Posts Categorized: Projects

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? 

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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

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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.

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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

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collaborations + Design + DIY + hats + Projects / Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013

In her hair Part 2

Part 2 of my collab with Jessica Peterson and Rubi Jones. Again, I didn’t have much time to prepare for this one, so most of our selection was from going through Caitlin (our model and my sister)’s closet. For her BFA final last year her theme was patterns and she made her own patterns and turned it into clothing and then made outfits for everyone in attendance. (I wrote about her show, She Comes In Color here). I thought it would be fun to use them for the shoot. She had also made a number of belts (see below for DIY) which Rubi styled into her hair as a turban. I love how it turned out! Caitlin made the geometric background on Jessica’s great blackboard backdrop. Rubi made an awesome tutorial on how to get her curls (she didn’t use a curling iron!), which you can find on her blog, She Lets Her Hair Down.
Caitlin was kind enough to show us how to make these belts. And you’ll never guess what they were made of. Go ahead, scroll down to the materials. 

Materials: two large plastic trash bags (are you kidding?!), yarns in the colors of your choice, scissors
Step 1: Lay flat one of your plastic bags on your workspace.
Step 2: From the bottom right corner, fold the corner like you would a bandana until you reach the other top left corner. This makes it so you have one large trash bag to work with.
Step 3: Twist your trash bag. You will repeat the same process to the other one later.
Step 4: Grab the end of your trash bag and fold the end in about an inch or so.
Step 5: Now grab one of your yarns and tie a knot.
Step 6: Wrap the yarn so you go up close to the end of your folded trash bag and then come back down so you cover your fold. Make sure your wrap is good and tight here so your end won’t fall apart.
Step 7: Keep wrapping your yarn, giving a good 6 inches of length.
Step 8: Making the loop: Fold the end of the already wrapped trash bag. Make sure you have a good sized loop about 2-3″ hole.
Step 9: Pinch it tight.
Step 10: Wrap yarn tightly around your pinched bag. Wrap up towards the loop and then back down. This will make it secure.
Step 11: Keep wrapping your yarn another 2-3 inches. You can keep going longer but you can also change the color.

Changing the color of your yarn
Step 1: Cut your yarn, allowing it to have a good length of tail.
Step 2: Grab another color of yarn and tie it around the bag where you ended the last color. Give it about 1/2″ space.
Step 3: Make sure you knot the new color so the tail of the last one is under it.
Step 4: Wrap up the yarn close to where you last ended your previous color and then come back down and keep wrapping for as long as you would like.
TIP: The pressure of your wrapping can vary. This helps make it different widths throughout the whole belt.
Step 5: Change up the color whenever you wish to follow step 4.

Joining together
Step 1: Stop your wrapping until you are about 3-4″ from the end of your first trash bag.
Step 2: Grab your other trash bag. Repeat step one.
Step 3: Fold the end of the second trash bag so you have a good clean end.
Step 4: Take your first wrapped trash bag and your new one and overlap the ends.

Step 5: Start wrapping around both of them.
Step 6: Tightly wrap your yarn in multiple places on both of the ends.
Step 7: Now you can go backwards to cover the first bag and keep wrapping until you come bac to the second bag. Keep on wrapping.

Step 8: Keep going until you have a strong joint.
Step 9: Repeat with all the colors you would like.

Folding the end
Step 1: Steop when you are about 2″ away from the end.
Step 2: Fold the end and wrap around the yarn to secure it down.
Step 3: Wrap until you reach the end.

Finishing up
Step 1: Fold the end about an inch against the bag.
Step 2: Pinch it tight and wrap it tightly so you cover it all.
Step 3: Once you feel like you covered everything up, tie a knot through the hole of the pinched end.
Step 4: Cut your yarn so you have about an inch of tail.
Step 5: Grab your scissors and use it to tuck your tail in the little hole of the pinched end.
There you go! Use it as a belt, headpiece, necklace. The sky’s the limit! 

Photography by Jessica Peterson
Hair (and tutorial on how to get her non-curling iron curls) by Rubi Jones of She Lets Her Hair Down
DIY  by Caitlin Watson
Concept and styling by me

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