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DIY Paper Flower Tutorial: Paper Cherry Blossom Boutonnieres

Images & Tutorial: Jenn Heller Design Co

DIY Wednesday is back and it’s featuring our favorite (and most popular) topic: Paper Flowers! Jenn made us this ah-mazing DIY Watercolor Paper Rose tutorial a while back and it remains one of of most read & most pinned posts to date! So when Jenn said she wanted to tackle MORE and NEW paper flower tutorials, well of course I was done. For today she’s taking on the beautiful Cherry Blossoms AND DIY boutonnieres into one, rocking DIY tutorial: DIY Paper Cherry Blossom Boutonnieres. Take it away Jenn!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Paper Flower Cherry Blossom Boutonniere | By: Jenn Heller Design Co

The DC area may be known for its cherry blossom season, but getting those lovely fluffy bunches to your wedding is tough given their fickle timing and super delicate blooms. However, with a little time spent in advance, you can bring cherry blossoms into your decor with these cute little tissue paper boutonnieres!

The petite blooms can be grouped and used in a variety of ways depending on your style and how many of them you feel like making – from a small statement like this bout, to a crown for a flower girl, or even glued to branches for an archway or large arrangement.

The starting point for this tutorial is the popular basic paper rose – this one actually has fewer petals, just a more complicated center.  These are definitely fastest to make in batches, and once you have the hang of the steps they come together quickly!


Time: Made in batches (you can assemble about 15 blossoms  and 8 buds in 45 minutes)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Cost: The batch mentioned above will cost about $30 if you have to buy all the supplies from scratch

Materials you’ll need:

  • Tissue Paper in pale pink, dark pink, and yellow – Paper Source sells it in individual color packs but you can pick up a multipack at Amazon or your local craft store
  • Green crepe paper streamers (optional)
  • Floral stamens – I bought these because I make a ton of paper flowers, but I like their long and skinny shape rather than a bulb on the end.
  • Floral Wire – this stuff is pretaped, which will save you a ton of time, but any wire of reasonable thickness will do.
  • Floral tape
  • Baby safety q-tips


  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Black or brown marker
  • Glue – liquid, plus a glue stick designed for delicate surfaces

Let’s get started!

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DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Gilded Edge, Faux Marble Platter

Images & Tutorial: Jenn Heller Design Co

Slow start this morning Romancers. Was out late volunteering at the N Street Village Annual Gala, and E actually slept til 7 – and so I took advantage of that. As this cold is STILL raging, and the day job kicked off with moldy coffee being spilled all over my desk. YAY WEDNESDAY! But we’ve got an ah-mazing DIY tutorial today for #DIYWednesday thanks to Jenn Heller Design Co. She’s gonna teach you all how to make this AMAZING Faux Marble Platter with a Gilded Edge, which make for some badass wedding centerpieces, or just a nice piece for your home! Check it out!

Gilded Edge Faux Marble Platter | By: Jenn Heller Design Co.

It is no secret I am addicted to shiny things (and the archives prove it.) For anyone who follows my behind-the-scenes Instagram Story, you also know my recent fondness for all things gold leaf. Time to tackle a DIY that’s been percolating for some time! One of the things I most love is to take a faux version of something and hack it for less, so I’ve been thinking about ways to use faux marble contact paper more realistically for a while.

One of the things that faux marble often gets wrong is the thickness of materials – real marble is fragile, and keeping pieces thick keeps them stable.  In addition, one of the easiest ways to spot a piece made of faux marble contact paper is at the edges, where paper peels or seams don’t align.

Put those two together with how much I am loving the gold edges on everything at Target these days and boom: the faux gilded-edge marble slab.  I think this could look just as incredible under your wedding centerpiece as on your kitchen table, or as platters for displaying cupcakes, escort cards, favors… you name it!


Time: 45 minutes + glue drying time

Difficulty level: Easy/Moderate

Cost: If you’re just making one, the upfront cost is about $15 for gilding supplies and $15 for the contact paper + foam.  However, you could make at least 4 for the same cost, since all the supplies are sold in quantities that allow you to make multiple.

What you’ll need:



  • Box cutter
  • Marker
  • Masking tape
  • Foam brush

Step by Step Directions:

Step 1. Draw a shape on your foam.  Real marble tends to break along seams and cracks in the stone, so some straight lines are just fine!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Hanging Airplant Terrarium

Images & Tutorial: Jenn Heller Design Co

You guys! DIY WEDNESDAYS ARE BACK! Who is excited? I am excited and we’re kicking it off in STYLE. Jenn & her amazing skills are on display today, bringing you the awesome with her DIY Hanging Airplant Terrarium Planter. Step by step instructions with images, coming at you:

Hanging Terrarium Planter DIY Tutorial | By Jenn Heller Design Co

Are you seeing a theme here for my DIYs?  I love plants, and I especially love keeping them away from my scavenging jerk cats. In a cruel twist of fate (or poor judgement, you decide!) our home has both low ceilings and very little natural light, so keeping elevated plants alive in the house is difficult. We also have this strange beam running across our living room, and for a long time I thought it could use some sprucing up.

Enter, the hanging terrarium in the corner of our living room.  Full disclosure, I made this with real beautiful air plants the first time.  And within three months of my total neglect, the shriveled and died, and now my terrariums contain lovely faux air plants.

Time: 30 minutes + paint drying time

Difficulty level: Easy peasy

Cost: This cost will vary a lot based on the hanging globes you use, how patiently you wait for deals, and what you put inside them.  Many of these supplies can be found at your local craft store if you have one near you!

What you’ll need:

  • Hanging glass globes – Amazon has a great deal on this set of three.  They are a little smaller than the ones I used but you could use even more of them for an amazing effect!
  • Wooden plaque for mounting
  • Small brass screw eyes, one for each hanging globe plus any you might need to install the finished group. Mine came with this handy hanging kit.
  • Invisible thread or fishing line
  • Terrarium filler – mine came from my local Michaels. I’d highly recommend that you get the fill locally, so you can see the quality before you buy.


  • Spray paint or wood stain (optional)
  • Awl or small Phillips head screwdriver
  • Scissors

Let’s get started!

Step 1. Mark the wooden plaque with the location of your screw eyes.  If you’re making the same three-globe terrarium I am, you’ll want to make sure your screw eyes are spaced evenly, and far enough apart so your globes won’t hit each-other.

Step 2. Use your awl, or screwdriver, to start the screw eye holes on your pencil marks – this will help you see the marks after you stain or paint your plaque!

Step 3. Stain or paint the plaque your choice of colors! Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area (your brain cells will thank you!)

Step 4. Once your plaque is dry, drive the screw eye into the wood at your marks using firm and even pressure.  Once the screw eye is started into the wood, you can thread your awl through it and use that leverage to more easily turn the eye until it is firmly attached to the plaque and screwed all the way in. Repeat with your remaining screw eyes.

Step 5. Don’t forget to attach something to the top to help you hang the finished piece! It’s harder to do this after you attach the globes.  This depends a little on what you’re attaching the terrarium to, but I used two brass cup hooks since I was attaching them directly to wood.  To hang from a ceiling, you might want to consider a cup hook combined with a ceiling hook designed for drywall. 

Step 6. Time to attach the globes.  I used doubled-up invisible thread to make sure it could handle the weight, but fishing line would also work really well and wouldn’t need to be doubled.

Tie the twine onto the terrarium globe using a double half hitch knot.  This is what that knot looks like! Then use the same knot technique to attach the globe to the plaque.  

You might want to attach all the globes to the hanging thread first, so that you can easily compare the lengths from the plaque for a staggered effect.

Now for the fun part: hang, and decorate!  For my fill, I used faux mossy pebbles, real moss, and eventually faux air plants. I also placed small rocks in each of my globes to make sure the hanging thread would stay taut and looking nice – depending on the weight of your glass globes and strength/stiffness of your hanging thread, you may need to do this as well.


Let us know if you try this project – how will you fill your terrarium globes?  Though impractical because of how delicate it would be to make in advance and transport, I am sure this would make a killer wedding backdrop, or sweetheart table hanging chandelier!

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Woodland Flower Crown

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We’ve got a guest blogger on the blog today! Part bride to be, part CapRo client, and 100% a damn good friend of mine, Amy! She’s making some things for her DC wedding this Fall (omg I can’t wait!) and wrote up this DIY tutorial from the DIY Flower Crowns she’s making for her flower girls! Take it away Amy.

DIY Woodland Flower Crown Tutorial | By Amy

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I decided that I wanted to make flower crowns for my flower girls (my muse here), and in keeping with my desire to get things done before wedding crunch time, made them out of fake flowers (so they would last). I also added some gold accents as it goes with the wedding colors.

Materials Needed:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Thick Floral Wire
  • Thin Floral Wire
  • Implements (leaves, flowers, other!)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pliers/Wire Cutter

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Step 1. Measure: Measure the head of the individual who will be wearing the crown. My niece had a 20 inch head circumference, and I added a few inches just to be safe. The crown is adjustable, so it doesn’t need to be exact, but don’t have less than what you need.

Step 2. Cut: Cut the thick floral wire with wire cutters to that measurement and arrange in a circle.

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Step 3. Assemble: Fold the end of the wire into itself to create a loop, and create a hook with the opposite side. If desired, wrap greenery around the thick wire and secure with thin wire. I did this so that you wouldn’t be able to see the thick black wire when it was assembled.

Step 4. Pick a focal point: I centered the crown on the little gold ornament and started assembling it there, securing it with the thin floral wire where necessary.

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Step 5. Add floral elements: I began adding greenery so that it would flare out at various points, using a hot glue gun. You could also do this with the thin floral wire, depending on how thick your floral elements are. For my version, the greenery was very thin so I didn’t want the wire to be as evident. Wrap your flowers/greenery of choice around the thick wire crown and secure it with either a glue gun or thin floral wire. Add as much or as little as desired and troubleshoot! I added all green leaves to get a base, then stuck in fake baby’s breath for an ethereal touch.

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Step 6. Take a step back and find any areas that need more attention, fill in as necessary, and then you’re done! Use the hook and closure at the back to size to what you need, and watch everyone fawn over the crown! And you can fawn over how inexpensive it was! My version cost about $15 total. When I get closer to the wedding day, I may add some real flowers in to give it an extra touch.

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So simple and so affordable! Thanks for sharing Amy.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Storage Ottoman ~ Part 2

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Images & Tutorial: Ribbons & Bluebirds

And we’re back with Part 2 of our DIY Storage Ottoman tutorial. Part 1 is back over here, which shows you how to make the box portion. Now Jenn is back for the second part – how to upholster your ottoman! Take it away Jenn.

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If you started with a cube already  or you followed along with our DIY Storage Ottoman Part 1 tutorial, we’re ready for part 2: tackling the upholstery.

Upholstery can be intimidating, but it’s not hard!  Once you pick up a few tips and techniques, and you get a feel for the fabric you’re using, you’ll be upholstering like a pro.  On that note, if you love upholstery projects I can’t recommend Design Sponge’s Upholstery Basics series enough – they do a fantastic job of walking you through the professional method for a bunch of projects step by step.


Materials, should all be available at your local fabric store:

  • Storage ottoman box, (buy: Home Basics Storage Ottoman, or make yourself from our Part 1 DIY Storage Ottoman Tutorial)
  • Furniture feet, from Part 1
  • 1” High Density Foam (I used 2 yards, 24” wide)
  • 2” High Density Foam (I used a 15×17” chair pad)
  • Dacron batting (I used just over 2 yards at 54” wide
  • Outer fabric – yardage will depend on fabric width. I used 3 yards of fabric at 42” wide for my ottoman, which was slightly larger than the dimensions we used in Part 1.
  • Felt or other heavy lining fabric
  • Ribbon or other trim for finishing
  • Fabric covered button kit, 7/8” size

Tools needed:

  • Staple gun (I use a light-weight gun and it works great without killing my hands.)
  • Marker/pen
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray glue
  • Xacto knife
  • Fabric scissors
  • Kitchen paring knife
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Iron

So when we left off last, we had a bare box with the hardware installed for furniture feet, and a separate lid.  Now it’s time to finish it off with cushy foam padding and fabric.

Lay your box on the 1” thick upholstery foam, and use a marker to trace the size you need.  For the first two pieces, measure the foam to exact the size of the panel (should be 12.5”wide x 11” tall), and cut using a pair of sharp, heavy-duty scissors. Use spray glue to attach the foam panels to the sides of the box, on opposite panels.


Use the box, now with two sides covered in foam, to measure out the longer sides for your second pair of panels, to overlap the first corner – these should be approximately 14.5” wide but can vary based on how accurate the rest of the your construction has been.  Attach the third and fourth panels to your box with spray glue.  If you don’t have enough foam in a continuous piece to cover a side, you can splice two pieces together to form the full panel: just cut the two pieces you need and use spray glue to attach a thin piece of fabric over the joint. When you’re finished with this step, the outside of your box should be covered in 1” foam.

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For the top, take your piece of 2” foam and trace the exact size of your top piece.  Cut this piece out – it will be more difficult to keep your cuts straight vertical, but it can still be done with the fabric scissors.



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