Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DIY: 6 Pack Carry-All (for picnics, barbecues, and more)


Hello Everyone!

Summer is here and I have a fun project which will not only get you organized, but it will add that little touch of summer to any party!

Today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 9'' Creative Station. I've talked about Xyron's Creative Stations before, so if you want to learn more about them, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Simple Stories! Now unless you have been living under a sad little non-crafty rock, then you probably already know all about Simple Stories (lol). However, if you don't, Simple Stories is a company that makes adorable scrapbooking and planner type products. Specifically, they create paper, albums, tools, and embellishments, which can all be used to take your scrapbooking or general crafting to the next level. Today I will be using some products from their newest collection call Summer Days!

Specifically, I will be making a 6 pack carry-all which is designed to hold items for a summer party! I thought this project would be fun to make because it would be a useful item to have around and be super easy to recreate for your own party. In the photos throughout this post, you will see that I used this 6 pack carry-all for soda bottles. However, you could use this carry-all to hold a variety of items for your own party. For example, this carry-all could hold utensils, straws, napkins, and so forth.

So, if you want to learn how to make your own 6 pack carry-all, then keep reading below! 

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Supplies
6 Compartment Wooden Basket
Plaid: Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Key West
Foam Brush
Scissors (not pictured)


Step 1: Paint your 6 pack carry-all on the inside and outside. However, when painting the outside, remember that you don't need to paint the entire thing. Simply because the outside will be covered with scrapbooking paper.

Once your 6 pack carry-all has been painted, set the whole thing aside to dry. 


Step 2: Cut out pieces of scrapbooking paper which will fit around all four sides of your 6 pack carry-all. For example, I cut out two rectangular pieces for the front/back and two tall pieces for the sides. In addition, you will want to cut out any extra paper elements that you want to use to decorate your carry-all. 

For my 6 pack carry-all, I used the following paper: The red plaid side of Soak Up the Sun, the pinwheel side of Lazy Days, and the soda pop/burger images from the 4x4 Elements


Step 3: Grab all of your paper pieces and run them through your Xyron 9'' Creative Station.


Step 4: Now take each paper piece and rub the top of the sticker paper. Then peel each paper piece off the sticker paper and adhere them to the sides of your 6 pack carry-all. My recommendation would be to add the tall side pieces first, then your front/back pieces, and then your two square images.

Finally, once your scrapbooking paper pieces have been added, grab the Simple Stories Combo Stickers and begin decorating your carry-all.

When you are happy with the final look of your 6 pack carry-all, you are ready to fill it up and begin using it!





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If I’m going to be really honest, I absolutely LOVE how this 6 pack carry-all turned out! I mean the paper from Simple Stories Summer Days collection is adorable and using Xyron adhesive made this project super quick to put together!

With that being said, you may have noticed that I added red pom-pom trim to the front of the carry-all. This step is completely optional but I thought it added a little more cuteness to the whole project. Besides, you can never really go wrong with pom-pom trim!

As previously mentioned, this 6 pack carry-all can be used to hold a variety of items. I thought soda bottles would look cute for this project but you could fill the compartments up with anything. Also, when this 6 pack carry-all is not being used for a party, you could always put it in your kitchen to hold kitchen supplies as well!

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this 6 pack carry-all?

xo Katie

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