Little embellishments can make a big difference in handmade projects, and today I’m sharing a super easy tutorial for lace flowers that are perfect for punching up everything from tote bags to sweaters, garlands and more. Using just a few easy-to-find supplies, you’ll never believe how simply these come together! Let me fill you in on all the details.
Nothing can enhance a home’s curb appeal more quickly than a colorful container garden, and I especially love to add character to our front porch with hanging baskets. Pre-planted hanging baskets can be very affordable, but the problem with many of them is that they lack pizzazz. Today I’m sharing a super quick, super easy way to spruce them up with adhesive vinyl!
If you follow along on Facebook, Instagram or Google+, you have likely seen my updates regarding our upcoming move from Tennessee to Texas. The last few weeks have been spent getting our current home ready to put on the market, and one of the first places I chose to start was our front porch. Curb appeal can truly make or break the marketability of a home!
Geraniums are some of my favorite flowers, and when I happened upon some gorgeous hanging geranium baskets at Lowe’s for under $10 apiece last week, I seized the opportunity and bought two! I wasn’t crazy about the plain containers they happened to come in, but with a bit of creativity (and some help from my Silhouette CAMEO), I turned this simple beauty…
…into what you see above! The small touches really can take something from everyday to special, don’t you think? And the total time investment to cut the embellishments for each pot and then adhere them was about 10 minutes. Not too shabby! (Don’t have a die-cutter in your arsenal of crafting tools? Consider using stencils and paint pens to create the same effect!)
In my curb appeal-boosting quest, I absolutely loved the tips found in this article on the Homes.com blog. I completely agree with their recommendation that creating a pretty container garden can instantly increase a home’s appeal, like I do every year with my tiered terracotta planters…
…and with the fabric-decoupaged clay pots that I shared last month.
Hanging on my shepherd’s hook in our front bed, my vibrant red geraniums will greet each guest to our home with a cheerful hello. Paired with the containers I shared last week, these special little touches are allowing our front porch to come along quite nicely!
What are your best tips and tricks for boosting a home’s curb appeal? I would love to hear!
Handmade felt flowers are some of the most versatile craft projects around. Used to punch up everything from throw pillows to wearable accessories, it is a must for any crafter to have two or three terrific go-to DIY felt flower tutorials in his or her creative arsenal. Today I’m sharing three felt flower ideas that can be made in no time, and with no sewing whatsoever! Using an assortment of brightly colored felt, making two or three of these is a great way to carve out some creative time to make something beautiful! Let’s get started.
If you have admired the cute printed duct tape that seems to be everywhere these days but have never really had an idea of something fun to do with it, consider adding this duct tape vase to your to-do list. Like many other duct tape crafts, this vase comes together in no time at all, and best of all, the base for this beauty is an upcycled empty plastic container much like one you might very well have hanging out in your own pantry. This project would be a great kids craft idea to give as gifts for grandmas, teachers and more. Let me show you how easily it’s done!
Another showy mum placed in a decorative urn, my DIY picket fence pallet,and a grouping of pumpkins round out the display. What a statement this makes next to my front door!
…and then filled the pots with my flowers, pumpkins and gourds. So simple!
It’s nice to have a go-to flower tutorial for embellishing all sorts of things, from home decor items and wearable accessories to gift wrapping and more. Today’s tutorial for easy handmade felt poppies is one I recently came up with to accent the desk lamp shade in my sewing room and home office, and these flowers are so deceptively easy to make that I know I’ll be using them in many projects to come!
For this project, you will need…
- Felt (I prefer wool felt, but any kind will do)
- Sewing shears
- Hot glue
- Decorative brooch (mine is from Styled by Tori Spelling)
- Rotary cutter and mat (optional, but recommended)
To begin, cut approximately 15 3-inch squares of felt using your rotary cutter and mat. Working with one felt piece at a time, fold each square into quarters, as shown.
Apply a small dab of hot glue to one of the flaps formed by the snip, as shown…
…and then overlap the other flap so that your piece forms a shallow cone. One of your flower petals is now complete! Repeat the above steps with the remaining felt squares to make the rest of your petals.
Use scissors to cut a cardboard circle that is about 3 inches in diameter. (I used a cereal box.) Apply a dab of hot glue to the outer edge of the circle, as shown…
…and then affix one of your petal pieces to the cardboard, so that the snipped portion of the petal is affixed to the cardboard.
Continue affixing the petals to the cardboard base in a similar fashion, overlapping them slightly as you work.
Work until your have an entire ring of petals…
…and then add another layer of petals at the center. When you’re finished, you will have a blank space at the center of the flower where the cardboard base shows through; we’ll cover this up in a moment!
Finish your flower with a decorative brooch adhered to the center with hot glue for a chic statement. I used a brooch from the Styled by Tori Spelling Glitz line for my flower center. I absolutely love how it sparkles!
Good morning, everyone! I am so incredibly excited to announce that over the next few weeks, I am going to add some new additions to the PS Team. My first splendid contributor to introduce is the incredibly talented Megan from The Homes I Have Made. Her projects have always drawn me in with their incredible use of color (a girl after my own heart!), and I am delighted that she will be sharing her talent with us here at PS!
Hello, Positively Splendid Readers!
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NOTE – there is a right and wrong way to do this! If you fold the wrong edges together it will look like the image on the left (below). Check and make sure your flower looks like the image on the right (below).
Megan is an exercise and nutrition professional turned stay-at-home mom and DIY blogger with the arrival of her baby boy in April of 2011. Married to a U.S. Marine, she is currently setting up her 5th home in 8 years! You can follow Megan’s decorating and crafting adventures over at The Homes I Have Made and find lots of ideas, tips, and tricks for making any temporary space a cute, cozy and comfortable home!
- I sanded the surface of the old pots to remove all of the peeling paint before spraying each one with two coats of Zinsser spray primer. After they had dried completely, I sprayed each one with 2-3 coats of paint (Krylon Coral Isle and Meringue).
- When the pots were all dry, I used some white latex paint and my circle foam pouncers (love these!) to paint polka dots on each pot before spraying everything with a coat of polyurethane sealer.
- I then cut out a decorative address label from outdoor-grade adhesive vinyl using my Silhouette. I loved that the original planter doubled as a house number sign, and I wanted to be sure to do that again with this one!
- After all of the painting and embellishing, all that was left to do was to construct my stacked planters. Check out the original post for the play-by-play for exactly how to do that.
- Even if you’re working with brand-new pots, I recommend priming your pots before painting. Spray primer makes this incredibly easy to do, and it will save you the frustration of having to apply a ton of coats to ensure even coverage!
- Seal your painted pots with polyurethane spray. After two years, my pots were definitely in need of some TLC (the paint was chipping badly in certain areas), and I’m hoping the spray sealer will mitigate some of that this time around.
- When filling your planter with flowers, start planting on the top tier and work your way down. That way, you won’t fling potting soil on top of the plants in the lower levels as you work your way up.