Posts Tagged ‘DIY + Crafts’

Gilded Frames

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A few months ago I went on an Ikea shopping spree. To be more specific, it was an Ikea white Ribba frame spree. Because there’s nothing I love more than a pretty photo in a Ribba frame. And slowly I’m filling my walls with pictures and posters and Ikea framed art.

gilded frame / papery & cakery

I have a few small white Ribba’s on my coffee table, filled with black and whites of R + M. I thought they needed a little jazzin’ up. So I used some painters tape, gave nice straight edges and painted them with gold Liquid Gilding.

gilded frame / papery & cakery

A few coats and my frames were as snazzy as those two little people filling them. And my coffee table thanked me.

xoxo,

Niki

 

Watercolor Place Cards

Watercolor Place Cards

Hi y’all! Sorry for my recent absence. I had a fabulous 36 hours in NYC last weekend for the National Stationery Show {and snuck in a few moments with good friends, good food and good cocktails}. Then we took a quick jaunt with very good friends to Nashville for Memorial Day weekend. It’s been a fresh breath of air and I can’t wait to tell you all about my travels.

In the meantime, here’s ¬†great little project for place cards at your next soiree. {And the kids can definitely help you with this one}.

Watercolor Place Cards

 

All you’ll need a a set of watercolors {I like this one and this}, a white crayon, a paintbrush and some watercolor paper.

Watercolor Place Cards

First cut your cards to size and tent/score as needed.

Next take a white crayon and draw the name of each person. Now go over that name at least 50 times with the crayon applying lots of pressure as you draw.

Watercolor Place Cards

Once the name is thickly drawn, take water colors and apply on top. The name will shine through as the waxy crayon deters the water colors.

Watercolor Place Cards

 

Watercolor Place Cards

 

I’m slightly obsessed with watercolors lately. So stunning and the perfect medium for summer….

Watercolor Place Cards

 

xoxo,

Niki

Easy Roses

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Even though Mother’s Day just past, May is the perfect time to brush up on your flower arranging skills. Because April showers brought some fabulous May flowers. And you should learn how to make them look pretty.

Roses can be thorny to arrange. But if you know a few simple tips, you can nail gorgeous home arrangements and even impress yourself.

easy roses / papery & cakery

Supplies:

2 dozen roses – ideally long stemmed

wide mouth vessel {we used this jar}

Twine/string

Scissors

Instructions

easy roses / papery & cakery

First “clean” your roses. Remove all of the outside leaves. Remove any browned or loose petals.

easy roses / papery & cakery

 

Next cut your roses to the same level – 2-4 inches above the rim of the jar. Don’t worry that they are too high or perfect. It’s impossible to add stem later, so be more conservative on your cutting.

easy roses / papery & cakery

Next arrange your flowers like you are making a bouquet, crossing roses over each other and building out from the center.

easy roses / papery & cakery

**TIP: try to keep fuller roses in the center of the bouquet and the “thinner” roses around the edges. Try to give your bouquet a spherical shape instead of being flat across the top.

easy roses / papery & cakery

Tie your bouquet with a piece of twine.

easy roses / papery & cakery

Place in the water and cut the stems as needed to rest right on the lip of the jar.

easy roses / papery & cakery

 

A stunning arrangement!

easy roses / papery & cakery

xoxo,

Niki

 



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