Martha Stewart Gilding Product Tutorial

I saw Martha Stewart Living post on their Instagram about this new gilding product and knew instantly I wanted to try it out. In the video, I added the gilding to a white bowl which I thought was a cute little piece to place jewelry in. I actually have the bowl by my kitchen sink so I can put my rings in it while I wash dishes. It’s a simple process and is perfect for adding the metallic look to home accessories or holiday decor. I couldn’t resist adding a little glam to my white pumkpins.

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Halloween Wreath under $20

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I’m all about functional and multi-use items when it comes to decorating. Really, who has the space to store decorations for every holiday!?! The idea is to not use glue when adding the decorative pieces so you can easily take them off to change it out for the next holiday. I bought the purple glitter spiders and they had clips on the back, which I thought was genius. So, I added mini clothes pins to the back of the bats I made, making it super easy to add and take off the decorative pieces. This post is all about showing you how to style the wreath for Halloween, but be on the lookout for future posts on how I easily transition the wreath to be used for Thanksgiving and winter holidays.

Supplies I picked up at Michaels (they are have 50% off most of their Halloween decor right now):

  • Grape Wreath – $9 originally but I used the 40% coupon they have every week, brings it down to $5.40
  • Glitter pumpkin pick – $.54
  • (4) Orange ball and feather picks – $4 (on sale for $1 each)
  • Black glitter crow – $3 on sale
  • Paper mache skull – $1.50 on sale
  • Purple glitter spiders – $1.99
  • Spider cobweb – $2.49

Leftover supplies used from other crafts:

  • Wood block from the distressed hooks tutorial
  • Ribbon from the bow tutorial
  • Chalkboard paint and pen from cheese platter tutorial
  • Twine from escort cards tutorial
  • Mini clothes pins
  • Floral wire

Prep work:

  1. Paint piece of wood with chalkboard paint. After it has dried, put two nails in the back and add twine to create the sign.
  2. Fold black stock paper in half, sketch out a  bat silhouette and cut it out. Then hot glue a mini clothes pin to the back.
  3. Paint the paper mache skull white. Punch two holes in the bottom so you can thread floral wire through it in order to secure it to the wreath.

Building the wreath:

  1. Add spider cobweb to wreath.
  2. Insert the decorative picks, they stay in place without having to glue or add wire.
  3. Clip on the spiders and bats.
  4. Using wire to secure add the crow, skull and sign.
  5. Hang on the door.

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DIY: Personalized Stationary

I’m really old school when it comes to thank you notes. I don’t think anything beats getting a letter in the mail. In this week’s tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make personalized stationary. My favorite place to shop for the supplies is Papersource, they have a wide range of blank cards and envelopes in a so many different colors. I would say my personal brand is classic with a touch of edge, so I go for black envelopes and white flat note cards. What’s represents your personal brand?

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DIY Leopard Nails

I decided to add a video tutorial to my original post from almost a year ago since I got a bunch of inquires on how to do this nail art. Share your photos of how yours turned out by posting on Instagram and tagging @likehearted!

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I’m a sucker for anything leopard hence the diy nail art.

My winning combo for any manicure is Essie First Base Base Coat, Essie or OPI nail polish and Seche Vite Top Coat.

For this look I used OPI nail polish in San Tan-Tonio as the base color and made the leopard spots with Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black.

Tip: Make sure each layer of polish is completely dry before adding the next layer. Especially after the you paint the spots, make sure they are completely dry before adding the top coat.

DIY Distressed Wood Hooks

This DIY request actually came from a good friend who loved the Anthropologie wood hooks seen below but didn’t want to pay the cost of $30 a piece. I was able to recreate the look for around $10, the biggest expense are the hooks that will run you around $6-8 each. Also, I’ve been looking for a resource to get reclaimed wood and have yet to find one, so I had to distress the wood myself. If anyone knows of any places in Arizona to get reclaimed wood please leave a comment!

Inspiration

Anthropologie HookAnthropologie HooksImages via Anthropologie

DIY: “I Love You to the Moon & Back” Nursery Artwork

There is some major baby fever right now! I have eight friends due by the end of the year, that means tons of baby showers in my future. I always like to get something off of the registry and also include something personalized. This week I’ll show you how to create simple artwork for the saying “I Love You to the Moon & Back.”

The best part is I have curated a kit so that you can easily replicate this craft at home, purchase it here. You can use the kit to create the artwork yourself, or give it to the mom-to-be as a gift.

Tips:

  • Use stickers if you don’t want to hand write the saying.
  • Use a coffee can or bowl if you don’t have a compass.

Don’t forget to share your photos of the crafts you have done on Instagram and tag @likehearted!!

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