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06/09/14

Father's Day DIY // Hand Painted Tie

I hope you had a nice weekend. This morning, I wanted to share a Father’s Day DIY that I recently created for Momtastic. It’s for a DIY hand painted tie. That one that see peeking out above, from behind that book.

Father’s Day is one of the toughest holidays for me to come up with gift ideas. Dads are tough to DIY for, but I’m happy with how this one turned out. And I have one more DIY for Dad later this week, that will add a pop of color to your home. So stay tuned for that…should be going up on Wednesday.

You can check out the full tutorial and more photos for this DIY Father’ Day gift on Momtastic. And on an unrelated note, that Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary is pretty cool (and it’s available on Amazon if you’re interested). 

DIY // Hand Painted Tie for Father's Day

 Photos, concept, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. I had Jeff pose for the photos. Can you tell he doesn’t like having his picture taken? It’s so different (and a little weird) to use a guy as a model, but for Father’s Day it’s kind of the only option.

Do you have any plans to make something for Father’s Day, this year? Or did you buy the perfect gift that you know he’ll love? Always curious to hear how other people tackle this holiday.

05/21/14

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I found this long roll of thin(ish) kraft paper at a paint store a couple of months ago and started using it to write little notes, along with my weekly to-do list. But since graduation is coming up (and Father’s Day), I thought I would turn the paper into long message scrolls for any occasion.

As you can probably guess, they’re beyond easy to make and more unexpected than a traditional greeting card. Plus, if you had a lot to say, you could make a SUPER lengthy scroll for someone special, which I’m thinking would be pretty fun. I know I’d like receiving a scroll like that, anyway.

Here’s how you can make your own paper scrolls in about five minutes…

How to make a paper scroll

Materials: roll of kraft paper (you can find it right here on Amazon or at a local paint supply store), pastel crayons or white charcoal pencil, string or ribbon

How-To: Measure and cut (or rip for a more organic look) a long piece of kraft banner paper that ranges from 2-4 feet long. Grab a crayon, pencil, or marker and pour your heart out. It is a scroll after all, so don’t be afraid to get longwinded on this one. Wrap it up and tie a ribbon or string around it to keep it tight. Give to recipient, along with a small gift, and you are good to go. Create scrolls for any occasion you can think of – graduation, birthdays, Father’s day, etc. I made a scroll for Mother’s Day too, but didn’t get it posted in time. Whoops.

Easy gift ideas to go with these scrolls for graduation might include a nice journal or notebook or money rolled up inside the scroll. For Father’s Day, one of these scrolls would fit perfectly inside a tool box for Dad or nestled next to a nice set of hand tools. And for birthdays, you could attach a scroll to a few round helium balloons.

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Another idea…It would be cool to write several different scrolls for a friend who needs a pick me up, along the lines of the DIY mailable messages I sent, only scrolls instead of greeting cards. And if you don’t have a special occasion coming up, you could make super inexpensive artwork, by writing out some of your favorite inspirational quotes. Hang them on the wall with a little bit of washi tape and you’re all set.

P.S. I’m doing my best Vanna White impression in the photo above. Can you tell?

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

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