Posts Categorized: Projects

Crafts + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 3 May 2012

DIY wooden bridal spoons

Beware, wood items! I will find you and you will end up painted! Muhaha. (Exhibit A, B, now C). How cute would these be to personalize and give to a bridal couple OR give out as favors at a wedding? I did these for Brooklyn Bride

 Photography by Hilda Grahnat 

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Crafts + DIY + guest blog + Home + Projects / Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012

Kissing clothespin magnet

I did a version of my wedding couple clothespin (originally on Brooklyn Bride) for Chalkboard Mag, but this time I turned into…drumroll please….a magnet. *GASP*. I know, contain yourself. 
Materials: oversize clothespin, acrylic paints, paintbrush, pencil, magnet strip, double sided tape or glue, scissors.
Step 1: Create the outfit outlines of the couple’s clothing with your pencil. (I based her outfit off of Lauren Moffat‘s fall 2012 line)
Step 2: Paint in the outfits with your acrylics.

Step 3: Cut a strip of magnet and use double sided tape or glue to attach it to the clothespin.

Voila! 
I mostly wanted to find a way to find a practical use for this clothespin rather than just have it sitting on my bookshelf so I thought the fridge would be a much better place for it. Plus, you get a little peek into the chalkboard cupboard that I painted in our kitchen. 
As always, photography by Hilda Grahnat 
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Crafts + DIY + guest blog + Party + Projects + Styled Magazine / Thursday, 19 Apr 2012

Paper flower branch candelabra

I give the most boring titles to my DIY projects. In my heart I want to pull an Anne Shirley and call this the “Flowers make my heart hurt of beautiful rainbow goodness” but sometimes you just gotta restrain. I created this piece for Styled Magazine’s ALL FLORAL issue. Yes, florals call for all caps. Tiger, one of my favorite stores in Denmark (think dollar store but awesome) has an amazing array of colored candles and I picked some up ages ago thinking, “oh yeah, I need a whole rainbow of candles to add to my collection of stuff for my little apartment” And look, I put them to use. And of course added lots of flowers to it.

For full instructions head on over here.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat.

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Copenhagen + Crafts + decorations + denmark + DIY + Projects / Monday, 16 Apr 2012

On My Basket: Aluminum can flowers for spring

Did you have a lovely weekend? I sure hope so. Ours was filled with exploring more of beautiful Iceland and playing a murder mystery dinner game with the friends we are visiting here. I’ll be showing you more, but FIRST! I did this DIY before I left Denmark (can you tell by the same dress I’m wearing!?! so sorry, I usually try and mix up my clothing changes). Since Denmark is the land of bicycles (40% of Copenhageners ride to work) I thought it’d be nice to do a monthly series of what’s going on with my bike basket decor. What do you think? Yay? Nay?
You definitely know spring has arrived when women start putting the fake flowers on their bike baskets. I wanted to try something a bit different–something better suited to rain so I tried out aluminum cans and a flower punch. 
You will need: aluminum cans, flower punch, paint brush, acrylic paints, duct tape, wire wire cutters, glue for metal
Step 1: Punch the can with the scissors.
Step 2: Cut the aluminum getting as much out of the flat part as you can making a rectangle.
Step 3: With the flower punch, punch the aluminum can rectangle.
Step 4: Paint the flower white. You’ll need to paint a few layers.
Step 5: Brush some color onto the petals to create a loose brush effect. Don’t use much water.
Step 6: Glue two flower punches together so they are two layers.
Step 7: Fold the petals and then slightly curl them to create volume.
Step 8: Attach a pice of wire about 4″ long to the back of the flowers with the duct tape.
Step 9: Insert the wire into the basket and twist it in the back. Cut off extra wire if necessary.


These flowers should withhold the elements much better than the fabric flowers and you can change it up according to the season.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

Happy spring!
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Copenhagen + denmark + Food + Friends of Lars + Kinfolk + Life + Projects / Sunday, 8 Apr 2012

Danish Easter picnic

Happy Easter! What a wonderful holiday. I bring you a special edition Sunday post straight from Reykjavik, Iceland. So far, it’s like what everyone said it would be: beautiful, still cold, mossy, amazing water (I kid you not, why would you drink anything else?). We can’t wait to explore more! We had a Danish Easter picnic before we left and Hilda Grahnat documented it for Kinfolk and West Elm‘s blog. Didn’t it turn out lovely? It was lovely, in fact. Great company + great food = wonderful time. That’s a scientific equation if I’ve ever heard of one. These are some of the outtakes for the shoot and I’ll give some little tid-bits of knowledge like how I boiled 4 dozen eggs for the shoot. Mind you, I’ve never boiled a successful egg until this shoot.* I felt very Gaston-ish
We had a typical Danish meal of smørrebrød, which is basically open face sandwiches where you pile everything on top. The Danes are really organized about it though. There’s a system of what goes well with each ingredient.
We had the picnic at Dyrehaven, the deer park north of Copenhagen where I naively thought that the leaves would be green and luscious. But clearly, that wasn’t the case yet. Bummer! But I love the golden glow the brown gave off. At the end of the meal we were visited by a heard of deer who just stopped and stared at us. I think they wanted some smørrebrød. That made up for the lack of greenery for sure.
Shoot for Kinfolk and West Elm. You can read more here and here

*The first time I ever boiled an egg I was babysitting a family for a week during Easter. I just assumed that you just boil water and add eggs to it. WRONG! As we dipped each egg in the rolling water each one bursted immediately upon impact and the hardened yolk flew out from the egg. I thought that must be normal so we did the full dozen. Each one I had to guard the kids and yell, “stay back kids!” and would drop it in shielding my eyes. Looking back it’s totally embarrassing, but hey, they were kids. This might explain why I haven’t done it since.

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