Posts Tagged ‘how to’

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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03/12/14

Spring DIY // Easter Egg + Hydrangea Garland

It may be a tiny bit early to start the Easter train, but no matter how hard I try, I just cannot get into St Patrick’s Day DIYs this year (or any year, really). I’m not the only one that feels this way, am I?

So, on to Easter I go…

A long time ago I made this spring garland using pastel Easter eggs and fresh hydrangeas. But I never actually shared it here on the blog. You may remember it from Project Wedding last year. It’s super easy and looks much more fancy than it really is. Which, in my opinion, is a good combo.

Here’s how to make your own…

How to make a unique Easter garland

Pretty easy, right? You could whip up one of these garlands in less than 30 minutes. Just use eggs that have already been blown, so they’re hollow (or pick up some decorative eggs from the craft store) and you’re good to go.

Tie it all together by using a couple of the extra eggs as a super simple cake topper. And now you’re cake coordinates with your garland. Skip the flowers on the cake if it’s feeling too matchy-matchy.

how to make a unique spring garland for easter

Easter DIY // egg + hydrangea garland

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So what do you think? Have you started planning Easter DIYs yet? Or am I just insane? You can tell me. I can take it.

03/11/14

DIY // unique, folded business cards

I’ve been meaning to post this for weeks, but better late than never, right?

When I was at Alt Summit this year, I really wanted to try something different with my business cards for a few reasons. 1) My old cards had information about the exhibition site on them, which isn’t relevant anymore. And 2) I am a little bit over letterpress. I said it. Eeek.

I collected a bunch of gorgeous letterpress cards from people at Alt last year (and this year) and was super proud of the ones that I had Jordan design for me last year. But this year, it just didn’t feel right for me. We all know how expensive letterpress is and to be honest, it is pretty much a standard amongst bloggers at this point. So it’s not unexpected…it’s just a super expensive, well-done card that is (semi) similar to everyone else’s. There is an exception to this rule and I found some really beautiful letterpress cards this year at Alt, but for the sake of this post, I’m just kind of generalizing.

So anyway, I decided to skip letterpress and do something minimal and different. I’ve had this idea in my head since last year’s Alt that I wanted to make a folded poster and that that would be my business card. To be honest, I didn’t think I would have the guts to ever do it because it’s kind of risky. BUT I did! Sort of…

super minimal business cards

black and white business cards

folded business card + poster

I went with a super minimal black and white business card, which I had printed from Luxe by Moo. Jeff designed them for me, so I could focus on designing the folded poster part. I wanted to be able to include a personal note to each person I gave a card to, so Jeff added long blank boxes to the back of the card, where I could write a message about where we met to remind that person later if they forgot (you meet so many people at Alt, it’s almost impossible to remember everyone).

As for the poster, in an ideal world I would have made this huge (like 18×24 or larger), but I couldn’t figure out how to fold the paper properly at that size AND it would have been extremely expensive. So, I opted for a normal size sheet of paper, professional printed on matte paper.

Then I folded every single sheet, so that my business card could rest inside and create a black triangle that slightly resembles the shape of a house. It took a while to create a design that would line up perfectly, but eventually I figured it out. The poster included an image of one of my most popular DIY projects and some info about me, along with a sentence or two about the party I was hosting at Alt Summit later that week.

Here’s the step by step process of how I folded the posters…

DIY folded business cards

And here’s a video version if you want to see the step by step process all the way through. It’s only 20 seconds, so it won’t take long to watch…

 

Although there would have been some things I would’ve changed, had I started all over again, I was happy with how they turned out. If nothing else, I can chalk it up to doing something outside of my comfort zone that was a little different that the majority of the business cards I collect at these kinds of things.

What kind of business cards do you dream about creating? 

Photography and video by Sarah Eddy

03/07/14

6 DIYs to Try // painted shorts, cereal treats, and more

I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week just flew right by, but I’m not complaining. Looking forward to relaxing over the weekend. What about you?

Before I head out to shoot a slew of DIYs for the coming weeks, I have a handful of projects to inspire you into the weekend. Enjoy!

1. painted print denim shorts DIY from Park & Cube

2. fiber wall art project from The Merrythought

3. no bake cereal bars by Nanette for Sugar & Cloth

4. DIY floral letters from Honestly Yum

5. hexagon table tray DIY from Always Rooney

6. cement centerpieces DIY by Katie for Green Wedding Shoes

Hope you have a great weekend!

-Brittni