AH! That feeling of Christmas being right around the corner and you’re still scrambling to find the perfect gift for your BFF4L or special little lady. We’ve all been there. Have no fear though, I have a quick and painless DIY that will have bae smitten by your handywork and it will mean so much more than a last minute visa gift card. Trust.
Let me preface by confirming the 90’s are truly back. Remember those geode rocks you used to collect? They’ve been popping up everywhere BUT with a major price tag :/ I’ve seen them being used in many ways – geode necklaces, bracelets, coasters and my favorite, jewelry boxes! I’ve seen these boxes range from $30 to $500+. Bananas. So I decided to be crafty (of course) and make my own. Here’s what you need:
- + geode rock of choice (make sure it has a somewhat flat surface on the bottom)
- + wood craft box
- + e6000 super glue
- + spray paint of choice
- + gloss finishing spray (optional)
Spray paint the wooden box with at least 2 coats of spray paint and let dry for an hour. Follow up with a coat of glossy finishing spray.
Glue the geode onto the wooden box with a generous amount of e6000. Let dry. Ta-da! Super easy DIY that only takes a couple of hours and under $30! It’s a win-win! Merry Christmas friends :)
One of my all time favorite events was a couple weeks ago and I’m still gushing about it…
Tribeza held it’s 3rd annual Interiors Tour (check out my write up on last years tour here), where local interior designers graciously open up their homes to the public, so you can walk around in awe, staring at chinoiserie wallpaper for hours – yes! Each home is a reflection of the designers aesthetic and simply put, I get pretty jellybeans. Every home has something that inspires you or makes you think of incorporating unique elements to your own space in different ways (never thought of adding art over a mirrored fireplace?). Check out some pics from the tour below…
Meredith Ellis Design
Clearly, I love a good DIY, so when I saw these mexican tiles at a flea market, I instantly thought, “coasters!,” and knew they were coming home with me. 1) Because these are the perfect size, shape and pattern for coasters, 2) much cheaper to make, than buy, 3) because I didn’t have any yet. Yes, there are endless options of coaster sets around, but there’s something about making your own home decor that makes me feel so creative, especially when it comes out looking more Anthro, and less kindergarden craft time.
What you’ll need: Four tiles, scissors, hot glue gun, cork board (about 1/2 cm thick).
Instructions: Cut the cork board to measure just under the rim of the tiles (my tiles were 4×4, so I cut the cork to 3 7/8 x 3 7/8). Hot glue one edge of the cork and firmly place onto the tile. Continue gluing until the entire back side of the tile is covered. Repeat until all are finished. *I decided to lightly brush the edges with gold paint, but you can always leave the tiles in their natural state!
Wrap up the set and give as a gift! OR…
Place on your coffee table so your margarita has a place to sit. Adorable!
I just love a good DIY project. Considering the weather lately is keeping me from doing anything but bundling up and sipping some tea (thanks Camille), this dreamy DIY is just what the doctor ordered. Ever heard of image wood transfers? Well, today, you’re in luck.
I’ve always wondered how to create this almost encaustic like medium and once I got started, I just couldn’t stop. The possibilities are seriously endless! You can transfer your favorite photos (naturally, I picked poolside glamour for this tutorial), quotes, whatever, onto virtually any piece of wood you wish. Perhaps some end tables with newspaper print are up next?
Materials: Smooth wood, brushes, gel medium (I used Liquitex), Mod Podge and your favorite photos (printed on regular computer paper).
Step 1: Print a mirror image of your photo. You want these flipped because you will be laying them image side down on the wood. Open up a word document and insert your image, click on the image then click Format Image, then click the “flip/rotate” button, then click horizontal and print! Step 2: Thickly coat the wood with the gel/Liquitex. Make sure the surface is even and smooth. Step 3: Lay your image face down onto the wet surface of the wood. Press down firmly and release any air bubbles. Let dry for 24 hours. Step 4: Get a damp rag and press firmly and evenly around the entire image (pretend it’s like your putting on a flash tat, same thing), until the surface is very damp. Step 5: Gently begin to rub off the wet paper and you will start to see your image revealed! Step 6: Once the image is totally paper free, let is dry completely.Step 7: Finally, add a few layers of Mod Podge (I chose a vintage shade). You know the drill, let it dry. Step 8: Add a clasp and hang it to the wall or add it to your desk decor. You’ll feel like such a crafter with this one!