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 :)

-Charlie

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Hanging Baskets

We used to have this awkward empty wall space in our back sunroom off of the kitchen (don’t mind the beautiful orchid creepin’ into the picture)…

Liz and Tom think the sunroom was added on to the house at some point and that this used to be where the outdoor fuse box used to rest? Regardless of what it was used for, it just stuck out in comparison to the rest of the brick wall. So Liz was pretty excited to find a few of these Charlotte Lined Wire Baskets from World Market! Only $7.99 for the small-sized baskets, so this little makeover was a steal :)

The baskets weren’t meant to be hung, but they managed to catch pretty well on flat head nails. They ended up filling the space really well — love the before and after!

And one last shot of the whole space… Now we just need to figure out what to store in the baskets :)

Hope you’re having a good start to the week!

-Charlie

P.S. I’ll be linking this post to my friends’ blogs listed below — be sure to check out their link parties (also listed in the Links section on my right sidebar)!

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DIY Fabric-Covered Birthday Hat

Yesterday was my birthday, and I had just the best day! We took it easy for the most part, although we were able to take a few walks in the morning and evening when it wasn’t too hot out. And last night I got to open my birthday presents! One of my favorite gifts was definitely the DIY birthday hat that Liz made for me… I’m not a huge fan of birthday hats in general (I hate how the store-bought hats look). But this hat was awesome! Now that I’ve already worn it for my birthday, I can share how Liz made it — SO easy!

She literally took a piece of scrap paper, rolled it into a cone shape, and taped it together to form a sturdy base…

She then cut out a piece of striped fabric to roughly fit around the cone, leaving extra room around all the edges. She started by folding over and hot gluing the front middle piece of the fabric to the inside of the cone (mostly because she was using striped fabric and wanted to make sure the stripe was parallel to the bottom of the hat). After getting this part in place, she hot glued one of the edges of the fabric to the back of the cone and then worked around from the front middle to the glued back, folding and gluing along the inside rim of the hat as she went (sorry for the lack of these “during” pictures — let me know if this is at all unclear!). After this half of the hat was finished, she lined up the other flap of fabric in the back, cut any excess fabric, and glued it down in the back. She finished gluing around the rim, and she was practically finished!

My favorite part about the striped fabric she used is that it formed a chevron pattern in the back of the hat :)

Liz hot glued a little ribbon on the top of the hat for decoration, along with two long pieces of ribbon to each side of the hat to be used as ties (the ties were hot glued to the inside of the cone).

I just love how it turned out!

And to Liz and Tom’s surprise, I actually kept the thing on…

Although it DID make me hungry for birthday cake :)

Luckily, Liz and Tom had that one covered with birthday present #2… A little birthday dog biscuit from one of our local pet stores.

And last but definitely NOT least, I introduce to you my new friend, Mr. Lemur.

Hope you’ve had a good weekend! Don’t forget to enter our Amazon giftcard giveaway before next Saturday!

-Charlie

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