DIY: Stenciled Pear Tote Bag

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Pears are in season now and we are loving this delicious fall fruit. For this project, we added some personality to a plain ol’ tote with just a little fabric paint. Have you ever used freezer paper to create your own stencil? It’s so easy! Learn how to make your own stencil and add a fun pop of color to a basic farmer’s market tote.

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DIY: Birthday Candle Garland

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Birthday candles are a must if you’re celebrating a birthday, which is why we created this whimsical garland of cardstock candles. It’s guaranteed to become a decoration staple at all your birthday celebrations. We used bright neon cardstock to make ours, but you could, of course, choose any color scheme you like.

A great DIY birthday candle garland to make for your next party. A great DIY birthday candle garland

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DIY: Watercolor Wedding Fans

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Summer weddings are in full swing and if you’re holding your ceremony or reception outdoors, then it’s thoughtful to think of ways to keep your guests from melting beneath the blazing sun. These sweet handmade fans are easy to make and perfect for cooling off; paint them in your wedding colors and you’ve got a pretty handmade element to add to your wedding décor.

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DIY: Ruler Clip Frame

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

With school back in session, we’re starting to think about ways to showcase our kiddos’ latest artwork. These DIY ruler clip frames are an easy way to show off their mini masterpieces—they’d look great on your desk at work or on your mantel, don’t you think? This project is super-simple to make; all you need are wooden rulers and binder clips and you’re all set.

Make this cute and simple DIY ruler frame.

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DIY: Watercolor Cloth Napkins

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Looking for a simple way to add a handmade touch to your next party? These hand-painted watercolor cloth napkins are an easy DIY project and will add a pretty splash of color to your next brunch or bridal shower. Bonus: The napkins can also double as take-home favors. All you need are a few supplies and you’re all set; I tied on sweet little “love” cards to use as napkin rings.


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Black-and-White Ice Cream Cone Wrappers (Free Printable!)

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Summertime means lots (and lots!) of ice cream, which is why we designed these modern black-and-white ice cream cone wrappers. They’re such a fun, easy way to dress up a plain ol’ sugar cone. Download and print them out to use at your next summer gathering—set up a toppings bar for the kids stocked with sprinkles, mini candies, granola, sliced fruit, and whipped cream and just start scooping!

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Father’s Day BBQ Sauce Printable

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift? We’ve got a super simple one for you! All you need: mason jars, BBQ sauce (homemade or store-bought), and our BBQ sauce label printable and you’re good to go. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also add some other grilling accessories and you have the perfect gift for Dad.

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DIY Wedding Favor: Midnight Snack (Free Printable)

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Did you know that June is the most popular month to get married? Since wedding season is in full swing, we’ve got an easy, affordable favor idea your guests will love. Chances are they’ll be hankering for a snack after tearing up the dance floor, so send them home with some late-night munchies. Our pick? Sweet-and-salty kettle corn. Whip up a big batch or purchase your favorite brand, then package it with our free midnight-snack label.


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DIY: Kids’ Felt Initial Banners

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

When planning our kids’ birthday parties, we love to combine a party activity that doubles as a favor. This felt banner is just that; plus, it’s easy and not too time-consuming to prep. It’s also economical (sometimes party-favor costs can add up so quickly!). All you need: felt sheets, mini dowel rods, glue, yarn, and scissors. Seriously, that’s it! Set up a table at the party stocked with craft supplies and the kids will have a blast making and decorating their own initial banner. 

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DIY: Gift-Card Envelope (Free Printable!)

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Now that the end of the school year is in sight, it’s time to start thinking about ways to thank your children’s teachers. Last year, I asked my kid’s teachers what types of gifts they appreciate most and the answer was unanimous—gift cards (yep, no more mugs, notepads, and personalized desk accessories, please). I know, gift cards can be so impersonal. But we took care of that problem by designing this mod-inspired gift-card holder to add a personal touch to your thank you.

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