DIY: Outdoor blanket

T’is the season for outdoor adventures! Music festivals, picnics, parks, the beach, hikes, lying around festively in the sun… so many summer activities. Chris and I have been planning a music festival trip since January and we’re now closing in on the big weekend with less than three weeks! I’ve started acquiring all the helpful items I can. What can I say, I’m a planner. I knew that an outdoor blanket was included in that list but every visually appealing blanket was not incredibly appealing to my budget or the idea of wet grass. What do?! Luckily, there’s a ton of DIY tutorials for outdoor blankets and I’ve got one for you right here modified from this awesome, beautiful DIY from the awesome, beautiful blogger Design Love Fest.

Full tutorial + pictures after the cut.


  • Masking tape
  • Cloth drop cloth with plastic backing
  • Several colors of paint (one base, two similar shades)
  • Plastic gloves

The tape and drop cloth were found in the Home Depot paint section and I found the paint at Michael’s. Make sure to buy a spray paint that’s compatible with fabric. Life on Mars has a ton of resources about spray paint projects and according to her, Krylon is the only major spray paint that lists fabric as a compatible material. You also want a drop cloth with plastic backing because that will be sure to guard against any wet grass or sand on your journeys.

Start by taping off a border. This isn’t completely necessary depending on your design but my workspace (AKA my tiny apartment balcony) can’t fit the entirety of this 5’x5′ cloth. So a border it is!

Start by painting your base color. I used a pale gold called Caramel Latte and one can gave me two coats. Krylon drips A LOT but I found that it kind of added to my intended design. However, that’s where gloves come in. Seriously, it goes everywhere. But, on the positive side, this paint dries crazy fast. Dry time takes as little as 15 minutes between coats.

Once the base color is dry, start taping your design. Design Love Fest did a beautiful diamond design but I wanted to try something else. The above design was inspired by this tape painting DIY.

Now use the two similar shades to paint a gradient. I used Sea Glass, a bright turquoise, and Catalina Mist, a light mint.  Simply spray one half with the lighter color, one half with the darker color, then spray each a bit in the middle. Let dry for at least 30 minutes, closer to an hour just to be safe.

Once the paint is dry, peel the tape off and admire your handiwork.

Ta da! I was pleasantly surprised by how well this actually turned out since I deviated from Design Love Fest’s original tutorial. But for $27 and three hours (mostly drying time) on a Sunday, I’ll take it. This DIY could have also been made cheaper with hand painting but after a fun hand injury yesterday (yay, four stitches!) I was in the mood for something simpler and a little more accessible.

Your blanket will also smell like spray paint immediately after the project but Design Love Fest says a machine wash is fine, although a dryer has not been tested so it’s best to let it air dry. This blanket will definitely be one of several of my festival essentials, which I’ll post once we start packing along with a review of the festival.

What’s your summer essential? Have you found a vacation DIY that’s too good to miss before the warm weather leaves? Let me know in the comments below!



Disclaimer: This is a personal blog. As the writer, I may mention, discuss, and review products but I have not been paid or sponsored for any of my opinions. My opinions reflect only my personal feelings and experiences, unless otherwise specified.


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