Jul 10, 201208:44 AMBay Buzz
My New Year's Resolution was to learn how to cook. Seeing that we are quickly approaching mid-July and my last recipe attempt resulted in a broken blender, I've decided to shift my focus to a new goal. Pots and pans have been ditched in favor of my trusty hot pink glue gun, a bucket of acrylic paints and a plethora of inspiration boards overflowing with new project ideas.
I must blame Pinterest for my new obsession with all things upcycled, recycled and any other form of exceptional creativity. DIY seems to be one of this year's biggest fads, and I've set my sights on becoming one of those crafters who make people stand in awe and ask, "How did she do that?" There's nothing quite as gratifying as seeing a project through from start to finish. Buy parts, gather instructions, insert a hint of creativity and ta-da! You've just done it yourself. How hard can it be?
I recently put my can-do attitude to the test with my first project: a button-covered wooden letter of my soon-to-be last name initial. A few coats of paint, four glue sticks, 200 buttons and nearly five hours later, my takeaway was not too shabby (see photos below and promise not to laugh!). It didn't turn out quite as elegant as I had hoped, and I may or may not have burned off several of my fingerprints in the process, but it was fun nonetheless.
Button-Covered Monogram via loveoffamilyandhome.net
Is there a new idea you've been itching to try? Share it with us, and I'll give it a go! Or, try your hand at one of the following tasks I have up next in my queue.
5 Projects on my DIY To-Do List
1. Door-knob Hanging Rack via casasugar.com
2. Distressed Chevron Frames via adollopofmylife.com
3. Chalkboard Signs via littlebitfunky.com
4. Shabby Chic Earring Display via kevinandamanda.com
5. "Places We've Been Together" Map Art via sassyfrassed.blogspot.com
Find these projects and more by following our DIY board on Pinterest.
Hint: Should your project end up looking more like a 3-year-old's masterpiece, Etsy is a great alternative. Best of all, the site allows you to search and shop specifically from local sellers. Check out any of these stores for look-a-like products from some of the above projects: Evie Met Hugh (Mobile), Magnolia Market (Fairhope), CJ' s Works (Mobile) and Borlovan Woodworks (Mobile).