One message that has been loud and clear since opening my art studio for kids in Los Angeles, is that the ladies want to craft too! I have been absolutely stunned by the response in our community by all the women that want to come out to the art studio for ladies craft night. It’s been unreal. I’m not surprised when I stop and think about it. Ladies craft night is all about connecting with fabulous women and the chance to be creative. What’s not to love? For our first craft night we made these amazing wood planters and every woman who attended knocked it out of the park.
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We got our wood planters at Target from one my favorites, Hand Made Modern. You can also find the same one on Amazon but unfortunately it’s way more expensive. The air plants and gravel we purchased from a local florist, Wildflora. If you’re local, this is a gorgeous shop in Studio City. Everything else is easy to find online.
First step is to paint your wood planter with acrylic paint.
I couldn’t believe how into the painting everyone got. I swear it must have been a full hour before anyone even looked up.
My long time friend and interior designer, Lauren Born, was the driving force behind this craft. Together we gave some suggestions as to how to paint the planter. We suggested using washi tape to make line patterns, or painting inside or around the rim, but mostly everyone just did their own thing.
I interrupted occasionally and demonstrated how to make a pom pom, or how to make a tassel, (There are a million online tutorials if you’re not sure. We use the clover pom pom maker and here’s a good tassel tutorial.) but this project is pretty self explanatory. I think that’s why it worked so well. Pom poms were being trimmed and fluffed left and right. And if you’ve never made one, I highly recommend you give it a try! Pom pom making is a very satisfying experience. They come out so happy and fun, it’s hard not become addicted. Once we painted and made our pom poms and tassels, we hammered in copper nails on one side of the planter and tied on our embellishments. Everyone did it slightly differently, so don’t be afraid to get creative. They all came out great.
It was such a pleasure to see all the women working together, chatting, laughing, and enjoying the process. It was a wonderful collaboration and a great evening away from our kids, partners, daily routines. Just a great night out.
The last step is to add gravel and an air plant on top. These little air plants are super cool. They kind of remind me of gremlins. They take on a life of their own.
If you’re in Los Angeles, please check our schedule for the next craft night. Right now our October craft night has three spots left. We’d love to see you there. November and December dates will be listed soon. Check out our second ladies craft night here. We made gorgeous wall hangings inspired by interior designer, Erica Reitman.
Thanks for reading along everyone! xo, Meri