Posts Tagged ‘spring’
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…
P.S. Big thank you to Kelly for being my model for the day.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.
I was at Target the other day (surprise) and I saw these really awesome paper napkins in the party section. I remembered reading this post from Jordan Ferney about how the best time to buy napkins is when you see ‘em because when you’re actually looking for party supplies you may not find what you want. With that in mind, I threw a few different patterns in my cart and when I got home, I came up with a couple ways to use these pattern-y paper products for something other than parties. The first of those ideas is what I’m sharing today. Here’s how I made a scallop party garland using paper napkins in about 10 minutes…
Materials: paper napkins // scissors // string or twine // glue stick
*Note about materials: It’s better to use a glue stick than any other type of glue for this particular DIY because the napkins are fragile and will get crinkly and yucky if you use a regular bottle of glue.
How to make it: Cut out scallop or half circle shapes on napkins that have been folded in half. Unfold to show more of a circle shape. Cover the circle with glue from your glue stick. Lay the string for the garland right where the crease in the circle is, fold it back over the string and press down lightly. Repeat the process over and over again until you’ve reached your desired length. Wait for it to dry and you are ready to hang your garland for your next party (Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner). You can use this as a wall art piece too, like I did, if you aren’t planning a party anytime soon.
And here’s how the finished project turned out..
Like I mentioned before, it was a pretty speedy process. This could definitely be completed last minute, before guests arrive for a get-together. AND if you have paper napkins with a great pattern on them at home already, you won’t even have to leave the house to get supplies. What do you think? Is this something you might try?
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch
I’ve been doing a lot of flower DIYs lately, probably because it’s finally spring and the flowers are so pretty. But I hope you have enough room in your DIY heart for one more at the start of this week. And I promise the next tutorial will be un-related to florals. Pinkie promise in fact. So…
Variegated kale is a new favorite of mine for bouquets, boutonnieres, and other arrangements. The leaves are so beautiful – I love the purple veins against the green. And I thought the colors would work well with yellow and pink, so I used yellow acacia and peachy, pink ranunculus to create these spring boutonnieres.
Here’s the gist on how to make your own…
For the entire tutorial and to view more photos of my DIY, visit Project Wedding here.
P.S. If you don’t have a wedding in the works, you can easily turn these into simple arrangements for small bud vases. Just keep the stems longer. Super easy.
Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
For more flower tutorials, visit the DIY flowers page.
There’s no easy way to transition back into regular postings after Monday’s post, but I thought something light to get back into the swing of things would be good. So I have a new DIY to share. Before I jump in to today’s project though, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has commented, tweeted, or emailed me about my grandmother these last couple of days. It has really brought a smile to my face to read through those. And I definitely needed that. So thank you!
Now let’s make a flower arrangement…
Whether you want to make an arrangement for your own home or save this idea for a Mother’s Day gift for mom, this DIY will be a fun one to try. And like all the flower projects you see here on P & S, it’s pretty easy too. Let’s get started…
You will need: a tall vase with s small(ish) opening, scissors, tulips, pink freesia, wax flowers, montecasino aster in white (the ones that look like tiny daisies), and solidago (the yellow, feathery looking filler)
Here’s how you make it: 1. Start by removing excess leaves from all the stems and some of the lower flowers on the solidago, wax flowers and montecasino. Cut the stems to a height that is a few inches higher than the height of the vase you are using. Then, separate all flowers into like piles so they are easy to grab as you creating the arrangement.
2. Next, take one stem of freesia and one small stem of solidago and place it in the vase. Then add a small stem of wax flower or montecasino. Varying the sizes of blooms that you use throughout will help give the bouquet a natural/organic look when it’s finished.
3. Begin adding additional stems, like the tulips, working your way around the entire arrangement. Sometimes, I spin the vase as I am adding flowers to make sure there aren’t any uneven areas or big holes forming.
4. Add additional montecasinos and wax flowers and a final tulip or freesia stem. If there are any areas that look less full, add a spring or two of solidago to finish it off. Add a gift tag and you’re ready to bring this over to mom’s house on May 12th. Or make one for yourself.
Make a mini bouquet: You could also use the same flowers to make a mini bouquet instead, without a vase. It’s a very similar process to the vase arrangement, but you start at the back and work toward the front. Tallest flowers are in the back, shortest in the front. Then tie it off with some ribbon and cut the stems at the bottom so they are all the same length.
Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch
I normally save the DIY roundups for Fridays, but I won’t be able to post tomorrow because I’ll be on a plane to California again. So I’m bringing you some project ideas a day earlier than usual. Enjoy! And feel free to share any other cool DIYs I have missed in the comments below.
1. An Amazing Mountain Shelf Tutorial from Carnets Parisiens
2. A Fresh Flower Party Hat DIY from Studio DIY
4. Pretty Paper Party Balls from A Subtle Revelry
I’ll be back to regular posting on Monday. Hope you have a great weekend.