DIY Flower Box Centerpiece for Valentine’s Day

DIY Flower Box Centerpiece for Valentine's Day, Bridal Showers, Weddings...

I received this flower box from Oriental Trading with the promise on my end that I would do a Valentine’s Day post. Well the one post has inspired three new posts all of which  I plan to share today. The first is this DIY Flower Box Centerpiece perfect for Valentine’s Day or even a bridal shower, wedding or everyday home decor.

And the how-to could not be easier thanks to vinyl decals from my friend Whitney, Just the Frosting.

Materials

  • DIY Flower Box Centerpiece (here I used the 24″ one from Oriental Trading, but they have a 12″ box or you could use any wooden box)
  • Two Love Arrow Decals (white) from Just the Frosting (tell her Amy of Tonality Designs sent you and she’ll know the size you’ll need)
  • Two Heart Decals (white) from Just the Frosting
  • Painters Tape
  • Popsicle stick (provided by Just the Frosting)

Instructions

I had never done vinyl before but it is super easy. The Just the Frosting Decals even came with instructions so I would just follow them, but here’s the basic steps.

DIY Flower Box Centerpiece for Valentines Day, Bridal Shower, Wedding, etc.

Tape decals: Center your decals on each side of your box. It’s probably obvious, but the love arrows go on the longer sides while the hearts on the shorter ends. Tape in place with your painters tape.

DIY Flower Box Centerpiece for Valentine's Day, Bridal Showers, Weddings, etc.

DIY Flower Box Centerpiece with Vinyl Decals for Valentine's Day, Bridal Showers, Weddings, etc.

Remove backing card: For the heart, it’s small enough that you can just remove the backing sheet all at once and smooth down with your popsicle stick.

For the love arrow, I decided that it may be too long to do all at once, so I taped a line down the center of the decal and then cut the backing card from only one side of the line. I then smoothed down starting in the center and moving out to the edge. Once that side was smoothed down with the popsicle stick, I did the other side, again moving from the center out to smooth it down.

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Burnish & remove front paper: Once you have everything smoothed down and burnished, the fun happens in removing the front paper and revealing your decal. If the decal peals up with your front paper, just put it back down and burnish with your popsicle stick again. You have to press pretty hard to make sure it will stick.

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Then repeat for all sides.

DIY Flower Box Centerpiece for Valentine's Day, Bridal Showers, Weddings, etc.

And that’s it! Now it’s ready for flowers!

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

No matter what the season, it’s no secret I love flowers. My Instagram account is full of flower arrangement ideas, but it’s also fun to followup here with the simple how-to instructions. I’m sure you’ve probably seen this idea to use cranberries in your vase before (in fact, I even shared this same idea on Instagram last year); however, whenever I share this idea I get tons of oohs and aahs as well as the question: How did you do that?  So with that said, below are the super simple steps to create your own cranberry vase.

I especially love this idea because you can use any clear glass vessel you have and it will instantly be given a Christmas facelift. I don’t have a lot of holiday-specific decor because of storage reasons, plus I like to invest my limited budget on year-round items. So if you don’t have a clear vase you can use, go buy something you love that you can use all year long.

Materials

  • Glass vessel (vase, hurricane, jar, etc.)
  • Smaller vessel (Must fit inside the larger glass vessel you picked and have enough room around the sides to fit the cranberries. I usually have a variety of mason jar sizes on hand so I use those, but anything that holds water will work.)
  • Cranberries
  • Flowers (Fresh or faux, I picked fresh hydrangeas)

Instructions

 

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Start by picking your main glass vessel. In this post, I show you two different options: a plain clear vase and above a decorative glass hurricane I found this year at Target. I fell in love with the gold branches on the hurricane and immediately knew I wanted to get it because it’s not only perfect for Christmas, but I know I’ll use it all year.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Next, pick a smaller vessel that fits inside your main vessel and leaves room for the cranberries. Then put water in the smaller vessel and place inside your main glass vessel.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Make sure to cover the top of the smaller vessel and then pour in your cranberries.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Now you’re ready for the flowers. Remove the cover over the top of the smaller vessel and arrange your flowers.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

I think hydrangeas work well for this because the large blooms rest nicely on the lip of your vase and you only need a few stems. (The number of stems you’ll need depend on the size of your main vessel, but above I used 3 stems of white hydrangea and 5 stems of mini green hydrangea.) Just be sure to remove all the leaves and then cut stems to the height of your vase. I used fresh flowers, but faux flowers would work for this because you don’t see the stems. Often what gives away faux flowers are the cheap looking stems.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

It makes a lovely addition to any table. Instant Christmas. 

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

And remember, your vase doesn’t have to be fancy. Here you see how I used a plain glass vase and the result is just as lovely.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

For this look I only used white hydrangea (3 stems was all it took!).

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Candy canes are my other instant Christmas idea. Seriously, there is nothing cheaper and screams Christmas better. Just place them in any little vase or glass you own and—boom—Merry Christmas! The mercury glass also helps. Mercury glass votives are another staple item I invest in and use year round. They are often available in home decor stores this time of year.

Easy Christmas Decor Ideas

And one last tip: ornaments piled on a tray or in a basket also add instant holiday cheer to any space. Decorating doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

I hope this was helpful. Oh what fun it is to decorate!

The Home Depot’s Next Do-It-Herself Workshop

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with The Home Depot as well as a team of creative bloggers to help spread the word about their amazing Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshops.

Did you know that you can take FREE workshops at your local Home Depot? They actually offer workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. You can look into signing up for one of three types of workshops:

  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
  • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
  • and Kids!

You guys, I’m crafty, but I definitely need help when it comes to using tools. I usually call my dad or sister—the ultimate do-it-herselfer. But luckily, at these workshops we can learn how to build home decor projects, how to do home repairs and how to use tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. And their upcoming #DIHWorkshop is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit!

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October’s DIH Workshop

At the next DIH Workshop on Thursday, October 20th, you’ll learn how to make a Seasonal Character Door Hanger that you can customize to be anything you want. The basic shape is perfect for making a scarecrow for fall or a snowman for winter. And of course Santa is always a hit with kids. To help give you some ideas of what your character could be, I’ll be sharing my door hanger with you as part of a virtual blog party next Monday. This way you’ll have plenty of ideas for when you go make your own on the 20th!

To learn more or to register at your local Home Depot,  be sure to visit http://workshops.homedepot.com

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DIH Workshop Virtual Party

Check back here on Monday, October 17th and you’ll see what character I picked for my door hanger as well as links to see what Sandra, Summer, Amy and Alicia made. Plus, I’ll have links to about 20 other blogs tasked with the same project. With all this inspiration, you are for sure going to want to get in on this design trend, so gather your girlfriends and be sure to register! It will be a fun and informative evening.

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this program. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All opinions above are my own and based on my experience with their products and brand.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

So even when I think I’m going for “spooky” it ends up more adorable than spooky so I’ve concluded a dark side is not something I can easily channel. If you saw my Ghostly Tablescape earlier this week, you’ll see these ghosts are kind of my thing this year. A lot of us have memories of making this classic Halloween craft as kids (or with our kids) and hopefully between this DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland as well as the Ghost Topiaries I featured on my tablescape, I’ve shown you a couple creative ways to use them in your modern decor. And they are super easy to make! Of course, you can find a simple tutorial for cheesecloth ghosts on Pinterest or Google, but below I’ve provided some tips and tricks that I found useful in making my ghosts, plus I outline exactly how to make the garland.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

Materials for Cheesecloth Ghosts

  • Cheesecloth
  • Fabric stiffener (Fabric stiffener is available at Michaels and Joann Fabrics. You can also use liquid starch, but I had a hard time finding it not in an aerosol can.)
  • 2″ styrofoam ball
  • Wood skewer or lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam/floral foam rectangle
  • Throwaway tray and spoon (or use items you have and just clean right away)
  • Size 5 embroidery thread, black

Additional Materials for Garland

My garland was a little over a yard long (36.25″ to be exact) and featured 3 ribbons/notions and 4 ghosts, but you can of course make your garland as long as needed.

  • Coordinating ribbons or other fabric notions (I used: white grosgrain, orange pom pons and orange gingham.) Be sure to have more than the final length of your garland because you loop two of the ribbons, plus I think it looks nice to have some ribbon hanging down on both ends – about 14″ on each side.
  • Glue dots or glue gun
  • Size 5 embroidery thread, white (optional, could also glue the ghosts on)

Instructions for Cheesecloth Ghosts

  1. Cover the area you are working on with newspaper, brown paper bags or any other material that you don’t mind getting ruined.
    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs
  2. Cut 10 inch pieces of cheesecloth. Keep the cheesecloth folded up on the roll because having a few layers of the cheesecloth makes for a nicer look. (If making larger ghosts, just cut a couple squares of cheesecloth that are the same size and stack them before applying the fabric stiffener.) Repeat for the number of ghosts you are making.

    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

    Please ignore the pins, I’ve clearly used these floral foam rectangles for a lot of projects!

  3. Place skewer into a styrofoam ball and then into your “base” foam rectangle. Repeat for the number of ghosts you are making. Note: this is in place of using balloons because frankly I didn’t know if I had enough jars small enough to hold balloons and I thought the sticks would be really easy.
    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs
  4. Pour a small amount of fabric stiffener into your throwaway tray. Mine was very thick so I poured a few tablespoons worth into the tray and then added a touch of water to it just so the consistency was easier to spread over the cheesecloth. I mixed only enough for one ghost at a time, but experiment with what works best for you.
  5. Lay your cheesecloth into the fabric stiffener and fully cover your cheesecloth. You don’t have to lay it straight, you can clump it together and really get the stiffener all over, then squeeze out the excess.
    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs
  6. Drape your wet cheesecloth onto your 2″ styrofoam ball on a stick. Shape your ghost by spreading and stretching the cheesecloth with your fingers. If too wet, you can always allow it to dry a little and just keep coming back and shaping to your hearts desire.
  7. Let dry. As mentioned before, as the ghost’s drying you can come back and make sure it’s forming the way you want. Also, the cheesecloth could stick and dry to the styrofoam ball, but I found that when it was halfway dry I could lightly pull the cheesecloth off and then lay it back down and it was all good. And even when I forgot to do that, if  I pulled hard enough they all ended up coming off (and I made like 10 ghosts).
    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs
  8. Use size 5 embroidery thread and tie french knots for the eyes. If you don’t know how to tie a french knot, there are great tutorials on Pinterest, just click here.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

Instructions for Garland

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

  1. Cut Ribbon #1 (white ribbon in the example), this is the ribbon all the other ribbons will attach too. The length should equal the length you want your final garland to be plus 28″ to account for the 14″ of extra ribbon hanging on both sides. So 64.25″ for the example garland that reaches 36.25″.
  2. Measure 14″ on Ribbon #1 and mark it. Now, starting at the 14″ mark, mark your ribbon every 7.25″ until you have 14″ left. It will be 5 times if making your garland like the example. If making your garland longer, you’ll want to continue to mark your ribbon for each loop you want to create.
  3. Now for Ribbon #2 (orange pom pom fringe in the example): you can either measure it all up front or simply measure as you glue. It’s up to you. This time, starting at the 14″ mark you are going to mark your ribbon every 10″ for each loop you want to create (so 5 times if following the example). You’re then going to attach Ribbon #2 to Ribbon #1 by gluing each mark together. I used Glue Dots, but you can also use a hot-glue gun.
  4. Next up, Ribbon #3 (orange gingham in the example): This is similar to what you did for Ribbon #2, but measure every 14″ and then you’ll attach Ribbon #3 at the same point where the other ribbons are already attached.
  5. Now you’re ready to add your ghosts. Attach a ghost in-between each loop. Here I used embroidery thread to sew each ghost on, but you could easily use a hot-glue gun.
  6. Now it’s ready to hang!

Whew, I so hope that made sense. Even though this process is actually very simple, explaining it is a whole other thing.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

I don’t know what I love more, the ghost garland or the blooming jack-o-lantern?

Blooming Jack-o-Lantern via Tonality Designs

The blooming jack-o-lantern was made by placing a vase inside of the pumpkin burlap gift back I found at HomeGoods last year. I then added 6 stems of white hydrangea and 4 stems of green hydrangea.

I hope you’ve been enjoying my Halloween creations this year. I’ve sure had fun creating them so far. I wonder what will be next.

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

This DIY really doesn’t need a tutorial because it’s so simple, but I figured it would allow people to Pin the idea so they wouldn’t forget. I was inspired by the come back of using gold, bronze and brass faucets and other fixtures in the kitchen (see my Pinterest page here for amazing examples). However, if you can’t afford a fancy renovation or are a renter like me, you can still introduce metallics to your kitchen through accessories. And what cheaper accessory is a mason jar? I use them all the time for storing nuts, flour, sugar, left overs, etc. So with that, I figured why not elevate the look with a little spray paint.

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

I’ve seen people spray paint the actual jars, but I like the clear glass and wanted the jars to still be dishwasher safe. Yet, I decided the lids were fair game. I really love the results. It’s a small detail with big impact. At least to my detail lovin’ self. And I’m addicted. I even spray painted the lid of the larger jar (the one with flour in the first picture). It was only $4 from Target, but originally had a silver lid. I’ve seen glass canister sets with bronze or gold accents sold at Target and other stores for over $30 for a set of three. This idea is way cheaper and just as cute—dare I say cuter?

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

Materials

  • Spray paint (I used Krylon Metallic Copper and Gold from Michael’s)
  • Mason jars (or any glass jar with a metal lid)
  • Paper bag (or other material that you can spray on) If using a paper bag, be sure to cut it open so it can lay flat and you utilize all of the bag.

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

Instructions

Are you ready for how hard this is? (Insert sarcasm here!) Outside or in a well ventilated space, lay out your lid pieces on your paper bag. (If using more than one color, be sure to have a separate area to spray each color.) Then spray your pieces. Do a couple coats (let dry between coats). And that’s it.

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

Such a small detail, but it totally changes it up. I think it would also look amazing if you used a bright white spray paint or other accent color in a gloss finish. For example, my sister Megan would love red lids where my sister Sarah would probably love the gold or perhaps a teal blue. 

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

I may just bake more just so I can look at these beauties! I just love details like this.

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

I started #SmallTouchesMakeAHome on Instagram and this project totally lives up to that!

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

Valentines is coming and I wanted something festive to hang from the boxwood wreaths I have in my kitchen. Since I’ve already created fabric garlands for other holidays I thought something different was in order—so these DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments were born. I created a pair of them so I thought appliquéing XO would be perfect. If you are only wanting to make one, the template also includes a small heart you could appliqué instead.

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

Materials

  • Download our FREE Heart Pillow Ornament Template: Template includes main heart shape plus appliqué options (X, O, and a heart)
  • Linen (I used a white linen, but you could use any color)
  • Coordinating cotton fabric (For the appliqué, I used a black and white polka dot fabric)
  • Polyester Fiberfill
  • Coordinating 1/4″ ribbon
  • Coordinating thread(s) (You may need two colors (one to match your linen and one to match your cotton fabric.)
  • Sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Download and print our FREE Heart Pillow Ornament Template and cutout pieces.
  2. Pin your large heart template to your linen fabric and cutout heart. Repeat so you have two hearts (if making two hearts, be sure to cut out four hearts). Place the two hearts together and make sure they are the same size. Fabric shifts so they may be slightly off so just trim any excess. (Tip, you can also fold your fabric and template in half and then pin your template to the fold and cut.) Fray the edges of your hearts to get the distressed look.
  3. Pin your appliqué letters and/or small heart to your coordinating cotton fabric and cutout.
  4. Pin your fabric letter or small heart to the front of one of your large hearts. Sew on using about a 1/8 seem allowance. (Repeat if you are doing an X and O.)
    DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments
  5. Fold your ribbon in half and center on the wrong side of your appliquéd heart. Then sandwich your ribbon between your appliquéd large heart  and your plain large heart (wrongs sides together) and pin together.
  6. Sew together just inside the frayed edge (about a 1/4″ seem), but be sure to leave a small 1.5″ hole on one side.DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments
  7. Stuff your heart with your polyester fiberfill. A wooden spoon handle can help with the stuffing process.
  8. Once stuffed, sew shut the opening. I was able to used the sewing machine, but if you find this too difficult you can hand stitch.

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

Happy Valentine’s Day! Heart Topiary is available at Trader Joe’s.