Sweet DIY: donut display board

Monday, November 20, 2017

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I have been waiting for a reason to create a large beautiful donut wall. The problem is that I am not a wedding or party planner and I did not host any large parties this year. I am planning to do some holiday entertaining and I thought that this might be a great opportunity for me to put my own twist on the donut wall concept that is a little more holiday entertaining at home friendly.

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 So I came up with the idea of turning these wood market trays into donut display boards. They will hold a dozen mini or regular sized donuts. You can replenish the donuts during the party to keep it looking full. And the trays are not huge so you can easily store them after the event and reuse them again.

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 I painted this donut display board white and added gold details to the end of the the wood pegs. Learzi from Autumn Grey Designs added the gold hand lettering and the adorable mini donuts were made by Macaronz

sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 My donut display board is also perfect for displaying decorative cookies with a hole.

sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio

sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Caitlyn from Cakelaine created the festive wreath cookies that were displayed above as well as all of the cakes and sweet treats for our holiday themed party.

Here's how to make these donut display boards yourself:

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio

 1. Gather your supplies: Wood market tray, small wood pegs, kraft paper to work out spacing, ruler, pencil, drill, paint (optional).

2. Use kraft paper to figure out spacing for the holes that you need to drill into the tray. Make sure that you leave enough space around the donuts. Centre the kraft paper on the wood tray and mark where to drill with your pencil. 

3. Select a drill bit that is the same size as the wood pegs. You want the holes to be tight so you will not require glue. Drill holes in the wood tray


sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio


4. Place wood pegs in the holes. Paint if desired. 

sweet DIY - donut display board for the holidays and beyond | Lorrie Everitt Studio


Tip: You can prop the board up against a wall. Or, if you want the display board stand on it's own, I suggest that you super glue a large square vase to the back of the tray. 


If you make one of these for your own party I'd love to see it! Use hashtag #lorrieeverittinspire and follow me on Instagram for more holiday diy inspiration. 


Photo credits:

Donut display set up:

photography  Janet KwanPhotography 
mini donuts Macaronz 
hand lettering  Autumn Grey Designs 
greenery  Flower Treasures      
packaging products Creative Bag
entertaining products Weddingstar
creative direction Lorrie Everitt

Cookie display setup:

photography  Heidi Lau Photography 
hand lettering  Love Lettering   
florals Flowerly 
cake and sweets  Cakelaine   
packaging supplies  Creative Bag  
entertaining supplies Weddingstar
creative direction  Lorrie Everitt  
& the handcrafted artisans:




sweet DIY - display board for donuts and cookies | Lorrie Everitt Studio





You can do-it-yourself: confetti poppers

Monday, October 16, 2017



DIY paper and flower confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio
Confetti poppers are very easy to make and can be used at weddings, birthday parties and showers. The wonderful thing about making confetti poppers yourself is that you can fill them with whatever kind and colour of confetti that you wish.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio


I created the labels for my confetti poppers and I've included it as a download in this post. 

If you want to make your own confetti using scraps of tissue paper, wrapping paper and mylar, like I did for my poppers, you can find my DIY confetti tutorial here. It's simple to make your own confetti and if you are planning on making a large number of confetti poppers it is a fairly cost effective option.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Gather Your Supplies: push pop containers, white paper, confetti, scissors, two-sided tape.

Step 1.  Download the labels and print out on white text paper. Using the crop marks as a guide, cut out the labels.

Step 2.  Assemble the push pop container and position the labels to the containers as shown above. Keep labels in place using two-sided tape.

Step 3.  Remove the lids. Fill the containers with either paper or flower confetti. 

Step 4.  Add lids to seal. Give the container a shake and the confetti will expand into the open space under the lid.


DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Dried flower petals can be used as confetti if you are looking for something a little more natural and fragrant. If you are getting married just ask your florist if this is something that they can help you with. My flowers were from Petal to the Metal.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

To use poppers: Remove the lids before use. Push the stick with one quick movement to release the confetti from the push pop container. The poppers can be refilled and used over and over.

You can see my Facebook live tutorial with Weddingbells to make these here:



DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio



Here's one more idea for creating these confetti poppers using stickers instead of my labels.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I added custom stickers that were designed by Alicia's Infinity. The art on these flower confetti poppers matched Alicia's wedding stationery.

DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Sources: photo by Sara Wilde Photography, flowers by Petal to the Metal, hand lettering by Prose and Fawns Paperie, custom stationery by Alicia's Infinity, push pops/ribbon from Creative Bag, chalkboard/glass rose gold box from Weddingstar, shoot on location at the Fox and Fawn Antique Shop.





Let's celebrate! If you make your own confetti poppers I'd love to see them. Share your pictures on Instagram using #lorrieeverittsstudio. 


Create. Celebrate. Inspire.


DIY confetti poppers | Lorrie Everitt Studio








You can do it - DIY chocolate rings

Friday, September 22, 2017

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I created these sweet chocolate candy rings for a DIY bridal party styled shoot earlier this year. I can't share a lot of the details about the shoot just yet but my DIY tutorial for making these chocolate rings is up on the Weddingstar blog now. They were made using ring shaped ice cube trays and melted chocolate wafers. 

I originally found a recipe to make these as sugar rings with flecks of edible gold but after three tries I gave up and started experimenting with chocolate. I think that my chocolate rings are much easier to make if you are not a professional candy maker. And honestly, who doesn't love chocolate?!

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Photo credit: Sara Wilde Photography (for the first three photos)
Sources: hand lettering on chalkboard by Prose & Fawns Paperie, sweets by Savoury & Cakeflowers by Petal to the Metalpackaging and party supplies from Creative Bag, ring ice cube tray from Weddingstar. Styled shoot photographed at Fox and Fawn Antique Shoppe. 

DIY chocolate rings using a ring shaped ice cube tray and melted chocolate in the colours and flavours of your choice. | Lorrie Everitt Studio

These chocolate rings look great on cupcakes. 
I hope that you'll pop over to see the full tutorial here.



gift wrapping inspiration for a bridal shower

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Gift wrapping is the most important part of gift giving to me. Even if I give a gift card or cash, I always try to spend a little extra time with the gift wrapping. 

 I like to mix everyday basic supplies with bold graphic elements and a few unexpected elements. Follow along and I'll show you how I recently gift wrapped some items for a bridal shower.

1. Start with a plain brown paper bag with handles. Use a bold black and white striped ribbon to tie a bunch of handmade crepe paper flowers to the handle. 

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

2. Use pretty wrapping paper like this one with the gold confetti pattern and add the same black and white striped ribbon to finish. Not very good at tying bows? Then don't make a bow. Cut the ribbon ends to look professional.

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

3. I actually don't like using wrapping paper to wrap gifts, so I took the vintage serving utensils out of their original boxes and repackaged them in these burlap bags. The vintage forks and cake server were hand stamped by a local artisan and I simply tied them onto kraft cardboard using a thinner ribbon and placed them inside the bag.

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

4. Add a card. I love how this gold foil card from Prose and Fawns Paperie co-ordinates with the gold confetti wrapping paper that I designed for Creative Bag. I think that this card would be sweet framed as a piece of art.

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio

5. Put everything inside the bag and add two pieces of fluffed green tissue paper to finish.

I created my crepe paper flowers but you could also use silk flowers. If you are interested in making your own paper flowers you will find lots of flower making inspiration on my Pinterest board.

bridal shower gift wrapping inspiration | Lorrie Everitt Studio


DIY Wedding Proposal Boxes

Thursday, April 6, 2017

diy wedding proposal boxes | Lorrie Everitt Studio

I wanted to share a little DIY project that I did recently using products from Weddingstar and Creative Bag. I created a series of proposal gift box ideas for the bridal party - Maid of Honour, Bridesmaid and Flower Girl. You can find all of the DIY details, tutorials, my free downloads and links to all of the products on both the Weddingstar and Creative Bag blogs.

You can find the Weddingstar blog posts here:


The Creative Bag blog posts with packaging supplies links are here:


Note: Creative Bag sells select Weddingstar products in all of their stores and online at creativebagwedding.com.



I loved seeing all 3 of my projects featured at the bottom of the Weddingstar website this morning!


15 minute embroidery hoop ornaments for the holidays

Monday, December 12, 2016

15 minute mini embroidery hoop ornaments using upcycled materials | Lorrie Everitt Studio

Here's a quickie Christmas ornament idea using fabric scraps. 

I have a (bad) habit of saving "things" that most people would throw away. Take for example this scrap of fabric from a baby tee shirt that I held onto for 16 years. The tee was badly stained but luckily the area around the embroidered snowman was in perfect condition.

15 minute mini embroidery hoop ornaments using upcycled materials | Lorrie Everitt Studio

This project took me about 15 minutes to make and other than the fabric scrap I only needed a few supplies - a small embroidery hoop, embroidery floss and ribbon to hang. 

Simply attach the embroidery hoop to the fabric and cut away most of the excess fabric in the back. I hand stitched the fabric on the back with embroidery floss to keep the excess fabric in place and to look a little more finished.

Add a ribbon to the top of the embroidery hoop to hang.


DIY tissue paper fringe garland

Sunday, November 27, 2016



I know that most people are in the process of decorating for winter holidays right now but I just had to share this adorable DIY project. I have been creating these festive tissue paper fringe garlands for a December birthday party and not only are they super easy to make but they are inexpensive party decor option.


All you need are a few different colours of tissue paper, scissors and a stapler. That's it.

 

I recommend using a minimum of four different colours of tissue paper. You will need one piece of tissue paper in each colour for each garland. My tissue paper sheets are 20" x 30".


Step one. Cut the tissue paper layers into strips 5" wide by 30" long.


Step two. You need to staple all four layers of tissue paper together. Staple along the centre of each strip about 5" apart. You may want to fold the tissue paper layers in half first so you will have a better idea of where to add the staples.


Step three. Cut fringes on both sides of the tissue paper strips. 
Tip: I found that by folding the tissue paper in half and cut the fringes on both sides at the same time I saved a lot  of time. Just be careful not to cut to far into the centre.


Step four. Now you are ready for the fun part. Simply twist the tissue paper at the centre and watch the different colours on the fringes take shape. 


Here's a closer look at the twisted tissue paper. Don't worry about the staples because they kind of disappear when the tissue paper is twisted.


You can staple the garlands together to make the garlands as long as you wish. For less than five dollars I created 54' of fringe garland using a total of twenty sheets of tissue paper (6 sheets each of 4 different colours).

If you wanted to make these for a holiday party, just select tissue paper colours to match your holiday decor!