Category Archives: diy

diy easter treat bags + free printables

March 31, 2015

diy / downloads / holiday

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like i said last week, i won’t be decorating any eggs this year — but i DID design a printable treat bag topper for your candy bags! these are so easy to put together and not too pastel / easter-y for my taste!

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materials

diy easter treat bags | almost makes perfect

print the toppers on standard sized card stock, cut out. fold in half. fill your bags with filler + candies, trim off the top edge depending on how full your bag is (aka how generous you are with candy). use double sided tape or a stapler to secure!

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ALL PRINTABLES ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR REDISTRIBUTION OR RESALE.

diy triangle bookends

March 4, 2015

diy

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as you know, i love cardboard + contact paper DIYS. because you can make dope things and they don’t cost money.

this project requires a little patience and some cutting skills, but the cardboard is pretty forgiving, so you really can’t tell if the shapes are wonky.

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5 minute diy raw crystal magnets

March 2, 2015

diy

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a few weeks ago i was roaming around my favorite craft store and i noticed they were selling raw crystals and minerals for like a buck each. so naturally i filled my basket with them and decided i could just scatter them on every table around the apartment. but when i got home, i decided i wanted to scatter them across my fridge too! so i made magnets. not the most inventive DIY, but these make the easiest inexpensive gifts and favors too!

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all you have to do is buy some dope crystals like mine (i’ve seen them pretty cheap on ebay), and some magnets (fyi i saw pretty much the same magnets for $12 at the container store and $3 at home depot).

then you glue a magnet onto the flattest surface of your crystal. let dry for a few hours before magnetizing (not sure i’ve ever used the word magnetizing before).

i used a combo of hot glue and super glue to make the bond as secure as i could.

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ps i love crystals.

diy incense holders

February 25, 2015

diy

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my home office is in the same room as my cats litter box. so we all work really hard in this room. and while i thought i had retired using nag champa in high school, g brought it back to mask the scent of lingering cat poop and it really does work. we’ve been using an old tea tin for years, so i decided to make a simple little holder for our incense sticks – and hey, you can too!

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materials

  • polymer clay
  • rolling pin
  • a clay blade
  • acrylic paints

01. soften up the clay in your hands, roll a piece into a ball and roll it out flat.

02. use your blade to cut each side to form a triangle. using your incense stick, prick a hole in the center and wiggle it around just a little to give enough space for your incense. bake until hardened, let cool.

03. paint! i watered my acrylic paint to give it a watercolor look. if you mess up, you can use nail polish remover to fix your mistakes, although i’ve read it’s bad for the clay. also, don’t spill even a drop on your phone screen like i did. because it IS BAD i learned the hard way.

04. let dry! light incense! party!

+ if you’re wondering how messy this is versus using a “catch-all” for the incense ash, well my answer is that we are very frugal people and we’re also very sensitive to smells, so we only use a little of an incense stick at a time. ash may drop. but yolo.

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diy faux speckled candles

February 18, 2015

diy

diy faux speckled candles

lately i am obsessed with all things ceramic and enamelware, but i really don’t have any money to spend on this love of mine. so while i wanted to incorporate that look onto my pretty new-ish coffee table, duh i decided to DIY it.

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materials

  • some plain candles (mine were $2 at ikea)
  • white spray paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • black acrylic paint
  • a tiny brush

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01. spray paint your candles upside down and let dry outside for at least 5 hours.

02. once your candles are dry and you peel them off the work surface, you’ll notice the top rim probably needs a little finesse. i lightly sanded my down and carefully painted with the white acrylic paint.

03. if you have a reference to use (like my enamelware camping mug), all the better. if you don’t, use mine or an image on google. the trick is to go VERY slowly and not to over think it. my first candle was pretty bad because i was completely over thinking it. so here’s my trick : relax and do a little at a time. so do tiny dots and spread them all over, don’t do one area at a time. then add medium sized dots. then add blotches to make it a little more natural rather than large dots, which end up looking kind of intentional. if it helps, do a little on one side, then turn it and do a little on the other side of the candle, then go back and forth. as long as you go at a slow relaxed pace, it won’t look too deliberate.

+ if you’re wondering if flammable spray paint and candles shouldn’t mix, it seems to be ok because the spray paint is only on the outside of the glass which doesn’t touch the flame whatsoever. but if my candles spontaneously combust, i’ll be sure to let you know.

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you might be asking yourself why i didn’t use white wax candles, and that’s because i usually hate the scent of inexpensive white candles. like no thanks, i don’t want a baby powder or vanilla buttercream scent in my house. but maybe i’m just picky.

but i’m really loving the way these candles bring a little pattern to my coffee table – let me know if you try it!

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diy marble valentines chocolate box makeover

February 3, 2015

diy / valentines day

diy marble valentines chocolate boxes | almost makes perfect

it seems like forever ago that we were seeing bill cosby perform on valentines day, last year. ick. so much can change in a year. but my love of marble still hasn’t! here’s a super easy way to makeover cheap chocolate boxes from the drugstore, along with an item you can also buy at the drugstore, contact paper!

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so basically, you wrap contact paper onto your chocolate box! it’s a little tricky around the sharp edges and rounded curves, and it really doesn’t look that amazing once you open it — but it’s valentines day so it’s the thought that counts. also, they won’t notice because it’s filled with chocolate.

to do the edges of the box, i just layered little pieces on top of each other. the sides i use long skinny pieces and the top i just laid a big piece on top. then trim. then give.

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