Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way! Enjoy this round up of past Easter DIY Show Off ideas :
Pop over to see more spring DIY inspiration…
or visit That DIY Party for more ideas from favorite bloggers (you’re invited to link up yours!)!
Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way! Enjoy this round up of past Easter DIY Show Off ideas :
Pop over to see more spring DIY inspiration…
or visit That DIY Party for more ideas from favorite bloggers (you’re invited to link up yours!)!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring! Finally! I’m so in love with the longer days, the sunshine and warmer temps. It’s motivation for Spring cleaning and decluttering, refreshing and creativity! Isn’t it? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some past DIYShowOff Spring decorating projects:
Spring floral centerpiece – I love fresh flowers but a new silk/faux arrangement lasts longer! Zero maintenance.
Spring succulents arrangement – succulents in robins’ eggs…so cute!
Spring entertaining – it’s almost time for outdoor gatherings! Can’t wait!
Spring mantel – this past mantelscape had so much charm, didn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve decorated my mantel for Spring but I’m working on one for this year. Check back with me April 1st (and I’m not April-fools-ing).
Spring bloom pillow cover – I know I have this somewhere!
Springtime in Paris vignette -ahhh. Spring, love, blooms!
Spring branch centerpiece – this is about the EASIEST DIY ever! Grab a twig or branch from the yard and give it a coat of spray paint. Add a mini-nest and some eggs. Cheap! Cheap!
Spring centerpiece – add a twist. I love this artichoke nestled in there.
How are you freshening up your home for Spring?
SPRING floral centerpiece? “What the heck, DIYShowOff?! It’s still winter!” I know. I know! But I’m not a fan ::whine:: so let me indulge in thinking ahead to warmer days, fresh air and specifically, a spring with no snow. Okay? Okay! haha! For real, my Michaels Maker Challenge for February is “spring florals” so let’s embrace that pretty theme by collecting inspiration for the next upcoming season, starting with this gorgeous spring centerpiece! My inspiration was a spring theme around this beautiful Indigo Luxe/Aria (Celebrate It) wired ribbon: blues/indigo and navy, purples/eggplant and plum, oranges with white. Not colors I’d normally coordinate but oh my – how pretty, you guys! Right? Hey, Mr. Moss bunny thinks so! Look at his content expression…
Okay, so it might be February, but there is a breath of fresh air, happy florals and spring in the aisles of Michaels Stores! Michaels has over 1,800 blooms & greenery in their new Flower Market, including trendy succulents and real-touch flowers.
Materials I used:
Tools: wire cutters
What I did: (Yes, in the event that you spy micro-fleece in the images below…I create in my pajamas. Doesn’t everyone?)
Unravel the ribbon, snip the ends to make them pretty. Get approval from the cat, then proceed to the next step.
(I cut out a “v” in the ends of mine) and find the center of the ribbon.
Starting at the spot where one side of the handle meets the basket, tuck the ribbon into the grapevine.
Repeat along each side, meeting at the other side where the handle meets the basket.
Secure ribbon to basket with hot glue or like me, simply weave twine in the ribbon loops inside the basket and tie.
Tie a bow where the ends of the ribbon meet at the handle and embellish with a flower if desired.
Using wire cutters, separate floral bundles. I have 2 pretty pre-assembled store-bought bouquets. I keep those intact and add more flowers to them for more color. Not shown: secure bouquets by winding floral tape (grab your decorative washi tape in a pinch) to bind stems.
Then tuck bouquets inside of the basket.
Nestle in a moss bunny…
Display on dining room or side table. Now it’s beginning to look like spring!
I think it’s the perfect decorative accent and spring centerpiece to display starting right after Valentine’s Day up until Memorial Day.
This smug moss bunny agrees. How about you?
Even the back side is looking good…
I’m loving the unexpected color assortment…
And know what else? I’m really tempted to head back to Michaels for all of this romantic spring decor to finishing the look. ::drool::
Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String beginning today at 10 a.m. CST, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ spring floral project ideas.
Like this? Please pin it to your favorite Spring Pinterest board for future reference and then give it a shout out on social media if you’re so inclined. Sending you a BIG virtual thank you hug!
Happy almost-spring, friends!
Looking for a fun weekend Valentine inspired creative project? Something made with love by your own two hands? Here are a few past DIYShowOff ideas:
and some more Valentine decorating …
Do you decorate for Valentine’s day?
Do you send out love notes or small gifts?
Celebrate all things love and glitter and Valentine’s day crafty?
I hope your Christmas is as sweet as a candy cane and filled with gifts of hugs, love and laughter. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings, Happy Day DIY friends!
*That DIY Party will resume Monday, 12/26/16. Have the best holiday weekend!
You can find me over with Jen at TaterTots and Jello today sharing the details about these quick and cute hand dipped marshmallow treats as a part of her Happy Holidays 2016 collection.
Here I’m sharing a few optional ideas to accompany my guest tutorial there and affiliate links below.
Gather up your supplies and see the full tutorial at TaterTots & Jello.
I also added the following Young Living essential oils to my melted candy. Add 2 drops each and stir:
Next year I’m going to use candy canes or peppermint sticks and add peppermint Vitality essential oil to my melted chocolate. Smaller marshmallows would be perfect for dipping into hot cocoa.
All wrapped up and ready to gift. Perfect for parties, make & takes, hostesses, teachers and stockings.
Grab the following supplies and whip up a cute last minute handmade gift!
DIY Bath Salt filled Ornaments
Material I used:
What I did: Add 1/4 cup of epsom salt and 3-5 drops of essential oil to a mason jar. Put on the lid and shake to mix. Using a funnel, fill ornament. Decorate.
Cute hostess gift, make and take craft project or door prize or stocking stuffer.
Learn more about essential oils HERE.
Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la!
Goal: Freshen up the Christmas decor in our dining room. And boy oh boy, At Home did not disappoint! Christmas tunes were cranked, hot cocoa within reach, cinnamon/ orange/pine essential oil being diffused, shopping bags unpacked. Let the holiday decorating begin!
Welcome to our Christmas tree farm inspired dining room. Just a few touches from At Home to some of our existing Christmas decor made all the difference in making our dining room a Christmas destination. I am in love!
Baby’s favorite: the boy was all heart-eyes over us putting this big red metal truck into the shopping cart.
My favorite: Cut Your Own Christmas Tree sign – this sealed the deal on my tree farm theme. I love it’s charm. ::pitter patter::
You guys! Do you have an At Home store near you? Well, we have a brand new At Home store in Pittsburgh! Yes!!!!!! So exciting! I couldn’t wait to check it out and I received some gift cards towards my purchase in exchange for a review so we made a recent visit to check it out.
It took some time to narrow down which direction with decorating I wanted to go! Because…so many fun themes, a huge selection and the prettiest holiday displays for inspiration.
We may have spent more than 2 hours in that store. Thankfully, baby boy was as entertained and captured as I was.
But, I finally made some decisions and settled on a Christmas tree farm theme. I couldn’t wait to get home to deck the halls!
Join me for a bit of faux al fresco twilight dining Christmas tree farm picnic style. You bring the eggnog, I’ll bring the cookies!
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Use the store locator to find an At Home close to you!
Touch of Christmas shown above from At Home:
At Home, the home décor superstore opened a new more than 91,000 square-foot store, bringing approximately 25 new full- and part-time jobs to the area. Shoppers will find more than 50,000 items for every room and every style at everyday low prices.
A fun popular Christmas tradition is kissing under the mistletoe. A sprig of the plant or a kissing ball is hung at Christmas time and those caught standing beneath it can expect a kiss.
And for December, the Michaels Makers December Challenge is to
Making this magical mistletoe greenhouse checks nearly all of those boxes!
Display the magic of a romantic moment! What a treasure for merry memory making! And making up this mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece is as easy as 1-2-3. Let’s get started!
I used these supplies from Michaels Craft Store:
Tools I used:
Time it took me: 15-30 minutes
What I did:
I love the greenhouse look! The glass enclosure, cork lid and fairy lights make it more special than it’d be without, doesn’t it? It’s a unique specimen and a magical way to display a faux floral arrangement.
The holidays are a time for family, friends and memories.
The glow from lights on the tree, the aroma of Christmas cookies fresh from the oven or the perfectly wrapped gift – these are things that make the holiday merry.
And in a world where it’s become super-commercialized, it’s the time of year when a personal touch means so much.
Michaels is the place that helps us fill every moment with love, joy and the pride of do-it-yourself creativity and handmade gifts.
Michaels has everything you need to make your holiday merry. For more quick and simple DIY holiday ideas, check out the projects on Michaels.com.
Looking for more holiday inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY holiday project ideas.
Handmade holiday gifts are the best, aren’t they?! Just knowing that someone put in so much time, effort and love into creating a gift gives it a special touch.
I especially love a ‘useful’ gift, not to mention I really want those I love using non toxic products. One of my favorite things about my essential oils is the ability to feel better when everyone is feeling “yuck” and this Thieves tea recipe works so well to support a healthy immune system. It’s now our must have, go-to – especially at this time of year. I want my friends and family to experience the same benefits.
Handcrafted gifts are unique treasures, thoughtful, unexpected and personal.
What I used (affiliate links):
What I did: (pardon my DIY room makeover in progress manicure!)
I love the above Thieves tea recipe because it supports a healthy immune system – something very IN DEMAND this time of year!
Mix it up with different essential oils from the Young Living Vitality line! Ideas: bergamot-honey, peppermint-honey, lavender-honey, cinnamon-honey, orange-honey, etc.
Did you know bergamot is the flavor for Earl Grey tea?
More gift set ideas:
It’s a great gift that’s going to get some use, probably before the year is even over.
Looking for more essential oil infused handmade holiday gift ideas? You’ll want to check out these blog friends and their creativity…
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Look no further for last minute Thanksgiving inspiration! Here is a collection of favorites from That DIY Party: (as always please remember to visit and pin from the original blog/source). Now, on to some beautiful Thanksgiving features…
Marty with her Thanksgiving tablescape at A Stroll Thru Life … who needs food? I’m drooling over the pretty centerpiece and elegant place settings.
Need some help staying organized? You might need to grab this printable Thanksgiving dinner meal planner from Crafting A Family. You might also be interested in her crockpot turkery recipe. Thanks, Susan!
And oh my, so pretty – a Thanksgiving bar cart from The Honeycomb Home…
I’m in love with this beautiful plaid Thanksgiving tablescape at Five Marigolds….
A beautiful Thanksgiving printable at My Busy Beehives. Thanks so much, Julie!
I love this cute gratitude lesson idea at Building Our Hive blog. So cute!
make this beautiful magnolia pumpkin from Time to DIY…
and creating a Thanksgiving kids’ table The View from the Ville.
Thanks so much to the talented ladies above for sharing their inspiring ideas, hard work and creativity! Link up your latest creative DIY or decorating project to the weekly That DIY Party for a chance to be featured or pinned to the That DIY Party Highlights Pinterest board.
Crushed for time but want to add a Thanksgiving touch to your existing decor? Snag these free Thanksgiving printables, toss them in an existing frame and display.
How about taking the time out to create a cute decorative DIY wishbone or mini-wishbones for place settings.
Oh man! How about this oldie! The next time you see some thrift store art in fall colors, grab a Sharpie and give it a Thanksgiving vibe…
Are you a fellow essential oil lover? Remember to share your sentiments and oils with family and friends by adding a special essential oil favor/gift to Thanksgiving dinner place settings. I recommend Young Living.
And if you’re free this week, there’s still time to make up this easy DIY Thanksgiving sign for your Thanksgiving inspired vignette.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with abundant blessings, dear DIY friends! So grateful for your friendship! xo
If you’re an essential oiler, you love to “OIL.ALL.THE.THINGS”. Here are some amazing essential oil infused recipes for family holiday dinners. Remember to only use a brand of essential oils labeled safe for dietary use like Young Living‘s Vitality line. Give these delicious recipes a try!
Ultimate gravy recipe:
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Time sure does fly. If you’re like me, you barely know what’s on today’s agenda let alone a few weeks from now. Well, here’s a friendly tap on the shoulder. LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN! Thanksgiving is on it’s way then Christmas is going to be here before we know it! Time to put the holidays on our radar.
It’s nearly time for holiday gatherings and family get-togethers, those seasonal occasions where a thoughtful hostess gift goes a long way in showing your appreciation for a welcome invitation, laughter, fun times, good friends and holiday cheer. The stuff memories are made of and perhaps you don’t want to show up empty handed. On top of all that, you might just have a passion for essential oils and you’re going to want to include powerful scents of awesome-ness because that’s how you roll. OIL.ALL.THE.THINGS! Am I right? Well, you’ve come to the right place today. Bookmark or pin for future reference! You’ve arrived at the best essential-oil infused holiday hostess guide on the internet!
TO: YOU. FROM: ME. To kick off the occasion and because I was recently inspired by a Melissa Poepping video from the Young Living Live Your Passion Rally, I whipped up some super cute holiday gift tags. Not only will your creative gifts look festive and pretty but they’re going to smell amazing too.
Your first gift this holiday season? A little something from me. Yay! These are cute printable holiday gift tags with a teensy weensy DIY touch. All you need is some card stock, glue, tiny pompoms and drops of your favorite essential oils (contains some affiliate links).
Reindeer Believe gift tags here: printable Believe holiday gift tags PDF
(for personal use only)
Ready for some awesome essential oil infused holiday hostess ideas? Of course! Whether you’re hosting, co-hosting or wanting to show appreciating to the hostess at an upcoming holiday event, that’s why you’re here! IDEAS! And lots of ’em! Thanks so much for stopping by! Go check out these amazing holiday hostess related ideas:
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Hosting a Halloween party? Me too! And these (essential oils optional) treats make the cutest edible party favors!
Shopping List: (All supplies except marshmallows and essential oils are available at Michaels).
Time frame: about an hour.
What I did:
So cute and tasty too! So boutique-looking, right? Your guests will love them!
See The Raven inspired Halloween party decor post for more ideas.
More Halloween make & take inspiration:
If you used essential oils, the taste is subtle but so good! I couldn’t decide which I liked best!) New to essential oils? Get yours HERE!
Are you a fan of spooky Halloween or do you go for a cuter approach? Here are some fun DIY Halloween project highlights from past DIYShowOff projects:
Do you decorate your home for Halloween? Inside and out? Are you all in with a costume and trick-or-treat?
My Michaels Makers challenge for October is “Halloween Party” and what a fun time shopping the aisles of Michaels for accessories. From cute and friendly to creepy-spooky, they have everything you need to host an awesome monster-bash!
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is a poem often noted for its supernatural atmosphere, making it the perfect theme for your next Halloween party…
Shop for fun accents with Victorian, modern bold patterns and creepy Halloween vibes. Connect the variety of design styles with a black and white color palette.
Journals make the perfect party favor for this author and poem – inspired party. Popcorn is the perfect snack to serve while ‘The Raven’ is just the right length to read by candlelight via candelabra…
Nevermore Tree Centerpiece (an oldie by favorite craft)
Whether you’re into spooky sights, playful pumpkins or giggling ghouls, Michaels is your Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Headquarters and has tons of ideas for DIY costumes and décor.
Make up some cute candy coated marshmallow Halloween treats for party favors!
Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers Boo-It-Yourself Halloween ideas on the Michaels blog or by viewing the links below on Monday, October 3rd at 11 a.m. CST:
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DIYShowOff weekly recap: Hmmm, what did I do this week? Soaked up the final days of summer! But, I did host an event and gave it refreshments a fall theme along with a little bit of autumn decorating:
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The Michaels’ Makers August challenge is all things Fall decor. Why yes, it IS a bit early but it’s also a great time to collect inspiration for decorating your home for fall in another month or so. It’s going to be here before we know it. Time flies!
What’s your favorite color palette for Fall? Warm Fall colors – oranges, reds, golds are so pretty, aren’t they? I also love an autumn color scheme consisting of plum, dusty rose, burgundy and dark turquoise. ALL THE FALL THINGS available at Michaels! I’ve done some of both in the past but this year, I’m embracing warms whites (creams) and metallics, specifically gold with an easy monogram pumpkin silhouette and coordinating decorative accents.
How to make a decorative fall lighted craft pumpkin monogram silhouette lamp…
Materials I used:
What I did: create a beautiful light up display in minutes!
A ready-made bouquet, gold basket and cute owl floral pick add texture to my Fall vignette. Are you ready? Where do you start? What’s your favorite part of the Fall season?
Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers fall decor ideas on the Michaels blog.
From fall wreaths and porch décor to seasonal tablescapes and pumpkins, Michaels has everything you need for the latest Fall Décor trends!
How about some red, white and blue DIY ideas since Independence Day is right around the corner? Click the images below to be redirected to the original blog post.
And some fabulous festive highlights from my crazy talented blog friends who gave permission to be featured by linking up to the weekly That DIY Party. Simply click the image to visit the original post for more details, to pin to your patriotic Pinterest board and to say “hello”!
Fun and festive! See MORE by following along on the DIYShowOff Patriotic DIY Pinterest board!
One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 20th. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony.
Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party. A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape.
It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony.
• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots.
• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent.
• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!
• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.
• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.
Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties.
Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts.
Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon.
Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick.
Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table.
Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look.
Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon.
Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.
For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.
Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.
Visit these talented blog friends starting at 11 p.m. CST for more summer party inspiration:
The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge: Attend a class at Michaels craft store. Take a little time to indulge yourself with some “you” time, learn new skills, get some tips, spoil yourself with something handmade with love or whip up a handmade gift. Gather your friends and make it a girls’ night out.
Were you aware that Michaels offers craft-themed classes?! There are so many to choose from – from painting to knitting or crocheting to paper crafting to jewelry making, kids’ crafts, floral arranging and more. I found most classes were free, only the cost of supplies. A great way to try a new skill or craft, a fun way to set aside time for yourself or to get together with friends. Productive too – you walk home with something you create!
I simply enrolled online (I chose the project DIY floral arranging) then showed up at the scheduled date and time with my friend, Dana.
We started with shopping to purchase the materials needed for DIY floral arranging from a printable supply list. The twist: choosing flowers and a container with our own preferences for a custom DIY floral arrangement. Our instructor, Brittney, was close by to answer questions and make suggestions.
The printable class description and supply list when I signed up online for the class provided me with a coupon too – 10% off our entire purchase. Score!
Our class size was 6! So fun and what a joy to see the creations! Because of the shopping, we sort of worked in two groups of three, our group getting an early start so I did miss out on seeing the other groups’ finished projects but from what I could tell, they choose some pretty unique supplies too (a tall glass cylinder with burlap and neutrals, a birdcage with ivy and a glass lantern with sea shells)…so fun that you have the option to choose what appeals to you personally. I was there at 6 p.m. and home by 8 p.m., a small time frame and a little indulgence…me time!
When I’ve done floral arrangements in the past, my techniques have varied: 1) buy a pretty bundle of silk florals/bouquet, place it in a vase and call it a day to 2) snip the stems with wire cutters and haphazardly, errr..’artfully’ arrange them in a container. The “handpicked bouquet” technique (haha), kind of like this one last spring:
So, getting some ‘professional’ tips was a welcome help!
DIY floral arranging tips I picked up at the class:
I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, making acquaintances with new people too. And I now I’m excited to display a pretty centerpiece perfect for spring.
Have you attended a local class at Michaels? Did you even know about them? What would interest you most? I plan on attending more for sure, opening a whole new world for making local friends who share my passion for DIY and taking a couple of hours on occasion to improve my crafting skills or trying something new.
Here are a few floral arrangements from class. Pretty, right?
Our inspiration from Michaels:
Dana’s: I love the copper accent with turquoise, purple and green!
A pretty spring collection from Maggie…
Mine: I’m in love! I’m inspired to add a few more spring buds.
And that artichoke! ::swoon::
Michaels offers free classes in their stores! You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies. Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.
See more Michaels’ class experiences from these blog friends:
My Spring DIY plans are spring cleaning. I have yet to get started but my word for Spring is “purge”. The biggest obstacle is time, isn’t it? It’s the perfect excuse to put things off and it weakens the motivation for tackling my to-do list. Today I’m going to share some past Spring DIY while in real life I force myself to just begin the task of cleaning out, filling boxes and bags even if it’s just a corner of a space. Better to start small somewhere than not at all. Enjoy these Spring DIY projects in the meantime…
This spray painted branch was one of the easiest DIY projects ever. Materials: tree branch from the yard and spray paint. Result: a pretty pop of color and a fun centerpiece.
Grab a blank pillow cover and give it a touch of Spring with stencils and paint, glue and pompoms. An easy way to refresh a room!
I scored these rubber boots at Kmart a few years ago. Add some vinyl decals for a little Spring personality. Or fill with flowers! Maybe you have a child who’s outgrown a pair or keep your eyes peeled at the next thrift store stop. The perfect way to infuse “April Showers bring May Flowers” into your wardrobe or decor.
Create a pretty Spring floral arrangement, add some French accents for a SpringTime in Paris vignette.
Yardsale season is nearly here. Keep you eyes open for an old chandelier. Get it prepped for summer blooms now rather than holding off until the last minute.
Barefoot, sandal, flipflop weather will be here before we know it. Time to de-winterize those feet. Pamper your skin with a homemade exfoliating sugar scrub then treat yourself to a pedicure.
Time to work on sprucing up the patio and outdoor areas. Collect some teacups for a cute spin on small planters or bird feeders.
It’s also a good time to think ahead to your herb garden. Mine will be utilized for the 3rd year in a row. I love having fresh herbs within reach.
Hosting a Spring party? Entertaining? Put a little extra thought into the prep work for your celebration.
Looking for more Spring ideas? I’m betting you’ll find some linked up to That DIY Party this week or join in by linking up yours to ‘show off’. Happy Spring, DIY friends!
The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge is all about Mother’s Day and this project will be for celebrating my daughter who’s now a mom too (Ali, don’t look! lol). I couldn’t resist scooping up this opportunity to get creative and practice a little DIY influence on the littlest one in our family by making up a DIY keepsake Mother’s Day gift.
What we spent: Under $15
Time we invested: Less than an hour (+ paint drying time)
1. We protected our work surface and applied a thin coat of paint to his little hand then carefully pressed it to the wood plaque. We washed his hands immediately and let painted handprinted plaque dry.
2. Using painter’s tape, we secured the stencil to the plank sign, lining up the word “love” so we could see the drilled holes in the empty stencil space.
3. Next, with a foam brush we applied paint to the stencil (using a sponge technique using a little paint…don’t glop it on or it will seep under the stencil) to paint on the word “love”. We removed the stencil, filled in any spaces and let the paint dry.
4. Last, we pushed the string of LED lights through the drilled holes from the back side and added 2 AA batteries.
5. The kit comes with hanging hardware and foam/felt for protecting the wall. Attach according to packaged instructions.
Very simple. Very cute. And a special keepsake from baby to mom. Display on a shelf or add to a gallery wall. So sweet!
If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts starting at 10 a.m. EST April 1, 2016: