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.


  • 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!


Snazzy Swizzle Sticks: DIY Disco Ball Drink Stirrers

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt.

You might not have seen it coming but I am calling it now, disco balls are hot. I’m sure your Pinterest feed is filled with them. Stay on trend and add a touch of sparkle and fun to your bar cart or next party and make these easy disco ball swizzle sticks. I found mini (teeny tiny) disco balls at my local party store which also carries a variety of disco balls and goodies for displays. These tiny disco balls have real tiny glass squares for extra sparkle. The squares are on a styrofoam ball so attaching them is really simple.These would pair nicely for Valentine’s Day with this heart disco ball last week.

You will need:

tiny disco balls (1 1/8″ diameter) *note for searching, these are also called mirror balls.

bamboo skewers


Step 1: Figure out how many stirrers you would like to make. The assembly goes really easy so if you want to give these out as hostess gifts, you can make a bunch really fast.

Step 2: Pull out the hanging cord. These will come out super easy. Enlarge the hole by pressing the flat end of the skewer into the hole. Be careful not to push in too deep or you will pop out the other side. If this happens, just press the popped out part back in. Pull out skewer.

Step 3: Place a drop of glue, just regular old school glue works great, on the flat end of the skewer.

Step 4: Press the glued end into the hole on the disco ball. Let Dry. Repeat for remaining skewers.

Step 5: I used full length skewers for these disco ball drink stirrers. This is so I can trim them to the size I need depending on the glasses I use. Trim the bottom of the skewers with really sharp kitchen shears or leave long for a great pitcher stir stick. Swap the skewer out for acrylic sticks and you have party stirrer that you can use over and over.

I just think disco balls are fun and add the tiniest bit of sparkle to your party. At this size, they aren’t too over the top, but still make even your everyday glass of wine just a little more special.



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!


Winter Whites.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.
This time of year, it’s easy to get carried away when decorating for the holidays. I’ve been trying to keep it simple and chic, like this dark green wall as a backdrop to glamorous white and silver ornaments and props from Elle Interiör via Emmas Designblogg. Keeping to a minimal color palette with pops of fun accents allows the room to be striking and modern yet still making it festive and fun! Here are a few of my favorite holiday decor ideas for making the end of the year quite merry.
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Eraser Stamp Christmas Tree Cards

By: Merrilee Liddiard, of Mer Mag

We love to make handmade Christmas cards for teachers, friends and neighbors and this simple eraser stamp Christmas Tree card is just the thing to bring handmade merry cheer to all!

Step one: Download the Christmas Tree Card template and print it out on card stock or paper. It also works perfectly on 5″ x 6.5″ white blank cards (found at your local craft store). Fold and trim card as needed.
Step two: Using a pencil eraser and stamp pad, begin stamping ornaments, lights or boughs of evergreen onto the card.
Step three and four: Continue until you are satisfied with your stamped tree. Have fun with different colors (think twinkle lights on evergreen boughs) or go monochromatic with reds like we did here.
Step five: The front of your card is complete! Just don’t forget to write tidings of good cheer for all inside.

Enjoy sharing your custom card for friends and family!


DIY Crepe Paper Poinsettia Gift Toppers

By: Jenny Batt, of  Hank and Hunt

So, I haven’t quite finished all of my shopping yet, but I have already started wrapping. Since my wrapping paper theme this year is all about the merry and bright, I knew I needed something fun for the top. I love working with crepe paper to make flowers and I wanted to try to make a poinsettia. It is quick and easy and since I am using crepe paper streamers, incredibly cost effective. I love the off-white cream shade with a pop of gold tinsel in the center.


Artful and Sweet Gallery Wedding

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

paper runner covered lamp shadesThis past summer, I styled a wedding in a beautiful historic spot-turned-art gallery. The inspiration and theme were drawn from art-inspired media and surfaces: Ink, marbled paper, and watercolor washes. Check it out for all the details, along with a handful of tips on how it came together.


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!