Browsed by
Tag: DIY

Make your own Succulent Wreath

Make your own Succulent Wreath

While discussing end of the year teacher gifts with several parents from my daughter’s preschool, I decided that we needed to do something extra special. Especially because this is my last year there as a parent (excuse me while I grab a tissue over that thought).

I set out to find something that was unique, and of course handmade! I started looking at succulent projects and became completely intrigued by living succulent wreaths….so I studied up on how to make one. Turns out it’s completely do-able even for beginners!

This first thing I had to track down was a sphagnum moss wreath, which I ended up finding on Amazon after visiting several local nurseries with no luck.  I decided to start with a 13″ wreath but there are a variety of sizes to choose from.  It is also recommended that you purchase a rooting hormone powder to help encourage new root growth for your succulent cuttings.

Next was the fun part!  I visited several nurseries in order to find a good variety of succulents in different shapes, colors, and sizes. I can’t really say that I stuck to one color pallet, or had any specific technique other than I like to start out with one larger “signature” succulent and build off of that one.  From what I also read, it is best to prep your cuttings and let them sit for a few days to callous over, this helps prevent rotting at the root when you place it into the moss.  Right before you start putting together your wreath, it is important to soak it in water for 10-15 minutes.  I placed mine in our kitchen sink then put it onto a cookie sheet to use as my work station.  Once you are ready to start placing your cuttings into the wreath, I found using a pencil to create the hole worked best for me.

IMG_3695

IMG_3654

IMG_3655

New roots take approximately 4-6 weeks to grow. Therefore, unless you used floral pins to attach your cuttings, the wreath should not be hung until new roots have been established.  I currently have these two beauties below sitting on my outdoor dining table and I have to say, they also make beautiful table centerpieces! As far as future waterings are concerned, I have read that you can soak the moss again every 1-2 weeks, or you can use a spray bottle to water.

IMG_3665

Succulent wreaths are beautiful…because succulents themselves are just fabulous.  So don’t be afraid to try creating your own, there really is no such thing as a bad succulent wreath!  Have fun designing your own, and soon you’ll be just as addicted as me!

Thanks for stopping by, let me know if you have any questions in the comment sections below!

Cheers!

 

 

 

Facebookpinterest
Transforming an Old Wood Pallet into a Rustic Flower Garden

Transforming an Old Wood Pallet into a Rustic Flower Garden

I have been wanting to try my hand at upcycling with reclaimed wood for quite some time.  I am still such a sucker for the rustic wood look, then you mix that with beautiful flowers and succulents, I’m in rustic heaven!

Luckily, my mom so happens to have an old barn with plenty of wood pallets looking for a new purpose in life. I should also mention here, that I’ve read several articles about how dangerous it can be to use wood pallets for repurposing due to possible chemical exposure. And like the one I used from my mom, they can be dirty from years of being used in a barn.  For this reason, I chose to create something that would live outside and I purposely did not plant any edibles on it.  Ok, now that all of the not so fun facts have been covered, back to the project!

Here is the lovely pallet I reclaimed from the barn, gross right!? If you don’t happen to have a barn nearby, I have heard that sometimes your local grocery stores are willing to give them away. It’s definitely worth a try, and far less dirty than barn pallets!

IMG_3547

 

I read a great article on the blog Not Just a Housewife about how to clean and sanitize reclaimed wood.  Because I’m not planning to have my pallet inside, I didn’t feel the need to follow her instructions completely, but I did scrub this pallet using soapy water.  Once it was dry, I used sandpaper to clean it and prep it for staining.  The way I achieved my final look was though a mixture of staining and watered down paint.

IMG_3553

I used dark walnut colored Minwax and a foam brush to stain the wood. After about 5 minutes, I wiped off the excess stain using an old cloth towel and began adding the watered down light gray paint.

IMG_3556

I used a mixture of 1 part gray latex paint to 3 parts water.  Basically I brushed the watery paint onto about 2 boards at a time, then I used a damp cloth to blend it into the wood.  Once it was dry, I had my husband attach boards to create the bottom of my planters and drill holes for drainage. IMG_3619

Now time to plant!

IMG_3616

Of course I had to do a row of succulents as well as some cascading flowers that I hope will fill in nicely over time.  There you have it, from barnyard junk to backyard beauty!

IMG_3630

Thanks for stopping by, let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below!

 

Facebookpinterest
My kid wants a book nook!

My kid wants a book nook!

Do you remember that post I did a few weeks ago, the one showing off my “Craft Cave”?  Well since then, my 7 year old decided that if I get this great crafting spot, then she should get to put together a fabulous reading space all to herself!  Clearly it was hard for me to say no, I mean the girl just wants a nice place to read!

So anyone who lives in an urban area knows, that most of us live in small houses, therefore, finding a spot for this book nook was a challenge all to itself!  It would require a great deal of purging and creative rearranging on my part to even find the space for it.   When all was said and done, we were able to carve out a small area to make this reading spot a reality.

As far as design, my daughter’s main requirement was that it have a blue wall, seeing as how blue is her favorite color.  So we took a trip over to Home Depot to look through color swatches where we decide to take two samples home to try out.

IMG_3397

She ended up deciding on the darker option, which I surprisingly loved more than I thought I would!

IMG_3419 (1)

After getting the wall painted I headed to Target, the place where spending money comes way too easy for me!  This is where I found the white shearling papasan, dark blue bean bag, hanging book rack, dog lamp(dogs are her favorite animal), white rug, the adorable sign that reads “This is my happy place”, and last but not least, that fancy throw pillow!  I found the little table at Ross and the book nook letters I ordered from Attic Journals.  They make all sorts or cool things from used books, which I happen to think is an absolutely wonderful idea!

 

IMG_3413

IMG_3406

IMG_3410

Well, there you have it, we now have a book nook in our house. Let’s just hope it actually inspires more reading! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Facebookpinterest
Designing a Craft Space

Designing a Craft Space

I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous whenever I saw photos of dreamy looking craft spaces in magazines or on Pinterest.  My crafting materials where located all throughout my house, some in the upstairs closet, others in the downstairs cabinet, a few stuffed in with my daughter’s craft containers.  I just kept thinking, someday I’ll actually get it all together and create one dedicated spot for all of my crafting supplies to live together in complete craft harmony.  Well, I’m happy to say that the day finally arrived!

After making some room in our garage, I went to work finding the perfect desk/table for my work space. Luckily, I was able to find exactly what I had in mind at Ikea, including the rug and table lamp. The great thing about this table, is that it raises and lowers easily depending on what kind of project I’m working on!

Craft Space

For the walls, I used peg boards from Home Depot and spray painted them a sea foam green before hanging them alongside the chalkboard.  I also purchased a variety of peg board accessories to hang all of my different art supplies.  I can’t explain how happy I am now that I can see all of my tools in one location, no more hunting through closets!

craft space peg board

 Right now I keep all of my paper materials in plastic storage bins on a nearby shelf, but i eventually plan to purchase a craft storage cabinet.  There is one in particular from the Martha Stewart Collection that I’ve had my eye on for a while.  Unfortunately, I must not be the only one looking at this cabinet because it’s currently not available for several months, but I can wait!

Another item worth mentioning, is my Cricut Explore Air.  At first I found this machine a little intimidating, but now that I’ve practiced with it using the trial and error method (more error than trial), I can’t imagine not having one.

Cricut Explorer

Here is a list of some of the other items that you’ll find in my craft space:

large paper cutter

self healing cutting mat

glue gun

embossing gun

Modge Podge

ribbon & twine

a variety of pens including gold metallic

scissors

paint

washi tape

hole punches in a variety of shapes/sizes

glitter and more glitter

Facebookpinterest
Paper Flower Garland fit for a Garden Party

Paper Flower Garland fit for a Garden Party

When my nearly 5 year old daughter Brynn decided she wanted an outdoor garden party for her birthday, I was thrilled!  This theme allows for so many beautiful design options so my mind immediately started racing with ideas.  One of the first things that came to mind, was this gorgeous paper flower garland I had seen in a magazine, and I knew that I had to figure out how to make one of my own!

The only way “I” could cut out enough paper flowers to make a whole garland was to use my Cricut machine.  I started trying out several of the different flower options available through Cricut and finally decided on this pattern.

IMG_3289
Cricut flower template

When I went to the craft store looking for paper to use in my project, I fell in love with a beautiful flower pattern that went with my garden party idea. So I decided to create a color palette based on that print.  I love the idea of matching but not matching paper choices, if that makes sense.  For instance, I mix polka dot patterns in with my floral and stripe patterns.  Here are some of the different papers I chose.

paper flower garland cut outs
Use a variety of colors and patterns

Once you’ve cut out your flowers, now comes the tricky part, rolling and gluing your flowers together.  This part took a lot of trial and error for me, the first time I rolled my flowers, I began on the wrong side and I couldn’t figure out why they looked so strange!  I quickly figured out that you need to start from the outermost circle and roll into the center, and the little circle in the middle is actually the base that you use to glue it all together.  I also found it handy to use the tip of some small scissors to begin the rolling process.

paper flowers
Flowers that have been rolled and glued together.

My garland is about 16′ long using 55 flowers and spaced about 2.5″ apart.  I attached them to some gardening string that I found at Target, but jute twine or hemp twine should work well too.  In order to attach the flowers to the string, I put glue just along the inside of the outermost flower petals and pushed the sting down into the petals.

Paper flower garland
Attach the flowers to your string.

IMG_3299

Check back soon to see how this garland looks at my daughter’s garden party!

Facebookpinterest
Welcome to Just Add Flair!

Welcome to Just Add Flair!

Hello and welcome to Just Add Flair! I am excited to finally start my own blog where I can share party and craft ideas often inspired by my two girls.  After becoming a mom for the first time in 2008, life has change a LOT and most definitely for the better! I finally have a great excuse to plan and design the most fun and whimsical parties for kids an grown ups or decorate my house for each holiday (especially Christmas and Halloween)!  We definitely have a love for all things holiday, and birthdays certainly count as holidays around my house!

I chose the name Just Add Flair because the definition of flair is ‘stylishness and originality’, which is what I try to bring to each of my projects. I love adding the unique details that really make each moment memorable whether it’s for a party or just crafting with my daughters.  In fact, I have even created my own “Craft Cave” to sneak away too (though often times my girls follow me)!   Here is where all the magic happens…

IMG_3284

Right now, I am working to complete a paper flower garland in time for my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday party!  Here is a sneak peak of the garland, which I will elaborate on more in a future blog!

Paper Flower Garland
Paper Flower Garland

Thanks for checking in, let’s get started!

Facebookpinterest