Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY Corkboard Jewelry Hanger

As part of my room makeover, I really wanted to utilize the empty space on my closet doors. I thought that DIY-ing a simple corkboard jewelry hanger would be the perfect to solution to add a piece of "art" in my room while also making it extremely functional and convenient. After scouring the internet for simple design ideas, I settled on this dandelion image in silver and white because it is simple, achievable, and impactful. Also, the necklaces and bracelets are the main focus, so I didn't want a busy background detracting from them.

What You Need

wood-framed corkboard     acrylic paints     clear push pins     command strips     paint brushes
 (I got everything from Michael's)

What You Do

Because I didn't want to cover it in fabric or paper, I had to paint several coats of white paint to cover the corkboard entirely, and even then it still wasn't completely white because the cork is so porous and absorbent. 
Then, I followed this tutorial to achieve the dandelion image: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/tutorial-for-painting-dandelion-wall/

I decided to add the pushpins on the ends of the dandelion buds for the attempted "floating away" effect. Decorative handles work as well, but I didn't want to go through the effort of buying them. 
Overall, I am extremely proud of the result, especially because it was affordable and easy to do!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Nails!

I have recently been obsessed with nail art, and I will be posting more designs for inspiration in the future, but I wanted to first start with two of my favorite floral summer nail designs. 

Tropical Floral Nails

  1. Base coat and 2 layers of white polish
  2. Large neon purple flowers on each nail (or whatever color you want)
  3. Small yellow flowers on each nail
  4. Neon pink centers on the purple flowers
  5. Orange centers on the yellow flowers
  6. Yellow lines/dots/whatever you want on top of the neon pink using a toothpick
  7. Mint green leaves 
  8. Dark green leaves on top of the mint using a toothpick
  9. Wait for the design to dry, then two layers of top coat
Inspired by: http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2012/05/china-glaze-summer-neons-nail-art.html

Daisy Nails

  1. Base coat and 2-3 layers of mint green polish (light blue looks nice as well)
  2. Using a striper, or I just wiped off the brush of a white polish and trimmed the brush to my desired width, paint 3-4 daisies on each nail
  3. Dot the centers of the flowers with yellow polish
  4. Wait for the design to completely dry and add a layer of top coat

Do you love floral nail art as much as I do?