Tag Archives: Spring

hero1

How To Build a Mini Gnome Garden

Once we saw the flower pot miniature fairy garden that our Michaels Maker Stephanie Lynn made, we knew we had to plant one of our own and fell in love with this little gnome. Whether in a veggie garden or in a flower pot, these magical miniature figurines tell the sweetest little stories.

The best part about the miniature garden is the “mini” part! It’s so simple, so fast, and so much fun. We actually potted this adorable mini gnome garden in under 15 minutes!

Here’s what you need to get started:

We used gnomes and toadstools and even a miniature garden set and wheelbarrow.

1. Fill Your Pot with Dirtfill-pot-with-dirt

Depending on the height of the plant you are planting, you may want to fill the pot half to 2/3 full with potting soil.

2. Pot Your Plantplant

Loosen up the roots on your plant and place it in the pot. Then use more potting soil to fill in around your plant to make it nice and snug.

leave-space-for-gnomes

You’ll notice we planted our dahlia flower towards the back of the pot to leave room for our gnome garden up front.

3. Add Your Miniaturesfinished-plantfinished-plant-2close-up

We added a happy little gnome, his toadstool home, a polka dot pinwheel and some tiny garden tools.

Though we only used a few miniatures and one potted plant, you can stack pots and layer them stories high to create bigger and better fairy or gnome gardens. Tip: Make sure your pots have adequate drainage so your plants can breathe.

Have you used any Michaels miniatures to create garden scenes? Share your creations with us on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured in our inspiration gallery!

14616_MS_MM_MarchChallenge_l

Michaels Makers March Challenge: Spring Refresh

Warmer temperatures, lots of sunshine and fresh blooms have us excited for spring! It’s time to pack away all of the winter décor and refresh our homes for the new season. Sometime just swapping out a few décor pieces or adding a floral arrangement can make a big difference!

This month, we challenged our Michaels Makers to show us how just a few simple tweaks and projects can completely transform your home for the spring season.

 Loading InLinkz ...

Spring Floral

Our new floral market has over 500 styles of flowers that can help you make this the prettiest spring ever. How are you refreshing your home this season?

 

hero-2

Learn Your Favorite Flower Meanings

A fresh bouquet of flowers is my guilty little pleasure. Nothing brightens up a room, or my mood, quite like coming home to bright blooms. I usually just pick out pretty colors, but I have a few flowers that are favorites. All the heart eyes for ranunculus & dahlias!

flower meanings

Have you ever wondered what your favorite flowers mean? Whether you’re arranging a floral bouquet for your home, or deciding which blooms to send your BFF, the language of flowers is really quite interesting (and useful too!).

flower meanings 101

  • Gerbera Daisy – innocence
  • White Heather – wishes will come true
  • Calla Lily – magnificent beauty
  • Dahlia – elegance; dignity
  • Peony – prosperity; bashfulness
  • Red Rose – true love; desire
  • Ranunculus – radiant, with charms

flower meanings 101

  • Lonicera Leaf  - happiness
  • Hydrangea – thankfulness
  • Pussy Willow – motherhood
  • Pink Rose – happiness, grace & sweetness

Flower MeaningsThese are just a few of my favorite flower meanings, but there are so many more! The ancient history behind the meanings is so intriguing. Keep these meanings in mind the next time you’re picking out  a bouquet!

What does your favorite flower mean?

upcycle-hero

Repurpose, Reuse & Upcycle with Paint

Giving new life to old things can be very gratifying. From that broken old chair in your basement to those outdated candlesticks in your closet, all they need is a touch of paint and voilá! You have great new things to decorate your house with! You will be amazed at how easy it is to upcycle when you have the right paint.

Chalk or Chalky Finish Paint

Chalky Finish

This is a great paint to use on furniture, but it works well on so many surfaces. Wood (sealed or not), metal, plastic and glass offer a great surface for this paint. The best part of using chalky finish paint is that you don’t need to do any prep work – no sanding or priming is required! Just make sure the surface is free of loose dirt or paint and you’re ready to go. The hardest part will be choosing your color! Add a coat of wax when you’re finished and your old chair will be unrecognizable!

Chalkboard Paint

Chalk Paint

Chalkboards are all the rage these days and there’s nothing cuter than turning an old frame or a silver tray into a new chalkboard. Chalkboard paint comes in several colors in addition to the traditional black, so have fun with it.

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint

There are many multi-surface acrylic paints options out there. These are great to use on most finishes and they are an inexpensive way to transform a plain old container into a beautiful vase!

Spray Paint

Spray Paint

Probably the fastest way to transform your stuff; spray paint is a great solution and there are many colors and finishes to choose from. A few thin coats on most any finish will give you great coverage. Just be sure to use spray paint on a protected surface and in a well-ventilated area.

What have you upcycled with paint? Show us on Instagram and Facebook using #MadeWithMichaels! For more upcycling project ideas check out our Recycle Pinterest Board.

dipped milk bottle vase project

DIY Floral: Dip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!

Spring is in the air and flowers are in full bloom; sounds like it’s time to spruce up your home décor with some quick and easy floral designs. While we’d all love to surround ourselves with fresh flowers every day, weekly trips to the local flower shop can put a bit of a strain on our schedule (not to mention our wallets), and no one likes when beauty becomes a chore. So what’s a gal to do?

Embrace the world of faux flowers! Available in a rainbow of colors and styles, floral stems can add brightness and life to any room. From roses and lilies to ranunculuses and lilacs, our stores have tons of seasonal blooms to choose from, so take your pick and let’s get started.

Put that old standby vase back in the cabinet. It’s time to freshen up your floral décor with this trendy DIY take on vintage glassware. Get the look of dipped paint without all the mess with our Dipped Milk Bottles project.

Dipped milk bottle stepouts

Everything you need to make your own dipped milk bottle floral arrangement.

Easy enough for even a beginner, this painting project whips up in a snap. By using masking tape and foam pouncers, you get more control over the paint while keeping drips and drops to a minimum. Simply tape off the area you want painted, pounce away with your paint, peel off the tape, wrap your floral bundle and voilà!

You can create one for your desk or a bunch for a party—they’re so cute and quick to make that we bet you can’t stop at just one! Single them out on party tables to create you’re very own Parisian sidewalk café, or use them to create lovely tablescapes for a baby shower. They’d also make fabulous gifts that look wonderful in kitchens, bathrooms or any room in the home.

Dipped soda and milk bottle vases

To add a little variety, consider using different types of bottles (think soda bottles and mason jars), or mix up your paint hues and finishes—a stylish chalky finish is sure to stand out. Share your projects with us using #MadewithMichaels. We’d love to know how you would use them!

recipeeps-feature

Reci-Peeps®

Wilton ProductsIt’s no secret that we are Peeps®-obsessed over here. Not only are we snacking on the marshmallow treats for our 3pm sugar boost, but we’re in love with the Wilton® line of Peeps® products. There are bunny & chick shaped cookie cutters, pans and molds; they even have a giant 3-D Chick Cake Pan. We’ve gathered up some Reci-Peeps to inspire you this Spring.

Bouquet of Bunny Peeps®

Bouquet of Bunny PopsThis Bouquet of Bunny Peeps®  can be made in no time flat and is sure to be a hit at your Easter gathering.

Peeps® 3-D Chick Cake

3-D Chick Cake Wowzers. Make this 3-D Chick Cake for the next Easter party you go to and you’ll never be asked to bring chips and dip again.

Bunny Cookie Pops & Peeps Party Cupcakes

Cookie Pops & CupcakesAs usual, treats on a stick are a fan-favorite. So you won’t miss the mark when you bring in Bunny Cookie Pops. Looking for something easy, yet homemade? Add bunnies and chicks to the tops of your cupcakes and you’ll be ready in a flash!

Do you love Peeps? Share your reci-peeps with us in the comments!

- Jillian