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Some Bunny Loves Spring: DIY Brass & Clay Vase

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DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold

Hello Spring! This week is the official start of the season, and we couldn't be more ready for it. With Easter approaching this weekend, I wanted to create a fun DIY to celebrate all things bunny! So I created this brass and clay bunny vase to showcase the fresh flowers that Spring has finally brought us. 

To create the vase, I sprayed a glass cylinder vase white and molded bunny ears and a snout out of white clay. I then cut the metallic accents from thin brass sheets and adhered them to the clay. After attaching the clay pieces to the vase, I filled with fresh white peonies.... my absolute favorite. And to bring a little spring color in, I painted abstract backgrounds with poppy colors and metallic gold strokes.

DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold

I love how simple this project was but so perfect for the holiday weekend... and such a perfect centerpiece for Easter brunch! This little guy is too cute!

DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold
DIY Brass & Clay Bunny Vase | Some Bunny Loves Spring | Sugar & Gold

Time to Spring Forward!

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Spring Forward Floral Clock | Sugar & Gold

Daylight Saving Time is here... finally!! (Deep sigh of relief.) Springing forward may mean losing an hour of sleep, but I'll take that any day for an extra hour of daylight! Especially when it's a sign that Spring is truly just a few short weeks away.

Now that winter hibernation is almost officially over, Sugar & Gold has so many exciting plans ready to bloom over the next few months... and longer days means more time to accomplish them! So here's to an extra hour of daylight... hope you all make the best of it!

Gold Faceted Succulent Favors: Melissa & Steve's Wedding

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Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold

Today, I'm kicking off March with a little greenery in hopes that spring will soon arrive in Chicago! We woke up to a sheet of ice this morning, but these succulent wedding favors are definitely a reminder that winter is almost over! Fingers crossed... spring is near!

I created these gold faceted wedding favors for Melissa and Steve's summer wedding, and they are still one of my absolute favorite projects!! Previously, I posted a little sneak peak of spraying these plaster beauties gold... and here is the full reveal!

Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold

Melissa reached out to me to create 200+ planters to hold these mini succulents, which served as the favor for guests at their wedding.  I wanted to create something that tied into the look and feel that would be present throughout their celebration, which I was extremely excited to hear was going to be gold facets... and lots of them! Their centerpieces featured brass terrariums with white florals and lots of candles. So I created a few options for them to choose from that ranged from mini terrariums with gold trim to brass himmelis to these faceted plaster vases, which were easily sprayed gold to tied into the rest of the decor.

After exploring lots of different geometric shapes, I created ten pentagonal faceted molds from sheets of acrylic so I could pour several at a time. I was able to create over 200 of these plaster favors in just a few weeks! I then created watercolor name flags for each guest with colors that tied into their entree choice. I was so happy to hear that they tied perfectly into the rest of the decor and were a hit for guests at Melissa and Steve's wedding!

Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold
Gold Faceted Succulent Wedding Favors | Sugar & Gold

Sweetheart Pancakes & DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray

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Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold

Rather than anything over the top, small unexpected gestures are definitely my favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day... a surprise valentine in a hidden location or a low key dinner at home rather than a packed restaurant. And starting the day off with a cozy breakfast in bed with your love is definitely at the top of that list!

Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold

So to add a little Valentine’s Day touch to a bed in breakfast staple—pancakes—I thought it would be fun turning them into conversation heart pancakes! Rather than writing the cute sayings on top after making regular pancakes, I spelled them out backwards in dark pink batter first and then poured the colored heart batter on top, containing the shape within a heart cookie cutter. I love how this result looked and also didn’t alter the taste by having to use icing or gel to write the sayings. The trick is to let the saying cook a little first so that it’s solid before pouring the rest of the batter on top to prevent it from mixing together. 

To add a personal touch, I created a custom coffee cup and plate duo with gold lettering. Together, once revealed after all the pancakes are gone, they complete a lyric from our first dance wedding song, "You're the one.. I adore." 

And because I'm still right in the middle of my marble obsession, I built a breakfast tray that can also function as a laptop tray when I working in bed (wide enough that I can actually cross my legs under it!) and then, of course, covered it in heavy duty marble contact paper. The cost is higher than standard contact paper, but the quality and luxurious look is definitely worth it. I finished the tray with gold hardware for easy transport and a little extra polish.

Such a simple way to start the day, but a lovely way to treat your Valentine!

Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold
Conversation Heart Pancakes and DIY Faux Marble Bed Tray | Valentine's Day Breakfast in Bed | Sugar & Gold

DIY: XOXO Pop-Up Card Template

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DIY XOXO Pop-Up Card Template | Valentine's Day Card | Sugar & Gold

FREEBIE DOWNLOAD!! Last year, I created a XOXO pop-up Valentine's Day card that featured a gold chapstick for the "I" in Kisses for some of my most wonderful friends! You can check out last year's original pop-up card post to see this design in a poppy neon coral! And over the year, some of you reached out as for a DIY template on how to create one yourselves... so I have a printable template ready for you just in time for this year's Valentine's Day! I created mine using a Silhouette Cameo, but you can easily just do it the old fashioned way with an xacto knife because the design isn't that intricate.

SUPPLIES

2 sheets of letter sized cardstock for exterior and interior (here I used white)
1 sheet of letter sized paper for liner (here I used neon fuschia to really pop in cutouts)
xacto knife
double-sided tape or glue stick
standard chapstick/lipstick, spray-painted gold
baker twine or ribbon
lipstick to leave a kiss signature (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

First, print out template and lay one design on top of each sheet of your chosen paper. Use tape or staples to secure template to your paper so it doesn't move while cutting out the shapes. Use xacto knife to cut design where solid lines are present. Before removing the template from the interior sheet, crease the paper where the dotted and dashed lines are present. Fold all of the dotted lines in one direction, and the dashed lines in the opposite direction so that the letter forms pop outward from the main center fold. On the other two sheets, fold the main center line as well. After cutting and folding the templates, you will have three 8"x9" final sized layers—one exterior (KISSES), one interior (XOXO), and one blank liner sheet.

If you choose to attach chapstick for the "I" in KISSES on the front, cut two small piece of twine or ribbon and tape on the backside on each side of the I on the exterior sheet. Once the card is finished, you will secure the chapstick by tying a bow on the front.

Next, you will sandwich the three together. But first make sure to fold all of the sheets so that they line up at the center fold. While all folded together correctly, start gluing or taping the layers together... having them line up at the center fold while folded closed is key. After securing all layers together and folding closed, trim the excess edge opposite of the fold where the 3 layers aren't perfectly lined up so that the edges match.

Finally, if you want to leave a kiss signature to play off of the chapstick/lipstick favor, layer on your favorite shade and pucker up... and leave your "X" with the Xs and Os inside!! 

Enjoy! XOXO

DIY XOXO Pop-Up Card Template | Valentine's Day Card | Sugar & Gold
DIY XOXO Pop-Up Card Template | Valentine's Day Card | Sugar & Gold
DIY XOXO Pop-Up Card Template | Valentine's Day Card | Sugar & Gold