Tagged: How-To

  • The Dirt | 2014 | Week no. 16

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. This week, we're putting the spotlight on Easter! Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    We’re amazed by the number of hues in this all-natural eggshell ombre. (via Apartment Therapy)

    Wouldn’t this pastel cake make the perfect Easter dessert? (via Sweet Paul)

    A history lesson about one of our favorite blooms for the Easter table. (via Design*Sponge)

    Which dishes would you serve from this board of Easter dinner inspiration? (via NYT)

    136 years of tradition at the White House Easter Egg Roll. (via White House History)

    Shibori-inspired eggs dyed with indigo. (via Tuts+)

    Once we're done dyeing eggs, we'd love to hop over to this weekend workshop at Georgia's 3 Porch Farm. (via Gardenista)

  • With the weather finally feeling like spring in our garden, our stylists got into the spirit of the season with a blooming garland. Made from an abundant bunch of preserved eucalyptus and fresh-plucked flowers, this springtime swag brightens the mantel, patio, or anywhere else it hangs. Take a peek at the video above to see it in the making.

    What You'll Need:
    Preserved eucalyptus
    Fresh cut or dried flowers (we used fresh ranunculus, anemone, and frittilaria)
    Floral wire

    Remove the smaller, leafy stems from the main branches of the eucalpytus. Begin by overlapping bunches of euclayptus, attaching the stems with floral wire as needed to form the garland. Use larger handfuls to create a fuller garland. Once your garland reaches the desired length, accent with fresh or dried flowers, attaching with floral wire. Since the eucalyptus is preserved, the garland will make a long-lasting display that can be freshened with new flowers as the seasons change. Our favorite place to display this springtime DIY? Dressing up a garden tuteur with a few snips of colorful ribbon.

  • Our favorite part of the centerpiece above? Those gorgeous spring pastels are all-natural succulents! With inspration and finds from the garden, we created an Easter centerpiece that blooms with a colorful mix of live succulents, ceramic eggs, and paper grass. Equal parts rustic and sweet, this arrangement is just the thing for completing a spring tabletop.

    What You'll Need:
    Sphere Hanging Basket (we used the Small, 11")
    Linen Wrapped Dish (we used the Small, 10")
    Succulents (we used echeveria and kalanchoe)
    Potting Soil
    Ceramic Eggs
    Easter grass
    Grapevine wreath
    Floral wire

    1. Start by "deconstructing" the grapevine wreath, thinning it to make a nest-style base that rests on the top of the clay dish. Save excess pieces of grapevine to decorate the top of the sphere.

    2. Place the grapevine nest and sphere on top of the dish. Once they're in place, fill the dish with potting soil, covering the bottom of the sphere to help anchor it in the dish.

    3. Choose and plant your succulents inside the dish.

    4. Decorate the spokes of the sphere with vine cuttings and additional succulents, attaching with floral wire as needed.

    5. Accent your design with eggs and a wispy circle of paper grass around the base, then place on the table for an eye-catching Easter centerpiece!

  • As Easter approaches, we've been busy decorating eggs of all kinds to fill our baskets and hide for hunts. To pair with the springtime hues of our naturally-dyed eggs, we put a pastel twist on our Wooden Egg Decorating Kit. Topped with candy-colored paint and a bouquet of dried flowers, these cheerful Easter eggs are sure to be the stars of the basket.

    What You'll Need:
    Wooden Egg Decorating Kit
    Dried Decorative Flowers
    Acrylic paint

    Select your flowers first, and press them under a heavy book or object to make sure they're as flat as possible before applying them to the egg. We used a mixture of the flowers included in the kit and blooms from our Dried Decorative Flowers-- edible violas would also work well. Choose a complimentary paint color and paint your egg. Let the painted eggs dry then carefully adhere the pressed flowers to the dry surface with the glue and foam brush included in the kit. If needed, apply a thin coat of glue on top of the flowers to make sure they're fully adhered. Repeat as desired for a blooming dozen (or two!).

  • Natural Ceramic Egg Dyeing

    March 18, 2014

    At Home
    , How-To

    Our favorite find for Easter this year? Eggnots – a vegan, eco-friendly alternative to traditional Easter egg dyeing. These ceramic eggs absorb dye the same way real eggs do, while remaining cruelty and mess-free. Even better, you can save your favorite designs for spring decorating in years to come. Our stylists colored their ceramic dyeing eggs, above, with annatto seed, curcumin, purple sweet potato, and red cabbage dyes from our Natural Egg Dyeing Kit. We recommend mixing your dyes in Weck jars, then rotating the eggs in the dye every ten minutes to make sure the color is even. Our eggs were dyed for about an hour to achieve their rich tones. Even the cotton dropcloth used below the dyes is beautiful, splashed with natural colors – we love the idea of framing it for use as effortless art!

  • From party favors and seed starting gardens to centerpieces and placecard holders, hand-pressed paper pots are our most versatile addition to spring decor. Our latest pot press DIY pairs these tiny vessels with a splash of natural dye and a string of lights for a set of colorful paper lanterns. We'll be stringing these cheerful lanterns over long tables or above the garden gate to welcome guests at spring parties.

    Paper Lantern Strand
    What You'll Need
    Paper (We used 11x17" 28lb. paper, and dyed it-- see below for dyeing instructions. You could also use plain paper or patterned wrapping paper.)
    Paper Pot Press
    White string lights

    Choose your paper, and cut a strip that’s about 3.5?W x 10?L. Roll the paper around the press, and fold down the ends. Make sure there's only minimal overlap, so a space remains to insert the string lightbulb. Press into the wooden form to secure the shape, then remove. 

    Make a paper lantern for each lightbulb on your strand, then insert each bulb through the small gap in the bottom of the lantern. Use a small piece of tape to secure the lantern if necessary. 

    Beet Dyed Paper
    What You'll Need
    Medium weight white paper (we used 11x17" 28lb. paper)
    Sauce pan 

    Cut the beets in half and boil until the water changes color. Remove from water and gently blot to remove excess liquid. Choose a medium-weight paper that can withstand contact with water. Rub the sliced end of the beet across the paper until the desired color is achieved. Let dry, then follow the instructions above to create your lantern strand.

  • The Dirt | 2014 | week no. 11

    The Dirt is our version of a weekly link roundup, where we share what's currently capturing our interest around the web. Hope you'll enjoy, and feel free to share what you're reading in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

    Fresh and fragrant bouquets that pair flowers with herbs (via Cupcakes and Cashmere).

    Did you know that Wednesday is Plant a Flower Day? Celebrate with these clever greetings (via Oh Happy Day).: 

    A sweet idea: adding a splash of homemade herb simple syrup to your favorite cocktails (via Jojotastic).

    We’d love to serve this cake at a springtime party (via Refinery 29).

    $1000 to spend at terrain and a garden gift collection are just a pin away (via Gardenista).

    You're Invited! We're celebrating Signs of Spring on March 15 at Styer's with Food 52, Forage Haberdashery, and photographer Nicole Franzen. See all the details here.

  • The beginning of spring brings so much to look forward to— longer, warmer days, fresh blooms sprouting in the garden, and of course– wedding season! We can’t think of anything more romantic than a spring garden wedding. With this in mind, our friend Brigette M. from Free People came up with three seasonal DIY’s using our favorite paper pot press. Not just wedding-worthy, her creations are also sure to delight as favors at showers, dinner parties, and more. Learn how to make each of these pot press projects below.

    Moss + Fern Centerpiece

    What You'll Need
    Paper pot press
    Patterned paper (Brigette used antique floral cardstock paper)
    Preserved moss
    Pressed fern leaves

    Choose your paper, and cut a strip that’s about 3.5″ x 10″. Roll the paper around the press, and fold down the ends. Press into the wooden form to secure the shape, then remove.

    Stuff each pot with preserved moss (Brigette chose reindeer moss) and accent with a pressed fern for added height and drama. 

    Scatter down the middle of a table to create a unique, woodland centerpiece. We think these would also make great place card holders!