Home Decor

Bedroom Décor Ideas

Bedroom-Decor-IdeasLately I've been itching to decorate my room. The apartment my sister and I share is tiny. As a result, my room is even tinier. As in, 64 square feet, tiny. As in, I can't open my bedroom door all the way because it hits my bedframe, tiny. Don't get me wrong. I love the fact that my room is small because it ends up feeling like a cozy cave. The good thing is that we have high ceilings and I've been wanting to inject some personality into my room. The only thing I have hanging on my wall is this vegan leather wall hanging

I want to get this Ikea sidetable, put a bamboo plant on top to bring some foliage in and store my stack of 2014 issues of InStyle. DIY myself some gold polka dot curtains, make a floral 'Ciao' sign and get a Rik Lee print in there to give it a little edge. 

This is going to happen. Hopefully sooner than later. 

Amanda

Amanda ❤

Vegan Leather Wall Hanging

Make Your own Vegan Leather Wall HangingThis project came to me in the middle of the night while I tried to explain the Rick James Charlie Murphy: True Hollywood Stories to my sister. Then I realized that I wasn't going to be able to go to sleep unless I started on this project so some of these photos are dark. This is me apologizing for that. ;) Hahahaha. 

What You'll Need for a Vegan Leather Wall Hanging copyLetter stencils // Scissors // X Acto knife // String // E6000 glue // Craft jewels // Dowel rod // Vegan leather. NOT PICTURED: Thread and needle

First: Set up your letter stencils to form the quote that you want to use. Then use your X-Acto knife to cut along the stencil through the material. You may want to use a self-healing cutting mat underneath. The length of my material is about 13in across by 19in long or so. 

Cut Out

Second: When that's done, you'll want to take your dowel rod and fold over the top to create a loop for it to go through, and then sew together. 

Sew

Third: Figure out the placement of the jewels that you want to use. I just took a quick picture on my phone once I figured out how I wanted it to look. Then use the E6000 glue to fix them in place. 

Glue

Jewels up close
Finally, tie your string to the dowel rod ends, hang and enjoy! I hung mine above my bed since I consider it to be my little haven. 

Vegan Leather Wall Hanging Final

What do you think? Personally, I love it, and I know my walls are barren but I'm actually planning on changing that soon with a couple of upcoming projects. Let  me know what you think and whether or not you try it! 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

DIY: True Love Wall Art

Make Your Own True Love Wall Art www.xopanda.com
I have a rule when it comes to art for the home, if I can figure a way to make it on my own, I generally do. This is another one of those cases. I spotted a piece at Ross that caught my eye but for $16.99, I passed. I knew I could make it at home for cheaper. 
True Love Wall Art supplies www.xopanda.com
You'll need: 8x8 canvas, 2" and 1" vinyl letters, wide paint brush, small detail paintbrush, flat paintbrush, black paint and paint color of your choice. 
True Love Wall Art applying letters www.xopanda.com
Play with the layout of your stickers. I chose larger stickers for the 'true love' part and smaller stickers for the rest. I knew that I wanted to add a handpainted element to the canvas as well so I left room for that. 
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Paint over entire canvas with the wide paintbrush. I used an acrylic gouache because I wanted that chalky look. I used AcryLA in Shell Pink. Since it's such a light pink, I used two coats. 
True Love Wall Art outline www.xopanda.com
After the gouace was done drying, I used the thin detailed brush to make outlines of the letters. Just follow along the edge the stickers trying to stay on the outside and not painting on the sticker, let dry. 
True Love Wall Art remove stickers www.xopanda.com
After the outline of the letters were dry, I peeled off the vinyl letters. To my surprise, some of the paint seeped in under the vinyl, so if you don't want that to happen, I suggest pressing down on the stickers firmly from both sides, making sure they're flush. In the end, I liked how it made the whole thing look so I was pleasantly surprised. Using the flat brush, I finally added in the hand painted element for the word 'never', and let dry. 
Hang up on the wall and admire your new work of art. I hung mine above my bed, but beings that I have this Ikea bed frame, my bed lays low on the ground and you can't see it in the picture. So I saved myself some money, liked mine way more than the original, even though in retrospect, I could have moved 'stories' over a little more so it wasn't touching 'end' but whatevs! I still like it. If you make your own, make sure to leave a link so I can check yours out! 
XO Panda
Amanda ❤

DIY: Hanging Photo Line

Make Your Own Hanging Photo Line
Ever since I found out that PostalPix was available for Android, I've been printing out pictures almost every week. Most of them were so that I could add into my sketchbook/journal for art journaling, but others I didn't know what to do with. I wanted to display them around the house, but didn't know how to do it without making them permanent (For me, that means putting them in frames). I like to change out photos a couple of times once I get new favorites. 

I remembered I had some leftover clothes line pins from a project a while back so I thought I would make a little hanging photo line. 

Hanging Photo Line -What You'll Need
You'll Need: 

  • Acrylic paint (I chose different colors)
  • Paintbrush
  • Letter stamps
  • Stamping ink pad
  • Sealer- matte/gloss (optional)
  • Level (or ruler)
  • Wire (I used 16 gauge)
  • Wire cutters
  • Hammer
  • 2 nails
  • Needlenose pliers

Hanging Photo Line-Paint Pins
1. Paint your clothes pins and let dry. I chose to paint each pin a different color. To even match the phrase I was using. 

Hanging Photo Line -Stamp Saying
2. Once the paint (or sealer) is done drying, use the rubber stamps to add your phrase. I chose 'smile' but other cute ones could be: Cheese, memories, family, or any other message. These could also be personalized, say for a child and hung up in their room. 

3. Now the kind of strenuous part, but not really. Using the level, mark two spots on the wall with a pencil. This is where the nails will be going. Make sure it's to your liking. I chose a small line about 14 inches long. 

4. Hammer in the two nails where you designated the marks. 

5. Cut the wire about 2 inches longer than your markings on both ends. This will give you space for the next step. 

6. Using the needlenose pliers, wrap the extra wire around the nail two or three times, and snip away the excess. 

Hanging Photo Line -Stand Back and Enjoy
7. Hang your pins, add your photos and Enjoy! 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

DIY: Hand Painted Napkins

Hand Printed Napkins

I wanted to create some napkins to use for the blog more often, so I picked up some plain cloth napkins from World Market and some Martha Stewart paints and created these super simple napkins. 

Using the eraser side of a pencil, just dip the eraser into the paint and have at it. The yellow chevron napkin I decided to go all willy-nilly on it with random dots and the neutral colored napkin, I decided to follow a more uniform pattern. Before you start your project, make sure to wash your cloth napkins before you paint them, and then again afterward. 

Hope you have as much fun making these as I did! 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

DIY: Spray Painted Flatware

Spray Painted Flatware
I created this a few weeks back and quite honestly, they make me super happy. 

To make your own, Tape off the top portion of your flatware securely. Use a piece of sandpaper to slightly sand down the part of the flatware you want to paint. This will help the paint stick to the metal better. Then set up your work surface outside or in a well ventilated area. You don't want to use spray paint indoors. Spray about three coats of paint, leaving time in between each coat for the the paint to dry fully. 

Make sure to wash them before your first use. I think these are so fun that I want to create a few more pairs in different colors. 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

DIY: Christmas Bow Garland

Christmas-Bow-Garland

I was in Rite-Aid and saw these cute bows and instantly knew I could make a Christmas garland out of them. They have little gold tassle accents and I knew I had gold jingle bells at the house. Don't you love when quick, easy, projects present themselves to you? 
Christmas-Bow-Garland--what-you-need
  • Bows (pack of 12 @ Rite Aid for $2.69)
  • Jingle bells
  • Embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors

Christmas-Bow-Garland--Connect
I connected the bows with red embroidery thread so it would be less noticeable. Once one end was connected, I'd string a gold jingle bell onto the thread and then threaded the next bow. I looped the thread through both bows and the bell a few times and then tied a simple knot to end it, then cut the thread. Repeat for the whole set of bows. 

  Christmas-Bow-Garland--Close-up

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

Embroidered Canvas Art DIY

Hey Guys! 

Today I'm going to show you how you can create your own embroidered canvas wall art. The thing I love about creating my own art pieces is that I don't have to go out and find things that match a particular color scheme. I can just make it work. 

Embroidered-canvas-art

I LOVE southwestern decor motifs or tribal/native prints so a lot of my pieces fall into that category. When I saw this notebook, I automatically fell in love with the cover and the fact that it had the word 'Adventure' on it. Needless to say, this is now my blog notebook. 

Blog-notebook

I knew this would fit perfectly with the decor that I like and decided to turn this into an embroidered canvas piece. I had created an embroidered canvas before so it wasn't something new to me. 

What you'll need: 

  • Image to fit dead center of your canvas
  • Canvas
  • Carbon paper
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread in various colors
  • Sewing needle 

Transfer-image
1. If the image you want is small, you might want to blow it up using a copier. Tape the image to the carbon paper. Center it on the canvas and adhere. 

2. With the pen, trace over the image to transfer it onto the canvas. Be careful not to press too hard, you don't want to rip the canvas. To remedy this, I placed a book underneath the canvas between the edges. 

Finished-transfer
Paint-background
3. When you're done with the transfer, paint the canvas with the exception of the image, and let dry. 

Begin-embroidering
4. Decide which embroidery stitches you'll be using and begin stitching to your hearts content!

Close-up

Enjoy! 

XO Panda

 

Amanda ❤

Home Project: Framed Number Sentiment

The Sir and I have a particular saying that holds very special meaning to me since it was first uttered. Only we know what it means and that's why I cherish it so much. 

Framed-Number-Sentiment-Final

This is something that I whipped up in about 10-15 minutes and I love it even though it's very simple. 

Framed-Number-Sentiment-You Need

You'll need: 

  • Frame
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick
  • A piece of paper cut to size of frame
  • Old flashcards

*Cut out the numbers that you'll need from the old flashcards. I just used a regular pair of scissors and cut as close to the edge of the number, as possible. You could also use an X-Acto Knife if you want a more precise cut. Tear a piece of washi tape and adhere it to the paper that's cut to fit the frame. I used some leftover 30lb paper from my Viscom days. Adding glue to the back of the cut numbers, I positioned the numbers onto the paper. (I put the cut paper in the frame so that it was exposed, that way I knew how much spacing I would be allowed.) Use the bone folder to apply pressure and to smooth out the numbers that way they stay down. When you're done, just rearrange everything and put it on display. 

You could make this for a birthday, anniversary or any date that has special meaning to you. 

Amanda ❤

Cactus Planter

Cactus-Planter

The other day I was in my apartment and I decided we needed some plants in the house. So off I went to Home Depot. I was originally looking for plants that required little sunlight because the area where I intended to place said plant, receives about 45 minutes of sunset light a day. To my dismay I didn't find any. But as soon as I saw a small aisle full of cacti and succulents, I immediately knew what I was going to do. 

I already had the bag of potting soil so I just needed to find everything else. I grabbed a few succulents that I felt worked well together and were varying sizes, and a galvanized bucket. I filled the bucket with the soil. I put the largest succulent in first and staggered the smaller ones around it. The plants need about 4-6 hours of sunlight so I usually put them outside right before I leave for work and bring them in when I get home. I got succulents because I figured they're harder to murder. Yes, I'm known for not taking care of plants too well. I water them every other day, and so far, they're still alive. 

Cactus-Planter-2

This is the corner at the top of my stairwell where they sit. I'm thinking I need to get a small corner table to put them on but for now, this works. 

This is what it looks like, up close. 

Cactus-Planter-3

XO Panda

Amanda ❤