DIY: Ice-Cream Cone Garland

I’ve never met an ice-cream cone I didn’t like, even one made of paper. So, if you’re celebrating National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, you can whip up this whimsical garland in about 30 minutes flat with materials you probably have on hand.

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ice cream garland

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Ice-Cream Party Must-Haves

I don’t usually celebrate the random, wacky holidays (let’s face it—most of ‘em seem made up!) but there’s one I cannot pass up: National Ice Cream Day. This Sunday, July 17, is a day dedicated to beloved summertime staple, so why not whip up an ice-cream party package for friends? Here’s what I’m including in mine, along with a note that says, of course, “Just add ice cream!”

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DIY: Colorful Utensil Wraps

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Add a bright pop of color to your summer picnics with these DIY utensil wraps. All you need is your favorite patterned paper—scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, card stock, you name it!—to make these cute little flatware envelopes. Here’s how we did it…

DIY Paper Utensil Envelope | alice & lois for minted
DIY Paper Utensil Envelope | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Paper Coaster Garland

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Recently I’ve been inspired by vintage paper coasters—there are so many gorgeous designs, especially some of the floral-patterned ones. After browsing for what must have been ages, I finally picked out a few sets to use for this DIY garland. Some of the coasters can get pricey, so I mixed in some plain and patterned card stock circles cut to match. This is such a simple project to do, but doesn’t it make a big impact? I can’t get over how striking the coasters are!

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Printable: Fourth of July Sparkler Sleeves

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love celebrating the Fourth with family and friends—decorating bikes for the town parade, barbecuing at home, our local fireworks show, the works! And, of course, we love sparklers (who doesn’t?!). So if you’re celebrating Independence Day with sparklers this year, check out these red-white-and-blue sparkler sleeves we whipped up to help make your Fourth of July party a little more bright and festive.

Free Printable 4th of July Sparkler Sleeve
Free Printable 4th of July Sparkler Sleeve

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DIY: Felt Mouse Favors

Written by  Kathleen Ballos

Have you ever tried sugar mice? I haven’t, but they look so adorable that I couldn’t help but use them as inspiration for these DIY party favors. Traditional sugar mice are apparently most common around the holidays but the pastel colors are perfect for summer, too, don’t you think? Fill these DIY felt mice with wrapped candies (I used Starburst and saltwater taffy) for a sweet little thank-you gift at your next birthday party or baby shower.

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Printable: 4th of July Flair!

This Fourth, pull out all the red, white, and blue you’ve got! If you’re in need of extra flair, check out our free patriotic printables. These circle cut-outs can be turned into a myriad of fun decorations to wear, decorate with, and even dress up your barbecue fixings. Check out our ideas below.

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DIY: Fabric-Lined Wood Tray

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Sometimes, we fall in love with a certain patterned fabric and want to use it for absolutely everything. And we’re feeling the love right now for “Midnight Florals” by Alethea and Ruth, the crafting possibilities are endless with this pretty floral print—pillows, pouches, totes, trays… First up for us is this super simple fabric-lined wood tray. Your fave fabric, scissors, and Mod Podge are all you need to dress up a plain wood tray and make it unique. It’s perfect to use this summer for backyard picnics and barbecues, or as a coffee-table accent for books and a vase of flowers.

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DIY Fabric Lined Wood Tray | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Playful Pineapple Crown

By Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

When I saw these mini pineapples at the dollar store, I knew they’d be the perfect addition to a tropical party this summer. The pineapple trend is still going strong, so why not fully embrace it and make this playful pink crown? It’s perfect for the guest of honor at a birthday party, bridal shower, or bachelorette party and you could even use other plastic fruits to make more tropical crowns for guests!

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DIY: Simple Paper-Flower Garland

If your flower garden is struggling a bit like mine is, I’ve got a solution for you—paper. Paper flowers can be used to decorate your house year-round without once watering them and they’re always in season. Here’s a way to make some eternal blooms with just a few supplies.

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