DIY: Fabric-Wrapped Succulent Favors

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Whenever we host a gathering, we always like to gift guests with a little something they can take home. Today we’re sharing a simple way to add a personal touch to a parting present with these DIY fabric-wrapped succulents. We used bold, black-and-white patterns from Minted’s line of fabrics, but this project is also a great way to use up any leftover fabric scraps you’ve hung on to. Add a stamped name tag and pretty ribbon, then display a succulent at each place setting or pass them out as guests depart. They’d also make a great wedding favor, don’t you think?

DIY Fabric Wrapped Succulents | alice & lois for minted
DIY Fabric Wrapped Succulents | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Petal-Envelope Cookie Favors

This simple DIY involves three of my favorite things: pretty paper, party favors, and cookies. The end product works well for a sweet takeaway for any type of party, just swap out the paper for a different pattern that coordinates with the theme.

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how to make a petal envelope

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DIY: Oversize Diaper Pins for a Baby Shower

Written by Kathleen Ballos of Snowdrop & Co

I love browsing through vintage paper goods—some of the designs and patterns are so striking! Today’s DIY project was inspired by retro baby-shower wrapping paper I recently found. Since most of the baby shower decorations available at party stores are either very baby pink or baby blue, I thought it would be more interesting to use a coral instead to match these “Modern Momma” baby shower invitations by Lauren Chism. Hang a pair of giant diaper pins on the front door of the baby shower venue, or make a few as decoration for the party. You could even use real safety pins and glue them to the backs of invitation envelopes!

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DIY: Hand-Stamped Spring Napkins

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Our favorite color palette this spring? Turquoise blues paired with coral hues—there’s something so serene about the colors of the sky paired with soft coral tones seen in so many blooming spring flowers. Today we’re sharing a hand-stamped napkin DIY in this color palette that incorporates a pretty unusual and unexpected stamp—celery! We love the clean, modern lines a celery stalk creates when stamped onto a crisp white napkin. Keep reading for the instructions.

DIY Hand-Stamped Spring Napkins | alice & lois for minted
DIY Hand-Stamped Spring Napkins | alice & lois for minted

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Printable: St. Patrick’s Day Treat Labels

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Looking for a last-minute St Patrick’s Day idea? We’ve designed the perfect little treat bag for you! We love decorating with rainbows and gold for St. Paddy’s Day and, since we all could use a little luck now and again, we loved the label’s message, “May luck find you.” Add a handful of chocolate coins or other gold foil-covered candy (like Rolos) and tuck it into your kiddo’s lunchbox or pass them out to coworkers to add a little luck to their day!

St Patrick's Day Label Free Printable by alice & lois for minted
St. Patrick's Day Treat Label (free printable)

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DIY: Clay Garden Markers

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

The first day of spring (a.k.a. vernal equinox) is right around the corner—March 20!—and to celebrate the new season, we’re hosting a little brunch for some of our girlfriends. We love adding a handmade touch to any get together, so for this gathering, we’re making these simple clay garden markers. Tied around a cloth napkin with a beautiful seed packet, they’re the perfect way to add a little pop to your table setting. Bonus: They also make the perfect spring party favor—your guests will enjoy planting the seeds, marking them with the clay stake, and watching them grow.

DIY Spring Place Setting Garden Marker | alice & lois for minted
DIY Spring Place Setting Garden Marker | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Giant Golden Shamrock

By Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up—do you usually decorate for the occasion? I have to say that normally I don’t do much, mostly because the majority of decorations available in stores aren’t quite my taste. This year though, I decided to make my own oversized four-leaf clover—it makes a big impact while still being a bit more subtle than some of the gaudier decorations I’ve seen.

DIY: Giant Golden Clover

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DIY: One-Step Mini Cake Stands

I know you’re doubting me right now. You read the title of the post and you’re not sure any DIY project could actually have only one step. But I assure you that this one does (if you don’t count buying the supplies as a step!). I’ve got the proof after the jump.

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DIY: Mini Flower Press

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Even the smallest buds and blossoms don’t go unnoticed those first few weeks of spring, so why not make them last a little longer by drying them in a flower press. This mini, DIY version doesn’t take long to fill with seasonal sprigs—plus, it’s sized just right for use as a gift or favor; you can even tailor it to match your springtime gathering with a custom label.

Supplies:
Makes one flower press
• Two 4-inch plywood squares (1/8″ thick)
• Sandpaper
• Acrylic paint, water, brush, and rag
• Printed flower-press template
• Masking tape
• 3/16″ drill bit and drill
• Cardboard
• Printer paper
• Scissors
• Eight #10 flat washers
• Four #10-24 wing nuts
• Four #10-24 2.5″ machine screws
“Pressed Petals” custom label

Steps:

1. Lightly sand the wood pieces to remove any splinters and smooth edges. If desired, brush all sides of the wood pieces with diluted acrylic paint and wipe away excess with a rag. You can repeat to deepen the color. Set aside to dry completely.

2. Layer the printed template over the two wood pieces and secure all three layers together using pieces of masking tape. Drill four holes using the template as a guide (it’s OK to drill through the paper).

3. Using a pair of scissors and the printed template, cut cardboard into 3.5″ hexagons. You will need 7 for each flower press. Repeat this process with computer paper—you will need 10 printer-paper hexagons for each flower press. Stack the cardboard and paper pieces so that two paper hexagons are between each cardboard hexagon. When you use the flower press, place flowers and leaves between these pieces of paper.

4. Place a washer on each of the four machine screws and insert each into the four holes on one of the wood pieces.

5. Add the stack of cardboard and paper from Step 4 and the top wood piece.

6. Finally, add another washer on each of the screws, followed by a wing nut. Finish with a custom label.

Tips:
• The easiest way to load and unload the flower press is to loosen all the wing nuts gently and remove one of the screws. You should be able to slide out the stack of paper and cardboard to add flowers and greenery.
• Flowers with less bulk, like hydrangea blossoms or violets, tend to work best.
• Flowers should be left in the press for about one week. Drying time can vary depending on flowers and environment.

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How To: Host the Prettiest Spring Brunch

Spring is in the air! My favorite way to celebrate the season? By hosting a brunch for friends, with a pretty palette inspired by glowy honey golds and delicate spring blossoms. Want to host your own spring-inspired fête? Keep reading for my tips on welcoming the season with a simple, freshly styled table.


spring pollen and rose quartz inspired brunch table by kelli hall

1. Set the tone with table linens.
A striped table linen offers the perfect graphic counterpoint to feminine blooms—after all, it’s about simplicity and balance. I like a linen with an asymmetrical, relaxed drape. To be completely honest, this tablecloth had a raw edge, which I don’t mind at all: I simply trimmed some yardage from one of my favorite patterned fabrics and tossed it on the table. Add cloth napkins with painted cherry blossoms and you’ve got a fresh, pretty table.

spring pollen and rose quartz inspired brunch table by kelli hall, copper piping place card holder

2. Add simple (and cheap!) table accessories.
Place cards can work for even the smallest of gatherings and add a special touch to a relaxed table. The key is easy presentation: Here, I repurposed simple copper pipe caps to hold a each place card (check back later this week for the copper place-card holder DIY). As for the napkins? I threaded the cloth napkins through a gold-toned purse ring. Napkin rings feel fresh again and these purse findings make the perfect linen bundle (and cost less than a dollar per ring!). Unsure if gold and copper can play well together? Of course they can—mixed metallics make for an decidedly informal feel.

spring pollen and rose quartz inspired brunch table by kelli hall

3. Choose double-duty menu items.
To save both time and money, think about how your food can double as decor. Jewel-like honey pots, ruby-hued grapefruit slices, and soft meringue icing on a cake all taste as delicious as they look.

spring pollen and rose quartz inspired brunch table by kelli hallRuby-hued grapefruit adds a pop of color to the table.

spring pollen and rose quartz inspired brunch table by kelli hallHoney jar favors will give your spring table a soft, amber glow.

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