About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Hanging Circles

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies:

  • 1″ circle punch
  • neutral sewing thread
  • needle, scissors
  • glitter paper
  • shimmer paper
  • matte paper

Hello there! It’s Anastasia again of Anastasia Marie. I missed you all a couple weeks ago when I had Donaville fill in for me (wasn’t it a cute one?!). I was kept busy putting together the last few touches on my new site and brand. Did you see the shiny new Anastasia Marie yet?

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about party decor. I’ve been browsing blogs and Pinterest a lot looking for super cute ideas, and came across a few fun ones that I’m going to try sometime in the future. I especially loved the idea I found of mixing various types of paper garlands with hanging ribbon.

Here’s one of the hanging garlands that I came up with to mix and match for my next bash:

hanging circles DIY by Anastasia Marie

Directions

1. Using your circle punch, make a pile of circles out of the glitter, shimmer, and matte paper colors that you choose.

2. Thread your needle with a piece of string that is the length of the garland that you want, double up the string for extra strength. Then start stringing the circles onto your string!

3. Tie a double knot at the very bottom of your garland. I did this in the beginning so the circles wouldn’t drop off the end as I assembled the garland.

4. Hang the garlands of various lengths from the ceiling at your next party to create a party zone. Happy partying!

See you all again in two weeks!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Paper Flower Garland

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

  • 1/8″ hole punch
  • An assortment of colored paper of fabric flowers
  • Gold string

Hello again! It’s Anastasia here with a second tutorial for Dearest Nature.

Even though spring starts at the end of March, it has always felt like it really came right after Easter. I think it’s because Easter has always been such a brightening holiday with all its cheer, that everything seems warmer right afterwards. The cherry blossom trees seem to just pop a little more with all their pinks hues.

This has gotten me dreaming lots about flowers. So today I felt like putting together a paper flower garland so I can bring some blooms indoors without having to worry about watering them. Live flowers never last too long in my home, unfortunately.

paper flower garland tutorial by Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Directions:

1: Punch two holes in the middle of your paper/fabric flowers. Make sure the holes have at least half a centimeter between, making the holes less likely to tear.

2: String your punched flowers onto your gold string, alternating the colors. The trick to giving this garland some volume is to tuck each flower into the one next to it. Use the space between two petals on one flower as your slit to hold the petal of another flower.

3 – 6: With this type of garland not hard to make, you’ll find yourself with a long garland in no time. It also makes for a good lei for your next Hawaiian party. Or if there’s no party coming up, go ahead and use it to spruce up your inspiration line hanging in your office. You get to call the shots here!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Tutorial: Kraft Gift Wrap

Photo by Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Supplies needed

  • glitter twine
  • jute
  • metallic twine
  • mini kraft envelope
  • metallic puff paint
  • your gift wrapped in kraft paper

Hello there! This is Anastasia here from Anastasia Marie. It’s so exciting to be a part of this adventure on Dearest Nature. Looking forward to lots of fun creating all sorts of projects for you to try at home. And everything being nature inspired? Endless fun.

One thing that I love about nature is how when it gets messy, it’s still very beautiful. Example: when a tree falls over and starts decaying, don’t you think the forest still looks just as pretty? I like a good mess, occasionally. So it’s no wonder that I’m obsessed with all things kraft, especially when it comes to gift wrap. You can do pretty much whatever you want, get messy, and it still comes out looking neat. I’ve got one “messy” looking gift wrap for you today.

Directions:
kraft gift wrap tutorial by Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

  • 1. Take your jute and criss-cross to your heart’s content around the wrapped gift … don’t be overly neat! Tie down loose ends in the most inconspicuous space.
  • 2. Tie little bows at each intersection on the top side of your gift, alternating between your metallic and sparkly twines.

  • 3. Snip the loops in half with a pair of scissors.
  • 4. Place some dots on the mini kraft envelope with your metallic puff paint and let dry.
  • 5. Place the envelope in the most “naked” space and insert your special message inside.

Nobody said gift wrap had to be prim + proper. See you all again in two weeks!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.