DIY: Pop-Up Birthday Card (with free printable!)

I’ve never met anyone who isn’t charmed by a pop-up book, so if you’ve got a friend or family member with a birthday on the horizon, why not make them a fun, interactive card to celebrate? Best of all, this DIY card takes only takes five minutes to make (I promise!).

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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: Four Clever Ways to Top a Gift

Sometimes you just don’t have a gift-wrap bow on hand. But instead of making an emergency ribbon run, rummage through your drawers at home or even your kid’s toy box—chances are you’ll find something in there that makes for a creative way to dress up a plain package.

gift wrap ideas

1. Birthday Cake (above):
Cut out an image of a birthday cake, paste it on top of the box, then add glue some (real) candles.

gift wrap ideas

2. Felt Balls:
Cover the top of the package entirely with glued-on felt balls for a colorful topper.

gift topper ideas

3. Ice Cream:
Tape on an ice cream shooter for a playful finish any kid would love.

how to wrap a present

4. Numbers:
Someone turning another year older? Simply stick on some number stickers and circle their age.

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DIY: Personalized Flower Wrap (Perfect for Mother’s Day!)

If you’re giving your mama a bouquet of fresh-picked blooms this Mother’s Day, take your gift to the next level by ditching the generic packaging and presenting the flowers in a personalized flower wrap. In your best penmanship, hand-letter a meaningful quote, poem, song lyric, or compliment to express your gratitude and love.

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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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DIY: Screen-Printed Felt Flags

Written by Olivia Kanaley

These collegiate-inspired felt flags are a noteworthy way to celebrate your favorite graduate. And in the spirit of learning, I thought I’d explore a new-to-me printing technique and break it down into a handful of easy steps. This project is more involved than our usual DIYs but if you’ve every been curious about screen printing, this is the perfect introduction. Make several “Congrats” flags to wave at the commencement ceremony or DIY them for a festive wedding send-off.

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DIY: Mother’s Day Candy Boxes

These small divided boxes (I found ’em in the dollar section at Target!) are the perfect containers to fill with your mom’s favorite candy this Mother’s Day. Top them off with our free printable Mother’s Day labels and you’ve got yourself the perfect little gift for the sweetest mama around.

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mother's day candy boxes

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DIY: Print out this Bouquet of Flowers for Mother’s Day!

Show Mom you care this Mother’s Day with a bouquet of pretty flowers (Bonus: These blooms won’t wither and die after a just week!). Best of all, you can print out these paper flowers and fashion a recycled vase in no time—the perfect craft for kids of all ages!

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DIY: Printable Mother’s Day Stickers

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of ways to show your mama how much you appreciate her. A brilliant idea: A custom treat box filled with her favorite things. Brainstorm a list of her must-have treats, prettily package them in a box, and decorate the gift with our free printable stickers!

DIY: Printable Mother's Day Stickers

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DIY: Alphabet Crayon Favors

My son has a slight obsession with alphabet letters so for his birthday, I decided to make letter-shaped crayons as party favors. They were surprisingly simple to make and a big hit! If you don’t mind getting a little wax beneath your fingernails, here’s how to make your own…

how to make letter crayons

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