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Cinco De Mayo DIY

April 30, 2019 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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It’s that time of year again! Yay for more celebrations. We wanted to bring some color to the table and find a fun way to display some treats for all our friends who will be coming over to join the fiesta! Follow along to see how we made these fun sombreros!

What you will need:

  1. 3 clay pot with clay tray
  2. pom poms
  3. craft paint
  4. hot glue
  5. paint pen
  6. M&M’s

Paint your pots red, green and yellow. Place the pots upside down on the trays to mimic a sombrero.

Allow them to dry. Once the paint is totally done drying, hot glue the pom poms around the brim of the tray.

Next, take a paint pen and draw zig zags around the bottom of the pot.

Now time for the best part– the candy! Add in the m&m’s around the brim of the sombrero.

Place on party table so guests can enjoy!

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Pencil Holder

August 30, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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What’s better than a quick and simple craft? One that turns out this cute! We are always looking for new ways to upgrade our desk area. Besides, working in a space that inspires you is most important! Every day we encourage you to bring your A game. With this ‘Slay’ pencil holder, we hope to inspire you to keep going and never give up! Follow along to see just how easy this DIY is.

What you’ll need:

  1. Jar
  2. Gold sharpie
  3. Chalk paint

Grab all your supplies and let’s get started!

Begin by painting the jar. You may need a few coats to ensure a nice, vibrant color.

Once the paint has completely dried, grab your sharpie and write or doodle whatever word or phrase you like!

We went with this because who doesn’t need a little motivation sometimes ūüėČ

Store your pencils, pens, scissors and whatever else in here and place on your desk!

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Bat Treats

October 31, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Throwing a Halloween Bash and need some last minute treat ideas to set out? We got ya covered! These are quick, simple and totally cute. Follow along for our two ingredient bat treat DIY! These are guaranteed to be a party hit! You’ll thank us later. ūüėČ

Here is what you will need:

  1. Oreos
  2. Reese’s
  3. Googly eyes

Take your Oreos and scrape the creme out of the center to save for later.

Break them in half to create the look of bat wings.

Use the creme to adhere the Oreo halves to the Reese’s cup.

Add the eyes. Look- now you have bats! Easy peasy.

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Pineapple cutout corkboard

July 20, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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We are getting close to back to school season. I know, you dont want to hear it butttt its better to be prepared! Plus, what’s better than DIY back to school crafts? They are original and fun! Today I am showing you guys how to make the cutest pineapple cutout cork board. This is perfect for your locker, dorm room or at home office.

Here is what you will need:

  1. Cork board
  2. razor blade
  3. sharpie
  4. craft paints
  5. paper to draw your pineapple on to use as a stencil

Begin by sketching out the pineapple shape you want before cutting into your cork board. I went for a more geometric theme. Place the stencil on the cork board and trace all the way around it with a razor blade.

Now, you should have a complete duplicate of the pineapple stencil with the cork board.

Go ahead and get your sharpie ready for the next step!

Finish drawing in the shape of crown of the pineapple. You will need to see the difference between the body and crown of the fruit when painting it.

Pick your paints, and get started on the pineapple crown. I went with a mint green color.

As you can see, I used my razor to cut out 3 different sized triangles to use as stamps with the leftover cork board scraps. I dipped these is selected colors and stamped them all over the body of the pineapple.

I filled up the whole pineapple with fun colored triangles to stick to the geometric theme!

All done! How cute is this?? I’m LOVING mine! Hang in your locker, at your desk or in your dorm room. It’s perfect for reminders, pictures and cute notes!

GIVING THIS EXACT CORK BOARD AWAY VIA INSTAGRAM. Visit our insta @puravidabracelets to see how to be the lucky winner. xoxo

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Mint Lime Sherbet Mocktail

May 10, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Hosting parties is one of my all time favorite activities to do in the summer! I am so excited to share a crowd favorite mocktail for everyone to enjoy! It is the perfect combo of a float and a cocktail. This yummy mojito inspired drink will leave all your guests refreshed and coming back for seconds!

Here is what you will need:

  1. Water
  2. Club Soda
  3. Limes
  4. Lime Sherbet (softened)
  5. Sugar
  6. Mint leaves

Begin by pouring about half a cup of water into a microwave safe bowl.

Then add 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Place in microwave and heat for 4 minutes. This will create a syrup like substance.

Once it is done heating, take it out of the microwave and put your chopped up mint in with the mixture. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

While we waited we added a scoop of lime sherbet, a cup of club soda, 1/2 cup of lime juice and then topped it off with the water/mint mixture once it was ready.

Add fresh lime slices and mint leaves! Enjoy over ice!

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Flu + cold remedy

January 15, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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This season is a huge one for viruses and yucky colds. Nobody wants to feel weak and down in the dumps. We have a DIY at home remedy that’s sure to kick your immune system back into gear! An easy one too. SO easy that you most likely have all these ingredients in your cabinet already!

Here’s what you need to get started:

-1 cup of water (to boil)

-Organic apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon)

-Cinnamon (about 2 pinches)

-Honey (1 teaspoon)

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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

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetArrange your photos however you would like vertically.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOnce you have arranged them the way you like, flip them over. We will now be using our hot glue to secure the fishing wire on the backs.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetMake sure to space the pictures evenly. Cut the wire as long or as short as needed.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPut a tiny dot of glue at the top and bottom of the photo. Pull the wire tight enough so there is no slack. This will help the pictures lie flatter. You can also add a dot in the middle for extra security.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetCut a piece of the wire and tie to each end of the branch. Use a few tacks to hang. And you’re done!! SO cute, right?!Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

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Holiday Peppermint Sugar Cookies

December 19, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Take your average, everyday sugar cookies, and add some holiday cheer! The holidays can be stressful enough with bustling around, so we are all about easy-peasy this year. Bring these cookies to any get together with friends and family. Trust us, these are a crowd favorite and Christmas classic!

What you’ll need:

-Store bought sugar cookie dough

-Vanilla icing

-Holiday cookie cutouts

-Candy canes and sprinkles

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPeal your cookies cutouts away and place on baking sheet.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSpread your cookies out evenly to insure they won’t collide in the oven.¬†Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and bake until golden brown. (About 10-12 min)Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOnce baked to your liking, let cookies sit and chill for 10 min. When they have cooled down, start the icing!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetTop the cookies with peppermint crumbles from your candy canes, along with sprinkles!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPlace the freshly baked cookies on your favorite holiday plate and now they’re ready for sharing!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

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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‚ÄúC.‚ÄĚ

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

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Create Your Own Zen Garden

April 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Big or small, outside or in, a garden can offer a place of calm, peace and tranquility. Here are some handy tips on how to create your own zen garden even if your green thumb isn’t so green:

1. Keep it to a minimum. Creating a place of serenity is all about open space and feeling light. Your zen garden should feel light and airy, so keep the greenery, furniture and design elements to a minimum. Less is definitely more!

2. Add a place for sand. Whether it be a large, open box in your back yard or a small container on your desk. And don’t forget the rake! Create multiple patterns in the sand to mimic the ripples of the ocean. Don’t you already feel relaxed?

3. Add zen features like Buddha statues, pebbles, stones or rocks.

4. If you have the space and resources, having a small water fountain ups the zen factor by a ton. Hearing the soft sound of trickling water creates positive energy and we could all use more of that!

5. If you don’t have an outdoor space, create a desktop zen garden using a small tray, some sand, a rake and a few stones. When you’re stressed, take a few minutes to create a pattern by drawing in the sand with your rake.

Share this post if you could use some more zen in your life!

 

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Chocolate Covered Heart Strawberries

February 10, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Trade¬†that boring box of chocolates for this healthier sweet snack. Feeling loved is all about feeling special, so spend some quality time¬†making these with your boyfriend, BFF, girlfriend or Grandma this Valentine’s Day.

Supplies:
Strawberries
Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
Small Knife
Microwave-safe Bowl
Wax Paper

Directions:
1) Wash and dry the strawberries. Cut a “V” into the top of each¬†strawberry, then cut in half so the strawberry can lay flat.


2) Put a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Set your microwave’s power level to 50%. Microwave for one¬†minute¬†at a time, stirring often. This is an important step to avoid burning the chocolate. The residual heat will continue to melt the chocolate.¬†Stir, stir, stir until smooth!


3) Time to skinny dip!

4) Lay them flat on wax paper and refrigerate for an hour. Then grab a loved one, press play on a mushy chick flick, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy!

Send some sweet love to your Valentine by sharing this post with them.

 

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Blueberry Kiwi Spritz

June 5, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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It’s summer time and the livings easy! And now with this blueberry kiwi drink you’ll stay refreshed on those long warm sunny days. Here’s how:

Ingredients:
12 blueberries
1 peeled & sliced kiwi
¬ľ cup of water
2 cans of lime La Croix
2 teaspoons of agave nectar

First, grab a small sauce pan to heat your water, and add the fruit and agave until it starts to boil. Lightly smash your fruit as the water starts to heat up, this allows all the juices to seep out into the water and creates a juicy syrup. When the liquid turns to a dark pink and starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat and pour over a strainer into a container. Pour a cup of iced La Croix into a glass (you can use any flavored sparkling water), and then fill the cup to the top with the liquid you just made. Add a slice of kiwi on top and viola! You have a not too sweet but mostly refreshing drink perfect for summer. Enjoy!