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3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother’s Day Using Your Craft Closet

May 4, 2017

3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother's Day

Hello again, miss me? The past 2 weeks have been a blur and I dropped the ball getting a post up last week (which I’m actually ok with because I don’t have a studio setup in our new apartment yet >_>). Well I couldn’t let blog loving, diy peeps down again- especially with Mother’s Day right around the corner. My mom’s house is currently filled with leftover wedding flowers from Saturday, so I knew a regular bouquet wasn’t going to cut it this year. So who’s with me in gifting live plants!

3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother's Day

Ah. From the frozen tundra of Chicago to the oppressive heat of Florida, this guy has traveled a long ways to bring you this diy. Completely naked. He deserves to be a little dressed up. Let’s see what we can do using what’s around the house.

3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother's Day

Tea Tied Towel
By using a tea towel as wrapping paper, you can gift a two-fer! Target always has seasonal & adorable sets in the Dollar Spot.

3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother's Day

Start by folding down a small section at the top for a clean lip and folding the bottom up to the desired height. Iron so the folds stay in place. Wrap the tea towel around the plant and keep in place with twine.

3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother's Day

So cosy. I’d recommend using this method on a slightly bigger plant so the towel doesn’t get too bulky around the plant.

3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother's Day

Classically Anthro
Is there a better name than this? Probably. But there is something so Anthropologie about using kraft tissue paper and silk ribbon. That classic hi/lo contrast works beautifully in their stores and works just as well for gift wrapping.

To get the look, cut out two tissue circles with a radius roughly the 2x the radius of the bottom of the plant pot + the height of the pot. Your math skills will impress mom ;). For a soft,  dimensional look, layer two different tones of tissue. (Anthropologie tissue works greatttt).

Center the pot on the layered tissue circles. Gather the tissues up and work your way around adding soft pleats. There isn’t really a wrong way to do this guys. Tie off with a bit of silk and your mom will think you’re the kind of lady who actually uses the heirloom silver she gave you.

3 Ways to Wrap Flowers for Mother's Day

Sack it to me, sack it to me
Using the most fun wrapping paper in your closet, you can make a small paper sack for the plant! I got this holographic gem from Target. It’s actually terrible for wrapping presents because it is slightly see-through, but it’s perfect for this!

And because paper sacks were a 2016 big trend, I’m going to direct your attention to Fall For DIY’s tutorial on how to fold one. She is the queen of diy and her steps are so, so easy to follow. I used a regular glue stick instead of industrial strength and my shimmery sack is going 2 weeks strong.

Do you have any Mother’s Day plans? What are your favorite gifts for mom?

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Printable Secret Compliment Cards for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

Secret Compliment Cards for Valentine's Day

Calling all last minute gifters, this one’s for you! With one of the shortest posts on ctrl + curate, print out a few ‘secret’ compliment cards on cardstock and hide them for your friends or Valentine to find throughout the day.

Secret Compliment Cards for Valentine's Day

These cards are the perfect way to make someone smile without ever having to say a word. But if a sentence isn’t enough, write your own compliments on the back. Nothing wrong with spreading even more love, especially on Valentine’s Day.

Secret Compliment Cards for Valentine's Day

Going through compliment cards on Pinterest was the best part of this project. You find all sorts of gems like ‘you elegant eggplant’ and ‘you smile is as contagious as the flu, but less vomiting’.

Secret Compliment Cards for Valentine's Day

What’s your favorite compliment?

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21 Gender Neutral Valentine’s Gifts for Bae to Buy + DIY

February 9, 2017

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I’m 1 work week away from donning head to toe blush and wearing my one matching set. It’s the final countdown to the loveliest, doviest, most tear jerker holiday!

And you my friends are here for the good stuff. 21 gender neutral gifts for that special someone right? A lot of these diy ideas I’ve actually gifted Michael and and they’ve gotten the boyfriend/fiance stamp of approval. So let’s get shopping or crafting!

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Cards
The card sets the stage for any gift. Make it bold with an illustrated , letterpress card from Sparkvites, simple and modern with a ‘love’ word search or pass on a bear hug with this Valentine’s Bear.

If you’re aiming for tears, make it personal with a diy I love You Becausejar.

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Treats
Start date night dinner with a heart shaped pizza or this Penne A La Vodka. (Excuse the pasta’s name, but hey, it can’t hurt right?)

Bring it all to the sweetest of ends with funnel cake or feeding each other dark, decadent truffles.

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Small Surprises
A living plant (plus pun) beats flowers at the office everyday.

Forget 99 red balloons. Spell it out with L-O-V-E.

Do you remember burning cd’s and carefully crafting playlists? Try a modern take with a personalized usb. Ya, they can get music from anywhere now, but the usb will be cute and show you thought about them.

End the night with a scented massage bar.

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Pretty Things
Say it loud, say it proud with diy message shirts. Make a matching pair for Korean idol levels of cute.

Put together a photo book of your 1st year of dating, the year in review, or places you’ve traveled. Next level tip: Throw in one ‘goal’ picture at the end as a surprise gift. (If you made a travel book, add a picture of a place you want to go together.)

Tell you favorite coffee buddy ‘I heart you like XOwith these (mugs).

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Date Ideas
Stay away from the bars and host a chocolate & wine tasting or beer tasting for two. The cheaper and cozier way to sample spirits.

The Dating Divas have a date night and printables for every occasion. The Valentine’s Day ones are extra sweet.

My Drifting Desk had 90+ free date night ideas already to print for a date night jar.

Or if date night is always a toss up, let this diy fortune teller decide.

Pretty Fluffy no sew dog toy valetentines puppy

And last but not least, a puppy!!! I’m 100% kidding here (also puppy crushing very hard on this guy), but if you do have a puppy for your Valentine’s why not try your hand at this no-sew toy for them?

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Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Truffles for Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2017

sea salt truffles

Nerd alert guys. When I was younger and it was Valentine’s Day in a manga, I wished and wished it was the norm in the States to hand make chocolate. In the books stores would be filled with decorative papers and chocolate ingredients that made me swoon. Store bought was for lazy people. Or so I thought until I actually tried to start from just raw, unsweetened chocolate and loads of sugar. Ack. That was disgusting. And held me at bay from trying any chocolate making again for awhile. That is until my mom made truffles!

sea salt truffles

The melt in your mouth, completely decadent, smooth chocolate are to die for. And it’s so, so easy to make! The only *slight* setback back is there’s no clean way to do this. Chocolate hands everywhere. But that’s not such a bad thing right? 😉

You’ll need:
8 ounces semi-sweet bar chocolate
8 oz bittersweet bar chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp finely ground Himalayan salt
coarse ground Himalayan salt & cocoa powder to garnish

Important note- you have to use bar chocolate for the recipe to work. Chocolate chips don’t have the same fat content that will set your chocolate.

1| Chop all the chocolate as finely as possible. We’ll be relying on just the heated cream to melt the chocolate, so it’s important to have even, tiny pieces to start. Transfer to a heat-safe bowl.

2| Bring the heavy cream and finely ground salt to a simmer over medium heat. Quickly give it a mix and pour over the chocolate.

3| Let stand for 2 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Cover and transfer the bowl to the fridge to set for ~2 hours depending on how good your fridge is. If you’re short on time, you can transfer the chocolate to a glass baking dish. Spreading the chocolate out in a thin sheet can cut your set time to 30 minutes. Once set, the chocolate should be soft enough to be scooped out and hold its shape.

4| Scoop ~1″ balls and loosely roll between your hands. Don’t worry about getting a perfect sphere. The rough shape is a nod to the truffles’ namesake, the truffle root, and is a mark of true handmade goodness (Thank you Martha Stewart ;D).

5| Drop the balls in cacao powder and top with a sprinkle of salt. Start lightly with 2-3 salt pieces on top- the pink sea salt packs a big punch. I love the sharp contrast between salty and sweet so I went very heavy handed. Prepare to wow all with chocolatey goodness.

sea salt truffles

Ingredient notes:
Did you know there are two different types of cocoa? Yup, and which one you choose can affect your truffles! Serious Eats breaks down the difference between natural & Dutch processed cocoa. The short of it is, use Dutch if you want a darker color and more bittersweet, earthy, balanced flavor and use natural processed if you want classic chocolate flavor.

sea salt truffles

sea salt truffles

sea salt truffles

sea salt truffles

sea salt truffles

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21 Unique Galentine’s Gifts to Buy + DIY

January 27, 2017

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I love holidays where you can go all out, and Valentine’s Day can be one of the most over the top! You can gush all you want over your friends and loved ones and they won’t bat an eye!

Show some extra love to the friends who are always there for late night talks or dubious testers for new recipes. They deserve some really nice Galentine’s gifts this year 😉

HL card

Cards
Cards are nice, easy way to start! If you and your bestie share the love of Galentine’s Day via Knope & Ann, honor the original Galentine’s crew with printable Knope compliment cards.

Another reason Valentine’s is one of my favorite holidays, the puns are out in full force! Grab a pack of punny dog cards for your pack.

And is there anything more luxurious in a card then letterpress? How about the letter pressed, hand illustrated goodness that oozes from Hello!Lucky? Honestly, I couldn’t just pick one card from them, so go check out their ‘Love & Friendship‘ cards.

flower cocktail

Treats
Pink is a flavor, right? It is if you gift some diy sweet, emoji heart chocolates or some savory chocolate chocolate chips.

Or toast to your friends in style with a rose cocktail.

P&S bar chocolate

Flowers
Flowers are a classic, but try one of these twists instead. Give a felt flower bouquet that will last beyond February or drive home how much you really love her with a floral heart wreath.

And if you’re looking for a two-fer gift, this colorful flower chocolate bark is a treat and flowers!

Asos heart socks

Small Surprises
The best gifts are sometimes the unexpected. Deliver a breakfast surprise with a punny doughnut DIY Galentine’s balloons so they can start the day with love.

If you & bestie are long distance, snail mail some heart socks and a ‘You’re toe-tally awesome’ note ;). (I did say Valentine’s Day has the best most puns)

bando love potion

Pretty Things
Probably the most traditional Galentine’s Gifts on the list, but with a twist. Makeup is more fun from Too Faced chocolate bar palette and on trend X.O. stud earrings say I Love You.

Or send along a love potion from ban.do. I’m partial to the flask, but the tumbler & mug are cute too.

Party

Party
I’m waiting for the time when my friends and I are all in the same city again. If you’re so lucky, gather everyone together and throw an amazing party! Studio Diy’s throwback slumber party is a nostalgia trip. Or try a daytime soiree with sweets, crafts, + cocktails.

Style Me Pretty planned a whole event with treats + printables for you as well!

boy tears phone case

The Anti-Valentine’s Crew
For the crew that is anti-valentine’s, these gifts share the sentiment. Boy’s suck? Boy’s Tears phone case. Flowers passe? Wilted flower pin. Overall meh-ness about the holiday? DIY broken heart pinata.

How are you celebrating Galentine’s this year?