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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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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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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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DIY Happy Birthday Banner

This Happy Birthday banner took me a full day and $2 to make. Worth it? Absolutely. (I would give yourself a few days though, cramping hands are no fun) Originally, I was going to paint the letters on, but when I realized you would be able to see them as well, I decided to cut the letters out in almost a stained glass pattern.

Here is what you need:

7 – 8 pieces of 8×11 cardstock. (I used chipboard)

An exacto knife

A pencil

Step One: Cut all of your 8×11 cards in half.

Step Two: Lightly draw your letters in pencil. I used a ruler and winged it, but you can trace a font you print out or use a stencil, the sky is the limit

Step Three: Using the exacto knife cut out triangular shapes. I kind of just winged it. I will say, my triangles started out small and calculated and got bigger and more arbitrary towards the end, when I got tired. You couldn’t tell the difference.

Step Four: Stretch your fingers.

Step Five: Finish, even if it seems daunting, you already put in  a lot of time. It’ll be worth it.

Step Six: Congrats! You made it! Hang it up, I taped mine to the window, but you can also use a hole punch and string it up with some yarn or pretty ribbons.

Step Seven: Make sure no one steals it. You worked too hard. Keep it forever.

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