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dino succulent planters with craft box

I know what you’re thinking: is this a craft challenge where you have to create a succulent planter while your elbows stay pinned to your side, like a T-Rex? While that’s not required, I would very much enjoy watching you try to do that, so please make sure to send those videos my way.* Back to why we’re here…

Craft Box | A Monthly Craft Delivered to Your Door

Last month I got to join my friend Megan with some other girlfriends for brunch and crafts to celebrate the launch of her new business- Craft Box, a monthly subscription craft box that lets you itch your creative scratch all while avoiding those trips to Hobby Lobby that end up taking an hour because WHERE THE HELL do they keep the Balsa wood??! (Answer: they keep it in a solid cabinet, as in, you can’t see through it, as in, HOW would you know the Balsa wood was in there??) Good times.

Craft Box | A Monthly Craft Delivered to Your Door

Instead, you get a surprise craft delivered to your door monthly–complete with detailed instructions and all the supplies you need. This month’s craft was an adorable plastic dino that would be transformed into a succulent planter. I’ve spotted these at several boutiques in Austin and thought to myself “I could totally make that myself” without ever giving any thought to exactly how I would do it. Cool thing: I never did have to think about it, since everything was already thought through for me.

Craft Box | A Monthly Craft Delivered to Your Door

Once the girls trickled in, we got to work: drinking the sherbet mimosas that had been made for us. Then, we softened up the plastic dinos in boiling water, cut out a hole for the succulent to be planted in, and got reeeal artsy with our spray paint application. The hardest part of the craft was when I had a few terrible flashbacks to that time I watched The Land Before Time as an adult. (Do NOT do this, it is way too depressing for anyone over the age of six to handle.) After the spray paint dried, we popped our succulents into the dinos and did what any other group of girls hyped up on sugar and alcohol would do: DINO SUCCULENT PHOTO SHOOT!!

Craft Box | A Monthly Craft Delivered to Your Door

Instagram never knew what hit it.

Craft Box | A Monthly Craft Delivered to Your Door

If you’d like to sign up for the April Craft Box, you still have a few days! Sign up here by April 1st, and use the code APRILFLOWERS for 30% off your first box! p.s. Mine is the brontosaurus on the right. His name is Glittertail Glitterhead. I love him.

*This craft involves boiling water, so T-Rex arms at your own risk.

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haute coffee: coffee sacks as art

I realize that some of you will read this and then imagine me like Will Ferrell’s character in Zoolander, trying to make trash bags a thing. But hear me out. I had a big, blank wall in the bedroom that needed…something. Then, a few weeks ago, I found myself at the Frisco Mercantile with my mom, sifting through all of the vendors’ things. They had *everything*. New stuff trying to look old, old stuff trying to look new, art, candles, tchotchkes. It’s not the kind of place you can speed through–you go intentionally planning on spending a bit of time to pick over all the things, peer at them, judge their price, etc. It’s my idea of a great afternoon.

coffee sacks as art

We had been there for probably thirty minutes when I spotted my new little friend. It was an old burlap coffee sack, nice and big, with a fun design on the front. “This kinda creepy looking dude on this coffee sack would look perfect in our bedroom, it’s just the right size, and I’ll probably only be startled by his face once/twice a week, tops!” I thought to myself. Or said out loud to my mom, I can’t remember.

I looked at the price tag, completely unsure of what to expect. What does a used coffee sack with a cool design on it go for these days? $60? $30? $15? …Yall. It was six dollars. SIX. For a huge wall hanging. I knew I could rig it up on a cheap dowel from Hobby Lobby for under a dollar, making my total investment in a large scale piece of art about seven dollars.

coffee sack as art

The scale is perfect, the natural texture works really well with the rest of the bedroom decor, the colors are just right, and I’ve come to love the creepy little dude. He hasn’t startled me once. He’s really quiet, so that helps. Matt wanted to name him Don, but then we agreed that didn’t feel right. Suggestions?

coffee sacks as art

In case you’re reading this and you’re like This is the coolest thing I have ever seen, I must have the hottest 2016 wall art trend of haute coffee sacks in my home tout de suitethen I say to you 1) why do you talk like that? and 2) you’re welcome, because I’ve sourced some for you below. I really, really love several of the designs. These links have them priced at around $2-3 each, which made me think I got ripped off and then I remember that you have to pay for shipping. Also, I don’t really care, because SIX DOLLARS.

Coffee Sack Sources:

Online Fabric Store
Amazon
Ebay

 

coffee bag as art

Call me crazy, guys, but I love him.

Super cheap large wall art
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the holidays make me a little salty | salt dough ornaments how-to

This year, I knew I’d need to fill my (much larger than I am used to) tree with some hand-made ornaments. I mentioned in last week’s post that I added some natural ornaments–pine cones and rosemary sprigs–but even those didn’t quite fill it up. So I hit up Pinterest, and I got an idea. An awful idea. A wonderful, awful idea! Jokes. I just got a regular idea to make salt dough ornaments and a salt dough ornament garland. You can get these done on the cheap and experience the joy of making Christmas-y cookies without any of those pesky calories!

The calorie statement is not totally true if you like the taste of salt dough. So far Finn isn’t even interested in eating these, so hopefully you won’t be either. But like…I’m not judging. (Yes, I am.)

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

What You’ll Need:

  • For each batch of dough (I ended up making three batches)
    • 2 cups all purpose flour- plus more for the board
    • 1/2 cup salt
    • 3/4 – 1 cup water (you may need less)
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • 1 drinking straw
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooling rack or paper bag
  • Hot glue gun
  • String (I used hemp for the ornaments and twine for the garland)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Glitter

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Step-by-Step:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine flour and salt, then slowly add water until the dough comes together in a ball. Too much water will make the dough too sticky, so be careful!
  3. Wrap the dough in parchment or wax paper.
  4. Chill dough for 15 minutes or so in ze fridge.
  5. Spread some flour on your counter or on a piece of parchment/wax paper and roll out the dough until it is about a quarter of an inch thick.
  6. Cut out ornaments with cookie cutters, cups, really whatever you have laying around.
  7. Use a straw to cut a hole at the top of the ornaments for the string to go through once they have been baked. No holes necessary for the small ornaments for the garland.
  8. Bake ornaments for about 30 minutes until hardened.
  9. Let ornaments cool on cooling rack or paper bag.
  10. Once cool, apply tacky glue to the ornaments and dip in glitter. Or, you can sprinkle the glitter on if you like to live dangerously or enjoy getting glitter EVERYWHERE.

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Finishing the job:

  1. For the ornaments:
    1. Once dry, tie strings through the holes you’ve made with the straw. Hang them on the tree, then decide you don’t quite like where you placed them, so move them around a bit. Step back five feet or so, put your chin in your hand and your elbow on your hip. Squint at the ornaments and say “Hate, hate, hate. Double hate. LOATHE ENTIRELY!” And then start over.
    2. OR just hang them on the tree and don’t fall into my trap of impersonating Jim Carrey’s Grinch.
  2. For the ornament garland:
    1. Plug in the hot glue gun.
    2. Lay the small ornaments down in groups of 4-5, spaced apart to your liking.
    3. Apply a dabble of hot glue to the back of each ornament.
    4. Lay the twine onto each hot glue dabble.
    5. Continue until you have about 6 feet of garland.
    6. Repeat as necessary depending on how much garland you need for your tree.

salt dough christmas ornaments

Now, I’m gonna be ruhl honest with you guys about something. The ornaments are suuuper easy to make and don’t take long at all, but the garland took Got-damned forever. The main part is waiting–each batch of dough only makes so many tiny little ornaments, and you need quite a few for the garland. So you have to start a new batch of dough, roll it out, cut out a bunch of tiny ornaments (you don’t want the ornaments for the garland to be too big or heavy), wait for them to bake, wait for the glue/glitter to dry- it takes a long. ass. time.

So, my pro tip would be to make all the dough at once (maybe 3-4 batches) and roll enough dough out to bake as many cookie sheets at one time as you can. Not to be extreme or anything, but maybe invest in a double oven just to make this go faster.

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

Other pro tip: Watch The Family Stone while you do this. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shout “BRAD?! BRAD STEVENSON??” to no one in particular. Dooo it. Or better yet, tell me what your favorite holiday movie is. The Family Stone is a tough one to beat, but I’m in a giving spirit so maybe you’ll win me over. Happy holidays!!

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