DIY Spotlight: Painted Flower Mocs

Looking for the perfect summer moc? You’re in the right spot!  Today Courtney from A Little Craft In Your Day will be teaching you how to paint your White Smooth Leather Mocs with nail polish. These floral guys are the perfect DIY shoe for any occasion from fancy country club events and polo matches to a family barbecue or a casual day in town.

Check out the tutorial below on how to give your smooth leather mocs a makeover with nail polish and be sure to visit A Little Craft In Your Day for more fun DIY inspiration.

Supplies:
Minnetonka White Smooth Leather Mocs 
nail polish in a variety of bright colors
adhesive flower stencils

Step One: Pick a place on the shoe to start the pattern. Place the first stencil there. The rest of the design will stem off of your first flower.

Step Two: Using the nail polish, paint in the stencil. Let it dry before removing. These adhesive stencils are reusable which is very helpful.

Step Three: Going off of your first flower, create a pattern with the different shaped flower stencils. Try to alternate colors to get the best effect on your pattern. I try not to have two of the same color flowers right next to each other, but sometimes it is inevitable. Cover the entire top section.

Now, go enjoy your new floral mocs!

Festival Hair How-To

Music festival season has officially hit! As we pack our mocs (naturally) and boho threads for a weekend at Coachella, let’s not forget our mane asset — Sporting amazing hair like we just rolled in with the band. Here’s our first “kinky and knotty” style to get those hairs concert ready!

Step 1: Unless you’re already sporting 2nd-day hair, dirty up those tresses with a bit of dry shampoo. Then add a little “kink”, rocking a flatiron back and forth along random hair strands. Need help with that flatiron? Check out my old “boho wave” tutorial here.  Otherwise sleep in a few pigtail braids overnight for next-day crimps!

Step 2: Grab a handful of bobby pins and get twisting! Twist, braid and secure those tresses at the back of the head. Remember, the messier the better!

Step 3: Don’t forget to add a few hippy braids throughout and secure the ends by rubbing in a tiny dollop of pomade! Spritz with hairspray to finish. Voila! Rocker-chic tresses!

About Blair Badge:
Blair is a gal that doesn’t like to sit still. Communication and creative consultant, fashion blogger, (part-time) model and undercover nerd. She’s addicted to Instagram, eats vegan (mostly), is obsessed with almond milk lattes and listens to trance too loud. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Ross.

DIY Project: Beaded Fringe Mocs

A new DIY Project try this month!  Today Shio from Sweetnessaboos shows us an adorable and easy way to accessorize your Double Fringe Side Zip Boots for spring.

Check out the tutorial below on how to add beads to your favorite pair of fringe boots (or mocs!) and be sure to visit Sweetnessaboos for more fun DIY ideas.

Supplies:
Minnetonka Double Fringe Side Zip Boot
Turquoise seed beads
Sewing needle
Black thread
Scissor

Step 1: Measure around top fringe, and double that measurement, plus some extra. Cut thread measured length. Fold thread in half so that you are doubling it up to make sure the thread is strong enough and won’t easily break. Thread your needle, then insert thread into hole on bottom of fringe, double knot it and make sure it is secure. (make sure you start at the fringe closest to the zipper then when you make your way around it meets up with the other end that sits by the zipper as well. that way you don’t thread over the zipper)

Step 2: After you tie off thread and secure it in the first hole, add your first bead, then come from back of fringe through the hole, then add another bead, and continue this until you meet back up with the beginning. Once you get to the end, double knot it and make sure its secure. (tip: try not to make it too tight while beading around or the beads won’t lay right and may appear hidden and the fringe may end up laying on top of one another)

Step 3: Grab more thread (make sure to double it up for more strength), add bead to thread, place bead under silver disc, then tuck thread under each side of disc and double knot at top. Cut off excess. I’m so glad I ended up adding this last minute detail, because it really pulled the whole look together!!

The Paper Mama: Heart Shaped Planter DIY

This month we are delighted to welcome a new DIY contributor to the Minnetonka blog.  Meet the exceptionally creative and crafty Chelsey Andrews of The Paper Mama.

Hello lovely people! February is the month of love and I’m celebrating with my little Heart-Shaped Planter DIY. It’s the perfect home for a little succulent plant. It’s easily made from polymer clay and is an inexpensive handmade gift (I spent under $10, since I already had glue and dirt). Ready to get started? Okay!

Supplies:

- 6 to 8 oz. of polymer clay (I used Sculpey)

- a rolling pin (or, use a glass if you don’t have a rolling pin)

- knife

- heart planter pattern

- e6000 adhesive

- succulent

- potting mix for succulent plants

- baking parchment paper

 

Directions:

1.  Print and cut out your heart planter patterns. Roll out your polymer clay to about ¼ inch thick. Place your patterns on top of the rolled out clay and trace out the patterns with the knife. You’ll be cutting out 2 hearts and 3 squares.

2. Use your finger to smooth out the edges of each cut out shape.

3. Grab your triangle pattern and cut out a pattern on the “A” side of the heart pattern. Smooth out the edges of your cut out triangle holes.

4. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit. Put a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Carefully place your cut out polymer clay pieces onto the parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Note: Be sure to follow the exact directions of the polymer clay you use, since they may be different than the clay I used.

5. When your shapes are done baking and have cooled down, it’s time to assemble your planter. In a well ventilated space (preferably outside), wearing a mask and eye protection, use your E6000 to glue everything together. I drew out a little plan to help explain how to do this.

First: You have three squares. Glue square 1 and 2 to two opposite edges of square 3. Tip: use something heavy on either side of square 1 and 2 to hold them up. Let dry for least least a couple hours.

Second: Next, glue your hearts to the open sides of the glued together square 1, 2, & 3. Tip:  Prop up the hearts with something heavy while the glue cures.

6. Let your glued planter dry for at least 24 hours.

7. Plant your succulent in your adorable planter.

You’re done! Gift this sweet little planter to your favorite Valentine buddy, OR keep it for yourself. I won’t judge. Promise (said as I cuddle my own little Heart Planter). Happy February!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I was inspired to create these little heart planters after seeing these adorable little home planters made by Fellow Fellow for Say Yes.

Handcrafted for the Holidays: Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Hot Chocolate Stirrers created by Kinsey from Sincerely, Kinsey

For the Handcrafted for the Holidays lookbook, I made three different kinds of hot chocolate dippers:

Peppermint
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
S’mores – You’ll need graham crackers and mini marshmallows.

See below for all three recipes to make this winter!

Ingredients: dark chocolate chips, wooden skewers, chocolate mold, cooking pot and mixing spoon.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate Dippers

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. Break up small pieces of Reese’s and placed them in the bottom of the chocolate mold.

3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, begin pouring it into the chocolate mold on top of the Reese’s pieces.

4. Lastly, stick wooden skewers in the middle of the mold. You’ll want to move quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

5. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

S’more Hot Chocolate Dippers:

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. While the chocolate is melting, take one graham cracker rectangle and cut it in half.

3. Once the chocolate is melted, take the mixing spoon and spread a thick layer of melted chocolate on the inside of the graham cracker square.

4. Quickly place four mini marshmallows onto the graham cracker and wedge the skewer in between the marshmallows.

5. Lastly, add a thick layer of melted chocolate to the inside of the other graham cracker square and place it on top of the marshmallows, creating a s’more. Again, you’ll want to do steps 3-5 quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

6. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Dippers:

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. While the chocolate is melting, break the peppermint stick into small pieces.

3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, pour the melted chocolate in the mold and sprinkle broken pieces of peppermint on top.

4. Lastly, stick wooden skewers in the middle of the mold. You’ll want to move quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

5. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

Kinsey wearing Minnetonka Lace Up Fringe Ankle Wedge Boots