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DIY Striped Carafe

Posted by Dani on August 17, 2016

Make this quick and easy DIY striped carafe in 10 minutes or less using adhesive vinyl via
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.

Make this quick and easy DIY striped carafe in 10 minutes or less using adhesive vinyl via

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.

Make this quick and easy DIY striped carafe in 10 minutes or less using adhesive vinyl via

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?

Make this quick and easy DIY striped carafe in 10 minutes or less using adhesive vinyl via

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.

Make this quick and easy DIY striped carafe in 10 minutes or less using adhesive vinyl via

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!

Make this quick and easy DIY striped carafe in 10 minutes or less using adhesive vinyl via

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!

Make this quick and easy DIY striped carafe in 10 minutes or less using adhesive vinyl via

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.

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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.

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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!

12 amazing craft projects you can make with adhesive vinyl via

From the top left, they are:

Number Subway Art from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Upcycled Faux Geometric Mosaic Tile Serving Tray Using Vinyl from Sustain My Craft Habit

Personalized Shoes from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Vinyl Otomi Chargers from PMQ for Two

DIY personalized throw pillow – home is where the heart is from Vin’yet Etc.

DIY Decorated Rain Barrel Using Fun Vibrant Colours from Time With Thea

Child’s Memory Box with Hand-Cut Vinyl Decals from Woman in Real Life

DIY Striped Carafe from Lifeovereasy

Life is a Party Napkins from Life is a Party

Vintage Inspired DIY Office Sign from Heather in Heels

Easy Strawberry Jam with Printable Vinyl Labels from The DIY Mommy

Custom Artwork Using Vinyl from Love Create Celebrate




18 Responses to “DIY Striped Carafe”

  1. Ariel says:

    Two things you should know about me: 1) I love the cottage 2) I love MCM colours even more.
    Since you’ve combined them all, I think we just became best friends! Love the carafe

  2. Brooke says:

    Whatever you call it, this project is awesome. What a great vinyl craft you can make without having a cutting machine. Also? scrap buster. It is so cute!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Brooke! I was a little stumped at first, not having a cutting machine. But stripes look good just about anywhere, right? Thanks for dropping in 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    such a simple and super cute idea! and honestly, the temporary nature of the vinyl used could be perfect for a party or event where you want to dress things up and then remove it afterwards:)

    • Dani says:

      That’s a great point – it’s so easy to change things up this way. Hmmm… now you’ve given me a few other ideas! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. Sometimes simple is best. Love how this turned out, and great colour combo too.

  5. I love how you always make the best and doable projects… this would be so great for hostess gifts, themed parties and summer vibes, this is an all around excellent project!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks so much Laurie! This vinyl challenge really opened up my mind about what you can do with vinyl. A few stripes can look great in so many places, right? Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Thea says:

    Now this is very clever! You may call it lazy but you took a plain decanter to a whole new level with some simple stripes. So elegant and perfect for relaxing by the lake.

  7. Lindi says:

    I LOVE this! It’s the perfect way to add personality to something “plain jane”. Love the colourful stripes 🙂

  8. I love lazy crafts! Seriously, does it get any better than that? Oh and that view from those red muskokas…such serenity.

  9. I think your carafe looks awesome! And I love that you did different widths of stripes, because otherwise I think I would drive myself crazy trying to get them even. Good thinking. Love the view too!

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