DIY: Rope-Wrapped Planters

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

January, to me, means kicking off the new year with a fresh start. This involves cleaning out all the stuff I just don’t need anymore, as well as rearranging and restyling my house to change things up a bit. This easy, inexpensive DIY project is just what the doctor ordered after busting budgets during the holidays. These rope-wrapped planters will give your space a fresh look and are a great way to bring in more plants at the same time.

A simple tutorial for making rope planters to refresh your home decor.

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Cute Valentine’s Day Sweets For Kids

This Valentine’s Day, add a little treat to your child’s classroom valentines—these creative (and super easy!) ideas turn a simple card into an oh-so-sweet token of affection.

Superhero Valentines
A cute tag-shaped valentine turns a lollipop into a caped crusader!

• “Superhero Cape” classroom valentine cards
• Jawbreaker lollipops (any standard-size lollipop will work)

Thread a wrapped lollipop through the card’s pre-punched hole so that it looks like a superhero cape. (If the lollipop stick is smaller, tie the card to the stick with a piece of thin ribbon.)

Minted Classroom Valentines

Tic-Tac-Toe Valentines
Turn your classroom valentines into an interactive game of tic tac toe!

• “Shiny Love” foil classroom valentine cards
• Tic Tac Toe card backer (select the “tic tac toe” backer option after adding the valentines to your Minted shopping cart)
• Your favorite small candies in two colors
• Glassine bags
• Custom stickers

After adding your favorite Minted classroom valentines to your shopping cart, select our “Tic Tac Toe” backer to be printed on the back. Package the double-sided card and a handful of candy to play with in a glassine bag and seal it closed with a sticker.

Minted Classroom Valentines


More Valentine’s Day Ideas:
DIY: Valentine’s Day Doggie Bandana
• How To: Throw a Cookie-Decorating Party for Valentine’s Day
• DIY: No-Sew Valentine Treat Bags

More from Minted:
• Valentine’s Day Cards
• Classroom Valentines
• Valentine’s Day Stickers & Accessories

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DIY: Valentine’s Day Dog Bandana

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for humans! Show your favorite furry friend some love with this adorable doggie bandana (since some of us—me included!—have four-legged soul mates). And this gift is as simple as it is cute: You’ll be turning a rolled-up dinner napkin into a posh pup accessory.

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DIY: Iron-on Valentine Treat Bags

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

For Valentine’s Day this year, my daughter decided she wants to host a treat-making party for her girlfriends, and these easy-to-make cotton goody bags will be perfect for stashing the finished treats. All you need are basic muslin bags, double-stick fusible paper, an iron, and some fabric scraps (this is a great way to use up leftovers from previous projects!).  Keep reading for the full tutorial.

DIY Valentine Treat Bag | alice & lois for minted
DIY Valentine Treat Bag | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Framed Art That Slides to Hide Your TV

Written by Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

What do you see in the photo below? Really, the better question is what don’t you see?! At first glance, you’re looking at a dresser and a lovely pair of framed art pieces. But (no joke!) behind those prints is our 46″ flat-screen TV! I can hardly believe it myself. Keep reading because I’m going to show you how to make these framed-art sliders to hide that unsightly screen without breaking a sweat or your budget. Believe it!


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DIY: New Year’s Eve Drink Stirrers

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Looking for a quick way to add a festive touch to your New Year’s Eve cocktails? We’ve created these simple DIY drink stirrers with bamboo skewers and gold ribbon. A little touch of gold goes a long way at the cocktail bar. It’s fun to add a little DIY personal touch to your celebration this holiday season.

Whip up these simple DIY drink stirrers for New Year's Eve Make these cute DIY drink stirrers in under five minutes

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How I Holiday: Easy Christmas Greenery Centerpieces

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Melanie Severin, a Minted artist and graphic designer based in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece Idea: Fresh Greenery

Name: Melanie Severin
Where you’re based: Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011

From Melanie:  One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting together with the women in my family to make table centerpieces with fresh greenery. This DIY is simple enough to get the kids involved and make wonderful teacher gifts.

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DIY: Cookies for Santa Printable

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

One of our favorite traditions when we were kids was frosting special cookies for Santa. That tradition continues as our girls are in the kitchen with our mom right now icing sugar cookies for the jolly old man. We created this fun “Cookies for Santa” printable for you—print it out and encourage the kids to write a thank-you note for Santa this Christmas Eve. And don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the reindeer!

Cookies for Santa Free Printable by alice & lois for minted Cookies for Santa Free Printable by alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Personalized Initial Ornament

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon from  Alice & Lois

Are you ready for the easiest and most thoughtful handmade gift this holiday season? We’re sharing how to make this hand-painted initial ornament! It makes for a sweet hostess gift for all of those holiday parties you’re attending. We love coming up with ideas for easy and affordable handmade gifts (our favorite holiday tradition!), and this one totally fits the bill. Don’t be intimidated by the hand lettering because we used graphite transfer paper! Personalize it by incorporating a first initial, last name initial, or even their full name—the possibilities are endless!


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DIY: Candy-Cane Popcorn Favors With Printable Tags

by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I’ve always been a sucker for classic Christmas tunes and “Let It Snow” is no exception—today’s project was inspired by the line “I’ve brought some corn for popping.” These DIY candy-cane popcorn favors are so simple: Package some unpopped kernels, white chocolate, and crushed candy canes in a small box, top with the printable tag, and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat to give your Christmas party guests.

Popcorn Favors + Printable Tags

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