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    Air Plant Wreath DIY

    Air Plant Wreath DIY Tutorial | MV Florals + Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

     

    Ok guys, now that you’ve taken down all of that holiday decor, you need something fresh and pretty to adorn your home in the new year. So, I’m sharing yet another fabulous floral tutorial from MV Florals, captured by Megan Welker. I might even like this airplant wreath better than my holiday wreath!

    Air Plant Wreath DIY Tutorial | MV Florals + Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Supplies Needed

    • Variety of Air Plants (available at most garden centers or florist shops)
    • Twig wreath form (available at any craft store)
    • Reindeer moss (available at garden centers or local florist)

    Air Plant Wreath DIY Tutorial | MV Florals + Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Instructions

    Take your largest air plant and wedge it in between the branches of your twig wreath. You may have to spread the branches apart depending how big your air plant is. Make sure the air plant is secure by shaking the wreath after you place it.

    Air Plant Wreath DIY Tutorial | MV Florals + Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Take your second largest air plant and place beside the first one you have secured. Follow the same steps as for the first, making sure it is secure by moving the twigs open to place the air plant in between the branches.

    Air Plant Wreath DIY Tutorial | MV Florals + Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Take your smaller air plants and place on the upper left corner of the wreath.

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    Take your reindeer moss and wedge beside your air plants using the branches from the wreath to secure it.

    Air Plant Wreath DIY Tutorial | MV Florals + Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Do the same thing to all of the air plants.

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    Air Plant Wreath DIY Tutorial | MV Florals + Megan Welker | Oh Lovely DayAnd then you’re done. This is such a simple and easy wreath, and the nicest part of this is that it doesn’t involve any mess of glue or tape. The air plants are easy to take care of and will last a long time. To find out how to care for air plants, go here.

    Don’t you love this? I’ve got to make one of these myself – my poor door is all naked now. Where’s your favorite place to find air plants on the cheap?

    PS – You can find more of our DIY floral features here. And don’t forget, I would love to see your creations. So if you make any of the DIYs I feature, instagram it with the hashtag #ohlovelyDIY so I can see all of your fabulous masterpieces!

    {Credits} Florals: MV Florals / Photos: Megan Welker Photography

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    DIY Modern Mason Jar Snow Globe

    DIYmodern mason jar snow globes | Oh Lovely Day

    So here is my favorite way to gift those colorful bottle brush trees I shared last week. It’s an updated version of the DIY snow globes I first shared a few years ago, and I love how the pop of color makes them modern and super fun. Here’s how to make your own. Read More »

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    How To DIY Colorful Bottle Brush Trees

    How To Make Colorful Bottle Brush Trees | Dip Dye Trees | Oh Lovely Day

    You may be seeing these colorful little bottle brush trees all over Pinterest and Instagram this holiday season. They are even selling them at Anthropologie. But if you don’t want to spend the money on ones that are already made, I’m sharing how to DIY them yourself. And they are easy! Warning: these are way addicting and if you are making them for gifts you are going to want to keep them for yourself.

    How To Make Colorful Bottle Brush Trees | Dip Dye Trees | Oh Lovely Day

    What you’ll need:

    • Bleached bottle brush trees (make them here)
    • Rit dye (or pretty much any kind of dye you want to use) I used this one and this one.
    • a cup taller than your largest tree
    • rubber gloves
    • paper towels

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    How to make them:

    1. First, you need to make sure you have bleached your trees, per my tutorial here.
    2. Once your bleached trees are dry they are ready to dye.
    3. Mix your colors. I used half liquid Rit dye, 1/2 hot water in a plastic cup.
    4. Dip your tree. You can dip dye them half way for a color blocked effect or dye them all the way for a bit, then halfway for a bit longer for an ombré effect.
    5. After you’ve dyed it the way you like, rinse in cold water till water runs clear.
    6. Stand trees on paper towel to dry (I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels to dry mine so I could move them to another location easily if necessary)
    7. Let dry for a few hours or overnight.

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    Aren’t these just the happiest little trees? There are so many ways you can use them for holiday decor – I love just lining them up and displaying them on a shelf or mantle. And I’m sharing my two favorite ways to incorporate them into gifts in the coming days, so come back for more reasons to make these (as if you needed them!) And follow along on instagram for more DIY sneak peeks and Pinterest for lots of ideas on what to do with these guys.

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    How To: Bleach Bottle Brush Trees

    DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

    If you follow me on instagram, you’ve been seeing peeks into the fun I’ve been having with bottle brush trees over here. So I wanted to share some things I’ve been working on, because they make quick and easy gifts, are so fun, and are I know you will want to make these as much as I do. So first up in my bottle brush series is how to bleach bottle brush trees. It’s really super easy!

    What you’ll need:

    • bottle brush trees (available at most craft stores, but I bought these online – get a bunch, this is addicting)
    • bleach
    • a small tub or bucket
    • tongs (like ones you use in your kitchen)
    • a well-ventilated area (I did these by my kitchen sink near two open windows
    • rubber gloves and a mask if you’d like (I used neither)
    • paper towels on the ready

    DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

    How to bleach the trees:

    1. Remove all of your bottle brush trees from packaging.
    2. Mix about 1/2 bleach and 1/2 hot water in your tub.
    3. Immerse your trees (you can do one at a time, a few together, or all of them at once) into the bleach mixture. You’ll see some color come off immediately. Some of my trees turned white really quickly, and others took a few minutes.
    4. Once your tree is the shade of white you want (they are more of an antique, yellowed white than a bright white) remove them one at a time with your tongs and rinse under cold water.
    5. Stand them up on paper towels to dry (I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels and placed them on it so I could move it out of the way if necessary).

    DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

    If you want a minty green color tree like some of the ones above, take them out of the bleach before they turn white. I made some mint colored ones too, and used them to decorate Charlie’s teacher gifts this year.

    Ok, start bleaching those trees! Because next I have a DIY for dip dyeing them, and this is just the first step. Stay tuned. And follow along on instagram for more DIY sneek peeks and Pinterest for lots of ideas on what to do with these guys (I’ve got my favorite idea coming up tomorrow!)

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    DIY Winter Floral Crown

    DIY Winter Floral Crown | MV Florals & Megan Welker | Oh Lovely DayIf you’re looking for a floral crown for holiday photos or just a little Christmas fun I have a pretty DIY for you. I also love this for a winter bride!

    DIY Winter Floral Crown | MV Florals & Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Supplies Needed

    • Wire Cutters
    • Floral Tape
    • Prunners
    • Assorted floral blooms and greens in season
    • Wire

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    Instructions:

    Step 1: Measure your head with the wire and wrap the excess wire around the measurement you made.

    Step 2: Cut your blooms and greenery with a small amount of stem showing- enough to wrap tape around it. It’s ok to leave your stems a bit longer because it will make it easier to tape onto the wire and you can cut the excess stem as you place each flower onto the wire.

    Step 3: After you place the flower bloom on the wire, wrap the tape around the stem and wire, pulling on the tape so it stretches and sticks.

    Step 4: Take a piece of greenery and place over the green tape, just under the first bloom you just taped. Tape this greenery the same as you just did the first bloom. For best results, alternate taping a bloom then greenery as you continue taping.

    Step 5: Continue this pattern until you’ve completed your length of wire.

    DIY Winter Floral Crown | MV Florals & Megan Welker | Oh Lovely Day

    Aren’t these stunning for a winter bride? They would also be lovely to take as a hostess gift to your Christmas family dinner or holiday parties. Thanks again to MV Florals & Megan Welker for the lovely tutorial and photos.

    Just like with any other DIYs or craftiness, I would love to see your creations. So if you make one, instagram it with the hashtag #ohlovelyDIY so I can see all of your fabulous masterpieces!

    {Credits} Florals: MV Florals / Photos: Megan Welker Photography

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