A Married Adventure
December 1, 2016

Happy first day of December, ya’ll! I don’t know about you, but December is absolutely my favorite month of the whole year. The twinkling lights, smell of pine, gilded decor, and parties filled with family and friends are just a few of my favorite things. Everything always seems so much more magical this time of year, even the DIY projects seem a little more magical. I really think it’s the only time of year that I bust out all the DIYs LoL.

If you’re anything like me then you love decking the halls of your home with as much holiday decor as you can cram into your 600 square foot urban apartment. For me, holiday decor even includes throw pillows…but geez louise can they be expensive! These DIY placemat pillows are not only easy to make but they’re also easy on the wallet. Did I mention that they don’t require a sewing machine?! This DIY placemat pillow is completely credited to my crafty Momma who was also tired of paying $40 for just one darn pillow that sits on the sofa for only thirty days out of the year.

DIY Placemat Holiday Pillow: AMarriedAdventure.com

What You’ll Need:

-Fabric Placemat–you can find the one I used here

-Fiberfill–With my Michael’s coupon this one came out to only $2.50

-Sewing Needle

-Sewing Thread

-Seam Ripper

Instructions:

-Use your seam ripper to unstitch a corner of the placemat. I would only undo as much as you need to fit your hand inside the placemat.

-Stuff the placemat with your fiber fill. You can make it as plush as you’d like.

-Sew the corner back up.

DIY Placemat Pillow: AMarriedAdventure.com

Xoxo,

AP

February 1, 2016

Happy February 1st ya’ll! Let’s kick this month off with a fun DIY Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts project!

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts--AMarriedAdventure.com

I can’t believe we’re already a month into this new year….I haven’t even decided on my goals or words for the year (slaps hand to forehand). I’m sure I’ll eventually get to those things but for now it’s onto this SUPER easy DIY for Valentines (or Galentines) Day. These DIY Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts are soooo easy that it really shouldn’t even be considered a DIY, but that’s what I’m calling it.

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts--AMarriedAdventure.com

I wanted to make my own conversation hearts for a little bar cart display. This of course meant I wanted to go the mini piñata route, but then Target saved my little DIY loving self by having these pre-made piñata hearts ready to go. Literally, all I had to do was add these darling glittered stickers and voilà….done and done, conversation heart piñatas=complete.

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts--AMarriedAdventure.com

Cheers to a month of love, pink, and roses!

Xoxo,

AP

December 24, 2015

Whether you’re engaged, newly married, married for awhile, or have friends getting married these ornaments make a great Christmas gift. Not only are they super thoughtful and sentimental, they are so darn cute! I love looking at them hanging on our tree each holiday season and thinking back to all those sweet wedding memories.

With a lot of my friends getting married I was really excited to collect mementos from their weddings to make these special little ornaments for them to have on their tree each year. At one point I must have looked like a kleptomaniac collecting random things throughout the weddings, but I think it was worth it! My friends have all LOVED these just as much as I did.

A Married Adventure Blog: Wedding DIY Christmas Ornaments: AMarriedAdventure.com

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A Married Adventure Blog: Wedding DIY Christmas Ornaments: AMarriedAdventure.com

Xoxo,

AP

December 15, 2015

 Ever since Studio DIY posted her DIY  gingerbread piñata a few years ago I’ve been obsessed with it! I’ve wanted to make make my own, but never really had a use for a piñata (say what?!). When I found out that my bestie has never had a piñata on her birthday, I knew I had to make this little DIY for her. It was the perfect occasion for it because she’s a December baby who happens to love gingerbread.

A Married Adventure Blog: DIY Gingerbread Bread Piñata: AMarriedAdventure.com

What You’ll Need:

-Cardboard

-Masking Tape

-Scissors

-Fringe Scissors

-Glue Dots (or Hot Glue)

-Felt

-Pom Poms

-Gingerbread Cut-Out

A Married Adventure Blog: DIY Gingerbread Bread Piñata: AMarriedAdventure.com

What You’ll Need To Do:

-Find a gingerbread shape that you like. I found a foam one at Michaels that I ended up using. It’s a little smaller than I was originally thinking, but still cute.

-Trace your gingerbread onto the cardboard and cut it out. I used a thinner piece of cardboard that came in a boot box because it was a little easier for me to use.

-Cut 1.5″- 2″ stripes of cardboard. Try to make these as long as you can so that it’s a continuous strip. I found it harder to use multiple strips.

-Take your cardboard strips and secure with masking tape to one of the gingerbread cutouts. Do this around the entire gingerbread. Once you’re done with this, secure the other side of the gingerbread with masking tape.

Ta da…your piñata body is ready to be decorated!

A Married Adventure Blog: DIY Gingerbread Bread Piñata: AMarriedAdventure.com

-Cut 1″ strips of your crepe paper and then use your fringe (or regular scissors) to make the bottoms wispy. Start from the bottom of the gingerbread and work your way up. I used glue dots to secure the paper initially and then went back with hot glue to secure a little better. I actually did not end up using crepe paper (but you SHOULD). I didn’t have enough time to order it so I went to Michaels and picked up a corrugated paper roll instead. This wasn’t the worst thing to use but it certainly wasn’t the best either. Crepe paper would have been much easier to work with on the rounded edges.

-Decorate to your hearts desire, and then you’re done.

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A Married Adventure Blog: DIY Gingerbread Bread Piñata: AMarriedAdventure.com

A Married Adventure Blog: DIY Gingerbread Bread Piñata: AMarriedAdventure.com

Xoxo,

AP

 

December 8, 2015

You guys, colorful Christmas trees really tickle my fancy right now (especially DIY ones). I can’t quite commit to a large colored Christmas tree (not sure the Mr. would be on board with a pink tree either) But some little minis in bright, bold, and fun colors?! Sign me up! This DIY isn’t super complicated, but does take a little bit of patience when it comes to the drying part of the project. With every good DIY project comes a little bit of faith (that it will work) and a whole that of patience (also hoping that it will work).

A Married Adventure Blog: DIY Dyed Christmas Trees: AMarriedAdventure.com

 

What You’ll Need:

–Faux Christmas Trees (in various sizes). I used these ones from Michaels and with my 40% off coupon they came out to be around $10.

–Rit Dye Tint. I got mine from Joann Fabrics for $2.50 a pack.

–Good ol’ Bleach.

What You’ll Need To Do:

–Fill a tub or sink with bleach and stick the trees in. I recommend doing this outside if possible; otherwise that lovely bleach smell will linger in the house for hours.

–Let the trees sit in the bleach for around two minutes; you’ll start to see the green “melt” off.

–Give the trees a little scrub and rinse off. They should be a dingy white at this point. Side note…wear gloves!! I made the mistake of not wearing any and my hands peeled and smelt like bleach for what seemed like days.

–Allow the trees to dry before dying them. The drier they are, the more concentrated color they’ll pick up.

–Once you have your dry dingy white trees, follow the instructions on the dye box.

–It only takes a few seconds for the trees to pick up the color.  I dyed mine in an almost boiling pot of water and as soon as they touched the dye they were ready to go.

–Let dry and style as desired.

A Married Adventure Blog: DIY Dyed Christmas Trees: AMarriedAdventure.com

Happy Crafting!

Xoxo,

AP