05/22/15

DIY // Painted 10 Minute Glassware and The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

I have to admit, I’m pretty excited that today is Friday…BUT I’m even more excited about the fact that Memorial Day is Monday because… three day weekend! I know exactly how I’m going to be celebrating too. With cake and cocktails. Is there any other way?

So, to get into the spirit of the holiday, I partnered with SKYY Barcraft, a new line of elevated cocktail-inspired vodkas from SKYY Vodka, to share the easiest summer cocktail recipe around. Along with a fun weekend DIY to try that will help you wash down those cocktails in style.

You in? Let’s get to it…

Summer Party Hacks

Summer Entertaining + The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

To make these simple cocktails, you’re going to need some glassware. And what’s glassware without a hand painted DIY design, right? Right!

There are tons of pattern options out there, obviously, but I went with the basics…stripes, grids, and brushstrokes. Okay, so it;s possible that polka dots would have been  more simplistic option that brushstroke / hatch marks. BUT polka dots actually would have taken longer, in this case, and I wanted this DIY to be fun and fast.

DIY // How to Paint Glassware in 10 Minutes or Less

DIY Painted Glassware

To make your own patterned glassware, you’ll need a paint brush and glass paint (I like Pebeo). Then, it’s as simple as deciding on a design / pattern and painting away. I’d recommend practicing on an old glass first, to get used to painting on a curved surface. Apply at least two coats of paint, depending on how opaque you want the design to be, then let it dry according to the instructions on the label (typically about 8 hours) before using.

The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

DIY // Hand Painted Glassware in 10 Minutes

And now for the cocktail hack…

Two Ingredient Cocktail Recipe

To make a simple cocktail without all the fuss of a ton of ingredients, measuring / shaking, etc try this… Add one part SKYY Barcraft (available in three flavors: Margarita Lime, Watermelon Fresca, and White Sangria) to two parts club soda or your favorite flavored sparkling water, over ice. Done! Add a fruit garnish if you’re really feeling fancy. 

The limited ingredients make it easy to create large batches for parties. The same two to one ratio applies. Easy peasy.

Tip: Add fruit infused ice cubes to a pitcher of Barcraft White Sangria and sparkling peach or grapefruit water. So good.

Summer Entertaining Hacks + Decor Ideas

DIY // Painted 10 Minute Glassware and The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

Summer Style

Feels like summer!

Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff and Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Have any plans for Memorial Day? Would love to hear what you’re up to this weekend.

This post is in partnership with SKYY Barcraft. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

05/21/15

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

Switching things up today and sharing my fave DIYs for the week a day early, because tomorrow I have a brand new DIY to share. Along with some cocktail recipes for the long weekend.

So here are 6 DIYs you should totally try…

1. DIY Palm Frond Balloons (!!!) from Studio DIY

2. DIY Colorful Side Table from Hello Lidy

3. DIY Front Row Braid Tutorial from Barefoot Blonde

4. DIY Succulent Bouquet on a Budget

5. Ombre Grapefruit Tangerine Popsicles Recipe

6. DIY Hanging Planter from Home Depot blog

What kinds of DIYs have you been experimenting with lately? I’d love to hear about it.

05/20/15

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

Do you ever compulsively buy craft supplies without a single clue as to what you are going to do with said supplies?!? Because it happens to me all the time. Insert blushing, embarrassed emoji here.

It usually all works out in the end. But sometimes it takes an awful long time to figure out why exactly I felt compelled to buy tiny plastic baby hands in the gardening section at the store down the street. OR 5 yards of upholstery cording when I absolutely do not sew. As it turns out, the answer to the latter is… make a no sew hot pad / trivet.

Take today’s DIY for example… I’ve been trying to come up with something to use these rose gold rivets for, since I left Houston (almost 2 months ago). Luckily, while Linda and I were organizing my supplies last week, I rediscovered these guys and we came up with these little leather bound notepads. Phew.

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

Anyway, long story short, if nothing else, this project is a great way to feed any rose gold addiction you may currently be harboring. And bonus… will also soothe any notebook / notepad obsessions.

Here’s how to make a leather bound notepad in 10 minutes…

Materials:

- leather scraps
- mallet
- leather hole punch
- paper scraps
- tubular rivet peening tool
- tubular rivets

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

How To:

1. Using anywhere from 25-200 sheets of paper that are all the same size, begin poking holes (evenly spaced) at the top or along the side of the paper. I used my leather hole punch to punch the holes through the paper. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked…I could only poke through 25-50 sheets at a time.

2. Then, cut a piece of scrap leather the same length of the side to be bound and twice the width (as shown). I painted my leather with textile paint and let it dry before using it to add a pop of color. 

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

 

3. Next, punch holes in the leather in the same spots as the holes in the paper. You can do this easily by placing the paper over the leather and marking the holes. Fold the leather over, line up the holes and poke the bread through the holes. Be sure to go through the leather, the paper, and then the leather again.

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

 

4. Flip the notepad over and use the rivet tool to flatten and secure the rivets with a mallet. To do this, lay the notepad on a flat hard surface, put the rivet tool on the part of the rivet poking through and hammer it several times with the mallet. This will split / flower the metal to secure it, which you can see in the photo above.

5. Repeat this process for the remaining holes. Then flip back over and your notepad is ready to use.

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling and Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

What supplies have you been hoarding lately? Think you’ll give this 10 minutes DIY a try?