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Look for Less : Henna Monogram Letter

It’s time once again for the Look for Less Challenge! I always look forward to these challenges! . I love a good knock off, and I’m always amazed at what the L4L ladies come up with for each challenge! This month’s challenge is even better since I get to see your projects too! {more on that at the end of this post}.

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I spotted these adorable Henna Monogram Letters from Urban Outfitters recently. At $14 {or 2 for $20}, I set out to create my own version for less. The price honestly isn’t that bad until you want to spell out a word or name. You could be paying upwards up $60 for a 6 letter word. 

Henna Letter - Urban Outfitters

 

I made my own version for about $3 total. Are you ready for the easiest, simplest project of all time? Seriously. 2 steps!

First things first, you’ll need to gather all of your supplies! To create your own henna letter, you will need a wooden {or MDF} letter, stain and a white paint pen with a thin tip. I used stain I had leftover from my dresser makeover project

Look for Less : Henna Letter -- supplies

Look for Less : Henna Letter -- paint penTo begin, you will simply need to stain your letter. The amount of coats is up to you and what color you are trying to achieve.

Henna letter stainAfter the stain is completely dry, you can start doodling your design onto the letter. I looked at the UO version as my guide. You could also look up pictures of henna to borrow from, or create your own unique design. You will want to make sure the paint pen has a fine tip to get the best results. It is not going to be perfect {unless you have the world’s most steady hand}, but that is part of the character! 

Henna letterAnd that is it! These letters are adorable all alone or strung together into a meaningful word or name. If you want to hang your letter on a wall, you can hot glue a paper clip to the back to act as a hook. Simple! 

Look for Less : Urban Outfitters Inspired Henna LetterBe sure to check out the girls’ LFL projects, too! They never cease to amaze me. So much creative talent! 

look for less projects.jpgDIY Outdoor Couch / DIY Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shade/ DIY X-Leg Ottoman 

Pottery Barn Beachbomber Roud Tray / DIY 22 x 28 Mirror

Now it is your turn! Link up your best knock off project! You could win a $60 Target gift card! 

Look for Less Giftcard Giveaway (1)

The Rules? They’re simple!

  1. Follow each challenge host somehow; any way is fine! 
  2. Link your Look for Less project below, and be sure to include your email!  
  3. Make sure your post has an image or link of your designer inspiration.  
  4. By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature and image on our blogs 

 

 



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Simple Summer Centerpiece

Summer is a time for slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life. The days are longer and meant to be spent with family and friends, soaking in the sun and beauty around you and even dining outdoors {for those of you north of the Mason-Dixon line, at least}. 

I put together a simple centerpiece that would work for any casual gathering, or just to enjoy every day. Nothing fussy or complicated. Just simple and cheerful. :)

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

I paired a grocery store mixed bouquet with a few things I already had around the house. All in the name of simplicity!

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

I painted 3 different sized mason jars with left over chalk paint. I used the aubusson blue from my coffee bar and white from the media cabinet update. I mixed the two colors to make a light blue for the smallest jar. Once the paint had dried, I lightly sanded over the raised areas to distress the jars a bit, and went over with a bit of dark wax. I love the worn, farmhouse look. It’s especially nice in the spring and summer. 

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

For an extra dose of fun and character, I made a couple happy little flags with skewers and scrapbook paper. I suppose paper flags are the jewelry of summer bouquets. ;)

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

Simple Summer Centerpiece -- chalk painted mason jars, grocery store flowers and mini paper flags

What are your favorite parts of summer?

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DIY Backlit Marquee Letter

Hi there! Are you recovering today from a long weekend? Hopefully everyone had a fun, safe weekend without any firework incidents. ;)

I have had my heart set on one day owning a big, metal marquee letter from sometime now. My husband and I both love typography. We are what you might call “font nerds”. Comic Sans and Papyrus offend us, we love a good font joke, and typography art just makes us feel swoony. Do you know what doesn’t make us feel swoony? The prices of most of the marquee letters on the market. 

When I stumbled upon a wall full of galvanized metal letters at Hobby Lobby, I did a happy dance in aisle {especially because they were half off that week}. I quickly came up with my own take on an illuminated marquee sign. This may win for the easiest project in the history of Like a Saturday. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15To create your own backlit marquee letter, you will need a metal letter {mine was $15 at Hobby Lobby, but have seen similar at other craft stores and online}, a string of Christmas lights, and either duct tape or electrical tape. I used a strand of LED lights that I had on hand. These hardly put off any heat, so I don’t have to worry about the metal getting too hot. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

ampersand 1.jpgFlip the letter over and position the end of the strand so your plug is where you will need it to be. Start taping the strand of lights to the inside of the letter. You will want to place a piece of tape in between the lights. I wrapped and taped the strand to the outside edge of the letter, and then came back and did the same on the inside edge. I still had some lights left, so I taped those to the center portion. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

This is what mine looked like on the backside once I was finished {lit and unlit}. I just had a little tail sticking out of the bottom so I would be able to plug it in.

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

See? Seriously easy! For now, our illuminated ampersand is living above our bedroom dresser. An ampersand seems like a fitting character for over here, since we have several wedding mementos on the dresser {like a few wedding photos and our cake topper birds}. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

 

Are you a typography nerd, too? What ways have you incorporated it into your decor?

 

 

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