Posts Tagged ‘floral’


Pink Peonies + DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Yesterday completely got a way from me. Like completely!

I was running around all day trying to find items for a styled shoot (one of my freelance gigs) and then came back, styled it and started taking photos. Almost immediately after I started shooting, a storm rolled in. Which meant that natural light was basically non-existent – it was nearly dark outside.

I took photos anyway. They were horrible, but there wasn’t really anything I could do about it.

After I finished editing all the photos (again, still awful), I took a break and noticed that it was suddenly sunny on that side of the house again. So, I decided to start fresh and reshoot all of the photos. Mission accomplished. The photos were much better the second time around. But when I finished editing and writing that article, it was after midnight.

Which means…I didn’t have time to put together the post I had planned for today because I was working so late on that other project. The crazed life of a DIY blogger. Not complaining though. I swear.

All is not lost, though, because this give me a chance to share some outtakes from a recent DIY that I created for Project Wedding. Bonus! It involves peonies…

DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Peonies + DIY Mirrored Glass Mini Vases

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

They’re mirrored glass mini vases made out of votive candle holders.  And I made the small flower arrangements with peonies (blogland’s favorite flower), tulips, wax flowers, calla lilies, and pink dianthus.

See the tutorial breakdown and more photos on Project Wedding.


Winston flowers by M Piazza, anemones

So, before I left for my trip, I put together a new flower DIY and was fully prepared to get that written up and posted for today, but I didn’t get back home until late last night and I just couldn’t get it done. It happens, right?

So to tide things over this morning, I’ve rounded up some flower inspiration (DIY and otherwise) and will be sharing that flower DIY next week. Here are 8 reasons to love fresh flowers…

1. (above) Love these fuchsia anemones.

Giant DIY bouquet of flowers

2. And this giant DIY bouquet is still one of my favorites.

Flowers taped to the wall // from Ali Harper Photography and stylist Ginny Branch

3. Taping flowers to the wall never gets old. It looks so good.

Small Bouquet of Aster + Solidago Wrapped in Newspaper

4. Try this $2 mini message bouquet DIY, with newspaper wrap.

Colorful flowers in glass vases

5. I need to expand my collection of glass vases, so I can create a flower cluster like this one.

Hanging Floral Chandelier

6. And maybe I can use the extras to make a hanging flower chandelier.

Colorful DIY Spring Boutonniere Idea

7. Grab a few ranunculus and make a colorful boutonniere for special occasions.

The new floral crown

8. Or try this alternative floral crown to make a statement.

What do you love most about fresh flowers? Is it the way they smell? How they look in your home? The reminder of the outdoors? I’d love to hear your perspective in the comments below.

P.S. I’m also starting work on a another series of flower DIYs soon, so if you have any flower related projects/ ideas that you’d really like to learn how to make, I’d love for you to let me know. The more info I can get the better.


Making Cake Toppers with Paper Straws

Make Mom a Mother’s Day cake (and cake topper) she’ll love, with this quick and easy tutorial: paper straw letter cake toppers. If you’re a long time reader, you may remember that I made letter cupcake toppers for One Charming Party almost a year ago.

So, I thought it would be fun to recreate this idea with a more feminine feeling for Mother’s Day. Plus, I just really love these floral print straws, that were left over from Meet/Make/Do.

DIY // 'For Mom' Cake Topper


paper straws, scissors, glue gun, wood skewers

How To: 

1. Find paper straws in an interest pattern, design, or color. Cut straws to various lengths to loosely form different letters of the alphabet. You’ll probably have to experiment with this a little bit.

2. Next, glue the straw pieces together with a glue.

3. Once dry, insert a wood skewer into the bottom of one of the straw holes, and glue in place. Wait for the glue to try, before poking each topper through a cake. Done!

How To Make a Message Cake Topper with Paper Straws

Here’s how the finished messages turned out…

DIY Mother's Day Cake + Topper for Mom

Cake Topper for Mother's Day Brunch

DIY // Making Cake Toppers with Paper Straws

A DIY Bouquet of Letters

Who Doesn't Love Cake? Yum!

Bouquet Message for Mom

This message cake topper is really easy to make, which means you can whip this up last minute, if you don’t have much time to get a Mother’s Day gift this year. Or use it for birthdays, graduation, and other special occasions and parties.

P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo! You didn’t think I’d forget, did you?

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff