Painted Shoebox Wall Decor

Designer: Halsey Bishop

Rescue shoebox lids from the recycling bin and transform them into painted chevron wall art.


  • Assorted shoebox lids
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • White spray primer (such as Krylon Color Master Primer)
  • Transfer paper
  • Semigloss spray paint: white and desired colors (such as Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paint)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chevron pattern

1. Working in a well-ventilated area, cover your work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth. Lay the shoebox lids on the surface, and spray the top and sides of each lid with primer; let dry.

2. Enlarge the pattern, onto white paper. Lay transfer paper over the primed shoebox lid and place the pattern on top. Using a pencil, trace the outlines of the chevrons to transfer the lines onto the top of the shoebox lid. If needed, reposition the pattern to make chevrons wider or to add rows of chevrons. Continue marking chevrons until entire shoebox lid is filled with a chevron pattern.

3. Place strips of painter’s tape in areas you wish to remain white.

4. Spray shoebox lid and sides with desired color of spray paint. Let dry. Peel off painter’s tape.

Spring Scarf

Designer: Jennifer Keltner

Scarves have graduated from wintertime accessories to anytime must-haves.


  • 1 yard red stripe fabric*
  • 34 yard woven cotton linen
  • Size 5 embroidery needle
  • Valdani perle cotton: size 8 (M43–variegated multicolor reds)

*Note: Because the stripe on our fabric ran parallel to the selvage, extra yardage was required to allow for only one seam. If not using a directional or stripe fabric, you could buy only 34 yard.


Measurements include 14” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

From each fabric, cut:

  • 2—13×32″ rectangles, noting direction of stripes (along 32″ length)


1. With right sides together, sew 14” seam along one short end of red stripe rectangle to make one long strip that is 13×6312” Press seams open.

2. Repeat Step 1 for woven cotton linen rectangles.

3. Layer red stripe strip and woven cotton linen strip with right sides together. Sew 14” seam on each long edge. Leave short ends unstitched. Turn right side out and press. If you like, place pins along some of the red stripes to keep layers together while hand sewing.

4. Using a size 5 embroidery needle, thread approximately 18″ of perle cotton and tie a knot. Starting on the red stripe fabric side of scarf, about 12” from end, stitch with a long running stitch along a stripe. When you run out of thread, finish with a knot on the red strip side and begin again with another length of perle cotton.

5, Repeat Step 1 to sew along as many stripes as you want.

6. Pull out a few threads on each unfinished edge to create a frayed finish.

Mini Fruit Piñata: How-To

Designer: Alexis Middleton

These miniature watermelon, pineapple, and strawberry piñata ornaments are actually foam balls covered with crepe paper.


  • Foam balls: 1″-, 2″-, 3″-, and 4″-diameter (such as FloraCraft)
  • Foam tools: cutter, shaper (such as FloraCraft)
  • Crepe paper streamers: light pink, light green, dark green, yellow, dark pink
  • Fringe scissors (optional)
  • Styrofoam glue or decoupage medium
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Cardstock: black, white
  • FloraCraft Foam Connectors with Eyelet Screws
  • String

Note: To make crepe paper fringe, cut an arm’s-length piece from crepe paper. Fold in half crosswise, then in half crosswise again. Cut the folded crepe paper in half lengthwise to make two strips. Fringe with regular scissors or fringe scissors. Screw eyelets through the top of each fruit, and hang with string.


1. Cut a 4″-diameter foam ball in half using foam cutter. Cut each piece in half to make four wedges.

2. Cut a piece of fringed crepe paper that is slightly longer than the area you want to cover. Brush glue onto unfringed portion of crepe paper; then press onto foam wedge in overlapping rows. Use light pink paper on cut wedge edges, and alternate two dark and one light green crepe paper on the rounded portion.

3. Trim excess crepe paper from edges as needed. Cut six seeds from black cardstock. Glue onto the watermelon slice.


1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 3″-diameter foam ball into a cylindrical shape.

4. Cut several 4″-long leaves from light green and dark green crepe paper. Glue the leaves around the small foam ball.


1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 2″-diameter foam ball into a rounded point.

2. Wrap dark pink fringed paper around the rounded pointed end of the foam shape. Keep adding rows while working your way to the top of the strawberry.

3. Cut three 2″-long teardrop shapes from dark green crepe paper, and cut notches out of the sides to make strawberry leaves. Glue the leaves to the top of the strawberry.

4. Cut 10 tiny teardrop-shape seeds from white cardstock; glue seeds to strawberry.

Cross-Stitch of the Month: May


Download the cross-stitch pattern here.



  • 6″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • 12″ square cross-stitch fabric
  • Embroidery floss: teal, mint, lime, orange, white, dark gray, light gray
  • Embroidery needle


Cross-Stitch the Design: Place cross-stitch fabric in embroidery hoop, pulling fabric taut. Tighten screw. Using two strands of embroidery floss and following the downloadable chart (above) for the pattern, cross-stitch the camper from the back side through the fabric. See how to cross-stitch below. Weave tail from last stitch under previous stitches; trim ends.


How to Cross-Stitch: From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many cross-stitches as needed.



How to Finish: When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1/2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.

Visit us on the first of each month to receive a new seasonal cross-stitch pattern. Tag pics on Instagram with #MIYmaglife so we can see!

Get April’s pattern here.



Floral-Painted Shoes

Designer: Sachiko Aldous

Rescue a pair of outdated shoes from the back of your closet by giving them a makeover with paint.


  • Pair of leather shoes
  • Paper plate
  • Artist paintbrushes: filbert, liner, narrow flat
  • Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint: South Beach, White, Shell Pink, Grinch Green, Yellow, Light Green, Chili Red, Georgia Peach, Collector Edition Play Off 8 Grey, Green, Collector Edition Melo 2
  • Toothpick

Note:  Refer to the photo, above, as a guide for placement of each flower and leaf. The measurements given are approximations and may need to be adjusted to fit your shoe and design. Place a small amount of paint on the paper plate to use as a palette while painting. Always clean your brush before changing colors.


1. Mix South Beach and White with a 1:5 ratio on a paper plate. Paint the exterior of each shoe with the mixture; allow to dry.


1. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Shell Pink, paint an approximately 1″-diameter pink rose on the center top of the toe of each shoe (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a liner brush loaded with White, paint swirls that mirror the flower curves (photo above, middle left).

3. Dilute Grinch Green with a small amount of water; load mixture onto a filbert paintbrush and paint a round spot in the center of each flower (photo above, middle right); let dry.

4. Using a detail brush loaded with Yellow, paint tiny dots on each green center (photo above, right).

1. Determine desired placement of leaves around the pink rose. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Grinch Green, paint a 34“-long leaf shape for each leaf (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Light Green, paint half of each leaf. Load liner brush with Light Green and outline each leaf (photo above, middle).

3. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint diagonal vein lines on the Grinch Green half of each leaf (photo above, right).

1. Using a narrow flat brush loaded with Chili Red, paint six 38“-long strokes that meet in the center to make a flower that resembles an asterisk (photo above, left). Paint three of these flowers around each pink rose and between the leaves; let dry.

2. Load the narrow flat brush with Georgia Peach and paint over Chili Red flower strokes for each flower (photo above, middle left); let dry.

3. Using a liner brush loaded with Chili Red, paint six short strokes on top of Georgia Peach flower strokes to resemble an asterisk (photo above, middle right); let dry.

4. Using a liner brush loaded with Play Off 8 Grey, paint a dot in the center of each flower (photo above, right).

1. Determine desired placement of stems, planning each stem so it curves away from each flower cluster. Using a liner brush loaded with Green, paint a 34“-long curved line for each stem (photo above, left).

2. Use liner brush loaded with Green to paint short lines for leaves on each side of each stem (photo above, right). Paint a leaf on the stem tip.

1. Determine desired placement of daisies. Using a liner brush loaded with White, paint six 12“-long strokes that meet in the center for each daisy (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a toothpick dipped in Chili Red, add a small dot to each flower center (photo above, right).

1. Determine placement of hyacinths, filling in the gaps between leaves and branches as desired. Using a liner brush loaded with Collector Edition Melo 2, paint a cone-shape cluster of about 12 tiny irregular dots for the flower head (photo above, left).

2. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint a stem and two curved leaves (photo above, right).

1. Determine placement of the lillies of the valley, filling any gaps as desired. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint a stem and two curved leaves for each flower (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a toothpick loaded with White, paint tiny dots along the top half of each stem (photo above, right).


If desired, fill any empty areas or extend the design around the sides or back of each shoe by repeating flowers. You may need to adjust the size of your brushstrokes to make smaller versions of the flowers to fit in desired areas.