pipe lamp.

Anthro-inspired DIY pipe lamp from nelliebellie.com

I'm featuring my Anthropologie inspired DIY Pipe lamp, my favorite project, as the project of the year for NellieBellie in 2013! Thanks readers for making this year a fabulous year and cheers to 2014! This lamp has been featured in more places than I can count, shared oodles of times, pinned thousands of times, and gosh darn...you all rock, thank you! I adore, adore, adored the Anthropologie Pipe lamp when I saw it!! But, at the hefty $2800 … [Read more...]

Top creative diy project ideas


I realized that the last few months the posts my readers are reading the most are my creative DIY project ideas. Projects like my lath floor, dropcloth rug, and painted tile have been incredibly popular and active. So, I brought together these top posts and more into one spot to make it easy to peruse, admire, and spout off about how awesome and creative I am :). DIY Project Ideas So, stop by one of these projects and take a look. Maybe you will … [Read more...]

couch arm tray.

DIY couch arm tray table from nelliebellie.com

I have another great space saving solution for you today! In our new apartment, space is limited. And while we have room for a coffee table if we squish it in, we decided not to squish. But, on game day or movie night you really, really want a place for your beer and popcorn! An easy, space saving solution to our problem is this DIY couch arm tray... Now, before we being this tutorial of awesome let me point out a couple of things about … [Read more...]

Simpe steps to make a Game Day Scarf (no-sew)

game day scarf

It's Football Friday!! I don't know about you all...but I'm ready for the weekend! Fall is here in MN and it is so beautiful! I'm looking forward to some apple cider, football, and blankets! In prep for this weekends game AND the fall weather I jazzed up a plain scarf and turned it into a scarf perfect for cheering on my favorite team. Grab a scarf, paint, and water...and you can have one too! This is so easy it is a bit ridiculous! (be kind: my … [Read more...]

waterfall necklace.

Twig waterfall necklace from nelliebellie.com

I was going to start this post with mentions of how much I love a good bargain. but that is obvious by now.  So, I thought I would mention how I like to be a bit off beat. again, obvious.  I can't decide how to introduce this project. As a budget friendly project? or a trendy, unique gift idea? or perhaps as a re-purposing masterpiece?  Let's go with...trendy, unique, and inexpensive masterpiece of a gift. Too long? eh. … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Homemade bath soak


    I don't know about you guys but I love a good yummy soak in the tub after a hard day. I have a few favorite bath soaks that I use. But, recently I tried my hand at making my own. Hello...where have you been all my life you wonderful thing you? Okay, I need to clarify a few things about the above picture… The word bubble in the tag is a bit deceptive. I mean, there are bubbles in the bath when you use this awesome bath soak. … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make giant yard pick-up sticks

Pick Up Sticks from nelliebellie.com

This post was originally seen on I Heart Naptime... This yard game is simple to make with easy to find materials. Supplies: 24-36 Bamboo yard stakes. - you want the number of stakes to be dividable by the number of colors you want to have, plus 1 black stick. I had 4 colors with 8 sticks per color…32. Plus the black                  stick…33 stakes. - wooden dowels also work, as do any variety of stakes. Be very sure that you don’t choose … [Read more...]

industrial cylinder light.

Industrial cylinder light from nelliebellie.com

I have to come clean and tell you I have a little obsession with lamps. They are my arch enemy, my biggest love, and my pet peeve all rolled into one. I love the shapes, sizes, and colors that lamps come in. I love what a fantastic lamp can do for a space. I hate that I can’t leave a store without looking at every lamp in sight, and often bringing one home with me. And my biggest pet peeve…ugly lamps. Why must there be ugly lamps? When there are … [Read more...]

Simple steps to repurpose cd cases into a light cube

DIY light cube...from cd cases and Christmas lights!

  I was so excited to get a box of goodies from American Crafts full of all things gold glitter. I saw the gold glitter paper and knew immediately that it was going to be in an upcoming project. I’m working on a little area in my living room and I’ve been thinking of getting a sleek little lamp for the area. Well, why get a sleek little lamp when I can DIY it? why indeed! My mom had given me a bag full of empty cd cases…thanks mom…and in my … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy drink umbrella


I have a dream. A dream of warmth, pretty drinks, cabana boys, and lying about. In my dream all of my beverages every single one come with a drink umbrella. Probably a pink one. And delivered by a cabana boy. Whilst I lay in the warmth and chat with Nate. I don’t hear children in this dream. I don’t see dirty dishes or bills (nope, this dream is paid for) or grass that needs mowing. Well, at least I have an itty bitty part of my dream fulfilled … [Read more...]

Simple steps to glam a make-up bag

turn a generic make-up bag into a glam make-up bag with this easy tutorial. So simple!

    The fabulous lace and velvet trimmings and turquoise feathers for this glam make-up bag are from the terrific Zeus and ZoeI'm a wee bit in love with this little glam make-up bag. But, truth is...Katie loves it more and has already claimed it. Eh. I can make more. Hey, I can make a whole mess of them if I want to. Watch out around Christmas! Glam and Make-up bag...smooshed together. With zebras. Bliss.  Hey! Did … [Read more...]

Learn it: how to raise children that love the outdoors


I am writing from the coolness of my living room after just spending time in the hot sun. If you follow me on Facebook you have heard me whine and whine about our winter here in Wisconsin. About a week and a half ago we finally lost the last of the snow. And then today…90 degrees. We are soaking in the warmth. Slathered in sunscreen. I’m a big sunscreen believer. I hear again and again and again…”you don’t look old enough to have a 15 year old” … [Read more...]

watercolor bubble necklace.

Waterfall bubble necklace from nelliebellie.com

If  you follow Positively Splendid (which you should!) then you've seen this project from me before. That's okay, it's a good one. And I bet there are alot of you that haven't seen this at all!  To be honest, this isn't one of my easier projects.  It's not hard...it just isn't a 2 step process.  But it is pretty, and I enjoyed making it.  Just be warned that this doesn't fit into our typical "simple" category.  Okay? … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make a bill organizer from jeans


So, I hurt. I have a pinched nerve. In my neck. Have you ever had a pinched nerve? Lots of you probably have. So, you know the drill. Tingly arm, lots and lots of pain…shoot me now kinda stuff. Seriously, I swear I should have a kid out of this deal. Not that I want another    I don’t    but the pain should produce SOMETHING anything! Today, today I have feeling in both hands…hallelujah chorus erupts… and it’s the … [Read more...]

dropcloth rug.

Dropcloth rug with Aztec feel from nelliebellie.com

This dropcloth rug is a beautiful and simple Aztec wonder. In a recent competition that I was in the theme of that week's project was Paint. Yes, that is it. Paint. And I had a flatline moment. Just saying paint left too many options, too many choices. I was immobilized. I like direction and the word paint didn’t feel like a direction. What kind of paint? What to paint? Gah! After deliberation and thinking, I settled on creating a rug. I … [Read more...]

personalized mug.

Personalized mugs, an easy DIY project for gifts from nelliebellie.com

 This personalized mug (see the J ??) is for my friend Jen's birthday. So, she can hang-out with me and drink her coffee in style. No more plain ol' white mugs for her. No maaam. She's a colorful kind of girl that needs a colorful kind of mug! Happy Birthday Jen...hope it's filled with lots of laughter, snot-nosed tears, fun, and giggles. You deserve nothing less! How to make a personalized mug... … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy hanging light from funnel and shop lights.


Let’s pretend we are in a Choose Your Own Adventure book. You know, the ones where you read to a place and it gives you a choice; choose to go to page 4 if you want blah blah blah, go to page 27 if you want blah blah blah. One way might kill you, the other might make you a hero. Today you can choose your own adventure; one might make you a diy light from a shop light or the other way might make you a hanging light from a funnel. But in our … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make wooden coat hooks

coat hook feature

I’m working on my mud room this month and needed wall hooks. I wanted something clever and cool, fun and quirky, and cheap. Not easy to find. So, I DIY’ed my own. These wooden paint-dipped hooks fit that bill quite nicely. and cost me next to nothing. Score! These wooden paint-dipped hooks are simple and quite easy. I bought a thick wooden dowel for a few dollars at my local hardware store and cut it into multiple pieces. If you don’t have … [Read more...]

gilded animal bookends.


♪♪♪ I like pretty things and I cannot lie ♪♪♪   These are pretty. I heart them. a lot. These Quick & Easy gilded animal bookends make my heart beat a little faster and my smile a bit bigger. This turns everything you touch into gold. literally. It’s brilliant. Supplies: Martha Stewart Gilding 4 blocks of wood (the size you want for your bookends) 2 dollar store animals (make sure they look cool on … [Read more...]