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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! Thanks to a simple tutorial from MV Florals, you can make this easily and often.  Read More »

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    DIY Winter Wreath

    DIY Winter Wreath for Christmas | MV Florals & Megan Welker on Oh Lovely Day

    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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    DIY Fall Escort Cards

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    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!

    Supplies:

    • 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!

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    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.

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    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.

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    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!

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    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 chandra@ohlovelyday.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!

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    Skillet Apple Pie

     

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    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!

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    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! 

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    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!

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day 

    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. 

     skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    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.

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    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. 

     skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    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?

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Here’s a printable version of the recipe:

    Skillet Apple Pie

    Ingredients:

    • 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 chandra@ohlovelyday.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!

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