Elements of Fall : Copper & Cider

‘Tis the season for cozy beanies, daylong hikes, and relaxing nights spinning vinyl with friends!

In between all of the craziness of the holidays, crafting a fun drink while kicking it with those who mean the most to us is what we live for.

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Get Creative with Wood Block Ornaments!

Wood block printing has been around since ancient times. There’s just something about the raw, organic look of using a block stamp by hand. The result is an imperfect design with plenty of character. Each one leaves behind a unique imprint with its own personality.

This season we have four Wood Block Ornaments from India! They can be hung on a tree, OR you can create your very own wrapping paper and cards by using it as a stamp.

Let your imagination run wild like an elephant and get creative!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favorite Wood Block Ornament
  • Kraft paper or other sturdy, blank rolled paper
  • Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
  • Foam paint brushes OR Speedball® Rubber Brayer (roller)

Wood Block Print Ornaments and Paint

1. Add a small amount of paint to the tip of your brush.

2. Take your Wood Block Ornament and carefully dab the paint on the white, raised edges of the stamp.

3. To create an ombre look, paint half the stamp one color and the other half another color. Slightly overlap the colors in the middle. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

PRO TIP: Avoid getting paint in the recessed (brown) areas of the block.                    If this occurs, the excess paint will distort the design when you                    stamp it.

4. Firmly press the stamp onto the paper, and rock it back and forth to make a solid imprint of the design.

Note: When you wash the acrylic paint off the ornament, the original white paint on the edges will probably come off. If that bothers you, don’t use it as a stamp! Otherwise, enjoy your ornament’s new look. 

DIY Wrapping Presents with Wood Block Print Ornaments

To hang or to stamp? Let us know how you plan on using these versatile, wood block beauties!

Wallpaper for Nomads

We nomads have a hard time staying in one place for too long, let alone committing to a permanent style of décor. So how do we express ourselves on our walls when paint and wallpaper are just that—permanent? EB’s Hailey has the ultimate solution for the spontaneous soul: a starched tapestry. This simple yet impact DIY project works best with a partner. Hailey and teammate Alex hit the studio to show us how it’s done.

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Non-Toxic Essential Oil Bug Spray that Actually Works

Bugs and mosquitoes. The inevitable accessory of summer we could all do without. Why Mother Nature gifts us these creatures – we have no idea. But as we enjoy the outdoors, we’re bound to get up close and personal with these little guys, whether we like it or not.

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Taste of Turkey: Homemade Kisir

They say a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and our Turkish friend Hulya chartered a non-stop flight to flavor town. Hulya, a long-time friend of our Director of Online Sales, was born in Adana, Turkey and moved to the U.S. in 2001 after meeting her now-husband who was on assignment in Turkey.

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Vibrant Paper Flowers para Cinco de Mayo

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! This vibrant celebration commemorates the day Mexico won their fight against France at the Battle of Puebla. Although this holiday isn’t as big of a celebration in Mexico as it has become in the U.S., the festivities have brought together immigrants, Mexican Americans, and tequila-lovers alike.

We celebrated the day with Mexican soft drinks, chips and guac, and some super colorful and easy paper flowers – perfect for a fiesta. We styled the table with succulents, Mexican blankets, and a shot or four of tequila and limes in our Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses. We can’t get enough of this combination of bright colors. Ven con nosotros!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Colorful tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pen

1. Grab one, two, or three different colors of tissue paper for a total of six sheets of paper.

2. Draw a small circle on two sheets of tissue paper for the inner petals of the flower.

3. Draw a slightly larger circle on the next two sheets of tissue paper for the second layer of petals.

4. Draw the largest circle on the last two sheets of tissue paper for the final layer of petals.

5. Cut out all of the circles and layer them from smallest to largest.

6. Poke a hole in the center of the circles using a pipe cleaner. Use the other end of the pipe cleaner to poke an additional hole next it. Thread it through to the other side.

7. Pinch each layer of tissue paper to create petals.

8. Wrap one end of the pipe cleaner stem around the base of the flower to secure the petals in place or twist the pipe cleaners together to create a sturdy stem.

That wasn’t so bad now, was it? Without spending a lot, you can have vibrant tissue paper flowers for your next fiesta!

 

Handmade Plantable Paper

It’s here, it’s here! Our favorite day of the year! Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Today’s the day we celebrate Momma Nature and all her glory. In 1970, the first Earth Day protests took place at colleges and communities across America.  Nearly 20 million people across all political parties and demographics peacefully demonstrated in favor of environmental reform.

Almost 50 years later, we’re still celebrating Momma Nature and all her glory. Every day she wakes up, painting a beautiful sunset over Bali or dropping fresh snow on a mountain in Nepal.  Her work is amazing and the reason we have #nofilterneeded on Instagram.

We decided to take a bit of the earth, recycle it into something new, and give it right back to Momma Nature. With the help of our stylist Hailey, we took shredded old paper, blended it into new paper, and added seeds so it can be planted.

Here’s our how-to on plantable paper, the recyclable gift that grows!

What you need:

  • Recycled paper (Use high quality paper for sturdier results)
  • Seeds, like wildflowers
  • Blender
  • Bowl for water
  • Plastic storage container
  • Wooden spoon
  • Butterfly cookie cutter or another shape (optional)
  • Skewer or chopstick (optional)
  • Mould and deckle (We got ours from Wooden Deckle)
  • Cotton paper (optional)
  • Scissors or paper shredder
  • Storage container
  • Sponge

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

1. Shred your recycled paper with scissors, a paper shredder or by hand, and soak it overnight in a bowl of water.
2. If you have a piece of cotton paper, add this to make the pulp stronger.
3. Add the pulp back into the bowl and gently mix in seeds with a spoon so they don’t break.

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

FOR RECTANGLE PAPER

4. Pour the pulp into a plastic storage container and add enough water so the mould and deckle is completely submerged when placed underwater.

5. Place the screen underwater and move it side to side so the pulp fully covers the screen. Carefully lift it out and tilt it back and forth to let the extra water drain.

6. Flip the pulp onto a clean surface and use a sponge to absorb any excess water through the top of the screen.

7. Wait for it to dry overnight.

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

FOR BUTTERFLY PAPER

4. Pour the pulp into a plastic storage container and add enough water so the mould and deckle is completely submerged when placed underwater.

5. Place the screen underwater with the cookie cutter on top, you might need a friend for this part. Move it side to side so the pulp fully covers the screen.

6. Carefully lift it out and tilt it back and forth to let the extra water drain.

7. Remove the excess pulp from around the butterfly with a skewer or chopstick.

8. Flip the pulp onto a clean surface and use a sponge to absorb any excess water through the top of the screen.

9. Wait for it to dry overnight.

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

Once the paper is dry, write a note on it and pass it out to friends so they can plant their paper and watch the wildflower seeds grow! You can make paper like this for cards, business cards, or even a hangtag on a present.

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

Happy Earth Day from Earthbound and our little spider friend we met.

Plantable Seed Paper DIY

Happy Planting!