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: “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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DIY Sunday: Make Your Mark with Eraser Stamps

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Make your mark with these quick to craft eraser stamps! They’re a great (and cheap) way to personalize cards, plain wrapping paper, and envelopes. Pen pals, far away lovers, and even an old friend will be thrilled when your letters arrive in the mail. YES, letters. While  emailing and Facebook are fantastic, I’m still a fan of putting pen –and stamp, to paper.  Just don’t try them on a credit card bill –while anyone can appreciate a good effort, a stamp won’t save you.

This is what you’ll need

Supplies:

Pack of erasers

Pen/pencil

Utility knife

Stamp blotter or acrylic paint

Keep scrollin’ to see how it’s done!

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Instructions:

1.  Get all your supplies ready and lay them out on a crafts cutting board or old newspaper

2. Depending on their size, cut your erasers in half (you want to end up with squares)

3. With a pen or pencil, draw the outline of any shape you’d like your stamp to be. Carefully cut around the outline with a utility knife. Chip away the eraser around it in order to be left with a relief of your shape.

4. Cover the surface in acrylic paint of your choice or use a stamp blotter, and get ready, set, stamp!

Style is served!