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DIY Handmade Valentine's Day Flower Wreath

Although I'm by no means a huge proponent of Hallmark holidays, Valentine's Day gives me another reason to spread love and make stuff! Yes, we should spread love every day, especially to those we care about, but I think the world could use another excuse to express appreciation and kindness, right? And for all of us DIYers, Valentine's Day crafts are plentiful: crafty cards, adorable letter boxes, red baked goods, and, of course, anything flowers!

For Christmas, my aunt gave me a Wreath Recipe book, on how to gather supplies for and assemble seasonal wreaths and other floral arrangements. So, last Sunday morning, while most people in the US woke up excited to watch the Super Bowl, I was eager to go to my farmers market to get flowers for this project. With all my flowers, I couldn't really care less about the game or even the commercials. My friends and roommates can vouch that I spent the first quarter of the game on the floor making and photographing my very first floral wreath.

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DIY String Orb Holiday Ornament

The holidays are approaching so quickly, so I wanted to get in some seasonal projects. More specifically, ornaments! I am nearing the end of my 2 week trip to Patagonia (check out my blog here!), but I still have some cute DIY holiday decorations to share while I'm gone!

Today's ornament is literally the easiest project ever. Inspired by Martha Stewart, this string ornament is really easy and will look great on with the twinkly lights on your tree!

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DIY Homemade Salt Dough Clay Ornaments

I have another easy ornament for you - homemade clay ornaments! We all probably did this in kindergarten, but now we have a little more patience and skill to make them more sophisticated looking! I had seen some really cute ones online, and I figured these would be a great alternative to gift tags, or just an extra something, for any wrapped presents.

There's a lot of room for creativity and personalization with this project, so definitely think outside the box once you start decorating them!

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Succulents, A Reprise: Wooden, Magnetic, and Miniature Succulent Planters!

If you haven't already noticed, I am obsessed with succulents. 

I've seen a lot of cool succulent planters online (especially on Pinterest), and over the past few weeks, I think I've been subconsciously looking for things to turn into succulent planters. You can literally make a trendy, quaint succulent-anything with practically ANYTHING. It's so easy, it's almost silly for me to even write a post, but I really wanted to share pictures of my wee little succulents! 

Keep on reading for tips on potting succulents and instruction sets for 4 different planter ideas!

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DIY Halloween Painted Mason Jar Candle Votives

Aside from the costumes and candy, I love that Halloween marks the start of the end-of-year holidays. The aura of excitement and spirit, the festivities and gatherings, and all the special baking and making opportunities; I wish November and December lasted longer than just 2 months!

As I began brainstorming Halloween-themed DIY projects this month, I remembered the case of teeny tiny mason jars sitting in my cupboard, awaiting their transformation into less mundane objects. Inspired by painted mason jars I found on Etsy, I decided to make spooky candle votives!

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Upcycled Cork Coasters

Apparently, I've got a thing for corks these days. However, I've actually been meaning to do this project for awhile now! My family drinks a lot of wine (ahem, Mom and Dad) and we used to recycle our corks at the San Francisco Ferry Building. When they stopped accepting corks (much to our dismay), I became determined to come up with a way to reuse the corks. 

These are super easy, and you can make them as simple or as decorated as you'd like. They look great either way!

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DIY Painted Cork Vase with Patterned Stencils

Two weekends ago, I went to Re:Make, a DIY festival hosted by Brit + Co at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and I am brimming with new project ideas and a refreshed excitement about tackling my DIY bucket list! The space was filled with hundreds of people reveling in the talents of local artisans and makers, fueling their imagination and creativity with various (free!) DIY projects, and taking advantage of the many awesome social media-worthy photo ops.

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