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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Birthday Breakfast Ideas: Waffles Just About Anybody Will Love!

Looking for ideas for a special breakfast? Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just the kind of morning that calls for a big breakfast, we’ve found some recipes for amazing waffles that are sure to please!

Gluten Free Toasted Coconut Waffles With Maple Cream – Always sharing beautiful recipes, Joy The Baker has done it again. These waffles are so tasty there is no way you’ll miss the wheat! How about spicing it up with warm pineapple syrup?

Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Waffles with Maple Cream – Image & Recipe by Joy The Baker!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Strawberries & cream… a match made in culinary heaven. This recipe comes comes from Real Mom Kitchen. You could lighten it up or veganize it with soy cream cheese and swapping eggs with flax meal!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Image & recipe by Real Mom Kitchen.

Super Simple Cinnamon Roll Waffles With Cream Cheese – We promise we aren’t purposefully seeking recipes with cream cheese, these just happen to look amazing. This is so simple and you can easily buy organic pre-made cinnamon roll dough to up it up a notch. We still think a drizzle of maple syrup would be a nice addition to these waffles! Recipe and Image from Unsophisticook!

Cinnamon Roll Waffles – Recipe & Image from Unsophistocook.

What’s your favorite birthday breakfast?

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3 Recipes for Homemade Pretzels

There’s nothing quite like a hot, fresh soft pretzel! With a little salt, some mustard, or cheese dip you have a truly satisfying snack. And pretzels would make for the perfect finger food at your next party! They could work for kids and adults, we are thinking circus-themed for the little ones (maybe the adults too)! Today we’ve got three recipes from around the web for the perfect homemade pretzels for just about any dietary need too!

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeno Cheese Sauce – This recipe comes from the beautiful blog Smells Like Home! Such a great tutorial and recipe with pictures to guide you along the way!

Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeño Cheese Sauce Image & Recipe from Smells Like Home

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels – This recipe and tutorial comes from the blog Gluten Free Girl & The Chef. A sweet little blog you should check out if you are eating gluten free! Don’t these pretzels just look amazing!

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Gluten Free Girl & The Chef.

Vegan Soft Pretzels – A great recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian! Jessica recommends serving these pretzels up with a side of spicy mustard!

Vegan Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian.

Have you ever made your own soft pretzels before? How did they turn out?

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!

Don’t Forget Your Pets This Holiday Season: DIY Pet Treats & Sweets

Birthdays and holidays usually revolve around people. But our canine and feline friends are also an important and special part of our lives and memories. So while your making plans, buying gifts, and baking goodies this holiday season don’t forget to share the love with your pet! Today we’ve got a few recipes for our favorite dog and cat treats that you can bake with love & simple ingredients at home. Enjoy, we know your pets will!

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats – this recipe from All Recipes is a delicious way to let your pet enjoy the flavors of the season. And what dog doesn’t love peanut butter?

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats from All Recipes

Apple Cheddar Dog Biscuits – the perfect blend of sweet and savory! This tasty (for dogs that is) recipe comes from Martha Steward and is sure to have your pooch begging for more.

Apple Cheddar Dog Biscuits from Martha Stewart

Chewy Cat Treats – This beautifully written post and recipe comes from the delightful blog Joy The Baker. She whipped up a batch of these special treats to celebrate 2 years with her adorable feline friend. Check out the recipe if there is a special cat in your life!

Chewy Cat Treats from Joy The Baker

Have you ever thrown a “party” or whipped up something special for the family pet? Do you include them in holiday celebrations? If you try out a recipe let us know what your pet thinks!

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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?

 

Have A Paper Holiday: 3 DIY Paper Crafts For A Homemade Christmas!

At MABW we love crafting, reusing, re-purposing, and putting a personal touch on special occasions. Today we’ve got 3 tutorials to share with you that will have you crafting most everything you need this Holiday season with paper!

DIY Recycled Paper Tree

We love this idea! Imagine using brown packaging paper, newspaper, or magazines to make mini versions of this tree? Can you say great centerpiece for practically nothing?!!!

DIY Tutorial for Recycled Paper Christmas Tree by Casa Sugar

DIY Tutorial for Recycled Paper Christmas Tree by Casa Sugar

DIY Star Wars Snowflakes or Garland

These snowflakes would make any nerd proud. Such a fun idea, you could try it with different colored paper too!

Free Printable Template from Matters of Grey

Free Printable Template from Matters of Grey

Free Holiday Gift Tags

These printables from Sass & Peril make adorable homemade packaging a cinch this holiday season!

Gift Tag Printables by Sass & Peril

Gift Tag Printables by Sass & Peril

Which is your favorite holiday paper craft? We are partial to the Star Wars Snowflakes 🙂

Our Favorite Cookie In A Jar Recipes

Cookies are amazing any time of the year, but fresh baked cookies at Christmas time takes amazing to an all new level. If you are looking for great cookie recipes to bake up for a party or searching for a great gift idea we think you’ll love these recipes we have collected from around the web. Some of the recipes even accommodate special dietary needs (vegan & gluten free).

Cranberry Hootycreeks from All Recipes

Cranberry Hootycreeks – Recipe from All Recipes.

These cookies look great in the jar and taste delightful. You could even change out the cranberries, chocolate chips, and nuts to suit your personal tastes. Dried currants, walnuts, & white chocolate chips could be a lovely combination! This recipe would make a great gift for a neighbor, coworker, or as a hostess/host gift if you are visiting family or friends over the holidays.

Julia’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe from All Recipes.

Chocolate chip cookies rank at the top of most people’s favorite cookie lists. Simple, chocolatey goodness. This recipe is very delicious and again provides opportunity for experimentation (different kinds of chocolate chips, or swapping chocolate chips for M&M’s etc..). If you aren’t sure what cookies your friend would want, chocolate chip is a safe bet.

Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe from Oh She Glows

This recipe promises thin, crisp, and chewy chocolate chip cookies that even those on the most restricted diets can enjoy. But don’t get us wrong, these cookies aren’t really a compromise. They are kind of amazing. Angela’s recipe uses a mix of almond & oat flour to create this crowd pleasing cookie. Scroll to the bottom of her post to see the recipe!

Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies From Oh She Glows

Gingerbread Men Cookie Mix In A Jar – Recipe from Food For My Family

These gingerbread men are tasty and adorable. We love the idea of attaching cookie cutters to the jar to really complete the gift! We love this recipe for a holiday staple! Shaina even included free printables—holiday gifting can’t get much easier!

Gingerbread Men In A Jar Recipe from Food For My Family

Have you ever given cookies in a jar before? What are your favorite recipes?

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4 Handmade Gift Tutorial Collections We Love

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 36th Avenue Blog has a list of 21 handmade gifts for guys! Great for husbands, boyfriends, dads, brothers, or just friends! Definitely worth checking out!

21 Handmade Gifts for Guys from 36th Avenue

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!