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This DIY, brought to you by Alyssa Hoppe, is a modern twist on Japanese string gardens known as Kokedamas. I love the contrast of the thin string with the hanging plant, and the natural wooden blocks and beads on the string make it even more beautiful. What a great way to add some life to your home or office…
• Rhipsalis Capilliformis
• Sheet Moss
• Peat Moss
• Akedama (clay bonsai soil)
• Waxed Cotton String
• Round Wood Beads
• Square Wood Blocks
• Drill bit
• Embroidery needle
• Water Bucket
• First, drill holes in the blocks and set them aside.
• Next, soak your sheet moss in water for 5-10 minutes. Set aside while you prep the plant.
• Take your plant of choice and gently remove the soil, exposing the roots.
• Cut long pieces of string and lay them across each other in the bowl. The strings should be long enough to tie around around the root ball.
• Lay the soaked sheet moss inside the bowl on top of the string.
• Next, lay down a thin layer of peat moss on top of the sheet moss
• Make a soil mixture of 70% peat moss, 30% akedama.
• Using this mixture, form a ball around the roots of your plant.
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Hey everyone, Ashley here! I’m super excited to share my love affair with all things gold with you today by showing you how to create this DIY gold foil brushstroke pillow. Don’t worry, it’s a very do-able weekend project that doesn’t require you to be super precise with a paint brush, plus you’d never know it’s a DIY. That’s a win/win folks!
• Gold silk screen foil
• Silk screen adhesive
• Small bowl for adhesive
• Paint brush
• Pillow cover and insert
• Sheet of parchment paper
• Old magazine or piece of cardboard
• Scissors (optional)
• Squeeze a bit of the silk screen adhesive into a small container to make brushing it onto the fabric easier.
• Making sure your pillow cover is wrinkle free so the foil applies evenly, then lay it down on a flat surface and insert an old magazine or piece of cardboard inside to keep the adhesive from soaking into the other side
• Dip your brush into the silk screen adhesive and wipe away any excess paint (you won’t want too much excess on the fabric or it won’t adhere properly), then make a quick stroke onto the pillow surface and let dry for 30-45 seconds.
• Next, place a piece of gold foil down onto the brushed adhesive spot (you can even use scissors to cut a small section just big enough to place on the glue to make it last longer) with the shiny/metallic side facing up. Place a piece of parchment paper down over top of the foil and apply heat with a household iron for 30 seconds or until to foil is evenly heated. Be sure not to overheat to foil it will burn the fabric and glue.
• Wait until the foil has completely cooled to the touch, then gently remove each piece of gold foil slowly and repeat the steps as necessary until your pillow is covered.
• If you’re having trouble getting the foil to adhere, you’re either using too much adhesive or applying heat for too long.
• Be very careful when printing onto velvet fabric that the iron doesn’t come into contact with the velvet, only the parchment paper or it will singe the texture.
Once your pillow cover is complete, be sure to let the foil cure for at least 72 hours before major handling or hand-washing if necessary.
You can also use stencils to create more precise shapes or designs in foil, too. I really love the idea of doing geometric blocks also. Be sure to show us how you style yours! – Ashley
photos by Jared Smith
’tis the season for gift giving (and gift wrapping!). today we’re going to learn how to perfectly wrap a gift like the pros. if you’ve ever watched one of those in-store gift wrappers you know that they take it to the next level with their perfection (which i always appreciate). we’re also going to throw in a couple of quick and easy ways to mix up your standard wrapping job that will be sure to make an impact.
what you’ll need:
•Scotch® Doubled Sided Tape
• wrapping paper of choice
• printable gems (you can download for free, here)
• metallic or colored tape
* 1″ hole punch
option #1: we started with the most beautiful hand painted wrapping papers by birch & goldberry. we couldn’t pick just one favorite so we incorporated multiple by adding 3D gems on the top in contrasting papers. once you print the gems, place your wrapping paper on top of the pattern and cut out the shape. fold along the outlined edges and secure with Scotch® Double Sided Tape.
option #2: use your 1″ hole punch to create cut outs in a piece of your wrapping paper and then place directly over an already wrapped gift.
option #3: we love the idea of adding metallic tape around the outside edges of your box. we used Scotch® Brand silver tape which also comes in a ton of other colors to match your own papers.
receiving a beautiful wrapped gift is such a treat. i’ve been given some gifts that were so stunning i don’t even want to unwrap them.
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i really love the holiday season. there is so much beauty in the decoration and the anticipation for the traditions that this time of year brings. today, i’m excited to feature a gorgeous holiday wreath by a alyssa hoppe, a wonderfully talented new york floral designer and prop stylist. i love her take on a holiday classic that can live in your home this season if you follow her steps below…take it away, alyssa!
I was inspired to take a modern, clean approach to fall and holiday decor this year with an asymmetrical wreath in a neutral color palette. I’m always thinking about how to repurpose or give another life to what I’m making, so with that in mind, I started with a base for my wreath that would become a great wall hanging piece even after the foliage comes off. Enjoy! – Alyssa
what you’ll need:
Thick cotton twine
Black leather cord
Round Brass tube
how to make it:
- measure out desired length of brass tubing for the base of the wreath and mark with tape. We measured our tubing to 16″ long.
- secure your tubing to the table with c clamps and use a hacksaw to make the cut
- Using sharp scissors, cut the desired length of your leather cord. We cut our length at 64”
- Once your leather cord is cut, slide the cord through the brass tube
- Place the leather cord end to end and secure with masking tape so that you have a continuous loop. Slide the taped section through the brass tube so that it is hidden.
- Decide how long you would like the fringe to be, and cut cotton twine to twice that length. We cut 24 strands at 24″
- fold the cotton twine in half, with a loop at the top. wrap around the brass tubing, and pull ends through the loop at the top in a “lark’s head knot”
- Once all cotton twine strands have been attached to the tube make sure you go through and tighten all of the knots
- Now your base is made and you’re ready to make the foliage layer that attaches.
- Start with your longest leaf branches and attach them end to end using floral wire.
- Starting from the outside, working towards center, layer foliage and flowers on top of another, and attach stems with floral wire
- Once you have reached the middle you want to make sure you cover the connection with a larger flower so it feels seamless
- Once you have finished, hold up the foliage layer to your base and figure out the angle you want to attach it at.
- Using floral wire, attach the foliage to the base at the points of intersection
- Once secure, hang it on the wall and your wreath is finished
photos by: Kathleen Stalzer Bly
wreath design by: Alyssa Hoppe
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if you’ve ever been to los angeles in the summer you’ve probably seen tiny fruit stands with colorful umbrellas strewn all over the city. you can buy a plastic bag full of fresh cut fruit and veggies for $5. when you buy it, they always ask if you want lime and chili powder on top. the combination of the two with a little sea salt is so delicious, especially on mango and jicama. you should try this snack for your labor day festivities!
it’s such a simple idea and would be delicious to serve at a summer party. we created individual paper cones and lined them in plastic (read how to make them after the jump) as a fun way to hand them to your guests individually and let them add their own chili and salt as desired.
what we used:
• 3 cucumbers
• 2 jicama
• 4 mangos
• 3 limes
• chili powder
• sea salt
how to make them:
• peel the cucumber, jicama, and mango and cut length wise into long, thin slices. lay the fruit flat on a try and just before serving squeeze the juice of three limes over the fruit and toss by hand.
• stack the cut fruit and veggies in the cones and either pre-sprinkle the salt and chili powder on each cone or allow guests to add on their own.
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