Posts Tagged ‘paper’

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I originally made these dip dyed gift tags for Project Wedding and they’re SO easy, you can make them in less than five minutes.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?

01/21/15

DIY // Dip Dyed Stationery

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. 

How to make dip dyed stationery

How to make dip dyed stationery

Here’s the full supplies list, in case you missed it in the video…

Supplies List:

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.

DIY // Dip Dyed Notecard Stationery

Dip Dyed

Can't Touch This

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…

DIY // Dip Dyed Stationery with Hand Lettered Messaging

You Got This

Dip Dyed Paper Goods

DIY // Dip Dyed Stationery with Hand Lettered Messages

Creative Direction, Production and Styling // Brittni Mehlhoff
Craft Production Assistant // Linda Jednaszewski
Photography and Video // Kimberly Murray
Hand Lettering // Erica Loesing from Yes Ma’am

Think you’ll give this dip dyed project a try? How are you planning to celebrate National Handwriting Day?

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