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Inspiration and DIY Ideas - February 2015


Easy St. Patty's Day Decor
February 27, 2015

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that, in my opinion, doesn't get as much credit as it deserves. Leprechauns, rainbows, and green, what more could we ask for?!? This fun DIY is perfect, no matter how big or small your festivities may be.

Materials Needed:

The first thing you will need to do is cut out some clovers from cardstock. For this DIY I used ten clovers in three different sizes and shades of green. Once you have all of your clovers ready you will want to use a hole puncher to punch holes in the tops of your clovers. At this time you will also want to set up your lanterns. I used 4 green and 4 white.

Next, cut strings in all different lengths. You will need to decide on a maximum length of strings before you start cutting. Tie the strings to the clovers and lanterns.

Once the strings are all tied lay the rod or stick on the ground or on a table. Start tying the tops of the strings to the rod and arrange them in various lengths to determine where you want them. This is all about preference. Use one simple knot so that you can move and rearrange them easily until it all comes together perfectly.

To hang it, loop two strands of fishing line and push pin them into the ceiling. Hang the two ends of the rod in the loops. Finish off the decor by tying tissue poms onto the end after it's hanging.

Some other ideas for this can include doing more clovers/lanterns/tissue poms and making the strings longer to use as a photo back drop. Perhaps this would look lovely hanging over your dining table. This would also look really fun hanging in your front room window so everyone driving by outside could see. Oh so many options!! Where or how will you use this decor this year?

Hanging Flower Lanterns DIY
February 20, 2015

We love weddings here at Just Artifacts. We also love the ongoing trend of DIY weddings and all the creativity that goes into them. Our tutorial today is simple but will add a depth of charm to your wedding.


For this project you will need some flowers in your color of choice. Any flowers will work, but small flowers like the ones shown will be easier to work with (especially if you are a perfectionist). You will need paper lanterns. Depending on how many you plan to use will determine how many flowers you will need. Don't forget to get some flower cutters because they will work better than scissors. If you plan to prepare the flowers the night before then you will want some jars, twine, and paper towels.

First you will trim your flowers. How long you trim them will depend on what size lanterns you choose to use. You will want them short enough that they won't poke out the bottom, but long enough that you are able to use the length of stems to position them where you want them in the lantern. If you are preparing the flowers the night before then you will want to use some twine and tie bunches together after cutting them. Store the flowers in water over night. The next morning use paper towels to dry off the flowers before putting them in lanterns. You won't want the lanterns to get wet. If the flowers are really wet feel free to put a paper towel or two into the lantern to help catch the drips.

Before putting the flowers in the lanterns you will want to hang them first. Then you will place the flowers into the lanterns one at a time alternating directions. By alternating directions the end result will come out more evenly. Use the hooks and holes on the lantern frame to help keep the stems in place. Don't stress about making it perfect. Part of the charm is that each will look differently. Use about a handful of flowers and keep adding them until it looks just right.

Lanterns come in lots of colors, but we think white shows off the flowers the best. But if you have white flowers like daisies another color would be fun. What are your favorite flowers? Where would you hang these lanterns? If you decide to make these please share your pictures on facebook or instagram with the hashtag #justartifacts.

Queen Bee Party
February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day from all your friends here at Just Artifacts! We hope your day is full of candy, hugs, and lots of love.

Spring is in the air and the bees are a buzzing! With the smell of flowers in the air, this is such a fun time of year for parties. Just Artifacts has everything you need to celebrate the birthday of the sweet little queen bee in your family.

Having a theme for a party makes picking out the decorations so much easier. With a queen bee party you can just go crazy with all of the yellow and black stripes that there is to offer!

Let's start with the backdrop. Tissue paper tassels come in every color you can imagine. We obviously picked silver, black, white, and yellow to go along with our bee theme. You can pick up these gold foil balloons in any numbers that you need. One year olds don't necessarily remember their first birthday, but as the parent it means you survived the first year so of course you should celebrate with all your friends.

The trick to making the spread look nice is to find different items to change the height of everything you have. This keeps everyone's eyes moving and checking out everything there is to offer. Cake stands are great for displaying everything, not just cakes. You can also find different tubs, bowls, or plates. Look around your house, you'll be surprised at what you can find to use.

We found our favorite items in yellow and black. Darling cupcake wrappers, little snack cups, napkins, wooden cutlery, popcorn boxes, ice cream cups, paper cups, and of course paper straws.

Of course if you are having a party for royalty you can't forget the paper crowns. With two different styles, a few patterns, and lots of colors you're bound to find exactly what you're looking for. Of course we stuck with the yellow stripes.

Do you have any spring babies in your family? Do you have a favorite party theme that you have done? What is your favorite part of spring?

DIY Rustic Table Decoration
February 6, 2015

We are loving the trend of darling outdoor rustic chic weddings They can be intimate, beautiful, and with a few small touches all the details can come together very easily.

That is the inspiration behind this DIY rustic table decor. The best part of this DIY is that it doesn't use real candles. Just Artifacts carries a wide array of candles. Not only that, but they carry candles that are flameless, waterproof, and submersible which means that you can use them in all your favorite decorations.

So here's what you do, grab your mason jars, submersible tea lights, or flameless LED tea lights and baker's twine in your wedding or party colors. You will also want some jar fillers. We found these little river pebbles at a local craft store.

Fill up the jars as high as you want with the pebbles. I suppose that may depend on how many pebbles you have and how many jars you have.

Next you have the twine. I double stranded it before I wrapped it around the jar because I like the look of a bigger knot tied on the ends.

The next part will be easier to do on site right before the festivities begin. You turn on the lights by twisting them. Then you drop them into the jars and then fill up the jars with water. This will cast a pretty glow around the jar and set the mood. The lights come in different colors so have fun with it.

These jars would be fun to display on a buffet table, on a table by the entrance, or around the dinner table. They are perfect for indoor or outdoor use and the best part is that the lights won't cause the jars to explode!

Are you a DIYer? Do you have an outdoor wedding or party coming up? What other ideas do you have for using these lights?


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