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Clothes Pin Snowflakes

December 1, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Need a quick and simple DIY? Walk into a winter wonderland with these beautiful laundry pin snowflakes. These are easily used as ornaments, gift box toppers, or fun room decorations. Take your pick! Follow along to see how we created them.

Supplies:

  1. Clothes pins (big and small)
  2. White spray paint
  3. Glitter
  4. Hot glue gun
  5. Felt puff balls

Step one: break apart the clothes pin to separate the two pieces.

This is what you should be left with.

To make the mini snowflakes, you will need 8 pins. Once you have broken the 2 pieces apart, flip them back to back. Use hot glue to seal them. Once you have all 8 pins sealed back to back, use the top center edges and glue them together as shown in the photos below.

Do the same steps for the larger snowflake. However, use the mini pins to fill in between the bigger ones.

Now, spray paint the snowflakes white. While they are still wet from the paint, sprinkle white/clear glitter all over. Allow to dry 10-15 min.

Then, glue one craft felt puff in the center.

Ta-da!

 

DIY

Holiday Gift Boxes

November 9, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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With the holidays coming in quick we are in DIY heaven! What’s better than personalized gifts? Make every present special this holiday season by putting your own personal spin to it. All my favorite gifts have been handmade. These gift boxes are also the perfect thing to gift Puravida Bracelets in. Make them for birthdays, holidays or any other special occasion. Let’s get started!

What you will need:

  1. Craft paper
  2. String
  3. Tape, scissors
  4. Tags and any other accessories you want to use to decorate
  5. Stensil provided

Begin by tracing the stencil onto your craft paper.

Use scissors to cut out the correct shape of the stencil.

The dotted lines in the stencil will guide you on where to fold your cutout. Once you have folded it into a box, use tape to secure the edges.

Use yarn or string to wrap around the box. Along with other decorations to add to the top!

Have fun and get creative to make it personal to the person you are giving it to!

 

DIY

Yarn Wall Hanging

August 30, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Simple simple and a beautiful accessory for any room! I am all about quick and easy. So, you can image how excited I am to share this DIY with you. Many of you have asked for more DIY wall hangings…so here we go! Most of my wall accessories are handmade. It’s so much fun to personalize your space and even have a few bragging rights when your friends ask where you got something. Don’t forget to check out some previous blogs on here to see even more!

What you will need:

  1. Yarn
  2. Stick
  3. Scissors

First begin by cutting 5 very long strands of string: about 3-4 feet. This will make up one bundle. Once you cut all 5 pieces the same length, fold in half so the ends touch. Put the middle fold under the horizontal stick as you see below. Repeat this step 1ox. You should have 10 bundles of string.

Now, bring up the ends to meet the middle loop at the top. Loop the ends through the fold as seen below. Repeat this step for all the bundles of string.

Here is what the final bundles should look like on the post.

In order to get the final tapered look to this wall hanging, take your scissors and cut down at an angle on both sides with the ending point being the very center. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, sometimes rugged is better.

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Lavender Rosemary Air-freshener

August 26, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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I’m always on the hunt for new scents. The aroma of your home or room can be crucial. Not only for the enjoyment of the smell itself, but also the benefits. Lavender for example can help ease the mind and relax your body. Today, I am going to be making my very own DIY essential oil air-freshener. This is perfect for any of you new college students to use in your dorm since you can’t burn candles in your rooms. I decided to use lavender and rosemary oils. I think most can all agree that those 2 marry so well! However, feel free to use any scent you like. Let’s get started!

What you will need:

  1. Essential oil(s) of choice
  2. Baking soda
  3. Dried fruit or flowers ( I got mine from an herbal tea bag)
  4. Mini mason jar

Begin by first adding 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Or until the mason jar is filled half way.

Now add about 2-3 tablespoons of the essential oils.

Time for the dried flowers and fruit. We added this in the mix, but also saved a little bit to add to the top for decoration.

Mix all together. The consistency of the mixture should be pasty. If it’s too runny add more baking soda. If it’s too think add a bit more oil.

Last step, remove the center part of the mason jar lid. You will then cut out around the shape of the lid. Once you have the circular cut out, place it on the inside of the lid.

It should look like this! This will allow the scent to come through nicely.

Don’t forget to add a few more sprinkles of the dried fruit and flowers on top!

Place anywhere in your room or house!

DIY

DIY Magnets

August 24, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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As the school year hits us full force we are all scrambling on how to decorate our dorm rooms, lockers, and desks as cute and original as possible. That’s why DIY’s are so great and we are here to help walk you through it step by step. Trust me, I’m always the first one trying to do something different or make something ordinary, totally unique to my personality. So, today on the blog I decided to make some DIY magnets. These are perfect for your locker, any sort of white board or magnetic calendar.

Here is what you’ll need:

  1. cork board
  2. paints + paint brush
  3. razor blade knife
  4. pencil and stick on magnets (found at any craft store)
  5. circle stencil (or circular object to trace)

Begin by taking your circular stencil and making 3-5 circle cutouts of the cork board. Once you have drawn them all out, cut them out with your razor knife.

Now, take the stick-on magnet strand and cut small snippets of the magnet.

Small enough to fit onto the back of the cork board cutouts.

What you will do first is paint the entire cork board magnet with a layer of white paint. Let dry.

Once they have dried, you can decide what you want to paint on them! You can use this part to get totally creative. We decided to go with a pineapple, cactus, palm leaf and polka-dots!

Use them to hold reminders on your calendar or locker!

Or decorate your dorm room mini fridge with them!

Inspiration

Rings on Rings on Rings

August 23, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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I’m sure by now you have had to hear about all the brand new rings.  If there is one thing we can’t get enough of, this is it! You have so many to pick from, there is bound to be one that is just your style. Choose one, choose all! From the brand new rose gold wave, to the delicate touches of turquoise and geometric patterns. You can even buy them together with your bestie to match! Which ones will you be rocking this up coming school year? We can’t wait to see how you style yours! Take a look at some of our stacks:

Sweet summer moments accompanied by only the cutest rings.

Style guide and a bit out outfit inspo:

Simplify it by just adding a few here and there. Keep in mind that sometimes, minimal is better!

Don’t forget to pair them with your favorite PV bracelet arm candy as well!

Mix and match!

SO may ways to pair these rings. The options are endless. Have fun, be creative and more importantly always be you.

So have we made you obsessed yet?!

Find all of these on the website and more: puravidabracelets.com

DIY

Seashell wall hanging

July 18, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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I think by now, you all know how much I love wall hangings. I think it’s so much fun to change up your space just with a few materials. Not to mention how easy it is! Today, I am going to show you how to make this adorable seashell wall hanging– Perfect for the summer time! Hang this in your room or bathroom. This is also a great way to get creative with your seashell collection. I have WAY too many to keep ahold of, so this craft allowed me to show off my favorites!

Here is what you’ll need

  1. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  2. Seashells
  3. Fishing wire
  4. Twig/stick
  5. Scissors

Begin by spacing out your shells the way you want them to hang. Do this before gluing them onto the fishing wire.

Next, measure how long you will need your fishing wire to be. This part will totally depend on your preference when it comes to how far apart you want your shells to be. Cut them all the same length.

Once the string has been cut, tie one end of each string to the top of the stick. Place two dots of hot glue on the back of the seashells. One dot of glue being at the top, and the other at the bottom of the shell.

Let all the hot glue dry, then you are free to hang it up anywhere! We are LOVING this beachy look.

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Summer bucket list

July 18, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Summer is my favorite time of year! There is always so much I want to get done during this season. Like camping, beach trips, music festivals and traveling! But making a Summer Bucket List is so much more fun. Every week, pick out one of the sticks with an activity on it. Whatever the popsicle stick reads, that is what summer fun you will be having that week/day. This is also a super easy way to never get bored.

Here is what you’ll need:
1. Popsicle sticks

2. Sharpie

3. Craft paint and spray paint

4. Mason jar

Start by spray painting all the popsicle sticks white! (Or any other color you prefer)

Once the spray paint has dried, take some fun summer colors and paint the tips of the popsicle sticks.

Let all the paint dry.

Next up, start listing different summer activities on each stick.

Once you have finished listing all your summer activities you wish to complete, add them all to the jar. Set the jar somewhere in your room so that it is always available when you and your friends need something exciting to do! Happy Summer!

Inspiration

New Round Beach Towel

May 22, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Have you heard?? Your new favorite beach accessory is here! We are ooh’ing and ah’ing over these things! Get ready to up your beach game. I don’t go anywhere without my towel. It’s always the first thing packed in my beach bag. And this is only one style! Pick from all three! Get the perfect one that goes with your personality.

Here I have my total beach babe Shibori Round Beach Towel.

Pick between these two other styles as well:

Beach Mandala Round Towel

Geometric Round Towel

Which one will you choose!?

DIY

Feather Candle Holder

March 5, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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We’re always looking for new ways to add to our space. The more the better! What are your favorite accessories in your room? We think this may be your new favorite! It’s a super simple glass cylinder wrapped in boho feathers. Set a candle in it and whoa, watch your space GLOW up! SO beautiful. Follow along and watch how to make!

What you will need:

  1. Glass cylinder
  2. Feathers
  3. Hot glue gun + glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Candle + candle holder

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Step one: Pick a place to begin on the jar. Start by snipping the end of the feather. You want to leave just a little bit, but majority should be cut off for the best result.

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Put a dab of hot glue at the bottom where you will secure the end of the feather stem.

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Continue to do this all the way around. We thought it looked best to use a variety of feathers when gluing around the vase.

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Once you have covered the glass cylinder, put the candle in the center and place anywhere in your room! We decided to pair ours with a few crystals and salt lamp.

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Do you love it as much as we do??

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Lifestyle

Festival Season

February 27, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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With spring approaching and bringing in the warm weather, we are gearing up with the cutest accessories to make this year’s festival season one to remember! Do you guys have any plans? We want to inspire you to get out there in style! Here are a few looks featuring some brand new items hitting the store this season! We couldn’t be more excited!

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We paired our new January birthstone bracelet with the red seed bead tassel bracelet, along with the burgundy studded bracelet.

COMING SOON: Desert Festival Bags!

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Make it boho or beachy! You decide!

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Vibe out!

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We cant wait for you to own your very own!

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Live free, Pura Vida fam.

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Recipes

St. Patty’s Day Peppermint Treat

February 10, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Mmm salty sweet goodness. Need a quick snack to bring over to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your friends? Here, we have just the treat! This is one of our all time favs and is sure to bring in the party spirit.

What you will need:

1.) White chocolate morsels

2.) Pretzels

3.) Peanut M&M’s (can be substituted with regular)

4.) Popcorn

5.) Chex cereal

6.) Some green sprinkles, green food dye and peppermint extract

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Start by putting the full bag of white chocolate chips in a pan over medium heat. Add some oil to keep it from sticking to the bottom and to keep it smooth. Begin to add in the green food dye. Then, add the peppermint extract. Use this very carefully. (It is very strong) We added only about 2 drops.

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Continue to stir until totally smooth. Then start to add your ingredients one by one.

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Mix all of this until everything seems to be married well. Next, we will pour the mixture onto a baking sheet and evenly spread out. Here is where you can add your sprinkles on top. Once you have spread out evenly, place in the freezer for 10-15 min.

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FInal product!

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