Turn your shoe collection into wall art!Some people like to decorate their homes with photos of their loved ones. And sometimes those loved ones happen to be shoes. So sue me. Instead of booking a family photo shoot for me and my shoes, I thought it would be a bit more interesting, and perhaps a tad less wacky, to capture their essence with a pop art project.

I teamed up with Canon USA to transform cell phone photos of my most beloved pumps and sandals into pretty cool pop art to hang on the walls of my home. Check out how simple this project is!

Turn your shoe collection into wall art!Supplies:
-cell phone camera or regular ol' camera
-photo editing software (I used A Color Story, of course!)
-solid colored card stock and patterned card stock if desired
-Canon PIXMA MG7720 photo printer
-adhesive of your choice (I used rubber cement)
-8x10 picture frame

Turn your shoe collection into wall art!Step One: Take a photo of your shoes in a bright space on a white backdrop, like printer paper or a poster board. If possible, take your photos outside or in a room with windows on each side so you don't get long shadows on your photo's background.

Turn your shoe collection into wall art!
Light colored shoes work best for this project because you definitely want the background color of the card stock to show through after printing the image of the shoe. I took photos of the profiles of my shoes because they looked most interesting that way. But if you're photographing Converse or shoes that look better from above, then by all means mix it up!

Untitled-1Step Two: Edit the photos of your shoes to give them a lithographic pop art effect. I used A Color Story to adjust the curves and the contrast of the image as shown above. Then I applied a black and white filter (I used the Coffee filter – ha!) to give the shoe a gritty, high-contrast feel that works well with the pop art style.

Canon printerStep Three: Print! After cropping your photo to fit how you'd like into an 8x10 space, you can choose to send your photos directly to your Canon PIXMA MG7720 photo printer using the Canon PRINT app. Or you can send the photo to your computer if you'd like to use additional editing software to further customize your document before printing. This printer is great because it is able to capture the darker values while printing on colored paper, which is important for this type of project.

Turn your shoe collection into wall art!Step Four: Cut out the printed shoe, leaving a border of the colored card stock around the edges for a lithograph effect. Cut the card stock you've chosen for the background to fit into your 8x10 frame, then glue the cut-out shoes onto the background. I chose to use a patterned card stock for two of my frames and solid card stock with this background texture printed onto it for the other two frames. 

Turn your shoe collection into wall art!This pop art project is a great way to fill out a themed gallery wall or even to stack vertically in a narrow wall space that might be a bit awkward to decorate, like a space in between two closets, two windows, or beside a bedroom door.

Turn your shoe collection into wall art!Hey, I've never had the guts to buy an expensive pair of bubblegum pink Hasbeens, but thanks to a little colored card stock, I can enjoy a pair in the color of my choice! Shoes on my feet, shoes in my closet, and now shoes on my wall. Where will they go next? -Mandi

Author: Mandi Johnson. Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.  

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!)       Summer is all about party foods, am I right? What excites me the most about going to a picnic or pool party is really what's being served at the snack table more than anything else. We've done our fair share of jello shots here at the blog, and I always have some extra love for the ones that are really cute as well as really tasty, so I thought a pink lemonade version of a lemon drop shot would be just the thing to get this summer started off right. They may look complicated, but they are super easy to make – I promise!

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!)       Pink Lemonade Jello Shots, makes about 9 lemon halves you can cut into wedges

2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1 cup pink lemonade
1/2 cup regular vodka
1/2 cup lemon vodka or Lemon Eddy
5 lemons

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!) Cut your lemons in half and use a spoon (a serrated grapefruit spoon works great if you have one) to scoop out the insides as much as you can.

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!) Heat the lemonade in a pan over medium heat and stir in the packets of gelatin slowly until they dissolve. Add the lemonade and gelatin mixture to a bowl and pour in your vodka liquids. Stir until combined. 

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!)    Transfer the liquid into a pourable container and place your lemon halves into a muffin tin to keep them upright. Pour in the liquid until each half is full and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!)    Remove the tin once the lemons have set and slice into slices right before serving. Enjoy!

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!)    Pink Lemonade Jello Shots! (click through for recipe!)    How pretty are these all sliced up? Such a cute look for a summer party. You can make them with water instead of vodka if you'd like them for a kid's party instead. If making these for an outdoor party, I would serve them on a bed of ice to keep the jello from melting too quickly. Cut them into bigger or smaller slices depending on the serving size you want, and watch them disappear!! xo. Laura

Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse You guys are in for a treat today! One of my long-time friends (I met Lindsey in junior high!) is here to share her very personal and colorful home with you! As soon as I saw this before/after photo on her Instagram, I instantly begged her to share her home here on the blog. Take a look– 

Before&AfterYep! AMAZING update. I wanted to know more about their renovations, and I thought you would enjoy it too! Here's a peek into her process. 

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse on A Beautiful Mess At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse on A Beautiful Mess "I've always wanted to live in an older home with a lot of character and a fun exterior color. We shopped around for months praying for the right one, but couldn't find anything that felt right. Renovating was not on our radar, so when we changed gears and bought our 100 year old home in an auction, I had a hard time seeing the potential. But, we couldn't get over an undeniable peace that let us know it was "the one". So, we moved forward. I was a little bit excited, and a lot freaking out! Luckily my husband was confident in it and saw something I didn't!

"When we began renovating, we knew we wanted to start with the exterior. The chipped, old paint was an eyesore, and to feel better about our purchase, I needed to see a BIG change right away! It was so exciting and very intimidating choosing an exterior color. I mean we were painting a whole house!!!! We definitely felt the pressure! We have a neighbor with a blue house and another with yellow, so we knew we could get away with having something colorful. Perfect! Since the original color appeared to be somewhere in the green family, we decided to stick with that, but go much bolder. Bright, clean, and welcoming were criteria for our ideal color choice. I was so nervous when they started painting, and I remember driving up to the house for the first time when it was done... it was just SO BRIGHT and such a drastic change! But we love it!

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse  "We knew from the beginning we wanted to paint all of the walls white (who knew there were a million shades of white to choose from?!!!!). We wanted our home to feel light and bright and also allow us to incorporate some bold colors throughout. Also, one of our favorite things to do is host parties, so we wanted a blank canvas that would always allow us to decorate accordingly.

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse   "One of my husband and my favorite things to do together is get coffee and stroll through flea markets. Oddly enough, it seems like we never find the good pieces when we go together. He travels locally for his job and passes through small towns, which from our experience seem to have the best treasures, for the best prices. When it comes to hunting our vintage pieces, he is usually the one that hits the jackpot. Plus, I get bored with our decor pretty quickly, and I love to change things up. So this allows us to do so affordably. Out with the old, in with the... old! 

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse   At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse        At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse        "Painting the stairs blue was a spur of the moment, last second decision! We were originally planning to paint them white, but decided this would be a good area for a punch of color! We chose Behr's Dark Cobalt Blue in high gloss. From our experience, many paint brands market as "high gloss", but this brand gave us the glass effect we really wanted! This color choice was actually a compromise, as I wanted to go with an even brighter blue and my husband wanted something darker to contrast all of the white. I think this compromise ended up working out in our favor! 

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse          At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse          At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse          "Much like the rest of our house, we kept the kids' rooms simple. We chose the crib as the statement piece and decided to go with a bold, gender-neutral color. We used Olympic Icon's Acorn Squash. It's washable and zero VOC, two things that were important to us in choosing paint for our kids' furniture. 

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse               At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse               At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse               At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse on A Beautiful Mess    "The yellow door in our kitchen is actually the same color of paint we used for Matthews's crib. This wasn't something that we did before we moved in or something we planned. Haha, the yellow door is a rainy Saturday project we just did on a whim! We had the paint and the time, so we just went for it! Now that I think about it, most of our statement pieces/areas weren't planned at all, but just sort of happened!

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse on A Beautiful Mess      At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse on A Beautiful Mess      "When it comes to juggling my style with our kiddos and dog, I've learned to compromise with certain things to keep the look I love but also keep things safe. Matthews is getting to the age where he can be told not to touch and he will mostly listen. However, Polly is now entering the stage where she's into EVERYTHING. So it will be awhile before I get to have exactly what I want, where I want it. Thankfully, places like Ikea and Target have allowed us to find items that are fun for the kids and also line up with my style. Cute toys and storage is important, you guys! ;)

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse on A Beautiful Mess          "When renovating our home, we felt it was really important to keep a balance between details of what makes it "us", while also maintaining the historic integrity and character. But most importantly, we were given the advice that this is our home, or sanctuary if you will, and so the decisions should be based on making a space that creates sweet, happy memories, rather than worrying about what others think."

At Home With Lindsey Key-Clouse on A Beautiful Mess          Thanks so much for sharing your space with us, Lindsey! Follow Lindsey's Instagram here. xx- Elsie 

Credits//Author and Photography: Lindsey Key-Clouse.

Plush succulent boxesI'm really excited to share today's post! You guys know I've been totally obsessed with creating a Palm Springs themed, kid-friendly guest room, right? No? Oh, OK... well here's a little recap! 

First I shared a DIY for gold foil cactus wallpaper. It came out pretty magical and got the room off to a great start. Then Laura helped me create some large scale plush cacti. They're so cute! And today I'm back again to share an idea for garden boxes that we created for the bunk beds.

I wanted to fill the room with kid versions of grown up things. These boxes add so much to the room and are a fun plushie play on my plant obsession. 

Laura and I tag teamed this tutorial.

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-green felt (in various shades)
-brown felt
-wire and wire snippers
-fabric scissors
-glue or hot glue gun
-peel and stick velcro
-window boxes
-pillow stuffing

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)To make some ric-rac cactus-type plants, fold a section of your green felt in half and cut out squiggly, curvy shapes that are about 14" long (folding the felt before you cut will give you two pattern pieces exactly the same). Cut about 8-10 of these per plant. Place a wire between the two pattern pieces and use fabric glue to glue around the edges, trapping the wire between the layers (the metal you see in the photo above is just pins holding the matching pairs in place before adding the wire). Having the wire allows you to move and bend the cactus arms as you please once it's planted in your box.

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)Stack 8-10 of your arms on top of each other (lining up all the bases together), and glue the bottom inch of each plant arm to the one on either side. Use another piece of felt to wrap and secure the bottom of your bundle together and glue the felt in place.

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)For the more ball-shaped cactus, cut several different sized circles of felt fabric. Keep in mind that your finished cactus will be a little smaller than half your circle diameter, so cut them accordingly. Use embroidery thread to hand sew around the perimeter of the circle, stuff the middle with pillow stuffing, and then pull the thread tight and knot to create your ball. Use more thread to thread up through the middle of the cactus, down the side, and back up through the middle again to create the sections of the cactus. Add some thread knots for needles or make a flower to decorate the top!

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)
Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)For the last style of succulent, it's all about layering petals. This will give you more of an agave or echeveria look depending on what color green you use and if your leaf is elongated like an agave or short with the rounded edge of an echeveria. Fold your fabric (so you get double the pieces per cut) and cut three sizes of leaves with the smallest around 2" and largest around 5-6". Starting with the smallest, place a small amount of glue at the base and pinch together until dry. Keep adding leaves to your first original leaf, staggering the leaf placement as you go, until you work your way up in size and your plant takes shape!

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)When you are finished, glue some fabric strips over the base of your plant to make a smoother area for the velcro. Add some velcro strips to the bottom of your plant.

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)Cut pieces of cardboard that are the exact size of the interior of your window box.

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)Trace the cardboard onto some brown felt, cut the felt, and attach to the cardboard with a hot glue gun. Mark with a marker where you want to "plant" your ric-rac cactus, and use an X-Acto knife to cut out a hole just big enough for the cactus end to fit into snugly. 

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)To keep the brown felt board from sinking further into the window box, cut a long strip of cardboard that takes up most of the depth of the window box and zigzag it back and forth in the box. Once you place the felt board on top, it will sit right on top of the cardboard underneath.

Felt Succulent Window Box DIY (click through for tutorial)Attach the velcro strips to all your plants and their opposing sides to the brown cardboard. Now your window box is ready to hang!

Felt bead mother of pearl DIYTo make the mother of pearl succulent sections, I used paper covered floral wire, super glue and green felt balls in two sizes. I found mine on Etsy at this shop

Felt bead mother of pearl DIY To make each strand, I just put super glue on one ball and squeezed them together for about 60 seconds each until they were dry. (Go ahead and insert as many ball jokes as you want here... I can't stop you.) 

Last, I twisted 3-4 wires together and added them to the window boxes. 

Plush succulent boxes The results are SO pretty and really add a LOT to my room. They're the first thing you see when you walk into the room! 

Plush succulent boxes  Plush succulent boxes  Plush succulent boxes  Plush succulent boxes  Plush succulent boxes  Plush succulent boxes  Now, you can make these for any planter! It doesn't have to be a window box. Get creative and figure out a way you can incorporate some plush plants into your kiddo room! xx- Elsie 

ps- SO excited to share the FULL ROOM with you soon! 

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

 Easy rope braid (click-through for the full tutorial) When I had red hair, my nieces pointed out a similarity to Anna from Frozen. Between my color change, this hair style, and dress, I think I'll be getting Elsa comparisons next time they see me! The Elsa look was completely accidental, I promise! Rather than being an ice queen, I think rope braids are one of the best summer hairstyles. They're easy and quirky and perfect around your face if you have bangs/a fringe – I find my bangs won't stay in most braids, but the rope braid twists keep them in place and out of my face no matter how hot the day gets.

Step One: Start with clean, brushed hair with a deep side part. 

Easy rope braid (click through for the full tutorial)Step Two: Take a small section towards the top of your part and divide this into two pieces.

Step Three: Twist the two pieces in the same direction. (When you take two sections in two hands, you'll automatically twist them in opposite directions. So don't do that!) I like to twist my sections forwards towards the front of my face.

Step Four: Cross the sections over each other in the opposite direction from your twist; if you twisted towards the front of your face, then cross them away from your face.

Step Five: Add small pieces of hair to both of your sections and twist them in the same direction again (i.e. towards the front of your face).

Step Six: Cross the two sections in the opposite direction again (towards the back of your head).

Step Seven: Keep repeating the steps, adding small pieces of hair to both sections before each crossing. When you reach the ends of your hair, tie it off with a small elastic.

Step Eight: Pancake/pull your braid a bit starting at the top and working your way down to give the braid more volume.

Easy rope braid (click-through for the full tutorial)The only "trick" to a rope braid is to use two sections and twist them in the same direction and then cross them in the opposite direction. It's very easy when you get the hang of it; easier than regular braids I think! Once you've learned the trick, there are several different ways to use rope braids – twisted milkmaid braids, a twisted crown braid, a twisted ponytail, etc. They're all perfect styles for summer, keeping your bangs out of your face, and mine always hold up in heat and activity making them the best hairstyle for a day at the beach. Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.


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