DIY Acrylic Dinosaur Bookend

DIY Dinosaur Bookend
There are dozens of variations of the plastic animal bookend, but this version may be the easiest, chicest one yet!

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

Back when I lived in Germany I bought a bag of 20+ vintage plastic dinosaurs and have been trying to decide what to do with them ever since! About a year ago I purchased a few $5 acrylic boxes from Amazon for makeup storage and one of the lids broke. Put them together with a little spray paint and you have a piece of modern, kitschy decor!

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

I’m thinking about finding a larger glass or acrylic box, topping it with a silver spray painted dinosaur wearing a mini santa hat, and displaying vintage ornaments in the box as a center piece!

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

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Hallows Eve Cocktail Bar Decor

Many times before have I mentioned my aversion to overly-decorating my house for holidays! However, the two little things I will decorate are my mantle and bar/coffee cart. The best thing about this Hallow’s Eve themed bar cart makeover is that almost none of the items are “Halloween” specific, so there’s no need to search high and low all over town, or the internet, for the perfect pieces! Below I will show you exactly how I decorated this layout for just a few dollars, using mostly items I already had, and a FREE printable download you can use to re-create this vignette!

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DIY Vampy Hallow's Eve Cocktail Bar Decor #RKCSouthern Blog

For this DIY I used:

  • Gold sequin table cloth backdrop (seen before HERE & HERE)
  • Black gauze $2 (available year-round at most drug or grocery stores)
  • Gold/black striped straws $2 (available year-round at places like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby & Target)
  • Globe Strand lights (2 packs) $5/ea (found at Target but can be used year-round for any decoration)
  • Marbleized foam pumpkin $3 (found at Target. This was only 1 of 2 specific “Fall/Halloween” decor items I purchased for this vignette)
  • Gold foil “Trick or Treat” paper coasters $2 (found at Michael’s. This was the 2nd of 2 items specifically purchased as a “Fall/Halloween” decor item)
  • Plaster sugar skull $8 (found at Kroger. Sugar skulls aren’t Halloween specific so you can find them almost anywhere any time of the year)
  • Skull shaped liquor bottle (seen before HERE & HERE)
  • Orange roses (in a vase I already had) $10 (from Kroger)
  • Gold-rim tumblers (vintage – found at a flea market in Germany)
  • Gold saucer (vintage – found at a flea market in Germany)
  • Gold & black party popper (seen before HERE & HERE)

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I wanted to show y’all how ridiculously easy it is to put together a holiday-specific decor look using pieces you already have and spending less than $20 to pull everything together so it’s more “Halloween!” If you’re into any sort of entertaining chances are you have some of these items like tumblers, a flower vase, a pretty table cloth (and if you don’t you can just go to a fabric store and buy 2 yards of something you like!) and a strand or two of lights.

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One easy tip for effortlessly creating a cohesive vignette is to stay with a very simple color theme. This instantly gives the illusion that everything goes together. I chose a black and gold theme with a pop of blood red-orange in the flowers.

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I like to re-use items I already have to make them into something new. For example, the flower vase with the “Pick Your Poison” inspired label instantly customizes the arrangement and makes it look a little more expensive! Download the free label template HERE. Learn how to make the label look like mine HERE.

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To create a customized backdrop I positioned the bar cart in front of a large window in my house and clipped the sequin table cloth to the blinds on the window. No extra holes in my walls, fancy frame to hold the backdrop or assembly required!

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My final tip for pulling the whole look together is to choose foods or drinks that compliment the theme. Since I was going to buy wine anyway I chose bottles with labels that reminded me of a witches brew! Don’t necessarily make your decisions based only by the label (or you may be setting yourself up for a disappointment!) but see if the brands you already like released anything holiday specific that would go well with your decor!

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What do you think of this cocktail bar makeover for Hallow’s Eve? I’d love to see how you’re decorating for Fall! Tag me on Insta @Southern.in.the.city so I can see your amazing creations!

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No-Sew DIY Ribbon Boxed Pillow Sham Tutorial

DIY Boxed Pillow Sham Tutorial

I’ve been seeing these elegant, crisp black and white bedrooms on Pinterest lately and especially like the ‘boxed’ ribbon pillow shams they share in common. You may be lucky enough to find a set of these black-edged shams at HomeGoods or the like, but I haven’t been so fortunate, and I’m unwilling to pay $50 -$120 for a set of these chic shams. So we’re going to DIY them! Adding ribbon boxed shams is a fast and cheap way to elevate and personalize your bedding.

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Blush, Black & Gold NYE Party

I love creating mock tableaus for inspiration when I’m planning a party. Even if I end up changing my outfit or party table layout, making a ‘practice’ run always gets my creative juices flowing! Today I’m sharing with you a little NYE party decor and outfit inspiration I shot last weekend at my house. Scroll to the end of the post for details on where I found all the pieces for the entire look. I hope you enjoy!

Scream Queens inspired NYE table and outfit

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Wine Cork DIY Decor

We’ve all seen the Pinterest and blogger obsession with wine cork based DIY projects. Most of them are quite good ideas, but if you don’t drink enough to corked beverages to amass the amount of corks needed for any of these projects, please do not be one of those people who goes out and buys a bag of corks from Michael’s. Just don’t. However, if you love the idea of cork decor, but don’t have enough for a large project (i.e. you’re not an alcoholic), than this DIY is for you!

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For this DIY you will need:

  • 12 oz. square jar
  • 20-25 corks
  • 2-3 large, faux bloom flower stems
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • wide ribbon

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Start by placing the corks in your jar, packing them as tightly as you can.

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Create two layers of corks, one atop the other, until your entire jar is full to the rim.

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Measure about 4 ft. of ribbon and wrap around the top half of the jar, glueing down to secure. Tie a bow to finish off.

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Cut your flower stems down to about 4″ and push each one in between the corks to arrange.

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Voila! All done! Easy, chic, and didn’t cost a fortune — except for all that champagne you drank to make this! Small price to pay, right? 😉

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If you make this DIY don’t forget to share it and tag me on Instagram! I love seeing how creative y’all are! #MDLdiy @mydiy.life 🙂