MARBLED CERAMIC PLANTERS


i'm the type of person who will collect planters when i don't even have plants to put in them! when i saw these $1 planters in the target dollar section, the opportunity could not be passed up. they sat in the craft room for a while, until... tada! nail-polish marbled planters!

SUPPLIES
  • terra cotta or ceramic planters
  • tub of water
  • various nail polish colors
  • blue painter's tape
  • white spray paint (if desired)
  • toothpicks
STEPS
1. tape off each planter using the painter's tape. i taped off different sections on each planter, but you could also tape off each planter the same way for a more uniform look. 

2. remove the caps of your nail polishes and have your planters ready to be dipped. this is the most important detail in this DIY. if you don't move quick, the polish will dry on top of the water and you won't be able to transfer the paint onto the planter. 








3. once you're ready to start dipping your planters, pour in each nail polish color and swirl with a toothpick. quickly submerge your planter into the nail polish + water mix, making sure all the polish is removed from the water and onto the planters.

4. remove from water and set to dry.












i love how easy these guys are to make, customize, and style. i can officially give myself a reason to go out and buy more plants, only in turn to buy a few more planters. :) -m


DISTRESSED DENIM IN 5 STEPS

i had been on the hunt for the perfect pair of distressed jeans for a long time.  i couldn't find a pair that i liked well enough to commit a big $$$ to, and the cheaper ones were, well, cheap. and then i remembered that sometimes i craft and that i should just make my own.  duh. so i did, and was blown away by how easy it was! the washing machine does most of your work, actually! here's what you'll need to distress your own jeans. 

S U P P L I E S
  • a pair of jeans. (i recommend practicing on some old ones first)
  • x-acto knife
  • tape or chalk
  • scissors
  • nail file/cheese grater
  • tweezers (optional)




1. start by taping off the areas you want to distress. (knees, back pockets, etc.) i find putting the jeans on first helps to find the correct placements.



2. insert your cardboard scrap inside the leg of the jean and place it under the area you are distressing. take your x-acto knife and cut horizontal slits, all the same length, into the jeans. denim is laid out with white horizontal thread woven into blue vertical thread, and cutting the strips allows you to remove the blue strips, leaving the white.



3. after you've cut the strips, separate the blue strands by grabbing them in the middle and pulling out to each side, revealing the white strands! using your fingers or tweezers, pull out the loose blue threads and discard them.





4. once all the blue threads are removed, take the grater or nail file and "rough up" some of the edges of the pockets and bottoms of the legs. or not! this part is where creative freedom comes in, do what you want! i love the look of distressed back pockets and edges of the legs, but anything goes!

5. place those guys into the washing machine! they'll adopt a bit more of a used look, and once they've dried, your set to wear 'em!




remember these ^^^ from this?

strut your stuff and feel free to tell everyone that yes, you distressed these yourself. because you are an awesome boss lady who rules. -m



DIY | INDIGO-DYED EGGS

the fact that easter is only 15 days gave me a little heart attack. i was just shooting poppers for new years last weekend! what happened? and the realization that egg diys were going to start invading the blogosphere also made me panic. but whew, i did it. i'm here. with some awesome indigo-dyed eggs comin' atcha!


 SUPPLIES
  • about 6 boiled eggs
  • indigo dye (or dark blue food coloring)
  • rubber bands
  • sticker (i also used loose leaf hole fixers)
  • small dish (or 2)
  • water






step one: after hard-boiling your eggs, fill one of the dishes about 3/4 of the way, and add the dye. let sit.

step two: while your dye and water mixture sits, take your rubber bands and wrap around the eggs. i found that it helps to vary the size of the rubber bands for different looks.






step three: place the egg into the dye and let it soak in all the indigo goodness for 5 minutes. (or longer for a deeper color)

i ended up adding a metal tray to the mix to catch the drips and splashes. you can also use a cookie sheet to protect the surfaces you're working on. it's also good to have paper towels and rags that can get stained on hand to clean up any messes.

step four: after the egg has been dyed, soak up the extra dye with a paper towel, and remove the rubber bands. repeat steps 1-4 using stickers this time!












i was really happy with how all the eggs turned out ( though they definitely could've been darker ) and put all the eggs back into their original carton to display! it's almost too easy, people... almost. -m

DIY | QUOTABLE CANVAS WALL HANGING

happy 2015! i'm sticking true to one of my resolutions right off the bat with this super simple quotable wall hanging! it's the perfect project to motivate you to stick to your own resolutions and goals! and the best thing is you can customize the saying and make a few to put around your house, without cluttering your walls!


if you have a pre-sewn/made piece of canvas that would work for this diy, you're already ahead of the game! if not, take your canvas and trace a picture frame that is similar to the size you want your wall hanging to be. once traced, cut it out and either sew a 1 inch fold/loop so you can insert the wooden dowel later. if you don't have a sewing machine or would like an easier option, you could use fabric glue to secure the fold. (just make sure you only glue down the edge and not the whole fold!) iron out any creases and/or wrinkles. 


 next, take your iron-on transfer paper and follow the directions (seriously!) for printing on a quote. i chose "today will be awesome" but there are a ton of options! after printing, cut out either each individual letter (for a messier look) or use the "bubble cut" technique for a cleaner, straight line look.


when all is cut out, place and iron on the letters. refer back to the transfer paper instructions for exact ironing details. (the parts of the transfer paper that don't have any ink on them may leave a bit of a film, depending on the kind you purchased.) 


after the letters have been ironed on and cooled off, insert the wooden dowel into the fold/loop you created earlier. cut your string to your desired length and tie onto each end of the dowel. hang and enjoy looking at your pretty piece of art.





here's a few more quote choices to spark some creativity. there's and endless amount of choices for this project! make as many as you want, give 'em as gifts, or switch them out each season! -molly 

5 MINUTE HALLOWEEN TOPPERS THAT TAKE THE CAKE

boo! two days to go. halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and i loved dressing up for school parties, friends parties, and any other event where costumes were accepted. but, to have a great party, you need great decorations. these spooky cake toppers will surely get some compliments, and only take 5 minutes to make!


SUPPLIES

  • scissors
  • popsicle sticks
  • tape
  • halloween cutouts (i got mine from google images)
  • construction paper (i chose black, but green or purple would look great too!)
  • a pencil
start by taking the pencil and tracing the cutout on to the construction paper. once fully traced, cut out the figure. next, take a strip of tape and a popsicle stick, and tape the figure and the stick together, creating the final product!







once you've made all the toppers, go ahead and display them alone in a cupcake or all together in a cake! and brace yourself for the compliments, they're coming. happy halloween! xo. molly

I TRIED IT: HAND-STAMPED NAPKINS

wow. hey guys! long time no see! i really missed posting real content and diy's. but you know, there's this thing called life. yea. it get's in the way - doesn't it? anyway, i'm here to bring you a new post inspired by brittni of paper & stitch. (link at the bottom of post) i hope you enjoy! 
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SUPPLIES
  • cloth napkins
  • paint
  • stamps
  • paintbrush (optional)
click through for full tutorial

start by laying out your napkin and smoothing it down. take your stamp, and either dip it directly in the paint, or use the paintbrush to evenly distribute the paint onto the stamp. this allows for a cleaner look, while dipping directly is more of a messy approach.


start stamping, either randomly or in a pattern. again - what approach you take depends on what you want your outcome to look like. and embrace the smudges, that\s what makes it look homemade!

 once you finish stamping, let dry and there you go folks! hand-stamped napkins that will bring life to any dinner party.


 enjoy! xo. molly
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(original post)


Canvas Succulent Planter



when i went to the Green City Market a few weeks back, i found a vendor selling amazing succulents. she had the cutest plants and such good prices! the thing is, they came in a plain green plastic pot, and all my other pots were filled or being used, and i needed a solution. i had some left over canvas from the tote bag diy, and got to brainstorming this succulent planter diy. 

SUPPLIES
  • ruler
  • canvas
  • plant
  • pencil
  • sewing machine / basic skills

full tutorial after the jump

(more...)





take you plant and your pencil and trace all the way around the pot, creating a full circle. then, take your ruler and add two inches in circumference around the whole circle, and cut out. (as shown below)



once the bottom of the planter is fully traced and cut out, measure the height of the pot and circumference around the pot. (you can use a loose tape measure, or use string and a ruler.)



when you have complete measurements, transfer onto the canvas and cut out.




pin and sew the two shortest edges together. (basically fold hamburger-wise and sew.)

after sewing the body of the planter, pin the edges of the bottom to the edges of the body and sew.

 flip planter inside-out and fold over excess fabric on top. insert plant and display!


sorry if the tutorial was a little (or very) confusing, feel free to ask me questions in the comments and i'd be happy to answer to the best of my ability! xo. Molly

PINK DONUT COASTERS

i'm back in the swing of things, my friends. today i'm bringing you pink donut coasters. yum. yes. probably one of the easiest DIYs i've done in a while, and i promise, anyone can make these. 

SUPPLIES
  • cork roll
  • paint and brushes of varied sizes
  • scissors
  • coaster to measure size (optional)
full tutorial after the jump.




take your cork roll, flatten it out, trace and cut out. i made a set of 3 coasters. (TIP: depending on how thick your cork is, cut it with scissors. i thought an x-acto would work, but scissors proved to work the best.)


either trace or freehandedly mark the inner and outer edge of the donut, and fill in with the same color paint.

once the whole donut is filled in, either paint a second coat (to prevent the cork from showing through) or start to paint your sprinkles. take a small brush and a small amount of paint and create little "sprinkle-like" lines.




let dry and you're done! these coasters make great handmade gifts, just stack and tie with a ribbon.

"would you like some coffee with your donuts?"
xo. Molly

Hand-Stamped Throw Pillow



my room needed inspiration. it has been lacking big time in the area of style and accents. tastefully bland, you could say. a day of brainstorming with a friend led to this. one of my all-time favorite projects. (so far...)

full tutorial after the jump.

keep reading //


SUPPLIES
  • scissors
  • fabric // i used canvas
  • paint // i used chalkboard for  more printed feel
  • stamp
  • paintbrush
  • sewing machine + basic skills
lay out your fabric, measure, and cut. the pillow can be as big or as small as you want. i made mine about 15" x 15", with an extra half inch for sewing. once the fabric is cut and measured correctly, iron out the creases. (it makes it much easier to stamp.) 

once ironed, use your paintbrush to apply the paint onto your stamp. applying paint with a brush as opposed to dipping your stamp into the paint is cleaner and prevents excess paint from "bleeding" on your fabric.  

once paint is applied, stamp onto fabric. if the paint bleeds, or you make a mistake, it's ok. that's what makes it yours.



once the whole fabric is stamped, take both squares of fabric, pin, and sew all edges except one.  leave half of the last edge open. this will allow you to flip the pillow right-side out and add stuffing. MAKE SURE the stamped side is FACING INWARD! if it's not, you're gonna have a problem. 

 add stuffing to your desired plushness. (yes i made that word up. thank you.)
after adding all the stuffing, tuck the edges of the unsewn portion (where you added in stuffing) into themselves and sew together, creating a smooth final edge on the pillow. (see below) 




and there you have it! a perfectly good, handmade throw pillow. i see myself making many many more of these little guys in the near future. xo. Molly
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p.s.   my stamp was found here


Polymer Clay Keychains

you hop in the car, running late. you reach for your keys and.... you grabbed the wrong ones. great. PAUSE. i'm stopping this right now because it sounds like i'm writing one of those cheesy, 2 am infomercials. gross. all i want to do is share this awesome DIY with you because you're awesome. and because that's what i do on this blog.
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SUPPLIES:
  • polymer clay
  • metal or rubber stamps
  • x-acto knife or razor blade
  • paint
  • brushes
collect all your supplies. start by softening your clay and spreading it out to 1/4 of an inch. (or your desired thickness.) trace and cut your shape. if you aren't a master at clay, this may take a few tries to get lines perfectly straight. 

 once you have cut out your shape and perfected it like the master you are, cut out/poke a hole towards the top. this allows you to add it on to a keyring. (make sure you poke the hole VERY close to the top, or you will have problems when it comes to putting it on the keyring. i know from experience.)
after creating the keyring hole, it's time to start stamping. 


i stamped some classic phrases, my name, etc. you can do whatever. 


when your keychains are completely stamped, bake your clay (can you say that?) according to the directions on it's package. most say bake at 275* for 15 mins for every 1/4 inch. then, jam out to some music  until your clay is done. 



as the clay cools, it will harden more. when your clay has completely cooled off, it's time to paint! i used acrylic craft paint and spray paint. i like the spray paint method a little better, because it gives a cleaner look and finish. 

 (i'm in love with this gold spray paint)




and there you have it! some new fancy keychains to enjoy, that are quick and easy to make. (and don't look like you bought them off that 2 am infomercial.) xo. Molly



Tote Bag DIY

totes are one of my favorite go-to bags when i'm in need of a quick carry-all. light weight and durable, they basically last forever. but, they usually lack in the area of style... so i decided i could make my own. (if you don't want to make your own, and just want to decorate one, BUY ONE HERE
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SUPPLIES
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • sewing machine
  • 1 1/2 yards of strong canvas or fabric
start by folding you fabric in half. measure and mark it 18 x 19 inches. cit and pin on both sides.

once you have finished pinning, sew up each edge. make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the fabric. next, measure out 1 (one) inch at the top of the bag and fold in in towards you. this will create the clean edge at the top of the bag. pin and sew. (TIP: make sure that the edge measures 1 inch all the way around the top of the bag, or else you'll be left with an uneven seam.)


once all is sewn, flip your tote right side out to make sure all is going smoothly and the bag looks as desired. if you are satisfied, flip the tote inside out again, and measure and mark (vertically and horizontally) 2 (two) inches on each corner. 
sewing these two corners will allow your tote to be able to stand easier and gives a more professional look. 
once again, flip the bag right side out to check your progress. if you're happy, it's time to decorate. 
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SUPPLIES
  • paint
  • dotting tool (i used the bottom of a paintbrush. you can also use a pencil eraser.)
  • tote (buy or diy)
  • cardboard/cardstock
start by gathering your supplies. you will need the cardboard/cardstock to prevent the paint from seeping through the fabric. place it inside your bag. dip your dotting tool in the paint and dot away! there's not much to it. here's what mine looked like in the end.




i also made a dip-dyed tote, seen in the cover photo. (the directions are pretty self-explanatory...) 






i know i posted this a lot later than i had said or hoped, so sorry about that. but i hope you guys like your new tote bag. i know this is a DIY that'll last me a while. 

xo. Molly

Easter Eggs: 3 Ways

as a kid i had always loved decorating Easter eggs. i wanted to capture that same love, but in a more modern decor sort of way. over the weekend, i did just that. (with the help of my friend Sarah)
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supplies:
  • eggs (i used a dozen, because they can, and probably will break)
  • push pin, needle, etc for hollowing out the eggs
  • bowl to collect egg yolk
first you want to hollow out your eggs. (if you aren't a fan of this particular method, just hard boil them) if you choose to hollow your eggs, take the push pin or needle, and poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg, leaving the one at the bottom bigger so the yolk can come out. (if you leave the hole small, you will have a very VERY difficult time. so just make it bigger, k?) now this is what some may find gross. over your bowl, blow through the top of the eggs, so the yolk and stuff comes right out the bottom. 


once all the eggs are hollowed out, it's time to start the decorating. 
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supplies:
  • paint
  • fine glitter
  • modpodge
  • paintbrush
  • tape
first, take one of your eggs and paint it. sarah and i found that the eggs need at least two coats of paint to get them completely covered, with out any shell showing. 

once the egg is painted and completely dry, take your tape and mark off the half of the egg that is getting "dipped". modpodge over the taped off section and add your glitter. once the glitter + modpodge dries, you can either leave the glitter matte (which i prefer) or modpodge over the glitter as a clear coat. (and PLEASE excuse both of our nails - we are very over due for a manicure!)
i loved the way these turned out. 
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supplies:
  • gold leafing
  • gilding adhesive
  • paintbrush
take your gilding adhesive and paint on the egg where you want the leafing to be. i stuck with the "dipped" look again. you can also do a patterned egg. polka dots or chevron would look really good. (depending on what your adhesive/gold leaf instructions are) wait until the adhesive is tacky to the touch, and attach your gold leafing. 

once the leafing dries, use another clean paintbrush to dust off any excess leafing left on the eggs. 
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supplies:
  • printed paper (i just printed it from a google search)
  • modpodge
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
take your printed sheet, and cut up the design. (i used flowers, so i cut out the individual blooms) when all the pieces are cut out, take a clean egg, free of dust and other dirty stuff, and start to paint your modpodge on the egg. TIP: don't paint the whole egg and then add the paper, because the modpodge will start to dry. place a piece of the paper and smooth it out with your fingers.
continue that all over the egg, until it is completely covered. lastly, add a final layer of modpodge as a sort-of sealant. and voila! 
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i hope you guys have a great easter with your DIY eggs! channel that inner little kid and throw yourself an easter egg hunt. do it. you'll thank me later. xo. Molly