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It wouldn't be Valentines day without a flower DIY. So here I am with the last V-Day project of the year...a (fresh flower) monogram wall hanging that is perfect for the upcoming holiday. OR a wedding, birthday party, housewarming...Okay, it works for pretty much anything. Especially if you like flowers as much as I do.
You may remember the giant floral ampersand I created a while back that was in this same vein. But to switch things up, I'm using a different method and a garland as the base (which will help cut down on the number of flowers you need to complete the project).
Here's how to make your own floral typography wall art...
-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-foam core or cardboard
-box-cutter or sharp blade
-paper awl (or similar)
My friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers and the garland. So, if you're looking for fresh flowers and greenery, be sure to check them out. Their flowers are top notch.
For all flowers except the Poppies... Cut at least 1"³ off each stem and place in 3-4"³ 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.
For the Poppies... These can be a little tricky sometimes. So to help them bloom, you may want to try cutting them under water and keeping the stems submerged in water for 10-15 minutes before searing the ends with a quick dip in boiling water for 10-15 seconds. That's what I ended up doing and it worked great. As the blooms start to open, you may need to give some of them a little help by gently pulling back the sepals (the brown fuzzy "shell").
For the garland... Keep it in a dry, cool place until you're ready to use it. No need to spray with water or anything like that.
1. Start by drawing and cutting out large letters from foam core or cardboard. I just freehanded the letters with a pencil and then cut them with a sharp blade.
2. Next, poke a set of holes in the letter cut out, all the way around, every 6-10 inches. Use the paper awl to poke the holes or another sharp object.
3. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly 8-10 inches long, and poke through the first set of holes (from the back of the letter), so that each end is showing through to the front.
4. Then, lay the garland on top of the foam core letter and secure the first section with the wire that you poked through in step 3. All you need to do is wrap the wire around the garland and twist several times until secure. Then, hide the excess wire underneath the leaves or clip off.
5. Once you've completed that process all the way around, covering the entire letter with garland, it's time to add flowers. Make sure the flowers have had at least 24 hours to properly hydrate before this step. Then, trim the stems if necessary and intertwine them amongst the garland. If you're having trouble, add floral wire to each stem, for more stiffness to wedge into the garland. If you have a super bushy garland, you can tuck small water tubes into the garland to keep the flowers as fresh as possible.
6. Fill the garland with flowers until you've reached the desired effect. Enjoy!
You can do initials like J + B (for V-day or a wedding), a single letter, to stand as a statement art piece, or even a short phrase or message if you're feeling especially ambitious.
P.S. If you wanted to go a more cost effective (and long lasting) route, you could skip the flowers all together and just do garland letters, which are kind of fun too...
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
After this project, I am even more obsessed with poppies. They may be a little finicky, but they sure are pretty. Don't you think?
Think you might give this flower project a try?
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I've been saving old cards (from the holidays, etc) to use as card stock for projects and now that Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I've figured out a way to use them. Using pink mylar tissue paper (which you may remember I used in this V-Day project), I created heart shaped drink toppers that sit on the rim of a glass.
This DIY is super easy, so it's a good option for parties or something smaller (like breakfast in bed). Add a name to each heart and use it as a drink marker or just a love note to your significant other as he/she is drinking orange juice in the morning.
How ever you decide to use them, they'll only take about 15 minutes to make.
And, if for some reason, you can't find mylar tissue paper, you can actually use a deflated mylar balloon instead! So save those birthday balloons once they've deflated, cut the material out and use it just as you would the tissue paper.
Here's how to make your own mylar drink toppers for V-Day...
-Recycled Holiday Cards
-Mylar Tissue Paper
1. To make the hearts extra thick, open up an old holiday card and add strips of glue to the inside. Then, close the card and press down to secure the two sides together as one. Let dry.
2. Next, glue a piece of mylar to card stock.
3. Cut out heart shapes with a pair of scissors.
4. Then, cut a slit in the bottom of each heart so that is about 1/8 inch wide. Add the finished drink topper to a glass and you're all set.
And if you need a cocktail recipe to go with these drink toppers try equal parts orange juice and pineapple rum. Or mix a splash of orange liqueur and a shot of vodka, with 3-4 ounces of grapefruit italian soda (or juice) and a sugar rim.
Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Crafting assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
I love the idea of using these drink toppers to surprise someone on V-Day with breakfast in bed. All you need is a tray, some juice, and a few pastries. Or you could do pancakes, scrambled eggs, etc.
What's your favorite breakfast-in-bed type of meal to make? Have any favorites?
For more Valentine's Day projects like this one, click here.
I love getting cards in the mail, from my friends especially because they always pick out the best cards. So this year, for Valentine's Day, I'm hoping to return the favor.
There are roughly two weeks left before V-Day rolls around (even less than that for Galentine's Day which is on the 13th - you know that if you watch Parks and Rec). So, I'm crossing my fingers that I can get some V-Day snail mail out to my friends on time (for once).
To help me get the V-Day cards rolling ASAP, I've partnered with Avery to create some V-Day printables that I can use right away. Aaand because I thought you might like to use these for your friends this year too, I have the printable / free download available for you at the bottom of this post.
I kept the phrases and designs simple, so they can be sent to as many people on your V-Day list as possible. For friends and significant others too! I was also thinking that the BE MINE cards would be cool for kids to share with classmates for the holiday.
To make these with your home printer, you'll just need to print 'em out on Avery note card paper, add your note, put a stamp on it, and boom! Done. You can pair the card with a little gift (chocolate anyone?!) or just send it on its own with good vibes and a sweet note.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Are you planning to send out any V-Day snail mail this year?
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