I know I’m supposed to be on a blogging break, but sometimes I just can’t help myself! Have you guys heard of Darby Smart? Well if not, you should know about them! They make awesome DIY kits and send them right to your house! I just received my first two kits and can’t wait to make them! I got the Chic Striped Vase Kit and the Having a Ball Cocktail Decor Kit which are both shown below along with a bunch of other DIY project that would be perfect for New Year’s Eve or any other party! They also have tons of jewelry and home decor projects, so go check out all of the awesome kits!
All projects show are available as DIY kits from Darby Smart! And guess what?! I have a coupon code for y’all! Just use the code “perfectgift” for $10 off!
By purchasing a kit through the links in this post, I’m eligible to win a dream vacation, thanks for your support! As always, all opinions are my own.
I don’t know if y’all have been to the Brit+Co site, but it’s amaaaazing. It’s filled with recipes, crafts, style, DIY projects and the latest on new technology. In additional to their blog, they also have Brit Kits, which are do-it-yourself projects in a box, delivered monthly to your doorstep.
I just joined their Brit Co-Op program (a group of ladies handpicked by Brit+Co) and had the opportunity to throw a Brit Kit party for my friends last month! You may have seen my Intagrams from that night. We each got the materials and directions to make Paint-Splattered Travel Cases although we took some creative liberties and came up with some really unique designs! You can get this kit for yourself, right here!
Last photo from Brit + Co. all other by Ciera Holzenthal for Ciera Design. I was not compensated for this post. I was solely provided products to host this party. All opinions are my own.
It’s football time! The Saints first game was yesterday and while I love repping my team, I get bored with wearing the same ole t-shirts that everyone else has. So when my sister said she bought us shirts from TJ Maxx to make our own Saint’s gear I was super excited!
Making a top like this of your own is pretty simple! Use any shirt in a style you like in your favorite teams color. A top with athletic detailing, like this mesh sweatshirt is perfect! Then, find a good sporty looking font like Player, Return Pass, High School USA or Freshman to create the design you want. I picked a big number 9 for Drew Brees, the Saints quarterback! Print your design on adhesive paper, trim with an Exacto knife, stick it to your shirt and paint with fabric paint in a contrasting color.
Once the paint has dried, remove the adhesive template and you have yourself a fashionable jersey! That is my dad below getting in on the pealing action! Head over to Sequin Crush for more detailed instructions and how Jasmine styled her shirt.
It is still very hot here in NOLA so I wore the tank tied up to the side with jean shorts, but I can’t wait to wear it with leggings once the weather starts to cool down (if it ever happens).
Guys, I love Martha Stewart. I drool over Martha Stewart Living each month when it comes in the mail and I have a hard time not buying up every item of hers when I walk into Michaels. Thanks to Plaid Crafts and Martha Stewart Jewelry, I recently had the opportunity to try out some items from the new collection! I love wearing long necklaces so I decided to make an ombre cluster necklace with the beautiful purple Czech beads. I’m obsessed with how it came out and how easy it was. I want to make one in every color now!
1 Connect 7″ of the smaller chain to each side of the 18″ fat oval chain. Do this by opening a link on your smaller chain with the round nose pliers then closing the link around your fat oval chain. 7″ is what I used but it’s up to you to decide how long you want your necklace to be!
2 Again, by opening a link on the loose ends of your smaller chain, connect your toggle clasp
3 Cut an additional piece of your smaller chain 9 links long and connect to the bottom of your clasp with a medium jump ring
4 Thread you czech beads onto head pins and make loops on them. Since I had never done this before, I looked at a few videos online to get me started. It took me a few mess-ups to figure it out, but I quickly got the hang of it!
5 Start attaching your beads to the 9 links hanging down, two per link. I used chain links to connect the beads, or you can also use small jump rings. Start with the lighter colored beads at the top and work your way down to the darker ones, like shown below.
I can’t wait to dive into all of the other awesome stuff that came in my box from Plaid, like epoxy clay, jewelry glaze, molds, rhinestones and charms! You can see what some of my other blog friends made with their supplies here! Martha Stewart Jewelry supplies are available exclusively at Michaels and you can find Plaid online on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
This post is sponsored by The Blueprint Social. All opinions and project ideas are my own.
Ever since I gave out friendship bracelets at Alt, I have been wanting to make my own and I finally did! I got these really pretty antique gold square links from Kollabora and decided they would be perfect for these bracelets! I love friendship bracelets for layering with other bangles during festival season and summer and these are easy to make in a variety of colors!
YOU WILL NEED
4 yards of waxed cotton cord or embroidery thread, connector charm, scissors, tape, ruler, super glue
1 Cut the knotting cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch lengths. Fold the 20 inch piece in half, pull the loop through the connecter charm, fold it over, and pull the rest of the cord through the loop. Repeat the step on the other side of the charm. These strands will remain anchored.
2 Tape it to something sturdy so the bracelet is secure while you make the knots. Center the 30 inch cord under the two middle strands. Fold the right cord over the middle strands and under the left cord.
3 Pull the left cord under the right and middle strands and through the loop on the right side. Pull the strands tight and push the knot up to the top.
To finish the other side of the knot, fold the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord. Pull the right cord under the left and middle strands and through the loop on the left side. Continue going back and forth until you get to the desired length (keep in mind that the clasp will take up approximately half an inch) and then move on to the other side. See video below.
4 To finish the knots, thread both cords up 3–4 knots along the backside. Pliers or a needle may help with this.
5 Cut the ends and dab them with super glue so that they are even more secure. Do this process to both sides.
6 To create a sliding closure, shape the bracelet into a circle and overlap the ends. Using scrap cord, temporarily tie at the ends. Take the 10 inch cord and center it under the strands. You’re going to start the knot exactly the same way you did before.
7 Create 4–5 knots and finish the ends the same way you did before. Undo the temporary ties. The two sets of middle cords become the adjustable ties of the bracelet. Adjust it to fit your wrist and trim the ends.
Hey y’all! I’m so excited to be joining the Spread the Love campaign today. This week, Clear and Simple Stamps is encouraging creative craft & DIY bloggers to give a virtual high-five to the other creative bloggers whose work we admire and to share a project inspired by our blog “crushes”.
Today I’m sharing a DIY project inspired by my blog crush, Designlovefest. Although there are many blogs I love, today I chose Designlovefest because Bri is an inspiring blogger, an amazing graphic designer and also teaches blogging and video workshops. She has such a clear picture of her own brand and it is inspiring to see her continuing to take her businesses to the next level. I became even more in love after I discovered Bri’s Vine account, she is seriously the cutest thing! Bri always has absolutely beautiful cocktail recipes and DIY projects on her blog so I thought that a fun geometric coaster would be a great DIY tribute to her!
I used 4″ felt squares for the base and then covered them with hexagons in a contrasting color cut from this die(you can easily cut these by hand). I used 14 hexagon shapes per coaster and started by laying down three hexagons evenly spaced in a row. This helped to determine the space I needed to leave in between the hexagons once I moved to the next row. Once I had my spacing set, I started gluing the hexagons down with felt glue. Now that all of your hexagons are glued down, evenly covering the base square, wait for your glue to dry, then cut around the square trimming off any hexagons that are hanging over the edge. Now you have a pretty geometric coaster!
One reason I love this project is because you can adapt it to work with any color scheme!
I love a pretty table for the holidays so today I am showing y’all how to make simple place cards to add a little something special to any decor. This design is versatile so can really be used for any holiday or special occasion but I thought it would be nice for Thanksgiving!
1a. Print all of the names you will need on card stock and trim them to 2″ x 1″ 1b. For each place setting trim one 3.75″ x 5.5″ piece of card stock and fold in half to 3.75″ x 2.75″ 2. Select two colors of paper for your leaves and punch about 12 of each color 3. Rotating colors, glue down the leaves in rows slightly overlapping them 4a. Hole punch your name cards on each end and insert the gold brads. 4b. Since the hole punch didn’t reach where I needed it on the folded card, I just used the brads to make the holes through the card stock 5. Secure the brads by folding them down on the inside of the place card and you are done!
These directions also work to make greeting cards!
I think I’m over the whole pumpkin carving thing. It’s always harder than I remember and I end up getting frustrated that I can’t get it perfect. So this year, I decided to paint some simple color blocked pumpkins! Although I am calling them paint dipped pumpkins, they are not actually dipped, they just look like it!
The first thing you need to do is section off your pumpkin with masking tape. You can tape it right down the center if you like, but I decided to tape mine at an angle to make it a little more interesting! Make sure the tape is firmly pressed down, otherwise your paint will run underneath it. Once you get the tape in place, you will want to prime your pumpkin with white acrylic paint. This makes sure that the color you choose is not dulled by the orange of the pumpkin. I applied two coats letting it dry in between.
After the white primer is dry, now comes the fun part! Pick whatever color acrylic paint you like and paint over the same area of the pumpkin that is now white.
I painted one with neon pink and one with black. For the pink, it took three coats to cover fully and the black only took one coat, it just depends on the color and thickness of the paint you are using.
Once you achieve the coverage that you are happy with and your colored paint dries, pull the tape off being very careful not to pull the paint off with it. And there you have it, a beautifully simple dipped pumpkin!
I also decided to glam this Halloween up with a glitter dipped pumpkin. For this one, instead of priming with white, I primed the pumpkin with gold acrylic paint. Once that was dry, I painted the same area with Modge Podge and then sprinkled gold glitter over the glue covered area.
My dad gardens more than anyone I know. He is always outside planting new things, repotting, rearranging and watering. Growing up, my yard was basically a jungle. Unfortunately, I did not inherit a green thumb from him. I’m VERY bad with plants, but I finally found a type that I haven’t killed (well not yet, at least)! Air Plants (also known as Tillandsia) don’t require soil to grow, only moderate light and a good soak every week or so—very low-maintenance! They are kinda weird-looking, but these little guys have so much personality! I find them so unique and beautiful!
Once I realized that I could keep these guys alive, I became obsessed with making little terrariums for them. They are super easy, affordable and very versatile. I made some for hanging and some for sitting flat on a table or shelf.
1: container – a glass globe or any glass container (mason jars also work great) 2: base material – moss, gravel or glass pebbles 3: plants – it is nice to have a few different sizes to add interest (I got mine here)
Once you have your materials gathered, just cover the bottom of your container with the base material and add your air plants on top. Told ya it was easy! Feel free to get creative with it, you can really add whatever you like to the terrarium, I added some special shells and rocks that I collected from a few vacations.
GIVEAWAY TIME! (CLOSED)
I want to share the air plant love, so today I am giving away an air plant globe terrarium to 2 lucky readers! UPDATE: Winner announced here.
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Since we moved up North, Zander and I have been doing quite a bit of weekend traveling. I really wanted a special way to keep track of the places we have been together (and our bedroom walls were bare) so I decided to make this travel map cork board! It was pretty easy once I figured out the logistics… so now I’m going to share the how-to with you!
1. Decide what size your map needs to be to fit in the center of your chosen frame. Print out and tile together a map of the US. My map is about 20″ wide for a 18″ x 24″ frame. The map I used can be downloaded here: US Map
2. Once your map is tiled together, tape it to a piece of cork just big enough to fit the map. Work on a cutting mat and trim around the outer border with an exacto knife (making sure to trim all the way through the cork). You will not be able to get very detailed here, and that’s okay (as you can see I chopped the little hook off of Massachusetts all together)!
3. Once you have cut around the entire map you can go back in and cut out any additional details. Remember, it is easy to cut more away but not to add back on!
4. Trim your next piece of cork into a rectangle that fits snugly into your frame. I used the cardboard backing that came in the frame as a size guideline. 5. Bring the trimmed rectangle outside and paint one side white. 6. Once the paint dries, use spray glue to attach the cork map to the center of your (now white) cork backing. Remember, spray the backside of your cork map only!
7. Place your map board into the frame (using the cardboard the frame came with as a backing). You can glue to the cardboard to the cork back if you prefer.
8. Print out and trim your title and location flags. 9. Fill in your flags with places you have been and places you want to go! 10. Add your title and destination flags to the cork map with pins and your done! You can download my template here: Map Flags
The measurements above are what I used for my frame, but make sure to measure yourself, as frames will differ. You know the saying, measure twice, cut once! And please be VERY careful with the exacto knife, I actually cut myself while working on this project!