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Easy DIY Floral Summer Sandals

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06 DSC 0026 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsLike a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!

Here’s What You Need:

*Sandals

*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)

*Felt

*Scissors

*Fabritac Glue

Instructions:

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.

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18 DSC 0089 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOnce you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.

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12 photo 3 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOpen your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.

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15 photo 1 2 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsNow you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.

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09 DSC 0033 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsI absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 13th

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend! It was a beautiful day here, and we got to visit with all of our family which was great! Our garden is blooming and I am even getting some lovely hot pink peonies popping up this week! One of my favorite things about May is how my garden just explodes with flowers! So, I thought this week I’d curate a little collection of vintage floral finds to share with you all. I love vintage florals more than just about anything! It was very hard to narrow down my favorites this week since there are so many beautiful floral items in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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vintage 1950s style dress // 70s Lanz Original floral cotton day dress from Trunk of Dresses

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Vintage 1950s Gulliouche Flower Enamel Locket Pendant Necklace from Vintage Fabulous

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Vintage 1950s Bracelet with Daisies from The Watch Maker’s Daughter

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Vintage 50s style floral cotton apron from Tickle and Finch

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Vintage 1970s Shabby Chic Metal Trash Can from A Brandi Sized Shop

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Vintage English Garden Cottage Tablecloth from Neato Keen

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Vintage Ransburg Hand Painted Canister Set – Set of Two from Bouquet 

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Vintage Floral Duvet Cover– 1950s, Cotton, Pink Roses and Blue Plaid, Checkerboard from Embellish on Broadway

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1950s Vintage Dress – 50s Rose Print Cotton Dress from Sweet Bee Finds

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Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose Fluffy Rose Dinner Luncheon Plates, Set of 4, Pink Florals, Platinum Trim from The Vintage Porch

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50s/60s – Vintage – Grandee Bead – Embroidered Pink Floral – White & Clear Beaded – Handbag – Purse from Starling Darlin’

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Vintage Wand Art Set, Women’s Accessories, Compact Mirror Comb Set from Good Soul Vintage

Aren’t they just fantastic! I love every single one of them! I am a total sucker for the linens especially! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry Box

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01 DSC 0016 Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry BoxWhen it comes to handmade gifts for the ladies in my family, jewelry is usually on the list. This year for Mother’s Day I thought I would mix it up a little and make my mom a jewelry box that she can store her favorite pieces in. A thrifted wooden box works great as a starting base. Add a little paint and vintage wallpaper on the outside for style and sectioned compartments inside for functionality, and you’ll have a jewelry box that can rival an expensive boutique find. I had a great time making this DIY, and it was pretty quick to whip up as well. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Wooden Box, like a cigar box with a hinged lid

*Paint

*Vintage Wallpaper Scraps

*Martha Stewart Matte Decoupage Medium and a paint brush

*3″ Balsa wood strip from the craft store

*Craft Knife

*Glue

*Scissors

*A few sheets of felt

*Ruler

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is paint your box. Paint the outside and the inside.

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Once your box is good and dry, you can decoupage it. Lay out pieces of your wallpaper scraps on the lid. When you have a design you like glue them down by painting a layer of decoupage medium onto the back of your wallpaper piece and a little on the surface of the box, then smooth the wallpaper down onto the surface of the box. Cut pieces to fit for the sides of the box and decoupage them on.

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Once the wallpaper pieces has been attached and you have completely decoupages the box outside, you can paint a layer of the decoupage medium over the whole box to seal it up.

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Now you can work on the inside. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your balsa wood. Measure the depth of your box and cut a couple of pieces to that dimension. Then measure the height of the box. Cut your pieces down to the dimension of the height so they will fit nicely. For example, my pieces were 7″ long(the depth of the box inside to inside) by 1.5″ wide (the height of the inside of the box from the bottom to the top edge of the box not including the lid.) Also cut a small piece to make a little section that will go perpendicular to one of the divider pieces you already cut. I made mine 4″x1.5″.

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Now you need to glue your dividers into the box. Run a bead of glue onto the sides and bottom of the long pieces. Fit them where you want them. I made one to be 2.25″ away from the side edge. The second needs to be the same distance away from the side of the box as the length of the short divider you cut, in my case 4″. Glue your small divider piece perpendicularly to the one you just glued down. Let the glue dry.

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Paint the dividers and the bottom of the box again.  Set aside to let dry. Measure the distance from the side of the box to the first divider strip. Mine was 2.25″. Now cut strips of felt lengthwise to be the same width as the distance you measured(2.25″.) Glue the strips of felt together to form one very long strip.

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Accordion pleat the felt with pleats of a little over an inch. You should end up with a nice tight piece to fit inside the first divider space. Run glue on the sides and the bottom to glue the felt in place.  My lid had some foam I could not scrape out, so I cut a piece of felt to cover the inside of the lid. You can add felt pieces to the bottom of the box in the divided spaces if you like. And now you are ready to gift your handmade jewelry box!

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04 DSC 0025 Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry BoxI LOVE how this little jewelry box turned out! I think my mom will love it too! You can easily make your own in just an afternoon. It is really easy to customize as well! You can change up the look to suit your mom’s style just by the colors you use, and the papers you decoupage. I hope some of you will make one of these fun jewelry boxes for your favorite gals sometime. It’s really fun! I’ll be back next week with another sweet project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 5th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mother’s Day is this weekend, and I am busy whipping up gifts for all my mamas. Since I have had gifts for moms on my mind, I thought I would share a little collection of vintage finds themed for mothers day. There are so many adorable vintage items on Etsy that would make perfect gifts for all those vintage lovin’ mamas out there. Here are just a few of my favorites this week. Check em’ out:

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Vintage/Mid Century Floral Wool Needlepoint Purse-Belgium, 1950′s from Bichen Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Pink & Blue Floral Ribbon Bows Mother Cotton Hankie from Button it up Vintage

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Vintage, 1950′s, “Mom”, Coffee Cup, Hand Painted Woman, Large Mug from Bingville

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Vintage Ceramic Poodle Family with Glasses, Ribbons / Adorable Mom and Pups on Chain / Made in Japan 1950s Classic Kitsch from The Blue Ram

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Mademoiselle 1950′s Cross Stitch Floral Heels from Star Shine Vintage

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Vintage wire script “Mother” pin on a shell base from Your Name Here Vintage

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1950′s Carryall Dance Purse Compact Minaudiere Mother of Pearl from COBAYLEY

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Vintage Gift Wrapping Paper – Pink Happy Mother’s Day – Floral Gift Wrap – 1 Unused Full Sheet from The Goose and the Hound

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Vintage Turquoise Cast Iron Enamelware Square Egg Pan from Folk City

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Vintage yellow apron – cabbage rose floral print – scalloped border – hostess apron from Recent History

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1950s Androck Hand i Sift, Mom and Kids Three Screen Hand Sifter with Yellow Metal Handle, Lithograph Collectible from New Life Vintage RV’s

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Vintage Pyrex Primary Colors Mixing Bowl Set Yellow Red Blue Glass RetRo Mod 1950s from Do Not Destroy

Aren’t they all just so sweet! I love them all! I know my mom would love them too. I hope you all enjoy perusing through these lovely vintage etsy shops as much as I did. I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then….

Happy Shopping!

DIY Easter Egg Vases

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09 DSC 0150 DIY Easter Egg VasesEaster is this weekend and I wanted to make a fun centerpiece for the table for our Easter dinner. I have been inspired by the adorable egg vases I have seen floating around on Pinterest like this one, this one, this one, and this one. I thought I would try my hand at making my own egg vases. This was a super easy and fast DIY, and I think it is going to be perfect for our Easter table!

Here’s What You Need:

*Fake Dyeable Easter Eggs (I bought mine at Walmart)

*Dye (I used Procion Dyes that I had from fabric dying)

*Mini Spray Bottles

*Protective gloves

*Belt Sander or Dremel fitted with a sanding disk

*Paint (optional)

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is sand holes into your eggs. Set up your dremmel or your sander. Run the tip of the egg over the sander or sanding disk and grind down the tip of the egg until you have a hole in the top the size you like.

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Next, you are ready to dye your eggs. You can use a dye kit, or you can spray on dyes like I did. Open up your mini spray bottle and add a tiny bit of dye into it. You only need a pinch. Fill the bottle with warm water and screw the lid back on. Shake it up.

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Put on your gloves. Grab an egg and spay the egg all over with the dye you mixed up. Make sure you spray your eggs over a sink or tub, and rinse the dye out of the sink as you go. Once your egg is saturated with dye, set it aside to dry using the little paper rings that come with the egg kit. Repeat with your other eggs.

While your eggs dry, you can paint the egg carton if you like. Once the eggs are dry, load them into the egg carton and add your flowers, filling each egg with a little water.

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06 DSC 0140 DIY Easter Egg VasesIsn’t it cute! I just adore spring! Don’t you! I love how versatile this project is as well. You can totallychange up the look just by the dye and flowers you use. There are a lot of sweet egg vases and planters on pinterest to inspire you. Definitely give this DIY a try! You’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Ten Minute Floral Headband

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Easter is going to be here before we know it! For all of you ladies that want an accessory a little more subdued than a fancy Easter bonnet, give this easy floral headband a try! This faux floral headband is really fast to whip up, and it is easy as pie!

Here’s What You Need:

*Skinny Metal Headbands

*Wire Floral Picks (I bought mine at Michael’s)

*Wire Cutters

*Glue(optional)

Instructions:

This diy is so simple! The first thing you need to do is separate the floral pieces in your floral pick. You can usually just pull branches off of the main stem. Once you have your floral pieces separated you are ready to add them to your headband. Take one of your wire floral pieces. You can trim the tail off to about an inch or so below where the floral piece starts. Take the end of the wire on the floral piece and wrap it around your headband. Wrap the floral piece around the headband a couple of times until it is wrapped all the way around and lies on the top side of the headband. Take a second piece of floral pick and wrap it around your headband just above where your first pick is wrapped. Continue on wrapping your floral wires around until you have as much as you like on your headband. I used one full floral pick on my headband, and I shifted the bunch to more of the side of the headband. If you wrap your wires well around your headband, you should not need to glue it in place, but you can add a few drops of glue to the ends if you like.

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I love this little floral headband! It really adds a little spring sweetness to an outfit. You can wear it with your Easter dress, or jeans and your favorite soft tee. I love the simplicity of it, and how customizable it is! You can change the look simply by using different floral picks. I hope you guys will give this one a try! You’ll want one in every color! I will be back next week with another fun spring DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring Gardens

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diy mini easter gardens DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring GardensI am so excited that spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up a bit! My spiraea has started blooming, and it won’t be long before everything else starts to grow. I recently snagged a set of little plastic vintage party favors, or nut cups as they are usually called. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them at first, I just knew I had to have them! Once I got them, I thought they would make the cutest mini spring garden containers to brighten up my home for spring. These mossy little gardens are a cinch to whip up, and they are oh so sweet sitting on a shelf or a little table!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Party Cups/ Nut Cups

*Reindeer Moss

*Floral Picks

*Little Paper Flowers

*Vintage Miniatures

*Wire Cutters

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather all your supplies. Choose floral stems that have small elements like tiny flowers or stamens, little butterflies, etc. I chose to use reindeer moss. It is green and very spongy. I like the texture of this moss, and I feel like it holds my picks well without having to glue anything.

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To start a mini garden, grab one of your little baskets. Grab a small handful of your moss. Stuff the moss into the basket. Pack it down and smoosh it well. You want it to be nice and compacted.

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Next, grab your wire cutters, and clip off some small elements of your floral picks. Cut a few at different lengths. Make sure you have at least a half an inch or so at the bottom of your stem. Push the pick into the moss where you want it. It should fit snugly into the moss. Add as many picks as you like.

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Now, you can carefully place your vintage minis and paper flowers onto your garden. If you want to make them permanent, you can glue them into place. I like to reuse them, so I don’t usually glue them down unless I have to.

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To finish your garden off, add your basket’s handle to the basket where the holes are. Now they are ready to display.

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easter succulent DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring GardensI LOVE these little vintage faux gardens! They add a nice pop of spring color to my living room shelves. I think it would be really cute to add a little name tag flag to the garden and use it as a place marker for a spring table setting too. These little baskets are really fun and fast to create! I made four of mine in less than twenty minutes. I also used one of the baskets as a planter for a tiny succulent I had. You can find these little vintage nut cups on sites like Ebay or Etsy. I hope some of you guys will give this DIY a try. You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Shabby Vintage Doily DIY Dream Catcher

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shabby dream catcher Shabby Vintage Doily DIY Dream CatcherTwo weeks ago this past Saturday we lost our favorite rooster Mabock. He was a beautiful black silkie rooster, and the sweetest we have ever had! Somehow the side door of the coop was not properly closed and the girls were able to get out and free range in the yard when no one was home. We came back and found that Auntie Mame had been attacked by an animal we think was a coyote, and Mabock was missing. We found the little guy a little bit down from the road the next day. Judging by the feathers and tracks in the yard, we think he saw Mame being attacked and came to her defense. He saved her life, but was attacked himself and died. My dad buried him near the coop so he can always watch over his girls, and delivered a sweet little eulogy. He was our favorite bird that we’ve ever had, and he will be missed by all of us! You never really think you can get so attached to a chicken, but they wiggle their way into your hearts! I was able to recover some of Mabock’s feathers from around the yard and decided to clean them and make a dream catcher. I used to make these when I was little the traditional way. I recently saw a dream catcher made from a doily and embroidery hoop on Pinterest Here and Here, and I thought I’d like to try one of my own. You can find tutorials all over the internet for making your own dream catcher. Here is how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Doily

*Embroidery Hoop to Fit your Doily

*Yarn, Ribbon, Trims

*Fabric Scraps (Various Lengths, smallest being at least 10″ long)

*Leather Lacing

*Embroidery Floss

*Feathers

*Double Stick Tape

*Scissors

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cover your outer hoop piece in your yarn or ribbon. Tie your end of yarn to the hoop where it begins at the top. Wrap the yarn around the hoop. Keep wrapping all the way around the hoop until you get to the other end where the wood stops. Tie the end off and snip off excess.

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Cut various lengths of fabric strips, ribbon, and trims. I believe my longest piece was about 26″ long and my smallest piece was around 10″ long. Take a piece of trim or fabric and loop it through the bottom of the hoop and match the ends of the piece together so they are even. Now, hold the fabric close to the bottom where the hoop is and loop the fabric ends through making a knot up against the hoop. So you will have a knot at the bottom side of the hoop and two tails of fabric coming down from your knotted strip.

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Continue adding fabric strips and trim pieces until you have a nice amount on the bottom of your hoop.

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Cut a long piece of leather lacing to tie in the middle of the strips and two medium lengths and two small lengths as well. Tie a couple of feathers to the ends of your leather lacing with embroidery floss. Wrap the floss around the feather top several times to cover the ends. Tie off the thread, knot well, and trim excess thread.  Add the leather strips with the feathers to the bottom section of the hoop with all the fringe. Place them where you like. I made my long one in the center, the medium ones midway through on each side, and the shortest near the ends.

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Next, run some double stick tape around the outside rim of the inside hoop. Stretch and smoosh the doily over the hoop securing the edges on the tape. The tape will help hold the doily on the hoop so you can sandwich it inside the outer hoop. If your doily is larger than your hoop, you don’t need to worry about taping it. Once your doily is secure, place the outer hoop over the inner hoop and fit together, adjusting the screw at the top as necessary. Once your hoop is put together you can finish it off by stringing some ribbon to the top for hanging.

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I LOVE my funky little hoop! It looks really cute in my craft room. Every time I see it I will think of my favorite fluffy little man. So not only is it cute, it’s also special! You can totally customize this little hoop to your liking and really make it your own. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have so much fun! It’s a great project for the kiddos too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Rustic Photo Frame

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Hey everyone! The other day Daryl and I reinforced the chicken coup with extra chicken wire. We ended up having a few scrap pieces left over and I thought I would save them for a project. I have used chicken wire on organizers before, but I thought it would be fun to use some in an accent with a matted frame. This project is really easy and super fast to whip up!

Here’s What You Need:

*8×10 Frame ( I bought mine at Target)

*Chipboard (Like a cereal or cracker box)

*Burlap

*Chicken Wire

*Double Stick Tape

*Regular Acid Free Tape

*Ruler and Pencil

*Wire Snippers

*Box Cutter or X-Acto Knife

*Photo or art print (the photo I used was a 4×5)

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure and cut your chipboard. Cut the outside dimensions to an 8×10 size. Cut the inside opening to a 5×7 size. Mark out the 5×7 to be centered in the middle. Cut out the shape with your knife.

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Next cut your burlap to be about an inch larger than your mat. Center your chipboard mat onto your piece of burlap. Run your double stick tape along the right and left sides at the outside edge. Fold the excess burlap to the back and tape down. Next, fold over the top and bottom and tape down to the backside.

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Now, cut an “x” in the mat opening with the knife. Then cut the flaps down to about a half inch from the chipboard. Apply double stick tape to the burlap and fold back and tape down to the backside of the mat opening. Now you should have a burlap covered mat.

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Next, cut a piece of chicken wire with your snippers to be a little smaller than 8×10″. Flatten the wire out the best you can and tape the chicken wire down to the back side of your mat.

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Lay your photo face down on the table and then lay your mat face down over the photo. Center the mat over the photo so it is centered in the mat opening. Tape the photo to the chicken wire in the middle. To finish off, add white paper to the backside, slide your matted picture in the frame and close up the back.

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I love this frame! It is a great way to display one of my favorite photos of my Hannah Banana. This project was super easy! It took me all of fifteen minutes or so to make, and it was fun! I love using fun mats in my frames! IT is one of the easiest home decor diys that can really make an impact in a space! I used burlap, but it would be fun to use a cute fabric or paper to cover your mat with as well. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 24th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I cannot believe that it is just about the end of the month already! Spring will be here before we know it! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year, ya know! To carry on with my “love” theme for this last week of February, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite sweetheart color. So, this week I have compiled a lovely group of vintage finds for you in some of my favorite shades of pink! Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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1950s Dress – Designer 50s Day to Evening Party Dress – Pink Polka Dots from Vintage Philosophy 

 

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Vintage Pink Rhinestone Brooch Earrings Set (Flower Brooch, Drop Earrings, Pink Glass Navette Opals, 1950s 1960s Mad Men Costume Jewelry) from Red Garnet Vintage

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Pink Moonglow Lucite Twisted Hair Stick from Ruby in the Dust Vintage

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1950s vintage hat / fascinator / Entwining Flora from Poppycock Vintage

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Sweet 1960s Pink Bead Clutch Purse from Sweet Trash Vintage

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Vintage French Galalith Chunky Bangle Petal Pink Roses and Leaves from The Gatsby Gals

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Vintage Embroidered Day Dress by L’Aiglon from Wanderlust Mobile Shop

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Vintage 1950s Pumps / 1950s Kitten Heel Shoes / Floral Pumps from Bloombird

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Vintage Federal Pink Basketweave Juice Glass Set of Seven – Mid Century from Jen’s Closet

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Pink Mid Century Zenith Clock Radio from Flea Finds NYC

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Pink Chenille Bedspread or throw blanket from Charlie’s Nest

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Vintage 1950s pink spaghetti poodle from Atomic Dimestore

Aren’t they all just so lovely! I LOVE the dresses! Of course, I love them all though. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!