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


+ 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


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.


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


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

diy splatter paint gift tags


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.


let go of littleness The Be Creative project continues, y'all. March is all about creating more, so I've come up with another mini diy for ya. I say "mini diy" because it's crazy simple.

Just like last week's mini inspiration banner, this diy is also meant to help you remember your goals. It's easier to stay on track if you create reminders for yourself, don't cha think?

Guys, meet the super easy + mega inspirational paper vase:

let go of littleness

"Let go of littleness" is a phrase I came across in Gabrielle Bernstein's book Spirit Junkie. It's something I've thought about a lot lately. Sometimes I do play small and lower my expectations... which I hate to admit I do. It doesn't do anyone any good to play small.

Marianne Williamson says it best in her book A Return to Love:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, famous? Actually, who are you not to be? [...] Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you [...] as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

That's what I want to remember each and every time I look at this paper vase.

paper vase diy

Make one, yo:


+ paper bag + white pastel pencil or pastel stick + paint (if you want to paint the sides like I did, obvi I chose gold) + small vase that fits into the bag + pretty flowers + your goal/words of encouragement

Really, the only direction is to decorate that bag! Any way you like. So have fun.


Images by artsocial.


mini banner diy I'm a goal-setter. Blog goals, meditation challenges, creativity + happiness projects - I'm always working on something. With all this striving going on, there will inevitably be days where I'm feeling a bit down, a little behind, and not so strive-y.

I hear in order to achieve a less tangible goal, like "be more carefree" or "act like the effing rockstar that I am," it's helpful to keep your goals in front of you. Write them on a post-it and have them physically on display for you to see throughout the day. I love that idea, but come on, we can do better than a post-it!

Enter: the mini inspiration banner.

I created this "hooray" banner as a reminder to celebrate more and have MORE FUN. Even when we're passionate about our jobs, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of emails and to-dos. Well I'm keeping this banner front and center on my desk to remind me to be lighter + enjoy the process. I kind of have a pink + gold thing goin' on, huh?



+ mini canvas banners + acrylic paint (any color, go wild) + abc stencil + small paintbrush + sponge brush + washi or masking tape + string + a rad word or phrase


01 Find your rad word or phrase... pinterest is always great for a little inspiration.

02 Lay out the appropriate number of banners for your word or phrase... plus a few more in case you want to get creative.

canvas banners

03 Paint your canvas banners with the sponge brush. Some curling may occur as they dry. Press them underneath a heavy book for a bit if necessary.


04 After your banners dry, tape them onto a flat surface. Line up your stencil and secure with more washi or masking tape. Fill in the letter using the small paintbrush, it's more precise than the sponge brush. Remove stencil, rinse + dry it to prevent paint smudges. Repeat this step with each remaining banner.

stencil paint repeat

05 String 'em up, yo. Tie a few knots at the ends to ensure the banners won't slide off the string.


I can't wait to share a couple more inspirational diys with you this month as part of my Be Creative project... HOORAY!


Follow my adventures on the gram (@erin_artsocial) for a behind the scenes look at the Be Creative project and catch up on past posts here.

Images by artsocial.


celebrate Last month, Louise of Laid Off Mom and I debuted a new monthly art project called Project Brown Bag - hollaa. January's group did an amaazing job. Guys, you are so dang talented.

It's time for another round of collaborative creation... ya ready? Here's how PBB works:

1.  The first 3 commenters to leave a “Hell YES” in the comment section will have the privilege of being our art contributors for the month.

2.  Contributors will email the host their mailing address and a 200 x 200 pixel image of themselves, to be used in a blog post.

3.  Either Louise or myself (whoever the host is for the month) will mail out a brown paper bag, an art canvas (to the first person to comment), & mailing labels to each contributor.

4.  Based on the theme of the month, the first contributor will “add” their own interpretation of the theme onto the canvas, using whatever art supplies/medium they wish (within the allotted time limit: 2 days) then that person will insert the piece into the provided brown bag & mail it to the next contributor whose address is provided on the mailing labels. (You get the art piece, you add to it, you send it out)

5.  Once the canvas has passed through each contributor, it will be mailed back to the host. The host may/may not make their own contribution to the piece, then they will blog about it the following month with an intro about all our artists.

6.  After a full year of art projects, we can look back and enjoy the artwork that has passed through so many different talented hands throughout the country!

* all contributors will be providing the postage

** all contributors must live within the contiguous United States

There is no right or wrong way to embellish or add to the canvas. Create what you want with whatever supplies you have!  I'm a fan of gold spray paint... that's not required, but I'm just sayin. As long as the canvas fits into the bag, you are good to go!

Ok, are you ready to get creative PBB-style? February’s theme is: CELEBRATE. Valentine's Day is coming, my birthday is almost here, my new site design is nearly complete... ahhh! Let's celebrate, huh?

Host – Erin



Image by artsocial.

New Series: Etsy Denver

Hey Denver, you're alright! I'm finding so many local gems on Etsy. These three shops really put the art in crafty (hey, it's in there somewhere)...

I gots to pin this bear on my jacket... and also here.

There's some serious awesome happening here. Which piece of this neighborhood puzzle do you live in?

Like whoa. I think these are made with equal parts cool and off the heezy.

images: larka designs; January Jones Prints; becky's buttons

Are YOU crafty and local? Let us know! We'll give your talented self one sweet shout out and feature you on the blog... now that would grant you some serious bragging rights.