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DIY Painted Leopard Spots Canvas

I’m a bit of a leopard print lover.  I try to keep it simple, sprinkling the pattern here and there (until I find our sofa covered in leopard pillows, a leopard throw, you know … I have no self control.)  But this latest ode to leopard is actually kind of subtle, and crafty, which I think qualifies it as pretty much perfect … so I’m going to show you how to paint your own leopard spots … for any project, really.

Say hello to my not-so-artsy-but-still-totally-chic leopard canvas (the perfect addition to my little office space.)

What You’ll Need:

  • Blank Canvas (any size)
  • Acrylic Paint in Black (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Beetle Black)
  • Paint Brush (with a thin-to-medium tip)
  • Gold Metallic Marker (a paint marker or permanent marker will do)

STEP 1:  Gather your supplies!  Lay out a work space with your canvas on a flat surface, pour a bit of your black paint onto a palette (or paper plate), and have a clean dry paintbrush read.

STEP 2:  Start by drawing rough circle shapes with your gold metallic marker or paint marker.  (They don’t need to be perfect, and actually look better a bit misshapen.)  I chose to use a metallic marker rather than actual gold paint because I knew it would dry quicker (and I wanted to be able to paint my black over the gold spots without having to wait hours in between.)

STEP 3:  Use a paintbrush and your black paint to create rough leopard outlines around and along your gold spots.  No two spots are alike, so feel free to get creative and don’t worry if the spots and outlines don’t look perfect.  Use thicker amounts of black paint in some spots to add a little bit of texture as well.

In case you’re intimated by hand-painting leopard spots, this leopard spot diagram via Mr. Kate was also super helpful!

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Voilà!  You have yourself a funky piece of leopard-spotted artwork! (By the way, after painting my canvas, I was already dreaming up covering a whole wall in leopard spots, though I may keep it small, painting spots on an acrylic tray or a vase.  These really would look adorable on just about anything!)


DIY Lush Flower Crown

Part of the fun of announcing recently that hubby and I were having a girl, was making a DIY floral crown for the big reveal.  My sister and I went supply crazy at Michaels (though really, any craft store will do), and then we went to work creating our own floral crowns.  With a few easy steps, and a bit of time, you can create your own gorgeous floral crown for parties, festivals, Renaissance fairs, and prancing around your living room.  It is music festival season after all …

We went for a more lush floral version, a.k.a., lots and lots of full blooms, though a delicate crown looks just as lovely.

What You’ll Need:

  • faux flowers (or fresh)*
  • green florist tape
  • green florist wire
  • scissors or shears
  • wire cutters/pliers (helpful but not necessary)
  • ribbon

*I went with the higher quality faux/silk flowers because they tend to look a lot more lush and lifelike.  Wait for a good sale and scoop up a bunch.

STEP 1:  Gather your supplies!  Start by cutting the flowers you plan to use off of the thicker plastic stems, leaving at least a few inches of the thinner stems for working with.

STEP 2:  Take your floral wire and shape it into a circle that fits comfortably on your head, from ear to ear, plus add about four or more extra inches (better to oversize the wire so that you have room to tie on the ribbon to each end and fill the crown with flowers which may bunch, you can always trim excess wire at the end), and cut at that length.

STEP 3:  Cut two strips of ribbon, each about a foot long (i.e., the length of a ruler), and then using the wire headband you’ve just cut, secure each end of the wire to each piece of ribbon.  I poked each side of the wire through the end of one of the pieces of ribbon, pulled a bit of the wire through, and then wrapped about an inch of the wire around that end of the ribbon.  (See pictures below.)

STEP 4:  Begin arranging your flowers on the wire base – start from the back and begin working forward, using your thin green floral wire and floral tape to secure each flower with the stem into place by wrapping tightly around the base several times (until you feel like it is secure).

STEP 5:  Continue the process moving around to the front of the crown and then start again at the opposite side, again working your way towards the front center.  There is really no “right” way to arrange your flowers; just play with the look and bunches of flowers until you feel like they lie the way you like.  Be sure to keep securing everything with the wire and florist tape.

STEP 6:  Once your flowers are securely wrapped around the entire half circle of the crown – up to the base where your wire meets the ribbon, you can use your ribbon tails on each end to fasten over and behind your head in a bow.  (For extra hold you may want to secure with a few bobby pins.)  And voilà!  You have yourself a flower crown!

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After the photo shoot, I hung my floral crown over the corner of my mirror in my bedroom and it looks adorable.  Hello little wreath!


DIY Dip-Dye Glitter Pumpkins

It’s no secret that I’m a glitter fanatic, and this project is simple and utilizes a whole lot of glitter. I am also admittedly one of the many who obsesses over all things pumpkin during the Fall holidays. Dipping the pumpkins in glitter is easy and fun, and looks really fancy. Basically, this DIY is perfect for me … and I suspect, for a lot of you too.

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And of course, these glitter-dipped pumpkins are perfect for a Halloween decoration or as rustic-meets-glam centerpieces for a Thanksgiving tablescape.

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mod podge
tape (masking tape or painter’s tape)


  1. Be sure your pumpkins are clean and dry.
  2. Here the pumpkins are only covered in glitter halfway up, you can use masking tape to tape about halfway down the pumpkin and mod podge below the line of tape.  Or you could freehand it; it all looks great.
  3. Paint on the mod podge wherever you want the glitter, then sprinkle glitter generously over the mod podge.
  4. Shake off any extra glitter and touch up any spots you missed.
  5. Once your pumpkins have completely dried, it’s a good idea to gently paint on another coat of modge podge. This will dry clear and will help keep the glitter from getting on everything.

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Voila – you have sparkly pumpkins that will keep your table adorable and festive through the holidays!

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This fabulous DIY was submitted by Kelsey of P.S. Heart – check out her blog for more great projects and recipes!


DIY Halloween Bejeweled Mask + A Girls Night Crafting Party

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I’ve always loved creating my own Halloween costumes.  For starters, the latex and rayon costumes at typical Halloween costume shops are well, terrifying, and I’ve always loved getting crafty with a purpose.  Some years my handmade costume turns out better than others, and most years, my sister and I wind up throwing wings on and calling ourselves some version of “fairies” (gothic fairies, Katy Perry and Rhianna fairies, Royal Tenenbaum fairies, it’s all good).  But this year, I have a pretty awesome blinged out mask to wear, so now all I need is the punk tulle skirt and I’m ready for Halloween … or the MET Gala.

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Back in early September, I spent a day with a few amazing and talented Glam producers, editors, and bloggers, and we created and filmed a little DIY Halloween Mask Girls Night In.  I had a blast breaking out the glue gun, flexing my DIY muscle, and bonding with great girls.

I also love the idea of throwing a little Girls Night In crafting party for pre-Halloween costume festivities.  Cover your dining room table with craft paper, light a few black candles, throw in a little wine and a few snacks, or pizza delivery, and you’ve got yourself a great little party, just before Halloween; plus everyone will leave with a Halloween costume ready-to-go.

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What you’ll need:

A few tips for making your own DIY mask:

  • It helped to work on a styrofoam head form.  You can pick one up at any craft store or order online.
  • Cut your mask shape out of the mesh first.  Be sure to cut two holes for eyes out as well (trick: fold the mask at the point where you want the eyes and cut half ovals).
  • Use the t-pins to secure your mesh mask to the head form while you work on gluing to the mask.
  • If you’re going for jewels, the mesh may not be heavy enough to support them, so we hot-glued strips of metal mesh over the white mesh (use the t-pins to keep everything in place) and then, using a pair of scissors, roughly cut out the shape of the mask.
  • Stock up on plenty of glue sticks (you’ll need them) and keep your glue gun hot.
  • Don’t be afraid to mess up.  Just glue something sparkly on top and it will look great!

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And here are all of the fantastic masks created by Channing, RachaelErica, and myself; feathers, flowers, leather and lace, and crystals.

All Photos taken by me, Lexi of Glitter, Inc.


DIY Rustic Wedding Photo Clipboards

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The minute I saw these DIY wood clipboards on Love Grows Wild, I thought of a rustic wedding.  Perfect for hanging photos of the newly-married couple or displaying the table assignments, these rustic handmade clipboards would look great on the wall of a wedding.

What do you think – would you display your photos on these homemade clipboards?

Get the full tutorial on Love Grows Wild.


DIY Marshmallow Garlands

marshmallow garlands wedding party I am completely giddy over these marshmallow-strung garlands. The designers put together an installation with 180 strands of marshmallows to create an added space above the table and to serve as a backdrop for photos and a ceremony. The marshmallows are the perfect shade of bright white, add a fluffy almost airy texture, photograph beautifully, and make the simplest of DIY projects.  So in love with these!

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Via Wednesday Custom Design // Photography: Ely Fair Photography // Concept, Styling & Paper Goods: Wednesday // Flowers and Milk Glass: Rebecca’s Silver Rose // Venue: White Dog Hill, Clinton, OK