Witch-Hazel DIY

Photo by Anette Grolle

Supplies

  • hemp twine
  • neon paint (highlighters work, too)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • empty pods
  • bare twigs

This week’s DIY comes from German-dwelling artist Anette Grolle of Lebenslustiger who owns an Etsy shop of the same name where she sells an assortment of darling handmade jewelry. Armed with just a few findings from nature, a couple synthetic supplies, and a bit of imagination, Anette crafted bright and cheerful witch-hazel blossoms.

Below are a few photos from Anette’s process, all of which are pretty self-explanatory.

DIY witch-hazel by Anette Grolle of Lebenslustiger

These would make a lively centerpiece, no?

Hop over to Anette’s blog for heaps of other fun nature-related DIY projects.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Handmade Embellished Card

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

  • large scallop circle punch
  • medium circle punch
  • scissors
  • paint + paintbrushes
  • puff squares tape
  • glue
  • white cardstock

Before I got my digital cutting machine, every card and set of stationery I made was hand-cut with a pair of scissors. Even now I sometimes prefer that sort of method when creating the various layers I need for my paper goods. Just recently, a gal asked me if I could show her a way to make a 3D flower for a card she was making … without having to use a digital cutting machine.

I’ll just share one of my methods with you all here.

handmade embellished card by Anastasia Marie

Directions

Step One: Punch three scallop circles and three plain circles from the white cardstock.

Step Two: Take your scissors and cut slits around the scallop circles, leaving the middle portion uncut. Use each groove of the scallop to guide you where to cut. This creates your petals. Do the same with your plain circles to create fringe-style petals. Bend some of the petals up on each cut piece to create a pop-up effect.

Step Three: Paint the tips of the bent-up petals of the scallop piece one color and the un-bent petals a different coordinating color. Paint the tips of the plain circle piece a third color. Or you make things simpler by use just one color for everything. It’s totally up to you. Repeat this process for each of the pieces. Let dry.

Step Four: Apply one puff square to the middle of each scallop piece. Secure a smaller circle piece on top. Voila! A 3D flower is born.

Step Five: Score and fold a piece of white cardstock that is cut to the size of card you want. Dab a bit of glue on the back of each flower and secure onto the front of the card.

And there you have it! An easy-peasy DIY card. These look best paired up with kraft envelopes to give the card an even more handmade look. Just don’t forget to stamp the back of the card with your name before you give it away.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer!

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.

Picnic DIY Roundup

DIY project & template from Twig & Thistle for Amy Atlas’ Sweet Designs

Now that summer is officially here, the outdoor feasting shall begin. Are you feeling the draw of the outdoors? Are you feeling the need to grab a basket, fill it with fresh fruits, nice wine and delicious cheese, and spread you blanket on the grass? From picnic party invites to napkin rolls to embellished baskets, and more, here are fun ideas to help you prepare to throw the best picnic ever.

About Clemence Herbillon

Clemence is a blogger, jewelry designer and school teacher based in Switzerland, Europe. She was raised in the French countryside with five siberian husky dogs, and kept an unconditional love for nature and all living creatures since then. She is obsessed with all things pretty and enjoys getting lost in the vortex of fashion, design, art, and inspiration blogs, as well as working on her own blog, Oh The Lovely Things, where she shares her creative projects and documents what inspires her each day.

Tissue Flower Pom-Pom Gift Wrap

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ribbon (enough to wrap around your box a few times)
  • your wrapped gift

Cute gift wrap is one of my weaknesses. Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own tissue flower pom-pom for your gift. I love the idea of a pom-pom that is just as wide as the gift box itself. What I like about making your own versus buying one, is that you can size them however you want. How often do you come across ones that are huge? I have yet to, actually.

Directions

tissue flower DIY by Anastasia Marie

Step One: Grab three sheets of tissue paper that are all the same size. Fold the three pieces together until you get a long strip that’s roughly an inch wide. Cut the long strip into the length of gift box, plus an extra inch.

Step Two: Fold the tissue strip in half and pinch the fold together with your fingers. This is going to be your base. Take your scissors and cut along the two thickest fold lines, leaving about half an inch uncut from the base.

Step Three: Start fluffing the tissue pieces into a round flower. Feel free to make the pieces twist and wrinkle to give it some extra texture.

Step Four: Run your ribbon through the middle of the base and add a dab of glue. Pinch the base extra tight until the glue dries.

Step Five: Secure the newly made tissue flower pom-pom onto the center of your gift by wrapping your ribbon around the box. Tie the loose ends of the ribbon in a knot on the opposite site of the flower pom-pom.

And there you have it. A cute way to wrap up a baby shower present or your kid’s next birthday gift!

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.

DIY Garden Projects Roundup

DIY twig plant markers by Please Note

June is the perfect time to put on your gardening gloves (or make some!) and start weeding, planting, and watering. From gorgeous garden markers to lovely planters, to vertical garden to string garden, and more, this DIY roundup has all you need to please your green thumb and help you have the prettiest garden around.

DIY garden projects roundup by Clemence Herbillon

About Clemence Herbillon

Clemence is a blogger, jewelry designer and school teacher based in Switzerland, Europe. She was raised in the French countryside with five siberian husky dogs, and kept an unconditional love for nature and all living creatures since then. She is obsessed with all things pretty and enjoys getting lost in the vortex of fashion, design, art, and inspiration blogs, as well as working on her own blog, Oh The Lovely Things, where she shares her creative projects and documents what inspires her each day.