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DIY: How To Arrange Flowers

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How To Arrange Flowers

Lifestyle blogger and entertaining expert, Julie Blanner of Coordinately Yours teamed up with floral designer, Erin Volante and photographer Kristen Clayville for an afternoon of flower arranging and fun. They showed us step-by-step how to make an arrangement in just about any vessel or vase. Keep reading or follow the link for the full post on Coordinately Yours.

How To Arrange Flowers

Supplies you’ll need: 

Shears

Flowers (This DIY shows 4 varieties)

Vase

Clear tape

Directions:

1. Use thin strips of clear tap, create a grid on top. This is a great way to learn as a beginner and no one will know!

How To Arrange Flowers

2. Remove greenery that will hit below the brim of the vase. Insert your first stem, starting in the middle.

How To Arrange Flowers

3. Work your way around with that same stem.

How To Arrange Flowers

4. Add another layer, working in a circular motion continuing to add one variety at a time.

How To Arrange Flowers

5. Use your vase as a guide to measure for height and snip at an angle.

How To Arrange Flowers

6. Have fun with it!

Have extra blooms? We love Julie’s tip: Fill bud vases with spare flowers. It’s perfect for bar carts, bathrooms and takeaway bouquets.

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DIY & Concept: Julie Blanner, Coordinately Yours

Floral Designer: Erin Volante

Photographer: Kristen Clayville

DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece

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We tasked floral designer Christy Hulsey, of Colonial House of Flowers in Savannah, Georgia with the challenge of creating a show-stopping centerpiece with only a cake stand from our Great White Collection. Little did we know that the simple cake stand would become a family reunion of three creative minds. See, Christy’s grandmother is a flower expert and her young cousin, an architect student in Nashville who traveled from afar to help too. With Mother’s Day so close, this DIY could not be more timely. This how-to is about family coming together to create something beautiful. Enjoy!

DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece
DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece

Materials:

Great White Cake Stand
Instant Aquafoam Brick
Floral Clippers
Floral Tape

Directions:

Step 1: Gather your favorite elements: flowers, branches, leaves, and greens.

Step 2: Tape the water soaked Aquafoam to the stand.

DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece

Step 3:  Add your greenery to make a foundation. It looks natural for some of the cascading greenery to drape off of the vessel in places, and stand tall in other places.

Step 4: Next, add large, lush, blooms (Peonies and garden roses work well.) low and close to the center of the stand.

DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece
DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece

Step 5: Add longer stemmed blooms of all textures, heights and sizes to float above the greenery and low round flowers. Place them in the flow and direction of your greenery, and let them move about the place.

DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece
DIY: Cake Stand Centerpiece

Step 6: Add fruits and vegetables for immediate visual interest and elegance.  Christy added green blueberries cut fresh from her mother’s garden to add to this meaningful, intentional, wild design.

According to Christy, “It’s really all about creating a beautiful little platter, a pretty story atop the charger of your life. The heights & textures of your greatest dreams, and all the things that have made you – you make the most beautiful vignette. Everything you need can be found within you and around you. You’ll be amazed at what you are capable of creating.”

Venue: Garden of the Coastal Plain

Photography: Diana Daley Photography

Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers

Stylist: Lauren Weems, Camp Makery

Supplies: Syndicate Sales

Flowers: Statesboro Farmer’s Market, California Flowers

Inspiration: Slow Flowers by Debra Prinzing

Easy Easter DIYs — Try Them This Weekend!

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Looking for some easy ways to add some DIY style to your Easter festivities on the 30th? We’ve rounded up some fun ideas that won’t take up a lot of time. Which one are you going to try this weekend?

 

Eat Drink Chic is offering this free downloadable printable tag, which would be perfect to add to an Easter basket or present. Inspired by origami, we love its use of color and glitter.

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This charming Easter Egg bunting from Flax & Twine is actually upcycled from cereal boxes. Pretty and eco as well!

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How clever is this bouquet, which uses florals and Easter egg radishes? Find the steps for this DIY on Remodelista.

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Understated, elegant, modern and textured. The Norwegian knitting and craft site Pickles has outdone itself with these all-white Easter eggs

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We’re excited to try these Pinata Eggs from A Subtle Revelry. They’re filled with confetti!

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These Easter bunny place cards are a total treat! Janis from Pinecone Camp  has all of the instructions for creating them.

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Have you completed an Easter DIY for a blog? Add the link to your project below!

Six Days of Spring: Refresh Your Living Room With These Easy (Yes, Easy!) Envelope Pillows

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We’re excited to feature a week’s worth of spring projects and DIYs with five other bloggers (make sure to click through on today’s projects at the bottom of this post), and today we’re showing you how to add an easy spring refresh with pillow covers. For this project, we used some Pottery Barn fabric we had purchased a few years ago. We have a lot of other great yardage choices currently available. Find them all here.


Sewing pillow covers is a great way to refresh your sofa or bed for spring. This project takes very little time once you’ve assembled your materials. (We finished it in less than half an hour.)

What You’ll Need

  • Pillow Insert
  • 1-2 yards of fabric, ironed (fabric yardage depends on the size of your pillows)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating color thread
  • Measuring Tape
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Scissors

Here’s How to Do It

  1. First, you need to determine how much fabric you’ll need. You’ll do this by using the size of your pillow insert to calculate your mesurements. (Stick with us here, measuring is the hardest part of this entire project!)
  2. Measure the length of the shorter side. Then, measure the length of the longer side, multiple the length by two and add four to five inches for your seam allowances and overlap. I also recommend adding even more fabric for the overlap, as then there’s no danger of a particularly plump pillow opening up in the back to reveal your insert.
  3. Confused by Step 2? Here’s how that measurement looks: If you have an 18 inch square pillow, cut your fabric to 18 inches on the short side, and 40 inches on the long side (18 inches, doubled, is 36 inches, plus four inches for allowance; again, feel free to add more fabric on the long side if you want the pillow insert to be absolutely covered, as we did).
  4. To get this measurement exact, it’s easy to use kraft paper as your pattern. Just lay out your measurements on the kraft paper and cut to size. Then, lay your fabric out under your pattern and cut it out.
  5. Next, measure and iron a quarter-inch hem on both of the short sides of your fabric, with the right side of the fabric down. Then fold over each side again to a quarter inch and iron. Then pin the edges and sew these hems.
  6. Lay the fabric right side up and fold one of the sides over a little further than half way. Then fold the other side over so it overlaps over your first folded side. It should extend three or more inches over your first folded side. Next, pin and sew each of these longer sides.
  7. Turn the pillow cover you’ve just sewn inside out. Use a wooden spoon to poke out the corners. Stuff your pillow, and you’re finished!

Check out the rest of the DIYs featured today from the other participating bloggers!

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Six Days of Spring: Think Vertically For Your Spring Garden With a Linear Planter

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Are you eager for spring? We certainly are! This week, we’re participating in a week’s worth of spring projects and DIYs with five other bloggers (make sure to click through on today’s projects at the bottom of this post).

Given that we’ve had some mild, sunny days in the San Francisco Bay Area as of late, it seemed like a great time to add some spring-inspired decorating elements to the home. Recently, one of our Pottery Barn team members decided to add some spring-related garden decor to her front entrance with a little help from the Pottery Barn Linear Succulent Planters. The linear planters, which are crafted from galvanized iron and finished in matte pewter, struck her as a perfect way to frame her front door entrance.

 

 

Our Pottery Barn team member told us that she challenged herself to create the linear planter display using only edible plants. “That way,” she told us, “my front entrance wasn’t only pretty, it was also, essentially, a kitchen garden I could utilize while I was cooking.”

 

 

We asked our Pottery Barn team member for tips on re-creating this look at home. Here’s what she told us:

  • “Use plants that you love. We love to cook, so I included things that we’d use in our kitchen, such as herbs, greens and edible flowers. Look for varieties of chard or lettuce whose leaves can be snipped off individually and then will re-grow in the container.”
  • “For drainage purposes, I added a handful of pebbles before planting my linear planter.”
  • “Use a high-quality container-specific soil for your planter and make sure to amend the soil with an organic supplement to keep your plants growing strong.”
  • “I planted my plants in the same pattern in each planter, so it had a unified look when placed on either side of the door.”
  • “Make sure you place your planter somewhere where it will get the right amount of sun. It’s easy to determine which plants need full or partial sunlight — just look at the tag in each planter when you go to your local nursery.”

 

Have you tried using a linear planter around your home? We’d love to hear how you like it!

Check out the rest of the DIYs featured today from the other participating bloggers!

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This Weekend, Curl Up With a Good Book (After You Try This Bookmark DIY)

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A crafty tutorial that’s quick, cute and requires only two simple steps? Those are just three of the reasons we love this cute button DIY from Sweet Paul Magazine (psst, the new issue comes out in March!). Keep reading to get the oh-so-easy directions for the bookmark DIY, then find out what some of our favorite Twitter friends are recommending as their current book of choice this month. We’re inspired to crack open a new favorite novel or coffee table book — are you?

 

Make the perfect gift for any reader in a snap!

You Will Need:

  • Vintage Buttons
  • Large Paperclips
  • Superglue

  • Simply glue the button to the top of the paperclip.
  • Let it dry and it’s ready to use!

 

Can you believe how easy that bookmark DIY is? Now, for the perfect book for your new button bookmark. Check out the titles that some of our Twitter pals are loving right now:

 

What’s on your reading list this season? We’d love to get more recommendations of favorite can’t-miss titles!

Photos courtesy Alexandra Grablewski

How-To: Build Kyle Schuneman’s Pipe Shelving

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Interior Designer Kyle Schuneman‘s apartment was recently featured in Sunset magazine, and we fell in love with his cool style — as well as his ingenious wall shelving, seen here. Kyle DIYed the shelf out of plumbing parts, and ever since the article ran, he’s been getting questions about how exactly he built it. We reached out to Kyle to find out the steps for this DIY. Check out Kyle’s directions for the DIY below.

 

 

Supplies

  • 24 – 3/4″ Galvanized Pipe Flange
  • 12 – 3/4″ (18″ long) Galvanized Pipes
  • 5 –  2″x10″ (8′ long) wood lumber
  • 96 – 1″ Screws
  • 6 – 2″ Casters
  • Phillips Head Screw Driver
  • Wood Stain
  • Rag
  • Tape Measure
  • (Optional: 3 1″ L Brackets and Screws)

 


Step 1:

In a well ventilated area stain all sides of your 5 long wood boards and let them dry. Wipe on the stain along the grain and with a dry rag wipe off the excess. The more layers of stain you put on the darker it will get.

 

Step 2:

Lay one board on the ground and measure halfway from the end of your board (48″) and make a mark. Place and screw your first flange there. Measure 2″ from either side of the ends of your board and place and screw on 2 other flanges. Do this same treatment to one more board. These will be your top and bottom shelves.

 

Step 3:

Do the same to the remaining 3 boards. However, with these you need to attach flanges to both sides of each board.

 

Step 4:

Once your flanges are all attached is time to screw in your pipes. Connect the boards by screwing in the pipes.

 

Step 5:

Attach the 6 2″ casters (2 under each flange) to the bottom of the bottom shelf


Step 6:

If you’d like to attach your bookcase to your wall for extra support, you can screw in 3 L-Brackets (centered and on the sides) to the top of the top shelf.

All photos by Joe Schmelzer