DIY Sunday: Playing Dress-Up with Petals

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Spring has sprung, and one of the sure signs that everyone’s favorite season is here is the abundance of fresh flowers. Whether at the corner store or the city’s flower market, buds in every colour are making an appearance.

But what happens once you bring that bouquet home? Most of us fill the vase with water, place in the stems, and all efforts there. So instead, have some fun and play dress-up with your petals by making them a little lace skirt. They’re great for brightening up your home, and can make stylish bridal shower centerpieces! This is how:

Tools:

1 Mason jar

1 meter of lace

1 meter of twine or yarn

Velcro stickers

Instructions:

1. Measure the mason jar’s circumference, and cut the lace as well as the yarn slightly longer than that.

2. Slip the lace around the jar, place the Velcro at both ends and let it stick in to place.

3. Once the lace is in place, wrap the yarn around the top-end of the fabric to further secure it and add an extra decorative element.

4. Cut all of your flowers to be the same length, and place them in the jar.

How do you arrange your flowers? Do you have any unconventional ideas or decor items to put them in? Feel free to comment or tweet @ThePoshDish.

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DIY Sunday: Crafting Tape Gift Tags

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It’s time for another installment of DIY Sunday: one of the more fun blog posts to write and make because it means it’s time to get creative! This week, you’ll be learning how to make craft tape gift tags. They can be used at any time of the year, for any event, and with any item. Clip it on to a box, or a paper bag, and watch your wrapping rise to the occasion.

What’s great about these, is that they can be personalized. Depending on the stamp you choose to use, they can spell out the recipient’s name or just say thank you (loot bag tags, right?). Not to mention, there are so many options of tape! So take out your sharpest scissors and ink pad, and start making yours. Here are all the secrets:

Tools:

Patterned Crafting/Scrapbooking Tape

Stock paper, beige or ivory

Mini coloured clothespins

Stamp

Ink pad, black

Scissors

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Instructions:

1. Find the template of a tag you like online, and print it. Cut it out, and trace its outline onto the stock paper that you have chosen.

2. Cut that out as well using your scissors.

3.Measure a piece of tape that covers the bottom of the tag from end to end, and rip it so that it is a little longer. Line it up perfectly parallel to the edge of the tag and stick it on, wrapping the edges around to the back.

4. Attach the mini clothespin to the tag, and you can clip it on to bags, ribbons, boxes, and cards!

With those four steps, you’re set to start gifting! What was the nicest wrapping you’ve ever received? Leave your thoughts in the comment section or tweet @ThePoshDish.

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The 5 Ps of an Organized (and Pretty) Desk

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Whether you have a cozy little cubicle or have snagged some prime real estate with that corner office, chances are that you are working at a desk. And let’s be honest, they’re never large enough. You end up with stacks of loose paper, deadlines written on your hand, and no space for that morning latte.

If this sounds like you, there is a solution! All you have to do is get some tools that will help you out.

But staying organized doesn’t mean using what comes with the cubicle. That’s right, you can jazz it all up by selecting items that are functional, and equally stylish. Workin’ 9 to 5 has never looked so good!

1. [P]lanner: Agendas are great, especially when you need to check dates and pencil in appointments on the go. But when you’re at work, what’s the point of leafing through to see what’s ahead for the week? The best option is to have a pad-like planner that has the months or days laid out. That way, you clearly know what’s coming and can easily glance at it for reference. Anthropologie has a few fun options, including this Botanical Weekday Desk Calendar. 

2. [P]ost-Its: Sticky notes are so versatile, they can be used to mark an important page or remind you of things that may otherwise be overlooked. To be even bolder, opt for ones that are out of the ordinary –you don’t have to stick to the traditional yellow paper. See what Kate Spade has in store, like the Deco Dot set. 

3. [P]aper Weight: Keep those papers and documents neatly stacked and stop them from flying everywhere with a paper weight. Sure, you can choose the classic half-sphere but why not try a natural crystal? It not only looks stunning as it captures the light, but is also said to provide good energy (perfect for when you’re rushing  to meet those deadlines). If you’re in the Toronto area, stop by Geologic and see what they have in store! 

4. [P]atterned Folders: Another way to keep loose papers in one place is with folders.They have a tab to keep things clearly labeled and categorized, and make it easy to find the files you need. But the ones that you’ll find at work are blank, boring, and lack personality. Opt for folders that have a bold print instead, like this great 12-pack from Target. 

5. [P]en Pouch: Though pencil holders do their job fairly well, they’re bulky and can be knocked over as you hurry out to grab lunch. To avoid all the hassle, store your writing instruments in a pen pouch. This keeps your most prized pens, pencils, highlighters, and markers in one place. And when the work day is done, you can zip the pouch and take it with you so there’s never a need to part ways! Take a look at this glitzy polka-dotted one from Indigo. 

How do you keep your work area organized? Leave your thoughts in the comment section or Tweet @ThePoshDish.

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DIY Sunday: Heart-Shaped Origami Bookmark

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At a time of the year when everything is heart-shaped, your bookmarks should be too! What better way to celebrate your love for reading (and get into the Valentine’s Day spirit) than this origami DIY to mark your favourite page.  Follow the steps below to make your own!

Materials:

15 x 15 cm piece of origami paper

You can be creative here, and don’t have to stick to pink or red coloured paper. There are patterns, textures, and a whole lot of hues to choose from! If you’re ambitious, why not make one of each.

Instructions:

With so few materials needed, there isn’t too much that goes into making the bookmark. All you need is a little patience, practice, and this easy step-by-step video by Kawaii DIY.

Not too bad, right? By now you should all be origami masters who are ready to tackle more intricate projects. Feel free to show how your heart bookmark turned out by sharing a snapshot on twitter –tag @ThePoshDish!

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Hassle-Free Holiday Ornament Storage

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While decorating the Christmas tree is always fun, it can’t last forever. So when it’s time to pack up that pine, you also need to find a place for those ornaments!

In my experience, I’ve always ended up opening the box in December only to find that a few of my favourites have been crushed. And let’s face it, with all the gift-shopping, party-hosting, and cookie-baking of the season, no one has the time to dash to the store for a new set. Here are two ideas to make things easier:

Think Inside the Box(Ideal for large ornaments):
Find a box large enough to fit all of your ornaments. Then:
1. Line the bottom with crumpled tissue paper
2.Place the ornaments one beside the other, being careful to not pack them too tightly
3. Put tissue paper in between each row, horizontally, and more crumpled sheets when stacking

The Ribbon Ring(Great for smaller,delicate ornaments):
If starting the holiday season with a box full of broken glass isn’t bad enough, imagine all the work you have to do if the ornaments are tangled! To avoid this:
1. Take a piece of ribbon(yep, it can even be one from an already-opened gift), and string the ornaments on it one by one(as seen in the picture)
2. Once they’re all lined up, loosely tie the ends of the ribbon together to form a ring, and to make sure the ornaments don’t slide off
3. Place them in a box lined with tissue paper

So there you have it! Holiday decor storage made easy, so you can spend more time sipping on Egg Nog than sweeping-up glitter and glass.

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DIY Sunday: The Jewelled Oxford Shirt

DIYshirtAn Oxford shirt is a classic, whether layered under cardigans or peeking out from cable-knit sweaters. But whichever way you wear it, the collar is often the one that stands out. So why not make it dazzle? Sow on some jewels and skip the need for a necklace  –this DIY will show you how!

Tools:

Thin clear fishing wire

Needle

Assorted flat jewels

Glue stick

Plain Oxford/collared shirt

Steps:

1. Pick out your jewels, and spend some time deciding the pattern in which you will arrange them.

2. Once that’s settled, apply glue to the back of each and stick them in the position that they will be sown. This will prevent them from moving around until they’re secured with the fishing wire.

3. Sow each one on, tying a knot at the end. Cut the thread and voila!

Layer with your favourite frock or tuck it into a skirt for instant glam.

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