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Trick or Treat Halloween Tote

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to get into the spirit with. How could you not with all the costumes, spooky + gross food to force your kids to eat, cocktails that smoke, and decorations that could scare you know what out of you. This year, I wanted to do create a trick or treat Halloween tote that was different than the usual suspects. A tote that could not only be used for my daughter but also I could borrow it. There was only one person that I knew that could create exactly what I was looking for. That would be the one and the only, Leanna from David and Leanna. This lady is amazing. She has three boys, runs a successful Etsy shop, blogs, and she is an absolute babe and one of the sweetest ladies around. And today, she is giving us the play by play on how she created this perfect boho trick or treat Halloween tote. 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful ladies of Beijos Events a couple different times, so I was super excited when I was asked to help out and create a DIY tutorial for a Halloween straw tote. It looks like Halloween is going to be heavily Batman themed this year so I’m pretty amped to have an excuse to make something girly! So here it is; the cutest little DIY straw Halloween tote with sequin script lettering and yarn tassels. Follow along to make your own! – Leanna

Trick or Treat Tote

You’ll need:
Sequin trim
Hot glue gun & hot glue
Trick or treat stencil (or your own design)
Pen/pencil
Straw tote bag
Yarn in colors of your choice
Pom Pom makers
Sharp embroidery scissors
Wide eye needle

These Pom Pom makers from Amazon are magical.  

 Making Pom Poms

Wrap one side of the Pom Pom maker in your choice of yarn. You’ll need to hold onto the ends at first until the multiple layers hold it in place. 

Once the first side is full, close that side by pushing it back towards center. Note: the “fluffier” your yarn, the fluffier your Pom Pom. Press the yarn between your fingers to determine its fluffy-ness. If it compresses a lot you’ll get fuller Pom Poms. 

Wrap the other side like you did the first. Your Pom Pom maker should look like this.

Take your scissors and cut along the spine from the hinge end (cutting from the other direction may cause the Pom Pom maker to open accidentally). 

 
 

Cut a length of yarn and wrap around the Pom Pom maker along the spine (same place you cut the yarn before). Pull tight and tie a double knot. 

Gently pull Pom Pom arms apart by pushing outwards and the. Pull the center of your Pom Pom maker apart by pulling outwards on each side of the center (The white part of my Pom Pom maker for reference).

 

Gently fluff Pom Pom with your fingers

Trim away all excess until well rounded.

Making Tassels

Wrap yarn around your hand (keeping your fingers evenly spaced) until you reach your desired tassel thickness.

Gently remove from hand to maintain the loop.

Strong a length of yarn through the entire loop  (I have a second length of yarn looped separately so that I can hide my knots, but this step is not necessary).

 

Tie a double knit tightly, this will be the top of your tassel. If you want to hide your knot you can flip the tassel upside down so the knotted string is inside the tassel and the extra string is now the top. 

Cut through the loop at the bottom of your tassel.

 

Wrap a length of yarn three times around the tassel near the top, gently pulling tightly and keeping the shape of your tassel in tact.

 

Tie your knot (I usually tuck mine inside the tassel to hide it once tied). 

Trim the end of your tassel until even. 

 

Sequin Lettering

Trace or draw your phrase onto your tote, I used a new sharpie (finer point). 

Carefully place your sequin trim along your lettering before gluing

Do just a few letters at a time with the hot glue gun. 

I made sure to glue down the loose strands on the edge of the trim before gluing each time.

Some letters worked better as one continuous strand while others needed to be cut in specific locations. Go slowly and measure before cutting and gluing.

Hot glue can get a little messy so just remember you’re better off letting it harden and then removing it than trying to get it off before it dries. Dried hot glue leaves less residue behind than trying to clean it up while it’s hot.

Finally, use your wide eye needle to thread through your Pom Poms and tassels and the tote!

Enjoy!

Thanks Leanna! 
 
xx
Abby

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By on October 9, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, HALLOWEEN

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Bring the Tropics home with this DIY Floral Wreath

Next up on our visit to the tropics is a DIY that I know you will love!  With this dang heat wave going on it really feels like the tropics so we may as well bring them home.  I asked the lovely ladies of Palms and Petals to help make a tropical inspired wreath and they are sharing the easy steps to it today!  It’s a modern take on a wreath with a tropical twist that will look cute on any front door, and make Summer last a little bit longer!

  I love a good DIY and one that makes my home look cute is even better… Keep scrolling to see all of the pretty photos by Riley Starr Photography.

From the Palms and Petals ladies…

Creating this tropical wreath was quite simple. We first went to Michael’s aka the hub of DIY materials. In their floral section, we got a 14” silver metal hoop, grabbed some floral tape/wire, a hot glue gun, and clear hanging command strips. We then jammed to our local farmers market and got a bunch of flowers that had a tropical feel to it. There are many different tropical flowers that you could use, but we decided to use, the signature monstera leaf, pincushion proteas, mini calla lilies, freesia, sword fern and a king protea. 

Once we got home to our work station, better know as our kitchen, we first laid out the flowers and set them on the border of the hoop to visualize what it would look like. Then we put our ‘Green thumb’ to work by cleaning all the leaves off the stems and cutting them to the length as shown in the photos.

After, we started wiring the stems to the hoop.  Also, for extra support we put floral tape over the wire..  We worked our way from the side of the hoop to the middle and repeated the process on the other side. We saved the main statement flower for last, the almighty King Protea.

We cut a sliver of the Monstera leaf off from a other stem and wrapped it around the bottom of the hoop so we could hide our work on the bottom and secured it with hot glue.  Once that felt stable we hot glued the protea.  Finally, we put one command strip on our front door and whala, we got ourselves a beautiful tropical wreath!

The tropical wreath is so easy to make and all it takes is 20-30 minutes. So go drop off your kids at school, take a quick run to Michael’s and the market, and create a memory of your past summer with a tropical wreath!

Thank you ladies for teaching us some of your tricks!  Can’t wait to try this one out myself!!!

xx

Happy Creating!

Jacquelyn

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By on August 31, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, FLORALS

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Kid’s Easter Craft

Let the Easter fun begin!  Easter is less than 2 weeks away and I am getting excited!  It really is one of my favorite holidays.  I obviously always try to make the holidays fun for my kids, and Easter is no exception.  Court’s amazing pre-school teacher, Ms. Sherri always does the best crafts with the kids.  Whenever I pick him up his hands are full of his projects from that day and he is excited to show me each and every one of them.  That’s why I thought a fun Easter craft would be perfect for him!

I’ve bought Court these wooden Easter eggs since his very first Easter, which happened a few days after he was born!  You can buy them on Amazon, but I also saw them in the dollar section at Target.  My idea was to have him decorate these wooden eggs so we could keep them and have them as a keepsake!  I liked that idea because you put so much effort into decorating the real eggs and never get to keep them, this way I could capture his little almost 3 year old creative mind forever!

Photos by Ala Cortez

I went to my local craft store and bought all kinds of goodies.  Paint pens, glitter, pom poms, stickers, puff paint, you name it.  At a recent Easter playdate (which I will be sharing very soon!) I let him and a few of his pre school friends go to town!  The best part was telling the kids about the Easter craft… They all got so excited to do it!!  Thank you Ms. Sherri for instilling this amazing sense of creativity into them!!  Here’s a little glimpse of the fun….

Nothing too fancy, just lots of fun stuff kiddos would like.  I’m being a real mom on this one and doing things that aren’t as pretty, but definitely fun!!!  I also think most of these are great for their fine motor skills and learning about shapes and colors!

Here they all are going at it!  I was really surprised with how excited they were for this!  Note to self, don’t let them wear their fancy clothes for this one… I thought I was being good by buying paint pens instead of actual paint, but it was still a mess!

Look how proud Rowan is of his finished product!!

There you have it… This is a great little craft to do with kiddos of any age.  I think the little toddlers had a lot of fun with it but the older they get the more intricate and detailed they can be!! It’s a great thing to do as a tradition and then keep each year’s egg, it would be so cute to look back on when they’re older!!

Stay tuned for more Easter posts coming your way!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

 

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By on April 4, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, CRAFTS, DIY, EASTER

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A Simple Spring Wreath DIY

Keeping up with our Spring to do list, today we’re sharing a simple Spring wreath DIY.  I love adding a little color to my front door and Spring is the perfect time for that!  There are so many beautiful flowers blooming right now, especially with the super bloom, that your door is just begging for some love!  I asked the girls at Rekindle Creative to help make my vision come to life.  They’ve created an easy step by step guide so you can make your door as pretty as this one.

All photos by Kayla Adams, and that pretty pink door is hers too!!!

From the talented Hannah Choi of Rekindle Creative

To create this springtime DIY, start with 3 sturdy branches (we found ours just in the front yard!).  Use twine wire to secure the ends together to make a triangle shape.  Once we decided on the top and bottom of the wreath, we added our greenery, such as acacia, italian ruscus, and laurel, to various areas using floral wire.

Now it’s time to pick your favorite blooms and get creative!  We like to work in odd numbers, so we set aside 3 blooms for the top and 5 blooms for the bottom right.  Some flowers we used for this DIY were poppies, ranunculus, and garden roses, but any of your favorites will do!

 Cut each stem to about 2 inches and use floral wire to secure them on the branches.  As we attached the blooms, we focused on balancing the colors and shapes around the wreath.  Fill in any empty spaces with fillers or greens, and your springtime wreath is ready to be hung!

Isn’t it the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!  I love all of the pops of color, and thank you again to Kayla for letting us use her perfectly colored door!  I love that pale pink!  If you make any of your own wreaths at home don’t forget to share the photos and the hashtag #beijosspringtodolist or #beijosdoesspring.  We want to see your beautiful work too!!

Happy Spring!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 29, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, SPRING

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Father’s Day Gift- DIY Leather Catchall

This week is all about the daddy’s in our lives. Those amazing fellas deserve the best, and we can’t wait to show them how much they mean to us! We love to give gifts, especially personalized ones just for that special someone. Last year, we created personalized wooden prints for them and they were a huge hit! If you missed it, check them out here.

This year, I wanted to something that my husband could use everyday. Do you have a husband or father that leaves a trail of coins and receipts everywhere they go? I could spend all day gathering money in random spots in the house. I looked up some ideas, and came up with the leather catchall for this father’s day. Not only does it solve my money trail adventures, but it looks cool and adds some flair to his side of the bed. Plus, its incredibly easy to do! You can find all these materials at your local craft store or use my bff Amazon and get it the next day.

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Photos by Yasmin Sarai

Supplies

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Leather Sheet

(this is where you can get creative and pick a smaller or bigger sheet, and pick different colors. We went with a nice neutral blush color)

Leather Rivets

Leather Hole Punch

Hammer

Arm Muscle

Directions

This is for a large square using a 8.5 X 11 leather sheet.
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Fold the sides of the leather together. Give it some good arm muscle to insure they are folded.

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Take your leather hole punch and punch a hole about 1/2 inch from the top. More arm muscle here. If you have trouble getting it thru both sides, open it up and do each side. Make sure they are aligned together before doing so. Do this to each side.

Once you have your holes, fold each side again and take the rivets and insert thru the hole. Place the end rivet on the other side, and using the rivet setter and your hammer fasten the rivets together. The set will come with directions on how to use the rivet setter. Its really easy!

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Do this to every side, and there you have it! Take it a step further, and personalize the leather inside the catchall. Our bff, Meghann Miniello did a simple “daddy”, but the sky’s the limit! A song, poem, or a special saying will look great in there.

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Every daddy will love this gift! And so will all the Moms out there. No more money trails and receipt piles :) Now if I can come up with a stylish solution to all the empty water bottles in the house.

Happy Father’s Day!

xx

Abby

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By on June 14, 2016 in CRAFTS, DIY, FATHER’S DAY

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