DIY: Hanging Air Plants

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If you don’t have a green thumb then Tillandsias, aka Air Plants, are your new best friends. They grow in, you guessed it, air, and therefore, don’t need to be planted in soil. All you have to do is soak them in water for about a minute, once a week and fertilize the water once a month. Easy enough right? Plus, you can do so many crafty things like situating them in unique objects or hanging them in clear glass globes. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to show you how to create indoor wall mounts. This project was super easy and you can modify based on the decor of your home.

Materials:
3 pieces of wood
Sanding paper (if painting the wood)
Spray paint (if painting the wood)
3 air plants
Copper wire and needle nose pliers
Screws
Sawtooth picture-hanging hooks

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Step 1:
Cut 3 square pieces of wood. If you can find some great old barn wood, it would look awesome to leave the wood in its natural state, otherwise, you’ll want to sand the wood to prep for paint. We used high gloss black spray paint since our kitchen features a lot of black accents. Spray paint the wood and leave to dry overnight.

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Step 2:
Nail the sawtooth picture-hanging hooks to the backs of the wood. Next,mold the copper wire to create a half circle with two loops at each end. Your air plant will sit in this loop so make sure it’s not too big so that the plant falls through. Next, attach the copper wire to the wood with screws (that go through the loops that you’ve molded).

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Step 3:
Hang the pieces of wood to the wall by catching the sawtooth hooks to a nail in the wall. Once the pieces of wood are up, carefully rest your air plants in the copper loops.

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Balloon Tassles

Our lady circle loves a good crafting challenge, and with one of our dearest girls getting married, we’re bringing our A-game with this one… We’re re-creating the look of those amazingly huge balloons with the awesome tassles at the bottom that you’ve undoubtedly seen all over the internets.balloonBuying this type of thing can cost you a fortune at $30-50 a piece. If you’ve got the time, and a crew handy with scissors and a hot glue gun, they are actually simple to make. Of course, we decided to make 18, in a variety of materials, so we’ve got a ways to go, but all in all, this craft is totally do-able, and DIY can save you a lot of money.

The supplies we used to make this first set of  tassles couldn’t be cheaper, or simpler: plastic tablecloths (99cent store!), hot glue, a handful of clothespins, twine, scissors and a ruler. We cut 2-3 sheets of the plastic into 12″x 10″ rectangles of fringe, leaving an inch or so of solid cloth connecting it all at the top (see photo). Feel free to cut these in any way that seems logical to you. I found that folding the tablecloths and cutting the layers all at once saved on time, but to each their own. Everyone cut them differently in our group! Keep in mind, you are layering the tassles on top of each other, so the length can ultimately be decided when you get to the gluing. And as much as I wanted to get OCD on cutting each bit of fringe to be the same width, at the end of the day, they look great no matter how neatly your fringe is cut.

Once you’re done with the cutting, find someplace to hang your twine so you can plan out how each tassle will be placed. Roll each rectangle of fringe into a bundle and clothespin it in place as a placeholder. Once you like the way they are all layered, start gluing, from the bottom to top! We ended up wrapping the top of the fringe around the twine and gluing a little as we wrapped. A lot of tutorials say to tie each tassle on with twine or strips of the plastic cloth, again, your choice. The glue seemed like a good way to ensure that the garland wouldn’t be sliding around during transport. Again, the top of each tassle will be covered, so if you’re gluing ain’t pretty, don’t stress. And, yes, the glue will melt the plastic tablecloth a little as you glue, so watch your fingers!

balloontassleThis is a stripped down version of this craft, but think of all the possibilities! You could (and we will) use fabric scraps, gold notions, foil, rope, etc. And you can make them bigger and fluffier by just stacking on extra layers. It’s an easy one to change up for whatever event you’re up to.

Ps. If you’re doing this on the cheap, consider buying the big balloons in bulk online and blowing them up yourself on the day of your event. Some balloon companies will charge you $30-40 for just the balloon!
#tlc

Floral Homework: Crown of Flowers

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The beautiful and ever so trendy flower crown; I just love these, especially when they look extra wild and ethereal. I was amazed at how easy these are to make. For this assignment, I decided to work with blue cornflower and baby’s breath. First you start with some floral wire and tape and you build the base of your crown. Next, you tape together little bunches of flowers. Then, you attach each little bouquet to the crown with floral tape. Voila! rsz_img_0867

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DIY: Paper Cloud Mobile

About once a month, my close group of girls gather to craft. Luckily, we’ve had a steady flow of weddings and  life events to keep our sessions pretty consistent.  This month, it was my turn to host and designate the craft: a baby mobile. Now that baby Samuelson will be greeting us in a mere 2 months, I’ve been in nursery mode. The room is coming together nicely and we’re about 85% finished with the room. One major piece missing was a baby mobile and I knew I wanted this centerpiece to be handmade with love. I found this great video via HGTV and we referenced this how-to when building the mobile. If you’d like to create a similar style mobile, I highly recommend checking out the video (click here).

The color scheme for the nursery is white, black, gray and shades of blue. For the mobile, I selected a combo of colors including white, light-blue and a gray-blue. The first step was drawing 2 sizes of clouds to serve as our template. Once we found 2 sizes we liked, we went to town tracing clouds.

tracing cloudsNext we cut out each cloud and created groups of 3 before we began assembling the 3-D clouds

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cloudWe prepped the embroidery hoop and hung it from the ceiling fan so we could start to layout the mobile

the baseAfter the glue gun had heated, we began assembling each cloud. This process was fairly easy but be sure to use a very thing strip of glue ( make sure your glue gun is super hot). We found that this process benefited from 2 people working together to make sure the glue didn’t dry while trying to assemble the clouds.

3-d cloudWhen hanging the clouds, start with the center piece. This cloud should hang the lowest.

hanging the center cloudLoosely hang each cloud until you have an arrangement you like, then secure each piece with a double knot and trim the excess fishing wire.

hanging cloudsThe final step: putting your man to work. Tadd installed a hook above the crib and hung the finished mobile.

installing mobileAnd voila!

finished mobileThe room is still coming together but we’ve definitely made a lot of progress. More pictures to come once the nursery is complete.