Dear Pinterest, in the hours we’ve spent just looking at amazing DIY projects in your endless galleries we probably could have DIY’d our very own home by now. Oh well, the ideas are there for both the lazy blog trolls killing time (guilty) and the truly motivated craftspeople who make these whimsical dreams of recycling old books and using mason jars for literally everything a reality. This crafty book mark idea from blog, Greenpaper, was found by way of Pinterest (of course) and is super easy…if you don’t mind apart the exterior of dilapidated old novels. Simply slice off the spine with an x-acto knife, punch a hole in the top and tie a pretty ribbon for easy grabbing. Who cares if everyone you know has a Kindle, these will still make awesome gifts come the holidays and remind people of that very sentimental “musty library” smell that brings back ye old school days.
1. Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers: Luckily, summer is berry season which means pulling off these delicious (and healthy) fruit-on-a-stick appetizers is easy as cut, skew and serve. Use strawberries, blueberries and bananas for the perfect patriotic look. You can even take it to the next level by arranging the fruit to look like a flag.
2. Patriotic Daiquiris: By using frozen strawberries, blue curacao liqueur and coconut sorbet with a dash of rum, making this frozen red, white and blue cocktail is a simple way to get a buzz on with the press of a blender button. Your friends will be very impressed with your domesticity and they don’t have to know you snagged the recipe from the Food Network.
3. Hot Dog Flag: Is it really the 4th of July without the grill going? While we stand by the notion that simply having hot dogs at your shindig is celebratory enough, you can up the ante by arranging your wieners and buns into a clever flag shape. Visit this blog and learn how to make star-shaped french fries to finish off the design.
4. Star-Spangled Sandwiches – Probably the easiest of all our finds, these desserts can be in seconds and only require the purchase of some cheap ice cream sandwiches and red, white and blue sprinkles. Just unwrap, dip the sides in the sprinkles and serve. You can also shove some sticks into the end to make the eating process much easier for your intoxicated guests.
5. Chips, Veggies and Dip – We think you know where this is going, but in case the flag-colored food hasn’t gone far enough, you can now turn your regular crudite into something that would make Betsy Ross proud. Cut up red peppers, hicima and blue corn tortilla chips are the perfect trio for your favorite dip.
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Celebrate America’s favorite pastime by inviting a little piece of patriotic history to your arm party. We found this DIY project on Pinterest by way of blog, Kitty Cotten, and to create your own leather accessory is both simple and cheap, just how we like it. Just find yourself an old baseball, cut off the leather with a sharp exact-o-knife and pull the leather off the ball, slice around the stitching and then cut to your desired length while leaving the strings long. Then rebraid the stitching, tie off the ends and use a button to fasten for easy fastening. Then you are ready to eat peanuts and crackerjacks with your fancy hand worthy of the Great Bambino all summer long. Check out a pictorial tutorial here.
It’s no secret we love when we can turn empty bottles of alcohol into some creative home project. This is due in part to our love for recycling and chic home furnishings, but more so because of our excessive drinking habits. We kid, but this DIY project on how to turn empty wine bottles into beautiful lights is no joke. Simply round up your empty wine bottles, soak them and remove the excess glue and get to drilling a small hole in the bottom so you can filter in light strands. Get step-by-step instructions from blog, Taste of Home and then there is no stopping how many of these you can filter through your home. It will give the feeling of an outdoor garden party with beautiful twinkle lights while indoors because let’s face it, that ship has sailed.
How brilliant is this idea? Keeping your life organized and your home looking good has never been so easy thanks to DIY blog, Life at Our House, discovered by way of Pinterest. Simply find an unused window with glass panes and hang it somewhere in your home. Use dry erase markers to write in your appointments, notes or daily reminders. The choice is yours and the freedom, well, you may find yourself getting a little carried away with all the possibilities.
With the end of the school year approaching and the beginning of vacation season looming wonderfully close, there are many things to celebrate this weekend. Perhaps life is one of them (hey, sometimes we are glass-half-full kind of people) but if you can’t think of anything, at least praise the fact that a warm, sunset-tainted evening at the beach may very soon be near. Celebrate that dream with this weekend’s libation, the simply-titled Champagne Cocktail, courteous of our favorite new cocktail-recipe haunt – what else? – Pinterest.
- 1 sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 6 dashes bitters
- .5 oz brandy
- .5 cup Champagne, chilled
- Maraschino cherry
- Lemon slice
Place sugar in a champagne flute or cocktail glass; sprinkle with bitters. Pour brandy into the glass. Top with Champagne. Garnish as desired.
With week one down and another fashion-packed three day extravaganza ahead, it’s only right that we highlight our favorite looks from the first round of desert’s most famous music festival. Lots of trends could be seen on the style-conscious crowd and the somewhat unpredictable weather made for a much more interesting mix. While we know Tupac’s hologram was obviously the hottest thing going, you can check out who we declared “fest dressed” in our gallery after the jump after scouring the blogs and fashion sites like Refinery 29, Fashion Toast, Song of Style, Pinterest and BLDG 25. »READ MORE
For the creatively motivated, Pinterest is a great site to visit to fuel those fires of do-it-yourselfyness that we celebrate here. For the rest of us, it’s a great place to go to waste time and pine over such motivation. When we do find something cool and easy to create, we want to share it which is why this Pottery Barn inspired scripted lampshade is here on your screen right now. We love the idea of having your favorite words literally light your way and this project has many different options on how to go about it. The Shabby Creek Cottage recommends buying a new lampshade (obviously) and printing our your words and taping them on the inside of the shade to trace before painting, but the idea of free handing it could add just the ‘write’ amount of personality to make your room unique. Visit the site to get the full details.
Doesn’t it just kill you when trends come back? Pieces you gave away years ago all of the sudden pop up on all of your favorite bloggers, much to your surprise and anger, and all you can do is just take a deep breath and realize that you shouldn’t succumb to the heartless, unpredictable and unforgiving world of trends. You should trust your fashion gut and keep items like that perfect denim jacket you scored circa 2001 even when those silly magazine put them in the “out” column. You have our permission to give the fashion industry the proverbial middle finger on this one. The good news? This is an excuse to go out and shop and trust us, the top half of the Canadian tuxedo is good this season. Perfect for chilly spring days thrown over your favorite dress and practically made for the colored skinny jeans we’re seeing in every store window, the denim jacket is a season must. See options and outfit inspiration after the jump. »READ MORE
Need something sweet for your sweetie? How about a dessert idea to whip up in a well intentioned, but clearly strategic, move to avoid venturing out on the day of many reservations? Well, we took the time to browse through Pinterest and found the best ideas to show the ones you love just how special they are. From perfectly pink shakes to chocolate cupcakes, check out the sweetest treats from blogs across the globe.
Follow the links for the recipes and let the drooling commence.
We all know about the powers of Pinterest. One can lose hours of his or, let’s be honest, her life browsing through inspiring photos of fashion, home decor and food while dreaming of living in Erin Wasson’s loft and cooking like Paula Dean. Well, if you’re indeed a fan of cooking, you can use Pinterest to find recipes from just like you all over the country. It’s a great way to discover new blogs and expand your recipe books while keeping your belly in a very happy place. Here are five, easy to find Pinteresting foods to check out.