DIY Watermelon Print Napkins

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

There are few things that say “summer” quite like watermelon and I’m a big, big watermelon fan. I like munching on it fresh off the rind, I like it juiced into cocktails, I like watermelon print plastered all over, well, everything. So today we’re keeping with all things summery and crafting up these super cute watermelon napkins. They’re equally perfect for parties and weeknight dinners, while adding a little punch of something cute and summery to your patio table.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

supplies

  • (2) foam paint brushes
  • (1) small detail brush
  • Craft pack in watermelon, green + black
  • Scissors
  • Household sponge
  • Marker or pen
  • White cotton napkins

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Begin by using your marker or pen to draw the shape of a wedge of watermelon onto an inexpensive household sponge. I bought my sponge in a 2-pack for about a dollar. Keep in mind you’ll need the actual wedge of the watermelon flesh and the rind as two separate pieces. If you’re not comfortable freehanding it like I did, you could first find and print a watermelon clip art image, cut it out and trace it onto your sponge. Then use your scissors to cut out each of the shapes individually. You may need to clean up the edges a little bit, keeping in mind this will act as your stamp so any rough edges will translate to your final print.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Now it’s time to start stamping! Place your cloth napkin over a protected work surface. I chose to work over a scrap piece of cardboard. Then, load up the wedge-shaped sponge stamp with watermelon colored craft paint. I found it easiest to use a foam brush to apply the paint to the stamp without making a huge mess. Then just get jiggy with it, stamping a bunch of watermelon shapes all over the first of your cloth napkins. You can work pretty quickly at this, keeping the pattern random, just keep in mind that you’ll need to space them far enough a part to accommodate for the rind in the next step.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Repeat the process using green paint on your rind-shaped sponge stamp. When you add the rind to each watermelon shape, pay attention to leave a small gap between the two, allowing for the white band you’ll typically see between the rind and the watermelon fruit. Add the rind to each watermelon, taking care not to drag your arm or hand through the areas you’ve already stamped.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

Allow your watermelon shapes to dry for a few minutes and then it’s time to add the seeds! The paint doesn’t need to be completely dry before you start this part, but I found allowing for a few minutes of dry tie in between helped with this part. Then just use a thin detail brush to add small little seeds shapes of black paint scattered across the watermelon. Don’t over think this part! Just dip the paint brush into the black paint, dab off a bit of excess and then press the brush against the fabric and it will pretty much form the perfect seed shape without any extra work on your part. Repeat the entire process for as many napkins as you’d like to make and allow them to dry overnight.

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

DIY Watermelon Print Napkins by @cydconverse

And there you have it, friends! The cutest watermelon print napkins you ever did see. This technique is super simple so if you have slightly older kiddos they can definitely get involved in helping with the stamping. You could also use this same technique on a tablecloth instead, which would be kind of awesome even if I do say so myself.

If you give this project or any others a try, I’d love to have you share with me! Use the hashtag #thesweetestDIY on Instagram so I can take a look! xoxo

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[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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Baby Talk – Tell Me What You Want

Hi, friends, and happy Monday! A quick post this morning to talk about baby talk. As in, tell me what you want! Considering this is my first time growing a human and therefore such matters have previously been largely irrelevant around here, I’d love to know what you’re most interested in my sharing over the next few months. For sure I’m planning to share about the nursery, some about the baby shower and maybe a few DIYs along the way. Would it be helpful to know what I’m registering for? Do you want weekly or occasional updates on how my pregnancy is going? Spill the beans! I want to know what is of greatest interest to you so I can try to work in the baby topics you find most interesting without inundating you with baby talk 24/7.

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

From my perspective, I’d also really love to know if you happen to be expecting, too! How far along are you? What awesome advice have you received so far? Is this your first pregnancy? Do you have other kiddos or step kids? Tell me all the baby things! Today we are precisely four months out from my due date and I have a feeling the next few months are going to go really really fast. Anyone else expecting a November or December baby? Ok, ok. I’ll stop rambling. Pipe up in the comments though and let’s get this baby party started!

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

DIY Onesie by @cydconverse

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[Art direction, design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

P.S. Get the scoop on making these super cute DIY shibori onesies!

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5 Summery Tropical Treats + Friday Link Love

Howdy, friends, and happy Friday to you! Is anyone else really ready for the weekend? I had a long meeting yesterday that totally wiped me out (definitely one of the finer joys of being pregnant) so today I’m looking forward to some down time over the next couple of days. Next week I thought I’d share a little baby-growing update with you and solicit all of your advice while I’m at it so get ready to lay it on me! In the meantime, I’ve rounded up five summery tropical treats and a whole bunch of link love to kick off your weekend. See you here on Monday! xoxo

5 Summery Tropical Treats from @cydconverse

[Grapefruit popsicles | Sake fruit cocktails | Mango paloma cocktail | Rosemary watermelonade | Mango pops.]

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10 Scrumptiously Sweet Coffee Recipes

10 Scrumptious Coffee Inspired TreatsI’m pretty sure it’s not going to be any big shocker to anyone here, but coffee seriously seems to be taking over the world lately. Am I complaining? Consider that a big fat, emphatic no. I am a coffee lover at heart, any time, day or night. Add in a killer sweet tooth and you might be getting an inkling as to why we’re talking about all things coffee today. Specifically, the yummiest dessert-inspired coffee recipes you’ve ever tasted. Milkshakes, ice cream, cake, popsicles and more!

Even if you aren’t as obsessed with coffee as I tend to be, there’s enough other good stuff going on here to satisfy whatever sweet craving you might be feeling. So giddy on up and click through to check out what may just be the best coffee recipes!

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DIY Wooden Bead Keychain

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Last week on Instagram I shared a little peek of today’s DIY project so I’m excited to share it with you! This is one of those DIY ideas that I love best. Simple, fun, easy to do and seriously so cute when it’s all done. Somewhere along the way I amassed a whole bunch of wooden beads, intending to come up with something fun to do with them and behold, today I bring you these adorable wooden bead keychains! These are a cinch to make and kind of remind me of an updated version of a classic summer camp craft. Make one for yourself and for all of your BFFs!

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Leather or suede cording (the faux stuff is fine)
  • Wooden beads
  • Scissors or jewelry snips
  • Paint and/or stain
  • Key rings

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Start by painting your wooden beads a variety of pretty colors. I used three sizes of beads (which you can find at any craft store) and simply chose a bunch of paints from my collection that looked nice together. You can use spray paint or craft paint with a little brush, either method is completely fine. Paint them up and let them dry completely. Next up you’ll want to cut long lengths of cording, approximately 18 – 24″ for each keychain.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

For each keychain, loop a piece of cording through the metal key ring so that the ends meet and the cord is doubled up on itself. I found that using a more pliable faux cording worked best of all, but you can opt for leather, suede or a synthetic version that you like best. Then tie the cord in a tight knot at the top, securing it firmly to the metal key ring so it has room to slide around a bit.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Next up, determine the arrangement of your beads. I like to mix up the colors and size, using a variety of combinations to keep it interesting. Then all you have to do is string the beads onto both strands of the cord, one by one, pushing them firmly into place up against the knot near the metal key ring.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Repeat this process and then finish off the sequence of beads with another tight knot. I prefer my keychains with a of a longer tail at the end, but you can determine the length you like best and then just snip off the excess.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

Alternately, if you prefer a more natural look, you can pick up pre-finished beads in the same section of the craft store. Mix and match the stained beads with unfinished beads and painted beads (like the antique gold ones here), and follow the same process as above to create wooden keychains with an entirely different look. You know, for those of your BFFs who aren’t so much into pretty candy colors.

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

DIY Wooden Bead Keychain by @cydconverse

And that’s all there is to it, friends! You’re now rockin’ one super cute keychain. You can very easily make a bunch of these at once, making them perfect as little gifts, party or shower favors or bridesmaids gifts. Honestly, the possibilities are kind of endless. Whatever you do, if you give this or any other projects or recipes a try be sure to share with me by using the hashtag #thesweetestoccasion on Instagram!

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[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

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