Happy Friday to all you readers and bloggers out there! The 4th of July is drawing closer, so over the next few weeks we will be sharing resources, recipes, and crafts to help you get ready for the big celebration. Today we wanted to start with great resources: free printables and inspiration for planning and taking your Independence Day bash to the next level.
Independence Day Printablesby Midwestern Girl – these are seriously adorable cupcake toppers, banners, and invites created by Maggie of Midwestern Girl!
Independence Day Printables – Image & Printables by Midwestern Girl.
Mason Jar Pin Cushion – Image from I Heart Nap Time
50 Fab & Fun Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Inspired Housewife – So these aren’t all DIY crafty gift ideas, but there are a lot of good ideas in this list. We love #50 – buy (or you could make) a journal and write 50 reasons why you love and appreciate your mom! Although #35 is pretty cool – rent your mom’s favorite car and let her drive it around for the day! Looking for something thriftier? Make it a fun day, dress to the nines and test drive cars that are way out of your price range. Then finish off the afternoon with a fancy lunch!
Mother’s Day Brag Book – Image & Idea from A Cup Of Jo
25 Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Little Inspiration – So 3 of these from this post are repeats, but that still means 22 more great ideas for Mom this May. We especially love the Mother’s Day Balloon Bouquet and the last idea, placing black and white images into glass vases or cups and using paper flowers to create a centerpiece or gift!
Mother’s Day Balloon Bouquet – Image & Tutorial from Martha Stewart
Photo Centerpieces – Image from Everyday Celebrating found at Mother’s Day Gift Ideas at Little Inspiration
It’s been a while since we shared some tutorials and ideas for DIY party decor. We had been on kind of sweet treat kick, but this week we’ve got 3 fresh ideas for simple and awesome DIY party decorations.
DIY Miniature Paper Garland – This adorable garland from Tip Junkie would be perfect for guys and gals! Changing the shapes and color scheme means easy customization for any occasion.
Miniature Paper Garland – Image & Tutorial from Tip Junkie
InstantPhoto Garland– This idea is perfect for outdoor events! Print out your favorite photos and wrap them around a tree for personalized decoration. The folks that came up with this idea had guests take instant pictures throughout the day and clip them on the tree.
Instant Photo Garland – Image from Martha Stewart Weddings
DIY Tassel Garland – How pretty and whimsical is this garland? With a simple supply list and easy step-by-step photo instructions from Linen, Lace, & Love you will be on your merry way to affordable and studying party decor!
DIY Tassel Garland – Image & Tutorial from Linen, Lace, & Love
February 14th is a little over 2 weeks away, so the time to plan and craft is now! Whether you are celebrating with kids, or someone special we’ve collected some great resources from around the web to help you with decorations & cards. The best thing about these crafts is that they could totally work for other celebrations, like a girl’s birthday party. So grab your printer, scissors, glue, and craft up some love!
Printable Valentines Banner – This banner comes from the blog Feece Fun. How adorable is this banner? It would be great to use at home, or to decorate a classroom. This printable would make a great template for a birthday banner too!
Image & Printable from FleeceFun.com.
Valentines Day Printable Breakfast In Bed Kit – This printable kit comes from Design Is Yay, a great blog full of awesome tutorials and freebies. Such a beautiful little collection here! Breakfast in bed would be the perfect way to show that someone special just how much you care. Again this printable could easily be reused as a template for a birthday, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, etc. breakfast in bed!
Breakfast In Bed DIY Printable (and image) from Design Is Yay!
2013 is here and we have 3 great tutorials for making adorable chunky chain bracelets. These bracelets are a great trend for this year and would make great gifts (but be sure to make an extra for yourself)! The first tutorial that is our favorite combination of trendy and sweet comes from the blog Honestly WTF.
If you are looking for a unique, thoughtful, and purposeful gift for a friend or your children, why not give them a book? Books make wonderful gifts and today we have selected 5 of our favorite crafting books. So you can be sure that your gift will not only give the gift of knowledge but also help unlock the creative juices of your someone special! Several of the books we selected even feature “green” craft ideas and specialize in crafts suitable for younger kids! Onto our picks!
This book is perfect for both seasoned drawers and beginners. It will help reinforce good techniques and expand any readers’ artistic side. And with 52 exercises, the book lends itself well to a year-long self-guided study in drawing. Pick it up from Amazon for $15.63.
We hope you had a wonderful and loving Thanksgiving! But with the next round of holidays right around the corner there is little time to catch your breath. Don’t worry, we’ve collected some links to great tutorials for you and your kids to make handmade gifts this year! Handmade gifts can save money and are so much more personal. Oh and there are a lot of ways to reuse materials or repurpose scraps—making the handmade option more green! If you don’t have time to hand make gifts this year you should think about supporting artists and crafters that do hand make beautiful things on sites like Etsy! These tutorials make great gifts for kids and adults alike! We love the blog Everything Etsy, and she has rounded up 101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials for Kids! These would be great for your kids to make for their friends, or for you to make for them!
101 Simple Handmade Gifts for Kids by Everything Etsy
The Huffington Post even came out with a list of last-minute handmade gift ideas that is worth perusing! These are great small gifts that would be worth making to have on hand for those times when someone unexpected comes over for the Holidays!
Homemade Gift Ideas: Quick and Easy Last-Minute Gifts by The Huffington Post
The blog The Tip Junkie is another great go-to gift-making guide. We love her collection of hand-made gifts you can see here.
Tip Junkie’s Homemade Gift Tutorials
Are you trying homemade gifts this year? Need some ideas? Let us know what you want to learn to do!
Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, & Ghost Poop Treat Bags from Glorious Treats
Vampire Bites– These adorable snacks come from OOMPY! Such a simple recipe with beautiful results!
Vampire Bites from OOMPY
Halloween Peeps In A Jar– Yummy marshmallows, graham crackers, M&M’s make a delicious Halloween S’more Bar! This cute and simple tutorial comes from Southern Vogue! These would make great party favors!
We’ve been excited lately about Fall and have been sharing our favorite recipes that are perfect for Fall birthdays! Today we wanted to share 3 tutorials we stumbled upon that would make great decorations for Fall birthdays and holidays. Simply click on the title or the image to go to the original tutorial. Enjoy 🙂
These number signs are so great looking and would be perfect at any age! And you could always find a more permanent place for them in your home after the big celebration. This tutorial comes from Camille Styles!
Buying wrapping paper, boxes, and bags can get expensive, and let’s face it—kind of boring! So we want to share two great tutorials on how to create your own gift boxes and gift bags from common materials that will be fun to make and add some pizzazz to your gifts! The first tutorial comes from Jessica Jones, a designer and author of the adorable blog, How About Orange. Her blog has a fantastic collection of DIY tutorials, free printables, and other great resources—we highly recommend you check it out. Today though we want to share a link to her tutorial detailing how to make gift boxes from paint chips—brilliant!
Click here for step by step instructions and the template created by Jessica Jones!
The next tutorial comes from the website Instructables, and was created by a woman in Anchorage, Alaska. We love the idea of repurposing cereal boxes into gift bags! these bags will be super sturdy, and could even be a fun birthday party craft!