DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

With the arrival of our little bebe seemingly right around the corner, I’ve decided it’s probably time for me to speed up my thought process with regards to preparing a nursery and just preparing in general. Because I know this little nugget will be the baby of the family, I’m trying to be really careful about buying too much or acquiring too much stuff, just to phase out of it super quickly and have it go to waste. All of that said, I can’t resist getting my hands a little paint-covered for essentially all of life’s occasions, so a baby is no different. One of my oldest friends is due with her fourth (and final) baby within just a few days of me, so while neither one of us wants to load up on excessive stuff, I thought making a pretty yet practical polka dot swaddle blanket or two might just be in order.

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Plain white muslin swaddle blankets (I used these ones)
  • Craft paints in 3-4 assorted colors
  • Potatoes and carrots (yes, vegetables)
  • Paring knife

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

This is such an easy project and would make an amazing shower gift even if you’re not expecting a little one yourself! We’re talking simple white muslin swaddle blankets, your favorite colors of paint (basic craft paint will do the job), potatoes and carrots. Yes, we’re raiding the veggie bin and going old school with a little potato stamp action today, friends! To get started, wash and dry your swaddle blankets per the care instructions. I went with these bamboo and cotton swaddles, which are super soft and lovely. Squirt a bit of each paint onto some kind of paint palette. I used a paper plate because that’s how fancy I am. Carefully mix a little bit of water in with each color just to thin the paint slightly. Then it’s time to start stamping!

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

I washed, patted dried and chunked up several different sizes of potato and carrot with my paring knife, intentionally wanting to create little stamps of different diameters to get a bit of variety in my polka dots. What’s so awesome about stamping with veggies? Well, they are super inexpensive for one (so no need to invest in expensive craft supplies if you’re just making a blanket as a gift but aren’t a huge crafter) and, for two, the natural shape lends itself to creating perfectly imperfect polka dots. Once your veggies are cut up, make sure your blanket is spread out flat on a protected work surface (the paint might bleed through a bit) and then it’s just a simple process of dipping into the paint, dabbing off the excess and stamping polka dots all over!

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

Once you have a distribution of polka dots that makes you happy, you’re done! Hang your blanket to dry (for a few hours at least) and it’s ready to use. The craft paint works great on fabric, but may feel a bit stiff in areas with more paint coverage. To help remedy that, use less paint while you’re stamping. I prefer the softer, slightly weathered look that gives anyway, but it’s up to you. For gift giving, I’d roll up the blanket and tie it with a pretty ribbon. You can customize it to the colors of the new baby’s nursery or just pick colors you love. Either way, these are really easy to make and really really cute! (Also, holy crap I’m having a baby in t-minus ten weeks or so. Eeek!)

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

DIY Polka Dot Swaddle Blanket by @cydconverse

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

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Color Palette: Cactus Flower + Agave

Happy Monday, pals! How was your weekend? Ours was kind of nutty, but in a totally awesome way. Now it’s the mad rush of work for the next days and then prepping for our big annual camping trip starting on Thursday. We look forward to this trip all year long, but it also kind of marks the end of summer for us. The kids are always back to school shortly thereafter and then fall quickly blows into town and this year fall means a new baby, and it just seems like it’s going so quickly. I think that might be why I’m loving this softer, but still summery color palette at the moment. It feels like summer, but in a way that kind of signals that fall isn’t too far out. All of those pretty dusty pastels! See all of my color palette posts for more – and there are loads of them!

Color Palette: Cactus Flower and Agave by @cydconverse

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[Sonia Cavallini | DIY Linens from Paper & Stitch | First Mate Photo via My Domaine.]

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5 Perfect Summer Cocktails + Friday Link Love

Friday, already? That happened fast this week! We’ve got two birthday boys in the house to celebrate this weekend so that’s going to dominate the next couple of days. One big birthday boy who turned a whopping 37 years old today and one brand new teenager turning 13 on Sunday. Bring on the cake! Or, in your case, the Friday happy hour cocktails as the case may be. I may not be partaking this year, but fresh, fruity summer cocktails are my favorite. Today I’ve rounded up five awesome summer cocktail recipes for you and a whole bunch of Friday Link Love to kick off your weekend. Enjoy, friends! See you here on Monday. xoxo

5 Perfect Summer Cocktails from @cydconverse

[Fruity Frozen Margaritas | Watermelon Papaya Rum Smoothie | Grapefruit Mojito | Peach Iced Tea Coffee | Spicy Strawberry Daiquiri.]

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Last Day to Enter the Pizza Party Giveaway

I swear, guys, the closer I get to having this baby the quicker the weeks go! Which is basically my way of using this baby as an excuse for not quite getting today’s post finished up before I have to run out the door in a few minutes to shoot next month’s batch of DIY projects for you. So instead I’m going to remind you that today is the last day to enter the pizza party giveaway with Dr. Oetker! It’s super simple to get entered and one winner is going to take away a prize package valued at over $250! See what I did there? Pizza! Giveaway! Pretty free stuff! And now you’ve forgotten all about the fact that I dropped the ball on writing a real post this morning. Win-win! But seriously, go enter the giveaway. See you tomorrow! (I’ll have my crap together, promise.) xoxo

Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza - Gourmet Pizza

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[Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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DIY Marble Dipped Mugs

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

Remember a couple of months ago when it was all about the world’s prettiest DIY marble pitcher? Well, apparently I couldn’t get enough of playing with nail polish and that made resisting the urge to marble some mugs entirely impossible. The process here is much the same with just one small difference. I love the idea of making a set of mugs in different bright, happy colors (like I did here) to either keep yourself or split up and give as gifts! This is another sweet, simple, inexpensive projects that is so fun. And addicting. Consider yourself warned!

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Basic white ceramic mugs
  • Nail polish (the dollar stuff is fine)
  • Wooden skewers or toothpicks
  • Warm water
  • Disposable pan or bucket (it will get ruined)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls or cotton pads

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

The first step to marble dipping the world’s loveliest mugs is filling a a disposable pan (or something you don’t mind getting permanently colored by nail polish) 2 – 3″ full with warm water. Add more or less depending on how high on your mug you’d like the color to reach. Make a mark on the inside of your pan to indicate the water level so you can fill it to the same spot each time if you’re making multiple mugs. Then, add your nail polish! Pour it onto the surface of the water, adding more or less depending on if you’d like more or less white to show through your marble pattern. Working super quickly, use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the nail polish across the surface of the water to help create the marble effect, but don’t think too hard about it! You don’t want to drive yourself crazy overcomplicating a simple process and you want to move quick so the nail polish doesn’t set up on the water.

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse DIYs by The Sweetest Occasion

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

Moving equally as quick, the next step is to dunk your mug into the nail polish water. Go straight down and straight up to achieve the dipped look. Move the mug to a protected surface to dry completely, avoiding rubbing the surface of the mug until completely dry. I prefer to sit mine on top of a something to elevate it a little bit (such as a couple skewers) so it doesn’t stick to the surface it’s drying on, and I let them sit and dry overnight before touching them again. For each mug you’ll need to dump the water and start over, regardless of whether or not you’re changing color. Because the nail polish will start to set up on top of the water, it will be too thick and gloppy to get more than one dip at a time. Other than that it’s a simple process of swirling and dunking! Once dry, a super light and thin coat of dishwasher safe ModPodge (like we used with the gold glitter mugs) and your mugs will be protected when washing, too! (But hand washing to be safe is never a bad idea.)

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

DIY Marble Dipped Mugs by @cydconverse

And that, friends, is all there is to it! I hit up the dollar store for these nail polish colors and picked the happiest, brightest colors I could find to make a set of mugs that’s pretty much adorable. (The lesson? This is not how you use up your $8.99 bottles of Essie!) You could split them up and give them one by one, gift the entire set or just dress up your own mug collection! You do have a mug collection right? Ours is pretty extensive and because I can’t stop dressing them up with things like nail polish and gold glitter and Sharpie marker, it just keeps growing. Oops! Feel like making some mugs or feeling otherwise inspired to get crafty? I’d love to take a look! Use the hashtag #thesweetestDIY on Instagram so I can see!

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[Art direction + 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 a maximum of 1 – 2 images from 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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