DIY Jewelry Hooks

DIY Jewelry Hooks | TheSparkleSisters

Real Talk, ladies. Our apartment is kind of teeny and not great on storage space. Our vanity has one sink and not much in terms of counter space. We have managed to squeeze in some decorative seashells onto the counter, but it’s barely wide enough to support a hand towel. So where does all the jewelry go?! We have a cabinet in the bathroom that stores towels (and not much else).

One thing I did learn in college was: 3M Command tape is your friend! Justin bought these hooks on accident, thinking they said 5lb limit, and it was actually .5lb weight limit…So I got to take them! It’s not glamorous, but there’s a lot of benefits to this setup:

1. Accessible

2. They don’t get tangled!

3. Away from sight and doesn’t make clutter

Tip: Just make sure your shelves don’t start immediately inside your door, or else you may have some problems with the door closing!

Happy Organizing!
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How-to: DIY Wedding Flowers

Hi sisters!

I’m a Mrs. now, with lots of stories to share with you from the weekend of the big day! Catherine will probably have some funnier things to upload (a la bachelorette party goodz)

This post is about doing your own flowers. And I mean, literally all the flowers. But hey, they’re easier than they look, especially when you have friends with good eyes for flower arranging and a super helpful stepmom that can assist when you’re about to go crazy.

The original intent was to put them together Friday afternoon (Saturday morning wedding!), after we got our nails done. Well. HA the rehearsal started at 5:30, so there was really just no hope for that. After the rehearsal, we loaded them all up and took them to the hotel where the real arranging began.

I ordered flowers from Sam’s. I’m pretty sure we also got some people’s flowers that we did not order (spider mums), but they worked nicely. We had tons leftover. Baby’s breath multiplies, FYI and it will look like you never used any!

I had three boxes of random containers for centerpieces, with only one layer of vases so that they could be directly transported in the box. It went okay in theory. We had to move osme around based on how huge the arrangements were at the top.

Materials:
Flowers
Shears/Scissors
Floral tape
Ribbon
Straight pins
Good friends
Champagne

The last two are essential!

1. Unpack all of your flowers and get them into containers so they can open up. I picked mine up on Thursday and they were perfect by Saturday.DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

We had flowers ALL over the apartment, y’all.

 

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Also, champagne.

 

2. Determine how many stems you want in your arrangement. I think my girls did 15?  Here’s where you can either get fancy with it or just wrap them up. If you want, you can start with a certain number and wrap a few together before adding on more. For a more rustic look, you can just bunch them up how you want them and tape away!

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Easy enough?

3. For the centerpieces, we just grouped them together in a similar way, snipped off the ends and placed them in the vases. Here’s a box full of vases and flowers:
DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

We also made 20 boutonnieres!

Here’s the only professional shots I’ve got so far of them all:

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Courtesy of Forrest Hughes

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Photography by Justina Louise Photography

 

But we did it and we made it! All by ourselves! HUGE shoutout to all mah ladies and parents who helped me because I was a crazy person.

P.S. I linked this up on Nifty Thrifty Sundays!

Sparkle On,

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Wedding Guestbook Map

YAY, wedding crafts!

We honestly have had to do a lot less crafting than I had been anticipating, but a WHOLE LOT of “diy.” Which, in my opinion, are totally different things.

Guestbooks are one of those things that you look at on Pinterest wedding boards even before you liked weddings, and thought, ‘hmm, that’s a cool idea.’ So obviously, there’s a LOT of pressure to pick something that fits your wedding and your life appropriately. I knew I wanted someone non-traditional (not a little white book with lines), but wasn’t sure if we likes space to write notes, or just names. Those two things alone can limit your options.

For example:
Unique Wedding Guestbooks | TheSparkleSistersAlthough adorable, the thumbprint tree doesn’t allow for much writing besides names, if at all.

There were also things like an old mailbox and vintage postcards. But then, it’s like, what do I do with all the loose postcards? You can’t ever mount them or you’ll lose the backs of them.
Unique Wedding Guestbooks | TheSparkleSisters

 

Then more than that, there’s the cost. I adored instant photographs that are immediately added into a book. But it got a bit pricey, and I was concerned not many people would participate.

We liked the idea of people sharing where they were from, so we considered an individual cut-out of each state represented, but some were so unbalanced…and then what do we do with 10 foamboard states?

So this is what we came up with!

I wish I would have taken more pictures…Sorry!

Materials:
Foamboard of your color choice. We found a granite colored one at Hobby Lobby.
Paint of your choice
Paintbrush
Paint Pen
Sharpie
Projector
Pencil
A good looking guy that can do the hard things for you and reassure you when you break down.

1. Project a map of your choice (we got ours from that handy Google image search thing…) onto the foamboard. For whatever reason, my bonus dad owns a baby projector like this:

It’s not this one, but it is about this size.

So that was easier than we expected. DON’T FORGET TO TRACE THE STATES YOU WANT!

2. After tracing it, we primed it white a few coats before painting yellow, because…yellow.

3. Paint the top coat. We painted probaby 3 or 4, but didn’t use more than one little acrylic paint bottle.

4. Paint the states the other color!

5. Outline the border with paint pen. We had originally bought regular paint, but realized this would work much better. And I already had the paint pen on hand. #sororityproblems. Then add the event at the bottom…this is when i had a meltdown because the pen wasn’t cooperating. It’s fine.
I also DO have a picture of Justin doing this!:
Unique Wedding Guestbook | TheSparkleSisters

6. I used a red Sharpie for the hearts and lines. I just free handed them to complete it!
Unique Wedding Guestbook | TheSparkleSisters

So now everyone can sign essentially wherever they want, and we will have a nice art piece for our baby apartment, and all that for under $10!

 

Have you ever made a cheaper alternative that turned out better than you could have hoped?

Sparkle On,
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Glitter Graduate

Sisters, nothing says going out like a BANG! like glitter on your grad cap, am I right?

My sorority has a tradition where everyone makes matching caps, and for the past 4 years, they’ve included glitter. But let’s talk about the whole loose glitter situation:

 

Glitter Graduation Caps | TheSparkleSisters

Thanks, Demitri Martin.

My pledge class is known to be a little bit more…concerned with messy things. So we did glitter paper instead! (Still kinda messy….fair warning.)

Materials:
Mortarboard (Because you’re worth it!)
Glitter Paper
Ruler
Pen/Pencil
Hot glue gun

So…drawing triangles is hard, you guys. If one’s a leeeetle off, it looks bad. So, we had to assign someone to make a template. We decided on and outside color (silver and gold) with all the insides as blue. But some people wanted the outer color to also show on the inside of the delta. Which meant different dimensions on the triangle…It’s a lot to think about!

I finished first and didn’t want my insides cut out, so here’s what mine looked like!
Glitter Grad Cap | TheSparkleSisters

It’s alternating silver-gold-silver on the backgrounds!

Some people took creative liberties, so here is our whole pledge class on the big day!

Glitter Grad Cap | TheSparkleSisters

 

This was the ultimate, final sorority craft. It had it all: sparkle, stress and love.

Sparkle on into the real world…!

Glitter Grad Cap | TheSparkleSisters

Chalkboard Picture Frames

We are currently in the throes of wedding planning. Catherine is my MOH, so she is always ever so helpful. My groom-to-be is also super helpful as well. He really did most of this craft, so props to him!

With plans to use chalkboards as a lowlight to our wedding, we wanted to make a few to be used for drink menus and other various instructions that command fun! Luckily for me, my house already had everything we needed but frames (we probably have those too, but who the heck knows where to find them.)

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Materials:

Chalkboard Paint
Paintbrush
Something to paint (cardboard, showerboard, etc)
Frames (I got mine at Goodwill)
Coarse sandpaper
Paint

1. First you sand off the finishes of the frames. We also primed them with white. I recommend this highly, especially with darker wood and if you plan on using light colored paint.
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2. Paint your frames the desired colors. Let dry. I have 3 different greens and two different yellows.

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3. Paint whatever you are placing in the frames to write on in chalkboard paint. J applied two or 3 coats for solidarity. And our backing of choice was thin cardboard. We taped it to the workspace so they wouldn’t curl when they got wet.
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4. Place chalkboards into frames and enjoy!
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Enjoy having fun with your new little toys! We also bought a chalk pen that I am anxious to try out!

Love,
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Love and Beer

Good morning, Sisters!

I’m so sorry that I have been MIA. School has absolutely taken over my life! Buuut I wanted to share the craft I made for my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day… Personalized beers!

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Aren’t they just so precious?! And the nice thing is that you can take this same concept and apply it to any beverage at any time of the year! Let’s get started.

I began by gathering materials…

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  • Beer (I bought the Shiner “Family Reunion” 6-pack because A loves Shiner)
  • Construction paper and cardstock- I bought some 6×6″ Valentine’s sheets of cardstock from Target and then some pink and red construction paper I had on hand.
  • Glue- always my trusty glue gun.
  • Glitter (naturally!) and other decorations- I bought a big bag of foam hearts from Target.
  • Labels for the beer. I made mine up based on the type of beer (each one was different)

Okay so. I started by cutting the cardstock in half and gluing it together to make a 3×6″ label. Then I cut each square label out and glued them together.

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Once that was done, I decorated the labels and the box!

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I wasn’t planning to glue the labels to the bottles, but the stickers made it difficult to pull the bottles out with the label remaining on the bottle. So the labels and the bottles are all one piece now.

Super easy, super fun! The top picture is the final product. A loved them (he does not love Valentine’s Day), and I love that I have a craft that I can adapt for any holiday I need.

What did you make your man for V-Day?

Love,

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Burlap Canvas Photo Craft: Age Progression

Hi friends!

Not only is this post overdue, but…so is the gift. Sarah was my first friend when I came to college, I met her the very first night I moved in. We ended up pledging the same sorority, and even though we weren’t supposed to talk about it, we found out we both wanted it super badly! That night we made our second Delta ever, on the lawn of our new home!

Since then, we have taken a photo exactly like that one every year during recruitment. I knew I wanted to commemorate this somehow, and thought her birthday, right after Recruitment in September, would be a great time. Now it’s past Christmas. And it’s finally finished. My mom had lots of handy, cute trinkets at home that I was able to use.

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Materials:

Burlap canvas (I bought mine at Michaels!)
Tulle roll
Ruler
Chalkboard painted cardboard (Mine was leftover from THIS craft!)
Scissors
Hot glue
Mini clothespins
Chalk pen
Chalk

1. Space out where you want the clips with chalk – This can be washed off with a wet cloth when you are finished!
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2. Cut tulle into strips, twist together and attach to the sides!
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3. Glue on clothespins in the places you want! I arranged for 4 pictures of the same size. Then I used the chalkboard pen and cardboard to spell out our names. I eyeballed the sizes here.
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4. Attach the pictures! As an additional touch, I also included the year in each photo.
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Easy and adorable! You can personalize this all sorts of ways, with different clips, colors of tulle, and more! I haven’t even given this to her yet, so…I hope she doesn’t read this blog/acts surprised.

Do you have a long-time friend to celebrate?

Mucho love,

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