DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece

DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece

DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece

Dip your toes in the world of DIY flower arrangements. Not sure where to start? In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece. This floral arrangement is perfect for beginners because it utilizes one of my favorite visual tricks to make DIY centerpieces look expensive.

The trick is to use a mirror, like an antique vanity tray, to ground your centerpiece while making it appear larger.

Learn how to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap in this tutorial for a floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece.

DIY Floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece

Materials

  • Small glass vase
  • Mirror serving tray
  • Small white flowers (like the Magnolia flowers in this tutorial)
  • Daffodils (or make your floral arrangement with hydrangeas)
  • Pink peonies
  • Pink garden roses

Learn how to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap in this tutorial for a floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece.

Floral arrangement tips

  1. Before cutting the flowers, hold stems next to the vase to determine the length.
  2. Add small white flowers first.
  3. Add peonies and daffodils, dangling flowers over one side to make it asymmetrical.
  4. Add a few wild, unexpected shoots of stems, buds or leaves.

I found this mirror vanity tray at Homegoods. Don’t have a tray? Make one! Here’s a handful of DIY mirror trays on Pinterest for inspiration.

DIY floral arrangements for Garden Weddings

Learn how to pull off a small floral arrangement for your garden wedding with your free copy of the Garden Wedding Ideas guide.

How to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap

How to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap

How to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap

Afraid a simple floral arrangement might look cheap? A tiny flower budget can still furnish an impressive centerpiece. All you need is a couple tricks up your sleeve. Yes, even if your perfect centerpiece includes pricy flowers. Even if you aren’t Martha Stewart.

In this floral arrangement tutorial, I’ll dig a little deeper and share visual tricks utilized by pros. Anyone can tackle this project. The simple floral arrangement with pink peonies and roses you see in this guide was created in minutes with easy-to-find flowers.

I’ll teach you the basics of how to create a simple floral arrangement that doesn’t look cheap. By the end of this post, you’ll become a master illusionist. Creating bountiful floral centerpieces with little experience.

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No smoke, just mirrors

I’ve seen this trick work in a range of venues, from an outdoor garden wedding to a rustic barn reception. It’s a trick that makes rooms appear bigger. It’s a photography tool to bounce light. What am I talking about? Mirrors. What’s better than one floral arrangement? Two. No, a mirror can’t clone your floral centerpiece. But it will make your wedding flowers appear bigger, while putting them on a “stage”.

Learn how to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap in this tutorial for a floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece.

Use a simple vase

When working with simple floral arrangements, it’s important to choose a vase that won’t overshadow the centerpiece. Flowers look more impressive when the vase “fits”. Try a slender vase that is half the height of the tallest flowers. Before cutting the flowers, hold them next to the vase to determine the length.

Learn how to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap in this tutorial for a floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece.

Keep flowers tall to create the illusion of height

Make a centerpiece look more expensive by filling up space with flowers. Choose flowers with straight stems like peonies and garden roses that will stand up straight. Roses have beautiful leaves that take up room from the bottom of the stem to the top. Because there appears to be a lot of flowers, your centerpiece won’t appear cheap.

Create a DIY floral arrangement that fits a variety of wedding types with these tricks.

Save simple floral centerpieces from feeling boring by adding shine. Try staging flower arrangements, table numbers, and candles on centerpiece mirrors.

Learn how to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap in this tutorial for a floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece.

Where to buy mirror centerpieces for a garden wedding reception

One of the easiest ways to use fewer flowers while creating a big impact is to include a mirror. Craft stores sell basic mirrors in circle and square shapes. But, standard mirror bases aren’t the only option. For a more ornate feel, use mirrored vanity trays.

The moss green / blue mirror tray in the photos is from Homegoods. The rounded, ornate edges, fit right in an antique garden wedding theme. It almost looks vintage, but it was under $15.

If you don’t see the mirror base you envision in stores, why not make your own centerpiece base? You can even make them out of frames. Peruse this DIY mirror tray on Pinterest for inspiration.

Ready to try a few tricks? Learn how to make a floral arrangement with pink peonies.

DIY floral arrangements for Garden Weddings

Learn how to pull off a small floral arrangement for your garden wedding with your free copy of the Garden Wedding Ideas guide.

Learn how to prevent a simple floral arrangement from looking cheap in this tutorial for a floral arrangement with pink peonies on a mirror centerpiece. From outdoor garden weddings to rustic barn receptions, these floral garden wedding ideas will help make your DIY floral arrangement look expensive and professional. Make your own flower arrangement for your wedding day. Find more at sipbitego.com
Holiday DIY idea: Christmas Coloring Cards

Holiday DIY idea: Christmas Coloring Cards

Imagine how unique and personal it would be to color your own Christmas cards this year. The people on your Christmas list would probably love to receive personal holiday cards instead of the store-bought kind. It’s a crafty Xmas DIY idea that’s fun for adults + simple enough for kids, too.

COLOR YOUR OWN DIY CHRISTMAS CARDS

Coloring your own cards is a great reason to unplug for a while + catch up with your significant other or kids. Plus, you don’t have to be super artsy to make cute holiday cards. Get your supplies and get cozy in a blanket, beside a furry friend, and within reach of a mug of piping-hot cocoa.

COLOR YOUR OWN DIY CHRISTMAS CARDS

Coloring your own cards is a great reason to unplug for a while + catch up with your significant other or kids. Plus, you don’t have to be super artsy to make cute holiday cards. Get your supplies and get cozy in a blanket, beside a furry friend, and within reach of a mug of piping-hot cocoa.

My painting skills are a little rusty, but you don’t have to be super artsy to make cute holiday cards. Use any craft materials you already own – markers, crayons, colored pencils, glitter and paint – to decorate them.

Special thanks to The Invite Lady for these lovely cards! Full disclosure, because I’m a social media marketing consultant for the brand, when I heard about these cards I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.

holiday coloring cards

Since the holiday cards come printed on heavy card stock, the acrylic paint did not bend or warp the cards. I was happy I didn’t have to flatten them. I let the cards dry over night on the kitchen counter. The next morning they were ready to fold and slip into the matching white envelopes from The Invite Lady.

DECORATE YOUR OWN

As a bonus for Sip Bite Go readers, The Invite Lady is offering 10% off + free shipping with code “sipbitego”.  If you’re interested in making your own cards, you can buy this set of 12 holiday greeting cards online.

HAPPY HOLIDAY COLORING!

Coloring your own holiday cards is a fun activity for couples, families, and kids. If you love crafty projects, you might want to make beautiful presents to match your DIY greeting cards. Check out these creative gift wrapping ideas + this 30 second pom pom DIY tutorial.

Tulips 101

Tulips 101

Tulips 101: bouquets, indoor care, arrangements + more!

If you don’t have a favorite flower yet, I can almost guarantee you’ll fancy the elegant tulip by the end of Tulips 101.

My love for tulips was cemented the moment I opened my silver car door at the Oregon Tulip Festival, dug my feet into the grassy parking lot, and took in the majestic field of candy-colored tulips. The stripes of red, orange, pink, purple, magenta and crisp white took my breath away.

But enough about me and my grass stained espadrilles.

Tulips 101 is about teaching you how to care for your tulip floral arrangements from bouquet to vase. We’ll take a quick history trip to learn why we’re lucky tulips survived “Tulip Mania” centuries ago. You’ll learn how to care for tulips after they bloom in a vase and how to bloom tulips outdoors to stage a welcoming entrance to your door. If you’re getting hitched, you won’t want to miss the section on incorporating tulips in your big day with tulip-themed wedding centerpiece ideas. And before you go, I’ll give you tips to take Instagram-worthy snapshots of your tulip bouquet.

Tulip Mania (a quick look at tulip history)

Once just a wildflower growing in Central Asia, the tulip has become one of the most recognizable flowers in the world. When tulips arrived in Vienna in the 16th century, word of their unmistakable beauty spread throughout Europe. During that time (you know, before the interwebs) tulips were auctioned off as commodities. These colorful flowers quickly became popular, leading to one of the first ever market crashes, known as Tulip Mania. A single bulb, from a particularly rare breed, sold for 4200 guilders (over ten times the annual salary of a skilled craftsman of that time). Fortunately, today there are over 3,000 types of tulips around the world. That means plenty of tulips for us to play with in different floral arrangements!

How to care for fresh cut tulips in a vase

Extend the table life of fresh cut tulips by purchasing them while the buds are closed. If you grow and cultivate your own tulips, cut the stems diagonally. Tulips drink a lot of water while in a vase, so ensure your tulips are hydrated with refreshed water daily. Don’t leave the tulips out of water for an extended period of time as dehydration adds to their aging process. Stem leaves that are in the water will rot, so remove them before finishing your tulip arrangements. Your vase should support at least half of the stem, to stop them wilting under the weight of the flower head.

Do cut tulips in vases need sunlight?

Yes, but don’t let them get too hot! Tulips continue growing up to 1” after cut, towards the sun. They morph from stiff, straight flowers when you purchase them to boisterous floral arrangements blooming with personality and pizazz under the sunlight.

Unveil a free and flowy tulip arrangement by rotating the vase each day. Unaware that tulips are free spirits, many people want to learn how to make tulips stand up straight. But I say let them be free as they wind towards the sun. 

Tulip arrangements love ice, cold water, AC + refrigerators

Did you know that tulips love an ice bath? To help them last up to a full week, freshly trim the stems of your tulips while leaving them in the plastic cellophane wrapping. Leave tulips in cellophane overnight in an ice bath, then remove plastic the following morning. If you’re sweating, so are your flowers. While a normal bouquet of tulips will last a week, tulips in the summer without AC won’t stay alive and perky more than a few days. The more you keep them cool by refreshing the ice cold water, the longer they’ll last. You can even place your tulips in the fridge overnight, if you want to extend their lifespan.

How to make a bouquet of tulips bloom indoors

As mentioned with the ice baths and AC, tulips need a little extra TLC to reach their true blooming potential. You can stick them in the fridge while the buds are closed to help keep them in hibernation mode for a few days before an event. Keep them away from fruits and vegetables, which emit a gas that may harm them. 

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Photographing tulip arrangements

All flowers make amazing Instagram snapshots, if you ask me (or peruse my Instagram account). A tulip arrangement, though, is truly unique because the flowers take up a lot of room while the overall look remains light, casual and airy. I love taking side-shots of tulips with fresh morning sun in the background. The tulips look like they are waking up for the day. When done just right, the light glows through tulip flower petals and reminds me of stained glass. They are stunning and I love the different shapes they take over the course of a week as they bloom.

Different types and colors of tulips[/title][fusion_text]Tulips come in a plethora of cheerful colors. So many colors, that you could receive a different bouquet of tulips every week for a year and never get tired of them. (But really, who gets sick of fresh flowers?! Not me!) Even multi color tulip varieties exist. The most popular colors for fresh cut tulips are yellow, red, purple, orange, white and pink. Most red flowers represent love, but in the case of the tulip, other colors have meanings as well. Yellow signifies friendship, white is perfect for a heart-felt apology and pink is joy and happiness (according to our ancestors from the Victorian times). In any color, tulips become even more graceful as they bloom, unveiling beautiful organic shapes, curves and bends in their stems.

Create tulip centerpieces for a wedding

Weddings with tulips as the focal point can be very romantic and dreamy. Because tulip leaves are wide and strong, many wedding centerpiece ideas include leaves in the design. Tulips are a reasonably priced flower for weddings because you don’t need a lot of them to make an impact. You could purchase tall glass vases to fill with water, fully emerging your tulips, and add a candle on top. If you want more visual ideas, check out my Tulip Wedding Ideas Pinterest board full of tulip themed wedding inspiration from rustic to modern and glam. 

My favorite ideas to carry a tulip theme throughout your wedding? 1. Stock up on buckets of tulip bulbs for wedding favor gifts and 2. Request tulip boutonnieres for grooms and groomsmen (ask for one tulip bud in your preferred color with a stem of about 2”, accompanied by a green tulip leaf setting and bound together with ribbon for a modern wedding or string for a rustic feel).

Grow tulips in pots outdoors + in water indoors

A versatile flower, you can take care of tulips indoors, outdoors, or in flower pots. If you want to grow tulips in a container outdoors that blooms in time for Easter brunch, you’ll need to determine which months your tulip bulbs need to be planted according to your climate. Planting tulip bulbs in the Fall and Winter is recommended. Tulips in outdoor containers make for beautiful, welcoming entryways and will bloom continuously for 6-8 weeks in the Spring.

If you can’t wait to enjoy your blooms, then you can force tulip bulbs to grow. This means simulating winter conditions, by placing them in a refrigerator. They need to be in these cold temperatures for around 10 to 12 weeks. Once a bulb sprouts they are ready for a warmer planting area of around 55F. Within a few weeks you can enjoy the color and fragrance of tulips, through the winter months. As a general guide, the larger the bulb, the larger the flower head.

Suggestion for pretty + easy indoor tulip planting: grow tulips in a large, tall vase with rocks in the bottom. Perch tulip bulbs on top, sitting in water and watch them bloom!

tulip floral arrangements

Tulips are widely available in the Spring and are excellent choices for surprising your loved ones on Mother’s Day, Easter and other celebrations like graduations and anniversaries. Don’t forget to send this guide when your tulip bouquet recipients want to know how to make cut tulips last!

 

Need more tulips in your life?

  1. Learn when to plant tulips via the DIY Network.
  2. Here’s one of my favorite IG photos of vibrant orange tulips from Oregon. You can follow me @sipbitego on Instagram to catch up on my latest floral obsessions.
  3. Make DIY paper flowers (they’ll last longer!) with ideas from my popular floral board. 
  4. My hand picked tulip board on Pinterest is filled with vibrantly colored tulips.
  5. My Weddings with Tulip Themes board has plenty of ideas because I made it for my own personal consideration!
Abstract Art DIY Tutorial for Beginners (with acrylics)

Abstract Art DIY Tutorial for Beginners (with acrylics)

Easy step-by-step abstract art DIY tutorial with acrylics for beginners via sipbitego.com #diy

I‘m excited to share with you a DIY abstract art project that seems like it would take too much time, or require up-front artistic talent, but is the complete opposite. This abstract art DIY tutorial is fun and freeing, even if you have only 30 minutes to spare. 

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We’re more creative than we think… 

It’s our comparison to others that gets in the way! At-home, abstract art is 100% achievable, regardless of whether you have an art background or not. The secret is to start small so you can feel the huge accomplishment of finishing your 4x6 or 8x10 framable masterpiece in 30 minutes.

Even if you haven’t dabbled with acrylic paint in a while (or ever!), you can become an abstract artist in less time than it takes to finish a glass of wine during girls’ night. You just need a step-by-step tutorial, some inspiration for colors and brush strokes, and standard art store equipment: still liquidy tubes of paint + bristles + paper + (optional) a glass of vino.

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Work with a manageable canvas size

You’ll be set up for automatic success if you work with a tiny, manageable canvas. And by canvas, I mean “whatever you have on hand” – whether it’s printer paper (my go-to), leftover watercolor paper or even a piece of junk mail on nice, thick card stock from the recycling bin. You can create on any canvas! You can determine the dimensions for your piece based on a small spare frame you own (so you have a destination for it to go when it dries). Or you can default to cropping a 4x6 sheet of paper, which is a nice, small, standard size you can frame or stick on your cork board or fridge.

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Supplies needed for DIY abstract art

  1. Awake the paint colors that speak to you from hibernation.
  2. Bristles, bristles, bristles. You don’t need a gajillion brushes, but you can keep several handy so you can choose a new one at the spur-of-the-moment. Choose paint brushes of different sizes so they create different effects and patterns on your canvas (more on that later!)
  3. Water cup + paint dish.
  4. Foil or a metallic of some sort. I used a few thumbnail-sized pieces of the metal foil lining a rose bottle. It was a really good excuse to pop the cork on that rose!

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Blobs, dollops + other painting dance moves – To help you get started

Once you have all of your materials gathered, it’s time to get working!

Liquid courage

If it get’s you in the painting mood, pour yourself some vino and swirl your glass around (obviously optional, but encouraged if that’s your thing!). Today, I’m working with rose from LaFolie wine that I snagged at a wine tasting before moving from San Francisco to Portland).

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Your work space

It feels great to work near a window, but all you really need is a flat area you’re comfortable painting on. Set up your work station with your favorite colors readily accessible. (Sometimes I’ll just pluck the paint off the tube of paint, other times I like to put dollops of my pallet colors on an old plate I picked up at a San Francisco estate sale last summer. During the last 15 minutes of the sale, after I began staking claims on a box of kitchen items I couldn’t wait to get home and polish up, I received the spectacular news, “everything in the kitchen is free!” – that was the moment I became the owner of this Delta branded plate. Does this mean they used to not serve airplane food in creepy, steamy, plastic melting and still frozen rice keeping containers? How classy.)

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Unwind with music

 It’s time to get in the free-flowing mood (which will help you work faster, actually). Put on some music if it helps and get into a rhythm, pattern, or just free-flow dots. Let the paint dance right out of its tube.

Add more dance moves or create more patterns of paint dots in different colors. I spaced mine evenly throughout the page, but next time I will try a new unique twist.

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Blend + mush

Mush the colors around themselves in circles so you can still see the brush strokes.

Sparkle

Cut small scraps of shiny foil to have on hand. You can use foil from a wine bottle wrapper like I did or just go for some cooking foil. Scatter your metallic pieces across your canvas so it adheres to the paint. Give it a hand with a paintbrush if it won’t properly smoosh.

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See? It wasn’t just so I could drink wine during the demo…

Easy step-by-step abstract art DIY tutorial with acrylics for beginners via sipbitego.com #diy

After you place your metallics, revisit the canvas and eperimentally play with different paint brush sizes and paint colors. Try only painting one color to the right of another color, or make up another rule that will be easy to follow while helping you create a pattern.

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Once you’ve set a nice backdrop of colors with a little sparkle from the foil, take a bright color that will stand out (I worked with a dollop of gold) and bounce the bright color around your page.

Swirl

Now that you have a bunch of colors worked around the canvas, it’s time to build motion. You can drop some purposeful blobs of paint right on the paper, and then take a paint brush to swirl them around. (Mine happens to look “Starry Night” inspired because I picked my favorite colors, which I apparently share in common with Van Gogh.
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Why hello, Van Gogh

The masters of art knew when to stop, and for those of us who don’t know when to put the paintbrush down please note: 30 minutes is plenty!

Set, finish, frame. Or magnetize to the fridge. Or pin to cork.

Since I created my coincidentally-starry-night-ish art on printer paper, it got a little wavy as it dried overnight. I plopped it in my scanner (you could stack your dry piece under some cookbooks), and it was perfectly flat the next day. I’m sure I could have put it in a frame right away too, but if you’re  looking for a finished-polished-look, or want to scan it into your computer to sell on Etsy, flatten it over night.

Don’t forget to sign your work! (and finish your wine?)

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Your turn

I hope I’ve inspired you to find some paint you can bring back to life with a quick 30 minute art project. Once you accomplish your first DIY abstract art project, you might find the ambition to create more pieces to build a mural on a wall that needs a little TLC at home. If you love what you’ve created on a small canvas, you could think bigger and make a statement piece to prop on your dresser. Either way, I’d love to see where your abstract art takes you. Tag #sipbitego on Instagram so I can check it out!

Go ahead, and get painting!

SCOOP UP YOUR FREE PRINTABLE DIRECTIONS TO CREATE YOUR OWN ABSTRACT ART:

  1. Download the free step-by-step Abstract Art DIY guide
  2. Watch the step-by-step video on YouTube (or subscribe to catch it later)
  3. Check out my abstract art Pinterest board for new DIY art ideas

List of supplies to shellac manicure yourself at home

List of supplies to shellac manicure yourself at home

How TO SHELLAC MANICURE AT HOME

Want that shiney shellac manicure look at home? You can get it with just a few supplies that will last years. With a DIY shellac mani, you can save time by doing your nails on your schedule without the hassle of booking and driving to spa appointments. You can also save a boat load of money (I pay for an annual family cruise with the money I save from professional salon manicures for a year). Plus, the long-lasting coverage of shellac nail polish takes a lot of the hassle out of getting ready for the day. I started doing my own at-home shellac manicure in 2013 and have enjoyed doing my nails while sipping wine and catching up on Netflix ever since. In this post you’ll learn the list of tools you need to get started with DIY shellac so your nails can look like mine in the @sipbitego Instagram vids and YouTube DIY tutorials.

At-home shellac on your own schedule

My hands have gained attention through my creative tutorials so I’m excited to teach you how to get the look, too. I love making tutorials for you, so you’re never obligated to click any affiliate links, like the ones in the links below. Thanks in advance if you do make a purchase, but you’re always welcome to just browse.

The 4 supplies You Need to shellac manicure yourself (at home)

  1. 70% Alcohol + cotton balls
  2. UV light + (optional) UV protecting gloves
  3. CND shellac base coat + top coat
  4. Colors to get started. Here’s my regular lineup of colors…
    Ready to leave the nail salon behind? Here's my Shellac nail color pallet. http://www.sipbitego.com/shellac-nail-polish-color-pallet/orange-red
    red
    white-wash (light purplish color)
    blue
    deep red
    soft pink
    purple
    pink

Shellac manicure tips + FAQ

  • 1 application lasts me around 2-3 weeks
  • Within a handful of applications, the at home shellac kit can pay for itself
  • CND shellac was a CLEAR winner after experiments with multiple long-lasting nail systems
  • Start with a couple of your favorite colors + 1 top coat + 1 base coat
  • Get ideas for choosing CND shellac nail colors

Get supplies to DIY your own shellac manicure

After you check out the list of shellac nail polish tools needed to do manicures at home, you’ll see why it was a no brainer for me to figure out the process + start painting my own shellac nails, whenever I want. Now the money I save on at home manicures goes towards a vacation splurge fund. (instead of weekly manicures). I hope you enjoy doing your own DIY shellac manicure at home, too. It’s as easy as it looks and makes life easier with less chipping. 

Remember: chips are for potatoes.

SHELLAC MANICURE TIPS + FAQ 

  • 1 application lasts me around 2-3 weeks
  • Within a handful of applications, the at home shellac kit can pay for itself
  • CND shellac was a CLEAR winner after experiments with multiple long-lasting nail systems
  • Start with a couple of your favorite colors + 1 top coat + 1 base coat
  • Get helpful ideas for choosing CND shellac nail colors


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