I was so excited about this project - I love the chalk paint look and I love mason jars, so perfect match! But before I share DIYs I always like to look in to the cost of the materials involved. I don’t see the point in DIYins something if it’s going to cost you much, much more than buying it already made. Hoo boy, chalk paint is expensive! I was shocked. But I still love the look so I did some research on chalk paint recipes, and found this great piece by Salvaged Inspirations. Now I’m going to purchase myself some calcium carbonate and make up my own chalk paint to make some of these pretty jars (and I have a couple of chairs I’m thinking of painting too!). These jars are not only pretty, but think of all the uses you can use them for - not just decoration on their own, but perfect for holding a posy of flowers, giving as gifts or storing your pens and pencils in!
Back in the day, the only way you could decorate the walls of your rented space was with blu tac and posters. If you were lucky, your landlord might let you put a couple of hooks in the walls for framed prints. These days, there are so many options to decorate your space with temporarily that the possibilities are endless! 3M removable hooks, vinyl wall stickers, removable wall paper and yes - washi tape! With a bit of creativity you can create amazing patterns on your walls that you can pull down when you’re bored (or moving) and try again. Click through for Brit + Co’s DiY and get inspired!
Though I was/am born and bred in SA, Australia, I have traveled more in the US of A than Australia! The only time I’ve been to Sydney or Melbourne is to visit their airports. But in America… I’ve lived in upstate New York, and just outside of Philadelphia. I’ve been to Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC,..and a few more I can’t remember right now! As soon as I saw this map i knew I would make it straight away - what a gorgeous way to remember all those places you’ve been! Of course, if you haven’t been to America, you can always draw a map of your country (or even the world if you’re a well heeled traveller!) Cheryl has some alternative banners too. Go download yours and get to tracking your travels!
Part of a prestigious group 😁
I love the look of earthy, handmade jewelry. When I save up some money I plan on getting this ring. Sigh. But as you can see, it’s quite expensive! Though these rings don’t have a big ol’ jewel on the top, I still love this DIY because it’s so simple and cheap to make but still has the look.
I know it’s only July but I’m already thinking about Christmas presents! I’m keen to DIY more gifts this year - last year fell in a big heap - and this beaded necklace would be absolutely perfect for my sister. She saw some very similar ones at some markets that were around $80, but I think i could make her about six for that much (though I might have to keep one for myself)
Love my hometown ❤️
Summer Sandals 2 Ways
If your favourite sandals are looking a little worse for wear, then get out your craft box and get to decorating! These two options are high impact but easy to create. My So Called Crafty Life uses fabric flowers and Live It Love It Make It made some bright neon tassels. Click on the links below for more info!
I’ve posted soy candle DIYs before but they are so fun and easy to do that I like sharing them again! Soy wax is lovely for candles because they don’t give off that horrible black smoke you get with the cheap candles. You can get soy wax, candle wicks and fragrance oil from most craft stores or of course you can get them from eBay, amazon or etsy. I love making my candles in vintage tea cups but you can make yours in any heat-safe container that has a wide rim.
If you have scalp problems then you will know all too well the pain that comes with using commercial shampoos. That’s because most commercial shampoos contain additives like sulfates (the stuff that gives shampoo it’s lather, but can worsen skin irritations and strip hair). I have psoriasis and can’t use ‘traditional’ shampoos anymore - my head goes nuts! I have been buying sulfate-free shampoo, but making my own is something I’d love to do. Plus rosemary has been shown to be effective to preventing hair loss and mint is good for dandruff, and relieving scalp irritations. So this is basically sore head heaven! Just remember if you make this, that it won’t lather and get frothy like normal shampoo because it doesn’t have the sulfates, so don’t worry that you’ve messed up!
Ana White is my DIY hero! She designs and builds the most amazing projects and shares them for all on the internet (for free) - and wrote an awesome book too! She’s now designed some exclusive projects for Ryobi (you just have to sign up) and I’m all over this gorgeous modern bookshelf. There’s also a fantastic outdoor couch and pergola I would be keen to have in my house… time to buy some lumber!
Nothing says Summer like popsicles (or ice blocks if you’re an Aussie!). If you’re having a pool party/backyard barbie/blank wall blues, then this fun popsicle garland is sure to brighten up your space. The secret? Pool noodles!
If you’re as big a commitment phobe as I am, you’ll love Tattly tattoos. And if you’re as big a fan of sales as I am, you’ll be excited about their 50% off sale! Get yourself over there and pick a new (temporary) tattoo, from cute animals to star signs and everything in between. I bought myself the ones above, ‘Air Quotes’ and the ‘Floral’ set designed by Rifle Paper Company. Then make sure you enter TATTLY3 at the checkout to get your new (temporary) skin art half price!
I would never have thought to use iron on transfers on a pair of Vans - but they look amazing! The perfect ‘Summer shoes’ to slip on and get going in. As soon as I saw these I had the perfect floral images in mind to make my own pair, but all you need to do is either google image search ‘floral pattern’ or have a search on Pinterest.
Ok, first up: drink responsibly! There’s no point having an awesome night if you can’t remember it right?! OK, PSA over. Now, even if you don’t drink alcohol (me!) you can still have lots of fun with drinking games! The cubes are so easy to whip up (make sure to download the free printables!), and the game is simple to play - you roll the dice, then the if you get say ‘Band Names’, you have to say one starting with A, the next person one starting with B, etc. If someone can’t think of one in 30 seconds, they have to roll the other dice - and accept the consequences! As I said, you don’t have to play this with alcohol. You could make people do physical challenges or eat marshmallows instead (though that could be even messier than alcohol…)