coconut shell + succulent

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you know when your supposed to be doing something productive, but then you see that perfect lighting, and that perfect prop?

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that’s why these pictures are here…the product of a distracted girl (me) who should have been cleaning.

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the beautiful thing about this plant? it was harvested in the wild by my brother, and put in in an old coconut shell. talk about diy, right? i feel like it looks so much more fancy than it actually is, and i love how it turned out.

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DIY Composition Books

I run through notebooks like crazy. I use them for stories, diaries, planning, poetry, even drawing occasionally! Oh, and did I mention I like them all to be pretty? Yeah, plain composition books and notebooks don’t cut it. :/ They work in a pinch, but I like something all girly and cute. 🙂

Well, all those notebooks can be kind of expensive, so I decided to try my hand at a DIY project. I saw these, and decided to give my own twist to it using materials I had hanging around.

I started off with one of these:

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Very functional, but also very boring. So, I fixed that!

These are the brush and paint I used. I think we got the paint at Jo-Ann’s yeeears ago, and the brush was from a friend of my grandmother.

Since I was using a color that contrasted the binding, I taped that up.

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On the first notebook I painted, I did three coats of paint, and the next few I used two, since I got a better hang of spreading it on. Above is right after the first coat, and you can see how handy that tape was!

The second coat:

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I didn’t give it much time to dry; basically one side would dry while I was painting the other side. 🙂

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After I removed the tape! (I was a little impatient and didn’t even give the paint a chance to fully dry!)

I used a Sharpie to draw a design on after it dried overnight. It turned out pretty well, I think!

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The paint I used kind of gave it an interesting texture, but it just adds to the character of the book, and I really like it!

I redid four books total. The top two are my favorites! (Fun fact: I’m using the “Dream” one to schedule out my blogging!)

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So, there you have it! DIY composition books for SUPER cheap! (Especially when you just get the materials from your mom who doesn’t want them anymore. It’s a win for everyone!)

Go ahead and try it yourself! I promise it’s super fun and super easy!

P.S. Two quick notes: If you do this, it is a REALLY good idea to cover your work surface, and two, sorry for the bad quality pics! My camera is a little point and shoot thing that doesn’t always have the best quality, especially inside. 😦