Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Gold Polka Dots

Written on July 25, 2013 at 4:54 am , by


Trend: Gold Polka Dots

The blogging world has gold dots on the brain. Anything and everything we can get our hands on: add gold dots. I’ve collected a few of my favorite gold polka dot DIY’s and shared them below. This may inspire you to head home and put gold dots on everything you own.

Gold Confetti Dish from Vitamini Handmade

Gold Dot Lampshade from Honest to Nod

Metallic Dotted Vase from Smitten Studios

Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mouse Pad from Lovely Indeed

Gold Polka Dot Chair from The Paper Mama

Gold Polka Dot Art from Veronika’s Blushing

Gold + White Polka Dot Tray from For Chic Sake

 Polka Dot Mason Jar from With Lovely 

 Gold + White Mugs from The Fox and She

Gold Leaf Polka Dot Pot from A Fashion Gal and a Fireman

 Polka Dot Jewelry Tray from Life Sweet Life

 Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Mini Herb Garden

Written on July 11, 2013 at 1:39 am , by

Trend: Mini Gardens

In need of a garden, but don’t have the space? No worries. I can help you out. I’m rethinking the hanging planter today. Instead of hanging, I’ve added some wire, moss, and some time to make a much more interesting addition to my little tiny home.

With a little bit of time you can recreate this. Here’s what you need:


- 1 hanging planter (with coconut liner)

- 1 twelve inch section of hardware cloth

- Wire

- Wire cutters

- Pliers

- Gloves

- 1 package of sheet moss

- Dirt

- Herbs


- Use a marker to trace a half circle onto your hardware cloth.

- Use your wire cutters to cut out your traced shape. Set aside.

- Cut your hanging planter coconut liner in half. Set aside.

- Use your pliers and wire to attach the cut our shape to the front half of your hanging planter. Tip: also fold back any sharp points sticking out on top.

- Optional: If you’d like plants to grow out the front of the planter, like mine, cut out a couple of uneven holes in the mesh.

- Flip the planter over and use your wire to wrap around the back of the planter (to hold in the moss).

- Line the back wire with your sheet moss. I do this so the moss shows, instead of the coconut liner.

- Add the coconut liner inside of the planter. If you’d like, cut out the some coconut liner shapes to cover the front mesh portion of the planter. I didn’t do this, but it may help retain water.

- Finish lining the inside of your hardware cloth with moss. When it’s all covered, start adding your plants…. starting with any plants that will be hanging on the side.

- Add moss onto any spots that may have disappeared under the dirt.

- Hang outside, in full sun, enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Check out my inspiration for this project on Rancho Reubidoux.

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Concrete trend

Written on June 27, 2013 at 1:38 am , by


Trend: Concrete

I’m in LOVE with the recent concrete trend. Need a stool? Concrete. Planter? Concrete. Handmade light? Concrete. There are so many wonderful DIY’s out there to share, but here are my favorites. Enjoy!

Concrete cooler/planter from Homemade-Modern.


Concrete planter from Camille Styles.


Concrete honey bear from the paper mama.


 Plastic cup tea light holder from Mrs Hardy.

Concrete Paper Weights from Monsters Circus.

Large Concrete Planter from This Sorta Old Life.

Outdoor concrete stool or table from the BHG Style Spotters Blog.

 Concrete Metallic Planters from A Bubbly Life.

Concrete Hearts from Blog A La Cart.

Painted concrete stool from Homemade Modern.

Hanging concrete pendant lights from Homemade-Modern.


- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Outdoor Concrete Table/Stool for under $15

Written on June 13, 2013 at 2:29 am , by


Trend: Concrete Furniture!

Need an update to your backyard, but you’re on a small budget? I’m right there with you. That’s why I made this concrete table for my patio! With about $15 and a bit of time, you’ll have the perfect piece to work as a stool OR a side table.


Let’s get started:


- 1 bag of Quikrete 5000 Concrete

- 8 inch wide by 15 inch high Concrete Form Tube

- 1 or 2 inch thick foam

- 3 Quarts Water

- Duct Tape

- 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket

- Shovel/stick to mix the concrete.

- Large container to mix concrete (we used two 5 gallon buckets)

- Optional: 2 sticks to support the concrete form tube during pouring

- Optional: spray paint and acrylic sealing spray



- Cut a 15 inch long section off of your concrete forming tube.


- Mark the concrete tube about 3 inches from the top. This will be your concrete level spot.


- Set your concrete form tube on the foam and trace a circle. Cut out that circle.



- Use the duct tape to attach the foam circle to the base of your concrete form tube. Make sure the foam/edge is completely covered by duct tape.


- Optional: Drill four holes, at the 3 inch mark you made, into your concrete form tube. Push two sticks through the holes to support the tube during pouring.



- It’s time to pour some concrete! Safety note: I recommend wearing gloves/eye protection/dust filter mask for this process. I also suggest doing this process with a friend, makes it so much easier (also, the concrete bag is 80 pounds and I am not even able to lift it, ha, my husband helped with that). Mix your concrete together with the 3 quarts of water. If you’ve never mixed concrete before, I really recommend watching this video by Quikrete.


- Pour roughly 2 inches of the prepped concrete into the bucket. Base first, put the concrete form tube into the bucket. Center it. While someone holds the tube steady, pour the concrete along the side of the tube. Pour to the top of the bucket. To get the air bubbles out, gently pick up the bucket and tap it on the ground. Add more concrete to fill to the top, if needed.


- Place something heavy on top of your concrete tube form to get it down to the 4 inch level mark. We used some extra tiles we had. Bricks or even rocks inside the tube would work.


- Let the concrete sit for about 30 minutes (or when there are no longer little puddles of water on the concrete). Smooth out the concrete.


- Let this sit (out of the rain) for 4 + days. The longer, the better. There’s a lot of concrete in there and it needs time to dry.


 To remove the bucket:


- Tear out the concrete tube and scrape out the foam.



- Use a rubber mallet to tap the sides of the bucket. Turn the bucket upside down and tap the base.



- If the concrete doesn’t easily slide out, use a blade to slice a hole in the base. This should release some pressure. Use a crowbar if it needs a little extra help.



- You now have a concrete stool or side table!


- Optional: If you’d like, add a bit of color to the piece! I used some gold spray Paint to the top (sealed with acrylic sealing spray).


You are now done! Enjoy and you now have a super cute inexpensive piece to dress up your outdoor space. Good as a stool or side table. I ended up making 2 of these. I can’t wait to start using them this summer! I made both of these stools for under $30. Just needed one extra bucket and bag of concrete.



- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. if you loved this, feel free to share!

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Air Plant Displays

Written on May 30, 2013 at 2:20 am , by

Trend: Air Plants
For all of you that weren’t born with a green thumb, the air plant is for you. I love the variety of creative air plant display DIY’s out there. Do you have air plants in your home?
Air Plant Display from Suburbia Soup.
Framed Air Plant Display from All The Good Girls Go To Heaven.
Hanging Air Plant Containers from Design Sponge.
Gold Dipped Hanging Air Plant Vessel from Michelle Smith.
Air Plant Wall Hanger from BHG Style Spotters.
Till Air Plant Hanger from Monsterscircus.
 Earth Day air plant display from Salvaged Spaces.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. Can’t find air plants in your area? Check out the Air Plant Supply, Co.

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Air Plant Wall Hanger

Written on May 16, 2013 at 3:59 am , by


Don’t have a green thumb? Well, I have the perfect thing for you: air plants. Yeah, air plants. No dirt, just the air. They require VERY little maintenance. Just a random spritz of water, or a soak in a cup of water every week or two. Even if you forget the random watering part: they still seem to live.


Today I’d love to share a fun DIY for hanging your air plants: Air Plant Wall Hanger. This little wall hanger is low cost and simple to create. It also makes it look like your plants are floating on the wall. Want to make one for yourself? Here you go:



Supplies to make 1 hanger:
- Three: 3 – 4 inch nails

- Sculpey (or whatever oven baked clay you prefer

- Picture hanger

- E6000 Adhesive

- Clear Acrylic Spray

- Wire (I used 18 gauge)

- Wire cutter

- Pliers


-  Grab your wire and 3 nails. Cut a 10ish inch piece of wire. Secure the wire near the head of one nail. Add a second nail, at an angle, and tie it on. Add the third nail and tie it on. The nail tips should be spaced 1/2 – 1 inch apart. No need to be perfect. If needed, cut another 10 inch piece of wire to better secure the nails.



- Use your Sculpey to completely cover the nails and wire. Press the base of the piece on a flat surface, to prep it for hanging on a flat wall.



- When the piece is covered, follow the Sculpey baking instructions to bake it. Let your plant hanger completely cool.



- When the plant hanger is cool, use the E6000 adhesive to glue on the picture hanger. I used a triangle hanger (since it was smaller), but you can use whatever you prefer. To keep the triangle a bit more secure, I glued the actual triangle to the base of the hanger. I made sure to leave an 1/8 inch space between the top of the triangle and the base. Let the glue dry for an hour.



- Since you’ll be misting your air plants every few days, apply a coat of Acrylic Clear Spray to seal the hanger. Let the hanger(s) dry for 24 hours before you hang. P.S. You may notice the hangers look a LOT like chicken feet, ha! You wont notice that once they’re on the wall.



- Find a special place to hang your newly created Air Plant Wall Hangers and add your air plants. Since I had smaller plants, I put 2 plants per hanger up.



- Enjoy!



If you enjoyed this DIY, please feel free to share!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama