How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

DIY Iron-on Picnic Blanket

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This…

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This year we wanted a blanket that’s a little bigger since Henry likes to roam around, so we’re going for DIY picnic blanket round two! This one is crazy easy — you just need the right materials. I had a heck of a time deciding what phrase to put on it — my first thought was “Your Blanket or Mine?” but I kind of wanted something shorter and simpler. I happened to be listening to the Grease soundtrack a couple of days before and I was like DUH it should say Summer Lovin’! We’ve got a printable if you like the same phrase, but you can also make yours say anything you like.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Step 1: Download our printable Summer Lovin’ words (they’re in four separate files because of their large size), or create your own image to cut with your cutting machine. Upload the images to your machine’s software and cut the design from the gold vinyl according to the directions on the vinyl packaging. Be sure to mirror the images if you’re using our words or creating your own text-based design.

Step 2: Remove the excess vinyl from the clear protective covering. Place the words down on the blanket (with the clear protective covering on the top of the vinyl) where you’d like them to be permanently. (Use the lines to help center and align the words.)

Step 3: Press down on each letter with a hot iron firmly on each letter for about 10-15 seconds. Do a few letters at a time and pull off the clear protective covering while the letters are still somewhat hot.

Step 4: Continue the process from Step 3 until all letters are ironed down.

Now pack up your picnic basket and go outside! We gave this thing a spin in the backyard the other day and I actually love the weight of the Turkish towel for a picnic blanket — it’s super light, easy to transport, soft, comfy, and it dries really quickly if it happens to get wet or spilled on. I’m thinking it would make a great beach blanket, too! I’ll do some research and let you know. 😉 xoxo

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to Stock a Home Bar

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain,…

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain, and over the years Mr. Lovely has become quite the mixologist. At this point, we’ve stocked ourselves pretty well to be ready for any necessary celebrations (even non-alcoholic ones like I’m having these days!). But it doesn’t take years or even a ton of money to stock a home bar — you can stock yourself up with a few simple bottles, mixers, and tools. Read on for our simple home bar checklist!

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

DIY Surprise Sidewalk Messages

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown…

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown with fun notes in vinyl! I was trying to think of a new way to leave these fun little messages, and vinyl turned out to be perfect — you can lay it down fast, it’s durable if people walk on it, and it’s a no-mess clean up when the time comes to remove the messages. They’re also pretty simple to make, especially if you have a cutting machine. It was a spur-of-the-moment project so I don’t have many process photos, but we’ve got a detailed tutorial for you below. So put together a surprise sidewalk message for somebody fun (or for your whole town, like we did!).

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour per Sign

Step 1: Decide on what you’d like your sign to say. In your cutting machine’s design program, spell out your words in as large a font as your vinyl will hold.

Step 2: Use the cutting machine to cut the words out of the vinyl. For now, leave the backing on the vinyl.

Step 3: Weed out the excess vinyl from the vinyl sheets, leaving only the vinyl words on the backing.

Step 4: Take a length of clear tape slightly longer than the length of your words. To remove a bit of tackiness from the tape, run it over a carpet or your clothing a couple of times. Then place it over the lower half of your first word, adhering it to the top of the vinyl. Repeat with another length of tape over the top half of the words. This tape will serve to keep the words intact as you remove them from the backing and place them on the ground, rather than having to position each letter individually. (Note: you can also use vinyl transfer film for this step, but it’s a craft supply that’s a bit obscure. Tape works just as well!)

Step 5: When you’re ready to place your vinyl down (I recommend doing this on site), peel the vinyl letters off of the backing while keeping the tape intact on the front. Then place the words down where you’d like them and press firmly to get them to adhere.

Step 6: Gently and carefully peel away the clear tape from the front of the letters. Smooth the letters down once more and you’re good to go!

I love seeing these around as we wander downtown! It’s so fun to see people snapping photos of them as they discover the messages. What would you write, and who would you write it to?! I think a birthday or anniversary message could be super fun — you could even put it on a window or in a mirror, instead of on the ground. Now I’m off to think of our next sneaky project! xoxo

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to Make Homemade Orange Bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is,…

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is, we gotta make him something special! If the guy likes a good drink, have I got a perfect project for you. This little concoction is crazy easy to make and takes almost no time to put together, but it does need to marinate for a few weeks, which is why we’re sharing the idea a little early. You can mix up a batch of these homemade orange bitters for Dad and use them to make the most delicious cocktails (everything from an Old Fashioned to a Rob Roy) on the block while you’re celebrating him on Father’s Day!

For the full recipe, see our post over on Momtastic, and get ready to play mixologist! It’s a really fun one to put together because you can put your own flavor spin on it and tailor it especially to the recipient. Go get a jump on your Father’s Day gifting right here! xoxo

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

DIY Floral Wall Clock

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made…

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made out of fake leaves, with little tea cups marking each hour on the clock. The first time I saw it I was like, “Huh, cute idea, but those dusty plastic leaves are bumming me out.” And then the next time I saw it I was like, “How cool would that be if it were real flowers?” And Ryan was all, “Dude. Make it.” And I was like AAAAHHHHHH yes! Good story, huh? I knew we’d be working with Flower Muse soon and I was so excited to use their gorgeous florals to put this baby together. And that is how our DIY floral wall clock was born. I love, love, love it. Can’t you just see this thing gracing the wall at a spring party or shower? While I was making it, Ryan said something about how it would be perfect at a Cinderella-themed wedding. And while Cinderella-themed weddings aren’t necessarily my thing, you have to give the dude credit for having that in his brain.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Step 1: Start by covering your wreath form with the greenery. One stem at a time, wrap the stem of the greenery and a section of the wreath form together so that the stem stays affixed. Work until the wreath is completely covered.

Step 2: If you like the hands on your clock movement, great! I wanted a more modern and colorful look for ours, so we switched it up. To do the same, cut two strips of cardstock — one long one for the minute hand and one shorter for the hour hand. Use double stick tape to affix the cardstock to the appropriate clock hands and assemble your clock movement according to the package instructions.

Step 3: Place a nail or hook in the wall where you’d like to hang your clock and hang the greenery-covered wreath. Start placing clumps of larger flowers around the clock where the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours would be. You should be able to trim the stems to about 3 inches and just weave the stems through the wreath and greenery and have them hold. If you find that some flowers want to fall, use a bit of floral tape to affix a stem in place.

Step 4: For the smaller hours (1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11) place a small flower like a billy ball at each hour mark. Use the same technique as described in Step 3.

Step 5: Affix the clock movement to the wall in the center of the wreath using wall putty or something similar and removable. If desired, include a couple of smaller blooms around the clockwork to soften the look.

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Eeeeeee it’s so pretty! If you leave the florals in water until just before you put this together, it should last about a day or so. If you want to put it together a day ahead, you could probably get away with it if you kept it refrigerated overnight — just be sure all of the flowers are affixed really firmly before you store it. And when you’re done with the clock, you can use the florals to do something like this! Sigh. I wish it could stay forever. Tick tock, ya’ll! xoxo

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

Floral and wire words

DIY Floral and Wire Words + Free Download

After our flower messages last year with Flower Muse, I wanted to revamp the project a little so that you could transport it and even hang it on a wall!…

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

After our flower messages last year with Flower Muse, I wanted to revamp the project a little so that you could transport it and even hang it on a wall! What’s prettier than something said with flowers, guys? Nothing, that’s what. These lovely little floral words are sturdy so you can move them around, hang them, lean them, and reposition them however you like. Can’t you just see these at a wedding or a shower, spelling out a fun phrase? So pretty! I loved ’em so much we made our “be you” sign into a free wallpaper download, so get it for your desktop OR phone down below.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes per Word

Floral and wire words

Step 1: Use your wire cutters to cut off a few feet of wire. Start bending it to form your words. Don’t be afraid to really work it into straight lines or curves. Experiment a little with the type of writing you’d like to use. Remember that in each word all of your letters will need to be connected, so think “cursive.”

Step 2: Cut off a few stems of florals, planning where you’d like them to be. I like the sparse look for this particular project but you can cover as much or as little of the wire as you like! Cut the stem to about 2-3 inches. Place the stem against a portion of the wire word. Wrap floral tape around and around the stem until the flower is secured against the wire. Rip of the end of the tape.

Step 3: Repeat with more florals! Try fun combinations of flowers and greenery, and place the combinations at various spots along the wires until you’re satisfied.

Just hang them on the wall with small tacks or nails, or even removable hooks if the words aren’t too loaded with flowers and they’re light enough. You can also lean them against walls, suspend them from the ceiling, or hang them like a wreath on a door! And if you just want to dress up your computer a bit, grab our freebie desktop wallpaper download below. xoxo

DOWNLOAD “BE YOU” FLORAL DESKTOP WALLPAPER
DOWNLOAD “BE YOU” FLORAL IPHONE WALLPAPER

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

DIY bouncy balls

Happy Friday + DIY Bouncy Balls

It’s Friday and I was feeling wacky this week so we’re doing something a little crazy! You know those aisles and aisles of craft kits for kids at Michaels? I…

DIY bouncy balls

DIY bouncy balls

It’s Friday and I was feeling wacky this week so we’re doing something a little crazy! You know those aisles and aisles of craft kits for kids at Michaels? I always wander up and down those aisles reliving my childhood and secretly wanting to buy a kit and go to town. Spirographs! Fashion Plates! Grow Your Own Rocks! It’s all so cool and it all reminds me of being like 8 years old and wanting to make everything under the sun. So I finally decided to just go with it and I got a kit that I never got to make growing up — the make-your-own bouncy ball kit! And I have to say, it was kind of ridiculous how excited I was making these things.

The kit is really self-explanatory, but basically you snap the little ball forms together, fill them with these magical little granules, and then submerge them in water. That’s it! I confess, it’s so easy I could have (and should have) waited so my 5 year old niece could do it with me but I got all carried away and made them myself. Oopsie.

DIY bouncy balls

DIY bouncy balls

The fun part is obviously choosing the colors, and you better believe I was there strategically planning it out. I’ve gotta say, it was completely fun just to sit down and do a kid-inspired craft just for the fun of it. And now our house is overrun with bouncy balls and Henry is completely enamored of them. And dudes — they bounce really well!

Next time you’re in Michaels, I dare you to stroll through the kids section and pick out something random to do, whether or not you have kids! Sky’s the limit — what would you pick? I know there are a bunch of you out there in the Fashion Plates club. Be honest. 😉 Or if that’s not your thing, check out some more grownup classes and try something new. To see what else the Michaels Makers tried out this month, head over here! Happy Friday! xoxo

DIY bouncy balls

DIY bouncy balls

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

A New Way to Extend the Life of Cut Flower Arrangements

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a…

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a shelf life but there are also lots of little tricks you can use to extend the life of cut flowers. It just kills me after making a project like this one to toss the flowers when it’s done. I can’t bear it! So we came up with a little inspiration and created this unexpected floral arrangement using only flowers that had already been used in other projects — beautiful flowers that lots of people would just throw away. Here we go!

Materials

  • florals (fresh or a little used, it’s okay either way!)
  • a low dish
  • scissors
  • fresh water

Make Time: 10 Minutes

There really aren’t any right or wrong steps here so I’ll just describe what we did! We had lots of flowers left over from other projects where we had cut the stems short (these, these, and these are perfect examples). All of the flowers had been out of water for a few hours, cut up, wired, taped, and more. But the blooms themselves were still beautiful!

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

So. We trimmed the stems down to about 1 inch each, getting rid of any broken or soggy greenery. (When you trim, be sure to cut the stem on an angle to allow the flower to soak up maximum water.) Next, we filled a low dish (it’s actually a serving platter) with about a half-inch of water. Finally, we just started filling the dish with the florals until it was chock full of blooms!

This arrangement lasted for another 5 or 6 days, and I was so glad we decided to start salvaging these blooms! To really make them last, change the water daily with fresh, cold water and remove any flowers that start to go bad.

I kind of love this new take on a floral arrangement anyway — it’s so unexpected in a dish, and it wasn’t annoying me by getting in the way of the person sitting across the table while we were trying to talk. Hooray all around! xoxo

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the Tail on the Llama Game for Cinco de Mayo

We are hooking you all UP for Cinco de Mayo this year! I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and all I want is a…

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

We are hooking you all UP for Cinco de Mayo this year! I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and all I want is a margarita with lots of salt, but I’m just in the mood to celebrate. So now that you know what you’ll be mixing up to drink, we’ve got the perfect game for you to play at your Cinco celebrations! A little Pin the Tail on the Llama — obviously. We teamed up with our gal pal Megan again and she designed us this most adorable llama, who I think we should probably call Trudy. She looks like a Trudy doesn’t she? Anyway, Trudy seems to have lost her tail so you better get to pinning it on there again. Here we go!

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Llama illustration

DOWNLOAD YOUR LLAMA PRINT HERE!

Step 1: Print out our llama poster at your local print shop! It’s designed to be printed on an 18″ x 24″ poster.

Step 2: Now, option one is to just slap that baby up on your wall as-is. But if you want to get fancy, mount your poster on some foam core board using spray glue. Be careful to align all the edges before smoothing down.

Step 3: Make your tails. Cut out three colors of cardstock in small, medium, and large sizes. We freehanded our llama tails because, well, llamas are individuals, you know? So don’t get too picky. On the rounded side, cut some fringe. Then wrap each piece around a pencil to curl the fringed ends.

Step 4: Layer the pieces on top of one another and affix them together with small pieces of double stick tape.

Step 5: If you mounted your llama poster on a board, make a hanger for it. We just braided some yarn, tied knots on either end, and taped the knots to the back of the board with masking tape.

Step 6: For all you overachievers! Use your pompom makers to make some fun pompoms and hang them around your poster. Braid some random yarn and drape it here and there to be festive.

Step 7: Add some double stick tape to the back side of each llama tail.

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Now get your game on! Blindfold your guests, hand them a llama tail with some double stick tape on the back, and let them try to get it in the right spot! I closed my eyes and tried to put a tail on Trudy and it ended up smack in the middle of her neck. It ain’t as easy as it looks, folks! I think the loser should have to make the winner mezcal mules all night. Sound good? xoxo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Pin the tail on the llama game for Cinco de Mayo

Craft Production Assistance by Shari Stamps

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

DIY “Sail Away” Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in…

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

It’s been so fun to go wild with these travel-inspired DIYs withCarnival Cruise Lines! This last one is sweet and simple but absolutely perfect for summer, whether you’re staying in one spot or jumping on a cruise ship to a far-off isle (which, by the way, I realllllly wish I was doing right about now!). And just for funsies, let’s play a game — if you could sail away to anywhere right this second, where would you go? Ohhhh, the possibilities! Think on that and in the meantime, let’s make these bad boys!

Materials

  • toiletry pouch or small purse
  • gold vinyl iron-on material
  • scissors, craft knife, or cutting machine
  • iron
  • ironing sheet

Make Time: 30 Minutes

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

Step 1: Cut your letters out of the iron-on vinyl. If you have a cutting machine, fire it up and let it do its thing! If not, print words on your printer, trace onto the vinyl, and cut out by hand.

Step 2: Begin placing the letters on the pouch. I recommend starting from the center of the phrase and working your way outward so that the words stay centered on the bag.

Step 3: Finish placing all the letters.

Step 4: Consult the instructions on your iron-on material. Ours worked best by using an ironing sheet, placing it over the vinyl, and smoothing the letters down with a hot iron.

Fill up your bag and hit the road! Okay, let’s finish the game — where would you set sail for today?! I’m gonna go with a little trip to Europe and a stop in Greece. I’ve never been and I’m just dying to see those colors in real life. Now you — where does your dream trip take you?! xoxo

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

How to Make a Custom Gold Travel Pouch

This post was created for Away We Go with Carnival, the destination for getting in the getaway state of mind. Head on over.

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

DIY Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your…

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your guests can keep track of which drink is which at your Cinco de Mayo shindig! I’m loving these DIY mule mug tassels, especially organized in a pretty rainbow. Why is rainbow order so dang satisfying?!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes Per Tassel Set

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard about 3″ x 10″. Wrap your embroidery thread around it in different colors, about 20 wraps per color.

Step 2: For each color, cut two additional pieces of thread about 10″ each.

Step 3: Remove one color from the cardboard, keeping the loops intact. Fold the loops in half over one of the extra pieces of thread.

Step 4: Take the other extra piece of thread and loop it over itself, laying the loop on top of the folded threads. Tightly wrap the long end of this thread around the folded threads and over itself multiple times.

Step 5: Tuck the end of the thread through the loop you made.

Step 6: Pull the upper end of that thread to tighten the loop and lock it into place.

Step 7: Trim the top of the thread and snip through all of the loops on the bottom of the tassel. Trim to even them out.

Step 8: Take the long thread from which the tassel is hanging and tie the tops together. Trim the ends.

Step 9: Repeat all of the steps to make an additional tassel in each color. When you fold these loops over, fold them over the knot in the long thread so that you’ll end up with two tassels hanging from that same loop.

Tie the tassels around mugs as you hand out drinks at your Cinco festivities and your guests will never lose track of what they’re sipping! I also just think they’re pretty fun as an extra little decoration — hang them from cabinet doors, keychains, anywhere! xoxo

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels