Posts Categorized: DIY

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

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

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

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!)

DIY + etsy + flowers + Projects / Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012

How to make a floral crown: Part 1

GUYS, look at these! Seriously, this was one of the funnest projects/shoots I’ve done yet! The model, Cecilie, the photographer, Amanda, the flowers! I die. Ok, ok, we’ve seen floral crowns everywhere these days but I just had to try my hand at it. It all started last year when I spotted this painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema at the Getty. Now, floral crowns are nothing new to the art historical oeuvre, but for some reason this one really struck me. Take a look at the full painting (it’s 179 x 80cm) and now imagine what a scene this could have been IRL. It depicts the Cerealia festival on the Roman streets. I mean, everyone is carrying branches and flowers and wearing them on their heads and playing instruments? This is my kind of town! Nuts!
Now, let’s make one ourselves!

Materials: With this version you don’t need anything but flowers! No wire, no glue, no tape, no nothin’. Perhaps just some clippers to clip the flowers down to a nice size. For the base of crown, I’d consider starting with greenery first. The more pliable the greens, the better! Try bending the stem first to make sure it doesn’t crack. If it does, consider using something else. For this floral crown I used black dahlias, tidsel (the greenery for the base), astilbe (the pink), craspedia (the yellow balls), and virburnum berries (the turquoise and purple)
Step 1: Cut and line up the first round of lowers for the base of your crown. Ideally, the stems should be 5-9″ long each. You can cut them down but it’s harder to work with shorter stems. I suggest using greenery first and then adding the colors into it.

Step 2: Lay one stem perpendicular on top of another. 

Step 3: Bend the stem under. 

Step 4: Bring the stem up to the top and then press it down so it lays next to the first.
Step 5: While holding the two stems in place with your left hand, place another stem on top and bend it under.
Step 6: Bring the stem up again and then place it parallel with the others.
Step 7: Repeat the process until it’s the size of the circumference of the head. I added some different greenery into the middle to create more of a focal point when it’s worn.
Step 8: When you get to the end, wrap the last stem tightly around the others to secure them in place, making sure that it doesn’t break.
Step 9: To finish off the circle, weave the last stems into the beginning of the crown by tucking them in.  
Step 10: Now you can start adding in other flowers. I added longer pieces first so that the shorter flowers can be seen on top.
Step 11: Place your show-stopper flowers evenly around the crown. I used black dahlias for this.
Finishing touches: Continue adding in your flowers evenly around the crown. I added in berries at the end for some extra exclamation marks. 
There are so many variations to this version, so feel free to experiment (I’ll be showing you a simple kids version soon!). You can switch off flowers for the base of the crown instead of adding the flowers at the end or you can keep it simple and just use one variety. WARNING: after this you’ll want to crown every flower you see. And yes, that’s a verb now. 
This project was made for the Etsy Weddings blog (SUCH a good resource)
Thank you Amanda Thomsen for the lovely photos! And thank you Cecilie for modeling!
Thank you Anja from Elefteria for the beautiful dresses! 
And lastly, thank you Lenore Rosendal for hair/make up!