Pack a Picnic: 7 DIY Projects for an Al Fresco Feast
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: Crafts for an afternoon on the grass.
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An invitation to picnic. If you're feeling the draw of the outdoors this Earth Day weekend, pack yourself a picnic and enjoy the globe's brighter side. These seven projects will help you take care of all the logistics. First up: How to recruit your friends to tag along. I whipped up these picnicking invites using thick cards, watercolors, and a black pen. If freehand isn't your preferred approach, print out your invitations and paint over them in summery hues.
Stay dry picnic blanket. When heading for the grass, I usually grab a patchwork quilt I picked up from a secondhand store. It's not until I'm lounging on the quilt and picking through my picnic provisions that I remember how problematic it can be on anything but the driest of lawns. This picnic blanket from Twig and Thistle is one step ahead of the game—it uses a drop cloth with a plastic siding to help you avoid putting a damper on your day out.
Creamsicles a la Meringue. I love a good sweet dessert to finish off my picnic feast, but unless I'm carting around a cooler, frozen treats are out of the question. These meringue swirls from Martha Stewart are a tasty room-temperature fix: the taste of a Creamsicle without the meltiness. Substitute root beer flavoring for the orange zest to mock up a portable root beer float.