Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

04/17/14

Make This: DIY Flower Easter Eggs

Easter is just three days away and I have one last egg project to share before it’s too late. Naturally, it’s super easy…and may even involve flowers. Hint: It does!

As a last minute way to decorate eggs, I picked out some baby’s breath and a hydrangea from a bouquet I already had and made these flowery polka dot eggs (along with some striped options).

If you’re looking for something simple and pretty, versus campy and kiddish, this is the way to go. They’d look great as decoration for an Easter dinner party as well – as a centerpiece or nestled into each napkin as a pretty treat for guests at the table.

Supplies for Flower Easter Eggs

Here’s how to make your own…

Materials: Hardboiled Eggs // Craft Glue // Baby’s Breath + Hydrangeas (Aster and Button Poms also pictured above, but not used in the tutorial)

How To: Cut small flowers off the stem and glue them onto hardboiled eggs in a random pattern. That’s it! It’s really that simple. If you’re really in a hurry, you can use a hot glue gun instead of regular craft glue, as well.

Decorate Eggs with Fresh Flowers

Baby's Breath Easter Egg DIY

DIY // Baby's Breath Easter Egg

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Admittedly, I’m not typically a big fan of baby’s breath or hydrangeas. BUT in this case, the small blooms work well for the eggs, scale-wise, and the fact that they each have a flat back makes them easier to attach with glue.

So, what do you think? Will you try making these polka dot flower eggs for Easter?

For more DIY Easter ideas, visit the Easter project page.

04/14/14

Teeny Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

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…

How To // Tiny Spring Bouquet DIY with Tulips

Yellow, pink, and green scream spring to me. What about you?

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring, Easter, and Mother's Day

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

04/08/14

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.

Bouquet with Juliet Garden Roses + Willow Eucalyptus

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…

Supplies: 

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.

How To Bouquet for Easter or Mother's Day

How-To:

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 bouquetmini 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!

Knock, knock, run // surprise flower bouquet bombing

small bouquet for Mother's Day or Easter

Leave a bouquet of flowers on someone's doorstep

DIY Idea // Leave a Bouquet on Someone's Doorstep

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

04/02/14

'Make Your Day' Bouquet

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…

make-your-day-bouquet-2

Materials:

How-To:

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.

Make Your Day Fabric Wrapped DIY Bouquet

Makr Tags for Bouquet

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.

Fabric Wrapped Bouquet

Mini Anemone Bouquet

Yellow Fabric Wrapped Bouquet

DIY Make Your Day Bouquet

Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

***Special Makr Offer for Paper & Stitch fans: Enjoy a free Makr credit AND 20% off a print order! Just register with the referral code PSTITCHFAN and enter same code at checkout. 

Download the Makr app here (it’s free) to customize your favorite designs and make ‘em yours.

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04/01/14

Behind the Scenes // Making a giant bouquet

Later this week, I’ll be teaching a styling workshop at Craftcation, so I thought it was fitting to sneak in the next Behind the Scenes post.

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.

Color Block + Ombre Donut DIY

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.

Behind the Scenes // copper planters project

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.

Behind the Scenes // Giant DIY Bouquet Shoot

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.