DIY: Felt Holly Garland

When it comes to holiday decorating, I like to come up with a fresh, new take on last year’s decorations—it’s a fun way to repurpose embellishments you already own. For this project, I turned my strand of red and white felt balls from last year’s Christmas tree into a festive garland of holly to drape over a mantel or wall.

My DIY felt holly garland pictured with Minted art print “A Deer Friend” by Andrew McClintock

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DIY: Make Your Own Clipboard Frame

Graduation season is officially upon us, which means a thoughtful gift for the soon-to-be graduate is in order. Help the grad in your life celebrate this huge milestone and embark on post-high school or college life (aka the real world!) with an art print bearing an encouraging, motivational message. Then, display the art piece on this easy-to-make clipboard “frame.”

Supplies:
• Bulldog clips (small or large)
• Gold spray paint
• Craft wood, cut to size
Art print (featured here are “World Awaits” by Johanna Phillips Huuva and “California Seascape” by Wilder California)
Command adhesive strips

Steps:

1. Once you’ve selected your art print, cut the craft wood down to size. I cut mine so there was an extra inch on each side of the print to give it some breathing room.

2. Decide which clip size looks best. I used the smaller size clip for 5″ x 7″ prints and the larger clip for 8″ x 8″ and 8″ x 10″ prints. Spray paint your clip in a well-ventilated space; let dry completely.

3. Center your art print on the wood sheet and clip the print into place to secure.

4. Attach an adhesive strip to the back of the clipboard to adhere to your wall.


More DIY Ideas:
DIY: “Congrats” Screen-Printed Felt Flags
• DIY: Easy Ruler-Clip Frame
• DIY: Fabric-Covered Locker Magnets

More from Minted:
• Graduation Announcements and Invitations
Graduation Gifts
• Personalized Stationery for Graduates

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DIY: Gift Tote for the Pet-Lover On Your List

We all have that one friend who’s obsessed with their pet (or maybe you’re said friend?). If you’re stumped on what to give your pal this holiday, we think Minted’s new Completely Custom Pet Silhouettes fits the bill (we can turn a pet photo into a letterpressed or foil-pressed art print!). Surprise the pet-lover in your life with this DIY tote emblazoned with a handsome photo of their favorite furry friend and fill it with a custom pet silhouette, as well as some extra goodies to share.

Supplies:
• Cotton tote bag
Iron-on transfer paper
• Ink printer
• Iron
Completely Custom Pet Silhouette
• Extra goodies (I filled mine with all natural treats, an antler chew, a doggie bow tie, a leather leash, and a flossing rope toy)

Steps:

1. First things first: Stalk your friend on social media or go take pictures (in stealth mode!) of your friend’s pet. To make a silhouette, the photo should be side profile, shot in front of a white wall. But for the tote bag, anything goes!

2. Order a Completely Custom Pet Silhouette online (be sure to time it right so the gift arrives in time!).

3. Upload or scan the tote bag photo to a computer. Print the photo onto a sheet of iron-on transfer paper and cut out with a pair of scissors or craft knife. You may choose to cut out the entire photo or just the subject’s silhouette (which is what I did). Iron the image onto the tote bag according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Fill it up and let the giving begin!



More Holiday Gift Ideas:
Turn Your Beloved Family Recipe Into an Art Print
• Free Printable: Modern Black-and-White Holiday Gift Tags
• Three of the Cutest Ways to Wrap Your Holiday Gifts
• How To: Tie the Perfect Bow

More From Minted:
• Completely Custom Pet Silhouette
• Gift Tags
Foil-Pressed Art Gifts

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DIY: Glowing Moon Halloween Treat Bag

Halloween is quickly approaching! This year, stand out in the neighborhood with this glow-in-the-dark moon treat bag. A great craft for kids and adults, this project is a fun and easy way to collect candy on Halloween. Bonus: The moon motif holds up year-round so you can carry it long after All Hallows’ Eve is over.

Supplies:
• Black cotton tote bag
• Glow-in-the-dark dimensional paint
• Glow-in-the-dark brush-on paint
• Paintbrush
• White color pencil
• Dinner plate
• Piece of paper

Steps:

1. Lay the tote bag flat on a table and trace the dinner plate in the center of the bag with the white color pencil.

2. Move the plate over about 4 inches and trace the edge to create the crescent shape.

3. Apply the dimensional paint over the white pencil outline

4. Allow to dry as directed.

5. Apply the brush-on paint to the inside of the crescent shape. Create a moon surface effect by varying your brush strokes.

6. Allow the paint to dry as directed; once dry, your tote bag is ready to be filled with treats!

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DIY: Fabric Locker Magnets

Decorating your locker is one of the most fun parts about kicking off a new school year. This year, turn your favorite patterned fabrics into cute magnets to display photos, notes from friends, or your school schedule.

Supplies:
Button making kit
Magnets
Fabric
Strong glue

Steps:

1. Use the stencil that comes with your button-making kit to choose what you want on the front of your magnet. Trace the outside of the stencil and cut out the circle.

2. Place the button mold on your work surface (the clear plastic piece included in the kit), open end up; center the fabric over the mold with the printed side face down. Take the button shell (the rounded metal piece included in the kit) and center it on the circle-shaped piece of fabric; it should be directly above the mold. Using your fingers, gently push the button back down into the mold; the fabric should gather up around the button shell like a little pouch.

3. Tuck the fabric into the button shell and cover it with the flat-sided button back (also included in the kit). Place the pusher (the blue piece in the kit) on top of the button back; firmly push the button back into place (the entire unit needs to be pushed down into the mold). Listen for a small snap when the button back is firmly in place.

4. Remove the button by pressing up on the bottom of the mold; glue a magnet to the back. Let it dry completely and you’re ready to decorate!

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DIY: Pressed Flower Serving Dish

Pressed flowers are a wonderful way to savor the beauty of summer and this simple DIY project is the perfect way to display your favorite blooms. And if you’re tying the knot this summer, save a few favorite flowers from your bouquet to incorporate into this project.

Supplies:
• Dried/pressed flowers and greenery
• Dishes (select ones with enough depth; I used candle dishes from IKEA’s IDEAL collection)
Clear epoxy
• Craft glue
• Small paintbrush

Steps:

1. Wipe the dishes clean; next, position your pressed flowers and greenery on the various dishes.

2. Once you’re happy with your composition, using a tiny dab of glue on a small paintbrush, adhere the flowers and greenery to the dish. Allow glue to dry before continuing. I found it helpful to place something flat and heavy like a book on top to weigh the pieces down.

3. Mix the epoxy according to the instructions. Carefully pour the epoxy evenly into the dish, submerging the florals. You may see some little bubbles floating around; get rid of them by lightly blowing on them. Larger bubbles can be popped using a toothpick or a pin.

4. Let the epoxy dry according to the instructions. Once it’s completely dry, enjoy your pressed flower display!

 

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DIY: Fabric Play Tent

Every kid loves a small space to call their own, which is why we created this easy-to-follow DIY play-tent tutorial. Let your child pick out a favorite fabric pattern and then stitch up this special little hideaway. Bonus: It’s collapsible, making it super easy to fold and store.

DIY: Fabric Play Tent
Measures approximately 33″ x 33″ inside (at the base) and 55″ tall (inside)

Supplies:
• Scissors
• Four 6′ x 1″ wooden dowels
• Four 1″ rubber feet (optional)
Ribbon
• Drill + drill bit wide enough for your chosen ribbon
• At least 4 yards of fabric
• Sewing machine and thread

Steps:

1. Drill a hole through each of the dowels about 10″ from the top of the pole.

2. Cut out four triangles of fabric according to the dimensions in the provided pattern (above). It’s easiest to measure one triangle out and then use that as a template to trace the next three, as they end up being quite large. Be sure to choose a fabric pattern that’s the same right-side up and upside-down; otherwise, you will need to use more yardage of fabric.

3. After cutting out the four triangles, cut off the tops about 5 inches down from the tip.

4. Sew together the edges of the triangles to form a pyramid.

5. Choose which side you’d like to be the front. To create the tent opening, vertically cut up the middle about three-quarters of the way to the top. Next, snip a 1/2″ notch horizontally from both sides of the incision. Fold the fabric under about 1/2″ and hem (below).

6. Use a two-inch length of ribbon and either sew or glue the 1″ raw cut at the top of the tent opening (above).

7. Hem the bottom and top edges of the fabric panel about 1/2″.

8. Gather the dowels together and stand them up (it’s helpful to have another set of hands for this part) and thread the ribbon through the holes; tie a loose knot. Pull the fabric over the top and spread out the dowel legs as much as possible. Once the tent structure is standing, untie your knot and tightly wrap the ribbon around the dowels and tie it off.



More Fun Kids’ Ideas:
• DIY Felt Initial Banners
• DIY Summertime Lemonade Stand (with printables!)
• DIY Ribbon-Spool Spin Drums

 

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DIY Wedding: Air-Dry Clay Place-Card Holders

These modern, triangle-shaped place-card holders are a fun DIY wedding project made with easy-to-work-with air-dry clay. Once they’re dry, you can paint the holders to match your wedding-invitation design (bonus: they also double as wedding favors—guests can use the little holders to display photos at home!).

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DIY: Mother’s Day No-Sew Tea Towels

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and what better gift to give than handmade tea towels? These pretty towels will add a pop of color to her kitchen and—best of all—take less than 30 minutes to make, which means you’ll be able to gift all the wonderful mamas in your life (or yourself!) with a set of their own in no time.

Mother's Day Gift Idea: DIY No-Sew Tea Towels

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DIY: Indigo Dip-Dyed Business Cards

We might be living in a digital world, but paper business cards are still a vital part of networking, so it’s important that yours are memorable. These hand-dip-dyed cards are striking and simple to make—perfect for new college grads hoping to stand out from the pack.

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