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Friends, I am so excited about today, because this post marks the start of an incredibly exciting collaboration with Valspar where I’ll be working with them to bring you loads of color inspiration, ideas and DIY tutorials throughout all of 2015. I am sincerely really ecstatic about working with them because I personally use their paints frequently and it’s partnerships like this that allow me to create really super cool content for you. So without further adieu, today we’re kicking things off with these mini paint can glitter vases! They’re the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day craft and they’re so versatile. You can use them as gifts for your girlfriends, your mom, your sister, or your coworkers and once the flowers have passed their prime, they can do double duty as a pretty pen or makeup brush holder.
Begin by wiping down your paint cans to remove any residue or fingerprints. (Mine had barcode stickers on the top, which I removed with Goo Gone and then washed thoroughly.) Then it’s time to paint! I am obsessed with the Valspar Color Radiance spray paint available at Lowe’s (you guys know all about me and my spray paint obsession) because it has a primer built in and it is specially formulated to work on wood, plastic and metal so it’s the perfect choice for giving these little cans a wash of color. I picked up a can of Rosy Cheeks in a flat finish, which is the perfect Valentine’s Day pink. Be sure to use several, light coats of spray paint to avoid any drips, allowing 20 minutes or so between coats. Then allow them to dry completely for a couple of hours before moving on.
Next up, using the paint brush, apply a coat of ModPodge to the bottom half of the can. If you want a precise line you could use painter’s tape to mark off the can, but I wanted a slightly imperfect glitter-dipped look so I skipped the tape. You’ll want a fairly thick coating of ModPodge, but not so thick that it puddles up or starts dripping.
Now it’s time to glitter! Work over a piece of kraft paper so you later use it as a little funnel to return the rest of the glitter back to the bottle, because pretty much you’re going to just dump loads of glitter over all sides of the paint can where you’ve applied the ModPodge. Tap off the excess and set it aside to dry.
You’ll be left with these super pretty glitter-dipped paint cans that I am totally loving! I also added glitter to the lids of my cans using the same process, so they’ll look really pretty tucked on a shelf or on your desk, too.
Now it’s time to make these bad boys look like the vases they are! You’ll want to pick up a block of floral foam (the kind you use wet), which you can find at any craft supply store. Use a knife to slice off chunks of the foam, then soak in water and push a piece into the bottom of each paint can. The foam makes it super easy to create really professional looking arrangements without having to be a floral whiz!
I picked up a few bunches of flowers in pretty, Valentine’s Day inspired colors from the grocery store and then trimmed everything down to a length that looked pretty with the height of the paint can vases. Start with one color or flower type and push the stems directly into the foam in the bottom of the can. Then build it up layer by layer, adding a color at a time until you have a big, full looking arrangement in each can.
And there you have it! The prettiest little paint can vases loaded up with gorgeous flowers for making all of the ladies in your life feel super special this Valentine’s Day. Of course, you can choose from any of Valspar’s gorgeous spray paint colors and play with different colors of glitter to really customize these and make them suit your personal taste. For me, it was all about the pink for Valentine’s Day and I’m so glad that Valspar gave me the chance to have fun creating these. I know a few special ladies who will be receiving these from me this week!
[Design, styling + photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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We’re taking a little break from all things Valentine’s Day this morning to discuss a different kind of love. Specifically, we’re talking about my longtime love for an awesome bunk room. What is it about built-in bunk beds that just incites such utter glee for me? I know that when I dream of one day building or renovating a house, there are corresponding dreams of bunks for sure. It’s such an efficient use of space, but when done right (think cool ladders, velvet curtains and little reading lights) I think they’re also entirely magical. As a kid in one of these spaces I would have hidden away in my bunk with a book all day long if given the opportunity. If you have a room in your house begging for bunks and you’re handy with a saw, be sure to check out this DIY tutorial!
[Mikaelmonson Family Photography.]
[Jana Carson via Style Me Pretty Living.]
I’m pretty sure it’s never a bad idea to start the week with a little bit of chocolate so today we’re jumping right into Monday with these delicious chocolate covered vodka cherries! Samantha and Chanda of Zest It Up are sharing this recipe today just in time for Valentine’s Day so you can add a delicious and decadent touch to your celebration. They’re so easy to make and would be the perfect addition to an at-home date night this weekend. These little buggers are sure to be addicting so make up a whole big bunch so you have lots to go around!
- Fresh cherries
- 10 oz dark chocolate
- 2 cups vodka
- 1 vanilla bean
- Sanding sugar (optional)
Place cherries in a small bowl, with stems intact. Slice open the vanilla bean and add to the bowl. Pour vodka over the cherries and vanilla bean until fully submerged and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
When you’re ready to make the cherries, remove them from the bowl and place them on a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid. Then, place 2/3 of the chocolate in a microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals until they are all melted, stirring regular. Remove the bowl of melted chocolate from the microwave, and add the remaining unmelted chocolate a handful at a time, stirring as you go. Continue adding the unmelted chocolate and stirring until you have brought your melted chocolate down to 82°F, which will keep the chocolate glossy and preserve the consistency.
Finally, dip the cherries in the chocolate by holding the stem, then dip into sanding sugar if desired. Set on parchment paper to cool and serve right away or plate them on a pretty platter to serve up after your Valentine’s Day dinner.
Many thanks to the ladies of Zest It Up for sharing this fun recipe with us and to Jessica Helton of A Little Long Distance for the beautiful photos!
[Styling + recipe by Zest It Up | Photos by Jessica Helton of A Little Long Distance.]
These link love posts are among my favorite because it’s my chance to take a moment and recognize some of the awesome things that my friends and fellow bloggers are creating. And, seriously, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, these ladies are not holding back. We all know that my favorite Valentine’s Day ideas are the ones that are simple, budget-friendly and heartfelt, so printables and edibles fall right in line with that philosophy. Today I’m bringing you some of my favorite picks for Valentine’s Day crafts and recipes, plus you can scroll down for all your weekly link love fix. See you here on Monday, friends, when the love for love will continue! xoxo
[Printable calligraphy valentines | Conversation heart cookies | DIY gift wrap | XO brownies | Heart floor decals.]
In the last reader survey a few months back, so many of you said that these weekly color palette posts are among your favorite. I was honestly a little bit surprised (just because I know how much you love a good DIY post or a pretty party), but pleasantly so! I’m such a lover of color and love the challenge of finding cool new ways to use color to make a statement. All of this is a little bit of a tease leading up to next week when I’ll be announcing a fun new partnership I’ve taken on for this year that will seriously be one of the coolest collaborations I’ve ever tackled. But today we’re talking about peacock and sea salt and all these pretty shades of blue, purple and pink. What could look like an ode to a unicorn gone wrong looks so sophisticated when paired with lots of white and a touch of metallic gold. Even if I do say so myself, I think this combination is just so pretty and surprisingly chic!
[Photos, from top: Suite One Studio | Dustin Aksland via Remodelista | Melissa Chambers.]