DIY Fruit Bowl
The other day I was outside watering my plants and my DIY Diva brain started to race for some alternative uses for the run of the mill clay pot. I decided to make a moss covered plant pot fruit bowl for summer entertaining. It is super easy and only took about 15 minutes! This fruit bowl is the perfect summer accessory to brighten things up in the kitchen. It can also be used on a bar for fun and versatile decor! Slap some chalk paint on there and label it for some extra kitsch!
Here’s What Ya Do!
Take a clay plant pot and paint the top with chalk paint.
Attach moss with a hot glue gun in thin strips.
Clay Pot with Moss
Take a white paint pen and label the pot “Fresh Lemons.”
Fill the pot with lemons and voila!
Fresh Lemons Bowl
DIY Fruit Bowl
Mother’s Day is almost here and I have been giving some super cute DIY gift suggestions over the past few weeks. Here is the complete list of DIY Mother’s Day gifts along with the step by step process! Have fun! Homemade is always from the heart!
DIY Diva’s rejoice! This Hostess Handbook project is super fun, cheap and too cute to boot! The DIY Flower Napkin Rings are a summer party must have! It will brighten up your table setting and allow for some pizzaz while using generic paper napkins! Let’s face it, we’re broke, we don’t have fabric napkins in our rat whole apartments. But we can still make the table settings look fab instead of drab!
Simply take 3 baking cups and ribbon to assemble these flowers!
Take the baking cup and fold it in half. Then, fold it again along the center line so it makes a cone shape. Next, cinch the cone at the bottom and fan out the second half to make it look like the folds of a flower.
Make another two flowers and put all three together, attaching them by tying the three together with the ribbon.
Finally, tie the flower around a paper napkin and your done!
Scrabble Piece Picture Frame
Yesterday, I went on Good Day LA showing people how to make DIY Mother’s Day Gifts and this scrabble piece picture frame was a big hit! I mean how cute is this for the mom who can’t get enough of her children’s smiling faces? I know this present would be a big hit at my house. My mom literally is obsessed with pictures and has the entire refrigerator covered in photos. This DIY gift is so great because you can make it really personal. Maybe write an inside joke or your names with the letters. This gift is also so on your budget for all my penny pinching princesses! You can buy the pieces sold separately online at Amazonfor about $7 and the picture frame for a $1 at the dollar store. Stick a fab photo in there and you are all set with a cutetastic gift for Mother’s Day!
Today, I am going on Good Day LA to show everyone how to make some cutetastic Mother’s Day gifts DIY style! I am soooo excited and hope you check it out! One of the gifts I am making for the segment is monogrammed coasters. I absolutely love these and think they are such a great home decor gift. I hope you feel the same because you can enter to win monogrammed coasters here! Wahoo sooo fun!
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Mama is going on Good Day LA again tomorrow to show how to make some fab DIY Mother’s Day gifts! Wahoo! I am sooooo beyond excited and sooooo up to my elbows in glue, scrabble pieces and mango juice. Pretty random right? Well, you’ll have to check out Good Day LA tomorrow between 8 and 10 to see what I have up my sleeve! I will say that I am making four different gifts so there will be tons of great options. All of them are easy, inexpensive and come from the heart!
Pink Shoes, Jeweled Earrings
Now, down to what I am wearing. You know I like to get colorful so I am not revealing my dress but lets say its a shade of neon. Paired with these pink ballet flats from H and M for $7 and jeweled earrings from Anthro, there’s no way it could look bad. Well, ok, maybe if I spill coffee all over myself. On-camera fears!!!!! Anyway, I am soooo excited and can’t wait to show everyone some cute-tastic DIY Mother’s Day gifts.
I love stepping out of the box and giving something fab for a hostess gift. Making something yourself can be super easy and so much more special than the usual generic go to’s! No more drab wine bottles or cheese boards everyone! Bring a homemade kitschy cocktail instead! This DIY hostess gift is perfect for spring and summer parties. Everyone always loves trying new and exotic things, so choose a drink that is off the beaten path like a Mango Lassi! Maybe you have heritage from a country that is known for a fun and interesting cocktail. Make that! Put your fab drink selection in an antique water bottle with a chalk paint label and straws and you have an amazing DIY hostess gift! You can get chalk paint labels at World Market for $3.99! Helpful hint: To make clean white writing with chalk is very hard so opt for a white paint pen! It will give the same affect and is much easier to write with!
Give the drink a cute name such as ” Maria’s Mango Lassi” for your hostess with the mostest! I love attaching paper straws to the bottle with a bow because it makes for a complete look as if you brought a “Drink Kit.” It also adds a kitschy element!
I make a lighter version of the traditional Mango Lassi. I think it is better for the hot spring and summer days.
Mango Lassi Recipe
2 Diced Mangos
1 Cup Plain Yogurt
1 Cup Skim Milk
1/3 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Canned Mango Pulp
Dash of Cardamom
Take all the ingredients and blend together in a blender until it is the consistency of a milkshake! YUMazing! Pour over ice for those hot spring and summer days!
Good morning everyone! Mothers Day is fast approaching and before you know it you’ll be running to CVS for a random something before brunch with the family. Not this year! Instead, lets do something special and make DIY sugar and salt scrubs. It is soooo easy and cheap-tastic to make this gift and it looks and feels super fab! Not to mention, all mothers love a little relaxation and they will greatly appreciate this gem! Legit, all you need to do to DIY sugar and salt scrubs is use two ingredients, a Ball jar and a chalk paint label!
Here is how its done
2 parts cane sugar, 1 part coconut oil
2 parts table salt, 1 part coconut oil
Here are some helpful hints: You can substitute coconut oil for olive oil or baby oil if you prefer! Also, I always use a white paint pen on chalk labels and chalk paint because it gives the same affect and looks a lot neater! It is hard to make a small label look nice using chalk because the chalk piece is so wide. Add a bow to your jar, and voila! Super cute DIY sugar and salt scrubs for Mothers Day!
Spring has sprung and summer will be here before you know it so I wanted to do a floral DIY project for entertaining this season! These toothpick flowers are super easy to make and look like a million bucks without breaking the bank. Yup, these flowers are cheap to make and look great with any appetizers you might be serving up at your garden and pool parties! Here is how you make em!
You Will Need:
A hot glue gun
Pink napkins or cupcake holders
Cut a strip from your pink napkin and glue the end to the top of your toothpick and then twirl the napkin pieces around the toothpick spiraling downward.
Then, cut two diamond shapes out of the pink napkin and glue them to either side of the flower for the large outer “petals.”
Cut the tongs of your green forks to make the “leaves” of the flower and attach them with your hot glue! I suggest cutting them in varying lengths to create more depth to the look of the flower!
Display the toothpick flowers in your appetizers for a fun summer look!
DIY Monogrammed Coasters
Tis the season for entertaining! With spring upon us, there are soooo many reasons to get your DIY on! These DIY monogrammed coasters are a perfect hostess gift and party accessory to have around the house this spring! I love this project because you can make any coaster you desire to match your individual style! I think monogrammed items are just too cute and pink is definitely my color! Now, lets get down to the making of these FABtastic coasters!
This project is super easy! All you need is cork tiles, monogram stickers, mod podg , paint brush, fine styled paper, and an exacto knife! You can get any of these supplies at Target, Paper Source or Michaels!
1) Cut the cork board tiles in 3 inch by 3 inch squares!
2) Cut fine paper in 6 inch by 6 inch squares to make room to fold over and behind the cork tiles!
3) Paint one side of the cork tile with Mod Podge and stick it to the middle of your 6 inch by 6 inch fine paper cut out! Then, wrap the cork tile like a present attaching the paper to the back of the tile with more mod podg. Use the mod Podg like glue! Let both sides set and fully attach to the cork tile.
4) Place a monogrammed sticker in the middle of the coaster and seal it by painting mod podg over the entire coaster! Let it dry over night and Voila! You have DIY monogrammed coasters!
DIY monogrammed Coasters
The Hostess Handbook is so obsessed with this flower arrangement for all your spring and summer BBQ’s. This is also a FABtastic arrangement for a Mother’s Day BBQ or backyard party! It is super cute and super easy to make! We found the french fry holder and wrappers at World Market. You can buy one online that is similar but not exact to the one we bought in the store. The Hostess Handbook suggests you find your way to world market for your next party and get the french fry folder we used. Its super cute and stands out!
Make a French Fry Holder Flower Arrangement for Spring
1- Take a bunch of Bells of Ireland and purple Freesia flowers. About 6 Bells of Ireland and 5 Freesia!
2- Lay out the french fry wrapper so its diamond shaped and place the flowers at the top of one of the points.
3- Wrap the flowers making a cone shape and close with double sided tape!
4- Cut the excess wrapping paper into a point and place the “cone” of flowers in the french fry holder!
This AM I went on Good Day LA to share some Spring DIY tips and we had the bestest time! Sooo much fun and everyone was beyond Fab! I will be going on the show again at the end of April so stay tuned for some more Hostess Handbook on Good Day LA!
Last week, I paired with Pottery Barn Beverly Hills for a Fabtastic “Weddings Night Out!” We had everything you needed to plan your big day in a fun way. I had to really get in the spirit of the night so I dressed in a vintage wedding gown from Simply Vintageous which really helped to set the tone for the night! Fun, funky, fresh! and I was sooo happy that The Palm catered the event and were able to show people their special occasions menus! The Palm always has such great, hearty food!
ShutterBox came with their A-mazing photo booth, Lashfully made all the guests look super glam and Blow Angles did wonderful “Up Do’s” for your “I Do’s!”
I also had Lisa Sobel, from Paper Occasions, come to show people the most amazing invitations and Jodi Meyer, from Labor of Love, to introduce guests to wonderful decor and specialty items for the big day! Of course, no party is complete without a DJ and some Champagne! Don’t worry, we got that covered!
Everyone stop what you’re doing and reserve a spot at Duff’s Cake Mix shop immediately! This is the perfect one stop shop for DIY Diva’s to thrive! Duff’s Cake Mix shop is like Color Me Mine but for cakes and cupcakes. Come in, grad a cake or cupcake and start decorating with tons of items the shop provides. They have a paint chamber where you can spray paint your cake, tons of glam candy and fondant to make whatever your heart desires!
Duff’s Cake Mix menu/ Duffscakemix.com
This past weekend my friend had her birthday party at Duff’s Cake Mix shop and everyone just had the best time! We felt like we were kids again. Of course, I was super intense about it and had to make an amazing cake. But how would I decide on the design? Well, you know my French Bull puppy is a huge obsession of mine so it didn’t take to long before my boyfriend and I decided to make a cake in Olive’s likeness! How cute did it turn out? Seriously, this is such a great venue for a party and you can bring in food and drinks and set up shop! It is also open 7 days a week so you can pop in any time you like!
Spray Painting/ Duffscakemix.com
Duff’s Cake Mix
8302 Melrose Ave
LA, CA 90069
St. Patricks Day is creeping up on us this weekend and if your having people over for dinner or a party you need to have some unique decor and accessories. Really easy and cute DIY accessories are the key and these Saint Patricks Day napkin rings are just the ticket! Wether your having a sit down dinner or want to just throw a bunch of these bundles in a basket for a buffet, these napkin rings add a bit of pizzaz with no hassle! Get some green plastic forks, knives and spoons. So festive! Its all in the detail! Choose a napkin color, I of course love pink! Then, make a shamrock out of pipe cleaners. These are super cheap and the shamrock is very easy to make. The individual leaves are made by making hearts. Yup, each leaf is simply heart shaped! Attach the leaves in the center and allow some of the leftover pipe cleaner to hang down as a stem!