March 20, 2018

DIY Grass Shadow Box

If you've been on my blog for any period of time, then you know I'm a plant nerd.  My ultimate dream is to have a complete jungle in my room.  The more plants the better! Of course, sometimes real plants can be hard to take care of, let's be honest. That's why fake plants are such an awesome alternative! This DIY Grass shadow box really helps to bring nature indoors! After making this one I honestly want to make several more! The grass shadow box is the perfect little room decor for apartments that don't have access to actual grass. Plus it's easy to make so that is always a plus! 

Materials Needed:
Wooden Box
Fake Grass
Wooden Letters ("PLANT")
Wooden Flowers
Fairy Lights
Glossy White Paint

First, ideally, if you have sandpaper, I suggest sanding down the box so it has a nice smooth surface for the paint. Take your fake grass and measure and cut out the size you need to fit into the box. I had a lot left over. Next, using roughly 3 coats, paint the box, letters, and wooden flowers white. Allow each coat to dry before painting the next coat. 

While the paint drys, Take your lights and weave them through the grass so that they poke through. Once you have this done, carefully glue the grass to the inside of the box.  Then, glue the letters and flowers on top of the grass. If you need to add your batteries to your lights and then you're good to go! Pretty cute right? And with the lights, it can double as a nightlight! That's what I call a win-win on this DIY grass shadow box. 

DIY Floral Deer Head

Y'all, I went to Micheals the other day to simply buy a sharpie (Coupons for the win!), but as soon as I walked in the door I saw this beautiful paper mache stag head staring right at me! I've wanted to DIY a floral stag head for so long! I hadn't been able to find So did I impulsively buy it? Why yes, yes I did.   Honestly, this floral stag head is the perfect wall decor! It's interesting, pretty, and DIY'ed. Is there a better combination? I think not.  If y'all are as excited about this DIY as I am, let me know below in the comments! Heck, send me photos of your finished stag heads!! I'd love to see!

Materials Needed:
Stag Head
Gold Paint
White Paint
Fake Flowers

First, paint the head of the stag white. Make sure to paint the antlers as well if your stag head was originally brown like mine. I suggest doing about 3 coats of white paint. Once the white has dried, paint the antlers gold.  Again, 3 coats should do the trick! Now, take your fake flowers and carefully hot glue them along the antlers. The placement of the flowers is completely up to you!

That's it! Now you can hang your stag up where ever you want! I think it makes the perfect dorm room decoration

March 18, 2018

DIY Bulletin Board

Howdy! So I found this foam circle the other day in my craft box and thought it would be cool to use in a DIY project. I've been needing a new Bulletin board recently and thought this would be perfect! I found some other supplies and now I've got a pretty cute mini bulletin board for no money!  I'm not sure where this foam circle came from but chances are it was pretty cheap, so if you don't want to spend much on a new board learn how to make this DIY bulletin board!

Materials Needed:
Foam Circle
(Air Dry Clay was used for making a personalized push pin that I broke so it won't be shown)

Start off by laying your circle on top you fabric and determine how much you'll need to cover it.  Once you have this figured out, cut off that amount. Then begin to glue the fabric to the foam circle. Don't worry if it is messy on the backside, you will not see this anyways.

Once you have your cloth all glued down, take your ribbon and glue it around the circle. This will make the edges look neater if they didn't get glued down all the way.  Taking that ribbon again and cutting off a small piece, hot glue this to the top back of your circle in a loop. This will act as a hanger for your bulletin board.  

That's it! Now you have a super cute and cheap DIY bulletin board for your room or dorm!

March 15, 2018

DIY Photo Clips

I think one of the cutest decoration trends right now is fairy lights and photos hanging on them! I feel like anytime I'm watching one of the "beauty vloggers" youtube videos I always see them in the backdrop. They really do make a cute background that is also very personal. 

After the fall semester came to a close in December, I stuck around campus for a few days to unwind in my apartment. Well Y'all know me, I love to craft. So during those days, I made a few room decor improvements! This included hanging up some fairy lights, printing out some photos, and hanging them up. I found these adorable clear clips, but I thought maybe I'd spice up a few photos with DIYed photo clips.  Not going to lie, these are Valentine's day themed because I originally wanted to get this post out for valentine's day (Y'all architecture is hard, I hardly have time to sleep, let alone blog)

I hope you enjoy these!

Materials Needed:
Clothes Pins
Scrapbook Paper

First, trace the outline of the clothespin on to the scrapbook paper. Next, cut it out and glue it onto the clothespin. Then cut a small portion of the ribbon and hot glue it to the back of the clothespin. Be sure not to accidentally glue the pin shut. Next, take your little heart (I found mine at the dollar section of Target) and glue it to the end of the ribbon. Now you can hang your photos up on your own fairy lights! Super simple right? But also super cute!

January 2, 2018

Coffee Crawl: Silver Grizzly Espresso

Howdy! It's a well-established fact that I am a coffee addict. What can I say, it taste good, it helps you stay alert, and coffee shops always have the best atmosphere.  I love going to different shops and studying or catching up with friends!  My love for coffee shops spawned this idea that what if I shared my experience at different coffee shops I try.  I decided I'd call this new series "Coffee Crawl".  I'm honestly very excited to start this! Partially because I have an excuse now to drink coffee & because I love inviting y'all into parts of my life! 

To kick off Coffee Crawl, I went to a local coffee shop in my hometown, Silver Grizzly Espresso.  This shop is fairly new.  It only opened in 2016. This was my second time going. I love the ambiance of the place.  Its located in downtown Longview, Texas which gives it a quaint feel.  They have this large window bar seat which I just live for! Both times I've gone that's where I end up sitting.  I'm a sucker for natural sunlight so any time a place has adequate window seats its a plus in my book. Of course, if darker is more your style, they also have plenty of seats away from the window, as well as a variety of seats that offer people a place around and talk over a cup of joe.  A variety of potted plants (biophilia in the works) adds a relaxing vibe to the whole place!  According to social media, they host a variety of different events such as art walks and barista showdowns. Honestly, if I went to school in Longview, I'd probably live at the Silver Grizzly Espresso.  

Of course, by this point y'all are all wondering "well hows the actual coffee"? The answer: Good! I've had their drip coffee and did not have to add any sweetener or cream to it at all and it was super tasty! If you pay an extra dollar on their drip coffee, you can actually have as many cups as you want.  I think this would be perfect if you were there late studying! Additionally, I tried a latte, and you can definitely taste the espresso, but overall it was a smooth latte to drink! Looking at their menu, they also offer tea, craft beer, and pastries.  Honestly, I think anyone could find something they like there. 

I brought my camera with me, with the intent to take some quality photos, but as life would have it I only got a few shots before the battery gave up on me! So to give credit where it is due, about half of the following photos come from Silver Grizzly Espresso's facebook page. Totally check out their page to see more awesome photos and for details on the location, menu, and hours.  If y'all happen to check it out, let me know! 

January 1, 2018

DIY New Years Resolution Mug

Oh, New Years. The time for resolutions and goals that aren't kept because life begins to happen.  I personally never make "New Years" resolutions, but every semester I make goals for the semester.  I always find it easier to keep with a goal if I only look at it from a short-term perspective. With that being said, I went ahead and made some long-term, overarching goals, for the purpose of this DIY!

When brainstorming up New Years DIYs, I wanted to come up with something that would actually be helpful in reminding me of different resolutions.  It is a well-established fact that I am a full blown coffee addict.  What do coffee addicts use every day? A mug of course!! What a perfect way to start your morning off by visually seeing your resolutions as you drink your cup of joe! This DIY New Years Resolution Mug is a helpful, and useful, reminder of your New Years goals.

Materials Needed:
White Ceramic Mug
Metallic Sharpies
Black Sharpie
Washi Tape

To being, take your tape and section off your mug in a variety of different crisscrossed pattern.  Next, take your metallic sharpies and color each section in fully.  Once the sharpie is all dried, take a black sharpie and write one of your resolutions in each of the sections. Now, let air dry for 24 hours.  The next day, set your oven to 350 degrees and place your mug in for 30 mins. This will seal the sharpie on the mug.  You can wash this mug no issue now!  After thirty mins are up, carefully take your mug out of the oven and let cool.  Now you're  good to use your mug! Let me know what some of your new year's resolutions are below! Happy New Year!