DIY: White Painted Vases

We came across this great little DIY on Hey Gorgeous and just had to share. It’s amazing how you can take inexpensive pieces that are laying around your home and transform them into fresh and modern centerpieces. I recently did this DIY for my brother’s upcoming wedding. They turned out perfect.  All images and instructions via Hey Gorgeous.

I started by finding various glasses and vases in different sizes that had unique textures. I had to Goo Gone most of the stickers and price tags off of the vases because they were placed directly on the glassware (where the spray paint would go). Most of the pieces I found were from the Goodwill; I spent under $10.00 for all 6 pieces and spent a few weeks finding what I thought to be just the right finds. Using lots of newspaper, I set up my workstation then I used Krylon white satin spray paint to apply 2-4 coats of paint on each piece for a solid white and shiny finish.

I let all the glasses dry for about 30 minutes to an hour before removing them and filling with water. I then picked some fresh purple, pale green and pink hydrangeas from my Mum’s garden and put them in each of the vases created a cluster centerpiece of sorts.

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DIY: Body Scrub {a base for salt scrub or sugar scrub}

Today’s DIY comes from Deliciously Organized and is a perfect gift for any girly baby shower, wedding shower or girls night out. You can make the jars in a variety of ways along with the sent of your scrub. Here are two recipes for your scrub that you can either make together at your next party or simply hand them out as favors.

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Both of these bases {below} can be used to make any scent of scrub you’d like by switching out the essential oil. For example, you could use sweet orange, lavender, rose, peppermint, almond oil, etc. or whatever your favorite scent is with this base. The measurements for the base are:

SALT SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic sea salt
1/3 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar {tip: cane sugar is softer than the raw}
1 cup of room temperature coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil

OR

SUGAR SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar {tip: cane sugar is softer than the raw}
1/3 cup of organic sea salt
1 cup of coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil

Add ingredients in order listed above, topping it off with coconut oil {add more coconut oil if you like it less dry}. Then, add essential oil and stir with a butter knife. Tip-the coconut oil may go back to a more solid form, add 1/4 cup of almond oil to create a liquid consistency again or more coconut oil.

DIY: Flower Napkin Rings

We are loving this DIY project that we found on decor8. These napkin rings can be used as napkin rings (obviously), an outfit accessory or as part of a party favor.

You’ll need:

  • Pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Buttons (or a buttoning covering kit)
  • Heat Bond
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon of choice
  • Fabric of choice
  • Safety pins
  • Iron and ironing board

Lay out your cut pieces.

Sew them together in the center by hand.

Place safety pin on the back along with ribbons of your choice.

For the full “how-to” post click here.

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DIY: Mason Jar Dress Up

Today’s DIY project comes from Wednesday Design. Such a pretty and simple way to dress up inexpensive mason jars. It takes the idea of the mason jar up to a new standard. You could easily coordinate your mason jar’s “accessories” with colors from your event.

All that is needed to create theses mason jars: yarn, lace, ribbon, burlap and the Wednesday custom fabric flowers (click here for tutorial).

Simply secure the faric to the jar using the yarn. Voila!Images found here.

Party Recipe: Citrus Meltaways

I found these awesome little cookies on Fresh365 and thought how wonderful they would be for a spring shower.  Whether it’s a baby or bridal shower, these round little cookies will look great on any spring table spread.

Enjoy! Becca

Citrus Meltaways
adapted from Martha Stewart . makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies

1 1/2 sticks (12 T) butter, brought to room temp
1 1/3 c confectioners’ sugar
zest of 1 grapefruit and 1/2 lime (about 2 T)
2 T freshly citrus juice (I used grapefruit and lime)
1 T vanilla extract
1 3/4 c plus 2 T all-purpose flour
2 T cornstarch
1/4 t salt

In a food processor, combine butter, 2/3 c sugar, zest, citrus juice and vanilla. Pulse 1-2 minutes, until well combined. Add in flour, cornstarch and salt. Pulse another 1-2 minutes, until combined into a soft dough.

Place dough on a cutting board, and separate into two equal balls. Roll each into a log, 8” in length. Place each log on a parchment-lined baking sheet and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill at least 30 minutes (dough can also be frozen at this point, for later use).

Preheat oven to 350F. Return logs to the cutting board, and cut into 1/8″ cookies (about 56 total). Divide cookies among two non-stick (or parchment lined) baking sheets, about 1” apart. Transfer to oven, cooking 1 sheet at a time, if necessary. Bake until barely golden, about 13-15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.

Place remaining 2/3 cup sugar in a resealable plastic bag. While still warm, place cookies in sugar-filled bag. Gently toss to coat, and return to a platter to finish cooling. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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