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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I originally made these dip dyed gift tags for Project Wedding and they’re SO easy, you can make them in less than five minutes.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…
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.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What DIY techniques have you been experimenting with lately? Anything in particular?
I love getting cards in the mail, from my friends especially because they always pick out the best cards. So this year, for Valentine’s Day, I’m hoping to return the favor.
There are roughly two weeks left before V-Day rolls around (even less than that for Galentine’s Day which is on the 13th – you know that if you watch Parks and Rec). So, I’m crossing my fingers that I can get some V-Day snail mail out to my friends on time (for once).
To help me get the V-Day cards rolling ASAP, I’ve partnered with Avery to create some V-Day printables that I can use right away. Aaand because I thought you might like to use these for your friends this year too, I have the printable / free download available for you at the bottom of this post.
I kept the phrases and designs simple, so they can be sent to as many people on your V-Day list as possible. For friends and significant others too! I was also thinking that the BE MINE cards would be cool for kids to share with classmates for the holiday.
To make these with your home printer, you’ll just need to print ‘em out on Avery note card paper, add your note, put a stamp on it, and boom! Done. You can pair the card with a little gift (chocolate anyone?!) or just send it on its own with good vibes and a sweet note.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Are you planning to send out any V-Day snail mail this year?
This post is in partnership with Avery. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.
This Friday is National Handwriting Day and I couldn’t be more pumped to whip my handwriting skills into shape. What about you?
So, I’ve partnered with Pentel of America to bring you a DIY video tutorial that is geared towards this super fun holiday. Make these dip dyed watercolor notecards and stationery sets, as gifts for friends and family and/or snail mail that you can stock up on to send out for special occasions, etc.
As part of the project, I collaborated with local designer, Erica Loesing from Yes Ma’am, to hand letter all of the dip dyed cards. And Erica is sharing her top 3 tips for better handwriting today, as well. Yay!
But first, the (video) tutorial. Here’s how to make dip dyed watercolor stationery with hand lettered greetings…
One of the things I love most about this project is the accessibility. All you need are a handful of super basic supplies, along with a watercolor set and a simple marker.
Here’s the full supplies list, in case you missed it in the video…
- Blank Notecards
- Pentel Arts Watercolors
- Pentel Arts Color Pen
- Paint Brush
- Paper Towels or a Rag
- Heavy Books (for stacking)
The whole process of mixing the paints, and dipping the cards takes almost no time at all (it took an hour to dip dye 25+ cards in 3 different colors). Then, you let the cards dry flat overnight, underneath a stack of books (and in between paper towels), and you’re ready to letter the front of each card with custom messages and send them out. Piece of cake!
Note: During the dip dying process, when you lay the cards flat for drying (which you’ll see in the video), the designs created in the inside of the card are much different than what is created on the outside. So when the cards are dry, if you like the design that was created in the inside better (which will look more like inkblots than a dip dye pattern), just fold your card over the other way, so that the inside becomes the outside.
If you’re like me, you may need a little assistance in the handwriting department before tackling a dip dyed stationery set on your own. So, I asked Erica to outline her top 3 tips for better handwriting and lettering to give everyone a push in the right direction.
1. Embrace your style. Love the way your hand writes rather than always trying for it to look like someone else’s.
2. Be mindful. Being present while writing allows you to appreciate the subtleties of how each letter connects to the next, the spacing, how the scale of each letter compares to it’s neighbors. And as handwriting becomes a bit of a lost art, enjoying it is pretty special.
3. Each pen, pencil, or nib allows your hand to move a little bit differently. Find the right tools for you.
Time to write some seriously awesome snail mail to friends. Right? Here’s how the finished project turned out…
Think you’ll give this dip dyed project a try? How are you planning to celebrate National Handwriting Day?
This post is in partnership with Pentel of America. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.