Spring Window Display

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Lesley Cummings | 0 Comments

Aloha Spring! We created a window display filled with oversized flowers to commemorate the colorful and happy feeling that comes from Spring. It is the perfect decoration for any store, party or craft night! We fell in love with the idea from this amazing blog from Design Sponge. We tweaked some of the directions, but it still resulted in a fun and cute display.

SUPPLIES 

  • Chicken wire (Home Depot)
  • Brown paper
  • Tissue paper (Green and bright colors)
  • Plastic flower stems
  • Elmer's glue & hot glue gun
  • Scissors & pencil & tape
  • Gloves & wire cutters
  • Dried Moss

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Put on some gloves and grab a friend to help you construct the stem. Decide on the lengths of your flower stems. We made some taller than others.
  2. Cut your wire and mold together to make your stem. Be careful!
  3. Cover the wire with brown paper. We used tape!
  4. Glue green tissue paper over stem until completely covered. Use a small line of Elmer's Glue.
  5. Instead of making leaves, we took stems from fake flowers we used for an earlier project. We cut them and glued them at the bottoms of the stem.
  6. Time to make the flowers! Make stencils of the various sizes you want to use for petals. We recommend three sizes. Trace on tissue paper and cut.
  7. Form the smallest petals together like a bouquet. Tape the tissue stems together.
  8. Continue to add on the bigger petals until you have reached the size you want for your flowers. Secure tissue stem with a zip tie.
  9. Cut circles out of tissue paper and scrunch the edges. Glue into center of flower.
  10. Glue moss on center of circular tissue paper.
  11. Attach flower to stem using zip ties.
  12. Fluff up the tissue paper and TA-DAAAHHH! You have yourself a beautiful flower. 

 

Posted in decorations, design, flower, spring

spring is on its way

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Lesley Cummings | 0 Comments

Although we don't have four seasons in Hawaii, we like to pretend we do. With spring approaching we decided to do a little decorating. Something simple, cheap, easy and stylish. It is the perfect DIY for your home, bedroom, classroom or office space. 

All you need is...

  • fake flowers
  • sugi (fishing wire) or string. The more transparent the better.
  • hot glue gun

Steps...

  • Cut fake flowers 
  • Decide how long you want to hang them. Layout on floor.
  • Glue flowers on string
  • Hang
  • Smile
happy spring from maui thing

Posted in 2014, decorations, DIY, Feel Good, flower, hawaii

BEHIND THE DESIGN: NAUPAKA

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Lesley Cummings | 0 Comments

"DIVIDE INTO TWO PARTS, SEPARATE BY SPACE, KEEP A DISTANCE."

(Photo courtesy of http://www.aloha-hawaii.com)

NAUPAKA. Its flower is unique, but its story is what makes it special. Naupaka (kahakai) can be found near the ocean shore. The shrub's white and purple blossoms look as if they have been cut perfectly in half. Now, head up toward the mountains and you will find a similar shrub with a different shape and shade of green. This shrub also has blossoms that look as if they have been perfectly cut in half. There is no denying the relation and connection between these two shrubs whose blossoms put together make a complete flower.

Naupaka is the theme of many Hawaiian love stories. The stories tell of separation and the heartache of being apart....a love that resides in the mountains and near the sea.

Our Naupaka design is a tribute to the beauty behind the many love stories associated with this flower. Its intricate and delicate design moves with grace on this comfy tank. Fashionable, comfortable and designed with love.

Get your NAUPAKA TANK HERE!

Posted in flower, hawaiian, love, mountain, naupaka, ocean, shrub

 

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