The Paper Mama: Heart Shaped Planter DIY

This month we are delighted to welcome a new DIY contributor to the Minnetonka blog.  Meet the exceptionally creative and crafty Chelsey Andrews of The Paper Mama.

Hello lovely people! February is the month of love and I’m celebrating with my little Heart-Shaped Planter DIY. It’s the perfect home for a little succulent plant. It’s easily made from polymer clay and is an inexpensive handmade gift (I spent under $10, since I already had glue and dirt). Ready to get started? Okay!

Supplies:

- 6 to 8 oz. of polymer clay (I used Sculpey)

- a rolling pin (or, use a glass if you don’t have a rolling pin)

- knife

- heart planter pattern

- e6000 adhesive

- succulent

- potting mix for succulent plants

- baking parchment paper

 

Directions:

1.  Print and cut out your heart planter patterns. Roll out your polymer clay to about ¼ inch thick. Place your patterns on top of the rolled out clay and trace out the patterns with the knife. You’ll be cutting out 2 hearts and 3 squares.

2. Use your finger to smooth out the edges of each cut out shape.

3. Grab your triangle pattern and cut out a pattern on the “A” side of the heart pattern. Smooth out the edges of your cut out triangle holes.

4. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit. Put a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Carefully place your cut out polymer clay pieces onto the parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes. Note: Be sure to follow the exact directions of the polymer clay you use, since they may be different than the clay I used.

5. When your shapes are done baking and have cooled down, it’s time to assemble your planter. In a well ventilated space (preferably outside), wearing a mask and eye protection, use your E6000 to glue everything together. I drew out a little plan to help explain how to do this.

First: You have three squares. Glue square 1 and 2 to two opposite edges of square 3. Tip: use something heavy on either side of square 1 and 2 to hold them up. Let dry for least least a couple hours.

Second: Next, glue your hearts to the open sides of the glued together square 1, 2, & 3. Tip:  Prop up the hearts with something heavy while the glue cures.

6. Let your glued planter dry for at least 24 hours.

7. Plant your succulent in your adorable planter.

You’re done! Gift this sweet little planter to your favorite Valentine buddy, OR keep it for yourself. I won’t judge. Promise (said as I cuddle my own little Heart Planter). Happy February!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I was inspired to create these little heart planters after seeing these adorable little home planters made by Fellow Fellow for Say Yes.

Handcrafted for the Holidays: Hot Chocolate Stirrers

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Hot Chocolate Stirrers created by Kinsey from Sincerely, Kinsey

For the Handcrafted for the Holidays lookbook, I made three different kinds of hot chocolate dippers:

Peppermint
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
S’mores – You’ll need graham crackers and mini marshmallows.

See below for all three recipes to make this winter!

Ingredients: dark chocolate chips, wooden skewers, chocolate mold, cooking pot and mixing spoon.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate Dippers

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. Break up small pieces of Reese’s and placed them in the bottom of the chocolate mold.

3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, begin pouring it into the chocolate mold on top of the Reese’s pieces.

4. Lastly, stick wooden skewers in the middle of the mold. You’ll want to move quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

5. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

S’more Hot Chocolate Dippers:

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. While the chocolate is melting, take one graham cracker rectangle and cut it in half.

3. Once the chocolate is melted, take the mixing spoon and spread a thick layer of melted chocolate on the inside of the graham cracker square.

4. Quickly place four mini marshmallows onto the graham cracker and wedge the skewer in between the marshmallows.

5. Lastly, add a thick layer of melted chocolate to the inside of the other graham cracker square and place it on top of the marshmallows, creating a s’more. Again, you’ll want to do steps 3-5 quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

6. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Dippers:

1. Begin heating the chocolate chips on the stove top on low, continuously stirring to keep the chocolate from burning.

2. While the chocolate is melting, break the peppermint stick into small pieces.

3. Once the chocolate is completely melted, pour the melted chocolate in the mold and sprinkle broken pieces of peppermint on top.

4. Lastly, stick wooden skewers in the middle of the mold. You’ll want to move quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.

5. Store these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened.

Kinsey wearing Minnetonka Lace Up Fringe Ankle Wedge Boots

Handcrafted for the Holidays: Merry and Bright Garland

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Merry and Bright Garland created by Chelsey from The Paper Mama

This is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the crisp cold weather and all the sparkly decorations lining the streets and hanging in our homes. The last weekend in November is always our traditional “decorate all the things” time. We set up the tree, decorate the home, possibly wrap some presents, and yes… we start the Christmas movies and music.

To celebrate another exciting Holiday season, I made a “MERRY AND BRIGHT” garland to hang above my fireplace. I’ve shared how I made it below, plus included the free letter templates for you to make your own!

Supplies:
Free printable letter templates: Part 1 (MERRY), 2 (ANDBR), & 3 (IGHT)
Bakers twine
Scissors
Hot glue
Mod Podge
Super fine glitter of your favorite color (I chose gold)

Instructions:
Step 1. Print out your free Merry and Bright template (see above)!

Step 2. Use scissors or an X-acto knife and cutting mat to cut out your letters.

Step 3. Paint on a layer of Mod Podge and sprinkle a layer of your fabulous super fine gold glitter. Note: don’t worry about the paper curling when you put the Mod Podge on. When the letters are dry, they can be easily flattened.

Step 4. Let the freshly glittered letters dry for 1 – 2 hours.

Step 5. Apply a second layer of Mod Podge, followed by the glitter. Let dry for another 1 – 2 hours.

Step 6. If needed, add bits of the Mod Podge to any spaces the glitter didn’t stick, and put more glitter on.

Step 7. Optional: Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the final glitter layer. That glitter will stick to everything and sealing it helps keep the amount of glitter falling in your home to a minimum. Let dry completely.

Step 8. Grab your bakers twine and measure out about 18 inches. This will be the starting point for your letters. Don’t cut it yet!

Step 9. Organize the letters in a stack (starting with m on top) and ending with the final letter of the phrase “t”. Flip the stack over so the back of the “t” is on top.

Step 10. Start gluing the back of the top portion of your letters to the starting point on your twine. Space the letters about 1/2 inch apart and the words about 2 – 3 inches apart.

Step 11. When you get to the “m” measure out 18 inches and cut your bakers twine.

Step 12. Hang and enjoy!

Chelsey’s featured Minnetonka style, a pair of Fringed Mocs.

Handcrafted for the Holidays: Scandinavian Paper Ornaments

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Scandinavian Paper Ornaments created by Signe from SigneRoo

You know what I love best about holiday traditions? It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s always fun to roll up your sleeves and find yourself elbow deep in the holidays! Frosting cookies, decorating the tree, homemade fudge…you name it!

Even though I now reside in Texas, I like to try and keep the Northern traditions alive! Chad and I both have Norwegian heritage, and we wanted to keep that prevalent in our yearly customs.  Last year, my brother made a few Scandinavian paper ornaments for our first Christmas tree, and I knew then that they would make a perfect yearly tradition. Especially with kids!

The best part? They are really easy to make! You can add a little Scandinavian flare to your tree or you can even make a little bunting for the doorway like we did.  In Norway, they fill the little heart baskets with candies or gifts. I kept ours empty, because I know I’d sneak one every time I walked under that doorway!

The Holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It’s a nice excuse to slow down, sit down with those you love and share a cup of cocoa! {And maybe even get a little crafty, too!}  I hope you have a tradition that you are able to enjoy every year, as well.  Happy Holidays!

 

Signe is wearing Minnetonka Thunderbird II Mocs and Classic Fringe Boot Softsoles.

Handcrafted for the Holidays: Festive Gift Wrapping

Handcrafted for the Holidays

Festive Gift Wrapping shared by Danielle from indie.electronic.alternative.

The holiday tradition I’m sharing for the Handcrafted for the Holidays lookbook is festive gift wrapping!

I’m known for getting crafty when it comes to dressing up my presents. I love putting my own touch on gifts with unique paper. Then I add special touches like ornaments in place of bows and paper stem wire as ribbon to create a rustic feel.  My mom always took great care to make our gifts look gorgeous and it’s a family tradition I’ve continued!

Danielle’s featured Minnetonka style, a pair of Kilty Mocs.