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Quick and easy DIY projects for any day of the week

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Potato Stamped Wrapping Paper

I bought a couple rolls of Kraft paper last week because I planned on hand stamping it and using it as wrapping paper. I wasn't sure how I wanted to stamp, at the time, but I figured I'd figure it out later. I'd stamped paper with a pencil eraser in the past to create mini polka dots, but that was more time consuming than I wanted, since I'd be needing to wrap multiple gifts. I remembered making potato stamps back in the day, and thought I'd see if that worked, and it did! I haven't done potato stamping since elementary school, but I love it! it worked perfectly for my wrapping paper.

I just used a little potato and cut a triangle into it. I think that simple shapes would probably work best for potato printing, but if you want to go crazy with it, I'm not going to stop you. Little simple Christmas trees would be super easy to cut into a potato as a stamp. I used a stamp ink pad to do my stamping, but acrylic paint would probably also do the job, though it might cause the paper to wrinkle, since paint is wet and may cause the paper to warp when it dries.

Since the paper is simple, I kept the bow simple and just used baker's twine and tied on a sprig of evergreen for color!

Instagram Magnets

Here is a super easy DIY that only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and leaves you with some really fun, personalized magnets to use on your fridge, or wherever else you may need magnets. I made my magnets out of some of my favorite instagram photos, printed out using the Printic App. You can send them to print straight from your phone and then they come in the mail a few days later, printed on photo paper with a fun polaroid frame. You could use almost anything for your magnets, though, as long as the adhesive on the magnet sheets can stick on!

For this project you'll need:

Photos, or whatever you want to make into a magnet
Scissors
A pen
Magnet adhesive paper (I found mine on Amazon)

1. Take one of your photos and lay it on the magnet adhesive paper. Hold it still and trace around the edges so that you know how big to cut your piece of magnet.

2. Cut along the line you drew and then lay the photo over the piece you just cut to make sure the piece isn't larger than the photo. You don't want to see the magnet, so you'll want to cut it slightly smaller than the photo. If you can see the magnet, go in and trim the edges of the magnet a bit until you can't see it when you lay the photo on top.

3. Remove the backing on the magnet to reveal the adhesive surface. Carefully line up your photo over the adhesive and then stick it down. You only have one shot to get this right because the adhesive is pretty sticky and it'd be difficult to pull it off and try again. If you didn't get it quite right, you can take your scissors and trim any excess magnet that is showing.

Done! The magnet is pretty decent, so you can even use the little magnets you made to hold up papers and such. I think it'd be fun to have a whole fridge covered in photos of friends and family and pretty little details. In a digital age where most of our photos are online or on our phones, it's nice to have tangible, physical photographs. One of my favorite things to do when I'm at other people's houses is look at the photos they have on their fridge.

I have a bunch of magnet paper left over so I'm brainstorming more fun magnet projects now!

Mother's Day Party in a Box!

If you live far away from your mom, like I do, it can be hard to do something for Mothers' Day that isn't just sending a generic bouquet of flowers. I wanted to do something for my mom and I'm obviously a last minute person, since I only did this and mailed it out today, so it probably will make it by Monday. Better late than never! But I had a ton of fun putting this together. I was inspired by the pretty little boxes Emma and Elsie sent to announce their new photo app. Mailing a party in a box seemed like the perfect way to send some Mothers' Day love to my mom!

What you'll need:

A box
Fun tissue paper
Assorted candy + treats (avoid chocolate as it might melt while being mailed)
Confetti
Balloons
Party poppers, pinwheels, etc.
Personalized little gifts like nail polish, lotion, gift cards to her favorite spa/restaurant, etc.

Put some confetti into the bottom of your box, add your tissue paper and start adding items! I gave my mom some candy so I put it into a plastic bag so it would stay separate, and also not get covered in confetti. You can also put in some fancier treats like macarons, petit fours, and anything else your mom loves. I really wanted to put in a mini bottle of champagne, but apparently mailing alcohol is illegal. Damn.

I made a little mini banner for my mom to hang up. I just cut out the letters from cute scrapbooking paper, taped them to a string, and put it in an envelope to keep it safe during transit. If you're not great at free-handing letters, you can always print out letters instead, or even buy a customizable letter banner from a party store!

Make sure to write your mom a card or letter and throw that in along with your mini party!

I added some more confetti to the package before closing it and filled the extra space with some bubble wrap to make sure things didn't rattle around too much. My box wasn't too pretty (I had recycled an old box), so I wrapped it in butcher paper. To make my boxes cuter I like to tape them with washi tape first, and then use clear packing tape over it. That way it's pretty, but you still get the security of the packing tape (plus, the PO gets mad at you if you use anything but packing tape. Masking tape gets you dirty looks).

Chalkboard Cabinets

For a long time I've wanted to change our kitchen up a bit, but since the space is teeny and we're renting, there's not too much we can do. In my old kitchen I freshened things up by putting woodgrain contact paper on my fridge, but since the cabinets were already wood, I didn't really want to put a clashing woodgrain on our fridge. When I discovered that chalkboard contact paper existed, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! I'm of the firm belief that contact paper is a renter's best friend. It's such a great way to update and make a space your own, without having to paint or do anything too permanent.

What you'll need:

Chalkboard Contact Paper
Scissors

All you have to do is: measure how wide and tall the area is that you want to cover, cut the contact paper to size, peel & stick! An easy way to measure your contact paper is to flip it so the back is showing and then just hold it up against the area you want to cover, and then mark with a pen or pencil how wide & long you need it to be. Contact paper is nice in that the back is covered in a grid so it's easy to cut straight lines. Once you get one piece cut, you can use that piece as a template for the rest of the cabinets you're covering, as long as all the cabinets are the same size.

To stick it on, just peel a bit off from one end and line it up, then start working your way up slowly, wiping with your hand as you go to get any bubbles out. If you start getting bubbles or it turns out you've stuck it on crooked, you can just peel it back off and start over.

I had a bit left over, so I covered the freezer door on our fridge too. I can't believe how much more I love our kitchen now that I've added these little chalkboard panels. Plus, it's actually useful for writing stuff down, like groceries we've run out of and ideas for meals. That, and pretty doodles & sneaky love notes...

Triangle Tote

This week I've been having a lot of fun with masking tape and making fun patterns. This one came to me as I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep, but instead thinking of fun things to make. I have another idea rattling around in my brain for a tote bag DIY, so that might be appearing soon too!

What you'll need:

Fabric paint
Foam pouncer (I use these)
Masking tape
Scissors

With your scissors, cut out little triangles from the tape and place them on the tote as you go. The triangles don't need to be the same size or shape, I think it looks cooler to have varying sizes of triangles. Cover the whole side of the tote with triangles.

Then, start painting around the triangles. I used the pouncer primarily, but then to get clean edges around the tote, and to touch up some areas, I used a paintbrush. Wait until the paint is dry and then you can start peeling the triangles off.

And you're done! If you want it to be washable, make sure to follow the instructions on the paint bottle for how to set the paint.

Faux Flower Crown

I love flower crowns. The only thing I don't like about flower crowns is how they get all wilted by the end of the day. Solution? Faux flower crown. All the flower crown goodness without the mortality of real flowers. I actually wanted to wear a flower crown for my wedding at one time, and if it had been in the summer and outside, I probably would've. Nevertheless, my love for flower crowns has not waned. They have this feminine, free-spirited quality that makes them so beautiful to me.

What you'll need:

Faux Flowers
Wire (I got mine in the floral section w/ a natural covering on it, so it's easier for the tape to stick to)
Floral Tape
Scissors

1. Start off by figuring out how long you'll need to cut your wire by testing it on your head. I wrapped mine around twice, so it's more sturdy and easier to attach the flowers.

2. Cut, wrap the wire around itself and tape the ends so they're secure.

3. Start taping the flowers to the crown from back to front. I started a few inches from the center of the back and worked forwards. In order to have enough stem to anchor the flowers to the crown, I cut my flowers with about 2-3 inches of stem. I found it was easiest to tape the very tip of the stem and then tape closer to the flower itself to secure it. I pulled off a few leaves and taped them on intermittently throughout the crown to add some fullness and greenery.

4. Continue taping around the crown until you get to the front, and then switch the direction of the stems, so they face the back of the other side of the crown (so, essentially they come out of the center of the back on both sides towards the front and meet in the middle of the front, similar to the directionality of a laurel crown). Or, if you'd like, you can just continue around the whole crown in one direction! I started running low on flowers so I kept them concentrated at the front and then put more greenery in the back.

There ya go! It took me under an hour to make mine and then immediately placed it upon my head and wore it around town feeling pretty damn fancy. One of my favorite colors is yellow, and I'm convinced it's the happiest of all colors, so I chose to make my crown yellow & white. Actually, it's pretty similar to what my bridal bouquet looked like! What can I say, I know what I like!