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This weekend was pretty packed for me. Still playing catch up, actually. BUT I do have a DIY to try this morning…
I made these spring boutonnieres for Project Wedding recently and I was thinking they would be perfect as tiny bouquets for Easter and Mother’s Day as well. What do you think? You could use them for the surprise bouquet bombing idea too to say happy spring to a neighbor or friend.
The full tutorial is right here, but here’s a couple of photos to give you the gist of it…
Yellow, pink, and green scream spring to me. What about you?
Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Alright, so one thing you probably don’t know about me is that I love surprises. Some people hate them. I am not one of those people.
I love surprising other people with little things and I LOVE being surprised as well.
Soooo, I wanted to do something along those lines for Easter this year with a surprise bouquet bombing. The thought is that you could whip up a few of these mini bouquets, along with a card, and go bomb friends’ and families’ doorsteps with a little card and flowers to say Happy Easter.
This would work just as well for Mother’s Day, birthdays and general ‘thank you’s too. It’s like sending a card in the mail, only WAY more awesome. Here’s how to make your own…
I used a variety of flowers from Flower Muse, which is my absolute favorite place to get flowers. Can you tell? I use them a lot.
Here’s the list of flowers I used: Juliet Garden Roses, Ivory Garden Roses, Parrot Tulips, Thistle, Lavender, Willow Eucalyptus. In addition to flowers, you’ll also need floral tape, a card with envelope, pen, scissors, and ribbon. I used this velvet ribbon from Minted.
1. Create a small bouquet of flowers, similar to how I’ve made DIY bouquets in the past. Some of my past tutorials for bouquets include: budget friendly spring bouquet, mini message bouquet DIY, and Mother’s Day bouquet. Then secure with floral tape. Cut the stems at the bottoms so they are all the same length, if you wish.
2. Add a long ribbon, so you can use it to tie to the door handle if needed.
3. Write a quick note or card and head out to deliver your bouquet.
4. When you arrive at your friend’s house, quietly attach the bouquet and the note to their front door. Knock or ring the doorbell and run!
So, what do your think? Are you willing to give this bouquet bombing surprise a try for Easter? Mother’s Day? Or any other special occasion?
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff // Photography by Kelly Lanza and Brittni Mehlhoff
Last week, I shared a quick and easy way to say thanks to someone special (ombre + color blocked donuts), and today I have one more idea to share.
So I partnered with Makr (an awesome design app for the iPad) again, to create these ‘make your day’ fabric wrapped bouquets. Just like last time, the concept is something easy (but unique) that you can make in a hurry to say thank you to a friend. Thank you cards are great, but flowers are better.
Here’s how to make your own…
- Flowers (I used anemones, thistle, and wax flowers)
- Floral Tape
- Twine or String
- Custom Gift Tags from Makr
1. Start by creating a simple bouquet, with anywhere from five to ten stems. Instructions for making bouquets can be found here and here.
2. Next, wrap some floral tape around the stems, to keep them secure.
3. Then, cut a piece of fabric into a square. Turn the square so that it looks like more of a diamond shape, then sit your bouquet into diamond (one of the points of the fabric will stick up slightly beyond the bouquet.
4. Fold the bottom point in to form more of a line at the bottom and bring the two side points in and wrap around the bouquet.
5. Tie with twine or string to secure. Add a tag and you are done.
Pretty easy, right? I have a stack of these Makr tags in my craft closet for the next time I want to say thanks to a friend with a bunch of flowers. The tags say, ‘ Hope I Can Make Your Day With This Bouquet’.
I designed these little guys in a hurry. This app is so simple to use! I started with a design template that is in the Makr library already and then changed some of the colors and added my phrase in the typeface I wanted. That’s it. Like I said, so simple. You can have finished designs shipped to your house or print them off on your own. You can download the Makr app for free right here, if you’d like.
Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
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Download the Makr app here (it’s free) to customize your favorite designs and make ‘em yours.
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Today, I want to talk about going the extra mile with your work + getting the most out of every shoot. It’s not the most glamorous topic, but let’s be real, hard work is never all that glamorous. In fact, it can be downright annoying and tedious at times. But hey, that’s what separates the good ideas from the great ones. Spending a thirteenth hour refinishing a piece of furniture to make it ‘perfect’ or heading into borderline OCD territory by continually moving a donut 1/8 of an inch until you get the exact shot you were picturing in your head.
It probably sounds completely crazy, and it kind of is. BUT the craziness is worth it.
That said, here are my tip five tips for getting the most out of every shoot (whether you’re doing everything yourself or you have a team of people helping you)…
1. Consider everything. Don’t just pay attention to the product or DIY you are photographing. Consider all the details that surround it as well – the foreground, middle ground, background. Attention to detail is the redheaded stepchild of ‘done is better than perfect’. BUT I would rather spend an extra 60 minutes getting something that I am completely satisfied with than get done early and sit on the couch for an extra hour afterward. And I really like sitting on the couch.
2. Be okay with making changes. If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it. Instead of spending another 20 minutes trying to ‘make it work’, switch things up. Move things around, try a different angle with your camera, etc.
I did this a lot with a project I created for Curbly recently for faux copper planters. It’s better to have too many options that not enough, right? I talked about options in the last Behind the Scenes post.
3. Be okay with being a little crazy. To an outside person, it is going to look straight up insane that you are having a photographer shoot your outfit post right next to a busy restaurant (with people walking by who totally don’t ‘get it’). But that’s okay. If you get the photos you want, who cares!
4. Ask for what you want. This is the part where you put on your art director hat, if you want to get into fancy terms. If you’re working with anyone else (a photographer, a model, an assistant, etc) do not be afraid to speak up. This is a tough one – believe me I know. I definitely worry that if I ask a photographer to try a different angle or crop in a certain way, I might seem like a jerk. And that genuinely concerns me because as much as I try to fight it, I care what other people think of me. BUT the bottom line is, I’m not a jerk. I just know what I want, and as uncomfortable as it might be (especially when you’re working with someone new), I’m going to ask for it. Even if I apologize a zillion time while doing so.
5. Treat every photo you set up and take as if it were being done for your favorite magazine. This is the most important rule to remember. And it’s something I always have on my mind. Whether I’m taking photos myself or working with a photographer, I treat every project exactly the same – as if it is being shot for my absolute favorite magazine.
Bouquet photos by Mary Costa Photography // All other photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
So here’s a quick story to reiterate all of these points, really quick…
For this flower shoot, I asked my friend Kelly if she would be my model. Obviously, she’s adorable and I know her pretty well, so I was comfortable asking her to make changes to her stance (Tip 2) and get poked with a thorn or two, if need be.
I raided her suitcase to pick out something that was neutral but complimentary to the flowers I was working with (Tip 1). But she didn’t have any shoes that matched the outfit I chose. I wanted to get a couple of full body shots, so I asked her to wear mine, as in the ones I was wearing at the time of the shoot (Tip 3 and 4). I crossed my fingers that they weren’t too sweaty (again it was helpful that we know each other for this one) and went without shoes until we were finished with all of the shots.
I asked Mary, the photographer, if I could go through the photos as we were shooting (Tip 4) to make sure we were getting what I was picturing in my head. And the whole thing went by smoothly. In the end, it was just a DIY for the blog, BUT it was just as important to me as a magazine shoot would have been. So, I treat them the EXACT same way (Tip 5).
Have your own tricks to share? I’d love to hear how you approach DIY and/or product shoots, in the comments below.
And if you’re looking for more ways to create beautifully styled, share-worthy tutorials, check out my Skillshare class, The How To on How Tos: Creating Compelling Tutorials for your Blog.
Today, I’m sharing the last of my DIY flower projects from Meet/Make/Do and this is a fun one because it involves a pool. Yep! There was a big gorgeous pool at the house we were at in Palm Springs. So naturally, I challenged myself to use it for a flower project somehow. It’s not everyday that you have a pool at your disposal, right?
Anyway, I came up with an idea to create a floating wreath and after a quick search on Bing to find out if foam core floats (it was one of the only supplies we had on hand that I thought might work), I was off! I was using the Bing iPhone app for search, in case you are wondering. And yes! Bing does have an app for iPhones. I use it everyday. Love it.
This project would also be a fun way to customize a special event, like a pool party or backyard wedding, with a flower covered monogram, phrase, or letter that signifies the day. But for now, the triangle is my favorite.
Here’s how to make your very own floating flower wreath…
Materials: Foam Core // Xacto Knife // Glue Gun
Flowers Used: Naturally, I used a variety of flowers from Flower Muse. I cannot get enough of these flowers! They are just the best.
The photo above includes the flowers I used for the smaller hexagon wreath, but this is the full list of flowers used between the two wreaths…
Light Peach Juliet Garden Roses // Ivory Peach Garden Roses // Keira Pink Garden Roses // Pink Piano Garden Spray Roses // Pink Mayra Garden Roses // White Anemones // Double Bloom Tulips // Ranunculus
1. To create a hexagon, cut six pieces of foam core that are 2 inches wide and 5 inches wide. *For the triangle shape, cut three pieces of foam core that are 3 inches wide and 16 inches long.
2. Glue the pieces together, with hot glue, one at a time, to create the desired shape.
3. Next, cut the stem off a large bloom and glue it to the foam core. Switch back and forth between large, medium, and small size flowers until the entire wreath has been completed.
4. Gentle set into the pool and enjoy!
As you can see, the step by step wreath started out as a hexagon, but quickly turned into a circle with all of the flowers. The triangle turned out perfectly though. Just something to keep in mind as you’re planning possible shapes to use.
Even after doing a mini mock up, I have to admit, I was a little nervous to let go of these guys in the pool. I didn’t really feel like retrieving them in my swimsuit at the bottom of the pool. But I’m happy to report, they totally float on their own.
The foam core has lots of tiny holes that fill up with air, which is what keeps the wreaths floating, even though they aren’t very light. These flowers are heavy guys (especially the triangle wreath).
And if you don’t have a pool that these DIY guys can float in, you can just as easily hang a wreath or two on your front door instead. Add a hook and you’re good to go.
Concept, styling, and step by step photos by Brittni Mehlhoff // All other photos by Mary Costa Photography
P.S. If you’re curious about the behind the scenes of this project, Chelsea snapped a photo of the poolside shenanigans. Right after that photo was taken, I decided it was best to just lay down and get dirty. Anything for a DIY, right?
Would you ever make one of these floating flower wreaths? Or would you opt for the door option instead?
This post is sponsored by Bing. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.