Lovely Indeed » DIY http://lovelyindeed.com DIY, travel, style, food, fun, friends & all of the little things that make life lovely. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:24:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Easter Brunch Idea // Edible Flower Waffleshttp://lovelyindeed.com/easter-brunch-idea-edible-flower-waffles/ http://lovelyindeed.com/easter-brunch-idea-edible-flower-waffles/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20085 My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple of years ago we’ve been trying out recipes and eventually I realized I Instagram so many waffles I gave them their own hashtag. It’s been […]

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DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

My love for waffles is growing deeper and deeper. It’s bordering on a Leslie Knope-type waffle love situation. Ever since Ryan got me a waffle maker for Christmas a couple of years ago we’ve been trying out recipes and eventually I realized I Instagram so many waffles I gave them their own hashtag. It’s been a million years since I did a waffle post on the blog so these spring beauties were the perfect time to bring it back! The perfect idea for an Easter brunch: edible flower waffles!

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

They’re crazy simple to put together — all you need is your favorite waffle recipe (which obviously should be this one) and some edible flower petals. All of these insanely gorgeous flowers came from Flower Muse and I had the absolute best time pretending to be a florist! We worked with Flower Muse on Meet/Make/Do last year — they’re an absolute dream. You can order flowers online and they ship right to your door direct from the farm. When these showed up they were so fresh and perfect.

So! Whip up your waffles. For these, I liked waffles that didn’t reach the edges of the waffle maker so they had unfinished edges. To get that look, just don’t fill your waffle maker with batter — leave a little space around the sides. Once your waffles are made, stack ‘em up and sprinkle them with petals. Here’s a great resource about what kinds of flowers are edible. Always be sure to check whether they’re safe before you ingest any plants or flowers! We used tulip, rose, peony, carnation, and dandelion petals.

especially think you should serve ‘em like this:

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

How pretty is this for an Easter brunch?! It’s like a meal and a centerpiece all in one. Boom. Two pretty birds. One pretty stone. You can drizzle them with syrup or honey, or even dust with a little powdered sugar, too. Hope these petals find their way to your table! xoxo

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Flowers for this post were graciously provided by Flower Muse.

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DIY Typography Easter Eggshttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-typography-easter-eggs/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-typography-easter-eggs/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20389 These are most definitely going to be the coolest eggs at the Easter egg hunt.

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DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

I loooooove Easter egg season! It’s so fun to come up with something new each year. This year I made myself chuckle with a few of these little guys. They’re pretty funny for an Easter egg hunt, or just for leaving in a bowl as decoration. Bonus points if you get this one:

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

Let’s make ‘em!

Materials

  • contact paper or adhesive vinyl
  • scissors and craft knife
  • optional (but it makes it a whole heckuva lot easier): Cricut cutting machine
  • eggs
  • craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • tweezers

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been doing lots of cutting projects lately and while you totally could do them by hand, they are so much better and so much easier if you use a Cricut machine. No joke, cutting all of these words took about 3 minutes with the Cricut. By hand I’m sure it would have taken hours. But I digress.

Cut out your letters in phrases that you love. If you like mine, you can download the file right here! Upload it to the Cricut design space and cut, or print it onto your vinyl and cut out the letters by hand. Set your letters aside.

Hard boil your eggs and dye or paint them. I chose to paint these because I wanted really opaque, saturated colors. Just cover them with a coat or two of paint and let them dry thoroughly.

Stick your letters onto your eggs! It can help to use tweezers for placement if your letters are extra tiny. Press the letters into the eggs to be sure that they adhere thoroughly.

Hide these dudes all over the yard and make your family hunt for them! Or just take pictures and Instagram the pants off ‘em. Either way, you’re pretty much gonna win at Easter. I said a hip, hop… xoxo

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

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DIY Golden Macarons for St. Patrick’s Dayhttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-golden-macarons-st-patricks-day/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-golden-macarons-st-patricks-day/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20065 Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite DIY blog, and if you love the lovely you should go tell ‘em so. Vote right here. I thank you from the bottom of my […]

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DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

Hey! Before we get to this deliciousness, don’t forget to head over and vote on Better Homes and Gardens blogger awards! Lovely Indeed is a top 10 finalist for favorite DIY blog, and if you love the lovely you should go tell ‘em so. Vote right here. I thank you from the bottom of my gold leafed toes.

And now! I hereby present to you the easiest, fanciest food DIY project you could possibly imagine. What’s better than gold stuff? Edible gold stuff. And since St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, you can make yourself and your friends a fancy little pot of gold macarons for nibbling while you celebrate!

Materials

  • macarons
  • edible gold paint
  • paintbrush (be sure it’s one you only use for food, not one you’ve used for paint)

Make Time: 5 Minutes

I have another secret for you, too. Do you maybe live in a place where there just ain’t a macaron shop on every corner? Dudes, go to the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle! They have frozen macarons there by the desserts, and they’re totally tasty, not to mention pretty. Problem solved.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

So. Get yourself some macarons from your favorite macaron spot, and get yourself some of that edible gold. Then just brush it right on! The end. After some experimenting, I decided that I liked it in a kind of painterly swash just across one side. Very professional, you know.

DIY Edible Gold Macarons DIY Edible Gold Macarons

That’s it! Set them out at your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or just eat them all on the couch while you watch Dance Moms. No? Just Me?… xoxo

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

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DIY Printable Spring Calling Cardshttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-printable-spring-calling-cards/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-printable-spring-calling-cards/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20064 I kind of love the idea of an old school calling card. People don’t do that any more! But how rad is it to be able to leave a classy little card when you stop by someone’s house? I had been wanting to put some modern calling cards together and had this idea of hand-drawing some […]

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DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

I kind of love the idea of an old school calling card. People don’t do that any more! But how rad is it to be able to leave a classy little card when you stop by someone’s house? I had been wanting to put some modern calling cards together and had this idea of hand-drawing some patterns for them. I’ve also been wanting to put my new Sprout to work, so it was the perfect chance to mess around with some pattern making!

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Have you heard of the Sprout from HP? This thing is, I have to admit, pretty cool. It’s a new take on a computer, with a big fat extra boost of creative possibilities. The touchpad allows you to draw, sketch, scan, take photos (even 3D photos!) and put all of your ideas together so that they can come to life. I have another couple of projects coming up that use the scanner and camera, but this time I really wanted to use the super-easy painting options on the touchpad. So I made you these fun patterns! Read on for the full tutorial to make yourself some fresh spring calling cards.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Start by downloading the three files from the materials list and printing out a copy of each, on white cardstock.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

Decide which pattern you’d like as a backing to your calling cards (or you can mix and match!). Use the glue stick to stick the cards to the backing pattern.

DIY Printable Calling Cards

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Cut out the cards using scissors or a paper cutter.

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Leave cards wherever you go! They’re perfect for dropping little notes here and there.

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We’re bringing back the art of the calling card, guys! How classy are we? And as a side note, the pattern sheet downloads can be used for a whole boatload of other projects — let me know if you find another use for them, I’d love to see it. Can’t wait to share the next project I’m cooking up with the Sprout! xoxo

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 Photos by Scot Woodman

This post is sponsored by HP. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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DIY Girly Plantershttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-girly-planters/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-girly-planters/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20362 Guys, spring is definitely on the way here in California and I’m so excited about it. Trees are blooming, the sun is coming out to play, and I have the itch to freshen up a few corners of the house with fun spring touches! The other day I grabbed a few new plants and wanted to […]

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DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

Guys, spring is definitely on the way here in California and I’m so excited about it. Trees are blooming, the sun is coming out to play, and I have the itch to freshen up a few corners of the house with fun spring touches! The other day I grabbed a few new plants and wanted to find something a little bit funky to put them in, so I whipped up these girly planters. I’m pumped to be partnering with Glade to put together this little DIY, perfect for adding some punch to your spring decor!

I was totally inspired by the Poppy Groove fragrance — the color and the scent both feel bright and vibrant and downright playful. These little girlies are the perfect partners to cozy up to Glade’s candles and wax melt warmers. The whole gang is dressing up my work table in the office and it feels so fun and springy. Here’s how to make your own!

Materials

  • gold adhesive vinyl
  • scissors and craft knife (or cutting machine)
  • small bowls or planters (I used these)
  • small plants or succulents
  • potting soil

Make Time: 30 Minutes

DIY Girly Face Planters

Start by cutting out your girlies’ face shapes. I went with a variety of mouths and eyes. If you like the ones I used, you can download the file right here! (The file contains two different sizes in case your bowls are a little larger than mine.) Cut out the shapes from gold vinyl and stick them on your bowls.

DIY Girly Face Planters

Next, repot your plants into the bowls. Remove the plants from their containers and gently massage the roots so that they fit into your bowls. Nestle a plant down into a bowl and pack around the edges of the bowl with extra potting soil. Once your plants are cozy inside the bowls, give them a sprinkle of water to welcome them to their new home.

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

Dust off the outside of the bowls with a clean towel and set your playful little girlies out to welcome the spring!

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

DIY Girly Face Planters

This post is presented in partnership with Glade. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Face design by Refika Kortun, Mister Pixel, Ruben Verhasselt, Matt Brooks, Halfazebra Studio, and Sandor Szabo.

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DIY Picnic Baskethttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-picnic-basket/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-picnic-basket/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20314 I was so pumped to tackle this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, because this time around we were given free rein to make something inspired by Paris. If you don’t remember, we spent a few weeks in Paris a couple of years ago and I came back with my head absolutely in the clouds. One of […]

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DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

I was so pumped to tackle this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, because this time around we were given free rein to make something inspired by Paris. If you don’t remember, we spent a few weeks in Paris a couple of years ago and I came back with my head absolutely in the clouds. One of my very favorite Parisian-y things to do was to pack a picnic and go eat in the park (preferably under the Eiffel Tower, duh), which led to my favorite all time picture of me and Mr. Lovely.

Le sigh. Take me back. As soon as Hank is up for a little international travel, you can bet we’ll be taking him there. But for now, I decided to put together a little picnic basket DIY so we can get our al fresco dining on, even in town. Michaels has a killer selection of baskets, so pick out your favorite and let’s do it.

Materials

  • basket with hinged lid
  • E-6000 (or your favorite mega-strong glue)
  • elastic
  • large button
  • scissors
  • upholstery thread

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

Start by figuring out what utensils you’d like to attach to the inside of your basket. I wanted to make space for a couple of sets of silverware, and a couple of champagne glasses. (Speaking of which, here’s a tutorial to make your own gold polka dot champagne flutes!)

DIY Picnic Basket

Measure out the elastic so that it’s long enough to wrap around your glasses but keep them very snug. Snip off the right amount of elastic. Spread E-6000 on both ends and press the ends firmly into the underside of the basket lid.

DIY Picnic Basket

Repeat the process for the other items you’d like to attach to the lid. For utensils, make a small loop of elastic by cutting about 2 inches and glueing the ends together. Then glue the loop to the lid in the same way you did for the glasses.

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

Use thick upholstery thread to weave through the front of the basket and through the hole of your button. Make a few passes to ensure that the connection is strong, then double knot and snip the ends.

Glue a loop of elastic to the underside of the lid of your basket, long enough to reach around the button and hold the lid taut.

DIY Picnic Basket

Allow all of your glue to dry for at least 24 hours, or until it’s completely cured.

That’s all! Fill it with fun treats (champagne required) and get yourself on some picnics!

To see what other Paris-inspired projects the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up, see the links below. And, here’s something rad: if you make your own Parisian-inspired project you can enter to win Michaels’ giveaway of a trip to Paris! Create a Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and upload a photo to www.paris.michaels.com through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest. You can win a four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more! If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com. xoxo

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

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Update All Your Picture Frames for A Few Buckshttp://lovelyindeed.com/update-picture-frames-bucks/ http://lovelyindeed.com/update-picture-frames-bucks/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20059 When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had. I mean, I love all of the actual art but the frames were so sad and busted looking I was just bummed out. Those frames […]

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Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had. I mean, I love all of the actual art but the frames were so sad and busted looking I was just bummed out. Those frames have been with us for cross-country moves, multiple apartments, and a zillion rearrangements. I really wanted to chuck them all and start fresh but that seemed 1) wasteful and 2) expensive. Frames are expensive, right?! I also didn’t want to get into the whole spray paint thing, because I’ve gone down that road with picture frames and it’s just a mess. So I thought and thought and eventually came up with this little fix: vinyl. Or even contact paper! Anything with a nice finish and a sticky back will do it. Here’s how to update your own frames for just a few bucks.

Materials

  • old picture frame
  • adhesive vinyl or contact paper — I used this one
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife

Make Time: 20 Minutes Per Frame

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Start by cutting a piece of vinyl slightly longer than the long side of your frame. Make it wide enough to wrap from the inside front to the inside back of the frame. Smooth it down on the frame and be sure to get rid of any bubbles.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Slice the edges with the X-Acto knife so that they wrap toward the inside of the frame and cover it completely. Then wrap the other side around the back. Cut away the excess from the ends. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Keep covering until all four sides are covered. Just carefully cut away excess with the X-Acto knife. When all four sides are covered, make a diagonal slice at each corner and peel away the excess of one layer of vinyl. This will just create a nice, neat corner and give the illusion that it’s an actual frame.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Smooth it all down one more time and put your picture or art in it! BLAM — new picture frames for everyone! I did this to about 5 or 6 frames and it made all the difference in the world. Just find some great vinyl or contact paper and go to town. And isn’t that little Hooray print so cute? It’s actually the card that you get in the mail if you’re signed up for Anthropologie’s birthday list. I’m all about multipurposing! xoxo

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

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DIY Painted Chambray Bannerhttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-painted-chambray-banner/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-painted-chambray-banner/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=20094 I had an itch recently to put together a quick little project for the tiny dude’s nursery — I wanted something fun to hang on his crib that wouldn’t get in the way or be a danger. I came across this chambray denim paint and was totally curious! He has a chambray crib skirt so […]

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DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

I had an itch recently to put together a quick little project for the tiny dude’s nursery — I wanted something fun to hang on his crib that wouldn’t get in the way or be a danger. I came across this chambray denim paint and was totally curious! He has a chambray crib skirt so I was like, “Let’s party, denim paint.” And this little banner was born.

Materials

  • denim paint (keep reading for sources!)
  • plain canvas fabric
  • letter stickers
  • paintbrush
  • painters tape
  • wooden dowel
  • glue gun
  • baker’s twine
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

Head to Michaels and pick up all your supplies! Right now they have a new section called Make Market with tons of fun supplies — that’s where you can find the denim paint. Start by cutting a banner shape from your canvas.

Next, apply letter stickers to spell out something fun! I tried to find a phrase that was sweet enough for little guy’s room but still had a little bit of attitude… Because duh. Tape a square around your words with painter’s tape.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Next, fill in the square with the denim paint. Be careful that your letters are firmly adhered to the canvas so that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Chambray Banner

Peel away the stickers and the tape. If you find that your fabric has puckered around the paint, give it a quick pass with a hot iron on the unpainted side.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Fold the top of the banner over on itself and secure with a line of hot glue. Be sure to leave a hole large enough to fit your wooden dowel.

DIY Chambray Banner

Insert the dowel and tie the baker’s twine to either end. Hang it and love it! I’m kind of newly obsessed with the idea of denim paint, especially in this chambray shade. I’m off to paint everything that’s not nailed down!

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Be sure to check out what all the other Michaels Makers are whipping up this month — links are below! Happy Monday, lovelies. xoxo


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DIY Emoji Coastershttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-emoji-coasters/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-emoji-coasters/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=19669 While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Aileen of At Home In Love. Here she is! […]

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While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Aileen of At Home In Love. Here she is!

DIY Emoji Coasters

Hi guys! Aileen here from At Home in Love. I’m kind of obsessed with emoji, so it was only a matter of time until I brought some off my phone and into my house. I put this project together with Valentine’s Day in mind, but let’s be honest, these guys would make a fun gift any time of the year!

Materials

  • blank cork coasters (these are from IKEA)
  • acrylic paint
  • varnish
  • paintbrushes
  • paper
  • scissors

Start by making a template for your favorite emoji faces. I don’t have a printer, so I traced the coasters and sketched the faces by hand…but you could make this part way easier on yourself by simply printing the emoji faces. Make sure to size them to the size of your coasters.

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Next, paint the coasters yellow, including the edges. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, cut out your emoji templates. This is the part that takes the longest, but it’s worth taking the time to do it right. Plus, once you have the template made you could crank out a whole bunch of these coasters to give away!

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Once your templates are done and the yellow paint is dry, place each template over a coaster and paint in the details.

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DIY Emoji Coasters

Wait for all the paint to dry, then give your coasters a coat of varnish. This will give them a shiny, finished look, and protect the acrylic paint from coming up with water.

DIY Emoji Coasters

Once the varnish has dried, your coasters are ready to use! For Valentine’s Day, I think it would be fun to tie a set of these together with a card that reads, “I’ve got heart eyes for you.” Or maybe you could deliver breakfast in bed, and under the mug of coffee would be a coaster with the kissy face emoji! Cute, right? I might just do it…

DIY Emoji Coasters

Thanks Aileen! For more cute DIYs, fun adventures, and inspiration, head over to At Home In Love.

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DIY Confetti Photobooth Backdrophttp://lovelyindeed.com/diy-confetti-photobooth-backdrop/ http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-confetti-photobooth-backdrop/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://lovelyindeed.com/?p=19665 While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Melanie of You Are My Fave. Here she is! […]

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While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Melanie of You Are My Fave. Here she is!

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Some of my favorite posts from Chelsea are her clever photobooth backdrops so I decided to give it a try with the all purpose party supply, confetti.

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Materials

  • tissue paper
  • 1/2 inch circle punch
  • white butcher paper or poster board
  • spray adhesive

Turn on an episode of Gilmore Girls and use the circle punch to create confetti from your tissue paper (the secret to cutting tissue paper is to punch several layers at once or it will get jammed and you’ll swear).

Once you’ve created a generous amount, lay out butcher paper or poster board and give it a good spray with the adhesive.

Quickly dump the confetti on top and gently pat down. Give the paper a good shake and collect the loose confetti.

Repeat the process until the paper is covered to your liking. Lay in the left over confetti and make a party angel.

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I might be finding pieces of confetti scattered throughout my house for weeks after this but I’d say it was worth it.

Thanks Mel! For more adorable DIYs and lots of party inspiration, head over to You Are My Fave.

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