DIY Bathroom Canisters

AKA – Chic decor on a budget

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Hey friends! How is everybody? I hope you are all having a great summer! I can’t believe how fast it is going by. Fall will be here before we know it! I know, sad face. But I do have something to cheer you up —  a cute, quick and inexpensive DIY.

This is what I like to call chic decor on a budget. No on has to know that this was made with stuff from the dollar store! The best part is, you can’t even tell! So without further ado, I present to you…

DIY Bathroom Canisters

Materials

  • Glass container with lid
  • Any kind of decorative piece (I chose decorative curtain clips from the dollar store)
  • E6000 (aka miracle glue)
  • Spray paint in a color of your choosing2016-07-21_17.48.43_wm

So I decided to make two canisters, because I needed a spot to store my Q-tips and cotton pads. On a little side note, speaking of Q-tips. I made the mistake of buying no name Q-tips… I will never do that again! It was like shoving a hard stick in my ear. They certainly don’t spare any expense when they are putting the cotton at the end of those things… not.

Anyways, enough about that, let’s get back to the project. I found these cool curtain clips at the dollar store and picked them up. I knew I would find a use for them eventually. Feel free to get really creative with this part and see what you can come up with to use. You could use fancy drawer pulls, knobs or even small plastic kid toys. The possibilities are endless. 2016-07-21_17.50.56_wm

Because they were from the dollar store and so cheap, the curtain clip portions broke right off when I pulled them…perfect!2016-07-21_17.51.55_wm

I took a bit of E6000 and applied it to the flat bottom of my “new” flower embellishments that were no longer curtain clips.2016-07-21_17.53.29_wm

Next, I applied some E6000 to the top of my canister lids. 2016-07-21_17.54.23_wm

Wait two minutes before sticking the flower or embellishment to the lid. 2016-07-21_17.55.25_wm

E6000 gives you the strongest hold if you wait 12 hours for the glue to fully set. So I waited. Plus I was tired, so I just went to bed.

The next day I was ready to continue and so were my lids. This is the spray paint that I used.

The first one is just a flat white and the second is called Ocean Mist.

I spray painted the lids. The trick is always nice light and even coats. It is better to do multiple thin coats than one thick heavy coat with runs and drips. Patience is key to perfect spray painting.

Once the lids were dry, I put them back on the canisters. That’s it! 2016-07-21_17.46.06_wm

Pretty simple, right?

Here is a close up of the lids.

I love my new bathroom canisters and I am already brainstorming to see what other canisters I can make! 2016-07-20_18.35.29_wm

Let me know if you have any ideas! I would love to hear them!

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Watercolor Art Using Coffee Filters

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Hello my fellow DIYn beauties! I have quite the treat for you today! I am going to show you how to make a beautiful piece of art for your home using a coffee filter! This DIY is fun, easy and inexpensive to do, and when you are done you will have a beautiful piece of watercolor art that you will be dying to hang up ASAP!

I went down to my craft room and saw the pile of coffee filters that I had bought months ago. I was touring the dollar store and picked them up because I had seen a lot of cool DIY ideas on Pinterest involving coffee filters. I hadn’t even opened the package yet and thought tonight was a good as night as ever to do something. I have wanted to do a water color piece for a long time now, and I thought what better way to do a water color than with a coffee filter? So here we go!

Materials

  • Canvas
  • Coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paintbrush

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Depending on where you are working, you may want to protect your work surface with some paper. Whenever I go to the dollar store and buy something breakable, I save that brown paper they wrap it in (hoader, I know). Anywho… Flatten out your coffee filter like so…
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Now, start coloring! Really get creative with this part. Use whatever and however many colors you like. Draw any type of pattern you like, too! Have fun!

 

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Next, lay your colored coffee filter on your canvas13844157_10154393096999851_276121346_o

Pour some rubbing alcohol in a dish and then start to paint the rubbing alcohol over your coffee filter

You want to saturate the coffee filter enough so that they ink from the marker runs through to the canvas. The markers that I used were Spectrum Noir. They are alcohol based markers and they are my favorite! I got them from a craft store that was going out of business so I got them at a steal, too!

I used my scraping tool that I use when I am applying vinyl, to smooth over the coffee filter. This also helps the colors to bleed into the canvas nicely.

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I applied the coffee filter in other spots on the canvas and repeated the brushing of the rubbing alcohol. When I removed the coffee filter, this is what I had.13838110_10154393096924851_2098979832_o

The colors weren’t as bright as I hoped, so I made another coffee filter and repeated the steps.13833114_10154393095129851_1680388064_o13838226_10154393096759851_104197971_o

Much better.13833514_10154393095054851_734572956_o

I put this quote on by cutting out vinyl with my Cricut. If you don’t have a Cricut, you could buy vinyl letters from a craft or dollar store. You could also use a stencil and paint, or free hand paint something. This is the beauty of DIY — there are no rules. So get creative!

My daughter even got in on the fun! She loved doing this, and even more so I loved crafting with her! I think we have a little DIYer on our hands!! 13835847_10154393096684851_45165360_o13835858_10154393096109851_340922000_o13844181_10154393095039851_298752628_otbh, I like hers better than my own! 😀

You could even not doing anything after the water coloring and just hang the canvas as is.

This one is my daughter’s… I love it! 13833545_10154393095149851_162362428_o

I love our new masterpieces!

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You can see my DIY fancy liquor decanters in this photo, too! They are super easy to make as well. You can find the tutorial here.

Let me know what you think about this DIY, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Trash To Treasure

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Good evening fellow DIYers! I was over at my in-laws this past weekend, and my mother-in-law asked my husband to help her return all their empties. My husband being the great son that he is, was only too happy to help out his mom. I got a good one ladies! 🙂

As they were packing up the Jeep, I wandered over to take a gander at what they were packing up. My father-in-law is quite the collector of fine liqueurs, and fine liqueurs tend to come in some pretty cool looking bottles. I swiped some bottles out of the box they were packing up. Don’t worry I gave my mother-in-law the 50 cents she would have got for returning them… wink, wink.

Anyways, there is a DIY that I have been wanting to do for a while now, and these bottles were perfect.

Keep reading to see how I turned old liquor bottles into chic liquor decanters.

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  • Old liquor bottles
  • Wine corks
  • Fancy drawer pulls
  • Paint (color of your choosing)
  • E6000 glue (not pictured here)

** Just a little side note – I bought two clear glass drawer pulls from Home Depot. They were a little pricey. They were $5.88 each! But they were well worth it. The other three tops I had were crystal picks from the store that my mother and I own. We got these from a wholesale supplier. If you do this DIY, try and get really creative and see what you come up with for the decanter topper.

So this was probably the most annoying part of the whole project — trying to get the labels off. Sooooo annoying. They really stick those things on there. I soaked the bottles in super hot water with Blue Dawn dish soap. I let them soak for quite a while. I was busy doing other projects, so I am not sure exactly how long, but for at least an hour the bottles were soaking. By the time I got back to them, I was able to scrub off the labels with a scrub brush.

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I set the bottles out to dry and then started working on the corks. I got these corks from Dollarama. The corks were too wide to fit in the mouth of the bottles.

I cut the corks down the side, starting at about a quarter of the way from the top. I used just a regular army knife. You could use an Exacto knife, too.

 

I used my favorite glue in the whole wide world, E6000, to glue the drawer pulls to the tops of the corks.

 

Time for the fun part — spray paint! I love this stuff!
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The key to a good spray paint job is to first read the can to see how far to hold the can away, and spray nice light and even coats.
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I roughed up the edges on some of the bottles with a little bit of 80 grit sandpaper.

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And viola! 13694054_10154387170584851_577661202_o

I haven’t fully decided, but I may use my Cricut to cut something to put on the fronts of the bottles. I will think on that, though.

Let me know what you think, and if you have done this before please feel free to share your pics with me!

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Fashion Friday – Tank Upgrade

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Hello fellow fashion lovers! It’s Fashion Friday, and I have quick and easy tank upgrade to share with you! I had so much fun doing my t-shirt makeover, I thought that it was time for another fashion DIY!

I was going through my closet the other morning, frantically looking for something to wear (I was running a tad late) and I came across one of my favorite tops. It is just a plain blank tank, but I LOVE the material. It is nice and flowy, not too heavy and it hangs just right. This tank is my go-to when I want something comfortable, but still a little dressy. I threw it on and headed out the door. When I got to work, I went to the bathroom and it wasn’t until I looked in the mirror that I noticed my favorite tank had a small problem. 13699579_10154374843174851_892655969_o

The eyelet hole at the front of the tank was all ripped and frayed. Ohhh man! Not my favorite top! It’s not that it was expensive or anything. It was from Wal-Mart, and I think it cost me a whole whoppin’ nine bucks, but I just love it so.

Something inside me was telling me not to throw it out, though. And that something was right! Today I was in Michael’s and I stumbled across these beauties…13730667_10154374843144851_1241296465_o

(BTW… my husband took one look at these and then stated he was going to the grocery store to get Neapolitan ice cream… I can totally see why)

I have passed by these several times in Michael’s, and wondered what I could use them for. I love stuff like this, but couldn’t justify the price tag. Today, I had a 50% off coupon and knew just what I could do with these beauties. So I scooped them up (they rang up at about $4 after I used my coupon), raced home and got my favorite tank!

This project took me a whole 10 minutes to complete and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

So easy! All I needed was my tank, the flowers, and a needle and thread. 13699464_10154374843159851_1116247500_o

Oh, and my Timmies!13709445_10154374843209851_2103045107_o

Steeped Tea, 2 milk, 1 sugar. This is how we DIY in Canada. 🙂

First thing I did was make sure I liked the look of the flowers on the tank. I removed them from the packaging and placed them where I wanted them to be.13728335_10154374843214851_2132964852_o

I started by hand sewing the middle flower on first. I suppose you could try and use fabric glue if you don’t like to sew. 13694296_10154374843239851_268607486_o

This tank was great for this project. Because of the eyelet in the middle of the tank, I didn’t need to find the middle. I just sewed the flower right over top. I then sewed on the other two flowers on either side of the white flower.13718092_10154374843074851_1416661688_o

Ta-da!13709693_10154374843119851_857265364_o

Ignore my giant nose 😉

So what do you think?13728484_10154374843149851_1803792529_o (1)13709532_10154374843154851_2129645114_o

Not only did I manage to save my favorite tank, I made it ten times better!

Let me know what you think about this DIY!

If you liked this one, check out my t-shirt makeover, too!

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Summer time is here!

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Hey guys! Happy July!! Summer is finally here! This week I took some much needed holidays and have been spending some time with the fam. It is only the first week of July, but oh boy! It has been a busy one!

For starters, someone turned 30 on June 30th! This guy right here…20160702_130852.jpg

Yup! My hubby celebrated his 30th birthday last week, and I was determined to make it a good one!

I surprised him with a 3 hour dinner and dancing boat tour around the Toronto Harbor. This is something that we had never done before. Having two young ones we don’t get to get out and enjoy ourselves very often. Plus, my hubby works six days a week, so it was nice to get out and have some adult time! My sisters and their husbands tagged along too and a good time was had by all. I will let the pics speak for themselves. 🙂

The view was also amazing!

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If you have kids, I highly suggest doing something this summer for just adults. It is so nice to enjoy yourself without having to worry about your wee ones!

After our little sea escapades were over, it was time for a little family vacay… Just the four of us! Time for some camping! We decided to head out to the campground that is about a 5 minute drive from our home. We didn’t want to go too far since we were camping for the first time with a two year old.

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What a little turkey.

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Our seven year old, Ava, has been begging to go camping for awhile now, so we thought it was time!

We camped at the Fanshawe Conservation Area, on the Thames River. 13632882_10154348170064851_170015690_o

 

Our campsite was directly by the splash pad. I had to drag our son out of that thing! The water was sooo cold, but he just didn’t care. Shivers and all, he didn’t want to stop playing!

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We also ventured out to the Fanshawe Pioneer Village, which is in the park. We learned all about what it was like to live in the 1800s – early 1900s. Both me and my daughter love learning about History.

Daddy and Ava got into a bit of trouble!

And, we also got super close to a groundhog… these little critters were everywhere! This little guy let us get soooo close!

 

We still have one more trip left on our holidays! Tomorrow we are off to the water park and Chuck E Cheese! (Ava has always wanted to go to Chuck E Cheese). I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

What are you doing this summer! Let me know! Share your vacation stories with me!

My holidays are almost over and then next week it is back to DIYn’! 🙂

Happy Summer everyone!!

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