Happy August everyone! To start this month off, I’m sharing my favorite DIY for beach towels. I’ve included everything from pom poms to tie dye and even ones with pillows sewn in. Check ’em out!
For me, Spring is that refreshing time of year when you can open all the windows and scrub off all that winter grime! I’m not sure what it is about Spring that gives me that go-getter attitude. I want to run around cleaning and sprucing everything up! That’s why I thought I’d share some of my favorite Spring DIY (coastal styled, of course!).
I don’t know if it’s because it’s the beginning of December or just that time of year but over the past weekend I dove deep into the holiday spirit! Which is why today I’m sharing these fun holiday inspired DIYs for a coastal Christmas. Driftwood and seashell collectors, this is your moment to dig deep into your stash of seaside treasures, grab the hot glue gun and get to work on crafting up a coastal Christmas!
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I’m excited to share my latest DIY with you! This DIY is for a nautical rope tray which gives that perfect coastal vibe to an entryway or coffee table. I used mine on my entryway table and I love it! Not only does it help brighten up the small space but it always creates a stylish vignette with pieces I already had grouped together. I used the same rope from my other DIY, DIY Coastal Rope Planter. I had a bunch of rope left over from that project and still have some more even after making this rope tray. Not sure what else I can do with it, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something. Check out the step by step to create your own nautical rope tray for your space:
*Note for size reference: The first bend you make and how many times you go around that bend with rope will determine the overall size of your finished tray. I made a bend at about 1.5″ and my overall tray size was 8.5″ x 7.25″.
Step 1: Make the first bend of your rope and glue together using a line of liquid stitch. You’ll want to tie a piece of thread around the bended portion (see below) to help hold it in place while the glue dries. *Note: Make sure you don’t get any glue on the thread, this will let you cut the thread and pull it out once you’ve finished your tray. **Also note that you will not need to keep tying thread around every bend just one or two in the beginning.
Step 2: Continue adding a line of liquid stitch as you move your way around. I only needed to tie one more piece of thread and the rest of the tray held together pretty well, even while I was still working on it. Keep going around till you get to the size that you would like.
Step 3: (Optional) I added a short wall around my tray to give it more of a tray like feel and less of a large coaster vibe. This step is optional and if you don’t want to add a wall then your tray is done. If you would like to add a wall, simple start putting the liquid stitch on top of the rope and stacking it. Very gently press down on the stacked pieces of rope as you go around to ensure connection. This way you won’t have any gaps in your wall once the glue dries.
Step 4: Once you’ve reached the wall height you would like, cut the rope and voila! your tray is finished! Let dry for a full 24 hours or per instructions on your liquid stitch, before placing objects in the tray or placing the tray on a table.
It’s that time of the year again! Let’s break out the dye, silly plastic table cloth and get creative. Today I’m sharing my top 7 coastal Easter eggs. These DIYs work if you’re having a beachy, coastal or nautical Easter celebration. I always love to add a little coastal inspiration into my holiday! and Easter is no different. So take a look at some of my favorite ways to dress up your Easter eggs:
I’ve been obsessed with shibori fabrics lately. If you have shibori fabric in your home and have an Instagram, there’s a good chance I’m following you! The varying shades of blue shibori fits right in with my turquoise home so I wanted to find a way to incorporate this latest trend. I already have enough pillows (another obsession!) so I wanted to find another way to include this fabric. I literally have dozens upon dozens of plants, so I figured, why not a planter?
I’m always looking for cute ways to dress up my plants. I don’t own a sewing machine, so this was going to have to be a no sew fabric planter. This DIY is incredibly easy!! It doesn’t take much time or materials. I always love a good DIY that doesn’t require too much effort on my part but has maximum impact! I already had several plants on hand, as well as a pot and glue. I just needed to head out to find some fabric. I stopped by Joann Fabrics and fell in love with Ellen DeGeneres’ line of home fabrics! I especially loved this shibori one, which I ended up taking home but there were many others that I had my eye on.
You’ll want to start by measuring the circumference of your pot at the widest point as well as the length. I added an additional 2 inches to both measurements.
Cut your fabric accordingly
Put a line of glue along the inside of the pot, about an inch down (see pic below)
Now wrap your fabric loosely around the pot leaving an inch above the top of the pot to fold over and connect with the glue inside.
Take your clamps or if you couldn’t find anything to use for clamps, you can place another pot of the same size inside the pot you’re gluing. This will hold the fabric in place while it dries.
Add some additional glue on the backside along the seam to keep things in place there as well.
Let your glue dry. I used E6000 and let it dry for 24 hours.
Once your glue is dry, you can remove your clamps and pot your plant! I tucked any remaining fabric loosely under the bottom of the pot.
*One thing I will warn you about (if you didn’t leave enough fabric for the length) when you go to tuck the fabric under the bottom of the pot, it will look boxy like the planter on the bottom right. I preferred the loosely hanging fabric because it looked much more like the fabric planters I’d seen in nurseries. Also you can always glue the fabric to the bottom of the pot if you don’t want to worry about having to rearrange it every time you move the plant.
This DIY for my Coastal Easter Eggs is incredible easy and uses only a few materials. It can be a little bit messy but I think that’s how most egg dying events go down. I’ll show you all my tips and tricks for making this process as easy and effortless as possible. As well as a quick and easy fix if you mess up any of your Easter eggs!
If you don’t want to use an egg dying kit, I’ve included the other materials you’ll need below:
You’ll want to start by placing your dye tablet in the glass with 1 tbsp of vinegar. Allow it to sit for 5 – 10 minutes until it’s fully dissolved. (see below)
While your dye is dissolving take your crayon and begin drawing on your eggs. *Quick tip* Go over each line of your design 5 – 6 times. This will ensure your design really comes through the dye. Once your dye has dissolved add 1 cup of room temperature water to the glass. The instructions on my kit said 1/2 cup but I found that I didn’t want my dye as strong so I added more water. Place your first egg in.
I left my eggs in for about 3 – 4 minutes. When you take your eggs out put them some place to dry. If you don’t have a kit, I suggest using the egg crate.
You may notice (see above) that some of your designs didn’t come out very clear. I have a really easy solution for this, one that you most likely have hanging around the house. A Tide To-Go pen! After letting your eggs dry for about 10 – 15 minutes, you can go over your designs with the Tide pen and then quickly dab with a paper towel. I recommend being very gentle with the Tide pen on the egg because you don’t want to much liquid to come out. You can see my before/after below:
Once your eggs have dried and you’ve fixed any mistakes, you’re ready to display them! Overall this is a pretty easy way to get that coastal look for your Easter holiday. One last tip – avoid any designs that are more intricate, i.e. a lighthouse or a nautical flag. I tried a more detailed sailboat and even with the Tide pen there was no saving it (but that’s what the extra eggs are for!) and you can always turn it around to use it as a blank colorful egg.