Jun 7

DIY Cupcake Stand with Free Template

by Brittany Watson Jepsen

It seems like the cupcake craze has now made its way over to Scandinavia. There are a number of cupcakeries popping up all over and I’m certainly not complaining. I figured they needed a stand of their own so I decided to attempt one out of super simple materials and I love how it turned out. Plus, it’s super to pack up and transport to parties or picnics.

Materials: cutting board, matte board color of your choice, spray paint (I choose high gloss gold for ultimate shine), x-acto knife, metal ruler for cutting.

Step 1: I first created a design and then cut out all of the 5 parts below with my x-acto knife. You can download this template to the size that you’d like and use it as a template to transfer to your matte board.

Step 2: Assemble the parts together by first putting part 2 on top of part 1. Continue by stacking part 4 on top of the stand and sliding it down to the bottom rung. Add part 5 by repeating and putting it on the middle rung. Finish it off with part 3 at the top rung.

Step 3: I decided to give it a spray of gold spray paint for extra shine. I first disassembled the parts and then sprayed them and let them dry for a day. Then spray the other side and let dry for a day. That will avoid finger prints in the paint.

Voila! Easy squeezy!

To top it off my sweet husband made rhubarb cupcakes and I used gold liners to create a lovely golden glow against the stand.

Photography by Amanda Thomsen

 

May 3

Fruit Balloons DIY

by Brittany Watson Jepsen

We’ve been planning a “fruit party” for a few years now, the gist is that everyone brings an exotic fruit and we, the hosts, provide a batch of the more common kinds. Who doesn’t want to feast on a smorgasboard of Mother Earth’s natural sweets? These balloon garlands were a cinch to make and provide maximum effect.

You will need: balloons (make sure to get some long ones for bananas), green paper for leaves, twine, scissors, tape

Step 1: Blow up your balloons. To really make them look like fruits, size them proportionally so that a blueberry is smaller than an orange, etc. To make the grapes I taped the small purple balloons in clusters.
Step 2: Tie the twine around each end of the balloon.
Step 3: Cut out leaves

Step 4: Crease the leaf to provide the 3D effect.
Step 5: Tape the leaf to the balloon using the end of the balloon as the stem.
Step 6: Continue tying the balloons to the twine to create the garland. Have fun fruiting!

photography by Hilda Grahnat

Apr 5

Glittered wire name signs

by Brittany Watson Jepsen

When I got married I used the wedding as an excuse to get my craft on. My mom, sister and I went nuts making everything from the paper flowers to the monogram initials on the gate of the reception site. Every so often I think of little DIYs that I would have loved to do for the big event like this glittered wire name sign for the bride and groom.

Materials: wire, wire cutters, gold spray paint, gold glitter, scissors, ribbon, spray mount

Step 1: Take your wire and leave a bit of room for the curve of the first letter of the word you are going to spell.

Step 2: Start forming the first letter in cursive. Keep the letters loopy so the wire is easier to work with.

Step 3: At the last letter leave some extra wire for extra flourish like the beginning of the word.

Step 4: Spray the wire name gold.

Step 5: Wait a bit for the first layer to dry and then turn it over and spray.

Step 5: Using your spray mount, spray a portion of the wire and then quickly cover it with some glitter. Make sure you’re working on a piece of paper that you don’t mind chucking afterward.

Step 6: Continue spraying and pouring on glitter until it’s covered. Let it sit while it dries.

Step 7: As soon as it’s dry, shake off the extra glitter and return back into the bottle.

Step 8: Tie a ribbon to two letters and tie to a chair.

Voilà!

The beauty of this project is that it can be used for all types of events like monogramming a name for a birthday or bridal shower. Try mixing it up with different colors of glitter and ribbons to really funk it up.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

Mar 5

DIY Paper Flower Cone Bouquets

by Brittany Watson Jepsen

Are you a cone or cup person? I was usually a cup type of girl myself (save a few calories? why not!) But why eat them at all when you can use them as a vase and pass on feeling the guilt. Now, that’s my type of treat. These paper flower ice cream cone bouquets would be perfect for birthday parties, a good cheer up, or just the floral/ice cream lover like myself.

Materials: ice cream cone (waffle or sugar), x-acto knife, glue gun, cutting board, scissors, skewers about 3-4″ long, garden pot  2″ in diamter(optional to be used as stand), bright colored paper for flowers, green paper for leaves, striped paper for cone covers (free download here)

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Feb 10

Valentine’s Day Garden Heart Attack

by Brittany Watson Jepsen

Have you ever heart attacked someone? Like in the good way, not the medical emergency way? I used to do heart attacks by cutting out oodles of hearts and plastering them to someone’s door (like this). This time I wanted to figure out a way to do it a bit differently so I came up with this heart stencil that can be done on someone’s lawn. It’s super easy to do and is best seen from an elevated vantage point so if you can get some real estate below their window, even better!

Materials: flour, sifter, bowl, large paper, scissors, pencil

Step 1: Draw a large heart onto a piece of large paper (over 11×17″). I found that the bigger the heart the better it turned out. Smaller hearts don’t show up very well.

Step 2: Cut out heart.

Step 3: Pour a large amount of flour into the sifter over heart shape. Start with the edge of the heart and work towards the center.

Step 4: Use different shaped hearts to add more interest to the “attack”.

For bigger impact, heart attack the entire lawn. Happy Valentine’s Day!