Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

08 February 2014

Big Art On A Budget- The DIY on Engineering Prints

Engineering prints. They're big and cheap but can look like a million bucks. Well, maybe not a million but with a few tips the possibilities are (almost) endless and the results can be fantastic.

Recently, a friend wanted me to paint a quote on canvas for her. I opted to make a digital version of the quote instead so she could see it first before making a piece of large scale art for her boys' room. I created a 24 x 36 sized quote, made a digital copy (that way I could make changes to it if she wanted any) and **fingers crossed** hoped that all those pins about having Staples print an engineering print for a few bucks worth true. 

I was easy peasy ordering them online (be sure your file is large!) and this is how they turned out. The one with the black background has shadows of letters in the upper left corner. It does give it a bit of a chalkboard-esque look, if that's what you're going for. 

Beth used Mod Podge on a canvas. The paper wrinkled and the ink smeared. It totally depends on the look you're going for but I don't think it looks awful. 

To salvage the canvas she ordered the same print up at Wal-Mart and had it printed on photo paper. At $19 this option gives you thicker paper to work with and is still a very inexpensive way to get big art on a budget. 

Beth painted the edges of the canvas grey. She needs to touch it up but was willing to send me photos first. She had her hubby put the canvas on hinges so they could access the thermostat on the wall. Hiding the thermostat? How clever!

So simple, right? Beth didn't want to see the ugly thermostat at the end of the hall. 

The poster-sized photo from Wal-Mart is a little more crisp and Beth felt like this option was much easier to work with. 

There are all sorts of DIY's out there using engineering prints. I found the ones I thought were most helpful. 

Mount it under acrylic like The White Buffalo Styling Co. did here. That print is AMAZING!!! This whole room is amazing! 

These gals used spray adhesive and then Mod Podge on the top. Get the DIY here.

This gal used spray adhesive and Mod Podge too but adhered it to a piece of stained wood. How adorable is this for a Father's Day present!? Click here for the deets.

Darn Pinterest. I couldn't find the source of this anywhere but had to share. This engineering print was just hung in a window at Christmas. It looks fabulously rustic and celebratory!

A super inexpensive option is foam board. Angie at Foxy Chirp painted the edges yellow. 
She shows the step-by-step process here.

For those that left their email on my Instagram post (here)for the Peter Pan print and the 'Freckles' print, I'd love to see what you do with your prints! Tag me @aedriel or #aedriel so I can update this post with your photos!

06 August 2013

Easy Peasy DIY's

This easy DIY wall art for baby post  has been the most viewed feature at and I was thrilled to see it recently featured at both Motherhood Maternity and over at Disney Baby too! Check out the original post here

Disney featured this before and after from Love Like Johnny and June that I must share! Upcycling great quality furniture is the way to go! 

What a difference, don't you think? I love the 'you are my favorite' artwork as well as the colorful pompom-esque dotted art. Caa-uute! 

31 May 2013

DIY Cupcake Flags

These DIY cupcake flags are so easy and add a personal touch to an otherwise blah cupcake. It's SO easy the instructions seem unnecessary but here it goes-

1. Cut strips of paper to your desired width. I'm a fan of the ol' eyeball it technique. ;)
2. Using a glue stick or scrapbooking tape (my preference) run glue along the length of the strip.
3. Fold over the toothpick making sure the paper is even.
5. Cut the little triangle out of the tip. I know there are paper punches for this but I like having each one look a little different.
6. Add a word or someone's name! These are a great alternative to place cards for a party or even a wedding.

01 May 2013

DIY Nursery Wall

Be sure to check the entire post for instructions and creative ways to make this project a family affair! Embroidery hoops add charm to any corner of your home.  
2. Etsy

How sweet and charming is this nursery wall??

My friend Erica did a beautiful job designing the wall behind Kate's crib using vintage fabric. She found the idea at

And here are the super easy instructions....

- Embroidery hoop 
- A scrap piece of fabric that is a few inches wider than the hoop
- Scissors
- Elmer's glue (you can also use a hot glue gun)

- Place the fabric in the embroidery hoop.  Make sure to pull the fabric so that it is taut.
- Flip the embroidery hoop over so that the wrong side is facing you.
- Place a small amount of glue all the way around the edge of the inside hoop.
- Press the fabric into the glue.
- Once the glue is dry, trim the fabric around the edge of the hoop and the hoop is ready to hang!

How Erica Created The Look:
Erica used scrap fabric she had on hand and her husband Jon actually made the wood letters! 

How You Can Create The Look:

You can find similar wood letters at PB Kids.  I've also found paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby that could be painted white or the color of your choice. Use the 3M Command strips to hang the letters. The paper mache letters are super light too so there's not worry your little one will get hurt if she gets a little curious! If you want to save even more, consider just adding the first letter of your child's name so it has a monogram-esque look. 

More Ideas: 
To add a personal touch consider mixing vintage fabric that has a story to tell. 
What about an embroidered hankie of your grandmother's or a favorite dress you wore as a child? For an eclectic touch, all the important women in your daughter's life could provide a fabric swatch. 

(photographs courtesy of Erica Brower Photography)

02 April 2013

Plank Wood Art Tutorial


I’ve shared photos of Haddy's home with you before (remember, she's the founder of Creative House of Designs) and I’m super pumped to share her DIY deets on how she created the uber chic pooch silhouette using plank wood for her son's room. I love that it’s rustic, yet the silhouette is super traditional. 

Let’s get to it, shall we?

Plank Wood Art Tutorial

Reclaimed wood, a pallet or any type of wood that can be cut down
1-2 Furring Pine Stripes in a 1”x2” or 1” x 3” size cut into two 2.5’ and two 2’ sections. 
Wood Screws or Fencing Nails
3-4 Large D-Ring Picture Hanger
Outdoor Black Paint
Stencil Paint
Large Foam Brush
Small Detail Brush
Wood Sealer

If creating a 3’ square piece, like Haddy’s, using reclaimed wood (the best option) or even pallet wood lay the pieces across an old blanket. You can even use  large sections of wood from Lowe’s or Home Depot (ask for free scraps!) cutting five pieces 7” wide and 3/4” thick down to 3 feet in length. 

Using the furring strips and wood screws, connect the strips in your desired shape making a frame. Then, nail this to the back of your wood plank pieces you’ve laid out. Be sure not to hammer your nails all the way through to the front as you don’t want the pointy ends showing on the front of your planks. Be sure to use the right size screws and/or nails. You can always hammer nails in the front of your planks if you’re going for a super rustic look. Using the boards vertical instead of horizontal makes the project easier and more secure but doesn’t look quite as awesome as going horizontal. Haddy used a million nails and a few screws. Once you’re done, attach your D-Rings to the top of the furring strips evenly spaced across the top. This badboy is going to be heavy and you don’t want it coming down!

Next, it’s time to go bananas and paint! You can opt to be daring and create your artwork yourself or use a stencil. Be prepared for the stencil to bleed because of the grooves in the wood if you choose to go that route. Use stencil paint to outline your item first even if you don’t use a stencil. The stencil paint is thick and dries really fast. You can alwaso white wash your boards before you paint the silhouette for a softer look. Finally, seal your piece and let it dry. 

Now hang it and be prepared for the oohs and ahhhs! 

And some more lovelies of this little guy's stylish room! Who says boys' rooms have to be blue?!

27 February 2013

Inspirational Interiors: Featuring House of Creative Designs

I love incorporating trends in the home but I also believe in surrounding yourself in pieces that tell a story.  Keepsakes reflect who you are and what you love. Haddy of House of Creative Designs tells a beautiful story in creating cozy vignettes and heartfelt reminders of her love for her family and memories. Creating a wall with mismatched frames using a cohesive gold finish gives the room instant glamour and personality. I love the mix of black and white family photos and a handful of silhouettes and prints adding a pop of the unexpected in Haddy's living room. 

As Haddy said, "It's important for me to incorporate not just the pretty things and the current obsessions, but also pieces that mean something to me... something that makes my heart smile whether that be something I made, I bought or something given to me."

Find House of Creative Designs here:

                                Etsy shop  

26 February 2013

Dreamy Painted Mason Jars

Creating the perfect weathered look seems easy, until you try it. These beauties from Beach Blues  are so perfectly imperfect, don't you think? They're ideal for weddings, adding charm to a cozy corner in your home, desk supplies...pretty much anywhere! Owner, Missy,  seals them with a water-resistant enamel and they're painted on the inside and outside. Good luck picking a favorite collection! They're all gorgeous.

Shop Beach Blues here. She's been featured all over (and rightfully so!!) including Vogue Australia, Once Wed, The Wedding Chicks and Uncovet.

25 February 2013

'Love Is Sweet' Chic Chevron Dessert Table

My jaw nearly dropped when I came across House of Creative Design on Instagram. Founder, Haddy, is oozing talent both in her party designs, and in creating a home with a polished luxe feel mixed with edgy elements of interest.  

Haddy threw this Valentine's dessert table together literally overnight and with a budget of thirty bucks! For real? I adore the bold black and white chevron background with pops of red peeking out. Haddy uses current trends (the chevron print), while incorporating a little edginess giving the whole look tons of personality. Be sure to check out Haddy's links at the bottom of the post! 

Find House of Creative Designs here:

                                Etsy shop  

21 February 2013

Flawless Skin and Makeup Tricks! {Part One}

This is my daily routine. Well, not daily, but most days.  The majority of the makeup products I use are of the drug-store variety (though I do love me some MAC lips.) I firmly believe in spending more on my skin and less on my makeup. The truth is, if you take care of your skin, you shouldn't need a ton of makeup. I start with the L'Oreal Magic Lumi primer around my eyes, and above my cheekbones, and brow bones. Using Sonia Kashuk's foundation brush, I lightly swirl it in Covergirl's Simply Ageless concealer. I apply it around my eyes and apply any excess around my nose where I get a little red. Using the same brush, or a wet quality makeup sponge that I remove excess water with a washcloth, I add just a touch of Sonia Kushak's Perfecting Luminous Foundation on my 'trouble spots'.  I finish it off with just a touch of L'Oreal's Translucide Loose Powder and viola! I am ready to for the next step: eyes, lips and cheeks. Stay tuned for that post! 

These are steps I take when I have a little extra time or want a little extra glam, like date night with my hubby!

02 February 2013

Personalized iPhone Case for Under 4 Bucks!

Easiest. Project. Ever. 

My old iPhone case was the hard plastic kind and it was shot. I am such a spaz and drop my phone at least five times a day. I needed a case that would bounce. A fancy-schmancy new one is not currently in the budget (also, I could not find a decent looking silicone one anywhere...are all the pretty ones hard plastic?) so I grudgingly ordered the most simple and cheap silicone case I could find. I found one here for $3.99 and free shipping. SCORE! (How do they make any money? I'm sure it's because Best Buy thinks you'll stay awhile and buy other stuff but I'm like a shopping ninja...I'm in and out.)

When it came in the mail it made me kind of sad. It was so BORING. But since I'm a let's-spice-this-party-up kinda gal I had an idea. 

Here are the steps (Seriously, it's so easy I don't even want to waste your time with photos of the process. Also,  I didn't take any.)

1. Using white paper (or you could use fancy patterned paper) write your name (or your hubby's name or your kid's name or dog's name or a word...) in the center of the paper about the size of your case. 
I used pencil and traced over it with a sharpie. You can print your name off the computer if you want to make it even easier. I love Emily Lime's fonts and used one of hers as a guide. I'm still learning faux calligraphy. I like doing the letters by hand though because I think it offers a bit more personality. 

2. Lay your case on top of the paper and trace the shape (so you can see your artwork and find the center easier) with a pencil including the hole for the camera and flash.  

3. Cut it out. Cut around it again taking a touch more off. If you don't, it'll be too big. Hole punch the camera hole and use an razor blade for the little flash hole. Or be super lazy like me and not worry about the flash because I never use it. 

4. Slide the paper in and admire your work. 

*I like this case because it's a little opaque which hides my sharpie flaws and makes my name a little less obnoxious. 


30 November 2012

The Mod Bar Cart How-To Guide

With holiday parties fast approaching, free up valuable counter space for cocktails by creating a functional piece of art. When we have parties I always have a signature cocktail at the ready depending on the season. Having this handy on the bar cart allows your guests to be their own mixologist and prevents you, as the host,from playing bartender all night. Bart carts have made a comeback in a huge way. Mad Men style and romanticizing an era that glowed with a feeling of simple pleasures is likely influencing this trend. Of course I'm not sure how productive people were in the 60's when mixing up a cocktail while discussing important business matters was the norm!

Society Social is the modern Heiress to the Bar Cart, in my opinion. Just take a look at these beautiful cart vignettes, and used as and end table, they're not just for liquor! Think practical functionality. 

 Perfecting the Signature Drink concept and how fun are the pink flamingos??



What a clever concept keeping the spirits down below freeing up the top for a stylish vignette!

Now that we've looked at all the pretty pictures for inspiration, let's get to the nuts and bolts of creating a functional piece of bar cart art. 

{The following is direct from Mixologist Paul McGee and his wife, Shelby Allison McGee with Chicago Magazine.}

Paul likes Chicago Classic Cubes by Lang Ice Company. The one-and-a-half-inch ice cubes [1] melt—and dilute drinks—at an even rate.

He says: “This weighted three-piece cobbler shaker [2]from Japan is nice and sturdy—and won’t bend like the cheap stuff will.”

All looks, no booze, this vintage bottle [3] is just for show.

This crystal mixing glass [4], made by a Japanese barware company, is gorgeous and functional.

Use an empty pitcher [5] or Champagne bucket to give flowers a drink. And don’t be afraid to put your personality on display with decorative extras [6], such as this thirsty camel.
Shelby says: “A glass’s shape does affect taste, but it mostly builds anticipation.” A coupe [7] is a clue you’re serving Champagne or a cocktail without ice.
She says: “If we have more than six people over, we make punch. This punch set [8] was a gift, but I’ve seen the same one at a thrift store.”
He says: “The mistake most people make in stocking home bars is with vermouth. As beautiful as it looks, it must be refrigerated once opened.” Other handsome spirits, [9] such as these from the McGees’ own bar, may be displayed.
He says: “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks was written in the 1930s by an attorney who was strict about how he liked his cocktails. The book [10] is still influential to American bartenders.”
Spoons [11] with hollow handles are also straws in disguise, and copper mugs [12] brighten a bar even when a Moscow mule isn’t on the menu.