Posts Tagged ‘paper goods’
When Jeff and I got married, I bought a box of 1,000 glassine bags to use for guest favors at our reception. It was cheaper than buying a smaller amount, so I just went for it.
But then we didn't actually end up using them at all for the wedding. So, I've just been plugging away trying to use them all slowly but surely (for the last 6 years). And after I found these little pastels candies at a local shop, I decided to paint up a whole bunch of bags to use as a little party favors / treat bags.
It's a super easy project that would be awesome for parties, weddings, and the holidays (both Thanksgiving and Christmas) with a few color tweaks. Here's how to make your own...
- glassine bags
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
This concept is so basic I'm not sure instructions are really necessary. It's really just a matter or painting patterns onto the glassine bags and letting them dry. Once they are completely dry, they're ready to use.
I put a second glassine bag inside each of the painted ones after they were dry to give them more of a solid look / keep them as food safe as possible. That way, you can add loose cookies and candies, in addition to wrapped candies, etc.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you'll give these DIY party favor bags a try? I'd love to hear how you would use these and/or what kind of patterns you think would be the most fun for these guys.
Have you ever tried making Sunprints before? I think I probably made a couple when I was a kid, but in my adult life I had never tried it until recently. So, of course, now that I've had a little taste of this crazy cool (kid's) pastime, I'm completely addicted. In a really strange way. Once I bought the kit, it was pretty much on.
SO, I made these sunprint party favor bags for candy and little gifts. And, if you're into it, I'm sharing the tutorial for how you can make your own...using the natural light of the sun! Yay nature.
- frame with glass
- sunprint kit (which you can buy on Amazon)
- objects to use for printing (I used balloons, candy, and toothpicks)
- cardboard or stiff book
- craft glue
1. Start by laying out one sheet of the sunprint paper, over a piece of stiff cardboard or a book. Then, arrange objects on top of the piece of paper (in my case balloons). Place plexiglass on top (as shown in the photo) to secure objects so they don't roll around. Plexi comes with the sunprint kit, just FYI.
2. Place the entire thing (cardboard, paper, objects, and plexi) outside in direct sunlight for 5 minutes (or until the paper turns white).
3. Then bring everything back inside. Remove the plexi and the objects from the paper, then submerge the paper in water for 1 minute or run under a faucet. Remove from the water and let the paper dry flat.
4. Once the paper is dry, its time to start making the gift bags. Start by folding the paper so that the two ends slightly overlap (as shown in photo).
5. Then cut a triangle in the center panel, at the top and a flap at the bottom of the middle panel.
6. Lastly, fold up the bottom flap and the sides and glue them together with a glue stick or craft glue. Let the glue dry and fill with candy or other party favors.
Some thoughts on printing.... I thought the balloons worked really well for the sunprinting process. But I also really like using toothpicks, which creates almost a laser inspired pattern in the bags...kind of 80s / 90s yearbook photo backdrop style. And gummy fruit rings created a cool pattern too. So, you may want to experiment with some different objects. Its really fun to test out different stuff to see what works the best for creating patterns.
That said though, they're not all winners...I tried lollipops and they did not work very well at all because they're weren't even heights, so you couldn't really see what was going on when the sunprint was finished. Thumbs down there.
Flowers and leaves work great though...I used those on another project (that I haven't shared yet) and the prints were pretty interesting. So if you like the botanical vibe, that would be a good option.
Photography by Kimberly Murray
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Think you'll give this DIY a try? Do you remember playing around with sunprint art when you were a kid?
Do you ever compulsively buy craft supplies without a single clue as to what you are going to do with said supplies?!? Because it happens to me all the time. Insert blushing, embarrassed emoji here.
It usually all works out in the end. But sometimes it takes an awful long time to figure out why exactly I felt compelled to buy tiny plastic baby hands in the gardening section at the store down the street. OR 5 yards of upholstery cording when I absolutely do not sew. As it turns out, the answer to the latter is... make a no sew hot pad / trivet.
Take today's DIY for example... I've been trying to come up with something to use these rose gold rivets for, since I left Houston (almost 2 months ago). Luckily, while Linda and I were organizing my supplies last week, I rediscovered these guys and we came up with these little leather bound notepads. Phew.
Anyway, long story short, if nothing else, this project is a great way to feed any rose gold addiction you may currently be harboring. And bonus... will also soothe any notebook / notepad obsessions.
Here's how to make a leather bound notepad in 10 minutes...
- leather scraps
- leather hole punch
- paper scraps
- tubular rivet peening tool
- tubular rivets
1. Using anywhere from 25-200 sheets of paper that are all the same size, begin poking holes (evenly spaced) at the top or along the side of the paper. I used my leather hole punch to punch the holes through the paper. It wasn't perfect, but it worked...I could only poke through 25-50 sheets at a time.
2. Then, cut a piece of scrap leather the same length of the side to be bound and twice the width (as shown). I painted my leather with textile paint and let it dry before using it to add a pop of color.
3. Next, punch holes in the leather in the same spots as the holes in the paper. You can do this easily by placing the paper over the leather and marking the holes. Fold the leather over, line up the holes and poke the bread through the holes. Be sure to go through the leather, the paper, and then the leather again.
4. Flip the notepad over and use the rivet tool to flatten and secure the rivets with a mallet. To do this, lay the notepad on a flat hard surface, put the rivet tool on the part of the rivet poking through and hammer it several times with the mallet. This will split / flower the metal to secure it, which you can see in the photo above.
5. Repeat this process for the remaining holes. Then flip back over and your notepad is ready to use.
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling and Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
What supplies have you been hoarding lately? Think you'll give this 10 minutes DIY a try?