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DIY Watercolored Cactus Paper Sculpture

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial


Inspired by our new spineless prickly pear cactus, I decided to try to make a mini paper version for my desk. My watercolor work isn’t the best, but overall it’s pretty darn cute. The bonus :: it requires no sun and water!

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

  • Printable PDF | Cactus and Pot Templates (click to download)
  • A printer
  • 1 Sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ watercolor paper
  • Watercolors, paintbrush, paper towel, and water cup
  • 2 Sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock (you choose the colors/patterns)
  • Scissors
  • Foam tape (I used 10+ Scotch Foam Mounting Squares)
  • Craft glue
  • Double-stick tape
  • Scotch tape (optional)
  • Mini or full-size popsicle stick (optional)
  • A cup of rice

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

1. Download the PDFs. Print sheet 1 on watercolor paper. (You can also print it on cactus-colored card stock if you don’t feel like painting.) Print sheets 2 and 3 on the pieces of card stock you picked out for the exterior and interior of the pot.

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

2. Watercolor your cactus pieces, then let the sheet dry. Cut everything out, then do a mock-up of the layered pieces. For example: on top of section D, place D-1, then D-2. Use the diagram up there on the right if it helps.

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

3. Tape the pieces to the main cactus using foam squares. The top pieces are pretty small, so you may have to trim the foam tape a bit.

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

4. For extra stability, glue a popsicle stick (or card stock remnant) to the bottom of the back of your cactus. Make sure the length of the stick that “pokes out” will fit inside the pot.

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

5. Time to make the pot! This may seem complicated, but it will make sense when you’re doing it. Note: SOLID lines mean CUT and DOTTED lines mean FOLD. Cut out the main pot from sheet 2 (left image above), then cut the slits as indicated by the solid lines. Complete all of your folds until this piece looks like the right image above. Fold up the sides so you can clearly see the hexagonal bottom. Apply a small amount of craft glue in the triangular sections and connect all of the sides. On the inside of your pot, you should now have 6 “flaps” that need to get out of the way. Use tape or glue to flatten them against the side walls. (See image below.)


Next, cut out the pot “interior” from your other sheet of card stock. Fold up the walls so you have a hexagonal bottom. Now, place this piece INSIDE the main pot. (It might take some finagling to get it in there.) Secure the two pieces together with double-stick tape.

DIY Hexagonal Box Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

Yay! Now you have a paper pot.

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

6. Fill the pot with rice, beans, beads, pebbles, or anything else you have on hand…then add your cactus!

DIY Watercolor Cactus Paper Sculpture | Tutorial

I did some watercolor touch up once everything was assembled, then bent some of the segments to give it dimension.

Place your new paper succulent on your desk or give one to a family member or co-worker. :)

Free Printable Seahawks and Broncos Cupcake Toppers

Free Printable | Super Bowl XLVIII Cupcake Toppers |


Looking for ways to impress your Super Bowl party guests? Try our Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos cupcake toppers! Just bake up your cakes (like Bakerella’s burger cupcakes) and top them with mini “foam fingers” and flags.

Supplies Needed:

Free Printable | Seattle Seahawks Cupcake Toppers |

Free Printable | Denver Broncos Cupcake Toppers |

The directions are pretty self-explanatory, but you basically download, print, cut, glue/tape. To attach the “foam fingers” to the toothpicks, I just used a small strip of washi tape on the back.

As always, these are FREE for personal use only and may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

Good luck and may the best team WIN!

Free Printable | Super Bowl XLVIII Cupcake Toppers |

DIY Dog (or Toddler) Tutu

Tutorial for an easy DIY Dog Tutu


Halloween is right around the corner, so if you’re looking for a cheap and easy DIY tutu, here it is! It’s perfect for dogs (and kids) of any size. :)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1-4 spools of 6″ wide tulle (find these near fabric and ribbon at your local craft store)
  • Velcro (we used the self adhesive strips, but you can also glue or sew these on)
  • Elastic (at least 1″ wide for medium to large dogs, 1/2″ wide for small dogs)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler


DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

1. Measure and cut the elastic that will go around your dog’s waist. You can stretch it just a tad so it stays put, but leave extra room for the overlap where your adhesive Velcro strips will go.

2. For a medium or large dog, cut about forty 24″ strips of tulle. For a small dog, start with about a dozen 12″ strips. Adjust the length according to your needs, keeping in mind that you’ll need a strip that is twice the desired skirt length. Our 60 lb. dog required 40 strips for her 18″ waist; therefore, we used about 27 yards of tulle total.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

3. Fold each strip of tulle lengthwise and make an angled cut (like you’re cutting ribbon). In the photo above, the folded edge is on the right and the open edges are on the left.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

4. Now it’s time to tie the tulle to the waistband. Fold each strip in half, then pull the ends through the loop (see the coral ribbon in the photo). Repeat until your elastic is almost filled. Alternate colors, use one color, or make it random!

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Keep going…

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

5. When you get to the ends, attach your Velcro. (The adhesive strips we purchased didn’t stick very well, so you may have to reinforce the Velcro with hot glue.)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

6. Last step: Break out the dog treats, try on the tutu, and take a photo. :)

In general, Nani is really patient about getting “dressed up,” but this tutu didn’t seem to bother her one bit. I think it’s because it only goes around her waist and she can sit down and move about without a problem. Hats and such, on the other hand, will only stay on for a minute or so.



Tips for Styling a Space on a Budget

Tips for styling a room on a budget!


Just sharing something fun today…

My husband and I just moved to Austin. After we unpacked, I looked around our living room and realized how bland and boring it was. In particular, this spot below the stairs was in need of some personality. So, I updated the room by keeping in mind the things that make stylized rooms on Pinterest look so amazing :: coordinated pops of color.

Mini Makeover on a Budget // How adding a few pops of color can change the personality of a room


I’m nothing close to an interior designer, and this room can’t really compete with some of the fanciness on Pinterest, but this room makes me HAPPY now, and that’s all I care about.

Here are my personal tips for “styling” a room on a budget:


For me, this would be brown, beige, white, light blue, and coral.

USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Books, vases, votives, framed art, etc.

You’d be shocked how much of a difference color coordinating your books can make. :)


After collecting items, I figured out what I still needed: something floral, and paint. I went to the local craft store and bought 1 peony stem, 1 lamb’s ear stem, a wood frame, an over-sized wood ampersand, 2 little bottles of acrylic paint (in blue and coral), and a pack of Command hanging strips. This cost me under $30.

Over the next 3 days, I painted the wood frame, ampersand, and two mini succulent pots. (I also painted a simple watercolor of balloons to tie in the colors one last time.)

Detail // peony inside glass lamp and glass bird votive

Detail // painted ampersand and watercolor


These painted succulent pots are my favorite!

Detail // painted mini succulent pots


Hope this inspires you to give it a try. :)

Chain Letter REVIVAL

Printable Chain Letter Project


Now that Akula Kreative is up and running again, I finally had a chance to work on a printable. With this project, we can work together to BRING BACK THE CHAIN LETTER!!

First, let me explain why I like the idea of a chain letter. None of my good friends lives in the same city. From Africa to Australia, from East Coast to West, I’d need to win the lottery to be able to visit them on a regular basis. Now that Facebook has exploded, we’re duped into feeling like we’re still in touch, but “liking” a photo here and there isn’t quite as special as a letter in the mail. But let’s be realistic. As much as I’d looove to spend 2 hours (and $5 in postage) writing notes every day, keeping in touch “the old fashioned way” is hard work.

So, I thought of a Chain Letter. But not the crazy kind that guilt-trips you into participating (“You’ll die if you don’t pass it on!!!”). A fun, quick, Mad Libs version that allows you to update friends within just a few minutes. The best part is, you only have to send it one person. Sure, it might take a long time for it to get back to you, but that’s part of the fun.

Printable Chain Letter

Here’s how it works:

The letter is composed of 5 unique pages: a cover page, an instruction page, a map, an info page, and a back page.

STEP 1 :: Print one of each page, plus extra info pages (depending on how many people you want to involve).

STEP 2 :: Fill in details on the cover page, instructions page, map, and 1st info page.

STEP 3 :: Stuff into an envelope and mail to a friend!

Below is the cover page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

If you’re the one starting the letter, you fill in the cover page yourself.

Next comes the instruction page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Again, if you’re the starter, you get to make up the rules.

If you want the letters to be sent to a specific group, add a note with names so people know…otherwise it might be fun to just see where it goes. I have a particular friend in mind who I think would love this as a little pick-me-up, so I added an optional section to line 4: “Mail all contents…with the hopes of eventually sending it to [ ].” This way, the second-to-last recipient knows where to send the letter. If the process works, being last is best because you get to read all of the previous answers.

Next comes the map:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Mark your city with a dot, then eventually connect all the dots to see how far the letter traveled.

*UPDATE ::  A world map and North America map are now available! Please see the link at the bottom of the post to download it.

Next comes the info page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

This page will need to be printed several times.

If you want to keep the group small, print 4…if you’re feeling adventurous, print 10. Print as many as you’d like. If you couldn’t already tell, this is the page each person will fill out. There are two things I love about this format: 1) You get to update your contact info and 2) You’ll have specific insight into your friends’ lives that you’ll be able to look back on and laugh at in years to come.

Eventually, I’d like to make a few versions of the info pages, so each year I can change it up…but we’ll see how this round goes first. If you have any requests for other versions designed for kids, pen pals, other countries, etc., tell us on Facebook or comment below.

Oh, last thing. If/when the letter returns to you, you can take photos or scan the contents and email them to everyone. In theory, I think it’s a great way to encourage everyone to keep in touch. You can even use social media to keep track of where the letter is.

I mean, come on…how fun would it be to open something like this in the mail??!!

To join in, you can download the printable files for free below!

Each page measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ – depending on the number of sheets you include and how thick your paper is, they’ll fit in an A2 envelope or larger.

To print on A4 Flat Cards:


To print on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets:


We recommend using high quality paper and the “best photo” settings on your home printer.

If you use the 8.5″ x 11″ sheets, use the thin gray lines as guides for trimming. The first PDF includes the cover page, instruction page, map, and back page. You can print this PDF front and back or on two separate sheets. (Just be careful you have the paper set correctly if printing on the back.)

The second PDF includes 4 info sheets per page. Print as many as you need.

*Free for personal use only. These PDFs may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Good luck, have fun, and…


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A Superhero Birthday!

Superhero Birthday // still action photo set-up for kids

Check this out…

Our friend Sarah created the cuuutest DIY photo shoot with her kids in celebration of their superhero dad!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 blue blanket
  • 1 sheet of black poster board
  • 1 sheet of yellow poster board
  • 1 Sharpie
  • a pair of scissors
  • white cotton balls or white paper
  • superhero costumes (fashionista tutu and sunglasses optional)
  • a trio of adorable kids
  • 1 awesome mom

So. Amazing.

Thanks for letting us share, Sarah!! 

Free Printable Set of Nautical Gift Tags

Free Printable Nautical Gift Tags // Pretty Peas Paperie


Finally getting around to posting another freebie! With this PDF you can print 8 gift tags per sheet (4 of each design). They’re the perfect finishing touch to a nautical-themed party gift!


…Then print it on high quality matte paper, punch a hole, and thread your ribbon or twine. Enjoy!

*Free for personal use only. This PDF may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

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