Spring DIYs: 6 Projects to Give You Spring Fever

Spring DIYs 6 Projects to Give You Spring Fever Spring is in the air, and it's time to get crafty! Here are six DIYs to give you spring fever.

Fresh Flower Crown Fresh Flower Crown

  1. Fresh Flower Crown. No flowers yet where you live? Stop by the grocery store and pick up a little bouquet! This project is super easy, and so beautiful for springtime. Plan a picnic and make flower crowns with your friends! Or use this as an activity for a bridal shower or tea party. The possibilities are vast.

Dip Dyed Doilies

Dip Dyed Doilies

2. Dip Dyed Doilies. Give mini vintage doilies a makeover with a simple dip dye of paint and water. These make gorgeous favors or simple decorations for the house.

Upcycled Dress

3. Upcycled Floral Dress. Any oversized floral dress from the 90s will do for this DIY - just go to your local Goodwill and snag one with a print you like!

Easy Embroidered Wall Art

4. Easy Embroidered Wall Art. Put your needle and thread to work with this easy French knot work of art. The ombre effect is super simple to achieve - try a star or a violet!

Floral Embroidered Cuff

5. Embroidered Wrap Cuff. Spice up an old piece of jersey fabric with a few lazy daisies, and wrap that beauty around your wrist! The perfect springtime boho look - and you made it yourself!

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Shirt

6. DIY Anthropologie Inspired Shirt. Last but not least, my hands-down most popular DIY tutorial ever. Pick up a cheap (clean!) button-down from your local thrift store and a lace curtain while you're at it. All you need after that is a sewing machine and a pair of scissors to create this gorgeous top.

I hope these projects inspired you to get crafting! There are so many cool ideas out there - follow me on Pinterest for more ideas!

 

Staff Craft Party: Recycled Gift Bows

It's Christmastime at the library, and that means displays, programs, and take-and-make craft kits! This year's theme is Handmade Christmas, so my display included lots of cookbooks, craft books, gift ideas, and more. The take-and-make craft idea I decided to use is (of course) something I found on Pinterest, so I can take absolutely no creative credit for it. Last year I remember seeing this pin for creating gift bows out of recycled magazine strips, and thought that would be a great way to recycle the old magazines we discard at the library! The craft is incredibly simple and only required cutting out 4 different lengths of strips and printing some directions. I bagged up a bunch of kits and threw them artistically in a basket with a few pre-made recycled gift bows on it and people have been taking them!recycled gift bows My coworker and I had been wanting to plan a craft night for staff, so we decided to do one based around these simple gift bows. Not everyone is crafty or creatively confident, but these bows are easy enough for anyone. You just have to know how to use tape or staples. So we got together after work last night and made some colorful recycled bows over steaming bowls of turkey chili and a little white wine! The night was a success - good bonding time for staff and we now have a bunch of handmade recycled gift bows to adorn our Christmas packages! Hooray for DIY, and hooray for crafting!

If you want to learn how to make these bows yourself, check out Whole Living Magazine and follow their instructions - it's super easy once you get the hang of twisting the strips and stacking them together. I recommend using staples for assembling the bows, and tape for securing the twisted strips. Have fun, and show me what you make by tagging me @melmariadesigns on either Instagram or Twitter!