Posts Tagged ‘how to’

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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Makr AppThis post is sponsored by Makr. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

 

03/28/14

Spring DIYs to Try // weekend craft projects

This weekend, I’m getting packed for my trip to Cali and trying to get ahead on posts and projects before I go. I do have a handful of DIYs to try before I get into the work zone though.

Here are my favorites from the week…

1. This french toast and bacon recipe from Stacy Newgent on Design Sponge

2. An edible flower cake from Amy Merrick on Designlovefest

3. Fabric covered favor boxes from me on Project Wedding

4. DIY ombre + color blocked donuts from me on Paper & Stitch

5. Confetti dipped Easter eggs from Kelly of Studio DIY

6. And an easy floral centerpiece from Melanie Blodgett on Julep

Don’t these feel kind of spring-ish to you? Love the colors.

Hope you have a great weekend!

-Brittni

03/26/14

DIY // Floating Flower Wreath

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.

DIY to Try // Floating Flower Wreath

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…

Garden Roses, Anemones, Ranunculus, Etc

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

How-To:

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!

How To Make a Floating Flower Wreath

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.

How to create a floating flower wreath

flower wreaths floating in a pool

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).

DIY Flower Project // floating wreath

Geometric Flower Wreaths DIY

How to make a floating flower wreath

Floating Flower Wreaths

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.

Fresh Flower Door Wreath DIY

Door Wreath DIY with Fresh Flowers

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?

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BingThis post is sponsored by Bing.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

03/21/14

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend // rock mirror, giant bouquet...

Yesterday, I finished up a big project that I’ve been working on for months. So, I’m hoping to catch up on some much needed sleep over the weekend.

Naturally, there are a couple of DIYs on my list of to-do’s as well. But this weekend it will be sleep first, DIYs second.

And if DIYs are on your weekend agenda as well, here are a handful I’m loving this week…

1. construct an amethyst mirror by Bramble Workshop for Designlovefest

2. make a giant flower blocked bouquet on Paper & Stitch

3. put together marshmallow drink stirrers on Studio DIY

4. sew up a pennant pillow by Mandi for A Beautiful Mess

5. bake blackberry cupcakes on Hummingbird High

6. paint bell cups for air plants on Lovely Indeed

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni

03/19/14

Flower DIY // Giant 'Flower Blocked' Bouquet

When I work with flowers, I kind of like to go big. Exhibit A / Exhibit B.

Unfortunately, I don’t always have access to hundred of flowers at once, which makes doing large scale flower projects all the more difficult. So, I have a short list of dream flower DIYs that I add to whenever I think of something and then I just kind of wait for an opportunity to arise.

Soooo… when I got the chance to work with a ton of gorgeous flowers recently, during Meet/Make/Do, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. It was on my list and everything! A giant DIY bouquet. But not just any bouquet…a ‘flower blocked’ bouquet. I just made this term up so bear with me. Think color blocked, but with flower types/species instead of colors. Make sense?

The idea is that the process is much more organic and less formulaic than a standard bouquet…almost like an abstract or colorfield painting.

Garden Roses + Anemones +

So, let me set the scene a little bit… When we got to Palm Springs, boxes and boxes of flowers started arriving at our doorstep almost immediately. And I totally felt like a kid in a candy store. Especially because there was one flower in particular that I was dying to get my hands on: the Juliet garden rose (also known as David Austin english garden roses).

I actually did a little research before we got there, using the Bing Image Search tool to gather inspiration on these flower in particular, since I had never worked with them before. Obviously, there are so many gorgeous bouquets out there that use garden roses. BUT my only (tiny) complaint is that they all kind of look the same.

Which is one of the reasons why I wanted to do something different, with a flower blocked bouquet.

Bing Image Search // Juliet Garden Roses

That said, here is the list of flowers I used in this bouquet:

Light Peach Juliet Garden Roses // Ivory Peach Garden Roses // Keira Pink Garden Roses // Pink Piano Garden Spray Roses // Pink Mayra Garden Roses // White Anemones // Parrot Tulips // White Veronica // Seeded Eucalyptus

*BIG thank you to Flower Muse for all the amazing flowers that you sent us to work with at Meet/Make/Do. Their flowers are seriously THE BEST.

flowers needed for a giant diy bouquet

Additional supplies needed: scissors // heavy string

How-To:

This how-to explanation is probably best described via the step by step photos, but I’ll explain the process in words too, just in case.

Oh, and before you get started, be sure to grab a partner to help you with this project. You’re going to want a second pair of hands to hold the bouquet as it gets larger.

how to make a unique bouquet with garden roses

1. Start by picking flowers that will work well together, visually – whether that means working with a color story, or overall vibe/style, etc. Then make sure all the flowers you plan to use are prepped properly.

Here’s how to prep your flowers: Cut 1/2″ to 1″ off the bottom of each stem, at a diagonal to maximize water intake. Remove leaves/foliage before placing them in buckets filled with 3″ – 4″ of room temp water. If possible, keep flowers in a cool area away from direct sunlight until you are ready to use them.

2. Next, start adding flowers of the same type, in several colors, one by one (start with about 5-7 blooms). Cross the stems under the blooms to form an X as you add flowers. I would have your flower buddy hold the flowers as you place them. Similar to what you see in the photos.

I started with a variety of garden roses. And probably added 20 or so garden roses of varying types and colors before adding any other species of flower.

3. Next add a new type of flower in the same color family. I went with a large block of white anemones, around 15-20 stems. I only added them to one side to give the bouquet a little asymmetry.

4. Next, add two bunches of white veronica. One on each side of the bouquet. Then add parrot tulips anywhere you see holes that need to be filled in toward the bottom of the bouquet. Tulips are perfect for the bottom of a bouquet because of their natural curve.

5. Lastly, add 3-5 full stems of seeded eucalyptus to the back of the bouquet, before securing all of the stems together with heavy duty string or twine and cutting off any excess.

That’s all there is to it. Not too hard, right?

Big DIY Wedding Bouquet

Putting together a giant bouquet with garden roses

Flower DIY // Giant Bouquet

How to make a giant bouquet with garden roses

Flower DIY // Giant 'Flower Blocked' Bouquet

Juliet Garden Roses

Behind the Scenes: How to Make a Giant Bouquet

This would be a great option for wedding bouquets (bridal and/or bridal party), if you really want to make a statement.

And if wedding bells aren’t in your future, you can totally trim up the stems a little more and put this arrangement into a pretty vase. I kind of like the stems all crazy, but it makes it tough to get ‘em all into a vase that way.

P.S. Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win a swag bag, filled with goodies from our Palm Springs event, valued at $185. You can enter to win right here, if you’re interested.

All photos by Mary Costa Photography // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Big thank you to Kelly for being my model and second pair of hands for this project.

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BingThis post is sponsored by Bing.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.