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
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Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

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

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

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

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 Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

DIY Shrinkable Plastic Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house…

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Okay, raise your hand if you used to spend hours and hours when you were little, coloring and baking shrinkable plastic?! Many a summer hour was spent in my house making those little beauties. And now that I’m older and I’m having different kinds of adventures, I think it’s only appropriate to incorporate my old crafting skills into a new project! You can make these summery little luggage tags in any shape you like, color them in, fill out your info, and hit the road! I’ve been having a ball creating these travel-inspired DIYs with Carnival Cruise Lines; now all I need is to hop on a cruise to somewhere tropical so I can use these rad little tags.

Materials

  • shrinkable plastic paper
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • baking tray
  • oven
  • hole punch

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

Step 1: Decide on the shape of your luggage tag and draw an outline on the rough side of your shrinkable paper. Think fun, summery shapes or travel-inspired shapes: ships, palm trees, and more! Start coloring in your outline, completely covering the paper with color.

Step 2: With a black colored pencil, write your luggage tag info on the shape. Keep in mind that shrinkable paper shrinks to less than half the size of your original image, so write large enough so that it will be legible after shrinking.

Step 3: Cut out your shape.

Step 4: Bake in the oven according to the directions on your shrink paper’s packaging. These were baked at 325 for about two minutes.

Step 5: Remove from the oven. Let cool and punch a hole in the top of each tag. String the tags with a strong cord and knot them around your luggage.

Bon voyage, you’re ready to go! I think a tag in the shape of a ship would be stinkin’ adorable if you were headed on a cruise. Or even a life preserver! The possibilities are seriously endless, and I could make these things all day. What shape would yours be? xoxo

P.S. A gold passport cover!

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

How to Make Shrinky Dink Luggage Tags

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY IKEA Desk Hack

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these…

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

I’ve been meaning to share the DIY we did on our studio desks forevvvvver (I mean, seriously 4 or 5 years) and I finally got it together! We hacked these desks together from a few different IKEA parts for a total steal, and they’ve been one of our best ideas ever. We each have one, and because they’re somewhat modular we can use them totally differently but they’re both incredibly functional. And best of all, they’re sleek and clean so they don’t take up a lot of bulk in a room — no eyesores here. And how ’bout those sexy desk legs? Sometimes you have to hunt around but IKEA seriously has some lovely little hidden gems.

Materials

Make Time: 2-3 Hours

Step 1: Assemble your drawer unit according to the instructions. Do not install the casters to the bottom of the unit.

Step 2: Attach the two table legs to the underside of one end of the table.

Step 3: Apply a few strips of velcro to the top of the set of drawers. Keep both sides of the velcro together and remove one side’s cover so that the sticky portion is exposed. Place this face down on the drawers. Repeat with a few other strips.

Step 4: Remove the cover of the top pieces of all velcro strips so that the top sticky portion is exposed.

Step 5: Decide which end of the desk you’d like the drawers to be on. Arrange your table so that the legs are on the opposite side, and position the blank end of the table top over the drawers. Be sure that it’s aligned on the front and outer edges. Set the table top down and press firmly (I leaned on ours with all of my body weight for a couple of minutes!) to make sure the velcro adheres. Tip! It’s best to assemble the desk in the area where it will ultimately be placed and just shift it slightly, rather than assemble elsewhere and try to pick it up and move it.

That’s it! These desks have been total workhorses for us for the last 5 years. They’re still in great shape, they clean super easily with some countertop spray and a rag, and they’re nice and sturdy. It’s been the perfect size for me, and the drawers are so nice to have to hide all my junk. This would be a perfect DIY for a college student, or someone moving into a new office or studio space! Long live the IKEA hack! xoxo

P.S. Remember our striped midcentury shell chair? Also, another pretty little IKEA hack for your bedroom!

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

How to Hack an IKEA Desk

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Remember our floral bike handlebars last year? Well, if you’re more a basket type of gal, this project might be right up your alley! I’m just dead over it. It’s so dreamy. And if you happen to be going to a music festival or something equally fun, how rad would this be to get around the place?! Pretty sure you’d be the belle of the ball.

Also, I’m so happy to say that this is our first post in another series featuring some insanely beautiful blooms from Flower Muse! We teamed up last year and it was such a blast we had to do it again. If you don’t know Flower Muse, check them out — they send farm fresh blooms right to your door, and they’re some of the best quality florals around. Because they’re so fresh they last forever! And they even have tons of special instructions on how to get the most out of your florals. Love them! And now, without further ado… Let’s make some bouts!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Step 1: Grab a large flower, trim away the greenery from the stem, and cut the stem off at about 4 inches. Cut a piece of floral wire to about 7 inches. Hold the bloom over your basket and use the wire to affix the flower firmly, weaving it through and around the basket wires. Repeat this process with large blooms across the basket, working in a diagonal.

Step 2: Once your larger florals are firmly affixed, insert a few smaller blooms (we used ranunculus and anemones). Wedge them in between the larger florals and affix with more wire if necessary.

Step 3: Fill in any blank spots with some greenery and you’re all set!

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I love it I LOVE IT! And the coolest part is that the basket is still functional because all of the florals are on the outside. So fill your basket with all your goodies and ride this baby around town. We rode downtown to take some photos with the flowers on the bike and it was quite the topic of conversation with the people we passed, lemme tell ya. It’s not every day you get to see some pretty fresh flowers riding around town! xoxo

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket