DIY: Heart-Stamped Tote Bag

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Give me a plain white tote bag + paint + a potato and I am a happy crafter! This Valentine’s Day I made this heart-stamped tote for my daughter. And to make the stamp, I used—get this!—a potato. If you haven’t made a potato stamp before, you have to give it a try, it’s so easy. And I love the look of ombre, so I stamped my hearts in varying shades, ranging from soft pink to cherry red. This is the perfect little gift for your sweet one this February 14.

DIY Heart Stamped Tote Bag
DIY Heart Stamped Tote Bag

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Embroidery

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love to gift our friends with little Valentine’s Day presents, just like the kiddos do. This year, we’re making a simple embroidered gift that’s straight from the heart. We fell in love with Minted’s “First Crush” fabric by Katherine Roberts and added a special touch by stitching pink embroidery floss to the fabric. We started with a small hoop and used basic split stitches and French knots to add some sweet embellishments to the darling fabric. Lastly, just add some string to the top of the hoop to turn the embroidery into a wall hanging for your friend.

DIY Valentine Embroidery

You also have to see some of our other favorite heart-patterned fabrics:
• “Loved” by Carolyn MacLauren
• “Love of Heats” by Four Wet Free Studio
• “Hand-stamped Hearts” by Hooray Creative

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DIY: Fabric-Covered Clock

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Refresh and brighten your home this month with this easy DIY project. We started with a simple wood clock base and added some beautiful abstract-patterned fabric (“Painterly Splash” by Alethea and Ruth) to create a one-of-a-kind home decor piece. The brushstrokes have a modern, painterly touch while the gray and coral tones add a soothing splash of color to any room. And the possibilities are endless—instead of fabric, you could use leftover wallpaper, wrapping paper, or even your kid’s artwork.

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Printable: New Year’s Resolutions

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Are you throwing an intimate gathering or a big soirée this New Year’s Eve? We designed a colorful New Year’s Resolutions printable for you to download and print for your party, no matter how many guests you have coming over. This printable is designed to be used by both adults and kids with questions like “I Want To Learn,” “I Want To Go,” and “I Want To Be.”

You can set up a table next to the cocktails with enough printables for each guest. Throw some colorful confetti and noisemakers, along with pens, so your guests can starts dreaming up where they want to go and what they want to learn for the new year. You can also use these at each place setting if you’re hosting a dinner party on New Year’s Eve. Throw some gold confetti on the table and scatter some pens to invite your guests to participate in creating their resolutions.

Supplies:
• White card stock
• Pens

Steps:
1. Download our free New Year’s Resolutions Printable and print on white card stock.
2. Distribute to guests at your New Year’s party!

Photos: Melissa Fenlon


More Holiday Card Display Ideas:
• DIY Holiday Card Display: Paint-Stirrer Mobile
• DIY Holiday Card Display: Fabric-Covered Cork Board
• DIY Holiday Card Display: Christmas Tree Pinboard

More from Minted:
• New Year Photo Cards
• Holiday Photo Cards
• Non-Photo Holiday Cards

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DIY: No-Sew Fabric Gift Bag

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Half the fun of gift giving is presenting your in a prettily wrapped package. This year, I decided to make fabric gift bags that are made from repurposed materials and can be used again and again. I have a rather large-sized bin filled with scrap fabric, which is perfect for this project. Red-and-white patterned fabric and fusible hemming tape are all you need to whip up this no-sew gift bags. They take less than 10 minutes to make and you can fill them with holiday goodies and gifts.

DIY: No-Sew Fabric Gift Bag | alice & lois for minted
DIY: No-Sew Fabric Gift Bag | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Modern Organic Wreath

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

‘Tis the season for creating simple, one-of-a-kind holiday decorations for your home. For the past few years we’ve made handmade wreaths and fell in love with the process—gathering bunches of evergreens, eucalyptus, and berries from our local florist (or foraging the materials!) to use (Tip: We like collecting scraps from the Christmas tree lot!).

While circular wreaths are classic and festive, today we’re demonstrating a modern take that incorporates driftwood from the beach to create a more organic, natural-looking shape.

DIY Modern Organic Wreath | alice & lois for minted
DIY Modern Organic Wreath | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Colorful Wood-Block Ornaments

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Every holiday season we love to make ornaments. Last year we shared a few faves: a personalized initial ornament and our fabric-covered tree ornament. Today we’re excited to share the latest addition to our DIY ornament obsession, these modern and colorful tree adornments made from one-inch wood blocks. We chose bright, unexpected colors to add some fun and flair to the tree—choose your favorite color combinations to match your holiday decor.


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DIY: Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love creating simple, easy-to-make handmade details to add to your the holiday table (especially helpful if you’re pressed for time!). Last year, we made leather-cording napkin ties with fresh eucalyptus; this year, we created these super-simple yarn tassels to use as napkin rings. These fun tassels add a pop of color and a handmade touch to each guest’s place setting. We used a light-blue wool yarn for the tassels and stamped guests’ names on mustard yellow card stock—the colors really popped against our black-and-white patterned napkins (“Criss-Crossed” by Hooray Creative). Keep reading for the full tutorial.

DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

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DIY: No-Sew Thanksgiving “Grateful” Banner

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Thanksgiving prep, for our families, involves a number of things: planning festive holiday-weekend activities, menu planning for the big day, and, above all else, practicing being grateful. Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our busy schedules and reflect on gratitude, and today we are delighted to share this simple fabric banner project showcasing the word “grateful.” This no-sew banner only requires an iron and fusible hemming tape; we used a neutral grey linen for the banner paired with mustard yellow for the hand-painted word.

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DIY: Cupcake Flags and Number Printable

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Today we’re sharing one of our favorite ways to decorate a cupcake—it’s super easy and makes a big impact. All you need to do is print out our free numeral printable and use your favorite rolls of washi tape to create these festive little flags for your next birthday celebration.

Make these simple cupcake topper flags with washi tape.

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