Posts Tagged ‘how to’

04/30/15

How To Make an Envelope Liner for Any Size Envelope without a Template

Bringing watercolors to an envelope liner near you, with this morning’s DIY. I’ve never really done anything with envelope liners up to now because it never felt necessary. But I’m now realizing that I like the idea, I just never saw any that I actually liked.

SO, I made my own. And they’re super easy. You won’t even need a liner template kit or anything fancy. Just your envelopes (any size is fine), some card stock, and watercolors or acrylic paints.

The full tutorial is over on Project Wedding, but here’s the gist to get you started…

How to Make a DIY Watercolor Envelope Liner the Easy Way

And here’s how the finished liners turned out…

DIY Watercolor Envelope Liner // This tutorial shows you how to make an envelope liner (in this case a painted DIY watercolor liner) with any size or shape envelope without using a template.

DIY Watercolor Envelope Liner // This tutorial shows you how to make an envelope liner (in this case a painted DIY watercolor liner) with any size or shape envelope without using a template.

Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

These liners would be perfect for Mother’s Day cards (which is right around the corner), birthday cards, wedding invitations, etc.

 

04/29/15

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

Inkblots are on my radar right now, in a big way, and I had a pretty large stack of fabric napkins laying around from last month’s workshop. So, I made these easy inkblot napkins…and they took all of 5 minutes to complete (not including drying time).

They’re great for everyday entertaining, but I was also thinking they would make a nice hostess gift or a Mother’s Day gift if your mom loves entertaining (or has a thing for napkins). You could try the technique on other textiles as well, depending on what you’re looking for…tea towels, blankets, pillows, etc.

Are you convinced yet? You totally need a set of these right? Right! Here’s how to make your own inkblot napkins in about 5 minutes…

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

Materials:

fabric paint (I used SoSoft fabric paint)
solid color fabric napkins (mine are from West Elm)
paint brush (optional)

How To:

1. Squirt paint onto a fabric napkin at random. You can do long lines, dots, etc. If you concentrate the paint toward the center, you’ll get a more solid shape, like the example tutorial. But if you’re looking for more organic allover patterns, I would recommend staying away from the center for the most part with the paint.

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

2. Then fold the napkin in half and push down / smooth out. I found that after doing the first napkin, it’s actually better to unfold the entire napkin and then fold it over from there. I seemed to get more intersting patterns that way (which you can see in the second photo below).

3. Open up the folded napkin to reveal your inkblot design. If necessary, you can remove excess paint with a paint brush. Or just push the paint around so that it’s more even throughout.

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

4. Wait for the paint to dry and you’re good to go. Pretty simple right?

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

5 Minute DIY // How to Make Inkblot Fabric Napkins

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. I think that you can safely assume that I have a little bit of a DIY napkin problem now that I have an entire drawer (a pretty large drawer at that) dedicated to ‘em. BUT I can’t help it. More DIY napkin ideas.

04/22/15

Make these DIY dip dyed woven baskets in about ten minutes.

I’ve been wanting some new baskets for odds and ends around the house and decided to dye my own, instead of searching high and low for the perfect colors. And I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I’ve done my fair share of dip dyeing projects, but had never tried baskets until now. Turns out, it works like a charm. So I’m sharing the tutorial today.

This project is super easy AND quick (which you know are my 2 favorite words when it comes to DIY projects).

Here’s how you can dip dye your own baskets in about 10 minutes….

How to Make Dip Dye Woven Baskets

Materials:

-woven baskets (mine are from Container Store)
-Rit dye (I like the liquid version that comes in a bottle)
-metal spoon
-medium to large bowl
-water

How To:

1. Start by combining water and the dye into a bowl, according to the instructions on the packaging. I used about 1/8 of a bottle of dye and 4 cups of hot water. Stir with a spoon until fully mixed.

2. Dip the basket into the bowl, at an angle. Keeping it in the dye bath until you’ve reached the desired color.

3. Pour out any excess dye from the basket, then remove the basket from the dye bath. Let it dry completely before using. The dye soaks into the baskets really well (particularly the ones I used, which are made out of palm leaves) because of the material they’re made out of.

How to dip dye woven baskets in 10 minutes or less.

They dry a tiny bit lighter than they look when you remove them from the dye bath. Just FYI. But it’s a very slight difference.

And here’s how the finished baskets turned out…

Make these DIY dip dyed woven baskets in about ten minutes.

Make these DIY dip dyed woven baskets in about ten minutes.

DIY // Dip Dyed Woven Baskets

DIY Dip Dyed Woven Baskets in 10 Minutes

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. Confession time…I bought these bowls back in January and planned to do this project as an organizational post for the new year. You know…just four months behind on putting this together. Totally fine. Right?