DIY: Braided Duct-Tape Headband

This easy braided duct-tape headband is a perfect summer craft for little hands! Make them in a variety colors—even a version in red, white, and blue for the upcoming Fourth of July!—for loads of DIY fashion fun!

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2014 Holiday Challenge Winners Visit San Francisco

Written by Anthea Tjuanakis Cox, Kaitlyn McCoy and Amy Schroeder

We had the pleasure of hosting the three top winners of Minted’s 2014 holiday design challenge during the week of June 8. In addition to a cash prize, Jennifer Wick, Jessica Williams, and Stacey Meacham won a trip to our hometown of San Francisco as VIP guests. The Minted Artist Relations Team took the three artists to a number of Bay Area destinations and gave them a behind-the-scenes tour of Minted’s San Francisco and Oakland offices.

They all said they enjoyed meeting the people who make Minted run smoothly. “And the fact that [Minted CEO] Mariam [Naficy] doesn’t have an office is pretty cool,” Stacey says. “I’m so inspired after talking with her. She is inviting of questions and has such an enthusiasm for what we do.”

Jennifer said she gained a better appreciation for the time intensity of transforming artists’ designs into customizable products on Minted. “I assumed Minted had automated ways to convert our files into customizable web designs, but they are actually very labor-intensive,” she says. “Learning that helps me to be much more patient when waiting for our designs to go live on the site.”

Here are some of the highlights of their three-day San Francisco adventure, ranging from cocktails in the Mission District to seafood at California’s oldest restaurant.

Minted’s Kaitlyn McCoy welcomed the winners of the Let It Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge when they arrived at the airport on June 8, 2015.

We cooled down an unusually hot summer day with sangrias on the rooftop of El Techo de Lolinda in the Mission. From left: Jen Wick of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Stacey Meacham of Atlanta; and Jessica Williams of Nashville.

Photo-booth fun with Mariam, Minted’s CEO and Founder. Top row from left: Minted’s Amy Schroeder, Kaitlyn McCoy, Anthea Tjuanakis Cox and Mariam Naficy. Bottom row from left: Jennifer Wick, Stacey Meacham, Jessica Williams and Minted Vice President Brady Wood.

Anthea Tjuanakis Cox, Minted’s Artist Relations Director, gets creative in the sand at Baker Beach.

On a typical foggy day, we played “try to find the Golden Gate Bridge” at Baker Beach.

Getting cheeky at Madame Tussauds wax museum.

We took a wriggly drive down Lombard, America’s most famous crooked street.

We ended the second day at Tadich Grill, California’s oldest restaurant. Originally a coffee stand founded in 1849 during the San Francisco Gold Rush, now it’s a popular place for seafood and cocktails. “The dinner was a favorite highlight of mine because it was our last time together as a group, and I felt we really connected,” Jennifer Wick says.

For our last stop before heading home, we visited Minted’s Oakland facility for mini doughnuts and coffee with the Minted Customer Service team. These friendly folks help Minted customers customize and perfect their designs. “I was highly impressed with the people in customer service,” Jessica Williams says. “What a phenomenal group.”

Last year’s top-winning designs:

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DIY: Happy Father’s Day Sign

Even though my husband always insists he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day, we always decorate our home for the occasion—that way, he’ll know how loved and appreciated he is, the moment he wakes up. And what says “We love you!” more than a unexpected, colorful banner? This one is easy to make and the perfect Father’s Day project to do with your kids.

father's day ideas

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Quickfire Children’s Birthday Party Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners for our Quickfire Children’s Birthday Party Challenge! One of the most joyous memories of childhood is the delight of a birthday party. We were blown away by the many festive designs that truly set the tone for a magical celebration!
A huge congrats to all the winners!

For the best party invite featuring a full-bleed photo
Modern Birthday by Chryssi Tsoupanarias

Runners Up: “Simple Stars” by Lehan Veenker | “Head Bang” by Carrie O’Neal
“Confetti Pop
” by Jennifer Wick


For the most original, fresh take on a birthday party invite
Pops in the Park by Lori Wemple

Runners Up: “Mountaintop Birthday” by merry mack creative | “All Dolled Up” by Baumbirdy


For the best party invitation for a 1 year old
Dolcetti by chocomocacino

Runners Up: “Our Little One” by Lauren Chism | “This Guy” Baumbirdy |
“She’s One
” by JeAnna Casper


For the best multi-photo party invitation
Photo Fun by Lauren Chism

Runners Up: Photo Collage” by Shirley Lin Schneider | “Sugar Cubes” by pandercraft |
“Party Together
” by Jennifer Postorino

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DIY: Fruity Party Printables

Channel Carmen Miranda at your next summer party with these bright and colorful fruit printables. Stick ’em on the wall to creative a festive backdrop for photos or your dessert display. Best of all, this look couldn’t be easier to create. Grab the download for seven fun fruits below.

fruit party decorations
fruit decorations

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DIY Wedding Favor: Midnight Snack (Free Printable)

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Did you know that June is the most popular month to get married? Since wedding season is in full swing, we’ve got an easy, affordable favor idea your guests will love. Chances are they’ll be hankering for a snack after tearing up the dance floor, so send them home with some late-night munchies. Our pick? Sweet-and-salty kettle corn. Whip up a big batch or purchase your favorite brand, then package it with our free midnight-snack label.


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On A Roll Fabric Challenge: SPECIAL PRIZE WINNERS

 Announcing the special prize winners for our On A Roll Fabric Challenge! In this challenge we asked you, the lovely Minted Community, to give the world the most unique designs it’s ever seen! We were blown away with everyone’s adventurous take on pattern. The flood of beautiful work has us dreaming of new pillows, drapes, and more. Congratulations to all the winners! Unlimited high fives for all!

Out of the Box Award for the design with the most “wow” factor – a fabric
that we’ve truly never seen before!
Casitas”  by Olivia Raufman


Geometrics Award for the pattern that best incorporates geometrics
in a fresh, modern way
Brushed Chevron” by Itsy Belle Studio


Reinvention Award for the best design that re-imagines a classic fabric pattern
in a new and fresh way
Organic Herringbone” by Yaling Hou


Hand-Drawn Award for the best hand-drawn or illustrated pattern
Little London” by  Kelsey Carlson

 

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The Extra Yard Fabric Challenge: SPECIAL PRIZE WINNERS

We’re excited to announce the special prize winners for our Extra Yard Fabric Challenge! In this challenge we turned to you, the talented Minted Community, to give the world the most original, unusual fabric designs it’s ever seen. We can tell everyone truly let their imaginations run wild! You swept us off our feet with fun, whimsical, and captivating minimalist patterns.
A huge congratulations to all the winners!

Out of the Box Award for the design with the most “wow” factor – a fabric
that we’ve truly never seen before
Circus of Shapes”  by Hannahcloud Design


Geometrics Award for the pattern that best incorporates geometrics
in a fresh, modern way
Soft Stamped triangles” by Susie Allen


Reinvention Award for the best design that re-imagines a classic fabric pattern
in a new and fresh way
Over the Hills” by Tammie Bennett


Hand-Drawn Award for the best hand-drawn or illustrated pattern
Gone Fishing” by  Sandy Mitchell

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DIY: Carnival Ticket Printables

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Sometimes it’s the little details that really bring a party theme to life. Whether you’re hosting a backyard carnival, an outdoor movie, or a circus-themed celebration, we think these printables are just the ticket. Click through to download and print them!

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