DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to…

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Guys! This is one of those projects that I had in my head and didn’t actually know if I’d ever get up the courage to tackle it. I wanted to do a faux stained glass treatment on our sliding barn door in the studio forever, and was totally chicken to go for it. But I just dove in and tried it and good news! It’s way easier than I thought it would be. It’s such a cool way to update glass, mirrors, windows — anything that wants a little color. And it’s temporary, so you apartment dwellers can get in on the action too. It’s a pretty, colorful DIY that’ll make you feel like a total professional.

Materials

  • glass window, door, or mirror
  • colored window film (we got ours here, ordered by the foot)
  • squeegee
  • spray bottle
  • Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
  • hard straight edge tool, like a scraper or similar
  • razor blade
  • paper towels

Make Time: 15 Minutes per color panel

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

Note: We deviate slightly from the instructions on the site where we purchased the color window film. Trial and error led us to this method; be sure to review their instructions as well!

Step 1: Mix up your spray solution. Add one tablespoon of baby shampoo to a spray bottle and fill with water. Clean all of your glass surfaces completely.

Step 2: Carefully peel off the clear liner from your window film. Spray the side of the colored film from which you just removed the liner.

Step 3: Place the wet side of the film onto your glass. Slide into place as best you can; it’s easiest to line up at a corner if you have one.

Step 4: Spray the film again so that the squeegee will slide across the surface. Squeegee the film to start adhering it to the glass and working any bubbles out.

Step 5: Use your straight edge tool to press the film into the corners of your glass or window. Once you’ve got it pressed into the corners, take your razor and slide it along the straight edge of the tool. Work the tool and the razor all the way along the edge of your glass until all of the excess film is cut away. Note: Be careful not to let the film slide around as you are squeegeeing and cutting.

Step 6: Spray the film again and squeegee again. Use the straight edge tool if needed, to work any bubbles out. Take your paper towel and press outward along all edges to be sure that they are adhered, and to soak up excess spray solution.

I am so pumped on this colorful update! It’s still a bit surprising every time I look over at the studio door, but I love the blast of color. And I’m also still so pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. I’ll keep you updated on how the window film wears after some time – so far so good! xoxo

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Faux Stained Glass Sliding Barn Door

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

The Best Gold Desk Supplies

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more gold. I’m sure one day gold will be out and silver will be back in, but I’m still fully and…

DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mousepad

I have a sickness, and the only cure is more gold. I’m sure one day gold will be out and silver will be back in, but I’m still fully and completely riding the gold train. And every single time I go to target I get suckered into buying some cute new gold tchotchke, usually for my desk. So in an effort to stop buying all the gold desk supplies, I’m sharing them here instead. Check out the things that I definitely did not buy this week.

Or if you’re looking for a golden desk DIY, you could probably make this gold polka dot mousepad or this little marbled golden pencil cup from our archives! Stay golden, y’all. xoxo

Gold desk supplies

LampFile folderStaplerTape dispenserBusiness card holderMail sorterScissorsTacks and clips.

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets-10

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Our girl Kara is back today with a simple and rad DIY that has me all “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Prepare to love these little DIY fluffy pompom…

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Our girl Kara is back today with a simple and rad DIY that has me all “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Prepare to love these little DIY fluffy pompom magnets.

I don’t know about you, but I, Kara, have been obsessed with pom poms of late. Since I have suddenly found myself on a quest to add pom poms to every room of my house, I figured I might as well share these new DIY fluffy pom pom magnets with you too. That way you can start obsessing over pom poms like me! This DIY is seriously easy and gives my office the perfect poppy punch of color that keeps me smiling during the work day.

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

You can’t tell me your desk (or refrigerator) wouldn’t be loads better with these colorful little fluffs! I couldn’t decide between solid colors and multi color poms, so I of course made some of each and I am so glad I did!

Materials

  • Yarn in several colors
  • Mini pom pom maker (you can find these at the craft store or online)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Strong magnet rounds

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

Step 1: Begin by opening the pom pom maker and wrapping your yarn around both sides.  You can use just one solid color or choose several for each pom and just alternate the colors used when wrapping.

Step 2: Use your scissors to cut the yarn down the middle on each side.

Step 3: Cut a piece of 5″ long yarn and tie a double knot around the center of the pom pom maker and open up the pom pom maker to get your pom pom out.

Step 4: Trim up your pom pom to form a nice and neat little ball and repeat to make a whole batch of pom poms.

Step 5: Use your hot glue gun to glue the pom poms to the magnets.

Now go forth and hang up your child’s art work or your bills with a smile on your face, because that my friends is the power of using these DIY fluffy pom pom magnets! xoxo

DIY Fluffy Yarn Pom Pom Magnets

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

DIY Easter Bunny Gingerbread House

When Easter candy is as pretty as this, it’s just begging to be made into decorations. We had so much fun making gingerbread houses over the holidays that we decided we needed…

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

When Easter candy is as pretty as this, it’s just begging to be made into decorations. We had so much fun making gingerbread houses over the holidays that we decided we needed to make an Easter bunny house for Easter, decorated with all of our favorite chocolates! I confess, I find it deliciously therapeutic to decorate these things. And the delicious part is half the fun, because obviously you have to taste test your materials. Am I right?

It was like a pastel wonderland putting this together, with spring-colored M&M’s flying every which way. I’m not complaining, y’all. We stopped at Target to stock up and realized they have Vanilla Cupcake M&M’s for Easter, which are not only perfect for decorating an Easter bunny’s house but also crazy tasty.  We also stocked up on Mars Minis and Dove Chocolate Eggs for extra details and because they’re just so delicious. And bonus — if you use Target’s Cartwheel app while you’re snagging your candy you can save X% on the whole lot!

Materials

  • spring chocolate — we used M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies (Pastel Colored), Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Eggs, Minis Mix Chocolates for Spring, and M&M’S Vanilla Cupcake
  • gingerbread house kit
  • colored cardstock
  • double-stick tape
  • scissors
  • tray or platter
  • optional: gold stickers

Make Time: 2 Hours

Easter candy

Easter candy

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

Step 1: Put together your gingerbread house walls and roof from  your kit. Build your house on your platter or tray.

Step 2: While your house sets, slice a few Mini Snickers bars to create “bricks” for a walkway. Set these aside.

Step 3: Use card stock to create a door and a treetop. Cut out the shapes with scissors. If desired, cut small pieces of your gold stickers to create a doorknob and a mail slot.

Step 4: Start laying the Snickers bricks to form a walkway from the area where the door will be, leading toward the edge of your tray. The Snickers will stick by themselves. Line the walkway with Dove Chocolate Eggs; place a small dab of the frosting from your gingerbread house kit on the bottom of each Egg to keep it in place.

Step 5: Decorate the roof of your house. We chose a rainbow pattern, but be creative! Place a small dot of frosting on each M&M and stick it to the roof until your design is finished.

Step 6: Add the tree and door to your house. On the back of each, cover a 1″ square area with double-stick tape. Then place a dot of frosting on the tape. The tape will keep the frosting from making a greasy spot on your paper. Press the door onto the house and the treetop onto a mini Twix bar. Place a dot of frosting on the bottom of the Twix bar to get it to stand up like a tree.

Step 7: Add any other details that you like! Stack a few M&M’s to make a small topiary, spread some green ones around the sides of the house like grass, or add windows and other decorations to the walls.

I love this! We added it to our Easter centerpiece on our dining room table and it’s so fun to have around. And it looks even better with a few little bowls of chocolate around it so you can grab a sweet snack as you pass by. 😉 Happy decorating, all! xoxo

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

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

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

DIY Printable Bunny Box

Here comes Easter! This is one of my favorite seasons. Everything is fresh, trees are blooming, and these days I get to play Easter bunny for my kids — which…

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Here comes Easter! This is one of my favorite seasons. Everything is fresh, trees are blooming, and these days I get to play Easter bunny for my kids — which is maybe the most fun of all. I’m finding that holidays are even better when you get to see them through your kids’ eyes. We are trying this year to steer clear of piles of candy and sugar around Easter, so I teamed with the gang at Wonderful Halos to come up with a simple, fun way to celebrate the holiday with healthy snacks. Halos are one of our go-tos around these parts – I toss them in my bag all the time to have on hand when Henry (or Ryan and I!) need a snack break. These printable bunny boxes just so happen to be the perfect size to house a Halo mandarin!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes per box

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Step 1: Download and print our printable bunny box template onto your cardstock.

Step 2: Cut along all solid lines. Crease the box inward along the dotted lines.

Step 3: Place a Halo in the center of the box. Fold the vertical flaps inward and then the horizontal flaps over the top, forming the box. Slide the two interlocking pieces together to create the bunny shape.

Step 4: Use a small piece of double-stick tape on the back of each ear piece to affix it to either ear. Mix and match ear colors for a fun contrast.

I love these little guys! I think we might wrap up a whole bunch of Halos and give them to Henry’s little pals at school. They’re the perfect project for a crafternoon with the kiddos – let them help choose colors and cut out the shapes, and you can construct the boxes together. Pop those little mandarins inside and it’s an adorably healthy Easter gift. Happy making! xoxo

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

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

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

A Baby Shower Onesie Decorating Station (That Doesn’t Suck)

One of my best girlfriends is having a baby! We celebrated her recently with a baby shower and I was put in charge of a onesie decorating station. I was…

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

One of my best girlfriends is having a baby! We celebrated her recently with a baby shower and I was put in charge of a onesie decorating station. I was kind of stumped at first, because I didn’t want my sweet friend to end up with a pile of onesies with smeared puff-paint all over them. We can do better than that, right?! Right. So I thought and thought and came up with a few ideas so that guests could make quick, easy decorated baby clothes that would look cute enough to actually put on the kid. At first I wasn’t going to post about it but I actually put a good amount of work into it, so hopefully this helps a whole generation of baby shower planners to dodge the puff-paint bullet. Read on to see what we put together!

Use more than just onesies. We had the idea to branch out and include other pieces so that our girl didn’t end up with an overabundance of any one style. We used onesies, t-shirts, leggings, shorts, and headbands. The clothing pieces were in a variety of sizes as well, so that baby could grow into some of them and use them for a while to come.

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

Repurpose. A good number of the onesies we used came from another mama’s stash whose kids are now grown. We salvaged the ones that were in good shape and I gave them a dye job. We used a few different colors to mix it up. I used some good old fashioned RIT dye in bright colors, leaving the onesies in the dye bath for various amounts of time to create different saturations of color.

How to decorate. I planned a few different mediums and methods for guests to use while they were decorating the onesies. Spoiler alert: there was no puff paint involved.

  • Fabric Markers. We provided fabric markers and stencils so guests could either freehand designs or use stencils to make them a little more tidy.
  • Iron-On Letters. We got a bunch of iron-on letters and had an iron on hand. These are super easy to use (just like we did in this post!) and make for fun designs. Just peel off the letters and iron them on.
  • Iron-On Vinyl. Because I have a Cricut machine, I could easily prep some designs in the iron-on vinyl material and have them ready for guests. Guests just cut out the piece of the design that they wanted and ironed it right onto the clothing. It was fun to see what they would mix and match! If you have a Cricut too, you can just upload some quick designs and cut them out of a 12″ x 12″ piece of vinyl. A few designs go a long way.
  • Fabric Fusion Sheets. I got a few sheets of Fabric Fusion Sheets and prepped them ahead of time. To do this, peel off one side of the backing on a sheet of Fabric Fusion and stick the sheet to the wrong side of a rectangle of fabric. Give your guests scissors to cut shapes out of the prepped fabric. Once a shape is cut, peel off the other side of the backing and adhere it to your onesie. That simple! Running it through the dryer will set the adhesive.

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

Leave Instructions. I prepped a sheet of instructions to leave on the onesie decorating table so that guests could make sense of everything. If you’d like to download it, its right here.

Bring Supplies. I stocked the table with a few extra supplies: scissors, pens/pencils, scrap paper, a couple of irons, and a small ironing board.

I was so happy to see the results of all this planning! Baby ended up with a whole pile of clothes that are definitely cute enough to wear for a good long time. Everybody had a good time figuring out how to decorate their pieces, and it was all pretty quick and easy. And I’m still feeling pretty smug for having avoided even a single tube of puff paint. 😉 xoxo

Baby Shower Onesie Decorating

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put…

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

We’re in the process of a redesign for the blog (can’t WAIT to show you), and while we were playing with colors and patterns I got all inspired to put some of what we were working with onto something physical, instead of it just living in the computer. I had a big blank table runner and a dining room that needed a splash of color, so I think you can see where this is heading. I love this project because it packs a lot of color and is kind of so simple you can’t go wrong. So pick your favorite colors and let’s get to it!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner tutorial

Step 1: Lay out some cardboard or newspaper to act as a backdrop and catch any stray brushes of paint. Place the table runner on top.

Step 2: Choose your colors. We chose three colors for the large painted pieces (yellow, aqua, dark pink) and two for the accents (light pink, navy).

Step 3: Use your main colors to paint some abstract splotches on the length of the runner. Use one main color to paint the largest splotches. Use a secondary color to paint a few smaller ones, and a tertiary color to sprinkle in here and there.

Step 4: Once dry, use your two accent colors to paint some strips of smaller, abstract dots. We layered the light pink over the dark pink, and put the navy in at random.

Step 5: Let dry and place it on your table.

I also love that this is a sneaky little preview of what the new blog design has in store! You’ll probably notice some familiar themes once we relaunch, which should be soon. And in the meantime, my dining room table is a lot more cheerful with all of this color splashed around on it! xoxo

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

DIY Abstract Painted Table Runner

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of…

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs
How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

We got these chairs for our kitchen table a couple of years ago at IKEA. I always kind of envisioned changing the fabric on them but it was one of those projects that just never happened. Well, two years and two kids later the fabric on the chairs was looking way less than fresh so I decided it was finally time. It was so easy I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t done it sooner! So here’s how you can recover your kitchen chairs in less than an hour.

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Drill

Make Time: 15 Minutes per chair

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Step 1: Remove the seat from the chair using the drill. You can either remove their fabric covers or cover over the existing fabric.

Step 2: Lay your fabric out on a table, right side down. Place the seat on the fabric, also right side down.

Step 3: Cut around the seat, leaving a 2-3 inch extra allowance on all sides (more for a thicker cushion.

Step 4: Begin stapling your fabric. Pull taut and staple along two opposing sides. Then smooth, pull taut again and staple along the other two opposing sides. Finally, fold the corners down flat, smooth the excess fabric, and staple the corners.

Step 5: Reattach the seat to the chair frame.

Yeah! Love this little refresher in our kitchen. It’s also nice because the pattern hides spills by a certain toddler who shall remain nameless… The jury is still out on whether I LOVE love the fabric — I might switch it out again for something else one day. But right now the splash of orange and pink is pretty fun. Hope you try this one out! xoxo

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

How to Make a Travel Map

DIY Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for…

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

A couple of years back I did a different kind of travel map, right here. But the original map was one that Ryan made me way back in the day for a Valentine’s gift. It had a dot on every city we had been to together, with a string connecting the cities in the order in which we had traveled to them. It was a masterpiece. I found it the other day and I thought it would be super cool to recreate it larger, and with the additional places we’ve been together and now as a family with our kids. So here we are. This thing is a work of art! And we’ve got a free printable so you can make your own DIY travel map too.

Materials

  • printable map
  • small brads
  • embroidery thread
  • craft knife
  • optional: computer, printer, and white paper
  • scissors
  • double-stick tape

Make Time: 2 Hours (or less if you have only a few places on the map)

Step 1: Download our printable map and head to a print shop. The map is sized to 11″x17″ to give you lots of space to add your cities. Have them print a color copy for you.

Step 2: Use a craft knife to make a small incision dot on every city you’ve visited.

Step 3: Insert a brad through each dot and fold the metal prongs back behind the paper.

Step 4: Separate a single strand of embroidery thread from a package of floss. (Most embroidery threads have six strands wound together. You’ll need something pretty thin for this so a single strand works well.)

Step 5: Decide which brad to start with. Wind your thread around it a few times and tie it to itself. Trim the end.

Step 6: From there, crisscross the map from city to city, mapping out your travels. If you run out of thread and need more length, repeat Step 5 on your most recent brad and start a new thread.

Step 7: When you get to your final city, tie off the thread in a similar manner.

Step 8: For locations outside the U.S., I approximated their location on a smaller scale, just off the map a bit. If you have locations outside the U.S., label them with a small printed city or country title. We used Century Gothic Bold font, size 7. Print and cut your city or country name and affix to the map with a tiny bit of double-sided tape.

We framed and hung ours so we can marvel at all the traveling we used to do! Granted, the first couple of years of our relationship we were on tour but MAN that’s a lot of cities. There are also a few missing that we’ve been to separately but never traveled to together. And now we have some places, like Tulum, that we’ve been with our little ones. I have a secret dream to have a mural wall of a world map and do the same thing in greater detail. Someday! xoxo

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

How to Make a Travel Map

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to…

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Hey dolls! Major fun news — we’ve got a new kid on the block at Lovely Indeed! The darling Kara of A Kailo Chic Life will be joining us to bring you some fresh DIY vibes, and I’m so excited to have her on board. Can you even stand her first project? These cacti are on point. (Get it?!)

Hey Everyone! I’m Kara from A Kailo Chic Life, and I will be popping in once a month to share a colorful new DIY project with you. Crafts, colors, and patterns are my jam, so I am so excited that Chelsea has asked me to come and spread the joy of DIY with you all this year! First up on the crafting list are these amazing DIY colorful cacti soaps. Soap making may seem intimidating, but I promise, if you can use a microwave, then you can make these soaps!

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Wouldn’t you just love a few of these colorful gems in your bathroom? Not only are they fun for you to use to clean your hands, but they make amazing gifts too. Just package up a few in a clear bag and top with a few pom poms or a bow for the perfect gift.

Materials

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

Step 1: Begin by cutting your soap into 1″ chunks. Microwave 1-2 cups of soap (depending on the size of your pan and how thick you want your finished soap to be) in 15 second increments until just melted.

Step 2: Add your essential oils or scent and a few drops of your desired soap colorant. Mix well to combine and then pour into your mold.

Step 3: Spritz with the rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then let sit for 1 hour to harden.

Step 4: Once hard, use the cookie cutter to cut out your cacti soaps. If you use a metal pan instead of a silicone pan, you will need a small offset spatula to remove the soap from the pan before cutting it. Or you can place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan before pouring in your soap to ease the removal process.

Once all your soap is cut, you are ready to package it or give it away. Oh, and don’t throw out those scraps, they can be melted down again and reused for another soap project!

Thank you so much for reading along, and hopefully you now feel inspired try making your own DIY colorful cacti soaps! xoxo

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Colorful Cacti Soaps

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Valentine Pompom Drink Stirrers // 5 Minute DIY

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole…

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Bottoms up, Valentines! I wanted to put together a fresh DIY for all y’all who might be planning Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day festivities, but who might not have a whole lot of time. So if you’ve got cocktails on the menu, these little stir sticks will take you precisely 5 minutes to put together. Pop them in your glasses before you start passing around the drinks, and they’ll up your festive quotient big time. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

Step 1: Use the scissors to trim your bamboo skewers to your desired length.

Step 2: Use the glue gun to attach various pompoms to the top end of each skewer. Vary the arrangement and number of pompoms on different skewers for a fun effect.

Step 3: Trim all glue strings and be sure your skewers are free of any splinters. Pop them in your drinks and serve!

I love how they kind of look like bubbles! They look particularly fun in a fizzy pink drink, I’m just sayin’. And if your guests are smart and remember which stir stick is theirs, these can even double as drink markers! Pompoms are clearly the answer to everything, guys. Cheers! xoxo

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers

DIY Pompom Drink Stirrers