DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Word Art for Mother’s Day

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love…

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love to make her laugh. So when I was thinking of something that might be fun to make her for Mother’s Day, I came up with these silly little papercut cards. You can make them say anything in the whole world, give them to mom as a card, and she can frame them or hang them as art for ever and ever. It’s like a grownup version of giving her something you made at school so she can put it on the fridge. Like that. But cooler.

Materials

  • cardstock in various colors
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • glue stick
  • printer, or a cutting machine like the Cricut

Make Time: 1 Hour

Decide what you’d like your mom’s art to say. I went with a few different sayings; if you like mine you can download them here: 1/2/3/4. If you have a cutting machine like the Cricut (which I can’t recommend enough – it’s brilliant), upload the files into the Cricut design space and cut them out of colored cardstock. If you want to get familiar with a Cricut, you can check them out at your local Michaels store!

If you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear! You can cut these old school style, with scissors and a craft knife. It’ll just take you a while longer. If you’re cutting them old school, print the files on colored cardstock using your printer, and cut out the words with your cutting tools.

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

On a contrasting color of cardstock, spread a thin layer of glue stick. Press the two sheets together.

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Cut away the excess until your art is the size you’d like (these are about 5″ x 7″).

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

Give them to your mama and make her giggle! Unless you decide to have them say something really sweet. Then give them to your mama and make her cry. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! Be sure to check out the links below to see what the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up for Mother’s Day, along with some other springtime celebrations! xoxo

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art

DIY Papercut Mother's Day Card Art


DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty…

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

This Easter at my family’s shindig, I’m bringin’ the flowers. Specifically, this little Easterlicious centerpiece, where the eggs are standing in for a vase! This delicate little project looks so pretty on a table, especially with these gorgeous poppies. And speaking of poppies, aren’t they such an incredible flower? I didn’t used to like them much but now I think they’re so beautiful and kind of sculptural but still ruffly. It’s the best of all the flower worlds. So let’s make some centerpieces!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Start by emptying out your egg shells. Carefully score a round hole in the top of the egg and cut it away with a sharp knife. Empty out the yolk and white (you can freeze them to save for later!). Wash out the inside of the egg with warm soapy water and let them dry thoroughly.

Once dry, paint the upper half of the egg a bright spring green. While the paint is still slightly wet, paint the lower half of the egg a slightly darker green. Blend the two colors together a bit at the border for an ombre effect.

Fill each egg about halfway with water and place them in your egg crate.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Cut the stems of your flowers to about 1-2 inches, depending on the size of your eggs. Insert flowers into the eggs. Arrange the flowers to your liking, being sure that each egg is full enough of flowers so that they remain upright and don’t fall out the side.

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Set it out on your table for Easter and celebrate! xoxo

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Edible Flower Waffles

Easter Brunch Idea // 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…

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.

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

DIY Typography Easter Eggs

These are most definitely going to be the coolest eggs at the Easter egg hunt.

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

St. Patrick's Day Style

Don’t Get Pinched

Do you remember St. Patrick’s Day when you were in elementary school? At my school it was absolutely imperative that you wear some form of green — not only to avoid getting…

Do you remember St. Patrick’s Day when you were in elementary school? At my school it was absolutely imperative that you wear some form of green — not only to avoid getting pinched, but just to show some holiday spirit in general. We were apparently a very spirited bunch. I remember a group of us being on green patrol during recess, just hunting for people who didn’t get into it. I’m not sure what we would have done if we found somebody without green but it probably would have involved glittered green construction in the shape of a shamrock taped to somebody’s shirt. We were nothing if not resourceful.

These days, the cheesy holiday spirit has totally stuck and I still wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. But I’m into a variation on the theme — mint green is my go-to right now, and I plan on sporting it in fun little pops instead of plastering it all over my being (which was my tendency in elementary school). If I could go on a little St. Patty’s shopping spree, these would be my picks this year.

St. Patrick's Day Style

 

Sweater. Necklace. Skirt. Phone Case. Bag. Flats.

Oh it’s all so good. But especially that bag (which happens to be 40% off at Kate Spade Saturday… Just saying.) So! What’s your deal? Are you wearing green today? Happy St. Patrick’s Day! xoxo

DIY Edible Gold Macarons

DIY Golden Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day

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 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

birthday

Birthday

It’s my birthday, hey! I’m celebrating today away from my office and gallivanting with my two guys, so we’re keeping today’s post short and sweet. I’m pumped on this year….

birthday

It’s my birthday, hey! I’m celebrating today away from my office and gallivanting with my two guys, so we’re keeping today’s post short and sweet. I’m pumped on this year. Life right about now looks quite a bit different than it did last year — baby, house, all that jazz. It’s very grown up. But the good news is that my heart and my brain still feel like a solid 27 so I’m ignoring the difference between that and 34. I’m 34. Geez. Don’t you remember being little and hearing someone saying that they were 34 and thinking that they were so old? And like you would probably never, ever be 34. Well as it turns out, 34 is pretty cool to be.

Hope you’re celebrating something fun today too! xoxo

DIY Emoji Coasters

DIY Emoji Coasters

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…

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.

3-emoji

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!

4-coasters

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

5-template

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.

Printable Floral Valentine Card

Printable Valentine Cards

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…

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 Corina of Cocorrina. Here she is!

Printable Floral Valentine Card

Hi everyone! This is Corina from Cocorrina filling in for Chelsea, while she’s on a maternity leave with her first little one! And I’m here today to just spread a little bit of that love on the air. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share with you a tiny printable that you can send not only to your boyfriend, but anyone you love.

There’s nothing better to receive a love note from a dear one on Valentine’s Day right? You can print it here, and spread the love!

Printable Floral Valentine Card

Thanks Corina! For more gorgeous design, inspiration, and beautiful downloads, be sure to head over to Cocorrina!

Little Brownie Tarts

Little Brownie Tarts

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…

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 Melissa of Lulu the Baker. Here she is!

Little Brownie Tarts

I’m so excited to be here on Lovely Indeed today helping Chelsea out while she spends time with her sweet new baby! When Chelsea first asked me to write a guest post, I thought it would be a cinch to come up with a fun, tasty Valentine’s Day treat. But I was completely stumped until my mom suggested these darling, chocolate-filled pastries from an old cookbook from the 60’s. When I first looked at the recipe, I thought they’d be so hard to make, but I was wrong. These little brownie tarts couldn’t be easier, or more impressive!

You start by making the chocolate filling, which is essentially a simple brownie batter. Then you make the pastry dough. Now, pastry dough can be notoriously fussy and hard to work with, but this dough is downright easygoing. None of the ingredients have to be chilled or handled with care, and the resulting dough is nice and stretchy, and bakes up light and flaky. I may start using it for all of my pies! After getting the filling and dough ready, you cut the dough into little squares with a pizza cutter, put a tiny blob of filling in the center of each square, and fold in the corners. That’s it! No egg wash or sealing or pinching seams–really simple. Finish each tart off with a candy heart in the center, and they’re ready for the oven. A treat that is delicious, adorable, and easy to make? I think I’m in love!

Little Brownie Tarts

Recipe, adapted from the 1963 Betty Crocker Cooky Book

for the filling:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa

Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a medium bowl; set aside.

for the pastry dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
red candy hearts, red hots, or jumbo heart confetti sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter, and mix in with a fork. Add water and vanilla, and continue mixing until you get a nice, smooth dough. I’m not going to lie–I mixed this with my hands, which is usually a big NO when you’re talking about pie dough. But it worked really well in this case. I basically kneaded it until all of the ingredients came together in a smooth ball. Roll dough out on a well-floured work surface to a thickness of about 1/16th of an inch. This is about as thin as you can get it. My counter top is butcher block, so it is great for rolling out baked goods. As long as it is nicely floured, nothing sticks. If you usually have to be pretty careful when you roll things out, here’s a little tip: Wrap a large cutting board or piece of plywood with a flour sack towel. Make sure the towel is pulled tight and secured, and you can flour that and roll things out on it. Cut the dough into 2 1/2″ squares using a pizza cutter and a ruler. You can combine any jagged edges or scraps and re-roll them. Place a small blob of brownie filling in the center of each square. Pull the corners of each square to the center, and press a candy heart into the middle. Place tarts heart-side up on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before eating. Makes about 30 little tarts.

Little Brownie Tarts

Thanks Melissa! For more delicious bites and sweet projects be sure to head over to Lulu the Baker!

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap

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…

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 Sarah of Sarah Hearts. Here she is!

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Valentine’s Day is almost here and that means it’s time to show that special someone just how much you adore them. If you’ve already nailed down just the right gift for your significant other, here’s the perfect way to add the finishing touch—because it’s all about the pretty details, am I right? Download these free printable gift wrap sheets to make your sweetheart swoon. And don’t worry if you don’t have a valentine this year. These gift wrap sheets are perfect for wrapping all those gal-intine’s day goodies too!

DOWNLOAD THE 8.5” X 11” GIFT WRAP
DOWNLOAD THE 11” X 17” GIFT WRAP

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Printable Valentine's Day Gift Wrap

Thanks Sarah! For more downloads, DIYs, and crafty ideas, be sure to head over to Sarah Hearts.