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DIY house doormat

We bought a striped coir doormat from Target about two years ago that looked great but shed horribly because it wasn’t lined. Our hallway was constantly filled with bits of tan fibers and dust that never fully disappeared no matter how much it was vacuumed! It drove us bananas but I couldn’t find any other doormat I liked for under $50, which is an exorbitant amount for something you use to wipe your shoes on, in my cheapskate opinion. So when I spotted this cute and simple house shaped doormat, I knew I just had to recreate it for our home! I bought a simple vinyl-backed (this is KEY to no shedding!) mat, and 10 minutes later, our front doorstep was looking extra welcoming. Hooray for easy-as-pie DIYs!

DIY house doormat

What you’ll need:

  1. Flip over your doormat so the vinyl-backed side is visible
  2. Mark the sides of your house in chalk. The lines can be easily erased with a damp paper towel, so take some time to figure out what looks good to you!
  3. Once you’re happy with your drawing, cut along the chalk lines using a ruler and a sharp utility knife
  4. Explain to your dog what a doormat is and get very confused head tilts (optional)
  5. All done and ready for your front door!
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DIY fruit notebooks

Thanks to an unexpected warm front this week that screams summer much more than spring, I stocked up the fridge with watermelon, strawberries, apples, oranges, AND blueberries. Does anyone else uncontrollably binge shop fruit when the weather turns warm? This obsession seems to have spilled over into my creative mind because I’ve got a fun DIY for some fruitastic mini notebooks for you today! They’re inspired by this whimsical line of Juicy notebooks and super easy to make, so check it out down below!

DIY fruit notebooks

What you’ll need:

  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of colored card stock, including green
  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of plain white paper
  • bone folder (optional, but SO great for crisp folded edges!)
  • X-acto knife
  • ruler
  • assorted markers
  • small binder clips or paper clips
  • rubber eraser
  • stapler that unhinges open
  1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half and cut it using a ruler and an X-acto knife (scissors will do just fine too) to produce two rectangles
  2. Fold one of these rectangles in half, and decorate it with a fruity pattern. This will be your book cover!
  3. Repeat step #1 and the first part of step #2 with 5 or 6 sheets of plain white paper to create the inner pages
  4. Unfold all the paper pieces and stack the cover on top of the inner pages. You may want to clip it in place with a couple of paper clips or binder clips to keep any pages from shifting
  5. Place the rubber eraser underneath the crease of the notebook and use it as a surface to staple into, about 1.5″ from the top edge
  6. Flip the notebook over, and dislodge the eraser from the staple. Fold the edges of the staple down to secure (I used the edge of the ruler)
  7. Repeat the previous two steps, but staple 1.5″ from the bottom edge
  8. Fold the booklet, and trim any pages that may be sticking out with the X-acto knife for a nice clean edge
  9. For the bookmark, take the green card stock and tuck it into your notebook, lining up the bottom edges
  10. Draw some leaves at the top in pencil, then connect the ends to the bottom of the page in two straight lines. Cut it out, and stick between the pages.
  11. Write down your summer to-do list in your new mini notebook!

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DIY quirky sitting flower pot

I brought home this leafy Golden pothos plant on a whim around Thanksgiving last year, never fully expecting that it would live to see Christmas under my black thumb. And yet, here it is almost 5 months later!! What a resilient little sucker. One of my bucket list items is to “Keep a plant alive for at least a year” (seriously), so I’m hoping I’ll get to cross that one off the list in a few months :-) To reward my new friend for its impressive survival skills, I decided to upgrade it to a happy new home for spring!

DIY quirky sitting flower pot steps

What you’ll need:

  • a terra cotta planter
  • white oven bake clay
  • hot glue/super glue
  • white gloss spray paint
  1. Take a look at your planter and decide out how large you would like the legs to be
  2. Start sculpting! I found it easier to make things even by rolling out a “snake” for the legs, along with two balls for the feet
  3. Cut the “snake” in half to get two equally sized legs. Flatten the balls with your thumb and shape them into little rounded out rectangles
  4. Make sure your planter is sitting on a flat surface, and gently squish the legs into position. When you’re happy with the length and thickness of the legs, go ahead and attach the feet!
  5. Then create some pieces for the face – I went with two simple dots for the eyes and a teeny cone for the nose
  6. Bake your clay pieces according to the directions on the package (I removed the eyes and nose early since they’re so much smaller in size)
  7. Once they’re done, let them cool and glue them into place
  8. Spray the entire planter with two coats of spray paint
  9. When the paint has fully dried, transfer your green friend to his new whimsical home!

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measuring cup planter

Use them as mini planters :-) My cousin gave me a set of these whale measuring cups for Christmas, and they were WAY too cute to just toss in the kitchen drawer, so I’ve been trying to figure out alternative ways to use them around the house.

This teeny succulent was perfect for the 1/2 cup size! Just re-pot (this post was a helpful guide) and top off the soil with a handful of brightly colored pebbles. I used fish tank gravel from the pet store, which was cheap and came in lots of different happy hues!

measuring cup planter

I just love the extra pop of color this little whale is bringing to the house! Now what to do with his 3 other friends…

Be sure to stop by on Monday for a super duper exciting giveaway – happy Friday!

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cinnamon bun butter

Confession time: I really like bread. And by “like” I mean my roommates in college used to call me the “bread monster” due to the alarming rate I would eat all the doughy goodness in the house. To this day, a simple slice (or three) of golden brown toast topped off with a bit of butter is enough to make it a good day for me. And yet there are times in life when you need to take things up a notch, and in these instances, I break out the cinnamon butter! I mean, a delicious mix of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla swirled together onto your toast in one fell buttery swoop? Pardon me while I drool on myself over here. Learn how to share this sweet slice of heaven with your valentine below!

cinnamon bun butter

Sweet Cinnamon Butter

1 stick of salted butter
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp light brown sugar
1 4 ounce mason jar (optional)

  1. Zap the butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds so the consistency becomes super soft, but not yet melted
  2. Plop it into the food processor along with the cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar, and pulse until smooth
  3. Jar up that delicious butter mixture (my whole batch fit perfectly into one 4oz jar), and surprise your schmoopy with a sweet treat!

And don’t forget to top off your jar with one of these “For my butter half” labels – your valentine totally LOVES terrible puns, right? I made some gift tags too in case you want to package it up in something other than a mason jar!

Download a printable label here!

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DIY diamond pillow

Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend…especially big soft ones you can take a nap on :-) I spotted this adorable pillow floating around the interwebs a while ago and was disappointed to see it wasn’t for sale anymore, so I decided to try making my own! I’ve never made any sort of pillow before, so it was a bit of a challenge, but all the nice straight geometric angles were rather nice to work with. Read on for the instructions and don’t be intimidated by all the steps – it’s quite easy when you break it all down!

DIY diamond pillow

What you’ll need:

  • solid colored fabric
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • white fabric paint
  • tape
  • sewing pins
  • sewing machine
  • poly-fil stuffing
  1. Fold a piece of fabric in half and cut out a 22″x18″ rectangle, starting from the folded edge (this will help keep the two pieces of fabric together until you cut)
  2. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a vertical line down the center at the halfway point (in this case, 11″). This side will end up on the inside of the pillow, so don’t worry about marking it up!
  3. Then draw a 12″ horizontal line about 1″ down from the top edge, centered on the vertical line (so 6″ on both the left and right sides). About 5.75″ down from this line, draw a centered 20″ line running parallel to the first
  4. Make a mark about 1.5″ from the bottom edge of the center line for the bottom point of the diamond. Connect all the outer points of the lines to create the full diamond shape
  5. Add a .25″ seam around the entire perimeter of the diamond, then cut it out
  6. Now that you have two separate fabric pieces, move the pencil marked layer aside. Tape off a 1″ perimeter (this should be a little thicker than the inner lines due to the extra seam border) around the second layer of fabric and paint it in with fabric paint
  7. Peel the tape off when the paint is dry. Then tape off and paint a .75″ thick line spanning across the width of the diamond and paint. When THAT’s dry, tape off and paint .75″ thick lines in the top section
  8. Once all the paint has dried, place the layer with the pencil markings directly on top of the painted one. Pin together and break out your sewing machine!
  9. Sew along the seam line you marked earlier, but leave a few inches unstitched to create an opening big enough to fit your hand through
  10. Flip the fabric inside out through the gap, so that your diamond lines are now on the outside
  11. Now for the fun part – fill up the pillow with stuffing!
  12. When your pillow is nice and full, hand sew the gap closed (this invisible stitch tutorial came in handy for me)
  13. Go show off your new bling!

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