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 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
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 ;)!
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:
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:
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!
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.