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Donut Towel – A Fun Upgrade for the Beach

DIY Donut Towel for the Beach | We're Going to Make itI’m all about this DIY donut towel. As you know, I’m a little donut crazy, but as you might not know, I’m a bit of a health nut too. You’re probably going to hate me for saying this but, I like to eat vegetables.DIY Donut Towel for the Beach | We're Going to Make itDIY Donut Towel for the Beach | We're Going to Make itThat isn’t to say I don’t indulge in a donut or two every once in a while (let’s be honest, it would probably be weekly if I lived by Voodoo Doughnuts). I’ve found that it is all about balance. Fill your body with good for you foods and then enjoy that treat. Or, better yet, find a healthy version of the “junk” food. Like this delicious looking Vegan Chocolate DonutĀ I found on Positive Health Wellness. I love scrolling through body wellness websites, such as Positive Health Wellness as they are well informed and are chock full of recipe ideas, workout tips, nutrition information and so much more. If you’re into wellness or healthy donuts then you should go check them out! Now, onto my version of a healthy donut šŸ˜‰DIY Donut Towel for the Beach | We're Going to Make it

Materials:

  • Two plain brown towels
  • Two plain pink towels
  • Two smaller hand towels in various colors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

How to make this donut towel:

  1. Start by laying out the two brown towels side by side. Sew them together down the middle by using a simple running stitch.
  2. Cut the brown towels into a circle, making sure to avoid the area that you Ā just stitched.DIY Donut Towel | We're Going to Make it
  3. For the pink towels, I laid them out on top of the brown to see how much of one towel would fit for the frosting. Overlap the second towel with the first to fill in the rest of the donut. Then I took my scissors and cut the 3 of the sides into a wave pattern. Do this with both towels, making sure to trim any excess off the second towel.DIY Donut Towel | We're Going to Make itDIY Donut Towel | We're Going to Make it
  4. Sew the two pink towels together at the seam.
  5. Taking your smaller hand towels, cut out little rectangles to serve as sprinkles. I think I did about 8 in each color.DIY Donut Towel | We're Going to Make it
  6. Sew each of the sprinkles onto the pink towel. I just put one stitch in to speed up the process but you might want to do a couple to make sure it is secure.
  7. Once all your sprinkles are sewn on, sew the pink frosting onto the brown donut.
  8. Take the beach and lay out in the sun!

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Nautical Hand-Painted Travel Backgammon Board

IMG_1591Hello lovelies! We told you in our last post that we had some fun summer DIY’s coming for you to end your summer with good memories. Well that is just what we have for you today with this nautical themed hand-painted backgammon board we made.

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I love playing backgammon. My mom taught me how to play when I was younger, and once I got to college I ropedĀ Rose into the fun of the gameĀ and we have been addicted ever since.

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We have this silly old fashioned board that I swear is 50 years old. It gets the job done, but some of the pieces are missing their backs, and we have to lug this whole mini suitcase around wherever we want to play, which is a problem when you like to play on the beach and need room in your bag for the 5 towels and 500 snacks you are bringing too.

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Being the little crafters that we are, we decided we could easily make a travel friendly hand-painted backgammon board of our own! This way we can easily transport the game and play it on the beach or wherever our hearts desire! Since we had the beach in mind, we thought it appropriate to have a nautical theme to the board – but you can do any colors/designs you want! Keep reading to find out how to make this nautical hand-painted travel backgammon board!

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DIY Nautical Themed Backgammon Board | Popcorn & Chocolate

Nautical backgammon board | Popcorn & Chocolate

Materials:

  • Canvas fabric
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ruler
  • Paint brush
  • Wooden pieces (you’ll need 30 total) – we used these
  • Fabric paint pen or a sharpie
  • Stamps and ink (optional)

How to make this nautical DIY backgammon board:

  1. Start by measuring and cutting out your canvas fabric. For reference, our wholeĀ fabricĀ sheet is 16 xĀ 21 inches and then our board within that is 12 x 19 inches. You can decideĀ how much extra fabric you have along the edgesĀ of the actual board. But don’t forget you need space on at least one side for your home pieces!
  2. Once your fabricĀ is cut out, now you can make the actual board. Our board is drawn aboutĀ 2 inches away from the outer edge of the fabric on the longerĀ sideĀ and about 1 inch on one of the shorter sides and 2 inches on the other in order to leave room for pieces you take off while playing.Ā Use a very light pencil mark to measure this out and then using a either a fabric pen or a sharpie and a ruler, connect the marks so you have a rectangle.
  3. Now that you have the outer edges drawn, make another light pencil mark that divides your board exactly in half. For us, that meant measuringĀ 9 inches away from one of the shorter sides. Then using the ruler and the black paint pen or sharpie, make the center black line.
  4. Now thatĀ you have your board in place, you can start making the triangles. Each of the triangles are 1/4 inch apart and the triangles themselves are 1 and 1/4 inches wide. So starting on one side of the board, measure 1/4 inch and make a light tick mark. From that tick mark, measure 1 and 1/4 inches and make another light tick, then measure another 1/4 inch and make a tick. Continue this alternating between 1/4 inch and 1 and 1/4 inches all the way across the board. You should end up withĀ 12 triangles on each side.
  5. Now that you’ve mapped out where the triangles will be drawn,Ā measure halfway between the 1 and 1/4 inch triangle base (which is 3/4 inch from one side). From this point, measure up 4 inches for the short triangles and 5 inches for the taller ones. Don’t forget to alternate between these! Make a tick mark with your pencil at what will be the tip of the triangle, and then using your ruler and black pen connect that tick mark with the left and right tick marks representing the triangle base. Continue making triangles like this, alternating between 4 and 5 inches long, until all 24 of your triangles are made.
  6. Now your entire board is mapped out and you can startĀ painting. Choose 2Ā colors: one for the short triangles and one for the long triangles. Using a ruler and a paint brush, fill in each of the triangles with your desired colors. Note: if you want your lines really precise you couldĀ use painters tape to outline the triangles. I wasn’t too worried about being precise, so I just used a ruler and a steady hand.
  7. If you want stripes like we did on the the short triangles, you can use the ruler to outline the triangle and then once that is dry use the ruler as a straightedge to make stripes acrossĀ the triangle. Important:Ā make sure you let the stripes dry one at time otherwise you might stick your ruler in wet paint and smudge it!
  8. Now to make theĀ pieces. To make the stamped anchor pieces, all you will need is a rubber stamp and ink. If you don’tĀ have stamps, you can just paint the pieces a solid color like we did with the yellow ones. If you were feeling fancy, you might even paint interesting designs. Just don’t forget to make 2Ā different sets of 15 pieces.
  9. Now it’s time to play!

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There you have it! A fun way to end summer by playing backgammon with your friends on your new hand-painted backgammon board! You can even pair it with some Lucky Charms PopcornĀ for some extra luck.Ā Let us know in the comments below what your favorite games are and if you have ever played backgammon before!

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Now I can whoop Rose’s ass in style šŸ˜‰Ā That is if I’m not sleeping…

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Nautical Travel Backgammon Board | Popcorn & Chocolate