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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY Ideas

12 Outdoor Lighting DIY's

Trend: 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY Ideas

Summer nights are the best, especially if you have twinkling lights all around the yard. Last year I shared twelve outdoor lighting DIY ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens blog, and it seem like you all liked it, so I decided to create ANOTHER list of inspiring ideas to share. You really don’t have to spend big bucks to light up the backyard. Head on over to your local craft shop or hardware store to make your own unique outdoor lighting. Pretty backyard lights aren’t just for parties, they’re lovely for your everyday outdoor life.

These DIY candy lights are perfect for a party, from Brittany Jepsen for Oh Happy Day.

DIY candy lights, from Brittany Jepsen for Oh Happy Day.

This “Relax” outdoor rope light DIY is lovely, from A Beautiful Mess.

"Relax" outdoor rope light DIY, from A Beautiful Mess.

Make some Moroccan candle holders, from Creme De La Craft.

Moroccan candle holder DIY, from Creme De La Craft.

I love these vintage bottle mosquito repellent lanterns (mosquitoes eat me alive), from Yeah Vintage.

Vintage bottle mosquito repellant lanterns, from Yeah Vintage.

A hula hoop chandelier DIY is inexpensive and cute, from Sunlight and Sequins.

Hula hoop chandelier DIY, from Sunlight and Sequins.

This battery operated light bulb centerpiece is so cool, from Warm Hot Chocolate for Buzzfeed.

Battery operated lightbulb centerpiece, from Warm Hot Chocolate for Buzzfeed.

I always love a DIY outdoor marquee letter light, from Tatertots and Jello.

DIY outdoor marquee letter light, from Tatertots and Jello.

I’m seriously considering tackling this outdoor modern concrete fire pit DIY, from Manmade DIY.

Outdoor modern concrete fire pit DIY, from Manmade DIY.

Check out this Restoration Hardware inspired fire column DIY, from In My Own Style.

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Pretty pink outdoor candles are fun for any barbecue, from A Subtle Revelry.

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Check out my outdoor chandelier makeover, from The Paper Mama for BHG.

Outdoor chandelier makeover, from The Paper Mama for BHG.

This balloon outdoor wax candle DIY looks like a fun project, from DIY Enthusiasts.

Balloon outdoor wax candle DIY, from DIY Enthusiasts.

Do you have any special outdoor lighting DIY plans for this summer? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The projects from the first images are from: A Beautiful Mess, Manmade DIY, A Subtle Revelry, and In My Own Style.


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

10 Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space


Trend: Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

The web is the perfect space to find organizing ideas for your home and life. So many talented people out there with wonderful (and sometimes crazy) ideas. Below you’ll find 10 DIY’s to organize your backyard or any outdoor space this Spring. There are organizing solutions for tool storage, all the way to kid toy storage. I’m really love the combo potting and party table (the first image below). Use it for your everyday planting needs, then switch it over to a party table when your friends come over! Perfect.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this small tool shed using reclaimed wood, featured on Houzz created my Joseph Sandy.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

If you have kiddos, you probably have a mess of outdoor toys. I love this toy organizing solution, from Useful Beautiful Home for Organizing Junkie.

While this isn’t exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

While this isn't exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.

Did you find any projects that you want to recreate? I sure did. Happy organizing to you!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Garden DIY Ideas for Spring!

Trend: 12 Garden DIY Ideas for Spring!

Ok guys, the first day of Spring is TOMORROW. The weather here in Portland has been weird and almost Spring-like for the past month. We’ve been working like crazy in our backyard and can’t wait to start planting the garden. Today I’ve gathered some wonderful Garden DIY Ideas from around the internet to share with you. These bloggers have some great ideas to get your Spring started.

 

Herb garden coffee table DIY, from A Beautiful Mess.

Mini Live Succulent Wreath tutorial, the La Crema Blog.

Super simple outdoor DIY seating, from Lena Sekine.

Simple Vertical Trellis Garden, from BHG.

Chandelier Candler Holder Makeover, from The Paper Mama for BHG.

Make a handmade outdoor chaise lounge for under $35, from Ana White.

Handmade Painted Trellis DIY, from The Paper Mama on BHG.

DIY Color Blocked Garden Markers, from Sarah Hearts.

 

How to build a garden box, from The Paper Mama.

DIY Outdoor Terra Cotta Storage Side Table, from 17 Apart.

Create these garden gifts: Little Egg Succulent Planters, from The Paper Mama.

Recycled Barrel Planter DIY, on Design Sponge from Centsational Girl.

 Who else is ready for Spring?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the photos from the first image are from: BHGA Beautiful MessLa Crema Blog, and Sarah Hearts


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Chandelier Candle Holder Makeover

Trend: Chandelier Candle Holder Makeover

I know the warm weather we are having here in the Pacific Northwest is sort of crazy and some states currently have snow, but this weather is making me think about summer. Barbecues on the patio. Warm summer nights, eating outside, and lit by candles. Yeah, I’m ready. I have had this thrifted chandelier for a couple of years and FINALLY finished this project. This light was sort of ugly (and the electrical work was dangerous), and I thought it wou make a perfect candle holder. Here it is! I spent less than $10 to make this (I had most of the materials beforehand).

Supplies:

  • a vintage chandelier (I found mine at a thrift shop for $5)
  • 1 can of spray paint primer
  • 1 can of color outdoor metal spray paint
  • E-6000 Craft Glue
  • glass tea light holders
  • candles
  • Optional: 1 can of clear glossy acrylic sealer 
  • You may need: pliers, wire cutters, and a screwdriver

Directions:

STEP 1: 
The first step is to find the perfect chandelier. You really don’t have to spend a ton of money to find one. Head to a local thrift shop and search the lighting for an old chandelier.

STEP 2:
Remove the electrical parts and wiring from the chandelier. I needed pliers, wire cutters, and a screwdriver to remove the wires from my chandelier.

STEP 3:
If you can, take the chandelier apart. It’s it’s dirty, clean it with some soap and water and let it dry completely.

STEP 4:
In a well ventilated area (wearing goggles and a mask), spray a coat of primer onto the chandelier. Following the directions on the back of the spray cans, apply the color paint onto the chandelier. When the paint is completely covered, I suggest applying a coat of clear acrylic sealer. It should help protect your chandelier candle holder outside.

STEP 5:
Use the glue to attach the glass votives to the chandelier. Let the paint and glue dry for over 24 hours.

Now that your candle chandelier is done, hang it outside! I recommend taking this candle holder indoors during rain, so it will last longer. Enjoy!

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 11.7

Hello all! I hope November has introduced itself kindly this year–I know here at least that winter chill turned on like a switch. I love the cold though, so I’m not going to complain–unless it doesn’t snow soon. Then I’ll complain. I’m feeling particularly earthy today, so I thought I’d share some recycled wood projects for the crafts-people out there. Good luck!

 

First of all, project aside, this puppy is absolutely adorable. Build this fun modern pet bed for your pooch with this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I love the bright colors and bold pattern, but you can make it blend with your decor just as easily!

 

 

Looking for a fresh spin in your living room? Try this recycled barn door coffee table from Cleverly Inspired. Bring a bit of rustic flair inside your home and get a fun hand-crafted piece all in one!

 

 

For a more subtle wooden touch, try these pallet wood wall pieces from Craftberry Bush. I like the subtle, washed-out look and the relaxing, brown tones showing through underneath–perfect for adding some calm to your room.

 

 

These wooden crate stairs from Funky Junk Interiors are so unique and fun! I absolutely love this idea. Hit a couple antique shops or thrift stores and see if you can find some fun crates to incorporate into your new stairwell!

 

 

And lastly, if you’re looking for that missing piece of flair in your bedroom, take a look at this modern headboard design from Fresh American Style. While the completely white look soothes, funky mix-matched colors would add some oomf to your space!

 

 

And there you have it. Until next time, Style Spotters! Happy crafting–the trees thank you!

 

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.10

Aaaand…we’re back. Hope the week has been nothing short of fabulous for you all. I’ve just checked in for my flight (Utah, here I come!) and I’m ready to go off the radar for a couple days! This time of year has a way of catching up to you, but it’s all about enjoying the moments you’ve got. This week, I wanted to share fun little things you can do in a weekend or 10 minutes–just things that will, hopefully, put a smile on your face.

 

I love the simplicity of these painted rocks from Handmade Charlotte. Perfect as table centerpieces, bookshelf knick-knacks or porch step decorations, painted rocks are a cute, easy way to craft with the whole family.

 

 

This gilded bowl tutorial on Julip are the perfect way to add some nature to your home. Even better, they’re the perfect go-to gift for all of those upcoming holiday parties.

 

 

Need party decoration ideas? Check out these adorable donut stools from Studio DIY. I love the bright, playful spin these put on otherwise overlooked seats–doesn’t get much cuter than that.

 

 

I’ve been super into gallery walls lately. Find some inspiration with these DIY art ideas from Poppytalk. I can’t get enough of the colors, the random feel, and the unique pieces used for this wall! I think I’m in love with that pineapple.

 

 

And for a more permanent fixture, take a look at this DIY retro diamond focal wall from Vintage Revivals. I’m definitely excited to paint one of these bad boys someday. LOVE IT.

 

 

And there you have it. Enjoy your week, Style Spotters! Enjoy the little moments.

 

Erin