Category Archives: DIY

Upcycled: Vintage Mirror

It is a miracle what a can of glossy spray paint will do. It took this dingy, mirror I’ve had my eye on at Salvation Army and with two coats make it feel fresh. I’ve used this glossy spray paint only once before, in the picture frame in the background of the photo above. I remember thinking to myself, I should have used a primer. Why didn’t I this time? Totally forgot. It still looks good, but there were moments of concern. Some notes about this project; I really should have covered the whole surface in tape before spray painting, while all the paint residue came off, it really was a waste of 10 minutes. Also I really would suggest using a primer, the high gloss wants to drip into crevasses and leave some parts uncovered and if you had a primer coat on, it wouldn’t matter as much.


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DIY: Upcycled Beach Tote

Every time I got to the beach, I scramble to find an appropriate bag. My canvas totes aren’t large enough and my purses are not beach worthy. I found this straw bag at a Goodwill for $5, depending on what you have around the house, this upcycled could cost anywhere from $5 – $12. I absolutely love my new bag. I can’t wait to stuff it full of snacks and beachy goodness.

Things you’ll need:

Straw Bag

Flat Head Screw Driver


1/8 in. Suede Cord



Shirt or Tank (the bottom width should measure the same as mouth of bag)



Step 1: Find yourself a nice sturdy beach bag.

Step 2: Remove the handle rivets. I used a flathead screwdriver to loosen the top of the rivet and pulled it apart using pliers. Not the easiest job, but well worth the trouble.

Step 3: Take your suede cord and cut into 18 even lengths. Tape down 9 sections at a time to a table and braid using 3 lengths as 1 strand.

Step 4: Use the holes left from your rivets and thread the sections from your leather braid through them. If you need to make them a little bigger, use your scissors. Tie knots on the end on the strands and trim.

Step 5: If your bag has lining that you think is pretty gross or just want a new clean liner, use a seam ripper and remove it. Then take your bag and lay it over your t-shirt or tank. Measure a few inches below the bag and cut.

Step 6: Turn the shirt inside out and sew the bottom.

Step 7: Sew the shirt to inside of bag. I followed the holes left from the seam I removed, this seemed a lot easier than trying to create a new straight line.



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DIY: Cut Off Jean Shorts

With summer getting closer I decided it was time to make myself a good pair of cut offs. Shorts are always so hard for me because I am very particular and nothing seems well-fitting enough, which is why the best solution is to DIY a pair.

1. Take a pair of old jeans. I thrifted my pair for $3 and bought them a few sizes larger than I wear my jeans. I like my jean shorts on the larger side (no too large) because I hate feeling like my thighs are hanging out AND I have muffin top. That would be the worst.

2. Gather your supplies. You’ll need, your jeans, safety pins, scissors and a ruler (Sharpie and iron are optional).

3. Either take a pair of shorts with a length you like, or put them on. Either way, place a safety-pin (or two or three) at your desired length. Take them off and lay them flat. I chose to cut at about 9 inches from the inseam. I figured If I messed up, it gave me enough room to fix, I could fold once for longer and twice for shorter, or decide I hate the fold and just cut them shorter. I used a ruler and a very light sharpie line (I used a light blue). Cut very carefully.

4. Fold your jeans, back pockets facing out. Line up your short side and cut the second side.

5. If you choose to cuff your jean shorts and like them where they are, I suggest ironing them. I am still on the fence so I chose not to do so. The part of my that likes itty bitty sort is screaming at me to cut them shorter, but I might give the longer one a go for a while. Random film reference: I like them because they make me feel like Roberta in Now and Then.

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The Writing on the Wall

I love the look of type throughout the house. From marquee signage to type heavy prints, I just love it all. Recently, I bought craft letters at Beverly’s but I believe they have them for the same price at Paper Source, too! They are so versatile, you can do almost anything imaginable with them. I chose to leave mine plain, because I like the texture of the cardboard, but there are some great DIY’s out there, including a faux zinc finish. I’ve rounded up my top 5 tutorials online, so check it out.

Let Birds Fly

On To Baby


346 Living

First Lady of the House

DIY: Tribal Neon Bangles

I have been obsessing over these Monique Pean bangles, but seeing that they are in the $1k – $4k range, I think it’s safe to say they are highly unattainable.  So, I picked up some wooden bangles at Beverly’s and decided to make my own.

You’ll need:

Wooden Bangles

Neon Acrylic Paint

White acrylic paint (I started out with glassy white spray paint; Didn’t work out)

A black sharpie


Step One:

Paint outside of the bangles white. Like so…

Step Two:

Paint the inside of the bangles with the neon paint.


Step Three:

Use black sharpie and draw on your bangles. Rim the corner of the bangle….it makes the difference.


And there you have it, easy. 🙂

DIY: Fish Scale Wall Art

Recently, I was so inspired by the fish scale walls done by Kara Paslay and Two Thirty-Five Designs, I decided to make my own. I love how large and textural it is without over powering the room.

Project cost: Less than $30

What you’ll need:

5 ft. x 5 ft. pieces of ply wood


Card stock

Hot glue gun

2 cans of gold spray paint

2 sawtooth picture hangers

1. Cut out your circles. I did this the hard way by tracing a coffee cup and cutting each one out, but this task could be easier if you got the proper tool. I cut out 200. No, it wasn’t my favorite part, go get yourself a circle cutter.

2. Hot glue gun your circles to your board, offsetting each row from each other. The other two tutorials above, attached their circles with push pins and staples. I got the wrong kind of wood for this, so I used my trusty glue gun.

3.  Now that you have all your circles attached, spray them down with your gold paint. Makes sure to get the edges well and direct the paint so it get s underneath the circles a bit.

4. Let the paint dry, it shouldn’t take long.

5. You will find that your circles have dried a little funky, so I went back through with my glue gun and tacked them down so they lay flat. I attached my sawtooth picture hangers, and hung it up.

This project is simple, but does take some time, so be sure to set enough time aside to complete it. It’s a weekend project, for sure. I love the way this turned out and because my taste changes so often, I won’t feel bad if I get sick of it. It has been 4 months since I’ve hung this though, and I still love it!



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Neon at Home and DIY Round Up

I know, I know, again with the neon, but I did way to much neon searching on Google, so I’m just gonna roll with it.

I’ve decided neon doesn’t have a place in every home (like mine, for example), but I love how it looks in context with natural elements.



I love how the neon can look when paired with woods, linens, tweeds, and neutral tones of greys and browns. I think a little really goes a long way and it keeps it fresh.

I think I might just DIY my own neon accents. I can’t see myself spending too much this trend, but I’m be willing to put in the time for a few fun accents.

My favorite neon DIY’s from the web, you ask? Here they are.

Granny Stripe Blanket from Purl Bee

Neon and Twine Vases From Milk Bottles by Izabella

Color Block Heels from What Would Ashley Wear

Neon Jewelry from Style Alter

A Pair and a Spare has so many Neon DIY’s I’m not even gonna list them all, check them out here


Sources top to bottom: Design Sponge/ Design Sponge/ Moises Hernandez

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Free Download: Valentine

This week over at Space Dog, Tymn Armstrong created a super sweet Valentines Day card for everyone to download. Head over to the SDBlog and get one! (Well, all four, actually)

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DIY: No Sew Ampersand Pillow

Lately, I’ve been enamored with the Ampersand Pillows I’ve seen, especially one at Crate and Barrel. I have a serious problem with being very picky about pillows. I might like one, but it’s not the right color, or I get one and it’s just not working,so, lo and behold I have a pillow-less couch. I don’t know how it happened, I swear I had one this thing.

Anyway, I decided to not spend the $30 to find out I hate it, and make my own. AND I LOVE IT!

Project Total: $10

What you’ll need:

1/2 a yard of fabric

Pillow (I used 16×16)

1-2 pieces of paper

Scissors or exacto knife


Liquid Stitch


Straight pins

1. Chose which ampersand you would like to use. I just googled “ampersand” and picked one.

2. Zoom in to the size you would like your ampersand to be and trace on to paper. I had to use 2 pieces of paper for this. (Also, please excuse my janky cellphone photography)

3. Cut out your ampersand to create a template. While you have the scissors out, cut your fabric to the size of your pillow.

4. Tape down your square of fabric to a sturdy surface so that it is smoothed out. Make sure you have something underneath it to protect your table, or floor, or what-have-you.

5. Place your template where you would like your ampersand to go. I placed mine in the center.

6. Using a thin paint brush, lightly trace along the outside of your template. I used medium strokes aiming to stay half on the paper and half on the fabric.

7. With a thicker paintbrush fill in your ampersand. I used two coats, but I was digging the rough look of one. Make sure to keep it even and not glob on too much.

8. Let dry.

9. When it is completely dry, take your two pieces of black fabric and sandwich your pillow insert between them. Make sure the painted side is face down. Use strait pins to mark the seams on three sides, leave the bottom seam open and give it a little slack.

10. Remove pillow and flip inside out.

11. Line your rule up to one side of  on the pins, use liquid stitch between the pieces of fabric in a straight line against the ruler, do this on all three sides.

12. Let dry for a few hours, if you are patient enough.

13. When glue is dry, insert the pillow. Tuck in the fabric for the bottom seams  and carefully glue together. You may have to hold this in place for a bit.  Let sit to dry.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little DIY! I absolutely love mine, I think it’s so graphic and really added something to my pillow-less couch.

XO Jenna

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DIY Scalloped Cardboard Letters

Okay, this is a project I learned a lot on, it was last minute and could have been better planned out, but I absolutely love that it’s a little rough around the edges.

What you’ll need:

A big piece of cardboard (I used a tri-fold poster board from target)

And exacto knife

Tissue paper


Glue stick

Step One: Draw out your letters on your big piece of cardboard, lightly. The tissue paper is pretty transparent.

Step Two: Cut out your letters.

Step Three: Cut your tissue paper into scalloped strips. (Or zigzags or fringe, whatever floats your boat.) I kept the tissue paper folded to make the cutting easier.

Step Four: Swipe glue stick across bottom most section of your letter. Apply your first strip so that no card board is showing. Trim the side, but leave a little room.

Step Five: Swipe the glue stick in a strip above that and apply another strip of tissue paper. I staggered mine when I could, it’s up to you how far apart , but the closer together the better I think it looks.

Step Six: Repeat until you have the entire letter covered.

Step Seven: Flip the letter over. Apply glue to outer edges and fold tissue paper onto it. I started from the bottom and worked my way up.

Step Eight: Congratulations! You’re done. Hang or prop up as you please!

Next time I think I’m going to try a portable version of this.

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