Check out Blushing Flora

This is a simple post about promoting my other blog and store BlushingFlora.

I also run another blog where I do different DIY’s and inspirations. I encourage you all to be kind and check it out. I will be trying to update it as often as I do on here.

Check it out here!

BlushingFlora is also my Etsy store name for the moment. I hope to be getting some items up there this summer and have a July holiday sale!

I am excited to be sharing these blogs and my life with all of you all and I hope that you will bear with me as I try to get things running smoothly.

Thank you!

Color Blocked Terracotta Planter

Hello everyone! I really hoped you enjoyed my last post about the gold-rimmed terracotta planter DIY. You can find that here if you haven’t gotten to view it yet.

This DIY builds upon the gold-rimmed terracotta planter I mentioned above.
For those of you who cannot find or do not have the brown terracotta pots where you are, this is a fix for that not so pleasant orangey terracotta color. Combining two really chic trends right now: gold rim and color blocking!
This DIY can also be used on other planters that you find plain, boring, or ugly.

Let’s begin!

Color Blocked Terracotta Planter

What you need: 
– Terracotta Planter
– Acrylic Paint
– Sealer (optional)

Steps:
1. Prep your pot by washing and drying it.
2. Prep your work area to prevent paint from getting on anything of value.
3. Paint you planter! I started with the larger end and then did the rim last.
4. Seal and protect. (optional) Remember to do this part outside or in a well ventilated area.

This is what you should have!

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I am super happy with how this turned out! At first I though this was going to be a bust, but once it was done it grew on me and now it is honestly one of my favorite and most simple DIY’s!

This is wonderful to turn an ugly or plain planter into something stylish and chic that you will want to look at and plant something in!

Get out there and get painting!
Happy crafting!

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The news is in! DIY College Chic is on the Twitter! FINALLY!

Please go check us out @diycollegechic

If you attempt any DIY posted on the blog please upload it to twitter and tweet us using the hash-tag #diycollegechic that way I can creep on you and see all your beautiful DIY’s!

Also I will be posting DIY specific hash-tags in my posts now for you all to use, however #diycollegechic is a default if you cannot or do not feel like using the post specific hash-tag.

Budget Friendly Wedding Favors!

So today I am going to show you a simple and easy way to make budget friendly wedding favors using thrifted cups and succulents and cactus. This idea can be used in your home or for small space decorating like a dorm or apartment.

Think that these favors would be perfect for a garden themed or outdoor wedding.

If you like this idea but are not sure that it fits your country rustic wedding use small flatter mason jars to plant the succulents, cactus, or herbs in instead of thrifted glassware!

What you need: 
– Thrift store cups or glassware. I got my pieces at the Goodwill for $0.50 each! Which was a STEAL!

thrifted glassware

– Succulents, cactus, or herbs depending on your vision! I got my succulents from Wal-mart for $2.50 each however I am sure you could get a wholesale price elsewhere.

Steps:
1. I rinsed out my glassware and let it dry.
2. Then I just transplanted my succulent to an adorable cup or vintage glassware.
4. Add a cute tag thanking your guests for coming.
5. Set them up and get ready to be the best wedding of 2015!

Here are some that I made:

cactus

cactus in glassware

Cactus in sake cup

spider plant in teacupI hope that my examples get your creative juices flowing and spark your creativity for your own wedding favors or for your own home decor.

Happy crafting!

Tuna Salad Hack!

Howdy!

How is everyone today?! Yesterday I posted about the night light chandelier, go check it out!

I am on a low sodium diet to help with fluid retention from my Meniere’s disease. This can make food to eat hard to find on a college kid’s budget. I really enjoy a nice tuna melt, so here is my tuna salad hack!

Low Sodium Tuna Salad

Ingredients

-Light tuna in water (1 can)

-Tarter Sauce (2 Tablespoons)

Step 1

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Drain your tuna and put in a bowl for mixing!

Step 2

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Now this can be the tricky part! When you choose your tarter sauce pay close attention to the sodium and serving size. I am using Kraft as an example! The tarter sauce I have came from the dollar tree and it had 140mg per 2 tablespoons.

Step 3

MIX!

Step 4

Make a melt, eat on crackers, make a sandwich! Eat it up!

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Okay so you may be thinking this is gross, Mae you’ve gone crazy! I’m not, its good, I enjoy it; my mom got me to try it. It substitutes for mayo and relish saving you on sodium intake.

If you guys do try it out let me know if you liked it or not!

Thanks for stopping by! Keep stopping by to see what’s new!

Keep it crafty out there guys!

DIY Night Light Covers

Hello there lovely’s! I’m sorry that I have been long neglecting posting! Life can get out of hand sometimes, I was told that I am going to go completely deaf. Which is scary! But I am strong and I am going to be okay.

Now the reason for this post is to show all you lovely gals and perhaps guys how to make your own mini chandelier for your dorm!

If your room is set up similar to mine I have an outlet right next to my bed, this makes a nightlight and phone charger perfect at night! They are really simple to make and really add a razzle dazzle to your humble dorm home. These could also be fun to make with some friends, or sorority sisters, and perhaps make some and sell in your building.

Alright lets get started!

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Items required:

– 14 Size 2 Safety Pin

– Tri-beads

– small faceted round beads

– 2 pieces of 20 gauge wire approximately 7 inches in length.

– needle nose pliers

STEP 1

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Put your beads on the wire. You can see the pattern here! But I’m sure you could be creative and make your own beading pattern. When choosing colors you could pick school colors, sorority colors, or simply your favorite colors like I did here!

STEP 2

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Take your needle nose pliers now and crimp the opening (where you close the safety pin) closed so it cannot come open, this will aid you later on while you are putting it together it also helps it last longer.

STEP 3

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Round one end of the wire with your pliers so that when you are stringing the safety pins and beads they wont fall off the end of the wire.

STEP 4

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Start stringing your pins and beads on the wire, on the small side of the safety pin (the side that doesn’t open or close) it should be tri-bead, pin, tri-bead, pin… etc.

STEP 5

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Now once you have all 14 pins strung with the tri-beads between it is time to tighten it. Use your hands to pull it pretty tight then use your pliers to twist it as tight as you can and tuck the wire where it wont stab you.

STEP 6

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Okay so flip all your pins to where they are facing the same direction. Here is an example of what you should be seeing right now.

STEP 7

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You are doing the same ting as before, only now the round beads will be used between each pin.

STEP 8

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Once you have strung the other end of the pins you tighten the wire and tuck the strand away just like you did in STEP 5. Here shows you what it will look like sitting on the light.

STEP 9

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Finally! Plug that baby in and enjoy how pretty it is and how awesome you are for making it yourself. Every time a friend comes over they will ask what it is, and then once you show them they will tell you how cute it is. Which you can say “Thanks, I made it!” They will be surprised and you will feel proud.

If you feel overwhelmed about this project, take a deep breath. I am debating posting kits on my Etsy store, and maybe some pre-made ones.

Thank you guys for reading how to make your own mini nightlight chandelier.

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Keep it crafty out there!!!