Make Any Box Into a Jewelry Box!

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           Pretty decorative boxes are one of my favorite things to have around the house (usually in little groupings with other candles or figurine type things). A lot of the time though, I love a box or container, but I'm not sure what to actually store in it! It occurred to me that most decorative boxes are actually the perfect size to be a jewelry box, and with a few quick tweaks, they can be really useful around the house as well as pretty!

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           Supplies:
-decorative box with lid (I used this one, but this one would be great too.)
-1/4 yard velvet fabric (this is a good pink option)
-straight pins and sewing machine
-hot glue gun or fabric glue
cotton batting
fabric scissors
cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           First you'll want to double over your batting and cut a piece that's as wide as your box and long enough to make a 1" thick roll when all rolled up. If you make them about 1" wide, then you can know how many you need to make to fill your box (a 5" wide box would need 5 rolls, etc.).

Cut and roll all your pieces and pin in place for now.

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)    Use a cloth measuring tape to measure the circumference of your batting rolls and add 1/2" to your measurement (this will give you a 1/4" seam allowance when you sew it later). Cut your velvet fabric into a rectangle that's 1" longer than the length of your batting roll and as wide as the circumference width found in the first step above.

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           Fold your fabric lengthwise (right sides facing each other) and pin in place. Sew down the open side with 1/4" seam allowance and turn your velvet tube right side out.

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           Stuff your cotton batting into the tube (don't forget to take that pin out!), and repeat the sewing and stuffing process for each batting roll.

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           To close the ends, put a dollop of hot glue (or quick dry fabric glue) directly onto the middle of the batting end inside the velvet tube and fold the bottom of the velvet up into the glue. Add more glue to fold in the sides one at a time, and then use a final drop of glue to fold the top flap down in place. Repeat process on the other side of the tube, and then with each additional tube.

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           Place your velvet tubes snugly into your box, and you just created a new jewelry box!

Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)             Make any box into a jewelry box! (click through for tutorial)           Not gonna lie, I love that marble, pink, and gold combo together, but of course you can do whatever box or color velvet you like! I have a lot of dainty gold stacking rings, so I have to keep ring dishes and boxes all over the house or they get lost really fast! As you can see, it's pretty easy to make your own jewelry holder with whatever box you happen to love, and if you vary the size of the batting rolls, then you can have more or less rows to add your jewelry into. Hope this DIY is just what you need to keep your space useful and pretty! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions

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Peppermint & Eucalyptus Shower Melts

Shower Melt DIY   Sometimes the closest I get to some spa time is the 5-10 minutes I slip away to take a shower while the kids are napping. It's sacred time, people! 😉 Lately I've been trying to think of ways to make shower time a "treat yo self" experience. Yummy smelling shampoos, fancy masks… but recently I've been loving these little DIY shower melts. 

The peppermint and eucalyptus (with a touch of orange) smell SO incredibly refreshing and always make me feel more awake and ready for my day! 

Shower Melt DIYSupplies:
corn starch
baking soda
witch hazel
peppermint, eucalyptus & orange essential oils
silicone mold
food coloring

Step One: In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of corn starch. Stir. 

Shower Melt DIY      Step Two: Slowly add 5 tablespoons of witch hazel to your mixture, making sure you get out any lumps. Once combined, add in a drop of food coloring. I added a touch of green to give it a minty looking color. If your mixture seems a little dry and hard to stir, add just a touch more of witch hazel. Finish by adding in 5 drops of orange, 10 drops of peppermint and 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your shower melts. 

Step Three: Once everything is combined, use a spoon to fill your silicone mold. This recipe made 8 small stars. 

Shower Melt DIY     Shower Melt DIY    Step Four: Put your shower melts in the freezer overnight to harden. Keep in a cool place like the fridge to prevent them from melting. When you're ready to use your melts, simply put them in your shower away from direct water so it can melt slowly. I like to put mine on the ledge of the bath in the corner or on a soap holder. For a little boost of smell, add an extra 1-2 drops of essential oil to your shower melt once it's in the shower. Breathe in and enjoy!!

Shower Melt DIY  Shower Melt DIY These make the perfect gift for anyone in your life in need of some "me time"! 😉 Store or give them in a cute jar or bowl, and don't forget to keep them chilled! Lots of love, Sav.

Credits//Author and Photography: Savannah Wallace. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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Laura’s Palm Springs Themed Baby Shower

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful MessLet me start off by saying, Laura and I have been planning each other’s baby showers for no less than three years now. So it’s a dream come true that this stage in our lives is finally here!

I wanted Laura’s shower to be a day she would never forget and that would reflect her style as much as possible. So I filled the house with pink (not hard to do) Palm Springs inspiration (even easier), and more sugar than I even knew was possible (that part was more for her husband, Todd).

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess The succulent and cactus theme for the desserts was so much fun. I hired Leeuw Bakeshop here in Nashville to create these beautiful treats. Her husband even created a cookie cutter from scratch to make these classic car cookies… above and beyond! I was blown away.

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Haha—sorry for the bra straps, but here’s a pic from getting ready. I decided not to hire a photographer for this party because I wanted to make sure it felt personal and not like a “blog photo shoot”. So we kind of just all tag teamed snapping photos.

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess The sugar cookies definitely stole the show and were gone SO FAST. They were delicious.

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess The only thing cuter than those treats is Laura (and #gummerbaby too!). So gorgeous!!

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess There were SO many cute little baby things… it was just insane!

Fun fact—Laura won’t allow me to see her nursery (like I can’t go into the room, and she won’t show me any photos) because she wants it to be a big surprise. Haha! I feel like it’s going to be like an HGTV reveal… except her house! She’s the best at making everything a surprise and a big event (and I can’t keep a secret to save my life).

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess On the menu we had a big cheese spread, the treats (which you’ve seen) and a mimosa bar (champagne optional, of course). We also had Laura’s mother’s famous chicken ball. So good!

Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess Palm Springs Theme Baby Shower via A Beautiful Mess The cactus balloons came from Studio DIY and the rest came from this incredible local shop in East Nashville called Harlan Ruby. Oh and Laura’s dress is from here (it’s not maternity).

The shower was so much fun. We all ate too many cookies and had the best afternoon celebrating this beautiful family!

Please take a moment to leave Laura a BIG CONGRATULATIONS! This season is so full of love and excitement. We can’t wait to meet baby girl in May! xx -Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Elsie Larson, Sarah Blumer and Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions. 

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Peanut Butter and Puffed Quinoa Cookies

Peanut Butter and Quinoa Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com) I appreciate the four seasons we get where I live, but I LOVE warm weather. So I am stoked along with all you spring/summer lovers out there. But one thing I run into when the weather turns warm is I become less motivated to turn my oven on. If you’re the same, good news—I’ve got some no bake cookies to share with you today.

Peanut Butter and Quinoa Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com) Peanut Butter and Quinoa Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com) These cookies are chewy with a little crunch and are totally packed with flavor. Peanut butter is one ingredient we pretty much always have at our house because Trey and I both love it, and it’s one of the main ingredients in these cookies. There is also puffed quinoa… I shared a quinoa Krispie treats recipe around this time last year. Coincidence? Yes, but still weird. I guess I just get in the mood for puffed quinoa in March… for some reason. Hmm.

But if you aren’t feeling the quinoa, check the notes below because I’ve got some substitution options for you—never fear!

Quinoa cookiesPeanut Butter and Puffed Quinoa Cookies, makes 12

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup natural, creamy peanut butter
1 cup puffed quinoa
1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used slivered almonds)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips + 1 teaspoon oil
dehydrated strawberries, sprinkles, or toasted seeds for the top (optional)

In a medium size pot, combine the butter, milk, and sugar. Stir over medium heat until the butter has melted. Turn the heat up to high so the mixture comes to a boil. Once it gets to a rolling boil, allow it to cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

No bake cookie recipesThen remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and peanut butter until just melted. This should only take a few seconds. Then stir in the puffed quinoa, nuts, and coconut flakes.

Peanut Butter and Quinoa Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com)Spoon the cookies onto wax paper and allow to set. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and oil (in the microwave in 30 second increments or on the stove top). Drizzle over the cookies, and then top with dehydrated fruit or toasted seeds if using. Allow the chocolate to set before storing.

Peanut Butter and Quinoa Cookies (via abeautifulmess.com) Here’s a few notes for these guys:

-You can substitute the puffed quinoa for oats, puffed millet, or Rice Krispies cereal. All will work and will result in chewy, delicious cookies, so don’t be afraid to swap those out if you like.

-You can use vegan butter and non-dairy milks in this if you wish to keep it dairy free.

-You can also substitute the peanut butter for almond or other nut butters, but keep in mind that this change will substantially alter the taste.

-If you are feeling lazy (I get it, believe me), you don’t have to melt the chocolate for the tops. You could simply give your chocolate a rough chop and sprinkle it over the tops of the cookies while they are still warm and setting. I just wanted to dress mine up a little for a more fun look, but the resulting taste of either method would be basically the same.

That’s about it—happy cookie making, guys! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions. 

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