Floral and wire words

DIY Floral and Wire Words + Free Download

After our flower messages last year with Flower Muse, I wanted to revamp the project a little so that you could transport it and even hang it on a wall!…

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

After our flower messages last year with Flower Muse, I wanted to revamp the project a little so that you could transport it and even hang it on a wall! What’s prettier than something said with flowers, guys? Nothing, that’s what. These lovely little floral words are sturdy so you can move them around, hang them, lean them, and reposition them however you like. Can’t you just see these at a wedding or a shower, spelling out a fun phrase? So pretty! I loved ’em so much we made our “be you” sign into a free wallpaper download, so get it for your desktop OR phone down below.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes per Word

Floral and wire words

Step 1: Use your wire cutters to cut off a few feet of wire. Start bending it to form your words. Don’t be afraid to really work it into straight lines or curves. Experiment a little with the type of writing you’d like to use. Remember that in each word all of your letters will need to be connected, so think “cursive.”

Step 2: Cut off a few stems of florals, planning where you’d like them to be. I like the sparse look for this particular project but you can cover as much or as little of the wire as you like! Cut the stem to about 2-3 inches. Place the stem against a portion of the wire word. Wrap floral tape around and around the stem until the flower is secured against the wire. Rip of the end of the tape.

Step 3: Repeat with more florals! Try fun combinations of flowers and greenery, and place the combinations at various spots along the wires until you’re satisfied.

Just hang them on the wall with small tacks or nails, or even removable hooks if the words aren’t too loaded with flowers and they’re light enough. You can also lean them against walls, suspend them from the ceiling, or hang them like a wreath on a door! And if you just want to dress up your computer a bit, grab our freebie desktop wallpaper download below. xoxo

DOWNLOAD “BE YOU” FLORAL DESKTOP WALLPAPER
DOWNLOAD “BE YOU” FLORAL IPHONE WALLPAPER

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

Summer essentials for a backyard party

The 5 Things You Need for a Perfect Outdoor Summer Party

May is here and temperatures are hitting the 80’s and I got out all of my shorts and that means I’m in full-on summer mode, y’all! We’re planning some fun backyard…

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

May is here and temperatures are hitting the 80’s and I got out all of my shorts and that means I’m in full-on summer mode, y’all! We’re planning some fun backyard parties for this summer (hellooooo, BBQ and backyard movie nights!) and last weekend we tested out our fire pit for the first time this season. We had a few of neighbors over for the test run and put a simple little shindig together. It doesn’t take much, folks! In fact, I boiled it down to 5 things that you need to put together the perfect outdoor summer party, just in case you get overwhelmed and try to find an excuse not to party all summer long.

Drinks! And don’t see that and just read “booze!” Because this pregnant lady likes to sip a little something special too. We teamed with Duraflame to mix up some cocktails that are just as easily mocktails — and super refreshing to boot. To make this pretty little Cranberry Lemonade Spritzer, mix equal parts cranberry juice, lemonade, club soda, and vodka. Chill it and serve with lemon rounds! To make it a mocktail, just leave out the vodka and you’re good to go.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

A Backyard Campfire I don’t know what it is about a fire pit with a good fire blazing in it but it just makes an evening so cozy! I feel like people always get comfy and linger at the party longer when there’s a campfire. We lit up some of Duraflame’s roasting logs, which kind of stack up to feel like an actual campfire. Ahhhh so good. I was totally flashing back to all of the campfire songs we sang in 4-H camp when I was in elementary school. These babies are also perfect for cooking or roasting, in case you don’t have a BBQ. Which brings me to my next point.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Duh… S’mores You guys. Don’t have a fire pit without s’mores! And while you’re at it, make ’em special. We used maple marshmallows with shortbread graham crackers and oh. my. gosh. Ryan likes to dub himself the s’more master and takes charge of the marshmallow roasting. Which is probably a good thing because I’ve been known to lose my marshmallows into the fire on previous occasions. Hey, we can’t be great at everything.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Seating Ever been to a party where there just aren’t enough chairs and everyone’s sitting and you’re standing and you’re thinking, “Well, I could either sit on the ground, or… leave.” The worst! Nobody cares about fancy matching chairs — just get lots of seating around so people can be comfortable and enjoy that fire long into the evening.

A Few Simple Extras I always, always have a playlist going when we’ve got people over, so don’t forget the tunes! Music is a great equalizer, a conversation starter, and sets the mood (not to mention it helps fill in awkward silences…). And if you’re gonna have a party, set out a few fun decorations! They can be super simple like our paper lanterns and tassels, or just use what you have around the house. A few flowers or some potted plants go a long way, too.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

So. When’s your next party? And more importantly, when are you coming over for s’mores?! xoxo

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

This post is sponsored by Duraflame. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY bouncy balls

Happy Friday + DIY Bouncy Balls

It’s Friday and I was feeling wacky this week so we’re doing something a little crazy! You know those aisles and aisles of craft kits for kids at Michaels? I…

DIY bouncy balls

DIY bouncy balls

It’s Friday and I was feeling wacky this week so we’re doing something a little crazy! You know those aisles and aisles of craft kits for kids at Michaels? I always wander up and down those aisles reliving my childhood and secretly wanting to buy a kit and go to town. Spirographs! Fashion Plates! Grow Your Own Rocks! It’s all so cool and it all reminds me of being like 8 years old and wanting to make everything under the sun. So I finally decided to just go with it and I got a kit that I never got to make growing up — the make-your-own bouncy ball kit! And I have to say, it was kind of ridiculous how excited I was making these things.

The kit is really self-explanatory, but basically you snap the little ball forms together, fill them with these magical little granules, and then submerge them in water. That’s it! I confess, it’s so easy I could have (and should have) waited so my 5 year old niece could do it with me but I got all carried away and made them myself. Oopsie.

DIY bouncy balls

DIY bouncy balls

The fun part is obviously choosing the colors, and you better believe I was there strategically planning it out. I’ve gotta say, it was completely fun just to sit down and do a kid-inspired craft just for the fun of it. And now our house is overrun with bouncy balls and Henry is completely enamored of them. And dudes — they bounce really well!

Next time you’re in Michaels, I dare you to stroll through the kids section and pick out something random to do, whether or not you have kids! Sky’s the limit — what would you pick? I know there are a bunch of you out there in the Fashion Plates club. Be honest. 😉 Or if that’s not your thing, check out some more grownup classes and try something new. To see what else the Michaels Makers tried out this month, head over here! Happy Friday! xoxo

DIY bouncy balls

DIY bouncy balls

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

A New Way to Extend the Life of Cut Flower Arrangements

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a…

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a shelf life but there are also lots of little tricks you can use to extend the life of cut flowers. It just kills me after making a project like this one to toss the flowers when it’s done. I can’t bear it! So we came up with a little inspiration and created this unexpected floral arrangement using only flowers that had already been used in other projects — beautiful flowers that lots of people would just throw away. Here we go!

Materials

  • florals (fresh or a little used, it’s okay either way!)
  • a low dish
  • scissors
  • fresh water

Make Time: 10 Minutes

There really aren’t any right or wrong steps here so I’ll just describe what we did! We had lots of flowers left over from other projects where we had cut the stems short (these, these, and these are perfect examples). All of the flowers had been out of water for a few hours, cut up, wired, taped, and more. But the blooms themselves were still beautiful!

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

So. We trimmed the stems down to about 1 inch each, getting rid of any broken or soggy greenery. (When you trim, be sure to cut the stem on an angle to allow the flower to soak up maximum water.) Next, we filled a low dish (it’s actually a serving platter) with about a half-inch of water. Finally, we just started filling the dish with the florals until it was chock full of blooms!

This arrangement lasted for another 5 or 6 days, and I was so glad we decided to start salvaging these blooms! To really make them last, change the water daily with fresh, cold water and remove any flowers that start to go bad.

I kind of love this new take on a floral arrangement anyway — it’s so unexpected in a dish, and it wasn’t annoying me by getting in the way of the person sitting across the table while we were trying to talk. Hooray all around! xoxo

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the Tail on the Llama Game for Cinco de Mayo

We are hooking you all UP for Cinco de Mayo this year! I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and all I want is a…

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

We are hooking you all UP for Cinco de Mayo this year! I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and all I want is a margarita with lots of salt, but I’m just in the mood to celebrate. So now that you know what you’ll be mixing up to drink, we’ve got the perfect game for you to play at your Cinco celebrations! A little Pin the Tail on the Llama — obviously. We teamed up with our gal pal Megan again and she designed us this most adorable llama, who I think we should probably call Trudy. She looks like a Trudy doesn’t she? Anyway, Trudy seems to have lost her tail so you better get to pinning it on there again. Here we go!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Llama illustration

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Step 1: Print out our llama poster at your local print shop! It’s designed to be printed on an 18″ x 24″ poster.

Step 2: Now, option one is to just slap that baby up on your wall as-is. But if you want to get fancy, mount your poster on some foam core board using spray glue. Be careful to align all the edges before smoothing down.

Step 3: Make your tails. Cut out three colors of cardstock in small, medium, and large sizes. We freehanded our llama tails because, well, llamas are individuals, you know? So don’t get too picky. On the rounded side, cut some fringe. Then wrap each piece around a pencil to curl the fringed ends.

Step 4: Layer the pieces on top of one another and affix them together with small pieces of double stick tape.

Step 5: If you mounted your llama poster on a board, make a hanger for it. We just braided some yarn, tied knots on either end, and taped the knots to the back of the board with masking tape.

Step 6: For all you overachievers! Use your pompom makers to make some fun pompoms and hang them around your poster. Braid some random yarn and drape it here and there to be festive.

Step 7: Add some double stick tape to the back side of each llama tail.

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Now get your game on! Blindfold your guests, hand them a llama tail with some double stick tape on the back, and let them try to get it in the right spot! I closed my eyes and tried to put a tail on Trudy and it ended up smack in the middle of her neck. It ain’t as easy as it looks, folks! I think the loser should have to make the winner mezcal mules all night. Sound good? xoxo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Craft Production Assistance by Shari Stamps

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

DIY “Sail Away” Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in…

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in one spot or jumping on a cruise ship to a far-off isle (which, by the way, I realllllly wish I was doing right about now!). And just for funsies, let’s play a game — if you could sail away to anywhere right this second, where would you go? Ohhhh, the possibilities! Think on that and in the meantime, let’s make these bad boys!

Materials

  • toiletry pouch or small purse
  • gold vinyl iron-on material
  • scissors, craft knife, or cutting machine
  • iron
  • ironing sheet

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

Step 1: Cut your letters out of the iron-on vinyl. If you have a cutting machine, fire it up and let it do its thing! If not, print words on your printer, trace onto the vinyl, and cut out by hand.

Step 2: Begin placing the letters on the pouch. I recommend starting from the center of the phrase and working your way outward so that the words stay centered on the bag.

Step 3: Finish placing all the letters.

Step 4: Consult the instructions on your iron-on material. Ours worked best by using an ironing sheet, placing it over the vinyl, and smoothing the letters down with a hot iron.

Fill up your bag and hit the road! Okay, let’s finish the game — where would you set sail for today?! I’m gonna go with a little trip to Europe and a stop in Greece. I’ve never been and I’m just dying to see those colors in real life. Now you — where does your dream trip take you?! xoxo

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

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How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

DIY Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your…

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your guests can keep track of which drink is which at your Cinco de Mayo shindig! I’m loving these DIY mule mug tassels, especially organized in a pretty rainbow. Why is rainbow order so dang satisfying?!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes Per Tassel Set

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard about 3″ x 10″. Wrap your embroidery thread around it in different colors, about 20 wraps per color.

Step 2: For each color, cut two additional pieces of thread about 10″ each.

Step 3: Remove one color from the cardboard, keeping the loops intact. Fold the loops in half over one of the extra pieces of thread.

Step 4: Take the other extra piece of thread and loop it over itself, laying the loop on top of the folded threads. Tightly wrap the long end of this thread around the folded threads and over itself multiple times.

Step 5: Tuck the end of the thread through the loop you made.

Step 6: Pull the upper end of that thread to tighten the loop and lock it into place.

Step 7: Trim the top of the thread and snip through all of the loops on the bottom of the tassel. Trim to even them out.

Step 8: Take the long thread from which the tassel is hanging and tie the tops together. Trim the ends.

Step 9: Repeat all of the steps to make an additional tassel in each color. When you fold these loops over, fold them over the knot in the long thread so that you’ll end up with two tassels hanging from that same loop.

Tie the tassels around mugs as you hand out drinks at your Cinco festivities and your guests will never lose track of what they’re sipping! I also just think they’re pretty fun as an extra little decoration — hang them from cabinet doors, keychains, anywhere! xoxo

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming…

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming up, we’re celebrating by teaching you how to make a legit mezcal mule. I’m not currently partaking but word on the street is that these babies are delicious and strong! So add these to your Cinco celebrations (responsibly, duh!) and impress people with your mule making skills.

Ingredients

Watch our video for the full recipe!

Now cheers, y’all! Add a photo backdrop and some garlands to your party and you’ll be the most festive house on the block. Happy Cinco! xoxo

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

We have hummingbirds in our yard! They kind of come and go a little bit and I wanted to entice them to stick around, so we came up with this…

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

We have hummingbirds in our yard! They kind of come and go a little bit and I wanted to entice them to stick around, so we came up with this pretty DIY macrame hummingbird feeder! My mom taught me macrame deep in the 80’s when I was little and I had to reach waaaaaay back in the memory bank to put this one together. But I forgot how fun it is, and how quickly it comes together! This one’s made of just a few basic knots and a little spray paint, and it’s enough to attract the hummingbirds to come hang out. We wanted to try to hang it in a couple of different spots to see which would be the best for them, so we teamed with Command™ to hang it usingCommand™ Outdoor Wire Hooks. That way we’ve been able to move it around without damaging any hanging surfaces. Perfect!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

Step 1: Tie a loop of cord wide enough to fit snugly around the neck of your bottle. Tie a square knot — first tie the right side over the left, then the left side over the right.

Step 2: Trim the ends of the knot.

Step 3: Cut four lengths of cord, about 3 yards each. Fold these in half. Take the first cord and place the halfway point over the loop you made. Pull the ends of that cord underneath the loop and through itself, securing it to the loop. Pull taut.

Step 4: Repeat step three with each of the other three lengths of cord. Fit the original loop over the neck of the bottle. The four cords should be evenly spaced around the four sides of the loop. Now you should have four sets of two lengths of cord each.

Step 5: Take the cord on the right of one set; from the set to its right, take the cord on the left. Tie these two cords together with a square knot, about 2-3 inches from the previous square knots. Repeat this process with the rest of the sets of cord.

Step 6: Repeat step 5 with another round of square knots; you’ll start to see a net pattern appearing in the cords.

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

Step 7: Taking two cords from one set, loop the right cord around the left, under, and through itself. Pull taut. Repeat this over and over until you reach the end of the right cord. You’ll see a spiral pattern being created. Once you reach the end, trim the tail of the cord.

Step 8: Repeat step 7 with the other three sets of cord.

Step 9: Take all cords and tie them in a knot a few inches above the ends of the spirals, leaving a loop at the top from which to hang the feeder.

Step 10: Optional: Spray paint sections of the cord (with the bottle removed) to create some colorful sections.

Step 11: After the cord is dry, fill the bottle with 1 part sugar and 4 parts water. Insert the feeder tube in the bottle and put the bottle in the macrame hanger.

Step 12: Clean the surface of the area where you’d like to hang yourCommand™ hook.

Step 13: Remove the blue liner and press the adhesive onto the hook.

Step 14: Remove the black liner and press the hook onto the surface for 30 seconds. After letting it cure for one hour, hang your hummingbird feeder!

We’ve had some birdies come and go from the feeder but I’ve yet to be quick enough to capture one on camera! Have you ever really sat and watched one? It’s just crazy how teeny tiny they are, and how fast. I’m hoping word spreads through the hummingbird grapevine and soon we’ll have gangs of ’em coming to sip on our little feeder! xoxo

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Macrame Hummingbird Feeder

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DIY Floral Boutonnieres

How to Make a DIY Floral Boutonniere

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just…

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just wanted to dance and have fun, but you have so many things to plan for and worry about. Should we get a limo? Who’s going in our limo? Should I just borrow my dad’s car? What’s my date wearing? Do we match? And what about the boutonnieres?! Getting flowers for your date was like a big deal in my day. The boys had to get the girls corsages and the girls had to get the boys boutonnieres. If I was going to prom now, I’d get all my girlfriends together that morning and make a bunch of these for our dates. Boom. Problem solved.

So simple, huh? They took me about 3 minutes each to make in real time, and if you get a mixed bouquet you can make a whole bunch of them! Totally simple and way less cheesy than the little rosebud you’ll get at a florist IMHO. 😉 In case you’re in a reading mood, see full instructions below!

Materials

Step 1: Pick a few stems and trim them to about 3 inches in length.

Step 2: Layer the blooms and wrap the stems with a few rounds of floral tape.

Step 3: Wrap a length of twine around the floral tape, tying with a double knot on the back side of the boutonniere.

Step 4: Trim the ends of the twine and trim all of the stems so that they’re even. Fasten to a lapel with a straight pin.

That’s it! Now let’s all go pretend we’re florists! xoxo

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Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

Music: Bensound

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

Printable Mother’s Day Accordion Card

I still don’t think it’s actually hit me that I’m a mom when Mother’s Day rolls around. I still hear “Mother’s Day” and immediately think of my own sweet mom,…

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

I still don’t think it’s actually hit me that I’m a mom when Mother’s Day rolls around. I still hear “Mother’s Day” and immediately think of my own sweet mom, who I love to celebrate. It’s so fun every year to dream up a little project for her and post it on the blog and then give it to her in real life. She always makes a big deal and says something about getting a famous gift because it’s been “on the blog.” Ha! What a kook. So this year we put together a fun accordion card printable, so you can give the same little card to your mom! They’re super simple and fast to make and will work for all the moms in your life.

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

Step 1: Download the printable file here. Note: These are special files meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like they didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Wraparound Labels (product #8217). (You will be able to print two cards on one label sheet.)

Step 4: Once printed, peel off the labels and stick them to your colored cardstock.

Step 5: Cut around the edges of the labels. Cut off the excess white area from the portion of the card that reads “Day;” leave the excess white on the other portion.

Step 6: Score a line between all colored sections so that you can fold into an accordion. Fold the card to train the folds in the direction you’d like.

Step 7: Spread the glue stick on the blank white portion and adhere the top of the second half of the card to the white area.

If you’d like, fold it up and tie it with some baker’s twine so it looks like a little tiny gift! This thing is so stinkin’ cute I want to hand it out to every mom I know. But they’ll all just have to deal because it’s got my mama’s name all over it. Also feel free to put little notes in the blank spots and sign it like you would any card! I think we might have Henry help decorate this one for my mom. She just looooves that stuff. 😉 Happy Mother’s Day! xoxo

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

How to Make an Accordion Mother's Day Card

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