Copper + Navy Holiday Table Inspiration

I’ve already professed my love for the combination of navy/indigo and copper. Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy and I played around with lots of color combinations for the DIY leather napkin ring tutorial with Sakura of America (psssst! Don’t forget to enter the Pen-touch marker giveaway right here!) last week – but the combination of the copper Pen-touch with navy leather was hands down my favorite. So today I thought I’d share some navy and copper (along with a few other metallics) dinner party inspiration and a few more DIY ideas perfect for Christmas or New Year’s Eve!

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I kept the table itself fairly simple, with one medium size floral centerpiece in a vintage copper compote, a couple of smaller arrangements in copper tumblers, taper candles in vintage brass candlesticks, and this gold foil and kraft paper table runner from Minted. Since we envisioned a fairly intimate table with 6-8 guests, we mixed up a large batch of a signature cocktail – a Persimmon Margarita (recipe coming up in just a bit!) – in our DIY color dipped swing bottles and put them on the table for people to enjoy as they please. For a larger gathering, you could have several drinks available – or mix up a bowl of punch!

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Copper Metallic Navy Holiday Table Inspiration OSBP 127 Copper + Navy Holiday Table Inspiration

You can find the copper and navy leather napkin ring tutorial right here. Michele and I also created cocktail menus with copper ink on navy leather – Michele did a large version that could be displayed next to a bar for a larger party, while I tried my hand at a smaller menu that could be placed between guests at the table.

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For the flowers, I fell in love with pale lavender anemones at the flower market. I paired the anemones with white and blush ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. I love the texture of seeded eucalyptus – and you can get a huge bunch without breaking the bank!

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I wanted to see what other surfaces the Pen-touch paint markers could write on. I’m pretty sure I gave Michele her biggest challenge yet when I asked her to write on thin sheets of copper! We used these copper sheets with white Pen-touch markers to create two signs: one inviting guests to take a seat and another to display next to party favors.

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Copper Metallic Navy Holiday Table Inspiration OSBP 238 Copper + Navy Holiday Table Inspiration

Lauren and I are totally on the same page this week – I used the Pen-touch markers to customize our drinking glasses! I used gold and copper Pen-touch markers in fine weight to write out “cheers!” on some tumblers. It took a couple of coats to get a nice solid line – so if you try this at home just be sure to let each coat dry fully before putting on the second coat. You could use your handwriting (or calligraphy) but Michele was kind enough to offer a template that you can trace onto your glasses! You can download the “cheers!” template here – it comes in a couple of sizes for use on different sized glasses. Just cut out the words, tape to the inside of your glass, and trace over it with your Pen-touch markers!

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Copper Metallic Navy Holiday Table Inspiration OSBP 218 Copper + Navy Holiday Table Inspiration

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Check back soon for the Persimmon Margarita recipe!

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Leather: Matine

Paint Markers: Sakura Pen-touch Paint Markers

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Duck Tape Calligraphy Cocktail Glasses

The holidays are here which means, lots of parties to prepare for! One of my favorite ways to spruce up our bar for get togethers is grabbing a few new cocktail glasses to add to the collection. This year, I thought I would give a few DIYs a try and change up what we already had in our cabinets – starting by creating some custom calligraphy cocktail glasses. I used my calligraphy for this project and you can use your handwriting, or a font you already have on your computer! Here’s how to customize your cocktail glasses this holiday season. –Lauren

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masking tape holiday glasses 1 DIY Tutorial: Duck Tape Calligraphy Cocktail Glasses

Supplies

Duck Tape sheets

Cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette

Plain glasses

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Step 1. Letter the words that you would like to cut for your glasses. The thicker the letters the easier you will be able to cut them out of the tape. You can also create files with your favorite fonts if you don’t want to use a hand lettered font.

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Step 2. Scan and upload your words to your program and cut per the directions on the machine you have.

Step 3. Carefully peel each word up and apply to the glasses. I found it was easiest to peel a few letters at a time and apply rather than trying to take the whole word off of the sheet.

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That’s it! Now you have new (or maybe just updated!), custom glasses for your party! You can stick with general exclamations or even cut out your guests’ names so everyone can keep tabs on their cocktails.

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Tips

- Buy extra duck tape! It will take a bit to get a hang of applying and removing so buy a practice sheet to get you started.

- White or light colors will look best as the back of the sheet is a white adhesive and it stuck out of bit on the black tape.

- Keep your font THICK if you can.

How do you guys customize your cocktail glasses for the holidays?

Photos by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Leather and Paint Pen Napkin Rings (and a Giveaway!)

I love the idea of incorporating unusual materials into a party, from acrylic cocktail signs to clay save the dates and everything in between. I was super excited when Sakura of America asked me to come up with a fun project featuring their Pen-touch paint markers. I expect you’ll be seeing these markers in many future tutorials (they can seriously write on anything), but today I’m sharing the first project – DIY leather napkin rings perfect for a dinner party any time of year!

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Sakura recently added a color line to the existing collection of white and metallic Pen-touch paint markers. We combined jewel tones – green and blue – with white and copper for a beautiful seasonal color palette. Carolyn from Matine kindly let me raid her leather scraps, including the most gorgeous navy and gold leather – but you can also find leather in your local craft store. I love love love the combination of the copper Pen-touch markers with the navy leather! Sakura’s Pen-touch markers are completely opaque, so you can write on dark surfaces (anything from paper to wood to leather) and the lettering will still be visible. We wanted a short, fun phrase to write on our napkin rings, so Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy lettered the phrase “yum!” in our color palette.

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DIY Leather Napkin Rings Sakura Pentouch Paint Pens OSBP 13 DIY Tutorial: Leather and Paint Pen Napkin Rings (and a Giveaway!)

Supplies

Sakura Pen-touch Paint Markers

Leather

Ruler

Rotary Cutter + Cutting Mat

Awl (not shown)

Twine + Scissors

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Step 1: First you’ll need to cut your leather into strips (mine were approximately 6″ wide and 1.5″ tall) using your rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat.

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DIY Leather Napkin Rings Sakura Pentouch Paint Pens OSBP 16 DIY Tutorial: Leather and Paint Pen Napkin Rings (and a Giveaway!)

Step 2: Write your desired phrase in the middle of the strip. You could also write a name instead of a phrase to transform these napkin rings into place cards!

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Step 3: Using an awl, punch a hole on either end of the strip big enough to thread twine through (approximately 1/8″ in diameter).

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DIY Leather Paint Pen Napkin Rings Sakura PenTouch OSBP 37 DIY Tutorial: Leather and Paint Pen Napkin Rings (and a Giveaway!)

Step 4: Thread twine along the back of the leather strip and through both holes. Tighten as desired and tie closed. Done!

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DIY Leather Napkin Rings Sakura Pentouch Paint Pens OSBP 64 DIY Tutorial: Leather and Paint Pen Napkin Rings (and a Giveaway!)

Michele and I had so much fun with this project! I’ve always struggled with using paint markers in the past – the paint wouldn’t flow evenly, causing the paint to pool or splatter in places – but Sakura’s Pen-touch markers write so smoothly! They didn’t ask me to say that, it’s just the truth. I’m also a big fan of the fact that Sakura offers their markers in different weights, from extra fine (great for hand lettering!) to medium (for large scale projects). I’m hoping Sakura develops a chalk marker next!

Sakura is also kindly offering a giveaway to one lucky OSBP reader! One lucky reader will win a Pen-touch package including a 3 pack of Metallic Markers in Extra Fine Point and a 7 pack of Color Markers in Fine Point. To enter, just leave a comment below letting us know what you’d do with your Pen-touch markers! You’ll have until midnight EST on Wednesday, December 17 to enter before we pick a winner at random!*

Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Leather: Matine

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is sponsored by Sakura of America. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

*Limited to U.S. and Canadian readers only. Limit one entry per person. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $40 approximate total retail value. Winners will be contacted via email after comments close.

DIY Tutorial: Clay Gingerbread Cookie Drink Markers

I do very little cooking and even less baking, but I do have a special place in my heart for Christmas cookies – perhaps because they’re sort of at the intersection between baking and crafting. Today, I’m crafting up some drink markers that are dead ringers for delicious gingerbread cookies using oven-bake clay. Maybe a little too convincing, so remind your guests not to try eating them! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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OSBP DIY Clay Cookie Drink Markers 1 DIY Tutorial: Clay Gingerbread Cookie Drink Markers

Materials
oven-bake clay in brown, red, and white
rolling pin
parchment paper
mini holiday cookie cutters
toothpick
glass marker rings

I found my mini cookie cutters at Michael’s, and the glass marker rings amongst the jewelry findings.

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Step One: Roll the block of brown clay into a ball, place between two sheets of parchment paper, and use the rolling pin to flatten to around 1/8″ thick. This clay is no dough, so it will take a little time and muscle to get the clay rolled out.

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Step Two: Press the cookie cutters into the clay.

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Step Three: Peel away the excess clay.

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Step Four: Roll the white and red clay into super skinny rolls and tiny spheres. Wash your hands before handling the white clay, because the colors will transfer.

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Step Five: Use the white clay rolls to outline each of the shapes. Use the red rolls and spheres to add some flourishes. If you have multiples of the same shape, make sure to flourish them a little differently so that they’re still effective in differentiating glasses.

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Step Six: Use the toothpick, to poke a hole for the charm wire. Poke right through the parchment paper if necessary.

Step Seven: Transfer the parchment paper to a baking sheet, and bake according to the directions on your clay packaging.

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Step Eight: After the ‘cookies’ have cooled, attach the charm wires. Enjoy!

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Handmade Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set

Every year, we try to make at least some of the gifts that we give to friends and family for the holidays. This year, we decided that giving them an all-in-one stationery kit would be perfect! Not only will they love having everything they might need at hand, it also encourages them to send more snail mail throughout the year! For this gift, we converted a little portable sketch box into a fabulous carry all for paper loveliness. We hope our friends and family like them (shh-don’t tell)-and we hope you do too! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

Small Sketch Box, similar to this. We bought ours locally at Aaron Brothers. They told us that it is a regular in-store item.

Patterned Text Weight Paper in Lucy Floral

Cardstock, in Milkweed and Fuchsia

Monarch Envelopes, in kraft

Camellia Monogram Stamp Kit

Stamp Pads, Magenta and Peony

Divine Twine, in Silver

Self Healing Mat, Metal ruler and Craft Knife

Spray Adhesive

1/8 inch hole punch

Rubber Bands

Optional: Foil notebook, New and Vintage postage, Pens, Washi Tape, Gold Paper Clips

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DSC 5666 DIY Tutorial: Handmade Stationery Holiday Gift Box Set

Step One: Cut your papers. For this set, you will need 2 pieces of Lucy floral text paper (cut to 6.5″x10″), 6 pieces of Milkweed card stock (cut to 3.75″ x 7.25″ – should yield 12 cards) and 1 piece of fuchsia card stock (cut to 1.5″ x 3.5″). The smaller tags are the remnants from the Milkweed cards.

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Step Two: Next, you’ll want to stamp your monarch cards for the set. We included 12 cards and envelopes in our kit. Stamp the Camellia pattern stamp first in Peony ink, as shown, and then add the small leaves around it in Magenta ink. We love that every card is a little different! Set cards aside to dry.

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Step Four: Punch holes in your gift tags (fuchsia and milkweed) centering the hole on the small side of the card.

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Step Five: To add interest to the kit and to cover up the thumbhole in the “portable palette” part of the kit, you want to cover it with patterned paper. We purposefully cut our paper wider than the palette (6.5″ x 10″), applied spray adhesive to the back of the entire piece, laid the palette down to adhere, and then trimmed off the excess so that it’s fit was exact. Repeat this process for the second side.

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Step Six: We wanted to add some additional items to our kit that didn’t fit in the pre-sized containers below the palette. In order to fit them in, we decided to add rubber bands around the board. Not only are they handy, but we love that we were able to recycle the ones that we’ve been collecting from our grocery store takeout containers. We thought 3 was perfect for what we needed but feel free to use as few or many as you’d like!

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Step Seven: Now all that’s left is to fill the box! We had a ton of fun gathering coordinating items to include. We decided a notebook was good for jotting down thank you notes that need to be written, addresses, or simply quick thoughts.

We also included enough postage for 12 letters. We mixed vintage postage with new postage in a pretty garden theme.

What good is a gift tag without a way to tie it on? That’s why we included a length of silver metallic twine so that the recipient always had some good string at hand when wrapping gifts. Also included are some of our favorite felt tip pens as well as paper clips and of course, washi tape!

For an extra luxe gift, you could also consider including a return address stamp and stamp pad in the kit as well.

These boxes are easy to make and putting them together couldn’t be more fun! We love that every little bit can be customized to each person’s color preferences and stationery needs. We wish you happy DIY-ing this holiday season and hopefully we’ve inspired you to make some gifts this year too!

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Photos by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper