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05/14/14

DIY to Try // Geometric Faux Wood Grain + Stone Coasters

I was at Home Depot recently, picking up some birch wood for a backdrop, and I started wandering through the aisles. As I normally do. After about 30 minutes, I found these sample linoleum tiles for flooring.

So, I grabbed a few of my favorite finishes (the samples are free) and took them home to play around with them. Pretty quickly, I realized they would be perfect for coasters. So, I started tracing and cutting and eventually came up with these…

Coffee + Coasters in the Morning

Materials: linoleum flooring samples in various textures, heavy duty scissors or a box cutter, pencil, and ruler

How To: Draw a geometric shape onto the linoleum sample, with a pencil and a ruler. Cut out and enjoy. How’s that for easy.

But the best part? This project is completely free (I’m going to assume you already have a pencil, ruler, and scissors on hand).

Step by Step // How To Make Geometric Coasters

Some of the floor samples are really thick, so you may need a box cutter for those thicker floor samples. I was able to cut through most of the samples with my mondo heavy scissors, but for the super thick ones my fabric scissors actually worked the best, surprisingly.

As far as the shapes go…I ended up cutting mostly triangles and octagons, but I think diamonds and pentagons would be fun too (and just as easy).

Faux Wood Grain + Stone Geometric Coaster DIY

Serving up coffee and coasters this morning

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DIY Geometric Coasters Made of Linoleum Tile Samples

I contemplated making heart shaped coasters with the tiles as well, but I ran out of samples. So, I might have to go back and do a second round of these. Are there any other shapes you can think of that would work for these?

P.S. Save the leftover scraps and you can make these DIY woodgrain gift tags.

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

05/07/14

Mailable Mother's Day DIY to Try

I couldn’t let this last Wednesday before Mother’s Day roll around without putting together one more DIY for all the moms out there. And since my mom lives out of state, I wanted to make something that was easy to mail with just a stamp, instead of having to make a special trip to the post office.

After thinking about it for a while, I decided flat pack gifts would be the way to go. Basically anything that fits in a 5×7 envelope is game. The only catch is, one envelope just isn’t going to be enough. I have a lot of goodies to stuff in there!

So I partnered with Minted to put together a mailable Mother’s Day DIY message, complete with plenty of gifts…and greeting cards.

Loving these Mother's Day cards

Mother's Day cards

Here’s how to make a mailable Mother’s Day message…

Materials:

  • 7 Mother’s Day greeting cards (there’s a big selection of fully customizable cards right here on Minted)
  • paint and paint brush
  • goodies to include inside envelopes, like photos, gift cards and art prints (selection of limited edition 5×7 art prints that fit perfectly inside these envelopes right here)

Psst… I actually picked a few cards from Minted that weren’t Mother’s Day designs (like this one and this one) and added my own M-Day phrases, just to get some different looks in there. You can do that SO easily on their site too – change the text, fonts, placement, etc and save it for later if you’re not ready to checkout. If you’ve never tried it before, you should definitely give it a go.

How-To:

Turn each envelope vertically and paint one letter on each envelope to spell out the message ‘LUV U MOM’ (or some other phrase if you’d prefer). Wait for the paint to dry, then add a greeting card to each one, and fill it with goodies (gift cards, family photos, art prints, small notepads, etc – anything that will fit into an envelope). Then address them to Mom and mail them out. Mail some envelopes on different days so that she doesn’t receive all the cards and gifts at once.

You can also write 1 of 7, 2 of 7 , etc on the back of each envelope, if you want. So that your Mom will know that there are more cards coming and she might want to wait to open them all at once.

How to make a mailable message for Mother's Day

Fun DIY for Mother's Day

The best about this DIY is the surprise factor though, if you ask me…Mom might not even notice that all of them spell out a message at first, especially if you make the letters very large, like I did. They feel more abstract that way – like designs rather than letters. But when she does figure it out, I’m pretty sure she’ll love it.

What do you think? Would you create one of these mailable messages for your mom?

Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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05/05/14

Making Cake Toppers with Paper Straws

Make Mom a Mother’s Day cake (and cake topper) she’ll love, with this quick and easy tutorial: paper straw letter cake toppers. If you’re a long time reader, you may remember that I made letter cupcake toppers for One Charming Party almost a year ago.

So, I thought it would be fun to recreate this idea with a more feminine feeling for Mother’s Day. Plus, I just really love these floral print straws, that were left over from Meet/Make/Do.

DIY // 'For Mom' Cake Topper

Materials:

paper straws, scissors, glue gun, wood skewers

How To: 

1. Find paper straws in an interest pattern, design, or color. Cut straws to various lengths to loosely form different letters of the alphabet. You’ll probably have to experiment with this a little bit.

2. Next, glue the straw pieces together with a glue.

3. Once dry, insert a wood skewer into the bottom of one of the straw holes, and glue in place. Wait for the glue to try, before poking each topper through a cake. Done!

How To Make a Message Cake Topper with Paper Straws

Here’s how the finished messages turned out…

DIY Mother's Day Cake + Topper for Mom

Cake Topper for Mother's Day Brunch

DIY // Making Cake Toppers with Paper Straws

A DIY Bouquet of Letters

Who Doesn't Love Cake? Yum!

Bouquet Message for Mom

This message cake topper is really easy to make, which means you can whip this up last minute, if you don’t have much time to get a Mother’s Day gift this year. Or use it for birthdays, graduation, and other special occasions and parties.

P.S. Happy Cinco de Mayo! You didn’t think I’d forget, did you?

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff