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DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

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!

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

  • Eggs – the amount is up to you.  I made sure to have a few extra on hand.
  • Glass
  • Water
  • Vinegar – I used white vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Egg Dying Kit – I bought one similar to this one at a local craft shop for about $4.

If you don’t want to use an egg dying kit, I’ve included the other materials you’ll need below:

  • white crayon
  • spoon
  • dye

 

 

 

 

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)

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

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.

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

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.

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

 

 

 

 

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:

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

 

 

 

 

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.
DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

DIY Coastal Easter Eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 
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8 Favorite DIYs for Valentine’s Day

Check out these 8 DIYs not to be missed for Valentine’s Day!  If you’re still lost on what to give your sweetie, why not make something yourself?  Check it out:

DIY Valentine's Day

At what age did giving balloons stop? I love the idea of a balloon bouquet! via A Bubbly Life

 

DIY Valentine's Day

These are just as sweet as they are full of attitude! via Lovely Indeed

 

DIY Valentine's Day

I’m a huge plant-fanatic and I never feel like I have enough. I would love to get a living plant on Valentine’s Day! via Paper n’ Stitch Blog

 

DIY Valentine's Day

An adorable way to style a flower bouquet! via Ka Styles

 

DIY Valentine's Day

These look amazing!! via Adventures in the Making

 

DIY Valentine's Day

All matches should have outfits as cute as these! via Say Yes

 

DIY Valentine's Day

I love the idea of gift wrapping with a kiss.  via Sugar and Cloth

 

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DIY Coastal Rope Planter

Last week I spotted something (gasp!) unsightly in my home.  A clay pot that about a month ago I’d painted white, was slowly reverting back to brown.  After a few weeks of watering, the clay color was starting to come through the paint.  (pictures below)  Instead of repotting my plant, which it didn’t need, I choose to give it a little makeover.  This DIY coastal rope planter is incredible easy!  Although I suggest using a planter that doesn’t currently have a plant in it.  Check it out:
DIY Coastal Rope Planter

Above is the after pic.  I had all the materials on hand and you really don’t need that many.  I would say it took me about 45 minutes BUT only because I left the plant in the pot and used a very skinny rope.  It would have been a lot quicker if this was just an empty pot.  Not to mention that a thicker rope will take up more space, which in turn will take you less time to cover it.

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

You can see the brown clay starting to leak through in this close up (yuck!)

 

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

  • Clay pot – any size will do
  • Rope – I used macrame rope because it was what I had on hand but again a thicker rope would take you less time!
  • Glue – I used E6000 which you can pick up at any craft store.  You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough glue for your project because you’ll be using a lot!
  • Toothpicks – I used these to dab the glue onto the pot because I found it allowed for neater gluing
  • Something to cover the table – I used parchment paper to put the pot on and a ziplock bag to put the glue on
  • Lazy susan – I didn’t have one on hand but it would have made the whole process a lot simpler!
  • Bag clip – You’ll need something to hold the end of the rope until it’s done drying once you’ve finished the project

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

I made sure to start my rope at what I considered the back side of my planter.  I put a huge pile of glue of the ziplock back and dipped the toothpick into it.  Then dotted the glue along the outside of my pot.  (See arrow in above pic)  Initially I started without the toothpick but the glue comes out in large goops that showed through the rope, something I didn’t want.  The toothpick allows for a much neater and cleaner look.  As you start to glue it’s also important to lightly push down the rope so your pot isn’t showing through in any spots.  This also allows for much neater horizontal lines of your rope.  You’ll keep going till you get to the very top.

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

I found that once I got to the top of my pot that dabbing the glue on the pot wasn’t enough.  Put a dab of glue on the pot AND on the top of the previous rope.  This helps hold your rope in line as you go along the very top portion of your pot.  Below is a bird’s eye view of this.

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

Once you’ve completed gluing the rope around your pot, you’ll want to grab your bag clip to hold the end of the rope in place while it dries.  I picked up these cute anchor bag clips at Home Goods (see below)

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

I gave my rope planter a good 72 hours to dry.  Another tip that I realized before starting this diy project: Make sure you don’t need to water your plant during the time it will take your glue to dry.  I made sure to start a full four days ahead of when I would need to water my plant.

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

Here’s a close up of the before and after. I think my Coastal Rope Planter looks so much better now!

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

DIY Coastal Rope Planter

After I finished my coastal planter I wanted to put her somewhere she’d be seen.  Especially since she looks so much better in my white and turquoise home than all the brown clay pots I have!  I really love the look of this planter and how it fits in perfectly with my coastal home.  I have enough leftover rope to probably do two more smaller pots.  I also like the idea of using a thicker rope on the bottom of the planter and a thinner one on top (or vice versa!).  Just to change up the look a bit, since I don’t want all my planters to look exactly the same.  You can see more pics and a close up below of the finished project.

DIY Coastal Rope Planter DIY Coastal Rope Planter

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Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  I think that’s because it’s one of the playful holidays.  One thing that’s not on my list of favorite things to do is pumpkin carving.  As much as I love the outcome, it’s pretty messy and my dog whines the entire time (I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m gorging myself on pumpkin without him!).  So here’s my top 10 list for Halloween pumpkins for 2016.  Most of these are no carve, technically they all are except there’s one that requires a drill.  There are even some coastal pumpkin ideas for my fellow beach lovers!

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Nautical Anchor Pumpkin via Crafts by Courtney

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Add sequins! via Squirrelly Minds

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Try some sparkling studs in the shape of a flamingo!

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Paint it! I love these beachy scenes via Completely Coastal

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

I love the edgy look of these marbleized pumpkins via Alice and Lois

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

To all my fellow knitters, what a great way to use left over yarn! via Freutcake

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

This is the easiest one, let your pumpkin go au naturel

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

In the words of the Rolling Stones, “paint it black” via Nordstrom

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Beachy candle pumpkins to light the way! via Beach Bliss Living

Top 10 DIY Halloween Pumpkins

Getting punny with pumpkins via Studio DIY

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DIY Nautical Rope Mirror

I love adding nautical and beachy details around my home.  It always makes me feel like I’m never far from the beach.  This DIY I spotted looks fairly easy and doesn’t involve too many materials.  I already have some rope, now I’m just on the look out for the perfect mirror!

DIY Nautical Rope Mirror

 

MATERIALS

1/2-inch-thick natural-fiber rope (from home-supply stores)
Unframed 10-inch round mirror
Cement glue
Painters’ tape

STEPS

Measure and cut 2 segments of rope, one to fit around the mirror’s outer edge, the other to fit just inside the first.
Glue rope to mirror, lining up the ends for a neat seam.
Secure with painters’ tape until dry.
Once dry, make a knotted hanger: Cut a 45-inch length of rope, and tie a knot on both ends (we used a variation on the figure-eight knot; see diagram).
Glue knotted ends of rope to sides of mirror; one knot should cover the seams. Secure with painters’ tape until dry.

Check out the Martha Stewart site for the step-by-step video!

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DIY for Summer – Top 5 Roundup

I’m so excited that Summer is right around the corner!  So I decided to roundup my top 5 DIY blog posts for Summer.  My favorite is the Summer sugar scrub.  I think this is a beauty must before baring our barefoot and knobby knees!

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DIY – Driftwood Starfish

I love this sweet little DIY I spotted on The Wicker House!  I’ve always loved those driftwood decor balls that I’ve seen in magazines but have never been able to find them.  So I think this is a perfect alternative to bring driftwood into my home.

diy driftwood starfish

What you’ll need:

  • Driftwood – 5 pieces of about equal length and one small round piece
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Twine

Here’s the run down:

  1. Glue your five pieces of driftwood to the smaller piece, this will hold them in place.
  2. Once the glue has cooled/dried, wrap the twine around the driftwood.
  3. Tie twine or use a dap of glue to keep from unraveling.

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