Posts Tagged ‘pink’

04/22/15

Make these DIY dip dyed woven baskets in about ten minutes.

I’ve been wanting some new baskets for odds and ends around the house and decided to dye my own, instead of searching high and low for the perfect colors. And I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I’ve done my fair share of dip dyeing projects, but had never tried baskets until now. Turns out, it works like a charm. So I’m sharing the tutorial today.

This project is super easy AND quick (which you know are my 2 favorite words when it comes to DIY projects).

Here’s how you can dip dye your own baskets in about 10 minutes….

How to Make Dip Dye Woven Baskets

Materials:

-woven baskets (mine are from Container Store)
-Rit dye (I like the liquid version that comes in a bottle)
-metal spoon
-medium to large bowl
-water

How To:

1. Start by combining water and the dye into a bowl, according to the instructions on the packaging. I used about 1/8 of a bottle of dye and 4 cups of hot water. Stir with a spoon until fully mixed.

2. Dip the basket into the bowl, at an angle. Keeping it in the dye bath until you’ve reached the desired color.

3. Pour out any excess dye from the basket, then remove the basket from the dye bath. Let it dry completely before using. The dye soaks into the baskets really well (particularly the ones I used, which are made out of palm leaves) because of the material they’re made out of.

How to dip dye woven baskets in 10 minutes or less.

They dry a tiny bit lighter than they look when you remove them from the dye bath. Just FYI. But it’s a very slight difference.

And here’s how the finished baskets turned out…

Make these DIY dip dyed woven baskets in about ten minutes.

Make these DIY dip dyed woven baskets in about ten minutes.

DIY // Dip Dyed Woven Baskets

DIY Dip Dyed Woven Baskets in 10 Minutes

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. Confession time…I bought these bowls back in January and planned to do this project as an organizational post for the new year. You know…just four months behind on putting this together. Totally fine. Right?

04/08/15

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

Lately, I’ve been attempting to reuse items that I already have in the house for DIY projects. In an effort to not go bankrupt buying craft supplies. And so when I came across a bunch of unused kraft boxes I had leftover from an old project, I figured I’d bring them downstairs and make something with ‘em.

Eventually, I landed on hanging paper ripple planters.

The idea is that they look like crumpled pieces of paper / or mini sculptures. And while these were a little more difficult to photograph than I expected (the 3D aspect seems to get lost a little bit in the photos), these turned out to be one of my fave projects I’ve done lately. So naturally, I spent a few hours painting a backdrop for them to rest in front of, once the planters were ready to go. I’m a tiny bit crazy. Just let me be.

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Paper Ripple Planters

Supplies for paper planters

My sister-in-law gave me these awesome vintage craft books a while back and there were a handful of patterns in the back of one of them. So I picked the one that I was the least likely to ever use (mind you I don’t currently do any sewing anyway, so it doesn’t much matter at this point) and wrapped up the kraft boxes I had on hand to create these little guys…

Materials:

kraft boxes in various shapes and sizes
newspaper, old book pages, or patterns
hot glue
scissors
string

How To:

1. Start by tearing long strips of paper (these can be old book pages, construction paper, patterns, etc) in irregular widths. Just make sure each strip is slightly wider than the height of each box.

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

2. Remove the lids from the kraft boxes and hot glue each end of the string to the base of each box. One end of each side, to keep things balance.

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

3. Then add a long strip of hot glue to the outside of the box and attach one end of the torn strip of paper. Once secure, create another strip of glue 1-2 inches apart from the first. Then create a wave with the paper and attach the strip of paper to the second bead of glue. Continue this process all the way around the box.

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

Add a plant and it’s ready to hang. Air plants and succulents are the best options because they’re the lightest.

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Ripple Planters with Paper

By the way… If you’re not into hanging the planters, you can just skip step 2 and rest the finished planter on any tabletop.

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Ripple Planters with Paper

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

When I have more time, I was thinking I’d try this with some painted strips of paper to added pops of color. Thinking ombre or colorful brushstroke patterns.

What do you think?

03/25/15

How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

I think we can all agree that when it comes to Easter baskets, they’re not typically the most exciting things on the planet. So…I thought adding fresh flowers to the mix might liven up the whole Easter basket situation a little bit. And take things up a notch. What do you think?

Sharing the full tutorial today, along with all of the flowers I used for the project…

Types of Flowers

Materials:
-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-old Easter basket
-hot glue and glue sticks
-scissors

For this project, I used Mayra Pink Garden Roses, Lavender Double Bloom TulipsLamb’s EarPink VeronicasPink Ranunculus, and White and Lavender Sweet PeasMy friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers again. So, if you’re looking for fresh flowers and/or greenery, be sure to check them out. They ship anywhere in the US for free (all 50 states).

Care Instructions for Flowers: You want the flowers to be super hydrated before starting this project, so that the blooms will last longer once attached to the basket. So, for the best hydration… Cut at least 1″ off each stem and place in 3-4″ of room temperature water. Let everything hydrate for at least 3-4 hours before you start working with them, but preferably 24 hours so the blooms have more time to open, if they’re not already.

Easter DIY // How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

How To:

1. Cut the stems off of Lamb’s Ear leaves and hot glue them to the base of your basket, all the way around. This will be the base for your flowers.

2. Next, cut the stems off of the flowers that you plan to use.

3. Then glue the base of each flower to the side of the basket. Do this all the way around the basket. Then, fill in additional holes on top (for aerial view of basket).

Add some Easter eggs and you’re good to go. Simple as that.

This fresh flower basket would be a great photo prop, for an Easter egg scavenger hunt, or even at a wedding (flower girl basket).

How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

Easter Project // Fresh Flower Easter Basket DIY

Easter Project // Fresh Flower Easter Basket DIY

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

Think you might give this Easter flower project a try? 

For more flower DIYs like this one, visit the DIY Flower Ideas page.