Posts Tagged ‘paper goods’

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.

 

04/09/15

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

Looking for a super fast and easy project to work on? If so, I would definitely recommend trying out some dip dying DIYs.  And today’s project is actually a good way to dip your toes (couldn’t help myself) into this technique…

I originally made these dip dyed gift tags for Project Wedding and they’re SO easy, you can make them in less than five minutes. The process is similar to the dip dyed stationery sets I made a couple of months ago, only easier. Want to make your own?

Here’s how you can make your own dip dyed gift tags in just a few minutes…

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

Mix up watercolor paint with water in a small container. I used an old mug, since I happen to have one lying around. Stir well and continue adding paint until you have a highly concentrated color. Next, dip the tags into the watercolor mixture. Then, remove from the paint and let the tags air dry on a paper towel or old rag. Write a message and add to gifts, mini bouquets, etc. Simple as that. Done and done!

For more photos from this DIY, visit Project Wedding.

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

5 Minute DIY to Try // Easy Dip Dyed Gift Tags

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What DIY techniques have you been experimenting with lately? Anything in particular?