Recipe: Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pesto Pasta

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pesto Pasta
Pasta! Pasta!

One of the greatest culinary lessons I learned traveling abroad is the greatness of the well-prepared simple dish.

I created this pasta dish using some of my favorite ingredients – tomatoes, garlic, pasta, and cheese. What’s not to like about that?

Foodie Tips:

❤  When you’re in a pinch for time, feel free to use your favorite jarred pesto sauce. For an extra-special touch, I make my very own homemade pesto. You can freeze it ahead of time so it’s already ready when you are!

❤  If you want a little more tomato-garlic “zing” to the dish you can easily double the roasted tomato-garlic ingredients (the first five shown below). A lotta tomato goes a long way! :)

❤  This dish makes a great accompaniment with bruschetta, insalata caprese, or your favorite soup.  Click these green links for more of my favorite recipes!


2-3 Cups  |  Cherry Tomatoes (or Grape Tomatoes), Whole
3-5 Cloves   Garlic, Peeled and Left Whole
1 Teaspoon  | Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon  | Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
2 Tablespoons   Olive Oil (for roasting)
1 Pound  |  Rigatoni Pasta
2 Tablespoons   Olive Oil (for sauttéing)
¼ Cup  |  Basil Pesto
To Serve  |  A Drizzling of More Olive Oil
To Serve  |  Parmigiano-Reggiano, Freshly Grated

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pesto Pasta Recipe

What To Do:

1. Roast The Veggies: Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, place the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper and 2 Tablespoons of oil in a medium-sized bowl and stir until well mingled. Transfer the mix to a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Oven roast for 20 minutes – no stirring required!

2. Make Pasta: While the veggies are roasting, prepare the rigatoni al dente (about 1 minute less than the package directions). For best results, do not overcook the pasta!

3. Let’s Tumble: Heat 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Transfer the roasted vegetables to the skillet. Using a slotted spoon or wok strainer, transfer the pasta to the skillet, including some of the pasta water so the dish retains its moisture. Add the pesto and drizzle with the last of the oil (to taste). Sauté and stir to coat.

4. To Serve: Spoon into bowls and top with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Mobile: 512-222-3302

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Open House in Georgetown

Sun City Georgetown Open House
Join Us For An Open House!
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 1-4 PM

405 Capote Peak Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633
    3 bedrooms
    3.5 bathrooms
    2,603 square feet

Sun City Georgetown

A few of this home’s great features:

  • Located in Sun City Georgetown this single level home was built in 2011.
  • Foodies will appreciate the Texas-sized pantry, gas cooking in the gourmet style kitchen, stainless steel appliances, and the spacious open concept floor plan which is perfect for entertaining.Sun City Georgetown Open House
  • There’s tile and hardwoods in the common and bathroom areas and carpet in the bedrooms. Plantation shutters are throughout the home.
  • Outside you’ll enjoy the oversized covered patio complete with a tranquil greenbelt view.
  • Amenities include: Club House, Fitness Center, Jogging Path, Lake Privileges, and a Sport Court. This home is located less than 1 mile from Cowan Creek Golf Course!
  • More information including a virtual tour link are located on my website and you can sign-up to send yourself a reminder for the Open House via our Facebook event page.

If you can’t make Sunday’s Open House I can give you a personal tour of this home – or other area homes – at your convenience. Please call or email me with any questions!

Hope to see you there!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Mobile: 512-222-3302

There's tile and hardwoods in the common and bathroom areas and carpet in the bedrooms. Plantation shutters are throughout the home.

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Winter Curb Appeal Checklist

How To Give Your Austin Home Winter Curb Appeal

Thanks to Austin’s very own Soledad Builders for the winter inspiration!

When fall turns to winter, its easy for homes to go into a “ho-hum” hibernation until spring emerges. But for Texas homeowners listing their homes during winter – and for buyers scouting during this time – below are my useful tips to help ensure your home is the apple of their eye and most importantly that your home commands top interest and top dollar!

Even if you aren’t making a move during the winter season these tips will help you make the most of your home’s exterior presence during winter.

Give It Color

The entryway is the gateway to a home’s soul. Simply toss a few brightly colored pillows on your porch (shown above)… Or if your door is tired and dingy, wash/clean it or give it a new coat of stain or paint. Check out this handy reference for picking the perfect front door color.
Blue Door, Austin, TexasA simple wreath is a great canvas for color and personality. It’s very easy to find a wreath that will transition from season-to-season with just a few simple changes. Here’s one of our DIY wreath projects that can bring some sizzle to your front door.

A DIY Wreath Project by Home Style Austin

A colorful, hardy plant that will last through winter and much of spring, pansies are available in white, pastel, and a myriad of jewel-toned colors that will delight young and young at heart.

Plant pansies along the ground and elevate their color by accenting them in hanging baskets or tall colorful pots. Don’t be afraid to partner tall plants, junipers, herbs or succulents with this all-time favorite.Pansy Pic Courtesy Of The Home Depot

Love gardening? Download this free gardening guide made for those living in Central Texas. It contains useful information and planting tips for the eco-wise garden. Happy gardens make happy homes!

A few bags of fresh mulch (red, cedar, or black) can give your yard a dramatic impact that will colorfully accent your flower beds whether they have flowers or not.

Keep It Clean

Fallen leaves can add to the seasonal personality of a home during October and November. But by the time December ushers in, give the lawn a good raking to tidy the lawn. One of my favorite lawn accessories is this 2-in-1 Black & Decker electric lawn tool that transitions from blower to vacuum in a snap! This blow-vac has become one of my essential lawn accessories that helps me throughout the year.
Fall Leaves In Texas
Unless we’re having an unseasonably warm winter our local grass favorites, Bermuda and St. Augustine, are likely in hibernation. If you don’t plant winter rye grass make sure and mow the grass at least once to give it a clean-cut look. Don’t forget to edge for a clean border!

Trash bins should be kept out of sight and behind the fence or in the garage. Except on trash day, of course!

Wrap-up and conceal garden hoses and keep shoes, umbrellas and assorted clutter off of the front entry.

Keep cars parked in the garage and off streets and the driveway, when possible. Keep your garage door closed. Christmas In Texas

Holiday decorations can add to a home’s personal cheer during winter. Keep decorations simple and avoid a full-on Griswold festival of lights (although this type of decor is my personal favorite). If New Year’s Day is in the rear-view mirror make sure the decorations are as well!

Give It Charm

Light it up! If you have landscape lighting leave them on in the evenings when people might be inspecting the neighborhood after hours. Light up porches and entryways so your home can be seen.

Find one signature item that you can claim as your own. A porch swing, fountain, or a rain chain will create a lasting impression for buyers… plus they are great to enjoy, too!Never heard of a rain chain? Rain chains are great ways to transform your typical gutter downspout into a work of art! Locally you can buy rain chains at Zinger Hardware or you can order custom length chains from Fall and Winter are our rainiest months here in Austin. And even though rain’s a many splendored thing in these parts of Texas, a rain chain makes it all the better.

I hope these helpful tips will give you some easy pointers for how to keep your curb appeal in full bloom during winter.

If you’re curious what your home is worth, mention this post and I’ll give you a free home assessment to help you decide if it might be the right time to list your home… or if it might be the right time to refinance your mortgage.

Cheers to a prosperous 2017!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Recipe: Cheesy Carrot Dog Treats

Cheesy Carrot Dog Treats Recipe
An Easy Pack Pleaser

This is a treat recipe that my Doggies have enjoyed for many birthdays. So this month when my SuperLabby Harley turned 11, we knew exactly what to do!

This “mini muffins” recipe is surprisingly easy to make and we hope your pack digs it as much as ours.

Always check with your Vet about which foods are appropriate for you to share with your pet. Enjoy!


1 Cup   All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup  |  Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tablespoon  |  Baking Powder
1 Cup  |  Cheddar Cheese, Grated
1 Cup  |  Carrot, Grated
2  |  Cage Free Eggs
1 Cup  |  Milk
¼ Cup  |  Vegetable Oil

What To Do:

1. Grease a mini muffin tin with baking spray.

2. Combine the two flours and baking powder; mix well.

3. Add the cheese and carrots and mix well with opposable thumbs and the rest of your fingers.

4. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and whisk in the milk and oil. Pour the batter over the dry mixture and stir gently by hand or with a wooden spoon until everything is mingling well.

5. About this time preheat your oven to 350°F. While it’s preheating…

6. …Fill the mini cups to just underneath the top of the pan. Bake 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

7. Cool and serve. You just became your pup’s superhero! Again, and again!

Yields about 24 tail-waggin’ treats. 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Harleys 11th Birthday

Harley’s 11th Birthday Pic ~ He’s Never Looked Happier!




Recipe : Basil Pesto

A Basil Pesto Recipe From Home Style Austin

A Family Favorite

Enjoy this delicious pesto recipe that’s great on pasta, ensalata caprese, bruschetta and just about anything your heart desires.

Foodie Tips:

  Never use a knife to cut your basil leaves; always hand tear basil to prevent it from browning.

  Don’t underestimate the power of basil; it thrives in the Texas sun and loves water. Our garden usually has 4-5 basil plants that keep our kitchen filled with its deliciously aromatic fragrance.

  Vitamin C is a preservative that will help retain the beautiful green color of this pesto. If you’re going to enjoy the pesto fresh without storing leftovers, you can omit this ingredient.


2 Cups  |  Firmly Packed Fresh Basil Leaves
⅓ Cup  |  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons  |  Pine Nuts, Toasted
½ Teaspoon  |  Garlic Cloves, Minced
To Taste  |  Gray Sea Salt
To Taste  |  Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Optional: Pinch  |  Powdered Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
¼ Cup  |  Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While it’s getting ready prepare an ice water bath in a large bowl.

2. Put the basil in a large sieve and plunge it into the boiling water. Immediately immerse all the basil and stir so that it blanches evenly. Blanch for about 15 seconds. Remove, shake off the excess water, then plunge the basil into the ice water bath and stir again so it cools as fast as possible. Drain well.

3. Squeeze the water out of the basil with your hands until very dry. Roughly chop the basil and put in a blender. Add the garlic, salt and pepper to taste, olive oil, pine nuts, and the Vitamin C, if using. Blend for at least 30 seconds. In this way the green of the basil will thoroughly color the oil. Add the cheese and pulse to combine.

The pesto will keep several days in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Yields about ¾ cup, enough for 1 pound of pasta. Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder and Foodie
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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DIY : Terrarium

A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
A Bewitching “Terrorium”

When the days grow short and temperatures begin to dip we find special ways to bring nature’s influence indoors.

Making your own terrarium is surprisingly simple and you can create to your heart’s content! For this project I decided to create a Halloween-themed terrarium which was going to be a gift to my special friend Heather who loves the thrill of Halloween as much as we do. Let the terrific terror begin! 🎃


  • The material quantities below are approximations; you’ll want to adjust them to meet the needs of your own project and the size of your terrarium.
  • I decided to purchase a terrarium that included a removable lid; with or without the lid the terrarium looked great and will provide flexibility to give the succulents a little air in between their steam baths.
  • I found my green moss matt (a thin sheet of green moss) and bunches of colorful red and green mosses at Michael’s. I found the terrarium at Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. I was rather selective about finding just the proper size and creep-factor of my Halloween miniatures so I turned to Etsy and scored a trio of accents from The Little Hedgerow. You can see more of the minis I hand selected below. If you order from Kim at The Little Hedgerow, tell her the folks at Home Style Austin say howdy!
  • While we created the spooky terrarium shown in this post, you can transition the miniature decorations and plants throughout the year to coordinate with the seasons.
  • A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    1  |  Glass Terrarium
    Assorted  |  Mosses, Unmoistened
    2-4  |  Succulents
    1-2 Cups  |  Succulent Soil
    To Decorate  |  Garden Accessories (Miniature Accessories, Stones From The Garden, etc.)
    Things To Have Handy  |  A Craft Table, Scissors, Magic Tape, A Spray Bottle Filled With Water
    How To Make Your Own Terrarium

    What To Do:

    1. Line The Terrarium.
    My moss matt was perfect for creating a green edge at the bottom of the terrarium. I trimmed it about 3 inches tall and formed it in a circle around the bottom of the terrarium. I used a couple pieces of Magic Tape to help keep the moss in place while I planted the succulents. I lined the bottom of the terrarium with more of the matt just to keep the soil well contained in my handmade moss bowl. Hint: You may think 4 hands are better than 2 here, but 4 hands likely won’t fit inside the terrarium! 🎃

    How To Make Your Own Terrarium

    2. Plant The Succulents.

    Place about a cup of soil in the bottom of the terrarium. If needed, gently separate your succulents to the desired size, placing them with some room to grow. Fill in any holes left by the plants with more soil until things are well planted.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin
    3. Trick Your Treat.

    Place your mosses and chosen miniatures around your succulents. My miniatures came with small metal picks which helped keep them in place. I even decorated the terrarium lid, since this was a special gift.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    How to make your very own terrarium
    4. Care & Feed.
    Succulents thrive best in well-drained soil. So since your terrarium likely won’t have a drainage hole, don’t overwater the plants. I used a spray bottle and spritzed every few days, making sure to let the soil dry between waterings. You can wipe the inside and outside of your glass terrarium with a moist paper towel to remove any water spots or dirt. When your plants get too big for their tiny home you can transfer them into another pot or outside to enjoy the Texas sun.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    Stand back and marvel at your work of art! With a little care and feeding your terrarium will be a prized creation that will last you for years to come.

    Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project!

    ~ Joe Paul Reider

    Home Style Austin Founder
    Austin Realtor®
    Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

    A DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style AustinA DIY Terrarium Project From Home Style Austin

Leander Home For Sale

2000 August Jake Dr, Leander, TX 78641

2000 August Jake Dr, Leander, TX 78641
Open House Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 1-4 PM

I’ll be hosting an Open House this Sunday at this home in Leander and you’re invited! A few of this home’s features:

  • This home was built in 2015 on a corner lot about 1 mile east of 183 in Leander. It has a light and bright open floor plan with tile and and hardwoods in the main areas and carpet in the bedrooms and living area, which has a fireplace. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1,842 square feet.
  • In the kitchen you’ll find upgraded kitchen cabinets with pull-out shelves, granite counter tops, and a spacious island.
  • In the master there’s a Texas-sized walk-in shower, and the closet has a special entry that connect you directly to the laundry room which is complete with a sink.
  • This home is located in the “destination district” of Leander ISD.
  • View the home’s official listing on my Keller Williams website for more pictures and details.
  • Check our Facebook page for our upcoming Open Houses. Hope to see you there!

Please call or email me with any questions! I’m happy to give you a personal tour of this beautiful home if you can’t join us for Sunday’s Open House. Hope to see you there come rain or shine (Gosh, we need the rain). :)

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider



~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Mobile: 512-222-3302

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Free Real Estate App: If you’re home hunting, download my free and powerful Keller Williams real estate app – it’s chock-full of features!

  • Text “KWCP11X” to 87778 to download (this is the easiest method)
  • Or visit this link with more details and to download

Strawberry Cake Recipe

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Very Berry Delicious

This cake has become a family favorite. It usually graces our table during the hot summer months and it’s loaded with the bright taste of strawberry – both inside the cake as well as the strawberry buttercream frosting. This cake has debuted at several family birthday parties and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Foodie Tips:

  After 2-3 attempts at making the icing I’ve mastered a non-runny frosting! You’ll want to drain the strawberries used in the frosting (not the cake) very well. I placed them in a small strainer to drain the initial juice by pressing with a spoon. Then I transfer the mashed berries to a coffee filter where I continue to blot until dry. If you find that your icing is still on the runny side you can add small batches of confectioner’s sugar until you reach your desired thickness.

  I store my cake in a covered glass cake stand until the unveiling; it keeps the cake moist and leftovers will last for a few days in the fridge.

  Decorating a cake can be as much fun as eating it (well kinda close). One way to make a surprising embellishment for your cake is to cut strawberry-shaped hearts using a small cookie cutter. Watch their eyes grow wide with your culinary skills!
A Strawberry Heart Recipe From Home Style Austin


The Cake
1 Package  |  Plain White Cake Mix
1 Package  |  JELL-O Brand Strawberry Gelatin Mix
1 Cup  |  Mashed Strawberries With Juice
1 Cup  |  Vegetable Oil
½ Cup  | Whole Milk
4  |  Cage Free Eggs

The Frosting (can be doubled)
8 Ounce Package  |  Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, At Room Temperature
1  |  Stick Of Unsalted Butter (I suggest Texas born Falfurrias Brand)
3 ½ Cups  |  Confectioner’s Sugar
¾ Cup  |  Mashed Strawberries, Well Drained
To Garnish  |  Sliced Strawberries or Fresh Mint Leaves (optional)


1. To Prep: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Then lightly grease three 9-inch round cake pans and set them aside.

2. Make Cakes: In a large mixing bowl beat on low speed the six cake mix ingredients shown above. Divide the batter among the three pans and place them into the oven. Bake the cakes until they’re lightly brown (about 28-30 minutes). An inserted knife should come out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and cool on a rack (about 45 minutes).

How to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake Frosting3. Make Frosting: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl and mix on low speed for about a minute. Add sugar then the strawberries and blend on low until everything marries well.

How to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake Frosting

4. To Assemble: Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread the top with frosting. Add the second cake layer and frost the top. Top with the third cake layer and frost the top and sides of the entire layered cake.

How to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake

5. Chill (optional): Your cake can be placed in the fridge to get it nice and cool. Serve chilled with a side of strawberry or vanilla ice cream. There’s nothing better!

How to make Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Enjoy this berry fresh cake!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder and Foodie
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Recipe : How To Make The Best Ice Cream Sandwich

How To Make The Best Ice Cream SandwichWe All Scream!

After eating one of the best cookies my neighbor Helen introduced me to I knew what was next – I had to turn the cookies into something extra special. A homemade ice cream sandwich.

What’s even sweeter is that after thinking about the best way to form my ice cream (aside from just smashing it between two cookies), I stumbled across a common kitchen item that did the trick exceptionally well – a Mason Jar lid. Check out the recipe details below!

Foodie Tips:Dads Cookie Company

  The awesome cookies I’m referring to are Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal Cookies. After I ate my first bag, I knew what I had to do – order a 3 pound box! That’s how I roll.

  While I was tempted to use a flavored ice cream (butter pecan, strawberry, chocolate, etc…) your cookie will likely set the table (so to speak) for what flavor to choose. I used good ol’ fashioned vanilla as my cookie’s taste was the hero of this show.


2 Handfuls  |  Your Favorite Cookie (homemade or otherwise)
1 Carton  |  Your Favorite Ice Cream
To Dip  |  Chocolate, Melted (optional)
To Decorate  |  Sprinkles (optional)

How To Make The Best Ice Cream Sandwich

1. Turn your Mason Jar lid (the outer ring and removable insert) upside down. Using a spoon press ice cream into the lid; you can thicken it up a bit for an extra tasty treat. Note: I didn’t let my ice cream thaw in advance; I used it straight from the freezer and it worked just fine.

2. Once filled, push the mason jar insert out from the outer ring to remove the round-shaped ice cream. Using a blunt knife you can easily saw and pry the mason lid off from the ice cream. Presto! Place the ice cream on the bottom side of one of your cookies. Top with another cookie and place your sandwich on a plate or storage container then into the freezer. Repeat this process until you are all out of cookies or ice cream or resistance! Freeze cookies good and chilly (about 30 minutes).

3. Decorate your cookies to your liking. I dipped mine in some fresh melted chocolate. I returned my sweets to the freezer for a few minutes more then served them. They were delicious! And a perfect menu item for your next gathering.

I hope you enjoy these awesome bites!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder and Foodie
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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DIY : Rainbow Butterfly Gift Box

Learn how to make a Rainbow Butterfly Box

Outside The Box …

To celebrate my friends’ tie-dye themed wedding, I crafted this rainbow-butterfly gift box inspired by the Texas Hill Country for under $10 (including the box). It was a snap to put together and made a high-impact presentation that the bride said she really liked. She may have been more impressed that this guy’s got some crafting talent! :)


  • All of the crafting supplies came from my trusted crafting friend, Michael’s. It must have been raining money yesterday because the floral stem was 60% off and while I was standing in line to pay I checked out their website and found a 30% off coupon. #Score!
  • I used a glue gun for this project. In a pinch you could likely make do by using some double stick tape to help fuse the ribbon to the box.
  • The time it took for me to complete this project was about 25 minutes, excluding a couple of rest breaks to chill a bit with my Dogs.

How To Make A Rainbow Butterfly Gift Box

1  |  Box With Removable Lid
A Few Yards  |  Wire Edged Ribbon (I used about 6 yards)
Assorted  |  Faux Floral Stems (I found one assorted cluster, shown above)
To Tie  |  Some Green Garden Wire (optional)


To Cut  |  Scissors
To Adhere  |  A “Loaded” Glue Gun
To Snip Floral Stem  |  Wire Cutters or Scissors (optional)

What To Do:

Step 1: Wrap Bottom Of Box.
I decided to decorate the box separate from the lid so that it would be easy to open and close and so it could be regiftable or kept as a keepsake. To get started, line the ribbon from the inside bottom of the box up over the top edge, down the side, under the bottom and around until it mirrors itself on the other side (like forming a big “U”). You can test-fit the ribbon to make sure you like where it rests on the box; the wire edge ribbon can be folded and smoothed on the edges to give a clean fold and help hold the ribbon in place.

Once you’re happy with the length, cut the ribbon. Line a small bead of glue along the edge of just the end of the ribbon and press the ribbon into place. Turn the box 180 degrees and repeat this process on the other side to create a criss-cross shaped ribbon design.

Step 2: Wrap Lid.

Using the same technique as the box bottom, repeat the process for the box lid. It’ll take a little finessing to align the ribbon from the lid to the bottom but in the end it was easy to do. You can also wiggle the ribbon along the top edges of the box if you’re off a bit, since the edges are not glued to the box. Once you’re happy with how the ribbon is decorated on the box you’re ready to prepare the top decoration.

Step 3: Form Your Flower Stem

I found a faux flower stem with assorted flowers and a butterfly already in a bunch. I wouldn’t need it entirely so I deconstructed it by cutting off some stems to my desired length. [Optional Step: I held the stems together by wrapping them near the base of the clustered stems a few times with the garden wire. You could use a small wire twist tie or just use some ribbon to tie a bow around the bunch to hold it together. I decided to go for durability so I used garden wire.]

With the remaining ribbon I tied a small bow to the base of the bunch. Congrats, this step is complete!

DIY Project : How to make your own rainbow butterfly gift box

Step 4: The Final Step
To adhere the flower bunch to the top of the box I made a couple of pea-sized globs of hot glue using the glue gun and pressed the flower bunch to the glue for a few seconds until it “set.” Your box is all done and ready to be filled with your surprise!


How To Update Your Front Door Wreath

Rather than toss the remaining flower stems I found a way to add some new life to a weathered wreath by tucking in the stems into the existing wreath. This is a great way to transition your wreath from season to season. I wound up using all the materials for this project – no waste!

How To Give New Life To Your Front Door Wreath

Enjoy and please email me with any questions or suggestions about this project!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.