Friday, July 22, 2016

DIY It - Mini Layered Concrete Planters

I have been having so much fun playing around with concrete and plaster lately, but I have been wanting to experiment a bit by adding a bit of color to the mix. I know that I could always paint the finished product, but I wanted to try to retain the matte concrete look by adding the color into the mix, and I also had the grand idea to create a marble look with the concrete using different colors of mix. The results weren't exactly what I was going for (not marbled enough for my tastes), but they weren't that bad, so I figured I would share them with you anyway. These tiny little layered concrete planters are the perfect desk accessory and you can easily customize them in your choice of colors. And maybe you will be able to swirl the colors together a bit more for a more marbled look!



The Supplies:
  • Maker's Mix concrete mix (available at Joann Stores) or any other concrete mix
  • Acrylic Craft Paint (I have also heard that powdered tempra paint works well)
  • Half Circle Silicone Mold
  • Paper cup and plastic spoon
  • Bottom of plastic Easter egg and a golf ball
I have seen several tutorials that say that you can't mix acrylic paint with concrete or plaster, but I have found that you actually can in small amounts. Likely if you added too much it wouldn't set correctly, but so far in my experimenting I haven't had a problem with the concrete setting.

I began by choosing my paint colors. Since I was using a gray concrete, the colors that I mixed with the concrete mix wouldn't be as vibrant and would darken slightly, so I went with shades of blue. I did try a bright pink and in turned into a light pinkish gray color, not bad, but not really what I was hoping for.

Once I had my colors (navy blue and turquoise), I started by mixing about 1/2 cup of powered concrete, about 1 TBSP of acrylic paint (I eyeballed this), and enough water to create a thick pancake batter consistency. This first color got added to my mold and then I quickly repeated the process with the next color of paint and poured it in the mold. Finally I finished with the plain gray concrete. Making sure to leave about a 1/4" of the mold unfilled.




Now that my mold was filled, I gently swirled the colors of concrete together and placed my Easter egg bottom with a golf ball inside to weigh it down. As you can see above I did not follow my own advise and filled the mold a little too full. So I had to use my finger to gently remove the excess mix that spilled over the sides when I inserted my egg pieces.



Then it was time to let it dry. Once it had dried and cured overnight, I un-molded the concrete and planted with my mini succulents.

The next time I make these I plan to try to swirl the concrete together a bit more to create more of a marbled look. But all in all, these mini planters are still super cute and I love that I have found an easy way to color the concrete and still get that industrial concrete look.




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Craft It - A Colorful Geometric Headboard

This colorful geometric headboard was created in partnership with FloraCraft® Make It: Fun®. All ideas, opinions, and styling is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Kailo Chic Life possible.
 
I love geometric shapes. Everything from hexagons to triangles have become popular in the last few years and I love them all. This month I was challenged by FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® to create summer wall art using their foam sheets in various widths, and I did just that in the form of my colorful geometric headboard.

Learn how to DIY your own light weight colorful geometric headboard using craft foam sheets by FloraCraft. Easy triangle and polygon shaped bedroom decor - quick craft - home DIY project

Learn how to DIY your own light weight colorful geometric headboard using craft foam sheets by FloraCraft. Easy triangle and polygon shaped bedroom decor - quick craft - home DIY project

While it isn't technically a real headboard, it is above the bed in my guest room and that's good enough for me. I am kind of obsessed with the shapes and colors, and might just have to move these into my own room. That's if I can talk my husband into it!

Follow along below for the full tutorial on how to replicate this colorful geometric headboard for your own bedroom.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Eat It - Tropical Fruit Sprinkles

I hate to admit it, but I love sprinkles. I feel as an adult I should have outgrown my love for the tasteless little bits, but the color keeps me coming back for more. I love the color pop sprinkles give cupcakes, ice cream, or even a bowl of oatmeal. Seriously put a few sprinkles on your oatmeal and the color suddenly makes it seam like dessert! But in an effort to grow up a little, I tried to branch out from my regular rainbow jimmies, and made tropical fruit sprinkles to adorn my latest batch of cupcakes. Seriously, why have I not tried this before! The tiny little bits of fruit are so much more flavorful than regular sprinkles, and yet still just as fun and colorful. 

Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe
Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe
Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe

To make your own tropical fruit sprinkles, simply cut up teeny, tiny pieces of tropical fruit such as golden kiwi, dragon fruit, mango, and pineapple. You can even add a few figs or strawberries if you like. I had them so I added them in and the colors and flavors were just perfect!

Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe

Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe

Once you have your fruit bits all cut up, simply sprinkle them on iced cupcakes, your ice cream, or, yes, even your oatmeal.

Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe

Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe

Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe

Have you ever made fruit sprinkles before? Trust me that this is one easy dessert idea you need to try. Sprinkles that are not only pretty and tasty, but also healthy for you? Now that is perfection!

Make your own tropical fruit sprinkles to top your cupcakes or bowl of ice cream. Finally sprinkles that taste as good as they look! - Eat, dessert, food, recipe, how-to, tutorial - party food and dessert recipe


Monday, July 18, 2016

Craft It - Marble and Gold Monogrammed Napkin Rings

Who knew marble tile was so versa"tile"? Ha! I have made both colorful mini spring succulent planters and marble and copper taper candle holders using the 2" hexagon tiles and today I want to share a super easy way to turn them into monogrammed place card napkin rings. 

DIY your own marble and gold napkin rings using hardware store hexagon tile. Easy dinner party decoration idea - monogramed place cards - monogram napkin rings - diy home decor

DIY your own marble and gold napkin rings using hardware store hexagon tile. Easy dinner party decoration idea - monogramed place cards - monogram napkin rings - diy home decor

DIY your own marble and gold napkin rings using hardware store hexagon tile. Easy dinner party decoration idea - monogramed place cards - monogram napkin rings - diy home decor

DIY your own marble and gold napkin rings using hardware store hexagon tile. Easy dinner party decoration idea - monogramed place cards - monogram napkin rings - diy home decor

Don't you just love them?! Marble and gold is such a classic combo that will go with pretty much any table setting or party theme. And, they are as easy to make as using a glue gun and stickers. Lets get started, shall we?