Spring is almost here and as usual, we are itching to get our hands dirty (or at least busy) creating something beautiful.
We’re excited to present four amazing projects, included with the YouTube source for instructions. These projects are truly a cut above what you typically find on the internet. The videos are entertaining to watch and you’ll learn so many things before you know it.
Floral Arranging and Dried Floral Art
At She Shed Living, we’re all about flowers and botanicals, so flower arranging and dried flower pressing really press our hot buttons. Anything floral, from wall art to windowboxes to clusters of mini vases, is a perfect accompaniment to the she shed experience. Because our she sheds are so deeply connected to the garden and natural beauty, we gravitate to the symbolism flowers convey.
We have two floral video how-tos, one on flower arranging from our friends at Magnolia and one from a very talented Lacie RZ Porta. Porta is generous enough to show us how to make her exquisite dried floral creations as framed art, even though it’s her business to do these works of art for others.
Remember the old joke about majoring in basket weaving? Actually, creating baskets with natural materials is one of the oldest crafts known to man and woman. You never know when you might need this skill! We love the low-key way Lharisa Khabarova presents this project, which turns jute string that is coated with glue into the cutest basket ever. Just when you think she is finished she adds a new touch, like a fitted lid and a ruffled lace border.
Line your pretty baskets along the studs of your she shed walls and fill them with seasonal color (branches, leaves, pumpkins, shells, potpourri) around the calendar year. They also make great gift containers.
The creative team at Martha Stewart just never seem to stop! They continually come up with easy and gorgeous projects that any of us can do. Have you heard of waterslide decal art? It’s been around in the commercial world for decades, made accessible to the home crafter more recently. You can make really pretty translucent transfers using your favorite photos. Other ideas include a photo banner using fabric transfer sheets and rice paper prints that you can decoupage onto objects like rocks to create a wedding souvenir, paperweight and more.
Can’t you picture that picture banner across the mantel or the back wall of your shed? We all have so many photos buried in our computers and phones; let’s show them off!
Let’s Get Started
So, what will you make first? Let us know your favorite and please send photos of your creation so we can feature it on Instagram. Also, consider joining our Facebook Group and showing off your spring creations with other she shed lovers.