Posts Tagged ‘spring’

04/14/14

Teeny Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

This weekend was pretty packed for me. Still playing catch up, actually. BUT I do have a DIY to try this morning…

I made these spring boutonnieres for Project Wedding recently and I was thinking they would be perfect as tiny bouquets for Easter and Mother’s Day as well. What do you think? You could use them for the surprise bouquet bombing idea too to say happy spring to a neighbor or friend.

The full tutorial is right here, but here’s a couple of photos to give you the gist of it…

How To // Tiny Spring Bouquet DIY with Tulips

Yellow, pink, and green scream spring to me. What about you?

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring, Easter, and Mother's Day

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

04/10/14

DIY Paper Goods Ideas

With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up soon and a whole lot of thank you cards to write, I thought it would be fun to come up with some DIY ideas for cards. So I teamed up with The Paper Mill Store to bring you 5 do-it-yourself ideas for decorating and making cards for any occasion. Use them for holidays, birthdays, thank you cards, etc.

Supplies and Other Info: The main supplies I used consisted of standard sheets of paper, in various thicknesses and colors. All from The Paper Mill Store. If you don’t know about this online paper shop yet, they offer a huge variety of papers, card stock, envelopes, and more. Be sure to check out the site when you get a minute.

As far as folding techniques, for the most part, I used a combination of folding my paper once in half, like a hamburger, and folding it a second time in the opposite direction for the smaller cards (unless otherwise noted).

Tip: I’ve been using samples that I ordered so I could try out the papers in smaller quantities before buying a larger package for printing and craft projects. But if you want to buy more than a sample size right off the bat, my favorite from the ones I’ve tried is the Eames paper, it’s like canvas in a paper (and basically awesome).

Here are 5 DIY ideas for embellishing notecards and greeting cards in a hurry…

DIY // Hand Lettered Hello Card

Hand Lettered Greeting Card DIY

DIY Idea // Hand Lettered Greeting Card

1. Hand Lettered DIY Cards: Grab a marker and some colorful paper, like BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper. Then, hand letter a message on the front of your card and you’re done.

If you like the look of calligraphy, check out this tutorial for the quick and easy way to fake it.

ombre spray paint greeting card DIY

DIY Greeting Card #3 // Ombre Spraypaint

2. DIY Ombre Spray Paint Cards: Create this set of ombre cards for any occasion with a can of spray paint and this Eames white paper (which has a little texture to it).

Fold the paper in half and focus your spray paint toward the bottom of the card. Continue building up the color at the bottom, while occasionally misting upward to bring more of the color upward. Wait for it to dry and you’re good to go.

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3. Spotted + Dotted DIY Cards: Using basic circle stickers from an office supply store, you can create a fun card like what you see above with a simple peel and stick technique. So easy!

I used a thicker 160 lb Astrolite paper for these cards and just folded the paper in half, like a hamburger, and cut it down to a standard notecard size.

DIY Embossed Notecards

DIY // Embossed notecards and greeting cards

4. Gold Embossed DIY Cards: This one is super fun. I love embossing. The process is actually really easy. You can follow this tutorial from my embossed party bags for an in depth tutorial.

The only thing I did different was use a VersaMarker instead of a stamp. So I hand drew the elements that eventually became embossed. Other than that, it’s exactly the same process. I used a combination of royal fiber kraft paper, BrightHue sea blue paper, and 160 lb Astrolite paper for this set.

DIY // washi tape greeting card

Easy DIY // Washi Tape Color Blocked Cards

5. DIY Color Blocked Washi Tape Cards: And finally, color block a set of playful cards with a little bit of washi tape, applied in strips.

Next to #3, this is the easiest one of the five. I used the BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper for this project.

So, that’s it! All five greeting card decorating projects.

Which one is your favorite? I’m curious to know which one you’d most like to try, if any.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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the paper mill storeThis post is sponsored by The Paper Mill Store.  All opinions and ideas 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.

05/01/13

how to make a wedding bouquet

When I was in LA last month, I went to an amazing flower market with Kelly and Chelsea and we picked up a TON of flowers (seriously so many) to play around with. One of the things that resulted from that trip was this all-white wedding bouquet for spring, using anemones, ranunculus, and veronica whites.

With all the cool, colorful bridesmaid dresses out there, I thought a white bouquet would really pop against a bright backdrop. This would also make a really pretty Mother’s Day bouquet, with Mother’s Day right around the corner. Want to make your own?

The full tutorial for this bouquet is on Project Wedding but here is the gist in photos…

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P.S. Big thank you to Kelly for being my model for the day.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.