DIY Laurel Wreath Vase

Ever since Liz saw the sweet clay petal vase tutorial from Centsational Girl, she’s been wanting to do something similar…

So it wasn’t too surprising (in keeping with the Olympics theme and my love for laurel wreath designs) that Liz made a little laurel wreath planter over the weekend. She LOVED the laurel wreath pillow design from Less-than-Perfect Life of Bliss that I shared on Friday and decided to use this as her guide!

Liz found the rectangular planter below on sale from her local craft store…

The only other supplies she needed were some lightweight air dry clay, a stencil, one of Martha Stewart’s silicon clay molds, a bit of paint, and some glue (she used E600).

Liz used the stencil to mold the clay lettering of our house number (making it raised from the planter) and then used the large fern shape from Martha’s silicon mold to create ten laurel wreath leaves.

She positioned the leaves into their arc shapes and let them dry overnight…

Once the leaves and letters were dry she painted them grey and black and then glued them to the planter!

I just love how it turned out!

Hope you had a great Monday :)


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Friday I’m in Love – with Laurel Wreath Designs

With the Olympics in full swing, I’m reminded of how much I love laurel wreaths! They’re so beautiful, and can really be included in decor year-round. The green wreaths below on the left are perfect for winter shelving, while the chalkboard sketched wreath on the right offers a bit of patriotism.

{Sources: A Room for Everyone, My 3 Monsters}

Of course, the laurel wreath decals below would be great for larger displays.

{Sources: Attik 72 via Design Sponge, Tweet Heart}

There are some REALLY elegant laurel wreath stationery options though…

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Stacey Meacham, Toast & Laurel, Invitations by Dawn}

Or other paper products! I LOVE the laurel wreath designs on the library book label, personalized logo, and notebook below.

{Sources, clockwise from left: Nancy Nikko Design, Mulberry Design, An April Idea}

My favorite laurel wreaths are on pillows though :) I love all four pillows below, available for purchase…

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Rustic Country Crafts, Dear Lillie, Three Peas, Bohemiennes}

Or if you’d rather try your own hand at making the pillows, there are a couple of great DIY tutorial options below.

{Sources: Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss, Don’t Disturb This Groove}

As for Liz, she likes her laurel wreaths shiny and in jewelry-form :)

{Sources, clockwise from top left: Dani Makes, Jewelrism, Love Your Bling, Dreams by the Sea, Aurora Long, Jewelrism}

Not sure which of the rings, earrings, or necklaces she’d like best — they’re all so sweet!


Friday I’m in Love – with the Summer Olympics!

Sorry to be MIA this week! Liz and Tom have had a crazy week (including an ongoing guest bathroom refinish) — I’ve just been trying to keep up. I am PRETTY excited that today marks the start of the 2012 summer Olympics though!

If you’ll be entertaining anytime in the next two weeks, be sure to check out the amazing Olympics party spreads below…

{Sources: Project Nursery, Hostess with the Mostess, U Create}

I love every single detail from each of these Olympics parties :)