Do you like changing out your home decor every time a new season kicks in?
Well then, keep scrolling through. This easy tutorial using mason jars and faux flowers may just spark some summertime decor ideas perfect for your home!
I must admit, I’ve never done much to decorate for the summer. Changing out the curtains, comforter and maybe the kitchen towels is as far as it always goes for me.
But I really enjoyed working on my spring centerpiece post. It left me wanting to do more with faux flowers. Plus, I was really inspired by this blog post I recently read from the clean and scentsible blog. Jenn’s pretty pink peonies really made me want to bring something similar into my home for the summer. So I eventually took a trip to the dollar store (I have a black thumb so I don’t do fresh flowers 🙂 ) and found the most beautiful faux flowers!
I couldn’t just walk away with the pink flowers reminding me of that post that inspired me. There were so many to pick from. I had to buy a few more.
Look at that vibrant color!
(Oh and in case your wondering, yes, those flowers are laying on our apartment radiator. When my precious 1-year-old is about to wake up from naptime I hustle to get things done and throw perfection out the window)
Ok, let’s jump right in and get started!
Here we go…
3 Quick and Easy Summer Home Decor Ideas Using Mason Jars and Faux Flowers
Here’s what you’ll need:
As I just mentioned, I got mine at the dollar store but you can also find a great selection of faux flowers at craft stores like Michaels, Walmart and of course the dollar tree.
I picked three bright coral faux flowers that resemble peonies. One yellow and another light pink flower resembling forsythias. The light pink flowers were exactly like the yellow (one piece) but I cut all the stems apart before taking this photo.
So in total I’m working with five faux flowers.
I’m using two large jars and a smaller jar. These were another dollar store find.
A Few Fun Accessories
I love making use of items I already have at home when I’m organizing or doing any sort of DIY.
So here I’m using:
A yellow necklace I haven’t worn in some time.
A long pink beaded necklace, another necklace I hardly ever wear.
My daughter’s headband that doesn’t fit her anymore.
Don’t worry if you can’t find a matching necklace for your flowers. A strand of white pearls can work. I’d use fake pearls, don’t pull out your good stuff for this! 😉
Consider an adjustable bracelet as well in place of a necklace similar to my yellow necklace.
Use ribbon or burlap for a more rustic look if you don’t have a headband like mine.
Rocks and Fairy Lights (or any other fillers you may already have at home)
I purchased my rocks at Home Depot a few years ago for a separate project but this is another item I’ve seen many times at craft and dollar stores.
The fairy lights came from Amazon. Here’s the link if you’re interested: Led string lights.
Here’s what I did with the yellow flowers:
NOTE: this centerpiece will work best in an area where the back part will not show if you use a necklace similar to mine. You’ll see why next.
Wrap your necklace around the top part of the mason jar and secure in place with two pieces of tape.
I’m using the yellow necklace for this centerpiece and as you can see the pretty stones are only along the front part of the necklace. The back part only consists of the chain. This is why you may want to place this somewhere that won’t allow the back part (and those two pieces of tape) to show.
Gently place the rocks into the mason jar.
Arrange most of your rocks in a way that you are leaving some space in the center. You are basically forming a funnel like shape. This is so that you create an area for your flowers to go into.
Drop your flowers into the mason jar.
Bend and move the stems and flowers around to create the look you want.
Suddenly my home is summertime ready!
Moving onto the light pink flowers.
Wrap the headband (or ribbon) around the center of the Mason Jar.
Drop in your fairy lights.
Leave the battery pack outside.
Secure the battery pack in the headband along the back part of the mason jar.
Cut your flower into separate pieces like I did here.
Add your flowers to the mason jar and…
Anyone else in the mood to go catch some fireflies in a jar?
Ok now on to those pretty coral flowers.
Wrap the beaded necklace (or a long strand of pearls) around the mason jar.
Gently drop your rocks into the jar. Place them the same way we did with the yellow flowers, leaving some space in the center for the flowers to rest in.
Bend the stems so they are the perfect height.
I also cut off some of the stems before bending them because the flowers were way too long. You can use a wire cutter if you wish or just do what I did and bend the stem like 20 (thousand) times back and forth til it breaks off.
Who doesn’t enjoy a challenge every now and then?
Bend your flower a bit. This will make them look much nicer once they are in the mason jar.
Drop in your flowers AND…
I’m in love…
There you have it! Three quick, easy and beautiful summer home decor ideas with inexpensive faux flowers and mason jars!
I really hope you enjoyed this and hope it inspired you to come up with a few of your own easy home decor ideas that are perfect for summer too.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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Are you coming to the end of your precious little baby’s first year and looking for a cheap solution to organize and store all those clothes he or she grew out of?
I figured out a way that worked great for me. Wanna find out if it can work for you too?
Well then keep reading. I’ve got a cheap solution for you!
So I had a large bag of my daughters outgrown clothes in my closet. She’s 16 months now and still wearing a few of her outfits from 12 months so I mostly have clothes from 0 – 9 months to store.
Every time she’d grow out of something, I’d toss it in that bag. It’s been taking up valuable shoe space! The bag had to go.
So I got to thinking. The solution had to be something that wouldn’t take up a ton of space. My closets are pretty full and I don’t have an attic or basement to store things in either. I’m in a one bedroom apartment! So I needed something other than large bins or boxes.
Eventually here’s what I came up with:
Old Shoe Boxes!
I had a few shoe boxes under my bed and I knew if I could empty them out I could then use them for her clothes. Thankfully, with a little organizing and moving things around, I managed to make some space in my closet for the shoes in those boxes. It’s amazing how we can figure things out and make space where we thought there was no space when we really need to.
Ok you know what comes next, I start organizing some baby clothes. So that’s enough talking (writing). Let’s get started!
Here we go…
A Cheap Way to Organize and Store Outgrown Baby Clothes!
Find a few old shoe boxes. The larger the box the better so it holds more.
Think boxes for knee-high boots or those bulky Uggs many of us have (or knock-off Uggs, hey they are all cute to me!)
Check your husband/boyfriend’s closet for boxes too!
Clean your boxes.
Because if you found them under the bed, like me, they are most probably very dusty.
I just wiped mine down with a rag and my Method all-purpose cleaner. You can use whatever cleanser you’d like. Even just a cloth dampened with some water would work.
Don’t go crazy with whatever liquid you choose to use. You don’t want to ruin the boxes. Remember, we’re working with cardboard here!
Step 3 (Optional!)
I decided that I had to make the boxes pretty.
I just had too.
My shoe boxes were looking kind of boring.
If you don’t want to do this that’s ok. Don’t bother. Your shoe boxes won’t mind and I won’t either. Move on to step 4 where we’ll talk about folding.
I used close to two rolls of contact paper (9 ft. x 18 in.) that I found at Family Dollar to fancy up my shoe boxes.
I’d love to tell you step by step how I covered my boxes with the contact paper but I don’t really follow any specific steps whenever I use this stuff (which is pretty often).
I just peel, pray, stick and repeat ’til I’m done.
And I don’t care much about a few air bubbles or whether or not the pattern matches perfectly in spots where ends are meeting. If you look closely, you can see my lack of perfection all throughout my photos.
But, if you won’t except anything other than perfection for your shoe boxes then don’t worry. I won’t leave you hanging.
I found the perfect tutorial by Amy at Homey Oh My to guide you with this fun project!
She gives clear and easy to follow instructions. With her help, no one can mess this up! You can click here to be directed to her blog post.
This one’s important
How to fold the clothes.
Ok, I’m about to ramble a bit, you can skip this next paragraph if you’d like. I won’t be offended!
I had a hard time getting everything to fit in the boxes when I first decided I would use shoe boxes to store my daughter’s clothes. I was going to give up and move on to find another solution. I tried folding them a few different ways but nothing worked. Later that day I was in my bedroom with my daughter. She was playing with (making a mess of) all of my scarves and pulling them out of the drawers. When she was done I quickly grabbed everything to put them back but I was in a bit of a rush so I started rolling them up and neatly placing (shoving) them back in the drawers as opposed to putting them away as they were before which was neatly folded. When I was done I noticed I had more space to spare compared to before!
So I had a light bulb moment…
Roll her clothes so they fit in the shoe boxes!
I’m amazed at how much more I was able to fit by just simply rolling the clothes.
Follow these simple steps to roll everything like I did:
- First, lay your piece of clothing on a table or flat surface and fold it down the middle once.
- Next, fold in the sleeves for tops, dresses with sleeves and onesies.
- Then start rolling. Be sure to roll very tightly so your finished rolled item is as small as possible.
- For pants, shorts and skirts just fold down the middle and start rolling.
This is what you want to be left with:
Also, make sure everything is the same height or shorter than the height of the box. (see picture below)
This is so that the top of your shoe box will fit and close properly.
I repeated the first step for most of the larger items and folded them in thirds so that they were the right size. (Anything that was size 6 months and)
Pile your baby’s clothes as you go with the rolled side down so that they don’t un-roll while you continue rolling everything else.
I rolled about ten to fifteen pieces then placed them standing up in the box before continuing with the rest.
Start filling up your boxes.
Here’s what I did:
First, I decided to use the smallest box for her white onesies. She’s still wearing a few of her onesies that are labeled 9 months (amazing how sizes can be so different depending on the store) so I didn’t have too many of these to store.
The medium sized box turned out perfect for all her pj’s.
The rest of her clothes, minus coats and any bulky items, went into the largest box.
Don’t worry, we will talk about the bulkier items in Step 8
Another way to organize everything would be by size but that would probably work best if you can find boxes of similar sizes. One box can be from 0-3 months, another for 3-6 months and so on.
Label your boxes.
You can use whatever you’d like of course. White printer paper, a black marker and some tape would get the job done too!
Storing the boxes.
I decided to store my boxes back under the bed. What’s great about this is that I still have some space for a few more boxes. So next time I start organizing more of her clothes I’ll know exactly where to store them.
Storing bulky items.
I decided to use dollar tree storage bags for the bulkier items like her coats, thick sweaters, and a Halloween costume.
I only needed to use two bags (photo of one included) and for now, I am keeping them both hanging off a hanger in my closet.
These bags are very sturdy and they can fit under the bed if you’d like next to your boxes.
Ok that’s it!
Hope you enjoyed this and found some ideas to help you tackle your baby’s mountain of outgrown clothes and get them stored and organized!
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Today I’m sharing how to make a quick and easy DIY Easter centerpiece.
In my last post, I shared how to create a unique spring centerpiece. I really enjoyed creating that centerpiece. It left me craving more DIY spring decor! I placed that centerpiece on the living room table so now I decided I would create something for my kitchen table.
I searched Pinterest for some inspiration and came across tons of centerpiece ideas using plastic Easter eggs. I’ve never used those plastic eggs for anything other than Easter baskets for my nieces.
How did I not know about this genius, inexpensive and easy way to decorate?!?
Anyway, I started searching through my home to see how I can create a centerpiece of my own using plastic Easter eggs. I didn’t want to just copycat someone else’s idea off of Pinterest. That would just be wrong.
So, after a bit of search for what items I could use (I love decorating with items I already own!) I came across a few blue faux hydrangeas I had in my bedroom and some plastic cups in the kitchen and sure enough, I knew exactly what to do.
Here we go…
A super quick and easy DIY Easter centerpiece!
Here are all the supplies you will need:
4 clear plastic cups I’m using solo brand 9 oz cups from Walmart but you can also find similar cups at the dollar store
Plastic Easter eggs, preferably of different sizes and textures (I had a few large and medium eggs left over from previous years and I purchased a bag of mini eggs covered with glitter from the dollar tree)
Faux Flowers with small flowers and/or roses that you can pull off. I’m using blue and white flowers but any color will do.
FYI: the mini eggs I purchase from the dollar tree had a short string connected to them for hanging. I just yanked the string out of each egg. So if you find these eggs be sure to grab them and don’t worry, the string will come right out!
1. Start by lining up the plastic cups side by side on your table:
2. Drop your Easter eggs into the cups. I placed one large egg first, followed by a medium egg. Then I placed two small eggs next to the medium egg:
Do you see the Easter cuteness coming together!
3. Pull off your small flowers. I used 3 flowers per cup:
4. Place your flowers on top of the eggs:
Is anyone else getting a fun Hawaiian vibe here?
And that’s it!
You now have a very sweet, quick and easy DIY Easter centerpiece to display in your home!
Who else has a high chair right by their kitchen table? lol
Ok, I’ll stop now. But don’t these little cups just put a smile on your face!
Ok seriously I’m done now 🙂🙃
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
I hope you enjoyed this and decide to try it out in your home too.
Are you ready to say hello spring and goodbye old man winter?
There’s one way you can welcome spring and start enjoying all it has to offer no matter what the weather looks like outside (because here in New York, Mr. Winter likes to extend his stay way past his scheduled check out time.)
Start at home with some bright, cheerful and unique spring decor!
This unique spring centerpiece is sure to make anyone feel like warm weather is right around the corner. Plus, it won’t cost much to put it together! Woohoo!
You can find most of the supplies at any dollar store but if you are into crafting like I am then you may already have most of these items in your crafting stash.
Here we go…
How to Create a Unique Spring Centerpiece
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 Bunches of Faux Flowers (preferably roses)
Look for flowers with different lengths mixed in. You want a few long and a few short flowers.
Ribbon, Burlap and White Tulle
A Few Safety Pins (or glue gun) and White Dollies any shape (the dollies are optional)
I picked pink, white and yellow roses but you can change up the colors if you’d like. If you do change it up, be sure to match the ribbon to the colors of your flowers. A few great color options would be lavender, turquoise and white or even coral, pink, and ivory!
I purchased my roses at the dollar store but if your local dollar store does not have a great selection try Walmart. They usually have faux flowers at affordable prices too!
I already had burlap, ribbon and white tulle at home but you can find burlap and ribbon at the dollar store as well.
As for for the tulle, I purchased mine at Michaels a few years ago but if you don’t have tulle and don’t want to purchase any I would suggest using the burlap in place of the tulle and create a simple bow with your ribbon.
I’m using white heart-shaped dollies that I purchased from the dollar tree for Valentine’s Day. As you can see from the pictures I’m going to put my centerpiece on a brown table and I felt that the bouquet needed something to make it stand out better against the dark brown. It’s up to you if you’d like to use the dollies. Depending on the shape and color of your table you may be able to use other items as well. Do you have a table runner that would match the flowers? Or a long scarf that can work as a runner? Another option I had tried was placing the bouquet on a cupcake stand. It looked beautiful but I wanted to keep things simple for everyone wanting to try this at home.
Ok, let’s jump into how to create your centerpiece
(Oh and FYI, I’ll be using the words centerpiece and bouquet interchangeably because well, uh, it’s clearly a bouquet being used as a centerpiece, lol)
1. Gather all your flowers in one hand. Be sure to hold them at different heights like I did in the picture below. This is so that they lay better on the table. Your bouquet will also look longer like this.
2. Wrap the white tulle tightly around the stems and secure with safety pins.
You can tie the flowers with a rubber band first if that makes it easier to wrap the tulle. I just held the flowers in place with my hand while I wrapped.
Notice how the colors of the roses are not evenly distributed. The yellow roses are off to your right. The pinks are gathered around the bottom of the bouquet and the whites are off to the left.
Don’t worry, we’ll fix that later on. We got this guys!
I only needed one safety pin at the end of the bouquet because I tucked the top end into the wrapped tulle but use as many as you’d like to secure everything.
3. Wrap your ribbon over the tulle like the picture below and secure with safety pins.
I covered the first safety pin (holding the white tulle in place) with the pink ribbon. Then I made sure that I was placing the safety pins for the pink ribbon in the part of the bouquet that was going to lay against the table that way they won’t show once I’m done.
4. Tie a piece of burlap to create a bow
5. Create a “bow” by bending the burlap inwards on both sides to create a pretty loop
I have to admit, I’m horrible at creating bows but burlap is great when you’re challenged, like me, in the bow creating department because the wire holds it in whatever shape you bend it.
See how it’s keeping the looped shape
That’s all you have to do for a pretty bow!
Shhhh…no one has to know it’s a fake bow!
6. Ok so this next step is important…
Remember how the colors of the flowers were not evenly distributed after wrapping the tulle?
Let’s fix that:
Look at the flowers that I am pointing to with the arrows. I pulled those flowers off of their original stem and moved them around to mix up the colors.
I probably did this to about 10 roses.
Just gently pull off as many flowers as you need to and move them around to create the look you want.
7. Arrange your white dollies on the table like this (if using dollies):
Place your bouquet on top…
And you have a beautiful and unique spring centerpiece!!
When Easter comes around you can also scatter some pretty eggs around the centerpiece or tuck them into the bouquet!
I hope you give this unique spring centerpiece a try in your home today!
Thanks for stopping by!