DIY

DIY, Uncategorized

DIY//Valentine Boxes

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Earlier in the week when I met up with my moms group, we were discussing the things we remember our moms doing with us. Like drawing, crafting, cooking, reading books etc. For me, I have a lot of memories of doing fun projects. It seemed my mom always had an idea for something neat to create (like my DIY paper flowers). I remember one year I wanted to get a small gift for all my friends for Christmas. My mom came up with the idea to get small wooden boxes and paint them to look like Christmas cookies. They were so much fun to make and I *think* my friends liked them. So this year I decided to do the same thing but for Valentines! This DIY is really easy and great for last minute gifts! They are also awesome presents for little kids to give to grandparents and stuff like that. Here is what you'll need...

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All of these supplies can be found at your local craft store.

~wooden boxes (any shape!)

~paint brushes

~acrylic paints

~glitter (if you dare)

~glitter paint writer (much easier to control)

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1) Simply paint the boxes in whichever color you like.

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2) If you want to add glitter I suggest doing it before the paint is dry. Or you can use Mod Podge later to apply the glitter. If you are using a glitter pen I suggest letting the pain dry before applying.

3) For the red box, I let the paint dry and then applied the glitter glue to the edge of the lid and the bottom separately. Then I let drip down on it's own!

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These little boxes are a lot of fun and really easy to make. If you're looking for a last minute Valentines idea this is it!

Happy Valentines <3

~BM

DIY

DIY//Flower Wall

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Towards the end of summer I saw this gorgeous flower wall on Instagram. I then started to figure out how I could do one for above Aria's crib. I gathered all my materials, got a good start on it, and then something came up and I set the project aside to be finished at a later time. Well.... After it was set aside I had to obviously hide it from the boys. I did a really really good job hiding it from them. Because now I can't find it anywhere!! In a crazy nesting frenzy I stuck the basket somewhere and now I can't remember where! I'm so bummed. Hopefully it turns up soon and I can finish it. In the mean time I have the break down of how to make your own flower wall. In my initial test runs I made a small one that hangs by the laundry room.

Essentially this is what I was going for... And when I find it, it will look similar to this above Aria's crib.

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What I used...

~ Fake Flowers (I found mine at the Dollar Store)

~Craft Sticks

~Scissors

~Hemp

~Floral wire cutters (These are if you decide to use more expensive flowers that need to be cut from the stem).

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1) Cut a random length of hemp. I wanted my rows of flowers to be all different lengths. You can make yours even if you'd like. I just like the depth it created when the rows were random sizes.

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2) Pull the flowers off of the stems. The flowers from the dollar store pop off really easily. However, if you spring for more expensive flowers, you may need to cut them from the stem. Which is why you would need the wire cutters pictured up top.

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3) Taking the end of the hemp, tie it around the base of the flower. I had originally tried stringing the hemp through the center of the flower. It worked but I wasn't happy with how the flower then would lay against a wall.

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4) Then add more flowers! I used different kinds and purposely did not space them evenly or form a pattern. My hope was that the rows would in "fit together" that way.

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5) Tie the hemp to a wooden craft stick. Once you've completed a row of flowers you can start to assemble your wall.

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6) Fill as many craft sticks with flowers as you like! Aria's wall was going to have four sticks, each with four rows of flowers.

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7) Hang them up! I measured up two nails on the wall not quite at the end of the craft sticks. Then I simply set the stick on top of the two nails.

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And that's it! Hopefully I will find Aria's flower wall soon so I can finish it. Then once it's hanging I'll post it up. I found this craft to be pretty simple and it didn't eat up too much time. You can make these for around the house, for party decorations or even as a back drop for a fun photo booth. Let me know if you give it a try!

~BM

DIY, Parties, Uncategorized

DIY//Paper Flowers

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I think it was like 3 or 4 months ago when I promised a paper flower tutorial. Well... it's finally here! After Aria's baptism we had a small reception in the church hall for our friends and family. I wanted to do something special for the tables so I decided on black table cloths with paper flowers for the middle. She was baptized right after Christmas and right before New Year's so I went with gold, silver, black and white as colors for the flowers.

This type of paper flower is really simple and versatile. You can use any colors to match your theme and you can make them as full or thin as you like. Ok so let's get started.

What you'll need:

~One pack of tissue paper (more depending on how many flowers you want), pipe cleaner, scissors, tinsel (optional).

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1) Cut one sheet of tissue paper into four even pieces.

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I used one sheet to make 4 smaller sheets because I wanted a thinner flower and I also wanted to put the tinsel in the middle as the center. You can use 6, 8, 10... The more sheets you use the thicker the flower, and the less room you'll have to put anything in the center, which is fine! But since I wanted a thinned flower I only used 4.

2) Fold the sheets accordion style and pinch the middle.

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3) Wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the middle.

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4) Cut the edges into petals.

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You can do pointed edges or rounded edges, the possibilities are endless. You could even use those scrapbook scissors with the various blades to get the effect you want. For this flower I simply used my scissors to make rounded edges.

5) Then begin to peel up each layer of tissue paper.

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Peel the layers clockwise, don't do one side then the other otherwise the flower will turn out lopsided. I know that sounds weird but that's just what's happened in my experience. Yes. I might be a little crazy.

6) Keep peeling...

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And it will end up like this!

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Then I added just a little bit of tinsel to the center. I used tinsel because that fit the season we were in but there are lots of other things you could use.

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You can use paper flowers for parties or for around the house. When I was little my mom would make a bunch of them for me to use as a bouquet when I was playing "wedding". If you decided to make some flowers let me know how they turn out!

~BM