DIY Tutorial: Color Dipped Picnic Bottles

DIY Color Dipped Bottles OSBP DIY Tutorial: Color Dipped Picnic Bottles

These DIY color dipped bottles from last week’s cocktail party picnic are such a fun way to add a dose of color to any party – and the DIY tutorial couldn’t be easier! I chose a few bright summery colors for our little picnic, but you could easily choose just two colors to distinguish cocktails from non-alcoholic drinks or fit in with your own party. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!

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Supplies and Tools

Glass swing bottles – Ikea has large 34 oz ones, or you can find a smaller 17 oz size here

Craft paint – I chose paints from the Martha Stewart Crafts collection since I liked the colors best (I used metallic rose copper, wild salmon, pool, and pollen) and it works on glass, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand

Paintbrushes

Painter’s tape

Rubbing alcohol (not pictured)

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Start by prepping your bottles by quickly wiping them down with rubbing alcohol. Then wrap the painter’s tape around the bottle at a slight angle to get a nice dipped look. Don’t worry if the tape bunches up as you wrap it, but make sure you press down and smooth out the bottom edge to ensure a nice clean line. Squeeze a small amount of paint (you really only need a quarter-size dollop) onto a paint palette or other surface.

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Apply your first coat of paint. You’ll get the best results by applying several light coats – and I found that each color needed around 3 coats to get to my desired level of opaqueness. You could also do this with spray paint (I’d wrap a plastic bag over the unpainted top of the bottle, under the painter’s tape), but I chose to use craft paint so I’d have more control and ability to avoid drips. Turn bottle over and allow to dry for 1-2 hours, then repeat for coats 2-3.

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After the desired number of coats, remove the painter’s tape – and voila! If necessary, use the blade of an exacto knife to gently scrape away any errant paint along the dipped line.

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Fill with your favorite cocktail or beverage – and enjoy!

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A quick note: I recommend making these bottles about a week ahead to allow time for the paint to cure, otherwise condensation from ice or cold liquids could cause air bubbles to appear beneath the paint or for some of the paint to peel away from the glass. So just plan a head if you think this is something you’d like to use for your own party!

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Kate + Cleon’s Romantic Rose Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Aaaah, rose gold – even in the smallest of doses, this beautiful metallic makes my heart go pitter patter. Combine rose gold foil with stunning calligraphy in a beautiful wedding invitation suite from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress? Absolute perfection!

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From Samantha and Whitney: This custom suite was designed for a sweet couple who were married by the sea in Blue Hill, Maine. The bride and groom wanted the invitation suite to reflect the romantic, textural, and elegant design that they had in mind for their fête.

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Romantic Rose Gold Wedding Invitations Gus and Ruby Letterpress Kate + Cleons Romantic Rose Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Each invitation was triple mounted on a variety of colored stocks in a neutral palette to give a dramatic layering effect and a luxurious weight to the piece. The invitation and insert pieces all featured classic typesetting letterpress printed in a warm grey ink and beautiful custom calligraphy done by Kelle McCarter of Designs Girl foil stamped in a romantic rose gold foil.

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A reply postcard featured a vintage topographical map of the venue location, further highlighting the lovely destination. All pieces were then wrapped in a hand-stitched, textural linen band with a layered, foil-stamped tag and coils of super-fine paper thread.

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A soft-pink cotton envelope liner foil stamped with Kate and Cleon’s names added yet another pop of color and shine. The pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press on beautiful, textural, super thick 100% cotton paper.

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Day of pieces included programs printed on double-thick cotton featuring rose-gold foil edging, a welcome bag note showcasing a custom map detailing fun area activities for guests, favor tags, custom koozies, and so much more!

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Thanks so much Sam and Whit!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Calligraphy: Kelle McCarter of Designs Girl

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Happy Weekend!

Happy (almost) Fourth of July everyone! I’m heading out a bit early this week to enjoy the holiday weekend with my family – and I hope you’re all planning to do the same! But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for us this week! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

The Beginning of Oh So Beautiful Paper

As some of you may have seen on Instagram, I celebrated my fourth anniversary of self-employment yesterday. When I first started Oh So Beautiful Paper, I couldn’t really share anything about my profession at the time – and nearly six years into blogging I still haven’t written this story down. So today I finally decided to get my act together and share the story of how Oh So Beautiful Paper came to be!

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Cake topper by AHeirloom

Most people assume that I have a design background that led me to start blogging about paper. And while I definitely grew up surrounded by art and design, my professional background is actually in the field of international diplomacy! When I first started blogging in 2008, I was working as a civil servant (aka U.S.-based diplomat) at the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of African Affairs. Not exactly a direct correlation to paper and design.

But I should back up a bit. I was raised by two artistic parents: my dad worked as an advertising copywriter for most of his career, but now works as a semi-retired freelance photographer. My mom also worked in advertising (her job involved media buying) before switching to a different career in the late 1980s, but she’s also a talented painter and interior designer. I grew up in a very artistic environment, surrounded by art supplies and attending summer art camps. In high school, I took my first photography class and decided that I wanted to become a magazine photographer. But after a semester in college I quickly decided that I didn’t enjoy art school (Emily’s post from a couple of weeks ago will give you a pretty good idea of why it didn’t work out). So I took a few random elective classes… and switched majors to International Relations. It seems like such a random choice, but I was really, really good at my chosen field. It just felt like the right fit.

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My time at the State Department began with an internship during my last undergraduate semester in the spring of 2003, and my office hired me permanently at the end of my internship. I was all of 22, but working in a position normally reserved for mid-level employees in their 30s: it was an overwhelming introduction to the world of international diplomacy! For the next few years, I worked in the Office of East African Affairs with responsibility for Somalia and Djibouti (both located in the Horn of Africa).

It’s hard to explain what my job actually entailed, but my work involved everything from writing briefing memos for senior officials to preparing internal budget proposals and documents, and from collecting study materials for U.S. ambassadorial nominees to writing U.N. Security Council resolutions. Some of the tasks were mundane, and some of them – like traveling overseas – were really amazing. I was lucky enough to visit several European capitals and almost every country in East Africa – Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland, and Djibouti – and I even lived in Nairobi, Kenya for about a month on a special assignment. In 2009, I transferred to the Office of West African Affairs, working primarily on Liberia and Ghana.

I learned a lot during those years. I learned how to prioritize urgent tasks and objectives. I learned how to distill a complex set of issues into a two-page memo. I learned a lot of other things that are harder to put into words. At the State Department, most people rotate to a new position every 2-3 years, so I worked with and for a lot of different people over the course of my seven years there. I learned what it means to be a good boss, a good manager – and sadly what it means to be a bad boss and mismanage an entire office. I saw people around me sacrifice their personal lives for their careers, and I learned that I didn’t want that for myself. I learned what it meant to burn out. I learned that a fulfilling career – and a fulfilling life – can mean a lot of different things to different people.

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Print by Alli Coate

Everything changed when Andrew and I got married in 2008. I discovered wedding and lifestyle blogs (yay!), and I fell in love with the world of wedding invitations during our 9-month engagement. After our wedding, Andrew encouraged me to start blogging as a creative outlet, and Oh So Beautiful Paper was born a few weeks later! My original goal was simply to showcase amazing wedding invitation design and connect couples with the designer that suits their personal style. I never intended for blogging to replace my career at the State Department, but the blog slowly grew and evolved into something more than a hobby.

Coincidentally, Oh So Beautiful Paper was growing at the same time that I was becoming increasingly disenchanted with my office job. I attended the very first Alt Summit in 2010, and one of my most vivid memories from the entire conference was listening to Maxwell from Apartment Therapy during the keynote session. Maxwell talked about his own decision to take Apartment Therapy full time: how it felt like jumping off a cliff, but also that he had to put in full time effort to see full time rewards. In April 2010, after a year under one particularly awful boss (which in turn was after two years under an equally terrible boss in another office), I made the scariest decision of my life: I gave notice at a stable, salaried job to pursue Oh So Beautiful Paper full time. I gave myself six months to make things work – and here I am four years later!

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Quote by Our Wild Abandon via Artifact Uprising

I’m proud of a lot of the things that I accomplished during my years at the State Department, and I have a lot of regrets about things that I didn’t accomplish or that didn’t go the way I wished they had. I’ve been away long enough that I can forget most of the bad experiences and just hold on to the fond experiences and memories, and I’m so happy to have those stories to tell Sophie someday. But nothing compares to the satisfaction of running my own business, even if it can be super scary and ridiculously exhausting most of the time, and I still don’t know that I’ve reached a level that I would define as successful. I’ve made so many wonderful friends through this amazing community, and I’d never trade that for a million years.

Okay, enough sap! I’ll stop there, and thank you for reading this ridiculously long post!

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Geometric Shapes

Crystals, geodes, and stones are popping up all over the place. Whether you are finding inspiration in the lines of a crystal, or the saturated tones of geodes, I think we can all find a bit of summer wedding inspiration in this trend. I love that you can incorporate them into themes that are a bit more organic and natural or go completely opposite and work them into your modern wedding decor with lots of clean lines. Whichever way you may be leaning, here are some day-of wedding stationery pieces that make me wish this trend was around when I planned my wedding! – Lauren

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Geometric Place Setting by Little Cat Design Co., Photo by Scott Michael Photography via Ruffled (left) Geometric hanging acrylic escort cards by I Love Lucite, Photo by Sweet Little Photographs via Green Wedding Shoes (right)

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Geometric centerpiece by 1,2,3 Nous Irons… Photo by David One via Green Wedding Shoes

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 Modern lucite invitation by In the Now, Photo by Sweet Little Photographs via Green Wedding Shoes (left) / Ceremony program photo by Cory Ryan via 100 Layer Cake (right)

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Save the date by Spencer Studio (left) / Lasercut menu by Avie Designs (right)

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DIY geometric glitter place cards by Flax & Twine

Are you planning to incorporate geometric shapes or inspiration into your wedding?

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