Tuesday, November 30

:: diy with red dirt revival ::


Hi There! It’s Chelsea from Red Dirt Revival! I am so happy to be bringing a little Red Dirt to Miss Lauren’s corner while she’s away! Today we’re going to learn a super easy and versatile Poinsettia DIY, so let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
{1.} Felt (thin) {2.} Marker {3.} Scissors {4.} Hot glue gun and sticks {5.} Craft Beads (optional)
Other materials for mounting/ attaching your poinsettias to your heart’s desire!
Step 1: Cut your felt sheets in half length-wise (or “hotdog style” for my fellow Ed Majors) 

Step 2. Cut ONE of these new pieces diagonally to create two elongated right triangles. You should now have two triangles and one rectangle. 

Step 3. Using your marker, draw petal shapes ranging in size from largest to smallest, making sure the shapes are fairly close together. This will be your “inner poinsettia” 

Step 3 cont’d: Next, do the same with your rectangular piece of felt, but make all your petals the same larger size. This will be your “outter poinsettia” 

Step 4: Cut. It. Out. Seriously… (Full House, anyone? Okay. Just me…)

Step 5: Draw a small circle and two (or more) leaves on your green felt and cut out shapes (and maybe finish off that Heineken…).

Step 6: Now the fun part! Taking your “inner poinsettia” piece by the smallest leaf, roll inward, making sure any black marker lines are on the back side. Then using your hot glue gun, secure it. This will make it easier to attach your next piece…

Step 7: Wrap your “outter poinsettia” piece around the outside, spreading the petals outward as you go

Step 8: Using enough hot glue to cover the bottom of the petals, attach your leaves, and then 

your felt circle over them.

Add some sparkly craft beads to the center, if you wish, and VOILA! a perfectly pretty poinsettia!

SUPER easy, right? But don’t stop there!  You can attach these to a headband for a fun hair accessory:

Or sew it onto a pin to use as a fabulous holiday brooch:

Make TONS of these and use them as a pretty garland, OR adorn a lovely package:

Any way you use it, you’re sure to get some oohs and aahhs over your super simple pretty poinsettia! 
p.s. this tutorial can be switched up to make any kind of flower you want just by drawing a different shape for the petals! See below where I’ve made a lovely Autumn Mum!

Thanks so much for following along! I hope you’ll swing by Red Dirt Revival and say hello!

Monday, November 29

:: diy with hank + hunt ::

Lolly Garland DIY

This is a sweet and easy DIY for a little lollipop garland, or an ornament or cupcake topper…I’m a girl that likes options.

Supplies: (for 6 Lollipops)
1 sheet of 12x12 cardstock (double-sided)
1 Martha Stewart Punch Anywhere on the Page punch (starburst) (found at Michaels, any starburst punch will do, but you might need more paper)
6 Lollipop sticks
About 6 ft of ribbon/twill tape/twine

Cut 6 - 1” wide strips off the sheet.  Using the punch, punch 12 starbursts out of the remaining paper.

2.     Accordion fold each of the strips.

Make a loop with one folded strip and dollop a thin line of hot glue on the end.  Attach the other end, flatten and let cool.  Repeat for all strips.

Place one starburst right side down.  Add a larger drop of hot glue. 

 Form accordion loop into a star by pushing one side towards the center. 

Press down center into the starburst’s glue. Hold in place until cool. 

Add a second drop of hot glue in the center and attach the second starburst. You have now made a medallion.  YAY!

Add a drop of hot glue on the top end of a lollipop stick. 

Insert glue end into the medallion, below the starburst and between the folds.

At this point, you have some pretty cute lollipops.

.  Embellish as desired.  I added some buttons, but they are just as sweet plain.

.  Find and mark the center of the garland.  Add a drop of hot glue to the back of the lollipop.

.  Press the twill tape into the glue, making sure that the tape remains straight from one lollipop to the next. If you don’t the garland will be twisted.  

Feel free to put the lollipops on a little slanted, they are cuter that way.

Use these on gifts or in a tree as an ornament.  

I have even used these for cupcake toppers for a holiday party.


Okay, so I am obsessed with my new punch and had to try it out again. The world’s easiest homemade garland…made using the exact same punch.

Martha Stewart Punch (see above)
One sheet of Kraft Paper Labels (Full Sheet or Half Sheet style)
Twine or string in desired length

1.     Use the punch to punch out a bunch of starbursts, you are making stickers.
2.     Take off backing of a starburst and center the twine across it.

3.   Fold in half to seal around the twine.  

Repeat as many times as needed to make desired length.
Use this to adorn a tree, a dessert buffet or wrap around a present.  


Sunday, November 28

:: diy with pie n' the sky ::

My name is Melisa, from Pie N' the Sky. I feel so lucky to be contributing to Miss Lauren's DIY Week!! I'm currently still in college, so I live in a dorm. Therefore, I don't have very much space to put up Christmas decorations. I thought this DIY would be nifty for those of you who may not have enough space to put up a giant Christmas tree, or who just want to add a little bit of holiday decor to your already lovely rooms:)

To begin, you'll need:
-glue gun
-buttons and other fun decorations
-a styrofoam cone

Step 1: Loop your yarn around the base of the cone and tie a knot. Then begin to wrap it until you reach the top.

Step Two: Once you've reached the top, then cut your yarn and hot glue the end, to the top of your cone.

Step Three: Add all of your buttons/decorations to your tree. they can be as random or orderly as you'd like:) You'll also add your topper to the top of the cone. I used hot glue to keep them in place:)

Step Four: You're finished! It really is quite easy and I'm sure yours will look just wonderful!

Thank you all for having me! I hope to come back and visit. Have a lovely day!

xo. Melisa

Monday, November 22

- diy week sneak peek -

the fun begins sunday november 28th!
click here to see all of the bloggers participating...

{xo, l}

Friday, November 19

: pretty paper for your party :

it's finally here! friday:) it's been a long, busy week. but i could not start my weekend without leaving you some pretties

paper chandeliers.. a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
now i can't give away too much, but this might just be a little inspiration for something sharon and i are working on!
and even if it wasn't, i'm am still equally amazed and inspired by these creations. i'll take one any day and hang it over one of my lonely tables that are all calling for a beauty like this to complement them!

only one more week until diy week. can you handle it?
get excited people. projects are in and let me tell you, i will be making every single one of them. i'm impressed.  be prepared to deck out your house, yourself, and give a little love to your pals, because you're going to love each and every one of these projects!

on a separate note.. i watched the grinch and made cookies tonight, it is officially the holidays:)
have an amazing weekend lovelies!

{xo, l}