DIY: How to Make a Spring Flower Crown

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Spring is officially here! To celebrate our favorite flower-filled season, we put together this sweet and simple flower-crown tutorial. All you need are some little blooms, floral wire, and floral tape and you’re good to go. The best part? It only takes 15 minutes to make! How darling would these look on your little ones for Easter? Or perhaps for a springtime wedding?

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Recreate This Room: Sunlit Bedroom

It’s magical, that time of day when sunlight pours through the windows, casting a soft glow over everything. This cozy, inviting bedroom captures it perfectly, with its open windows, rumpled bed sheets, and dark wood floors. To recreate the look in your own home, outfit your bed with soft, comfy linens juxtaposed against furniture and fixtures in wood, leather, and deep, saturated tones.

Ideas for decorating your bedroom with art

1. Emerald-green pendant light

2. “Indigold” art print by Stephanie Ryan for Minted

3. Gold throw blanket

4. Washed linen duvet covers

5. Brass task lamp

6. Washed wood dresser

7. Turkish patchwork rug

Photo (top): Derek Swalwell

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Design to Dish: Chocolate Pocky Cake

chocolate cake decorated with pink frosting and pocky domino” art print by Carrie ONeal; Pocky Cake (recipe below)

A few months ago, I was browsing Minted’s art prints for inspiration for upcoming Design to Dish posts, and I came across this “domino” print by Carrie ONeal. Instantly, I knew I had to make a cake decorated with Pocky sticks—this was one of those moments when the stars aligned and everything just clicked.

This pretty pink-and-chocolate-Pocky cake is as fun to look at as it is to eat. You can use any combination of cake and frosting flavors, but I made my favorite from-scratch chocolate cake and frosted it with my favorite vanilla buttercream (tinted a soft shade of pink to match the cute art print!). Both recipes are below; we had no problem polishing off the scrumptious cake and my kids stuffed themselves silly with Pocky!

chocolate cake decorated with pocky

Keep reading for the recipe for this irresistible chocolate cake…

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Minted Real Wedding: Diane & Kaelem in Toronto

The picturesque Toronto Islands is the setting for today’s Minted Real Wedding, where Diane Carvalho and Kaelem Cahill exchanged vows in a charming historic church amid a downpour (so romantic!) before their 150 guests.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Minted Real Wedding | Toronto, Canada

Bride and groom: Diane Carvalho and Kaelem Cahill
Based in: Toronto, Ontario
Wedding date: July 27, 2013
Ceremony location: St. Andrews Church, Toronto Islands
Reception location: Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands
Number of guests: 150
Minted wedding invitation: Chalkboard” by Alethea & Ruth
Florist: Peter Pauls Flowers
Wedding planner: Ellie Martires from Laura & Co. Events
Photographer: Tara McMullen Photography

Minted Real Wedding | Toronto Islands

How did you and Kaelem meet?
At a bar initially. But our friends started dating and we both became friends throughout the year and started dating a year later.

Tell us about the proposal!
Valentine’s Day while ice skating at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, with U2′s “With or Without You” playing in the background.

How did you find your wedding venue?
The Toronto Islands is one of our favourite places in the city. It’s a short boat ride away from the city and feels like you’re in the North, away from all of the hustle and bustle. We had private boats for the bridal party and we rented a private charter boat to bring all of our guests to the island. We also had a late-night boat party on Lake Ontario after the reception.

Click through to see more details from Diane and Kaelem’s beautiful wedding…

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DIY: Printable Ice-Cream Cone Napkin Rings

Now that warmer weather looks like it’s here to stay (fingers crossed), I consider it socially acceptable to start thinking about summer! Sure, I may be a few months early but when 75% of the year seems to be filled with winter blizzards or tornado storms, you have to savor the good-weather months as much as possible. And what better way to celebrate than a good ol’ fashioned ice cream party! I’ve been known to go a little over the top in the ice cream party department, so it was about time to add a little napkin ring action to the mix!

Click through for the free printable and step-by-step instructions

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DIY: Raw Crystal Necklace Display

Spring is nearly here, which means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning and getting organized. Why not start with your jewelry? Keep your necklaces tangle-free by hanging them on this easy-to-make crystal jewelry rack.

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DIY: Rainbow Photo Booth Backdrop

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of alice & lois

Are you hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash this weekend? You’ve got to try this simple DIY rainbow photo booth backdrop. It’s a clever twist on a rainbow theme and we aren’t lying when we say you can whip up this backdrop in 15 minutes, flat!

Easy DIY rainbow photo booth for St. Patrick's Day

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Wedding Invitation Challenge: Guest Judge’s Pick

The entries from our latest wedding invitation challenge simply blew us away—we received a staggering 1,922 submissions from designers from all around the world. To help us sort through all of the incredible entries, we asked wedding expert Emily Newman, founder and editor of the most gorgeous wedding blog Once Wed, to select her favorite invitation. Without further adieu…

 ”Grand Affair” by Three Kisses Studio

“Grand Affair” by Three Kisses Studio immediately stood out to me as a favorite for its timeless type choice and understated elegance. I love how the lines delicately frame the type.”
—Emily Newman, Founder and editor, Once Wed

We can imagine designer Amy Fontes’ invitation perfectly complementing a glam, Art Deco-themed celebration, but the design is so versatile and could easily work for a more classic and traditional wedding held in a stately mansion or historic ballroom, too. Congratulations, Amy!

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Recipe: Golden Lass Cocktail (with free printable coasters!)

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and if you, like me, are in search of a festive libation that doesn’t leave your mouth stained bright green, then this is the recipe for you. Simple and refreshing, the Golden Lass is a delicious, ladylike cocktail that combines sparkling lemonade, Irish whiskey, and honey. What’s even sweeter? Our free, hand-lettered printable drink coasters! They’re the perfect addition to any party.

Click through for the Golden Lass cocktail recipe and our free coaster printable

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