Friday, April 17, 2015

Thrifty DIY: Painted Wood Bowls

Thrifty DIY: Painted Wood Bowls

Were you all wondering what happened to me? I promise I haven't forgotten about blogging, but instead have been very busy working on projects behind the scenes! Of course, that hasn't stopped me from finding time to hit up the Goodwill for my latest Thrifty DIY!

Thrifty DIY: Painted Wood Bowls

If you're a thrift store regular, I bet you've seen these wood bowls. I think many of them were popular Hawaiian souvenirs back in the 60s? Correct me if I'm wrong! Well, prices can vary but I was able to score these guys for a mere 99 cents a piece!

Although pretty as is, I decided they could benefit from a little more color (I mean, couldn't everything?!). I love the juxtaposition of bare wood with just a pop of bold color. Remember these pom-pom shadow boxes with a similar effect?

Thrifty DIY: Painted Wood Bowls

Adhesive stencils from Martha Stewart Crafts made it simple to add these intricate lines of patterns. These stencils work awesome on any curved surface. I even used them to decorate Easter eggs last year!

I ran three rows of different patterns down the middle of each bowl. I found that the lighter colors really popped best against the dark wood bowls.

Thrifty DIY: Painted Wood Bowls

Supplies for Painted Wood Bowls


  • Wood bowls from the thrift store
  • Martha Stewart adhesive stencils
  • Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint
  • Foam brush

Thrifty DIY: Painted Wood Bowls

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Bunny Balloons!

You didn't think I would let Easter come and go without its own balloon DIY did you?!


These little bunny balloons with their fluffy tails look just as cute from the back as the front!



They look pretty silly from the side too...



...Just ask Stella!



All you need are some helium balloons and coffee filters. Yep, coffee filters - they make the perfect lightweight floppy ears and fluffy tail!

Supplies for Easter Bunny Balloons



  • 12" white helium balloons
  • Coffee filters
  • Pink paint (you can also use a pink marker or crayon to color the ears)
  • Foam brush
  • Sharpie
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Paint Dipped Easter Eggs on MarthaStewart.com


Just when you thought I was done with Easter egg decorating, I've got one more idea for you. I made these simple paint-dipped eggs for MarthaStewart.com!


I can't get enough of paper mache eggs (they never go bad!). My latest way to embellish them couldn't be easier. Just grab your favorite Martha Stewart paint, a brush, and masking tape.


Head to my step-by-step tutorial on MarthaStewart.com and you can craft up a dozen of these in plenty of time for Easter. You may just want to keep these modern eggs on display year-round! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

5 Must Try Things This Easter

I can't believe it is Easter week! If it has snuck up on you too and you're feeling unprepared I've got 5 ideas for you to try this week. Just pick one and have fun!

1. Decorate Eggs in a New Way - Skip the Dye This Year



You can't let Easter come and go without decorating a few eggs! This year skip the real eggs and dye for some paper-mache eggs that you can enjoy next year too. Here are 8 simple ideas for you to try (from top left): Stenciled Eggs 1, Stenciled Eggs 2 , Flower Eggs, Lace Eggs, Paint Dipped Eggs, Neon Sticker Eggs, Ribbon Eggs, Tissue Paper Eggs

2. Plan a Special Brunch


I love planning a special Easter meal, even if it is just the four of us. You can find ideas from past Easter tables like napkins folded into bunnies and a pretty DIY ribbon runner. Next year, I would love to make it even more special by sending out a beautiful invite to family in advance: 



3. Make a Pretty Centerpiece for Your Easter Table


Not sure how to decorate your Easter table? Here are three inexpensive centerpiece options:

1. Make a bouquet from plastic Easter eggs! See my step-by-step tutorial or watch the video!


2. The simplest bouquet ever - fill a mason jar with baby's breath and then dot with these butterfly stickers. For a similar effect, use a blue mason jar or paint the inside of one.

Photo by Candice Stringham

3. Make the food the centerpiece! Decorate a paper cupcake stand and use it to display individual portions of food. Tutorial here.

Photo by Candice Stringham

4. "Egg" Your Neighbors!


I absolutely love this idea from my friends at Handmade Mood. Surprise your young neighbors by hiding a few eggs in their yard - what kid wouldn't LOVE that surprise?! Find all the details and free "You've Been Egged" printable here.

Photo courtesy of Handmade Mood

5. Host a Grown-up Egg Hunt


Grown-ups don't have to miss out on all the fun. I so want to try this Moonlight Egg Hunt after the kids are in bed - get all the details at Handmade Mood!

Photo courtesy of Handmade Mood



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thrifty DIY: Floral Easter Baskets


From what I can tell, Easter baskets fall into 3 categories, the inexpensive woven pastel ones that dominate the store aisles, the plastic tubs with characters like Dora and Sponge Bob, and the expensive fabric lined and monogramed ones from the likes of Pottery Barn.  

I've got a new option for you today that can't be beat! You can whip up one of these floral baskets in minutes for a few dollars using a basket from the Goodwill, silk flowers from the dollar store, and your trusty glue gun. What little girl wouldn't love this for her Easter basket?


For these baskets, I repurposed the flowers from my floral hearts I made for Valentine's Day (I always love opportunities to recycle my craft supplies!). You can find bunches of these pretty flowers for a $1 a piece at Dollar Tree. I finished off the basket with some pom-pom ribbon and a pretty bow.


I made a basket for each of my daughters. Pink for Stella and purple for Hazel. ;)



This is a 15 minute craft - my favorite type of project! Here's all you'll need.

Supplies for Floral Easter Baskets


  • Woven basket with handle
  • Silk flowers
  • Ribbon or pom-pom trim
  • Glue gun
  • Wire cutters (not shown)




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