(SURPRISE!) BABY SHOWER DIY

swaddled-drinks-diy You know what's better than a baby shower diy? A SURPRISE VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER in the form of a diy!! Yep. Lexy, this one's for you, you lovely lady. Big hugs & congratulations, friend!!!

I am SO excited to finally spill the beans about today's post. This has been in the works for a while now and I'm absolutely terrible with surprises. I have the worst poker face. Luckily, I was able to focus strictly on Eat Drink Create bidness when Lexy and I met up for waffles the other day...

So here's what's up. Myself and a group of IN-credible diy bloggers are throwing Lexy a virtual baby shower by creating baby shower-themed diys on each of our blogs. Srsly, I don't belong in this lineup. These gals are the real deal. Big thank you to Kelly and Brittni for organizing such an awesome surprise!

Check out these amazing diys, y'all. If you're planning a baby shower (or any party for that matter) you'll want these posts bookmarked / pinned / committed to memory...

01 Kelly of Studio DIY

02 Brittni of Paper & Stitch

03 Chelsea of Lovely Indeed

04 Melanie of You are my Fave

05 Ashley of Sugar & Cloth

06 Melissa of The Faux Martha

07 Lauren of A Fabulous Fete

08 Jenny of Hank & Hunt

And if you're looking for a suuuper easy baby shower diy, well look no further.

The details are my favorite part of any party. Baby showers are no exception. Add a little something special to your beverages by wrapping (ahem swaddling!) your drinks with your favorite fabric or cloth napkins.

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BABY SHOWER DIY: SWADDLED DRINKS

Supplies

+ drinks (bottled drinks work best) + square pieces of fabric or cloth napkins + twine or string

Directions

01 place your cloth on a flat surface in a diamond shape (design side up, if there is a design).

02 fold the bottom corner up three-quarters of the way, stopping short of folding the cloth in half.

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03 place the bottle in the center and wrap the edges tightly around the bottle.

04 turn the bottle over, pull the top corner of the napkin down over itself (as if peeling a banana) until the corner reaches the bottom edge of the bottle.

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05 while the cloth is rather secure, twine can be added to make sure it's going to stay put... plus it's adorable.

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Done and done.

Congratulations, Lexy!! xoxo

Images by artsocial.

DIY Date

Guys. I hate wasting paper. I'm so extremely conscious of wasting paper, this complex might be a few quirks away from full-on dementia (Seinfeld reference, anyone?). I actually may have eco-anxiety... no not really. I have stacks of paper "saved" from work and college - meant for the trash or recycle bin - that dates back to 2010. My thinking at the time was that I'd use it for scratch paper, note-taking paper, grocery list-making paper... um yeah or just let it pile up into a fire hazard. SO when Louise of Laid Off Mom contacted me about doing a DIY Date with washi tape (yay!), I knew I wanted to incorporate my pile of "saved" paper. My idea? Mini notebooks with a little washi tape pizazz...

Mini Notebooks + Washi Tape

Life post-college and grad school means no more notebooks. Sure, I could carry around a full-size 5 Star notebook, but then I'd be that girl. Let's get real. Mini notebooks are much more practical. These little gems measure roughly 3 x 4 inches... I discovered I hate measuring and cutting things in a straight line by the way. Made for some interesting notebooks. Anyhoo, I wanted to add some funny/motivational words to the cover, but that's totally optional. If you'd rather leave out the words and let the washi tape do all the talking, then right on... and you can skip the first step.

what you need

- computer + printer

- white paper (recycled scrap paper is optional, but recommended :) don't give me more eco-anxiety)

- brown kraft paper for the cover

- scissors

- stapler

- WASHI TAPE

what to do

- using Microsoft Word or Photoshop, create any message you'd like for the cover and print it out onto the brown kraft paper. Set aside.

- cut white paper into 6 x 4 inch (width x height) sheets and fold them in half.

- cut brown kraft paper into slightly larger sheets, 6.25 x 4.25 inches should do it. Fold in half.

- fit folded white paper into folded brown kraft paper cover.

- lay flat and staple twice along the spine.

- you're ready to washi. Decorate however you'd like... and have fun, it's required.

P.S. I was pretty excited to find washi tape at Target...! But they call it printed paper tape, those weirdos... jk I love you, Target.

Below is the mini notebook in action a.k.a. the random items that accrue in my bag over the course of a week. I've been carrying around the "Create." mini to write down my bloggy ideas. There's nothing like using old fashioned pen and paper. I feel so productive...

Thank you, Louise, for including me on such a fun project!!

A Birthday Crafternoon

With my bestie's birthday quickly approaching, I knew I had to do something special. Do I go to the mall? Blech, no way. Her gift needed to be good, unique, creative. So much pressure! Well it was Fellow Fellow to the rescue. I found three perfect craft ideas on this magical site. Two of which I had pinned on Pinterest on separate occasions and didn't even realize it! I think that means I'm a true Fellow Fellow fan... Craft Numero Uno: Coasters

Supplies: Cork coasters Paint pen - silver works amazingly, I don't recommend gold - it doesn't show up too well on the cork color... is that obvious? Welp I learned the hard way.

Craft Numero Dos: Polka Dot Envelopes

Supplies: Downloadable template found here Construction paper or any thick paper Paint pen Scissors Glue Handwritten note (yes, this is required)

I also added some confetti to the envelope by hole punching a sheet of construction paper. Now it's a party.

Craft Numero Tres: The Gift Tag

Now for the final touch. Pink tissue, a bow, and a supah cute gift tag (download the free template over on Fellow Fellow).

And then it was off to L.A. with this little diy... The blogging community is srsly the best for creative gift ideas. Next time you're looking for the perfect gift, resist the mall temptation. I live in the suburbs, I know how tempting it can be... but just say no to mediocre. Get creative, y'all.

P.S. wowza, use those paint pens in a ventilated area. You know, unless you're into that sorta thing. No judgment... ok a little judgment.

P.S.S. thank you to Fellow Fellow for the inspiration... yours def turned out cuter than mine.

Crafting for the Crafting Inept

Confession time. I may claim to be a "craft gangster" but, guys, I craft like a child. If there are more than 5 steps, I know I'll never finish. If I have to spend more than 15 minutes in Michaels gathering supplies, I get anxiety. If any power and/or pneumatic tools are involved, please, I won't even attempt it. Now, crafts that take minimal time, supplies, and allow me to drink one of these whilst making it? Sign me up.

I've come across some very "pinteresting" (ha!) crafts lately that I could totally handle and may even attempt one day...

 

The Dipped Wooden Utensil via House of Earnest

Painting a wooden spoon I can handle... but it better not take me too long to find "food safe shellac" in the craft store.

 

The Chain Bow Necklace via Harper's Bazaar

They almost lost me at "lobster clasp" and "beading pliers" but it's so cute, I must overcome.

 

The Rotating Goal List via Cornflower Blue Studio

Post-its and sharpies? Done and done.

 

Why do I call myself a craft gangster, you ask? Because I'm still forging ahead, despite my child-like crafting ability, and making crafts the way I want to make them... and listening to Flo Rida while I do it. That's pretty gangster, right...