How to Create Summer-Themed Utensil Holders

Colorful DIY utensil holder

By: Shelly Kim

Hi everyone, it’s Shelly Kim of @lettersbyshells. Today I’ll be showing you how to create some fun and colorful summer-themed utensil holders. These utensil holders will utilize different techniques from painting oranges and drawing leaves. The finished product will add the perfect finishing touch to any table setting. Let’s get started!

A piece of cardstock with Mildliner Highlighters

Materials Needed:

Cardstock with colorful circles of color

Step 1: Color Circles on the Cardstock

Begin by drawing circles all over the paper using Mildliner Highlighters or Mildliner Brush Pens. These will be the orange illustrations.

Simple doodling of oranges

Step 2: Draw Stems and Leaves

Next, draw stems and leaves to finish the orange illustration for just a few of the circles using Mildliner Highlighters. For the stems, draw a light stroke and for the leaves, draw an almond-shaped leaf.

Doodles of oranges with leaves

Step 3: Add Additional Leaves

Draw leaves all over and next to the orange illustrations to fill the negative space.

Artist creating a DIY untensil holder

Step 4: Outline the Orange Illustrations

Using the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen in Black or ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen in Black, draw some offset outlines of the oranges.

Person doodling oranges

Step 5: Add More Details

To add some contrast and added detail, draw the inside of the oranges by outlining the orange segments. Start by drawing a circle and then draw triangles inside the circle.

Colorful doodles of oranges with segments outlined

Step 6: Continue Adding More Detail

Next, let’s add more details inside the orange by drawing vertical lines inside the triangles. I continued using the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen because it has a thin point size for fine details.

Artist outlining orange leaves with Sarasa Clip

Step 7: Outline the Orange Leaves

Next, draw offset outlines of the leaves.

Orange-themed untensil holder

Step 8: Create the Backing of the Utensil Holder

To create the backing for the utensil holder, we will be using another 4” x 6” card stock sheet. Begin by taping down the 2 cardstock sheets by taping the both side edges and bottom, only leaving the top open.

Oranged-themed utensil holder with utensils

Step 9: Use Your Utensil Holder

Yay! Your orange and leaf themed utensil holder is now ready to use. Add in your favorite silverware and add to your table for a beautiful accent of summer.

Summer-themed utensil holder

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