ONE MATERIAL, TWO DIYS | Canvas

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I am super excited about a new series here on I SPY DIY. Cotton has challenged me to pick a material and create two different DIY projects. First up: Cotton Canvas. The possibilities are endless with this super versatile material. I regularly buy pre-stretched canvases to DIY artwork for my walls. This time, I wanted to take a step back, start with the raw materials, and stretch the canvas myself. The second project using canvas is new Fall placemats for my dinner table. The cotton canvas is perfect for this project because it will not unravel after cutting, and it’s durable and washable for reuse. I based the design off my new plates and my slight obsession for yellow, but feel free to match to the decor in your own home. At only $4.00/yd, you will have enough canvas to make placemats for every season! Steps and supplies after the break… (more…)

NAIL ART I Half Matte Chevron

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Every time I go to get a mani, I stick with white because I like a blank canvas for nail art, but after seeing this pin, I was dying to try my own version! I opted for a clear coat gel manicure for the negative space, and then started playing around with my favorite nail art tool, electricians tape. To create a chevron pattern, I painted with black matte nail polish, but added a top coat to the bottom triangle to give it some shine. For a little added interest, I inverted the ring finger, and added some white!

Check out these DIY Jewelry Trays here. Rings by Hannah Naomi. DIY Name Bracelet here.

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HOLIDAY DIY | Pumpkin Decorating

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I forgot how fun it is to go an pick out pumpkins to decorate, and apparently things have changed a bit because there are so many more options! Back in the day, I remember orange being your only option. Now we have Casper Pumpkins, Baby Boo pumpkins…so many fun choices! I bought a bunch and brought them back to the studio for a little decorating party. Using a some upholstering tacks and mirror spray paint, we gave a few a studded makeover. Next up, neon spray paint created colorful ombre pumpkins. I must say the bright colors are a happy distraction from the chilly temps, making me very happy! Have a great weekend!

DIY KIT | Suger Skull Napkins

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We are getting into the Fall holiday spirit around here! Ever since my trip to Mexico I have a slight obsession with the culture, and  instead of celebrating Halloween with the traditional black and orange (my least favorite color), I am celebrating with the colorful sugar skulls used to honor the deceased during Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).  Using a stencil and these super rad stained fabric markers (beyond impressed with how well they work, no bleeding and they don’t fade in the wash) I create a few festive napkins! Also stay tuned for some colorful pumpkin decorating ideas. Now just to figure out my costume…what are you going as?!?

BONUS: You can get all the supplies, including the Stencil1 Sugar Skull Stencil, Sharpie Stained Markers, pack of napkins, washi tape and embroidery floss for $10 in a DIY KIT right HERE! (more…)

DIY INSPIRATION | Marquee Letters

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Creating a marquee sign may be the DIY that has been on my to-do for the longest, and I am finally going to check it off! I love the look of one oversized letter on a wall, or a bunch set on a shelf. As cool as the metal ones are, they can be quite pricey. Good news is, I have seen some really rad ones made out of much less expensive materials. The plan is to come up with something that looks like metal, without breaking the bank. And I Spy DIY Studio will finally get the crafty light-up letters it deserves!  Stay tuned for my DIY!

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My Monday Must-haves

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Must-have Flower:  I am currently obsessed with Billy Balls (or Craspedia). The yellow is oh-so-sunny and they are perfect alone in a vase or an accent in a bouquet.

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Must-have Book: If you love washi tape as much as I do, you will heart the book, Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun!.  There are a ton of crazy creative ways to use the colorful tape!

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Must-have Colors:  Mixing Pink and Red was once a huge fashion faux pas, now it is one of my favorite color combinations. I created a little DIY art piece by photographing pink squares of paper on a red background.

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Must-have Supplies: I picked up this pack of ribbons in the dollar aisle at Target because I could not resist the black and white patterns. Make sure to buy more then one, because each roll has a pretty skimpy amount of ribbon!  

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Must-have Drink: If your are ever in my homestate of Wisconsin, and visit Milwaukee, you need to stop in at Collectivo Coffee. Their cafes around the city are beautiful designed, the coffee is delicious, and how can you resist these cups!

PHOTOS BY | Jenni Radosevich 

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MY DIY | Triangle Pattern Mirror

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Ok ok, I will admit, my triangle obsession is a little out of control. I promise I will switch it up and add a new pattern to my repertoire. But first…A couple weeks ago, I popped into my local thrift store and spotted this mirror for $15, it was a little chipped and beaten up, but had potential. After a coat of black paint, I added just a few triangles, and it had a whole new look! This is why I can never pass up a thrift store steal. Step and supplies after the break…  (more…)

MY DIY | Triangle Wire Bracelet

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Last week I posted my new DIY wire bracelet on Instagam, and had some readers request a tutorial…ask and you shall receive! I made a similar heart wire bracelet a while back and wore it everyday until one day it sadly disappeared. I was brainstorming a triangle version for while, and after a few tries, the idea in my head took shape. Warning: this one takes some practice! Steps and supplies after the break…

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INSPIRATION | Fashion Week

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Fashion Week around the world is over, and I’ve been flipping through my favorite street style photographer’s photos, seeking out inspiration for some Fall Fashion DIY projects. I was stoked to see some of my past projects still on trend and worn in new ways, and scouted some inspiration for new DIYs. Below is the breakdown of some things that caught my eye:

Jeweled Sweater – I made this this one in past, but it might just be time for a new one this Fall!
Distressed Jeans- Shredded and ripped jeans are still on trend, use this tutorial to get the look.
Embellished Belt – Statement belts are everywhere! I love the idea of adding gold triangle hardware.
Sequin Distressed  Denim Jacket – Amp up your super distressed denim jacket with sequins.
Patched Purse – People are patch crazy! I love the idea of adding them to clutch.
Tassel Skirt- Take this tutorial and add tassels to any skirt
Studded Statement Heels – Remember my DIY rockstud sandals, now amp up the color.
Fringed Outfit – Fringe was an unmissable trend, time to add to an outfit!

What  should I make next?!?

INSPIRATION PHOTO BY | Tommy Ton 

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