Garden Party DIY Roundup

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The early spring flowers have finally emerged in all of their glory, making us forget all about our love of comfy, cozy socks and hot soup. Now we want to play in the great outdoors! We’re ready to entertain outdoors, and happen to have beautiful spring flowers on the brain. Here are a few ways to make your next gathering into a garden party that can’t be missed!

Moss Coaster DIYThese coasters from Sincerely Kinsey are a simple way to add some garden greenness to your day when the April showers are still in full effect.

mothers day yfffk (37 of 42)Make a big balloon even MORE magical by wrapping the string with floral trim. It’s a simple, but effective way to make any fairy princess smile.

Spring Nest Napkin RingsThese napkin rings from Scissors and Spatulas are great for Easter, and for your garden party!

Flower VotivesMood lighting is essential to any good party. These floral votives from Hello Bee are just the thing to give your party that special glow.

Flower Party BlowersThese flower party blowers from Oh Happy Day are sure to excite everyone! They’re so beautiful that we would probably stick them in a vase after the party and call it a day.

Color Story: Celosia Orange

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With all of the hype around Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, you’d think that would be the only color on everyone’s minds. Not so! Pantone recently released the spring color trends for 2014, and Celosia Orange was a popular choice that we’re seeing all over the runways in inside the most fashionable homes.
Celosia FlowerThe name comes from the vibrant celosia flower. This beautiful bloom comes in a range of bright colors and has a slightly fuzzy texture.

Orange Eyelet Dress

 

60s Orange Outfits

27039d590be54db52cf42c2f323bfd40Celosia Orange is definitely a statement-making color that’s not for the timid. But if you do decide to brave it, it will give you an undeniable glow.

Orange Drawers

Orange Couch with Blue AccentsThis bold color is a popular choice for home decor too! It adds personality to any room, especially if placed against a neutral background. Need a color palette that never fails to impress? Try pairing Celosia Orange with teal or cornflower blue. These contrasting colors are a decor match made in heaven!
How will you be rocking this hot shade this season? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Easter Decor DIY Roundup

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Easter is merely days away, and if you’re like us then you love getting your home decorated for upcoming holidays. Here are a few inventive ways decorate your home for this fun spring celebration!Bunny Pallet ArtThis bunny pallet art piece from Design, Dining, and Diapers is ideal for a rustic, country home. Pallets are a staple in DIY furniture, and it’s nice to see how you can use them in smaller ways around the house.

Easter Tablescape with Carrots
This fun little centerpiece from Love Grows Wild uses the Easter bunny’s favorite veggies to bring the holidays into your home, and the unexpected orange adds a fresh pop of color.

Burlap Bunny RunnerAn average table runner gets an unexpected Easter upgrade with some cute cotton tails! Find out how to make your own at Eclectically Vintage.

Dip Dye Tulip SettingIf you need a DIY that’s great for spring, try these dip-dyed napkins from Trendenser! They look like beautiful tulip petals, and go well with almost any arrangement.

Wrapped Easter WreathThis great wreath stays cute without the use of plastic eggs. We love the beautiful felt flowers used, and you can find out how to make your own at Very Truly Me!

DIY: Trimmed Easter Eggs

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This Easter don’t stop at just dyeing your eggs. DIY them! These DIYs will show you how to create cute and original Easter eggs that will dress up any spring dinner table!

Materials for Easter Eggs

15mm Ombre Rococo Trim

15mm Gingham Rococo Trim

6mm Cup Loose Sequins

8mm Cup Loose Sequins

3.5mm x 12mm Rectangular Sequins

E6000

Plastic Eggs

Scissors

All Trimmed

Glue on Trim1. Put some glue on the top of the egg, and place the end of the trim on the glue.

Wrapped Trim

2. Wrap the trim around the egg and glue the end of the trim on the part that you already glued.Opposite Wrap Trim3. Repeat going in the opposite way.

Sequin Speckled

Sequin on Egg1. Create a polka dot pattern with your loose sequins.

Polka Dot Pattern on Egg2. Glue each sequin down with a dab of glue.

 

Shapes and Sizes

Rectangular Sequin on Egg1. Glue your rectangular sequins down going around the egg horizontally. Make sure the sequins are going in a straight line around the egg.

Wrapped Ombre Trim2. Once dried wrap your ombre trim around the top edge of the sequins, and glue down.

Trim Wrapped Easter Eggs

 

 

Easter Egg Inspiration

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The Easter bunny is just around the corner, which means it’s time to bust out your favorite food dyes and start painting the town pastel! If you and your family love dyeing Easter eggs, take a look at these adorable inspirational eggs!
Ruffled EggsThese frilly eggs are perfect for lightening and mood or party! We love the idea of using mixed mediums to create tiny, dynamic works of art.

Ombre EggsOur obsession with ombre knows no bounds, and we love the look of this carton of blue eggs that shifts from baby blue to a deep navy. So beautiful!

Golden Eggs for EasterThese golden eggs are definitely not for consumption, but they do make a beautiful and simple centerpiece.

Tattooed Eggs These decoupaged eggs are the perfect for a natural look.

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Scribbled Journal Eggs

 

Have something to say? Take a look at these eggs that use messages. They’re like Valentine’s Day conversation hearts, but just for Easter!

 

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Four: Ombre Frame

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We’re not hopping off the ombre train just yet! For our final 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor segment, we’re using Rit Dye to create a fun ombre wash on a simple frame. That’s right ladies and gents, Rit Dye isn’t JUST for creating cool tie-dye t-shirts. You can use it to dye buttons, wood, and much more! With this DIY you’ll learn how to use it as paint! The finished product makes a perfect housewarming gift.

Materials for Ombre Frame

What You’ll Need:
White wooden frame
Rit Dye
Sponge brush

DSC_01621. Lay your frame down and starting from the bottom, paint on the dye with a sponge brush. Stop when you’ve painted half of the frame, and let the dye dry.

DSC_01662. Add another coat of dye starting from the bottom, but only paint a quarter of the way up the frame this time. Let it dry.

DSC_0077Now you have the perfect pastel frame to highlight your spring adventures! Try this DIY on an unfinished wooden frame too to get a more natural look. To find other inspiring materials, visit our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Three: Buttoned Up Bottle Stoppers

We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons! 
Materials for Button Bottle StoppersWhat You’ll Need:
3 Corks
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank
E6000

Creating Hole in Cork with Button1. Push your button into the top of the cork.

Placing Glue on Shank of Button2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.

Adding Button to Cork3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.

Buttoned Bottle Toppers

It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Two: Jeweled Lamp

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Lamps are a DIY staple, but most of the focus seems to be based on the shade. Today we’re turning the usual lamp DIY on its head, and focusing on the base of the lamp! By adding sew-ons to a basic lamp base, we’ve created a dynamic and interesting  fixture to light up your end table!
Materials for Jeweled Lamo

What You’ll Need:

Lamp
40 x 12 1/2mm Sew-On Chips
27 1/2 x 18mm Sew-On Chips
41 x 20mm Sew-On Chips
E6000

DSC_01191. Glue your sew-ons in your desired pattern.

Holding Sew-Ons onto LampTIP: Make sure to hold sew-ons in place because it will slip when first putting the glue on.

Lamp with Sew-Ons

And just like that you’ve taken your lamp from basic to brilliant!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part One: Blooming Pillow

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When it comes to decorating for spring, flowers are always a favorite for us at M&J! Our first 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor segment features a DIY for one of our favorite decorating items, the throw pillow! This DIY teaches you a technique to make fun flowers out of ribbon that can be adapted for other types of DIYs too.

Blooming Pillow DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:
Pillow
50mm Double Faced Silk Ribbon in Mint
2.5” Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon in Aurelina, Fresh Celery and Lobelia
E6000
Hot Glue

DSC_01361. Using the ribbon create rosettes by taking the end of one ribbon and bunching it together into a little ball, then hot gluing it in place.

Creating flower from mint ribbon2. Twirl the ribbon, and hot glue it down every few inches to create “petals”.

Gluing Flowers to Pillow3. Make three or four ribbon flowers, and glue them onto the pillow in the desired pattern with E6000 glue.

Flower Bloom Pillow

Use ribbons that match your decor for  custom pillow that fits your decorating style perfectly, and with so many different pillow options available you’re bound to find the perfect shade for you! If you need additional options to make your DIY totally customized, check out our 4 Ways to Embellish Spring Decor store!

 

 

Fantasy Bedroom Decor Inspiration

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With movies like Malificent coming out and epic shows like Game of Thrones becoming all the rage, it easy to see that we’ve fallen for the fantasy genre. In the digital age we love the idea of dragons and magic because they provide the most wonderful escape from every day! Why not bring some of that magic into your own home, specifically the room that’s all your own? Here are some fantastic bedrooms that are destined to provide the stuff of amazing dreams.

Circular Canopy BedImagine waking up in this bed and looking out onto a tropical paradise. It might make you give up technology altogether! Maybe.

Princess Bed with CrownSimple and sophisticated, this bed is the least elaborate on the list, but the crown at the top of the bed makes it worthy of a castle.

Majestic Four Post BedThis regal room is fit for royalty! The gorgeous chandelier and sky high ceiling give it an expansive and luxurious feel.

Secret Storybook BedroomThe perfect room to stow away in to catch up on books! This room is cozy and enchanting.

Cottage BedroomWe love the log cabin look of this room. We bet Snow White would have had the most magnificent dreams here!