DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

I was so pumped to tackle this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, because this time around we were given free rein to make something inspired by Paris. If you don’t remember,…

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

I was so pumped to tackle this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, because this time around we were given free rein to make something inspired by Paris. If you don’t remember, we spent a few weeks in Paris a couple of years ago and I came back with my head absolutely in the clouds. One of my very favorite Parisian-y things to do was to pack a picnic and go eat in the park (preferably under the Eiffel Tower, duh), which led to my favorite all time picture of me and Mr. Lovely.

Le sigh. Take me back. As soon as Hank is up for a little international travel, you can bet we’ll be taking him there. But for now, I decided to put together a little picnic basket DIY so we can get our al fresco dining on, even in town. Michaels has a killer selection of baskets, so pick out your favorite and let’s do it.

Materials

  • basket with hinged lid
  • E-6000 (or your favorite mega-strong glue)
  • elastic
  • large button
  • scissors
  • upholstery thread

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

Start by figuring out what utensils you’d like to attach to the inside of your basket. I wanted to make space for a couple of sets of silverware, and a couple of champagne glasses. (Speaking of which, here’s a tutorial to make your own gold polka dot champagne flutes!)

DIY Picnic Basket

Measure out the elastic so that it’s long enough to wrap around your glasses but keep them very snug. Snip off the right amount of elastic. Spread E-6000 on both ends and press the ends firmly into the underside of the basket lid.

DIY Picnic Basket

Repeat the process for the other items you’d like to attach to the lid. For utensils, make a small loop of elastic by cutting about 2 inches and glueing the ends together. Then glue the loop to the lid in the same way you did for the glasses.

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

Use thick upholstery thread to weave through the front of the basket and through the hole of your button. Make a few passes to ensure that the connection is strong, then double knot and snip the ends.

Glue a loop of elastic to the underside of the lid of your basket, long enough to reach around the button and hold the lid taut.

DIY Picnic Basket

Allow all of your glue to dry for at least 24 hours, or until it’s completely cured.

That’s all! Fill it with fun treats (champagne required) and get yourself on some picnics!

To see what other Paris-inspired projects the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up, see the links below. And, here’s something rad: if you make your own Parisian-inspired project you can enter to win Michaels’ giveaway of a trip to Paris! Create a Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and upload a photo to www.paris.michaels.com through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest. You can win a four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more! If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com. xoxo

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Update All Your Picture Frames for A Few Bucks

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had….

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had. I mean, I love all of the actual art but the frames were so sad and busted looking I was just bummed out. Those frames have been with us for cross-country moves, multiple apartments, and a zillion rearrangements. I really wanted to chuck them all and start fresh but that seemed 1) wasteful and 2) expensive. Frames are expensive, right?! I also didn’t want to get into the whole spray paint thing, because I’ve gone down that road with picture frames and it’s just a mess. So I thought and thought and eventually came up with this little fix: vinyl. Or even contact paper! Anything with a nice finish and a sticky back will do it. Here’s how to update your own frames for just a few bucks.

Materials

  • old picture frame
  • adhesive vinyl or contact paper — I used this one
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife

Make Time: 20 Minutes Per Frame

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Start by cutting a piece of vinyl slightly longer than the long side of your frame. Make it wide enough to wrap from the inside front to the inside back of the frame. Smooth it down on the frame and be sure to get rid of any bubbles.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Slice the edges with the X-Acto knife so that they wrap toward the inside of the frame and cover it completely. Then wrap the other side around the back. Cut away the excess from the ends. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Keep covering until all four sides are covered. Just carefully cut away excess with the X-Acto knife. When all four sides are covered, make a diagonal slice at each corner and peel away the excess of one layer of vinyl. This will just create a nice, neat corner and give the illusion that it’s an actual frame.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Smooth it all down one more time and put your picture or art in it! BLAM — new picture frames for everyone! I did this to about 5 or 6 frames and it made all the difference in the world. Just find some great vinyl or contact paper and go to town. And isn’t that little Hooray print so cute? It’s actually the card that you get in the mail if you’re signed up for Anthropologie’s birthday list. I’m all about multipurposing! xoxo

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Painted Chambray Banner

I had an itch recently to put together a quick little project for the tiny dude’s nursery — I wanted something fun to hang on his crib that wouldn’t get…

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

I had an itch recently to put together a quick little project for the tiny dude’s nursery — I wanted something fun to hang on his crib that wouldn’t get in the way or be a danger. I came across this chambray denim paint and was totally curious! He has a chambray crib skirt so I was like, “Let’s party, denim paint.” And this little banner was born.

Materials

  • denim paint (keep reading for sources!)
  • plain canvas fabric
  • letter stickers
  • paintbrush
  • painters tape
  • wooden dowel
  • glue gun
  • baker’s twine
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

Head to Michaels and pick up all your supplies! Right now they have a new section called Make Market with tons of fun supplies — that’s where you can find the denim paint. Start by cutting a banner shape from your canvas.

Next, apply letter stickers to spell out something fun! I tried to find a phrase that was sweet enough for little guy’s room but still had a little bit of attitude… Because duh. Tape a square around your words with painter’s tape.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Next, fill in the square with the denim paint. Be careful that your letters are firmly adhered to the canvas so that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Chambray Banner

Peel away the stickers and the tape. If you find that your fabric has puckered around the paint, give it a quick pass with a hot iron on the unpainted side.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Fold the top of the banner over on itself and secure with a line of hot glue. Be sure to leave a hole large enough to fit your wooden dowel.

DIY Chambray Banner

Insert the dowel and tie the baker’s twine to either end. Hang it and love it! I’m kind of newly obsessed with the idea of denim paint, especially in this chambray shade. I’m off to paint everything that’s not nailed down!

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Be sure to check out what all the other Michaels Makers are whipping up this month — links are below! Happy Monday, lovelies. xoxo


DIY Emoji Coasters

DIY Emoji Coasters

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Aileen of At Home In Love. Here she is!

DIY Emoji Coasters

Hi guys! Aileen here from At Home in Love. I’m kind of obsessed with emoji, so it was only a matter of time until I brought some off my phone and into my house. I put this project together with Valentine’s Day in mind, but let’s be honest, these guys would make a fun gift any time of the year!

Materials

  • blank cork coasters (these are from IKEA)
  • acrylic paint
  • varnish
  • paintbrushes
  • paper
  • scissors

Start by making a template for your favorite emoji faces. I don’t have a printer, so I traced the coasters and sketched the faces by hand…but you could make this part way easier on yourself by simply printing the emoji faces. Make sure to size them to the size of your coasters.

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Next, paint the coasters yellow, including the edges. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, cut out your emoji templates. This is the part that takes the longest, but it’s worth taking the time to do it right. Plus, once you have the template made you could crank out a whole bunch of these coasters to give away!

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Once your templates are done and the yellow paint is dry, place each template over a coaster and paint in the details.

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DIY Emoji Coasters

Wait for all the paint to dry, then give your coasters a coat of varnish. This will give them a shiny, finished look, and protect the acrylic paint from coming up with water.

DIY Emoji Coasters

Once the varnish has dried, your coasters are ready to use! For Valentine’s Day, I think it would be fun to tie a set of these together with a card that reads, “I’ve got heart eyes for you.” Or maybe you could deliver breakfast in bed, and under the mug of coffee would be a coaster with the kissy face emoji! Cute, right? I might just do it…

DIY Emoji Coasters

Thanks Aileen! For more cute DIYs, fun adventures, and inspiration, head over to At Home In Love.

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DIY Confetti Photobooth Backdrop

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Melanie of You Are My Fave. Here she is!

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Some of my favorite posts from Chelsea are her clever photobooth backdrops so I decided to give it a try with the all purpose party supply, confetti.

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Materials

  • tissue paper
  • 1/2 inch circle punch
  • white butcher paper or poster board
  • spray adhesive

Turn on an episode of Gilmore Girls and use the circle punch to create confetti from your tissue paper (the secret to cutting tissue paper is to punch several layers at once or it will get jammed and you’ll swear).

Once you’ve created a generous amount, lay out butcher paper or poster board and give it a good spray with the adhesive.

Quickly dump the confetti on top and gently pat down. Give the paper a good shake and collect the loose confetti.

Repeat the process until the paper is covered to your liking. Lay in the left over confetti and make a party angel.

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I might be finding pieces of confetti scattered throughout my house for weeks after this but I’d say it was worth it.

Thanks Mel! For more adorable DIYs and lots of party inspiration, head over to You Are My Fave.

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Sarah of Sarah Hearts. Here she is!

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Valentine’s Day is almost here and that means it’s time to show that special someone just how much you adore them. If you’ve already nailed down just the right gift for your significant other, here’s the perfect way to add the finishing touch—because it’s all about the pretty details, am I right? Download these free printable gift wrap sheets to make your sweetheart swoon. And don’t worry if you don’t have a valentine this year. These gift wrap sheets are perfect for wrapping all those gal-intine’s day goodies too!

DOWNLOAD THE 8.5” X 11” GIFT WRAP
DOWNLOAD THE 11” X 17” GIFT WRAP

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Thanks Sarah! For more downloads, DIYs, and crafty ideas, be sure to head over to Sarah Hearts.

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

Valentine Postcards + Wallpaper Download

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Lexy of The Proper Pinwheel. Here she is!

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

Hey err’body! I’m happy to play the Lovely Indeed maternity game while Chelsea gets to snuggle up to the newest Mr. Foy! I just wish I could snuggle up with them! I love the babies.

Speaking of love! We’re entering the season of all things love-y and it’s only appropriate that you dress up every techie part of your life! “How?” you ask?

Why, with this easy peasy and pretty-in-pink downloadable wallpaper! It’s perfect for your laptop. It’s perfect for your phone. And it even makes a fun little print that you can turn into postcards and send to your loved ones near and far!

Simply download the wallpaper and print! In your print settings, change the layout so that you print 4 copies to a page. Once printed, cut, trim, and draw those postcard-y lines on the back.

Sign and seal with a kiss!

DOWNLOAD XOXO WALLPAPER

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

xoxo Wallpaper and Printable Postcard

Illustration & Photography: Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel

Thanks Lexy! For more adorable projects, sweets, and a good amount of charming sass, be sure to check out The Proper Pinwheel. And keep you eyes peeled for the unveiling of Proper, Lexy’s new site!

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Printable Calligraphy Valentines

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Jessica of Coco & Mingo. Here she is!

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Hello Lovely Indeed readers! Jessica here over from Coco & Mingo, and I’m so excited to be taking over for Chelsea today while she’s on her maternity leave and lovin’ up on her new baby! I know we all love and miss her, and she’ll be back soon enough! In the meantime, since Valentine’s day is around the corner (is it really?? I feel like it was just New Years…), I thought I’d share a printable Valentine’s Day card for you to give out to…whoever! Significant other, friends, family, classmates, colleagues…whoever you love, remember on this holiday (and everyday) that love is the only thing which sets us free. So go and do, speak, sing, dance, and breathe that thing called love.

Download your Valentines right here! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Thanks Jessica! For more lovely DIYs, lettering, and pretty inspiration, head over to Coco & Mingo!

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Laicie of A Thousand Threads. Here she is!

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

Hi there Lovely Indeed readers! I’m Laicie, and I’m so excited to be filling in for Chelsea while she’s away with her new little guy.

Since Valentines Day is coming up, I thought I’d share an easy rose-themed diy that can be used now, or any time of the year. This rose petal honey would make a perfect gift, addition to your Valentines meal, or an awesome use for your leftover Valentine roses. But even if you’re not celebrating the day, it’s great to have a little infused honey in the kitchen for a special occasion. And you can try the recipe below with other herbs as well!

Just mix about 2 tablespoons of the herb with 1 cup of honey and follow the instructions below, and you’ll have the perfect finishing touch for your next big meal!

Materials

  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals (Easy to order online if you don’t want to dry them yourself!)
  • 1 cup local honey
  • 10 oz jar with a nice tight lid
  • Stirring stick

Combine rose petals and honey in your jar. Stir together, seal tightly, and allow to set in a cool dry place for 1-2 weeks. Keep it for yourself or share the love and give it to someone sweet! Happy Valentine’s Day!

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

DIY Rose Petal Infused Honey

Thanks Laicie! For more beautiful recipes, projects, and beautiful adventures, head over to A Thousand Threads.

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY XOXO Throw Blanket

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful…

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. Here she is!

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

Since we’re celebrating Little Foy as the newest addition to the DIY dream team that is Lovely Indeed, I, Ashley, figured it would be fitting to make sure he’s welcomed and warmed with this DIY xoxo blanket… that or anyone who needs a quick nap will be prepared in style, too.

Materials

  • All purpose, non-toxic craft paints in colors of your choice
  • A paint brush for each color
  • Painter’s tape
  • Muslin blanket

Instructions

First, be sure to wash and dry the blanket before painting so that if any shrinking occurs, it doesn’t effect the design. Next, lay the blanket flat and tape down the edges with painter’s tape. If the blanket is wrinkled, you may want to iron it for better results.

DIY xoxo throw blanket

Once it’s taped down, alternate each color to make x’s and o’s sporadically throughout the blanket. Be sure to not use too much paint on the brush so that the fabric doesn’t become stiff when it dries. By using a light coat of paint, the fabric will still have some movement, and will become softer after it’s washed again while still keeping it’s color.

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

This little blankie would make a perfect gift for a new baby, or for any grownup who just likes to snuggle. (Which, let’s be real, is most everybody). xoxo

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

DIY xoxo throw blanket

Thanks Ashley! For more beautiful DIYs and lots of sugary goodness, head over to Sugar & Cloth!

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

DIY Disco Heart Valentines

I always forget how much I love Valentine’s Day! Not in a cheesy teddy-bear-and-chocolates kind of way, but in a fun I-love-love kind of way. I wanted to make a…

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

I always forget how much I love Valentine’s Day! Not in a cheesy teddy-bear-and-chocolates kind of way, but in a fun I-love-love kind of way. I wanted to make a teeny tiny something for my Valentine’s, even though we’re knee-deep in babyland over here, so obviously a disco ball heart with chocolates inside was the way to go. Because everything looks better when it’s covered in disco mirrors, right?!

Materials

  • papier mache heart boxes
  • small mirror tiles
  • wire cutters or mosaic tile cutters
  • strong glue

Make Time: 1 Hour

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

Before we start, how happy does this little organizer box make my Type A heart?! I love organized things. I had all of these rhinestones and mirror tiles and sparkly things spread all over my supply closet and now they’re in one happy spot. If you need a little organization help for your piles of stuff like I do, Michaels has some pretty sweet tools to help with that. My little workspace is reaping the benefits of all that organizing!

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So! Start by cutting your mirror tiles (unless you want ‘em big!). I cut mine into quarters so I could cover the box in more detail. When you’re cutting be careful that the pieces don’t fly everywhere. I kept my other hand over the wire cutters to trap the pieces that I was cutting apart.

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

Next, spread a thick layer of glue on the lid of your box. Lay the tiles down one by one, covering as much surface area as possible.

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

Once you’ve got the lid covered, put the lid back on the box to see where you’ll need to start the first row of tiles on the bottom portion. Repeat the process on the bottom of the box until everything is covered.

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

Fill that disco heart up with Valentiney things and give it to someone who deserves it! Full disclosure: the chocolates in these photos did not make it for very long. I’ll have to buy some new ones for my Valentines because these happened to find their way into my mouth. Whoopsie. Hashtag worth it. xoxo

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

DIY Disco Heart Valentine

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