Posts Tagged ‘paint’


5 Minute DIY //  How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

Remember those kraft boxes I used last week for that DIY hanging planter project? Well, I saved the lids so I could create these DIY jewelry dishes. And I wanted to share the super quick tutorial.

You only need two supplies for this project: kraft box lids and gloss enamel paint. That’s it. You don’t even need a paint brush!

Want to make your own? Here’s how…

Supplies for Jewelry Dish

Supplies: small kraft box lids (available at crafts stores in the paper mache crafts aisle) and gloss enamel paint

How To:

1. To make your own jewelry and trinket dishes, squirt glass enamel paint into the lid of a kraft box. I used three different colors to create a colorful abstract design.

2. Then, tip the lid over on it’s side and start gently taping the lid on a flat surface. This will move the paint around and give it a haphazard design.

Note: Don’t be afraid to use a decent amount of paint for each dish. Using a little more paint than necessary will soften the edges of the lid and make it appear more dish than lid. Plus, it’s fun to have a bunch of paint to move around the interior and exterior.

3. Continue this process until the entire lid is covered in paint (sides and all). Then, wait for the paint to dry overnight before using. That’s it!

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with Two Supplies

My only complaint about the finished pieces is that I wish there was a little bit more control over the type of abstract designs created. My favorite dishes are the ones that don’t look marbled. But some of that part of the process is just luck. You get what you get, kind of.

BUT you can go back and add more paint in certain ares that you don’t like (even before it dries) and tap the sides again to move the paint around. So, if you end up with a design you’re really not crazy about, you can easily salvage it with more paint.

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

5 Minute DIY // How to Make a Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff


How to Make Large Scale Budget-Friendly Wall Art in Less than an Hour

I’ve been on a little bit of an art kick lately. Probably has something to do with all of the blank walls in our house.

So today I’m sharing a large scale art project that is super affordable and all kinds of easy, in partnership with Pentel of America.

If you’ve ever tried to paint words onto a canvas or paper with a brush, you know there is a pretty big learning curve involved. And plenty of going back to your palette for more paint. But this version of hand lettered wall art is MUCH less difficult because it uses a Pentel Color Brush instead. It’s a pen that writes like a brush. So, if you can write with a regular pen, you pretty much have it covered. Yay!

I have a fun little video tutorial (which is just over a minute long) that goes through the step by step process. And we included one of the many outtakes at the very end too, just for laughs…

As you’ll see in the video, I painted the backgrounds and teamed up with Erica Loesing again to take the lettering portion to the next level (get Erica’s tips for better hand lettering here).

Here’s what you need to get started…

Pentel Supplies for Large Scale Artwork


Large heavy duty paper (I like Reeves BFK)
Matte finish paint (I like to use flat interior house paint)
Paint brushes
Pentel Color Brush (they come in lots of colors, in case you don’t want to use black)

How to make large scale hand lettered wall art

How To:

1. Start by selecting a color palette that works well for your space. Then paint the paper in a solid color. *You can also do a color blocked design or paint an all over pattern for a different look. Wait for the paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

2. Prepare your Color Brush by removing the plastic ring, according to the directions on the pen, and then twisting the handle back on. Then push the ink down to the brush tip with a quick squeeze of the handle.

3. Next, write out the phrase or saying that you want to include. Using your first go as a guide for additional layers (watch the video to see what I’m talking about here).

4. Then go over the original text you’ve created until you reach a desired look and thickness. Wait for the ink to dry and hang.

How to Make Large Scale Budget-Friendly Wall Art in Less than an Hour

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour
Heck Yes!

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

Pretty simple, right?

I honestly think the hardest part is coming up with clever sayings to use. So, if you need any ideas, feel free to try any of the ones I used. Or check out my sayings and quotes pinboard for more inspiration in that department.

Nailed It!

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

Turn Down For What

Photography by Kimberly Murray
Hand lettering by Erica Loesing of Yes Ma’am
Crafting assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So what do you think? Have a blank wall that could use a piece of artwork like this? Or any suggestions for additional phrases that would be fun to use for this DIY? I would love to hear ‘em.

This post is in partnership with Pentel of America. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible. To see more posts like this one, visit the dip dyed hand lettered DIY stationery and 3 DIY ways to dress up plain textiles.



I love natural wood, and my first instinct is always to create a wood wall that looks as natural as possible. But I’ve seen some great painted walls lately, and know that there are times when painting your slat or tongue-and-groove wall surface really is the right call. The great thing is that painting gives you a large range of options. From white beachy horizontal boards to a dark Japanese look with deep blacks, you can give your wood wall some personality.

Maybe you have wood walls and love the texture, but the color of the wood doesn’t go with the rest of your decor. Or perhaps you already have copious amounts of wood in your interior, and need to provide a little visual relief. Painting your wood wall might be just the ticket. Don’t forget great options like a warm grey, or even a color if you’re being a bit daring. Or try one of the new lookalike wallpapers! And if you don’t really want to cover all that natural grain, a stain or wash in a similar tone can be just as lovely.

Do you love wood, and can you stand to cover it up?

(above) Black Vertical Boards


Vertical White Kitchen + Window Seat


Horizontal Black


Textured Grey Boards + Matte Black Stain


Vertical Lines

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.