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Ghost Garland

October 12, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Halloween is quickly approaching and I am so ready for it! Halloween is definitely one of my favorites to celebrate. Spooky DIY’s make for the best crafts. Today, let me show you how to do an extremely easy Halloween decoration you can add anywhere in your house! Grab your apple cider, some of your gal pals and let’s get started!

What you will need:

  1. Black and White yarn
  2. Googly eyes
  3. Book
  4. Scissors

Find a book that seems to be a nice length for the tassels. Wrap the white yarn around the book vertically 12-20 times.

Snip the end when you are done wrapping the yarn.

Take a new piece of white yarn and double knot it at one end of the yarn bundle.

Make sure to leave some extra length. You will needing it to tie them to the final garland strand.

On the opposite end, snip through the yarn.

This should be your end result.

Take a piece of black yarn and double knot it near the top about 1″-1.5″ down from the top of the tassel.

Once tied, snip the ends of the black yarn.

Time for the eyes!

Repeat all these steps for however many ghost tassels you want to hang. (You can also trim the length of the ghosts if you rather have a shorter look.

Knot them to string and hang!

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Fall Detox Water

September 28, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the detox stops. The unbelievable Autumn flavors will explode in your mouth when trying out this recipe. Detox waters are simple and very beneficial to our bodies. They can help boost your immune system and maximizes your energy. Take it on the go or keep it in the fridge ready for any time of day! Watch your skin clear up as well. Your body needs plenty of water and this is the perfect tasty way to do so!

Here is what you’ll need:

  1. Red apple
  2. Plum
  3. Pear
  4. Water
  5. Cinnamon sticks

Begin by chopping your fruits in prep to toss in.

Once you have sliced all three fruits, scoop up and place in pitcher.

Now, add in the cinnamon sticks!

Mix all the ingredients. Enjoy!

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Candy Corn Candles

September 26, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Tis the season of Fall! SO many new exciting things to look forward to. From the crisp, cool air, to pumpkin EVERYTHING, to flannels and booties. Why not add some cute Fall decor to your home? We have a super easy DIY that will add the perfect hint of Autumn to your space. PS- you can find all of these supplies at the dollar store… even better!

Here is what you will need:

  1. tiny glass bowls
  2. candy corn
  3. tea light candles
  4. fabric flowers

Start by first lying the fabric flower in the bottom of the glass bowl

Now, place the tea light candle in the center of the bowl. We added a few candy corn pieces underneath to help the candle sit up a bit higher in the bowl.

Fill in the candy corn around the candle.

Find a nice, cozy spot to set them in your home or spread them out in different rooms to add a touch here and there!

A great way to greet the Fall season!

 

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DIY Clipboard

August 30, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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YES, we have more stationary DIY’s for you. But I mean, do they really get old? I don’t seem to think so! I have a major obsession with back to school/office supplies. Anyone one else?! I just can’t resist. But sometimes I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. No worries! That’s when DIY’s come in and save the day. I will show you the few simple steps to get a totally original, super cute clipboard. Follow me!

What you’ll need:

  1. Clipboard
  2. Washi tape
  3. Can of white spray paint

First step, spray paint the entire clipboard. You can totally use any color you would like. I kept it simple with white.

This part you can also get creative with! I decided to cover the lower right corner with gold and cream washi tape which had a marble like pattern. Then, added arrow shapes in the upper center of the board for more decoration.

Feel free to brush over the finished product with Mod Podge to give a nice glossy finish. This will also keep the clipboard safe from scratches.

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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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DIY Bookmarks

August 30, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Keeping up with all your classes can be a huge challenge. I know for me, my mind is always all over the place and it’s hard to remember where I left off in one of my books, verses the other one. And with this school year back in full swing, making sure you are organized is priority. Today on the blog, I want to show you how you can make being a book warm cute! Say goodbye to folded over page corners and boring bookmarks. I have just the thing!

What you’ll need:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Decorative cardstock
  3. Yarn
  4. Hole puncher
  5. Mod Podge

Start by cutting out rectangular pieces long enough to be a book mark out of the cardboard. Once you have the length you prefer, trace the same dimensions onto the card stock. This will later be glued on top of the cardboard.

This is what you should have.

Next: mod podge the decorative card stock onto the cardboard.

Let the mod podge dry before moving forward.

Now that the glue has dried, hole punch a single hole at the top of the bookmarks.

Take about 5 strands of yarn and tie them through the hole for the final decoration.

And there ya have it, 3 totally cute new bookmarks! How simple was that?

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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!

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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!

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Copper Magnetic Letters

July 31, 2017 — by Courtney Steeves

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With school right around the corner, we have decided to share some of our favorite back to school DIY projects. Yay! For this post, we have created one of the easiest DIY projects out there. These Copper Magnetic Letters will  brighten up any locker.  Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:
1) Alphabet magnets
2) Copper metallic spray paint


Step 1: Spread out alphabet magnets onto paper bag (or anything that can get stained)


Step 2: Spray alphabet magnets lightly with spray paint every 5 minutes from varying angles until alphabet magnets are covered


Step 3: Bring your new Copper Magnetic Letters, your Pom Pom Paper Clips, and your Weekday Clothespins to school


What color would your Magnetic Letters be? Comment below!

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Weekday Clothespins

July 21, 2017 — by Courtney Steeves

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With school right around the corner, we have decided to share some of our favorite back to school DIY projects. Yay! For this post, we have created Weekday Clothespins to help you stay organized this school year.  Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:
1) 5 wood clothespins
2) Paint (We used 4 different colors)
3) Paint brush
4) Paint marker
5) 5 self adhesive magnetic coins (Optional)


Step 1: Paint one side of clothespin and let dry


Step 2: Use paint marker to write a day of the week on the painted side of the clothespin


Optional Step 3: Add self adhesive magnetic coin to the back of the clothespin to use in locker


Style with your Pom Pom Paper Clips to stay organized this school year!


What grade are you going into? Comment below!

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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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Pom Pom Paper Clips

July 19, 2017 — by Courtney Steeves

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With school right around the corner, we have decided to share some of our favorite back to school DIY projects. Yay! To start, we have created adorable Pom Pom Paper Clips. This simple DIY will brighten up any desk. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:
1) Hot glue gun
2) Pom poms
3) Paper clips


The Only Step: Glue pom pom to top of paper clip


What is your favorite subject to study? Comment below!