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 III

Hey there! We hope you had an amazing Independence Day last week and that some of the tutorials and recipes we shared made planning the day easier. Today we wanted to shift back to our summer craft series, showcasing some of our favorite crafts from around the web. With school out and long summer days to fill, sharing crafts just seems appropriate. Some of these would make great gifts or be fun ideas for party crafts, so enjoy and keep crafting.

Sumo Wrestler Bowling Pins – what an adorable way to recycle and create a game for hours of fun. This tutorial by Sugar and Dots is perfect for kids and adults alike.

Sumo Wrestler Plastic Bottle Bowling Pins – Image and tutorial by Sugar and Dots!

The Twenty Minute Tote – This simple tutorial by the Purl Bee only needs a few materials and is perfect even if you are a beginning sewer (or want to learn).

The Twenty Minute Tote – Image and tutorial from The Purl Bee.

DIY Workout Top – Such a cute and simple workout top—no sewing required, thank you Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth! You can use one of your favorite T’s that might be a little too big, or hit up a cool thrift store and get one just for the occasion.

DIY Workout Shirt – Image and tutorial by Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth.

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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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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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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!

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 🙂

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!

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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