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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More Than Just A Card…

Fair Trade Birthday Card by Cards from Africa – $4.99

Looking for thoughtful birthday card ideas? In the past we’ve shared some great tutorials for handcrafting your own unique cards. But if DIY isn’t your style, why not support a worthy cause and give a fair trade card next time? There are so many great options for beautiful and thoughtful cards handmade by people paid a fair wage. Two of our favorite places to buy fair trade cards include Hope for Women and Cards from Africa. You can order cards online, or pick one up at  local fair trade store (many carry these lines).

Hope for Women is an organization committed to providing sustainable employment for economically disadvantaged women worldwide that offers products exclusively made by women so they can take control of their lives and their futures. Cards from Africa’s mission is to improve the life of orphaned children in Rwanda. Aside from offering fair wages, Cards from Africa also provides entrepreneurial training and education to employees to enable them to someday start businesses of their own! So the next time your shopping for a birthday card, don’t waste your $5 on a Hallmark card, support a worthy cause instead by buying fair trade and handmade!

Have you ever given a fair trade gift before?

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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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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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3 DIY Tutorials for Chain Bracelets

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.

DIY Woven Chain Bracelet – we love the color combination and the final result from this tutorial by Honestly WTF.

Image & Tutorial by Honestly WTF.

DIY Rope-Wrapped Chain Bracelet – this great tutorial comes from I Spy DIY. We’d love to do one in nautical colors!

Image & Tutorial from I Spy DIY.

DIY Chain Link Bracelet Part 1 – great tutorial for an adorable chain bracelet from SWELLMAYDE!

Image & Tutorial from SWELLMAYDE.

Which is your favorite chain bracelet?

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!

DIY Gift Ideas: Homemade Coupon Books

Holiday Coupons Image from One Artsy Mama

Christmas is just around the corner… no seriously it’s next week! And we at Make a Birthday Wish are extremely excited for all the love and giving that takes place this time of year. If you are still lost for gift ideas, then have no fear, we’ve got a collection of great resources to help you make a great gift for just about anyone on your list (even the person that has everything!). The best part about this gift idea, it is practically free (except for the paper it’s printed on) or close to it.

DIY coupon books are the perfect solution for someone that is difficult to buy for, or if you want to give something more meaningful and personal this year. You generally are giving your time (a foot rub, scrubbing the shower, etc.) , or maybe entitling a friend to a cup of coffee, dinner, or a movie. One of our favorite things about DIY coupon books is they let you be as creative as you want to be. You can completely hand-make your book, or use a free online site to generate a clean-looking book that you can print out. To get started think about the person you are giving the coupons to. What do they enjoy doing, what do they need more of in their life (maybe time, or quiet), what do they hate to do (clean, laundry)? Then make a list of possible coupons:

  • Back massage
  • Cleaning the bathroom
  • Organizing the closet
  • A cup of coffee & good conversation
  • Their favorite dinner
  • A trip to the bookstore
  • A night of babysitting
  • An at home spa day… the list could go on forever

Once you have your list you can use MS Word, PowerPoint, Keynote, Photoshop, Online tools, or old fashioned paper, glue, and scissors to create a coupon book. Here are some of our favorite resources:

Have you ever made your own coupons or vouchers before? What kind of coupons did you come up with?

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DIY Christmas Ornaments!

There are a ton of tutorials out there for crafting your own ornaments. Handmade ornaments not only look great on your tree, but they also make fantastic (and affordable) gifts! Crafting a new ornament each year could also be a special holiday tradition you start with your friends or family. And if your family isn’t down to craft you could see if there is a craft swap nearby where fellow crafters get together and swap handmade ornaments. Check out these tutorials for dozens upon dozens of DIY ornaments!

25 Christmas Ornaments To Make

This collection of tutorials comes from The Ornament Girl and is full of really beautiful decorations.

The Best Handmade Christmas Ornaments

We would expect nothing but the best from Martha Stewart! These tutorials are really divine and the results are awesome!

20 Easy Handmade Holiday Ornaments

This collection comes from HGTV and several tutorials involve easy-to-find natural materials!

Do you usually make ornaments for your tree? Feel free to share pictures 🙂

Our Top Craft Books For This Holiday Season

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!

Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects

This wonderful little gem is jam packed with tutorials and crafting ideas. Great for adults and kids alike, and a pretty good bang for your buck at only $16.47 on Amazon.


Drawing Lab For Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises To Make Drawing Fun

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.

 

Green Crafts For Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, and Found Materials

This book would make a great gift to both kids and parents looking for ways to engage their children in the arts while teaching them about environmental stewardship. A great deal at $11.73 on Amazon!

 

Sewing School: 21 Projects Kids Will Love To Make

This book is fantastic if you are interested in teaching your kids how to sew and is available on Amazon for $11.53.

The Big Green Book Of Recycled Crafts

A great collection of crafts that reuse, repurpose, and recycle materials into handmade treasures. Just $3.98 on Amazon!

Do you craft with friends or your family for fun? What kinds of crafts do you do?