3 DIY Wardrobe Upcycle Projects

Looking for some fresh ideas for summer birthday’s? Why not throw a crafting party and create some eco-friendly and upcycled fashion from old clothes. We’ve got three tutorials from around the web to get you started!

DIY Shirt Skirt – Skirts are perfect for summer, and this breezy skirt is no exception. It’s super simple to make, and you can do it on the cheap with a button down from a thrift store!

DIY Shirt Skirt – Image & tips from Fashion Indie

DIY Turban Twisted Headband – These headbands are everywhere this season, but you can make your own with this tutorial from Honeybee Vintage!

DIY Twisted Turban Headband – Image & tutorial from Honeybee Vintage

DIY Slip Dress – Got an old maxi skirt that just isn’t working for you this season? With this tutorial from Fashion Addict you can revamp any maxi skirt into a flowy slip dress perfect for a summer festival!

DIY No Sew Slip Dress – Image & tutorial from Fashion Addict

Even if you aren’t throwing a party, these tutorials would help you make some completely unique and pretty gifts for somebody special!

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Our Favorite Summer Crafts: Part II

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish Readers! Last week we shared a few of our favorite summertime crafts. This week we have a few more, including some that would make great Father’s Day gifts! So read on, then get your craft on!

DIY Wool Felt iPhone Sleeves – These little sleeves are super adorable, and the tutorial from Poppytalk will have you crafting a carrier for your phone in no time. And these would make a great gift for dad!

Wool Felt iPhone Sleeves – Image & Tutorial from Poppytalk.

Perler Bead Bracelets – These adorable little bracelets come from the Swedish Blogger Helena, of Craft & Creativity. Check out this tutorial and her blog, and don’t worry there are English translations throughout!

DIY Perler Bead Bracelets – Image & tutorial from Craft & Creativity.

DIY Hula-Hoop Rug – How fun is this rug made from spare t-shirts from Spoonful? This step-by-step tutorial complete with pictures will have you weaving and re-purposing in no time! This could also make a great gift!

Hula Hoop Rug – Image & Tutorial from Spoonful.

Which is your favorite craft?

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Our Favorite Summer Crafts: Part 1

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish readers 🙂 We hope you had a great week and are as excited as we are for summer! Today we wanted to share some of our favorite summertime crafts. These are perfect for beating boredom once school is out and make great decorations for summer parties & BBQ’s and even great gifts! Here is our first installment of summer craft ideas… be sure to check back next week for even more!

Paper Umbrella Wreath – How perfect would this wreath by Camilla Fabbri from Family Chic be for a luau themed birthday party or BBQ? It’s super easy to make and the results are gorgeous!

Paper Umbrella Wreath – Image & Tutorial by Camilla Fabbri of Family Chic

DIY Bohemian Dream Catcher – How romantic and adorable is this dream catcher? The Little Sage has a great tutorial for creating your own bohemian inspiration. These would be a great party craft or a beautiful gift. 

Image from Ruby Wing, Tutorial from The Little Sage.

DIY Kite – We aren’t sure if anything says summertime fun the way a kite does. And don’t bother buying one when you can make your own! This tutorial from Sweet Jack will have you catching the wind in no time flat.

Image & tutorial from Sweet Jack

What kind of crafts do you usually during the warmer months?

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DIY Everything You Need To Eat Your Birthday Cake!

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish Readers! Thanks for checking back in. Today we’ve got 3 colorful and quick DIY ideas for 3 things that present your birthday cake in the perfect light: a cake stand, cake toppers, and utensils!

DIY Cake Stand – This tutorial from No. 2 Pencil uses 3 simple supplies: colorful cups and plates from Target, and craft adhesive. Check out her awesome tutorial which has step by step pictures to guide you along the way! How simple and adorable are these? The best part is you can find cups and plates in any color or pattern to match your party theme.

DIY Cake Stands – Image & Tutorial from No. 2 Pencils

DIY Geometric Cake Toppers – Such a simple and fun idea from the gorgeous blog Julep. In four simple steps you can add some pizazz to the top of your cake! And the concept is super simple, so just swap out for any geometric shape of your choosing!

DIY Geometric Cake Toppers – Image & Tutorial from Julep

DIY Party Utensils – these beautiful little wooden utensils come from the craft book Find and Keep. Check out this post from The Design Files, reviewing the craft book Find and Keep, and shares other great crafts you can learn to make!

DIY Party Utensils – Image from The Design Files, reviewing Find and Keep.

Which craft is your favorite way to jazz up a birthday cake?

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A Big Collection of DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Hello there! With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away we thought now would be a good time to share some DIY gift ideas for Mom’s special day.

14 Awesome DIY Mother’s Day Gifts from I Heart Nap Time – These are seriously cute DIY crafts. The emergency tin and mason jar pin-cushion are our favorites!

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 from A Cup of Jo – This adorable accordion style photo book would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! And it’s super simple to make, what’s not to love?

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

What do you have planned for Mom on May 12th?

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DIY Decor! 3 Garland Ideas For Decoration Domination!

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

Instant Photo 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

Which is your favorite garland?

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3 Great Kid-Friendly Crafts!

If you are planning a birthday party, or just looking for some creative crafts to do with your kids (or on your own), you have come to the right place. Today we’ve got three great ideas from around the web that are fun, simple, and affordable! They would be great for a kids party, girls night, or a rainy/cold weekend at home!

Painting with Watercolors, Glue and Salt – if you or your kids have been wanting to give painting a try why not check out this tutorial from Sweet Happy Life? The results are awesome, and you can find canvases and watercolor paints for pretty cheap!

Watercolor Tutorial & Image from Sweet Happy Life.

Egg Carton Jewelry Box – A great way to teach kids the importance of recycling and repurposing while making adorable jewelry boxes. You could adapt this for boys by using boy colors/papers and storing army men, race cars, yo-yo’s or action figures inside! This great tutorial comes from B-Inspired Mama!

Egg Carton Jewelry Box Image & Tutorial from B-Inspired Mama.

DIY Button Clips – This idea from Better Homes & Gardens is super simple and can be varied a lot. You could use other beads or findings in place of buttons or even pick up headbands for decorating. Great for crafty adults too!

DIY Button Clips Image from Better Homes & Gardens

What types of crafts do you (or your little ones) like to do? Let us know and we can find some more great ideas to share with you!

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Valentines Day DIY: Free Printables For The Perfect Valentines Day

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!

Printable Kid’s Valentines – These adorable valentines come from Ellinee. These animals are too sweet.

Kids Valentine Printables (and image) from Ellinee.

How do you usually celebrate Valentine’s day? Do you have a sweetheart this year?

Pretty DIY Food Packaging

Happy Tuesday everyone! Over the last year we’ve shared a lot of recipes that would make great party treats, or even tasty dinners and snacks. Today we’ve rounded up some tutorials for you to create beautiful handmade packaging for them. This packaging will add the perfect touch to any party or gathering. We’ve paired each tutorial with a different recipe we’ve featured on our blog. Enjoy and get crafty!

Dip Dye Cupcake liners – How cute are these liners by Lauren of the blog Little Wren? You could dye these to match any party theme or decor and we think these semi-homemade chocolate chip cookie cupcakes that we featured a while back would look perfect inside these colorful liners!

Image & Tutorial from Little Wren

DIY French Fry Boxes – This tutorial and PDF pattern comes from Creating Keepsakes (image from Seven Thirty Three). Our baked sweet potato fries would look amazing in here. Or any treat/favor would do!

Image from Seven Thirty Three & Tutorial from Creating Keepsakes.

DIY Pie Wedge Box – This beautiful tutorial, which includes a free printable, comes from Lavender’s Blue Designs. How gorgeous would a slice of cake or pie look in this box? Why not try our homemade pumpkin pie packaged in this pretty paper?

Tutorial & Image from Lavender’s Blue Designs

Have you made your own packaging for baked goods before? How did it turn out?

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Happy New Year! Looking Back to the Best of 2012!

Image from the Huffington Post.

Happy New Year to all our readers and supporters out there! It was a fantastic year in 2012, we were able to help bring joy and relief to hundreds of kids in San Jose during their birthday months. And in 2013 we hope to reach even more :). With 2012 behind us it is important to reflect back on what was good, so today we have our top 5 posts from this past year! You guys really like to craft don’t you ;)!

Make A Birthday Wishes Top 5 Posts in 2012:

  1. DIY Decorations: Paper Stars – A great tutorial for handmade paper stars perfect for a party or just because!
  2. DIY Party Decorations: Pennant Banner – Both fabric and paper options abound in this post!
  3. DIY Owl Crafts: Part 1 – Seriously adorable owl crafts at a variety of difficulty levels! Who doesn’t love owls?
  4. DIY Crafts: Button Bracelets – So simple and so cute. These make great little gifts or packaging additions.
  5. 3 Party Favor Packing Ideas We Love – And apparently you love these unique ideas too!

What was your favorite post this past year? And what would you like to see more of in 2013?

If you are interested in supporting what we do at Make A Birthday Wish or learning more you can go to our website by clicking here. Have a great New Year’s Day!