DIY Lilly Pulitzer Jewelry Box

Friends! I have missed you so. First, I’m truly sorry for the delay in putting up this post; senior year has turned out to be far more hectic than I anticipated. Here are a few highlights from this past month: I almost got hustled by a monk in the city, someone pulled a tree out of the garden in my apartment complex at the first big party of the semester (yes, a tree; our landlord was THRILLED) and of course attempting, somewhat unsuccesfully, to avoid senioritis. It’s been a fun month, but I’ve missed writing for you guys dearly so I’m herby promising not to let that much time lapse between posts again! P.S. to keep up with my ridiculous life on a more daily basis be sure to follow me on Instagram @loansandlouboutins. Now, all this fun has led to this chick bringing broke betch to a whole new level (pasta all night errynight). This was particularly problematic when I was decorating my apartment so I decided to get a little crafty with my jewelry storage. Check out how I took a junky storage container and an old Lilly Pulitzer planner to create an adorable jewelry box!

Step One

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So I found this little storage container while cleaning out my room over the summer. I’m not sure when I decided to decorate this box with butterfly and shamrock stickers but lets just say it’s not so cute for a 20-year-old. I figured I would just toss it, been then I realized I needed something to keep my jewelry in at school and that’s when this idea struck me. My Lilly Pulitzer planner from last year had so many cute pages that I wanted to use for a project, and this was the perfect opportunity!

Step Two

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If you guys have read any of my previous craft posts you know I generally go into these projects thinking they’ll be super easy and end up wanting to pull my hair out 2 hours later. This project was much different ,however, the ease of it still didn’t stop me from a glass or two of wine; a crafting essential in my book. All that I really needed to do was pick which patterns from the planner I wanted to use and cut them to the measurements of the box.

Step Three:

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At this point all I had to do was tape the patterns to the box and voila! I had my very own Lilly Pulitzer jewelry box! I decided to line the drawers of the box with the patterns as well for a fun little punch of color when I pull something out to wear. The best part of this project was that it didn’t cost a thing and it had relatively no cleanup required. The lazy girl in me was pleased with how an hour of work turned this junky storage container into a designer jewelry box!

Have you guys ever done any repurposing projects? Have you used your Lilly Pulitzer planners to create anything interesting? Let me know what you think of this project!  You guys know it makes my day to hear from you 🙂

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That’s Corky

Have you ever watched that show ‘Hoarders’ and thought “Holy God almighty, why on earth would someone keep a 20-year-old pickle jar?!?” Well, a couple of days ago when I decided to clear out some of the clutter in my room, I found myself having a hard time parting with things like a day planner from middle school and a bracelet I made in jewelry class in 10th grade that was so ugly, it’s amazing I didn’t receive an F in the class. Suddenly it dawned on me: I’m as bad as the 20-year-old pickle jar guy. Suddenly, I saw myself as one of those people who has to make little passageways through their home to just to get through all of the piles of junk. This prompted me to make a complete overhaul of all of the useless things that have taken up residence in my room for far too long. While tossing out about 60 birthday cards from my sweet 16, (yes, I clearly have a problem) I noticed that a cork board in my room was filled with a collage of pictures and magazine scraps that hadn’t been updated in a solid 8 years. I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to get ride of the bag of bags that has been growing for years (don’t act like you don’t have one!) and put them to good use. Check out how I updated the cork board in a fun, and sophisticated way.

Step 1:

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So, on the left is was I started with: a cluttered mess of pictures and momentos. To answer a few questions, yes I still love Taylor Swift, yes I still enjoy taking photo booth pictures, and yes Rachie is one of many nicknames I’ve acquired throughout the years (I’ve learned to respond to pretty much anything from Rach to Raquel). I put most of these things in a keepsake box that I started during my cleaning rampage and was left with a nice clean canvas.

Step 2:

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Next, I took whatever shopping bags I had and I cut them so that just the front of the bag was remaining. I learned two things during this process: (1) I seriously need to invest in a pair of left handed scissors #leftyprobs (2) crafts that you think will take an hour, inevitably take triple the amount of time.

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Next, I had to arrange the bags on the corkboard. I must have tried 30 different arrangements and every single time there was always a little sliver of cork peeking through. This led to a series of expletives which I will not repeat; I am a lady after all (lolz). Ultimately, with a little maneuvering and a lot of wine, I was able to find an arrangement that looked pretty decent! I taped everything down and hoped that nothing would budge.

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Finally, I rehung my new and improved cork board with an homage to some of my favorite stores. Note to readers: maybe consider not hanging things after a couple of glasses of wine. Ya know, just a thought. It’s not like I nearly dropped this giant cork board on my head or anything. Never happened.

Overall this was a pretty fun project and I would definitely recommend it! What do you guys think? Would you try this project? Any thoughts on how it could be made even better? Lemme know peeps. Nothing makes me happier than to hear from you!

Getting Crafty

There are few things I enjoy more than wasting my time scouring Pinterest for recipes, workouts, and crafts that I most likely will never do. Since I was happy to find any distraction to keep me from unpacking from school, I decided to try a craft that looked relatively simple. Welp, I was wrong. This craft was not as simple as it looked, but, it still came out relatively cute. Check out my step by step instructions below!

The Inspiration: 

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I found this picture on Pinterest and thought “Eh, how hard can that be. All I need is some styrofoam and some flowers. Easy peasy!” Wrong. Wrong. So wrong.

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First, I went to A.C. Moore to gather some of the supplies I needed. I bought two pieces of styrofoam (mostly because I was certain I would mess up on the first and need another one) as well as a bunch of fake flowers. The flowers were 50% off and I had a 50% off coupon for one item, so all together this project cost about $25. I laid a garbage bag underneath the styrofoam to avoid as much mess as possible (it still got pretty messy) and started working.

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I started by searching my house high and low for a ruler. I had just about resigned myself to using the side of a notebook when I found this ruler hidden underneath a pile of papers in my room. Hallelujah! I used the ruler as a straight-edge to make the lines look as nice as possible. Note: Any letter that has a curved edge will be far more difficult to write. Speaking from experience..

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Next, it was time to start cutting out the letter. This proved to be the most challenging aspect of the project. My dad watched in amusement from the living room as I tried using a scissor and then a butter knife. Amusement turned to concern when I grabbed a sharper knife at which point he promptly took over the cutting process (I’m pretty sure he didn’t want to spend the night in the emergency room with me and half a chopped off finger). Direct quote from Dad: ” I’m going to put this away now because you can’t play with this.” Twenty or two? Just wondering. Either way, shout out to Dad for coming to the rescue!

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Next began what I thought would be the most fun part of the project. Again, nope. In my head the flower stems would be easy to cut off and would just stick right into the styrofoam. In reality, the stems were near impossible to cut since the had a sneaky little metal wire running down the length of it. After some cutting, twisting, and pulling I was able to separate the flowers from the stem. Positioning them on the styrofoam did prove to be quite easy.

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I actually lol’ed when I finished this project. After all that hard work, you couldn’t even make out the ‘R’ outline underneath the pile of flowers. *Note: This craft may drive you to drink, as per the coors light in the upper left hand corner.

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Needless to say I was pretty unhappy with the final outcome of my ‘R’, so I took a break, watched an episode (or two, or three) of Castle (My new obession. Seriously check it out.) and then came back to this craft from hell. Ultimately, I ended up just cutting off some of the petals to help show the outline of the ‘R’, which helped a little but still wasn’t fantastic. Either way, I’ll probably still hang it in my apartment next year!

I learned two things from this craft:

1) Never bite off more than you can chew. I bought enough supplies to make my entire name. After 4 days of sitting on my kitchen island, and only one sad little ‘R’ to show for it, my mom strongly encouraged me to relocate the mess. Sorry Mom!

2) Pinterest is a LIAR. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems. If I’m crazy enough to try another Pinterest craft in the future, I will definitely pick one that has step by step instructions for dummies like me.

So, what do you think? Would you try this project? Do you have a favorite Pinterest craft that I should try? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from ya! Also, be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see some of my favorite beauty and fashion trends!