Saturday, April 18, 2015

DIY tumblr Inspired Spring Decor!

I love changing up my room for the different seasons, and since spring is probably my favorite (I feel like I say that about all seasons once they come around...), I was super excited to do some DIY projects to spruce up my dorm room for spring!

 All of these projects were so fun to make, and pretty easy and inexpensive! I had a lot of the items lying around the house and you probably will too!

Distressed Mason Jars
 What You Will Need:
-Mason Jars
-Acrylic Craft Paint
-Paint Brush
-Rubbing Alcohol
-Cotton Rounds
-Sand Paper (not pictured)

1. Start off by cleaning the Mason Jars with Rubbing alcohol to make sure all of the oils are off of the glass and the paint will stick.
2. Begin painting the Mason Jars with a thin first coat. Let the first coat dry completely before you put on a second!!
3. Paint on a second coat once the first is completely dry.
4. If using a lighter color, paint on a third coat once the second coat is completely dry. I had to do this with the pink since it was so pale.
5. Let all of the coats dry over night. This is very important!
6. Once they have all dried completely over night, you can start to sand them to create a distressed look. I had a 120 grit sandpaper, which I found to work great! Just go around and sand wherever you want the paint to look old and distressed, and make sure to especially sand the words so they stand out.
 The finished products!

I used them as vases when my friend got me flowers!
This project isn't difficult, you just have to make sure to wipe the jars down with rubbing alcohol or else the paint won't stick well, and you have to let the coats dry really well! 

Sea Glass Jars
 What You Will Need:
-Cheap plastic cup
-Milk bottles (I got mine from Michael's)
-Elmer's glue
-Dawn Dish Soap (any dish soap will work just fine)
-Blue and green food coloring
-Paint brush

1. Add 2 tablespoons of Elmer's glue to the cup, and 1 tablespoon of water (it's a 2:1 ratio if you want to change up the amount). Mix until water is incorporated.
2. Add 3 drops of blue food coloring and 1 drop of green, as well as 1 drop of Dawn dish soap. Mix until the "paint" is a nice sea-foam green color.
3. Begin painting one, thin layer onto each milk bottle.
4. Once each milk bottle has a thin layer, you are done! Just let them dry overnight and they will look like the picture below! Don't worry if they look streaky while drying, they will dry to be a nice opaque color! I was skeptical while I was watching mine dry but they turned out just fine.

The finished bottles! I put some fake peonies in them because I thought it looked so adorable.
This project seems like it would be difficult, but it was actually really easy! I love how they turned out, and I'm so excited to change up the flowers in them!

Mini Flower Wreath
 What You Will Need:
-Small grapevine wreath
-Little fake flowers on a "vine"

1. This project is really simple and self-explanatory; just take the "vines" of flowers and weave them through the wreath! Keep doing this until you are satisfied with how the wreath looks, at which point you are done.
I think it turned out so cute, and it's the perfect way to add some color to your room!

Alright, well those are all of the projects! I basically went on a DIY frenzy over spring break which was so much fun. I think I'm going to do a lot over the summer when I have more time! So expect a lot more hehe. You can also check out the video I did on all of these projects to see a more in-depth explanation for each one!


Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

4 comments:

  1. Love the sea glass jars!! Definitely going to try making some of them!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  2. These look so great! I am definitely going to try and make some!

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  3. Love the mason jars, they look so vintage-y!

    http://alittlebitofghosiya.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. They all look beautiful!Especially in love with the sea glass jars ♥

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

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