Posts Tagged ‘diy’

How to Paint a Fun Chevron Pattern on Your Walls

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How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

I really like the color of my kid’s bedroom. The room was already painted with that hue when we moved in and we decided to keep it that way. It’s an unusual shade for a toddler, but it works great as a neutral canvas for all the colorful toys that are laying around the room.

There is just one problem with this shade of gray-blue, it darkens the space.

So I decided to add a lighter color that will balance the light in the room. At first, I was just going to paint the whole wall in white. But then, I was inspired by the idea of painting some waves, that would look great with the acrylic octopus mobile that my son has above his crib. My son is really into animals, and water, so I knew it was going to be perfect.

Instead of covering the whole wall, I brainstormed and came up with a simple chevron pattern that simulates waves, and looks versatile and modern.

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

MATERIALS:

  • 1 gallon of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Sheen: Matte. Color: Snowbound SW 7004
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover 9″
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

STEPS:

  1. Start by measuring the wall and planning the pattern so everything looks geometrical.
  2. Measure, mark and use the painter’s tape to trace the pattern.
  3. Apply the paint.
  4. Wait few minutes after you finish painting and remove the tape. Do it carefully to avoid pulling up any paint.

The wall looks great, and the white pattern actually lightens up the room. I also moved things around in the bedroom, so everything looks new and fresh!How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

How to paint a fun chevron pattern on your walls | Live Colorful

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. Find the original article in Spanish here. 

How to Make a Cute Mexican Axolotl Costume for Your Dog

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Make a cute mexican axolotl costume for your dog this Halloween! | Como hacer un disfraz increiblemente adorable de ajolote (axolotl) mexicano para tu perro. (VIDEO TUTORIAL) | Live Colorful

Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos are almost here! Every year I create a Halloween costume for my dog. I love the creative challenge of creating a costume, and my dog loves the attention that he receives when he is wearing the costume. We enjoy participating in local festivals, and I hope this year we can win one of the dog costume contest! This is the costume that I created last year:How to Make a Unicorn Costume for your Dog. It has been so popular that had been featured in Woman’s Day, Country Living and many other blogs and online magazines.

This year I wanted to make a costume that mixes both of both celebrations, Halloween, and Day of the Dead. That made me think of an animal that looks like a monster called a Mexican axolotl.

We learned of these little creatures a few years ago when my sister came to visit me to Mexico City. We decided to take a tour through Xochimilco and during the tour we learn a little about its vegetation, traditional culture, indigenous heritage, and these endangered species. The word axolotl or ajolote comes from the Nahuatl axolotl word that means “water monster”. It is a very ugly animal, but that makes it incredibly adorable, especially if it inspires a costume for your dog this Halloween!

Check out the video so you can make one for your dog too!

 

MATERIALS

  • 1 meter of iridescent fabric (red or orange)
  • 1 meter of fringe
  • ½ meter double-sided velcro tape
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Rule
  • Scissors
  • Tracing or kraft paper (to make the pattern)
  • 2 black buttons
  • Wadding

Make a cute mexican axolotl costume for your dog this Halloween! | Como hacer un disfraz increiblemente adorable de ajolote (axolotl) mexicano para tu perro. (VIDEO TUTORIAL) | Live Colorful

You might like: How to Make a Unicorn Costume for your Dog

Make a ridiculously adorable unicorn costume for your dog this Halloween | LiveColorful.com

How to Make an Amazing Easy Bean Bag Chair

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How to Make an Amazing Easy Bean Bag Chair | El tutorial más fácil para hacer un sillón puff | Live Colorful

I’m excited to share a new project created in collaboration with Digital Fabrics. It’s an amazing simple DIY tutorial to make a bean bag chair using 2 meters of heavyweight fabric (147 cm wide). I used one of my favorites designs from the LIVE COLORFUL collection, named cheery.

I was inspired by a simple tutorial that I found in Pinterest. I used the idea, but added some fun curves to make it look more organic. It was such a fun project and so easy to make!

MATERIAL:

  1. 2 meters of heavyweight fabric. I used waratah drill (147 cm wide). Design: Cheery.
  2. 2 packs of bean bag chair refill (100 Liter refill bags) (affiliate link)
  3. Sewing machine
  4. Thread
  5. Scissors
  6. Pins

STEPS:

  1. Fold the fabric and measure approximately 30 cm on one side of the fabric. Cut a curve.
  2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise again. Measure approximately 15 cm on one side of the fabric. Cut a small curve.
  3. When you unfold your fabric, it should look like this.
  4. Then fold the fabric again, but backwards and add a few pins to keep the fabric in place.
  5. It’s time to start sewing!
  6. First, sew those two sides of the bean bag and leave an opening of about 20 cm to be able to fill the bean bag later.
  7. Fold the fabric again, so you can see the front of the bean bag. Add pins and sew to close the bean bag.
  8. Use a zigzag stitch to sew along the raw edge of your hem.
  9. Turn the fabric inside out and start filling the bean bag!
  10. Hand sew the bean bag closed.

Tip:

You can make a bean bag liner using the same tutorial so you can wash the bean bag later 😉

How to Make an Amazing Easy Bean Bag Chair | El tutorial más fácil para hacer un sillón puff | Live Colorful