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Make a clutch, shibori pillow, earring stand or gold heart brooch this weekend! Click through for tutorials to each easy DIY project.

Happy long weekend!

I’m back home in Venice for the long weekend and boy did I miss this California coastal weather! After spending a week in Miami and the Florida Keys, I remembered just how much I don’t enjoy that humidity. But I did enjoy all that sunshine and time spent in the pool!

Get in maker mode this weekend and try one of my favorite DIYs from this week!

  1. Can you believe you can make this clutch without sewing?!
  2. I’m digging this pink take on shibori.
  3. Every pair of pretty statement earrings needs a pretty stand.
  4. Your favorite dress needs a little gold flair.

I’m also loving…

These keychains.
This downtown LA guide.
Seeing how 5 ladies wear the this gorgeous midi skirt.
This tiny storage boxes.
Beaded gift wrap. Say what?!

P.S.

A big thanks to everyone that shared my crispy onion ring video—it hit 1.1 million views this week!

DIY Gold Leaf Resin Heart Brooch

Learn how to make your own shimmery gold leaf heart brooches using just a few supplies! Click through for video tutorial.

I’m loving how enamel pins and vintage brooches are making a come back. When I was a kid I would collect pins and brooches and wear them all on my jacket at the same time. Today I’m sharing a fun DIY for a more grown up, but still playful, way to make your own shimmery gold leaf resin heart pins.

Learn how to make your own shimmery gold leaf heart brooches using just a few supplies! Click through for video tutorial.

The secret to making these cute pins is using a silicone heart shaped mold. And since you can easily make multiples at once, these cute pins make great gifts. They would also make adorable fridge magnets too—just glue a round magnet to the back of each one instead of a brooch bar.

DIY Gold Heart Brooch

When your favorite spring dress needs a little more flair.

Posted by Sarah Hearts on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Watch the video above to see how to make them!

DIY Gold Leaf Resin Heart Pins

Supplies

Mini silicone heart mold
Pourable resin
Gold leaf flakes
Disposable plastic cups
Popsicle sticks
Mixing bowl
Brooch bar pins
Super glue
Craft paint
Paint brush

Learn how to make your own shimmery gold leaf heart brooches using just a few supplies! Click through for video tutorial.

Directions

  1. Pour 1 oz. of resin into a small plastic cup. Pour 1 oz. of resin hardener in a separate cup. Then pour the resin into the hardender.
  2. Use a popsicle stick to stir the mixture for 2 minutes. Add a pinch of gold leaf flakes and stir until they are incorporated.
  3. Set the resin mixture in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. This will help remove most of the air bubbles.
  4. Remove the cup of resin from the water and carefully pour the mixture into the heart molds filing each cavity half way. All it to dry for 24 hours. The resin will settle in about 30 minutes and the majority of the bubbles will disappear.
  5. Once it’s dry, pop the heart pieces out of the mold. Use craft paint to paint the back side of each heart. Allow it to dry completely.
  6. Use super glue to adhere a brooch bar pin to the back of each heart and then it’s ready to be worn!

Learn how to make your own shimmery gold leaf heart brooches using just a few supplies! Click through for video tutorial.

Learn how to make your own shimmery gold leaf heart brooches using just a few supplies! Click through for video tutorial.

Learn how to make your own shimmery gold leaf heart brooches using just a few supplies! Click through for video tutorial.

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May Favorites

Here are a few cute and colorful items that blogger Sarah Hearts is loving right now!

After spending some time in Key West this past week, I’m pretty pumped for summer! Here are some of my favorite items I spotted this month that are oh so perfect for summer.

  1. Swell heart bottle. A water bottle that stays cold for 24 hours AND has hearts on it? How could I resist!
  2. Ice cream print. I think this would be so fun to hang in our kitchen since Kevin and I are big ice cream fans.
  3. Watermelon fanny pack. Been on the lookout for a cute fanny pack to use when I’m riding my bike and this one is just too cute.
  4. Gold foil pineapple paper plates. Need I say more?!
  5. Pom pom dress. Boden does it again and makes another cute cotton knit dress I just have to have.
  6. Tassel throw pillow. Yet another reason why you can never have enough throw pillows

Links to Love

Create something colorful! Try making one of these beautiful and easy DIY projects this weekend.

Happy weekend!

I kicked off the weekend a little early this week because I’m down in Key West with two of my blogging bffs, Rachel and Carrie. You can follow our Florida adventure on Instagram and on Snapchat (I’m @sarahheartslove).

If you’re looking for a fun DIY to try this weekend, here are some of my favorites from this week!

  1. You can never have too many statement necklaces.
  2. This vase is made with just 2 supplies!
  3. Crepe paper isn’t just for party streamers.
  4. A birthday box is perfect to send to long distance besties.

I’m also loving…

This list of rosé wines to try this summer.
I want this instead of a cake on my birthday.
Cheers!

P.S.

You should make these this weekend.

Crispy Oven Baked Onion Rings and Special Sauce

Learn how to make crispy oven baked onion rings at home. This recipe is much lower in fat than the fried restaurant version and includes a delicious savory dipping sauce too!

I know everyone is all about french fries these days but I’d take some good crispy onion rings over fries any day. Ever since I discovered that you can make onion rings at home without a deep fryer, I’ve been hooked. My version is super simple to make and uses the oven over deep frying for a lower calorie recipe that’s just as good as a restaurant version.

This recipe uses Panko, or Japanese style bread crumbs, which is one of my go-to pantry staples. It makes the onion rings have the perfect crunch when you bite into them while keeping the onions juicy inside. Once you try making them at home, you’ll soon want to make these all summer long. Especially since they pair perfectly with a juicy grilled burger!

 

Watch the video to see how to make them!

Learn how to make crispy oven baked onion rings at home. This recipe is much lower in fat than the fried restaurant version and includes a delicious savory dipping sauce too!

Oven Baked Onion Rings and Savory Dipping Sauce

 

Ingredients

For the onion rings

1 sweet onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1 cup panko bread crumbs (I like using whole wheat)
salt + pepper, to taste

For the dipping sauce

1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon creamed horseradish
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Pinch of cayenne powder (optional)

Supplies

Baking Sheet
Cooking spray
Non-stick aluminum foil
3 medium bowls
Whisk

Learn how to make crispy oven baked onion rings at home. This recipe is much lower in fat than the fried restaurant version and includes a delicious savory dipping sauce too!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Cut the onion into 1/2″ thick slices. Separate the slices into rings and set aside.
  2. Add the flour, paprika, and garlic powder to a bowl. Add the water and whisk until combined.
  3. Add the panko in a separate bowl. Dip the onion rings one at a time into the flour batter and then into the panko. Shake off excess and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Season the onion rings with salt and pepper and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip the onion rings over half way through cooking to get them nice and crisp on all sides.
  5. Meanwhile, while the onion rings cook, make the dipping sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a bowl. Once the onion rings are done, serve them right out of the own with the savory sauce.

Learn how to make crispy oven baked onion rings at home. This recipe is much lower in fat than the fried restaurant version and includes a delicious savory dipping sauce too!

Note

I swapped regular Panko bread crumbs for whole wheat but you can use whatever kind you have on hand or prefer. I also used smoked paprika in both the batter and sauce. It adds a subtle smokey flavor that’s oh so delicious. If you don’t have any in your spice rack, I suggest picking up some as it adds a nice richness and depth to so many dishes.

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