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An Asymmetrical Holiday Wreath DIY + Giveaway!


We got a little giveaway today, yay! We are a bit obsessed with Leanna from David and Leanna and her creations that we wanted to share the love with our beautiful readers! You all know her; she is the DIY queen. Any idea we come up with, and she is game. Today, its all about holiday wreaths. This year, Leanna and I came up with a little twist on the usual round Christmas wreath. We went for an asymmetrical look, and of course, it had to have some macrame + flowers. As much as we love the real flowers, those don’t last more than a couple days. And no one wants sad flowers hanging in their house for the holidays. Silk flowers are the way to go here, and they look so real!

Leanna is spilling her secrets on how she made this pretty little number for all of you to make just in time for the holidays. Plus, the colors on this wreath will allow you to leave up past Christmas and right on into the rest of winter. And, if you add a couple more flowers from the pink family, you have yourself a little valentine’s day decor.

Let’s chat about the giveaway fast! To enter, just like + follow @beijosevents and @davidandleanna. Then, tell us your favorite holiday DIY on the giveaway Instagram post. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 18th. Please, only the US location, as we would like to get it to you before the holiday season.

Also, if you are looking for the cutest printable tags, check out Leanna’s Etsy page here. I’m using these for my gifts this year.

Let’s get to that DIY now… 

 Back at it again with the ladies from Beijos Events to bring you an awesome DIY! So a lot of the time when people say “oh my gosh how did you make this?!” and I say “oh this!!? It’s easy, let me show you!!” … well, this is one of those projects that I’ll say is a little more complicated ;) BUT individually each piece is super approachable for the average crafter so if you’re up for a little bit of a challenge, then follow along!!

Otherwise, you can also just buy one here or here ;)

There are three significant steps to this project: 1. floral swag 2. macrame hanging 3. combining

FLORAL SWAG MATERIALS:

Your favorite Christmas greenery (I got mine at Michaels, and it’s ALL ON SALE)
Green florist wire
Hot glue + hot glue gun

FLORAL SWAG ASSEMBLY

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Choose your base floral – a simple pine is what I chose because it had a lot of structure to build off of and wasn’t the “feature” color.

*Note: I almost always lay out my entire piece without gluing/connecting to begin just to make sure I have the balance right.

Using your florist wire, wrap two long pieces together, so they are facing opposite directions.

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Add your next layer of “base” using the same method as above.

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Next, I added my large “focus” pieces – the large flowers. I cut them from their original stems, but left about an inch of original stem to use to wrap around my “base.”

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I reinforced the connection between the flowers and the base using florist wire.

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Next, I then added my larger filler elements (these gold twigs) – again using the same florist wire method.

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Next came smaller filler elements – these velvety green leaves. I hot glued these in place. With these I entirely removed them from the “base” they came on – they should just pop right off with a good tug.

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Medium pink flowers were next. These came in a “bunch” so I cut each flower, leaving a small stem to work with. These were hot glued in place.

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Even smaller flowers were added using the same method. All up, I used seven different types of florals in this piece – 2 base green stems, one large focus flower stem, two small flower stems, one medium flower stem of an accent color, and one structural stem in an accent color.

Phew! Next section: Macrame!!

MACRAME HANGING MATERIALS:

Macrame thread
Dowel
Metallic Acrylic paint
Scissors

MACRAME INSTRUCTIONS:

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Cut your dowel to your desired length and paint with your choice of acrylic metallic paint (or leave natural) – set aside to dry.

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Cut between 30 and 35 strands of macrame twine at 26″ in length.

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We are going to start with a “Larks Knot”: fold one of your lengths of twine in half and wrap over your dried dowel. 

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Pull the tail through the loop and pull tight.

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Repeat until you reach your desired width for you macrame hanging.

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Here is where things get a little dicey – pull your furthest left strand apart from the rest of your hanging. Try to think of this strand from here on out as your new dowel. This is no longer a string – it is the “dowel” you are tying your other strings onto. If you pull on this string as though you are tying your shoes – pulling each strand evenly, you will not get the results you want.

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Pull the leftmost string all the way across your piece – remember it’s your new dowel. We will do double half hitch knots all the way across.

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Grab the next leftmost string – this is the string you will be knotting first – make a “four” (the same made by the two strings crossing) with the leftmost string on top.

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String the second most left strand through the loop of the four made by the leftmost string. WHEW – you got that? Slowly synch them both up together – at the top remember you are knotting the second leftmost string ONTO the left most string – ideally you’ll be pulling tightly on the second string while simply holding the leftmost string in place.

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Do this TWICE with each string. The second leftmost string is done after it has knotted onto the leftmost (aka “new dowel”) string. Repeat with the next string in line making your way left to right. Your “dowel string” stays the same – this is the string you will knot all the rest of the strands onto.

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This took me many many tries to get right when I first started doing macrame so don’t be discouraged!! It takes practice and patience!! The beautiful thing is you can ALWAYS pull the knots out and try again – which I have done countless times.

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add your leather strap for hanging to the ends of the dowel.

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Place your swag on top of your macrame hanging to get an idea of where you want to attach.

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Flip over and attach using your florist wire and a dab of hot glue.

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Hang somewhere front and center and enjoy the endless compliments on your fantastic creativity and skill.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Another amazing DIY! Thanks, Leanna!

Remember to enter the giveaway today on Instagram!

xx

Abby

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By on December 13, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, CRAFTS, DIY

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An Easy and Simple DIY Keepsake Christmas Ornament

Today’s post is an easy DIY for you that can last as a family keepsake.  It’s a simple ornament that is affordable and fun to create with your kiddos.  This year my son Court is 3.5 and he is excited about all things Christmas.  It’s so much fun to see his reactions and how he soaks it all in.  I’ve been keeping him busy with different crafts and he really loved this one so I thought I would share!

Keep scrolling, it’s just so easy and looks pretty on the tree or even as a decor piece on the mantle!

Photos by Riley Starr
  Let’s start with what you will need!  I got everything for this DIY at Michaels, or as Court likes to say “the craft store”.  We make a trip there every few weeks and stock up on fun things to do.  Plus, they always have a “sale” and things are usually 40-50% off!  So it’s easy on the wallet…

I used these simple clear plastic ornaments, there are some similar here.  We also shopped around the fake flower area, we picked some fun pieces that both Court and I thought would be pretty.  Court especially loved the pine cones!  Then we picked up some glitter and confetti and we were golden!

Next step is writing on the ornaments.  I am lucky and have a few talented friends, so Cindy from Blot & Dot took care of this step for me!  We had her write Court, Cruz and Christmas 2017.  Now, the easy part… Just fill up each ornament to your liking and then hang on the tree!  It’s as easy as that and your kiddos will love it!

Aren’t they pretty?!  And I love the way they look hanging on the tree.  Court had so much fun picking things out and creating these ornaments.  He’s so proud showing them off to anyone who will listen!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far!  Only 2 short weeks till the big day!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on December 11, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR, HOLIDAYS

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3 Steps For A Simple Modern Holiday Mantle


Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be a month filled extravaganza. I use to decorate every nook and cranny in my old house. Now, being in my new home, I wanted to change up my holiday vibe to create a more minimalist style. And the mantel is where I started. You can create a simple modern holiday mantel in three easy steps, and all budget friendly. And that is nice to do since you are spending all that dough on gifts for the holiday. 

Photos by Erin Milnik


STEP ONE:

S I G N A G E

FA LA LA! Signage is the way to go to create an impact on any holiday decor action. It is simple but makes a statement right away. Leanna from David and Leanna created this tan leather banner for me. And, anyone can create this banner! I bought the leather here. I love this Etsy shop; it has every color leather that you would fancy. The Leather Guy is my source for all my leather projects that you have seen here on the blog. Now the secret is out! 


STEP TWO:

G R E E N E R Y

Everyone loves greenery on a mantel. Greenery just pulls everything together to create anything beautiful, especially your holiday mantel. Now, you can quickly go with the premade garland that you get at any Christmas tree lot or your local hardware store. But this year, I wanted to create something more organic looking, and only on one side. I drove around my neighborhood and found this greenery. I cut a bunch of limbs off the tree without anyone seeing me. Ha!

I learned a trick by watching all the florists we have worked with through the years… sticky dots! The sticky dots allow you to place the leaves where you want and how you want. And, they also provide “glue” for you to create a cascading look with the branches. Plus, they are clear so no one will be able to see them like you would if you used string or even zip ties to create a “garland” look with your branches. Another designer secret for you. 

See how greenery just adds life to the mantel! I will keep this up even after the holidays are over. 



STEP 3:

A C C E N T S

Lastly, add some simple modern accents to your mantel. I found these black stylish candle holders at Target. I like doing things in “3’s” or in odd numbers. And, the black adds that pop of color. Along with the candle holders, I added a rattan side table and a holiday area rug in front of the fireplace. The rug adds a little boho touch that we Beijos ladies love so much. All these accents can be used through the year, and not thrown back into your holiday storage box. I think that is the key to decorating for the holidays. Use items that you can use all the time, and not just for December. 

SHOP MY FAVORITES FOR CREATING A MODERN HOLIDAY MANTEL

3 easy steps to create a modern holiday mantel! Now get out there and create your own. 

xx

Abby

 

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By on December 8, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR, HOLIDAYS

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A DIY Geometric Advent Calendar That Anyone Can Make


With Thanksgiving long past us, you should be well on your way to decorating for Christmas. I usually have the house thoroughly decked out by now, but with us in the middle of our big move, a couple of decor pieces are what I have to work with these days. But my mind is always thinking of what my little ones will remember during the holidays, and I’m not going to have them miss out on any of our fun traditions just cause of a move.

The advent calendar is one of those very memorable traditions we do in our household. Each year, I have created with some fantastic vendors different ways to have an advent calendar. You can see our past advent calendars here and here. This year, I worked with the talented mama, Leanna from David and Leanna. She is no stranger to DIYs for the beijos blog. I wanted to do something that was a little bit out of the box. Along with that concept, adding colors that are non-traditional holiday colors. I love what we came up with, and the best part is you can do it at home too! 

Leanna is going to take you step by step on how to make this fun advent calendar!

Christmas is easily my favorite holiday! I like to put my decorations up as soon as Halloween is over, but for more sane people, all 31 days in December is more than enough. This Christmas, Connor (my son) is old enough to understand the countdown to Christmas, so we’re doing an advent calendar! Unfortunately for us, all the premade ones aren’t dairy free, so we, figured we’d make our own this year! I partnered with Abby at Beijos Events to create these super cute DIY paper advent calendars stuffed with whatever treats work best for you and your family! 

S U P P L I E S

A good pair of scissors  
Cardstock paper (we used paper source
hot glue gun
A pen or pencil
Printer
These geometric shape templates
Bakers Twine
An embroidery needle
Circle punch (optional) 
Mini hole punch
Gel pen of your choice (our white one
Mini wood hoop ring  

 

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D I R E C T I O N S

1. Gather your supplies.

2. Punch the circles for date labels.

3. Next, print out geometric templates onto cardstock.

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4. Fold your cut out template along the dotted line.

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5. Using a mini hole punch or your needle, punch two small holes into the top of your geometric shape.  

6. Thread a length of bakers twine through your newly punched holes.  

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7. And then, thread circle punched date marker through twine as well.

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8. Warm up your hot glue gun and check your shapes to make sure you understand how each side matches up.

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9. Glue tabs to appropriate flaps with tabs tucked INSIDE your shape, so the tabs don’t show once glued.

10. Then, pop candy of choice or any little items into geometric shape before gluing the last tabs down.

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11. Number your date markers.

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12. Finally, tie string at the top of your geometric shape at one end and to your ring at the other end – it will get a little crowded, alternate your lengths as you go.

Enjoy! Merry Christmas! 

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Aren’t those colors together so dreamy! Hanging wise for this one, you can do anything from hanging from a door, nailing to the wall in your little one’s nook area, or hanging it from your kitchen cabinet. I would personally do something high enough where little fingers aren’t able to access it. You will have all 25 days gone before you know it! 
xx
Abby
 

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By on November 28, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, CHRISTMAS, COLLABORATION, CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAY DECOR

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4 Easy to Create DIY Braid Hairstyles with 1011 Makeup

Something I’ve been seeing EVERYWHERE are fun braid styles.  I myself am terrible at doing my hair.  Don’t even ask me to braid, because well, I can’t.  Luckily I have friends like Erica, owner of 1011 Makeup to teach me these things!  She helped me create 4 easy braided hairstyles – 2 that can be changed easily into another.  Doing your hair in a fun way is basically like adding a cute accessory to an outfit!  And, you’ll be the envy of all the ladies, because these braids, are real impressive!

Photos by Riley Starr

Here is what you’ll need….

A Curling Iron (Not Pictured)
Mini Rubber Bands
Bobby Pins
Teasing Comb
Hairspray
Sea Spray
Hair Wax
Volume Powder

Here is me before… Looking all sorts of dorky!  But I basically just blow dried my hair that day before getting going!

STYLE 1
Braided Back

Choosing a hot tool of your size preference (larger the barrel, larger the curl), put some texture in the hair by curling the hair rotating the direction of the curls, always with the hair framing the face directed away from the face. Break up the curls and spray texturizing spray or a sea salt spray. For more fullness, you can add in a little texturizing/ volume enhancing powder at the roots and gently backcomb the hair.

Gather the hair at the top of your head, leaving a perimeter of hair out framing the face, and begin a dutch braid (inside out braid), keeping it fairly tight and directing it along the side and towards the back of the head as your braid. once you get to about the ear, finish the braid no longer gathering pieces.

Starting at the ends pull and tug on the hair to loosen it with your pointer finger and thumb and work your way up the braid until you have reached your desired size of braid, and secure with a hair tie. 
 Take the end of the braid and direct it across the back of your head and secure it with a hairpin. Tuck the end of the braid back and under the portion you have secured and pin. Spray with finishing spray.

STYLE 1 into 2
Braided Back and Pony

Take the remaining portion of hair that is down and gather a section of each side and cross the two sections, one over the other. Loop the hair into a knot and pull the knot tight. Take each side and wrap around to the back side of the hair that has remained down, and secure it with a hair tie. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the hair to cover any hair ties and securing with a hair pin underneath.

While you wrap the hair around the pony tail, you can also loop the hair through the wrapped portion, placing the end of the hair under the rubber band, and pulling it through. This will hide the rubber band while also using it to help hold the hair secure. Spray with finishing spray.

STYLE 3
Knotted Cozy “Braid”

Same first steps as the first style…

Choosing a hot tool of your size preference (larger the barrel, larger the curl), put some texture in the hair by curling the hair rotating the direction of the curls, always with the hair framing the face directed away from the face. Break up the curls and spray texturizing spray or a sea salt spray. For more fullness, you can add in a little texturizing/ volume enhancing powder at the roots and gently backcomb the hair.

Gather the hair at crown of your head, leaving any pieces that you prefer out,  and secure it a hair tie, that can later be broken. Use your fingers to tug on the hair at the crown to loosen the hair and add in texture. With the remaining hair, outside of the hair secured, separate it into two sections and cross them over each other, looping the hair to tie a knot, and tugging on each side to make it tight.

Add the ends of the knot to the other hair previously secured, creating two sections, and cross each section looping the hair to tie a knot.

Repeat as many times as you would like, and secure the ends with a hair tie. Take a small section of hair to wrap around the hair tie, looping the hair through the wrapped portion, and under the hair tie to secure the hair and cover the tie.  

Using your fingers, tug/pull on the hair to create larger knots. Break the band that you first secured the hair with. Spray with a finishing spray.


STYLE 3 into 4
Cozy Knotted Braid into a Night Out

 Taking the end of the pony tail, direct the hair up and slight roll the styled hair towards the back of the head. Secure the hair hair pins, slightly pulling the hair apart to create a fuller look.

Make sure to wrap the end of the pony tail up and under the hair and secure with a hair pin, to hide the ends. Spray with finishing spray.

And there you have it!  4 easy braided looks for you to try at home!  Let us know how it goes!!  And thank you Erica for being the best teacher!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on November 2, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, HAIR, TUTORIAL

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