Come back later. There’s nothing worse than bickering or being upset and trying to take a happy family photo. Be sure you start in a place where everybody’s pumped to snap some photos and nobody’s cranky or out of sorts. Come in happy and let the happy show!

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DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

I have all of these lovely little necklaces and bracelets that have been wasting away, not being worn, because the state of my jewelry storage is a total joke. I’ve…

DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

I have all of these lovely little necklaces and bracelets that have been wasting away, not being worn, because the state of my jewelry storage is a total joke. I’ve been meaning to make some sort of stand to hang necklaces on forever, but I wanted to come up with something that was super simple, affordable, and would last. I think we did it finally! You can make this copper and marble jewelry stand with just one trip to the hardware store and a few minutes at home. And now all of the jewelry that I’ve been ignoring for so long can come out and play.

Materials

  • marble tile
  • 2′ length of 1/2″ copper pipe (plumbing aisle)
  • 3 1/2″ copper pipe caps
  • 2 1/2″ copper tees
  • threaded copper 1/2″ – 3/4″ adapter fitting
  • E6000
  • optional: Dremel tool

Make Time: 10 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

Step 1: Head to the hardware store! If you don’t have a Dremel tool or a way to cut copper pipe at home, after you purchase your pipe ask if someone in the store can help you cut your pieces. Lots of times they’ll cut for free, or there may be a small cut fee. Cut the 2′ copper pipe into the following pieces: two 5.5″, two 4.5″, one 3″.

Step 2: Once you’ve got all of your supplies home, wipe down the marble tile to remove any dust or debris. Put a layer of E6000 around the wide rim of the copper adapter and glue it down to the center of the tile. Wipe away any glue that seeps out. Allow to fully dry and cure.

Step 3: Assemble the rest of your stand. Insert one 5.5″ piece into the adapter and top it with a sideways tee. Insert the other 5.5″ piece above the tee. At the top, add a tee with the two sides pointing outward.

Step 4: Insert the 3″ piece on the side of the tee and finish it with a cap.

Step 5: Insert the two 4.5″ pieces on either side of the top tee. Finish them both with caps.

Easy peasy, huh? Now just deck it out with all of your trinkets and it’s all set. It’s so nice to have all of my favorites displayed in one place so I can just grab them so easily. And now all of my pieces actually get worn, instead of just waiting around in a forgotten corner of a drawer somewhere. Hope you try this one out! xoxo

DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

DIY Copper and Marble Jewelry Stand

Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

With our first holiday season where we’ll finally have a dining room, I’m completely excited to host family and friends for lots of holiday gatherings. It’s just my favorite time of…

Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

With our first holiday season where we’ll finally have a dining room, I’m completely excited to host family and friends for lots of holiday gatherings. It’s just my favorite time of year — I love having people over, setting a pretty table, and just enjoying being together over a good meal. We made this golden DIY for our gatherings this year, so that we’d have a fresh new table runner for the season. It’s shimmery and awesome and so simple that once you get the supplies you’ll be able to make it in about 15 minutes. (Pssst — there’s also a link below to get the matching printable place cards!) We teamed with Kendall-Jackson to put it all together, and raised a glass to celebrate the holidays.

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

Step 1: Cut your canvas fabric to the length and width you’d like for your table runner.

Step 2: Using your paintbrush, dip into the transfer adhesive and paint thick brushstrokes down the center of the runner. Paint them any length or size you like — you can’t go wrong! We varied ours from about 2″ to 4″ long, and spaced them at random.

Step 3: Cut a strip of the foil heat transfer material to the length of your runner and lay it down on top of the entire area where you’ve painted the adhesive, gold side up. Smooth and press down with your hands.

Step 4: Run a hot iron over all areas where there is adhesive, placing the iron directly down on the gold transfer. Press each section with lots of downward pressure for about 8-10 seconds.

Step 5: Peel away the piece of transfer material and you should have your gold brushstrokes on your runner!

Put that baby on your table and set it all up! You can see more tips on how we set our fun holiday table over on the Kendall-Jackson blog, where you can also get the free printable for our place cards. Don’t forget to bring along your favorite wine so you can toast each other — right now I’m loving the K-J AVANT Red Blend, which is so perfect and cozy for fall and winter. (It’s an awesome compliment to lots of holiday comfort foods, and goes great with our favorite stew recipe too!) Cheers! xoxo

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

DIY Gold Foil Brushstroke Table Runner

This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Mini Air Plant Wreath Place Cards for Thanksgiving

DIY Air Plant Wreath Place Cards

We’re sharing another best-of-Lovely Indeed post today! I loved putting together these DIY air plant wreaths and they turned out to be perfect place cards for Thanksgiving or any other…

How to Make Mini Air Plant Wreath Place Cards for Thanksgiving

How to Make Mini Air Plant Wreath Place Cards for Thanksgiving

We’re sharing another best-of-Lovely Indeed post today! I loved putting together these DIY air plant wreaths and they turned out to be perfect place cards for Thanksgiving or any other family gathering. They’re absolutely easy to make (so much so that you could probably enlist your kids if you have ’em!). Get the full tutorial here, and happy making! xoxo

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How to Make Mini Air Plant Wreath Place Cards for Thanksgiving

How to Make Mini Air Plant Wreath Place Cards for Thanksgiving

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Bibs

I had this dip dye project in my head when I was pregnant with our little girl, and I knew it could look cool but I didn’t want to use…

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

I had this dip dye project in my head when I was pregnant with our little girl, and I knew it could look cool but I didn’t want to use the usual fabric dye, in case her baby skin was sensitive to it. That, and it was going to be a big mess to make. Luckily, the team at method has been encouraging me this year to #fearnomess and DIY boldly. So I decided to find the right dye and go for it! We ended up finding this nontoxic dye that’s actually meant to be sprayed on, but it turns out that it works perfectly as a dip dye as well. Being deep in baby land, we made these pretty dip dyed bibs — but you could use this technique on just about anything! Napkins, shirts, tablecloths, backpacks, you name it. If you can dip it, it’s doable.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

Step 1: Empty the fabric dye into mixing bowls, each bowl with its own color. We mixed and matched a little bit to create some custom colors, too! Use the spoons to thoroughly mix and blend colors, being sure to leave no chunks of color at the bottom of the bowl.

Step 2: Take your scissors and cut open one side & the bottom of a clean trash bag. Lay the trash bag out somewhere flat; this is where you’ll place your dyed objects to dry.

Step 3: Put on your gloves so your hands don’t get stained. Take your fabric, and slowly lower one end into the dye bowl. Agitate the fabric very slightly to ensure that the dye saturates the fabric completely in the area that’s submerged.

Step 4: Remove the fabric and gently squeeze out any major excess of dye back into the bowl. Place the fabric down to dry on the trash bag.

Step 5: Allow the fabric to air dry completely. Once dry, heat set it by putting it in the dryer on hot for 15 minutes.

Step 6: Launder as you normally would. I found the method detergent to be the perfect thing to use — it kept the color true and the Spring Garden scent is so fresh. (We use the method detergent on all of our kids’ clothes now!)

So! What are you gonna dip dye?! I’m thinking matching dip dyed socks for everybody at Christmas. Stocking stuffers, here we come. 😉 xoxo

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

DIY Nontoxic Dip Dyed Baby Bibs

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DIY Printable Thanksgiving Food Labels

DIY Printable Thanksgiving Food Label Cards

We hosted our first Thanksgiving in our new home last year and I loved it. I loved having people in our house, being the gal in charge of everyone’s experience, and making…

DIY Printable Thanksgiving Food Labels

DIY Printable Thanksgiving Food Labels

We hosted our first Thanksgiving in our new home last year and I loved it. I loved having people in our house, being the gal in charge of everyone’s experience, and making it beautiful for our families. Whether or not you’re hosting, if you need something to help organize the holiday buffet you can download these pretty cards and use them to set a theme for the whole day. And yes, of course people know that the turkey is turkey and the stuffing is stuffing — but isn’t it about the little extra things that make a day like Thanksgiving special? So get out your prettiest plates and some real napkins, and label your food for goodness sake!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our Thanksgiving Label Printables. Note: These are special files meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Small Tent Cards (product #5302).

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and follow the instructions to print! Use the toolbar on the left to add and edit any text you like if you’d like to be more specific with your dishes. To do this, just use the file labeled “Add your own title.”

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank tent card sheet. Separate the tent cards from the sheet on the perforated lines, fold into small tents, and place on your buffet.

So do you have your Thanksgiving plans lined up already? Is it a family affair or more of a Friendsgiving? Either way, these little cards are a perfect extra touch for an absolutely lovely day. xoxo

DIY Printable Thanksgiving Food Labels

DIY Printable Thanksgiving Food Labels

DIY Printable Thanksgiving Food Labels

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

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Obviously I love to DIY. But I have to admit, I was totally scared stiff when it came to installing wallpaper for the first time. It’s so daunting! Ryan and I…

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Accent Wall in a Kitchen

Obviously I love to DIY. But I have to admit, I was totally scared stiff when it came to installing wallpaper for the first time. It’s so daunting! Ryan and I really wanted to use wallpaper in a couple of choice spots in the house. And while the idea of the finished product got me totally pumped, I was really wondering whether we’d be able to pull it off ourselves. We had found a couple of papers that we really loved from Murals Wallpaper (remember the flamingos in the nursery?!) and we got the itch to try tackling it ourselves so we just went for it. Luckily this particular wallpaper came with its own set of thorough instructions and didn’t seem nearly as scary as a lot of the stuff I was reading online. And when we saw the tropical leaves on this wallpaper print I couldn’t get them out of my head. It had to happen! So we dove in.

Murals Wallpaper actually prints your wallpaper to the right dimensions for your wall, so right off the bat you eliminate a whole bunch of guesswork or overbuying what you’ll need. That was a big head start. We mostly followed their instructions for the general installation, but we did learn a couple of tricks along the way that helped us expedite our process, so I thought I’d share! And just so you know — get a friend. This is definitely a two-person job!

Start by trimming the white edges at the printed trim lines. It helps if you have a nice wide open space, so clear out the floor or a large table in the room where you’ll be working. Then flip your first wallpaper panel over and dampen the back side with a wet sponge. You’ll want to hang it after about 10 minutes of being damp.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

While the wallpaper is sitting and soaking the water, start applying your wallpaper adhesive to the walls. (Here’s where the process differs from lots of other wallpapers we researched — the adhesive goes right on the wall.) Roll or brush on a coat of adhesive in the area where your panel will go up. When the adhesive is on, apply your first panel to the wall. Be careful that you hang your first one (especially) straight — use a level or a plumb line to ensure that you’ve got it nice and even. Smooth the wallpaper on the adhesive. The Murals Wallpaper pieces come with some extra pattern printed on all sides for overlap, so once the first piece is hung use a razor blade to cut into the corners and cut away the excess. You can use a straight edge like a yardstick or a ruler to press the paper into a corner while you cut. Also cut away any paper that is covering light switches, etc.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Once the first panel is up and trimmed, use a squeegee or a similar flat-edged tool to smooth out any air bubbles. Smooth them toward the outside edges of the wallpaper. If any excess glue seeps out, wipe it away quickly with a damp cloth. Start the process again with your next panel. When you’re hanging your next panel on the wall, you’ll have to make sure that the patterns match up as you hang. There will be some overlap in the pattern; this is okay. Get this next panel hung and adhered. If you’re hanging around a window or a closet, it’s easiest to hang the full panel and then trim the general window area with scissors, being careful not to leave a couple of extra inches around the window frame to work with. Once the paper is adhered, use the same razor technique as you did in the corners to trim around the window.

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Then you’ll need to go back and trim your overlapped spots. Use a straight edge and cut the two overlapped papers, being careful not to cut too far to one side or the other — you want to cut in the middle of where they’re overlapped. Remove the excess paper from both sides. Then use a seam rolling tool (we used a brayer) to roll over the seam and ensure that it’s nice and flat. Repeat the process with every new panel of paper until your wall is covered!

How to Install Your Own Wallpaper

Weeeeeeee did it! I can’t believe we did it but we did it. And we’re still married. And truly, it wasn’t that scary. Okay, the first panel was scary but once you develop a system and start working with the materials a little bit you definitely get the hang of it. Have you ever wallpapered? Would  you ever wallpaper? Big thanks to Murals Wallpaper for helping us get over our DIY fears! xoxo

Product for this post graciously provided by Murals Wallpaper.

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Patterned Pumpkins

Hey dolls! Since I’m deep in baby land, I thought I might take this opportunity to revisit some of our favorite old Lovely Indeed projects! We’ll be sharing one of…

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

Hey dolls! Since I’m deep in baby land, I thought I might take this opportunity to revisit some of our favorite old Lovely Indeed projects! We’ll be sharing one of our favorites each month for the rest of the year, just in case you missed ’em the first time around. Up today, one of my favorite pumpkin projects ever! You can find the full tutorial for these cool DIY patterned pumpkins here, and get yourself all ready for Halloween in a jiffy. xoxo

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DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Paint Pen Patterned No-Carve Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

So I dipped a toe into the Hocus Pocus pool with this DIY, but we decided to go hog wild today! If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan I just have…

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

So I dipped a toe into the Hocus Pocus pool with this DIY, but we decided to go hog wild today! If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan I just have a feeling you’re gonna be into this one. I’m alllll about the no-carve pumpkin ideas, and this one is so simple it’ll take you all of about 15 minutes. Not to mention that your neighbors and friends will probably high five you endlessly for your extensive knowledge of Hocus Pocus quotes. I dare you to tell me you don’t go around quoting the movie for the rest of the day after this project!

Materials

  • pumpkins
  • alphabet stickers in various fonts and sizes (we got ours at Michaels)

Make Time: 2-5 Minutes Per Pumpkin

I’m not even gonna list steps for this one because mama didn’t raise no fools. I’m sure you can figure it out; basically, pick a quote and stick it on. Just consider these photos inspiration.  It does help when you’re picking pumpkins to get ones that have a nice smooth front side so that the stickers won’t get all folded and wonky. The only other word of advice I’ll offer is for each line of lettering, figure out where center is and keep all the lines centered in the same area on the pumpkin.

I realllllly wanted to do “Thank you Max, for that marvelous introduction!” But I couldn’t fit it on our pumpkins. There are just too many good quotes from this movie! Which ones would you include on your pumpkins? If you make ’em, be sure to tag #thelovelysquad on Instagram so that we can get spooky together! xoxo

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins DIY Hocus Pocus Quote Pumpkins

DIY Resin Tarantula Halloween Paperweight

DIY Tarantula Halloween Paperweight

This project is cracking me up! I’m a big fan of working with resin and I think it’s so fun to dream up stuff to encase in it! I was…

DIY Resin Tarantula Halloween Paperweight

DIY Resin Tarantula Halloween Paperweight

DIY Resin Tarantula Halloween Paperweight

This project is cracking me up! I’m a big fan of working with resin and I think it’s so fun to dream up stuff to encase in it! I was wandering around the Halloween section and saw these fuzzy fake tarantulas and thought how hilarious it would be to stick one on my mom’s nightstand and freak her out. Then I thought twice because nobody wants to be responsible for their own mother’s heart attack, so I decided to put it in a paperweight on my own desk instead. Boom! Tarantula Halloween paperweight. Or, if you’re that kind of gal, you can leave this baby out all year just to be spooky.

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Resin Tarantula Halloween Paperweight

Step 1: Use the scissors to trim down the legs of your spider if they are taller than your mold cups. I recommend trimming them so that they end about 1/2″ below the top of the mold cup.

Step 2: Mix the resin and hardener according to the instructions on your packaging. If you use the same mold and resin that we listed above, you’ll need to use all of the resin and hardener. You’ll also need to mix it in larger cups than are provided in the kit.

Step 3: Pour about 1/4″ of resin into one of the molds.

Step 4: Sink your spider into the mold, being sure to put the top of the spider toward the top of the mold so that it looks upside-down to you.

Step 5: Pour in the remaining resin.

Step 6: Allow the resin to cure and harden according to packaging instructions.

Once it’s completely hardened, take it out and have fun! You can set these on your own desk for fun, give them to teachers for a Halloween surprise, or set a bunch of ’em out at a party on the refreshments table to spook people out. Mine’s keeping my desk supplies company as we speak. xoxo

DIY Resin Tarantula Halloween Paperweight

DIY Resin Tarantula Halloween Paperweight