DIY: Monogram Canvas

Pinterest has a great idea and all, but I personally think my monogram canvas turned out much better! The original idea came from this pin, and I added a twist to it.


I couldn’t find any instructions on how to make this through the pin I found on Pinterest, so I winged it myself. I purchased a small canvas and wooden letters at Michael’s & some fabric from JoAnn’s.

  • I started off by painting the letters black with a few layers of paint. While the paint dried, I cut my fabric to be larger than the canvas so it could fold over the back.
  • After ironing the fabric, I laid the canvas down and stapled the fabric to the back edges of the canvas. Once the fabric was all stapled, I flipped the canvas over to lay face up and placed the letters on top.
  • I didn’t like how the all black letters looked on the canvas, so I covered them in microbeads (same kind I used to create the caviar manicure in one of my previous posts). I lathered on mod podge and sprinkled the beads all over the letters.
  • After it dried for 10 minutes, I fixed up the patches missing beads, let it dry again, and dabbed on a coat of mod podge to keep the beads in place. Once everything was dry, I grabbed some all-use Elmer’s glue and glued the letters on. I love how it turned out, and I gave it to my friend for xmas =)

Shorts From Old Jeans

DIY Jean Shorts with Lace or Studs


Hints & Tips:

For DIY shorts-I returned from studying abroad in Italy this past May (2012) and was in need of new shorts because I had a little too much pasta and not enough exercise over 4 months! I was pretty broke after Italy took all my money, so I resorted to making my own! (made two pair for under $20 total ) I didn’t have any old pants at home, so I went to my local goodwill and found a pair of Joe’s Jeans (for $5!) and Ralph Lauren Jeans (for $4). I bought the jeans in a size 27 which is one size above my normal jean/shorts size. Definitely recommend buying 1-2 sizes above or it will look terrible being skin tight. I used the steps found on Pinterest and cut my jeans with fabric scissors. I followed the high low approach also so I could wear them high waisted. I also measured the length much longer than I wanted just in case so when I cut the fabric, if I made a mistake, I still could correct it by cutting more later (which is what I did). By following all the steps provided, I got two pairs of amazing shorts. (Once I was done, I decided to add detail with lace and studs…described below)

For Studs/Lace application- I ordered my studs off of Ebay for under $10 with shipping. I ordered 50 studs in silver, and wish I would have just got more for making more! I followed the instructions off of Pinterest and my shorts turned out awesome. The only thing is applying the studs takes much longer than expected. I started with a small triangle on the butt and fixed it another day. I also would have added more studs to the back pocket if I had more studs. As far as the lace pocket on the other jeans, I bought a roll of lace ribbon from Michael’s for a few bucks and hand sewed it on the butt. I wish I would have bought bigger lace though, probably will go back and fix it more. Overall, I LOVE both of these!