My poor mother. She has received a boat-load of Mother’s Day gifts that were handcrafted with love and personality: hand-cut heart-shaped cards, finger-painted murals, and discombobulated pottery to say the least. And hey – I grew up to earn a fine art degree so I had some skill as a child, right?
Let’s face it, when it comes to DIY, we can’t all be Martha Stewart. But that doesn’t give us the right to give up! Ladies and gents, you have a week to get your act together and serve your mum breakfast in bed in style. Introducing, the do-it-yourself serving tray: durable wood, clean-safe stained glass, and stylish copper handles. Trust me – you can do this!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 14 x 14 inch cut smooth wood (this is your base)
- 12 x 12 inch stained glass (find tons of pre-cut color/pattern choices at Hobby Lobby)
- 1/4-inch copper pipe, 2 pieces at 12-inches long
- 1/4-inch copper elbows, 4 total
- permanent adhesive glue
- paint and primer
- power drill and 1/4-inch paddle bit
Step No. 1: Prep your base
Start by sanding your wood base, if needed. Apply a primer, then the paint color of your choice. I chose to paint my base an off-white to allow the copper and marble green to really pop.
Step No. 2: Adhere the glass
Using a strong adhesive glue, coat the back of your stained glass. Place in the center of the painted wood base. Let dry.
Step No. 3: Attaching your handles
Start by applying permanent glue onto each end of your copper pipe and then attach the copper elbow. Do this for both sides of your pipe and let dry. This will be your handle. Position the handle on your tray and measure the length from each elbow’s center point. Mark the center points on the tray with a pencil.
Next, use your power drill and 1/4-inch paddle bit to drill partially into the wooden base (roughly 1/8-inch). You may want to seek assistance with for part if you have never used a power drill.
Finally, fill your newly created intention with permanent adhesive. Insert the handle elbows into the intentions so they fit snug. Let dry.
Step No. 4: Mimosa’s and Mom
Surprise your favorite lady with fresh blooms from the garden and a bubbly mimosa to start her day. Happy Mother’s Day!
Don’t forget to share your creations online! Tag @blancblog and hashtag #boldwithblanc
Girl Problem #12892582: We all want flowers, damn it.
Well, if you could look up a yearbook picture of me in middle school, the quote underneath my photo may have been something along the lines of “b-ball > flowers”. In fact, I spent half of my childhood playing hot wheels with my little brother in the back room of my mom’s flower shop – which has always been something I majorly regret. Why didn’t I pick up a stem and start crafting? As boyish as I was at age 10, I was artistic enough to dabble, wasn’t I?
Today, I find myself in quite the opposite predicament. I have become a flower-loving female for Pete’s sake! And I don’t waste any time nagging* my boyfriend for them when my BFF Instagrams her “just because”/”he’s the best” valencia filter, flower shot. It’s all in fun… he knows I’m kidding…….. right?
*Sidenote: He does get me flowers (amongst many gifts). I’m just greedy and think it’s fun to get on his nerves. Evil? Maybe. 😉
With the holiday of chocolates – I mean love – coming up, I thought to myself: what could be more useful than a cheat sheet to creating the perfect floral arrangement? Why this thought popped into my head, I’m not really sure considering I have honestly never made a floral arrangement in my life. But then I’m reminded, floral arrangements are an art form, and art all follows the same rules. So, my Sunday afternoon consisted of a $15 trip to Trader Joe’s, a handful of flowers, and some crafting.
Flower Arrangement Anatomy
- Choose flowers with various sizes: large, medium-large & medium-small, and small
- Look for textures (I added a succulent I had in my kitchen)
- Pick from your yard (I have a great magnolia tree next to my entryway. The greenery is from that!)
My Flower Choices (from left to right): hydrangeas, astartea (also called wax flower), and gerber daisies.
- Create a focal point and build around that (highlight it with greenery or small budded flowers)
- Overlap the lip of your vase (this adds dimension). This is called “breaking the edge.”
- Vary sizes, colors, and textures throughout your piece
- Think balance (not symmetry): in size, colors, and height
My motto: just go for it. There is no wrong way and the more you practice, the better you will get. Gift your creations to a teacher, a boss, or a loved one this Valentine’s Day. Share your arrangements on social media with the hashtag #boldwithblanc.
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