Posts Tagged ‘paper’

11/24/14

Thanksgiving Table Runner Idea

I don’t know how this happened, but I managed to go this whole month without sharing a single Thanksgiving DIY project. Whoops.

So, here I am, three days before Thanksgiving, sharing a turkey day DIY before everyone starts heading out for the most stuff-tastic day of the year. Don’t worry, I hate myself for using the term stuff-tastic.

Cut Paper Leaves for Thanksgiving

All you need to make your own is an hour or two and a whole lot of paper. There are a couple of additional supplies needed…full supply list here. Then you’ll just need to cut out leaf shapes, add a message (sharing what you’re thankful for this year), fold, and glue. For the full tutorial and more photos, visit my tutorial on Momtastic.

Thanksgiving DIY // Easy Table Runner Made of Paper

Are you doing anything special for Thanksgiving this year? Any decorating plans for the dinner table?

10/28/14

Halloween Snail Mail with Free Printable + Translucent Envelopes

Halloween is just a few days away, so I thought this would be a good time to share one last DIY printable idea before we all get wrapped up in last-minute Halloween to-dos. So, I’ve partnered with The Paper Mill Store to bring you this super quick and easy idea. All you have to do is print out the free download, write a note to a friend on the back, fold it up, and mail it out. Done!

You could also skip the postage and use these as greeting cards for local friends and family. Fill them with candy and/or confetti and you’re in business.

Halloween Snail Mail Printable Idea

By using translucent envelopes, you can create a graphic message, without having to go through the headache of trying to print directly onto envelopes. Easy as (creepy spider) pie. You can get the same translucent vellum envelopes that I used for this project over at The Paper Mill Store. There are plenty of additional colors available too, if you prefer to use a different color palette.

If you want to use the same colors and sizes that I used, I’ve rounded up the links for you, to make it easy… turquoise no. 10 // orange square // kiwi mini-lope // violet A7 // blush A2.

DIY Halloween Snail Mail Printable

DIY // Halloween Snail Mail Printable Idea

DIY Printable Idea // Halloween Snail Mail

Download Halloween printable (option 1) here
Download Halloween printable (option 2) here

Think you’ll be sending out a little Halloween snail mail this year?

This post is in partnership with The Paper Mill Store.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

06/11/14

Fun Pop Art DIY for Father's Day

I am all for celebrating holidays in unique ways, and although Father’s Day is usually one of the most difficult holidays to be creative (for me anyway), I managed to come up with one idea that will add a little color to your home (and hopefully a smile to any dad’s face).

For this project, I partnered with The Paper Mill Store again to use some of their awesome papers to make something that I think any hip (and handy) Dad will enjoy: colorful pop art featuring the hand tools that pretty much any dad will have in his tool box: a wrench, a mallet, a hand saw, a screw driver, etc. It’s pop art for your pops!

You won’t need any drawing skills for these art pieces either, because you can trace the tools directly onto paper to get the silhouettes, then fill in a few small details to make each piece feel a little more dimensional. Here’s how to make your own art pieces for Father’s Day…

Supplies // Pop Art Father's Day DIY

Supplies:

  • hand tools (for tracing purposes)
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • pencil
  • heavyweight paper that will hold paint – this is the one that I recommend from The Paper Mill Store OR if you want to try this technique on larger paper, go with this one

How-To:

1. Lightly center a hand tool onto paper and trace it with a pencil.

2. Then, using two contrasting colors, paint the object and background.

3. Let the paint dry completely, then outline the tool to give it more definition and add any details that you feel comfortable drawing.

4. Add handwritten notes to the background of a couple of the art pieces, to add a more personal touch. This can be a simple letter letting your Dad know how much you care, or something like a favorite childhood memory that you want to remind him of. Almost like a non-traditional greeting card.

5. Frame and hang or keep it simple and hang them frameless, using  washi tape or Command strips.

How To Make DIY Pop Art for Father's Day

If you want to be extra clever and sneaky, you could hide these art pieces around the house where you know he’ll eventually see them (like a junk drawer that he is always tossing stuff into or the kitchen cabinet where his favorite coffee mug always is) to surprise him.

OR send him on a scavenger hunt, like I did a while back for me and Jeff’s anniversary, searching for clues to a special prize or present.

DIY Father's Day Scavenger Hunt with Clues Throughout the House

DIY Father's Day Idea // Pop Art for Pops

Hand Tool Silhouettes as DIY Father's Day Artwork

P.S. If your dad doesn’t live nearby, you could always mail these to him, similar to the mailable Mother’s Day DIY I did last month.

And if you’re not sure that artwork is the way you want to go with this DIY, try it on a smaller scale, and make a colorful Father’s Day card for Dad instead.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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the paper mill storeThis post is in partnership with The Paper Mill Store.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.