How to Make an Ombre Abacus

DIY Ombre Abacus

In case you’re looking for a cool DIY project for a little one, I thought we’d share this DIY abacus we made for Henry! I’m so pumped on how it…

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

In case you’re looking for a cool DIY project for a little one, I thought we’d share this DIY abacus we made for Henry! I’m so pumped on how it turned out I kind of want to hang it on my wall as art and not let my one-year-old gnaw on it, but c’est la vie, right? It involves a couple of little power tools but don’t be scared! It’s crazy simple and the finished product is so worth it. Let’s do it!

Materials

  • 3/4″ square hobby wood board
  • 1/4″ x 3/4″ hobby wood board (find both of these at a hardware store)
  • 10 brass tubes
  • drill with 1/8″ bit
  • saw (optional)
  • 1/2″ screws
  • 100 5/8″ wood beads
  • craft paint (non-toxic if you’re giving this project to a baby!)
  • paintbrushes
  • wood skewer
  • sandpaper

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

Step 1: Cut the 3/4″ board into two 11″ pieces. If you don’t have a saw, they’ll do it for you at the hardware store if you ask nicely.

Step 2:  Cut the 1/4″ board into 12 1/2″ pieces.

Step 3: Sand all the edges of the boards so that the ends are rounded and smooth for little fingers.

Step 4: On both 11″ pieces, make a mark with a pencil at every inch, making 10 marks total. Drill into the marks with a 1/8″ drill bit, drilling about halfway through the wood.

Step 5: Paint all of your wood beads. It helps to string them onto a skewer while you’re painting and suspend the skewer somewhere so that they can dry. Use 10 different colors and paint 10 beads in each color.

Step 6: Once the beads are dry, insert a brass tube into each hole in one 11″ piece of wood. Put 10 beads on each tube.

Step 7: Insert the other ends of the tubes into the other 11″ piece of wood. Push the two pieces of wood firmly together.

Step 8: Hold one of the flat pieces of wood against the top of the abacus, flush with the ends of the two 11″ pieces. Drill a pilot hole into the top of either side. Screw the wood into place on either end. Repeat with the other flat piece of wood and affix to the bottom of the abacus.

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

Now count, count, count to your heart’s content! Henry is obsessed with it and I love watching his fat little fingers shoving those beads around. Sometimes, though, he gets tired of counting and just chews on it for a while. Either way, it’s adorable. Hope you try this one out. And if you do try it (or any other of our projects!) be sure to share it with #thelovelysquad so we can see your awesome work. Yay! xoxo

P.S. Find more DIYs for kiddos right here!

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make an Ombre Abacus

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

DIY Yellow Velvet + Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched…

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

Not that we’re furniture-making experts around here, but hey this bench turned out pretty sweet, huh?! I swear it’s so easy you can make it even if you’ve never touched a drill before. And it’s the perfect little piece for a whole bunch of different spots in your house – we have it at the foot of the bed now but I think I might move it to the entry way. Or maybe bestow upon it the responsibility of being our new coffee table.

So get to it! You can find the full tutorial right here. It’s a low-pressure project with a high-five payoff. At least, we’ve been high fiving ourselves since we made it. But we tend to really love high fives around here so maybe it’s just an excuse. Whatever. Go make one for yourself! Xoxo

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make a Modern Hairpin Leg Bench

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

DIY Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

I am on a resin kick! I always feel so fancy when I find a new material that looks like it’s really hard to work with but in all actuality is…

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

I am on a resin kick! I always feel so fancy when I find a new material that looks like it’s really hard to work with but in all actuality is a total snap. That’s resin, folks. We have a few projects like this one coming up and I can’t wait to share! But for now, how about an easy DIY that you can personalize and give to all of your besties this Valentine’s Day? I think some conversation heart paperweights will probably do the trick.

And the most beautiful thing is that the paperweights are my project of the month over on Darby Smart! So if you decide to make some, you can order a kit and everything you need will come wrapped up in one happy little box. I appreciate stuff like that more and more these days, since time is precious and sometimes I just don’t feel like hunting down materials. So whenever I put together a kit I always try to use supplies that you’ll love and most likely use again!

I have to tell you, I agonized over what words to put in these! I debated for a while about using some of the old tried-and-true conversation heart sayings but in the end I made up a few of my own. What’s better than a conversation heart that demands brunch?! Nothing, I tell ya. So head over to Darby Smart for the full tutorial and snap up the materials if you need those too. Have fun! xoxo

GET YOUR CONVERSATION HEART PAPERWEIGHT KIT HERE

P.S. More conversation heart projects!

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make Resin Conversation Heart Paperweights

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

DIY Ombre and Gold Cocktail Napkins + a Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have…

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

The holidays are over, and there’s always a bit of a letdown, right? All the parties are done, the decorations are put away, and we’re all like, “Wait, I have to go back to work?” Well, figuring you needed a little pick-me-up to get you through January, I teamed up with Chambord to give you a little mini party just #BecauseNoReason. We whipped up some fizzy raspberry cocktails and these gorgeous ombre and gold cocktail napkins, so you can invite all your BFFs over and have a Yay January party! Here’s how.

Materials

Ingredients

  • Chambord
  • club soda
  • lime

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Step 1: Pour the desired amount of dye into a bowl with hot water (more dye = a more saturated color). Thoroughly wet your cocktail napkins. Use rubber gloves to protect your skin!

Step 2: Dip one end or one side of a napkin into the dye. The longer you leave it in, the deeper and more saturated the color will be. Allow the dye to bleed into the napkin a bit, but leave some of the napkin plain white.

Step 3: Remove the napkin once it’s the desired color. Run the napkin under hot water to remove excess dye (be sure to hang the dyed end down under the water so the dye doesn’t run over the un-dyed part). Repeat and dye all of your napkins! If desired, run them through a wash cycle to be sure all excess dye is removed.

Step 4: Paint random brushstrokes on the dried napkins with your iron-on adhesive.

Step 5: Cut a square of foil and place it over all the areas with adhesive. With an iron on the hottest setting, press down very firmly on the foil for about 7 seconds (you might want to test it a few times first on a scrap of fabric!).

Step 6: Remove the excess foil and you’ve got golden brushstrokes!

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Now all you need is a cocktail to put on that pretty napkin! This one’s simple as can be and totally delish. Fill a rocks glass with ice and pour in one ounce of Chambord. Fill with club soda and garnish with a lime round. Ta-daaa! Raspberry Italian Soda with a kick. Say cheers to the new year and have a ball.

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

So take that, January! We’re gonna party like it’s the holidays all year long. Please, as always, drink responsibly and wait to raise a glass until you’re over 21. Cheers! xoxo

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

How to Make Ombre + Gold Cocktail Napkins

Raspberry Italian Soda Cocktail

This post is sponsored by Chambord and Refinery29. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

DIY Resolution Reminder Bracelet with Handmade Beads

Do you make resolutions? I love making a few goals for the New Year, and if you do too, I’m about to help you out. We all start out with…

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Do you make resolutions? I love making a few goals for the New Year, and if you do too, I’m about to help you out. We all start out with the best intentions, right? And then as January wears into February, sometimes we forget what we even were so adamant about resolving to do in the New Year. So! How about we wear a pretty little reminder to keep us headed in the right direction? I had some handmade beads left over from this project a while back and I think what we have right here is the perfect use for them.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Step 1: Make your beads. You can use the instructions from this post; if you’re using air dry clay, you’ll just allow them to air dry instead of baking them. Make one bead for each of your New Year’s resolutions. Mix up shapes and sizes for fun!

Step 2: Once the beads are dry, string them onto the eye pin.

Step 3: Clip off the excess of the eye pin. Leave enough to grab with your pliers and twist into a circle (mirror the circle on the other end of the pin).

Step 4: Measure a length of chain about the size of your wrist or a bit tighter. Open a jump ring with the pliers and use it to connect a length of chain to the lobster clasp.

Step 5: Use the pliers to open a link in the center of the chain and connect the link to one of the circles on the eye pin.

Step 6: Connect the other half of the chain to the other side of the eye pin.

Step 7: Finish by adding another jump ring to the open end of the chain, so that the lobster hook can be inserted through the jump ring to close the bracelet.

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Wrap that thing around your wrist and let it remind you what you’re working towards this year! I think it’s such a rad little reminder, and even a fun conversation starter. So — how many beads would be on your bracelet? xoxo

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

How to Make a New Year's Resolution Reminder Bracelet

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

12 Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Who’s still shopping for holiday gifts? Forget shopping and get out your glue guns, because I’ve rounded up a whole batch of gorgeous, simple, completely colorful prezzies that you can…

Who’s still shopping for holiday gifts? Forget shopping and get out your glue guns, because I’ve rounded up a whole batch of gorgeous, simple, completely colorful prezzies that you can make yourself. And who doesn’t love something handmade with a little love? Check out these beauties and click through to get the full tutorials from each of the fabby makers behind the projects. Happy making! xoxo

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Gemstone Bobby Pins from Tell Love and Party
Gemstone Shoe Clips from Lovely Indeed
Gilded Concrete Pineapple Pushpins from Proper
Painted Basket from Tell Love and Party
Agate Stone Wall Hooks from Lovely Indeed
Hexagon Ring Dishes from Homey Oh My

Colorful DIY Holiday Gifts

Technicolor Dog Leash from Studio DIY
Hula Tassels from Damask Love
Gold + Colorblock Cutting Boards from Lovely Indeed
Ombre Jenga from Lovely Indeed
Marble Dipped Mugs from The Sweetest Occasion
Gold Foil Art from Sugar & Cloth

P.S. Three more super easy DIY gifts!

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

DIY Champagne Emoji New Year’s Pin

Why is that dang champagne emoji so cute?! I can’t get enough of that one, and in case you can’t either I’ve got a fun idea for ya. While you’re toasting on…

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

Why is that dang champagne emoji so cute?! I can’t get enough of that one, and in case you can’t either I’ve got a fun idea for ya. While you’re toasting on New Year’s Eve and clinking glasses full of real bubbly, all the cool kids are gonna be wearing a little mini bubbly on their sweaters! Hashtag champage, y’all.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

Step 1: On a flat surface, roll out your clay until it’s about 1/4″ thick. I like to use a smooth, round water glass to roll out clay, rather than a rolling pin.

Step 2: Now you’ll need to draw the outline of the champagne bottle on the clay. My recommendation is to draw a mirror image of the emoji, so that the underside of the clay will end up being the front of the pin; this will make for a nice, smooth front. Gently draw the outline of the champagne bottle on the clay with a pointy carving tool. Be sure to include the bubbles and cork!

Step 3: Slice away the excess of the clay with a knife clay tool.

Step 4: Smooth any rough edges of the clay with the flat edge of your knife tool. Do any detailing that you need to make the edges nice and crisp.

Step 5: Leave the clay on a flat surface, flat side up, overnight to dry.

Step 6: When the clay is fully dry and hardened, you can use a small piece of sandpaper to smooth away any leftover rough spots.

Step 7: Paint your champagne bottle just like the emoji! We used a dark green for the bottle, yellow mixed with gold for the label, yellow mixed with white for the shiny portions of the label, gray and white for the bubbles, and tan for the cork.

Step 8: Allow the paint to dry fully. Flip the bottle over and use E6000 to affix a pin back to the backside.

Once the glue is dry, pin that baby on your sweater and party like it’s 2016! Better yet, make a bunch for you and your besties and wear ’em all over town while you celebrate. Happy new year, y’all! xoxo

How to Make a Champagne Emoji Pin for New Year's Eve

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

DIY Festive Animals for a Kid’s Christmas Tree

I’ve been wanting forever to decorate a little mini tree for Henry’s room and I finally came up with an idea! We made some festive little Christmas animals and now…

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

I’ve been wanting forever to decorate a little mini tree for Henry’s room and I finally came up with an idea! We made some festive little Christmas animals and now they live on a tiny tree just for him. Tell me these guys aren’t the cutest!

It’s a really quick and simple little project if you still want to add some holiday cheer to your place. Check out the full project and lots more photos over on Momtastic! xoxo

P.S. Lots more holiday DIY fun right here!

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

Festive Holiday Animals for a Kid's Christmas Tree

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

DIY Wood +Gold Leaf Gift Card Holder

I admit it, okay?! Sometimes it’s just plain easier to give a gift card. I have whole mess of people in my life who would rather receive some moolah to their favorite…

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

I admit it, okay?! Sometimes it’s just plain easier to give a gift card. I have whole mess of people in my life who would rather receive some moolah to their favorite store than another scarf or pair of mittens. And that’s okay! In fact, it’s kind of awesome, because I can just stock up on card to a bunch of different stores from Gift Card Mall and call it good. But the real DIY quandary is how to wrap all of those cards, right?! I mean, I guess you could stick it in an envelope and hand it over but where’s the drama in that? Up your game, people! Here’s a quick little project that’ll knock your pals’ socks off when you hand over their packaged gift card — wood, leather, and gold leaf never looked so pretty.

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

Step 1: Paint the front side of one wooden rectangle.

Step 2: While the paint is still wet, place little patches of gold leaf on the wood so that the leaf sticks to the paint. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly afterward.

Step 3: Cut two leather rectangles. One should be 3″ x 2 1/2″ and the other should be 3″ x 1/2″. Round two corners on the large piece and one end of the small piece.

Step 4: Spread E6000 on the two long edges of the large piece.

Step 5: Affix the large piece to the two pieces of wood, with the painted side facing out (as though you were attaching a spine to a book).

Step 6: Affix the small piece to the back outer edge of the unpainted wood piece. This will be your latch.

Step 7: Place a small piece of velcro on the end of the small piece of leather and the corresponding velcro on the painted wood; be sure they match up when the holder is closed.

Step 8: Allow all paint and glue to dry thoroughly. Then place a small glue dot on the back of your gift card and place it inside the holder. Close the holder, secure the velcro, and you’re all wrapped up!

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

Aren’t these rad?! I’m planning on mass producing a bunch of them while I watch White Christmas and Love Actually (only the two best Christmas movies ever). And if you’re needing to search through a nice array of gift cards, hit up Gift Card Mall at your local grocery store or right here online. Then wrap ’em all up in your fancy holders, pop them under the tree, and high five yourself for being so crafty. Happy wrapping! xoxo

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Wood and Leather Gift Card Holder

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This post is sponsored by Gift Card Mall. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

DIY Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

I have secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) always wanted to be a watercolor painter. I don’t know what it is about watercolor painting — the way that the colors…

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

I have secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) always wanted to be a watercolor painter. I don’t know what it is about watercolor painting — the way that the colors run and soak into the paper is just so fascinating, isn’t it? And lucky for me it’s forgiving, because you can kind of pretend to know what you’re doing even if you’re a total newbie like me. High five. If you have secret watercolor dreams too, I’m here to tell ya that you can totally tackle it! I recently took Creativebug’s watercolor holiday card class and was whipping out brushstrokes like a pro in no time.

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

We’ve talked about Creativebug before, and if you missed it you have to catch up. If you’re a DIY fan or a maker, it’s a brilliant idea for trying out new projects or techniques. For a few bucks a month you can have access to their library of how-to videos, and learn all kinds of stuff! You can add classes to your own personal library so they never expire, and you can download the app and watch from anywhere. New classes are added all the time, and the instructors are top notch. I had the pleasure of working with a few of the teachers at a conference this year and this gang takes “making” to the next level, y’all.

We already had our Christmas cards printed up, but I wanted to hand paint a few special cards to go along with gifts, so the watercolor class was perfect. I kept kind of stressing out about getting it just right (hello, Type A creative!) but as it turns out, you kind of can’t go wrong with watercolor. The little wreath painting is a total snap, and you could probably even do it with kiddos if you wanted to have a crafternoon together. I especially love the little patterned liner that Courtney teaches in the class. Custom painted cards and liners? How fancy are we, you guys?!

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

And one more word to the wise: if you’re a maker with like-minded friends, Creativebug has a December special where you buy one year membership and get a free one to give as a gift! You could go in together with a pal, or surprise somebody with DIY magic that’ll last the whole year. Truly, I love the gift of creativity, and this is the perfect way to give it.

So whaddaya think?! Would you be more likely to try out our image transfer gift wrap, or paint up some holiday cards? I think I’m planning on tackling a woven tapestry next – anybody wanna take the class together and trade notes? Let’s make something! xoxo

TAKE THE WATERCOLOR CLASS

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

How to Make Watercolor Holiday Cards + Envelope Liners

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

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Easy Five Minute Holiday Hairstyle

I hope you came here today looking for too much personal information about my hair, because it’s about to come atcha. This mane of mine has been a wild ride…

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

I hope you came here today looking for too much personal information about my hair, because it’s about to come atcha. This mane of mine has been a wild ride for the last couple of years and I blame it all on my adorable son. For starters, everybody told me that I would have amazing hair when I was pregnant. Lies. All lies. My hair just plain old stopped growing. Like, it was stunted for some reason. Then I had the kid and it started getting longer again, but it was kind of brittle, and half of it also fell out. I could see scalp in the mirror and it was horrifying. More recently, it’s started growing back in again in the form of tiny baby wisps all over, especially at my forehead. So it’s like I have an extra set of super short baby bangs underneath my real bangs. It’s adorable, let me tell ya.

All of this is to say that I’ve been need of a major haircare overhaul, and I think I found it. My baby bangs are behaving and my hair is getting back to it’s fuller, healthier, more agreeable self. It’s been a ton of trial and error but I recently hit on the Living Proof line and for really reals it’s been a lifesaver. I’m not fretting any more about my hair breaking off, or about little wispies because they’re just kind of magically improving. It’s awesome.

And also, it’s holiday hair season! I don’t really claim to be any sort of a hairstyle expert, but this 5 minute trick is my no-fail for pretty party hair. You can do it yourself without having to book an appointment for a blowout or anything fancy like that.

Step 1: Start with dry hair and your favorite styling products. After I washed, I used a little thickening mousse at the roots and this styling treatment. I just rough-dried my hair in the morning and put it in a side part all day until I was ready to style it.

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Living Proof Hair Product

Step 2: Use a small-barrel curling iron (I used 1 inch) to create ringlets all around your head. Be sure to curl the ends of your hair as well. Position the curling iron so that the hair curls in toward your face.

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Step 3: Spritz a light mist of your favorite flexible hairspray. This one is amazing.

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Step 4: Gently brush out the curls into soft, vintage-looking waves.

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Step 5: Tuck one side behind your ear. Add some bling for extra festivity!

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

That’s it. Start to finish, it takes me five minutes; if your hair is long or super thick it might take a few minutes longer. But it’s pretty much a guaranteed win for pretty party hair! If you’re looking for the right styling products to make it work on your hair type, give Living Proof’s product selector tool a try. You can enter your specific needs and it’ll let you know what will work best for you. Those smarties! Now go get yourself all jazzed up for a holiday shindig — and have an extra eggnog for me. xoxo

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

Easy Holiday Hairstyle

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