DIY: Antler Headband

How fantastic is Halloween? I mean when else do you get to play dress up like you did when you were 5, get to be wildly creative, and find yourself surrounded by friends (and strangers) who are doing the same. My inner child jumps for joy every October as I go on my Halloween costume hunt, but this year was a little more difficult than normal to come up with an idea. I consulted with all my normal fruitless sources: googling “creative costumes” (I mean how creative can they be if you are googling them??!), asking friends for ideas, and scouring my facebook “friends” old Halloween albums. No dice. So then I turned to the faithful pinterest, and right there in the home decor pins I found my inspiration. Yep, all those antler mountings, wreaths, and pieces of art lead me to being a deer this Halloween.

Unfortunately, real deer antlers are quite heavy. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to walk around all night with those suckers on my head, so I decided to make some faux deer antlers out of paper mache (I told you my inner child loves Halloween!) Here’s how:

To get started you need the following:

One- aluminum foil // Two-  flour // Three- water // Four- newspaper

I began by crumpling aluminum foil into the shape of antlers. This was my paper mache form.

Next, I used paper mache on the form so that my antlers would be sturdy, and I could paint accordingly.

*I’m sure most of you have made paper mache objects in the past, but if not, here are the steps: Mix one part flour and two parts water to create the paper mache paste. Shred newspaper into small strips and then dip into the mixture. Once the paper is completely saturated, stick the newspaper strip over the form and smooth down with your fingers. Continue this process until the form is covered. After the layer is applied, let dry and add a second layer. Continue until desired thickness.

Once I reached the desired effect (I used three layers of paper mache), I painted the antlers. I then hot glued them along with flowers to a plastic headband. 
I was pretty excited about the end result, but if you aren’t in the market for an antler headband, it would also be a great alternative to authentic deer antler decor. Post Halloween, they just may make an appearance as piece of art in my spare bedroom. What do you think? Do you see some deer antlers in your future?

Wedding Inspiration: Save the Date

A few months ago, I was given the great pleasure of taking Jen and Corey’s engagement pictures all around the great city of Baltimore. You may remember seeing this post all about it. It was a great honor and tons of fun, and being the lover of weddings I am, I offered (okay, okay practically begged) to help with any planning details. So, when Jen asked me to put together a few Save the Date ideas for them, I was over the moon. Here is a sample of a few options I sent here way (#1 is my favorite ):


It’s amazing how quick your wedding budget can go out the window- even if its full of DIY’s. But, I personally think creating your own Save the Date is the way to go and save the costly paper goods and graphic designers for those fabulous invitations down the road.  I made all of the above by playing around with different layers and fonts on photoshop, but if the computer generated fonts are your style, here are some other STD DIYS that I’m loving:

1. Make a clever save the date with ETSY

2. Scratch-off save the date with Martha Stewart

3. Kraft paper card save the date with Molly Jacques

4. Tie the knot save the date with More Design Please

What do you think? Did you create your own save the date? Or as you are thinking of your future wedding, would you spend the time to DIY or do you think it’s better left to the professionals?