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    DIY Floral Planter Box

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve got another fabulous DIY from another amazingly talented gal today, this time from Rachael of Lace & Likes and Siren Floral Co. I’m obsessed with Rachael’s floral creations, and the DIY floral planter boxes she’s sharing today are perfect for wedding and home alike. Happy making!

    planter boxes aren’t as difficult to make as they’d seem. you just need a few simple tools//materials from home depot, and you can make your very own to use for herbs, house plants or a floral arrangement. i worked on these for an upcoming SIRENFLORALCO wedding this fall.

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    what you’ll need:
    -hobby wood from home depot (in the lumber section)

    -wood glue

    -copper nails (3/4″)

    -hammer

    -willpower :)

    ask a strapping fellow at home depot to cut the longer pieces of hobby wood to the measurements of the box you are wanting to make. they come in a few sizes, 2 ft pieces, 4 ft pieces, etc. i made this box 2 ft long and about a foot wide. they’ll also cut the end pieces to size for you. especially if you bat your eyes at them and look helpless :)

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    what to do:
    -first, you’re going to set the wood with the wood glue.
    -start with the base and side pieces and glue them to the bottom pieces. then leave them for a while until they’ve set.
    **be sure to wipe off any excess glue that leaks out of the connecting points of the wood pieces**
    -once all your wood pieces are set with the glue, go around and nail the nails into the connecting points about an inch and a half apart on each side and each end. or wherever you feel they connect well :)
    -then you’re done!

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    if you want it to be a planter box, i would recommend doing a water proof stain on top//on the inside when you’re finished and drilling small holes into the base for the water to drain. if you’re going to use it for a wedding centerpiece, you wanna line it with plastic sheeting (also found at home depot) and use short nails or a staple gun to attach it to the inside.

    now go getchu rosie the riveter on :)

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    DIY Indigo Dyed Bedding

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    If you follow me on instagram you know my inspiration for Calvin’s nursery was indigo and California cool. I included some fab indigo dyed details, which is why today’s guest post from my sweet and uber-talented friend Jesi Haack is so perfect. I know you’ll  love it as much as I do.

    Indigo dyeing seems to be all the rage lately, and we wanted in on that action! We used dyeing methods based on the Japanese tie-dyeing technique called Shibori. We decided to make a cool and relaxed Shibori-inspired bedding set, perfect for the warm summer months.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

     

    SUPPLIES

    • Indigo Tie Dye Kit
    • (2) 5-gallon (or larger) bucket or tub, preferably with a lid or cover
    • long NON-metal stir stick
    • items to dye (natural fibers in white or cream work best)
    • drop cloth
    • rubber gloves (optional, but highly recommended)

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    WHAT TO DO

    1. Fill 1 bucket with cold water and set aside.
    2. To make your dye bath, fill the second bucket with 4 gallons of warm water and add the contents of the dye kit (which include dye, soda ash, and a reducing agent). Gently, but thoroughly, stir the vat in a circular motion. Once the vat is well mixed, cover with a lid and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes (the longer the better). The dye should be a yellow-greenish color.
    3. While it sits, you can prep your items for dyeing with rubber bands. The kit provides a few different folding and tying methods and we found a couple others by searching online. It’s so fun to mix and match and get creative with the folding methods!

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once you have your items prepped and ready to go, soak them in water, then squeeze it out.
    2. Slowly submerge your items (one at a time worked best for us!) into the dye bath and manipulate the piece with your hands to make sure the dye reaches the unbound parts evenly. Work under the surface of the bath through this process, carefully avoiding letting too much oxygen get through with bubbles or splashing. You can leave your items soaking for as long as you want, but we did about 15 minutes.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. When removing each item from the bath, try to squeeze out as much dye just below the surface (again, to avoid splashing). The fabric will be the same yellow-greenish color as the bath. Not to worry, as the fabric will oxidize after a few minutes and will gradually turn indigo blue!
    2. You can leave your items folded/tied while they oxidize or unfold them if you cannot wait another minute to see how the patterns turned out! We opted to leave them folded and bound in hopes that the dye would bleed into the fabric more.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once your items are fully oxidized, rinse them in the cold water bath and hang them up to dry (i.e. admire them as you pat yourself on the beauty you just created)!
    2. After you’re done dyeing the items, you’ll want to set the indigo dye in the fabric and lock in the color.
    • Start by filling a washing machine with cold water and adding a capful of liquid delicate detergent.
    • Put in your dyed items when the machine is about half full. Allow the wash cycle to run, but stop the machine before the rinse cycle starts.
    • Add 2 cups white vinegar to the rinse water and let items soak in this solution for at least 2 hours.
    • Turn the machine back on and let it continue with the rinse cycle.
    • Let everything air dry.
    • Use a steam iron at the hottest setting to press the fabric all over.

    Everything turned out so great and we found that our “sheet” doubles as a unique tablecloth! 

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    It SOUNDS like the whole process is very involved, but once you get set up, the whole thing is actually super easy and weirdly relaxing. How fun would it be to have a girls’ day in and throw a little indigo party to reinvent some of your old forgotten white tanks and sweats?

    CREDITS: Photos: Brian Tropiano for Jesi Haack Design / Production: Kay Lee for Jesi Haack Design / Jesi Haack Design is a member of our Lovely Vendor Guide. If you’d like to be considered, apply here.

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    Old Hollywood Wedding

    Old Hollywood Wedding | Heidi Ryder Photography

    I’m giddy over today’s Old Hollywood wedding from Heidi Ryder. Old Hollywood glamour, vintage touches, gold polka dots galore – what’s not to love? And my favorite of all is the fashion and style the bride infused into the day. She designed and made her dress and the bridesmaid dresses herself, and I am more beyond obsessed with her dress. And her gold glitter Miu Miu heels. Just too good…

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    DIY Temporary Tattoos

    DIY Temporary Tattoos | Oh Lovely Day - tattoo design by Lupa & Pepi

    I made DIY temporary tattoos for Charlie’s carnival themed 3rd birthday party at the Griffith Park Carousel a few months ago, and I finally shared the DIY over on Momtastic this week. I really loved how these turned out and they were a huge hit with the kiddos. We had a tattoo bar, plus personalized tattoos with the kids’ names in their favor bags. Big thanks to Lupa & Pepi for designing the amazing carnival tattoos for me!

    DIY Temporary Tattoos | Oh Lovely Day - tattoo design by Lupa & Pepi

    You can see the full DIY on Momtastic here.

    And here are the rest of my Momtastic posts for the last couple weeks:

    30 Ways to Use Your Hard Boiled Egg Easter Leftovers

    How To Prep a Mother’s Day Roadtrip Getaway 

    A Shopping Guide for My Favorite Unique Things for Baby

    You can find all of my past posts on Momtastic (for all things mom & child) here.

    And if you loved but didn’t win my first big baby giveaway last month, I’ve got another one coming your way next week! And it’s even BIGGER.

    PS – You can also find Charlie’s first birthday vintage circus party here.

    {Credits} Photos and DIY by Oh Lovely Day, temporary tattoo designs by Lupa & Pepi (please give credit accordingly with a link back to this post if you share)

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    DIY Heart String Art, 15 Ways My Second Pregnancy is Different from My First, My Favorite Beauty Products From Trader Joe’s, + Tips for Kid-Friendly Room Design (My Momtastic Wrap-up)

    DIY string art heart

    Happy weekend! I wanted to pop in and share some of my recent posts for Momtastic. First up, this DIY string art heart, inspired by my friend Kiira from Eye Heart Pretty Things (she does an adorable monogrammed version here!) Isn’t this perfect for a baby shower or nursery decor (or both)? Get my full tutorial on Momtastic here.

    15 ways my second pregnancy is different from my first

    I also shared 15 ways my second pregnancy is different from my first.

    trader joes products

    And how about my favorite beauty products from Trader Joe’s (yes, they actually have some pretty great ones!). Get the list here.

    Kid-Friendly Room Design Tips

    And last, but not least, I shared my tips on designing a room that is kid-friendly, safe, and fun!

    (all photos from Oh Lovely Day)

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