Let’s Make Pretty Things

Soooo… yeah. It’s been awhile since my last blog. I don’t post unless I have something worth posting – and I haven’t. So I didn’t. Get off my back.

Let’s get right down to it. Do you like making shit?? Holy smokes, ME too!

My house is rather small (one day we will build a bigger one) and I don’t have much room for anything. I really wanted a little office area where I could work on quotes and blog posts – so I created one on a wall in the spare bedroom. I have been in the pool all week and I needed to take a break from the sun today….so I decided to take a trip to Michael’s (one of the best places on earth). I wanted to make something fun to hang above my desk – here’s what I came up with.

The first project I did was a flower monogram wreath. So super simple that even your nephew could do it. You don’t have a nephew? Exactly.

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Here’s what you will need for this project:

  • A piece of cardboard in the size of your choice
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks for that glue gun
  • Fake flowers – a whole bunch of em’

Using the pencil, draw out the letter you would like to use on to the cardboard. Next, cut the letter out.

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My flowers had stems so I had to cut all of the flower heads off before gluing. Start gluing those pretty little flowers on the cardboard letter, making sure to cover as much of the cardboard as you can.

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Cover the whole dang thing – then you’re done. See how easy it is? I decided to hang mine in the center of an old frame that I spray painted gray. OMGYOUGUYS – I almost forgot to tell you about my new best-ever find – Krylon Chalky Finish spray paint!!! Best shit ever. I painted the gray frame with this stuff and it really does feel like chalk paint. I’m not sure how it would work on furniture – but for small projects its a MUST. Did you hear me?? Go buy some. Thank me later.

Krylon-Chalky-Spray-PaintOkay, on to the next easy project. Do you love big pretty memo boards? ME TOO. But every time I find one I love, it costs 3 years salary. These things are crazy expensive – especially for the giant ones. WELL CRY NO MORE – RINA IS HERE TO SAVE THE DAY. I was walking through home depot one day and came across some foam board. It was only $20 for a big ass piece – and I thought “I can do something with this”. Well, I was right. I made a memo board – actually I made three. AND YOU CAN TOO!!

unnamed (4)For this project you will need:

  • Giant piece of foam board from Home Depot
  • Enough fabric to cover the board size of your choice
  • Staple gun
  • Staples for that staple gun
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Box cutter or something equally as sharp

First things first, you have to iron that fabric. You don’t want your board to be all wrinkly – unless you don’t care you lazy turd, then skip this step. I don’t care.

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After that fabric is wrinkle free, lay it out on the floor pattern side down. Using the box cutter (scissors won’t work, I dare you to try), cut your foam board into the size you would like. Place your foam board on the fabric in the center and wrap the fabric around to the back. Staple the fabric down to the board – repeating this along all sides. Make sure your fabric is straight and pull it tight – bulges are only good in jeans. Just saying.

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Once it is fully covered and stapled – you’re done. I know, so easy. You can add some hooks to the back if you’d like to hang it that way – but I just nailed it right to the wall. Now I know it won’t fall down when I pack it full of memos!

Look how cute it looks?! (Ignore Walter, he’s a little camera whore).

unnamed (6)So that’s what I did all day. Oh – and I bought this amazing chair…

unnamed (7)I know – right?!? I love it too. I am putting it up for sale – although I hope it doesn’t sell. I’d love to keep it for myself. I would love to put it in my walk in closet one day – I don’t have one right now, so that’s why I’m selling it. But one day.

I will get my walk-in closet.

I will.

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