I went to the cutest little baby shower last weekend and absolutely loved the decor. Everything looked super glam, but actually ended up being super easy evening DIY crafts. There were mason jars spray painted in gold metallic paint filled with cute pink and white faux flowers. There were books wrapped in gold metallic wrapping paper.
But my absolute favorite pieces of the baby shower decor were the kids zoo animal toys spray painted in gold. I honestly thought these were fancy trinkets/items you would buy to put on your office bookshelf to make it look more sophisticated but once I picked up the elephant I realized what it was. I love this idea! I honestly might just buy an elephant toy off amazon, spray paint it, and add it to my bookshelf. DIY at its finest.
Happy Friday! As graduation parties start to wind down (hopefully), there’s more time to just relax and enjoy the summer. Here’s a quick and easy weekend DIY project – the hoop wreath.
Faux Flowers (optional)
Cute wording or sign (optional)
I wanted to decorate our front door with something more unique than just another wreath, so I decided to make a hoop wreath, using the biggest sized embroidery hoop that they had at our Jo-Ann’s. For some reason, Michael’s didn’t have any embroidery hoops, but they did have 50% off all greenery. To make things easier for myself, I got one long summery garland and one bouquet of faux summery flowers. I had also found a $3 chalkboard sign at Target.
How to make a hoop wreath:
This is super simple, just like making a normal wreath. Start with one end of the garland, and cut about 10 to 12 inches of the floral wire; the wire needs to be long since embroidery hoops are pretty thick. Wrap the wire around the garland + the hoop so that it stays in place. Continue working your way around the hoop, wrapping 10 to 12 inch pieces of wire around the garland and hoop every 3 to 4 inches. This is easy, mindless activity so you can do this while watching TV.
I decided to cover my hoop all the way, but I’ve seen some super cute hoop wreaths where they only cover the bottom or 2/3 of the hoop with greenery. Cut the garland wherever you want it to end on your wreath, and wrap one last 10 to 12 inch piece of wire around.
If desired, use the same wire wrapping technique with a few pieces of flowers to add a splash of color. I also added my Target sign and tied it to the top of my wreath before hanging it on the door.
Music Festival Season is right around the corner, and thanks to Snapchat’s filter, flower crowns are definitely still in style in 2017. This is a super easy, wearable DIY project for your weekend.
Flowers & leaves of your choice, taken off the stem
Dark green or black felt pieces, cut into small circles
Hot glue gun
Step 1: Wrap the floral wire around your head, so that it will easily stay on your head, but make sure it’s not too tight, or else it will cause flower-crown-head (like hat head) and/or give you a headache. Wrap the wire around one or two more times so that you have a sturdy base for your crown. Using wire cutters or sharp scissors, cut the wire and wrap the end around a few times (see picture below). This is the base of your crown.
Step 2: Take one of your flowers and hot glue the bottom of the flower directly onto the outside of the wire. On the opposite side of the wire and the flower (i.e., the side your head would touch), hot glue a felt circle so that you cover up the glue and the base of the flower. This will also ensure you don’t cut your head on something sharp or pointy.
Step 3: Repeat this process all the way around the crown. To add more color, glue a few pieces of leaves around the inside of the crown.
This weekend, I upgraded a few storage crates. These were a few cheap wooden crates that you can get from Walmart or Michaels or Amazon for $10-15. I just stained them a darker color and added some corner brackets. Now I use the crates as storage bins for our living room blankets and for my boyfriend’s soccer scarves.
Staining wood is super easy. I always use this brand because it dries quickly and the color always ends up perfect. To stain the crates, I recommend using an old rag or an old white t-shirt. Mix the stain, dip the rag into the stain and slowly brush the wood stain onto the crate. For these, I used two coats because I wanted them to be pretty dark. A few words of advice: definitely do this outside, as the smell can be strong. Make sure to put down plenty of paper because it’s easy for the wood stain to drip. If possible, wear disposable gloves! Wood stain will stain your hands for a few days.
I love the way these turned out! As an added bonus, I used some corner brackets that I found off on Amazon to give these crates a more vintage feel.