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DIY Pom Pom Magnets by Julia Walck

If you're like me and want every part of your house to feel like a party, these pom pom magnets are for you. They basically scream, "FUN!". Plus, they're super easy to make and you don't need a lot of supplies. 

So let's get this party started! 

SUPPLIES: 

  • magnetic tape. You can buy some here. (If you want extra secure poms, you can use hot glue)
  • pom poms. I used these. (I found the purples/pink pack in stores)
  • scissors

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Cut a 0.5" to 1" piece off of the magnet strip.
     
  • Peel back the paper to reveal the sticky tape.
     
  • Place the magnet square sticky side up in your workspace.
     
  • Press the pom pom firmly onto the magnet square.
     
  • If corners are sticking out from the front view, cut the corners off of the back of the magnet square.
     
  • That's it! Now photos and to-do lists on your fridge will be super fun! 

Bobby Pin Polka Dot Nails DIY by Julia Walck

Last week, I painted my nails in a cute floral pattern using a bobby pin and nail polish. I got so many compliments and people asking how I did it so I thought, why not do a DIY?!

Here's a super simple polka dot nail tutorial; skip the salon for those fancy "extra design" charges and do it yourself for free! 

SUPPLIES: 

  • 2 contrasting colors of nail polish.
  • topcoat
  • a pulled apart bobby pin

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Paint your nails with the base color (double up on this!)
     
  • Let your nails dry.
     
  • Dip the bobby pin into your second color. It doesn't matter what side of the bobby pin you use.
     
  • Press down gently on your nails making a polka dot pattern. Use more polish for bigger dots and less polish for tiny dots.
     
  • Sit back and wait for the dots to dry. You might want to give yourself a few extra minutes on this to prevent smudging. 
     
  • Apply topcoat.
     
  • Voila! Now you have super fun patterned nails. High five! (but make sure your polish is dry first)

DIY Painted Necklace Anthropologie Hack by Julia Walck

I was in an Anthropologie last week and saw this necklace. I swooned over it but then saw the pricetag. $158?! Come on Anthro... I love you but that's a bit much. 

I remembered that had someone gifted me a similar bib necklace that was gold and silver. I instantly thought, "I can make that!" So I did.

SUPPLIES: 

  • gold necklace (some suggestions below)
  • 2 colors of acrylic paint, one slightly darker than the other
  • gold paint pen or gold acrylic paint
  • paint brush(es)

NECKLACE OPTIONS: 

  1. Paddle Necklace, $16.80
  2. Spike Statement Necklace, $8.90
  3. Stick Bib Necklace, $15.40

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Put a paper towel under the necklace
     
  • Take your lighter paint color and paint the tips of the the necklace, going a little over halfway up.
     
  • Dabble the darker color on top of the lighter color. Don't worry, you can get messy! It actually adds more style if you do.
     
  •  Draw little circles/scribbles with your gold pen or paint.
     
  • Let dry and then wear it out for a night on the town! 

Piñata Wall Backdrop DIY by Julia Walck

I felt like my new studio space needed a pop of color, so I made a DIY piñata wall backdrop. How can you not smile when you're surrounded by a vibrant, wall sized piñata?! 

When it comes to projects like this it's go big or go home for me. I was already home, so I went big! 8ft x 7ft to be exact, but you can make your DIY piñata wall however big your heart desires.

SUPPLIES: 

  • 2-5 colors of tissue paper (we used a total of 80 sheets)
  • scissors
  • double sided tape

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Start by taking one piece of tissue paper and cut it in half.
     
  • Fold each of those pieces in half.
     
  • Try to make it as even as possible and press down to crease. Don't worry if your fold is a bit wonky, you can take your scissors to the non folded edge and trim off the wonkiness to straighten it out.
  • Starting at the edge where the paper is separated, cut lines about 1" apart from one another. Don't cut all the way through the folded side; you want to leave about .5" of a solid piece above each cut.
     
  • Cut until you've completed the strip.
  • Continue the folding and cutting process with all of your pieces.
  • Pick a surface to mount your tissue paper strips onto. You can put this directly on your wall, or a large piece of paper such as butcher paper.
     
  • Grab your double sided tape and stick little pieces on one side of your strip. Place the tape on each edge, and in the middle for security.
     
  • Flip your tissue paper strip over and press down to adhere onto your surface. Make sure you start this process going from bottom to top of your final piece, and continue side to side for your desired width. Make sure you start this process from the bottom of your final piece. Continue side to side until you've reached your desired width before you start your second row. You'll be working upwards from here.
  • Take a different colored strip and place it on top of your first color. Line it up so a bit of the first color peeks through.
     
  • Tape the edges and middle of this second strip and push down to stick.
     
  • Continue this row by row process until you've filled up your area entirely! 

Bam! Now you have a super fun piñata wall that's always photo ready. Time to strike a pose! 

Make Every Day Haturday by Julia Walck

I just wrapped up a project I've been working on for most of the month: I wore a different hat every day for 27 days straight and NO ONE NOTICED!

Yes I own 27 hats. 28 if you count my hattoo. (I don't have a problem!!!) I also have a hashtag for myself on Instagram you can take a peek at

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Here's an individual breakdown day by day.
*Note: If you're on a phone you've got a bit of scrolling to do!

It's a bit relieving to not take a photo every day anymore, but I did like watching the progression over the span of a month. Coming up with a completely new outfit each day and not repeating anything except for my smile was a fun challenge.

All in all, I guess if I got anything out of this project it's 27 new profile photos.