We all need a good cuddle sometimes. Whether you’re single, in a long distance relationship or just feeling a bit lonely, there’s nothing better than a sturdy chest to lay your head on and a loving arm to wrap around your shoulder. These boyfriend pillows are going for $45+ on amazon, and I’ll totally admit to wanting one for the days when my LDR boyfriend seems miles away. This DIY is super simple, totally comfy and makes a great gag gift (or 100% real gift) for friends or family! Here’s what you need:
What You Need:
1) Men’s Shirt – Bluenotes
2) Hot Glue Gun or Aleen’s Fabric Glue (recommend hot glue – faster and more durable)
3) Stuffing or Fake Snow – Fabric Stores, Craft Stores, etc.
Christmas is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. Has my mini Christmas tree been up for two weeks already? Maybe. Did I hang up stockings for my roommate and I in November? Possibly. I get a little over the top when getting into the Christmas spirit and today I’m sharing three DIYs to help get your room just as ready as I am for Christmas! Here’s what you’ll need:
DIY 1: Ornament Tree & Holiday Card Display
1) Ornaments – Dollar Store (I used 21 total)
2) Cork Board – Dollar Store (can be found at target, walmart etc.)
3) Hot Glue Gun
4) Holiday Cards!!!!
DIY 2: Glitter Pinecones
1) Pinecones – Dollar Store (they were originally ornaments, but you can obviously use real ones too!)
2) Metallic Spray Paint – Hardware Store (green or red would be cute too!)
3) Mod Podge or Spray Adhesive – Craft Store/Hardware Stores
4) Glitter – Michaels
5) Clear Sealant Spray – Craft Store (optional)
6) Vase/Holder for Pinecones
DIY 3: Hanging Snowflake Chains
1) Plastic Snowflakes – Dollar Store
2) Fishing Line/White Thread – Craft Store (walmart, target etc.)
I recently moved into a new apartment that graciously allowed full reign over decorating and painting, and let me tell you, after a year in a fully yellow apartment, I was SO ready for freedom to decorate. I spent about 95% of my summer scouring Pinterest for inspiration and ways to decorate on a University student budget; here are the DIYs that made the final cut to the new apartment. Keep your eyes peeled for more home decor DIYs to come, because my living room still needs a few bits and bobs! Here’s a round up of the tutorials and materials involved in each.
1. Vintage Mirror to Chalkboard
What You Need:
1) Mirror – Garage Sale
2) Small Mirror – Value Village
3) Chalkboard Paint – (1 bottle) Michaels
4) Small/Large Paintbrush
5) Chalk – Michaels
2. Ombre Decor Piece/Book Ends
What You Need:
1) Rocks (found on a random hill LOL) – try for dry rocks opposed to rocks near water that might have moss on them
2) Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss in Blue Ocean Breeze
3) Krylon Metallic Gold Spray Paint
3. Flower Wall Chains
What You Need:
1) Fishing Wire – Hardware Store/Craft Store/Walmart
2) Fake Flowers – Dollar Store
3) Tape Measure
It’s no secret (especially if you follow me on instagram), that I’m a huge fan of beanies, especially now that it’s fall and appropriate to wear them with more of an excuse than covering up a bad hair day. It’s become kind of problem though… I think every outfit looks better with a beanie and feel slightly lost without one. I’ve really been into statement beanies lately too, which I first discovered at Brandy Melville. Adorned with sassy phrases in bad ass fonts, I instantly felt the need to buy three of each. That idea got shut down real quick when I glanced at the price tag though, hence the DIY! Happy beanie-ing babes, get creative!
1) Beanies – Target $5 (I’ve seen them at Spring, Walmart, Boathouse, Zumiez, Pacsun!)
2) Iron on Letters – Michaels $5
3) Iron (make sure you’re using the wool setting)
4) Thin cotton fabric (a pillow case, t shirt etc.)
5) Stop Watch
Cyber Monday is probably one of my favourite days of the year next to Christmas, Halloween and Boxing Day. Who doesn’t love killer deals from your favourite stores, and all from the comfort of your own bed! I’ve curated all the best deals from my favourite stores while I was doing some shopping today to make all your lives a little easier! Happy shopping babes! XO
So if you’ve ever been to Brandy Melville, you’ve probably spent at least a few minutes drooling over their super cute wooden signs. And with good reason! They’re typically adorned with sassy phrases, the classic brandy logo or something a bit more personal like University names, and this Christmas season, I’m going to show you how to make one so you can customize it to your liking! These signs make a great present for a friend, family or even for yourself! I spent a total of $13 on this project and got three signs out of it that I’m totally in love with. Here’s what you need:
1. 8 x 12″ Wooden Plank – Home Hardware $6
2. Acrylic Paint – Michaels
3. Wood Stain – Home Hardware $5
4. Masking Tape
6. Letter Templates OR Printer Paper
FONT: Roboto – totally said Robotic in the vid oops! size 275
*Helvetic which is already installed on your computer is a great alternative!
SONG: Grizzly Bear Vs. Lupe Fiasco – Two Weeks of Aerials & Varials
ADDING A WIRE HOOK: I left this part out because of the need for power tools that I figured the majority of viewers wouldn’t have access too! But in the case that you do have a drill and parental guidance to help you with it, you can drill two holes in the top and wrap a wire around each to make a hanging loop to attach to walls and such!
So it’s pretty much common knowledge if you’ve been following my Halloween series that I put a lot of thought into my costumes. Maybe a little too much thought (aka thought process that starts in August). But I know the majority of people are just looking for a quick, cheap and easy costume to DIY within a few hours of their Halloween plans. And guess what! I’ve totally got you! You really can’t beat a total cost of about $10 and 2 hours to make this costume, and I think it’s seriously cute! A long shirt can be really versatile – switch it up into a kiwi, starbucks cup, fav beverage can… the possibilities are endless! But for this tutorial, we’re going to keep it watermelony… with a watermelon tutorial (watermelony is definitely in the dictionary). Enjoy!
What You’ll Need:
1) Pink Dress/Shirt – Ardene’s
2) Tape – Dollar Store (or lime green fabric paint)
3) Black Fabric Paint – Michaels
6) Scrap Cardboard
So basically that title sums up my more than poor blogging habits in the last four months. HOW HAVE I NOT POSTED SINCE JULY? HOW DO THESE THINGS HAPPEN? Anyways, we’ve all concluded that I’ve been really poo at blogging, but I’m actually back now. For real.
And since I’m about a millennium behind, be sure to check out my youtube channel to keep up with all my videos, because I’ve been 110% consistent on my channel! I post videos every Sunday, and sometimes during the week when my schedule allows it. I’m going to try to make little posts about all the DIYs I missed a blog post for, but I figured I would start with my halloween tutorials!
I’m actually in LOVE with halloween because of the opportunity the holiday gives you to be totally creative about your costume. I’m that kid that starts thinking about what they want to be at the end of August. I’m not kidding, I get that stoked about it. So I’ve planned out a little mini series called #laurDIYhalloween ! Here’s a recap of the first three videos.
What You’ll Need:
1) 16-20 Yards of Tulle – Fabric Store
2) Stretchy Material for Bands (Headbands, Nylons Elastic Waistband) – Dollar Store
3) White String for Loofah String – Dollar Store
4) Twist Ties/String for attaching to bands
6) Ruler & Tape
7) Matching Coloured Dress – Stitches ($3 – I like tube dresses best but if you’re more comfortable with a dress with sleeves/straps that would be super cute too!)
2. Unicorn & Tutu Tutorial
What You’ll Need
1) 3 yards of tulle in each colour (I used white, pink, purple, blue and green): fabric store
2) white top: garage
3) stretchy material for a waistband (headbands, nylons, etc.): dollarstore
4) glitter scrapbook paper for the horn: michaels
5) headband: ardenes
7) hot glue gun
8) party horn (optional to help make the horn): dollar store
9) tights (optional): Spirit Halloween Store
3. Ariana Grande
Makeup & Outfit Info
Mac studio fix fluid NC30
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder (medium beige)
Sephora Bronzer in Aruba
Benefit Coralista Blush
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded
Rimmell 071 Palette – Pink
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Half Baked
Maybelline Master Precise Pen Liner
Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Blonde
I’ve been ever so graciously gifted this amazing grecian dress by Shoptiques, originally from a boutique called “Polished” in Connecticut. Here are some summer-ready ideas to style your favourite LWD! I tried to make it as diverse as possible between the 3 looks so hopefully there’s a look for everyone to get inspired by. Enjoy!
WHAT IM WEARING
Dress – Shoptiques (also available in store at Polished in Connecticut)
Lately I’ve been been loving all things involving accessorizing your hair/head (apparently… looking at my consecutive head accessory videos). I think these dainty gold head chains are also a bit more wearable than the flower crown as well (I would be more likely to rock the headchain anyways!). This DIY is pretty much just some simple bracelet making techniques to fabricate a super simple but eye-catching chain head piece! I dare you to wear it!
Chain – Ardenes/beading store
Pliers, Wire Cutters & Scissors – hardware/beading/dollar stores
String – Any craft store/beading store
I’ve been absolutely loving the flower crown trend lately, they’re the perfect summer accessory for a music festival or to finish off a summer boho look. I feel as if flower crowns haven’t quite made their grand debut into stores yet, and while you can find tons on etsy and online stores, I like being able to see accessories like this for size and colour reasons. Here’s how to boho-ify your hair!
glue gun – walmart
fake flowers – dollar store
headband – ardenes (can be found at any drug store/accessory store)
WHAT IM WEARING
dress – brandy melville
vest – sammydress
necklace – urban outfiters
bracelets – brandy melville/mexico flea market
I’ve tried just about everything in the book to get great curls without using any (or minimal) heat. I’ve done the headband, the sock bun, the rope braid, you name it – I’ve done it. The biggest issue I find with each of these methods is that all of them tend to leave some kind of marking on your hair, whether it’s from an elastic, clip or headband. So although this method isn’t the most convenient time-wise (but let’s get real – it’s really not comfortable to sleep with your hair pincurled to your head) I find that it gives the best results with NO MARKINGS!! Here’s how:
*and yes, I know I accidentally put in the same clip twice!
Optional: Apply a curl defining mousse/product.
1. On 90% dry hair, separate your layers (if any), and curl the shortest layer away from your face and fasten the twist above your ear
2. Twist the remaining hair to the end and fasten to your shirt with a toothless clip
3. Repeat on the opposite side of your hair, making sure to twist away from you face.
Hair Clips: Shoppers Drug Mart
Moroccan Oil: Salon (you can find it online/any high end salon)
Garnier Fructis Full Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray (with natural bamboo extract): Shoppers Drug Mart
Teasing Comb: Sallys Beauty Supply
**My hair is professionally ombre-ed and was done in two sittings**
Okay so I know that the summer we’re having isn’t even really summer, it’s basically summer on steroids, but this is a perfect DIY for a cute summer coverup for the beach, pool or summer day outing! I was contacted via tumblr by a girl who requested this really cute tie dyed dress from urban outfitters, and I really only used the dress as inspiration as you’ll see that my dress looks absolutely nothing like the UO one (I got a little dye crazy!). This is also a great DIY to just go wild with your creativity, there’s no rules when it comes to tie dying!!
Tie Dye Kit – Michaels
Spray Bottles – Dollar Store
Oversized Shirt/Dress (size 12) – H&M
White Fitted Underdress – H&M
Sunglasses – Nine West
Belt – Forever 21
Top in Intro/Outro – Garage
1. scrunch/pinch the shirt into small bunches
2. thoroughly cover the scrunched shirt with the first colour
3. unscrunch and rescrunch the shirt
4. cover the shirt with the second colour
5. repeat for desired number of colours!
6. hand wash with cold water until the water runs clear
7. machine wash with dark coloured towels/by itself for the first few washes!
I can’t believe how big of a slacker I’ve been lately on these blog posts!! My excuse is that YouTube is actually pretty demanding in terms of upload frequency and interacting with my subscribers. But it all started here on D&I so I have to make sure I don’t get too far behind! If you lovely readers remember, I spoke about a super exciting project that I had been working on for a while (I think I first mentioned it in one of my Puerto Vallarta vlogs), and I also had a giveaway video where I asked you guys to help pick the 5th case in the LDCase line. Well Lucky Deer Cases is has come to life in the form of 5 different designs! I can’t thank you all enough for letting this happen, because without all of you and your support this would never have been possible. This is for you!
I also just wanted to reinforce that if you have any questions please read the FAQ prior to emailing/getting in contact with me! I answered pretty much every question under the sun that you might have to make it easier for you and me!
The keys to my new apartment are only a few weeks away, so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to start doing some apartment decor DIYs! I did a little series last summer with some other canvas art and such which I’ll link at the end of this post if you missed them or are new to the laurDIY channel (and yes I know I look like a total baby in the old videos), and you guys had a great reaction to it! So to kick off the 2013 apartment decor series I couldn’t think of anything better than to get my DIY on with 2 of my favourite things: glitter and gold! I’ve been dying to have free reign over how I’m allowed to decorate my apartment, and since landlords can be super controlling about what you’re allowed to do (aka my last landlord), I was SO happy to learn that I pretty much had no rules in terms of putting holes in the walls and painting! If you don’t follow me on pinterest, you can check out my “Apartment” board for the inspiration I’ve been using. ANYWAYS, back to the DIY, this week’s decor DIY shows tutorials on two different ways to use glitter and a canvas to make some super cute art on a budget! Enjoy!! <3
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (I would suggest using this!) – Michaels
Mod Podge (gloss finish) – Michaels
Krylon Spray Adhesive – Michaels (I’ve heard hairspray works just as well)
Krylon Sealant Spray – Michaels
16×20″ Canvas – Michales (bought them on sale 2 for $6!!)
Paintbrush – Dollar Store
Tub of Glitter – Michaels
Painter’s Tape/Scotch Tape
Q-Tips Stencil for Deer Head