Posts Tagged ‘party’

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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02/26/14

DIY // paper crowns

I mentioned the other day, that I recently made some decorations for my sister-in-law’s baby shower, and they were so fun to whip up, I thought I would share the tutorials. The first was this miniature flower arrangement, using vintage baby shoes as vases. And today is the second baby shower DIY: a paper crown garland, made with vintage book pages.

This would be a great project for a gender neutral shower, that’s not overly baby-ish, or a child’s birthday party, etc. As I mentioned, I used vintage book pages as my paper, which added to the charm and toned down the cutesy-ness. After last week’s DIY, I’m kind of on a recycling kick, huh?

The book I used had several missing pages before I picked it up from a book swap a while back, so I was happy to finally be able to reuse it in some way.

crown garland made out of recycled book pages

paper crown garland for baby shower

Here’s how to make your own…

Materials:

scrap paper or vintage book pages (from a damaged book that would otherwise not be readable) // glue stick // string // needle // scissors

How-To:

1. Start by creating a cardstock template that you can use for all the crowns. It’s really easily to do actually, you just draw and cut out a triangle that is the height that you want the crown to be. Then trace that triangle onto cardstock and then move the triangle over 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch to the right (so the bottom will overlap) and trace the triangle again. Do this again and again, until you have seven triangles across. Cut out and that is your crown template.

2. Then trace your template onto decorative paper or discarded book pages and cut out. Repeat this 5-10 times. Each one will create an individual crown.

3. Add glue to the very last triangle on one side of the cut out paper. Then attach it to the very first triangle on the opposite side, creating the crown shape. Repeat with all crowns.

4. Poke a needle and thread through the crown individually and knot each side once in place, before adding a second crown, and a third, etc. Hang and enjoy!

tutorial: paper crown garland

I used some of the leftover crowns I had for decorating the long string attached to giant 36″ round balloons. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it before the balloons deflated (I only brought one back home with me from the shower and when I woke up the next morning it was completely deflated, before I had a chance to take a photo).

But you could also use the extras as tiny, whimsical hair accessories. Especially if you were using it for a child’s birthday party, instead of a baby shower. Although, adults can look cute in tiny crowns too.

how to make a paper crown garland

paper crown as a hair accessory

make these tiny paper crowns

DIY // paper crown garland (close up)

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

What else could you use these crowns for? I’m sure I’m forgetting something and I’d love to hear your ideas.

02/24/14

Baby Shower DIY

Last weekend, I put together some decorations for my sister-in-law’s baby shower and I’d thought I would share just a couple of the projects with you guys. The topic of babies never comes up around here, but since this is also in the DIY category, I figured it was fair game. Not to mention, there are close to zero baby shower decorations out there that I can actually get on board with. So maybe there’s a need for a couple of ideas?

I’ll be sharing the second project on Wednesday, but the first is super simple: vintage baby shoe vases.

Vintage Baby Shoes Turned into Baby Shower Vases

DIY Baby Shower Idea

I found five or six pairs of vintage baby shoes at an antique shop by my house and I couldn’t resist. They were just so tiny and cute. And only $2 a pair! I ended up using them as decorations around the food table and a couple of other areas, as is. But you can also covert them into mini vases in a flash.

All you need is a tiny vase or container that you can fill with water (that fits inside each shoe) and a few flowers. I used Lavender Cremons, Dusty Miller, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

Baby Shower DIY Centerpiece

Baby Shoe Vase Centerpiece Idea

Vintage Baby Shoes

Baby Shower Floral DIY Idea

If you don’t have a vessel that will fit inside each baby shoe, you can use flowers that are more hearty, and put them directly into the shoes the day of, skipping the vase altogether. I’d use something like mums, in that case. They usual last a good 24 to 48 hours without water.

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

02/19/14

DIY // Eat More Cake

After organizing a few boxes recently, I found a 2013 Rothko calendar from last year that needed to be recycled. But after scanning through the pages one last time, I decided to use it for today’s DIY instead, which literally and figuratively ended up being a piece of cake.

Make a sweet statement (sorry I couldn’t resist) with these letter cake toppers made from recycled calendar pages…

supplies to make cake toppers from recycled calendar pages

Materials:

  • old calendar pages or scrap paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • bamboo skewers
  • pen

How-To:

1. Rip out pages of  an old calendar and write a phrase or word with a pen, on top of the artwork from each calendar page.

2. Cut out with scissors or an Xacto knife.

3. Attach to a bamboo skewer with craft glue and let dry before using.

4. Poke into cake, cupcakes, or pie and enjoy.

Make message cupcake toppers using recycled calendar pages

Make these for birthdays, housewarmings, and other special occasions. Or customize it with someone’s name, etc.

Need some suggestions? Aside from my favorite, ‘Eat More Cake’, here are a handful of phrases and words that would work… You’re The Sweetest / Oh Hello There / Congrats! / Happy Birthday / Life Is Sweet. You could even use this idea to make a special announcement or pop an important question, like… Marry Me? / Will You Be My Bridesmaid? / It’s a Boy / It’s A Girl.

Eat More Cake (Topper DIY)

DIY cake topper made with calendar pages

cake

HEY cake topper project

how to make cake toppers with recycled calendar pages

Eat More Cake // Cake Topper DIY

Photography by Sarah Eddy

P.S. Jeff and I both really admire Rothko’s work and briefly thought about getting married at the Rothko chapel in Houston way back when. Have you heard of it?

Who are some artists that you’ve always admired?

02/10/14

DIY // taffy drink stirrers + cupcake toppers

I bought some salt water taffy candies at the store over the weekend, and after eating a few, I realized they would be fun edible additions to party foods and drinks. So I put together a quick little Monday morning tutorial for making stacked taffy cupcake toppers and candy kabob drink stirrers.

They’re insanely easy and would be a good last minute solution for Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, etc.

DIY Candy Kabobs for Cupcakes

Here’s how to make your own…

You’ll only need three supplies: wood skewer sticks, salt water taffy candies, and scissors or wire cutters to cut the skewers down to size.

To Make: Unwrap candies and poke them through the wood skewer (through the pointed side). Keep pushing them down to add multiple candies in a row. Once done, cut the bottom end of the skewer to size (long for drink stirrers and pretty short for cupcakes). That’s it.

If you want to go the extra mile though, you can make your own homemade taffy beforehand. This recipe is my favorite.

yum! salt water taffy as DIY cupcake toppers

salt water taffy drink stirrers + cupcake toppers

And if you’re really in a hurry, you don’t even have to unwrap the candies. They look just as cute with the wrappers on. It really only works for the cupcake toppers though. Drink stirrers would probably look a little crazy with the wrapper on – unless it was just one candy on the end of the stick.

yummy little DIY cupcake toppers

DIY cupcake toppers and drink stirrers / made with salt water taffy

yum! salt water taffy cupcake toppers

DIY salt water taffy party edibles

Naturally, kids will love these, but they’re good for adults too…The drink stirrers would be perfect for party cocktails and guest could eat them like dessert when they’ve finished their drinks.

What do you think? Is this easy enough for you to try at home?

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff