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Free Compliment Board

August 5, 2018 — by Courtney Steeves

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With school right around the corner, we have decided to share some of our favorite DIY dorm decor ideas! Make someone’s day with this adorable Free Compliment Board. Hang this board on your dorm door and start spreading the love. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:
1) Paper
2) Scissors
3) Pen
4) Cork Board
5) Push Pins

Step 1: Cut paper into small squares

Step 2: Write a compliment on each square piece of paper

Step 3: Pin the compliments to the cork board (we turned our compliments around so they would be a surprise)

Step 4: Set your Free Compliment Board out and make someone’s day!

What compliment would add to the board? Comment below!

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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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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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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!

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