DIY REMIX: MOTHER'S DAY BOUQUET

flower-favor

T-minus 3 days until Mother's Day - eep! Don't worry, I've gotcha covered. I decided to bring this easy peasy diy out of the artsocial archives this week because a) I'll be using it (mom, look away!) and b) it's so beautiful and easy. Let's make them every week, k?

Originally this diy was for flower party favors, but really they work oh so well as gifts for any occasion. Thus the diy reeemix :)

flower favors

Supplies

+ flowers (from bunches of wild flowers to big statement flowers, anything goes!) + kraft paper (I used the thicker 8.5 x 11 sheets) + baker’s twine or string + gift tags (optional) + ziplock bags + paper towels + scissors + tape (clear or washi)

xoxo

Directions

01 Roll a sheet of kraft paper into a cone shape. Make sure the shape fits the flowers you’ve chosen (I opted for a tall, narrow shape for my flowers). Secure with clear or washi tape. Repeat for each bouquet.

02 Wrap kraft paper cone with twine. Add gift tag to one end of the twine. Tie ends together to make a bow. Repeat for each bouquet. P.S. for my gift tags, I simply cut small rectangles of the kraft paper, punched a hole at the top, and stamped “xoxo” on each (which you can also write with pen, white pastel, or paint).

03 Prep flowers by cutting them down to the proper size. Wet a sheet of paper towel, wrap it around the end of the flower, and place it into a ziplock bag. Repeat with each flower. This will keep the flowers hydrated until your mama can get them home.

04 Place the flower into the kraft paper cone and you’re good to go, homegirl. Pair it with the perfect card to score some major points.

Happy Mother's Day, friends!

Images by artsocial.

WALLPAPER LOVE

wallpaper love It's almost February!! In my opinion, the BEST month because my birthday and Valentine's Day are within a few days of each other. That means there's an entire glorious week of gifts and love and heart-shaped treats and (usually) confetti and (sometimes) mini vacations.

I snapped this photo the other day and thought it would make a perfect February wallpaper to get me in the Valentine's Day / birthday mood. Time to celebrate... and dream big!

wallpaper-love

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(SURPRISE!) BABY SHOWER DIY

swaddled-drinks-diy You know what's better than a baby shower diy? A SURPRISE VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER in the form of a diy!! Yep. Lexy, this one's for you, you lovely lady. Big hugs & congratulations, friend!!!

I am SO excited to finally spill the beans about today's post. This has been in the works for a while now and I'm absolutely terrible with surprises. I have the worst poker face. Luckily, I was able to focus strictly on Eat Drink Create bidness when Lexy and I met up for waffles the other day...

So here's what's up. Myself and a group of IN-credible diy bloggers are throwing Lexy a virtual baby shower by creating baby shower-themed diys on each of our blogs. Srsly, I don't belong in this lineup. These gals are the real deal. Big thank you to Kelly and Brittni for organizing such an awesome surprise!

Check out these amazing diys, y'all. If you're planning a baby shower (or any party for that matter) you'll want these posts bookmarked / pinned / committed to memory...

01 Kelly of Studio DIY

02 Brittni of Paper & Stitch

03 Chelsea of Lovely Indeed

04 Melanie of You are my Fave

05 Ashley of Sugar & Cloth

06 Melissa of The Faux Martha

07 Lauren of A Fabulous Fete

08 Jenny of Hank & Hunt

And if you're looking for a suuuper easy baby shower diy, well look no further.

The details are my favorite part of any party. Baby showers are no exception. Add a little something special to your beverages by wrapping (ahem swaddling!) your drinks with your favorite fabric or cloth napkins.

swaddled drinks

BABY SHOWER DIY: SWADDLED DRINKS

Supplies

+ drinks (bottled drinks work best) + square pieces of fabric or cloth napkins + twine or string

Directions

01 place your cloth on a flat surface in a diamond shape (design side up, if there is a design).

02 fold the bottom corner up three-quarters of the way, stopping short of folding the cloth in half.

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03 place the bottle in the center and wrap the edges tightly around the bottle.

04 turn the bottle over, pull the top corner of the napkin down over itself (as if peeling a banana) until the corner reaches the bottom edge of the bottle.

step-by-step

05 while the cloth is rather secure, twine can be added to make sure it's going to stay put... plus it's adorable.

step-by-step

Done and done.

Congratulations, Lexy!! xoxo

Images by artsocial.

PROJECT BROWN BAG

whimsical balloons by laura ruth Oh hello, friends. Things are heatin' up with Eat Drink Create right around the corner! The artsocial headquarters is a wonderful mess of balloons, goodie bag treasures, and name tag assembly lines. This event is going to be off the heezy! And I only bust out that phrase when I reeeeally mean it.

So while I don't have June's Project Brown Bag recap for ya quite yet, the PBB train must roll on. Louise of Laid Off Mom is hosting the final round of PBB - psst and there's a twist!! So head on over to Laid Off Mom for the deets and to sign up to be a contributor!

It's only the best collaborative art project around. No big deal.

Image: Whimsical Balloons by Laura Ruth.

EAT DRINK CREATE // SUMMER

Eat_Drink_Create_Summer_Invitation That's right, friends. Lexy and I are doing it again! We've been workin' hard to prepare for the next Eat Drink Create and, I'm tellin' you, this one is going to be off. the. hook. We're planning one sweet little party in the park.

We've teamed up with Fancy Tiger Crafts and October Ink for one super awesome diy project. The Humble Pie Store will be providing - yep - PIE! And Minted is giving us a hand with some suh-weet picnic party decor. Don't miss it, ya hear!

Check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate to follow along with our party prep adventures and get pumped. I can't wait to party it up with you Denver gals!

Invitation + logo design by Sarah Fritzler.

DIY FLOWER FAVORS

flower party favors Planning for the Madewell event last week was hella fun. From the beginning I was dead-set on having party favors for everyone. I went through a few different ideas before settling on mini succulent favors, which were frickin' adorbs + perfect for the Madewell aesthetic (photos coming soon)!

But these flower favors were in the running for a while, too... and equally adorable, I'd say. I thought I'd share my test run fleurs with you...

I'd love to get one of these beauties at a party, wouldn't you?

flower party favors

Supplies

+ flowers (from bunches of wild flowers to big statement flowers, anything goes!) + kraft paper (I used the thicker 8.5 x 11 sheets) + baker's twine or string + gift tags (optional) + ziplock bags + paper towels + scissors + tape (clear or washi)

flower party favors

Directions

01 Roll a sheet of kraft paper into a cone shape. Make sure the shape fits the flowers you've chosen (I opted for a tall, narrow shape for my flowers). Secure with clear or washi tape. Repeat for each favor.

02 Wrap kraft paper cone with twine. Add gift tag to one end of the twine. Tie ends together to make a bow. Repeat for each favor. P.S. for my gift tags, I simply cut small rectangles of the kraft paper, punched a hole at the top, and stamped "xoxo" on each (which you can also write with pen, white pastel, or paint).

03 Prep flowers by cutting them down to the proper size. Wet a sheet of paper towel, wrap it around the end of the flower, and place it into a ziplock bag. Repeat with each flower. This will keep the flowers hydrated until your guests get them home.

04 Place the flower into the kraft paper cone and you're good to go, homegirl. Your flower favors are ready for the party.

Images by artsocial.

BACK TO NATURE

be creative project My Be Creative project rolls on, friends! How is it already June?? I had a blast last month tapping into my inner child by doing these fun diy projects, here and here. But now it's time to switch gears... June will be dedicated to spending time in nature.

Much like meditation, spending time in nature can help us quiet our minds and create the mental conditions necessary for inspiration to come forth and new ideas to pop into our heads.

Later this month I'll be taking a little trip into NATURE... that's right. This nature destination deserves all caps. Kevin and I will be going to Yosemite for a whole week!! Wahoo! It will be the perfect time to put this method to the test.

But in the meantime, to remind myself to spend more time in nature I've created this desktop background... and guess what? You can download it, too! Wahoo!

fleurs wallpaper download

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Let's be honest, sometimes we get stuck in front of the computer for looong periods of time. This background will be a good substitute on those days when I can't visit nature for reals...

Are you inspired by nature? Do you have a favorite place to walk or hike that always helps you clear your head? I'd love to hear about it!

 

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.

PLAY MORE

by Anna Palma This month I've been experimenting with playing more + embracing my inner child to boost my creativity. Now, I don't necessarily mean I'm blowing bubbles and flying kites - although I did blow bubbles this weekend at a birthday party and it. was. awesome.

Embracing play has been less about the actual activities and more about my state of mind. One where I'm open to learning, experimenting, and trying new things. No pressure or focus on the final product or outcome. Just playing, trying, and experiencing the world with an open heart and sense of wonder.

by Anna Palma

Boy, it's not easy to maintain a lighthearted sense of play when things get cray. Deadlines, schedules, and plans undoubtedly get in the way... but when I can get into that relaxed + playful state of mind, creativity does flow. I haven't had any creativity blocks this month and some suuuper exciting things are in the works... check back tomorrow for a big announcement!

by Anna Palma

I've come back to these photos by Anna Palma a few times this week (major art crush). They capture that lighthearted - but srsly awesome - sense of play I'm striving towards this month. They remind me how important it is to just HAVE FUN with the creative process... it sure makes everything more enjoyable. So go have fun today! That's an order.

by Anna Palma

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Photos by Anna Palma; Art Direction Chole Lloyd; Illustration by Willow Mayor; Hair/Mua by Willow Mayor.

PARTY FAVOR DIY

taffy cone party favor

Oh friends. I'm seriously loving planning events. With the summer Eat Drink Create in the works, I'm researching, planning, and plotting like cray.

Along with organizing a rad event for all the Colorado folks out there, I'm also continuing my Be Creative project by trying different techniques for sparking creativity. May is all about play and channeling that inner child... you know? That part of us that creates + shares fearlessly and playfully like when we were little? Yep. It's there. Buried under my overly analytical ways...

I had the idea for this little party favor diy during one of my brainstorming seshes with "play" in mind. My inner child definitely approves of these taffy cone favors... and of eating all the taffy after these pictures were taken.

taffy cone party favor
taffy cone party favor

Supplies

+ taffy + ice cream cones + tissue paper + regular paper + baker's twine or string + small clear favor bags + confetti (optional, but oh so fun)

taffy cone party favors
taffy cone party favor

Directions

01 Wrap twine or string around the ice cream cone and tie a bow. This step is optional, but super adorbs. I recommend.

02 Cut tissue paper into 4" x 4" squares.

03 Cut regular paper into 3" x 3" squares.

04 Place tissue paper into the ice cream cone first, followed by the regular paper. These little guys create a sturdy structure to hold the taffy.

05 Add taffy into the cone one at a time. One cone will hold 5-6 pieces.

06 Place taffy cone gently in a small clear plastic favor bag. Feel free to add confetti or additional candy to the bag.

07 Tie the top of the bag with more twine or string. Now that taffy is secure and ready to par-taaayyy.

taffy cone party favor

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.

DIY SPLATTER PAINT GIFT TAGS

diy splatter paint gift tags I've always loved painting. But lately, I've noticed I'm a super impatient painter. I like projects where I can create something effortlessly awesome within one hour. Hmm is that unreasonable?

Well that's exactly what this splatter paint project is... and with Mother's Day coming up, I thought it would be oh so rad and appropriate to turn my canvas into gift tags. Mom, if you're reading this... look away!

diy splatter paint gift tags

This project was inspired by Kate Spade Saturday's splatter paint print. It's so fun and SO easy to recreate. Plus, you really can't mess it up. It's gonna look great no matter what. Promise.

diy splatter paint gift tags

Supplies

+ watercolor paper + acrylic paint (any color!) + 1" paintbrush + water + hole punch + scissors + twine or string + tarp

diy splatter paint gift tags

Directions

01 Mix the acrylic paint with a little bit of water, it has to be watery enough to drip. If you add too much water, no worries, just add more paint!

02 Place the watercolor paper on the floor, preferably on a tarp unless you have an awesome studio space dedicated to painting. You lucky.

03 Dip your paintbrush in the paint mixture and hold it over your watercolor paper. Drip as much or as little as you'd like!

04 After the watercolor paper dries, cut out your gift tags shapes.

05 Hole punch the top center of the tag.

06 Using twine or string, attach the tag to your gift.

Oh these tags are definitely gonna score you some extra points. High five, yo!

diy splatter paint gift tags

This post is part of the Be Creative project. Join me as I try 12 different methods for boosting creativity over the course of 12 months. Every Tuesday I’ll share my progress along with creative projects… Psst May is dedicated to PLAY, the act like a child method. Catch up on past Be Creative posts here!

Images by artsocial.