I’m not sure about the rest of you, but summer always feels a little more laid back and relaxed to me. Cooking and eating outside comes with it’s own set of challenges, but it’s also a little easier to have fun and be a little more whimsical. Using inexpensive tableware during the summer is a great way to keep outdoor eating simple and laid back. You’re not going to be too upset if the bowl the neighbors kid just broke only cost a dollar. However, just because something is inexpensive doesn’t mean it can’t be cute, fun, and functional. Dressing up inexpensive tableware is how I came up with today’s project, the “when life gives you lemons” DIY lemonade pitcher. This is an easy way to dress up many different types of table ware.
I love the “punny” nature of this project. You have all heard the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. This project is easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
DIY Lemonade Pitcher Supplies:
- Darice Clear 50 oz Drink Pitcher.
- Yellow Vinyl.
- Cricut or Electric Cutting Machine.
- Deco Art Coral Enamel Paint (Or a paint that will stick well to plastic).
- Studio 71 Paint Brush.
- Painters Tape.
- Transfer Tape for Vinyl.
Using the painters tape, tape off the bottom of your water pitcher to give a nice straight edge to your painted area. I painted the bottom 1/4 of the pitcher to make sure there was still plenty of room for my decal and to see the lemonade.
The best tip when painting on plastic like this it to use many thin coats of paint. Let each coat of paint dry really well between your next coat of paint. Peal your tape off when your last coat of paint is almost dry. You can also tape off the handles of a pair of plastic tongs (which are great for grabbing ice with) and paint to match your DIY lemonade pitcher.
Next cut your saying out of vinyl using your electric cutting tool, I used my Cricut. I used the font Better With Chocolate for my wording and the lemon image can be found on Cricut cartridge Classroom-June/July.
My saying is 7 inches wide, and my image is 4 inches wide. If you are using a different sized water pitcher make sure to measure how wide you need your saying to be, before you cut. Apply the vinyl to the water pitcher with transfer tape to keep all your wording straight.
While you’re at it making fun summery party supplies and utensils, why not whip up a batch of these fun citrus fruit craft coasters? They’ll go great with your new DIY lemonade pitcher!
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Kadie from seven-alive.com loves to create with yarn, wood, and paint. Creating new projects is how she un-winds and keeps her sanity while trying to raise 5 very energetic kids.