Posts Tagged ‘how to’

05/01/15

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

Happy Friday! I don't know how the week passed by so quickly, but I have to say, I'm not mad it. I'm ready for you weekend.

What about you? Have any plans? Because if you don't, I have a few suggestions for you...Well, actually, six suggestions. Here are my 6 fave DIYs to try this weekend...

1. DIY Crisscross Coasters from Fall for DIY

2. Waffles and Maple Syrup Ice Cream

3. DIY Pocket Planners that I made for Handmade Charlotte

4. A Braided Bun Tutorial from Lark & Linen

5. Stamped Tea Towel DIY from Blackbird

6. Double Tahini Sandwich Cookies Recipe from Fix Feast Flair

P.S. If you haven't already, be sure to check out my friends Kelly and Jeff's amazing online Instagram course called Can't Crop This. It just launched last week and is filled with tips and strategies to help you build your community, refine your brand, make money, and more. More info here.

Hope you have a great weekend.

-Brittni

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.