DIY Ice Cream Magnets

DIY Ice Cream Magnets DIY Ice Cream Magnets Hi guys! This is Marianela from Love Vividly. I’m so excited to share this fun DIY project with you all! Who here loves ice cream?! I’m all about ice cream every day of my life. I may or may not be lactose intolerant, but I don’t let that stop me from eating one of my favorite desserts! When Holly asked me to share a DIY I had a couple of ideas in mind, but this one was by far one of my faves! Plus, now I get to cover my fridge with these adorable little ice cream bars! So get ready, because it’s actually pretty simple to make and you’ll be impressed with how it turns out (I know I was!).

DIY Ice Cream MagnetsSupplies needed:

  • Air clay
  • Needle tool
  • Wood modeling tool
  • Acrylic paints (colors of choice)
  • Paint brushes
  • Glass seed beads
  • Mini popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ceramic disc magnets (found mine at Home Depot)

DIY Ice Cream Magnets DIY Ice Cream MagnetsDIY Ice Cream MagnetsDIY Ice Cream MagnetsDIY Ice Cream MagnetsHow to make your ice cream magnets:

Step 1: Using your tools, mold the clay into the shape of an ice cream bar.

Step 2: Break or cut the mini Popsicle stick(s) in half and place onto the back of the ice cream bar from step 1. Using excess clay, place the clay over the ice cream bar on top of the Popsicle stick. By doing so, this will ensure the Popsicle stick is secure to your clay.

Step 3: Let dry for 24 hours; the time may vary depending on how thick your clay is.

Step 4: Paint your ice cream bars using colors of your choice. Let dry.

Step 5: Using a different color (I chose white), paint the top half of your ice cream and give it a “dip effect” Let dry.

Step 6: Put glue onto the painted “dip effect” part from step 4 of your ice cream bar, and dip into a pile of glass seed beads. Let dry.

Step 7: Using a hot glue gun, glue a magnet onto the back of the ice cream bar, and let dry once again.

Step 8: Once everything is fully dry, your ice cream magnets are all set and ready for use!

DIY Ice Cream MagnetsI’m so happy with how these magnets turned out! They’re looking super cute on our fridge right now! Not only will these magnets spruce up your fridge or workspace, but they will also make a great gift for your BFF’s!

DIY Hand Stitched Saying Pillow

DIY Hand Stitched Saying Pillow | www.revamperate.comHey there, friends! I shared a new DIY project over on CraftPaperScissors recently! Head over to the website to see my tutorial for this DIY hand stitched saying pillow and let me know if you give it a try. 

I loved making this because I find stitching pretty relaxing, and you can customize it with your favorite quote or saying, which makes it a thoughtful gift idea. You can do this with just about any pillow cover in any size or color and customize it to fit your needs completely. Have fun with it!

Head over to CraftPaperScissors to see the full tutorial!

DIY Donut Tray

DIY Donut Tray | Revamperate DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateI feel like it’s been ages since I shared a DIY project here, so it’s about time I get back into the swing of things and share a new project. And what better time to do that than for National Donut Day tomorrow! 

Donut Day is my favorite of all the food holidays, so when I started brainstorming what to make for this beloved holiday, I landed on something that I hoped would be useful. After all, I am 100% out of space in my apartment, so I can only justify useful DIYs these days. That’s how this DIY donut tray was born!

Naturally, I will also be eating donuts this Friday, despite reminding myself I’m supposed to be “eating healthy.” I’ll make an exception, just this once…

Anyway, here’s how to make your own painted donut tray from a piece of wood and pretty drawer hardware! 

DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes + dry time

Supplies:

  • Round wood, approx. 10 inch diameter 
  • 2 drawer handles with screws
  • Tan/light brown paint
  • Light pink paint
  • Other paint colors 
  • Variety of paintbrush sizes
  • Clear spray paint sealant 
  • Pencil
  • Drill (not required, but recommended)

First, sand the wood down if needed. I purchased mine at Michaels, so it was already smooth, but it’s actually made to be a clock, so I filled in the hole with a little putty. Using any round object as a stencil, draw a circle in the middle of the wood to show the hole in the middle of the donut. My hole measured about 3 inches. 

Next, paint the entire piece of wood (top and sides, minus the hole in the middle) a tan or light brown color. Let dry.

With the light pink paint, paint on the “frosting” about 1 inch from the edge of the wood in squiggles or waves. Leave about an inch between the donut hole and the “frosting.” If needed, use the pencil to sketch your design before painting. 

DIY Donut Tray | Revamperate DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateOnce dry, use a small paint brush to make small lines in various colors around the “frosting.” These are the sprinkles. Play around with the different angles of the lines so that they all do not face the same direction.

Spray the entire piece with a clear spray paint to seal the paint. This is recommended so that the paint does not chip off the wood. It also gives it a shine, but it’s not required.

Once completely dry, you will need to screw in the handles. About one inch from the edge, choose where you would like the first handle to go and mark the holes with a pencil. Each hole should be about an inch from the edge. Before drilling, use a ruler to measure where the opposite handle should go so that the handles are as even as possible. Mark the holes of the second handle. Lastly, drill the handles into the wood until secure. 

*Alternatively, you can use a heavy duty glue like E6000 to glue the handles but be warned it is less reliable. 

Now you have a completed donut tray for entertaining, holding donuts or drinks! In my case margaritas, which I thoroughly enjoyed drinking when they were done being used as props…

Happy National Donut Day! 

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5-Minute DIY Copper Pipe Towel Hanger

DIY Copper Pipe Towel Hanger | Revamperate DIY Copper Pipe Towel Hanger | RevamperateCan we just take a second to admire copper refrigerator pipe? I mean, it’s probably my new favorite craft supply because I can use it for so many things. It’s so pretty and shiny and easy to bend (unlike plumbing pipe). 

Today’s DIY is part of my 5-minute DIY series because, yes, it’s that easy! With some copper refrigerator pipe, you can make this cute but very simple copper pipe towel hanger for a kitchen or bathroom. To make sure the hanger moves properly when you’re using or moving the towel, I recommend using a hook instead of a nail to hang it on your wall. A nail is less stable, and the hook gives it a chance to move more freely without falling. 

DIY Copper Pipe Towel Hanger | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes

Supplies:

  • Copper refrigerator pipe
  • Pipe cutter
  • Hook
  • Tape measure

This project is really simple! Cut a piece of refrigerator pipe approximately 32 inches long. Measure about 8 inches from the end and bend a 45 degree angle. Measure another 8 inches down the pipe and bend at a 90 degree angle (this will be the top). Another 8 inches down, bend another 45 degree angle, so you should have two layers on the bottom of the hanger. This lends some stability. 

To hang the towel rack on your wall, choose your spot and carefully screw in a small hook. You shouldn’t need a drill to do this.  Then place the top bend of the pipe inside the hook, which allows it to move freely if needed. Hang your towel on the bottom portion and you’re all set. 

Easy peeasy, right? Just what I need on a Monday…Happy crafting! 

Christmas DIY Ombre Glitter Tree Decorations

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My first Christmas post of the season! You have no idea how excited I am for Christmas (and a couple days off), and making decorations is how I celebrate the start of the season. By Thanksgiving, my apartment was already Christmas-fied and my tree was up. I spent my Thanksgiving break making Christmas treats, ornaments and other little things I’m excited to share in the next few weeks.

Sorry to go completely cat lady on you, but I’m also incredibly excited because it’s Penny’s first Christmas! I’m sure her and Oliver will leave a path of destruction around the house, which is why I put the tree up a little early before even hanging any ornaments. I caught them climbing it several times…

DIY Ombre Glitter Trees | RevamperateTime: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam trees (variety of sizes)
  • Fine glitter, 3 color variations 
  • ModPodge or similar glue
  • Paintbrush 
  • Chopsticks (optional, for drying)
  • Clear sealant spray (optional)

Choose your colors! I used three different shades of blue as well as shades of silver and white. 

Use a paintbrush to brush a layer of ModPodge on the bottom third of a tree and sprinkle with one of the glitters (I used the darkest on the bottom). Do this over paper to avoid a mess. Sprinkle on the glitter and gently tap the tree to release excess glitter. If making multiple, set aside to dry while you work on the bottom layer of another tree.

Then repeat the same process with the next layer of glitter. When you reach the top layer, you can either carefully hold the stryofoam bottom or poke something like a chopstick into the bottom to hold it. I used a chopstick in order to avoid touching the glued portion while it was still wet. Once done with the top, either set the bottom on paper to dry or place the chopstick-end in a cup to dry. Complete all of your trees and let them dry for at least an hour until the glue dries.

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If you want, you can spray the trees in a clear sealant after the glitter dries, which may prevent some of the glitter from shedding. 

Then display them and let them sparkle! Also, prepare to find glitter everywhere from now on (I’m only half kidding)…they’re a fun addition to my Christmas decor and even Andrew said he liked them, so that’s always a win in my book.

Happy holidays!

The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge: Creepy, Crawly Dining Room Decor

Creepy, Crawly Halloween Dining Room Decor | Revamperate
Happy Halloween! I was thrilled to be invited to participate in The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge this year, and they challenged me with decorating a dining room with some fun decorations, including LOTS of spiders. I used my aunt’s house to decorate this creepy, crawly dining room with several of Home Depot’s Halloween supplies and lots of quilt batting spider webs. 

Visit The Apron Blog to see the full article on decorating your dining room for Halloween! Also, check back for more Halloween DIYs over the next few weeks! 

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath

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Happy first day of fall!

The only real downside to living in California is the lack of seasons. Specifically, the lack of autumn because the leaves barely change color here in SoCal. It’s the one thing I don’t like about SoCal. Oh, and the traffic. I really enjoy fall and wish that we could enjoy it more here, but I still love the sightly cooler weather so that I can wear cozy sweaters and eat soup again after several months of summer. It’s officially socially acceptable to decorate for fall so I’m jumping right into it. After all, as soon as Starbucks starts selling pumpkin spice lattes, it means summer is really over.

Anyway, to kick off the season I’m sharing one of my favorite fall DIYs! I made this fall leaves wreath to hang on my door this year leading up to Thanksgiving. Then, of course, I’ll swap out my Christmas decorations. (yay, it’s almost Christmas! Kind of…)

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate
Time: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam wreath form (about 12 inch diameter) 
  • Fake fall leaves (various colors and sizes)
  • Pins (like those used for sewing)
  • Glue gun
  • Extra fall decorations (like the mini bulbs I used)
  • Burlap ribbon (or cut burlap) 

I found a large selection of fall leaves at Michaels recently – both the kind on stems and the kind in bags. For this project, I recommend the leaves that come in bags so that you don’t have to bother cutting them from branches. The amount you need is based on the size of your wreath. I purchased about 4 bags and had more than enough for this project.

Using pins to place your leaves is optional, but I found them really helpful for laying out the placement of my leaves before I glued them down. 

To get started, lay out your leaves according to size. Use the pins to place your leaves on the wreath form, varying the sizes and colors so that it looks like it would on a tree. You’ll want the leaves to overlap slightly and all face the same direction (i.e. leaves facing left and continuing all the way around). To make sure the wreath looks full, continue placing the leaves on the sides. You should be able to view it from the side and not see styrofoam. 

As you go and confirm the placement of a portion of your leaves, go ahead and glue them down with your glue gun. It will be easier to glue them in pieces rather than pinning ALL the leaves and then having to go back, so do them in sections around the wreath. Also, when gluing, try to only glue the bottom portion of the leaf in place so that the top can flow out and give the wreath depth. 

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Continue pinning and gluing your wreath in sections all the way around your wreath until your satisfied with the placement of everything. If you make a mistake, just pull the leaves off (even if they’re glued) and replace them as needed. It shouldn’t do too much damage to the leaf or the wreath. If it does ruin your leaf, no worries. You may even be able to hide that one beneath other leaves so that you won’t even see the damage. 

Add more little pieces of fall garnish if you want. I added those colorful little bulbs in some spots. 

Once done, cut several pieces of burlap ribbon:

  • Two 1-foot-long pieces
  • One 5-inch-long piece

Loop a 1-foot-long piece around the top of your wreath and glue the ends together. Gluing burlap together can be difficult, so just be careful not to burn yourself! Let dry completely.

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To make the bow, loop the other 1-foot-long piece around 2 times. If you hold your fingers in the middle, it should look like a bow. If it does, good! If not, adjust the loop or cut the burlap to your desired length until it starts to look like a bow. Cut a small piece of string and tie a knot around the middle to secure it (see above picture). Then use the 5-inch-long piece of burlap to wrap around the middle, covering the string. Glue it on the backside and let dry so that it holds in place. Then glue the back of the bow to the bottom of your burlap loop. 

Once it’s all dry and secure, hang the finished wreath on your door and you’re set for the start of fall! Happy decorating! 

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate

3 Reasons to Love Linen Bedding

3 Reasons to Love Linen Bedding | Revamperate
Gosh, I can’t believe it’s July already! The year is already half over, and it’s really feeling like summer here in SoCal. I have a hard time sleeping at night when it’s this warm, so we sleep with the fans on full blast with only a sheet, and I STILL don’t sleep. I probably shouldn’t complain too much…after all, summer in California is much nicer than most other areas of the US. But while I absolutely love summertime, it sucks for my sleep…

So what’s more summery than linen? Linen is a great lightweight fabric that actually makes for really lovely bedding, so today I’m sharing 3 reasons to love linen bedding. Linen is somewhat underrated, so let me prove that you should give linen a chance. 

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1. It’s luxurious

Linen is used in fancy hotels, proving just how luxurious it can be! It’s very light and has a massaging effect on your skin. Win, win. Who doesn’t love a light exfoliant that basically does all of the work for you?

2. It keeps you cool 

As I just said, linen is great for summertime when you’re feeling hot at night. It’s a lightweight, breathable fabric that helps keep you cool while you sleep. Linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it actually feels wet, contributing to how light and cooling it feels because it doesn’t hold moisture like cotton or other fabrics. 

3 Reasons to Love Linen Bedding | Revamperate
3. It’s durable

Linen is a great investment because it lasts significantly longer than cotton or similar fabrics. Even after multiple washes, it remains highly durable. It actually gets softer with every wash! 

Designed here in Los Angeles, Parachute is launching their new White Linen bedding today to be available as sets and as separates. You should all go check out the details on the Parachute website! Most importantly, Parachute has paired up with the charity organization Nothing But Nets, an organization that provides mosquito bed nets to families in Africa to prevent Malaria, to provide a life-saving bed net for every purchase of Venice bedding sets (available in White Linen). I hope you’ll check them out! 

Disclosure: Parachute did not compensate me for writing this article. All photos belong to Parachute. 

DIY Stenciled Clock

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Today’s post over on Cut Out & Keep is my DIY stenciled clock. I started this clock with no real plans for it, and Andrew can attest to the fact that it sat on our table blank and boring for quite sometime. Eventually I found this cool arrow stencil and decided to use it to finish the clock, and I painted the numbers and clock hands the same color as our dining room chairs to tie things together. Now it hangs in our kitchen above the stove.

It’s a pretty easy DIY! Check out the full tutorial on Cut Out & Keep today!

Ombre Paint Chip Calendar

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You may have seen in my Inspiration Around the Web post from a while back that I’ve been wanting to make a paint chip calendar. Well, here it is!

This is definitely one of the easier projects you can make if you are gutsy enough to take like 50 paint chips from your local hardware store. I had to get up the courage, but I managed to get out of Lowe’s without any really awkward looks from the employees.

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For this project, you’ll need:

  • Large frame, preferably with glass rather than plastic
  • 7 paint chips in 6 colors (42 total)
  • Glue
  • Thin poster board
  • Paper cutter and/or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

First, cut your poster board to the size of your frame. Based on the size of your frame and poster board, measure how large to cut your paint chips. I did this by dividing the length (12 in) by 6, which suggested that I cut my paint chips to 2 inches long. Then I used a pencil to mark every two inches, plus a little extra space between the squares to assure myself this would be accurate. I did the same for the width (18 in), diving by 7, which told me to cut them approximately 2.5 inches wide.

Set aside one color of paint chips – these will be your days of the week. On a 12 x 18 inch poster, I cut the remaining 5 colors down to 2 x 2.5 inches, and arranged them from dark to light with about 1/4 inch space in between.

They should also be spaced out so that there is enough space at the top to write the name of the month. Take the color you set aside (in my case, this was the darkest color) and cut it  .5 x 2.5 inches. I wrote the days of the week in Sharpie, but I would certainly recommend using stickers or a stencil to spell out the days. I went for the cheap option.

When you’re satisfied with the layout, begin gluing the pieces to the poster board using either sticky squares or liquid glue. I chose sticky squares because it’s my go-to choice for any paper projects. I don’t like the potential residue or outlines left by liquid glue, especially when I’m gluing so many pieces. Plus, by using sticky squares, it’s easier to pick up and adjust the squares if you mess up.

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Once everything is glued down, carefully pop the poster board into your frame and start writing! Another suggestion (for a larger canvas), use a lever punch to create a circular hole in the upper corner of each square to serve as a placeholder for your days of the month. I couldn’t sacrifice the writing space, but on a larger canvas you can.

Now it looks great on my desk at work! After almost three months on the job, my desk still looks pretty empty, so it’s nice to have something taking up space.