Posts Tagged ‘easy’

05/29/13

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Move over spring. Summer is coming! And along with the upcoming sun season comes outdoor barbecues and ice cream socials. Yum! So, if you’re planning on serving a cool summer treat at your next party or outdoor barbecue, check out today’s tutorial.

Add a pop of (food safe) color to these cute little wooden ice cream spoons, with natural fruit dyes, in a matter of minutes. Here’s how…

SUPPLIES

Supplies: one can of blueberry pie filling // one can of cherry pie filling // wooden craft spoons // small (unused) paint brush

step-by-step

How-To: 1. Lay out several paper towels or tea towels on a flat surface. 2. Open cans of fruit filling with a can opener. 3. Dip spoons into the cans of filling, a few at a time. You can dip them in quickly and take them right out, or leave them fully submerged for a few minutes to deepen the color. The longer you leave them submerged, the deeper the color will be. 4. Let the spoons air dry on a paper towel or tea towel. Or blot them dry with a cloth, if you’re pressed for time. Once dry, they are ready to use – completely food safe and completely awesome.

Pretty easy, huh? Told ya it would only take a few minutes.

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Take it further: To add a pattern, instead of simply dip-dying the spoons, dip a small (unused) paint brush into the fruit’s juices and use just like paint. You’ll probably want to re-dip your brush every couple of strokes for more saturated color.

Now, who’s ready for an ice cream party? I know I am.

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Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch

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03/20/13

Do you ever use egg cups?

I’ve literally never used them before, even though I think they’re pretty cool. So I went and bought a handful at World Market (at .99 each it was hard to resist) so I would have somewhere to put my eggs for Easter. Decorated or not. Now, I realize this technique has been done a hundred times at this point, BUT I’ve never seen it used on egg cups. So boo-yah.

Here’s one (very) simple way to make basic 99 cent egg cups look a little bit cooler…

how-to: egg cups diy

Using a porcelain paint pen (I like these), write messages, draw geometric shapes, draw funny faces – basically go to town. Let the cups air dry (72 hours according to the instructions on the pens – mine were dry to the touch within an hour or two though) and your eggs are ready to look a whole lot cooler sitting in those cups.

Also, if you want to make ‘em a little more Easter-y, you can add bunny doodles or ‘Happy Easter’ notes. I just went with more everyday designs so I can use them year round. Honestly though, they’re so inexpensive, you could make different sets of these for every holiday.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch

10/17/12

I picked up a new washi tape set a while back and have been trying to come up with ways to use it ever since. This stuff is addictive. So I grabbed a few blank notebooks that I was planning on using for another project and went to town. I realize this is rocket science here, but hey – they only took one minute to make, so I thought I would share the process in case you want to make your own…

Supplies:

  1. Washi tape – slim set (lots of colors here)
  2. Scissors
  3. Moleskine cashier notebooks (set of 3)

Instructions:

  1. Choose an interesting color combo and start rolling out strips of tape into any pattern you’d like. I went with stripes – it’s quick and easy.
  2. After attaching each strip of tape, cut off excess, but leave room to wrap the tape around the back so it won’t come undone easily.
  3. Fold the excess tape over to the back and attach. All done!

Here’s the photo version of this step by step…

Take it further!

Take this simple project one step further, and stamp your own custom message into the front cover, with a wooden mallet and a set of leather stamps (like this one)…

That’s it! So simple.

What do you think? Will you be making a few of these for yourself or buddies?

P.S.  I’m becoming obsessed with the leather stamp kit I used for this project, so prepare yourself for more DIYs that involve indented messages soon.