03/27/15

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

It’s been a little bit of a crazy week around here… traveling, prepping for a shoot, and getting everything in order for the Houston DIY workshop I’m teaching this Saturday (last day to buy tickets is today). BUT, I didn’t want to let the day get away from me without some weekend DIYs to try.

So, here are a few projects to try out this weekend…

1. DIY pom pom wall hanging from Sugar & Cloth

2. DIY Easter hack for cool dyed eggs

3. DIY faux ceramic ring cones from Almost Makes Perfect

4. Color blocked chocolate bark with edible flower sprinkles

5. DIY fresh flower Easter basket

6. DIY weaving with wool roving from A Beautiful Mess

And a couple more projects I’m loving right now…these DIY graphic tees and this strawberry mini donut recipe.

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni

03/26/15

DIY Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

If you like sugar as much as I do, you should give these DIY cotton candy nests a try for Easter this year. Or a colorful party, if Easter’s not your thing. It’s like bringing the state fair straight to your dinner table. Which sounds pretty fun, if you ask me.

To make your own, all you need is cotton candy. Which can be store bought or homemade. Here’s how to make your own…

DIY Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

1. Pull a good size piece of cotton candy from the rest.

DIY Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

2. Then create a circle shape (see photo), by wrapping the two ends toward each other and pressing the ends together to secure.

DIY Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

3. Next, break off another section of cotton candy and add it to the bottom. Creating a bowl shape. Secure by pressing the cotton candy together gently. It sticks to itself pretty easily.

DIY Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

4. Fill with candy and enjoy. And when the candies are gone, you can eat the bowl!

DIY Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

DIY Cotton Candy Nests for Easter

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

Are you a cotton candy fan? Think you’ll give these a try?

03/25/15

How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

I think we can all agree that when it comes to Easter baskets, they’re not typically the most exciting things on the planet. So…I thought adding fresh flowers to the mix might liven up the whole Easter basket situation a little bit. And take things up a notch. What do you think?

Sharing the full tutorial today, along with all of the flowers I used for the project…

Types of Flowers

Materials:
-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-old Easter basket
-hot glue and glue sticks
-scissors

For this project, I used Mayra Pink Garden Roses, Lavender Double Bloom TulipsLamb’s EarPink VeronicasPink Ranunculus, and White and Lavender Sweet PeasMy friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers again. So, if you’re looking for fresh flowers and/or greenery, be sure to check them out. They ship anywhere in the US for free (all 50 states).

Care Instructions for Flowers: You want the flowers to be super hydrated before starting this project, so that the blooms will last longer once attached to the basket. So, for the best hydration… Cut at least 1″ off each stem and place in 3-4″ of room temperature water. Let everything hydrate for at least 3-4 hours before you start working with them, but preferably 24 hours so the blooms have more time to open, if they’re not already.

Easter DIY // How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

How To:

1. Cut the stems off of Lamb’s Ear leaves and hot glue them to the base of your basket, all the way around. This will be the base for your flowers.

2. Next, cut the stems off of the flowers that you plan to use.

3. Then glue the base of each flower to the side of the basket. Do this all the way around the basket. Then, fill in additional holes on top (for aerial view of basket).

Add some Easter eggs and you’re good to go. Simple as that.

This fresh flower basket would be a great photo prop, for an Easter egg scavenger hunt, or even at a wedding (flower girl basket).

How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

Easter Project // Fresh Flower Easter Basket DIY

Easter Project // Fresh Flower Easter Basket DIY

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

Think you might give this Easter flower project a try? 

For more flower DIYs like this one, visit the DIY Flower Ideas page.