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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How do your surroundings inspire your creativity?

The launch of Minted Home got us thinking about how our surroundings inspire creativity, so for this edition of #WhatInspiresMe, we asked three Californians to talk about how their workspace and play space affects their creative process.

Kayla King
Arroyo Grande, California

I’ve always had a deep love for reading, and to this day I often feel like a big kid at heart. I collect vintage children’s books, my favorites being from the 1950s and 1960s. I love the bright colors, the simple shapes, and the sense of wonder they still bring me when I read them again and again. My workspace is filled with mini collections that bring me joy—out-of-print magazines, photos with my husband, train tickets from a recent trip, simple color studies, and my two little dachshund buddies, Indy and Fritz, who never leave my side when I’m home working.

Cycling Sausage” by Kayla King

12 Days” wrapping paper by Kayla King


Aspacia Kusulas
Los Angeles, California

My creativity is fueled by memories, travel experiences, and everyday life. To preserve these moments, I collect objects, pieces of paper, and photos that inspire me and remind me of the remarkable places I’ve visited or things I’ve seen that have left a strong impression. I like to gather these objects in a clean, organized space and sketch out anything that comes to mind.

Eventually that clean space becomes a bit disorganized—actually, a mess—but the confusion of memories sparks my imagination, and my ideas take on a more cohesive form. I use my sketch book, pencils, and markers to explore my ideas and test concepts, but when I finally hit on something that resonates, my Wacom tablet is essential in helping me shape it into a final product. It’s important for me to have all my tools easily accessible and in one place. I also find it fundamental to create a soothing ambiance through muted lighting and my essential playlists.

I’d rather wear flowers” by Aspacia Kusulas

Abstracciones Vol. 3” by Aspacia Kusulas


Shannon Chen of Four Wet Feet Studio
Sacramento, California

I keep an inspiration board above my desk to help spark my imagination. I like to put anything related to what I’m working on up on the broad, such as watercolor doodles, postcards, and photos for ideas.

Part of my creative space is the outdoors. To me, traveling, hiking, and immersing myself in nature is a great way to get away from the computer and find inspiration. I usually take photos of the scenery and plants for reference for my work. I also like to burn incense in my studio—I find the smell relaxing and calming while refreshing the energy of the room. There are usually piles of sketches and watercolor doodles on my desk. Sometimes, when I get stuck, I paint a bunch of random sketches that I might revisit later. Once I have something that I think is worth developing, I paint more sketches to refine the idea.

Birchwoods in Winter” by Four Wet Feet Studio

Blue Blossoms” by Four Wet Feet Studio


How about you—how do your surroundings inspire your creativity? Share your answer in Comments below and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with the hashtag #WhatInspiresMe.

#WhatInspiresMe is published every other Monday. This is the third edition; read the second edition here.

Learn how to become a Minted artist here.

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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.

Click through for the project instructions

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Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

A Southern belle and her Marine Corps fiancé met through mutual friends in the fall of 2012 but it wasn’t until a year later—after their pals convinced them to reconnect via Skype—that their relationship took off. After getting engaged in 2014, the couple exchanged vows in the chapel at the Naval Academy, followed by dinner and dancing at their waterside reception venue.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

Bride and groom: Emily White and David Piekut
Occupations: Advocacy Manager for Fight Colorectal Cancer (Emily); Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps (David)
Based in: Pensacola, FL
Wedding date: May 02, 2015
Ceremony location: United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Reception location: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, MD
Number of guests: 130
Minted wedding invitation: “Modern Classic” by Annie Clark
Wedding gown: Allure Couture
Wedding planner: Roxanne Ladd, Behind the Scenes Events
Florist: Rhonda Kaplan
Catering & cake: The Main Ingredient Catering
Photographer: Krista A. Jones Photography

Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

How did you and David meet?
We love the look on people’s faces when they ask us where we’re from and we answer separately, “New York City” and “A really small town in South Carolina.” Meeting each other and falling in love must have been destiny because so many things had to fall into place just right for it to happen. Luckily, my best friend (and maid of honor!) knew what she was doing when she introduced us. Her (then-) boyfriend attended the Naval Academy and David accompanied him to South Carolina for the USC vs. Navy football game in September 2012. They stayed at our apartment for the weekend and David and I spent hours talking in the kitchen. A year later, our friends convinced us to catch up via Sykpe and the next thing I knew, I was buying a plane ticket to visit him in Annapolis.

Minted Real Wedding: Emily & David in Annapolis, MD

Click through to read more of Emily and David’s wedding story…

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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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Elements of Style: Modern Maritime

Set sail on your newlywed adventure with a wedding celebration full of chic nautical details: knotted rope, mariner stripes, and windswept florals.

1. SEND // this wedding invitation
Set the tone with stationery featuring subtle nautical theme (“Rope Ampersand” by Jill Means for Minted).

2. WEAR // these bridesmaids outfits
Dress your attendants in a chic two-piece: strapless tops paired with white-and-navy striped skirts.

3. CUT // this cake
Asymmetrically stacked tiers decorated with edible oyster shells and pearls are a nod to the seaside setting.

4. CARRY // this bouquet
Ask your florist to incorporate various sea grasses for a textured, windswept look.

5. DISPLAY // these table-number cards
A traditional monkey’s fist doubles as table décor and a clever card holder.

6. SERVE // this wine
Yes way rosé: We love the idea of serving bottles of this pretty pink wine during cocktail hour.

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6


More Wedding-Theme Ideas:
Wedding Trend: Painterly Pastels
• Wedding Trend: Citrus Punch
• Wedding Trend: Island Escape
• Wedding Trend: Dark Florals
• Wedding Trend: Delft Blues
• Wedding Trend: Bold Brushstrokes

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Moving Announcement Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Moving to a new home is one of the most exciting events in someone’s life, whether it’s a newly married couple settling into their first apartment together, or a growing family moving into a bigger house. Minted customers love fresh, original moving announcements to notify family and friends about their new address. One in six Americans moves every year, and mailing a change-of-address card is a popular tradition. Moving announcements are a large and growing business for Minted, and we were “wowed!” with all of the creative and out-of-the-box designs! Congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups!

For the most out-of-the-box moving announcement 
Have Moved” by Qing Ji

Runners-Up: Where in the world” by Kristen Smith | “We Mooved” by Kissyfish
Scripted” by Bethany Anderson


For the best design incorporating one or more photos
New Nest” by Linda Alam

Runners-Up: love is key” by Leah Bisch | “A sweeter lot” by Pandercraft


For the best moving announcement showcasing a particular location
Gone South” by Lisa Cersovsky

Runners-Up: Back to Cali” by Erica Krystek | “Long Haul” by Ann Gardner
Flying from one airport to the next” by Kissyfish


For the best traditional, elegant moving announcement design
Beautiful Home” by Kimberly FitzSimons

Runners-Up: Sweet new home” by Laura Bolter Design | “Presidential” by Pad and Paper
Floral placard” by SunnyJuly

Click through to see more special prize winners from our invitation challenge

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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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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: Easy Alphabet Cake Toppers

If you haven’t wandered the scrapbooking aisle at your local craft store, you’re missing out. The scrapbooking supplies I love the most are chipboard letters and stickers—they can be used to customize anything from favors and treat bags to party hats. I found these colorful mini alphabet stickers the other day and, in just a few simple steps, transformed them into cake toppers that can spell out anything you’d like.

letter cake toppers

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