How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

DIY Shrinkable Plastic Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house…

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house making those little beauties. And now that I’m older and I’m having different kinds of adventures, I think it’s only appropriate to incorporate my old crafting skills into a new project! You can make these summery little luggage tags in any shape you like, color them in, fill out your info, and hit the road! I’ve been having a ball creating these travel-inspired DIYs with Carnival Cruise Lines; now all I need is to hop on a cruise to somewhere tropical so I can use these rad little tags.

Materials

  • shrinkable plastic paper
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • baking tray
  • oven
  • hole punch

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Step 1: Decide on the shape of your luggage tag and draw an outline on the rough side of your shrinkable paper. Think fun, summery shapes or travel-inspired shapes: ships, palm trees, and more! Start coloring in your outline, completely covering the paper with color.

Step 2: With a black colored pencil, write your luggage tag info on the shape. Keep in mind that shrinkable paper shrinks to less than half the size of your original image, so write large enough so that it will be legible after shrinking.

Step 3: Cut out your shape.

Step 4: Bake in the oven according to the directions on your shrink paper’s packaging. These were baked at 325 for about two minutes.

Step 5: Remove from the oven. Let cool and punch a hole in the top of each tag. String the tags with a strong cord and knot them around your luggage.

Bon voyage, you’re ready to go! I think a tag in the shape of a ship would be stinkin’ adorable if you were headed on a cruise. Or even a life preserver! The possibilities are seriously endless, and I could make these things all day. What shape would yours be? xoxo

P.S. A gold passport cover!

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

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How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY IKEA Desk Hack

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these…

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these desks together from a few different IKEA parts for a total steal, and they’ve been one of our best ideas ever. We each have one, and because they’re somewhat modular we can use them totally differently but they’re both incredibly functional. And best of all, they’re sleek and clean so they don’t take up a lot of bulk in a room — no eyesores here. And how ’bout those sexy desk legs? Sometimes you have to hunt around but IKEA seriously has some lovely little hidden gems.

Materials

Make Time: 2-3 Hours

Step 1: Assemble your drawer unit according to the instructions. Do not install the casters to the bottom of the unit.

Step 2: Attach the two table legs to the underside of one end of the table.

Step 3: Apply a few strips of velcro to the top of the set of drawers. Keep both sides of the velcro together and remove one side’s cover so that the sticky portion is exposed. Place this face down on the drawers. Repeat with a few other strips.

Step 4: Remove the cover of the top pieces of all velcro strips so that the top sticky portion is exposed.

Step 5: Decide which end of the desk you’d like the drawers to be on. Arrange your table so that the legs are on the opposite side, and position the blank end of the table top over the drawers. Be sure that it’s aligned on the front and outer edges. Set the table top down and press firmly (I leaned on ours with all of my body weight for a couple of minutes!) to make sure the velcro adheres. Tip! It’s best to assemble the desk in the area where it will ultimately be placed and just shift it slightly, rather than assemble elsewhere and try to pick it up and move it.

That’s it! These desks have been total workhorses for us for the last 5 years. They’re still in great shape, they clean super easily with some countertop spray and a rag, and they’re nice and sturdy. It’s been the perfect size for me, and the drawers are so nice to have to hide all my junk. This would be a perfect DIY for a college student, or someone moving into a new office or studio space! Long live the IKEA hack! xoxo

P.S. Remember our striped midcentury shell chair? Also, another pretty little IKEA hack for your bedroom!

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Remember our floral bike handlebars last year? Well, if you’re more a basket type of gal, this project might be right up your alley! I’m just dead over it. It’s so dreamy. And if you happen to be going to a music festival or something equally fun, how rad would this be to get around the place?! Pretty sure you’d be the belle of the ball.

Also, I’m so happy to say that this is our first post in another series featuring some insanely beautiful blooms from Flower Muse! We teamed up last year and it was such a blast we had to do it again. If you don’t know Flower Muse, check them out — they send farm fresh blooms right to your door, and they’re some of the best quality florals around. Because they’re so fresh they last forever! And they even have tons of special instructions on how to get the most out of your florals. Love them! And now, without further ado… Let’s make some bouts!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Step 1: 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 7 inches. Hold the bloom over your basket and use the wire to affix the flower firmly, weaving it through and around the basket wires. Repeat this process with large blooms across the basket, working in a diagonal.

Step 2: Once your larger florals are firmly affixed, insert a few smaller blooms (we used ranunculus and anemones). Wedge them in between the larger florals and affix with more wire if necessary.

Step 3: Fill in any blank spots with some greenery and you’re all set!

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I love it I LOVE IT! And the coolest part is that the basket is still functional because all of the florals are on the outside. So fill your basket with all your goodies and ride this baby around town. We rode downtown to take some photos with the flowers on the bike and it was quite the topic of conversation with the people we passed, lemme tell ya. It’s not every day you get to see some pretty fresh flowers riding around town! xoxo

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Plaques for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming! I love celebrating my mom, and this year I made some little plaques that I think she’ll find hilarious (after, of course, I explain what “Bae”…

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Mother’s Day is coming! I love celebrating my mom, and this year I made some little plaques that I think she’ll find hilarious (after, of course, I explain what “Bae” means). These are crazy fast to make, so if you accidentally wait a few weeks and realize you have nothing for your ever-lovin’ mama the night before Mother’s Day, whip these up and you can pretend you were on top of it all along.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Step 1: Trim your patterned paper to the size of your wooden boards.

Step 2: Spray a light coat of adhesive onto one side of the boards. Carefully align the paper on the board so that all edges and corners are even. Press the paper onto the wood.

Step 3: Decide on some fun phrases that your mom would love, and spell them out with your stickers.

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

Give them to mama and make her giggle! She can place them around the house, on shelves, hang them on the wall — any old place! I can’t decide which I like best, but “Mom is Bae” is pretty hilarious, right? What would you have them say for your mom? Be sure to check out what the rest of the Michaels Makers are creating for Mother’s Day, right here! xoxo

P.S.  You are the hottest mom I know.

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

DIY Wood Mother's Day Plaques

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

DIY Macrame Camera Strap

On our last big trip, I was wishing the whole time I had a better strap for my camera! While we’re at home I like using a hand strap but for travel, it’s…

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

On our last big trip, I was wishing the whole time I had a better strap for my camera! While we’re at home I like using a hand strap but for travel, it’s just not practical or safe. And as the girl who tends to drop things, I really try to keep tabs on my precious equipment. (One time in Paris I dropped my lens cap down a storm drain and had to find a camera store to try to purchase a new one in a weird English-French hybrid. Not an ideal situation.) So! Enter this awesome DIY macrame camera strap! It’s so quick to make and is perfect for spring and summer travel adventures. We teamed again with Carnival Cruise Lines to put together another fun travel-inspired DIY for your next trip. How cute are you gonna look on a cruise while snapping photos with this around your neck?!

Materials

  • macrame cord
  • swivel clasps
  • clothespins
  • industrial strength glue
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Glue Drying Time)

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

Step 1: Cut 2 lengths of macrame cord, 4 yards each.

Step 2: Fold each length of cord so that there’s 1 yard on one side and 3 yards on the other side. Insert the midpoints through the flat part of one swivel clasp, keeping the long ends of the strands on the outsides.

Step 3: Pull the ends of each cord through its own respective loop and pull taut around the clasp.

Step 4: Begin tying a square knot. Take the leftmost cord (should be a long one), cross it over the center two cords and under the rightmost (the other long) cord. Then bring the right cord under the center two and up & over the left cord. Pull this taut. This is half of your square knot.

Step 5: Complete the square knot by doing the reverse of step 4. Cross the right cord over the center two and under the left; then cross the left cord under the center two and over the right. Pull taut and you have completed a square knot.

Step 6: Continue tying square knots until your camera strap is the right length for you.

Step 7: Trim the ends of all four cords. Insert all four cords through another swivel clasp. Place a dollop of glue on the end of each cord, fold the cords over the clasp, and hold in place with clothespins while the glue dries.

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

Once the glue is dry, remove the clips and pop the strap on your camera! I love the macrame cord for a camera strap because it’s super lightweight and flexible, and comfy around your neck. It’s brilliant for travel, too — so handy to be able to sling your camera over your shoulder and go. So where are your spring travels taking you? Hoping you get to cruise away to somewhere fun! Will you be toting your camera on your new macrame strap?! xoxo

P.S. More travel DIYs!

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

How to Make a Macrame Camera Strap

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How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

DIY Acrylic Travel Phone Stand

I have to tell you, this DIY was like the perfect storm. I’ve had all of this awesome acrylic hanging around, dreaming up projects to use it on. Aside from…

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

I have to tell you, this DIY was like the perfect storm. I’ve had all of this awesome acrylic hanging around, dreaming up projects to use it on. Aside from that, we have some travel coming up and we’ve started letting Henry play little games on our phone sometimes when he hits a wall while we travel (Peek-a-Boo Barn is our current savior). And then, the folks at Dremel contacted us to team up on a travel-inspired DIY, and everything fell into place! Do you know the exact best tool I’ve found to cut through acrylic? You guessed it. A Dremel tool. We prototyped one of these little DIY travel phone stands and it was so easy to make with the Dremel I was jumping for joy. So now when we’re traveling, we’ve got a place to set our phones if Henry needs a distraction or if we want to watch a movie. And the stand folds up flat and tiny, so it’s pretty easy to tote along.  What did I tell you?! The perfect storm.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

Step 1: Download and print our phone stand template. Cut out along the border.

Step 2: Leave the protective covering on your acrylic sheet. Place the cut-out template on a corner of the sheet, aligning it with the edges. Trace the template. Flip the template over and repeat on the opposite corner of the sheet. You should have two mirrored pieces traced.

Step 3: Put on your protective goggles and gloves. Clamp the acrylic sheet to a work table so that one traced portion is free.

Step 4: Attach the cut-off wheel attachment made for plastic. Holding the tool away from the acrylic, turn on the tool. Holding the blade at a 90-degree angle to the plastic, begin to carefully cut along the traced lines. Cut along the long lines first, leaving the more detailed areas for last.

Step 5: We recommend cutting out the long lines first, and not cutting the actual notch where the phone will rest. Cut both pieces free from the larger acrylic sheet in this way.

Step 6: Once both pieces are free, stack them on one another and re-clamp. Use the cutting tool to even any uneven edges. Then use the cutting tool to shave away a large notch in the area where the phone will rest. (We tried a few different attachments for this, but got the best results with the single attachment. Feel free to experiment with others!) Turn off the tool and remove your protective gear.

Step 7: Once all edges are smooth, peel away the protective covering from the acrylic.

Step 8: Place a dollop of glue on either side of two small hinges.

Step 9: Carefully glue the hinges to both pieces of acrylic, being sure they’re even. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

To use your stand, just open it to about a 45-degree angle and place your phone in the little notch! It’ll work with your phone both horizontally or vertically, so you can use it however you need. And if you like to tote your tablet with you, just enlarge the template to a size that will work for however large your tablet is! Use it on your next trip, or even just to set up your tech on your desk at home. Happy making! xoxo

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

How to Make an Acrylic Phone Stand

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Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Easter Brunch Idea // Waffle Croque Madames

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish….

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish. I was dreaming about whipping up a croque madame in waffle form, and thought it would make a perfect recipe for an Easter brunch! So if you’re looking for something special to serve this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Let’s make waffle croque madames!

Ingredients

  • waffle mix and mix ingredients
  • sliced ham
  • 1 c gruyere, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • dash of nutmeg
  • eggs
  • optional: dijon mustard

Start by making your waffle mix, according to the instructions on the box. Heat up your waffle iron. Set aside while you make the bechamel sauce.

To make the sauce, heat the butter in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Once melted, stir in flour. Whisk for about two minutes. Add the milk and salt, whisking until it begins to thicken (a few minutes). Stir in the nutmeg and half the gruyere. Keep over low heat as you prepare the waffles.

Once the waffle iron is hot, spoon in about 2 tbsp of the wet mix into the bottom of the waffle iron. Place a piece of ham over that, and sprinkle the ham with gruyere. Spoon in another 2 tbsp of wet mix over the cheese. Close the iron and cook as you would a plain waffle. Remove from heat when the mix is cooked through. Make as many as you like!

Fry an egg sunny side up for each waffle. Drizzle a spoonful of bechamel sauce over each waffle and place the egg over the sauce. Serve with dijon mustard if you like.

Ohhhhh man these are delicious! Sometimes I put things in the wafflemaker and they end up not quite being winners, but this one is over-the-top delicious. And once your guests realize there’s a little ham and cheese surprise inside their Easter waffles, they’ll declare you a brunch superstar. (Psst – bonus, Henry inhaled these things! So they’re pretty kid friendly too, maybe just skip the raw yolk on the egg.) Happy cooking! xoxo

P.S. Edible floral waffles, too!

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

It’s time for more eggs! You can make these with plenty of time to spare before Easter, and they’re so fun for spelling out messages from the Easter bunny! Funnest….

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

It’s time for more eggs! You can make these with plenty of time to spare before Easter, and they’re so fun for spelling out messages from the Easter bunny! Funnest. Egg hunt. Ever. I turned again to my new favorite way to color eggs — spray paint. You can’t beat it for quickness and color coverage! And it works perfectly with our sticker masking technique to make your alphabet of Easter eggs. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs Tutorial Images

Step 1: Place one letter sticker on each egg. Be sure to smooth the stickers down completely so that no paint seeps underneath. You might want to make a couple of alphabets so that you have lots of letters to spell with.

Step 2: In a well-ventilated area, lay your stickered eggs on a dropcloth or scrap of cardboard and spray with a light layer of paint. Allow them to dry completely; flip and paint the other side. After all paint is dry, check all angles of the eggs and add another light layer of paint to any areas that need more coverage.

Step 3: Once completely dry, peel the stickers slowly off the eggs.

Step 4: Spell out some fun phrases as you hide the eggs, or make an arrangement to display them saying something cool!

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

I love these! And they would go perfectly with our typography eggs from last year. I gotta tell ya, I was making myself totally laugh as I was spelling out phrases to photograph for this post! You have no idea some of the words that ended up on the cutting room floor. We’ll leave that for another day. What would you spell with your alphabet eggs? xoxo

P.S. More Easter egg ideas!

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

One of my favorite tools for quick DIYs these days is a paint pen! It’s kind of the answer to everything. After our office supplies and pumpkins, I for sure wanted…

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

One of my favorite tools for quick DIYs these days is a paint pen! It’s kind of the answer to everything. After our office supplies and pumpkins, I for sure wanted to try them out on some Easter eggs, and it turns out they work perfectly! Along with some spray paint (my go-to choice for coloring eggs this year), they make for Easter eggs that are super bold and fun. We made a little video to show ya how quick they come together, too!

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

Watch our video for the super-simple how-to!

How are you decorating eggs this year? You should try paint pens! If you give it a shot, be sure to tag a photo of your creations on Instagram with #thelovelysquad so we can see and feature them on the blog! xoxo

P.S. Our favorite Easter egg decor ideas are all right here!

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

Personalized Gift Basket

How to Make Personalized Gift Baskets for Easter

The Easter fun just doesn’t stop around here! I’m feeling particularly springish this year, so we put together even more Easter basket ideas for everyone on your list. These are perfect…

Personalized Gift Basket

The Easter fun just doesn’t stop around here! I’m feeling particularly springish this year, so we put together even more Easter basket ideas for everyone on your list. These are perfect if you are a bit of a traditionalist and like to use a good ol’ fashioned Easter basket, but want to kick it up a notch and make it extra special for your peeps (get it? Peeps?!).

Personalized Gift Basket

I used to live for the candy in my Easter basket when I was little, but this one even has candy on the basket! Double whammy! And there’s not much better than fresh flowers, like the one down below.

Personalized Gift Basket

Personalized Gift Basket

See how simple each of these is to put together over on the Harry & David blog. Each basket has its own simple tutorial, so pick your favorites from the links below! Then hop to it, because Easter is on the way!  xoxo

MAKE A WASHI TAPE EASTER BASKET

MAKE A CANDY-COVERED EASTER BASKET

MAKE A FLORAL EASTER BASKET

This post is in partnership with Harry and David. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Printable Summer Cell Phone Cases

DIY Printable Smart Phone Case Designs

We’re back with more fun travel-inspired DIYs for you, thanks to Carnival Cruise Line! This one is simple as print, cut, and dress up your cell phone for your spring and…

Printable Summer Cell Phone Cases

Printable Summer Cell Phone Cases

We’re back with more fun travel-inspired DIYs for you, thanks to Carnival Cruise Line! This one is simple as print, cut, and dress up your cell phone for your spring and summer travels! Our new graphic designer extraordinaire, Megan Roy, helped us bring our summery dreams to life with three gorgeous, super-cool designs so you can switch ’em out whenever you like. I’m currently rocking the colorful citrus design on my phone and it’s got me dreaming of jumping on a ship to some far-off island. Spring break, anyone?!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes

Printable Summer Cell Phone Cases

Printable Summer Cell Phone Cases

This one is beyond simple! Just print out the file corresponding to your phone size — Small or Large. Cut around the outer edge of the design you like, and cut out the designated hole for the camera. Slip the paper into your clear phone case and put the case onto your phone. Ta-daaaaa! Your phone is travel-ready.

I love these! Megan did such a bang-up job, and perfectly encapsulated some spring and summer vibes to dress up your tech a little bit. (For more of her awesome design work, be sure to check out her shop and follow along on Instagram!). I mean, these patterns!

Trio of Summer Patterns

Lately when I travel I’ve been relying way more on my smartphone for capturing photos than on my large camera, and that’s another reason why I’m loving these pretty covers. The case keeps your phone safe while you’re photographing your adventures, with a pretty pop of color that you can change every day if you want! Do you mostly use your phone for photographs when you’re traveling? I always bring my DSLR but after a day or two it ends up staying in my suitcase because it’s just so much simpler to carry your phone. So which design would you pick for your next vacay? Or just to get that vacay feeling if you’re staying home for spring break? 😉 xoxo

P.S. Floral painted sunglasses for your travels!

Printable Summer Cell Phone Cases

Printable Summer Cell Phone Cases

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