DIY Coffee Mug

I previously posted a cute little engagement gift basket that I had created for my newly engaged best friend. In the basket were two coffee mugs with the sayings… “One Lucky Mr.” & “Soon to be Mrs.”

This is a really simple, fun and easy DIY you can create if you want to add a personal touch to any gift. Now I do not have the best hand writing but I think the imperfections and handmade look are what makes the gift that much more special.

This is an inexpensive project as well so instead of spending $12.00 on a coffee mug from Target, you can just look up some inspiring quotes on Pinterest and make one yourself!

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Materials:

1. Paint Pen.  (I got mine from Michaels)

2. Two plain coffee mugs. (you can pick these up at any craft store)

-You will also be using your oven.

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Again, I do not have the best hand writing so I had to re-do the sayings a few times before I got the look I wanted. To do this simply wipe the mug with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and dry.

Here are a few more sayings you could add for an engaged couple:

“I popped the question…” & “I said YES!”

“I do.” & “Me too!”

“Let’s have coffee together…” & “for the rest of our lives.”

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Once you have your desired look, bake in the oven for 40 min at 375 degrees. To avoid cracking heat up the mugs in a cool oven. The baking should make the mugs dishwasher safe. But I would still hand wash just to make them lat that much longer.

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And that’s it, you’re done! Like I said its a simple project that can add a personal touch to any gift.

Thank you!

-Brandie

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Engagement Gift Basket

A few weeks ago my beautiful best friend got engaged at Callaway vineyard and winery in Temecula California. Her fiance made the sweet and smart decision to hire a photographer who was able to capture the special moment.

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I wanted to get them a little something to celebrate the occasion and came across the idea of an engagement gift basket.  I thought it was the perfect way to gift them a few practical yet fun items and creating the basket gave me an excuse to D.I.Y.

Here is the finished product:

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And here is a closer look at some of the harder to see items:

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Items:

– Wedding planner.

-Wedding day scrapbook.

-Bottle of champagne & two glasses.

-Wedding themed stickers.

-Wooden letter “G” (for his last name).

-Mexican wedding cookies.

-Handmade coffe cups.

-Handmade date idea jar.

-A “diamond ring” wine cork.

-Ring holder.

Several of the items I found on Amazon and the rest were from various department stores like Target and Michael’s. The handmade coffee cups were a little tricky since I don’t have the best hand writing, but I think they turned out great and I will post a how-to soon.

I am insanely happy for my friend and can’t wait to start working on some D.I.Y wedding crafts!

-Brandie

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Googly Eyed Door Decor

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Did you know Halloween goes by multiple names: All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim and Summer’s End. Witches Night sounds the most frightening to me, good thing I’ll be indoors tonight!

Halloween is such a exciting time of year, not only is it the start of the fall season but its a great excuse to create some DIY decorations for your home.

You’re probably going to have lots of little ghouls and goblins at your door this evening. So why not make your doorway a little more spooky to enhance their Halloween experience.

Here an easy last minute DIY Halloween decoration you can complete before the festivities of tonight begin.

Here are the materials your going to need:

1. Wooden letter. (mine was 13″)

*I chose the letter “B” for my last name*

2. Black paint & paint brush.

3. Googly eyes. (I used two packages)

4. “Spider” webbing.

5. Halloween ribbon.

6. Glue gun.

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First, paint your wooden letter with a coat of black paint. I sanded mine a little just to help the paint adhere better.

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Once the paint has dried, start gluing on your googly eyes. I places all my larger eyes first and filled in the remaining space with the smaller ones.

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Now after all your googly eyes have been placed stretch a small piece of spider webbing across the back of your letter, I secured the webbing with my hot glue gun.

Lastly, I attached the Halloween ribbon on the back of the letter and created a sort of foe bow. This part will be used to hang your letter on the door. I secured the ribbon with my hot glue gun as well.

And now you have your-Googly Eyed Door Decor!

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I think this decoration is the perfect mix of cute and spooky.

Happy Witches Night!

-Brandie

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Wine Bottle Vases

Upcycling is the idea of taking items that are old or used and transforming them into fresh functioning pieces, usually changing their original use.

This is not only a money saver but also helps our environment by eliminating waste.

And one waste item that me and my friends usually have are wine bottles! So I’ve decided to turn them into fun contemporary vases.

Here are the materials your going to need:

1. Three wine bottles. (labels removed and cleaned)

2. Multi -Surface paint. (I used Martha Stewarts brand in a satin finish)

3. Painters tape.

4. Paint brushes.

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Before you start painting your wine bottles wipe them down with alcohol, this will clean the surface and help the paint adhere.

Next paint the surface of your wine bottles, I chose to paint them white. I painted each bottle with three coats of paint. Make sure you wait at least 20 minutes in between each coat. This will help the paint disperse evenly.

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Let your bottles dry for one hour before placing the painters tape. (I was inpatient and it cause the tape to peel away some of the paint)

Next apply your painters tape around the circumference of the bottle so you can paint the bottom sections a different color. You can choose to make each vase identical or paint the bottom sections different proportions, like I’m doing.

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Now paint the bottom sections of your vases, I chose to paint them each a different color.

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I only had to paint each vase with two coats of color. Once complete let the paint completely dry before removing the painters tape.

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And now place a few long stemmed flowers into your vases and admire your handy work. You’re welcome earth!

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You can also use them as jewelry stands for your bracelets.

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There are a million ways to decorate these vases so use your imagination and continue to upcycle!

-Brandie

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Scrabble Coasters

For my first post I chose a fairly simple craft, but one I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. It’s been sitting in my DIY Pinterest board for quite some time.

Drink coasters aren’t as popular as they used to be, people tend to think they are for a more conservative household where one must always practice perfect etiquette like keeping your elbows off the dinner table.

But these coasters are much more casual and perfect for a backyard BBQ, they are a little humorous and hopefully conversation stater.

Here are the materials you are going to need:

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1. 100 count scrabble pieces. (I got mine on Amazon)

2. A roll of cork board.

3. Clear acrylic coating. (I used Krylon)

4. A hot glue gun.

5. Scissors.

After you’ve got all your materials together you’ll need to decide what your words your going to use. Obviously they need to be four letter or less. I went with a, well lets just say an adult beverage theme.

1. BEER, ALES, HOPS & BREWS.

2. MINT, LIME, SALT & STIR.

3. VINO, AGED, WINE & CORK.

4. POUR, DRY, TART & NEAT.

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Now the easiest way to start your coaster is to begin glueing your scrabble pieces in the top left hand corner of your poster board, using its natural straight edges. Make sure to cover as much of the scrabble pieces as possible with the glue gun, this will make the coasters a little more sturdy.

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Once you’ve completed all four rows of your coaster cut along the edges with your scissors as close the scrabble pieces as possible.

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Once all four coasters are glued and cut out your going to want to coat them with the clear acrylic to make them moisture resistant. They are for your drinks after all! Make sure you complete this step outside and on newspaper or cardboard.

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Follow the instructions on your spray can before completing this step. I had to shake my can for about two minutes. And sprayed each coaster from about ten inches away. I coated each one three times waiting about a minute in between each coat. Let them dry for an hour before serving those drinks!

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Well I hope you enjoyed my first post. I really enjoyed creating these and I’m sure you will too!

-Brandie

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