diy floral monogram {a tutorial}

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I love the idea of taking a plain jane crafting item, in this case, simple paper mache letters, and turning it into something awesome. And, yes, these letters are easily improved by pulling out the good ole Mod Podge, but I wanted to do something a bit more….

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Materials:
paper mache letter
floral foam
fake florals
hot glue

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Step 1: Gather your materials. Using a sharp knife (and keeping your fingers out of the way!), carefully and slowly slice off the top layer of your letter. I used a bread knife, and it took about a minute or so. And, again, be careful! I don’t want to be responsible for any crafting-related ER visits:)

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Step 2: Using a butter knife (what is it with me and my use of knives in this project?), slice off pieces of your floral foam to insert into your letter. Hot glue these pieces firmly in place.

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Step 3: Take your fake florals and snip off the flowers, leaving about an inch or so of stem. Start placing them into your foam. As you can see, I started with the larger daisies, and then filled in with the smaller flowers.

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Cute, right? This is going to go over Eleanor’s crib in an off-white oval frame. I can’t wait to get it up!

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paper straw garland {a tutorial}

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Happy Tuesday, friends! While in Target the other day, I happened upon the Poppytalk Beach Picnic Collection…have you guys seen it? Lots of colorful, coordinated, and just-plain-happy entertaining pieces designed by the popular blogger herself. I purchased a couple of packs of the beautifully-designed paper straws, and took them home to play with. What I ended up with was a cute and glittery garland that’s perfect for a party backdrop, a mantle or anywhere else in your home that could use a bit of sparkle!

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Here’s the how-to!

Materials:
paper straws
glitter
Mod Podge
twine or string

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Step 1: Take your straws, and, using a sharp pair of scissors, cut them into pieces roughly 1.5″. Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to one tip of each straw piece. Dip in glitter and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 2: Once dry, apply Mod Podge to the other end of each piece, dip in glitter, and lay on parchment paper to dry.

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Step 3: Once all pieces are coated with glitter and dry, string onto some twine or thin ribbon.

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And that’s it! Your  colorful, sparkly and fun garland is ready to be hung and admired.

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easy fourth of july decor {a tutorial}

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Happy Monday, Lovelies! Hard to believe that Summer is in full-swing, and on that note, I’m sharing an easy way to embellish simple and inexpensive tin pails for your Fourth of July celebration (it’ll be here before we know it). While perusing the Dollar Section at Target, I ran across some simple tin pails with July Fourth-inspired ribbon strung through them. I loved them, but wanted to add a little something extra to gussy them up for my Fourth of July table.

Materials:
tin pails
scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
foam brush

 Step 1: Take your scrapbook paper, and cut into small rectangular pieces. I chose these red/white and blue/white striped papers that I found at Hobby Lobby. You can use a paper cutter, but I liked the different widths I got when I used scissors.

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Step 2: Take one of your pails, add a bit of Mod Podge, and start applying your strips! This went fast…I seriously wished I had bought more pails for this project. Once dry, apply two coats of Mod Podge to seal, making sure to let the pail dry between coats.

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I will be using mine for mini-flags, wooden utensils, and paper straws. You can also use these as placecards/favors and fill with goodies for your guests to use during the party or take home with them.

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Have a lovely day!

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