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05.31.16

COLORING POSTERS PT. 1

printable coloring poster | designlovefest

our artist in residency natalie has been on the hunt for the perfect adult coloring book and when she came up empty handed on her search she decided we needed to create one. we worked with maddy nye on the designs and we love how they turned out. there are four total designs and today we’re showing the first two featuring the phrases “pursue magic” and “blissed out.” not only are they totally therapeutic to color but we also made them poster size so you can print it, color it and frame it!

printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest

and they’re completely free! just click the download button and print! because we wanted ours to be poster quality we took them to office depot and had them printed on a slightly heavier, matte paper. it’s really inexpensive (we printed 8 for $8!) and worth it if you’re considering making it a piece of art in your home as framed art can really add up.

printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest

we’re super stoked about these and would love if you shared your finished products with us. tag #dlfcoloring so we can see them! and we’ll be back next week with two more designs!

p.s. we used prismacolor pencils on these ones! 

printable coloring poster | designlovefest

DOWNLOAD PURSUE MAGIC DESIGN HERE (3694 downloads)
DOWNLOAD BLISSED OUT DESIGN HERE (3280 downloads)

concept by: natalie shriver
design by: maddy nye

05.18.16

PRESSED FLOWERS DIY

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

we have another gorgeous DIY project by alyssa hoppe that we are excited to share with ya. we talk a lot around here about how to make affordable art, and this is a perfect way…pressed flowers. let’s learn how!

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

With so many flowers in full bloom right now, I can’t help but gather stems while I am out walking. I love drying and pressing these flowers to frame or use for other fun projects but instead of continuing to fill up all my books in my house, I thought I would make a DIY flower press and share how to make it! Alyssa

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• 2 pieces of wood
• 4 bolts, wing nuts, and washers (home depot)
• blank newsprint paper
• cardboard
• flowers for pressing

TOOLS:

• drill and drill bit
• scissors
• clamps

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

• Start by lining up your two pieces of wood and drill a hole on all four corners 1/2 inch in for the bolts.

• Slip your bolts in to make sure the whole is loose enough for the wood to slide up and down.

• Take your cardboard and newsprint and cut off the corners of each side so that there will be room for the bolts once inside the press.

• Layer the cardboard and newsprint together five sheets of newsprint to one sheet of cardboard. You can create as many layers as you want depending on how many flowers you want to press.

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

• Then place your flowers you want to press in between the layers of newsprint. 

• Once all of your flowers are placed, slip the stack of cardboard and newsprint between the wood and tighten the wing nuts. 

• Make sure to press firmly on the wood while tightening the bolts so that the flowers are really pressed. 

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

Let the flowers dry for ten days and then carefully pull the newsprint layers off to reveal your beautiful stems! Frame them for an affordable and beautiful piece of art in your home…

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

and don’t forget about this DIY dried floral room spray right here.

project by: alyssa leanne hoppe
photography by: nicole moser

03.31.16

DIY ROOM SPRAY

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

we’re true fans of alyssa hoppe over here and all of the projects she creates for us (hanging planters and this holiday wreath). and today’s post is no exception, these room sprays are seriously beautiful. she teamed up with photographer nicole moser for the project and they’re going to show us how to make some of our own. they’d be the perfect hostess, housewarming gift or addition to your bedside table, so pretty!

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

“Flowers are blooming and Spring is finally here (yay!). What better way to enjoy the change of season than by bringing the freshness of outside, into your home! These room sprays are both functional and beautiful, and can be made with a wide range of essential oil combinations to suit your fancy.” alyssa

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
• glass bottle with mist nozzle (i got my bottles from a perfume store, i asked for their old testers! but here are some similar options 1, 2, 34 and 5. )
• essential oils
• distilled water
• vodka or gin
• dried flowers
• measuring cup or kitchen scale for ounces
• masking tape

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

– If you’re buying fresh flower to dry, tie a string around the ends and hang upside down for a week. Once the flowers are done drying, clean out an empty glass bottle and pour distilled water three fourths of the way full. 

– Next, take your essential oils and do a total of 25-30 drops in the water.

-Measure out 1 oz of vodka or gin and pour into the bottle. The ratio I use is 6oz distilled water/1oz alcohol. If your bottle is smaller or larger, you can adjust accordingly.

alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

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03.28.16

DIY DENIM PATCH PILLOW

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

we’re sure you’ve probably noticed, but we have quite the thing for embroidered details these days. taking a cue from some of our favorite jean jackets we’ve made an easy denim pillow cover for all the patches we’ve been collecting and created the perfect way to work the trend into our home decor.

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest
diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

we made an easy, zipper free pillow cover with frayed edges, but if sewing isn’t your thing you can purchase pre- made ones here and still partake in the embellishment fun. *we also have a few extra patches from our project that can be purchased here while they last.*

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

supplies:

  • 1 yard medium or heavy weight denim fabric
  • embroidered iron or sew on patches
  • fabri- tac glue
  • scissors
  • pins

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

start by measuring the pillow you want to cover and make two paper pattern pieces. one for the front that is the size of your pillow (our is 16 x 16 inches) and one for the back overlapping pieces that is as wide as your pillow but half as tall plus 2 inches (so 16 x 10 inches in our case).

diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest
diy denim patch pillow | designlovefest

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03.24.16

DIY FLORAL CURTAIN

diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this DIY is a reduce, reuse, recycle project at it’s best. remember our beloved floral christmas tree?  after a few months of looking at all those flowers and thinking about the good ole days we finally figured out a way to repurpose them so they could be on display in the studio all year.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this project was surprisingly easy. we had to custom make our sheer curtains due to the unusual size of the windows but ready made versions are easy to find to fit most residential spaces. once you have sheers and your faux florals all you need is a pair of scissors and some high quality craft glue. our favorite adhesive for this kind of project can be ordered here or found in most craft stores.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

the key to this project is to try to make the backside of the flowers as flat as possible so that they adhere well to the curtain. using scissors just clip the area where the stem had been connected as flat as you can but making sure to leave the end of the plastic piece. in some instances it is helpful to add a little glue to the remaining plastic part so that the petals all stay together. then just glue, glue glue. we started by glueing the large flowers first and then added smaller and smaller flowers along the way to create the sense of the flowers falling into a pile at the bottom.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this is the perfect, relaxing weekend project. it takes a little while but it’s easy and and fun and in the end you can make yourself a little piece of floral magic.

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis

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