Posts Tagged ‘pink’

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.

03/16/15

Color Blocked Chocolate Bark Recipe with Edible Flower Sprinkles

If you’ve been around here long, you know that I love flowers and I love food (specifically of the sugary variety). So, I thought I would combine the two in a colorful DIY recipe that is oh so sweet. You game?

Here’s how to make color blocked chocolate bark with edible flower confetti…

Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Supplies and Ingredients:

white chocolate candy melts // gel food coloring // edible flowers (I found mine at Whole Foods) // colorful sprinkles (optional) // wax paper // sheet pan // wooden spoon // flat spatula // wooden skewers

How to Make Color Blocked Chocolate Bark

Instructions:

1. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the packaging, either on the stovetop or microwave.

2. Separate the melted chocolate into 2 containers and add gel food coloring to each one. I chose violet and pink for my colors.

3. Then, pour the melted chocolate onto a sheet pan that has been covered with wax paper. Keep the half of the pan one color and the other half the second color to get a color blocked look. Smooth with a flat spatula, if needed.

4. Next, remove the petals from your edible flowers. And while the chocolate is still in a liquid state on the pan, sprinkle the flower petals over the top of the chocolate.

5. Add colorful sprinkles as well, if desired.

6. Then wait for the chocolate to harden completely. You can speed this process up by putting the pan into the fridge.

7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, use the back of a wooden spoon to break the chocolate up into pieces of bark, as shown in the photos.

Recipe // Color Blocked Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Recipe // Color Blocked Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Color Blocked Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Art direction, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Recipe production assisted by Linda Jedenawski

Have you ever tried using edible flowers for food projects? Aren’t they fun to work with?

P.S. I wanted to let you know, that if you’ve been thinking about taking the DIY decor workshop I’m teaching in Houston with Ashley from Sugar & Cloth, I have a (limited time) discount for you. Use the code HOMEDECOR30 now through the end of day this Tuesday 3/17 and get $30 off the ticket price. More workshop info here.

03/10/15

DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

Getting ready for Easter, this morning, with my first Easter egg project of the season.

This one is inspired by a set of moon moth bowls from Gorman that I absolutely want. I’m not really in the market for bowls at the moment, though, so Easter eggs it is.

As I’m sure you can guess, this project is super easy to recreate. Bonus! It also doesn’t require any dyeing either. Yay.

How to Make DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

Materials:

  • brown eggs
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • scissors
  • painter’s tape
  • marker or pen
  • paper plate for paint (optional)

How To:

1. First, boil your eggs so that if any of them crack, you won’t have a total mess on your hands. Once they’ve been hard boiled (or at least soft boiled), allow them to cool down for 30-60 minutes.

2. While you’re waiting for the eggs to cool, draw small crescent moon shapes onto painter’s tape, with a marker or pen.

How to Make DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

3. Then, cut out each crescent shape with scissors and set aside.

How to Make DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

4. Once the eggs are cooled, add the cut out crescents to the egg in a random pattern. Press down and smooth out each one, to make sure that the tape is secure.

How to Make DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

5. Then, paint over the entire egg. You may have to do this in stages, painting half of the egg then waiting for it to dry before painting the other half.

How to Make DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

6. Once the egg is completely dry and fully painted, remove the tape crescents and enjoy.

Pink Moon // DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

Pink Moon // DIY Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

This goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway…since you’ll be using paint for this project, you will not want to eat the eggs afterward. BUT if you’re looking for an alternative option for these, you can use the same process with the tape and try food coloring dyed eggs instead, as a food safe option.

Take it Further: I love the idea of creating moon phases Easter eggs, using this same process. Only changing the shape / size of each crescent on the egg.

DIY // Crescent Moon Easter Eggs

Crescent Moon Easter Eggs DIY

Crescent Moon Easter Eggs DIY

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Craft production assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

Have you started getting ready for Easter yet? Any egg projects planned?

P.S. Bonus points to anyone who read the title and thought of Nick Drake. Why wasn’t I a late 60s / 70s child?! I should have been.