I’m so excited about today’s post, because I have been dying to try my hand some wreath making for Christmas, and now I have the perfect DIY to follow. I’ve got a series of future floral DIYs headed your way thanks to MV Florals and Megan Welker, and first up is this Winter Wreath, just in time for Christmas! Read More
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I’ve got another fun DIY coming at ya from DIY Contributor Chloe of Boxwood Avenue is sharing a fun fall escort card DIY that you can use for fall weddings or as place cards on a holiday table!
I’m getting married next fall and have been in full on pinspiration mode for all aspects of my wedding. I really want to incorporate some fall elements into the day, but I don’t want to turn it into a harvest party. I think these escort cards are the perfect way to add a little bit of fall without going overboard – I wanted something that could double as a favor, and could be set at the table, rather than having a designated ‘seating’ table. These turned out perfectly for that, and could also be used for any upcoming holiday parties!
- Leaves (from around your yard, make sure they aren’t too dry)
- Gold Paint
- Small Paint Brush
- Tulle (or container of choice – cheesecloth, mason jar, etc…)
- This Pen – you’ll thank me later (or just use a sharpie)
- Baker’s Twine
- Mulling Spices (homemade or bought)
I picked up the leaves from around our yard, and I have to say, I love that they are foraged and not perfectly shaped or colored! I think, the more imperfections the better, because when painted, the brown spots look wonderful.
To start, you’ll either need to buy some mulling spices (can be found here) or make your own! I used a recipe from good ‘ole Martha, but feel free to make up your own. I played around with it a bit by adding orange peel and leaving out the cardamom.
Once you’ve got your mulling spices ready, cut your tulle into circles. I used two layers of tulle for my sachets and cut them to be about 8 inches in diameter. Another option would be to put the spices in cheesecloth (if you’re worried about the food quality of tulle) or little mason jars.
Now you’ll want to prepare your sachets. Add your mulling spices into the center of the tulle or whatever package you’re using. Then bundle them up and tie off with some baker’s twine, but don’t tie it into a bow yet!
Next gather as many leaves as you’ll need for your guests. The leaves will dry and become crinkly after a few days, so make sure the leaves you select are still ‘pretty’ when they’re dry. I found it easiest to use freshly fallen leaves that were still pliable for the next steps.
Paint each leaf with a bit of gold paint, and allow to dry (should take less than 15 minutes). Once dry, use your handy new pen (or a sharpie) to write the names of your guests on the leaves. Be careful not to press too hard or you will tear the leaf.
Now that your leaves are done, add them to your sachets. I tied a tight bow around the stem of the leaves, which worked very well; and that’s it, your guests are sure to love them!
Such a simple DIY that makes such an impact on your table, right? If I were hosting Thanksgiving dinner I would totally make these. Thanks to Chloe for the great idea! And if you love to create, take great photos, and want to submit a DIY to be published on Oh Lovely Day, send them my way to email@example.com with the subject line DIY submission. Photos must be high quality, DIY’s original, and preferably not yet published elsewhere. Full source list and instructions should be attached to email in a word doc, photos at least 600 pixels wide, and either attached to the email or submitted via dropbox. Can’t wait to see what you are creating!
If you follow me on instagram, you know I recently called out for DIY contributors to help fill my editorial calendar while I still get the hang of this whole ‘work from home, mother of two’ thing. I got some fabulous submissions and today I wanted to share a yummy recipe from Emily of Young Love Story for skillet apple pie, because I know you’re looking for something to do with that fall apple bounty you got apple picking or at the farmer’s market. Take it away, Emily!
Fall is in the air, leaves are on the ground, and you’ve reached into the back of your closet for your favorite boots and scarves. If you are in Los Angeles you will still be wearing short sleeves with those scarves, but we’re getting there! The best way to complete your perfect fall day is having the smell of a freshly baked apple pie in your kitchen. Here is an updated, even more gorgeous take on the traditional. Apple pie in a cast iron skillet. Every kitchen should have a good cast iron skillet, mine is 12 inches and about 60 years old. If you don’t have one, check out your local antique stores or flea markets. You can usually find one in great shape for under $20!
For this recipe you will need a few pounds of a variety of apples. I like to use braeburn and granny smith, they hold their texture while baking and have great flavor. I also use store bought pie crusts, with two little kids in the house making pie dough quickly drops to the bottom of my massive to do list!
Start by prepping your apples. Peel, core and slice them into 1/4 inch slices. Toss them into a mixing bowl with white sugar, a squeeze of lemon, cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg. Set them aside. This part feels super tedious and time consuming, but I promise once the apples are ready the rest of the process moves really quickly!
Next, melt the butter in your skillet on the stove top. Add your brown sugar and vanilla. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture starts to bubble. This is creating a caramel sauce that will bake underneath the pie. Does it get any better than that??
Carefully roll out one of the pie crusts over the caramel sauce. Don’t worry about pressing it into the pan, the weight of the apples will keep it in place.
Gently dump your apples onto the crust. If there are any juices in the bottom of the bowl do not add them, it can make the filling too watery.
Roll out your second crust across the top and carefully seal the edges around the pan. Cut 5 or 6 slits with a sharp knife to allow steam to vent. With a basting brush or paper towel, brush on a thin layer of egg wash and sprinkle with white sugar. This will make the crust golden brown and extra pretty.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour. If the top is getting too brown after 45 minutes, cover the pie with foil for the last 10 minutes to prevent burning. Gently check the apples through a steam vent with a sharp knife, they should be soft but not mushy. Let the pie set for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite ice cream or homemade whipped cream. I chose salted caramel ice cream, because why not?
Here’s a printable version of the recipe:
Skillet Apple Pie
- 3-4 pounds of mixed apples
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- juice of half of a lemon
- 1 beaten egg for egg wash
- 1 box of packaged pie crusts (I used Pillsbury)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel, core, and slice apples into 14 inch slices. Sprinkle with white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Mix with your hands and set them aside. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and vanilla and stir until sugar dissolves and the mixture bubbles. Turn off the heat. Gently roll first pie crust over the mixture and add apples. Place the second crust over the top, gently pressing along the edge of the pan. Cut 5 or 6 slits with a sharp knife to create steam vents. With a basting brush or paper towel, brush a thin layer of egg wash and sprinkle evenly with sugar. Bake for one hour. If necessary cover with foil for the last 15 minutes to prevent over browning. When apples are soft but not mushy the pie is done. Let set for 10 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
Thanks to Emily for this delicious recipe! If you make this, instagram a pic with the hashtag #OLDbakes so I can see it, and any other yummy recipes you’re baking up this fall! And if you love to create, take great photos, and want to submit a DIY to be published on Oh Lovely Day, send them my way to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line DIY submission. Photos must be high quality, DIY’s original, and preferably not yet published elsewhere. Full source list and instructions should be attached to email in a word doc, photos at least 600 pixels wide, and either attached to the email or submitted via dropbox. Can’t wait to see what you are creating!
Are you searching for DIY modern geometric party decor and printables? Then today is your lucky day! I’m thrilled to have the uber-talented Rachel, from Lupa & Pepi guest posting today – she’s sharing modern party decor ideas, complete will free printables and full instructions!
Ciao! I’m Rachel and I design paper goods and party decor for Lupa & Pepi! I’m so thrilled and honored to write a post for Chandra while she’s enjoying some time settling in with her new baby! Chandra and I share a love of stationery. In fact, some of you may remember a blog post that Chandra wrote about a year ago where we collaborated on her moving announcements. Well, our collaboration inspired an entire matching set of personalized paper goods called Geometrica (available in Lupa & Pepi’s Shop!) which includes stationery and party paper goods too! So, when Chandra asked me to do a guest post, I knew that Geometrica party decor DIYs were in order!
Every party can be spruced up with some matching party decor! Here are two DIYs (with downloadable instructions and templates!) that are super simple — in fact if you have some little ones running around, they could lend a hand with putting these together!
DIY GEOMETRICA GARLAND BACKDROP
This Geometrica backdrop is perfect for a photo booth background or would be wonderful as the backdrop for a dessert table! It’s easy to make — with just some folding and cutting you’ll have triangles that you can use to create a pattern inspired by the Geometrica triangle print. We used twine but if you’d like the triangles to appear like they are floating, use fishing line instead! The step-by-step instructions and printable templates for the garland backdrop are available for download here.
DIY GEOMETRICA TREAT BOX
With some ingredients that you probably already have at home (white paper, scissors and a glue stick!) you can quickly whip up some of these Geometrica Treat Boxes! They’re small enough for finger foods at a cocktail party or sweet treats displayed on a dessert bar. They can even be personalized with your guests’ names and used as place cards or favor containers! The step-by-step instructions and printable templates for the treat boxes are available for download here.
The bold color palette from Geometrica invitations can also serve as wonderful inspiration for the rest of your party accoutrements — navy blue napkins, light blue paper straws, pink paper plates, etc.! Tie it all together with some Geometrica personalized coasters!! (They can say anything you want! They’re so fun!) And if you enjoyed these party decor DIYs, there’s more where that came from!
Congratulations to the Fredrick family! Can’t wait to meet Baby Fredrick, Part Deux!
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.
what you’ll need:
-hobby wood from home depot (in the lumber section)
-copper nails (3/4″)
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
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!
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