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DIY Easter Gift Bags

We love this tutorial for a colorful hand-doodled Easter gift.

How to make DIY Easter gift bags for your friends and family

I love celebrating holidays and getting inspired to make something new each year. For Easter this year, I decided to make gift bags decorated with my own art doodles. I plan to fill them up with candy and strategically (and secretly) leave them for my friends and family to find. I hope these little surprises will brighten their day! Easter Gift Bags Supplies: • Muslin gift bags (I ordered mine online from Celestial Gifts on Etsy) • Fabric markers • Personalized favor … [Read more...]

Passover Bookmarks

A fantastic way to 'be on the same page' for Pesach (Passover) Seder.

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A fantastic way to be “on the same page” for the Pesach (Passover) Seder! This year, as we host a community Seder, I thought it would be a warm welcome to give each guest a take home favor that they can use at the seder as well as after! A beautiful bookmark made from a sunny spring colored label and cardstock, which will be used throughout the night as we experience the exodus from Egypt. Meaningful traditions and customs will inspire guests as everyone reads from, and follows along … [Read more...]

April Fools! “Doughnut Seeds”

A simple DIY gift idea for April Fools.

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My husband asked me to help him pick the perfect prank to play on his coworkers for April Fools this year - something appropriate for the office and not too mean - so I went searching and found the best idea at Spoonful.com: Doughnut Seeds! And while I love the idea of using a real seed packet, I wanted to find a way to show off the "seeds" so people would get the joke without having to open the package. That's why I chose cellophane bags (medium sized) for packaging, because you can see … [Read more...]

Bedikas Chometz Kit

A DIY favor idea for Passover.

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Pesach (Passover) brings so many childhood memories of late night Seders, friends and family, and of course the wonderful flavors that go along with this Holiday, celebrated this year on April 14 - 22. One of the many components to Pesach is the initial search for “Chometz” (leavened bread) once the house has been cleaned thoroughly to make sure there are no leavened particles in the house (always a big job with little kids running around!). These D.I.Y Chometz Kits are great favors … [Read more...]

DIY Painted Garden Rocks

A simple springtime gift for gardeners.

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Now that it's warmer outside and the days are longer, I've been itching to get started on my vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the weather here in the Portland area hasn't been cooperating lately. We've had tons of rain and wind, so I'm getting creative with indoor-friendly gardening activities in order to feel like I'm actually accomplishing something. Truth is, I've been wanting to paint rocks to use as garden markers for years now, and this rainy weather has given me the perfect excuse … [Read more...]

DIY Sharpie Mugs

$1 wedding favor idea!

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When I found this craft on Living Well Spending Less, I was insatiable! The idea of doodling fully personalized tableware is sublime. In fact, our friend Ana was over and sipping from a graphically pretty cup with doodles by yours truly, and she insisted that Denise and I hand-draw designs on mugs as favors for her wedding later in spring. What You Need: Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers Mugs - they need to be microwave and dishwasher safe to ensure they will withstand the … [Read more...]

4 Cute & Easy Kid Valentine Ideas

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'Tis the season for sharing love and cuteness! When coming up with clever ideas for classroom valentines, simplicity is key. Here are 4 fun ideas that your kids will love both making and giving to their classmates this Valentine's Day: 1. Sealed With A Kiss Decorate Hershey's kisses with personalized labels. Pour a handful into heart clasp favor boxes and decorate with a fun Circus style label. Items Needed: • Hershey's Kisses (I chose the caramel flavor) • Small Circle Labels in … [Read more...]

DIY Hanging Twig Heart

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For a long time I’ve seen crafts done with found items, and I have to say— they’re my favorite! Anything you can put together after a good long walk outside is pretty fantastic. In order to start this craft I took my pups along for the search. For this project, you’ll want to find twigs and sticks that are ¼ inch or less in width, for each cutting. DIY Hanging Twig Heart • Twigs, of width measuring ¼ inch or less • Hot glue gun • Hot glue sticks • Gardening hand … [Read more...]

Chalk Painted Seed Starters

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To help stave off the gloom that befalls the winter months following the holidays, you can brighten your friends’ days by gifting little, chalk painted seed starting planters! I’ve wanted to make homemade chalkboard paint for a while, and this is the perfect occasion. These gifts are cute favors for many different reasons, for instance baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, etc. This time, I made them just because! Chalk Painted Seed Starter Pots What You Need: • ½ Cup flat … [Read more...]

Handmade Paper Fans For Chinese New Year

Year of the Horse!

Handmade Paper Fans for Chinese New Year #yearofthehorse #diy #craft #gift #handmade

New Year in the Chinese calendar falls on January 31st this year and is a holiday that celebrates good fortune, happiness, and wealth, among other positive things. I was wandering through my local thrift store the other day, and decided to start looking for books about China, or kids books with lots of illustrations of horses, to start my own fans for our own celebration. The thinner the paper, the better, because you will want to staple through many layers; however, tissue paper is not … [Read more...]