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Valentine’s Day Gift Bags

February 13, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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It’s that time of year again to celebrate love! Whether you are gifting your best gal pals or surprising your bae, we have a cute DIY gift bag to go along with it! Not only will you have the perfect gift, you will also have the perfect wrapping. Let’s get started!

Supplies:

  1. Blank gift bags
  2. Craft paints (red, pink, copper)
  3. Pencil
  4. Heart stencil

Place the heart stencil in the center of the bag.

Take the eraser end of the pencil, and dip it into whichever paint color you would like to start with first.

Create dots all around the shape of the heart stencil.

Continue to layer this pattern. Switch up and blend the colors as you add dots around the heart. Keep the dots close together for the first few layers, then begin to spread them out. This will create a dispersed effect as seen in the photos below.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Feather Wall Hanging

January 26, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Fill your space with indie vides with this DIY feather wall hanging. Perfect for a rainy day craft when you’re stuck inside. Whether you are wanting to add to the atmosphere of your bedroom or fill in a gap, this will work perfectly. It’s small size makes it easy to place anywhere, as well! All you’ll need are a few different materials. You can totally get creative and personalize this to fit you also. We chose to work with some jute, lace, gold ribbons and some feathers!

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We started in the middle and worked our way to the outside. Choose which material you want to work with first, and secure it to the top by knotting it. Feel free to make your strands as long or as short as you would like. You can also decide whether you want your strands to be in a pattern or random. We thought it would be funky to just go for it and place our materials at random!!

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Add some texture by braiding some of the different pieces together!

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It can become repetitive, so the more texture the better!

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Once you cut your pieces to the length you like, add a feather at the end of select strands! Just secure the feather by double knotting it to the end of your string.

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Double up some layers, braid here and there and BAM! There ya have it. SO cute, right? To hang, cut a piece of jute long enough to stretch end to end with enough slack to hang at your preferred length. Then just tack it up!

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Your Favorite Adventures

January 7, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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New year, new room decor? We think YES! So, this blog is really simple and customizable. We decided to take some of our favorite moments from travels in 2016 and hang them up. Included from personal memories are a few pictures that just bring good vibes and inspo. What better way to reflect on all the adventures you experienced and to also inspire you to do even MORE with 2017!! If you rather, you don’t have to stick to moments just from 2016, you can do any memories. Or you can make a collage of  just inspo pics you love. The choice is yours!

What you’ll need:

-Print out however many pictures you want.

-A stick, fishing wire

-Hot glue gun and glue

-Tacks to hang it up with

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DIY Moon Phase Wall Hanging

June 23, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Stay wild moon child! What gypsy wouldn’t want this hanging in their room? It makes for the most perfect, calming finishing touch to your space full of gems and wonder. We’re not sure about you guys, but we adore simple, handmade treasures to decorate with– so we just HAD to create this one. What makes it even better is that almost all the supplies can be found in your craft drawer at home! Want the in on how we did it? Come on, we’ll take you step by step– Follow us!!

What you’ll need:

1) Thin cardboard (we used an empty cereal box)

2) Jute or any sort of string you prefer

3) Scissors, tape and pencil

4) Silver or gold paint along with a paint brush

5) A small rock or heavy bead

6) A twig
 

Get Started:

Step 1:

Start by using your pencil to draw two circles. You may want to use a household item to trace around to form a perfect circle. (We used the base of a candle.)

After you have both circles, you will draw two crescent moons. (If you need to trace thats okay, too. There aren’t any rules to this game… phew!)

Lastly, you will draw the main crescent that will be placed in the middle. This one will have a deeper arch, resembling the letter“C.”

Step 2:

One by one paint each moon. We used silver as the main base coat. After that dried, we went in on top of it and added some gold glitter so it would shine just a bit. But you can do whatever you like.

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Step 3:

After allowing the paint to fully dry, tape the jute onto the backs of the cardboard cutouts in correct order to create the phases of the moon! (As shown in the photo below) Make sure to also leave a good bit of leftover jute at the top and bottom.

Step 4:

Tie the rock or bead to the bottom of the jute. This will weigh it down just enough to keep the jute totally straight.

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Step 5:

Take the moon phase wall hanging and tie it in the middle of the twig.

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After that’s tied, take another strand of jute to create the hanger.

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Hooray! Now you have a beautiful new piece for your room that cost you close to nothing and took no time! How’s that for a fun DIY? Thanks for checking in on all the neat crafts going on here at Pura Vida. Stay tuned for our next post!

 

Photographers: @michellebishoff, @chelseybishoff