September 26, 2017

DIY Earring Holder

Earrings are my all time favorite accessory. Some people are into bracelets, others its necklaces, but me, I am an Earring Gal. However, I hate digging around looking for the pair I want to wear, but I am also WAY too cheap to pay twenty dollars for an earring tree. That's why I came up with this awesome marbled DIY earring holder! It's the perfect size to put up my favorite earrings so that I am not digging around for all of them!

If you like earrings then this is the DIY earring holder for you!

Materials Needed: 
Mini wooden frame
Plastic Knitting Mesh

To begin,  paint your frame. To create a marbled look, I started by painting the frame one whole color and while it was still wet paint another color on top in certain sections, swirling the two.
Be sure to paint the back as well.

Once your paint is dry, take the insert of the frame, lay it on your mesh and trace the dimensions.  Then cut this out. This will give you the proper size to insert your mesh where a picture would normally go. I hot glued the mesh in place to secure it to the frame

Next, cut a small piece of ribbon and hot glue it to the back where it creates a loop. This will be your hanger! Finally, take your flower and glue it on for an added touch of girliness! 

Now you have an easy and cute earring holder that is like a 10th of the price of a normal earring tree. 

September 9, 2017

DIY Pop Tart Pillow

I'm gonna be straight with you, I hate pop tarts. They taste like cardboard. Toaster Strudels is where it's at! With that being said, pop tarts are pretty darn cute looking! I am all about cute DIY room decor and decorative pillows! So a DIY Pop Tart Pillow is just the craft! Did I mention you don't have to use a sewing machine? Let's be real how often do I ever use a sewing machine for my crafts.

So without further ado, get your sweet tooth ready for a DIY Pop Tart Pillow!

Materials Needed:
Tan Felt
Pink or Brown Felt (for this tutorial I use pink)
Pom Pom Balls or White Yarn (for this tutorial I use Pom Pom Balls)
Pillow Stuffing

To Begin, fold your tan felt in half and cut it into a rectangle. By folding it in half, this will allow you to have two equally sized rectangles. Next, You'll want to hot glue three sides together completely and on the fourth side leave a small opening, about 1/2 of the fourth side,  that you can put your pillow stuffing into. Once your sides are glued flip the felt inside out using your small opening. This will give you clean edges.

Now, take your pink or brown felt and cut the sides to where they are squiggly. This will let the felt resemble real frosting on your Pop Tart Pillow. You will then want to hot glue this felt onto the tan felt.

If you're using Pom Poms, take small ones and sporadically hot glue them on to the colored felt. This will look like sprinkles. 

If you're using the yarn, take a piece slightly longer than your colored felt and squiggly line hot glue it diagonally across the colored felt. This will help it look like a drizzling of additional frosting.

Now, using your Pillow Stuffing, stuff the pillow until it is your desired plumpness.  Then glue shut opening you had left. 

Your DIY Pop Tart Pillow is now down! How sweet is that?! I hope you enjoyed this DIY!

August 29, 2017

DIY Flower Pen

I'm back at cha with an easy simple and fun DIY! I actually learned how to make these DIY Flower pens when I was in 8th grade. Wow, I feel old... anyway, my yearbook teacher taught us how to make these and they are seriously the easiest things to make. I hope you enjoy this DIY!

Materials Needed:

Fake Flowers
Washi Tape

To begin, line up your flower with the pen in a position where the cap of the pen can still be put on the pen. Next, take your washi tape and start to wrap it around the pen and flower. You may need to do two layers. 

And that's it! I know this is even simpler than the DIY bookmarks! And you'll look super cute scribbling down all your notes with you DIY Flower Pen!  

August 27, 2017

Books for College Students

Howdy! I haven't done a "What I'm Reading" post in a year! But if you know me, you know I love to read! I'm currently reading some books that are pretty fun reads for a college student.  I figured y'all may be interested in reading these so I'd give my review on them!

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso: Chance are by now you have definitely heard of #girlboss. If not the book than the Netflix original series no doubt! (can you believe they canceled it after 1 season?!) Anyways, I love this book so far. It's so empowering for any women going into business! Written by former CEO of NastyGal, Sophia Amoruso brings such a fun narrative to the table.  It's not an in your face feminist book either. Its main focus is how to rock at whatever career you're going after by being yourself and using your own unique quirks. The best way I can sum this book up is that it is the modern female version of How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie  (another great and classic book may I add- can you believe someone actually mocked me for reading that?!)

I Just Graduated Now What by Katherine Schwarzenegger: This book is awesome for anyone getting ready to graduate. It's a collection of interviews from people who have graduated college and their experience! I think it's a great read, especially for anyone not sure what they are going to do once the graduate! There is no one way your life has to go after you walk across that stage. Life is full of opportunities. 

My One Square Inch of Alaska by Sharon Short: This book is a cheesier read, but still really good. It meets the criteria of wanderlust, independence, and romance. Place in the 50s, Donna sets off on an adventure with her terminally ill little brother from Ohio to Alaska so he can see his one square inch he owns. If you want an easy, quick, enjoyable read I highly recommend this book! 

Let me know if you read any of these books, or if you have any book suggestions for me! Also be sure to check out my bookmark DIY for a cute placeholder for when you check these out! 

Easy DIY Bookmark

Are you an avid reader? Or is it time to start reading those over priced text books for college? Well, whatever your reason for reading is, this DIY bookmark is so easy you'll want to make 50! (ok probably not that many, but seriously it's easy!) Get your books ready, because you'll want to use this easy DIY bookmark after you make it!

Materials Needed:
Popsicle Sticks

To begin, you'll want to paint your popsicle stick any color you'd like. I recommend coordinating the color of your paint, ribbon, and flower for a cohesive look. Once your paint is dry, cut some length of your ribbon and hot glue it to the top of your popsicle stick. Finally, take your scrapbooking flower and hot glue it to the end of the ribbon! 

You are literally ready to use the easy DIY bookmark now! Told ya it was super easy and simple! It really works well too as far as bookmarks go!

Be sure to check out my current must reads! Or check out my reading list from last summer!

August 21, 2017

DIY Ring Holder

If you read my blog regularly (if you don't, make sure to sign up for the email list so you can!) then chances are you know I am obsessed with cacti! I am a landscape architecture student after all! So when I saw a cactus ring holder for sale, I knew I wanted to make my own DIY ring holder.  Let me tell y'all, this DIY ring holder may be my favorite DIY I've ever done for Cherry Blossom. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I do!

Materials Needed:
Air Dry Clay
2 Green Paints
Black Paint
Your Choice of Paint
Glossy Mod Podge
Wood (optional if needed)
Flower (optional)

To begin, you'll want to take the air dry clay and create an oblong shape, two "L" shaped pieces, and a bowl shape. With the bowl shape, you'll want to try the best you can to make the bottom flat. If it's not flat your ring holder won't stay up. Don't worry though! If it doesn't dry as flat as you need it, that's when the wood comes in clutch (but more on that later).  Allow your shapes to dry completely.

Once all your pieces are dry, you'll take the oblong shape and hot glue the "L" pieces offset on either side of it. These will be your cactus's arms. Next, take your darker green paint and paint the cactus. While, that drys, take your other paint color and give the bowl a nice coating. Once your cactus is dried, take the lighter green and add little stripes along the body of the cactus. Additionally, you'll take your black paint to give the cactus a Kawaii face! (You can always leave this part out though if you prefer). Once all you paint is dry, give the cactus and the bowl a generous layer of Mod Podge.

Now get that glue gun ready! Glue your cactus to the middle of the inside of the bowl. If you need more balance, this is when you'll glue your small wood piece to the bottom of the bowl for stability. And finally, if you choose to add a flower, glue it to the top of the cactus. 

Now you have a kawaii DIY ring holder! It's such a cute touch to any room! I adore it! If you want more plant themed DIYs check out the cactus pillow, picture pillow, cactus mouse pad, and kitty planter!