Posts Tagged ‘spring’

04/13/15

Recipe // Watercolor Popsicles

Remember the painted watermelon donuts I made a while back, by chance? Well, I was thinking about those again over the weekend, and this idea popped into my head…I should try that with popsicles.

Sort of.

At the very least, I thought it would be fun to give some edible watercolors a try again, so I did some experimenting and landed on these watercolor popsicles, in the end.

Before you start scratching you head, I should probably mention that this will take you all of 5 seconds to complete, so we’re not talking about creating a masterpiece on the side of a melting piece of ice. It’s really just a super quick party trick that you can add to any frozen popsicle for a little extra color.

Painted Popsicles Party Hack + Recipe

The edible paint is food coloring. But before I get into the painting part, here’s the limited ingredient recipe for lemonade and limeade popsicles that I used for these watercolor pops…

Ingredients (makes 12 popsicles):

1 fresh lime, 1 fresh lemon, 1 small fresh orange (optional), store-bought (or homemade) lemonade or limeade, food coloring (use drops NOT gel)

Supplies: 

food safe brush, popsicle mold (mine is from Amazon) and knife

How-To:

1. Slice up half of the lime, lemon, and orange, as thin as possible. You can cut them in half too

2. Add lime, lemon, and orange slices to the popsicle wells. A couple of slices in each is really all you need. It’s more to add a pop of color than anything else. This would also be a good way to distinguish between lemonade and limeade post, if you’re creating both kind of pops in one ten count mold, for example. Lime slices in the limeade popsicles and lemon slices in the lemonade pops.

3. Pour limeade or lemonade into the popsicle molds, over the fruit. Then pop the mold into the freezer for 45 minutes before removing from the freezer momentarily, to add the popsicle sticks.

4. Freeze until hardened, which typically takes 3-4 hours. Once they’re ready to eat, run the mold under warm water for 15-20 second to easily them out.

5. Now for the painting! Squeeze 1-2 drops of food coloring onto a paper plate. Then dip your food safe brush into the food coloring and use it just like paint to add a watercolor look to the popsicles. I just started at the bottom and painted upward from there, leaving some of the popsicle unpainted to create kind of a gradient or ombre look.

Recipe // Watercolor Popsicles

Once you’ve painted the popsicles, you can serve them up on a platter of ice OR place them back into the popsicle molds to refreeze, if you’d like. If you put them back in the molds to freeze, this will spread the color a bit more, just FYI.

I think kids especially would love these because of the crazy vibrant colors and the fact that it will probably turn their tongues the color or the food coloring paint for a few minutes. Kids love that kind of stuff don’t they? But I feel like this is a good one for adults too, especially for a colorful summer party (or even spring).

Painted Popsicles Recipe + DIY Party Hack

Painted Popsicles Recipe + DIY Party Hack

Recipe // Watercolor Popsicles

Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

Is it popsicle season yet, in your neck of the woods? 

For more popsicle recipes like this one, click here.

03/11/15

DIY Spring Picnic Idea

A spring picnic is looking all kinds of nice right now, after the cold winter we’ve had. Well, colder than my typical Florida winters, now that I’m in Atlanta anyway.

And since spring is only another week or so away, I figured this would be as good a time as any to share a DIY picnic blanket I created, in partnership with Seven Daughters wine, using a canvas drop cloth from a home improvement store.

Look familiar? If you remember this IG photo, you know that I’ve been waiting a LONG time to share this tutorial. Yay! That day has arrived.

The finished blanket is sturdy enough to hold up to the elements, but also has a playful pattern, which I’ve been lovingly referring to as  ’geometric swiss cheese’.

DIY // picnic blanket with canvas drop cloth for spring

Spring Picnic + DIY Picnic Blanket

Want to make your own? Here’s how…

Supplies

-canvas drop cloth
-painter’s tape
-paint brush (at least two inches wide, to cover the large surface faster)
-one medium to large size bowl (choose a bowl that is the same size as the circles you want to create)
-fabric paint (you can use regular paint as well, but the fabric will become stiffer if you do, just as an FYI)
-scrap cardboard (or similar) to put underneath your drop cloth to keep things from making a mess on the floor *You can avoid this supply if you’re painting outdoors in the grass.

How To

1. Lay down large pieces of cardboard, mat board, etc on the floor, then place the drop cloth on top. This will prevent any paint from going through the blanket and onto the floor. OR just set up your drop cloth on a flat surface outside and you can skip this step altogether.

How to make a giant picnic blanket with a canvas drop cloth

2. Then, tape off the canvas drop cloth, on a diagonal from one corner to the other. Be sure to press down firmly across the entire tape length, to make sure the paint line you create is nice and crisp.

How to make a giant picnic blanket with a canvas drop cloth

3. Next, place a bowl upside down on the drop cloth where you want to make the first polka dot / circle. Then, carefully paint a thin line around the bowl to create a guide.

How to make a giant picnic blanket with a canvas drop cloth

4. Remove the bowl and paint the inside of the circle outline, forming a filled in / painted circle. Repeat this process across one entire side of the blanket, being sure not to repeat this process on the other side of the blanket (the side separated by the tape line).

How to make a giant picnic blanket with a canvas drop cloth

5. Now that one side of the picnic blanket is done, place a bowl upside down on the other side of the drop cloth (the other side of the taped off area, that you haven’t painted yet). Again, be sure to place the bowl where you want the first circle to go.

How to make a giant picnic blanket with a canvas drop cloth

6. Paint around the bowl, to create a guide again. The only difference is that, this time, you will not be painting the inside of each circle. It will be kept as negative space instead. Remove the bowl and paint the area surrounding the circle outline. Then place the bowl in another area and reaper step 6 again until the second half of your blanket is complete.

How to make a giant picnic blanket with a canvas drop cloth

How to make a giant picnic blanket with a canvas drop cloth

7. Wait for the paint to dry completely. Then, remove the tape and enjoy.

After the blanket is finished, take it to the streets (i.e. the grass) to test it out. Be sure to bring some snacks and drinks with you to get that true picnic vibe.

DIY Spring Picnic

Spring Picnic + DIY Blanket Idea

Fruits, veggies, cheeses, and cold pasta salads are my go tos for this scenario. Throw in a bottle of wine, like Seven Daughters Chardonnay or a Crisp White Winemaker’s Blend, and you’re golden.

A bottle of wine in my picnic basket

Kick off your shoes

Spring Picnic

Spring Picnic + DIY Blanket Idea

DIY Polka Dot Picnic Blanket Idea

Spring Picnic + DIY Blanket Idea

Photography by Sarah Eddy
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. If picnics aren’t your thing, this would be a great option for festivals and other outdoor events too.

Think you’ll give this project a try? And more importantly…Are you as ready for spring as I am?

This post is in partnership with Seven Daughters Wine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.

03/09/15

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

I feel a concrete kick coming on again, after this concrete bookend project and this candle votive DIY. And I’m kind of loving it. Apparently…

Because I have another concrete DIY to share today and this one is my favorite yet. Might have something to do with the fact that it involves flowers.

I made this super easy DIY concrete vase (remember the sneak peek on IG last week?) and had to share the tutorial because it’s so freakin’ easy. Also, spring! And flowers!

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

Materials:

mailing tube // small juice glass // cooking spray // plastic bucket // bucket (that is okay to get messed up) // rapid setting cement mix // water // trowel or wooden spoon for mixing

How To:

1. Add the cement mix to a bucket, and stir in water. You’ll need 4 parts cement to 1 part water. Mix well.

2. Spray the inside of a mailing tube with cooking spray.

3. Then, start pouring the concrete mixture into the mailing tube. Only fill about halfway.

4. Place the juice glass inside the mailing tube, pressing down so that the concrete starts to push upwards, surrounding the sides of the glass. If more concrete mixture is needed, spoon it into the mailing tube, in between the sides and the juice glass.

5. Wait for the concrete to dry. If you’re using a rapid setting concrete, it should be completely dry in 3-5 hours (depending on the temperature, etc).

6. Once dry, rip the container away to reveal your new vase.

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

Fill with water and add flowers. Done!

Here’s what the finished vase looks like…

DIY // Easy Concrete Vase

DIY // Easy Concrete Vase

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

Spring Bouquet

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

I’d love to hear what you think of this project, in the comments below. But also, I’m super curious to know what your absolute favorite flower is?