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Chalkboard-Painted Mugs

Chalkboard-Painted Mugs
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Easy Painted Tumblers Thank you all so much for such amazing feedback and for helping this project circulate all over the internet! My cups have held up pretty well due to not being used too often (they are currently just holding bobby pins in my bathroom) but several readers said after a little wear and tear, the paint comes off. Other readers have found that using paint specifically for glass leads to a much longer life! In the comments, readers have specifically stated that Martha Stewart Paints and DecoArt paints have lasted the best. I have used both, and love them both! Here's the thing about Anthropologie; everything is gorgeous. Let the knockoff begin! The internet taught me that I can use acrylic paint on glass as long as I seal it afterwards, so thats what we are going to do here. In true knockoff fashion, I did one rainbow confetti, and one each of red and blue. So there you have it. xo,

DIY Fishtail Hat Band We were instantly inspired by this gorgeous rainbow fishtail braid in Free People‘s September catalog and decided to recreate it, adding our own little twist: making the braid into a wearable hat accessory. Who said braids were limited to summer and hair? Cut about 40 strands of yarn about 3 feet long, knot at one end leaving a several inches of slack, and divide into two sections. Transform your hat with your new fishtail braid by securing it with a piece of yarn, safety pin or elastic band! (all images by Honestly…WTF)

A New Use For Shower Curtain Rings If your house has as many random nooks and crannies as mine has, you probably have shelves and cabinets that go unused or that aren’t being maximized to their ultimate potential. My home, in particular, has many cabinets that are very tall and do not have built-in shelves. To take advantage of the vertical height, I bought this 15”-24” tension rod and these curtain rings and decided to make a purse storage cabinet. There are all kinds of others uses for this contraption as well. Some more ideas: Kitchen tool holder Scarf and belt organizer Coat hanger Necklace organizer Of course, you could also buy a shelf hanging organizer to convert your cabinet into shelves much more cheaply and easier than installing a shelving system. What else could you do with the space using these tools?

DIY Basics: Wire Word Accessories For this week’s DIY basic, we’re getting wordy with it. Wordy accessories, that is. You’ve likely seen your share of personalized bracelets, rings, and necklaces a la the famous Carrie necklace from Sex and the City. What you might not realize though, is that these are extremely easy to make! Materials: - needle nose pliers - wire cutters - copper or brass wire (available on Amazon) - copper, brass, or gold-plated chain Gather your materials. Write or print out the word you’ll be creating a wire pendant out of. Then simply take your wire and hold it one end and “trace” your word with the end using your needle nose pliers. Cut off at the end once you’re done and curl the end in a little bit. Such a fun DIY twist on the word necklace! As you can see, we nerded out and used Brit’s Twitter handle as our “word” of choice. You can also make a really sweet bracelet using just the wire. This would make a beautiful bridesmaid gift. Lastly, the wire word art that inspired our post!

little guiding stars Since the new year has started I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more kind to my self. Especially when that nasty gremlins try to creep in and stump me. I remembered this origami star video on You Tube and had to get them involved in my plan. I thought it would be fun to make a whole bunch with kind words and “you are….” phrases inside. I made 60 of them, enough to last me the whole year if I open one a week, plus a few extra just in case. I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and cut 1/2 x 12″ strips, then followed the video HERE*. *UPDATE! Be Sociable, Share! 12 Days Of Wrapping: Pixel Weave Speaking of nerding out, today’s DIY wrapping project combines two of our favorite things: pixels and crafts. If you haven’t done a basic weave, trying it out around a gift box is the easiest way to start! We started out with a simple yarn wrapping weave, then used ribbon, rubber bands and embroidery floss, and finally construction paper for some pixelated goodness. Materials: - string for weaving (yarn, ribbon, embroidery floss and rubber bands) - construction paper - scissors - wrapped presents or gift boxes For the yarn wrap, start with a piece of yarn or string and wrap it in stripes around your package. Secure it temporarily on both ends using tape (you’ll tie off these ends later). We did the same thing using construction paper, ribbon and a combo of rubber bands and embroidery floss with awesome results. Then, our crown jewel: the Pixelated Letter Weave! For a paper weave, cut out long strips and tape the first layer (the base layer) to the bottom of the package.

DIY Belted Boots It’s time for a reality check folks. Fall is here and, though SF is all about Indian summer, the flip flops will soon need to be exchanged for your favorite fall boots. If you’re like us, you’ve got one or two pairs of boots that gets you through the entirety of autumn. Though they’re still comfy now, they’re looking pretty grungy and could use a stylish update. All you need is a few belts, glue and scissors to make our very own pair of edgy boho belted boots. Materials: - old tall or mid-height boots or cowboy boots - 3 belts - assorted trim - scissors - hot glue First thing to do, as always, is to get all of your materials together. Next thing is to fold those boots! Since we like our crazy looks on the symmetrical side, we cut each of our belts in half. Use hot glue to attach your first belt onto your boot. Do the same with the second. If you want even more flair, try adding lace trim or any kind of trim you’ve got in your craft closet.

DIY Gucci Tassel Belt When Erica and I spotted tassels, tassels, tassels and more tassels accessorizing the Spring 2011 collections, there was no doubt that we wanted to do a DIY incorporating this beloved fringe ornament. Inspired by the tassels seen in Sonia Rykiel and Gucci‘s Spring Collections, we’ll teach you how to make a tassel belt with leather and a few items from the hardware store. You’ll start by first cutting fringe into the leather in order to make the tassels. Add any combination of beads and nuts to the end of the rope, making sure to string the large nut lastly with the opening facing out. Close and secure the tassel with just a few drops of glue. Repeat on the other side of your rope and voila! We’ve made it long enough so that it goes around the waist twice but of course, you can make it any length you wish. (all images by HonestlyWTF)