Posts Tagged ‘spring’
The other day, I was wandering around the hardware store and found a bunch of mini succulents for a few dollars a piece. I really, really don't need anymore succulents at this point, BUT (apparently) I can't resist any item under $5. Whether I need it or not.
So, I brought home a few of these little guys and decided to try my own version of a succulent bouquet...on a budget. You can wire up the succulents super easily and use them just like a normal flower in a bouquet, but I have a couple of tips and tricks to help you out if you're looking for a guide...
Here's how to create wire stems for potted succulents in just a few minutes...
Start by removing each succulent from the starter pot they came in. Then carefully remove all the soil from the roots of the succulent as best you can. I preserved as much of the roots as I could for each succulent, so that I could re-pot them long after the flowers from the bouquet have died. Rinse off the soil from the remaining roots as best you can and pat dry.
Then, using a medium gauge floral wire, pierce all the way through the bottom stem area of each succulent. You want the wire to go through the stem at the thickest point possible. Pull the end of the floral wire through the other side, once its start to poke through, and bend each end of the wire downward once the sides of the wire are an even length.
Twist the wire together to create a sturdy stem for the succulent. Now that the succulent has a wire stem, you can use it just as you would a regular flower in a bouquet.
To create the finished bouquet I used 6 ranunculus, 1 stem of queen anne's lace, 1 stem of nigella, and 3 wired succulents. For tips on how I typically put bouquets together, visit this post: how to make a giant floral bouquet.
Total cost of this bouquet: $27
Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff and Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you'll give this budget bouquet a try?
Remember the painted watermelon donuts I made a while back, by chance? Well, I was thinking about those again over the weekend, and this idea popped into my head...I should try that with popsicles.
At the very least, I thought it would be fun to give some edible watercolors a try again, so I did some experimenting and landed on these watercolor popsicles, in the end.
Before you start scratching you head, I should probably mention that this will take you all of 5 seconds to complete, so we're not talking about creating a masterpiece on the side of a melting piece of ice. It's really just a super quick party trick that you can add to any frozen popsicle for a little extra color.
The edible paint is food coloring. But before I get into the painting part, here's the limited ingredient recipe for lemonade and limeade popsicles that I used for these watercolor pops...
Ingredients (makes 12 popsicles):
1 fresh lime, 1 fresh lemon, 1 small fresh orange (optional), store-bought (or homemade) lemonade or limeade, food coloring (use drops NOT gel)
food safe brush, popsicle mold (mine is from Amazon) and knife
1. Slice up half of the lime, lemon, and orange, as thin as possible. You can cut them in half too
2. Add lime, lemon, and orange slices to the popsicle wells. A couple of slices in each is really all you need. It's more to add a pop of color than anything else. This would also be a good way to distinguish between lemonade and limeade post, if you're creating both kind of pops in one ten count mold, for example. Lime slices in the limeade popsicles and lemon slices in the lemonade pops.
3. Pour limeade or lemonade into the popsicle molds, over the fruit. Then pop the mold into the freezer for 45 minutes before removing from the freezer momentarily, to add the popsicle sticks.
4. Freeze until hardened, which typically takes 3-4 hours. Once they're ready to eat, run the mold under warm water for 15-20 second to easily them out.
5. Now for the painting! Squeeze 1-2 drops of food coloring onto a paper plate. Then dip your food safe brush into the food coloring and use it just like paint to add a watercolor look to the popsicles. I just started at the bottom and painted upward from there, leaving some of the popsicle unpainted to create kind of a gradient or ombre look.
Once you've painted the popsicles, you can serve them up on a platter of ice OR place them back into the popsicle molds to refreeze, if you'd like. If you put them back in the molds to freeze, this will spread the color a bit more, just FYI.
I think kids especially would love these because of the crazy vibrant colors and the fact that it will probably turn their tongues the color or the food coloring paint for a few minutes. Kids love that kind of stuff don't they? But I feel like this is a good one for adults too, especially for a colorful summer party (or even spring).
Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Is it popsicle season yet, in your neck of the woods?
For more popsicle recipes like this one, click here.
A spring picnic is looking all kinds of nice right now, after the cold winter we've had. Well, colder than my typical Florida winters, now that I'm in Atlanta anyway.
And since spring is only another week or so away, I figured this would be as good a time as any to share a DIY picnic blanket I created, in partnership with Seven Daughters wine, using a canvas drop cloth from a home improvement store.
Look familiar? If you remember this IG photo, you know that I've been waiting a LONG time to share this tutorial. Yay! That day has arrived.
The finished blanket is sturdy enough to hold up to the elements, but also has a playful pattern, which I've been lovingly referring to as 'geometric swiss cheese'.
Want to make your own? Here's how...
-canvas drop cloth
-paint brush (at least two inches wide, to cover the large surface faster)
-one medium to large size bowl (choose a bowl that is the same size as the circles you want to create)
-fabric paint (you can use regular paint as well, but the fabric will become stiffer if you do, just as an FYI)
-scrap cardboard (or similar) to put underneath your drop cloth to keep things from making a mess on the floor *You can avoid this supply if you're painting outdoors in the grass.
1. Lay down large pieces of cardboard, mat board, etc on the floor, then place the drop cloth on top. This will prevent any paint from going through the blanket and onto the floor. OR just set up your drop cloth on a flat surface outside and you can skip this step altogether.
2. Then, tape off the canvas drop cloth, on a diagonal from one corner to the other. Be sure to press down firmly across the entire tape length, to make sure the paint line you create is nice and crisp.
3. Next, place a bowl upside down on the drop cloth where you want to make the first polka dot / circle. Then, carefully paint a thin line around the bowl to create a guide.
4. Remove the bowl and paint the inside of the circle outline, forming a filled in / painted circle. Repeat this process across one entire side of the blanket, being sure not to repeat this process on the other side of the blanket (the side separated by the tape line).
5. Now that one side of the picnic blanket is done, place a bowl upside down on the other side of the drop cloth (the other side of the taped off area, that you haven't painted yet). Again, be sure to place the bowl where you want the first circle to go.
6. Paint around the bowl, to create a guide again. The only difference is that, this time, you will not be painting the inside of each circle. It will be kept as negative space instead. Remove the bowl and paint the area surrounding the circle outline. Then place the bowl in another area and reaper step 6 again until the second half of your blanket is complete.
7. Wait for the paint to dry completely. Then, remove the tape and enjoy.
After the blanket is finished, take it to the streets (i.e. the grass) to test it out. Be sure to bring some snacks and drinks with you to get that true picnic vibe.
Fruits, veggies, cheeses, and cold pasta salads are my go tos for this scenario. Throw in a bottle of wine, like Seven Daughters Chardonnay or a Crisp White Winemaker's Blend, and you're golden.
Photography by Sarah Eddy
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. If picnics aren't your thing, this would be a great option for festivals and other outdoor events too.
Think you'll give this project a try? And more importantly...Are you as ready for spring as I am?
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