My DIY Garden Themed Bridal Shower




 
After many months (I know, this post is long overdue!), I'm so excited to share the details of my bridal shower! With the help of my very talented mom who was kind enough to host the shower, we crafted up our vision of the perfect garden themed party. 

All photos taken by the talented Melody Melikian Photography

 
We held my shower at one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, Ca' Del Sole. This place is magical. It's like walking into an Italian courtyard. For a garden themed party, I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful backdrop. But, of course, I had to add my own DIY details too...

DIY Moss Cake
My favorite detail was definitely the moss cake, which my mom completely handmade herself. To make, stack round boxes on top of each other and hot glue sheets of moss to cover them up. Add artificial flowers for a pop of color.

DIY Flower Bar
Instead of standard placecards, each guest had their own mini vase with their name and table number attached. We had buckets of fresh flowers for guests to fill up their vases. These doubled as thank you favors too. 


DIY Flower Hairpin Station
As guests arrived,  they got to pick their favorite flower to wear as a hair accessory. This turned out to be a really fun way for everyone to engage with the garden theme. To make, simply glue artificial flowers to hair clips and display them on a wire frame as shown below.



DIY Flower Photobooth Backdrop
This was one of the most ambitious DIY projects I've ever made, but I love the way it came out! Guests loved taking photos with the ginormous flowers and I was able to snap a few fun (and cheesy) shots with Tony too! To make, first build the outer frame using PVC pipes found at hardware stores. Next, attach the grassy backdrop. I found 12" x 12" sheets of artificial grass from Michaels and attached them together using zip ties. Lastly, attach the big flowers (also found at Michaels) to the backdrop with zip ties from the back.


 


DIY Flower Pot Centerpieces
What's a garden party without some gardening, right? Instead of traditional centerpieces, my dad helped plant flower pots for each table. These were also great gifts for guests to take home and plant in their own garden. The moss-covered table numbers were another one of my favorite details. I bought them from the Spotted Leopard Etsy store.



DIY Entrance Sign
If you don't already have a Cricut Explore machine, go get one! You can pretty much die cut any shape, letter or design you want. I used it to create this entrance sign as well as my wedding table numbers. 


One reason why I waited so long to post this, was because I wanted to share my photo book too! I finally got around designing my bridal shower photo book (which ended up taking no time at all) and I'm so happy with the result! It's the perfect coffee table accessory.

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I hope you all enjoyed the photos! I would love to hear from the brides out there...what are you crafting for your big day?

DIY Paper Flower Branches


I can't believe Valentine's Day is already around the corner! For today's DIY project, I'm excited to partner with Glade to bring you this paper flower DIY project to help create that romantic mood for your home just in time for Valentine's Day. Fresh flowers are beautiful, but the perk of artificial ones is they'll never wilt! 
I also love lighting up our little apartment with lots of candles. The scents instantly put me in such a relaxed mood. I especially love Glade's new Blooming Peony & Cherry candle. It smells amazing! It invokes such a sweet and flirty feel. And it's the perfect accent to my living room home decor.

 
This project can also be completed using crepe paper. Pick your favorite colors and follow the tutorial below to craft up your own!


Materials: 
• Tissue paper
• Scissors
• Q-tips
• Tape 
• Hot glue gun
• Branches

5 Minute DIY: No-Sew Sweater Pillow


You don't need to toss out your favorite sweater just because it's got a hole! Instead, you can upcycle old or damaged sweaters into cozy pillows. This no-sew tutorial is so easy that it’ll take you less than five minutes to complete. Plus, it doesn’t require any cutting so you can use your sweaters as pillow covers during the summer and wear them again in the winter!



We moved into our new apartment six months ago and now that we got the main furniture pieces sorted out, it’s time for my favorite part…accessorizing! We got some of our favorite furniture from Wayfair. If you're in the market for furniture, accessories, or any other home-related items at affordable prices, Wayfair.com is the place to go! 

One of my favorite pieces is our Oxford Garden Lounge Chairs that we got for our little patio. And to add a  touch of color, my DIY sweater pillows were the perfect fit. I had a couple old sweaters that had holes in them, but I loved the pattern and wanted to somehow incorporate them into our new place. Five minutes later...bam! My sweater pillows were born. Follow the easy steps below to turn your old sweaters into the coziest pillows in town!




Supplies: 
• Throw Pillow
• Stretchy Sweater Tip: Make sure the bottom of the sweater is stretchy and not loose. Slightly longer sweaters work best. Choose a pillow that fits very snugly inside the sweater.


Steps:
• Stuff the pillow inside the sweater, stopping an inch below the underarm seam.
• Pull the sleeves from the back of the pillow and wrap them around the front of the pillow, knotting them together in the center. Fold back the cuffs if desired.



DIY Photo Booth Props from Chalkboard & Dry Erase Tape


I'm so excited to partner with
Scotch® Duct Tape for today’s party-themed DIY tutorial! I’m always eager to try new craft supplies and this week I’m thrilled to introduce… chalkboard and dry erase tape. Yes, you heard me! Who said chalkboards and dry erase boards had to be constrained to the classroom? You may have heard of or used chalkboard or dry erase paint, but nothing is easier than using tape. Just slap it on and go!


I decided to use these tapes to create reusable photo booth props for an upcoming party we are hosting. Have your guests write, draw and personalize their own props, and snap away. You can even run a contest for the most creative one! You don’t need a fancy photo booth either. Just find a white wall, add some colorful streamers, strike a pose, and SMILE!

So let’s get started...




Supplies:

• Cardstock paper
• Wooden skewers or dowels
• Glue gun
• Scissors
• Chalk and/or dry erase markers





Steps:
• Cover cardstock paper with chalkboard or dry erase tape
• Cut out desired shape (e.g. speech bubble, heart, glasses, bow tie, etc)
• Hot glue onto a wooden skewer
• Draw desired design








And with Halloween around the corner, these props would make a great addition to any gathering. There is nothing like a photo booth to spice up a party!

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from Scotch® Products. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. To see more creative projects, visit Scotch® Duct Tape Facebook and Scotch® Duct Tape Pinterest Boards!

My Wedding Details + Photos

I’m so excited to finally share my wedding details with all of you! The most frequent question I was asked throughout the entire planning process was, “Are you having a DIY wedding?” Although I did make a few things here and there, we decided to leave almost everything up to the pros. Since I craft all the time, I wanted to be as relaxed as possible on my wedding day and try to put down the glue gun for a change! But, of course, I did add my own personalized touch to a few items. Here were a few of my favorite projects.






And now for the good stuff…the wedding pictures! I can’t tell you how many wedding photos and videos I looked at in preparation for this wedding so it’s still a little surreal to be looking at my own! Our amazing wedding photographer, Paula Luna from Lunaphoto, did such a great job capturing all the details and memories from the day. And our cinematographers, White Rose Production, created a highlight video that I have not been able to stop watching! I’ve seen it about 75 times and I still can’t stop smiling. Check out our video right here!

Scroll down for a few of my favorite wedding photos!


I was so lucky to work with some of the most talented vendors. A gigantic thank you to all of them!

Coordinator: Yvette Hart Events  Photos: Lunaphoto  Video: White Rose Production
Flowers: Designs by Christine  Hair: Lilit  Makeup: Karolin
Cake: Cake Studio • DJ: Hrach - DJ International



DIY Painted Pumpkins from a Mesh Bag



I've always been a fan of painting instead of carving my pumpkins... never been very good at handling a knife! For today's DIY, I partnered with DecoArt to bring you my first fall decor project featuring their Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. This paint is pretty awesome...it's as easy to use as regular acrylic paint, but it leaves the surface looking ultra-matte and chalky, giving it that rustic look that I love. Can't wait to use it on more home decor projects! 

As I was trying to decide what kind of pattern to paint on the pumpkins, I just happened to see a mesh bag filled with tangerines in my kitchen. Turned out that the mesh bag worked perfectly as a stencil! It's also a super easy way to paint so the kids can join in too. I  used artificial pumpkins for this project so that I can reuse them each year, but you can use real ones too. 

Follow the steps below to make your own! 


Supplies:
• Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
• Artificial or real pumpkins
• Mesh bag (I upcycled the bag that my tangerines came in...you can also buy mesh sheets)
• Cotton balls (or a foam brush) 


Steps: 
• Place a section of the mesh bag over the pumpkin.

• Dip a cotton ball in paint and dab it a few times on a scrap paper before applying to the pumpkin.
• Dab the cotton ball over the mesh bag (like a stencil).
• Continue until the pumpkin is completely covered. 


 

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration. This post was created in partnership with DecoArt. All opinions are my own.  



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