Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

Time: 15- 20 minutes
Materials: flowers, sponge, bamboo skewers, wire, scissors

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersThat’s right folks, cupcakes AND flowers. together. at last.

I tend to make a lot of practical crafts for this blog, but this week, I wanted to do something fun for spring. Are these flower cupcake toppers a reasonable craft for a large party? Debatable. Will they rock said party if you decide make them? Absolutely! Sometimes you just gotta let loose and follow your crafty dreams.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersCut your flowers short, leaving only about 1-1 1/2″ of stem. You want enough to secure to the skewer, but not so much where the flower goes into the cupcake.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersCut a very thin layer of sponge, then dip in water. Aline your flower stem beside the skewer (or slip onto the skewer if able), cover the base with the damp sponge, then tape in place. You’ll want to cover the tape with wire, or maybe even scrap fabric, so it does not show. I started with floral wire, but found it a bit too difficult to mold. A thin, flexible jewelry wire should do the trick.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake ToppersPlace toppers in your cupcakes and serve! If you are having several guest over, these would also look great on a singular cake. For reference, the ranunculus lasted ~4 hours, the lilac ~5 hours, and the daffodils ~7.5 hours, all without refrigeration.

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

DIY Fresh Flower Cupcake Toppers

Looking for more floral inspiration? Follow my instagram hashtag, #sundayflowerseries, for a new flower every week! 

6 Must-Try Embroidery Projects

Who knew embroidery was so wonderful?! Okay, I’m sure you knew. I guess I’m just a little late to the game. One of my crafty goals for the upcoming weeks is to channel the inspiration I found at Craftcation into exploring new mediums. Whether or not my experiments will end up on this blog or not has yet to be determined. For now, these 6 embroidery projects are calling my name!

6 Must-Try Embroidery Projects

1. Fitzgerald Floral Embroidery by For the Makers
2. Sewing Sayings via Kollabora
3. Embroidered Cat Tote by The Pink Samurai
4. French Dot Constellation Runner by Design Sponge
5. DIY Embroidered Photo Art by A Beautiful Mess
6. Tapestry Embroidery by Richard Saja via Etsy

I’d love to hear your take on embroidery. Have you ever tried it before? Have a favorite pattern? Perhaps it’s too time consuming?  Feel free to dish in the comments below!

 

Craftcation Recap

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Cards above from: Fresh Baked Paper Goods, Sprout Studio, Ugly Baby and La Ru, Christine Haynes, A Truly Enormous Journey, Blu Penny, Vitamini Handmade, Make and Takes, Sienne Josselin

 

It’s official: Craftcation is the BEST conference I’ve ever attended. It’s rare to find an environment that’s simultaneously welcoming and nurturing, but that’s exactly how I would describe my time in Ventura. I took business classes that were packed full of valuable information, chatted with other bloggers who were honest and insightful, and best of all, met passionate and talented makers.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeTaking note from Lisa Congdon’s keynote (which absolutely blew me away!), I decided to challenge myself and take workshops revolving around things I had never done before. Not only do I feel refreshed creatively, but I also feel more confident in my ability to experiment with new mediums. Sometimes, you just have to take a risk and embrace the abyss! Here are a few snippets of what I made:

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeI discovered a new love for embroidery. It’s something I’ve always avoided because I thought it was too time consuming, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love the free flow nature of it and how forgiving the stitching can be compared to cross-stitching. One of my most peaceful moments of the trip was stitching this number while soaking in the ocean view.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Brittni of Paper & Stitch taught us how to make fresh flower accessories. That’s right, the type of pieces dreams are made of! I’d wear this piece in my hair everyday if I could.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

The most intense workshop by far was dress making 101 with Christine Haynes. But by intense I mean amazing. This was my first experience with a sewing machine, and I am proud to say that it won’t be my last. Christine was so sweet and so fun that I instantly fell in love sewing and even started of dreaming of other items I wanted to make. After 6 hours of work (split over two days), I walked away with a lovely tunic that I’ll be wearing non-stop. If you ever get the chance, you absolutely must take one of her classes or make one of her patterns.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Last but not least, Jennifer Lake taught a really fun workshop on how to make terrariums. I am so happy this guy made it back to SF safely because I LOVE it. I have a feeling that this will be just the start of my collection.

I can’t thank Delilah and Nicole enough for putting together such an amazing event. I’m already counting down the days for next year!

DIY Business Card Holder

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: acrylic felt, fusible bonding webscissors, iron, button, needle & thread

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted LifeAnddd I’m back from Craftcation! Seriously, what an amazing trip! I can’t wait to share more details with you later this week. Before leaving for Ventura, I made this DIY business card holder. Because really, you have to spice up your cards a bit when attending a  craft conference!

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted LifeIf you have a sewing machine, or have some time to hand stitch, you can do that instead of using fusible bonding web. I didn’t do any stitching and the bonding held up throughout a 5 day conference.

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted Life

First cut and measure your fabric. For the back (pink) it should be 5″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall. The front (blue) is 5″ wide by 3 3/4″ tall.

Sew a button onto the smaller piece of acrylic then place face down. Next, cut and place your bonding web in between the two layers of fabric. Double check that your business card will fit inside the bonding margins before ironing.

Iron until the bonding is set. You can trim any over lapping at this stage (if you’re two pieces didn’t line up 100%). Finally, make a slit in the pink fabric for your button, fill with business cards, then close!

DIY Business Card Holder | The Crafted Life