Posts Tagged ‘party’


DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

If there is one (newish) craft supply that I am loving more than any other lately, it has to be Lumi Inkodye. I used it for these Thanksgiving napkins last year, and since then, have thought of a zillion other ways to use this stuff. Although I haven’t tried any of those ideas until now.

So…for Valentine’s Day, I made these fabric message gift bags with some help from the sun, some stickers, and (of course) Inkodye. You can create conversation heart messaging (Be Mine, Luv You, etc) or add names to create candy-filled place setting bags for V-day dinner guests instead.

Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need…

V-Day DIY Idea


  • Lumi Inkodye (which you can get from Darby Smart)
  • Cloth Favor Bags (again from Darby Smart)
  • Sticker Letters (which are available on Amazon)

How To:

1. Start by shaking up the Lumi Inkodye for at least 30 seconds. Then snap open the package, according to instructions, and spread the dye all over the bag. Use the ends of the packaging to scrape the dye around, making sure it evenly coats the fabric.

2. Next, create a message on each bag with a pack of letter stickers.

3. Then, place the bags outside, in direct sunlight, for 15-30 minutes (depends on the time of day – peak sun hours will need less time).

4. Then bring back indoors and remove the stickers in a low light area. Wash the bags according to the Inkodye instructions and let them dry flat.

V-Day Fabric Gift Bags Idea

Stuff the finished gift bags with wrapped candy, macarons, candied blood oranges…whatever makes your heart (and stomach) go pitter patter, and enjoy.

DIY // Dyed Fabric Gift Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Typographic V-Day Favor Bags

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet? What kinds of holiday projects do you have up your sleeve for next month?

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.


DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve // Leather Drink Stirrers

I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone by, especially the month of December. So, before this year completely flies by, I wanted to share a couple of quick and easy New Year’s Eve ideas…

Leather firework drink stirrers and leather party hats.

Okay, okay…. I realize that leather might not be the first thing that comes to your head when you think NYE, but that’s exactly why I thought it would be fun to try.

Just something a little bit different than your standard black and gold new years ideas. You game?

You can pick up the exact same leather that I used, over on Darby Smart, and I have a quick run down for each DIY idea below as well…

How to make leather firework drink stirrers

To make the leather drink stirrers, cut a piece of leather into a rectangle, that is roughly 3 inches long. Fold it in half, glue the two sides together, then fringe the leather running the length. Add a bead of glue to the infringed area at the top. Then wrap it around a wooden skewer and wait for it to dry.

How to make leather party hats for New Year's Eve

To make a leather party hat, use a paper party hat template as a guide to cut a piece of leather.

How to make leather party hats for New Year's Eve

Then glue the leather onto the paper party hat (once the paper party hat has been assembled). Punch holes in each side, add a piece of elastic and you’re good to go.

DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve // Leather Party Hat

After the hats were done, I used a little textile paint to add a few patterns. I tried this with drink stirrers as well, just for fun.

Again, not exactly the most traditional New Year’s Eve color scheme, but I’m not exactly very traditional when it comes to this kind of stuff anyway. I mean, I threw a Christmas party that was solely decorated with neon colors. So, go figure.

DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve

DIY Party Ideas for New Year's Eve

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

For more photos and ideas for celebrating NYE the DIY way, visit the Darby Smart blog.

How will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve this year?

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Paper & Stitch possible.


A Colorful DIY Christmas Party

I am ALL about non-traditional color schemes when it comes to the holidays, so when Astrobrights Papers contacted me about colorizing a party with their papers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do… Something that had a Christmas flair to it, but was also modern, fun, and out of the box.

So, I put together this non-traditional Christmas party, filled with DIY projects and crazy colors.

I landed on a color scheme of cobalt, neon orange, turquoise, and neon green and used Astrobrights Papers to execute all of the DIY projects. The official Astrobrights Papers colors I used are as follows, in case you want to recreate this exact look on your own: blast-off blue, cosmic orange, terrestrial teal, and vulcan green. And there are 22 other colors to choose from if none of these tickle your fancy. They have THE best selection of colored papers.

A Colorful DIY Christmas Party

As for the DIYs… I am now head over heels in love with paper projects, after this shoot. They’re fast to recreate, easy to experiment with, and super versatile. Bonus points for the fact that it’s way cheaper to use paper, for DIYs, than pretty much any other supply you can think of. So basically, expect more paper projects from me in the future. Haha.

To create any of the DIY projects below, you’ll just need tape and scissors. And if you don’t have these 2 supplies at home, we can no longer be friends. JK. But seriously though, who doesn’t have tape and scissors at their house?

Alright, so let’s get down it, with the DIYs…

DIY Photo Booth Backdrop Made of Paper

Fold + Cut Paper to Create a Unique Photo Booth Backdrop

How to make an awesome photo booth backdrop with paper

DIY Folded Wall Art / Photo Booth Backdrop

I created a giant wall art piece, that doubles as a photo booth backdrop, using regular 8.5×11 sheets of colored paper. And though it may look complex, it’s really super easy to recreate. In fact, I’m going to make another one for our house in the new year, to keep up as an art piece.

To make your own folded paper wall art, all you do is fold a piece of paper at random, in various directions. I folded every piece a little differently, so no two pieces are exactly the same, kind of like a snowflake. Then cut off a couple of the edges at an angle, so it no longer looks like a rectangular sheet of paper. Then attach to the wall with tape. You’ll need quite a few pieces to create a piece that is as large as mine, but it goes by super fast because each piece of paper takes only 30-60 seconds to fold and cut.

DIY // 3D Paper Drink Markers

DIY // 3D Paper Drink Markers

DIY 3D Paper Drink Markers

Instead of drink stirrers, I decided to create drink markers that rest right on the rim of the glass, to save time and the extra expense. All you have to do to create your own is cut and fold small pieces of paper into different shapes (like a triangle or a four pointed star). Then cut a small slit in the bottom of each shape, that is about an 1/8 of an inch wide. Then rest the shape on the rim of a glass, inserting the rim through the slit.

You can write names on each one to claim drinks amongst guests or use a different color and shape combo for each person instead.

Recipe for Mint Chocolate Minglers

DIY Recipe for Mint Chocolate Minglers 

This was so good. Jeff and I ate our fill of it after the shoot was over. If you like chocolate and minty things, this is a can’t lose situation. Both this recipe and the ice cream sandwich recipe are from Kellogg’s Snacks. Get the recipe here.

DIY Patterned Wrapping Paper

DIY Patterned Wrapping Paper

At each place setting, there was a wrapped gift, which works as both a party favor and a place card, if you customize each present with a guest’s name. I just let the patterns take center stage for these though. To create the color blocked base, wrap a box in one color, just as you normally would, then wrap a second contrasting color over the first and secure the ends that are covered with tape. To add the pattern, cut out various shapes from colorful pieces of paper and glue onto of the already wrapped gift. Easy, right?

By the way, the pattern I created for these presents was inspired by an old print from the designer behind Dusen Dusen. They should totally make wrapping paper, don’t you think?

Ice Cream Sandwiches

DIY Recipe for Chips Deluxe Ice Cream Sandwiches

And ice cream sandwiches! Who doesn’t love those?! The rainbow sprinkles and M&Ms on the cookies themselves made for a colorful treat to go alongside all of the decor. Get the super quick Kellogg’s Snacks recipe for these ice cream sandwiches here.

DIY // Geo Christmas Trees Made of Paper

How to make geo folded Christmas trees for the holidays

DIY Geo Paper Christmas Trees

The geo trees on the table were created very similarly to the folded wall art. Just fold a piece of paper in various widths, all folded toward one corner of the paper. Then, tape or glue the two ends together and cut off excess at the bottom to create an even bottom for the tree to stand on.

Side Note: Be sure to keep those geo Christmas trees for the new year, because they make great party hats after the Christmas holiday is over. Just attach an elastic string on each side and you’re good to go.

Also, those cut outs from the patterned wrapping paper double as party confetti!

DIY New Year's Confetti + Geo Hat

Serious Business

And a few more photos for good measure…

A Colorful (DIY) Christmas Party

DIY wall art made of folded paper

Holiday Paper Party

DIY Wrapping Paper

A Colorful DIY Christmas Party

Photography Kimberly Murray // Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski // Concept and Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Have any ideas for how to colorize your own party, for the holidays and beyond? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Or share how you bring color to parties with the hashtag #ColorizeYourParty.

This post is in partnership with Astrobrights Papers. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch going.