Posts Categorized: DIY

Color + Design + DIY + Life + Projects / Thursday, 23 Aug 2012

Pixelated post-it staircase

“Enough with the post-its, girl!” I know, I know, I hear ya loud and clear. But, when a girl’s gotta post-it, a girl’s gotta post it! The post-it projects (here and here) were actually all for this. I was asked to create an “inspiration wall” for a young adult conference here in Denmark and I thought it’d be groovy to finally try out the post-its idea. The theme of the week was “agents for good” and this wall was to serve as a reminder or instigator to do good. They were supposed to write the good things they had done that week on each post it. In all honesty, I thought the project would be a cinch because all you have to do is buy post its and then stick them to a wall. Not quite.
First off, the post-its I could find didn’t really have the longevity I was going for. They curled and fell off. Second, they come in not my favorite color palette. 
Solution? Buy paper and cut them down to size. Thankfully, I had a team to help AND a paper cutter. Glee! Though it was more time consuming.
Materials: paper in your choice of colors (I went for rainbow in various lights and darks), scissors or paper cutter, glue gun or glue stick, white butcher paper, duct tape, one real post it to use as a template
Step 1: Cut the paper down to size. I used a real post-it to use as a template and then cut the rest to that size. To achieve this look, use various shades of the same colors. In total I bought about 30 shades of paper.
Step 2: We used white butcher paper to cover the areas we intended to post-it and secured it with duct tape.
Step 3: Start at the bottom of the paper and then layer on top. I started with the light values on the bottom and then worked to the darker values at the top. I also worked from left to right in a rainbow pattern: reds to pinks to oranges to yellows to greens to blues to purples. I didn’t want there to be clean lines of color sections so I made sure to stagger the colors and then throw in a surprise color from another section every now and again.
Step 4: To attach the post it, just put a thin line of glue at the top of the post it and stick. Glue sticks work well, but I felt more secure with a glue gun as I knew it would hold. We tried double sided stick tape too but it took a bit longer.
I had the best time behind me and boy am I glad they were there! I truly thought it wouldn’t take that long to do and I always think that I can do things on my own so I was so relieved when they saved the day. We started at about noon and worked until 6 or so. Originally I wanted to do the WHOLE stairwell, but we ended up only doing three walls because of time. We had one person on the paper cutter, a few people attaching tape to the post-its, and then the rest attaching them to the butcher paper. 

Start with the little things, my friends.

Thank you Heidi for being so open to the idea and thank you to all the helpers!
And after this project I have a whole new appreciation for this one

More post-it stories here and here and some inspiration post-it projects on my Pinterest

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Design + DIY + Party + Projects / Friday, 10 Aug 2012

Pixelated post-its photobooth

I told you more post-its projects would be on their way and here they are! A couple of weeks ago we made some post-its walls for an event (more about that next week) but last week I had some great helpers come to enjoy it some more. This photo booth idea would be perfect for any party or wedding. Add this to the post-its pinata, and you’ve got one fine pixelated party!

Thank you Cecilie, Katarina, JJ, and Hilmar for being fantastic models! And a huge thank you to Amanda Thomsen for working her photography skills. And one last thank you to Caitlin Watson for creating the lovely masks! 

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Brooklyn Bride + DIY + Projects + valentine's day / Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012

How to make a post-it heart pinata

I’ve been wanting to play with post-its FOREVER and finally got the opportunity last week to make this post-it heart pinata. Confession, they aren’t really post-its. I wanted a wider color palette so I had to make them myself. For the full tutorial, go to Brooklyn Bride.

A HUGE thank you to Amanda Thomsen for taking time out of her day to come take the final shots with our super models, JJ and Cecilie.

I have another project coming with post-its. Are you stoked?!

And if you’re really into pinatas, check out the wedding cake 

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Crafts + DIY + hello bee + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012

Lollipop balloons

I saw something like these lollipop balloons ages ago and couldn’t remember where or what they looked like so I made my own version for Hello Bee. I thought they were the perfect pairing for the candy lights I made for Christmas. Can you tell I have a (reluctant) sweet tooth?

photography by me on a VERY windy day (can you tell?!)

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Crafts + DIY + etsy + Party + Projects + Wedding / Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012

How to make an ombre wedding cake pinata

I have to say that this is one of my favorite shoots I’ve done. And there’s a lot more where these come from. ooOOOoo! I did this one for the Etsy wedding blog and talked about creating an interactive wedding favor, hence the fortune cookies inside with little love fortunes. I also thought a wedding cake would be a nice alternative to the couple who doesn’t really do wedding cakes or sugar. But let’s face, the real reason to have a pinata at a wedding is…who doesn’t want to hit stuff? I’m sure it would release a lot of tension for the couple as well as the wedding planners.

Get the full instructions here.

Thank you Amanda Thomsen for taking these beautiful photos! 

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