Posts Tagged ‘party’

07/22/14

Summer DIY // Clay Drink Stirrers Tutorial

Today, I’m excited to be partnering with CreativeLive one more time (see the first set of DIYs here) to put together the last set of summer entertaining DIYs.

The first of the two is this clay drink stirrers DIY. I really love these…They’re easy, look cool, and have some practicality to them as well for stirring drinks (or does everyone just use drink stirrers as decoration?).

And the second project can be found over on CreativeLive –, for a colorful DIY summer tray. Peek at that project in the image below, in all of it’s green glory.

Make Clay Drink Stirrers for Summer Parties

Clay Drink Stirrers Tutorial

I was inspired by one of my favorite necklaces that I bought from Poketo a while back, by Emily Green. She creates these crazy awesome necklaces with big, colorful clay beads. They’re super fun.

So, I thought, why not translate that playful vibe into summer drink stirrers. I love playing around with clay anyway, and it gave me an excuse to buy this clay sampler pack (it has 30 different colors of clay) too. Win-win!

Want to make your own clay drink stirrers? Here’s how…

Supplies:

oven bake clay in various colors (I bought mine from Amazon)// drinks stirrers (these are the ones I used) // bamboo skewer // glue

How to make colorful clay drink stirrers

How-To:

1. Break off small chunks of clay (anywhere from 1/2 inch to 1 inch in size) and form round balls in the palms of your hands.

2. Next, create a hole large enough to fit onto the drink stirrer (the ones I used are a little bit thick) through the center of each ball. You can do this by poking a bamboo skewer through each ball and then wiggling it around to make the hole larger. Or you can use a leftover drink stirrer to poke through the clay balls instead. Either way, it’s super easy.

3. Once the balls have been formed and the center holes have been created, you can change the form of these beads to something more oval or square shaped if you prefer. Squish the clay together more for a squatty oval shape. Or press a round bead against a hard service and rotate to create a more squared-off shape.

4. Next, it’s time to add designs to the clay beads. Using a bamboo skewer you can create all the designs that you see in the photos – small stipples, larger indented polka dots, small hash marks, etc.

5. Once the designs are done, bake the clay pieces in the oven according to the instructions on the clay packaging.

6. Once the clay has baked and cooled, attach the beads to drink stirrers with glue. Let them dry completely and enjoy.

Colorful DIY Drink Stirrers

Summer Entertaining DIY // Clay Drink Stirrers

Summer Party Snack // Cherries

DIY Serving Tray + DIY Drink Stirrers

I was thinking about creating a new set of these for each season. Each in a different season-specific color scheme, since they’re so easy. One set for summer, one for fall, one for winter, one for spring. What do you think?

And if drink stirrers aren’t your thing, you could easily modify this tutorial and make cool wine markers instead…or reusable cupcake toppers.

Summer Entertaining DIYs // Serving Tray + Drink Stirrers Tutorial

DIY Drink Stirrers for Summer Parties

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

How do you celebrate summer? Any tips, tricks, or DIY ideas you want to share? Let me know in the comments below. And be sure to visit CreativeLive for the corresponding DIY tutorial to today’s post: how to transform a store bought serving tray.

P.S. You may recognize those DIY watercolor in the photos from this tutorial I shared a couple of weeks ago.

07/16/14

Ten Minute Wedding DIYs to Try

Since it is wedding season at the moment, I thought I would put together a few super quick and easy DIY wedding ideas today. My friend’s bridal shower is later this month, so I think weddings and wedding-related events are just kind of on my brain at the moment.

If you’ve ever planned a wedding (or are currently planning a wedding), you know how stressful it can be to add DIY projects to your list of wedding to-dos. But if you’re a DIYer at heart, chances are you can’t be stopped from making a least a couple of small things for the big day. So…I partnered with the folks at Tic Tac to come up with 3 extremely easy (and quick) DIYs that will take you almost no time at all, but will satisfy your DIY wedding craving.

AND if you’re already married or single, you can just as easily use these ideas for a party instead. No wedding necessary. Okay! Let’s jump in…

Ten Minute Wedding DIYs // cake toppers

A tiny cake with heart toppers

1. Simple Paper Cake Toppers

Create these super simple cake toppers using decorative paper, wallpaper samples, or sheets of card stock that you’ve painted with your own design. Just draw or trace a shape onto paper, cut it out, glue it to a bamboo skewer and poke the topper into a cake or cupcake.

These are especially cute on small individual cakes, like the one pictured. You could even customize each topper with a monogram or the guest’s names. And they’re great for dinner parties too. Everyone loves getting their own individual little cake.

DIY // Striped Bouquet of Flowers

DIY Striped Bouquet

2. ‘Will you be my bridesmaid’ Bouquets

You guys know I couldn’t resist throwing a flower DIY in here for good measure. I made this bouquet just like this one, only I used decorative wrapping paper, instead of kraft paper. The wrapping paper is from Rifle, in case you were wondering – it’s Happy StripeOnce the bouquet is wrapped, tie it with string and add a card or leave a secret message inside the paper wrapping, like I did with this DIY.

This would be a cool hostess gift too, if you don’t have a wedding coming up. Or even a birthday gift for a friend.

The exact recipe for this bouquet: 3 stems of Solidago, 3 stems of Snapdragons (1 white and 2 pink or peach), and 1 stem of White Phlox

DIY Wrapped Wedding + Party Favors

Wrapped Favors using Decorative Papers

DIY Wrapped Party Favors

3. Easy Wedding or Party Favors

Trace and cut a piece of paper large enough to wrap all the way around your favorite Tic Tac packs. I like Strawberry Fields, Freshmints, and Wintergreen. There are quite a few Tic Tac flavors, so you’re bound to find one that fits the color scheme of your wedding (or party).

Use the piece of paper you just cut as a template to trace and cut decorative papers and/or wallpaper samples to the correct size. Then wrap the paper around the container, tape or glue the ends, and add string or twine to finish it in a bow or knot. Wedding favors done. Or party favors.

Have any other quick DIY ideas for weddings and parties? 

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

06/04/14

DIY // Unique Geometric Flower Bracelet How-To

If I go too long without doing a flower DIY, I start to twitch a little bit. So, I thought it was about time for another…

Since summer is basically here, I wanted to create something colorful and fun that you can wear to the pool (though I wouldn’t wear it in the pool) or to an unconventional dinner party (the wine and donuts kind).

So, I put together a geometric flower bracelet that you can make in almost no time at all. 15 minutes max. Bonus! No one else at the party will have anything like it.

Want to make one? Let’s get to it…

Supplies for a flower bracelet DIY

Here’s what you’ll need to make a geometric flower bracelet:

Floral Wire // Floral Tape // Scissors + Wire Cutters // Fresh Flowers (I used Solidago, Delphinium, and Dianthus)

How to Make a DIY Flower Bracelet

How-To:

1. Start by cutting a piece of wire slightly longer than the shape you plan to create. I made a triangle, but you could just as easily make a traditional circle shaped bracelet if you prefer.

2. Create the desired shape and twist the ends of the wire together. Cut off any excess wire with wire cutters.

3. Next, start cutting flowers, leaving about 1/2 to an inch of stem, before wrapping floral tape around the stem and wire several times to secure it. I started with Solidago (the yellow filler) to create an even base. Then added in additional flowers.

4. Then, cover over your previous taped flower stem with a new flower using the same process in step #3. Continue this all the way around the wire bracelet until all of the wire is covered. Wear your new bracelet to a dinner party later in the evening or a meal out with friends.

Geometric Flower Jewelry // Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Make a statement with this DIY flower bracelet

Donuts + a DIY Flower Idea

DIY Statement Jewelry with Fresh Flowers

Eating Donuts + Sipping Wine

DIY // Geometric Flower Bracelet

Donuts for Dinner

Depending on the flowers that you select, your bracelet will last about 8 hours. You can prolong that timeframe though by placing the finished bracelet in the fridge.

This would be a fun accessory for a wedding too – maybe as an alternative to bridesmaid bouquets or something simple for the flower girl to wear, instead of a floral crown.

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept + Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Looking for more DIY flower projects to try? Check out the flowers tag on Paper & Stitch.