Heads up, guys — Mother’s Day is Sunday! Moms rock, and mine is particularly awesome if you ask me. And now that my sister is a mom, too, I wanted to do something to celebrate all of the ladies in our family. So obviously I made friendship bracelets. Duh.
But not just any friendship bracelets — fancy ones with hearts! My nine-year-old self’s heart is exploding with the awesomeness of a heart friendship bracelet. If you want to make some matching ones for yourself and your mom, here’s the full how-to.
Get two colors of embroidery thread, and cut four lengths of each color, 36″ each. Tie together in a knot about 2″ from the ends. Tape or pin the ends down on a flat surface. Arrange the colors so that like colors are on the outsides, and the colors alternate inward.
Starting with the left outer string (pink), cross it over the neighboring string (green), creating a shape like the number 4. Loop the pink around the back of the green and through. Pull toward the top until you’ve created a snug knot. Repeat this knot with the same two threads (you’ll always make the same knot twice on each string).
Once you’ve knotted twice around the green string, knot twice around the following pink string, and then the next green. Your original pink string that you’ve been knotting with should now be in the center.
Now take the pink string on the far right and mirror the process. Make a backwards 4 by crossing it over the next green string, loop around, pull through, and knot twice. Repeat this on the pink, then green strings.
When the right pink string reaches the center, knot it twice around the other pink string in the center. This will complete your first row. To make your second row, start with the green strings on the outsides and repeat the process.
The third and fourth rows will have slightly different steps. Begin the third row by taking the second string in from either side and making double knots around the outer strings. In this case, the green strings will knot over the pink strings.
Next, take the pink string on the left side and make regular double knots (starting with a 4 shape) around the pink one next to it, then the green.
Repeat the process using the rightmost pink string, and mirror the knots you made on the left side (start with backwards 4 shape). When you get to the center, knot it around the other pink string.
You’ve completed row three; now repeat that row for your fourth.
Start the process over and knot rows 1 and 2. You should start to see a heart pattern emerging.
Continue with rows 3 and 4, and just keep repeating the process until your bracelet is long enough.
Finally, knot the bracelet at the end and snip the extra thread, leaving enough to tie around your wrist.
I loved these things so much I made a whole bunch! (I even made a mini one for my niece.) Then I made my mom and sister have a photo shoot with me to model them all. Aren’t they adorable? I love that my sister’s baby bump is in the photos also.
Have fun experimenting with colors, and give these to all the moms in your life with lots of love. If you end up making them, be sure to Instagram a photo so we can all see. Happy Mother’s Day! xoxo
Sometimes I feel a little weird ordering a mojito when we’re out and about. I dunno, maybe they seem kind of cliché to me, or they got really trendy and I feel a bit cheesy asking a bartender to make me one. But making them at home for ourselves is a whole different story! I know. There is no rhyme or reason to my theories, but I do know that if you hand Mr. Lovely some mint and a muddler he makes magic. So here’s his recipe.
- clear rum
- cocktail shaker
First, make your simple syrup. Use a sugar-water ratio of 2:1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn off the heat and add the sugar. Stir until fully dissolved. Let cool in the pan, transfer to a sealed container, and store in the refrigerator.
Now on to the good stuff! In a shaker, muddle a few sprigs of mint and half a lime, sliced.
Once muddled, pour one part simple syrup and two parts rum into the shaker. Add ice and shake.
Pour into your glass and top with seltzer. Stir gently. Garnish with an extra sprig of mint and serve! xoxo
There was no way this backdrop wasn’t going to happen. I mean, if Cinco de Mayo isn’t an excuse to have a photo wall full of giant fringe, I don’t know what is. So there.
This was my first project ever using the most delicious crepe paper I have ever found. It’s from Carte Fini, and it’s this amazing, heavy, delicious crepe paper that comes in a long, rolled-up sheet. (It’s about 19 inches wide and 8 feet long.) You can find it in other party stores as well; just do a search for “crepe paper rolls” and it should produce lots of options. If you want to make this backdrop, here’s the low-down:
- crepe paper rolls in various colors
- paper cutter, if available
- masking tape
Make Time: 45 minutes
First, cut your crepe paper into strips that are 5 feet long and about 6 inches wide. It’s okay if your width isn’t exact!
Using a paper cutter or scissors, cut 1-inch-wide fringe along the strips, leaving about 2 inches intact.
Tape your fringed paper to the wall using multiple pieces of masking tape. Start at the bottom and work your way up, hiding the masking tape of the previous rows as you go.
On the top row, roll your masking tape so that it’s double-sided and hidden behind the crepe paper.
Set up your camera and snap away at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Mr. Lovely and I had fun messing around with this one — the ukulele even came out to play. Have fun, amigos! xoxo
I love, love, love celebrating my Mom. I hope you love celebrating yours, too, so I dreamed up a really gorgeous DIY for Mother’s Day, which is on May 12! I’m so excited about this one, because we collaborated with the lovely Lana from Lana’s Shop again. (Remember the desktop wallpaper she made for us?) It’s so inspiring to work with her, and I think we make a pretty good team! A few special words from her:
I hope you enjoy these tags to share your sentiment with all the amazing mothers and women of all forms in your life! Things are best homemade (if you ask me), and no one will appreciate it more than mom. For future custom gift ideas, take a peek at how to get started on your next project with me.
So this DIY has two parts, and the first one is Lana’s gorgeous printable gift tag. She put so much love into this project, and we both hope you download it and give it to your ever lovin’ mama! The instructions are simple. First, grab your free download here and print it out.
Cut out both pieces.
Use a glue stick to stick the two sides together, being careful to make sure that you glue the inside right-side-up. Fold in half.
Punch a small hole over the printed guide, and string it with ribbon or twine.
Isn’t it just the most lovely? I think the inside is so wonderful, and I could fill a whole book with the reasons why I love my mom. Be sure to write something awesome! Now if you want to put Lana’s gorgeous little tag on a floral bangle bracelet, like we did, read on for instructions. You’ll need:
- about 20 medium-sized blooms (we used ranunculus!)
- floral wire
- floral tape
Start by taking the leaves and stems off of your blooms. Leave about 2-3 inches of stem.
Cut 30″ of floral wire and form it into a circle large enough to fit on your mom’s wrist like a bracelet. Wrap the wire around itself a few times to secure and strengthen the bracelet.
Begin attaching the blooms to the wire. Cut about 6″ of floral tape, hold a stem against the wire, and wrap the tape around the stem & wire, just at the base of the bloom. Continue the process around the wire, keeping the blooms close together. Trim stems if needed.
Continue the process until you’ve covered the entire bracelet.
Gently tie on Lana’s tag and present it to your mom on Mother’s Day! I think this is such a cool, modern take on a traditional corsage. I think it would also be perfect as an alternative corsage for prom, if you know any teens! And FYI, as this is a project that involves fresh flowers, be sure that you hold off making it until shortly before you intend to give or wear it. You wouldn’t want any droopy blooms!
Big thanks to Lana for the beautiful printable. Be sure to visit her site and check out more of her awesomeness. Now go celebrate your mom! xoxo
First and foremost, let’s all celebrate the fact that I finally learned how to get the tilde over the n in piñata. It’s the little things, guys.
And now, on to the main event! Mr. Lovely calls this project “Cinco de Diamonds.” I thought that was pretty funny, but since you can use these rad little guys way past Cinco de Mayo, I’m just calling them gem piñatas. I put them up by my desk to take some photos for this post and I’m having a hard time taking them down! So my desk is now blinged out with piñatas until further notice. Let’s make some.
- white cardstock (or thin cardboard i.e. a cereal box, if you want to fill them with candy)
- computer & printer
- Scotch tape
- glue stick
- tissue paper
Print out this download and cut along the solid lines. Then, make creases along all of the dotted lines. (Note: If you want to fill your piñatas with candy, you’ll need to trace the template onto the cardboard. Use a ruler and pencil to draw in the dotted lines and crease along them.)
Using small pieces of tape, join the two edges of the bottom of the gem.
Tape the small pieces at the top of the gem together.
Tape the top of the gem down on all sides. If you want candy in your piñata, here’s where you should fill ‘er up. Also, if you’d like to hang your piñatas seamlessly (that is, without taping the twine to the top like I did) follow the step below that outlines covering the top of the gem with tissue paper. Then, punch a small hole in the top, string the twine through, and knot it firmly on the inside. Then tape down the top of the gem.
Cut out the extra heptagon (woah, fancy algebra word) and trace it onto a piece of tissue paper. Cut it out and use the glue stick to adhere it to the top of the gem.
Cut strips of tissue approximately 3/4″ wide, and fringe it.
Working on one facet of the gem and starting at the bottom, glue on strips of fringe unti you’ve reached the top. Trim the edges so that they’re clean.
Repeat this process on all 7 sides.
Trim any excess fringe and use ‘em to decorate your fiesta! I think they’d be pretty cool as a Cinco de Mayo dinner place setting, or as a party favor if they’re filled with treats. But for now, I’m kind of loving them hanging up with a little washi tape and baker’s twine. Have fun! xoxo
So, I’ve delved into papel picado before, but I’m feeling festive now that Cinco de Mayo is approaching, so I thought I’d bring it back and do a new tutorial! Everyone and their mother is loving arrows these days, so that’s what’s going down — an arrow-inspired Cinco de Mayo garland. If you want to get your fiesta on, grab these few simple (and cheap!) materials:
- tissue paper in various colors
- baker’s twine
- glue stick
Cut tissue paper into 4″ x 5″ rectangles. Fold the width in half, half again, and half a third time.
Cut into the tissue paper in upward slants. Begin about 1/2″ from the bottom and be sure not to cut all the way through the edges. Make 12 cuts, about 1/8″ apart.
Cut out every other piece, starting at the bottom.
Unfold and smooth out the creases. You may want to leave the tissue paper under a heavy book for a while to flatten out (mine could have used some more flattening!).
Run a glue stick over the top portion of the tissue paper, set down the baker’s twine, and fold the tissue over, sealing the baker’s twine inside. Continue gluing pieces of tissue on the twine until you reach your desired length.
Now hang it up and pour yourself a margarita! I’m pretty stoked on Cinco de Mayo, and we’ve got another DIY coming for you next week, so be sure to check back if you’re planning a fiesta. xoxo