This post could also be called The Laziest Craft Ever. Or maybe Instant Striped Carafe. Or even Super Fast DIY Gift Idea. You get the picture.
Basically, it’s the perfect summer craft project. Just right for when you’re chilling at the cottage or enjoying a lazy summer. It’s super fast, easy, and basically can’t go wrong. And it uses my new favourite DIY material – adhesive vinyl.
Remember I told you recently that I’m working with a group of clever design bloggers in a 12 Months Of DIY challenge? My first project was these sweet little DIY Felt Notebook Covers. This is my second project with the group, and the theme was vinyl. What I really enjoy about working with group challenges like this one is that you get to push your boundaries a little. I’ve never worked with vinyl or felt sheets before, so it’s been fun to get creative with new materials. And so far, I’m loving the results!
When it comes to working with vinyl, I tend to think of vinyl lettering projects. You can see all kinds of amazing DIYs online made with cutting machines like the Cricut. Not having these kinds of tools, I was a little intimidated at first, but then realized keeping it simple would work perfectly. And what could be simpler than stripes?
The kind folks at Expressions Vinyl provided the vinyl for this project. Being a little nervous about working with vinyl for the first time, I chose to use their Series 31 Matte Removable Adhesive Vinyl Sheets that come in fabulous colours. This product works for indoor and outdoor applications, but is a little forgiving in the sense that you can reposition it if you have to. It would also be great for temporary installations, or for applying to surfaces that you don’t want to damage, like a painted wall.
In this case, since the theme of this project is super-easy, I just added a few vinyl stripes to a glass carafe to create a fun new look. In less than 10 minutes, I was enjoying a glass of iced water down on the dock. That’s my idea of the perfect summer craft!
There are only 2 steps to this project: use an exacto knife and ruler to cut some strips from the end of your vinyl sheet, and stick them on. That’s it – time for chilling!
Here are some hints to help your simple project turn out fabulous. Make sure to clean the glass really well, to help adhesion. Cut your strips into random widths and lengths, so you don’t have to worry about getting each strip exactly the same. This way, any deviations in size look deliberate. And have some fun with the colours – they don’t have to be arranged perfectly to look great.
I love my new carafe! And I may whip up a few more. Don’t you think they’d make the perfect hostess gift? I’m not sure about the longevity of removable vinyl on glass. So far, water doesn’t seem to be a problem. I do think the edges may lift over time, especially if you rub against them with something like a washcloth. Next time I try this project, I’ll use the permanent vinyl.
Want more vinyl inspiration? Have a look at these great projects my friends have cooked up. I love all the variety, which shows the many ways you can work with vinyl. And be sure to join us all on Instagram where you can share your own vinyl projects. Just use the hashtags #12MonthsofDIY and #AugustVinyl to join in. We’ll all choose our favourite submission and share it at the end of the month. Looking forward to seeing what you dream up!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY vinyl project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
From the top left, they are: