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The Friday Five | IKEA Hacks

The Friday Five - IKEA Hacks | Squirrelly Minds

RAST side table from Lindsay Stephenson | Vittsjö shelves on Style Me Pretty | Tarva dresser on Smitten Studio | Bestå shelf unit on Sugar and Cloth | PS 2012 side table on Kristi Murphy

I’m a big fan of taking something that’s plain and utilitarian and making them your own, which is why I love IKEA hacks. Sadly, my own IKEA ‘hack’ failed yesterday. We picked up a second hand ‘poang’ chair for $10. “Score!” we thought. We took it apart, sanded and painted it white (when I say we, I mean the mister) and bought the Isunda Grey cover to replace the nasty green corduroy one it came with. Last night were finally ready to put our squirrelly babies rocking chair all together.
….the frame and cushion didn’t fit.
Turns out the second hand chair we bought wasn’t a Poang after all but a very similar version. Guys, my pregnancy hormone levels rose to that point where I was very well near in tears and cranky the rest of the night. We’re on the hunt for another (proper) poang chair, because we’re going to make it work damn it! And soon, cause I gotta get this nursery done…
We’ll also be repurposing the ribba picture ledges for book ledges instead, and I have to say I’m very tempted to hack a side table for the nursery…not like I don’t have enough projects on the go…

Have you successfully hacked IKEA?

DIY | Ice Cream Cone (with sprinkles!) Manicure

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds
We still have a good week and a half of ice cream month, and it’s not just for eating the delicious treat, but for wearing it too.
With some nail polish and washi tape magic (what can’t that wonderous crafting material do?) you can make cute little ice cream cones and sprinkles on your nails for a fun and summery manicure. I warn you though, it may make you want to eat ice cream constantly.

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds
If you have a brightly coloured nail polish selection and some washi tape you’re pretty well ready to go. While it’s pretty easy and straightforward, give yourself some time to do this manicure – nails should never be rushed! There have been too many times I thought I could quickly put on some colour and go about my day only to have bright pink smeared all over my fingers. Not a pretty look people.
So put on your favourite netflix flick, grab your polishes and let’s beauty up those finger tips ladies.
Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds


  • Nail polish – base coat, top coat, white, and any bright colours you have
  • A toothpick
  • Washi tape – preferably brown, orange or gold
  • Small scissors

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds


1 Apply a base coat first. When dry, paint your nails white. If you need two coats, allow the first to dry thoroughly before applying the second.
2 Cut small triangles from your washi tape. If you have shorter nails like me, you may be only able to make them for your thumbs and ring finger. If all your nails are long then have fun and cut out 10 cone shaped triangles! Cut them however large for each nail, but make sure there’s a few centimetres clearance for the ice cream.
3 Place your washi tape cone triangle on the bottom centre of your nail, pressing down firmly to adhere.
4 Paint a bright colour on top of the washi tape cone for the ice cream. Be sure to paint a little on the wash tape so the ice cream is on top of the cone. This gives it a little more of a realistic look. Once dry, seal the ice cream cone with a thick layer of top coat. Allow to dry completely.

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds
If you’re like me (aka can’t keep their nails all long) and just want a few accent ice cream cone nails, you can add sprinkles on all your other nails instead. Dip a toothpick into a colour, then lightly stroke onto your nail to create a short line. Repeat with several different colours, but be sure to wipe the toothpick between each colour (or have one toothpick per colour).
If you want to get real wild you could even do this on top of the ice cream colour!
Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly MindsNow you can wave your hands around like you just don’t care! But I highly recommend you eat a lot of ice cream when sporting these bad boys.

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds

Ice Cream Cone Manicure | Squirrelly Minds

Now freshen up those nails and grab yourself a real ice cream cone to go with it!

For more ice cream inspiration….

From The Ice Cream Archives



Friday Five | 4th of July

The Friday Five - 4th of July | Squirrelly Minds

Blue and Red Candy Confetti from Lines Across | Naturally Dyed Freezer Pops from Adventures of Mel | Popsicle Stick Garden Flags from The Proper Blog | Watercolor Stripe Bunting from The Sweetest Occasion | Fireworks Garland from Tell Love and Chocolate

It’s red white and blue day for many of you tomorrow! Above are 5 of my favourite projects to help you get ready to celebrate.

And don’t forget there’s also this free printable cupcake liner I made for you last year!

A very happy 4th of July to my American friends, and a wonderful weekend to everyone!

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY’s

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's | Squirrelly MindsLast week I showed you how we made our suspended copper pipe paper towel holder. Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds
I also promised that I would reveal our white and copper kitchen this week.
Sorry friends but this past weekend has been nutso.
I did post a pic on instagram ages ago (40 weeks!) when we first installed the copper countertops.
White and Copper Kitchen | Squirrelly Minds
Why has it taken me 40 weeks to feel comfortable enough to show you the kitchen? Because it’s not exactly what I want. We haven’t swapped out that nasty backsplash tile (and don’t have time now) and there are certainly imperfections all over the place. So I decided to stop delaying and show you already. Okay, so I’m delaying one more week. Stay tuned folks!

At any rate, I didn’t want to completely disappoint you, so I scoured the webs for my favourite copper DIY’s. Seriously, I might have to add some of these to our kitchen decor.
Here are my top 10 Copper Pipe DIY’s:

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Almost Makes Perfect | Squirrelly Minds

Copper + Wood Paper Towel Holder from Almost Makes Perfect

If we weren’t looking to conserve counter space, we would have made this gorgeous copper and wood paper towel holder.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Zana | Squirrelly Minds

Magazine Rack from from Zana

Sadly copper doesn’t fit into our living room, otherwise I’d be making this in a heartbeat! I have asked the mister repeatedly if there is gold piping. Sadly no. Although spray paint is always an option…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Treasures and Travels | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and Wood Bookshelf from Treasures and Travels

I just love the simplicity of these shelves. Uh oh…I may have to delay our kitchen reveal – I just thought of the perfect place to put this!

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Upcycled Treasures | Squirrelly Minds

Copper pipe drawer pulls from Upcycled Treasures

This is where we got the idea to add copper pipe drawer pulls to our cabinets, and I love them!

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Our Humble Abode | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and Wood Plant Stand from Our Humble Abode

I love the simplicity of this plant holder and the combination of a light wood with the copper. It has a definite Scandinavian feel.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Lemon Thistle | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Curtain Rods from Lemon Thistle

I originally planned to do this for our kitchen window, but we decided we liked the light coming in too much and left it open. For now…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Brittany Makes | Squirrelly Minds

Himmeli Side Table from Brittany Makes

This table is just too cool and would look so great in any living room. Well except ours as copper and gold clash.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by A Bubbly Life | Squirrelly Minds

iPad Holder from A Bubbly Life

I hate trying to cook a recipe from an ipad and have it lying in the middle of the counter among all the flour and other ingredients. This iPad holder is so perfect.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Camille Styles | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Wall Sconce from Camille Styles

I’m trying to figure out where I can make this work…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Fresh Crush | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Shoe Rack from Fresh Crush

Such a great idea for a shoe rack. It would work great in a closet, or it’s pretty enough to be out in the hallway.

Have you tried out any copper pipe diy’s?

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