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DIY Starfish Wall Art

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I’m sure most of you have recognized a theme when it comes to the majority of my household DIY projects. Most of it is nautical ocean themed. No I do not live near the ocean, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring the ocean to me. I was a water baby when I was little and I never outgrew my love for it. Maybe it is from growing up in the Okanagan or maybe from spending every summer on road trips to the coast. Either way I find my peace and relaxation close to the water, so naturally when it came time to decorate my home and get my DIY on, I instantly gravitated towards anything that reminded me of the sea.

A while back I did this diy craft for homemade salt dough starfish. Click on the link HERE.

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I used them in containers, as Christmas tree ornaments, as garland, and lastly for this wall art. I love the natural elements and how easy it was. Seriously, if you’ve already made the starfish it takes about 60 seconds to hammer in the nails, a few minutes to tie the starfish and bow on the top and seconds to hang your lil creations. Nobody loves a 5 minute diy project more than a stay at home mom during nap time!

All you need is:

  • a piece of wood in your desired length and color
  • 5 nails
  • 5 salt dough starfish
  • jute/hemp string for starfish
  • string or rope for top of wood

Step 1. Hammer in your nails evenly spaced apart, leaving a little extra space at the top for wrapping string.

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Step 2. Using your jute, wrap a small loop on the top of your starfish and then wrap several times around the base. It’s optional, but I used a hot glue gun to secure the loop and wrapping so that I didn’t have to rely on my knot tying skills.

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Step 3. Wrap second string/rope around the top of the wood and tie a simple bow in the front. This doubles as a nice finishing touch and also a simple way to hang your art on the wall.

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Then just hang your little starfish! Ta da!!

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On the beach you can live in bliss ~ The Beach Boys

 


DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jars

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Mercury glass home decor seems to be lining the shelves and popping up in interior design everywhere this year. Although mercury glass has been around forever, it seems like it’s really making it’s comeback. This classic metallic finish adds the perfect mix of modern, rustic, feminine, and masculine to any room. But a hefty price tag usually seems to be attached to these mercury glass items in designer stores. Problem solved!! You think I want to pay that price for something I can make myself…. I think not. So with a simple can of Looking Glass spray paint you can transform any regular glass item into a brand new piece… and for a fraction of the price! Continue reading


DIY Rock Magnets

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These little rock magnets are the perfect little stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. They take less than 5 minutes to make, are super inexpensive and look cute decorating any fridge. I just bought a simple bag of polished decor rocks from the dollar store for $2, a set of small magnets for $2 and I already had the glue so I was able to make two dozen of them for less than $5! This diy craft is the perfect Continue reading


DIY Whitewashed Fireplace

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Our fireplace has always been an eyesore for me. Although it was built very well in it’s day, no matter how much I scrubbed it, it still looked dingy and outdated. Time and time again, I tossed up the idea of completely painting over it white, but I didn’t feel as though it was the right structure and design to look polished in a solid color. So I just left it. Then a few weeks ago after taking pictures of a piece of furniture I had whitewashed, the idea struck. I could definitely whitewash my fireplace, or at least die trying. I did a test strip underneath the hearth which quickly turned into a two hour project. I used a white stain that was left over from painting our fences but any white paint would work, as long as you dilute it with a little water.  Make sure to clean the fireplace before hand with soapy water and a scrub brush and let dry overnight.

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DIY Polka Dot Sweater

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I don’t know whether it’s my never ending love for polka dots or that I was simply born in the wrong era when it comes to fashion. I could live in high waisted skirts, strappy halter tops, floppy sunhats, form fitting sundresses, polka dots, floral designs, shift dresses and stilettos. But since I clearly am not living in the 50’s, the only thing I can do is bring a little 50’s to my wardrobe. I always lean towards staple clothing items that I know will stand the test of time. I stick to neutral colors, solid materials and simple patterns so that I can incorporate the latest  fashion trends in the form of jewelry, scarves and others accessories. But I was getting pretty bored with some of my items so I decided to add a little love to them. First I decided to make a pair of heart stamped pattern pants that I absolutely LOVE. Check out the tutorial HERE. Next up, I decided to sacrifice one of my plain sweaters to the DIY gods. I made my own fabric paint and with a simple Q tip and some scrap cardboard I was ready to go. Continue reading


DIY Heart Patterned Jeans

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I heart these jeans! (get it…. heart=love. See what I did there?). These pants were the perfect addition to Valentines Day this year! I was organizing my closet and I came across an old pair of skinny jeans that were looking a little too loved. I was considering recoloring them but then my love for polka dots took over! What’s cuter than polka dots? Heart polka dots! Hearta dots? Anyways…. I couldn’t justify buying such a trendy item so I ended up DIYing them myself. Surprised?! I created my own fabric paint because I also didn’t want to spend extra money on fabric paint when I could use supplies that I already had. You can use denim jeans or any colored pants that you want to transform. The lighter the pant the more subtle the pattern depending how fashionable you are feeling. Using pastel colored pants would be soooo cute for spring!

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Bedroom Makeover #2

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I know what your thinking…. didn’t you just makeover your bedroom less than a year ago?! Yup I sure did. Please keep reading so that you understand the method behind my madness. This was our master bedroom when we first moved into our home. Read more about our renovation disaster story HERE.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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Last summer my sister and I got our hands on some gorgeous and FREE reclaimed wood! I stored it away in the hopes that one day I would have my dream headboard. Then a couple of months ago we finally decided it was time for a new bed! Since we knew we would upgrade to a king size, we sold everything online. Our nightstands, bed frame, mattress and box spring all found a new home and our room was empty (except for our magnificent new bed).

Our old bedroom furniture was very dark, modern and masculine. I love light, natural colors and textures so I desperately wanted a change. It was finally time to recruit my handyman hubby to help me do all the work. After many specific instructions and less than 48 hours, my headboard was complete. Heck I can barely assemble a Jenga game, let alone create a flawless furniture item from old wood. But he did it and I love it. I just took pictures and watched in awe as it all came together. Continue reading


DIY Deer Silhouette T-Shirt

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This fall/winter fashion is full of woodland inspired pieces that are natural, cozy and outdoorsy. Plaids, fur, leathers and seudes are lining the windows of most trendy stores and my favorite so far this year is anything deer related. I have added a great silver antler necklace to my collection this year but I wanted another deer print of some sort. I was snooping online and fell in love with this sweater. However I didn’t really want to spend over $30 on a sweater with Continue reading


DIY Whitewashed Furniture

IMG_8653A couple months ago we decided it was time for a new bed so we sold our old bed along with all of our bedroom furniture. All my husband saw was an empty room, a bed and a tattered little bench. What I saw was a blank space, a luxurious new King sized bed, a staple furniture item and an urge to redecorate…. again! Check out our first bedroom makeover here.

This time I wanted to create a fresh and calming space that fit the rest of our beachy home decor. So over the course of a few weeks I lost myself amongst Pinterest and home design websites in need of some coastal design inspiration. I came across this Restoration Hardware bench and BAM! I immediately knew I wanted to refurnish our little bench. Continue reading