The ombre trend has been around for a while now friends, and after seeing these eight projects, I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon (yahoo!). These diys are perfect for summer with their airy nature and pops of color, but are also stylish enough to have in your home year round. So grab your paints/dyes and get to work!
As I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!
It’s best to press flowers when they’ve been freshly picked. I found these stems throughout the neighborhood, but if you happen to buy yours, I recommend pressing the same day you take them home.
If you don’t have blotting paper, you can also use wax paper. Paper towels may leave an impression on your flowers (if textured), and newspapers tend to shed ink.
Depending on how you plan to use your dried flowers, you may want to snip your stems. This step is completely optional and will vary depending on the type of flower you’re working with.
Place flowers between two sheets of blotter (or wax) paper, making sure the petals do not touch one another.
Position your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.
I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!
Let’s mix things up a bit from my standard Friday roundup, shall we?
Earlier this week, I finally watched The Grand Budapest Hotel (took me long enough, right?!). I was completely blown away by the thought and detail that went into every scene– from the rich colors, to bold fonts, character quirks to costume design and everything else in between. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. And if my recommendation isn’t compelling enough, perhaps these craft projects that resemble scenes in the movie will convince you!
What better way to kick off the first Crafter’s Toolbox post than with gold-handled scissors?! You may have seen these in a project or two (or three), because not only are these my favorite scissors, but they are also gorgeous and photogenic.
- Made by Gingher - Bent handle (used for keeping fabric flat) - Durable double-plated chrome-over-nickel blade finish - Extremely sharp - Available for sale on Amazon
I own several pair of gold handled scissors (for styling purposes), but they really don’t come close to these in terms of quality. If you’re looking to invest in great pair of gold-handled scissors, these are reasonably priced (about $27). They also come in silver!
I’ve even taken them with me on photo shoots to use as a prop they’re so pretty! I’d love to know, what are your favorite gold-handled scissors?
PS Thanks Dad+Kelly for the awesome Christmas gift!