Trend: Floral Coffee Mug DIY
It’s really no secret that I love coffee mugs, and I might have too many… The thing is that I want my coffee to sit in a cute vessel, not something plain and boring. That’s why I makeover plain coffee mugs! You can easily find a plain white mug at most stores, or I suggest wandering to a local thrift shop to buy a mug for cheap (there’s always a ton of mugs that need some love). For these projects I typically use paint or a paint pen, but for this Coffee Mug DIY I tried something new. I have discovered that Mod Podge now makes a dishwasher safe gloss! That opens up my mug creativity to adding fabric, glitter, and even paper. For my first time using this gloss, I made 3 floral printables to dress up those plain mugs. I have shared them below so you can make your own!
- white coffee mug
- white printer paper
- free printable coffee mug florals: Succulents, Lavender, and Daffodil
- Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss
- soft paintbrush
- rubbing alcohol
- clear acrylic sealer spray
Print out the flower printable you want to use on your mug. Cut out the flowers, leaving a small white border around the shape.
In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors while wearing a mask and eye protection, spray a light layer of clear acrylic sealer spray onto the cut out flowers. Let dry completely. The spray will keep the ink from smearing when applying the Mod Podge.
Wipe down the mug with the rubbing alcohol to clean it, then let dry.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the paper flower, and apply a layer of Mod Podge on the mug. Attach the flower onto the mug. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles under the paper. Repeat this step for all the flower pieces.
Let the paper flowers dry for about an hour. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the paper flowers. Let that layer dry for 2 – 3 hours. Apply 1 – 2 more layers (allowing dry time in between each layer).
This step is important. Before using this mug the glue needs to set for 28 days. I know this seems like forever… but the time will fly by. I promise. After the wait time is up, you can wash this cute mug on the top dishwasher rack!
You still have plenty of time to get these mugs made for Christmas gifts!
If you create any of these mugs, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. Just a reminder: all of my free printables are for personal use only.
Work. Work. Work.
Think about it…You probably spend 8 hours a day working at the office. So why shouldn’t your work space be as welcoming as your home? If you’re ready to upgrade your desktop, then take a peek at these 5 quick and easy ways to brighten up your space.
1. Maybe it’s time to take the kids’ toys out of storage! Repurpose old animal figurines as desktop decor! All you need is a bit of gold spray paint, super glue and a few glass jars.
Photo Courtesy of The Office Stylist
Try adding a little shimmer to your desktop! You might be surprised how much it brightens up your work space.
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Trend: 21 Unexpected Wreath DIY Ideas
We are headed towards my favorite time of the year and I cannot wait to start wearing sweaters and getting ready for the holidays. Even though I love hanging a wreath on my door for most of the year, I enjoy making Fall and Winter holiday wreaths the most. Below you can find 21 Unexpected Wreath DIY Ideas to decorate your door this season.
1) Wander your neighborhood and get all the supplies you need to make this beautiful Maple Tree Seed Fall Wreath, on BHG Style Spotters.
2) A very simple and modern triangle wreath will take your door from the Fall to Winter, on You Are My Fave.
3) This pine cone and acorn wreath is perfect for your door this holiday season, on Vekoria.
4) Can you believe this is made from corn husks? It’s beautiful, on Martha Stewart.
5) As a crafter I have a lot of leftover bits and pieces of wood. This wreath makes perfect use of all that extra wood, on Cleverly Inspired.
6) Those outdated ties can easily be transformed into this Vintage Tie Fall Wreath, on A Beautiful Mess.
7) Save all those wine corks to make this fun Painted Cork Wreath, on Design Fixation.
8) I love pom pom wreaths, and this one is a favorite of mine, on The Paper Mama.
9) While this wreath is meant for Christmas, I could definitely see it up in my home during the Spring, on Oh Joy.
10) A modern take on a holiday wreath could be a fun change, on HP Create.
11) This marshmallow wreath is making me hungry, on The Sweet Escape.
12) I really love how simple and lovely this wreath is, on Say Yes.
13) This mini tinsel wreath is so tiny and I love it, on Strut.
14) Maybe if I hang this snowball wreath on my door we’ll get a white Christmas? Maybe, on Daisy Mae Belle.
15) This Festive Rainbow Wreath is beautiful and I wish it was on my door, from Inspired By Charm.
16) A simple and beautiful winter floral wreath, on A Beautiful Mess.
17) Maybe your kids can help you make this fun Polka Dot Wreath, on The Paper Mama.
18) This vintage style wreath would fit right in at my home, from Flamingo Toes.
19) Are you on a tight budget for holiday decorating? This Candy Cane Wreath cost $3 to create, on At The Picket Fence.
20) All you need is a 3-inch hole punch and some colorful paper to make this pretty wreath, on Craft Stylish.
21) Keep this sparkly party wreath up through the New Year, on The Black Bird Blog.
If you create any of these wreaths, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Leaves changing, cozy sweaters, bringing out boots—It’s no surprise fall is a fan-favorite season, especially on our Facebook and Pinterest accounts!
We’re excited to celebrate the season with some of our favorite bloggers with the 2015 Finding Fall Home Tours! Our posts are acting as a virtual home tour. We’re the first stop and you can follow along each day from one blogger home to the next from Monday through Friday. All of the bloggers are sharing their homes decorated for fall to provide ideas and inspiration for real home owners. To kick off this year’s Finding Fall Home Tours filled with inspiring home ideas from some of our favorite bloggers we thought we’d get started by sharing our most-shared autumn content over the years! Drumroll, please….
Number 5: This welcoming autumn entry is filled with fall favorites: apples, corn stalks, hay bales, mums, and pumpkins!
Number 4: Rethink your house number for fall with chic white pumpkins!
Number 3: Basic bonfires, begone! We’d love to cozy up around this party-perfect pumpkin display.
Number 2: Eye-catching door decor is a fall staple. Switch out your usual wreath for a rake wreath filled with juniper and bittersweet!
Number 1: Our most-pinned autumn decorating idea keeps it classic with simple accents like mums and white pumpkins. We love the simple, symetrical look!
Next up on the tour is Finding Home Farms! You can see her home here.
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Hi, I am Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. I am so excited to be here today talking about our simple cottage exterior renovation. My husband and I are dreamers and renovators, so when looking for a home, we were hoping for a project that we could make our own. When we first moved into this little downtown cottage, we saw major potential. The outside needed some TLC, but we knew that with a few simple updates we could turn this outdated little place into a cute showstopper.
Our plan was to revamp the entry, add a window on the left side, and remove the large window beside the porch. With a little hard work and a small budget, we had the cottage we’d been hoping for.
The new wood front door really serves as a focal point for the new design. We removed the old iron posts and framed the door with Craftsman-style beams. A little board and batten treatment above the entry plays up the cottage vibe.
We built simple barn-style shutters and painted them a cheerful blue. Staying true to my Southern roots, we painted the beaded-board ceiling of the small stoop a lovely pale blue that is a shade lighter than the shutters.
I wanted a light fixture that would make a statement, but it had to be small as well as reasonably priced to fit our budget. There isn’t a lot of clearance between the portico ceiling and the doorway. A thrift store lantern updated with copper spray paint was the perfect fit! It’s small enough to fit the space, plus the copper tone pops nicely against the blue.
The best part about this exterior renovation is being able to change it for the seasons. I love changing out the doormat, pots, and plants to really give the space some personality.
A little creativity went a long way with this exterior makeover, and now we love pulling into our driveway at the end of the day. This place welcomes us home.
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You don’t need a big, beautiful library (like the one shown in the movie, Beauty & The Beast) as a reason to strut a ladder in your home decor. Check out these stylish decorating ideas to see how you can repurpose ladders in more ways than one.
Happy ladder hunting!
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