DIY Sunday: Marbled Easter Eggs

Marbled Easter eggs

When your eggs look this good, go ahead and put them all in one basket. After Christmas and my birthday, Easter is my next favourite holiday. The chocolate, everything pastel, and (hopefully) balmy temperatures make this one “egg”cellent. And yes, the puns will continue throughout this post.

Every year, I try to jazz up the most important part of the table –the Easter eggs. A while ago, I glammed them up with glitter. This year, since all things marbled are trendy, why not give this pattern a turn?

Here are the easy steps that will make your eggs “marble”ous!

Tools:

Plastic eggs
Nail polish
Plastic container
Foam
Toothpicks

Instructions:

1. Fill your plastic container with lukewarm water. Pour drops of the nail polish colour you chose on different spots throughout the water surface.

2. Insert two toothpicks in the bottom of each plastic egg, where the string used to be. Dip the eggs into the water, gently swirling one or two times.

3. One out of the water, insert the toothpicks into the foam, holding the eggs up to dry for about 1-2 hours.

Style is served!

DIY Sunday: Pom-pom Push Pins

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DIY projects are fun, personalized, and hopefully thrifty! One other box they should check is “quick”, because with phones buzzing and packed schedules, no one really has time for hours at the crafting table.

So if your to-do list isn’t as blank as the one above, this is the perfect, 2-step craft for you. It’ll brighten up your work space in just minutes —I “pom”ise!

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Tools

Pom poms
Push pins
Hot glue gun

Instructions

1. Using a hot glue gun, spread glue on the flat side of the push pin
2. Stick it on to the pom pom and hold down for 30 seconds
3. Repeat until you’ve got the desired amount of pom pom push pins for all of your lists and notes

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That’s all there really is to it! So whether you have a knack for crafts, none at all, have a whole day on your hands, or only minutes to spare, this is the perfect way to get creative.

What’s your favourite DIY project?

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DIY Sunday: Making “Gourd”geous Succulents

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There’s something about a succulent that just jazzes up a space! You can sneak a few on a kitchen cart, a bathroom shelf, or an office desk. But with fall at our doorstep, how do you make them fit in with the decor? Well, you can always opt for an earthy-toned pot and call it a day.

OR you can choose the unconventional route and use gourds. That’s right –forego the pumpkin pie and start planting instead. It’s a quick way to make a statement centerpiece for a Thanksgiving table, or to celebrate the season. Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials

2 medium-sized gourds
3 succulents (2 small, one large)
Potting soil
Sharp knife
Spoon
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Instructions

  1. Wipe the gourds lean, and rinse off any soil, dust, dirt, etc. Pat them dry with a paper towel
  2. Slice off the tops with a sharp knife
  3. Gut out the gourds with a spoon, making sure to scrape everything off
  4. Scoop in a thin layer of soil on the bottom of each gourd
  5. Place the succulents in the gourds (you can place 1 large on its own, and 2 small ones together) pressing down on them slightly to secure them. Add more soil to the top, and press in
  6. Wipe off any excess soil and place them wherever you wish!

Voila –succulent squashes to celebrate the season! Whether you use them as a centerpiece or as an accent in any room, you’ll fall for . And when the gourds are long gone, just re-pot the succulents in another planter.

Style is served!

DIY Sunday: Spring Fling Easter Eggs

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Easter is finally here, and if you are scrambling to find the perfect egg design for your upcoming family lunch or dinner, then look no further! These spring fling Easter Eggs take just minutes to make and require no more than 4 supplies. With that in mind, pick up what you need and get crackin’!

Tools:

2 sheets pink or pastel coloured tissue paper, folded in 4
1 flower-shaped paper cutter
1 foam brush
white craft glue, must dry clear
4 eggs, white, hard-boiled

Instructions:

  1. Have your tissue paper folded and ready, then hole-punch it several times.Take all the tissue that has collected in the whole-puncher tray and put it aside.
  2. Take your hard-boiled egg and cover one side with glue using the foam brush. Dab the cut-out flowers on to the surface with your finger, making sure that the layers separate each time you dab. Aim to form a line as you go along.
  3. Let dry and repeat on the other side. Follow these steps one egg at a time.
  4. Once they have all dried, you can add a thing layer of glue over the trail of flowers to smooth them out.
  5. When ready, display them in your favourite basket or tray, and even use them as a centerpiece!

Style is served!

DIY Sunday: Weekly Meal Planner

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Let’s be honest, us gals (and guys) have busy schedules. So busy in fact, that planning out a meal and even more so making one, can be the last thing on our minds. We’re always off to work, skipping over to spin class, or heading out for a night on the town! But with that being said, it’s important to look after yourself –and food plays a big part.

To make things a little simpler in our action-packed days, try using a weekly meal planner. Why? Because  you can have your lunches and/or dinners all figured out before your week even begins (being ahead is never a bad thing). And on top of it all you can list your ingredients so you’re set to grocery shop and stay on track.

In other words, this little guy can not only help you eat better by encouraging you to skip the store-bought and take-out food, but also helps you save money because you pinpoint what you need to buy.

To make your own, select pretty paper and print out my template by clicking here. Make sure you set up the orientation as “landscape”. For a round-up of what you need, see below.

Tools:
7×5 inch coloured craft paper of your choice
Printer
Magnets(if you want to stick it on the fridge)

Once you’re done, you can hang it up on your fridge (because of course, it’s pretty enough to show off), or stick it in your agenda for a quick glance at what’s on your plate.

Style is served!

DIY Sunday: “You Make My Heart Flutter”Card

Valentine's DIYValentine’s Day is finally here and love is in the air. Whether you’re saying “je t’aime” to your sweetheart or just showing your friends you care, a card is the perfect way to put those feelings on paper.

Of course, you can dash to the store and pick up a printed card with pre-written texts and mass-made designs. But are those sentiments really your own? Be original this year and make a card from scratch. Plus, if you’re in a pinch for time and have special dinner plans tonight, this card should take no time to make. With lots of pretty pink layers, this is the most posh way to tell someone they make your heart flutter!

Tools:

Scissors
Glue
Pink patterned wrapping paper
Pink tissue/stuffing paper
Blank Card

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 12×18 cm piece of the wrapping paper and fold it in half. Draw half of a heart on the side, and cut along the outline. When you unfold, you should have a full heart.
  2. Do the same with the tissue paper, but make the dimensions slightly larger: 12.5×18.5 cm.
  3. Glue layer by layer only at the “seam” (middle or along the fold line) of the heart onto the blank card. Let dry and ruffle up layers once set, to give volume or “flutter”.

That’s all there is to it –three steps and you’re done!

Style is served!

PS: Berkeley, my cat, decided to crash the photo-op and become part of the picture! Thought it would make a great outtake.

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