Fourth of July Paper Bag Printables

By Melanie of  You Are My Fave
4th of July party favors

4th of July printables
Are you ready for a weekend of flag flying, fireworks, BBQs, and singing “I’m Proud to be an American” at the top of your lungs? Here’s a quick project to make things even more festive: printable paper bags. They’re perfect for storing loot from the parade, picnic lunches, or goody/distraction bags for the kids. Get the free download below.


Meet a Mintie: Katharine Watson

We are very excited to be bringing back an old favorite, our ‘Meet a Mintie‘ designer interview series. Look for these ‘get to know a designer’ features every other Friday going forward! And let us know if there is anyone you want us to feature. We’d love to hear from you!

Name: Katharine Watson
Location: Hyde Park, Vermont
Years with Minted: 3.5
Niche: Bringing a modern twist to traditional textile designs with block printing.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I think I’ve always known, it has just been something I’ve loved to do since I was very little. But it wasn’t until college, when I sold my first painting at a coffee shop, that I realized you could actually make a living as an artist. That was a very exciting day! 


Design to Dish: Barbecue Pork Sliders with Coleslaw

By Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

barbecue pork sliders sandwiches

I’m pretty sure I’ve already claimed that Mexican food is my all-time favorite, and while I wouldn’t say I’m wishy-washy, I do have a lot of favorites when it comes to food! I really, really love BBQ and can’t get enough of it in the summer. I love grilling everything I can get my hands on, I love smoky barbecue sauce, and I love keeping my kitchen cool when the temperature is soaring outside. With a certain BBQ-worthy occasion happening next week (Hey there, Fourth of July!), I thought it would be fun to put together a few easy and tasty ideas for an outdoor BBQ bash!

I’m not exactly a coleslaw fanatic, but something downright magical happens when you pile cool, tangy coleslaw on top of sweet, smoky barbecue pork sandwiches. Seriously, if these are on the menu, I’m completely helpless. Miniaturize them with some store-bought slider buns and they’re not only delicious, but cute to boot! Keep reading for the recipe.


Rain or Shine Design

By Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

Rain or shine… Day or night…  Anytime is a good time to bring the sun, moon, stars, and clouds inside. From art and bedding to upholstery—we’re going all-out celestial crazy today.


Take It Outside: Summery Alfresco Dining Ideas

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

Summer is officially here, which means dining al fresco and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I search far and wide for the best outdoor patios around my city, but this year I’m dedicating myself to setting up my own outdoor dining area for occasions from parties to a few moments alone with my morning cup of coffee. I love this idea of setting up under a big tree, to give a feeling of an intimate alcove, and have rounded up a few more of my favorite outdoor dining inspirations for you.


DIY Footed Candy Jars

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY footed candy jars

DIY footed candy jars

I’m all about easily accessible candy as much as the next gal, but I think we can get a little more creative than a plain old apothecary jar, don’t you? These DIY footed candy jars are really inexpensive to make (I used basic glass hurricane vases!) and they’re a much-more-modern take on the standard dessert table.

Customize your candy jars with bold stripes, geometric patterns, or just let the sweets do all of the showing off…


Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Karly Depew

We’re thrilled to be partnering with domino magazine—one of our favorite shelter mags!—for a new series “At Home With a Minted Artist.” Each month, editors at the magazine will profile one of our talented artists, taking you inside their homes and studio for a virtual tour. Needless to say, we’re beyond excited about collaborating with domino on this series, not only because we’re big fans of their fresh aesthetic and the art-filled homes they feature in the magazine, but especially since they share our passion for supporting independent artists.

Domino magazine: At Home with a Minted Artist Oscar + Emma

First up is the lovely Karly Depew of Oscar & Emma, who gives us a tour of her Columbus, Ohio, home (and shares a peek at her favorite Minted art prints!). A longtime Minted designer, Karly has been a part of the Minted community since 2008 and has racked up award after award (and has more than 800 designs for sale on the site!).

Head on over to domino to read the full feature, get a glimpse inside Karly’s workspace, and learn about her creative process and what she’s inspired by these days.

Minted art prints featured below in Karly’s studio: Dora’s Floral by Jill De Haan,  Block Printed Arches by Katharine Watson, and Nice Work by Heather Francisco


DIY Patterned Flatware Pouches

By Ashley of Sugar & Cloth

DIY patterned flatware bags

DIY patterned flatware pouches

Every table setting needs a few key pieces (who could forget striped straws, after all?), but sometimes your flatware needs a little sprucing up, too! These DIY patterned flatware pouches not only add a pop of color that you can mix with any theme, but they also keep utensils nice and neat, all gathered together.

Even better, they only require a few inexpensive supplies, and you can whip them up in a pinch in just under ten minutes!


Milestones Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Invitations to baby and kids’ milestone celebrations are a fast-growing category for Minted. From Sweet Sixteen parties to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, from Quinceañera parties to Confirmation celebrations, customers are looking for fresh, modern invitations, and the Minted Community truly came through in this challenge. The winning designs below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Out of the Box Award for the most innovative design that you wouldn’t see on your run-of-the-mill stationery site; this design best exemplifies the risk-taking that Minted looks for

Wherever you go” by Griffinbell Paper Co.

What a joyful design! Lynn didn’t hold anything back in her bold use of color. The playful palette and whimsical hand-lettering do a beautiful job of highlighting a Bible passage that’s perfect for a baptism.