diy splatter nail polish

Not gonna lie, this splatter manicure might kill a few brain cells. But it’s cute, so directly inhaling nail polish fumes through a straw is worth it…right? (Nail polish is the new bath salts. You heard it here first.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Nail polish (at least two colors): I used Back to the Fuchsia by Sally Hansen, Sorbet by Sally Hansen and Flirt by Revlon
  • A straw (I found that a thin coffee straw worked best)
  • Scrap paper or newspaper (to catch the excess splatter)
  • Masking tape
  • Top coat nail polish

First, paint your nails whatever base color you choose. Let them completely dry.

Next, mummify your fingers with the masking tape. Think of it like a bib—you want everything covered except for the nail itself. This will make cleanup a lot easier.

Dip the end of the straw in the nail polish, aim it at your fingernails, and blow through the other end, splattering the polish across your nails. This is where the brain damage occurs. I found the most effective technique was to inhale a little through the straw before exhaling. For some reason, this made for a much easier splattering effect.

Repeat with your second color (if you choose to do another color).

Carefully unwrap the tape from around your nails once the splattered coat has had some time to dry. Touch up any spots with a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. Cover with a top coat of clear polish and you have some fabulous splatter nail polish to show off!

P.S. Definitely kidding about the bath salts. And you know you’re getting old when you feel the need to make it clear you were joking because it legitimately worries you that some idiot kid out there might try to get high off nail polish because of something you said. Damnit, I’m no fun anymore.

 

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diy beachy twine-wrapped flower pot

I recently got a basil plant so that my succulent, Lafayette, would have a sibling and, more importantly, I’d have a fresh supply for my culinary adventures. Never one to let something go un-bedazzled, I decided to turn my basil pot into a DIY project.

To go with the beachy theme of my bedroom (it gets the best sun, so I keep my plants there), I went for a hemp twine-wrapped look. To achieve it, you’ll need:

  • A terracotta pot
  • Permanent adhesive (I used E600)
  • Hemp twine (or regular, non-hippie twine)
  • Q-tips or a small paint brush

I saved the plastic container the E600 came in so that I could use it as a dish for the E600. I found it was easiest to squeeze a little onto the plastic, let it sit until tacky, then paint it on little by little using the q-tip.

Using this technique with the glue, slowly wrap the twine around the pot, starting at the bottom and winding upwards, adding glue as you go. When you get to the top, hold the end in place with a chip-clip or clothespin until the glue has completely dried.

Cut the twine and you’ve got yourself a beachy, hemp-wrapped flower pot!

I filled the pot’s dish with glass chunks and beads (purchased at A.C. Moore) and some sea glass I collected during my travels in Colombia a few months ago.

Be on the lookout for some delicious basil-flavored recipes on the blog!

diy neon braided bead bracelets

Sorry I was MIA yesterday—someone had a little too much fun on 4th of July and needed a whole lot of sleep.

This DIY bracelet is so quick and easy compared to the beaded wrap bracelet I made a couple weeks ago. I originally got the idea from Pinterest months ago, and my roommate had even made me one. Eventually I had to cut it off though, and wanted to make my own with clasps so I could remove them and mix-and-match them at will. Since it’s summer and neon is huge this season, my color choices were a no-brainer.

You’ll need thread (I used embroidery floss), beads, clasps, a piece of tape and a hot glue gun.

Loop the thread through the clasp and back up. I used about 20” total because I wanted the bracelet to wrap around my wrist twice. Thread the end back through the clasp and secure with a knot. Cut the bottom loop so that you now have three strands of thread attached to the clasp.

Begin braiding. It’s easiest if you tape down the end to a table.

When you want to start the beaded section, simply continue the braid, adding one bead to the thread before weaving it over the others. When you’ve added the desired about of beads, carefully push the beads up so that the braid is taught and the beads secured in place. Continue to braid.

To finish the bracelet, add the other end of the clasp (I braided it right into the end), knot it, cut off the excess thread, and secure with a dab of hot glue to keep the ends from fraying.

Voila! Pretty simple, right?

Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy the weekend!

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