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DIY Tillandsia String Art.

There's no denying our love for Tillandsia these days, so we decided to create a DIY that would put these unique plants on display in an innovative way. The final product?  Some extremely easy wall art that perfectly nests your Tillandsia using only yarn, nails, and a wood plaque. These geometric inspired pieces are perfect for hanging on your walls, for your greenhouse, or placed on a shelf to compliment a vignette.  These are very customizable pieces that can be painted or stained and the yarn used to create the geometric qualities can be swapped for rustic twine or industrial leather!

First off, you'll need: - A wood plaque (We got ours at the nearest craft store!) - Nails - A hammer - Yarn or string in the color of your choice - Scissors - 2-3 Tillandsia

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Start by mapping out where you would like your nails to go. This is crucial if you're dreaming up a fancy design for your yarn to create! If you're more of an organic type of creator, then we suggest you just go crazy. We decided to put nails evenly along the outside of the plaque and make almost a hexagon out of the interior nails.

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Time to get started! Double knot your yarn around one of the nails, you can start anywhere!

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We had Helen, our Visual Merchandiser, help us out and create one of her own. She went the organic route, leaving some of the exterior edges bare and getting extremely geometric! We love how these turn out in such a unique way! All you have to do next is pop in your tillandsia & nestle them into the yarn.

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We had to do some color testing, too! The red against naked wood looked amazing (especially in time for Fall!) but we wanted to see what a softer side of this project could look like. We painted a larger plaque pale grey and contrasted with mustard yarn. Pop of color? Yes, please!

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Circular plaques are included!  We think these would look amazing mixed together with different shapes, sizes, and hues to create an entire gallery wall.

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We're still obsessed with how easy and amazing this DIY is. So many visitors inquired about these pieces of wall art as we were out and about creating at our Culver City store; we're so glad it inspired you! We'd love to see you create your own and share it with us. Happy Crafting!

DIY Recycled Bottle Vases!

Reuse, Recycle, and Reclaim! Nothing beats taking a piece of trash and turning it into a treasure, which is exactly what we wanted to do. With outdoor entertaining at an all time high, we saw that glass bottles were being easily tossed aside and took the chance to create a simple, fun DIY perfect for Summer! With only glass bottles and a few colors of spray paint, these DIY recycled bottle vases make the perfect centerpiece for your next outdoor celebration!

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We spray-painted our used glass bottles with a white base coat and let them dry overnight, then selected a metallic spray paint as our accent color to create some contrast. After they dry, turn the bottle upside down (and don't forget to protect the area you're working over with scrap paper), then spray the paint with light pressure at a 45 degree angle over the bottle. Move the  can upwards on the bottle while continuously spraying another layer to achieve a subtle ombre effect!

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 We also spray painted a few bottles entirely with the metallic bronze color to create a mixture of finishes. Make sure to let the bottles dry at least overnight before adding water. The next step; add a mixture of your favorite flowers! We chose a palette of purple, pinks, and greens for a pop of color.

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Stunning. easy, and a great way to recycle! We can't wait to put these vases to use for the rest of Summer. What color would you love to see these in? Happy Crafting!

DIY Abstract Summer Coasters

Summer is setting in! We're excited for the beach-worthy weather and endless outdoor entertaining possibilities. With that in mind, we conjured up the simplest DIY with a one-of-a-kind look. These abstract Summer coasters only require 4 items and a little bit of time! Prep for the wave of compliments you'll receive the next time someone asks, "Where did you get these coasters?"

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What You'll Need:

- Four to five 4¼” X 4¼” square tiles in white - Opaque Craft Paint (We used Martha Stewart's Chalkboard paint for texture and opacity) - A few small paintbrushes - Krylon Short Cuts Gloss Finish for Hobby & Craft Paint

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Start by pouring a bit of paint into a palette or old piece of card stock. To create the abstract stipple effect,  dip your paintbrush into a small amount of paint and create short strokes similar to the shapes of tear drops. We alternated between liberal amounts of paint to very little amounts of paint.  You can create sections of the pattern like we did, or create the stipple effect across the whole tile! There is no wrong or right way to create these, each one is a piece of art!

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To create the paintbrush stroke tiles, dip your brush in paint and start about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the tile. From that point, drag your paintbrush straight down applying different amount of pressure while you paint. Start from different points on the tile for varying heights and continue across. The result is a super cool brush effect with different texture and opacities.

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After your tiles have dried, spray them with the Gloss Finish to prevent the paint from flaking off and to seal the tile. To prevent scratches on your table, glue a piece of felt to the bottom of each tile in a complimenting color. Let the tiles dry, and you're done! We weren't kidding when we said it was the simplest DIY ever!

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Simple? Yes! A work of art? Absolutely! We think these cool hued tiles also make an excellent gift for Dad this Father's Day. With a cold bottle or glass of beer and an outdoor barbecue, who can complain? Happy DIY-ing!

DIY: Clay Imprint Dish

The perfect dish for your vanity! Top it with your jewelry, create a place your favorite perfume bottle, or pile on your stray hair accessories. With a bit of air-dry clay and one single circle cutter, you can create this gorgeous, delicate clay imprint dish. Trust us, you’ll love it!

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After you’ve gotten all of your tools together, take your clay out of the package and mold it in your hands to soften it up. Remember to close up the rest of the clay tightly when you aren’t using it so it won’t dry up.

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We found a flat surface and then laid down wax paper to prevent the clay from sticking to anything. After that, we used a rolling pin to roll it out until our circle cutter could create a complete circle

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We then placed our cutter down, removed the excess clay, and voila! We have a circle. You can stop here if you love a minimalistic look and let it dry after shaping it in a bowl, or you can create some extra detail.

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We placed our circle over a doily to add a feminine touch and rolled it out once more over the doily to make the imprint. After that we used our circle cutter once more to keep the shape.

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Take your clay circle and place it in a bowl so that it dries into the shape of a dish. Let it sit overnight in a dry place and in the morning you have an extremely gorgeous clay imprint dish!

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We weren’t kidding when we said it was easy! These small dishes also make the cutest gift when wrapped up with a piece of jewelry. We love these dishes and heavily encourage experimenting with the finishes. A watercolor wash, glaze, or gilded accent would create an amazing finish. Don’t forget to share your projects with us. Happy Crafting!

Our Egg-citing DIY!

We love to get our hands a bit dirty and get creative when the chance pops up. What better chance to unleash our inner craftiness than by putting an innovative spin on the generic Easter egg?  Simply dying Easter eggs just isn't enough; we took Easter egg decorating to the next level with gilded perfection, painted expression, and a new take on the chalkboard craze. Read on for more!

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We got together with a couple dozen eggs, some amazing Raspberry Mojitos, probably too much crafting supplies, and a ton of inspiration for this DIY.

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Itty bitty details, like color seeping through cracked eggshells and bits of gold leaf stuck to color-stained fingertips, kept us inspired throughout our egg-citing crafting get together.

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Mod Podge // A Few Brushes // Gold Leaf // Eggs

1.  Brush a little Mod Podge into your egg  // 2. Take a bit of gold leaf with your brush and and gently press it on your egg in random areas // 3. Brush another light layer of Mod Podge over the area for extra staying power; So easy!

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Chalkboard Spray Paint // Pastels (Colors of your Choice)

1. Cover your egg with Chalkboard Spray Paint for an opaque, black background that will hold the texture well, let dry for about 5-10 minutes // 2. Pick 2-3 chalk colors in a monochromatic palette, (we obviously love grey), and rub over your eggs vertically // 3. Mix and match the colors to create a textured, modern egg that stretches beyond the standard chalkboard!

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Acrylic Craft Paint // Puffy Paint (Metallic & Glitter) // Sharpies // Embellishments

1.  Paint your egg in color of your choice // 2. Mod podge of stick embellishments of your choice on your egg, Choosing either cool or warm color palette for all elements of this DIY helps keep it modern // 3. Puffy paint, glitter, sketch, and paint your way to an awesome mixed media Easter egg!

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We experimented a ton with watercolor, decoupage, gilding, and painting; here's some of our faves! The possibilities are truly endless. Happy DIY-ing & Happy Easter from all of us at Rolling Greens!