Posts Tagged ‘spring’

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?

01/28/15

How to throw a DIY Galentine's party for your friends

We’re getting dangerously close to February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. AND that also means that Galentine’s Day is almost here too!

I’ve never thrown a G Day party before, but have always wanted to because my friends are kind of awesome…So to celebrate those friends this year, I put together a Galentine’s Day party shoot. The whole shindig is in partnership with Seven Daughters wine and is complete with easy DIY ideas for throwing a party of your own.

Bonus! There’s a giveaway at the bottom of today’s post, where you can score a $50 gift card to purchase wine for your own Galentine’s Day celebration.

Party Time! Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

How to throw a DIY Galentine's party for your friends

Colorful Party Decor

This Galentine’s party has no shortage of drinks. So let’s start with a super easy cocktail recipe…

Fruity Sangria Blanca Cocktail

Make a sweet and fruity sangria blanca with Seven Daughter’s Moscato and fresh fruit, like white peaches and starfruit. Just slice up your fruit and add it to a pitcher, then pour in the wine and let it the flavors meld together overnight, before serving.

If you don’t have time to wait, you can always just add sliced fruit to a glass of wine, for decoration. Still tastes great and looks special for guests.

Fruity Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe

Fruity Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe

And once you’ve made the sangria, it’s time for a little floral embellishment…

DIY Floral Drink Stirrers

To make your own, you’ll need delphinium flowers, a glue gun, drink stirrer sticks, and a pair of scissors.

1. Start by cutting several blooms off of one long stem of delphinium. Leave roughly 2 inches of the stem on each flower, so you can wrap it around the drink stirrer later.

Note: If you’re not working with delphinium, you may not be able to wrap the stem around because it will be too rigid. So, you’ll want to cut the stem off completely in that case and skip step 4.

2. Next, add a bead of glue to the top of the drink stirrer.

3. Attach the base of one bloom, one at a a time, to the bead of glue.

4. Then, wrap the stem around the drink stirrer and attach with more glue.

5. Repeat this process with 1-2 more flowers, depending on how large you want each drink stirrer to be. Just be sure to keep the flowers toward the top of the drink stirrer, away from your drink.

6. Be sure to remove any hot glue strings, if applicable.

7. Place in a glass of wine and you’re good to go.

DIY // Floral Drink Stirrers Idea

DIY Drink Stirrers Idea

Then move on to table decor…

DIY Tablescape Decor

Bring together a centerpiece in a pinch, with some vases of varying heights, a few bowls, and a big bouquet from the local flower market. Split the bouquet amongst the vases you have on hand and leave a few small dishes empty for filling with snacks, around the center of the table.

Add interest with a patterned tablecloth and colorful table top objects. DIY Idea: I bought some colorful notepads from the Dollar Store and used them as place settings, by adding each guests name to the bottom. Bonus! The notebooks double as a party favor for guests to take home. Add a piece of fruit on top, to keep the paper from the notepads from flipping up in the wind, if you’re throwing an outdoor bash.

As a finishing touch, I added a clay beaded garland to the table, as decoration. You could also hang a garland above the table to save space,

Clay garlands for a colorful DIY Galentine's Day party

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

Fun and Games

Create a ‘Love Notes’ station for guests to write down all of the things they love about the people in attendance. It is Galentine’s Day after all. Fold ‘em up and put them in a container, to be read later. And remind all of your friends how much they are loved.

Love notes for Galentine's Day

Love notes

And a few more photos from the shoot, to get you inspired…

How to throw a DIY Galentine's party for your friends

Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe with Seven Daughters Wine

Eat your veggies.

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe + DIY Floral Drink Stirrers

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

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

Giveaway!

Now that you have some party inspiration, it’s time for the giveaway. If you’re a wine lover, you are definitely going to want to enter this one!

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One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to Uncorked.com, home to the world’s greatest wines, online. So you can stock your party with all the wine you’ll need. *Must be a US resident and at least 21 years old to enter.* Giveaway closes on February 4th at 11:59pm EST.

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