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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


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 2.27

I’ve never really been one to spend too much time on my hair, but lately I’ve gotten the itch. Take a look at these completely amazing hairstyle tutorials that will have your locks going from flat to fab fast. Va-va-voom.

 

Never quite sure if you can pull off the braided headband look? This tutorial from Latest Hairstyles will get you on track. This style is perfect for a day in or a night out!

 

 

I love the simple look of this twisted crown tutorial from Twist Me Pretty. The best part? This style only takes 10 minutes.

 

 

For those of us with longer hair, look at this boho side-braid tutorial from The Wonder Forest. I’m having some major hair envy right now.

 

 

If up-do’s are more your style, try this classic bun from Style Studio. This look is so chic you’ll be turning heads all day long.

 

 

And lastly, next time you need something elegant but simple, try this fancy up-do from The Beauty Department. Perfect for spring, weddings, and spring weddings, this hairstyle is simply adorable.

 

 

And there you go. Until next week, Style Spotters!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 2.20

Spring is right around the corner! It won’t be much longer before we’re all outside, soaking up some sunshine and playing in the sand. For the few weeks of dreariness we have left, brighten things up with an at-home mani pedi. Show off some adorably painted fingers and toes this spring with these cute ideas!

 

If dark is your color, add some sparkle with this silver line nail art from Styles Time. I love the classic look mixed with a modern spin.

 

 

I love the minimalist look of this white nail with black tips I found on We Heart It. This design is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s for a glamorous night out or a day at home.

 

 

Want some more spunk? Take a look at these cuties–polka dotted chaos from Beauty High. I can’t get over how simple and colorful this style is!

 

 

I’ve always wanted to try a reverse french tip. For a good tutorial, look no further than this blue and gold beauty from The Lacquer Log. Simple and elegant, this color palette makes for timeless sophistication.

 

 

And now for my favorite: I am absolutely in love with this silver and gold style on Lulu’s. Classy but fun, this look just screams summer!

 

 

See you back here next week!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 2.6

February! It’s that time of year again, folks. Amid all the flowers, fancy dinner dates, candy hearts and cards, it’s easy to get lost in the formalities of Valentine’s Day–and forget that the best way to spend it is loving on all those special people in your life. To help you celebrate, I found some awesome DIY ideas to make this year’s day of love the sweetest one yet.

 

As a hopeless romantic, I actually love reading through all of the cheesy Hallmark cards. Even so, I can never seem to find the perfect one. This year, stop worrying about finding a card that encapsulates all you want to say to your special someone–make your own instead. Look at these cute DIY card ideas from Delightfully, Kristi for some inspiration!

 

 

If you don’t have an artistic bone in your body (let’s face it, most of us don’t), look no further. These adorable Valentine’s Day card downloads from Camille Styles will do the trick!

 

 

If you want to spruce up your space this Valentine’s Day, take a look at this gorgeous star burst wall art from Lia Griffith. Super easy, super chic, and pretty enough to keep up all year if you want, this bright addition is sure to surprise your sweetie!

 

 

I know we’re six days into February, but it’s not too late to make this adorable ombré heart calendar from Me And My DIY. If you’ve got an extra hour or two this weekend, give it a try!

 

 

And finally, finding the perfect gift for your special someone is only half the battle–add a whole new “WOW” factor with these DIY gift wrap tutorials I found on The House That Lars Built. Love, love, love it!

 

 

Enjoy the week! If you try any of these cuties, I’d love to hear how they turn out!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 1.30

I’ve always been useless when it came to quick sewing fixes for my overflowing closet–I can sew sloppy, haphazard stitches and that’s about it. With winter transitioning into spring in the next few months, I pulled together some cute spring sewing tutorials to help you look fabulous–and keep some money in your pocket doing it.

 

I am absolutely in love with this adorable color block tank dress on Sweet Verbena. Worn by itself, or paired with a cute cardigan and some strappy heels, this cute outfit will turn heads wherever you go!

 

 

I never really understood why people put buttons on the backs of shirts–but I still can’t get enough of the look! Learn how to make your own buttoned boxy top on Cotton and Curls for this classic look.

 

 

Remember that cardigan I mentioned earlier? Take a look at this sequin cardi DIY I found on Me Sew Crazy. If you visit the blog often, you know I have an affinity for anything sparkly. The best part? You can pair this jazzy jacket with jeans, dresses and everything in between.

 

 

Let’s face it–leggings are in the for the long haul. Give your legs some extra love with this grown-up legging tutorial on I Still Love You. While horizontal stripes look good on a select few, the rest of us can experiment with whatever neutral or crazy patterns we please!

 

 

And lastly, look at this sophisticated peplum mini on Mimi G. Style. Dress up a pair of jeans (or those leggings you just learned how to make) with this chic look!

 

 

Good luck and happy sewing!

Erin