DIY Paper Greenery

Don’t you just love garlands?!? They make any space pop; however, if you use real greenery, the life of your garland is short lived and if you buy faux then be prepared to spend more money than what it would have cost you to buy real greenery and make it yourself. ORRRR… you could make paper greenery for a fraction of the cost AND it will last forever! Black thumb people unite!

This was my first time using floral crepe paper, and I am totally impressed with how real my greenery looks. My husband even thought it was real. I purchased the floral crepe paper by Lia Griffith through Amazon. You can buy just the green paper HERE, but I opted for the assorted color pack HERE because I plan to make flowers as well. This paper is amazing and different from regular crepe paper. It’s not as flimsy and the colors are perfect for flower and greenery making.

With this being my first time using this paper, I wanted to try something easier than 3 dimensional flowers, so I made English Ivy vines and a eucalyptus garland. The paper is durable and great to work with. I am in love.   

If you are not sure how big to make the leaves, you can download my free printable leaf template HERE.

Now let’s talk materials.

Eucalyptus Garland Materials:

Green floral crepe paper

Scissors

Scotch tape

Ivy Materials:

Green floral crepe paper

Scissors

Cloth stem wire

Scotch tape

Once you have all your supplies gathered follow the below instructions. Please note, these instructions pertain to both types of greenery.

Step 1: Cut out the leaves using the scissors and my free printable leaf template HERE.

For the eucalyptus garland, I cutout approximately 75-100 leaves, making the garland about 7 feet in total, but the amount you need will vary on the length of garland you want and how much you overlap the leaves. For the ivy, I used between 15-20 leaves per wire stem. 

Tip: to speed the process up, I folded the crepe paper over several times to cut out a lot of leaves at one time.   You can also buy an ivy leaf cutout, but I didn’t want to spend the money. 


Step 2 (ivy): Once you have all the leaves cut out you will tape the larger ivy leaves to the top of the wire stem and use the smaller leaves at the bottom. I overlapped the leaves in some places and spaced them out in others. There was no method to this, I simple eyed it for what I thought looked best.

Note: I highly recommend you use scotch tape and not floral tape or glue. I tried using floral tape (as you can see in the above picture) and the leaves kept falling off. I ended up using scotch tape to secure them and they have held up since. Its been over a month! 👏 

Step 2 (eucalyptus): After you have all your leaves, start the garland by overlapping two leaves and taping them together where they overlap. Continue this until you have reached the desired garland length.

Note: If you want to ensure that the garland stays intact, I would recommend sewing the leaves together if you do not want to use scotch tape. I used a glue stick at first and the garland came apart.

Step 3: Gently crinkle the ends of the leaves to give them volume and that authentic look.

Step 5: Hang your garland and/or ivy vines!

Both projects took about an hour and a half to complete, but I’m ok with that, because I know these greens will never lose their color or die. 

I really love the color of this paper. The greenery look so real! Plus I can add seasonal flowers to the eucalyptus garland to use it year round.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you found it inspiring. If you plan to make this or use my template I would love to know what you think! You can also come say hi or message me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns

Until next time. Xo 

 

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Our Easter Brunch 2017

Our Easter brunch this year was a huge hit and honestly, I must give a lot of credit to my good friend Julianne for letting me borrow most of the decorations (props of having a friend that is a catering manager) and my hubby for cooking a smorgasbord of amazingly tasty brunch items! Without them, the brunch wouldn’t of been nearly as wonderful.

 

I love whimsical accents, so a garden party theme was in order. I also LOVEEEE tea sets. I actually am trying to collect a set from every country. Right now I have three. 😂 So basically, I need a lot more.

 

 I scoured local goodwill stores  and the Salvation Army for inexpensive tea sets, but to no avail, I found none. 😭  I was thinking I would have to go with plan B, until my friend told me she had several sets I could borrow from her work. I was so excited!! Good thing because I didn’t have a plan B. 😂 So I packed up baby K and went on a {free} shopping spree! The amount of tea sets she had was insane. I loved all the patterns, so I borrowed a little from each set.

 

You can see all the details of where I purchased everything on my Easter Brunch Tablescape post HERE. You can also shop the sources at the bottom of this post.

 

Because I already blogged about my Easter brunch tablescape, this post will be less wordy and more pictures. 😊

 


The table setting

 

 

The food

 

My husband made all of the food with the exception of the bread. It was my first time baking bread from scratch and I think it turned out good. I didn’t get to taste any, it was all gone before I had the chance. 😂 So I’m assuming it was good. 😉 I used THIS recipe I found on Pinterest.

 

 

For the deviled eggs I wanted them to be different and I love spicy food so I asked my husband to make them with Siracha. He didn’t disappoint! 😋

 

 

The recipe for the Siracha deviled eggs is at the end of this post.

 

For the drinks we served mimosas. To put a spin on it, we froze concentrated orange juice in ice cube trays. Then topped them with champagne. I knew those trays would come in handy again after baby K went to table food. 😉

 

 

Super simple and a fun twist on the traditional mimosa. I got the idea from Pinterest. Click HERE for more ice cube ideas.

 

The desserts

 

We served carrot cake, egg shaped sugar cookies with homemade royal icing & luster dust, and garden carrot cupcakes. 🥕

 


I made bunny ears out of gold pipe cleaners for the cake. 🐰 Then topped it with white flowers. Quick and easy!

 

We also made raspberry and strawberry parfaits made with homemade whipped cream. My husband made the whipped cream. It was 12am the night before when I was attempting to make it and it wasn’t turning out right, so I let him take the lead on that.

 

 

I found the recipe for the garden carrot cupcakes on Pinterest HERE.

I didn’t get a good picture of the cupcakes at the actual brunch, so I used a picture from my Easter Brunch Tablescape post.

 

Aren’t these egg shaped sugar cookies so cute?!?! I simply brushed luster dust on them. Super simple. For my royal icing recipe & how to use luster dust click HERE.

 

After all the decor and food was taken care of, I needed to figure out what I was going to wear. I decided on a tulle skirt I purchase from Space 46 Boutique a couple years ago with a white camisole and floral headband.

 

 

I made the floral headband using some of the flowers I bought for the tablescape. It was super easy. The tutorial is below.

 

DIY Floral Headband

 

Materials:
Flowers
Greenery
Floral tape
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Scissors

 

I used ranunculus as the main flowers then 2 types of greenery, and two types of flower spray. I don’t know the names of them. I should of asked the florist, but I forgot!

 

Once you have all your flowers/greenery and materials gathered follow the steps below.

 

 

Step 1: Cut enough wire to fold in half three times. Then bring the two ends together forming a circle.

 

Tip: Before cutting the wire, make sure it lays on your head how you want it.

 

Step 2: Cut the stems off of all the flowers, leaving about 1.5 inches of the stem to tape to the wire.

 

Step 3: Put two to three stems together and use the floral tape to adhere them to the wire.

 

 

Tip: I used the flower spray all the way around and bunched all the ranunculus together in one place.

 

Step 4: Overlap the flowers about half way up each time you adhere a new section. Doing this will give the headband more volume and it will hide the floral  tape.

 

 

Step 5: Repeat step 4 all the way around the headband leaving about 3 inches for the flowers or ranunculus in my case.

 

 

You’re done!

 

Tip: I would suggest putting it in the refrigerator until you plan to wear it if you make it ahead of time. I made mine an hour before our brunch. I didn’t want to chance the flowers wilting.

 

Bonus, it only took me about 20 minutes to put this together. 😊

 

Well friends, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed it and leave here feeling inspired for the upcoming holiday. If you have any questions please feel free to comment on this post and I’ll get back with you as soon as I see it. You can also message me on Instagram. My handle is @acarriedaffairdesigns

 

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Sriracha Deviled Egg Recipe


This recipe will make approximately 1 dozen or 24 eggs cut in half.

Filling:

1.5 cups of mayonnaise
1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Hard yolks from 1 dozen eggs
1/3 cup of Sriracha
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
2 fresh jalapeños (sliced)
2 slices of bacon 🥓 (diced)
A dash of cayenne pepper

 

Step 1: Boil the eggs and then blanch them i.e. run cold water on them after boiling. I put my eggs in a strainer and let the water run over them for about 2 minutes.

 

Tip: let them cool completely before removing the shell. Doing this will make it easier to remove it without making indentions in the eggs.

 

Step 2: Remove the shells. Bonus, I used some of the shells for my centerpiece. 😊

 

Step 3: Cut the eggs in half and remove the yolks.

 

Step 4: In a large bowl mix the yolks, mayonnaise, 3/4 of the shredded cheddar cheese (the remaining will be for garnish), Sriracha, Dijon mustard, and the cayenne pepper. Mix until smooth.

 

Step 5: Put equal parts of the mix in the eggs.

 

Step 6: Garnish the eggs with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese, a few pieces of diced bacon, and one slice of fresh jalapeño.

 

Step 7: You’re done! Serve immediately or refrigerate.

 

 

 

DIY Paper Bag Bunnies

Spring is upon us, and with Spring comes Easter! 🐰 This year I’m planning an Easter egg hunt for my boys and some of their friends, so in Carrie fashion I wanted to make cute Easter egg bags for them instead of the standard buckets. I initially found some bags online, but they were $14, each. 😳 I wasn’t about to spend that much on disposable bags, so I decided to make my own and spent about $5 for all of them! 😊

I had most of the materials on hand, but for the materials I didn’t, I purchased at Michaels.

Bag Materials:

White paper bags

Assortment of scrapbook paper

White card stock

Pink & black construction paper

A hole punch

Scissors

Glue stick

Black pen

Bag Filler Materials:

Assortment of tissue paper

Scissors

Now that you have all your materials gathered, let’s do this!

Step 1: Fold the top of the paper bag, about 3 inches.

Step 2: Cut two ears from the white card stock.

Tip: I did not use a template, I just eyed it. I made them about 8 inches long. You’ll lose some of the length when you glue them to the bag.

Step 3: Using the card stock ears as templates, cut two more ears out of the scrapbook paper. These are the inside of the ears.

Step 4: Cut about a half inch around the scrapbook paper ears. You want them to be smaller than the card stock.

Step 5: Glue the scrapbook pieces inside the card stock pieces.

Step 6: Using the hole punch and black construction paper, punch out two circles. These are the eyes. 👀 Also cut 6 VERY THIN strips from the black construction paper. These are the whiskers.

Step 7: Cut two small circles from the pink construction paper. About 1.5 inch diameter. These are the cheeks. Also cut out a small triangle for the nose using the same pink construction paper.

Step 8: Layout the face before gluing. Once you are happy everything in place, glue the face onto the bag. Then put glue on the bottom of the ears (right side up) and secure them to the backside of the bag. Clear as mud right? If not just look at the below picture. 😊

Step 9: Using the black pen, draw the mouth on and you’re done!

To make the bag filler just cut thin strips of the tissue paper and then take the strips and roll them in a ball using both hands.

Tip: Think of how you would roll a ball of cookie dough in your hands, but more gentle. You do not want to press hard, if you do the tissue paper won’t look right.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you found it inspiring for the upcoming holiday. If you decide to make them I would love for you to share them with me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns Until next time. Xo

DIY Simple Spring Wreath

Are you ready for Spring to make its appearance?!? Me too! After Christmas, I am over Winter. 😬 The first snow fall is beautiful, but after that, not so much. 😖 Plus I miss the sunshine and the smell of fresh cut grass. ☹️

I was going to wait to do this tutorial, but I have been itching to make a wreath for the upcoming Spring season, and I just couldn’t wait any longer. Patience is not a strength of mine. 😂🙄 I initially planned on using a grapevine wreath, but when I was organizing my craft supplies last week, I found a large embroidery hoop (left over from a previous project) and immediately knew that I wanted to use it for my Spring wreath.

Here is the finished product in all its glory! What do you all think?!? If you love it and want to learn how to make your own keep on reading. 😊

I have really come to love making my own wreaths. The possibilities to style them are endless and they can make any space pop. The best part, it only took 20 Minutes! I put it together while baby K was down for his nap and finished this tutorial. Say what?!? That’s what I call a win, win! See, 👇🏻 napping baby K. 😍

I might be a little biased, but isn’t baby K THE cutest little napper?!? 😊

Ok, now back to wreath making…

Materials:

  • Large embroidery hoop
  • Hot glue gun & glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Flowers & greenery of your choice

I used all faux florals: 1 stem of lambs ear, 2 anemones, & 1 peony that I purchased from Afloral online, but you can find flowers at any craft supply store. I prefer Hobby Lobby. I think they have the best selection. Plus it gives you a reason to go to Hobby Lobby! 😍

Tip: Keep in mind the weight of the flowers you use. Too much weight can cause the wreath to hang lopsided. I would recommend evenly distributing the flowers on each side from the center of the hoop.

Step 1: Remove the leaves and blooms from the stems. If you are using faux flowers the heads of the flower usually pop right out. If they don’t, you will need wire cutters to cut them.


Step 2: Play around with how you want the flowers to lay on your hoop. Do this before securing the flowers to the hoop.

Tip: Take a picture of your design so you can reference it as you secure the flowers and greenery to the hoop.

Step 3: Plug your glue gun in and lay the hoop in the desired position.

Tip: If you want to cover the metal piece on the hoop, turn the hoop upside down (where you will secure the flowers). 

Step 4: Starting with the greenery and one at a time, apply glue to the end of the stem and secure it to the hoop, referencing the picture you took of your original design.


Side note, please excuse my unmanicured nails. 😂😬

Step 5: Repeat step 4 until all the flowers are secured to the hoop.

Step 6: Optional. Cut a piece of ribbon for the top of the wreath. After you have the bow the way you want it, cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle.

Step 7: Hang your new simple Spring wreath!

I love my new wreath! It is simple and elegant. Plus it was super fast & easy to put together! I definitely plan on making more like this in the near future.

Well friends that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to make your own. If you do please tag me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns so I can see it! Until next time. Xoxo