Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + Projects + valentine's day / Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013

How to make a paper topiary heart

I’m always so late in actually decorating for my own house for the holidays and this Valentine’s day is no exception. Seeing as how we don’t really even own furniture at this point except for an owl side table–it’s amazing–anything can help our decorating situation. I don’t really like to do obvious colors for Valentine’s day and so I thought I’d do a paper topiary. If I had my way, our place would be one giant topiary. I love these guys (and I’ve done one before. Check it out here.)

Materials: tacky tinsel topiary from Michaels (good for the frame only), gold spray paint, clay pot, shades of green paper, moss, glue gun, scissors

Step 1: Take our tacky topiary and unwrap the base.
Step 2: Take off the tinsel. It’s super easy. It’s just wrapped around the wire stand.
Step 3: With wire cutters or plant cutters, cut off the pegs.

Step 4: Draw a leaf shape onto your paper.
Step 5: Cut out and repeat many times. I cut out several sizes to give it a variety.
Step 6: Fold slightly down the center.
Step 7: Glue gun one leaf onto the wire frame.
Step 8: Glue another leaf going the opposite way.
Step 9: Repeat along all the lines of the frame so that the frame is covered.

Step 10: Spray the wire gold. The gold acts as a neutral color.
Step 11: Glue gun moss to the base of the topiary and stuff it into the cracks too.

Voila! Just a cute little topiary guy ready for some Valentine’s lovin.

A huge thank you to Michèle for loaning out her table for a few minutes and for just generally being an awesome person! 

DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + Projects + valentine's day / Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013

2 simple Valentine’s Day gift wrapping ideas

Guys! I kind of have a thing for gift wrapping lately and Valentine’s Day is such a sweet time to give cute gifts to your neighbor, teacher, friend, loved one, etc. These 2 gift wrapping ideas are SO easy (you know I like ’em easy) and you probably already have everything you need to do it. Bingo! This first idea is based on an idea I saw for Christmas gift wrap by Martha Stewart, but I added a Valentines spin.

Materials for cut out hearts: x-acto knife, cardstock (or business card), pencil or pen, scissors, wrapping paper, cutting board, secondary color paper (I chose glitter scrapbook paper)

Step 1: Make a template of a heart on a business card and cut it out.
Step 2: With a pencil, use your template to trace around it all over on your wrapping paper. Use a ruler if you want them evenly spaced. (I used a Sharpie in this tutorial so you can see the trace better).
Step 3: With your x-acto knife, cut around one side of the heart from the top to the tip of the bottom.

Step 4: Fold the heart over.
Step 5: Because the glitter paper was so thick I cheated and cut out a strip of paper to line along the backside of the kraft paper gift wrap. If I were to make it super nice I’d probably line the back of the kraft paper. But, then again, I probably wouldn’t.
Step 6: Tape it down.
Step 7: Repeat on all the hearts.

DONE!

OK, the second one is similar to last week’s polka dot wrapping. But this time you do a little sculpting.

Materials: scissors, x-acto, pen, wrapping paper (I used red art paper instead), stamp pad (white can be hard to find, here’s my recommendation from Amazon)

Step 1: Draw a heart with your pen on the eraser of your pencil.
Step 2: Make simple incisions with your x-acto to chisel the heart. The less strokes the better. Cut it down about half way down the eraser.
Step 3: Stamp away! To get dimension stamp 2 or 3 hearts at a time so the seconds appear fainter.

Done! Tell me those aren’t the easiest things you’ve seen?! And you have all the materials already, right? 

DIY + etsy + Projects + Wedding / Monday, 4 Feb 2013

Snowflakes!

My latest project for the Etsy Wedddings is out. You know I have a thing for oversized anything, so of course I had to do an oversized snowflake backdrop for a winter wedding. Though I love flowers in springtime, I’m a huge advocate of winter weddings because it’s a lot easier to have a unique wedding. There are a few clever touches that you can add in that you just don’t get when the weather is nice. This project was inspired by this photo below:
I don’t know what’s going on here, but I love it. I don’t even think they are snowflakes…maybe tablecloths? Whatever they are, I love them and the guy holding them.
For full instructions, check out the Etsy blog (including a template for some cool snowflakes). 
A HUGE thank you to my models, Shayla and Nick, who brought their A game. And their own clothing. Aren’t they adorable? And a huge thank you to Michèle for arranging the whole thing! You’re the best!

sepia image from here

DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013

Polka dot your wrapping

This is the simplest DIY of all time. Seriously. I had been looking for some cutesy polka dot wrapping paper for a couple of photoshoots and couldn’t find it so I made it myself. I used this same technique on black paper too for a photoshoot for my paper flowers (see below). This DIY is featured on Brooklyn Bride today. The full instructions are there, but photos are the best description, non? 
One little tip. White stamp pads are kinda hard to find in stores. Order online! Here’s my recommendation over at Amazon. And you can find the paper flowers in my The House That Lars Built Etsy shop.

photos and DIY by me! Contact me if you’d like customized DIYs for your company.

collaborations + Design + DIY + flowers + Projects / Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013

On her head Finale & tutorial

We’re at the finale of the One Her Head series, my collaboration with hair wonder, Rubi Jones of She Lets Her Hair Down, and photographer Jessica Peterson. You can see the other two parts here and here. Today I’m going to show you how to assemble the flowers to do your own headpiece. Sadly, I didn’t get photos of how to actually put it on the head, but I’ll try and describe it.
You will need: your choice of flowers, floral tape, wire, flower clippers, wire cutters, bobby pins. I chose monochromatic pink carnations, mostly because it was the only ok flower at Costco. 
Step 1: Bring two flowers together, one below the other.
Step 2: tape it together tightly.


Step 3: Add another flower below the other two and tape.
Step 4-7: Add another and tape. Are you sensing a pattern? It’s basically just flower, tape, flower tape.
Step 8: Use flower clippers to cut it right below the tape.

Step 9: create another one of these to create a full headpiece.
Step 10: With a piece of wire, create a circle shape to fit the head.
Step 11: Tape the flowers to the wire.
Step 12: Attach the piece to the head and secure with bobby pins.

Voila!

photography by Jessica Peterson
hair and styling by Rubi Jones of She Lets Her Hair Down
concept and styling by Brittany Watson Jepsen
flower illustrations by Tanner Boyes
model Caitlin Watson