Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DIY Jewelry Dish

Say hello to my latest and greatest DIY project. I love this one because it was inexpensive, quick and way cute! Jewelry dishes are trendy right now and who doesn't need a sweet little tray to place their knick knacks on?! You can fully customize your dish and I chose to keep it simple and feminine.

This was a project from the book: Happy Homemade Home. My sister-in-law gave me this book for my birthday and it has sweet DIY projects, recipes and ideas. It is a great resource for inspiration!

- Plastic or glass dish
*I found this acrylic plate at Target for $0.99. They also had a bunch of clear and white glass options for $2.00-5.00.
- Spray paint or Acrylic paint
*I used both!
- Stencil stickers
*I used cursive sticker stencils, found at Michaels.
- High gloss finishing spray

1. Start by removing any stickers on the dish and painting the top of the tray whatever color you'd like the shape/letter to appear as.
2. Once dry, place your sticker stencil into place. I used the letter "M" to make it a monogram tray.
3. Spray the dish with the spray paint of your choice. I used some gold spray paint on the back and front of the dish. You may need two coats depending on your color.
4. Once dry, carefully peel off the sticker and cover with a gloss finishing spray.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I just cannot seem to do anything simple when it comes to having people over. As soon as we make plans, the wheels in my head start turning. Last weekend, we decided to host a little get together. All of a sudden, I am intensely planning decor and dishes! Does anyone else have this problem? Check out my attempt to stay small with our St. Patty's Day get together.

- Fruit organized as a rainbow
- Veggies made to look like a shamrock (This was a bit of a fail but oh well!)
- Shamrock shaped cheese with crackers
- Chocolate covered Oeros

- Guiness
- Irish Cream
- Green sodas

- Green polka dots: paper straws, plates and banner
- Foam and paper shamrocks
- Gold coins
- Orange tulips

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DIY Cork Monogram

I am trying something new by reposting a project. I already wrote a post about my cork project that was used in our wedding decor but wanted to resurrect it since I never gave detailed descriptions on the how-to. This cork project was months and months in the making. These are corks from my friends' weddings, from work events, from my parents, from our engagement party, from friend get-togethers and from in-laws. This was used on the guest book table at our wedding and now graces our home.

  • Glue gun
  • Wooden or cardboard letter
  • Spray paint
  • Corks
*You can either collect corks on your own or you can buy them in bulk. They can be found on Amazon, eBay or at your local craft store.

  1. Sort the corks as you desire. I wanted our letter to have a whole mix of colors but an ombre look is also beautiful as well.
  2. Paint the letter in your desired color. I went with purple to go with our wedding colors.
  3. Strategically glue corks in the layout. Make sure that the bottom row sits flat so that it does not tip over when set upright.