DIY Animal Envelopes

By: Merrilee Liddiard, of Mer Mag

These simple little animal envelopes are just the thing to drop your friend, teacher, (or Valentine!) a little note in! And the best part, they are super easy to make.

SUPPLIES:

  • envelopes (the ones with the “V” shape closure works best for these)
  • paint, markers, or whatever decorative art supplies you like
  • Colorful or patterned paper for the ears
  • glue stick (or an adhesive of sorts)

  1. Begin with an blank envelope, closure side facing you
  2. Paint on features, using point of envelope as your animal’s nose
  3. Paint on additional features such as cheeks, or whiskers, freckles, etc.
  4. From your colored or patterned paper, cut out ear shapes. Here w went with triangles for a cat or fox look. Glue them to the underside of the envelope.
  5. Fill your animal envelope with a special note and even candies for a friend or teacher.
  6. Make more! These are so easy and fun to make, you’ll love coming up with different animals such as our little doggie friend below!

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DIY Heart Disco Ball Valentine

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast and now is the time to plan something really cool and fun to do for your loved ones. This year I am sending Valentine’s to my best girl friends. One of them will be this little heart disco ball. She’s about  8″ in diameter which is the perfect size. I heart disco balls. What’s better than a disco ball valentine? I dusted off my disco ball and added a bright red heart. Who wouldn’t want one? This DIY is one of the easiest I’ve ever done. Keeping the heart pixelated not only makes it look really cool, but even the less than occasional painter can create it. Let’s do this!

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How to Tie the Perfect Bow

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Since the launch of our new wrap and ribbon this year, we’ve been doing quite a bit of gift wrapping around here. In that spirit, I thought I’d share one of my favorite tips for making presents picture perfect. Let’s learn how to tie the perfect bow!

Read the full instructions after the jump!

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Letter to Santa Printable

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor


Is your little one writing to Santa this year? Make it extra special with this printable download. We’ve designed a fill-in-the-blank letter that folds up to become it’s own envelope. Whether you’ll be tucking this away with other keepsakes or sending it off to the North Pole, it is sure to delight.


This project requires a little prep by mom, dad or an older sibling. Read on for the download and complete instructions.

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