DIY: Gold Magnetic Letters (For Adults)

Hello my beautiful readers!

I’m here today to share a DIY that Emma and I did recently to add to my new apartment. Side note: would you like an apartment tour when I’ve finished moving in? Let me know in the comments with a yay or a nay! 

We are in the process of making a cool looking fridge for my kitchen and we thought of this idea that can be used to make lists and little messages. The best things about this DIY are that it’s super simple, only requires a few materials, and it’s a bit of a throwback to our childhood days.

So, if you want to find out how to make some “adult” magnetic fridge letters with a chic twist then keep on reading!

What You Need: 

  1. Magnetic Fridge Letters (Usually from kid’s toy stores)
  2. Spray paint of your choice (We chose metallic gold)
  3. A safe surface to spray paint on top of

How To: 

  1. Lay your letters out on a flat surface that you are able to get paint on
  2. Stand back from your surface and spray your letters in a fluid motion to cover the surface of the plastic
  3. Adjust your spraying to get the sides and tricky parts of the letters
  4. Let dry
  5. Paint a second coat on sparse areas
  6. Place on fridge and start leaving your messages, making grocery lists etc.

I think these turned out super cute and they actually look really nice on the fridge. They’re an easy way to make use of your fridge space or wherever else you want to use them all while looking very adult-like from the metallic finish. This DIY takes the letters from looking cheap to chic all with the help of one can of spray paint.

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If you try this DIY at home please tag us in your pictures on instagram @thewannabesblog or use the #thewannabesblog hashtag!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!

Hugs and Kisses,

Meghan. x

Products Mentioned: 

Fridge Letters: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/reading-writing/imaginarium-72-piece-magnetic-letters-set-colors/styles-vary-5f5e944-11773783

Spray Paint:http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/krylon-indooroutdoor-paint-bright-gold/6000092376258

 

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DIY: Gold Magnetic Letters (For Adults)

DIY Marble Home Decor: Photo Frame!

Hi everyone!

I’m coming to you today with a brand spankin’ new DIY… and the best part is, its a home decor DIY. These are my favourite types of DIYS to do so I hope you enjoy making this one as much as Emma and I did.

Today we are going to be talking about how to make a Marble Photo Frame. I feel like marble is all the rage right now, and i’m not mad at it. I love the way it looks in my bedroom and if you like marble as much as I do then get excited.

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What You Will Need: 

  1. A regular photo frame (choose your size) *I would try to find one with flat sides and not too many ridges/details on the actual frame*
  2. Scissors
  3. Marble Pattern Contact Paper/ Shelf Liners
  4. Hot Glue Gun (optional)
  5. Picture(s) to put inside!

What You Need To Do: 

  1. Remove the backing and glass/plastic front from your frame and place them to the side.
  2. Measure out the sides (all four) of your frame and trace that onto the paper (sticker) side of the contact paper.
  3. Cut out the measured strips of contact paper (do this one strip at a time!)
  4. Remove the sticker backing off the paper and start to slowly place your strip onto the frame. If you place the pieces on in slow increments you tend to get less air bubbles.
  5. Repeat step 4 for the other three sides of your frame.
  6. Smooth out the paper on all sides and adjust the contact paper as necessary to cover the whole frame.
  7. Hot glue any loose edges/ add extra paper on corners to fix for neatness.
  8. Place your picture inside the frame and add the glass and back piece.
  9. Display and enjoy!

I absolutely adore the way this frame turned out and I will be for sure making more of them.

If you try this DIY on your own please send us your pictures by tagging us on instagram: @thewannabesblog or using the hashtag #thewannabesblog on Insta or Twitter! We would love to see them and throw you guys a couple likes! 

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

All my love,

Meghan. xo

Products Mentioned:

Marble Contact Paper: https://www.amazon.ca/DC-Fix-346-0306-Adhesive-Marble/dp/B00504QXM0?ie=UTF8&keywords=marble%20pattern%20adhesive%20film&qid=1447620643&ref_=sr_1_fkmr1_1&s=hi&sr=1-1-fkmr1

*Most Dollar Stores sell adhesive marble shelf liners, so keep your eyes out for those cheaper options!*

DIY Marble Home Decor: Photo Frame!

Watercolour Easter Egg DIY

Hello my loves!

Seeing as this is Easter weekend we thought we would show you some of the beautiful eggs we have been making. This DIY is for pastel coloured and watercolour design eggs. Not going to lie, Emma made the majority of these but they turned out absolutely beautiful so we wanted to share them with you.

 

What you will need: 

  1. Eggs (plastic or real, we chose plastic this time) *if the eggs are real then you have to either hard boil them or blow the insides out through a small hole on each end of the egg*
  2. An egg dying kit (if you want darker colours use real eggs, plastic doesn’t absorb the colour as much- but they do last forever and don’t break)
  3. Food colouring
  4. Paint brushes
  5. A pen (sharpie marker or loose ink pen works best)

How to watercolour: 

  1. Dye egg base colour with the dying kit.
  2. Wait for the base to dry.
  3. Choose your colour of food colouring that you want to use and dilute that choice of food colouring with some water until its runny enough to look like a liquid but it still retains some pigment. (should look like watercolour child’s paints)
  4. Use a brush to paint the diluted food colouring mixture onto the egg.
  5. Once you’re happy with the design then take some paper towel and pat the egg to get the excess pigment off. This also prevents the pigment from running.
  6. Let the egg dry and decorate to your liking!

We made lots of different designs but I did take step by step pictures of the watercolour flowers in case you wanted to see how she made them!

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The Watercolour Flowers: 

  1. Use your choice of colour of the food colouring/water mixture explained above as base for the flower. To get the flower shape you can use small dabbing motions with the brush until you make your shape. (we found it easiest to make imperfect circle and oval shapes)
  2. Let the base dry for a few seconds. If you would like to apply a second layer of colour then add this now on top of the base colour.
  3. Take a clean paintbrush and add in the leaf (triangle shape attached to the flower base) with a green or any other colour food colouring/water mix.
  4. Allow those to dry and pat away the extra pigment with a paper towel. Do this with a very light hand!!
  5. Take a dark pen or marker and trace the outside lines of the flower and leaf that you painted on.
  6. If you’re feeling fancy you can add the little flower details in the middle like Emma did, they’re basically like little lollipop shapes.

If you want you can also use the watercolour food colouring to darken up spots of the egg, use it as a background for quotes, you can paint small pictures with them… anything to let your creative juices flow!

Here are some pictures of our other finished eggs. They look beautiful on our table.

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We hope this gave you some decorating inspiration! If you try out any of these ideas then please post and tag us in your photos! Our instagram is @thewannabesblog and our twitter is @meghanmalone87 .

Happy decorating everybody and Happy Easter!

– Meghan & Emma. xo

FYI: We bought and decorated these products ourselves, all designs are our own. xo

Products Mentioned: 

Dudley’s Decorating Eggs & Dye Kit can be purchased at local Walmart Stores and some dollar stores!

Watercolour Easter Egg DIY

Wall Art DIY: Colouring Books

Hi everyone!

I have a new DIY for you today that I am personally really proud of and excited to put up in my home. I am going to explain to you how I have started to make my own wall art for free or next to no money at all. Buying paintings or prints to hang on walls can be ridiculously expensive so Emma and I figured it was time to get creative and make our own.

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This frame is the one that I bought for $2 and am going to transform into a beautiful piece of wall art. If you would like to find out how then keep on reading!

What you will need: 

  1. A picture from a colouring book/ colouring sheet you can find online
  2. Markers (I suggest finding ones with bright colours and lots of variety!)
  3. A frame (I bought mine for a couple of dollars from a thrift store)

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Instructions: 

  1. Pick a sheet that you want to colour and would use as an art piece in your space.
  2. Let you inner child out and get colouring!
  3. If you wish to fill a space with a word like I did with the “Welcome” then use a dark marker (Sharpie style pen) and write out or trace your word. I happened to do this free hand but there are always fonts you can print off to copy if you’re not confident in your penmanship!
  4. Let your art dry.
  5. Take your sheet out of your book (if you’re using one, like I did)
  6. Empty out your frame and place the colouring sheet inside. (Trim to fit the frame if necessary)
  7. Place the picture inside your frame and keep adjusting it until it sits in a nice place behind the glass.
  8. Hang your new art wherever you please!
  9. Admire your new on fleek piece of art work that you basically made for free. *Self high five*

Here’s my completed project! It’s going to look so cute in my front hall. I took the page from the Exotic Pursuits colouring book, the link is in the information below!

 

I think you can use this DIY with so many different colouring pages for all types of spaces. I have personally already added a pineapple print in bright neon colours to my collection for my kitchen.

If any of you do this DIY then please tag me and send me your photos to @thewannabesblog on Instagram and @meghanmalone87 on twitter. I would love to see your creations!

All my love and happy crafting,

meghan. x

FYI: I BOUGHT THESE PRODUCTS MYSELF AND THE OPINIONS, PLANS, AND DIY IS MY OWN! 

Products Mentioned: 

Exotic Pursuits Coloring Book: http://www.beaverbooks.com/products/creative-coloring-exotic-pursuits

Wall Art DIY: Colouring Books

Dollar Store DIY: Polaroid Photo String

Hello Lovelies!

So I bought myself a polaroid camera a few years ago and as much as I loved having the pictures… I could never figure out where I wanted to put them. When I moved to my first year of University last fall I decided to make a plan to hang them around my room.

With nothing but dollar store supplies and a little bit of creativity I created this photo string decoration that resembles many of the expensive kits from places like Urban Outfitters, Michaels, etc. I figured why pay close to 15 dollars (and sometimes more… wtf?!) for something I can whip up in less than ten minutes for about three bucks? And with that little amount of time and money required you now have no excuses not to try it!

Oh and did I mention… this is dorm room and renter friendly? If you need to keep your walls clean then just use adhesive hooks that are easy to remove when you’re finished with them!

What you will need: 

  1. A roll of twine or string of your choice (usually one dollar or more depending on your store)
  2. Wooden Clothes Pins (One dollar for a whole pack)
  3. Command Hooks or a hanging device of your choice (Range from 4-8 dollars in most stores) 
  4. Photos! You can use polaroids like mine or simply print out some of your pictures at a photo stand! The copies usually cost no more than 25 cents per photo!

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How To Make It: 

  1. First off you have to measure how long you want your photo string to be. Go ahead and pick a length, leaving a little extra on each end to tie your knots!
  2. Once you have your length then you will need to take your hook of choice and loop the end of your string around it. I chose to simply tie a loose knot and stick the hook in just before I tightened and finished my knots.
  3. The string at this point should now have two secure hooks, one on each side. From there you can place the string on the wall, giving it as much of a “droop” as you desire. Tip: If you want it to hang lower then bring the hooks closer together and stick them to your wall.
  4. Once fastened to the wall take your clothes pins and place them over the string. If you pinch the string between the teeth of the pin it should stay upright and be able to hold your pictures!
  5. Place your photos in between the mouth of the pin and place them in whatever order you wish.
  6. Now sit back and look at how crafty you are… and enjoy the lovely faces and memories you have displayed.

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I love this photo string, it’s a very simple way to display all of my favourite moments… and it acts nicely as a make-shift head board for the base of my dorm room bed.

I hope this DIY gave you some inspiration for your space. If you recreate it please tag me in your photos! My Twitter and Instagram are @meghanmalone87 I would love to see what you guys come up with!

Until next time,

meghan. x

Dollar Store DIY: Polaroid Photo String