Potted Lavender

Photo by Julie Blanner

Supplies

  • pots
  • saucers
  • paint
  • foam brush
  • lavender
  • soil
  • (optional) cactus rocks

[editor’s note]: Today’s tutorial comes from Julie Blanner, an event planner and designer from Kansas City, and blogger behind Coordinately Yours, where she “shares inspirations and tips for entertaining, home, weddings and events”.

Potted lavender is perfect for home and makes a great gift or favor.  The fragrance is unmistakable and welcoming and they require minimal care.

DIY lavender pots by Julie Blanner

Directions

Paint your pots and saucers — keep in mind you don’t have to cover the inside completely.

Add your plant, fill the area around it with soil and add rocks if you wish.

For gifting, add care instructions.

Click here for the free printable.

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.

Party Fringe

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

 

  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • one-sided tape (matte finish)

My sister is getting married in just over a month, and this past weekend, I threw her a bridal shower. Remember two weeks ago when I was talking about doing party research and showed you one of the garlands that I was in love with? Well, here’s part two of that. I’m currently loving fringe, and wanted to create fringe garlands to hang all over the party zone. And I’m ready to share with you just how I achieved it:

party fringe DIY

Directions

1. Take a sheet of your tissue paper and fold in half, hamburger style (do folks even say that still?). Then keep folding until you’ve made a narrow strip.

2. Then let your tissue paper get fringe action! Leave about an inch and a half uncut. You’ll use this part to secure the fringe to your string.

3. Unfold the tissue fringe strip part-way and place a piece of double-sided tape inside, placing the end of your string on it, and then folding it back up.

4. Keep folding that end of your tissue fringe strip until you get get it pretty thin. Secure with your matte-finish tape.

5. Overlap that piece of tissue fringe with another piece, and interchange colors if you’d like. In time, you’ll have the prettiest garland.

Enjoy! Come see on Thursday on my blog how my sister’s bridal shower decor turned out …

[editor’s note]: Pair this DIY with Anastasia Marie’s previous hanging circles to create jellyfish for an underwater/beach-themed party!

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.

Flower Seed Favors

Photo by Alena Chiang

Supplies:

  • glass vials
  • seeds
  • tissue paper
  • string or embroidery thread
  • mini leaf paper punch
  • green card stock
  • toothpick
  • thin strip of paper

Wonderful crafter and blogger Alena Chiang of Bells In Spires, formerly a resident of Texas and now currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recently sent in a lovely DIY to share with the readers of Dearest Nature: flower seed favors.

Below is a photo of the materials involved to make this project for your next garden party (see the full list of suplies to the right). Hop over to Alena’s blog for the complete how-to on creating these lovelies, where Alena offers great tips on adding embellishments to the favors or having the favors double as placecards.

supplies for a flower seed favor by Alena Chiang

And for further DIY inspiration from Alena, be sure to have a look around at her DIY archives.

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.

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.

Gift Guide: Make it for Mom

[editor’s note]: This week we’re sharing a four-part gift guide series focusing on gifts for moms. First up is a roundup of DIY gifts shared by our contributors Sarah Hart and Clemence Herbillon who teamed up to find the sweetest of DIYs because we all know that some of the best gifts you can give to your mother on Mother’s Day are the ones that are handmade.

We know how important your mom is to you, and we know how hard it can be sometimes to find that perfect gift for her. That’s why we have brought together some lovely DIY ideas so you can create the perfect present for Mother’s Day!

Whether your mom is Love’n Luxury, Jazzed about Jewerlry, Dreaming of Decor, Passionate for Plants or Yearning for Unique, you’ll be able to find a DIY that is just right for her.

Mother's Day DIY gift guide roundup by Clemence Herbillon and Sarah Hart

1. Citrus salt body scrub by Paula Deen

2. Infusing sugar by Sugar and Charm

Mother's Day DIY gift guide roundup by Clemence Herbillon and Sarah Hart

3. Planting pot necklace by Sincerely Kinsey

4. Bird nest necklace by Sarah Ortega

Mother's Day DIY gift guide roundup by Clemence Herbillon and Sarah Hart

5. Painted driftwood hanger by Lovely Indeed

6. Fabric covered canvas by Better Homes and Gardens

7. Stenciled animal mugs by Country Living

Mother's Day DIY gift guide roundup by Clemence Herbillon and Sarah Hart

8. Book planter with succulents by Green Wedding Shoes

9. Chalkboard planting pots by Bonnie Forkner for Design Sponge

10. Recycled wine barrel planter by Centsational Girl

Mother's Day DIY gift guide roundup by Clemence Herbillon and Sarah Hart

11. Butterfly glass dome by Sweet Paul

12. Birdhouse key hooks by Torie Jayne

About Sarah Hart

Sarah is your fun and friendly designer, crafter and all around creative do-gooder. Her passion is paper goods and strive to create beautiful products that engage and inspire. You can find her working away at her home studio on the Canadian East coast.