Botanicals are having such a moment right now! From tropical palm fronds to the gorgeous fern silhouettes in these wedding invitations from Ellie of Hello Tenfold, I’m loving all the leaves I’m seeing these days! I also loved how Ellie combined the fern silhouettes with an unexpected color palette of blue and lavender and beautiful gold details. That gold wax seal over the vellum wrap alone is just so beautiful!
From Ellie: With a 2 year-old in the house, a lot of my inspiration for new designs comes from children’s books! My daughter has one with great botanical illustrations. One afternoon I started sketching ferns, which became the motif for the new Fern suite. Instead of go-to greens, I used blues, golds, and pale lavenders in this suite, which I think makes it a bit more wintery. The suite was finished with a vellum wrap, gold thread, and a gold wax seal. I love the mix of modern fonts, colors, and silhouetted ferns, with more traditional colors and textures.
Thanks so much Ellie!
I do love a good party, and there’s nothing quite like a piñata to get it going! They remind me so much of birthdays as a kid, and how, when the piñata comes out, everyone wants to join in and have fun. I wanted to make a grown-up version for bridal showers and grown-up birthdays — not just because I’m secretly jealous of the kids having all the fun. It’s a way to get nostalgic, throw around some confetti, and get on a sugar high with your girlfriends. The fact that they double as a pretty party decoration is a real plus too. Here we go! –Erin from BerinMade Paper Goods
Standard Paper Lantern (buy to the size of your piñata)
Scissors (and fringing scissors optional)
Coloured tissue paper (3″ high, in long strips)
To Make the Piñata
Step 1. Start from one opening of the lantern and apply glue around the rim. Place the fringed tissue strips around, with the fringes facing inward. Gather the tissue around so that the strips curve to the shape of the lantern. Continue in layers until the entire lantern is covered.
Step 2. To create the piñata flowers, start by cutting petal shapes out of tissue paper and twisting the bottom to create a curved shape. Create the center of the flower by using a contrasting strip of tissue paper, and fringing the edge with scissors. Wrap the fringed strips around the floral wire and secure with floral tape. Apply petals around the center and continue until satisfied. Secure all the parts with floral tape.
Step 3. Create flowers of different sizes and shapes. Arrange on the piñata by puncturing the lantern with a pair of scissors and inserting the flower through with the wire end. Secure with tape on the inside.
Step 4. Cut a tissue paper circle to seal the bottom opening of the lantern. This is the weak spot where the candy and confetti will fall out! If you find that the tissue is too weak, you may need to apply another tissue paper circle from the inside. Fill the lantern with candy and confetti!
Have fun with beautiful, bright colors or even a metallic fringing!
And don’t forget to tag us @berinmade when sharing the results on Instagram!
Photo Credits: Jeremy Tan
My latest eBay guide is up – and it’s all about sending beautiful mail! Not so much the card on the inside (which, ahem, I’m assuming you already found the perfect card right here on OSBP), but how to step up your envelope game to instantly brighten someone’s mailbox. With the holiday season – and holiday cards – right around the corner, I thought we could all use a few reminders on the extra touches we can add to outgoing mail to make it even more special, from colorful envelopes to quirky off-center address alignments!
You can check out the guide right here – isn’t sending (and receiving) mail the absolute best?!?
I mentioned this fun new card series from Belle & Union in my NYNOW coverage – but I love these cards so much they deserve a post all of their own! The Modern Americanisms collection from Belle & Union features our favorite little phrases printed in matte champagne foil. So good!
Check it out over at Belle & Union!