Happy Friday dear friends! I don’t know about you, but I have never been more ready for the weekend than I am right now. There are some big posts and life changes happening over here at the moment that I will be sharing shortly, but in the meantime, here are some links I stumbled upon this week that you won’t want to miss:
- My friends are hosting an awesome workshop in SF! Grab your tickets before they’re gone!
Now that fall is officially here, it’s time for pumpkins, corn, apple picking and markets. If you’re looking to add your own personal flair on your grocery tote, boy do I have the easiest project for you! You can make a plain canvas tote colorful, fun and completely washable all in about a half hour. Here’s how:
I used Painters on canvas, but they work on just about any surface (plastic, wood, glass, metal, fabric, and more!). You can grab a coupon for them right here AND Painters is hosting a monthly contest from now until December where you could win a prize valued at $500 for showing off what you make (check out #StyleByAisle and #PaintersStyle on social!). The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have a different theme each month (this month is Clothing, Accessories, Shoes), so you can really get creative. Read more about it here!
Decide on what phrase or shape you want on your bag, create it in photoshop or word, and print it out. You can also freehand your design, but the stencil is a huge help if you don’t have that confidence! Slip stencil inside tote and tape in place. Trace around your letters with the Painters and fill in.
Once your design is complete, set with heat to make machine washable. And just like that, you’re done! Easy peasy, don’t you think?!
I’ll pretty much be sporting this bag with me all season. Chances are it will either be filled with flowers or caramel apples at all times. You know, the necessities.
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Okay, so hopefully I’m not alone here, but I have a nasty habit of leaving my jewelry wherever I am when I take it off. And trust me, they’ve ended up in the most unusual places (ie the fridge). Instead of losing yet another pair of earrings, I thought I’d give a basic craft store box a quick makeover so I have a designated place to put my jewelry. It only takes ten minutes to this project, but the results are so nice! Here’s how:
Because the wood on these boxes is so soft, you don’t really even need an electric drill. You can use a hammer and nail to create the hole, or even use a small hand drill. Just be sure you are creating a hole the same size as your screw. And if you have no intentions of ever reusing your knob, you can always use E-6000 glue. My knobs are from School House Electric here in Portland!
Find the center of your box and drill a hole. Paint however you like. I decided to just paint the lid one color, while adding another pop of hidden color on the inside. Once your paint is dry, screw your hardware into place and you’re done!
For longtime use, you should seal with a polyurethane sealer.
Easy enough, don’t you think?! I can’t wait to make different versions of this project for holiday gifts this year. And if you’re into crystals more than hardware, be sure to check out my girl Amy’s diy!
PS you can find the books I used in this shoot here, here, and here.
While it may technically be fall, I’m still not ready for browns and greys (though I can’t say I’m ever ready for that). Instead, I’m still clinging on to the soft and airy watercolors of summer.
The nice part about all of these projects is that you don’t have to be a skilled artist to incorporate this painting technique into your work. They’re so easy and forgiving that they’re almost impossible to mess up! Grab your brushes and dust off those paints because you’re going to want to give these ten watercolor diys a try: