Posts Tagged ‘paper goods’

07/22/15

DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

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.

DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

Materials:

- 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
- scissors
- craft glue

DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

Instructions:

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.

How to Make DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

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).

How to Make DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

5. Then cut a triangle in the center panel, at the top and a flap at the bottom of the middle panel.

How to Make DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

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.

DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

DIY Sunprint Party Favor Bags

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?

05/20/15

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

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.

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

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...

Materials:

- leather scraps
- mallet
- leather hole punch
- paper scraps
- tubular rivet peening tool
- tubular rivets

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

How To:

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. 

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

 

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.

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

 

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.

How To Make DIY Leather Bound Notepads in Ten Minutes

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?

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.