The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

DIY End of Year Autograph Scrapbook

The end of the school year is fast-approaching. For a lot of kids (and moms) the end of the year is bittersweet. Your schedules are thrown out of what which can be frustrating. Kids miss playing with friends that they only see at school. On the flip side, you have more time to spend together and strengthen your family. If your kids love school as much as mine, though, they will miss it and all of their teachers over the summer too. Unfortunately you can’t change the school year but you can give your child a keepsake to look back on over the summer break. Let him collect memories of the school year with a DIY end of year autograph scrapbook.

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The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

 

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The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Materials

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 1

Put a ruler sticker border across the center of the cover of your book.

Step 2

Trim any excess off of the border.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 3

Place a sticker with your child’s current grade in the center of your border.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 4

Next, add the school year above the grade sticker and add embellishments.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 5

One the first page, add a border sticker across the top of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 6

Then add a teacher sticker to the bottom.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 7

On the next 2 pages create a class autograph section by adding a title to the pages and embellishing them.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 8

Next, add an art page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 9

After you have created your heading, embellish the page.

Step 10

Add a library page next.

Note:

I didn’t have any stickers that I liked for the title so I hand drew mine (and many others in the book). If you choose to use a sticker, skip to step 14.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 11

Start by drawing the “R” in block style in the bottom center of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 12

Next, draw the rest of your block letters working out from the “R”.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 13

Fill in your letters by drawing a series of lines inside of each one as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 14

Finish off your library page by embellishing with a book sticker.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 15

On the next page draw 5 straight lines at the top of the page as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 16

Next, draw a treble clef and write the word music on the staff.

Note:

I dotted the “i” with an eighth note but that is completely up to you.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 17

Highlight the word “music” with a silver colored pencil to help it pop against the black.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 18

After you have finished drawing the title, embellish your music page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 19

On the next page, draw the word “GYM” in large block letters in the bottom center of the page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 20

Fill in the letters with angled lines as pictured.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 21

Next, embellish your gym page.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Step 22

On the following 2 pages, draw the title “Lunch Time” and embellish.

Tip:

This lets your little one get autographs from friends that are not in the same class.

Step 23

Finish your book off with a recess page to let your child catch anyone they may have missed.

 

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook when missing school or friends this summer.

Let your child pull out this DIY end of year autograph scrapbook anytime he is missing school or his friends this summer. You can take it a step further and preserve memories about your child too. On the last page, have him answer questions so that you have a record of this year of your child’s life. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Age
  • Teacher
  • Favorite Subject
  • Best Friend
  • Favorite Show/Movie
  • Be When Grow Up
  • Favorite Food
  • Favorite Toy

These are just some ideas to give you inspiration. Anything that you would be interested in 5, 10, or even 20 years from now would be fun to include. If you want more ways to preserve your kids’ memories, check out these DIY Kids Summer Memory Books! Make one for each kid or complete one as a family to preserve your memories for years to come.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Easy DIY Valentine Gift Card Box

Did you miss 15 Totally Awesome Valentine Gifts for Guys last week and wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us. Dress it up a little instead of sticking it in a boring card. This easy DIY Valentine gift card box can be whipped up quickly to add some pizzazz to your man’s Valentine’s gift. Giving it in something handmade adds a little extra love to your gift almost effortlessly.

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Materials

Step 1

Cut your tissue paper into squares.

Tip:

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 2

Take the lid off of your box and set it to the side.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 3

Spread glue on the bottom of your box.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 4

Add squares of tissue paper to the glue.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 5

Continue covering your box and lid with glue and tissue paper until your entire box is covered.

Tip:

  • Do not add too many layers. If you do, your lid won’t go back on. Your box will also take longer to dry.

Step 6

Next, allow your box to dry.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 7

Add your washi tape to your box so that it looks like a present.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Tip:

  • Start on the bottom of your box and cover it first. Then add your lid to the top to easily line up the top “ribbons”.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 8

Next, add your Valentine sticker to the top, center of your box lid.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 9

Now cut a strip of your cardstock that is 1-2 inches wide.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 10

Fold your strip of cardstock accordion style so that you have 9 small rectangles.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 11

Write your Valentine’s message on the center 7 rectangles (leaving one black at the top and one blank at the bottom). If you want, you can totally steal mine:

For all you do

Throughout the year

Here’s a gift

To bring you cheer!

Happy

Valentine’s

Day!

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 12

After you’ve written your Valentine’s message, glue the top blank rectangle to the underside of your lid.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 13

Next, glue the bottom blank rectangle to the front of your gift card.

Step 14

Allow your glue to dry.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 15

Place your gift card in the bottom of your box with the glued side up.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Step 16

Lastly, place your lid on the box.

 

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Did you wind up buying a gift card at the last minute? Dress it up a little with this easy DIY Valentine gift card box quickly and easily!

Now you can turn procrastination into a pretty present. Your husband will appreciate the thoughtfulness and you’ll love how quickly it comes together. Your husband can totally reuse the box later to surprise you with an easy gift. You have to love that multipurpose packaging! Planning a date night for Valentine’s Day, too? These free printable Marriage Conversation Cards are the perfect, quick date night addition whether you’re staying home or going out! Print yours out today.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

DIY Pokemon Card Valentines

We’re back again with another awesome Pokemon Valentine idea! Since so many of you love the Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box and because my oldest still loves all things Pokemon, I’ve created another fun DIY for you. These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Your little Pokemon trainer will be ecstatic to help you make these for his or her school Valentine’s party. Make yours today for a fully awesome party day!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

 

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Materials

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 1

Fold your card inside out so that the white is on the outside.

Step 2

Turn your card so that the folded side is at the bottom.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 3

Cut your card in half down the center so that you have 2 smaller folded cards.

Note:

  • Set one card to the side.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 4

Next, cut the top half off of the front flap of your card. When folded, your card should now be half red and half white from the front.

Note:

  • Set aside the piece you cut off for later in the project.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 5

Now cut a 1.5 inch strip from your black cardstock.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 6

Trim the strip of black cardstock to the width of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 7

Attach your black strip to the white flap on the front of your card so that half of it overlaps the red.

Note:

  • Do not add glue to the red portion of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 8

Next, grab the piece of your card that you cut off in step 4 and draw a circle on it with your compass.

Tip:

  • Do this on the red side so that your pencil marks do not show in the finished product.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 9

Cut out your circle and trace around the edges of the white side with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 10

Attach your circle to the center of your black strip.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 11

Next, carefully add glue to the inside edges of your card.

Note:

  • The width of your glue runner will be too big to leave a large enough pocket for your Pokemon card. Place your card on a piece of scrap paper and run your glue runner so that only ¼ of the glue is on the card edges.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 12

Now, write “I Choose You” in the center of your circle with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 13

Next, write “From” and draw a line at the bottom of your card for your kid to sign.

Step 14

Repeat steps 1-14 until you have made enough cards for your child’s class.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 15

Lastly, open a pack of Pokemon cards and add one to each Valentine.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Now your child will have an awesome, unique Valentine to hand out at his or her party this year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that your kid will get to keep any of the extra Pokemon cards (sorry, Mom). It’s also a fantastic alternative to candy Valentines. Pair these DIY Pokemon card Valentines with this recycled Pokeball Valentine Box to complete the whole theme. Your little Pokemon trainer will love you for it!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

DIY Monogram Valentine Wreath

Yesterday I shared 9 DIY Valentine wreaths with you to kick off the Merry Monday Link Party 140. Today, I want to show you how to make this adorably girly DIY monogram Valentine wreath. This year’s wreath really ramps up the glitter quotient to the next level. It is the perfect easy update your door is looking for. You can also use it as wall décor for your Valentine’s party! Multi-tasking holiday décor is the best for busy moms like us.

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If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

 

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Materials

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 1

Remove any packaging and staples attached to your wood monogram.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 2

Cut up coordinating tissue paper into squares.

Tip:

  • These do not need to be even so don’t get bogged down on this step.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 3

Add a dollop of glue to your monogram and spread it until you have a thick, even layer on a small portion of your outer circle.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 4

Fold up a square of tissue paper into a pseudo-flower shape. See picture above for reference.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 5

Attach to your monogram by placing the “stem” part into the glue. Press firmly for a few seconds before releasing.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 6

Continue adding folded tissue paper squares and glue until your entire outer circle is completely covered.

Tips:

  • Alternate shades of tissue squares as you go to achieve the look pictured.
  • Be sure to place folded squares tightly together. This gives your wreath a nice, full look.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 7

Next, cut the strings tied around your shower pouf that hold it together.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 8

Unravel it and cut a length of pouf that is about double the length that you want it to hang. Tie the ends together in a knot and trim the excess off of the end.

Step 9

Attach your pouf hanger to your wreath by slipping the end opposite your knot through the knotted end around the top of your wreath.

Tip:

  • After you have attached your pouf hanger, fluff your tissue around it. This keeps the continuity of your wreath.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 10

Now, spread glue on the top half of your “L” in the center of your wreath.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 11

Sprinkle your glitters over the glue.

Step 12

Add glue to the remaining half of your “L”.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 13

Again, cover with your gold and pink glitters.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 14

Allow your wreath to dry completely.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

Step 15

Lastly, spray your glittered letter with acrylic spray sealant to prevent it from dropping glitter everywhere.

 

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect.

If your Valentine’s style this year is loving all things pink and sparkly then this DIY monogram Valentine wreath is perfect. I do want to let you know that I wouldn’t hang this on your front door if you do not have a screen door. The tissue paper needs some protection from the elements. Another option is to hang it on the inside of your door so that you can see it whenever you’re in your home. Check out even more fun Valentine crafts like this glittery Zombie Valentine’s Card and these delicious heart-themed Valentine treats!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

DIY Whalecome Baby Card

Celebrating a new life on the way is always such a blessing. Whether it is a couple’s first child or their fifth, it is still an occasion to celebrate. One of my favorite things to include with gifts, besides a DIY baby book, is handmade cards. The fun of cards for babies is that you can be super cutesy with them. No one has ever looked at anything baby-related and said, “Nope, that’s tacky. It’s just too adorable.” This DIY Whalecome Baby card is a perfect handmade card that fits the adorable baby motif!
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This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Materials

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Step 1

Orient your card so that it opens up from the bottom.

Step 2

Add a strip of striped scrap paper to the right side of the front of your card. Trim any overhang.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 3

Ink your whale stamp and stamp on the bottom left of your card front.

Note:

  • I centered mine in the bottom side of the card not covered with paper.

Step 4

Next, cut out a small rectangle of your plain scrap paper.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 5

After you have cut your rectangle, round the corners and write “Whalecome Baby” in the center with the fine tip end of your marker.

Tip:

  • Add extra definition, as pictured, by tracing over “Whalecome” with the broad tip end of your marker.

Step 6

Next, chalk the edges of your rectangle with your chalk ink. (See the picture in step 5 for reference.)

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 7

Attach your rectangle in the center of your scrap paper strip with adhesive foam squares.

Tip:

  • Put one square in each corner and 1 square in the center to make the rectangle more stable on the card.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 8

Finally, add gemstones to the top left of the card, centered above the stamped whale image.

Tip:

  • Start with the largest gemstone in the center first. Next, add your smaller gemstones on either side.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 9

Next move on to the inside of your card and stamp your sentiment with pigment ink.

Step 10

Immediately after stamping your sentiment, cover it with your holographic powder.

Step 11

Shake off excess powder and return to the container.

Tip:

  • I have this awesome little tray with a pluggable spout that makes it super easy to put the excess back into the container.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 12

Next, blast your powder-covered saying with your heat tool to emboss. Allow it to cool before closing your card.

Tip:

  • If the heat causes your card to curl a little, place it between some heavy books to flatten it back out.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! I’m secretly hoping more of my friends have some babies so I can make some more. Plus, you know, babies are so adorable and loveable! Any expecting momma will be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful, handmade card attached to her baby’s gift. In case you haven’t notices, I’m absolutely in love with the cute little animals on these stamps. You can check out the coloring page I made with them in this DIY Coloring Book!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

DIY Autumn Thankful Wreath

November means a lot of things to people. Some look forward to the weather finally turning crisp or the beautiful colors across the scenery. Traditions and giving are also big themes for this time of year. If you read Creating Your Future November Goals then you know that one of my main goals for this month is increasing my thankfulness. Even if you have a grateful heart, sometimes we lose sight of how much we have to be thankful for every day. That is why it is important to be mindful about increasing your thankfulness. The main strategy for doing this is to write down 3 things each day that you are thankful for. You can extend this practice with your family by making this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. It is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving while exercising continued thankfulness together.

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Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

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Materials

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 1

Remove all packaging from your wreath.

Step 2

Cut a length of ribbon that is 24 inches long.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 3

Fold the ribbon in half and knot the loose ends about 8 inches from the bottom.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 4

Wrap around the top of the wreath and pull the folded end through the knotted end. Pull tight to secure.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 5

Tie the dangling ends into a bow. Trim the bottoms and fold the ends behind. See picture for reference.

Tip:

  • You can secure your bow to your wreath using 2 dressmaker’s pins.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 6

Attach your faux autumn leaves with your pins to cover your wreath.

Note:

  • I love the natural look of the straw so I chose not to cover it completely. This is totally optional.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 7

Cut out 5-10 leaves in each color from your paper pack. Use the leaf button on the “Stretch Your Imagination” cartridge (not ‘leaf-s’).

Tips:

  • Change up the sizes to add visual interest to your wreath. I used 3 inches and 4 inches.
  • Save time and use the ‘auto-fill’ feature to cut out as many leaves as will fit on one page.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 8

Have your family fill out the leaves with what they are thankful for using the metallic Sharpies.

Tip:

  • Let your little non-writers get involved by having them dictate what they are thankful for to you.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 9

Attach your thankful leaves to your wreath with your dressmaker’s pins.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

This is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Create an environment of thankfulness with gorgeous décor. Take the opportunity to make a family night out of making this wreath. It’s good for your kids to hear what you are thankful for. Even better, you might be surprised to hear what your little ones are thankful for. (Case-in-point: my 4 year old is thankful for her Twilight Sparkle Pony from Build-a-Bear. She cracks me up!)

Want to take this décor a step further? Use some of the paper leaves as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. As the meal winds down, ask guests to write down what they are thankful for. Have the guests add their thankful leaves to your wreath before they go. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition guests look forward to each year!

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Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Sweet DIY Pumpkin Banner

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Okay friends, the household is finally running smoothly again. Everyone is healthy and happy which means we can get the DIY Halloween shindig back on the road. The next tutorial on the list is this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner. The best part about this banner is that it is large. It is perfect to display over a large room opening or to drape around the edges of a doorway.

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

 

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Materials

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 1

Open up your package of pumpkin boxes.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 2

Separate all of the lids from the boxes. Set the boxes aside for a project coming later this week.

Step 3

Pull a sheet of the banners paper from the Halloween paper pack.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 4

Select a lid and trace the outline of it onto your banners paper.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 5

Cut out your traced pumpkin image.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 6

Brush Mod Podge onto the top of the pumpkin lid.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 7

Place your cut out piece of paper over it and add a second coat of Mod Podge to the top.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 8

Set your pumpkin lid to the side to dry.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 9

Repeat steps 4 through 8 until with all of your remaining pumpkin lids.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 10

Trace your paper letters backwards onto the back of a sheet of green paper with black polka dots from your Halloween paper pack.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 11

Cut out the traced letters.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 12

Add the cut out letter one at a time to the pumpkin lids.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 13

Grab 3 of the leftover cut out tags from when you made the invitations.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 14

Trim down to the words or designs on your tags. (You want them to be small enough to fit onto your pumpkin lids.)

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 15

Next, round the corners of your trimmed tags.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 16

Attach to your remaining 3 pumpkins using Mod Podge as you did with the letters.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 17

Start creating your pennants by first selecting one sheet each of the purple background with black spiders, the black background with multi-patterned stars, the green background with spiderwebs, and the black background with spiderwebs from the Halloween paper pack.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 18

Use your ruler to measure 9 inches up on the edge of one sheet of paper. Trim your paper using your paper cutter using that mark.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 19

Take your 9 inch piece of paper and mark every 3 inches along each long side (the 12 inch sides).

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 20

Use your ruler to draw straight lines from the top left corner to the first 3 inch mark on the bottom. Continue connecting following the pattern listed below:

  • Bottom 3 inch to Top 6 inch
  • Top 6 inch to Bottom 9 inch
  • Bottom 9 inch to Top Right Corner
  • See the picture above for reference.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 21

Next, cut out the triangles. Only use the 3 large ones.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 22

Repeat steps 18 through 21 for your remaining 3 sheets of paper.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 23

Once your pennants are cut out, punch holes in the top left and right corners.

Step 24

Arrange your pennants in the repeating pattern of:

  • Purple Spider
  • Black Star
  • Green Spiderweb
  • Black Spiderweb

Step 25

Flip the stack of pennants face down onto your work surface.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 26

Twist the ends of your 3 baker’s twines together.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 27

Grab the pennant from the top of the facedown stack and thread the twines through the punched holes starting with the hole on the right and ending with the hole on the left.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 28

Continue threading until all of the pennants are added.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 29

Tie a knot in the loose end of the twine. Be sure to leave an excess of 5 inches or so.

Step 30

Next, cut the ends of baker’s twine still attached to the rolls and tie in a knot as well.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 31

Ensure that your pennants stay evenly spaces by securing brads through each of the punched corners.

 

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Step 32

The last step is to attach all of your pumpkin lids to your pennants with hot glue. There are two ways to do this:

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

  1. Place glue on the bottom edge of the lids and press firmly to pennants.
  2. Trace the lid onto the pennant and place glue along the inside of the traced lines. Then secure your lid by placing it into the glue line. (This is the method I found to be most effective.)

Tip:

  • While attaching the lids, stack your finished pennants as pictured below to make it easy to keep the pennant you are working on in place.

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

Let's get this DIY Halloween shindig back on the road! Find out how to make this super sweet DIY pumpkin banner for easy and beautiful party decor!

How cool is this banner?! Don’t forget that using paper from the same pack as your wickedly easy invitations means your party is perfectly coordinated effortlessly. Here are some extra party tips for you to bring the décor together easily:

  • Crepe paper streamers make awesome dividers. Use them to quickly and inexpensively cordon off the party zone for your guests.
  • Utilize plastic tablecloths for more than covering the snack table. These are an easy way to dress up your walls or add separation between rooms as you see in the pictures above.

Throwing an amazing party doesn’t have to break the bank or your back. It is all about utilizing your supplies in multiple creative ways. Wow your guests while still having the energy to enjoy their company. Come back on Wednesday for more Halloween party DIY!

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If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Wickedly Easy DIY Halloween Invitations

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you. Most of the components come from the same set of Halloween paper from Oriental Trading making it easy to achieve perfectly coordinated invites. Don’t limit yourself to a prefab party this year and instead make a unique fest that will keep your guests talking for years. These invites are the first tutorial in our Rocking DIY Halloween Party Series!

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

 

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Materials

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

 

Step 1

Pull the purple and black polka dot sheets and the purple and black striped sheets out of your paper pack. (4 sheets total, 2 of each style)

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 2

Take one sheet of paper and fold it in half.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 3

Open folded sheet of paper and cut along the fold line with your paper cutter.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 4

Next fold each newly created half in half again.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 5

Again, open your folded sheets and cut along the fold lines.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 6

Repeat steps 2-5 with your remaining 3 sheets of paper.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 7

Next attach opposite designs of paper. Start by placing glue along the edges of one square and then running an “x” in the center.

Note:

  • This ensures that your square sheets of paper stick firmly together.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 8

Carefully align the edges of paper together and press firmly to attach.

Tip:

  • If the sheets don’t align perfectly trim excess around the edges with your paper cutter.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 9

Continue repeating steps 7 and 8 until all of your squares are attached. Set finished squares off to the side.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 10

Next find the sheets in your Halloween paper stack that have tags on them. (See picture for references.) Pull out one sheet.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 11

Cut out all of the tags.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 12

Start assembling the fronts of your invitations following the formula listed below for each:

1 square + 1 tag + 1 vellum embellishment + 1 chipboard saying = Complete Invitation

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 13

Next get your sheet of orange cardstock and cut into 9 equal(-ish) pieces.

Tip:

  • You can measure these if you want but I chose to just eyeball it. Uneven sizes kind of fit with the Halloween vibe.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 14

Mount your stamp on an acrylic block.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Note:

  • You will notice that my stamp is for a shower invitation however it still contains all of the pertinent information for an R.S.V.P. invite. By inking only the parts I want I am able to use this stamp for any invitation.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 15

Ink your stamp and press firmly onto the bottom two-thirds of your orange cardstock piece. Do this for each one.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 16

Next use your hole punch to put holes in the top corners of each piece of stamped cardstock.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 17

Now pull out your brads and your baker’s twine.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 18

Put the end of your baker’s twine through the top left hole of your orange cardstock and secure with a brad.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 19

Next cut your baker’s twine so that it is slightly longer than the end of your card. Then thread the loose end through the top right hole of the orange cardstock and secure it with a second brad.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 20

Flip the orange cardstock over and trim the excess baker’s twine.

Step 21

Repeat steps 18 through 20 for the remaining pieces of cardstock.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 22

Attach your pieces of cardstock to the back of your invitations by placing a glue dot on each back corner of the cardstock and pressing firmly to the center of your invitations.

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

Step 23

Lastly, add your little Halloween stickers to the bottom left corner of your orange cardstock. (See the picture above for reference.)

 

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

If you are looking to set your Halloween party apart from the others this year then these wickedly easy DIY Halloween invitations are perfect for you.

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I am so excited with how these turned out! They are perfect for an adult costume party or a family-friendly soiree. Handmade invitations are always the best (like these awesome luau ones for summer). During the busy Halloween party season handmade invites can be the difference between your guests responding “Yes,” to your party over another. Now that your invites are done it is time to get to work on the party décor with these Easy Painted Pumpkin Coasters. Then come back on Friday to find out how to make a super sweet Halloween pumpkin bunting! **UPDATE** The kiddos came down with something gross and absolutely horrible this week which has resulted in no sleep for this momma due to constantly cleaning up things, that no one should have to clean up, hourly. I promise to get the banner tutorial up a.s.a.p. Mom stuff simply has to come first. Thanks everyone!

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make Your Own Coloring Book

Coloring is a fun and cathartic activity. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now but kids have been loving the fun forever. A new coloring book and a fresh box of crayons light up a child’s face like Christmas Day. Instead of rushing out to buy a fresh one, here is a tutorial to make your own coloring book. This is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or your friends).

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

 

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Materials

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 1

Use your book to measure the cover paper by tracing around it with a pencil.

Tip:

  • If your paper has a “right-side” up, make sure your book is aligned accordingly when measuring.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 2

Cut out the traced cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 3

Place a strip of double-sided tape on the left edge of the cut out paper.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 4

Attach the cover paper to the front of your booklet by aligning the tape with the bound edge and pressing it firmly.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 5

Pull back the paper as pictured above.

Tip:

  • Keep it out of your way by placing a pair of scissors on the edge.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 6

Next, place more double-sided tape on the cover of the book.

Tip:

  • The best way to do this for maximum secureness is to cover the edges with strips of tape and create an “x” with tape in the center.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 7

Carefully smooth the cover paper over the tape.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 8

Next, measure the paper for your back cover on your second sheet of 12×12 paper. Again, do this by placing your book on it and tracing with your pencil.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 9

Cut out your back cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 10

Again, place tape on the side of the cover paper. This time, place it on the right side.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 11

Attach the cover to the back of the book.

Step 12

Pull back the paper as before.

Step 13

Place your tape on the back cover of the book a you did in step 6 above.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 14

Again, carefully smooth paper back over the cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 15

On one of your cut pieces of 12×12 paper scraps, measure a pocket for the inside cover of your book. See the picture above for reference.

Step 16

Cut out the paper for the pocket.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 17

Next, place double-sides tape on the sides and bottom of the paper.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 18

Attach the paper pocket to the inside of the front cover of your book.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 19

Stamp the front of each blank page in your book. These can be themed to fit the recipient’s tastes. They can also be as easy or as intricate as you would like. The stamps you choose and the patterns you create with them will determine this.

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

 

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 20 (Optional)

Add some stickers to the pocket in the front.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

You can play up this coloring book in so many different ways. It’s awesome! You can even create more adult coloring books by creating intricate stampscapes or complex patterns. If you are feeling extra ambitious and creative, you can skip the scrapbook paper altogether. Instead, illustrate a custom cover with your own original design. Check out the other sweet papercrafts to keep the stamping fun going.

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

DIY Thrifted Chalkboard Menu Sign

Yay! I am so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple–take an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transform it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget, or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild (which was a blast)! Find my chalkboard menu sign below then check out the projects from the rest of the hosts!

Meet the Hosts

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Emily | Two Purple Couches     Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Debra | Shoppe No. 5     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House     
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim      
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage


Thrifted Chalkboard Menu Sign

 

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Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Materials

  • Thrifted Frame
  • 12X12 Piece of Scrapbook Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Box Cutter
  • Highlighter

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 1

Deconstruct your frame.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 2

Wash you piece of glass from your frame. Allow the glass to dry completely before continuing.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 3

Paint first coat of chalkboard paint on glass.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 4

While paint is drying, place your frame in the center of your 12X12 piece of paper.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 5

Trace the inside opening of your frame with a highlighter.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 6

Cut out an “X” shape in the highlighted rectangle by cutting from corner to corner with your box cutter.

Tip:

  • Be sure to complete this step on a cutting mat or other safe cutting surface.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 7

Place your frame with the front facing down on your paper aligned with your highlighted rectangle. Next, fold the flaps back as pictured.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 8

With your flaps still folded through the center, flip your frame back over.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 9

Attach the paper to the front of your frame with Mod Podge.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 10

Fold your paper along the long edges of your frame. Again, secure with Mod Podge.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 11

While allowing glue to dry, put a second coat of paint on your glass.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 12

Fold corners on short edges of frame as pictured above.

Step 13

Fold up the remaining edges of the paper and secure with Mod Podge. Allow everything to dry completely.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 14

Reassemble your flame by first placing your glass and any cardboard backing in place.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 15

Fold your center flaps back to the center.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Step 16

Replace the back piece of your frame.

 

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Find out how to make this DIY thrifted chalkboard menu sign and 20 other amazing thrifted projects in this awesome creative upcycle blog hop!

Now you can keep the family updated on the dinner plans without uttering a word… mostly. Before you go, check out the other awesome thrift store makeovers from my friends below.


Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.