Friday, February 25, 2011

Metallic Backdrop



Here's a fabulous DIY project that will show you how to create a gorgeous, vintage inspired metallic backdrop. hang this above your guest book, your bomboniere table or even behind your cake for an interesting and unique focal point at your reception.

Visit Martha Stewart for the full instructions.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Save the Date Wedding Maps | The Wedding Chicks


The Wedding Chicks have a fantastic DIY project for creating your own Save the Date Wedding Maps. Visit The Wedding Chicks to view this gorgeous project…

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Great Etsy Find


 
 
 
 

Etsy is a fabulous resource for stocking up on supplies for your DIY projects, and we just love these gorgeous hand torn paper roses from Fanciful Designs.

Visit Fanciful Designs to view more…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vintage Paper Wreath

Here is a fabulous tutorial for creating your own wall hanging from an old book. The tutorial is from Living With Lindsay - make sure you pop over to Lindsay's blog as there are loads of great tutorials.    

Supplies:
  • 10″ foam wreath
  • Paperback novel
  • Brown and/or gray craft paint
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Small strip of ribbon
  • A few paper towels
  • A few straight pins (optional)
1. Assemble your cast of characters. I felt slightly guilty about purchasing an author’s work from the Dollar Tree for the sole purpose of ripping up. I read a few pages of Loving Charity just to make sure I wasn’t about to destroy a literary classic; let me assure you that I wasn’t.
You could definitely use vintage books, magazines or sheet music for this project or even select a book off of your own bookshelf that you don’t think you’ll read again.


2. Using the paper towels, I applied the brown paint to the edges of the book. I simply squirted some paint onto the towel and wiped it on the book. I painted the brown first and then applied a bit of gray. This will give your book pages a vintage look. To be honest, two colors aren’t completely necessary, so you can use just gray or just brown if you would like.


Lay the book on a clean paper towel for about 5 or 10 minutes to let the paint dry.
 
3. Cut or tear a page out of the book and roll it in a method of your choosing. I put together a video tutorial to show you some different ways to roll the page if you are interested in seeing how I did it. The main thing to remember is that you want to roll the paper and not actually fold or crease it.

4. After rolling the page, apply some glue at the end of the roll and glue it to the wreath. Make sure that the painted edges are facing up.


You will do this layer all the way around the wreath. When you have finished the full circle, flip the wreath over. That layer will become the bottom. If it won’t lay flat, put something heavy on top of it to flatten it out for a few minutes.


5. Continue rolling pages for your wreath. You will now fold a little tab on the bottom edge and apply glue only to that tab. Work your way from the bottom of the wreath up to the top, finishing one layer before moving to the next.


6. Once you get to the inside of the wreath, roll the paper and apply glue to the edge much like you did with the bottom layer. When you glue it on, the pages will be shorter than the wreath of the wreath. That’s okay.


7. At this point, your wreath will be mostly done, but there will be some sections you need to fill in. It should look roughly like this.


To fill in your spaces, you’ll simply roll a page, apply glue to the ends, and just stick it in the wreath. The filler pages don’t necessarily need to touch the styrofoam wreath; they can stick to the pages already glued to the wreath if need be. Use the filler pages to fill in holes and add some height and visual interest to your wreath.

 
 
8. After I was finished filling in, flip your wreath over and glue your scrap of ribbon on the back to serve as a hanger. I stuck a few straight pins in it to make sure it held tight to the wreath, but that’s purely optional if you glue it on well. 
 

All that’s left to do now is to find a spot to hang your new creation!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Petal Pop Wall Stickers



Add a three-dimensional element to your next DIY decorating project with these fabulous Petal Pop wall stickers from PB Teen

 
 
 

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Vintage Arrow…

This great tutorial from Design*Sponge will show you how to make a slightly different Valentine's gift for your sweetheart. Visit Design*Sponge for the full instructions and Happy Valentine's Day!…

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tin Can Vases…

DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

This great DIY project from Cori Cook Floral Design shows us how to create unique floral centerpieces in a few simple steps…

What you’ll need…
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook Paper or gift wrap with interesting designs
    Decorative ribbon
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Containers to cover like an empty can, old unused vases and soda cans
  • Floral foam
  • Flowers
DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

Instructions…

Step 1: Choose the container you would like to cover and measure a strip of the scrapbook paper to fit around the container.

Step 2: Cut the scrapbook paper into a strip that fits around the container.

Step 3: Spray a thin layer of the spray adhesive onto your scrapbook paper strip on the side you want adhered to your container.

Step 4: Wait one minute for the spray adhesive to get really sticky.

Step 5: Then, carefully adhere the scrapbook paper strip to the container.

Step 6: To add more interest to your covered container, spray measured pieces of ribbon with the spray adhesive and adhere to the container.

Step 7: Then, fill your container about halfway full with water. Cut flower stems at an angle to ensure they get the most water pumping through their stems. For a more hand-picked feel, simply cut the stems and place in the container. For more of a controlled, full look, you can use floral foam. Simply cut the floral foam into a piece that fits snuggly into your container and insert stems into foam.

Step 8: This method of covering different containers can work for a variety of containers and creates a fun, custom look for each vase covered. Great for bridal showers, centerpieces, place cards, and votives. For larger containers, you can use a fabric covering using the same methods of adhering the fabric. Be bold and be creative!


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love Bomb


This Valentine's Day, give your special someone a floral gift with a difference! The girls from The Flower Drum show us how to make a love bomb, an ingenious twist on the standard dozen red roses… Holly from The Flower Drum talks us through the process…


Here’s what you will need.
  • A LOT of flowers. Depending on the size of your love, you may need up to 10 bunches!
  • Carnations and roses work best. “Carnations?!” I hear you say… just trust me on this one.
  • Floral foam – you can buy it in pre-made spheres which is really handy, usually available from florists and craft stores.
  • Scissors (don’t act surprised)
  • A large vessel of water to soak the floral foam.
  • Love, usually available from within, but also available from your local hardware store.
LETS GET STARTED!

Trimming flowers, soaking foam balls.

1) Trim your flowers down, so the stem is about 1-2 inches long. Be sure to cut the stem on an angle for extra stabbing power. If you are using roses, take away any petals that have turned into crusty demons or have slightly discoloured.

2) While you are doing this, get your handy assistant (if you have one) to throw a foam ball into water, let it sink to the bottom to ensure it soaks up as much water as possible!

 Petal pushing!

3) Start petal pushing! Push the flower heads into the foam. We were feeling a bit fancy and decided to do designs on our flower bombs, you can see mine has a heart on it, however feel free to express your love in whatever design you want.

Halfway there…!

It can take a fair bit of time to make these, so don’t be making plans to meet your buddy at the movies in 5 minutes! You might just need their helping hand to finish filling in the underneath of the bomb. They can become very heavy, like 100 kilos heavy! You will see what I mean when you are making yours…

Getting a little help with the underside of the bomb

4) Keep plugging away until the flower bomb is looking completely gorgeous and lush, tie some string or ribbon through the top knot and you are ready to swing on over to your lovers' land and gift them with your creation!

All photos by Sarah Christensen
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dressed Up Chocolate



Adding your own finishing touches to store-bought chocolates is a great way to personalise a Valentine's Day gift for your special someone. And while the typical style of Valentine's decorations involve hearts and pink, this great tutorial from How-Tuesday will show you how to 'dress' up your gift in a more suitably masculine manner.

Materials:
  • Cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Ruler
  • Candy
  • Waxed thread or glue
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
 
1.  Pleats: Starting with a 1” center, use a bone folder and ruler to score lines on the cardstock at 1/4” and 1/2” alternately. Accordion fold the paper to create a tuxedo belly band.
2.  Sleeve cuff: Cut a piece of cardstock 1” longer than your bottle. Draw buttonhole lines, and cut a rounded corner. Use waxed twine or glue to “sew” buttons to cuff.

3.  Shirtfront: Thread buttons onto waxed twine and wrap around box.

4.  Bowtie: Give ribbon the dapper look with a fashionable treatment.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cupid's Arrow…



This great tutorial from Creature Comforts will show you how to make a Cupid's Arrow Cake Topper - the perfect finishing touch to a sweet treat for your Valentine… Visit Creature Comforts for the full instructions.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Vintage Dice Cup Vase Trio



Such a simple tutorial, yet fabulous results! Design Sponge shows us how to make use of objects found around the house to display your favourite items (in this case, some lovely greenery!)

Read more at Design*Sponge

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Printable Party Circles



These printable party circles from Paper and Pigtails are perfect for adding a few finishing touches to your cakes or sweet treats at your next party. Fully customasible, you can change the colours and fonts to suit your party's needs!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

DIY Pom Pom Gift Topper



Visit Creature Comforts to learn how you can make this fabulous Pom Pom Gift Topper using a bunch of coffee filters!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fabulous Find…



If you would like to try your hand at a couple of DIY crafts to add a personal, handmade touch to your wedding, you simply must grab yourself a copy of this great new book, Handmade Weddings. With over 50 crafts and tutorials to help you personalise your special day, the book is a must-read for the DIY bride-to-be! 

About the Book:
Handcrafted details are at the heart of a beautiful wedding—adding charm, meaning, and style.

In this delightful book, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the founders of Hello!Lucky, join forces with stylist Shana Faust to bring you over 50 gorgeous projects. Whether you favor a modern, classic look or a retro, homespun flavor, you'll find plenty of crafts and inspiration suited to your taste—from vintage-key save-the-dates to delicate paper wreaths to silhouette bride and groom signs.

At the front of the book you'll find guidance on choosing a look, sourcing materials, and working out timelines. Then, each of the 50 projects are fully explained with photos, how-to diagrams, and step-by-step directions.

Clever, creative, and budget-friendly, Handmade Weddings is the perfect handbook for the bride looking to style her day her way.