Posts Tagged ‘paper’

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?

04/09/15

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?

04/08/15

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

Lately, I've been attempting to reuse items that I already have in the house for DIY projects. In an effort to not go bankrupt buying craft supplies. And so when I came across a bunch of unused kraft boxes I had leftover from an old project, I figured I'd bring them downstairs and make something with 'em.

Eventually, I landed on hanging paper ripple planters.

The idea is that they look like crumpled pieces of paper / or mini sculptures. And while these were a little more difficult to photograph than I expected (the 3D aspect seems to get lost a little bit in the photos), these turned out to be one of my fave projects I've done lately. So naturally, I spent a few hours painting a backdrop for them to rest in front of, once the planters were ready to go. I'm a tiny bit crazy. Just let me be.

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Paper Ripple Planters

Supplies for paper planters

My sister-in-law gave me these awesome vintage craft books a while back and there were a handful of patterns in the back of one of them. So I picked the one that I was the least likely to ever use (mind you I don't currently do any sewing anyway, so it doesn't much matter at this point) and wrapped up the kraft boxes I had on hand to create these little guys...

Materials:

kraft boxes in various shapes and sizes
newspaper, old book pages, or patterns
hot glue
scissors
string

How To:

1. Start by tearing long strips of paper (these can be old book pages, construction paper, patterns, etc) in irregular widths. Just make sure each strip is slightly wider than the height of each box.

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

2. Remove the lids from the kraft boxes and hot glue each end of the string to the base of each box. One end of each side, to keep things balance.

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

3. Then add a long strip of hot glue to the outside of the box and attach one end of the torn strip of paper. Once secure, create another strip of glue 1-2 inches apart from the first. Then create a wave with the paper and attach the strip of paper to the second bead of glue. Continue this process all the way around the box.

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

Add a plant and it's ready to hang. Air plants and succulents are the best options because they're the lightest.

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Ripple Planters with Paper

By the way... If you're not into hanging the planters, you can just skip step 2 and rest the finished planter on any tabletop.

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Hanging Ripple Planters with Paper

DIY // How to Make Sculptural Ripple Planters with Paper

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

When I have more time, I was thinking I'd try this with some painted strips of paper to added pops of color. Thinking ombre or colorful brushstroke patterns.

What do you think?