DIY Envelope Liners

Posted on May 4, 2012 and tagged DIY with comments

This quick and easy DIY is great for adding a little personality to greeting cards. I love this idea for wedding invitations because it's such a low cost way to add something extra to your invites.

All it takes is a few minutes and couple supplies you probably already have on hand.

Here's what you'll need:

  • envelopes (duh)
  • plain writing paper
  • pencil crayons, markers, pens, etc.
  • scissors
  • glue

If you're not into drawing your own patterns, you could use wrapping paper or any other decorative paper provided that it's thin. Cardstock does not work well. You could also use your computer to design a pattern and print it off. I have a free printable polka dot pattern here.

First, draw your design on the paper. I did some chevron stripes and scribbles with little hearts. You could get the kids involved in this part too.

Next, lay the evelope on top of the paper and mark off the sides and bottom with a pencil. Cut just inside the lines so you get a piece of paper that fits very snug inside the envelope.

Now fold the envelope flap closed to crease the liner. Then, fold the liner down again just below the glue on the envelope and cut that part off. Next, draw a line from the edge of the envelope glue to the fold and cut the sides off. Now just glue the liner down. There's no need to put any glue inside the envelope, just above the fold. I actually prefer to use rubber cement for this, but I didn't have any left.

If the envelope has a pointy flap, the steps are very similar except cut the sides off starting at the point in the center.

Other ideas for patterns: Repeat a phrase or words across the paper, or polka dots!

Pretty Feet

Posted on May 3, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

Well after pondering for a few weeks, I finally did it. I painted my couch legs! And boy, do I love how it turned out. Now this isn't just bright pink paint. It's straight up fluorescent and after the first coat I was a little worried that it would look like my couch was sitting on traffic cones. But, the legs are small and low to the ground so you just get a little color peeking out. Here's how I did it.

First, here's what my couch looked like before. It's a pretty typical big-box-store couch that we got on sale. I know about a million other people have the same one, which was exactly my motivation for this project. The couch is nice enough, but it was getting a little ratty looking (thanks kitties) and I was bored of it.

Screwing the feet off was pretty easy to do, just took a little muscle. Then I very carefully pried the felt pads off the bottom with a razor blade. I couldn't get all the glue off, but it doesn't really matter because I just stuck new ones on after I was done painting.

Next, I gave the feet a good sanding to remove the shiny finish.

I propped the feet up on pieces of a paper towel roll I cut up and got to work.

The paint I was used was Valspar interior/exterior fluorescent pink spray paint. From what I've been told, you don't want to go cheap with your spray paint. The nozzle will clog and you'll need more coats to cover what you're painting.

The last time I used spray paint was when I was a teenager. No, not what you're thinking! I helped my then-boyfriend/now-husband spray paint the dashboard of his car a glossy red. It actually looked pretty great, but we did it (for some reason) on a really windy day and ended up getting red paint everywhere. On the seats, the windshield, the doors, so it kind of lost it's effect. Anyways, aim for thin even coats. If your paint drips a little, just let it dry for about an hour, lightly sand the drip down and give it another coat.

Let the paint fully cure outside for at least 48 hours and you're done. Despite my worries, it was a very easy project. Regrets? I should have primed the feet. Since the wood was dark it took about 6 coats of paint to fully cover them. Could have cut that down to 2 or 3 had I primed.

Look at Barney posing there, what a cutie!

Mini Sprinkle Donuts

Posted on April 26, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like, DIY with comments

It's was my husband's 29th birthday this past weekend, so I made him a special treat. They're mini vegan sprinkle donuts! I got the recipe from Vegan Yum Yum. They were actually really easy to make too, which is odd since usually desserts this pretty are a pain to make. Even though she specifically warned against it in the instructions, I still managed to over-fill the pan a little so my donuts came out a little weirdly shaped. But you know what? Nobody noticed.

The Accent Nail

Posted on April 20, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like, DIY with comments

My new manicure obession? The accent nail! It's a great way to incorporate some nail art or a crazy color into your manicure without doing it on every nail.

In order to get my stripey accent nail, I followed a tutorial on The Beauty Department on how to make your own nail stickers. It was fairly easy to do and I love how it turned out.

Here are a couple other great examples of accent nails.

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