Alright crafty friends, (and wannabe crafty friends). It’s a new year and the DIY possibilities are endless. So let’s talk about Pinterest. Pinterest offers an infinite abyss of clever DIYs, beautifully styled homes, delectable-looking recipes, insanely cute outfits and pretty much anything else your inner idealist could hope for. Let’s be honest, it’s fun to lay in bed, scrolling through images of ‘ideas’ (or ideals). In fact, one could even argue that it is like a virtual vision board, helping you to manifest a life you desire… Am I pushing it? Regardless, it is fun and a great place to get ideas for projects.
When I joined Pinterest a few years ago, I made a non-spoken agreement with myself, that if I was going to play in this perfect little fantasy-land, I had to at least attempt to execute some of these projects. Otherwise, it seemed like a huge waste of my time. Through a lot of trial and error, (and a few epic fails), I have selected what I believe to be the best DIY projects of Pinterest. Some I have recreated, and some are still on my to-do list.
My criteria for this are as follows:
- Easy to execute and emulate.
- Within a reasonable budget.
Hey you! Yeah you, the one with the pizza delivery and taxicab magnets (that you got for free in the mail), adorning your fridge; this one’s for you! It really doesn’t get much easier than this, and the finished product is nothing short of adorable. All you need is some buttons, magnets and your hot glue gun.
I am a bit of a self-admitted word-nerd, so obviously I love me some scrabble art. Wouldn’t this make for a cute gift? I made a piece of art like this, but I used an actual scrabble board as my canvas. It included my family’s names, with words like ‘family’, ‘love’ and ‘home’ woven in perpendicularly. It currently resides in our humble abode.
Here is another genius idea, and happens to be one of my very first successful Pinterest DIYs. I love a functional craft! To spruce things up, (and because I didn’t have chicken wire or screen on hand), I used black fishnet instead. I use my earring holder for my larger, dangly earrings.
Love. These. Coasters. These are on my to-do-someday list. The word possibilities are exciting and endless.
Mason Jar Chandelier
I think the proper words for this rustic chandelier are, “I die”. In fact, my super talented friend, Steph, has one of these puppies hanging over her dining room table, and I assure you, it is even better in person. Steph’s home is one of my absolute favorite design spaces, and if she lets me, I will be doing an upcoming blog post, spotlighting her beautiful home.
Every year I say I want to start a memory jar–this is MY year. I am doing it, people. Come December 31, 2015, The McAllister family will have a jar full of memories to read!
More crafts with more words. Seems easy enough, right? Plus who doesn’t love a throw pillow?
I am one of those sentimental people, that saves every show ticket I have ever been to, (even down to my very first concert; The Grateful Dead, Fall 1993 Tour.) When I stumbled upon this DIY, I knew it was fate and quickly proceeded to create my own ticket collage. If you’re a romantic (like me), these could make for a really cute anniversary gift.
Craft paper, scissors, tape/glue and a frame. Quick and easy nursery, (or in my case, bathroom) art.
Really, the ideas for this one are never-ending. So easy. So cute.
Faux Zinc Letters
Remember my tutorial on these babies? I love my faux zinc letters. And you will love yours too! #pinterestdoesitagain
A spray-painted trash can turned upside down. Definitely one of those ‘why didn’t I think of that’, moments.
$1 Chalk Sign
Easiest chalk signs ever. You can buy trays like this (and other various shapes), at your local dollar store. Slap some chalk board paint on them, and you have instant party decor. I have used these for many a party. (You can see an example in my gallery from Ayden’s 1st Birthday Party, here.)
I am in love with this whimsical, space-saving idea, aren’t you? You could even mount a mirror above it and make it in to a vanity. Ideas, ideas…
Need help meal planning and staying on top of your grocery list? Make a menu board. Game-changer, and pretty darn easy to make.
Revamped Folding Chair
I have two folding chairs just begging for a makeover. Stay tuned for a step-by-step in the near future.
Sparkly is my favorite color. If it’s glittery and shiny, I like it. This one is a yet-to-do for me, but I am sure that I will find a lampshade (or two) to try this on.
I gave our boring old dresser a super easy makeover, using this idea. It gave our dresser a whimsical, personalized touch.
Painted Drawer Interior
Cute, cute, cute! I love a pop of color; so many options with this.
Gold Mug DIY
This combines 2 of my favorite things; coffee mugs and gold. I love how the gold sharpie turns metallic when baked in the oven! (I will be putting this to the test, asap).
Gold Letter Magnets
I have a zillion of those multicolored, kiddie, letter-magnets. A coat or two of gold spray paint, and you have magic.
Gold Rock Book Ends
(Told ya I liked gold).
I love me a garland, a bunting, a banner and pretty much anything cute and hang-able. How darling are these? Don’t feel like making one? Buy one from my friend, Shanna.
I want to make this. The end.
Gold Dipped Feathers
You thought we were done with the gold, didn’t you? Wrong. I have a ar of my own sparkly, gilded feathers on my computer desk. They inspire me and they’re pretty. ‘Nuff said.
I will continue to collect fabulous Pinterest DIYs for you guys, so keep an eye out for a sequel to this list. I’d love to see your creations, so pretty please show them off to me!