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Simple Fall Decor Ideas {+ Free Printable}

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall is officially here. It’s that time of year in between Summer and all things Halloween… and then Christmas. And before we get out the bats, witches, and jack- o- lanterns, it’s the perfect time to put out some pretty Fall greens and pumpkins. And gourds (can’t forget about those!) ;). 

For about $30 we picked up some pumpkins, gourds, and plants for our front porch and added some throughout the house to bring a little bit of Fall indoors. I also clipped some fresh greens from the garden for some pops of colour and arranged everything into little groups using colour and texture to create interest (I went with mostly white with pops of orange and green). Decorating for the seasons doesn’t have to burn a hole in your credit card to look good- especially when you can add a cute free printable into the mix!- and you might already have more than you need, you just have to get a little creative. One of the things I’ve been wanting is a sign that can be used year- round as I switch things up for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. I didn’t want to spend a lot on it since I like to change things up throughout the year, so I decided to make one. All you have to do is print and pop it into a frame (I used one from good ol’ IKEA), and decorate to your heart’s content. 

You can find the click + print link for this ‘Welcome Home’ sign at the end of the post, plus check out these tips for easy home decor (even though this post is about decorating for Fall, they are good year- round):

  • use colour and texture for visual interest (these mini pumpkins and gourds cost around $15 for all of them)
  • pick a colour scheme and carry it through- it can be lots of colour or just one or two, but keeping the colours consistent will make a big impact (like I said, I went with white, orange, and green before the black and orange of Halloween come along)
  • layer items/ prop up against each other to add depth/ height
  • get creative- use items you already have and set a budget for items you want to buy; if you’re really lucky you might a few things that will work year- round so you only have to add a few seasonal accents
  • when all else fails, make it yourself (like a sign you can print right at home 😉 )

Fall decor and welcome home free printable Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

 Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Print your own ‘Welcome Home’ sign

Download the free Welcome Home printable below!

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

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September 28, 2017
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Oh Canada: 10 Ways to Get Your ‘Eh’ On for Under $75

 

The love for all things Canada continues today on OHP! Canadian- themed decor is pretty trendy right now, but the cabin/ woodsy/ lumberjack themes have been classic style trends for home and style for as long as I can remember. Whether you like to incorporate it into your home or your wardrobe (or both!) there are plenty of options out there to choose from. Have some fun with your style and decor with this selection of 10 items that celebrate Canada (with everything costing $75 or less!).

No matter where in Canada you live, there’s no place like home and I’ve rounded up 10 favourites for home and style as part of my #Canada150 celebrations here on the blog. Being from BC, the woods, ocean, and outdoors play a big part in my life and I couldn’t resist including a few provincial items too. Whether you just like them for the Summer, or use year- round, I hope you like these ideas for adding some ‘Eh’ into your life! 

Clockwise from top left:

Burgers Beer Bonfire tee- The Sweet Life Apparel

Provincial Mug- Chapters Indigo

Life is Better in Canada Pillow- Chapters Indigo

604 or Bust Sweater- All Twerk & No Pray

There’s No Place Like Home Printable- V Shop by Victoria Senges

Set of Vintage Canoe Paddles- Chapters Indigo

True North/ Strong + Free Wood Signs- Allybeth Design Co

The World Needs More Canada Mug- Chapters Indigo

BC Wood Wall Hanging- Sprig West– on sale! $17, usually $22!

Looking for more ideas to celebrate Canada? See the links below!

Canada Day Strawberry Chia Parfait

#RedandWhite Pop Up at The Local Space: Post a Photo to Win!

Canada Day Bunting Printables

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June 28, 2017
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Hello 2017: NYE Party Ideas

HOW are we at the end of another year??? 2016 seemed to fly by and now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about NYE & welcoming in the new year. I’m not sure if you’ll agree, but I feel like we get so caught up with Christmas (and rightfully so, it’s a special time of year), we don’t think about new years until after the turkey has been packed up in Tupperware and we recover from our eggnog hangovers. In the space of a week you have to pull something together, and whether you like to go all- out or keep it simple, there isn’t much time to get things organized.

I got together with some party partners in crime to share ideas to help you pull off the perfect NYE celebration, complete with some simple food & cocktail ideas that will have your guests excited to ring in the new year without leaving you stressed out with the prep. Just pick up some fun decor like balloons, a banner, maybe some photo props and you’ve got it made. Full details below along with links to the food & cocktail recipes we included.
While planning this, my friend Janette from Ave to Zoe mentioned she had a great appie idea: ravioli pops topped with cherry tomatoes. Done! I think with parties like this finger food is a great idea, and there are plenty of quick/ simple recipes plus pre- made options if you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen before the party. I also picked up some spring rolls from the grocery store for another easy savoury option, plating them with cocktail skewars for easy party noshing. You just have to pop in the oven for a few minutes and they’re party- ready (if only our outfits were that easy to organize! 😉 ).

For drinks we whipped up a tasty white wine sangria and poured pretty pink bubbly from Evolve Cellars into DIY gold glitter flutes (sangria recipe & how- to to come later this week!). As a fun finishing touch we popped in gold star swizzle sticks and topped the bubbly with some cotton candy from Cloud Nine (tip: if you do this, try to place the cotton candy on the rim of the glasses instead of touching the champagne, as it’ll dissolve really quick once it touches liquid). As another pretty detail we tied some little black tassels to the wine glasses- if you get different colours this would be a great idea so guests know which glass is theirs.

For sweet treats- because you can’t ring in the new year without treating yourself!- we had jars of cotton candy in a variety of flavours and mini doughnuts from Cloud Nine, whiskey flavoured gourmet marshmallows from Marsh&Mallow, and champagne cupcakes baked & decorated by Janette (link for that recipe coming soon!). We topped them with pretty gold ‘2017’ & ‘cheers’ toppers from Paper + Parties and arranged them on a tray for a pretty display.

And what party would be complete without decorations? Michelle from Paper + Parties had all the details covered, from the ‘It’s About To Go Down’ banner, new years party balloons, and finishing touches like the swizzle sticks and cupcake toppers. She also makes a variety of photo props, which are perfect to have fun with as you count down to midnight. I had these left over from my ugly sweater Christmas party and they’re perfect for pretty much any occasion when you want to goof around.

Ringing in the new year is supposed to be fun, and I hope these ideas help you plan the perfect NYE party without the stress/ panic that often goes with the territory. Everything we included is quick and simple to track down, whether for NYE or any other special occasion/ party throughout the year. I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of 2016 and that 2017 is an AMAZING year for you!

See the recipe for the ravioli bites & champagne cupcakes over on Ava to Zoe:

Ravioli Pops- click here

Champagne Cupcakes- click here

Paper + Parties

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Instagram: @paperandparties

Cloud Nine

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Instagram: @cloudninecottoncandy

Twitter: @CloudNineCC

Marsh&Mallow

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Evolve Cellars

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Instagram: @evolvecellars

Photo credit: Ava to Zoe & Paper + Parties

December 26, 2016
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Faux Fur Stool DIY

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Who else agrees- Pinterest is a dangerous place?! I’m always coming across project ideas I want to try and today’s post is 100% inspired by some pins I’ve come across of faux fur stools. Call me a girly girl but I think these fluffy accents are a cute/ fun addition to a room. I’d love to pair mine with a pretty vintage chair or vanity- what do you think??? I found a set of vintage stool legs and knew they’d be perfect for this project and I opted to not sand/ re- stain them but I updated the metal details and hardware with some gold spray paint for a touch of glam. This project did take a little while, so I’d give yourself and hour or two, but the results are worth the effort! Also be warned- working with faux fur can be a little messy, so be prepared to find bits of it everywhere after you’re finished! 😉 Now who’s ready for some crafty fun?!
Materials:
– faux fur 
– upholstery foam (available at fabric/ craft stores)
– wood cut to size for seat base (I made mine 1′ * 1′)
– legs (great for a repurposing project or find new)
– spray paint
– scrap fabric to line the underside (optional)
Additional supplies/ tools:
– glue gun
– nail gun
– drill
– scissors
– saw
– painter’s tape
– measuring tape
Directions:
1. If you’re like me and are repurposing pieces or just want to add some metallic detail, tape off the part you don’t want painted and spray paint everything- I also painted the hardware to match. Set aside to dry.
2. Cut your piece of wood to the size you want- I cut mine 1′ * 1′, followed by cutting the upholstery foam to size. I used 3 layers of 1″ foam to get the size of cushion I wanted; you can make yours larger/ smaller based on preference, just make sure you have enough faux fur to wrap around it.

3. This step is optional, but I glued the first layer of foam to the wood base to help hold it in place while I secured the faux fur. This is up to you, but I found it really helped.

4. Cut your faux fur to size. I also cut a piece of scrap velvet to 1′ * 1′ to line the underside of the wood base so the bottom looked finished as well. For the faux fur, make sure you have enough to wrap all sides with 1- 2″ extra on all sides to secure it to the base. For mine I used a piece that was 14″ * 14″.

5. If you’re going to line the underside of the stool base, use a glue gun to secure it. Make sure it’s glued down well on the edges. Stack your upholstery foam on top of the base and flip it upside down on the backside of the faux fur (make sure it’s centred!). Now for the tricky part: For the corners, trim the corners of the fur away  (see photo), so that when you fold the fur down, the edges/ seams overlap by approx 1/4″- 1/2″ (any more and the corners will be bulky). Use the glue gun to glue the pieces together, making sure the raw edges are tucked in (I pinched the seams together for a tight/ clean seam). If you prefer, you can also secure with a needle and thread.

6. When all sides and corners are glued, use a staple gun to secure the fur to the wood base. I put a staple in each corner and in the middle of each side. 

7. When your legs and hardware are dry, screw them onto the base. I measured in 1/4″ from the edges based on the hardware I had. If you lined the underside of your base with fabric, make sure it doesn’t wrinkle/ pucker as you drill in the screws.

8. Brush off any dust/ fur trimmings etc and…

Enjoy!

September 22, 2016
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Diaper Genie Expressions {Review + Giveaway}

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OK hands up, whose kid’s rooms are better decorated than their own?! Haha I know that’s true in my house!!! And while we’re being honest here, it isn’t hard to get carried away with all the cute everything you can decorate with nowadays. And that goes for everything from furniture to accessories and finishing touches- and now thanks to Playtex, it also applies to your diaper disposal system!
Meet the Diaper Genie Expressions system: all the features you know and love about the #1 selling diaper disposal system in North America along with customizable covers to help it suit your nursery style! You can keep the Diaper Genie Expressions in neutral white or pick from one of the designer sleeves (sold separately) to make it as eye- catching as it is functional. A diaper pail that locks in odour and germs and looks cute while doing it? YES PLEASE! Plus it’s simple to pull the sleeves over the pail in just 3 easy steps (see how easy it is in the video!):

1. Pull down the fabric on the pail with the inner tag towards the bottom
2. Push the fabric into the top slot
3. Pull the fabric down and insert into the bottom

How cool is that?! And guess what??? I’ve got the chance for 10 readers to try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system with all 5 sleeves plus have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Babies R Us! In return all you have to do is publish a review on the Babies R Us website!
Want in? Here’s how:
Send me an email to kpetrunia@hotmail that includes:
— Your name
— Mailing address
— Preferred email address for contact purposes
In return all you have to do is:
– Try out the Diaper Genie Expressions system along with the different sleeves
– Write a review on the Babies R’ Us website and send me the link to your review by October 19, 2016
That’s it! Then you’ll be entered for a 1 in 10 chance to win a $100 gift card from Babies R’ Us!

More about the Diaper Genie Expressions system:
– all the odour control found with all Diaper Genie systems
– easy operation
– Push N’ Lock clamp system to lock in odour
– disposal bags made with 7 layers to lock in germs and odours
– holds up to 50 newborn diapers so you won’t have to change refills often

Retails for $34.99 and individual sleeves for $12.99. Available exclusively at Babies R Us October 1, 2016 and coming to Amazon.ca January 1, 2017.

To see my other post with Diaper Genie, click here.

Disclosure: I received product and compensation in exchange for this blog post. The review and opinions are my own. 

September 20, 2016
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DIY Mexican Blanket Cushion Cover

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Tomorrow is the first day of June (what?!) and soon Summer will be in full swing. So I thought this would be a good time to share a simple project idea that would be the perfect addition to your patio or home and add a pop of colour for the warm days ahead. And what better to do this with than a vibrant Mexican print? I keep seeing beautiful Mexican- inspired rugs and decor on Instagram and Pinterest, and this DIY is a fun way to incorporate it into your home just in time for Summer. 
Basic cushion covers are quick and easy to make even if you don’t sew a heck of a lot and are a great beginner sewing project. My Mum recently gave me her old sewing machine and I’ve been enjoying trying it out for some simple sewing projects like this one. I found the fabric I used at one of my favourite thrift stores but you really aren’t limited with the fabric you use, just consider how much wear and tear it will receive and choose a fabric accordingly. While I had my patio in mind while making this, it’s ended up being a fun addition to Liam’s room (see photos at the end of the post). It’s a quick and easy project, and perfect for adding a fun pop of colour. See below for the how- to. 
Materials:
– fabric*
– measuring tape
– fabric chalk
– pinking shears
– pins
Optional:
– seam tape (if you want to make your seams a little more durable and/ or you use fabric that frays easily like the one I used)
– buttons/ zipper 
* you will need enough to cover your cushion with 1″ seam allowances on all sides, (my cushion was 15″*15″ so I needed 2 pieces that were 17″*17″ with seam allowances). 

Directions:
1. Measure the cushion you want to cover to make sure you get enough fabric (remember to add 1″ for seam allowances on all sides- increase this if your cushion is really full/ firm).

2. Decide on how you want the pattern on each side (do you want the pattern centred, going in a certain direction, etc) and measure/ mark your fabric accordingly. 

3. Snip snip snip! Use pinking shears to cut the fabric.

4. Place the fabric right sides together and pin along the  edges. Allowing for 1/4″ seam allowances, sew around each side, reinforcing the corners by backstitching once or twice. Leave a 3- 4″ space un- sewn so you can turn the cushion cover right side out.

5. Flip the cushion cover right side out.

6. And voila! Pop in your cushion and sew up the hole by hand to finish it off.

I love how the cushion cover turned out and think it’ll be a cute addition to Liam’s bed when he’s older. For now it’s hanging out with his favourite stuffies in his room. PS- yay for easy distractions (sunglasses) to snap some photos!

June 1, 2016
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Lifestyle Meets Comfort: Gallery Wall How- To

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I’m excited to share that I’ve contributed a guest blog post over on the La- Z Boy Comfort Meets Lifestyle website! If you’re looking for some design inspo, it’s a great resource to check out with articles on a variety of topics including trends, tips, and DIYs. 
My post is a simple how- to for creating a gallery wall, with some tips and tricks to help make the process a little simpler (I always find it takes me way longer to hang photos, etc than I think it will). A gallery wall is a stylish way to display photos, art, and other pieces while adding a personal touch to your home. See below for a little sneak peak and head over the Lifestyle Meets Comfort website for the full post!

Visit the Lifestyle Meets Comfort website for this and other decorating and organizing ideas.

May 19, 2016
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Stay Calm & Knit on {Leo & Bea Giveaway}

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If you’ve been drooling over the chunky knit blankets all over Instagram and Pinterest, you’re not alone. I’ve been wanting to splurge on one for myself for a while, and when I saw this beauty by Leo & Bea at my friend Piya’s shop, The Handpicked Home, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. These blankets are gorgeous! And with Mother’s Day coming up it’s the perfect time to splurge on one for yourself or drop some hints to the hubby. 

But before I gush about these beautiful blankets too much, I should also mention that the lady behind the business, Dani, is one inspiring lady. Not only has she drawn creative inspiration from her late Mother who was an art teacher, she’s also created a beautiful business out of a challenging experience. Instead of letting things get her down, she is full of energy and optimism which shines through (and why I gave this post the title I did). I am so grateful to have had the chance to work with Dani, and even more so as she has kindly offered up one of her beautiful blankets to giveaway to a blog reader. 

When you scroll down to enter, I hope you’ll also take the time to read a little more about Dani and Leo & Bea (how she chose the name will tug at your heartstrings). My blanket from Leo & Bea is something special that I’d like to keep clean and free of stains (we all need something that is just our own, free from the evidence of crumbs and handprints kids leave everywhere) but I’m not going to let that stop me from enjoying lots of snuggles and cozying up with my loved ones in it, because life’s about the moments and memories more than anything else. 

Here’s a little about Danielle and why you’ll fall even more in love with Leo & Bea
Danielle (or Dani as she likes to be called) lost both of her parents to Cancer, losing her Mom when she was 15 and her Dad when she was 25. Her Mom was an art teacher, and is the person who Dani draws inspiration from, helping her explore her new creative career. Originally from Nova Scotia, Dani moved to BC 15 years ago and taught herself to arm knit after being laid off from her career as an Optometric Technician, a position she’d help for 9 years. Instead of being discouraged, she took it as an opportunity to explore her creative side and created Leo & Bea, naming her business after her maternal grandparents, Leo and Beatrice. While she never knew her Nana, she has fond memories of her Grandfather who outlived his wife and only child, and who ‘lived and loved with all his heart’. 
In addition to knitting and macrame, Dani also paints. It’s during the time that she’s creating that she feels close to her Mom, which is part of why she’s so passionate about what she does. Her strong spirit and optimism shine through and I find her mantra a good reminder for when life gets challenging, something she’s drawn upon after each of her parents’ passing: Even when we fall down, it’s forward. Dust yourself off and keep moving forward. When you see Dani’s work, it’s no surprise it’s as beautiful as it is, given the person who created it. Sometimes you meet people who breath fresh air into things, and Dani is one of them, her positive energy is contagious. A big thank you to Dani for giving me the chance to get to know her and work together. This post has meant more to me than the photos show- it’s given me a fresh perspective I really needed, and reminded me to take a step back to reflect on what I have to be grateful for.

If you’d like to see some of Dani’s other beautiful work- including her arm knit blankets- visit Leo & Bea on Etsy and follow them on Instagram for workshop info, sales, contests, and more.

Want to wrap yourself up in one of these beautiful knits? 
Enter below for your chance to win one of Leo & Bea’s arm knit blankets!

***Open to Canadian residents only***

April 23, 2016
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Ombre Photo Backdrop DIY

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There are some pretty amazing photo prop/ backdrop ideas out there. For my recent Valentine’s Day photo collab with Creative Wife & Joyful Worker and The Cheerio Diaries, we each pitched in to create a pretty & delicate party for 3 very cute little ladies and I offered to create a backdrop we would use for some of the photos (check out these sugar cookies by The Cheerio Diaries and this tassel garland cake topper by Creative Wife & Joyful Worker that they made for the shoot). After scrolling through trusty old Pinterest for inspiration, I decided on one made with dip- dyed coffee filters & streamers. Since this was a girly Valentine’s photo shoot, the obvious choice was pink, but I’ve seen other versions in different colours that are equally beautiful. This backdrop would be great for weddings, parties- pretty much any excuse you have to take photos. It costs only a few dollars to make and you can make it as full or spread- out as you like. All you have to do is run out to the dollar store for a few supplies and you’re good to go. My only tip is to give yourself a little bit of time when it comes to stringing this together- maybe pop in your favourite movie or Netflix so the process doesn’t get too repetitive. See the how- to (and some of the cute photos from our shoot!) below. 
Materials
Coffee filters (I just used a pack of 100, use more for a fuller look)
Food colouring
Fishing twine
Stapler
Cool glue gun
Optional:
Shower curtain
Streamers
Wooden dowel or wrapping paper tube

Directions
1. Start by separating your coffee filters into four groups; keep one pile aside that will stay white
2. Fill 3 separate bowls with approx. 2 cups of water. Add increasing amounts of food colouring to each bowl to achieve the vibrancy of colour you’d like (I used 15 drops, 10 drops, and 5 drops)
3. Take the coffee filters in groups of 3- 5 and fold them into a fan shape

4. Dip the coffee filters into the dyed water about half way, holding them in the water for a few seconds so they can absorb the colour. Set aside as you dye the others. Repeat the process with the other two batches of coffee filters and allow to dry overnight

6. When dry, begin making the coffee filters into cones. First fold them in half…

7. … Then fold in each side to create a cone

8. Staple to hold in place (you could also use a dot of glue or use double- sided tape so you don’t see the seam as easily)

9. Continue this process until all of the coffee filters have been shaped into cones (see why I suggested the movie/ Netflix? 😉 ). Then measure out pieces of fishing twine approx. 10 feet long and string on the cones from lightest to darkest to create an ombre effect; secure them on the twine by pinching the top of the cones with a dot of glue (this is why it’s best to use a cool glue gun, so you don’t burn your fingers). Vary the spacing, grouping some closer together and spreading others farther apart

10. At this point, you could simply use the strings of cones and hang them in front of a wall to create your backdrop. But if you’d like a solid backdrop where you can’t see what’s behind it (such as in front of a door, or to cover a non- photogenic wall), see the following steps
11. Attach a plain shower curtain to a cardboard tube or wooden dowel and then tape varying lengths of streamers to create a pretty layered effect (start with longer pieces, then add shorter pieces on top)
12. Once you’re happy with the streamers, layer on the strings of coffee filters, spacing them out based on how full you’d like it

12. Secure your backdrop where you want to use it (make sure the lighting is good/ away from shadows), find some cute models to pose & snap away! 

It was so much fun getting to work with two of my blogger friends for this shoot- we all had a blast and so did our little models. Make sure to check out The Cheerio Diaries and Creative Wife & Joyful Worker for more great blog reading.
Thanks to these great shops for helping us style this shoot (some aren’t shown in these photos):
Dresses- Over The Loom
Bracelets- Rachel Rainbow
Noisemakers, Fiesta Balloon & Tassel Garland- Fun Fiestas By Ili
Party Straws- Dixie + Twine
Glitter glassware & gold- dipped wood cutlery- Grace Miller & Co
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January 31, 2016
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DIY Flower Monogram

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I’ve been having fun adding some finishing touches to Ari’s room now that her big girl bed is set up and I couldn’t resist looking for some fun and easy DIY projects on Pinterest that I could pull off. This flower monogram was super easy and cost peanuts to make (I think I maybe spent $5 on materials at the dollar store- everything else I had on hand). To personalize, you just pick out fake flowers & colours you like (how pretty would this be to make with fresh flowers for a party or shower???). See below for instructions. 
Materials:
Cardboard tube* (I used a wrapping paper tube, but for tricky letters like ‘G’ a store- bought paper mache letter will work)
Scissors/ exacto knife
Tape
Fake flowers
Glue gun
*In one of the projects I saw, they used a paper- mache letter and cut off the top, which would be good for letters that are harder to shape out of cardboard
Directions:
1. Flatten the tube in half to create a crease, then do the same in the other direction so the creases from your first fold line up- when you hold up the tube it should be square- shaped instead of round. 

2. Using the exacto knife/ scissors, cut the tube into the pieces to make your letter. It may help to draw a letter on a piece of paper so you can lay out the pieces as you go. Tape together to hold shape.
3. With your glue gun, glue the pieces together and allow to cool. Then use your exacto knife or scissors to cut down the middle of the cardboard. Fold the edges in/ down and secure in place with more hot glue.

4. Now for the fun part! Trim the stems of the fake flowers so you can fit them into the letter (the tops of the flowers should sit a little above the cardboard). Place the flowers in the letter to check for spacing, then use the glue gun to secure them in place. Allow to cool. If you prefer a fuller look, add some smaller flowers to fill in the gaps. To hang, you can simply cut a notch in the back of the cardboard to go on a hook, or glue a loop of ribbon/ twine. These are also pretty displayed on vanities/ dressers. 

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January 15, 2016
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