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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3 Handmade & Recycled Gifts

With a little over a month left until the winter holidays it’s time to start crafting some handmade gifts! Today we have three tutorials to share for amazingly beautiful and recycled gifts! These gifts will show just how much you care about the person receiving, and the planet… all without breaking the bank. So onwards to the tutorials!

Recycled Woven Rag Rug – We love this rug tutorial from craft passion! It is so adorable and really only costs you some time (if you have 3 old sheets). This would make a great birthday, christmas, or housewarming gift 🙂

Recycled Woven Rug from Craft Passion

Tin Can Planters For Succulents – These succulents would make great gifts for the holidays, or again for a housewarming party. This fantastic tutorial comes from ElizaKPrints!

Tin Can Planters for Succulents by ElizaKPrints

DIY Teacup Candles – This tutorial comes from Martha Stewart. What a sweet homemade gift—it would be the perfect relaxation gift paired with some homemade bath salts or body scrubs 🙂

DIY Teacup Candles by Martha Stewart

Are you having a handmade holiday this year? If you are looking gifts for someone in particular and would like some help let us know! We can help find some ideas to help you out!

DIY Cards & Money Holders

Last week one of our readers, Lacey requested we find some tutorials for handmade cards, so here it goes! We’ve got a great collection of tutorials and photos to inspire and guide your crafty side. The tutorials help you create traditional cards, gift cards & money holders! So onto the tutorials!

DIY Happy Birthday Banner Card – This great tutorial comes from Martha Stewart’s website!

DIY Happy Birthday Banner Card by Martha Stewart

DIY Money & Gift Card Holder 

DIY Money & Gift Card Holder from Studio DIY

DIY Puppy Ear Card – This tutorial is super cute! You could change it up to be a rabbit or just about any other animal!

DIY Puppy Ear Card from Skip To My Lou

DIY String Tie Envelopes  – These are adorable and would look amazing with printed paper too!

DIY String Tie Envelopes by Mini Eco

Handmade Candle Wish Card – This photo isn’t a tutorial, but with some card stock, sewing machine, candle, and stickers you could easily recreate this card.

Handmade Candle Wish Card

Let’s Get Our Celebration On – This isn’t a tutorial either, but with a blank white card, a printer (or stamps, or a pen), a transparent mini envelope, and confetti, you could recreate this adorable card!

Let’s Get Our Celebration On Card

Have A Wish On Us Birthday Card/Money Holder – This tutorial from One Little Minute is fantastic. It will take a little patience if you cut it out by hand, but the results are great!

Have A Wish On Us Birthday Card from One Little Minute

Hopefully these tutorials and photos will get the creative juices flowing for you Lacey, and all our other readers! Have you made your own cards before? Share your photos or tutorials with us 🙂 We’d love to feature your crafts!

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Election Day Treats!

Happy Election Day everybody! This is just a reminder that no matter who you support, you should GET OUT & VOTE! Today we have a collection of three easy recipes you can whip up to share with friends and family as you watch the election results roll in! Enjoy!

Red, White, & Blue Rice Krispy Treats – This recipe and tutorial from Lil’ Luna is super simple and really adorable. You could apply the same technique to achieve any color combination for another party! All you need is food coloring, Rice Krispy Cereal, Marshmallows (you could substitute vegan ones), and Margarine or Butter.

Red, White & Blue Cookies – From All Recipes/Southern Living. These chewy cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! Whip up a batch today!

Red, White & Blue Pretzel Sticks – This recipe comes from Martha Stewart! A perfect combination of salty and sweet. You could do any color combination to fit your party’s decor!

Are you having an election watch party? Or is it your birthday today? Does that change how you celebrate?

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3 Party Favor Packaging Ideas We Love!

The standard plastic party favor bag is so overdone. For your next party or event why not give one of these ideas a try! We love the simplicity and unexpectedness of each of them!

Party Thank You’s Filled With Candy

This adorable idea came from Ashley, creator of the great blog Make It and Love It. To see how to make these sweet little favors click here!

Party Favor Pails

We love the idea of having an assortment of candy for people to choose from and make their own goodie bag! The idea and photo come from the blog Celebrate the Big and the Small.

Party Favor Cones

 

A free template for these adorable party favor cones are available at Martha Stewart’s website. Click here to see the tutorial.

Which is your favorite party favor packaging?

 

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Party Theme Resources: A Circus Act

 

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Here at Make A Birthday Wish, we spend a lot of time planning birthday parties for special children in San Jose. Party planning is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of work! So we were thinking of doing a series of posts that shares collections of resources for planning parties around different themes. We’d love to take requests on different themes are readers are interested in and doing some digging around for you! But to get us started this week, we want to share some resources and inspiration for a circus themed party. 

 

General Circus Party Planning Resources

 

Martha Stewart is always a great go-to when looking for inspiration and ideas for hosting a party. Check out her advice on decorating for a circus party here.

 

Circus Themed Party Favors

 

Kara’s Party Ideas is a great resource for gathering ideas for just about any themed event. We love her ideas for a circus clown party (click here to see her post), especially the adorable candy favors and crackers!

 

 

 

Circus Invites & Printables

 

One Charming Party has put together a post (click here to read and see all their resources) on a circus party that includes free printables for circus themed cake toppers and invitations.

 

 

Circus Crafts

 

The blog, The Crafty Crow has a beautiful collection of circus crafts available for download (click here to see the complete list). We especially love the tea box circus train!

 

 

 

 

Circus Themed Recipes

 

Vixen made wrote a post sharing some of her recipes for a circus themed gala. We love the blackberry white chocolate ice cream. Check out her post with recipes here.

 

What do you think of these circus themed ideas? Do you want to see more collections of party planning resources on our blog? We were also thinking of organizing Pinterest boards around party themes. If you are interested check out our resources we’ve pinned so far here.

 

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Green Party Decoration Swap Out: Try Pom-Poms Instead of Balloons!

Balloons are treated loads of nasty chemicals: ammonia, tetramethyl thiuram disulfide, zinc oxide and added plasticizers! Not to mention the harm they can cause to marine life if they find their way to the ocean instead of the landfill. So try making and hanging pom-poms from your ceiling. These look super cute and are a very affordable alternative.  Martha Stewart has a great tutorial here for how to make paper pom-poms in only 4 easy steps!

All you need to get started is:

  • Tissue paper in desired colors (8 sheets per pom-pom), by Martha Stewart Crafts, available at Michaels
  • 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament
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