Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + Party + Projects + Wedding / Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Make a tassel boutonniere

Here’s my latest for Brooklyn Bride. I created an alternative to a traditional boutonniere inspired by military epaulettes–in the wake of Memorial day and all.

For full instructions, check out Brooklyn Bride.

DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sewing kit DIY & template

Here’s the deal (or “dill” as some Utahns like to say): Last year I attended the blogger’s conference in Berlin, The Hive. As I recall, the hem of my vintage dress was unraveling and I was overjoyed when I found a sewing kit in the bathroom. Someone was thinking ahead! Because I love nothing better than multitasking, I decided to take the kit with me and sew it while I was listening to the speakers. I’m classy like that. Well, that turned into me putting it in my bag, which turned into me taking it home that night. Which then turned into me taking it home with me to Copenhagen. Nice, Brit. Well, needless to say, I felt horrible. I told the organizers of the shindig and they said something along the lines of how we should make a new one and pass it down each year. Like a spirit stick at summer camp. I was all about that. So, here it is! You can even download your own sewing kit, but don’t worry, it won’t have the same confessional on it. 
Supplies: sewing box (I found one that’s magnetic so the pins stay, perfect for traveling! Get it from Amazon here), muslin bag 8×5″ (from here), travel scissors, mini sewing kit with needles and thread, measuring tape, safety pins, big safety pin, patches, hem tape, templates, iron-on transfer paper for light fabrics (from Amazon here), sticker printer paper (from Amazon here)
Step 1: Print out your templates. The Inside template goes on the box and you can print that on sticker paper (see supplies list above for recommendation). The outside template goes on the muslin bag and can be printed on an ink-jet printer.
Step 2: Trace the paper to the size of the box and cut it out.
Step 3: Stick it onto the box.
Step 4: Insert your materials into the kit. The metal objects will stick to the magnet for easy transport.
Step 5: Follow the directions on the package for the iron on transfer. My tip: Make sure you don’t hold the iron on too long like me and burn it a bit. And cut completely around the parts of the text.

I hope someone has a need for it this year at The Hive. Wish I could join you, ladies! Have a wonderful time! 

DIY + flowers + Projects / Monday, 13 May 2013

3 ways to arrange lilacs

I’m back from the East Coast and now I’ve had a bit of time to detox now and enjoy the Utah spring. It’s GORGEOUS! The cherry blossom stage is done here, but the lilacs are in full bloom and you know I love me some lilacs (my ode to Danish lilacs should make me embarrassed, but I’m shameless) Thanks to our unknowingly generous next door neighbors, I snagged some lilacs for every room in our house. Oopsies. As much as I love seeing flowers in their natural state, I think it’s such a shame not to enjoy it inside too, so…call me a thief with no shame. I know lilacs are donzo in California but maybe they’re still going at it where you are? Take advantage of them. Snag some! Here are three ways to arrange them, no professional flower arranging skills needed.
1. Lilacs arranged in one big vase. The beauty of lilacs is that they are clumpy so they naturally fall in a beautiful, full way. Mine is sitting on my table for all the smell and enjoy.
2. One lilac stem in a teeny tiny vase. I got this “vase”, which is actually a battery jar from the original Thomas Edison company, from the local antique store. Isn’t it adorable? I placed it on my owl side table, which you can’t really see, but it’s awesome and should make an appearance in the future.
3. Lilac clumps in a mug. I took off all the leaves from these lilacs and stuck them in my brand new mugs by Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville. She paints them and sells these on her Etsy shop here.
He’s too precious.

Supplies: To achieve this look, you’ll want a collection of vases in various sizes. I love using jars, those battery jars I mentioned above, mugs, cans, pickle jars, peanut butter jars. I only own one real vase from Ikea. You’ll also need flower cutters, lilacs, and floral tape if you really want to be fancy. I didn’t use floral tape here because they worked out without it. The floral tape is to create a grid across the tops of the jars to make sure they even spread out.

To arrange the flowers: Start by criss-crossing the flowers and then inserting the subsequent stems at angles. This will help them keep their shape.

Easy squeezy. Do you have lilacs where you live? I don’t ever remember seeing them in Orange County growing up so moving to DC where it grows like weeds, was a revelation.

Spring, I love you.

DIY + paper + Party + Projects / Thursday, 2 May 2013

DIY Fruit tissue honeycomb balls for Cinco de Mayo

First thing, if you’re reading this and you’re in America and it’s May 2nd at 9:15EST (or 10:15) turn it to NBC and watch yours truly vying to win the title of Best Hat on the Today Show Kentucky Derby contest. I guarantee an embarrassing flub with Al Roker.
Do you remember my fruit balloons? Well, I was at the darling shop Harmony on Center Street, Provo the other day (where I’m teaching a paper flower workshop on Saturday, May 11th. Sign up here), and I was eyeing the honeycomb tissue hearts hanging up and all of a sudden it struck me: those hearts are strawberries! So, I had to turn them all into fruits. Rachel from Darlybird was kind enough to provide the tissue balls and hearts. She’s got a great assortment of colors and shapes and they’re at such a great price. Wouldn’t these be great fun for a spring event? Event or not, they’ll be in my studio permanently starting now. 

I won’t do extensive directions with these because you can probably catch the drift, but I’ll give a few pointers.

To make the strawberry heart

Materials: honeycomb tissue paper balls and hearts (I got mine from Darlybird, which is cheap and has a great assortment), glue gun, crepe paper for the leaves in different shades (I’d try Paper Mart for cheap and heavy crepe paper), scissors

Step 1: Cut out 5 or 6 long leaves with the crepe paper grain going vertically.
Step 2: Gold it in the center vertically to provide a bit of shape to the leaves.
Step 3: Glue gun them into the crevices of the heart.
Step 4: With a longer piece of crepe paper (about 1 foot by 4″ wide) roll it to form a cylinder. Make sure it’s tight so that it holds its shape.
Step 5: Glue the “stem” into the center of the tissue heart.

Other fruits to try: orange, lemon, lime, blueberry, grapes in small bunches of purples or greens that are tied together. Adjust the size of the leaf according to each fruit. For the grapes I made more of a grape leaf shape like this

photography by Sheena Bates
Thank you MLBE for your house! 

DIY + Projects / Friday, 12 Apr 2013

Weekend project: Fruit welcome mats

We’re slowly making our new apartment into a home inch by inch. We just barely got a bed last week after sleeping on a mattress on the ground for the past 4 months! On one of my Ikea runs I picked up a circular welcome mat that I thought would be fun to turn into something and yesterday I got it–FRUIT! Plus, once you cut it in half, you get two mats for the price of one. Score.  It’s so easy and would make a great weekend project. One of my all-time favorite purchases from Anthropologie was a welcome mat in this semi-circle shape that had a lovely pattern on it. I knew I didn’t want to make it so complicated so this fruit version is a simpler idea.