Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Pillows DIY♥

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Hello, friends!

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Ah, Summer! Tis the season for air conditioning BBQ’s, picnics, beach days and  more air conditioning relaxing in the luxurious sunshine! Since I live in the Seattle area, I really do look forward all year to summer. I love making my porch extra inviting so I am more inclined to sit outside and enjoy all that vitamin D!

This pillow idea has been a constant DIY since my very first apartment, and I since I’m sure the summer decorating is starting in your own home, I thought I would share!

I recently re-sparked this idea of mine when I came across this really astounding article from National Geographic about wax worms learning to eat plastic bags! It gave me hope, inspired me, and made me proud that here in Seattle we have decided to nix harmful plastic bags altogether. I myself have been using canvas reusable bags for years, and it is a good feeling knowing those little steps towards being more environmentally conscious make a big impact on our planet in the long run. Even though I try really hard to not use plastic bags, they still somehow creep into my house and land in “that drawer.” Don’t judge me, you have “that drawer,” too!

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This DIY is probably the most simple DIY you will ever do, and it is 100% no fail!

All you need are pillow covers and old plastic grocery bags!

Pillow covers are very inexpensive and come in so many cute varieties!

Check out some of these:

Home Sweet Home 

Bohemian Vibes

Floral Print

All you have to do is select your pillow cover of choice and start stuffing away! I stuff the pillow until it is rigid, but still soft enough to be comfortable. For one 18×18 pillow cover, you should need about 30 to 40 plastic bags to fill it to completion. They are so inexpensive that I don’t mind if they fade a little in the sun, or get an occasional shower. The best part is that the insides are plastic, so they will never mold! They look darling on the porch and you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you saved so many plastic bags from never decomposing in the landfill!

Hooray for recycling!

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Love and Hugs,

Shelby♥

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DIY Tile Coasters ♥

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I know, I know, as if you haven’t seen these on Pinterest  a billion and six times  before. I however, am a little bitter that I didn’t patent the idea because I did them before Pinterest went viral! I am  the hipster of the tile coaster making art  was happily reassured when people started pinning and making them because that meant they were not tacky and that my ideas were not ridiculous .
RIGHT?! *nervous laugh*
Here is my tutorial on how to make some fun tile coasters! They make a fun gift and you can make seasonal ones for each part of the year since they are so inexpensive and easy to make!
I had two glass tiles that my mother gave me after her bathroom renovation, she knows I like freebies! If you need to buy them yourself they are  25 cents, (or less) each at Lowes or Home Depot.

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Choose your image! You can print out a picture online, use magazine clippings, a photo, whatever you want! I printed a picture from online. I love botanical prints, especially fruit ones.
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Grab some Mod Podge and a brush…
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Get started! What I normally do is find a part of the picture that I like best and trace the tile onto the part of the paper that I like. Take your scissors and cut the traced square. Repeat for however many coasters you are making.
Once you have your cut outs, place them on the tiles accordingly. Once you have an idea of how you are going to arrange your images, put a thin to medium layer of Mod Podge on the tile and place your picture on top. Smooth out any air bubbles. Then, put a layer of Mod Podge over the picture to water seal it. Repeat 3-4 times, letting the layers dry between coats.

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Once they are done they are ready to use!  I placed mine on the big tray I have on my ottoman.
They are addictive, so have fun and make some for a future housewarming gift!

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♥Shelby