DIY Paper Flowers

Hi Deerest Friends,

So I have not done a DIY in forever and ever! Homework and school has been out of control and turned me into somewhat of a nerdy hermit… but I love this blog and I really want to keep bring you some more DIY love! Anyway I though I’d get back into the swing of things with a really nice and simple tutorial, which is creating some paper flowers that are perfect to pretty up almost anything.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need:
-Thin Patterned Paper
-Thicker Card stock (This is to stick the flower to but disregard this if you have something else)
-A Heart Holepunch (If not available use scissors and a heart template)
-A Button
-Glue (Any kind will do but make sure it won’t stain the paper or seep through)

Firstly, use your holepunch to cut hearts out of your thinner patterned paper. There is no exact number you will need as it depends on how large and layered you want your flower to be.
NOTE: The larger the hearts the bigger the flower.

Step 1

Step 2

Now glue the pointy/bottom end of your heart. Don’t put the glue all over.

Step 3

Place all the glued ends of the hearts on your paper (or other object), overlapping in a circular motion each time until you have a full circle of hearts.

Step 4

Repeat the above step with another circular layer over the top.

Step 5

Now slightly bend the top layers up to resemble the form of a flower

Step 6

Finally, glue a button in the middle.

Step 7

And You’re Done!

DIY Paper Flowers

So as you can see above you can apply these paper flowers to just about anything and it’s a really simple way to make anything look pretty. You can make these smaller and larger just by altering the size of your hearts and you can add more layers to make a more intricate flower. I think these would be really beautiful to add to cards or invitations.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know!



DIY Heart Garland

Hi Deerest Friends,

So it’s the week of Valentine’s Day and that means all of a sudden hearts are everywhere.  Now despite being in a relationship I actually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s not my kind of thing but you don’t need to be in a relationship or even celebrate Valentine’s Day to bring a little love into your house. Today’s DIY tutorial is a really easy heart garland that is so simple to make and can be varied in a number of ways to suit any house or any occasion.

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A selection of paint swatches
– A Large shaped hole-punch (You could cut shapes out with scissors if you didn’t want to find/buy a hole punch)
– Thread (I used white as to not compete with the coloured hearts but use whatever colour you’d like)
– Needle (nothing too thick)

Firstly, go to your local hardware store or paint store and grab a heap of paint swatches. These can be in whatever colour/s you like.

Step 1

Using a large heart hole-punch (or scissors), cut hearts out of your swatches. Depending on how big your swatch is you may be able to cut more than one heart out of each swatch (for example, I could cut three hearts out of each swatch)

Step 2

Step 2

Using a needle poke two holes into each heart. You want this to be spaced evenly and consistently, for all the hearts, so you can judge it by eye or you could use a ruler if needed.

Step 3

Measure out how much thread you need. There is no standard amount as it depends on how big you want your garland to be. I wanted to hang my garland along my bookcase so I measured my thread against that and added a few centimetres either side so the garland would hang nicely.

Step 4

Now thread your needle. Using your needle, sew into the first hole and out of the second hole. This way the majority of thread will be behind the heart and only small bit will be visible on the edges of each heart. Repeat this until all your hearts are on the thread. Once you’ve sewn through all your hearts tie a knot a few centimetres in on both ends of the thread, to avoid the paper hearts falling off.

Finally, hang your heart garland wherever you like and move your hearts on the thread until they are spaced evenly.

Step 6

And You’re Done!

DIY Heart Garland This project is so simple and because most of your materials are either lying around the house or free, it may not cost you anything. Because you could recreate this DIY tutorial using whatever colours or shapes you like, this is a very versatile project. As a result, this garland can be used for a multitude of occasions. You could make these for a baby shower (in pink or blue, maybe), these could be created for a wedding or an engagement party or these could be made for a birthday party (using a number shape for your new age). Also, as most hole-punches have no exposed sharp components, this is a great activity for young children on a rainy day!

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know :)

Dorothy Deerest’s 3-Month Anniversary!

Hi Deerest Friends,

So as of today this blog, Dorothy Deerest, is celebrating it’s 3rd month online!

3-Month Anniversary!

I have had an absolute blast making this blog so far and I can’t wait to keep going and bring more DIY magic to the internet. I cannot believe how many views I’ve had so far, from all over the world and I want to thank every single person who has read my blog, followed it, commented, liked and reblogged my work.

Map of Total Views Stats So Far


So to help Dorothy celebrate here’s where you, the readers, come in:

Below is a poll that gives you the option to select which kind of tutorials you like best and want to see more of. Please do me a massive favour and click on whatever you would most like to see in the future and I will aim to make it happen! For example, if you really like fashion tutorials and you want to see more, click the “Fashion” option.

Also, as always, if you have any questions, comments or constructive criticism please comment below as I am always looking for new ways to improve my blog’s writing, design and content.

Thank you so much for reading this blog and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoy making it!

Love Dorothy XOXO

The Dorothy Deerest Christmas Wrap-Up!

The Dorothy Deerest Christmas Wrap-Up!

Earlier this month I presented a four-part DIY series; The 12 DIY’s of Christmas.

The 12 DIY's of Christmas

This series featured 12 different DIY homewares, gifts, food and decorations for Christmas time. So it’s the night before Christmas here and I thought I would show you just a few of the ways I put these DIY tutorials into practice throughout the month of December.

-I used my Hand-Stamped Wrapping Paper & Patty Pan Gift Tags for my family’s presents.

-My boyfriend received a Pop-Out Tree Christmas Card.

-My Countdown Calendar provided me with chocolate for 25 days straight and will again for years to come.

-All the food (Rumballs, Chocolate Ripple Cake and the Cookie Christmas Tree) made a special appearance at every Christmas party I went to and the Chocolate Fudge made great gifts.

-Beautiful hand-made ornaments (Easy Paper Ornaments, Glittery Glass Jars and Doily Christmas Lights) were featured throughout my house.

-And my mum used her new Card Clothesline to…um…hang cards

I hope you enjoyed ‘The 12 DIY’s of Christmas’ series, that it inspired you to be creative this Christmas and if you haven’t seen the series yet you can click on the following links to find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Merry Christmas Deerest Friends!

Love Dorothy XOXO