20 Easy Craft Projects Under $10

Fabric lined built-in shelves (click through for tutorial!)Happy weekend! When's the last time you had a craft night with your friends? It's been a while for us, and this list has left us feeling super inspired and excited to have one. So gather up your girlfriends, get some refreshments, and make something fun! This list is extra awesome because each project can be completed for under $10. Let's start with these cute fabric-lined built-in shelves

Make your own spotted curtains!Transform a basic pair of curtains with some fabric paint using this spotted curtain DIY.

Lace planterAdd some pretty lace to your flower pots – so easy!

Make your own pop art pet portraitDisplay your favorite (it might be hard to choose!) pet photos on your walls with this Warhol-inspired pet portrait DIY.

Paint dipped wood candle holder DIYThese balsa wood candle holders are so fun, and they are easy to make – no saws required! :)

Try this- embroidered shirt with your favorite quoteAdd your favorite song lyrics or quote to a shirt pocket with this tutorial.

Sharpie mug DIYWe love these personalized his + hers Sharpie mugs. These make great gifts for any occasion!

Love this anchor wallLearn how to make your own stamp and transform a bare wall into a statement wall.

DIY color run powderThis non-toxic colored powder (inspired by the Color Run) is so easy to make on your own! We love how it looks in photos too.

Make your own soap on a ropeMake your own soap on a rope. How fun are these? They can be customized with your favorite essential oils. 

Use an old type tray to display nail polishDisplay your nail polish collection with an antique printer tray and some colored cardstock.

Custom phrase mat board- so cute!Combine your favorite phrase with a photo to make a custom mat board.

Chalkboard paint DIYOne of our favorite tutorials of all time! How to mix your own chalkboard paint (in any color).

Gold moon wall DIYThis gold moon wall is amazing, and you only need three things to make it!

Hand-stamped strawberry crib sheetHow adorable is this hand-stamped strawberry crib sheet?

Glitter shoesLearn how to make your own sparkly glitter shoes.

Interior washi tape!Change up a doorway with washi tape. The possibilities are endless!

DIY embroidered photo artMake a photo extra special with this embroidery DIY.

Serving tray makeover DIYAdd some glitter vinyl or a flower print to a serving tray.

Make your own clay word magnetsWe love refrigerator door word magnets, and these clay ones are super colorful and fun to make!

Be sure to tag your projects #mybeautifulmess, and we will pick our favorites to feature on our instagram! xo. The ABM team

Autumn Shopping Fever

Autumn Shopping FeverWe teamed up with our old friends at ModCloth for a special autumn wish list. As the forecast begins to show more and more cool weather days ahead, I can't help but dig up my long-forgotten sweater and coat stash from last year and take stock. Do you do this? Are you a compulsive closet cleaner? There's just something so satisfying about dropping off a bag of ill-fitting clothes at the thrift store, right? Feels like I'm really getting my life together, even though I'm just de-cluttering my closet or dresser drawers. 

On the list this season is a new pair of boots. I'm just taking my time, internet-window-shopping for now. We still have at least a month before the really chilly days are upon us here in southern Missouri. My boots from last year finally bit the dust, and since I know whatever boots I buy I will end up wearing nearly everyday from January to mid March, I figure I better find the perfect pair. I am also in the market for a few more cute sweaters, maybe a blazer (because I'm a business woman, dude), and anything else that both feels like autumn AND I know I'll get a lot of wear out of. 

What about you? What's on your autumn shopping list this season? xo. Emma

Emma's Wishlist: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15


Life is Colorful

Sister StyleThese past few seasons we've been trying to dress more colorfully. It started out for practical reasons. First, we were shooting a video with Jeremy, and he told us to wear bold colors. We realized our closets were filled with mostly black, white, and denim. So we made it a goal to collect a few more colorful outfits.

Next, I had a mega girl crush phase for both Mindy Kaling and Solange Knowles. They're both so pro at dressing colorfully, and they inspired me to try to be more courageous with color choices. 

And lastly, we rediscovered that we really love color, and we're relearning what colors work with our individual skin tone and hair color. It's fun! There are endless ways to mix and match our colorful pieces. Most not nearly as crazy as these outfits, but still fun.  

I'm glad we're back into colorful outfits. Not that I don't still love my black and white and denim staples, cause I do. But it's nice to feel brave with color and enjoy fashion as more of a hobby again. God knows we love hobbies. 

Sarah had the idea to try shooting with giant bubbles. It was the most fun shoot of our year. One to be beat! I mean, it's not everyday that we get to blow giant bubbles. 

Sister Style Sister Style Sister Style Sister Style Sister Style Elsie's wearing: Kimono/Nasty Gal (it's 1/2 off!), Necklace/TopShop (similar + similar), Sunnies/Karen Walker, Top/Anthropologie (old), Shorts/Motel Rocks, Shoes c/o Swedish Hasbeens, Purse/Pixie Market (yeah- it holds almost nothing. cute, though.)

Emma's wearing: Dress/ShopSosie, Sunnies/UO, Shoes/Zara, Purse/ASOS

Sister Style Sister Style Horse-purseXOXO! Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions

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