Posts tagged: diy

DIY: Sunrise Embroidery

DIY: Sunrise Embroidery
Embroidering has been a great hobby for me over the last few months. It’s fun to create something tactile, easy to do while hanging out with family, and an excellent way to keep your hands busy without involving your phone! - Amy Voloshin

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Sweet Succulents for Mom - Mother's Day DIY

I can't believe it's already May!  Mother's Day is around the corner, and I've been busy brainstorming the perfect gift for the occasion.  This beautiful Spring weather has inspired me to spend more time outdoors, and gardens everywhere seem to be telling me that gifting a succulent is a Mother's Day must.  Houseplants are a simple way to make a house feel like a home, and I can't think of a better recipient than my mom, the person who really made my childhood house homey.

If you've ever gifted a plant before, you probably know how challenging this sort of present is to wrap.  You don't want to hurt any delicate leaves, but you still want to add a touch of decoration, and preserve the joy of the unwrapping.  This DIY is the perfect solution.

Plant-loving Mamas everywhere, rejoice!  

We came up with the perfect method for beautifully wrapped plants, using our three wrapping sheets from our Spring Collection. Follow below to create your own:

Supplies Needed

Directions

  1. To start, wrap the potted plant like a cone.  Leave one corner up, centering behind the plant. Once it looks somewhat ice cream cone shaped, cut off the bottom part of the paper cone, about 1-2" below the bottom of the pot.
  2. Fold two sides of the bottom under (like you are wrapping a present); do the same with the other two sides. Tape and secure the bottom four flaps. This will help create a square and flat bottom for your wrapped plant to sit on.
  3. Place a stick (or in our case a sprig of lavender) into the soil of the plant.  Create a sign or mini card, and attach it.
  4. Our brightly colored wrap sheets are also great for collage - to make your attached card even sweater, cut out matching details from the wrapping sheets and add them for extra decoration.
  5. Gift to your momma and see the bright smile you've put on her face!

Be sure to check back in - I'll be posting more creative Mother's Day gifting ideas (complete with some sweet, free printables!) over the next week or so.   

     

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    Silk Dyed Eggs DIY Project

    This Easter, forgo the candy-colored tablets and vinegar for dyeing eggs.  Instead, cover your eggs with soft hues and delicate patterns by using vintage silk scarves. We have a lovely selection of scarves on the Gift Wrap section of our site, many of which are silk, which would work perfectly for this process!

    Dyeing eggs with silk scarves is one of my favorite seasonal projects because it incorporates green-crafting practices and, since you never know which scarves will make the prettiest eggs, it’s always a surprise. My family and I have been doing it for the last couple years, and it’s become a tradition.

    This is a fun and simple process, without too many supplies or steps needed.  So let's get started!

    Items Needed

  1. White raw eggs
  2. Scissors
  3. Kitchen twine
  4. Muslin or old thin rags or old pillowcase
  5. 100% silk scarves
  6. 3 tbsp white vinegar

  7. Method

    1. Pick scarf of your choice and cut a square piece big enough to wrap around the egg. 
    2. With the front side facing the egg (the brighter side), wrap the scarf piece around the egg and tie off with a piece of twine. 
    3. Now wrap a piece of muslin around the egg and again - tie off with twine. 
    4. Place the eggs in an enamel or glass pot with water, adding 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Cover pot.
    5. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 
    6. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove eggs from the water carefully.  Allow them to fully cool. 
    7. Cross your fingers, and unwrap!

    Hope this inspires you to create your own egg-dyeing traditions!

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