Thursday, October 20, 2011

DIY: Dry-Erase Calendar

Since joining the Pinterest world,
I have found so many things that I want to make!
One that caught my attention was a dry-erase calendar. 
Check it out here: amazingness

So, I decided to make one for my office out of green paint chips.
When I went to Wal-Mart, the cashier gave me the "stink eye"
because I was carrying LOTS of paint chips. 
I bet the thought going through her mind was,
"I can't believe she's getting all those paint chips for free!"

Note to self, next time I am doing a project with paint chips,
I'll remember not to go through that lady's checkout.

I then went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a 12" X 16" frame.
I didn't want a basic frame--I wanted something vintage looking.
I found a white-washed frame at half-price,
then took it home and did my own antiquing to it by
smearing some brown paint on the wood.
It came out just the way I wanted it.

Beforehand, I had cut all my paint chips to be 2" x 2".
Just enough room to write the times of important meetings.
Then I arranged the colors so that there was a
balance between light and dark colors.
And finally, I taped all the paint chips
to the blank side of the picture insert.

Then I assembled the frame together.

Took the frame to work and wrote in
 all the important things I need to remember.
All you need is a dry-erase marker and it write on the glass like a charm.

I've decided that I need to make another one so that I can have a
calendar showing me what's happening next month as well. 
Always gotta stay on my toes!

Can't wait to make more things from Pinterest!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rosette Bookpage Wreath

Yay! I'm finally getting around to posting again on my blog!
It's been least a month???  Oops.
But this DIY is definitely worthy of a post.
If there's anything that I love making its wreaths.
I probably enjoy it because I get to
rip apart (I mean, reuse) my old college textbooks.
 *Thanks Jennifer for giving my the inspiration!*

1. Rip out a page from an old book. 

2. Fold the page in half but leave half an inch at the top
so that when you twist the paper it looks all pretty. 

3. Roll the end at least 4 rotations. 
Now that I'm looking at the picture, it realize that the picture is incorrect. 
When you twist the pages, you will want the edges of the
bookpage to flip out to create the rosette and not be trapped inside. 
So have the open edges to the left hand side and face down. 
You will roll from the top.

4. Fold the bookpage and then turn the rosette half a turn. 
Continue this process until you have used up the whole bookpage.

5. Then place a staple at the bottom to hold everything together.

6. Then I took each individual rosette and hot glued
them onto the straw wreath.

7. After a few burned fingers and numerous rosettes later,
voile! a beautiful new wreath!

I must say, out of all the ones I've seen on the internet,
this has to be one of my favorites!