crafts

golden tulle – engagement invites

When the party planning started for the future Mr & Mrs Millemann I immediately knew that I HAD to be involved in the invites (so graciously picked, customized and ordered by Krista’s soon to be amazing sister-in-law from Wedding Paper Divas). I just adore a crisp piece of paper, some envelopes and anything gold, which they obviously had to be.

Krista and I discussed her outfit for the party, months in advance of course (basic?). She mentioned tulle and I was smitten with the idea of incorporating tulle in everything. Did you know you can find hoards, I mean hoards of tulle on Amazon. Why yes you can. For great prices too. Not that I really know the standard price of tulle…but you can even find gold, glittery tulle in all sorts of sizes!

However in the end she went rogue and wore feathers but looked phenomenal so it was okay!

I ordered 25 yards of gold glitter tulle to cut into squares, gave them a napkin-style fold and placed them just inside the envelopes. Here is a look at the invites with a special little party inside!

materials

  • invitations + envelopes
  • choice of tulle
  • scissors
  • pens for addressing
  • cute washi tape for sealing
love the invites but really love the color of this box!

love the invites but really love the color inside of this box!

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the tulle!

the tulle!

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glitter!

glitter!

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check out that tulle!

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cheers to the future mr & mrs millemann!

taylor brass

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“will you be my bridesmaid” gift boxes

When Chase popped the big question, one of the funnest things to think about — outside of spending the rest of my life with him of course — was the year ahead with an incredible crew of ladies. They are cousins, confidantes, partners in crime, and best friends, and they deserve the best.

But how to ask them to be a bridesmaid? While part of me wanted to text or call them immediately, I wanted to mark the occasion and commitment (and it is a commitment!) with something a little more special. They are and will continue to be so supportive, giving, and generous to me, so I wanted to at least somewhat return the favor from the start.

Googling and searching on Etsy didn’t return anything all that inspired…and with 11 bridesmaids, buying a $50 customized box that someone else makes without much in it wasn’t really an option.

I wanted to include items that had some kind of significance or than symbolized something, so I settled on:

materials

  • Ivory and gold polka dot boxes from PaperSource
  • Ivory tissue paper
  • Monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie
  • Le Pen pens in rainbow colors
  • Mini bottles of champagne
  • Christmas ornaments with stars on them
  • 3×5 photos from throughout the years
  • Pink satin ribbon
  • “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” cards from Rifle Paper Co.
  • Navy and Ivory cardstock/envelopes from Willow Papery

Each item connected to something in the first card on the box:

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outside of the first card

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front side of the first card

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back of the first card, which connects to the contents in the box

Box for “keeping my shit together,” mugs for “comfort”, pens for “writing my story” and “bringing color to my life,” champagne for “celebrating,” stars for being like “stars,” and photos for “amazing memories.”

Here’s a look at everything!

incredible boxes from PaperSource that I got for 20% off

incredible boxes from PaperSource that I got for 20% off

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the assembly line

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maybe my favorite monogrammed mug for Rachel

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starry ornaments from anthropologie

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the main parts

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I think everyone's favorite part was looking through the photos — probably mine too!

I think everyone’s favorite part was looking through the photos — probably mine too!

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the second card they opened, inside of the box

boxes ready for bows!

boxes ready for bows!

erica's

erica’s

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finished off with a satin (or silk) bow!

finished off with a satin (or silk) bow!

Thanks to all my favorite ladies for saying YES! You are the best, and I love you all so much!

cheers krista

 

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christmas ball delight – holiday gift wrapping

One aspect of the Holidays that I absolutely love, look forward to and semi-obsess over is wrapping presents. I love the giving of presents but I really love the wrapping of the presents themselves. Hey, like 90% of life is all about the presentation peeps.

So I decided to stick with the craft style paper that I have been oh so in love with for like the past three years and go from there. Krista and I had a little present wrapping party complete with some La Croix, the recent Adele performance and the smash sisters (aka Pars and Maude). It was pretty much the perfect #brassblossom afternoon. The past two years I have tried to pick a theme to draw together all of my present wrapping. Last year it was Bells and this year it was all about holiday balls. Christmas ball ornaments that is.

I took a gold (obvi) metallic marker and got to work writing each person’s name that we were giving a gift to on an ornament. I then attached those suckers to a (perfectly) craft paper wrapped gift and tied it up and down and all over with some twine (I adore twine). The result gave me that special feeling. That special feeling you got when you were just a little wee-one and you got woken up at like 3:30 am to your younger brother violently shaking you and convincing you that you both HAD to get up and sneak down to see if Santa had come. It was that good.

So without further ado, here is some (very last minute) holiday gift wrapping inspiration! Feel free to “borrow” a ball or two from your own tree to make it happen!

materials

  • Craft style gift wrapping paper (or whatever you fancy)
  • Black and white twine
  • Natural twine
  • Christmas ball ornaments
krista and my wrapping selection

krista and my wrapping selection

the necessities

the necessities

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holiday balls

holiday balls

the best pens (from paper source)

the best pens (from paper source)

getting to work

getting to work

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i LOVE this gold arrow wrapping paper

i LOVE this gold arrow wrapping paper

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just a little bow action

just a little bow action

gotta throw in some color!

gotta throw in some color!

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our tree fit for some pretty presents

our 2/3 of a tree fit for some pretty presents!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas full of lots of love and holiday cheer!

taylor brass

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idaho dreaming – the dream catcher of my dreams

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The Brass Blossom is all about crafting. But even we will admit that some crafting endeavors are better left to professionals, Idaho professionals that is. Ginormous dream catchers are one of those crafting endeavors.

I had been searching for like seven months for the dream catcher of my literal dreams after I had a crazy dream/vision early on this year that the boy, Maude Pod and I needed a ginormous dream catcher to ensure only sweet dreams ahead. This dream left me amiss and on an extensive search for the biggest and most ethereal dream catcher I could find. But I searched high and low with no luck for a ginormous dream catcher that likely wasn’t made in some factory in Taiwan (sorry, Urban Outfitters) because factories don’t scream sweet dreams to me.

And ironically I finally found one so close to home. Perhaps home (if it’s Idaho) is truly the answer to most of life’s quests. And Idaho Dreaming was the answer to my search. They hand-designed, hand-made, hand-wrapped (so cute!) and hand-delivered the dream catcher of my dream. And I couldn’t love it more. So even though it’s not a #brassblossom craft it is fully worthy of a spot (slash major photo drop) on the blog. You all need to check out their Instagram for some swoon worthy photos and head on over to Idaho Dreaming’s Etsy Shop for the dream catcher of your dreams.

Cheers to only sweet dreams ahead!

i couldn't think of a better way to wrap a dream catcher

the perfect wrap job

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the cutest little tag (clearly not made in a factory!)

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love the color scheme

love the color scheme with touches of gold

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untied!

untied!

so pretty!

so pretty!

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miss maude pod approved!

miss maude pod approved!

i cant even handle this cuteness <3

i cant even handle this cuteness ❤

Sweet dreams!

taylor brass

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weekend love it – summer love, letters & luxuries

July was truly a spectacular month. If my life were a country song (in like the sappiest way possible), the theme of the song would be about love (like every country song…). We spent the month of July enjoying the Northwest on a wedding tour and cannot be more thankful than to have been a part of that love. We have also enjoyed our fair share of amazing indulgences (cue the “dad bod”) to go along with all that love…here is a look!

1. northwest wedding tour continued. The boy and I were again lucky enough to be invited to another amazing wedding, this time in McCall, Idaho. And while I completely think that the Wood River Valley is the only place in Idaho worth noting, McCall and it’s people are quite spectacular as well.

Krista’s “sister-in-law” (otherwise known as Chase’s sister) married the love of her life in the most amazing, heartfelt wedding full of a constant stream of simultaneous laughter and tears with a side of the most amazing grilled cheese (I literally ate my weight in cheese). Literally every moment was amazing, but I’ll just give you a sneak peak as Krista spent almost the entire week celebrating their love so deserves the spotlight! Cheers to a life full of love, laughter and happy tears to the Brennans!

big idaho sky

big idaho sky

the boy, his camo tie and the future of randolph

the boy, his camo tie and the future of randolph

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the boys :)

the boys 🙂

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duckkkkksss!!

go duckkkkksss!!

picturesque

picturesque

so much love

so much love for the boy, 70’s cocaine jumpsuits and idaho

lake view

lake view

2. pretty letters. I have always truly enjoyed handwriting and beautifully written letters and words. So I was ecstatic when I was asked to help out with a few chalkboards for the wedding in McCall. I love pretty words, pretty letters and making pretty things for pretty people!

there is no greater sign than an idaho sign

there is no greater sign than an idaho sign (& coffee)

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backwards but the idea is still the same...cheers to the brennans!

backwards but the idea is still the same…cheers to the brennans!

and to top it off...the cutest card i found in mccall

and to top it off…the cutest card i found in mccall

3. new eats & treats. The Warfield recently joined the ranks of Ketchum restaurants. And right now it seems to be sitting pretty high. Warfield definitely hit the mark on a place to go for good food, good drinks and an ahhhhmazing deck. And the service and overall atmosphere was actually incredible for a newly opened restaurant. Go right this second and enjoy the deck and some nommies. You won’t regret it!

love me some brick and gold accents

love me some brick and gold accents

this door handle makes me swoon

this door handle makes me swoon

topo map menus

topo map menus

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the best cocktail (the London Lemonade)

the best, not-too-sweet, cocktail (the London Lemonade)

the veg burger

the veg burger

krista's poutine

krista’s poutine

brussels forever!

brussels forever!

the best deck around

the best deck around

4. i heart lulu x seven billion. A few weeks ago I was very nicely asked by the local Lululemon store to participate in an event. A few other local women who also participate in Crossfit (and are all total badasses) and I were brought into the store to give our opinions, ideas and suggestions for Lululemon gear for Crossfit. We talked about nipping out, some boob chaffing and all those fun things that happen when you work out. And then we were given gift cards to purchase some new Lulu swag! I know, like my dream come true!! Lululemon and Crossfit all wrapped up into one?! Pretty much best night ever.

And now I wasn’t sure anything could top the brainstorming event but the pants I got actually are the MOST amazing pants ever (Street to Studio Pant II…I also sized up for a bit of a looser fit). If you didn’t know by now I would wear yoga pants everyday of my life, for the rest of my life if it were socially acceptable. And guess what!? These pants make it socially acceptable. They can definitely be termed more of a “lifestyle” item and I literally wear them everywhere. A must buy! Even goats love them…

mecca

mecca

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the pants i got...not the best angle but just wait!

the pants i got…not the best angle but just wait!

pretty much the cutest shirt ever...thinking about running back by for it

pretty much the cutest shirt ever…thinking about running back by for it

trying to get the goats to cooperate for a photo: fail. wearing my new pants everyday: success.

trying to get the goats to cooperate for a photo: fail. wearing my new pants everyday: success.

5. we were liars (semi-spoiler alert). I started reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart in late December and literally pummelled through the first half of the book. (Side note: The fact that the female author goes by E. Lockhart makes her super cool in my book. Total throw back to female authors not being able to be published under feminine names.) Then the boy’s accident happened and reading was the last thing from my mind. I attempted to pick up the book in February but the storyline of the main character having a traumatic brain injury just hit a bit too close to heart.

But I recently picked up the book running out the door on the way to the pool since I had forgotten to download a book. And I loved the rest of the story. There is a reason this book is a “New York Times Bestseller.” It’s a quick read with a twist of an ending. I highly recommend it and if I say more I will spoil it…

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6. sunday night impromptu “family” dinner. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of wonderful and I desperately needed a relaxing weekend. On Sunday, my Brass Blossom Boyfriend and I went to a Barre class, hung out at the pool and then parted ways only to enjoy a very spontaneous, “family” dinner with the boys and black dogs later in the evening. We had amazing food (with only slightly burnt corn….Cha-seee), a few drinks and a whole lot of laughs playing cornhole (P.S. #thebrassblossom came soooo close to beating the boys in cornhole…we will get them next time!). Summers are definitely for impromptu dinners like these on back porches listening to country music.

(half) of my lovely dinner dates

(half) of my lovely dinner dates

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i just love summer nights

i just love summer nights

idaho pie for dessert (recipe coming soon!)

idaho pie for dessert (recipe coming soon!)

7. i only like pugs. This shirt and card pretty much sum up my life.

 

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Cheers to a week full of recharging!

taylor brass

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diy wooden banner

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, but one of the reasons I love the boy is that he generally goes along with my crazy visions. One evening in December when he was building a fire and I was supervising (obviously), I told him that I wanted to make a piece of firewood into a banner. I really had no idea what power tools would be required to make this transformation necessary, but I had full faith the boy could make it happen.

And he did. He used a nice saw of sorts and cut me perfectly smooth disks of fire wood. I had originally planned to paint on the disks until the boy offered his creative genius and said they would look super cool with wood burned letters. And lo and behold I happen to have a wood burner! It must have been creative fate.

While this banner takes some commitment (and possibly a creative minion who is good with power tools), it happens to be one of my favorite DIYs. I made a “happy birthday” banner for Krista’s birthday and then another “i love you pobre” for the boy for Valentine’s Day that now hangs in our room. Here is a look!

materials

  • a nice piece of wood with the diameter you desire for your disks
  • a wood burner
  • twine for hanging
  • a chop saw (according to the boy) or other tool to cut the disks
  • a drill for drilling holes to hang the disks by
the boy crafting

the boy crafting ❤

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perfectly cut wooden disks

perfectly cut wooden disks

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a finished wood burned letter "h"

a finished wood burned letter “h”

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happy birthday banner

happy birthday banner hung by balloons

i love you banner

i love you banner

"love"

“love”

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awkward posing… 

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taylor brass

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“k” birthday — gold dinos, fondue and g&ts

I saw the following picture on Pinterest about a month ago and totally fell in love with the concept of having gold dinos as a “theme” for a party. I was so in love with this idea that I couldn’t spend the creativity on just anybody. Lucky for me, the end of March brought the perfect occasion.

As I mentioned before, many of my friends celebrate March birthdays. When one great friend came home for her birthday, we hatched a plan to have a co-birthday party with some other birthday girls whose names start with “K.” And so the “K” party, complete with gold dinos, fondue, and some gin and tonics was born. He’s a look!

decor

 

The décor was “fierce” (ha) but feminine:

  • An assortment of plastic dinosaurs spray painted gold. I found the dinos at the drug store after realizing that large replicas of the prehistoric creatures are kind of crazy expensive. I opted for the smaller, cheaper ones and just bought more.
  • A handmade happy birthday sign
  • Big gold and clear balloons
  • Gold letters spelling “YAY, K”
  • Gold votives
  • Tissue paper confetti in blues and pinks
  • Handmade “holey” paper
the scene

the scene

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late-night dino stacking

late-night dino stacking

it almost spells kayak...but it doesn't.

it almost spells kayak…but it doesn’t.

gold dinos

gold dinos

more gold dinos

more gold dinos

hand-cut tissue paper confetti

hand-cut tissue paper confetti

t-rex was the fan favorite of course.

t-rex was the fan favorite of course.

menu

 

The menu was simple and straightforward and of course featured lots of cheese. We enjoyed:

  • Cheese fondue with apple, bread, sausage, broccoli and roasted potatoes for dipping
  • Arugula salad with strawberries, red onion, and feta
  • An orzo and arugula salad by Kacie
  • Goat cheese toast points from Rachel
  • German chocolate cakes in mason jars with fresh berries and whipped cream
  • Gin and tonics and champagne
fondue circle

fondue circle

bar cart

bar cart

bar cart

t-rex getting in on the g&t action

t-rex getting in on the g&t action

german chocolate cakes in mason jars with fresh berries and whipped cream

german chocolate cakes in mason jars with fresh berries and whipped cream

the birthday girls making a wish...in their birthday crowns

the birthday girls making a wish…in their birthday crowns

the company

 

it was a great mellow night with great friends and of course a little cards against humanity. Happy birthday, ladies! I’m so lucky to have you in my life.

a little march madness in the "background"

a little march madness in the “background”

love the boy's facial expression in the back

love the boy’s facial expression in the back

xole with her party favor dino favorite and a nice tag photo bomb

xole with her party favor dino favorite and a nice tag photo bomb

par par stretching it out

par par stretching it out

"k" ladies

“k” ladies

dinosaur party

the birthday girls got some bubbles and glow sticks — great party gift/immediate favor!

the birthday girls got some bubbles and glow sticks — great party gift/immediate favor!

a little blurry eyed by the end of the night :)

a little blurry eyed by the end of the night 🙂

the dino stacking was actually pretty impressive

the dino stacking was actually pretty impressive

cheers krista

sending love

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Thus far 2015 has been a year (enter choice swear word…). A year full of raw emotions and simultaneous tears and smiles. As some of you may know my “boy” suffered a critical injury at the beginning of January. And while he is doing spectacular, and it will be A Positive Tale, it has needless to say been a rough year.

However in the midst of it all, when the road to recovery began to seem just the more manageable, “The Brass Blossom” officially turned one. So on February 9, Krista and I celebrated. It wasn’t necessarily the popping bottles, dancing on the table type of celebration you might imagine, but it was perfect. We went to a comforting and indulgent lunch at Cristina’s, split a glass of champagne and just talked.

It was a day that obviously marked a milestone for us. Over the last year we have poured our hearts, souls and Martha Stewart crafty selves into this blog. What started as an outlet in the middle of winter to surround ourselves with pretty things has become a part of us. It is something that we genuinely love and keeps us going in the toughest of times.

And during this tough, frustrating, yet remarkably hopeful time, one thing we knew that we wanted to do was send some love. Because regardless if it is two days or 15 days after Valentine’s Day, it is never too late to send a little love. It seemed only fitting that since our first-ever post was about valentines, we should send some again this year. These photos are a part of that effort, no matter the fact that they’re quite belated.

We will be honest. Neither of us are exactly hopeless romantics — we’re more like realists, something we have always related to in the other. But even realists like us know that in the suckiest of times, if nothing else, there is love. And love has gotten us through the last month and a half.

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So we are back. Or as back as we can be for now given the circumstances to send some Brass Blossom love near and far.

Huge special thanks to my mother or my “Craft Minion” as I commonly refer to her as. She got out her needle and thread and hand-stitched the top of our banner at like 9:00 pm one night. No questions asked. She is one devoted lady and simply radiates love.

Also, huge thanks to our friend Rachel who not only took the pictures of us awkwardly posing but also told us when we looked awkward. That’s a true friend, and we love her dearly.

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We love you all.

krista and taylor

 

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bells & whistles — holiday gift wrapping

holiday gift wrap

holiday gift wrap

Gift wrapping is something I truly love doing. It is one of my favorite parts of the holidays and I love wrapping a gift as beautiful as the intention of gifting.

The boy actually inspired my holiday wrapping theme this year after he (so precisely) wrapped my Christmas present one day and snuck it under the tree. Instead of using any of the traditional holiday wrapping we have, he chose a natural colored paper with white polka dots. I loved his choice and decided to accent from there!

I purchased adorably cute bells of different sizes and twine and dug through my craft box for a forgotten bag of clothes pins and went to work happy as one of Santa’s elves. Happy Holidays!

materials

  • Natural colored gift wrap or bags
  • Red twine
  • Miniature bells
  • Clothes pins
  • Festive washi tape
festive holiday materials to spruce up any present

festive holiday materials to spruce up any present

miniature bells

miniature bells

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line up bells along clothes pin

line up bells along clothes pin

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small gift tags that i bought a few years ago at target

small gift tags that i bought a few years ago at target

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festive washi tape

festive washi tape

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a small bell makes for the perfect bow center

a small bell makes for the perfect bow center

ready for a spot under the tree!

ready for a spot under the tree!

taylor brass

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hula hoop hoopla

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For any athletic feat that involves a ball, board, bat, paddle, racket, basket or other hand-eye-coordinated sporting good, you’re pretty much guaranteed that I will always be the last (wo)man standing when it comes to picking teams. I can’t think of one person that would necessarily describe me as coordinated. However, when it comes to hula-hooping some might even call me a champion.

A few summers ago I convinced my ever-so-willing mother to make giant “adult-sized” hula hoops with me. So we ventured to the plumbing and irrigation store to pick up all the necessary supplies and a few cans of spray paint. We followed a basic tutorial similar to this wiki how and found ourselves with three giant hula hoops. I spray painted the hoops gold, silver and bronze and toted them along to any event worthy of ‘hooping.’

Since the inception of the hula hoops, the hoops had been heavily used and were showing signs of the not so pretty irrigation tubing from which they were created. I decided that they were in desperate need of a makeover (think extreme makeover hula hoop edition). Six rolls of duct tape later, they were as good as new!

Side Note: For all you hula hooping haters out there, hula hooping is an incredible incredible ab workout. Don’t tell me you got an ab workout from your last badminton sesh.  Six pack here I come.

Here is a look below at the (extensive) makeover and the hoopla that ensued:

materials

  • duct tape (~2 rolls/hoop)
  • large homemade hula hoops
  • puppy

instructions

  1. Starting with one roll of duct tape, begin wrapping the duct tape at a gradual angle around the hula hoop. I left ~1 inch of the previous wrap of duck tape showing with the next wrap around the hoop.
  2. Flatten duck tape as you go to avoid excessive creases in the tape.
  3. Continue around the hula hoop until completely wrapped.
  4. Hula hoop away!
old hula hoops ready for a makeover

old hula hoops ready for a makeover

colors of duck tape - i had to make a camo hula hoop so the boy didn't feel left out

colors of duct tape — i had to make a camo hula hoop so the boy didn’t feel left out

gold hula hoop makeover!

gold hula hoop makeover!

camo hula hoop makeover!

camo hula hoop makeover!

miss maude ready for some hula hooping

miss maude ready for some hula hooping

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fall hoopla

fall hoopla

miss maude wants to join in all the fun

miss maude wants to join in all the fun

taylor brass

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