Thursday, August 27, 2015

DIY Tropical Leaf Magnets


I love when a project forces me to go outside my comfort zone and try out a new material or technique. For my latest 12 Months of Martha project, I got to try my hand at metalworking! I had fun turning sheets of thin metal into these pretty monstera leaf magnets with just a template and a simple tool.

I am currently digging the tropical leaf trend, anything metallic, and of course a pop of color, so I combined the three into this project!

Make these pretty tropical leaf magnets for your fridge!

I'm not one for complicated DIYs and this was as easy as tracing around a leaf template, cutting it out, and having some fun "drawing" on a few leaf details.

How to make metal tropical leaf magnets

I used a pack of Martha Stewart metal sheets that comes in gold, copper, and black and left some leaves plain while "dipping" others in a bit of color.

Metallic tropical leaves

It was fun crafting with a new-to-me material! Read on to see how you can make these pretty metal monstera leaves and turn them into magnets.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

DIY Cactus Wreath

Make this prickly pear cactus wreath from paper plates!

I love making wreaths, so when my friend Amanda asked if I could come up with a cactus wreath for a cactus-themed baby shower she was hosting, I happily accepted the challenge!

The result was this prickly pear cactus wreath inspired by these wreaths I've seen in San Antonio using real cactus pads. However, for the Design Improvised version, we're using paper plates. :) They are nice and sturdy, have a bit of a curve to them that makes the cactus pads seem more lifelike...and the price is right!

Make this prickly pear cactus wreath from paper plates!

For those of you loving the cactus trend, this is the wreath for you! It could be a fun addition to a door year-round, an alternative to the traditional holiday wreath, and cactus party decor.

Such a cute cactus themed baby shower!
Photo courtesy of Handmade Mood

Amanda's cactus themed baby shower turned out so cute, and in addition to the wreath, my cactus balloons made an appearance! You can find all the party details on Handmade Mood.

Cactus balloons!
Photo courtesy of Handmade Mood

Read on to see how easy it is to make your own cactus wreath!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Paper Punch Wall Art with My Mind's Eye

Make your own wall art  in minutes with canvas, cardstock, and a paper punch!

I'm excited to announce that I'm joining the lifestyle team for My Mind's Eye - a company that makes the most gorgeous paper and party goods! Every other month, I'll be over on their blog sharing a simple DIY project made with my favorite My Mind's Eye products.

For my first post, I made this pretty wall art - with just canvas, cardstock, and a paper punch!

Make your own wall art  in minutes with canvas, cardstock, and a paper punch!

I love how the new art looks in my office and it couldn't be any easier to make - just start punching. Of course if you have a Cricut or Silhouette you don't even need to punch!

Make your own wall art  in minutes with canvas, cardstock, and a paper punch!

Head to the My Mind's Eye blog for the step-by-step tutorial on how you can whip up your own wall art in under an hour. My kind of project!

Make your own wall art  in minutes with canvas, cardstock, and a paper punch!

Monday, August 17, 2015

How to Turn Kids Art into Pillows!

custom pillows from children's art

I've got a really fun project for you today that is going to come in handy over the coming weeks as your kids go back to school and start bringing home their piles of art projects! Why not turn a couple of your favorites into one-of-a-kind pillows for your home? I've partnered SnapBox, a company that makes creative photo products, to show you how!

how to make personalized pillows

I'm always looking for places beyond the refrigerator to display Stella and Hazel's art projects. At this point there is something they've made in pretty much every room of the house - from our living gallery wall to their playroom display. But these pillows take incorporating their projects into our decor to a whole new level!

custom pillow fabric from snapbox

I think throw pillows are the perfect opportunity to bring fun colors and patterns into a room without spending a lot money. They can easily be swapped out throughout the year and I am frequently moving mine from room to room for a different look.

These personalized pillows would make such great gifts too, don't you think?

snapbox custom photo pillows

Read on to see how easy SnapBox makes it to turn any art project into a pillow!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thrifty DIY: School Desk Makeover

vintage school desk makeover

It's so tempting to take home furniture in need of a little TLC from my frequent trips to the Goodwill, but I often resist the temptation because I know I don't have the patience for full-on furniture makeovers and the pieces end up sitting in a closet. Well, with this vintage school desk I couldn't resist! Luckily I came up with a makeover that you can do in less than an hour and under $15 if you have a similar desk at home.

vintage school desk makoever

I love the look of these old school desks with a little compartment to store your books and pencils. It brings back grade school memories, doesn't it? This one looks shiny and new after a coat of metallic copper spray paint.

vintage school desk makeover

Since the top was in good condition, I chose to keep the wood laminate as is rather than paint it, and instead give it a modern touch with a few strips of colorful vinyl leftover from these colorful vinyl covered notebooks I had made.

vintage school desk makeover

I had initially thought about painting on stripes, but the vinyl is such an easier option because it takes minutes to apply and it's removable so I can always peel it off if I want to change up the look!

vintage school desk makeover

I have visions of Stella working on her kindergarten "homework" from this little desk. Read on to see what it looked like before the makeover!