6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

No exaggeration, this week has been a TOTAL blur. I'll explain why next week (how's that for a cliffhanger?), but for now, let's just jump straight into DIY mode.

Keepin' it short and sweet. Here are 6 DIYs to try this weekend...

1. easy reverse crown braid tutorial
2. an amazing vanilla bean cake from Fork to Belly
3. DIY jewelry box from The Crafted Life
4. minimalist backpack DIY from Design Sponge
5. hand lettered DIY clutch in 5 minutes
6. the cutest Pantone Halloween costume from Sugar & Cloth

Hope you have a great weekend!



Good Vibes: how to add instant character to a basic clutch in 5 minutes

One of the things that has me the most excited about fall at the moment, aside from the slight drop in temperature, is the wardrobe change. Maybe it's from our time living in Seattle that has me all nostalgic, but cozy sweaters and layering have me doing all kinds of cartwheels right now.

And don't get me started on the accessories. You know I'm always up for a new hat or a good bag. Which actually brings me to today's DIY. The folks over at Painters (an Elmer's product) sent me an amazing stash of paint markers to try out on different surfaces (they work on metal, wood, leather, fabric, glass, etc without rubbing off) and so naturally, I decided to play around with something involving a bag...well, a clutch, really (but close enough, right?). And as a result, have a super easy project idea for dressing up a wallet, clutch, bag, or backpack with a hand lettered message.

If you're not terribly skilled in the lettering / calligraphy department, don't worry, this project is still totally doable for you. I promise! These paint markers are so, so easy to work with, it's like writing on a piece of paper with a regular pen or pencil. And everyone can do that!

So, let's get to it. Here's what you'll need to hand letter your own leather accessories. Hint: You'll only need 2 items!

Good Vibes: How to Add Instant Character to a Basic Clutch in 5 Minutes

How to hand letter a clutch in 5 minutes


- Painters (there are TONS of colors and various thicknesses for the tips too)
- leather clutch or other accessory of your choosing (mine is from Madewell)

How to:

1. Decide on a phrase or word for your clutch. We went with 'good vibes' but also liked bonjour, super duper, je t'aime, ¡Hola!, killing it...I could go on and on.

2. Next, cut a sheet of paper the same size as the item that you are lettering. So you can practice and get the size of the letters and the placement just right.

3. When you're ready, simply write your word directly on the clutch, in cursive. Try to keep a loose, even flow and don't pick up the paint marker from the surface until the first word is complete. Then, finish the rest of your phrase the same way. Give the paint a few minutes to dry before moving on to the next step.

4. Now it's time to thicken up some areas to create more of a bold (and easy to read) statement. Any down strokes (parts of a letter that your marker moves downward on) draw a parallel line. See image for reference. *At this point, you can choose to very the width of the lines or keep them all the same width, based on your preference. Again, give the paint a few minutes to dry before moving on to the next step.

5. Once step 4 is complete and the paint is dry to the touch, fill in between each set of lines that you drew in step 4. And touch up any areas as needed. Wait for the paint to dry and  it's ready to use! So simple. Right?

How to hand letter a clutch (the easy way) with a paint marker specially made for writing on leather and fabrics.

How to hand letter a clutch in 5 minutes

I told you it was easy. And now that you know just how simple it is to tackle a project like this one, I'm curious to know if you'll give it a try? If you want to join in on the Painters fun there's a fun monthly Painters contest going on, now through the end of the year. Each month is a different theme (based on based on different store 'aisles') and each monthly winner will receive a prize valued at $500! This month’s theme (October) is clothing, accessories, and shoes. And I would love to see what you come up with!

There are so many uses for these paint markers..in fact, after we photographed this clutch, I realized painting colorful details on the metal bracelets I had just bought would be another fun way to use these guys.

Anyway, you can submit your projects to elmers.com/painters, download a coupon for Painters products, and share your creations on social media with #StyleByAisle and #PaintersStyle.

How to hand letter a clutch in 5 minutes

How to hand letter a clutch in 5 minutes

How to hand letter a clutch in 5 minutes

Photography and hand lettering by Rachel Anne Brewer
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give this clutch revamp a try? What saying would you choose?


This post is in partnership with Painters. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.


Dyed DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Tomorrow is October 1st, which means Halloween projects are about to start getting (semi) plentiful around here. I don't want to go overboard with the typical spider webs and dramatic blacks though (I did that last year with the styling for these color blocked Halloween printables), so the majority of the projects I'll be sharing surrounding this holiday can be used year round, long after Halloween is over.

So now that you know what to expect around here this Halloween season, lets jump into today's DIY: dyed Halloween (trick or) treat bags. You know I love a good dyeing project. You could make these treat bags any time of year, for birthdays, weddings, or any other party/event. And the process would work just the same for larger bags (like totes, pouches, etc) if you want to skip the party stuff all together.

Bonus! You'll only need three supplies for this project! Rubber bands, fabric dye, and the muslin bags themselves. Doesn't get much easier.

Dyed DIY Halloween Treat Bags

The full tutorial for these DIY Halloween treat bags can be found on Wedding Wire (you can see my step by step tutorial here), but the gist involves wrapping rubber bands around the fabric bags, then submerging them in a dye bath (dye + water). There are lots of different ways you can fold the fabric and wrap the rubber bands to create different patterns, etc. Which is kind of half the fun...not knowing exactly what you're going to get.

Once the dying is complete and everything has been washed and dried, fill the bags with wrapped candy (add a glassine bag inside if using loose candies and or cookies, etc) and you're good to go.

Dyed Halloween Treat Bags DIY

Dyed Favor Bags with Fabric Dye and Rubber Bands

Dyed Favor Bags with Fabric Dye and Rubber Bands

Dyed DIY Halloween Treat Bags

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give this one a try? What DIY Halloween projects are you working on this year?