DIY Sequin Letters

Since yesterday was the first day of December, I decided that it was time to out away my pumpkins and pinecones, and breakout the ornaments and glitter!

I am re-doing my family room in pink, navy and gold and decided that I wanted my holiday decorations to match. I haven’t completely finished decorating, but got a good start on it last night. Late at night of course, it true late night crafter fashion!

First, I took the pinecones out of my apothecary jars on my mantle and filled them with fun mini ornaments in pink and gold.

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Next I decided to add some sequin letters! Originally, I was going to sequin the letters JOY but then decided to do my husband and my initials so I could keep them around year round if I wanted to.

Here are the materials you need to make sequin letters:

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-Glue Gun

-Sequin Ribbon (This was $5.99 a yard at Joann Fabrics, but I had a 60% off coupon, so it made it much more reasonable! I bought 5 yards.)

-Paper Mache Letters

Find a place to start on the back of the letter and glue the end of the sequin ribbon onto the letter. Then begin wrapping the ribbon around the letter, adding a little bit of glue every so often.

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Since the C had curves in it, I found it was best to do the straight parts, then go back and fill in the curved section. This allowed me to use less of the ribbon since I wasn’t overlapping it as much.

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The T went much quicker since there were no curves.

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And here is the final product!

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I really love how they turned out! They add some fun sparkle to our mantle for the Holidays. When the Holidays are over, I think I will put them in our office area next to a wedding photo. The would also look great hung on the wall for a gallery wall!

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What have you started crafting for your Holiday decorations? I would love to hear your ideas in the comment section at the top of this post. Happy Crafting!

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Ikea Hack- Campaign Dresser

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I know that these are all over the blog world but I wanted to share how I made a slightly cheaper version. When I first saw this post on For Chic’s Sake on how to make a campaign dresser from and unfinished Ikea dresser, I was sold. That is until I saw the price of drawer pulls. $25 a piece. Yea, no way that was happening. That would be $75 for the drawer pulls alone. So I went on the hunt for cheaper pulls. I’m not going to lie, it took me a few days to find something somewhat decent. Then, I finally came across these:

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Lee Valley Tools Brass Surface Mount Handle

I like these best because the laid flat and I wasn’t going to carve out part of the dresser for them. They were $7.20 a piece.

I then ordered the braces. I had to return the first pair I ordered because the metal didn’t match the drawer pulls. I found out that I needed a ‘bright brass’ finish. I ended up finding them on Amazon for $6.79 for a set of four.

I purchased the Ikea Hast Dresser from Ikea for $34.99.

campaign4Luckily, I had Dana there with me to put it together. (I always so better putting Ikea furniture together with Dana there because she organizes all the screws and parts for me. A true friend.) After we put it together, I used wood filler to fill the pre-drilled holes for the knobs. I then put a coat of high gloss white paint on. I ended up doing two coats for full coverage.

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Then I began installing the hardware. I am sure I should have used a level to make the handles perfect, but I didn’t. I like to ‘eyeball it’.

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Here is the finished product!

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We are using the dresser in our office to hold the printer, and the drawers have all of our office supplies in them. This picture was taken in the middle of our office make-over, so I will be sure to post more pictures when it is finished!

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I think my finally product and For Chic Sake’s certainly have different looks to them, but the same concept. I like their drawer pulls much better, I just couldn’t reason putting on drawer pulls that cost more than the piece of furniture itself.

My total Cost: $76.87*

*These totals are not including the cost of paint, wood glue or painting supplies, which I already had from previous projects

What do you think? Do you have any Ikea furniture that you have ‘hacked’?

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DIY Animal Magnets

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I have seen these animal head and rear magnets a lot on Pintrest and other blogs and decided to see if the are as easy to make as everyone says they are.

The first step was picking out the animals. I went to Michaels and started picking out rubber animals I liked. I started noticing, however, that it was going to be really expensive! They were $3.99-$4.99 a piece! No way José! I then went to the section of animal “Toobs” and picked out my favorite set.

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I decided on the “Zoo Babies” This was a much cheaper route at $8.99 for the “Toob” and I liked that they were all the same size. The individual animals I was originally going to buy were all different sizes and I think would have ended up looking strange together.

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Next was cutting the animals in half. When my husband came into the dining room and witnessed me doing this, he:

1. Thought I was crazy.

2. Said “I am not taking you to the ER and telling them you cut your hand while cutting animal toys in half. Not happening.”

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After getting about halfway through cutting all the animals in half, I found that the most effective way was rocking the knife back and forth as apposed to using a sawing motion.

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The aftermath.

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If these magnets were for a child (as apposed to my 26 year old self) I think they would be really cute left as is. However, I wanted them to look more uniform, and also wanted them to match our gold and pink office, so I broke out the spray paint.

First, I put a coat of white primer spray paint.

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Then a coat of gold spray paint.

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I let them dry over night. Then it was time to glue the magnets on!

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FAIL. Glue gun was not the best option. I think between the spray paint, an uneven surface, and a heavy magnet, it just wasn’t a good combo. So I moved onto Krazy Glue.

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I like to use the “No Run Gel” version because I am notorious for having Krazy Glue accidents, where I just end up with Krazy Glue everywhere but where I want it.

Once the magnets were in place, I let them dry for a few minutes and they were good to go! Here is the final product!

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The only somewhat and tedious and difficult part of this project was cutting the toy animals in half. Once I got the hang of it, it was pretty easy. Also, waiting for the spray paint to dry was a pain, but I am one for instant gratification, so I always have that issue. Overall, I am pretty happy with the outcome! What do y’all think?

-Caitlin

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