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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

DIY Silk Hydrangea Wreath  

I decided to do something a little different for my grandmother for Christmas.  She had commented on a photo of a beautiful hydrangea wreath on my blog and I thought it would be fun to make one for her.  While she was in town for the holidays, we picked out the flowers and ribbon at Hobby Lobby and then I got to work!  I couldn't be easier to put this wreath together.  You'll need 7-8 large silk hydrangeas, wired ribbon, a wreath base, hot glue, scissors, wire cutters and wire.

  1. Lay out your basic design on the wreath to determine placement.
  2. Cut the stems off of your flowers using scissors or wire cutters.  Make sure you save the leaves and don't cut so close to the bloom that it falls apart.
  3. Hot glue your leaves onto your wreath base in a sporadic, but balanced pattern
  4. Hot glue your hydrangea blooms over the leaves in whatever color pattern you'd like.  Make sure they've evenly spaced and you leave room for the bow.
  5. Create a bow with wire or purchase one that's pre-made.   Leave "tails" that are roughly 2 feet long
  6. Hot glue your bow to the empty space on your wreath.
  7. Wrap the ribbon around the hydrangea blooms and secure with dots of hot glue.
  8. Trim the ends of your ribbon.
  9. C'est fini!

 

Giving thanks...for Pinterest

Feather garland, Simple Stylings This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for.... a loving family, a precious baby, two rambunctious beagles, a warm home, a fulfilling career... and of course... Pinterest!

Gosh darn it, it's the best thing since sliced bread.

As I scoured the site for Thanksgiving table ideas, I came across some great ones.  Here are just a few.

Ditch the Vase and Get Creative

Teapot filled with fresh daisies Earlier this week, I brought home a bouquet of inexpensive daisies to brighten up our guest bedroom while my mom's in town.  Instead of using a boring vase, I pulled out our teapot and used that to arrange the blooms instead.

It was such a fun alternative, I thought I'd share some other ideas.  The next time you pick up a bouquet, don't be afraid to ditch the vase and get creative!

Fashion Friday: Flower Headbands and Floral Crowns for Festival Season

Courtesy: Callina Marie Festival season is upon us and there's no hotter accessory than flowers for your hair, thanks in large part to music and fashion muse Lana Del Rey. Whether you go for a headband or crown, bold buds or a simple twist, the floral touch is a perfect accent for your festival attire!  Last summer, my beautiful and talented sister-in-law put this trend to the test at her California wedding, with smaller crowns for the bridesmaids and large white roses for her.  As the lead stylist and owner of Paper Doll Salon, she knows a thing or two about pulling off trends and the result was stunning. Here are some of my favorite looks, along with some additional links and DIY resources if you feel adventurous enough to make one yourself!

On the web:

http://callinamarie.buzznet.com/photos/flowerheadbandsforsp/ http://hannahrjones13.buzznet.com/photos/loveinherheartflower/ http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/category.jsp?id=W_ACC_HAIRACCESSORIES https://www.etsy.com/market/flower_headband http://www.theribbonretreat.com/blog/make-flower-headbands-skinny-elastic.html http://spoonful.com/crafts/16-diy-headbands http://mypreciousconfessions.blogspot.com/2013/05/favorite-flower-crown-tutorials.html http://www.theglitterthread.com/2011/12/hippie-crowns-and-hollywood-sadcore.html

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