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Colorful DIY utensil holder

How to Create Summer-Themed Utensil Holders

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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Paper flower bouquet

Easy Paper Flower Bouquet for Mother’s Day

By: Christine Asciutto of @twinkleplansherday

Mother’s Day is approaching and making Mom feel special has never been easier. Today I’ll be sharing how to create an easy paper flower bouquet using Mildliner Highlighters and some everyday household products.

Materials Needed:

  • 5 White coffee filters
  • Paper plates
  • Mildliner Highlighters
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Paper straws
  • Floral or washi tape
  • Scissors
Color dying a coffee filter

Step 1: Use Mildliner Highlighters to “Dye” Your Coffee Filters

The first step is to add a splash of color to your white coffee filters. To begin, select a Mildliner Highlighter color you want for your paper flower and use it to add strokes to the edges of your coffee filter.

Next, use your spray bottle to add a small amount of water to your coffee filter while it rests on the paper plate. The paper plate will help keep your work area mess-free and help keep your filter flat. Let the ink diffuse evenly throughout the coffee filter and let dry. Repeat this step four more times to ensure your paper is thoroughly saturated with color.

Folded and dyed coffee filter

Step 2: Fold the Dyed Coffee Filter

Once your coffee filter is thoroughly saturated and dry, fold each filter in half. Then fold it in half once more until it resembles an ice cream cone shape, like shown above.

Folded coffee filter with cut outs

Step 3: Cut Triangle Shapes

Using scissors, snip a tiny section of the bottom of the “cone.” This will create a center hole in the flower design once it is unfolded. Once cut, turn the cone upside down and make four 1-inch cuts along the bottom. Next, cut triangle shapes along the edge, as shown in the example above. 

Repeat steps 1 through 3 four more times until you have 5 total pieces.

Paper flower

Step 5: Assemble the Pieces into a Flower

Now that you have all your flower petals created, it is time to assemble your flower together. Start by unfolding each filter to reveal a flower shape.

Then, insert the paper straw into the center hole of the first filter and wrap the filter along the top, securing with floral or washi tape. Repeat with the remaining filters to add more volume with each layer.

Paper flower bouquet

Step 6: Create Multiple Paper Flowers for a Bouquet

Repeat steps 1 through 5 to create more paper flowers ranging in a variety of colors. Once create, these flowers can be arranged in a bouquet or used as a gift topper.

For more spring-inspired craft projects, check out 4 DIY Napkin Tags Perfect for Spring.