Posts Tagged ‘DIY & Crafts’

Make It :: Watercolor Note Cards

melissa_shower-image-revisedToday I have the pleasure of joining in an online baby shower honoring the adorable mom-to-be Melissa of Melissa Creates. If you don’t know Melissa’s work, pop on over to her blog for fun crafts, entertaining tips, and recipes. You’ll be glad you did!

Inspired by this gorgeous invite created for Melissa (above), I decided to make a set of watercolor notecards to have on hand. It’s so nice to have pretty notecards on hand when you want to pop a friend a note or send off a thank you card in the mail. And who knew it was so easy to make your own watercolor palette (see the recipe link below)?

how to make watercolor paintUse watercolors to paint any design your heart desires onto blank notecards.

how-to-make-watercolor-paintI mixed things up with some lines of different widths and also with a few phrases like “hello” and “thanks.” Get as creative as you’d like.


Make It :: Gift Card Yarn Bombs

I bet you’re well into holiday shopping mode (or maybe panic because you feel behind? Yeah, I’m there too).  The truth is that gift cards often make a great gift choice because your recipient will be able to use it to buy something they truly want. People like being gifted gift cards. And yes, they make gift giving a bit easier on you too, which is a nice bonus.

I’ve shared my thoughts with you before on the importance of wrapping a gift card in a thoughtful way and today I’ve teamed up with Target to share more DIY gift card wrapping inspiration for their #GiftCardCheer campaign. So, if you’re wondering how to wrap a gift card in a thoughtful way, you’ll love this simple idea.

Looking for a unique way to wrap a gift card? These mini yarn bombs are so simple to wrap and make giving a gift card a lot more thoughtful and fun.

Gift cards make great gifts, we’ve agreed on that (right?). But what makes them even better is when you make the recipient work for it … just  little. When I was younger my aunt used to wrap the tiny box in the bigger box, inside of the bigger box. You never knew when the wrapping was going to end. I thought it was so much fun and wanted to make my own version of that.

Meet, the gift card yarn bomb.

Looking for a unique way to wrap a gift card? These mini yarn bombs are so simple to wrap and make giving a gift card a lot more thoughtful and fun.First, purchase your Target GiftCard®  and a ball of yarn. Secure the gift card by tying the yarn around it and knotting it. Then, you will begin wrapping away.


Party Prep Tips and Printables

Tis’ the season to deck the halls, wrap the gifts, and gather for some festive cheer! I have been busy prepping for an upcoming holiday gathering with friends and thought I would take a moment to give you a little peek behind the scenes and tips on how I like to make things as simple as I can when entertaining.

avery4My biggest tip is to do as much party prep ahead of time that you can. Above are some drink tags I designed and printed on Avery Printable Tags. You can design your own (which I love!) or choose from one of dozens of designs.

Avery5Then simply tie them to the stem of your glassware and your beverage station will be ready to go when guests arrive.


Make It :: Chalkboard Sign

diy chalkboard

Looking for an easy fall project? Make this rustic chalkboard sign for a fun fall greeting. Chalkboard paint can reinvent almost any surface and create a fun, writable space for adults and children alike. Here, I’ve turned a piece of round wood into a fun fall sign that is now displayed in my kitchen.


Make It :: Fall Flower Crowns

how to make a flower crown This fall it seems wildflower sunflowers have sprung up everywhere near our home. One day while out on a walk, my youngest daughter had the idea to make sunflower crowns together, which sounded like a great idea to me! We picked a bunch and carried them home with us. She invited her friend to join in the DIY fun and they had fun making their individual crowns. Their favorite part was choosing the perfect flowers to use. The entire project took us about 20 minutes to make and the fun lasted all day as they wore their crowns around while playing together.

sunflower crownBegin by gathering 5-10 small sunflowers.  Trim them so stems are about 2” in length.


Make It :: Crafts & Decor Using Old Book Pages

If you’re a librarian, you might want to turn away. Kidding (well … sort of).

If you have old books lying around (maybe in the garage or in storage) chances are you have some books that are too worn or damaged to read or pass on to others. Even though these books might not serve their original purpose any longer, there are ways you can re-purpose them into new things that are totally awesome. I love the texture and color of old book pages and recently used them as inspiration and key element when planning a book-themed baby shower. Also, can we talk about their smell? Mmmmm love it (is that weird?). 


4 ways to re-purpose old book pages 

Book Page Crafts | Thoughtfully Simple

1. As a backdrop

Attach old/damaged books to a piece of plywood to make a cool 3D book wall or backdrop. Here, I simply used a staple gun to secure damaged paper back books to the wood.

2. Book Pages as “wallpaper”

You can cover any type of surface using old book pages and a little Mod Podge glue (find this at your local craft store). Above I covered a cardboard letter that I then used as party décor. You could cover boxes or walls too – the options are endless!


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