Celebrate Spring with 23 Floral DIYs

23 floral DIYs

Happy first day of spring!! It doesn’t quite feel like it here in Connecticut just yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time. I’ve found a few ways to fill our home with flowers, even if they aren’t blooming yet.

1. Botanical Napkin Rings via Terrain. Brighten up your tablescape with these easy to make floral napkin rings. This tutorial uses real flowers, but you can substitute fake ones if, like me, you live in what has apparently become the arctic zone.

2. Floral Wall Backdrop via I Spy DIY. I love the floral backdrop trend! I know the blooms will only last a few days before they wilt, but aren’t they so pretty?

3. DIY kate spade Floral Necklace via Bromeliad. Hmm… pay $300 for a necklace or make it yourself for under $20? ;)

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

4. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms via Poor & Pretty. These have become a permanent fixture in our kitchen, and I always get compliments when we have people over. My response? “They’re so easy to make! Don’t ever buy them!” Seriously. Buying them is a rip-off, and you’re far too crafty and clever for that.

5. Fresh Flower Love Sign via Sugar & Cloth. I can’t get over how lovely this simple little sign is!

6. DIY Pressed Flower iPhone Case via The Etsy Blog. These remind me of the pressed flower bookmarks Suzi and I used to make with our Nana when we were little. :)

7. DIY Fresh Flower Framed Mirror via Paper & Stitch. How perfect would these be as a wedding day photography prop?! If I were putting this in my house, I’d want to use fake flowers because it would be such a shame to see them wilt after all that hard work!

8. Floral Spring Wreath via Dwell Beautiful. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas, you know!

9. Tissue Paper Flower Garland via A Subtle Revelry. Here’s another pretty way to string up tissue paper pom-poms.

10. Magnetic Fridge Vases via Woods of Bell Trees. Leftover nail polish bottles + magnets = awesome new fridge decorations.

11. Sugared Blooms via Terrain. These would be so pretty on top of homemade cupcakes or pies! Just make sure to use edible, (and pesticide-free) flowers like roses or violas.

12. DIY Spring Flower Crowns via Green Wedding Shoes. Be the queen of spring in these ranunculusly gorgeous floral crowns. (See what I did there?)

13. Fitzgerald Floral Embroidery Kit via For The Makers. I love my monthly For The Makers kits and this one evokes springtime year-round.

14. DIY Floral Letters via Honestly YUM. I would like to X and O Erica of HonestlyWTF for this beautiful floral arrangement tutorial.

15. Giant Fresh Flower Ampersand via Paper & Stitch. I see your floral X and O and I raise you an &!

16. Flowers & Bees Paper Garlands via Highwalls. Here’s another great garland, made from wrapping paper!

17. Tulip Pens via Muslin & Merlot. Remember having all sorts of crazy pens in middle school? Heidi of Muslin & Merlot is totally bringing ‘em back with her tulip pen tutorial.

18. Giant Wall Flowers via You Are My Fave. Stan might start seeing these bloom all over the house soon…

19. Fresh Flower Hair Bows via I Spy DIY. The perfect garden party hair accessory? I think so.

20. Iron-Transfer Floral Duvet Cover via Design*Sponge. I know this tutorial is meant for college living, but I think this duvet cover would look beautiful in any bedroom.

21. Floral Stamp Greeting Card via Deb Duty. I’m not much of a paper crafter, but this handmade greeting card is just too pretty!

22. DIY Floral Necklace via Green Wedding Shoes. Another beautiful (fresh) take on floral necklaces.

23. Paper Cut Inspired Wall Hanging via Poppy Talk. A daily reminder to love what you do — and if you don’t, it’s time to do what you love.

What are some of your favorite springtime crafts?


Recipe: Chocolate & Caramel Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries feat

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries via @poorandpretty

We’re getting into the homestretch of Valentine’s Day, so I’m breaking out a classic with a bit of a twist. Not only are these strawberries covered in chocolate, I also added caramel and sea salt into the equation. Oh yeah; they’re incredible. And easy to make even if you don’t have a double boiler or fondue-maker (I have neither).

Chocolate Caramel Covered Strawberries Ingredients via @poorandpretty

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1lb of strawberries
  • 1 cup of chopped melting chocolate or chocolate chips — I used half Godiva melting chips and half mini chocolate chips.
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce – I bought mine from Hillhome Country Products at a local event.
  • course sea salt
  • small pot and heat-safe glass (I use a Pyrex measuring cup) or double boiler or fondue maker
  • large dish or baking sheet
  • wax paper

Strawberries Drying via @poorandpretty

1. Wash strawberries, then lay them out on a few paper towels to dry for a few minutes. Chocolate doesn’t stick very well to wet strawberries.

DIY Double Boiler via @poorandpretty

2. Fill a small pot with about an inch and a half of water, then insert your heat-safe glass, making sure not to get any water inside the glass. This will serve as your DIY double-boiler. Place this on a burner and turn it to medium-low heat.

Melting Chocolate via @poorandpretty

3. Add your chocolate to the glass and stir it occasionally as it melts.

4. To make caramel and chocolate dipped strawberries, you’ll want to dip them in your caramel sauce first (it may need to be microwaved), then sprinkle them with your course sea salt (optional but oh-so-good), then freeze them for 20-30 minutes before dipping them in chocolate. If you go from caramel sauce right to chocolate, it gets a little messy.

Dipping Strawberries in Chocolate via @poorandpretty

5. Once the chocolate is completely melted (check that there are no lumps), go ahead and dip in a strawberry! I just used my hand here, but after a while, I found that the strawberries would get too heavy once they were dipped, so I started sticking them on a fork before I dipped them.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry on Wax Paper via @poorandpretty

6. Place your dipped strawberries on a baking sheet or large dish covered with wax paper to let harden. Optional: drizzle with caramel sauce.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries closeup via @poorandpretty

7. Enjoy immediately or stick them in the fridge or freezer for a few days.

Chocolate Caramel Dipped Strawberries 2 via @poorandpretty

… Ours didn’t last very long. ;)


DIY Hand-Stamped Valentines

Hand Stamped Valentines feat

Hand Stamped Valentines via @poorandpretty

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So while Stan and I were stuck inside yesterday due to Winter Storm Juno, I snuck into my office for a while to make these hand-stamped kraft paper Valentines. They’re easy to make, and are a cute idea if you’ve got kiddies in school — they can make these for their classmates!

Hand Stamped Valentines supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

heart drawn on foam via @poorandpretty

Step One: Draw a small heart on the sticky back foam. You’ll be sticking this to the cork so make sure it’s small enough to fit.

Handmade cork stamp via @poorandprettyStep Two: Cut out the heart, peel off the sticky paper, and stick it to the cork. Try to get it as centered as possible.

blank folded kraft paper card

Step Three: Cut an 8½” x 11″ sheet of kraft paper in half and fold each half into cards.

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Card Duo via @poorandpretty

Step Four: Mix up your paint colors, paint them on your heart stamp, and stamp away!

DIY Hand Stamped Valentine Cards via @poorandpretty

You can make lots of different designs.


Snowed in? Here are 10 DIYs You Can Make With Stuff In Your House

hot cocoa feature

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Mug made via @poorandpretty

1. Homemade Hot Cocoa.

You can still enjoy this homemade hot chocolate, even if you don’t have a cute mason jar mug to store it in.

DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

2. Homemade No-Cook Play Dough.

This is a great craft to keep kids (or playful adults) busy for a while, and it’s very easy to make.

DIY Lemon and honey facial peel via @poorandpretty

3. DIY Lemon & Honey Facial Peel.

All you need for this deep-cleaning and exfoliating facial peel is a lemon, some baking soda, and a little bit of honey.

DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor and Pretty

4. DIY Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub.

Add homemade sugar scrub to the mix, and you’ve got a spa day! If you don’t have coconut oil in the house, use canola or olive oil instead.


5. Confetti Manicure.

‘Cause it’s so darn fun! (And will keep you occupied for a few hours.)

DIY Framed Jewelry Organizer via @poorandpretty

6. Turn a Frame into a Jewelry Organizer.

If you’ve got a spare frame, cardboard, and fabric lying around, turn them into a jewelry organizer! Organizing that tangled jewelry collection should take a while…

Yarn Pom Pom Garland in living room 2 via @poorandpretty

7. Yarn Pom-Pom Garland.

Got yarn? This super-cute garland is easy to make, but time-consuming, so it should keep you busy for a while. Even if you only have one or two colors of yarn, it will still look very pretty!

Timex Brit + Co ParDIY - tissue paper pompoms

8. Tissue Paper Pom-Poms.

I hate the color of our kitchen (yucky green), but we haven’t gotten around to painting it yet, so I keep a few colorful tissue paper pom-poms hanging up in there.

twinkle toes glitter shoes final poor and pretty

9. Glitterize a Pair of Shoes.

Jazz up an old pair of shoes with glitter and ModPodge.

DIY Valentine Candle Holders - poorandpretty

10. Conversation Heart Candle Holder.

If you lose power (let’s hope not!), you’ll probably burn a few candles. (But be careful not to burn too many, or leave them on for too long). I love placing tealights in larger glass jars or candle holders and surrounding them with lots of different things: conversation hearts (great for Valentine’s Day), confetti… I’ve even used shamrock sprinkles for St. Patrick’s Day.

Stay safe and warm, everyone! xo


15 New Year’s Eve Party Essentials to Buy or DIY

NYE Party Essentials feat

NYE Party Essentials via @poorandpretty

How was your Christmas? Mine was lovely, laid-back, and technology-free (almost). My laptop stayed closed all day and I barely touched my iPhone. I focused on family and gave and received some awesome gifts. Now on to New Year’s Eve planning! Here are a few party essentials you can buy or DIY.

Confetti via The Confetti Bar

1. Confetti via The Confetti Bar. What’s a party without confetti? A somber gathering, that’s what. I plan on tossing confetti all over the house! Photo Credit: Victoria Gloria Photography.

NYE Party Crackers via Handmade Mood

2. DIY Party Crackers. Make sure you’ve got something to pop! at your New Year’s Eve festivities. These crackers can be made with rolls from toilet paper or paper towels and wrapping paper. Stuff them with candies or confetti. via Handmade Mood.

DIY Confetti Crowns via Best Friends for Frosting

3. DIY Confetti Crown. Or if you’d rather wear your confetti as a crown, Jessica of The Confetti Bar shared this confetti crown tutorial over at Best Friends for Frosting.

Party Headband Buy or DIY

4. Buy or DIY Party Headbands. Speaking of headgear, these are so cute! You can make them with this tutorial from Brit + Co or buy them from Ban.do — P.S. Ban.do is giving you 15% off sitewide today only. Sweet!

Tassle Cardboard Numbers via Ruffled

5. DIY Gold Fringe Numbers. Okay, this tutorial is obviously a bit dated, but all you need to do is swap out that last 2 for a 5 and you’ve got 2015! Get the instructions and other NYE party ideas via Ruffled.

DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons via Design Love Fest

6. DIY Metallic Brush Stroke Balloons. I love the pairing of colorful balloons with a dash of gold. Tutorial via designlovefest.

DIY Straw Garland via Oh Happy Day

7. DIY New Year’s Straw Starburst Garland. Here’s a great way to upcycle straws into art! via Oh Happy Day.

Gold Fringe Curtain Photo Backdrop

8. DIY Gold Fringe Photo Booth. This might be the easiest photo booth setup I’ve ever seen! Just hang up a few gold fringe curtains (maybe a few leftover from your numbers). Thanks Brit + Co!

Sequin Tablecloth

9. Buy or DIY Sequin Tablecloth. Don’t forget to deck your table! Grab a sequin tablecloth from Sparkle Pony Shop or I bet you could make your own pretty easily with sequin fabric from your local craft store.

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

10. DIY Sparkly Teacup Candle. Remember these teacup candles I made for Jordan’s bridal shower? Half of them were made with gold glitter, which would add a fun sparkle to any NYE bash. Get the instructions here.

Golden Wine Glass Buy or DIY

11. Buy or DIY Gold-Painted Wine Glasses. I love the idea of sprucing up regular wine glasses with gold spray paint or glitter. These cute striped Oh Joy! wine glasses from Target will do, too!

DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks via Odessa May Society

12. DIY Tinsel Swizzle Sticks. Swizzle sticks are always a good idea. Add a touch of tinsel with this tutorial from Odessa May Society.

Gem Speaker via Bando

13. Giant Gem Speaker via Ban.do. Keep your favorite party tunes rockin’ all night long with ban.do’s Giant Gem Speaker! I had this on my Christmas wishlist this year, and my Dad got it for me – yay! I’ve got it playing music from my iPhone as I type this. :)

Gold Painted French Macarons via Miss Renaissance

14. Gold-Painted French Macarons. Let’s not forget about treats – and hey, with edible glitter and gold dust, even your desserts can dazzle. Inspiration via Miss Renaissance.

Ball Drop Cake Pops via I Spy DIY

15. Ball Drop Cake Pops. 3, 2, 1… yum! Recipe via I Spy DIY.

Happy partying!