Posts Tagged ‘paper’

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.

05/21/14

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I found this long roll of thin(ish) kraft paper at a paint store a couple of months ago and started using it to write little notes, along with my weekly to-do list. But since graduation is coming up (and Father’s Day), I thought I would turn the paper into long message scrolls for any occasion.

As you can probably guess, they’re beyond easy to make and more unexpected than a traditional greeting card. Plus, if you had a lot to say, you could make a SUPER lengthy scroll for someone special, which I’m thinking would be pretty fun. I know I’d like receiving a scroll like that, anyway.

Here’s how you can make your own paper scrolls in about five minutes…

How to make a paper scroll

Materials: roll of kraft paper (you can find it right here on Amazon or at a local paint supply store), pastel crayons or white charcoal pencil, string or ribbon

How-To: Measure and cut (or rip for a more organic look) a long piece of kraft banner paper that ranges from 2-4 feet long. Grab a crayon, pencil, or marker and pour your heart out. It is a scroll after all, so don’t be afraid to get longwinded on this one. Wrap it up and tie a ribbon or string around it to keep it tight. Give to recipient, along with a small gift, and you are good to go. Create scrolls for any occasion you can think of – graduation, birthdays, Father’s day, etc. I made a scroll for Mother’s Day too, but didn’t get it posted in time. Whoops.

Easy gift ideas to go with these scrolls for graduation might include a nice journal or notebook or money rolled up inside the scroll. For Father’s Day, one of these scrolls would fit perfectly inside a tool box for Dad or nestled next to a nice set of hand tools. And for birthdays, you could attach a scroll to a few round helium balloons.

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Another idea…It would be cool to write several different scrolls for a friend who needs a pick me up, along the lines of the DIY mailable messages I sent, only scrolls instead of greeting cards. And if you don’t have a special occasion coming up, you could make super inexpensive artwork, by writing out some of your favorite inspirational quotes. Hang them on the wall with a little bit of washi tape and you’re all set.

P.S. I’m doing my best Vanna White impression in the photo above. Can you tell?

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

05/07/14

Mailable Mother's Day DIY to Try

I couldn’t let this last Wednesday before Mother’s Day roll around without putting together one more DIY for all the moms out there. And since my mom lives out of state, I wanted to make something that was easy to mail with just a stamp, instead of having to make a special trip to the post office.

After thinking about it for a while, I decided flat pack gifts would be the way to go. Basically anything that fits in a 5×7 envelope is game. The only catch is, one envelope just isn’t going to be enough. I have a lot of goodies to stuff in there!

So I partnered with Minted to put together a mailable Mother’s Day DIY message, complete with plenty of gifts…and greeting cards.

Loving these Mother's Day cards

Mother's Day cards

Here’s how to make a mailable Mother’s Day message…

Materials:

  • 7 Mother’s Day greeting cards (there’s a big selection of fully customizable cards right here on Minted)
  • paint and paint brush
  • goodies to include inside envelopes, like photos, gift cards and art prints (selection of limited edition 5×7 art prints that fit perfectly inside these envelopes right here)

Psst… I actually picked a few cards from Minted that weren’t Mother’s Day designs (like this one and this one) and added my own M-Day phrases, just to get some different looks in there. You can do that SO easily on their site too – change the text, fonts, placement, etc and save it for later if you’re not ready to checkout. If you’ve never tried it before, you should definitely give it a go.

How-To:

Turn each envelope vertically and paint one letter on each envelope to spell out the message ‘LUV U MOM’ (or some other phrase if you’d prefer). Wait for the paint to dry, then add a greeting card to each one, and fill it with goodies (gift cards, family photos, art prints, small notepads, etc – anything that will fit into an envelope). Then address them to Mom and mail them out. Mail some envelopes on different days so that she doesn’t receive all the cards and gifts at once.

You can also write 1 of 7, 2 of 7 , etc on the back of each envelope, if you want. So that your Mom will know that there are more cards coming and she might want to wait to open them all at once.

How to make a mailable message for Mother's Day

Fun DIY for Mother's Day

The best about this DIY is the surprise factor though, if you ask me…Mom might not even notice that all of them spell out a message at first, especially if you make the letters very large, like I did. They feel more abstract that way – like designs rather than letters. But when she does figure it out, I’m pretty sure she’ll love it.

What do you think? Would you create one of these mailable messages for your mom?

Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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minted_headerThis post is in partnership with Minted.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.