Posts Categorized: DIY

Brooklyn Bride + DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 26 Nov 2012

How to make: holiday leaf crown

I was in one of my favorite shops a couple of weeks ago, F.N.92, and the owner showed me this little ornate bolero jacket. My jaw dropped to the ground. How awesome is it? I just had to use it for a shoot. So, I dreamed up a little leaf crown to accompany it. It’s the first time an outfit has informed the craft rather than the other way around. I’m thinking it could be the perfect accessory for a holiday ball, winter bride, or a halo for a little angel for a nativity scene.
Materials: wire thin enough to shape to the head, wire cutters, greenery clipped from the garden, gold spray paint, straw floral tape
Step 1: Spray paint your leaves at least 24 hours before you intend on making the crown.
Step 2: Measure the wire around the model’s head and cut it with 3 extra inches.
Step 3: Form the wire into a circle and wrap the extra inches around to secure it.
Step 4: Break the leaves into 2 1/2″ segments.
Step 5: Take your first segment and floral tape it around the wire.
Step 6: Take the next segment of leaves and overlap it with the previous segment and floral tape it around the wire.
Step 7: Repeat until you get to the end. Overlap it with the beginning.
That’s it! Voila!

Photography by Amanda Thomsen 
Project by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Brooklyn Bride
Model Cecilie Andersen
Assistant Karen Yip
Jacket by FN 92
Dress by Elefeteria

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Design + DIY + etsy + Projects + templates + Wedding / Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012

Menu template

My latest project for Etsy weddings is up now! I illustrated a menu template that you can print off for your wedding or any occasion really. There are a number of color options so check out the page to print off the color of your choice (see the right column here).
It’s so easy! You just need: x-acto, cutting board, ruler, tape if needed, template (download here)
Just cut around the template and make a little incision on each side of the template as indicated above. The simply fold it on the black line and insert into the slits.

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Etsy Weddings

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denmark + DIY + Projects + Scandinavia + traditions / Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012

How to make colorful flag garland

When it comes to birthdays there are certain things that you definitely must do here in Denmark. You MUST go to the birthday aisle at the grocery store and pick up little all sorts of Danish flags like this (pic from Lisa Congdon’s trip to Denmark. She pointed out things to me that I completely forgot were novel!): Danish flag toothpicks, garlands, candles, etc. And if you can, you definitely hang a Danish flag outside. You can imagine that birthdays start looking the same after while so I was overjoyed when one of my favorite stores, Søstrene Grene, came out with a flag garland in various colors. Søstrene Grene is the type of store where you go in never knowing what they’ll have in stock so you’re lucky to find something awesome one day and then something not so awesome the next. Sadly, I haven’t seen the garlands since and I’ve been wanting to pick a bunch up so what do we do? WE DIY IT! We celebrated Paul’s birthday this weekend so I tried recreating the garland here today and show how to make it applicable to your own country’s flag.
Materials: felt, marker, glue gun, 3mm white ribbon, 2m twine, scissors for fabric, red embroidery floss, needle

Step 1: Cut out the shape you desire on a thicker piece of paper to use as a template. You can download the free PDF template here.
Step 2: Trace the shape onto the felt with the marker. A word about the felt: I used really nice wool felt which is a bit pricey. Acrylic would work well too it just doesn’t feel or look the same. I might suggest making this with friends since you only need one of each color and then splitting the cost.
Step 3: Cut the felt in all the colors you plan on using.

Step 4: Apply the glue to the felt and lay the ribbon on top.

Step 5: Do the same to the next line of the flag.

Step 6: Cut off the ends of the ribbon so they are in line with the felt.

Step 7: Repeat to the rest of the colors.

Step 8: Use only 2 strands of the embroidery floss and thread it into needle.
Step 9: Thread it from behind and into the twine.
Step 10: From the back, go around the twine so it creates a loop around the flag. 
Step 11: Secure with your thread.
Step 12: Repeat to all the flags making sure the flags are placed equidistantly on the twine.
You can do the same with your own country’s flag. I tried it out with the Union Jack and the US flags.
Happy flag day! 

all photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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Design + DIY + hello bee + Projects / Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012

The ultimate care package with free PDF

I recently made a care package for my brother-in-law who is living in America for a couple of years and it was featured on Hello Bee yesterday. I call it, The Ultimate. I mean, who doesn’t love a good care package?! Especially when the items are mini-sized. It’s too cute for its own good. 
Materials: suitcase, acrylic paint, angled paintbrush, scissors, care package goodies, masking tape
Step 1: Start by creating the air mail border on the box. I free-styled it with an angled paintbrush so that all you need is one stroke (like applying nail polish!). I started with the white and measured it every .5″ around.
Step 2: I added another coat of white paint.
Step 3: Now go in and add the blue on top to every other white strip. To get a super clean air mail effect, use the masking tape to create the lines and then peel them off.
Step 4: Add another coat of blue paint.
Step 5: Add in the care package goodies. I bought mini sized candy from Haribo, bouncy balls, a Rubiks cube keychain, a little notebook, a small package of potato chips, and licorice (the Danes LOVE licorice).
Step 6: Cut out the air mail label (free PDF here) and apply with tape to the top of the box.
Step 7: Add on some cute stamps and send it on its way. I checked with the Danish Post to see if it was ok to send and they said it was, so hopefully it is where you are too.

Wouldn’t your day be made if you received one of these?! Now, go make someone’s day!

Photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen for Hello Bee

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Crafts + DIY + flowers + hello bee + Projects / Thursday, 30 Aug 2012

How to make a floral crown: Part 2

Round 2! (See round 1 here). I just can’t get enough of these floral crowns. In my ideal world I’m making a new one daily and sporting it around town. (But who says I can’t?!). Now, take a look at Agnes here. Are you dying?! I spotted her at the Kvickly, a super market here in town. Well, actually, I spotted her dress first. I want one for myself. And then I looked up and saw her darling curls, and then she turned around and she killed me with cuteness. Look at that face! I thought she’d be great for a shoot one day but alas, I didn’t have the courage to do anything about it. Well, we went outside to retrieve our bikes and there she was with her mom. It was a sign. Paul encouraged me to just do something about it so I mustered up the gumption (very un-Danish to do this!) and told her mom that she has an adorable daughter and that I’d love to put her in a photoshoot. In hind sight, it’s kinda creepy. But then again, I’ve been told I don’t give off creepy vibes, thankfully.
The pattern is basically same as the first post, but just simplified with the variety of flowers. I chose basic daisies from the garden as kids can easily pick them assemble them themselves.
Step 1: Cut them to size, 5-9″ in length each.
Step 2: Cross one over the other to start.
Step 3: Tuck it under, bring it to the top and fold down with the first one.
Step 4: Repeat the process with another flower and continue until you get to the right length. At the end just tuck in the last flower into the first flower. For extra fullness, tuck in some more flowers afterwards.
Voila!

Adorable right? Thank you Agnes and her mom, Stine, for being willing to come and model!

Photos by Amanda Thomsen
This tutorial was made for Hello Bee (an awesome parenting site with lots of DIYs!)

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