Surprise DIY Challenge

I was thrilled when I was asked to take part in a Surprise DIY Challenge by some amazingly talented friends on Instagram.

DIY’s are always fun, but this challenge was especially intriguing!

Here’s how it works:

We drew names and everyone sent someone a surprise box of supplies for a DIY including one challenge item. We’re allowed to make more than one DIY project as long as we use each item from our box in some way.

Dylan from Dylan Kade’s Blog sent new my box and was relieved when I got it because everything was color coordinated and seemed to go tother pretty well! I actually wasn’t totally sure what my challenge item was at first! (I definitely struggled with it later!)

My box contained some Christmas florals and a block of foam for floral arrangements, silver and gold ribbon, an LED candle taper, and four mercury glass style picture frames. I knew exactly what I was going to do with the picture frames right away! Everything else I wasn’t sure, but I was definitely inspired by.

Project 1

I decided this could be a perfect way to spruce up my Christmas village from last year. I have some cloches I like to use around the holidays to create little winter vignettes as well as a couple little houses from Target's Dollar Spot circa Christmas 2019.

I started by lining the roofs of the houses with a little gold ribbon to mimic Christmas lights. Then I deconstructed my florals and attached the wispy, glittery ones to small squares of my floral arrangement foam to create little ice-covered trees.

I placed my houses on my cloche pedestals and secured my trees with a little hot glue. Then I covered the "ground" of my scene with fake snow. I considered shaving off the rest of my floral arrangement foam to create snow, but it just seemed too messy.

With the rest of my florals, I cut off the flower petals and hot glued them together alternating between white and silver to create a fuller, more interesting bloom. I also swapped out the middle of my flowers for little bunches from my sparkly sprigs.

I secured these new flowers onto the tops of my cloches with some of my gold ribbon, but once they were on, they kind of blocked the view of my little village and they were just a little too much for me style-wise. So I took them off and will be using them to spruce up some Christmas presents once I start gift wrapping!