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DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

It’s time to reveal the third and final project inspired by the edible flowers I purchased to make over an ugly clearance cake! You can see the aforementioned cake project here (including semi-startling before and after photos of the cake) and my second project—DIY pressed flower wine bottle lableshere. But now we’re moving on to something even more traditionally artistic: a DIY pressed flowers art print.

Just like the post title suggests, I wanted to cover a piece of white cardstock with live pressed flowers and some sketched leaves to create a collage-type print. Scroll on for the step-by-step process, and for those of you who aren’t too confident in your drawing abilities, don’t worry—I included printable versions of both the sketched leaves and the final flowery print so you can choose how much work you actually put into this.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

To learn how to press and dry live blooms, first click back to this post. While I was a little intimidated by the process before getting into it, pressing flowers turned out to be an incredibly simple process. It took less than 10 minutes, although you do have to plan ahead since it takes a couple of weeks of hands-off time to finish while you wait on the flowers to dry out.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

If you don’t want to go through the time and expense of purchasing edible flowers for this project, you definitely don’t have to. The only reason I used specialty flowers for this particular tutorial was because I had so many left over from the edible flowers cake project, and I didn’t want them to go to waste. If you’re not in the same predicament, just wander around the yard and choose a few colorful flowers from your garden.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

Now for the base layer cardstock drawing. To make this, I simply sketched a handful of loose stems with leaves onto a sheet of thick cardstock using a fine tip Sharpie marker. Then, I penciled in a few light circles at the tops of the stems where I knew I would later be placing live blooms.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

As to achieving the actual shape of the stems and leaves, here’s my honest-to-God process: I Googled “botanical print” and found this art image, then I pressed my cardstock onto my computer screen and traced the general silhouette of the stems and leaves using a pencil. After that, I drew over the pencil marks with the Sharpie.

As an alternative, if you’d rather skip the hassle of tracing entirely, I created a printable version of my stems and leaves sketch that you can use as a half-way jumping-off point.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

With the base sketch complete, open the book with your pressed flowers in it, and choose a few favorites. Gently peel the flowers off the wax paper and lay them in various arrangements over the penciled-in circles on your sketched stems. Once you’re satisfied with the look, squeeze tiny dots of glue onto the cardstock, and lay the flowers in place one by one.

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

Allow the glued flowers to dry for about one hour before handling, and then put the flowered cardstock behind glass in a frame. Note that it’s best to use a frame that has a little bit of an inset shadowbox-type mat so that the petals have room to come off the page for a cool 3D effect.

If you’ve read this far into the post and love the print but just don’t think you’ll have time to go the whole nine yards of pressing the flowers and gluing them into place, I also created a printable version of the fully completed art work that you can download, print, and put in a frame. I can’t wait to see how you guys make this project your own!

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

DIY Pressed Flowers Art Print

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How To Make A Giant DIY Typography Art Print | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Happy Monday! I thought we could try starting the week off on the right foot with some simple craft project inspiration. This DIY Typography Art Print is my latest project for Oriental Trading, and it’s one of my favorites yet. The entire giant framed print takes under an hour to complete, and you can reuse all of the supplies to, really, make hundreds of versions of the project.

How To Make A Giant DIY Typography Art Print | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Make A Giant DIY Typography Art Print | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Another really cool feature about this project (clearly, I’m biased) is that there’s a free printable alphabet so you can make any saying you want—from a favorite quote, to something short and sweet like I chose. You could also spell out your city, or maybe your family’s last name to put up in your home’s entryway. The possibilities are kind of endless…

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How To Make A Giant DIY Typography Art Print | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Pop over to the Oriental Trading blog now to learn how to recreate this art print for yourself, including the download of my customizable alphabet template. I can’t wait to see what you decide to spell out on your own typography print! As always, be sure to tag @dreamgreendiy on social media to share your creations with us.

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Slowly over the course of the last two years, I’ve managed to rid our home almost entirely of televisions for design reasons. There’s just no denying that traditional TVs flat-out ruin the aesthetic of a room, and I gave up on trying to make them work.

Now, of course, that’s not to say we don’t watch TV—we actually watch an hour or two of it every evening before bed, but we do so using a well-hidden projector that displays on a blank white wall in our downstairs family room. It’s just as cool as it sounds to watch movies and shows on a big projected screen, but daytime viewing on a projector just isn’t an option. Projected images work best under total darkness, so if, say, I wanted to binge watch season four of Dawson’s Creek on a lazy Saturday morning (guilty), I couldn’t really do it.

Point is, I’ve always wanted to find an answer to the age old question, “How do I make a TV blend in with our home decor,” and have considered building a closable box frame for the wall to conceal the appliance when not in use, and even ordering some sort of custom cabinet. Thankfully, Samsung recently offered an easy solution to all of our TV woes with their brand new television: The Frame.

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How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #ad

How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #ad

Just like the name implies, this TV sports a simple, sleek frame that—wait for it—really looks like a picture frame. You can even, later on, choose to customize the included black metal frame using a number of different style options to suit your own aesthetic (think: beige wood, walnut, or white), but the real star of this TV is what shows within that frame. When you’re not watching television, the screen transforms into a work of art. Literally.

Dreamed up in collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, The Frame comes loaded with a digitally curated gallery of 100 art works to choose from right out of the box. We’re talking black and white portraits, colorful butterflies, edgy line drawings and collages, high quality architecture photographs, landscapes, and so much more. If you want to make things ultra personal, you can also upload your own personal family photos and travel pictures. Instead of fading to black when not in use like most TVs, The Frame’s dormant stage shows a piece of art chosen by you to match your home’s existing decor.

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What I’m trying to say is that this TV instantly negates any design conundrum by disguising the fact that it even is a television. The Frame comes with Samsung’s new Invisible Connection and No Gap Wall-mount right out of the box, too, so that you can even hang it flush on the wall in the middle of your gallery wall.

Although John and I decided to make the most of the included Studio Stand to mimic the look of leaned tabletop art, we’ve since tucked the wall-mount safely away in case we decide later on to hang The Frame on a wall. Here’s what it could look like hung in our upstairs living room.

How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #adHow cool is that?! I doubt any guest would have a clue that the beautiful 55-inch framed photograph can actually play Netflix, Pandora, or YouTube with the push of a button. As you can see in the next shot, you can even customize how your chosen art work looks within the frame—you can forgo a matte, use a standard matte, or go with a shadowbox style matte. You can also pick the color of your matte from 10 options, including black, gray, red, green, and three shades of white.

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After scrolling through the options post-set-up, I landed on three favorites: a curvy blue and gray pattern by Clare E. Rojas, a Southwestern style architectural photo by Nacho Alegre, and an aerial beach shot by Tommy Clarke. All of my favorite images are automatically saved to a “Recents” folder so I can quickly pull any of them up when I want to go into Art Mode.

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Another cool thing is that the TV has a built-in Brightness Sensor, which auto adjusts the color and brightness of the display depending on the time of day. I was a little concerned about backlighting effects ruining the look and ambiance of the art, but the TV automatically adjusts to a natural brightness and color so that the art looks like the real deal. On the other end of the spectrum, as soon as you pop into television mode, you can see the TV take on the brighter, whiter display you’re used to.

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How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #ad

Speaking of, despite the argument that Art Mode is the most intriguing feature on this TV, it’s worth reiterating that you can also watch all of your favorite shows and movies on this television, too. We’ve never owned a smart TV, so having all of our favorite apps (think: Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.) all in one place without having to hook up external equipment makes us feel like kings. The Frame’s picture is incredibly crisp and lifelike, too, with four times more pixels than full HD. I don’t know much about technology, but it’s pretty astonishing going from a 10-year-old low quality 32-inch TV to a high def 55-inch television.

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How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #ad

The only thing we needed to hook up to the TV was our BluRay player, which connected right to the included One Connect Box that you can just barely see pictured a couple photos up situated on top of a book stack in our media console. Just two small cables run from the TV itself, and those can be run discreetly off to the side using a clear included clip. I think one of the biggest past deterrents of trying to make a TV work in our home was the unsightly cables and unnecessary clutter, but The Frame minimizes all of that. The designers really thought of everything.

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How To Make A TV Blend In With Your Decor | dreamgreendiy.com + samsung.com #ad

The Frame is definitely an investment, but when you think about all of the things it combines into one box and appliance—like a 55-inch TV, wall-mount, all of your favorite smart apps, not to mention more than 100 large scale 55-inch framed works of art—it’s a worthy one. I know it seems silly, but not having to worry about or be embarrassed by having a TV displayed front and center in our home is personally worth the entire splurge to me. This television is the perfect iteration of form meets function, and I’m so excited to shout it from the rooftops since I know a lot of you have struggled with blending your own TVs at home for years.

So, which of the three favorite art works that I chose is your favorite? What type of art would you display on your Samsung TV—landscape, architecture, wildlife, action, drawing, a family portrait or favorite wedding photo? Do tell in the comments below.

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DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Remember that time I covered a clearance grocery store cake with edible flowers? And how I mentioned that I wanted to find a couple of other ways to put those flowers to use? Well, this post is the first of two extra crafts that I came up with to make those pretty blooms last. And since it’s a Friday morning, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The goal? To create simple flower-embellished wine bottle labels fit for your next gathering.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

The first step in this process is to dry a handful of blooms. Grab a heavy hardback book, like a nearby coffee table book or encyclopedia, and open it up to a random page toward the back. Lay wax paper on either page of the open book, and then place the blooms face-down on one of the pieces of wax paper.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Lay the opposite piece of wax paper on top of the flowers, and gently shut the book over the blooms. Place the book in a cool dry place (just put it back on the coffee table or bookshelf), and allow the flowers to dry for at least a week in the closed book.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

After a week’s time, download one (or both!) of the free printable wine bottle labels I created—“Welcome Home” (for a housewarming gift) or “Thanks For Having Us” (for a hostess gift) —depending on your needs, and print them onto heavy cardstock paper.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Use a ruler to figure out how big your label needs to be in order to cover the wine bottle’s original label, and trace light lines onto the cardstock using a pencil. Cut the label out, and lay it across your wine bottle so that it covers the old label.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Now it’s time to retrieve your dried flowers. Grab the book they’re drying in, and choose a few favorites. They should easily peel off of the wax paper if you do so slowly. Gently lay them on the label to test different arrangements, and when satisfied, attach them to the paper using a small dot of tacky glue. Finish by using clear packaging tape to firmly attach the flower-embellished label to the wine bottle.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

Although this project requires a bit of preparation and hands-off time to complete while you wait on the dried flowers, the label prep and finishing phase take just 20 minutes or so. Stay tuned later this month for the third and final DIY flowers project—I think it’s my favorite of the bunch.

DIY Pressed Flower Wine Bottle Label (With Free Printables!)

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DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

When it comes to jewelry, I like to keep things pretty simple. I’m always on the go (ex. shooting projects for the blog, hanging art, tidying up after our pets), so I can’t stand having lots of metal banging around on my arm or around my neck. I tend to choose one piece to wear each day, which could be anything from a chain necklace or chunky ring, to a pair of earrings.

I wanted to add a couple of new pieces to my little lineup and ultimately turned my attention to this season’s hottest trend: tassels. Visit the Oriental Trading blog to find out how to make both the single tassel and double tassel versions of my DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings for yourself.

DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Mini Dangle Tassel Earrings | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

And while I have you, and if you’re just as head over heels for tassels this summer season as I (and the rest of the Pinterest-obsessed world) am, then be sure to visit Natalie Borton’s handmade jewelry shop. She’s a fellow Glitter Guide teammate, and I love everything she creates for her online collection, especially her tassel earrings. I have them in gray, and they go with everything. Her earrings are larger then the ones I made for Oriental Trading, so if that’s more your style, I wanted to make sure that I pointed you her way. Happy crafting (or shopping), y’all!

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Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

If I had to name the official taste of summer, it would be an easy answer for me: lemonade! Since I’m not a soda drinker (or, really, anything carbonated for that matter), I tend to stick mostly with water throughout the day—aside from my morning cup of coffee, of course, and the occasional glass of wine in the evening. Lemonade, though, is a favorite speciality drink of mine. I feel like it’s one of the few drinks to actually quench thirst, and there’s something oh-so-nostalgic about sipping on a glass of it any given summer afternoon.

One of my very favorite iterations of this citrusy drink comes from The Farmhaus On Main, a local speciality coffee shop and café run by our friends Bethany and Aaron Mallory. They serve a Honey Lavender Lemonade that’s out of this world, and since I tend to slurp it down within minutes, I asked if the Mallorys wouldn’t mind sharing their secret recipe for the drink. Happily, they were willing to oblige, so scroll on to get all the details.

Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

Honey Lavender Lemonade

For the lemonade:

  • 24 oz. lemon juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • Hot water
  • Filtered water

Pour lemon juice into a gallon-sized container or pitcher. Next, dump sugar into a bowl and stir enough hot water in to fully dissolve the sugar. Add the sugar mixture to the lemon juice and top with filtered water, up to the 1-gallon mark (you can eye-ball it or taste-test if you’re not using a marked commercial container like the Mallorys do). Stir to combine.

For the honey lavender simple syrup:

  • 1/4 cup dried lavender
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups filtered water

Bring ingredients to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain the syrup to remove the dried lavender. Add 1 ½ oz. (or your preference) of the honey lavender simple syrup to a glass of prepared lemonade from above.

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Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

The savory, herby flavor of the lavender-infused syrup is the perfect complement to the tartness of the citrus drink, making it difficult to enjoy just one glass. After snapping these shots of the finished Honey Lavender Lemonade, I gulped the entire drink down in a matter of minutes. It was an especially toasty afternoon in the shop that day, but the cool crispness of the lemonade immediately made that heat bearable. It’s the type you’ll find yourself drinking with eyes closed, it’s that good.

Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

What are your favorite summertime flavors? Are you as big a fan of lemonade as I am? I think this recipe would be perfect to serve in a big pitcher at an at-home brunch or bridal shower this season. Can you picture it, too? If you give this recipe a try sometime this summer (or beyond), don’t forget to tag @dreamgreendiy and @thefarmhausonmain on social media. Cheers!

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Homemade Lavender Syrup For Lemonade | dreamgreendiy.com

*Recipe by The Farmhaus On Main, photography by Carrie Waller
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Modern Mid-Century Curb Appeal: Inspiration | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #CurbAppeal
Sources: Schlage Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt with Century Handleset and Latitude Lever // Front Door // Green Doormat // Outdoor Spotlight // 4″ Modern House Numbers

With summer finally here, I’ve decided to turn my attention to a few lingering outdoor updates to our curb appeal—namely, the front door. Last year I explained how we tackled a quick and affordable “Phase 1” makeover by adding fun teal window film to our existing storm door, but it’s time to get our entry looking even more official.

My ultimate goal? To give our bland front door a bit more of a permanent vibe with a real exterior door (no more naked storm door), new modern hardware care of Schlage, and a few subtle accessories. If your Ac is broken look no farther ac repair near me here is the link. Oh, and plants. Lots and lots of plants. As you can see from the photos below that were taken by Andrea Pesce last spring, our 1960s ranch has undeniable character. That cool A-frame style silhouette is one that’s known all over town. In fact, contractors who have been invited over to offer estimates or do work here and there on our house always comment about how they’ve admired the home from afar, and, of course, we weren’t immune to that appeal ourselves. As soon as I spotted the house on Zillow back in 2015, I knew it was “the one.”

That said, the curb could definitely use some sprucing up. So, to continue my year-long partnership with Schlage, I thought I’d share a little bit about our inspiration and plans for our mid-century-inspired exterior entryway. HINT: Make sure you scroll to the end of the post for your chance to enter to win the brand’s big Superb Curb Appeal Sweepstakes!

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Like a lot of renovation projects in this house, I’m going to attempt to combine two main factors: form and function. In the looks department, the old storm door leaves quite a bit to be desired. It’s pretty flimsy and dingy, plus the glass panel (even with its since-added blue window film) just doesn’t add the kind of sophistication I’m going for to the aesthetic of the house.

Functionally, there’s little to no protection from the elements. The seal is nonexistent (grass and vines literally grow into the sunroom from under the door), and the glass panel lets quite a bit of light into the sunroom, making the unheated/un-air-conditioned room a sauna this time of year, anyway I already contacted AC repair Orlando because I want to install a new system at home.

A proper exterior door will give the house a little more grandeur, not to mention it will keep the sunroom feeling more comfortable year-round and free from encroaching vines and pests. The other exciting part about adding a real front door is that it allows us the opportunity to get hardware to match the upgrade. We fell hard for the Schlage Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt with Century Handleset and Latitude Lever. The edgy black finish will draw much-needed attention to our entryway, and will ensure better security, too, thanks to the heavy-duty electronic deadbolt.

Modern Mid-Century Curb Appeal: Inspiration | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad #CurbAppealIn an effort to get this important install right the first time, we’re enlisting help from the pros rather than tackling it ourselves. We’ve crossed our measure appointment off the list, and the parts have all been ordered—now we just wait to get our install on the calendar with the local home improvement store, and we’ll be calling this one “done” before summer’s end. I can’t wait to share the final before and after photos with you all later this season, and to offer thoughts on Keyless Touchscreen entry once we’ve had a chance to enjoy it for a few weeks. Stay tuned for all of that very soon.

And now for the contest (because who doesn’t love to win stuff?!). Enter the Schlage Superb Curb Appeal Sweepstakes now for a chance to win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt of your own, a $1,000 gift-card from The Home Depot, and a design consultation from fellow home-design blogger, Carmel Phillips from Our Fifth House. Get all the details and enter to win here—good luck!

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A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

I don’t entertain all that often, so on the rare occasion that I do host a group of people, I like to keep things simple. First of all, I cut down on tabletop styling time and effort by having a collection of neutral party supplies stored at-the-ready in our china hutch. Things like linen napkins (even mismatched napkins work as long as they are neutral colors!), white serving dishes in all shapes and sizes, and pretty coordinating vases that I can fill with clippings from the yard for a last-minute free centerpiece.

The second thing I do to keep things simple when entertaining is having an arsenal of super easy recipes on hand that I can make in a matter of minutes to feed a crowd, like these Coffee Recipes that I use during those sleepy afternoons to have a boost of energy the rest of the day. Today’s recipe for a 5-minute fruit salad honey drizzle is my new favorite, especially now that summer is almost upon us.

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

I know this next statement is such a cliche, but the concept for this recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) truly couldn’t be easier. All you need to recreate it is 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 of honey, make sure to read reviews of the best water filter pitchers so you can use the best water quality on your recipes. That’s right—it’s really just an easy alternative to your go-to simple syrup! Just combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together with a fork until smooth, then pour over your pre-chopped fruit salad.

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

I love that you can control the texture of the drizzle (add more honey if you want it thicker, or less if you want it thinner), and that you can skip sugar. I always try to pick up 100 percent pure honey whenever possible, and love to choose locally sourced honey when I have time to. Going organic is another priority for our household when we head to Fresh Market or Trader Joes.

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

If you want to up the flavor ante just a bit, try adding a few tablespoons of lime juice to the drizzle, or you can make a honey ginger simple syrup for iced coffee or cold brew using fresh ginger over a little heat on the stove.

I experimented with our own simple honey drizzle over chopped fruit for John’s lunches, and it was a hit. We both really love the way this drizzle adds just a subtle hint of extra flavor, and made the fruit in our salad feel a little more special in comparison to plain cut produce, we drank a detox tea along with it and it was delicious. We plan to reuse the idea for gatherings and packed lunches all summer long, and if you do the same, make sure to tell us what you think in the comments below!

A Recipe For 5-Minute Fruit Salad Honey Drizzle

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

I’m the first to admit that baking isn’t really my thing. I can do it, but I just feel like I’d rather prioritize other projects (think: hanging new art in the bathroom, painting the sunroom, hitting the antique store to find the perfect vintage desk for my office). So, instead of spending an hour or two over measuring cups and canisters of flour and sugar, I tend to be a regular at the bakery section at our local grocery store.

The only problem with that mentality is that you do give up a certain level of control. I’m pretty stubborn about my aesthetic, and tend to want things to look a very certain way, so having to pick pre-baked cakes off the shelf at the grocery store is a struggle for me. Oftentimes, I just make it work and choose the simplest white-frosted cake I can find (unfortunately, it’s usually the most expensive of the bunch), but I recently had the idea to do a little bit of DIYing to a pre-baked cake in order to make it worthy of our next soiree.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

The idea was to pick up a clearance cake from the bakery, and then transform it into a Pinterest-worthy masterpiece using edible flowers. I ordered a 50-count box of pastel Viola blooms from this online shop, and then (not so) patiently waited for the flowers to arrive. After they did, I immediately tucked the flowers away in the fridge to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible (they should last about a week if kept cold), and then hit the bakery in search of the perfect cake.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Although I’m sure many of you will think the original cake was cute as could be, it personally wasn’t really my style. The bright sprinkles and frosted peaks were a little too whimsical for me, but the $5 clearance price tag was perfect. So I whisked it home, and then set it on my work table to get it looking more like the pretty pastry I had in my mind.

The inspiration was a “naked cake” type look, with just subtle swipes of frosting around the edges, so I used a flat knife to remove most of the original frosting from the cake (which, don’t worry, didn’t go to waste as John scarfed it up quickly from the sidelines), and then stepped back to survey the results. Although a little bare looking on its own, the simplified silhouette was just what I was hoping for. Plus, I knew it wasn’t done yet.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

The final step was to decorate the now-naked cake with a handful of the pretty edible flowers I had ordered. In this case, less is more, but you really can’t mess it up. To create the look you see above and below, I gently pressed the flowers onto the cake form, allowing the light frosted finish to “grab” the petals and keep everything in place. I situated a few of the prettiest blooms on top, then added a small asymmetrical border around the bottom edge. There was no rhyme or reason to my design—I just kept adding the edible flowers until I felt like it looked done.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

I think the finished cake feels just a little more mature than the original, store-bought look. It’s the perfect semi-DIYed treat to serve at a girl’s night in or even Sunday morning brunch with friends. And to those of you wondering how a cake actually tastes with edible flowers, I can honestly say that it’s delicious. These particular Viola blooms added a super delicate crunch to the cake, and the sweet, herby flavor of the flowers themselves gave it a sort of fruit cake vibe. I think this new pastry process might just be my new brunch-time go-to.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

So, what do you think? I know it’s not for everyone. In fact, John thought I was nuts when I first explained the concept to him, but once it was done and he had a chance to try it for himself, he admitted that it was kind of a cool transformation.

The only thing I will say is that the edible flowers ended up costing a little more than I would have liked once shipping was factored in. So, I think if I did this again, I would try growing my own blooms for the project. The good news, though, is that I figured out several other ways to make the most of the leftover flowers (of which there were many), so stay tuned for more DIYs to offset this one later this month. I can’t wait to share!

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

Find out how to turn a clearance grocery store cake into a Pinterest-worthy naked cake with edible flowers.

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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We are actually knee-deep in a couple of bathroom makeovers (more on that very, very soon), so things like sleek towel bars, pretty shower curtains, and modern fixtures are constantly catching my eye while we’re out shopping. Of course, I’m also scouring places like Pinterest and my favorite fellow DIY blogs for crafty project inspiration, too, and the latest project of my own to contribute is this DIY Beaded Makeup Brush Holder for Oriental Trading.

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You probably don’t need me to tell you, but clever vanity storage is so important in bathrooms. There always seems to be something to stow away out of sight and out of mind (think: extra toilet paper rolls, first aid supplies, clean towels, etc.). Makeup, in particular, is where I typically go wrong. My supply is overflowing even though I can’t tell you the last time I intentionally went shopping for it. Extra eye liner, brushes, and the like just seem to be the type of things I must grab on a whim from end caps in the grocery store, so I’m always looking for ways to creatively stow it away.

Thus the inspiration for my simple and colorful beaded makeup brush holder. Hop over to the Oriental Trading blog for the full shopping list and tutorial, and then tell me below if you have any crafty bathroom storage solutions that you’ve put to good use in your own space.

DIY Beaded Makeup Brush Holder | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading #ad

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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