DIY + Easter + flowers + Projects / Friday, 29 Mar 2013

3 Ways to wrap a flower

Doesn’t it look like that lily is screaming into my ear?!

I’ve been noticing the lovely Easter lilies at the supermarkets and looking for any excuse to get one, I thought it would be the perfect host gift as we’re going to my brother and sister–in-law’s house for the holiday. Plants from the supermarket always come in tacky foil colors so I thought a quick makeover was in order. You might already have everything you need to make it.

Supplies: I picked up some kraft painter’s paper ($2.50 for the roll!) at the hardware store, scissors, gold paint pen, Easter lilies (they’re cheapest at the hardware store), glue gun

Paint it 
Step 1: Use the square foil that the flowers come in to measure the shape and cut to it.
Step 2: I wanted a starburst type pattern so I started in the corners making circles with my gold pen and coming inwards.
Step 3: To wrap it around the flower, place it in the middle and bring one corner up. Like a napkin, tuck the two sides under so that the corner is in the middle. I glue gunned mine in the creases to make it easier before tying the ribbon.
Step 4: Repeat to all sides.
Step 5: Secure with a ribbon.

Weave it
Step 1: Use the shape of the original foil to cut the strips (however big you’d like but I used about 1″) to that length. Leave a little extra room. Lay them side by side to see that it fits the original square size.
Step 2: Start at one end by going in and out. Continue.
Step 3: When you get to the end, adjust the strips so that they fit snuggly together.
Step 4: I secured mine with glue gun at the edges.
Step 5: To fold, follow the same steps as above.

Cut it
Step 1: Cut the kraft paper larger than the original foil square. Cut two of these.
Step 2: Create your design. I emphasized the corners by making it the shape of a leaf and then scalloped the rest.
Step 3: Make some paper cuts to show off the design.
Step 4: Repeat the same process onto the second piece of paper.
Step 5: Wrap the plant the same way as above. You’ll wrap the second paper around again, but space it out so that the leaf points spread around evenly.

Thank you, Audrey, for your help!

DIY + Easter + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

How to make a giant marbled Easter Egg care package

Another holiday, another care package. It’s a given. And also a given? Oversized. The egg I used in yesterday’s robin’s egg tutorial came in a 3-egg set so I had to put them all to use. I decided to use the “you’ve been egged” theme again for this care package, because who doesn’t want to get egged in the mail? I didn’t just fill it with paper egg shapes, but I added egg candy too. Don’t fret.
You will need: giant easter egg (got mine at Michael’s and before Easter it’s 40% off so you can stock up for next year too), nail polishes in the shades of your choice, stick, colored paper, bucket
Step 1: Fill a bucket with water, enough to cover the egg with.
Step 2: With the nail polish, add drops to the water. Because the egg is so large you’ll need to add enough drops so it pretty much covers the size of the egg.
Step 3: With a stick or wire or something, swirl the paint around creating the marble look.

Step 4: Submerge your egg in the water. The paint should attach to the egg. 
Step 5: Redip it to cover the areas not covered.
Step 6: Cut out egg-shapes out of the colored paper. Add notes on them if you wish.
Step 7: Create your package: I added in candy and other fun Easter stuff.
Step 8: To make it really secure through the mail (I’m sending it as is, no box!), I glue gunned the two parts together. The recipient will have to use a little force (and possibly x-acto) to open, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry in the mail.

Thank you to Andrea for helping me with the project.

DIY and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

DIY + paper + Projects + Wedding / Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

Make a homemade card for the wedding couple

I haven’t show a wedding DIY in awhile. Here’s my latest for Brooklyn Bride. Short, sweet, simple. Just how we like, eh?

photography and DIY by moi.

DIY + Easter + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013

You’ve been egged!

You've been egged.
Make a giant robin's egg East Egg
I showed how to make several versions of a “heart attack” for Valentine’s Day last year (1, 2, 3, 4) and I tried to think how I could do a similar idea for Easter…EGGED! A real egging is damaging and costly, but this one is much cuter and less threatening, non? And, per usual, I had to do it on a grand scale, cuz that’s what we do round here. I found this great robin’s egg tutorial, which helped guided me towards the right texture for the robin’s egg. I’m going to leave a few of these for some unsuspecting friends in the hood. Muhahaha.
Materials: robin’s egg blue (I used two shades of Martha Stewart’s paint collection like the tutorial. Here are the Amazon links: pond and surf, chestnut brown), GIANT plastic Easter Egg (got mine at Michael’s), paint brush, plastic primer spray, stone finish spray, goodies to put inside, toothbrush, paper to make a sign, green paper grass
Step 1: Spray the plastic egg with the plastic primer spray (not shown, forgot to take a picture, agh!) and wait for it to dry. Repeat if you’d like. I wasn’t super concerned about layering.
Step 2: Spray the stone spray on and let it dry. Repeat to fill in. Give it a full day to dry.
Step 3: Begin painting the egg the robin’s egg color. I kind of mixed the two blues and then for variation added patches of colors here in there.
Step 4: Dip the toothbrush in brown paint and flick it onto the egg with your finger like a slingshot. I would suggest doing it close to the egg so it doesn’t appear like a Pollack painting where it’s running down the egg.
Step 5: Add in your green grass. I used grass instead of moss because no one wants to accidentally eat moss. No one.
Step 6: Add in your robin’s egg candy. Mine were by Whoppers (sick, but appropriate)
Step 7: Cover with grass.
Step 8: I made a sign saying, “you’ve been egged” out of black paper and a gold pen to tape to the door.

Much cleaner than a normal egging, right?

photography and crafting by moi
model: Michelle Brummer Everett (thank you SO much!) 

Style + This Girl / Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013

This girl: Easter

Cotton candy is her apple a day.

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