May 23, 2011

Windproof Picnic Blanket (SSG Idea #17)

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It’s a great way to start the final week of our Summer Survival Guide Series when I get to welcome one of my true blogging mentors over to share a marvelous idea with you! Beckie from Infarrantly Creative and Knock Off Decor is as genuine and talented as they come, and I am so tickled she could stop in this morning!
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Hello Positively Splendid Readers.  I am Beckie from Infarrantly Creative and Knock Off Décor.
I am excited to participate in the Summer Survival Guide here at Amy’s house.  I am a big Amy fan and one of her loudest cheerleaders!
The idea is to create a simple summer idea, craft or recipe.  But I always struggle with the “simple” part.  But I actually thought of a simple idea that will help with your summer picnic fun.  Raise your hand if while on your summer picnics you put pairs of shoes on the corners of the blanket to keep it from blowing away?  Yep, you do it too, huh?  Well here is a simple idea using grommets and golf tees to keep your blanket in place.

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Supplies:

grommet plier kit

golf tees

old quilt or blanket

small zippered bag

O-ring that pulls apart

1. If you purchase the Grommet Plier Kit #1P from Dritz it comes with four 3/8” grommets in the package so you don’t have to purchase anything else.  It retails for $29.99 at Joann Fabrics but I purchased it half off (of course). 

grommet plier kit

2. Find an old quilt or thin blanket.  I prefer a quilt because it is cotton and cool against the skin during hot summer days.  I had an old king size quilt that was on our master bed about 8 years ago.  Shabby Chic floral was in back then, I promise.

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3.  The back of the grommet kit gives perfect instructions on how to attach the grommets.  Attach the grommets on all four corners.

Front side of grommet

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Back side of pressed grommet

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4.  Lay out your blanket and grab four golf tees.  The grommet holes are the perfect size to hold the golf tees in place.  Push the tees through the grommet holes and into the ground.

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Now your blanket won’t blow all over the place while you create fun summer picnic memories with your kids.  I also attached a small mesh bag with an O-ring onto one of the corners to store the tees in when not in use.

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Happy Picnicking to your family this summer.

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Thanks so much, Beckie, for stopping in to share this brilliant, yet simple, idea! I think this needs to be patented!

I hope everyone’s week is off to a terrific start!

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