04/15/14

DIY to Try // Easter Egg Sharpie Doodles

So, it seems like nearly anything and everything you can possibly imagine has already been done to Easter eggs this year. Or last year, for that matter.

BUT there’s still a little room to make it your own, right? So I grabbed a permanent marker and went to town on some plain hard boiled eggs. Kind of in the same vein as the DIY metallic Easter eggs I did last year…

I created random designs and little doodles – gems, triangles, hatch marks, lines, and curly q’s. Basically anything that came to my head. It was fun to just let go and treat each egg as a paper napkin that I’d doodle on at a restaurant.

Super Easy Easter Egg DIY with Sharpies

I also made a few nameplate eggs that would be great for an Easter dinner party. If I made them again, I wouldn’t add those random lines underneath each name, but oh well. I don’t hate ‘em.

You can go the brown egg route, which I always love because they kind of have a dyed feel to them without having to do anything….

DIY Nameplate Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Drawings + Doodles DIY

Or you can go the extreme minimalist route (which is my favorite option) and use regular white eggs, still hard boiled of course…

Easter Egg Sharpie Drawings + Doodles

Easter Egg Project // Marker Drawings + Doodles

Easter DIY Sharpie Drawings + Doodles

DIY Marker Drawings + Doodles on Easter Eggs Project

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

If you had a carton of eggs to doodle on, what would you draw? Random geometric shapes? A few portraits? Patterns? I’d love to know.

And for even more Easter DIY ideas, visit the Easter project page.

04/14/14

Teeny Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

This weekend was pretty packed for me. Still playing catch up, actually. BUT I do have a DIY to try this morning…

I made these spring boutonnieres for Project Wedding recently and I was thinking they would be perfect as tiny bouquets for Easter and Mother’s Day as well. What do you think? You could use them for the surprise bouquet bombing idea too to say happy spring to a neighbor or friend.

The full tutorial is right here, but here’s a couple of photos to give you the gist of it…

How To // Tiny Spring Bouquet DIY with Tulips

Yellow, pink, and green scream spring to me. What about you?

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring, Easter, and Mother's Day

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

04/11/14

DIys to Try // coffee filter garland, fabric covered bouquet, and more

Good morning!

I’ve been in DIY land all week long, catching up on projects from while I was away. But I thought I’d pop in to share a handful of my favorite projects from around the web before attempting to get a whole lot of last minute Easter projects done for next week.

Anybody else doing that today? I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by.

1. Dye your Easter eggs using indigo by Stephanie Gerber on Tuts Plus

2. Whip up mock raspberry peach bellinis on A Subtle Revelry

3. Make a pretty + pastel garland out of coffee filters on 31 Bits

4. Put together a bouquet to make someone’s day on Paper & Stitch

5. And bake citrus shortbread cookies with beet glaze  on Designlovefest

P.S. Big thank you to Paste Magazine for naming Paper & Stitch one of the top ten DIY craft blogs to follow. I’m #2, after A Beautiful Mess. It’s an honor to be included. See all ten blogs on the list right here.

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni

04/10/14

DIY Paper Goods Ideas

With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up soon and a whole lot of thank you cards to write, I thought it would be fun to come up with some DIY ideas for cards. So I teamed up with The Paper Mill Store to bring you 5 do-it-yourself ideas for decorating and making cards for any occasion. Use them for holidays, birthdays, thank you cards, etc.

Supplies and Other Info: The main supplies I used consisted of standard sheets of paper, in various thicknesses and colors. All from The Paper Mill Store. If you don’t know about this online paper shop yet, they offer a huge variety of papers, card stock, envelopes, and more. Be sure to check out the site when you get a minute.

As far as folding techniques, for the most part, I used a combination of folding my paper once in half, like a hamburger, and folding it a second time in the opposite direction for the smaller cards (unless otherwise noted).

Tip: I’ve been using samples that I ordered so I could try out the papers in smaller quantities before buying a larger package for printing and craft projects. But if you want to buy more than a sample size right off the bat, my favorite from the ones I’ve tried is the Eames paper, it’s like canvas in a paper (and basically awesome).

Here are 5 DIY ideas for embellishing notecards and greeting cards in a hurry…

DIY // Hand Lettered Hello Card

Hand Lettered Greeting Card DIY

DIY Idea // Hand Lettered Greeting Card

1. Hand Lettered DIY Cards: Grab a marker and some colorful paper, like BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper. Then, hand letter a message on the front of your card and you’re done.

If you like the look of calligraphy, check out this tutorial for the quick and easy way to fake it.

ombre spray paint greeting card DIY

DIY Greeting Card #3 // Ombre Spraypaint

2. DIY Ombre Spray Paint Cards: Create this set of ombre cards for any occasion with a can of spray paint and this Eames white paper (which has a little texture to it).

Fold the paper in half and focus your spray paint toward the bottom of the card. Continue building up the color at the bottom, while occasionally misting upward to bring more of the color upward. Wait for it to dry and you’re good to go.

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3. Spotted + Dotted DIY Cards: Using basic circle stickers from an office supply store, you can create a fun card like what you see above with a simple peel and stick technique. So easy!

I used a thicker 160 lb Astrolite paper for these cards and just folded the paper in half, like a hamburger, and cut it down to a standard notecard size.

DIY Embossed Notecards

DIY // Embossed notecards and greeting cards

4. Gold Embossed DIY Cards: This one is super fun. I love embossing. The process is actually really easy. You can follow this tutorial from my embossed party bags for an in depth tutorial.

The only thing I did different was use a VersaMarker instead of a stamp. So I hand drew the elements that eventually became embossed. Other than that, it’s exactly the same process. I used a combination of royal fiber kraft paper, BrightHue sea blue paper, and 160 lb Astrolite paper for this set.

DIY // washi tape greeting card

Easy DIY // Washi Tape Color Blocked Cards

5. DIY Color Blocked Washi Tape Cards: And finally, color block a set of playful cards with a little bit of washi tape, applied in strips.

Next to #3, this is the easiest one of the five. I used the BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper for this project.

So, that’s it! All five greeting card decorating projects.

Which one is your favorite? I’m curious to know which one you’d most like to try, if any.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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04/09/14

Easter Egg DIY // portraits of Abstract Expressionists

I really enjoyed incorporating art concepts into my egg decorating ideas last year (graffiti eggs + painterly pastel Easter eggs). So, I thought I would do a follow up this year with something focused on a group of artists I really admire – abstract expressionists. 

Admittedly, I’m a little rusty on my drawing skills, so I enlisted Jeff to create portraits of important American painters from the abstract expressionist movement on eggs for Easter.

Is this an unconventional option for egg decorating? Probably. But that’s why I love it. Bonus! This would be a fun way to introduce kids to famous artists, popular designers, philosophers, etc…Maybe even US presidents, if you’re feeling crazy.

Mark Rothko Portrait on an Easter Egg

All you really have to do is grab a pastel crayon and an egg. The pastels look really great against the natural egg colors, but it was difficult to photograph because there’s a hint of neon in the blue. And it’s a tiny bit shiny. Anyway, long story short, you could always use a sharpie instead, if you’d prefer.

Here’s who is featured on this set of eggs… Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, and Franz Kline.

Easter Egg Decorating Idea // Pastel Portraits

Abstract Expressionist Easter Eggs

If I’m being honest, it’s not exactly easy to draw a portrait on a tiny rounded surface. But after a few tries and a fine point pastel or marker, you’ll get the hang of it. They  don’t have to be perfect. So just have fun with it.

Will you be making these for Easter this year? And if so, what artists will you be most likely to draw?

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff