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DIY Decorative Resin Antlers

As I’ve mentioned before, a lot of the DIY projects I’ll be posting here are going to be dedicated to making semi-permanent spaces more special. I spent a lot of this past summer looking at interior decorating magazines/blog posts, focusing on “renter-friendly” projects and pieces. I prepared some things beforehand, others I’ve been making when I find some spare time in between classes and homework and my job and designing costumes for a show (opening tomorrow night! #help) and sleeping and cooking. Wow, who else is ready for this semester to be over? Sheesh.

I got the idea for these antlers from White Faux Taxidermy -a truly cool (not to mention totally animal friendly and affordable) way to make your room look like a hunting lodge on psychedelics- and this image from A Beautiful Mess.

Antlers

– Resin antlers (or skull)

– Fun spray paint (I had some bronze left over from a previous project, but I think a pastel or electric blue/pink/green could be super cool. Resin bone project part 2 coming soon?)

Simply place the antlers on newspaper and spray away! When hanging, I recommend using nails if you can. These came with handy hooks on the back, but since the spot where I hung them in my dorm is probably an air duct covered by thin plaster I went for the renter-friendly heavy duty Command Hooks (be sure to stick the hooks to the wall and let them set for a few hours before hanging the antlers!)

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I wish you could see how lovely the color turned out in my room, but alas, low-watt institutional lightning strikes again!

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thirty eight

Embroidered Towel Wall Hanging

***First DIY post***

When I first decided to make a blog I thought I’d stick just to cooking. As much as I love dressing myself and going outside and taking pictures, I never really feel like I have enough to say (or the willpower) to keep up with an everyday blog. Maybe someday I will! But at this point it just involves a little too much computer time for me, I can’t spend several hours a day blogging- c’mon, there’s reruns of The Office to keep up with! Just kidding*. A lot of people have suggested I start doing outfit posts here every now and then, which is intriguing, but I’m still not so sure about that one. If I were to do a fashion section on the blog I’d maybe want a partner to bounce ideas off of/share the burden of constant posting.  So that’s on the back burner for now. However, I have decided I will now post DIYs. And by DIYs I absolutely mean a great deal of taking normal things that were fine and embellishing them until they’re nearly suffocating. Or maybe just adding some glitter. And gold spray paint. And studs. Yeah. So there’s that. But in all seriousness, I’d say cooking is as do-it-yourself as one can get, so why not expand this area to things non-edible. Let’s see how it goes!

*kind of..

I got the idea for this embroidered towel wall hanging from a really rad personal blog, Sincerely, Kinsey. She’s pretty hip. I’m a little jealous. Kinsey made a beautiful embroidered rug after seeing this one that sold out at Anthropologie. As much as I’d love to spend hours painstakingly embroidering a rug and casually displaying it in my dorm instead of the twelve dollar shag thing I currently use I just know I’ll freak out the moment anyone steps on/spills rum and coke on/drops a bottle of nail polish on it. So I settled for a wall hanging. If I were to do this again I’d probably use a black washcloth to make the embroidery floss really pop. But I think it’s pretty cool.

Wall Hanging

– one small square washcloth

– chalk/colored pencil

– construction paper

– many colors of embroidery floss

– embroidery needle

– small embroidery hoop

First things first, plan out your design. I really love the Aztec-y vibe both Kinsey and Anthropologie used so I made my own little version of that. If you want to get symmetrical, use construction paper to make a shape and then trace that onto the back of your towel with chalk or colored pencil. Draw/trace in other designs. Attach your embroidery hoop, thread your needle with embroidery floss and stich away! It’s a little time consuming (as you can tell from the thumb-shots where I am sporting two different nail colors, these pictures were obviously not all taken the same day), but I think very worth it!

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