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  1. DIY pressed flowers

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    I love the look of pressed flowers. Any time I can decorate or DIY with a natural element, I do and pressed flowers are easy to get with some quick tips. Now that Valentine’s day has passed you could even press or dry your bouquets. Use pressed flowers like these in collage art, epoxy resin projects, greeting cards, etc!

    Want to dry your flowers instead? Cool, look here for the step-by step: ‘DIY Dried Flowers

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    Do It!:

    1. Lay your flowers on pieces of waxed paper in between two sheets of paper in the middle of a large book. Make sure you sandwich the flower in two pieces of waxed paper to protect the book pages from moisture.
    2. Place a weight on the book or place a stack of books together – the flatter the flowers the better.
    3. Switch out the wax paper every couple days to ensure mold doesn’t grow. (TIP: the bigger the flower the more prone this is to happen.  Make sure you change the paper every couple days to keep your flowers and books mold free!)
    4. After a couple weeks your flowers should be nicely dried and pressed!  (TIP: You’ll know they’re fully done when they don’t stick to the wax paper and just slide off.)
    5. Display your new flowers sandwiched between glass or decoupage them to something fancy.  (TIP: decopaging the flowers – with glue like Mod Podge – will preserve their color for longer!)

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  2. My Biggest Announcement Ever! I’m Having A B…

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    …BOOK! I know, you probably thought I was going to say baby but I’ve spent over a year and a half growing this book baby!

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    Dearest Blog Readers,

    HOLY CRAP GUYS, I WROTE A BOOK! This is the biggest announcement of my life because this has been the most intense and personal project I have ever worked on… yes, I’m talking about the first ever Mr. Kate book!!!! It is with immense pride and a tear in my eye that I bring you, A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects by Mr. Kate - now available for pre-order plus a FREE GIFT*!

    We’ve been working tirelessly on this book for the past year and a half and I’ve poured my heart into it. It’s a coming-of-age memoir meets a DIY book! If you watch the video above, I show you that not only will you be getting over 50, full color, never-before-seen-on-the-blog DIY projects but you will also get 50 funny, crazy, weird, magical, inspiring and embarrassing stories from my life. I said to Joey the other day that after this book comes out, everyone will know my deepest and darkest secrets and he nodded and said, “Yup!”

    “Creativity is the story of my life! In this colorful book of fifty hilarious stories and fifty beautiful DIY projects, I take you on a journey through the crazy turns in my world and show you how life can inspire art that anyone can do! See how my first period inspired gorgeous watercolor curtains, how my last minute court-room wedding sparked a no-sew tutu and my one-night stand with the world’s most famous athlete led to a marquee-light project that brightened my home.”

    I literally put my everything into this book and I am the most excited I’ve ever been about anything for you all to read it. Please check out the web page we’ve made for the book to get more info and pre-order your copy of A Hot Glue Gun Mess!

    #MRKATE     #AHOTGLUEGUNMESS

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    Because I’m hoping that you all get to pre-order the book before it is released on June 16th, I designed an exclusive packet of BeautyMarks, The New Makeup (hand drawn/painted art applied like faux tattoos) inspired by stories and projects in the book that you get for FREE shipped to you for FREE right away*! It’s your thank you gift and sneak peek. See the book page for more info on ordering your book and getting your free gift.

    *BeautyMarks shipped free to customers in USA

    Pre-order A Hot Glue Gun Mess on any of these sites and follow the steps here to claim your BeautyMarks…
    Amazon.com
    Barnes And Noble
    Books A Million
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    Pre-order A Hot Glue Gun Mess and get your free BeautyMarks now! You won’t regret it and thank you from the bottom of my heart. XOXO x a million

    ~ Book cover photo by Laura Austin and posing with book and BeautyMarks photo by Kat Borchart ~

  3. Style Challenge: 3 Bold Lip Looks

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    Time for another fun Target Style Challenge! I love bold lips with all kinds of outfits and often when I’m wearing a bold lip color I hear things like “I love your lip color but I could never pull that off” – Nonsense, I say! Today’s challenge will hopefully give you some inspiration for 3 different looks you can pair with a bold lip color.

    Check out the outfit deets below. How do YOU wear a bold lip? Please hashtag #MrKate and #TargetStyle to show off your kissy faces! MUAH.

    Get the lip scrub and the lip moisturizer to prep your lips for the boldness.

    If you missed the first four episodes of my Closet Remix series check out: 5 More Minutes To Looking Fabulous, Styling 4 Occasions, 4 Style Icons& Pass It On.

    The “AUDACIOUS” Color Blocked Bold Lip Look

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    The “SHOCKING” and Boho Casual Lip Look

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     The “PERSISTENT” Monochromatic Lip Look

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    Outfit Deets:

    • lips: Loreal Infallible Le Rouge (in Persistent Plum)
    • white long sleeve blouse: similar here
    • trench coat: similar here
    • white jeans: Mossimo
    • white shoes: similar here
    • white clutch: similar here

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    What’s your favorite look? Thanks for watching and commenting! xo

  4. DIY etched champagne glasses

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    Hosting an Oscar party this weekend or any party in general? Why not DIY some champagne glasses to “wow” your friends! I love the varying width of stripes that we did but you could do whatever pattern or shape you can tape!

    Get more hosting ideas with this ‘DIY Oscar Party

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    Do It!:

    1. Clean your glasses with rubbing alcohol and let dry completely.
    2. Tape off your stripes with your masking tape.  Use the x-acto knife to cut thinner pieces of tape if you want thinner stripes.
    3. Lay out the parchment or wax paper to protect your surface and put on your protective gloves.
    4. Paint on a THICK amount of the Armor Etch.  If it isn’t thick, your etching will be splotchy, so don’t be stingy with it!
    5. Leave the Armour Etch on your glasses for 5-10 minutes – this is longer than they advise on the bottle but we found the etching was more even with more time.
    6. Wash off the glasses and get ready to PARTY!

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  5. OOTD: viva white lace

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    More outfit pics from our Mexican vacation to Ixtapa. This look I wore to dinner after a day on the beach. I wore a bra that was reminisent of a bathing suit so it would be okay to peek out very visibly from this deep V dress that is too big on me – an online purchase I was too lazy to return – but it worked out great and no nipples made an appearance. I love the lace back paired with the black belt and the clip-on Cadeau earrings were the perfect statement piece to keep the outfit easy breezy.

    Want another Mexican OOTD?  Check out ‘OOTD: Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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    Cadeau Clip-On Earrings

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  6. Oscar-worthy hair inspiration

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board OSCAR WORTHY HAIR on Pinterest.

    The Oscars are coming up this Sunday and I love seeing the glamorous hair on the red carpet, don’t you!? I’m inspired to bring a little Oscar vibes into my beauty routine this week so I put together this board of  Oscar-worthy hair dos. Hover over the images to see my captions and click on the photo to get more info.

    Ger some hair inspo for those bed head days here: ‘Bed Head Challenge: 3 Quick & Easy Hairdos

  7. A Hollywood Home! Episode 3: A Very Vintage Living Room!

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    Shop the links for the things we used in this room below!

    How great does Tyler’s living room look now!? I’m very proud of how this room turned out. I wanted him to have those dark brown tones that he likes in the mantle and couch and then play with adding pattern and color in the art, rug, curtains and pillows. By painting the bookshelves on either side of the fireplace white, it allowed the vintage accessories he has to pop. Also I love the swing arm sconces that we added over each window which bring in some brass and give a sculptural element to distract from the TV. It’s a manly room that looks eclectic and vintage, which is exactly what Tyler wanted! Yay!

    We got the old leather chair at the flea market along with the rusty library index card drawers (on the hutch), the brass side table (for $25!) and the oval brass tray which I placed on his mom’s vintage trunk as a coffee table. The paint we used for the credenza was Valspar Belmont Green. What do you think of the transformation?! We’d love to hear from you in a comment below. XO!

    If you missed episode 2 watch it here: ‘A Hollywood Home!  Episode 2: Eclectic Dining Room Reveal!

    For more fun interior design videos, check out: OMG! We Bought A House!, Mister Sister!, & Two Couples In A Condo!

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    In order to paint the hutch we sanded down any peeling paint and then painted two coats of the new green color (Valspar Belmont Green). Once try we added new ceramic and brass knobs.

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  8. Kate’s Take: Mexico Style and Travel Diary

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     We had so much fun relaxing and drinking tequila and wearing pretty much nothing but bathing suits on our 6 day trip to Mexico last week. Of course we documented it so we could share it with you all! Watch the video above to see the highlights from our trip and see more pics below! Also follow us on Snapchat: mrkate and Joey is joeyzehr.

    We stayed at Capella Resort in Ixtapa, Mexico. Let me know if you have any questions about outfits or trip details in the comments below! xo

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    WEIRD Cuff Bracelet. Various Colors.

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    So much fun! Please comment below and let us know what you think of the video and if you have any questions about our trip! xx

  9. OOTD: Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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    Last week Joey and I went to Ixtapa, Mexico for 6 glorious days of laying on our butts in the sun. We stayed at the gorgeous cliffside Capella Resort in Ixtapa (more photos coming soon) and one day ventured to the near-by fishing town of Zihuatanejo (where Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman escaped to in Shawshank Redemption – fun fact).

    On our excursion I wore my friend Tania Sarin’s debut drop crotch pants which are beyond comfortable and chic – a rare combo. Stay tuned for more photos from our trip and see some that I posted on Instagram and follow me on Snapchat (username: mrkate) for daily posts! xo

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  10. DIY flower bed valentine

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    This Valentine’s I’m very into punny cards – as seen in this DIY “Hey Buddy” Valentine too. This Flower Bed DIY Valentine is super simple to make for someone that you share or want to share a bed with…now’s the time to invite them to your soil-ed sheets (ew) too far?

     For another DIY flower Valentine idea, check out this post: ‘DIY “Hey Buddy” Valentine‘.

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    Do It!:

    1. Write your message and draw your flower bed.  Make sure the pillows are big enough for your pressed flower heads.
    2. Hot glue the flowers to the cards over the pillow space – you can have the stems disappear under the covers for a cute touch
    3. Give it and giggle!

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  11. DIWhyNot: 3 DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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    The big V is approaching, the day where we all get to express our inner cheese. Get romantic, cute and beautiful with these 3 fun and easy DIY Valentine’s gifts including: a box of chocolates made out of an old matchbox, a floral arrangement that looks professionally done but is so easy and a cheeky and chic card made from dried rosebuds and humor!

    Watch the video above for all three tutorials and see complete steps and photos below. Happy Valentine’s lovers!

    For a DIY Valenine’s Day decor idea, check out ‘DIY: Valentine’s Wreath

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    DIY It’s A Match Box of Chocolates

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    Do It!:

    1. Use your matchbox to measure a piece of paper to cover the outer square tube part of the box and two rectangles to fit the front of the drawer part of the box and cut them out.
    2. Crease the larger piece of paper to cover the outside of the box at each corner.
    3. Use your sponge brush to apply a coat of mod podge to the cardboard box and lay the paper over. Paint another layer of glue over the top of the paper – it will dry clear. Repeat with the two rectangles to cover the front of the drawers.
    4. Hole punch two holes on one end of the matchbox drawer and feed your ribbon through, tying a knot on the inside to create a loop tab as a drawer pull.
    5. Place your chocolates in the candy liners and nestle them in your new, homemade chocolate box!

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    DIY Will You Be My Bou-quet Beautiful and Easy Flower Arrangement

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    Do It!:

    1. Depending on your vase, either cut the leaf at the stem or in the mid section leaving enough room for the leaf to line the entire inside perimeter of the vase. Cutting above the thick stem will make it easier to mold the leaf to the shape of your vase.
    2. Line the inside of the vase with the leaves and fill with water – about two inches from the top of the vase.
    3. Tear pieces of scotch tape a little longer than the width of your vase and tape your grid – I tore the tape in half to have skinnier pieces so my flowers could group closer together.
    4. Tear or cut off any leaves or excess foliage on your flowers and trim the stem to the height of your vase.
    5. Insert a flower inside each square of your grid – start in the middle and build out – Think of a globe like shape as you start shaping your bouquet and use the appropriate flowers to fill in and overlap the sides to cover the little tab of tape.
    6. Done! Gift to a lover or enjoy for yourself! xo

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    DIY Hey Buddy Rosebud Valentine’s Card

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    Do It!:

    1. Write your message inside the card – I wrote “Hey Buddy, will you be my Valentine?”
    2. Plan the layout of your dried rosebuds and hot glue them in place.
    3. Give out your Valentines to your BUDdies.

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  12. OOTD: fisherman’s fancy

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    I love body con, mini dresses but sometimes I feel a little too much like a walking sausage if I don’t have a coat over…or shall we call it a condiemnt. I love the juxtaposition of this tight striped dress with the boxy denim jacket over it and work boots. It’s a cute day to night outfit for a casual evening or something you could wear while helping on the fishing docks…whatever your proclivity!

    This manicure I got done before I left for Mexico but don’t worry, I’m going to do a DIY for it! I posted a photo on Instagram and so many of you commented wanting to know how to get this hologram glitter look so I will definitely share.

    Not into the minidress?  Check out ‘Styling: Maxi Skirts‘!

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  13. DIY dried flowers

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    Don’t throw that bouquet away, hang it up to enjoy it forever! Dried flowers are beautiful for all kinds of bohemian-inspired interior spaces but the drying process can take a few weeks so I say #whynot make the drying process a decorative statement as well!? Once your flowers are fully dried you can do all sorts of DIY projects with them but you may enjoy the look of these flower hangers so much you might make it a permanent art piece.

    Do this with your Valentine’s bouquets to give them a whole new life…well, a dead new life ;)

    Check out the ‘DIY Faux Flower Lampshade‘ for more floral inspired decor ideas.

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    • wooden hangers
    • hammer
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    • clothes pins (optional)
    • scissors
    • flowers (the fresher the better)

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    Fun tid-bit: this Arlington French Laundry hanger was found up in the attic of our house leftover from the 1920s!

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    Do It!:

    • Find wall space where you’d like to display your dried flower hangers and hammer nails in hold them in place. I chose a triangular shape against a white wall.
    • Remove excess leaves and foliage from your flowers.
    • Use the twine to tightly bind your bouquets.  You can dry your flowers in groups or solo, I switched it up to give my display a more dynamic look.
    • Use the twine or clothes pins to attach your bouquets to the hangers. (I personally like the look of the twine better, but clipping them up with clothes pins is a cute option too!)
    • It takes around 2-3 weeks for flowers to completely dry depending on the flower. Make sure to display your dried flowers away from sunlight and heat as those two elements will contribute to the color fading.

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  14. Frankie & Albert – a vintage decor subscription service

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    When my friend Jaclyn recently told me she was part of this new vintage subscription box service called Frankie & Albert I was like, “ummmm, that is the best idea ever!” Frankie & Albert will deliver a box of carefully chosen vintage accessories to your doorstep, no need to go sweat at a flea market or thrift store only to come home empty handed. You take a quiz and they send you hand-picked items to suit your design taste. What is also great is if you don’t like what they send you, you can trade it on the F&A marketplace. There’s literally nothing to loose! I was so excited to share it with you all because you know how I love flea market and thrift store finds! Check out my box of goodies from Frankie & Albert below.

    I know a lot of you live in areas that don’t have robust flea markets so this service may be the perfect thing for you to get that sought-after, vintage, eclectic look in your interior space.

    Check out a room I decorated recently using thrift store finds in Mister Sister: Luxurious Living Room

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    What’s in the box???

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    OOOooooo, a brass shoe brush, brass swan and decorative porcelain dish!

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    Now, how shall I style these vintage goodies?…

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    The brass swan, I used as a door stop for our hallway door that always sits open anyways. I love how it adds a touch of metallic to an otherwise blank space…

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    The porcelain dish I used to house some of my Mr. Kate jewelry, currently on daily rotation.

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    And the vintage brass shoe, shine brush is perfect to spiff up my new Golden Goose boots for a shit-kickin’-good day!

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    I also recently went to a Frankie & Albert party where I met this vintage cat painting and lounging cat sculpture… meeeow!

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    xo!

  15. A Hollywood Home! Episode 2: Eclectic Dining Room Reveal!

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    We’re rearing to get decorating in Tyler’s house and the dining room feels like the perfect place to start! It’s at the center of the house and you see it right when you walk through the front door. It was previously painted an eww persimmon color with no light fixtures so we refreshed with 1920s appropriate white – Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White CC-20 to be exact and added an amazing, mid-century inspired chandelier, contrasting sconces and all kinds of decor for a vintage, eclectic look that Tyler loves! See the list and links below for all the details on what we used in the room!

    Missed episode 1?  Check it out here: ‘A Hollywood Home: Big House, Single Guy

    For more fun interior design videos, check out: OMG! We Bought A House!Mister Sister!, & Two Couples In A Condo!

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    DIY Salt Dough Pomegranates

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    1. Mix the flour, salt, and warm water together until fully incorporated and the mixture is doughy.
    2. Form your fruit shape with your hands.
    3. Bake your sculpture at 325 degrees for around an hour to an hour and a half.  Keep checking the dough after the hour mark and take them out of the oven once they’re hard. Let cool.
    4. Lay out your paint colors on your paint palette – I used a variety of red, brown and ochre.
    5. Use the foam spouncer or paint brush to paint the cool and hard dough to make it look like a pomegranate – layering paint helps to achieve a natural look.
    6. Display in a tray or bowl and enjoy…but don’t eat them silly!

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    Do you like the room? Please comment and let us know and stay tuned for the next episode where we tackle another room design. xo!

  16. cute and classy Super Bowl party ideas

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board CUTE & CLASSY SUPERBOWL on Pinterest.

    If you’re like me, you might be more excited about the Super Bowl party than the actual Super Bowl. A theme party is always fun but it doesn’t have to be cheesy…except for your bean dip. Here are some fabulous DIY decor and recipe ideas to make your Super Bowl a cute and classy soiree. Hover over the images on the board to see my captions and click through to my Pinterest to get more info on a particular project.

    Looking for a game to play with your guests?  Watch this: ‘Kate’s Take Super Bowl Party Game

  17. DIY Beautiful and Easy Flower Arrangement

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    Florist quality floral arrangements are possible when you have no prior flower arranging experience! The secret? Tape and giant leaves! The leaves are used to line the vase and cover the tangle of stems and the tape creates a grid to follow and hold up your flowers for the perrrrfect look!

    Some of the flowers used were from the to-your-door flower delivery service TheBouqs.com which delivers cut flowers that you can arrange however you like.

    For the video how to on this project and two other Valentine’s present ideas check out: ‘DIWhyNot: Valentine’s Gifts

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    Do It!:

    1. Depending on your vase, either cut the leaf at the stem or in the mid section leaving enough room for the leaf to line the entire inside perimeter of the vase. Cutting above the thick stem will make it easier to mold the leaf to the shape of your vase.
    2. Line the inside of the vase with the leaves and fill with water – about two inches from the top of the vase.
    3. Tear pieces of scotch tape a little longer than the width of your vase and tape your grid – I tore the tape in half to have skinnier pieces so my flowers could group closer together.
    4. Tear or cut off any leaves or excess foliage on your flowers and trim the stem to the height of your vase.
    5. Insert a flower inside each square of your grid – start in the middle and build out – Think of a globe like shape as you start shaping your bouquet and use the appropriate flowers to fill in and overlap the sides to cover the little tab of tape.
    6. Done! Gift to a lover or enjoy for yourself! xo

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  18. DIY super bowl party game: bowl of super

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    This Super Bowl, instead of just sitting around watching the game, why not start a bowl of SUPER for you and your friends?  Challenge your group to write down events or objects that are… well… unfortunate/not ideal and place them in your DIYed bowl of super.  At commercial break or half time, everyone can take turns pulling out a piece of paper and tell the group their positive spin on whatever they pulled, turning the thing from unpleasant to SUPER and making people guess what they’re talking about. Watch Joey and I playing the game in this video.

    If you don’t want to play the Super Bowl Game, a spray painted helmet like this would make a great chip bowl or other dry food holder. Just line it with tin foil and display with your food set-up!

    Want a DIY to help cheer your team on?  Check out ‘DIY Sports Pennants

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    1. Spray paint the helmet and cardboard tape tube and let dry.
    2. Cut up your decorative paper in little squares.
    3. Write some”unfortunate events” to make super and lay out the extra paper and marker for your guests to do the same!

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