Thrifty Find: Wooden Nickels + DIY Repurposed Tray

A long time ago, my husband found these fabulous wooden nickels at an antique store in Eureka, CA. For the longest time, we’ve just had them tucked away in a jar. My recent trip to Target sparked an interesting idea for a little project for back home!  I found this fabulous desk drawer organizer! I was immediately attracted to the color and design. I had to take it home with me! I thought it would be a shame to hide it in a drawer, so I decided to repurpose it as a tray for our coffee table. It’s perfect for storing our remote controls, coasters and displaying other fun little things! It was just missing something and I needed to put my twist on it somehow.  Using my wooden nickels, I decided to hot glue them with some twine onto my new and repurposed coffee table tray. In a sense, they would act as handles. They are quirky, unique and I love them! Now we have a great new piece for our coffee table that keeps things organized and tidy. Plus, I can show off those thrifty wooden nickels finally!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Deer Wall Decal

I am SO excited about this DIY! It’s one of the projects I had envisioned in my mind and it turned out exactly how I wanted it too! Not to mention, this is something I know I will be doing a lot of in the future. It has so many possibilities! You can do virtually any kind of design on any surface – the wheels in my mind are spinning like crazy! I’m thinking some sort of geometric element next! While doing a little shopping at the dollar store, I came across Magic Cover Self-Adhesive shelf coverings. I thought it would be fun to make a design out of it and see if it would work well on the wall. Sure enough, it works like MAGIC! It’s super easy to create your design using the grids on the back. Plus, it goes on the wall so easily!  If you make a mistake placing it off center or you decide you don’t like it where you placed it, it comes off effortlessly.  What you will need: Magic Cover Pen or pencil Scissors  I decided to create a deer bust, since it goes with the look of our house. I wanted something that could take up the space of one of our empty walls, but not distract too much from other things we have going on. I loved the wood grain of the magic cover and thought it played off our furniture pieces nicely. Plus, it really pops off our white walls. I freehand drew the deer and carefully cut it out with my scissors. I then peeled off the backing and...

Yarn Wrapped Branch Shelf

Inspiration can come from anywhere! Literally. During one of our family walks, I spotted a branch lying on the road. At first I thought it looked an awful lot like antlers. It was my original intended DIY, but sadly my husband tried to throw it out a few times and one of the branches snapped off. Sad. Still, I knew it would be great for some fun and odd project around here!  I decided to wrap yarn around the branch in a few areas, while leaving some of  it’s natural elements to show through. Instead of converting this branch into faux antlers, I went with another idea instead: a yarn wrapped branch shelf! I had some prints hanging around. They are smaller in size and rather rare shapes, so it’s difficult to find frames to fit perfectly. I thought this would be perfect for something shelf-like and display them on the wall in a playful way!  I simply chose three colors of yarn and started to wrap areas of the branch. Using wire, I created some hooks and hot glued them to the back of my branch. The branch is rather light, as well as the pictures, so it wasn’t necessary to use any heavy duty hooks to hank on the wall. I played around with how to hang the branch, I wanted it to be as flat as possible so my pictures would sit against the wall nicely. Once I figured out what worked best, I placed the nails in the wall and hung my new branch shelf!  I love these prints sitting there so contently on the...

DIY Triangle Painted Art

I’m back from a lovely holiday with my little family! Thank you for your patience as I have been absent a few days. It was so nice to take our kids to Canada and have them spend time with loving family and a great group of friends (new and old)! Hopefully you follow my Instagram, because you would have seen A LOT of pictures from our travels!  Today I am sharing a fun and easy DIY: triangle painted art! I have been slowly adding pieces to our white and bright walls in the living room. So far, I have a wide variety of unique and meaningful prints. From my adoption tipi print and “D” monogram print (from my Esty shop), to a vintage butterfly piece from an old book page. It’s all a nice even mixture of new and old.  To go with the touches of geometric shapes in my home, I decided to convert one of my photographs into a unique piece of art. Not too long ago I made triangular pillows and a triangle stamped pillow. I thought I would play off of these two pieces in the living room and try to bring some unity between them all. Plus, my DIY art piece balances the wall by coordinating with my other triangle-like prints.  I simply printed out an old picture I took of the Golden Gate Bridge from years ago. I cut it to fit my frame and laid it out flat. I taped off a triangle in the center of the print. I then took basic white paint and painted over the remainder of the print....

Mid Century Inspired Painted Vase

Do you have a lot of glassware hanging around your house, like old vases or jars? I know I do! I gave a bunch away and kept a few, thinking I could use them for something! And so, I did just that! A fun little art project in one of my old glass vases! What you will need: Glass vase Paint ( I used two colors – Martha Stewart’s Old Gold and a very generic white) Take your vase and clean it out. Take it from me, make sure to wipe it completely dry so that you don’t have water stains later! My bad – but not all my DIYs are seamless. Actually, none are usually! Take your white and squirt a good amount at the bottom of the vase and then add your secondary color if you so choose. Swirl the vase to cover the base completely and allowing the two colors to mix a bit. Slowly begin to tip your vase upside down while twirling it simultaneously. You will start to see the streaks form and create a unique design! Be sure to have something underneath to catch the dripping paint! Place upside down and allow to dry – this may take a few hours.  I love how my vase turned out! The color and pattern are very mid century, which fits nicely with the rest of my home decor. This project is so easy and cheap. It literally took me a few minutes, so you could make a bunch in no time to create a fun look!  What kind of crafts have you been up to...

DIY Geometric Silhouette Art

So, I found these intriguing mini silhouettes at the craft store a while ago. I have this habit of getting things for no particular reason, which can be a little impulsive – do I have a problem? I mostly stare at my ongoing collection of craft supplies, until one day I can finally use them for something fun! It’s a bad habit, but it always results in quirky art for my home!  I put together a modern piece for my bedside table. I simply collected a few silhouettes and used a sharpie to create a fun abstract design. It has a very geometric feel! Once I was done my designs, I placed some scotch tape on the back of each one and placed them on a clean, white backdrop. I placed it in a frame I had kicking around and just like that, done!  I’m playing around with the placement of my new art. I thought having the art leaning on the wall with layers of other elements might be fun. I’ve mixed different textures, colors and layers. I like the idea of something neutral, to keep a clean and crisp look. The different metals from my “D” and the cast iron camel lock play off each other nicely.  I also like it paired with some pops of color. The red dala horse really stands out and goes nicely with my geometric art. Black and white is always a fantastic contrast and can go with practically any surrounding colors, which I like to work with!  Which placement do you prefer?! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow...

DIY Business Cards

I’m slowly getting ready for Alt this week. I have my outfit(s) picked out, swag ready to go and now I’m just waiting to get my business cards in the mail! I ordered some beautiful cards from Minted, but I’m worried that I waited too long to order them and they might not get here on time!! Ah!!!  Just in case that might happen, I decided to make my own as well. Besides, if they do get here before I have to leave I’m thinking I didn’t order enough! I really don’t want to run our of business cards, so I decided to create a clean design and keep it nice and simple. I created a watercolor effect in an ombre green. I wanted it to look as close as possible to the real thing. As though I sat down and hand painted 50 of these cards, which I could never do! I kept the font similar to my other business cards, so they felt somewhat cohesive. I am happy with how they turned out. Now to get them printed! Only TWO more days!!!! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Driftwood Flower Vase

It’s been so warm here lately, I’ve been finding it hard to find motivation to get things done! My husband, of all people, encouraged me to get off the couch and do a little DIY to get me out of this funk…so, I took his advice! He was right, it was the perfect fix for my laziness!!  I wanted to do something fun and unique with some driftwood we collected a few months ago while we were up in northern California. I also had some fun miniature glass vials that I bought from a craft store ages ago. They were so cute and petite, I just had to get them. But they were so small, I just didn’t know what I could use them for. I finally put them to use!  What you will need: Driftwood  Glass vials Hot glue gun First, figure out the best way to lay your piece of driftwood down so it’s as straight and even as possible. Play around with how you would like to display your vials and see what looks the best to you. Once you decide, take your hot glue gun and carefully glue one vial to the driftwood at a time. Hold in place for a few seconds to ensure they are secure. Repeat with remaining vials. Once you are done, display some small flowers or succulents and enjoy!  I am happy with the finished result, it ended up turning out really cute! I think the vials all lined up creat a nice effect, especially since they are quite small. I only chose a few vials to hold the succulents,...

DIY Folk Art

Last week, we went to the beach A LOT! It has been so hot here lately, we just decided to skip town! We first headed out to Ventura, CA for a couple days. We came home to a broken air conditioner (thankfully nothing serious), so our house was 93 degrees. It was SO hot!!!! We stayed one more day and went straight back to the beach for another couple days, this time Santa Barbara, CA! We had such a great time!  Our kids loved the beach: the ocean, the sand, their beach toys and floaties! We all enjoyed the amazing weather and a whole lot of swimming! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a lot of our beach pictures while we were on our holiday! The kids were so fun to watch! It didn’t matter where we went, they always drew a lot of attention and made a lot of new friends!   While we were at the beach, my husband and the kids walked around collecting sea glass, shells and drift wood. Little did I know he had a little project in the back of his mind! When we got home, he simply asked where my hot glue gun was (which is odd, right?) and he called our oldest two over. They sat down for a bit crafting together and making a piece of folk art with the treasures they found on the beach earlier that week! Yes, it was adorable!  What you will need: Sea glass Shells Drift wood Hot glue gun Simply hot glue your sea glass and shells to one side...
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