Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Terrarium DIY

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Growing up in the desert, we had a variety of succulent plants and cacti growing in our yard. I always thought they looked so beautiful and structured. In DC, however, the atmosphere is much more conducive to flowers and greenery (which does not last long in the dry southern Utah heat) so it is rare to see desert plants. But I managed to bring a little bit of Utah to our balcony with these easy, desert terrariums.

I picked up a few potted succulent plants from the farmer’s market for about $3.

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Next, I filled the bottom of a wide glass vase with rocks (for water drainage). I found this vase for a few dollars at a discount home goods store.

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I topped the rocks with potting soil.

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I placed my plant into the vase. Ideally you want to plant it at the same depth it was growing in the pot (mine is a little high in this vase).

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The farmer told me to water these plants about once a week, maybe even longer if the soil is still moist. This little guy is very low-maintenance.

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And there you have it. A little bit of the desert on our urban patio.

Mother’s Day Paper Rose Card Tutorial

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

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Handmade cards are so special and personal. So this mother’s day¬†tell mom you love her with a beautiful paper rose card made by you! Use any paper you like for the roses. I picked up this scrapbooking paper from the Columbia Heights Target (who knew they had a scrapbooking section!). I attached the roses to a blank fold-over card, but you could also use them to jazz up any basic card or envelope. Here’s how:

Step one: Free-hand draw a swirl design on a 4″ by 4″ square of paper. Tip- the wider you make the lines, the “taller” the flower will be. You can also play around with different sizes of paper to create a variety of flower sizes.

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Step two: Cut.

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Step three: Roll the strip of paper beginning at the tail end of the swirl, i.e., not the middle part(with the design side of the paper facing in).

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Keep rolling to form the rose.

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Step four: Add a little glue at the base to keep the flower in place (I used a hot glue gun, but any glue will work).

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{Ta-da!}

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Step five: Glue the roses to a fold-over card or use them to personalize a premade card.

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{Happy Mother’s Day!}