How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket

How to make a waterproof picnic blanket

Ah, summer. It's a magical time. The days are slower, the weather is fantastic (here in the Midwest anyway – sorry, Southern readers!), and everyone seems happier. Are you taking the time to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer? If you aren't outdoors-y enough for camping or hiking, try going on a picnic! Food always tastes better in fresher air, and with a DIY waterproof picnic blanket under your legs, you may never want to eat inside again.        Continue Reading

Ready for Summer? You Should Make a DIY Picnic Basket Backpack

Picnic Basket Backpack DIY

Picnic season is upon us. As a matter of fact, July is National Picnic Month! To celebrate, we’re working on projects all month that are best enjoyed outdoors. Today I’m here to show you how to transform a regular straw tote bag into a handy backpack, perfect for bringing an outdoor lunch to the park. Keep reading to see how this picnic basket backpack was made.      


Materials needed for this project


  • A tote bag made from straw or some type of woven material (I snagged mine off a clearance rack at the craft store!)
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A Guide to Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Blanket

Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Picnic Blanket

The dog days of summer are here and it’s only matter of time before the heat becomes a distant memory. This time of year is fleeting, and we’ve been taking advantage of the sunlit evenings by eating almost all of our dinner picnic-style.

Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors; they’re easy to pack, and even easier to clean up. We’re rounded up a few tips and recipes to inspire your next picnic in the park.  Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Bubble Wrap Printed Tablecloth

Spruce up your Fourth of July spread with this subtly festive DIY tablecloth! It’s a cinch to make and fun, too!      

The playful pattern of this outdoor tablecloth comes from an unexpected source: bubble wrap! You only need a few simple supplies, including some craft paint in your color of choice and a plain tablecloth. Once you have everything you need, check out the full tutorial on Design Mom!

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How To: Make an Upcycled DIY Reusable Drink Carrier

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Summer is coming, which means lots of time outdoors, picnics, BBQs, and festivities! All these events? They mean cold beverages better be at-the-ready. Check out this clever upcycled drink carrier!   

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Most glass bottle six packs (beer or soda) come in a collapsible cardboard container. Before you throw it away or recycled it, consider upcycling it into a reusable, fabric-covered carrier! Victoria from A Subtle Revelry has all the deets on making your own — check it out! Continue Reading

How To: An Easy Solution to Prevent Fly-Away Tablecloths

created at: 06/28/2011

I was at an event recently where the pretty outdoor tablecloths were blowing every which way in the wind, knocking over table settings and just being outright annoying.  The solution the hosts used was to tie the tablecloths onto the table, ruining the table staging.  Let’s face it, even those tablecloth clips break up the beauty.  I knew there had to be a solution!  So, with a few scrap pieces of fabric, I came up with a rockin’ remedy.   Continue Reading

Double the Picnic Blanket Fun- A Summer DIY

created at: 05/30/2011

The sun is out, and it is time to bust out your picnic baskets and frisbees.  But a picnic wouldn’t be complete without a blanket!  Impress all your fellow picnic-goers with this practical DIY project.   One of my complaints about picnics is the wet spot you get on your backside after mistakenly positioning your blanket in a freshly-watered patch of grass.  This picnic blanket is both soft flannel and a waterproof vinyl, preventing those bothersome soggy backsides while keeping things soft enough to watch the clouds.  Continue Reading

Make Root Beer Float Cupcakes


The conversation in my upholstery classes often roams into the land of sweet, unusual, and delicious recipes. We spend a lot of time discussing the latest from The Smitten Kitchen. Finally I had to see it for myself. You’ll love the magazine-quality photography as well as the side commentary on all sorts of cleverly turned recipes. I’ve actually been daydreaming about these Root Beer Float Cupcakes; a perfect portable combination of chocolate cake and a root beer float. Continue Reading

The Trick to Sewing a 15 Bandana Tablecloth

created at: 05/20/2010

Vinyl tablecloth? Ick! This fifteen bandana cloth I spied on Aesthetic Nest is so much jazzier. Since bandanas aren’t exactly square, you have to do a little reconnoitering to get it just right. The step-by-step tutorial on has some of the best photographs and directions I’ve ever seen. All you need to is a sewing machine and fifteen square-ish bandanas. See how Anneliese handily dealt with slight un-squareness of these pesky bandanas.

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Make a Cheeseburger Salad

created at: 05/14/2010

Combining two of my favorite meals makes perfect sense. How has this not been done at my house? I’m not passionate about food. To be honest, I like to eat and be done with it. This is a delicious, streamlined, filling meal I can get behind. 

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Scoochmaroo, master of everything creative and crafty, gives you a full, beautifully illustrated tutorial over on Instructables. She even has an idea that will take your Cheeseburger Salad to an unthinkable new level. Continue Reading