Keeping in the spirit of our previous Christmas posts, we wanted to share some of our DIY Christmas ornaments! We’ve created two types- one for the bohemian and one for the minimalist, and we can’t choose what one we love more! Keep reading for photos and full instructions!
DIY Mud Cloth Ornaments
In our previous post we shared our DIY Mud Cloth Gift Boxes. You can easily make these Mud Cloth Ornaments at the same time!
Matte Ornaments in solid colors
Black and White sharpee paint pens
1. Find inspiration for your mud cloth patterns.
2. Draw out your patterns on scratch paper.
3. Copy your finalized patterns over onto the ornaments using the sharpee.
4. Add yarn to your ornaments and hang on your tree!
Keep scrolling for more inspiration!
DIY Wood Ornaments
These ornaments require just a tad more work, but boy do we love how they turned out.
Wooden balls (we used 1.5″ but think it would be fun for you to mix up sizes)
Gold Liquid Leaf
Black and white acrylic or wood paint
Screw Eye Hooks
1. Start by putting the eye hooks into the wooden balls. It can be a bit tricky to get the the hooks screwed into the wood. We first used a hammer to get the screws started before turning the screws. We promise this is the hardest part — it’s all easy from here!
2. Use yarn to hang the individual ornaments between two surfaces. This will allow you to paint freely on all sides without smudging the paint.
3. Get creative! Use the painters tape to section off areas you want to paint. This will create a clean cut line. Mix up your angles and colors! Just don’t forget to let your layers dry before adding more tape and paint.
4. Use the paint pens for more intricate details and patterns.
We love how these ornament’s look and hope you do to. Feel free to share with us you finished product by tagging @theshiftcreative on Instagram!
Okay you guys, Christmas is upon us and we were messing around with ways to add a touch of personal love to our Christmas gifts this year. We just had to share what we came up with. We made both Watercolor Tags and Mud Cloth gift boxes!
Let’s start with the Watercolor tags. Why buy cheesy Christmas present tags when you can make yourselves something cute and quirky?! They’re also seriously the easiest to make.
White pre cut tags or card stock paper to cut yourself
Paintbrush (We used the Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush)
Keep scrolling for instructions!
1. Before you start painting, come up with some fun quirky sayings or designs you want on your tags. Practice with your paints on scratch paper. Have fun doodling!
2. Once you have your designs nailed down, paint them on your tags.
3. When your tags are dry, hole punch them and use fun yarn to adhere them to your package.
4. We are obsessed with pom poms and tassels. Add these or small ornaments to your presents for an extra pop!
If you’re as into mud cloth patterns as we are, then these DIY gift boxes are a must.
Mud Cloth Gift Boxes
Cardboard or Paper Mache boxes
Sharpee paint pens in black or white
1.Pick a mud cloth pattern for inspiration
2.Draw the mud cloth pattern with your paint pens onto the boxes
3.Embellish your boxes with your handmade water color tags!
The combination of the boxes and gift tags make for the sweetest eye catching gifts. They make us smile and we bet they’ll make the person you give them to smile too!
We want to see what you come up with so have fun, get creative and share some pics with us!
It is always such a pleasure to design for The Yellow Conference! This is my second year filling their space with thought out details and interactive installations, and I can’t say enough good things about the conference and the owner’s vision for it. Their goal is to create community- particularly among females- and to empower others through our work, hobbies, and life! Of course, there is much more to it than that and often times not as simple to do! The conference helps its attendees connect, relate, and learn how to navigate life in whatever season you may find yourself in. This year we focused on three words: Wander, Tension, and Resolve. These words represent where each of us have been in life, or may be currently. To bring these words to life, we created an interactive installation station where the attendees could take a journey through each season and connect with it not only visually, but through audio as well! Keep reading to hear more about those installations and see more of the overall design!
Chandeliers of all chandeliers? I think so! This pretty thing hung above all the attendees. Nestled inside are numerous wooden chandeliers! This was definitely a fan favorite and currently resides at the Hudson Loft in LA.
Modern stage design for the win! The owner, Joanna, wanted something that was “line inspired” that represented people and the different journeys they are on. Many times our paths cross, sometimes our paths are rough, and other times they have a particular direction and speed.
This is the beginning of the interactive installation. Each attendee was directed to put on earphones as they were guided through a “journey”. Let’s start.
Hey you. Prepare yourself for this journey. It is all to familiar. You’ve been here before. Clear your mind. Enjoy this time to reflect on where you are in your journey.
I..I.. can’t seem to find my place. I feel like I am standing still, yet I am all over the place. On the outside it seems like I am calm, upbeat, happy even. On the inside I feel suffocated by my desire to succeed, to be something, to be good at something, to be proud of something… something… I can’t keep up. I see these perfect little squares as I’m scrolling through my feed. They seem to have it all figured out. Then it hits me- they are just like me. Maybe they are a little further along. Maybe they know their purpose. Or maybe, maybe they feel lost. Just. Like. Me. We’ve all been here. Wandering. Figuring life out. But sometimes wandering is a beautiful thing. Free of commitments and restraints. Free to figure ourselves out. Hey, you. Yes, you. Wandering doesn’t mean you are failing- remember that.
Cheeseburger or Salad. Salad… No, Cheeseburger. Ugh. I can’t even make up my own mind when it comes to food. I feel heavy. Maybe the burger wasn’t such a good idea. No, I feel heaavvyyy, and torn, and confused. I feel the weight of my decisions and the potential consequences of them. Should I turn to the left or to the right? Should I take this job or that one? Should I date this person? Should I end this relationship? Should I take this business risk? Well, should I? What if everyone hates my ideas? What if the job doesn’t work out? What if I make a fool out of myself? What if he’s not interested? What if I went with that decision instead of this one? What if I had just kept quiet? What if I said what was on my mind? What if?
I have come to learn that “what if’s?” are a fool’s question. Yes, carefully consider your options, but when you decide don’t turn back to “what if’s?” They can hold you hostage.
I am here. Right now. I am determined to achieve my goals. To connect with others. To serve. To love. To be kind. To give. To have empathy. To relate. No, not to climb over others to get there. Not to gossip. No, not to succeed in terms of monetary gains, or plaques or articles with my name. But in growth and wisdom. In sincerity. In an approach that might look different to the world. The one that looks out for others.That boasts about others. That thinks about others. From right here, you can only go up.
Please take this time to reflect on where you are at. Sit by yourself. Meet a new friend. Pray. Be quiet. Whatever you do, be content at whichever stage you find yourself.
That was the full audio write up!
If you haven’t had a chance to go to the conference I would encourage you to go! It’s such a great time and you will leave with a new friend and a fresh perspective!
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Joanna Waterfall has created The Yellow Conference as a space for creative women to connect and make a difference. I had the honor to design and attend the 3 day conference, and I was really blown away with the execution from their team and panel of speakers. If you haven’t been, I would really suggest looking into it for this year. I’ll be designing some fun things for this one as well, so come say hi! The design process took several months of hard work, and preparation so take a look at some of my work highlights below!
Okay, let’s get real- starting a business can get overwhelming! Our custom art installations captured the journey of emotions that goes on during business start-up and through the creative process in general.
Each attendee received a guide that described each art piece as they followed decals on the floor.
Meet Grit. The first installation of the 3 part series was created to connect the observer on an emotional level through their own storms in life.
“There is a storm coming. I can feel it. I’m caught up in the throws of chaos and disappointment. I hear the chatter of others- “Is there even money in what you do?”…“It doesn’t seem practical this creative hobby you do”…Their words seem all too familiar as I battle with similar fears- “I am not good enough, talented enough, creative enough, pretty enough. I am not enough.” I feel overwhelmed. Can’t breathe. Crippled by fear. No. No, I won’t let this storm overcome me. I will preserve. I can see the light. I can feel its warmth. The yellow rays are bursting forth. I close my eyes, I can see the Sun.”
Meet Valor. The second installation prompting courage and steadfastness. “I have to fight. Say no the darkness and yes to the light. Put up my shield. Hold it tight. Sweaty hands. Fight the good fight. Fear has no hold. Navigate this storm with valor and might. It will be hard, as most things are. Those doubting thoughts keep creeping in. Hold them captive. Get past myself.”
Meet Heart. The third and final installation describing moments of success and contentment. “Magical moments of joy and laughter. Connecting with others. Growth. Wisdom. Love. Vision and Creativity. Ideas to Execution. Grit & Valor, yes these are apart of Heart too. I wouldn’t know what joy is if I didn’t have to go through these two. No, you have not made it- you never truly will, but these moments of awe make it worth it all.”
After the 3rd installation all guests walked through the doors to the main conference area and were encouraged to mingle and find a seat.
Our yarn chandeliers were the talk of the town! These fun pieces were definitely the perfect addition to the event!
Yarn! Yarn! And more yarn! I’m not exactly sure how much yarn we used for this piece, but it turned out to be such a dream!
I want to just point out this next level photo-booth by The Dainty Lion! I was swooning over her floral work throughout the conference!
Hope some of this resonated with you and that you feel encouraged and inspired! I so hope to see you this year!
Host + Planning The Yellow Conference | Event Design + Installations: The Shift Creative | Photography: Kayla Plouffe + Cacá Santoro | Flowers: The Dainty Lion … Read More
My work tends to get messy. From creating installations to styling parties, my studio and my hands are typically not so neat. method partnered with me to #fearnomess, when well- life gets messy. This DIY dyed backdrop was one of those times where my hands were wrecked from hand cutting, and dying numerous fabric strips and then macraming them together for a finished look! method reminds me to go all in- to create for the sake of creating, to create for myself, and to create to inspire others.
This backdrop was so fun and easy to make!
Plus, all the ingredients method uses are eco-friendly using non-toxic ingredients! Win-win!
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Okay, we couldn’t help ourselves! If you follow us, or know me personally you know I have a love of all things boho, but especially mud cloth. So, we made up these boho inspired Easter eggs for a different take on egg decorating!
There really isn’t a huge DIY for this post other than:
- Boil your egg.
- Take a Sharpie, and create a boho inspired pattern. We used some of my pillows as inspiration!
These are super easy, fun, and an alternative to dying! Tag me @theshiftcreative, so I can see how yours turn out!
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I know it’s cutting it close, but these cactus Easter eggs were too cute not to share! I have seen some forms of these floating the web, but we added our own twist to them and really love the outcome! Safe to say these might be our new Easter egg tradition. They are really easy, and perfect for a little Easter gift, or Easter basket addition! Keep reading for instructions….
Small terracotta pots
Extra fine Sharpie
Cardstock (I used white and copper)
(All products available at Michaels)
- Begin by boiling your eggs as per usual.
- While eggs are boiling, paint your pot white (you can do any color but I wanted mine more modern)
- After your eggs are done, simply take your Sharpie and draw lines, x’s, dots, and dashes are various eggs to create a cactus vibe.
- To make the flower, take a small portion of your tissue paper, fold in half, and cut strips as in making fringe. Then fold the base as to create a lip and hot glue it to your egg.
- To make the arms, we cut various shapes of out card stock that resembled a cactus, folded a pieces at the bottom to create a lip so it would be easy to hot glue the arm to the egg.
- Fill your pot with decorative sand.
- Place egg on top of sand, and you have the cutest cactus egg garden ever!
I seriously cannot wait to give these DIY Cactus Easter Eggs to some of my daughters friends for Easter, and put one in her little basket for Sunday! I hope you all have a happy Easter, and can truly celebrate Jesus! He has risen, and thats way more special than these cactus eggs. 😉
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I am FINALLY bloggin’ my little babes double birthday party with her best! As seen on Inspired By This, the dessert table has been the most pinned, reposted, and liked photo of any of my dessert tables, and I can see why! Sweet and Saucy nailed it when it came to bringing some of my ideas to life ( Cactus cake, cactus donuts, taco cupcakes and more!) From the chips and quac bar to the on site taco man, this party was the perfect fiesta! Keep reading to see more photos from Amber Thrane of Dulcet Creative.
Was I right about these desserts or was I right?
Guac’s on us! Adorable signage from Poppy Jack Shop!
We handmade ALL of these paper cacti, and I have to say I still haven’t parted with them! They were perfect for a backdrop vignette!
Love this family!
And love their friendship!
That cake tho.
Kayla Adams is always on her A game, and it was of no exception with their invites!
Photography: Amber Thrane | Design: The Shift Creative | Signage: Poppy Jack Shop | Desserts: Sweet and Saucy | Rentals: Witty Rentals | Invites: Kayla Adams | Blankets: Gunn & Swain | Dresses: Hatched Baby … Read More
As you may have heard, The Shift Creative has launched an online shop full of home decor goodies like custom tapestry banners, rope hangings, pom pom plant hangers, and more! This was plenty reason to party, so party we did! I hosted the party at 31 Bits in Costa Mesa, and it was the perfect spot! I wanted to create an art gallery vibe so we created 3 very different art installations for a wow factor, and I can’t get enough of them! Many hands helped make this event so awesome, so keep scrollin’ for all the deets and vendors!
Heart eyes for that green foliage wall! Pick Tulip nailed it in the floral department!
I am huge on styling, especially when it comes to the tabletop so lets just say Farra of Hostess Haven is my spirit animal (I’ve never said that before, but it felt right haha!). She has the best selection of flatware, linens, all things copper, and much more! And lets not forget that food spread!!! Amiho Experience blew it out of the water with all this grub, and my guests couldn’t stop raving!
15 feet long weaving? Yes, please! (psstt.. also available to buy!)
These desserts are EVERYTHING! Jeanine @cakesandcuties is a genius when it comes to executing a vision in the kitchen, and this time was no different.
Lift Coffee Roasters crafted drinks & Poppy Jack Shop calligraphy-match made in heaven.
Bounty was constructed by assembling A LOT of hand made shapes, and quickly became a lot of peoples favorite!
Babel was a beast to make, and is one of my personal favorites! Its depth and texture has my heart, and I love how I designed it so that it is a sculpture you can view from many angles!
Mobile Photo Booth is by far the BEST quality booth I have ever been in. The quality of the photos was outstanding!
Watch this video to see how awkward I sound. k bye.
Hope you are inspired! Now go shop the new shop! xo
Photography: Caroline Sleeper | Design: The Shift Creative| Venue: 31 Bits | Florals: Pick Tulip | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven | Catering: Amiho Experience | Signage: Poppy Jack Shop | Frozen Bananas: Bananas by Hannah | Desserts: Cakes and Cuties | Drinks: Lift Coffee Roasters | Lounge Rentals: Witty Rentals | Custom party picks: Nic Roc Designs | HMU: 1011 Makeup | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Video: Juice Box Media … Read More