Posts Categorized: Projects

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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Life + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012

League of extraordinary women party

I had a very belated 30th birthday party on Saturday. I learned that everyone splits town for the months of June/July in Denmark so September it had to be. I planned this “League of Extraordinary Women” party mostly because I love dressing up and thought it was my chance to make everyone else do the same. Muhaha. The gist was this: everyone selects a woman who did something noteworthy over the age of 29 and dress up as that person. Then, you guess who that person was. Pretty much, I wanted to find out why the 30s is so awesome and you know what? In researching women, I found that so many famous/awesome women were in their 30s when they did their awesome thing. Amelia Earhart? 31 when she flew across the Atlantic. Christina, above, also loves dress up parties. Guess who she is? That’s right, Lucy Maud Montgomery, who published Anne of Green Gables when she was 34. Isn’t her dress phenomenal? She’s a dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and has had her eye on this dress from the costume department for ages and finally had a chance to put it to use. Can you guess who I am? Christina came with a bag of wigs and this was the closest thing to my woman. It should have been a bit shorter and a lot whiter.

If you said Iris Apfel, then you got it! The details totally off in so many ways (need round glasses, not so miss-matched, etc.) but maybe you got the gist. I love Iris, the icon of fashion and style. She’s definitely become more prominent in her more advanced years after founding Old World Weavers, the textile company. For some reason I felt like posing as Iris was all about the lifted arm.

Paul made some delicious cakes including his Devil’s food and carrot cake, which I have had for breakfast every day since. My sister-in-law came as Mia Hamn and was so kind in making a traditional Danish lagkage. Thank you Ximena! We also played a game called “Name That Tune–30 years of #1 hits” where I played a few seconds from each song on this playlist (it starts with the year 1982) and then provided the guests with this sheet (with an answer key) to mark each year from 1982. You can download it for free too and adjust the dates if you want to play it for another year.

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Brooklyn Bride + Design + downloads + paper + Projects / Thursday, 6 Sep 2012

Printable monogram stationery

I made some monogram stationery for Brooklyn Bride last week. You can download all 26 letters of the alphabet and then print off the letter of your choice to make your own stationery set. All you have to do is cut it out. Easy beazy. The cards are a standard 4 bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8″) so if you find an envelope at 3 5/8 x 5 1/8″ you’re golden. I had such a ball pairing the colors together. My kind of relaxation! Click here for the Brooklyn Bride’s download.
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