3 in 1: SNAP conference recap; a swag giveaway; and how to make a Decorative Mesh Flower Topiary

There is so much going on today! Last week I returned from my third SNAP conference with SNAP sponsor FloraCraft, and I have a few highlights to share. FloraCraft is also sharing its tutorial to make a beautiful, Decorative Mesh Flower Topiary. And finally, I brought home so many crafty goodies that I’m giving away two bags packed with SNAP swag. (If you’d like to know more about SNAP, don’t miss my 2013 and 2014 recaps, too.)

Welcome to SNAP! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Welcome to SNAP! (Photo credit: Alex Adams Photography)

First, a quick note about FloraCraft. FloraCraft is the world’s largest fabricator of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. They are the experts in cutting and packaging the foam shapes, which you’ll find it in the stores with the label “Make It: Fun® Foam”.

One more shout out and a “thank you” to Alex Adams Photography. Alex was the official photographer for SNAP, and she graciously shared her photos. Her photos are fabulous, and so much better than mine, so wherever possible, I’ve used her photos. Thanks, Alex.

The FloraCraft booth at SNAP 2015. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The booth is set up and ready for SNAP.

Every year, SNAP is bigger and better. This year, 500 creative, DIY & craft bloggers attended SNAP to learn, connect, and be inspired. FloraCraft’s marketing manager Jamie and I met up for the conference at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. We spent a long day unpacking and setting up our booth.

That’s me. And look closer — those letters are made with string art on a sheet of foam. How cool is that? (Photo credit: Alex Adams Photography)

FloraCraft’s designer Dondi Richardson made a wall of colorful decorative mesh flowers for the back of the booth. We used the setting to stage a selfie contest. Dondi also made the “FloraCraft” sign by creating string art on a foam sheet. (Here’s a tutorial for creating string art the easy way — without hammers, nails and pounding.)

I can’t forget the beautiful flowers that were outside, too. I saw this springtime garden at Temple Square.

Beautiful spring gardens at Temple Square. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The gardens at Temple Square were beautiful.

FloraCraft also made six-foot tall, gold and glittering SNAP letters for the ballroom stage. Look at that sparkle!

Getting ready for SNAP 2015! CraftsnCoffee.com.

A hard working, volunteer team of bloggers helped set the stage for SNAP.

SNAP stage, 2015. So pretty! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The beautiful stage — and sparkling letters — at SNAP 2015.

Here are just a few of the people who we saw up on this fabulous stage: Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess; celebrity wedding planner and fashion designer David Tutera; and scrapbooker/trendsetter extraordinaire, Heidi Swapp.

A Beautiful Mess presenting at SNAP 2015. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess shared their story. (Photo credit: Alex Adams Photography)

David Tutera at SNAP 2015. CraftsnCoffee.com.

David Tutera told about his rise to fame, and encouraged everyone to be bold and have a plan. (Photo credit: Alex Adams Photography)

Heidi Swapp at SNAP 2015. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Heidi Swapp gave an amazing, closing speech at SNAP 2015. (Photo credit: Alex Adams Photography)

One highlight every year is the door decorating contest sponsored by 3M. Check out a few of these amazing doors.

Door decorating contest, SNAP 2015. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A few of the decorated doors at SNAP 2015.

Throughout the three-day conference, we invited the bloggers to make Decorative Mesh Flowers with us. These colorful, candy-filled pots are perfect for party centerpieces and favors, or maybe a sweet little teacher’s gift.

DIY Deco Mesh Flowers with FloraCraft at SNAP 2015. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Britni from Play.Party.Pin demonstrates how to make a decorative mesh flower.

FloraCraft wants you to try one, too, so here’s how to make your own Decorative Mesh Flower Pot.

This is a fun party centerpiece! Really easy to DIY, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This is an excellent party craft! And maybe you can win the supplies to make one . . .

To make a Decorative Mesh Flower Pot, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam/FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam: two, 3” discs; 4” foam ball
  • Design it:® Simple Style® Decorative Mesh in orange and pink, 10” wide
  • Terra cotta flower pot
  • Small tree branches, three
  • Acrylic craft paint in white
  • Wrapped candies
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stem wire; paintbrush
Love this decorative mesh flower! Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll make two of the Decorative Mesh Flowers, so the topiary looks pretty from any angle.

To make a Decorative Mesh Flower Pot:

  1. Paint the foam discs, flower pot, and branches white, and set aside to dry.
  2. Layer together 18” lengths of pink and orange decorative mesh. Starting along one 10” end, pleat and gather the length along the center; tie off with stem wire. Repeat to make a second decorative mesh “bow”.
  3. Place the gathered mesh “bows” side by side, and secure together at the center with stem wire. Fluff the mesh layers, creating a full, round flower.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 to make a second decorative mesh flower.
  5. Wrap a square of decorative mesh around each painted disc, and glue the mesh to the back. Glue a disc to the center of each flower.
  6. Glue the 4” ball into the flower pot. Trim the ball, if needed, to make it fit. Insert the three branches into the foam ball. Sandwich the stems between the two flowers, and glue the flowers together.
  7. Add candies to cover the top of the foam ball.

Another big part of the SNAP experience is the serious swag everyone gets to take home! If you’re in the craft industry, you definitely want these creative bloggers to take home a sample or two and try out your products. I came home with quite a collection of goodies, and I am giving away two, swag-filled prize packages. Each prize includes a different assortment, and might have goodies from Jo-Ann Stores, Heidi Swapp, Play Dough, Elmer’s, Aleene’s, McDonald’s, 3M, Laura Kelly, and more.

Plus, FloraCraft has graciously sweetened the swag and is providing each winner with decorative mesh and foam so you can make your own Decorative Mesh Flower Pot.

If you’d like a chance to win one of these goodie bags, tell me about the other blogs you follow. Who are your favorite, go-to bloggers and why? I’d love to hear, and maybe I’ll follow your favorites, too. Please enter by midnight on Thursday, May 14, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, May 15.

I know it’s already been a long post today, but I really can’t close without a “thank you” to the amazing Tauni Everett and her team. Tauni is the creative and gracious mastermind behind SNAP, and her tireless energy and tireless smile are always inspiring.

Tauni Everett, the amazing powerhouse behind SNAP. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Tauni Everett, the founder of SNAP. (Photo credit: Alex Adams Photography)

Happy crafting!




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39 Responses to 3 in 1: SNAP conference recap; a swag giveaway; and how to make a Decorative Mesh Flower Topiary

  1. Ann says:

    I have a few wood making blogs that I follow but here is one of my favorites

  2. Kathy says:

    I never been to one,but it looks fun

  3. I have gone to a few of the sites recommended by others and am so glad you are doing this because I have met a few new blogs that I really like! Six Sisters Stuff ROCKS!!! What amazing recipes!

  4. Nancy D says:

    I follow many blogs. Don’t always have the time to read each one every day though. One of my favorites is craftgossip.com, they are awesome. They list so many great crafts from all over the Internet. And though it’s not actually a blog, I’m very addicted to Pinterest.

  5. Carla says:

    I follow yours and a blog called Just Paint it. She did a pet portrait for me and she always has wonderful tutorials!

  6. I don’t follow any except My Grandmother’s Legecy b/c she is a former student and her family is a friend. I do look at Six Sisters a lot., I just enjoyed finding new ones to read…I especially like if I can find them on facebook rather than email.

  7. Pam says:

    i follow by kathryn. She has wonderful organizing ideas for any space.
    Thanks for the chance to win some swag.

  8. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    I don’t follow many blogs yet, but I will have to take some tips from some of the other commenters! One that I do really like is Maria Provenzaro, she is great, you will have to check her out!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. Maria is a new one for me, and she has some beautiful crafts and yummy looking recipes on her blog! Glad you stopped by today. Sharon

  9. Some of my favorite blogs that I follow are Spellbinders, Ken Oliver, Jennifermcguireink, Imagine Crafts, Stampendous, Prima, Craftpaperscissors, and a few others. I love seeing what the different designers come up with and try to make the projects my own if I recreate them! I do’t really have a certain style because some days I want to only do classic and elegant and other days whimsical and fun! I just go with what my heart wants on any given day! Would love to win some swag! Thanks for the chance to!

    • Sharon says:

      Your style is all about “creative”, Barb. I like the way you take an idea and run with it, and make it your own. There’s no end to the online inspiration, is there? Thanks so much for the input. Sharon

      • A few other blogs that I follow are lovelylindascraftcentral, Pretty Pink Posh, Debbie Cole Designs, gelliarts.blogspot.com and Amazingpapergrace! I love the creative sites because I get so much inspiration from them! This is my go to site for crafts for my grandchildren to do with me because they are good for beginners or advanced crafters alike! Thanks for being so AWESOME!

      • Sharon says:

        Great additions. Let’s keep the list growing. Thanks, Barb.

      • Forgot to add Craftershome and papercrafterslibrary! Both have lots of great project ideas. Also, Papercrafterscorner is another great blog along with blitsy.com. I am really enjoying exploring all of the different blogs that people have suggested!

      • Sharon says:

        I’m really glad for the shares, too, Barb. You can never have enough inspiration! Sharon

  10. Angie Dyer says:

    What an exciting event!
    Sharon, you are my fav craft blogger! Love your ideas!
    Hobby Lobby
    Joanne Fabrics
    and Pinterest. Got to be cautious with Pinterest, as some of the ideas will not work effectively.
    Sharon, you’re crafts are spot-on!

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Angie. I agree with you about Pinterest, too — I’ve had a few recipe fails from mouth-watering photos I found online. Sharon

  11. LisaM6 says:

    Looks like you had fun. Great flowers.

    • Sharon says:

      It’s always fun to meet so many like-minded bloggers. There’s so much creative energy at SNAP, too. I know you’d love it, Lisa. Sharon

      • LisaM6 says:

        Some day it would be fun to go.
        I follow besides you
        Pink Paisley
        Heidi Swapp
        My Scrap Chick

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks for the list — I’ve not heard of Hugsisters and I’ll have to check them out. Sharon

      • Katiria says:

        LisaM6 I visited My Scrap Chick & I’m in love with the little cute zoo animals. Thanks for the tip.

  12. Kate D. says:

    Some of my favorites:
    The Slow Roasted Italian
    Lou Lou Girls
    Smashed Peas & Carrots
    Brown Eyed Baker
    Butter With A Side of Bread
    Real Mom Kitchen
    Mirabelle Creations
    Unexpected Elegance
    A Family Feast

    I like these (& many more!!) because they are fun, creative & entertaining.

  13. Nancy Dichiara says:

    A few of my favorite bloggers ar . Miss mustard seed. I love how she explains things. Very easy to understand. Another one is Gettysburg homestead. Her ideas are easy and beautiful. She also talk about herself andakes you feellike she’s your friend.

  14. Connie Cain says:

    I follow alot of blogs. Mostly quilting and my favorite has got to be Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville’s Quips and Snips. But I like all kinds of crafty stuff, from x-stitch to crochet to sewing to …. I could go on forever. 🙂

  15. Katiria says:

    Sharon as soon as I saw your email with the title SNAP conference I got so excited!! I love your behind the scenes sneak peeks. First of all, let me say you are my GO-TO blogger for crafts. I am subscribed to;
    – your newsletter,
    -Elmer’s Craft It club,
    -Joann fabrics
    My craft ideas come from stuff I see on Pinterest.
    The other bloggers I follow are coupon related;
    -Money Saving Mom
    -Who Said Nothing In Life Is Free

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thank you! I’m always so happy when you stop by. On Pinterest, one thing leads to another, doesn’t it? And you can’t go wrong with Michaels and Jo-Anns. Happy crafting. Sharon

  16. Angie F says:

    I’m following your blog 🙂 and another one of my favorites is Six Sisters Stuff. They have lots of good recipes and diy ideas!

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