DIY Roundup: Holiday Wreaths

by Kate on December 21, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-1As the year winds down and the storms begin to bluster outside, I find myself happily ensconced indoors, tackling my long awaited list of everyday tasks. I finally did a bit of “spring” cleaning—only six months or so past the season—and am now readying myself to do a few craft projects before the holidays.

I decided to round up some of the loveliest holiday greenery projects I could find: nothing too complicated, because I don’t want to explode over my newly organized home with a lot of supplies. These simple, elegant wreath designs are just the right type of project for the coming weeks. They are all easy enough to be party-appropriate, and are the perfect activity for cultivating a cozy holiday spirit on a cold winter afternoon. Enjoy!

{ Image above: Copper & Twig Wreaths by Erika Rax }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-2 { Alyssa Hoppe’s Unique Holiday Wreath tutorial via Design Love Fest }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-3 { Festive Wreath Making, via Freckle and Wulff }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-4 { DIY Wooden Bead Wreath from Bildschoenes }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-5 { Eucalyptus Christmas Wreath tutorial, via Treasures & Travels }

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-wreath-roundup-6{ Simple green mini-wreaths to dress up your presents, via Frolic Blog }


DIY Holiday Potpourri

by Kate on December 17, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-holiday-potpourri-1December has its drawbacks: cold feet, dwindling sunlight, the occasional bone-chilling wind. However, I will happily endure these minor setbacks if it means I also get to enjoy the best parts of the season: the convivial gatherings, the cozy sweaters, the scents of the holidays. Cinnamon, citrus, pine, cardamom—I go into a blissful state just naming all the delicious spices and aromas that accompany the season, which is why I am head over heels for this simple holiday potpourri tutorial from Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.

Gerard’s put together a lovely DIY potpourri recipe that’s both a visual and olfactory delight. All you need are a few simple, fresh ingredients and a plain glass jar or natural cloth sack for storage. These potpourri pouches would make perfect gifts, but I highly recommend making one or two for your own home as well.

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DIY Leaf Print Cushions

by Kate on October 14, 2015

anthologymag-blog-diy-leaf-pillows-1In the past week or so, the signs of fall have been coming on strong, and the streets around my home are already strewn with leaves. When I was little, I used to love making leaf prints and collecting fallen chestnuts from the yard this time of year, and I’m excited to use this project as an excuse to do those things again as an adult.

This printed cushion DIY is wonderful not just for its simple elegance, but because it reminded me that you need very little to make a beautiful print. You just need fabric, some leaves, and paint—and you let the beauty of the botanical world do the rest. If you’re interested in trying out this project for yourself, you can find the full tutorial on Ukkonooa, the blog of Finnish artist and designer Maija Ukko. This is a great project to do with kids, friends, or solo on a leisurely weekend afternoon. If you give it a go, please share your results!

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DIY Soap Stones

by Kate on October 7, 2015

anthologymag-blog-DIY-soap-gems-1In recent years, I’ve been dabbling in a variety of new craft techniques, especially ones pertaining to health and beauty. My friend turned me on to making my own toothpaste and deodorant last year. I am totally hooked! I haven’t tried soap making yet, but as a sculptor I think I’m going to love it.

This soap-making tutorial created by the multitalented Fran of Fall for DIY is well suited for those with artistic interests because it introduces you to melting and dyeing soap and teaches you how to make inexpensive silicone molds out of almost anything you can think of. I’m impressed by the beautiful palette she achieved and cannot wait to try this out for myself. To find the full tutorial, and many more from Fran, click here.

anthologymag-blog-DIY-soap-gems-2anthologymag-blog-DIY-soap-gems-3anthologymag-blog-DIY-soap-gems-4{ All images and full tutorial via Fall for DIY }


DIY Floral Phone Case

by Kate on August 18, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-floral-iphonecase-1I recently attended the wedding of some very close friends of mine at the Headlands Center in Marin, and as one of the local guests I was allowed to take home a couple of the table centerpieces at the end of the evening. Designed by Studio Choo, the floral arrangements were spectacular, full of tea-colored roses and aubergine ranunculus. Had I discovered this awesome floral phone case tutorial from the Etsy blog a bit sooner, I would have certainly used the leftover flowers to make a few of these cases. Alas, those bouquets have since perished, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be trying this project immediately.

The steps are wonderfully simple, and this would make the perfect project for a party or gathering with friends. The most challenging part is also the most enjoyable: creating the botanical arrangement. In my opinion, the best designs are the ones that utilize the negative space of the white case, but it’s hard to make a wrong decision here. To see the full project and find links for purchasing supplies, visit the Etsy blog here. Happy crafting!

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