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DIY // Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

April 24, 2014

DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

I am such a sucker for flowers. I love them when paired with bright and graphic fabrics. Or whenever they’re paired with sugar. Instead of flowers and chocolates, give me flowers and gummy bears. Then we’ll be friends for life. With Mother’s Day around the corner, I have an excuse to fill my life with an abundance of flowers. And that means, we’re gonna start with a few simple DIYs like these DIY floral glass vial place cards. They double as gifts so you’ll be everyone’s favorite when the day is over. DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards
DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

To make your own you’ll need:

  • glass vials
  • assorted flowers and branches (ranunculas for the win!)
  • kraft paper
  • fabric
  • twist-ties

DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

Trim your flower and branch stems and place them in the vial at various heights. Write your guest’s name on a piece of kraft paper and trim around the name. Cut a piece of fabric that is just bigger than the paper. Poke a hole through both the paper and fabric and thread the twist-tie through.

DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

Tie the name to the glass vial and you’re set! These particular namet ags were labels created by Ticket Kitchen for their hot chocolate. I’m all about saving craft supplies so I revamped these beauts into name tags!
DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

Place these gems on your Mother’s Day brunch table (because you gotta have a Mother’s Day brunch, right?). Go crazy with the flowers and place a few petals beneath clear plates. DIY Floral Glass Vial Place Cards

dun dun dun dun dun dun. After the meal is over, let your pals take these home as favors. Fill ‘em up with water and the blooms will last longer!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel


DIY // State Silhouette Easter Eggs

April 18, 2014

DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs

Okay, okay, okay. I need to be stopped. I’m snowballing, but with eggs. Egg-balling? That’s a thing, right? I’ve got one more quick little Easter DIY for you and that would be these easy peasy DIY state silhouette Easter eggs. If you thought yesterday’s was easy, well then this is your cup o’ tea.

DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs

Take a pencil. Take an egg. Take a sharpie. Draw your state. Or all of the states! Fill in with a sharpie marker and wait a minute to guarantee the ink is dry and smudge-proof.  DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs DIY State Silhouette Easter Eggs I actually attempted all 50 states, but there just wasn’t enough naptime over here. So I’m going to just start all 50 now and will share ‘em again next year. I should hopefully be done with them by then.

DIY United States Easter Eggs

While you work on these little beauties, check out a few other Easter projects that you can make before Sunday!

Ice cream cone eggs. Yup.

Lovin’ these origami egg holders for the table.

Paper tulips. A basket of ‘em!

I’ve been obsessing over these carrot cupcake toppers.

Carrot cake! A whole new meaning.

**hoppy weekend**

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel


DIY // His & Hers Easter Eggs

April 17, 2014

DIY His & Hers Easter Eggs Guys. Friends. Pals. It doesn’t get much easier than this. If you’re not big into dyeing, or painting, or mod-podge-ing your Easter eggs, then these little eggy gems are for you. Make these His & Hers Easter Eggs for your Easter morning brunch. Place them at the table. Give them to your friends. They’re gender-specific, but I want the mustache!
DIY His & Hers Easter Eggs In a nutshell (eggshell???), grab a pencil and draw mustaches and lips on each one. Fill in the tracings with colored markers, pop ‘em in some sweet crepe paper mini baskets, and give ‘em to all your Easter-bunny-lovin’-friends.
DIY His & Hers Easter Eggs

DIY His & Hers Easter Eggs

If you really want to keep the amount of finger-lifting to a minimum, get fake white eggs from Walmart. Nobody will cry over spilled yolk. I’m full of these little puns today! No messes with kids. Everybody wins.

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

DIY // Pastel Ornament Cake Toppers

April 16, 2014

Paint-filled Ornament Cake Toppers Once again, I’m in love with cake. Some would call it a sickness, but Imma go ahead and call it a strength. Next to eating cakes, I love decorating them. (cough, cough – ombre mosaic cake, anyone?) These pastel ornament cake toppers are just one of those projects that are simple and lovely and fun and pretty and colorful and easy. That’s right. All those qualities rolled up into one tiny little thing. I’m over at gorgeous-gorgeous Inspired By This today sharing how to make these. So you best head over there to, if nothing else, drool while you imagine devouring the cake.
Paint-filled Ornament Cake Toppers Note to self: sharing can be a good thing. Must remember next time a cake is presented to me.

Visit Inspired By This for the full how-to.

photography: All photos by Sally Mae Photography

DIY // Ombre Mosaic Cake

April 15, 2014

DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Cake is just one of those things that I’m good at. Good at eating, that is. I’ve never met a cake I didn’t like and I’m pretty sure that if that hasn’t happened by now, it never will. This DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake is colorful and 100% edible, friends. Let’s eat, shall we? DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

To make your own you’ll need:

  • Wilton Sugar Sheet
  • paintbrush
  • food coloring
  • dish or bowl filled with rubbing alcohol
  • cutting mat & rotary cutter (not pictured)
    DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Mix a little food coloring into the dish. I wanted a blue-green hue, so I used a 2:1 ratio.

DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Dip the paintbrush in the food coloring and then into the rubbing alcohol to dilute it. Paint the sugar sheet as you see fit.
DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Start at the top of the sheet by coloring the lightest color at the top and darkening the hue as you reach the bottom. Wait for the sheet to dry to a slightly damp state. It’s quick. The alcohol will evaporate and you won’t smell or taste it! DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Once the sheet is slightly damp, use your rotary cutter and mat to cut little tiles.  DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

Frost a cake. Peel the protective backing away from each tile and stick ‘em right where the sun don’t shine into that frosting with the lightest ones at the top.
DIY Ombre Mosaic Cake

It’s almost too pretty to eat. I’ve never said the words, “it’s too pretty to eat”. There’s always an “almost” in there. And for good reason.

Now go and cake it up. And celebrate the fact that tax season is behind us.

DIY \\ Nest Placecards

April 14, 2014

Today’s post is from one of my blogging bestest friends, Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth. That girl and I have shared a few hotel beds and, therefore, have shared everything. She’s queen of beautifully styled and shot DIY projects and today’s is a real winner.
DIY Nest Placecards #easter
Even though Easter is a week away, there are still a few quick and easy projects to make for a personalized Sunday get together, like these DIY nest placecards.
They only take a few steps to make and the supplies are budget friendly, which leaves plenty of wiggle room for more candy supplies and cupcake making, am I right?
Paint brush
Craft paint
Splash of water in a small bowl for each color
Gold leafing pen
Mini bird’s nests (you can buy them a t a local craft store, mine are from Hobby Lobby)
DIY Nest Placecards #easter
Add a squirt of craft paint to a small bowl with a splash of water and stir to create your watercolors. The more paint you add the more vibrant the color will be so start adding the color slowly.
Begin brushing the paint onto the eggs starting at the bottom and brushing up, letting the color fade. Once they dry, place them in the little nests.
DIY Nest Placecards #easter
Now use the liquid gold leaf pen to draw monograms on the eggs for each of your guests, and let it dry to the touch.
DIY Nest Placecards #easter DIY Nest Placecards #easter DIY Nest Placecards #easter
Not only are they a cute way to style the table, but guests can also take them home as favors!
To see more of Ashley’s sick talent, visit her blog Sugar & Cloth!
photography: all photos by Sugar & Cloth

DIY \\ Textured Frame

April 9, 2014

DIY Textured Frame

I’m on a frame kick. As evidenced by this post here. I got lots o’ prints in the house and am needing some cute frames to display them in. Thing is, I’m a little picky about the look. And the cost. I don’t want to drop a ton of $$$ on something unless I love it and would throw a Diet Coke in front of a bus for it. That’s love, my man.

I like unique frames that are pretty and textured and colorful and pretty. Sometimes I can’t find what I’m looking for, so I make my own.

DIY Textured Frame

To make your own textured frames you’ll need:

  • cheap frame (IKEA, anyone?)
  • old necklace with unique beads
  • hot glue & gun
  • spray paint

DIY Textured Frame DIY Textured Frame

Hot glue the necklace/beads right on to the frame. Once all the beads are glued in place, cut the cord or string that was holding the necklace together and pull it gently through each strand until it’s completely out. Spray paint the frame a color you like and try to fight the urge to sniff the paint while you wait for it to dry. And that’s it!

DIY Textured Frame DIY Textured Frame

Amiright? I’m thinking this is going to get a little out of hand now that I’ve scoured my jewelry box and found a whole slew of necklaces that can be recycled. Look out, frames. And look out, world.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY // Woodburned Easter Eggs

April 8, 2014

DIY Woodburned Eggs

Easter Easter Easter Easter. Eggs everywhere. Chocolate everywhere. Bunnies everywhere. It’s like a regular day. I love this holiday for the crafty ways folks decorate their eggs. And as you can see, I’ve recently taken up woodburning. DIY Woodburned Eggs DIY Woodburned Eggs

If there is a piece of advice that I had to give before dying, it would be to pick up a woodburner. Today.

To make your own, snag a woodburner and burn whatever designs or words your little heart desires right into the wooden eggs. (Both eggs and woodburner found at Joann’s Crafts,) The best part? These don’t spoil so you can keep them around long after Easter should you feel the need to be egg-cited around the clock.

Couldn’t resist.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel

DIY \\ A Life-size Putting Green

March 18, 2014

Lifesize Golf/Croquet

Get ready, because I plan to share more of the deets of everything that went down in Palm Springs at Meet Make Do. I’ve already said that it was a blogger’s dream. These gals and I plan to just build a commune where we can all live and chat and create together. Want to join? I ask in a non-creepy way. Come live with us…

The day I arrived, the weather was beautiful so we all spent the day outside working on various projects. I’m all about the easy DIYs these days and I spotted a couple of 36″ round balloons (courtesy of Shop Sweet Lulu! Thanks, gals!) and decided to get my golf/croquet game on. And what’s better than regular-sized golf/croquet? Life-size golf/croquet.
Lifesize Golf/Croquet Lifesize Golf/Croquet Every kind of supply we could ever want was at our disposal. Using an air compressor (like one used to blow up an air mattress), I inflated these balloons until they were super huge and awesome.

Take some white acrylic paint and paint stripes of different sizes on the balloons as you see fit. Wait for them to dry, and then get your croquet on.
Lifesize Golf/Croquet

Now, here’s the thing. I know that croquet has those wire thingies on the green. And I know that regular golf balls are boring and stripe-less. But I had to combine the two, because how dreamy is this? Kind of Alice in Wonderland-y if you ask me. Lifesize Golf/Croquet

Good ol’ Chelsea from The Paper Mama rocking the green. She was dressed so fabulously that she ended up modeling most of our projects for us! Such a trooper.

To dress up the holes, I just taped some honeycomb tissue diamonds from Shop Sweet Lulu to the tops of each pole. And then I hung out on the green all afternoon. I understand why men golf so much. It’s just so relaxing and pretty.

To see more sneak peeks and projects from this amazing blogger retreat, search the #meetmakebing hashtag on Instagram!

Thank you so much to BING for sponsoring this getaway, and to Shop Sweet Lulu for providing the goods to help me make the putting green a prettier place. 

photography: all photos by Mary Costa Photography

DIY Washi Tape Heart Wall Installation

February 13, 2014

DIY Washi Tape Heart Installation I’ve got one last DIY project for you for Valentine’s Day. I had planned to share this one days ago, but then little miss Vita-roo decided to come down with the croup and it just got away from me! Luckily, this washi tape heart wall installation is easy to make! Seriously. Takes less than an hour and less than one roll of tape! Win. Win. I had such a hard time choosing a tape pattern. I had y’all weigh in and help me choose on Instagram last week!

DIY Washi Tape Heart Installation

You’ll need:

  • white poster paper (cut in shape of half-heart)
  • pencil
  • washi tape (sprinkle tape from Target)

Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel

Use the poster paper to trace a heart onto the wall. Starting at the top, apply torn pieces of washi and make sure they stick well. The pieces can be different sizes, but I didn’t tear any longer than 2.5″. Work your way down the shape until you reach the bottom. Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel

And you’re done! Run your hand over the tape to smooth out any edges. Washi Tape Heart Installation | The Proper Pinwheel I just might keep this guy up for a little longer this year.

DIY Washi Tape Heart Installation

Logan hardly ever checks this here blog so I’m going to surprise him with a bunch of these all over our house! We have lots of washi tape here and what better use for it?!?

Are you doing something special for your love this year? Single and partying? I’d love to hear your tradition!