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Make it! DIY Popsicle Memory Game

DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game by Eat Drink Chic

DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game by Eat Drink Chic

A perfect little DIY gift to take us into long weekend—it’s a memory game like the one you played as a kid, only these game pieces look like popsicles!

Created by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic, her post includes a free printable download to make your very own. It’s a thoughtful and inexpensive birthday gift for a little friend, and makes a fun thank you for teachers too.

DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game by Eat Drink Chic

DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game by Eat Drink Chic

Any thoughts for how to adapt this gift, and maybe create a grown up version?

Visit Eat Drink Chic for the download & how-tos and have a terrific weekend!


DIY Paper Popsicle Memory Game by Eat Drink Chic

Gift Toppers Abloom

Bloom Gift Toppers by Stephmodo

Bloom Gift Toppers by Stephanie Brubaker

Have you seen these? Oh I’m so sad I missed them prior to Mother’s Day, but happy to have found them today! Stephanie Brubaker’s bloom gift toppers are such a simple idea with such a lovely result—and what fun to go collect all those flowers.

Stephanie uses basic kraft gift boxes, a little washi tape, and sprigs and stems of herbs and blooms from her yard and nearby. I’m thinking gifts for weddings, birthdays, baby showers—they’d all look great with flowers!

Visit Stephmodo to get her tips, see the combinations she’s come up with, and to get inspired to create your own.

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Make Your Own Baker’s Twine

DIY Baker's Twine by A Step in the Journey

DIY Baker’s Twine, photo by Laura Beth

I love the simple look of baker’s twine on a wrapped gift. Don’t you? But when you want a spool in every color (which of course we do—rainbows are the BEST) it can start to eat away at your twine budget.

So I was quite excited when I came across Laura Beth’s clever DIY Baker’s Twine. It’s not what you might think. You won’t be spending hours trying to twist and twirl little strings. Nope, LB uses Sharpies and white thread to create a similar look to baker’s twine and the result is really impressive.

DIY Baker's Twine by Laura Beth of A Step in The Journey

DIY Baker’s Twine, photo by Laura Beth

Sharpies! It’s so dead simple, we all should have thought of it. But we didn’t. Laura Beth did. And you can follow along with her handy tips to make your own over on A Step in the Journey.

(h/t Say Yes to Hoboken)


twine-300DIY Baker's Twine by Laura Beth of A Step in The Journey

Last Minute Inspiration: DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Ice Cream Treats by Joy Cho of Oh Joy!

Mother’s Day Ice Cream Treats by Oh Joy!

Did you know that West Elm has a pretty great blog? They do! And they recently had a few lovely bloggers (Nicole, Joy, and Kate) as guests sharing fun do-it-yourself Mother’s Day gift ideas that utilize products from West Elm’s Collection.

So here’s the thing. You’ve got one good Saturday to put together something fun for Mom. If these ideas inspire you to head to your nearest West Elm for parts and pieces, awesome. If that’s not in the cards, consider looking around the house and use these great ideas as a jumping-off point.
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Mother’s Day Memory Jars by Kate Riley of Centsational GirlMother’s Day Terrarium by Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely

Make this Gift: Handmade Clay Planters

DIY Handmade Clay Pots by Fellow Fellow

DIY Planters, by Claire of Fellow Fellow

Yes, I’ve been on a succulents kick lately and this kick won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. I think moving to California has something to do with it. My flower-rescuing housemate Cariann, she’s responsible as well. The fact that they’re easy to care for and completely giftable are other reasons. And their undeniable cuteness—yes, there’s that too.

So a handmade home for the little plants? Hello! Yes, let’s make these. For everyone we know. They’re sure to make them smile and that’s what it’s all about right?

The wonderful Claire of Fellow Fellow shows the steps to make these adorable clay pots over on Say Yes to Hoboken. See, undeniable cuteness. And another thoughtful gift for Mom. (Or me. Why yes, I’d love one. Thank you!)

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Make a DIY Breakfast-in-Bed Tray

DIY Breakfast-inBed Trays

I’ve often found myself on the lookout for the perfect breakfast-in-bed tray. Nothing’s ever seemed quite right—too small, too wobbly, too tiki hut. So when I spotted these DIY trays on Curbly it was a bit of a yes-of-course moment for me. The perfect breakfast-in-bed tray is the one you make yourself.

One idea comes from Martha Stewart and involves glue, fabric, and a baking sheet. Quite simple. (And just think of all the fabrics out there to choose from!) Or why not paint the thing? You could really go so many directions with this one.

DIY Serving Tray by Lovely Indeed

DIY Serving Tray by Chelsea Costa

The other DIY from Lovely Indeed is a bit more involved but looks oh so nice. It involves a wooden wine box, gold metallic tape, and a carpenter husband. (And just think of all the colorful tapes you could use!) Visit the DIY links for instructions and more pics.

Will you be serving Mom breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day? Will you try one of these trays, perhaps with your own personal twist? Remember these free printables are the perfect finishing touch and if you’re looking for recipes don’t miss House & Hold’s drool-worthy breakfast board.

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DIY Serving Tray by Lovely Indeed

Make this Gift: Succulent Cupcakes!

Succulent Cupcakes by Pixel Whisk

Succulent Cupcakes by Seton Hurson Rossini

Prepare to have your mind blown. These are cupcakes! Succulent cupcakes! No really, I’m not kidding.

The absolutely creative Seton Hurson Rossini of Pixel Whisk made these knowing how much we all love the tiny little plants. I mean, you do love tiny little succulents, don’t you? They’re so cute you just want to gobble them right up. Now you can!

DIY Succulent Cupcakes by Pixel Whisk

Succulent Cupcakes by Seton Hurson Rossini

Want to make your own? Head to Pixel Whisk for the step-by-step tutorial. Now I’m not suggesting this is the easiest of crafty baking feats. Clearly Seton is one talented lady, but just imagine the look on your recipient’s face when you give them one of these adorable potted sweet treats. So worth the effort. Give it a try!

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DIY Succulent Cupcakes by Pixel Whisk

Wrap It: DIY Paper Calla Lilies for Mother’s Day

DIY Paper Calla Lilies

DIY Paper Calla Lilies, by Chiara Alberetti Milott

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! These paper calla lilies from Oh Happy Day are a perfect way to dress up your Mother’s Day (or wedding, bridal, baby shower, and birthday) gifts. All you need are a few basic supplies and you’re on your way to wowing that special lady in your life. I love these paired with brown craft paper and a band of neon, don’t you? The possibilities are endless, really, so go nuts!

See how to make your own paper calla lilies over on Oh Happy Day!

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Buy It or DIY It: Dipped Gifts!

Dipped Wooden Utensils by House of Earnest

Dipped Wooden Utensils by House of Earnest

Lately dipping and dying isn’t confined to Easter eggs and Grateful Dead t-shirts. Nope, this trend is everywhere and I’m completely digging the dipping.

From fashion, to furniture, hair dos and kitchenware, a dipped pop of color plays up the original texture of each piece the paint touches—glass seems clearer, ceramics softer, metals more shiny, and woodgrain more beautiful.

As a DIY gift, adding your own dipped embellishment is a fun and relatively simple way to add a personal touch to your present. (Wink, nudge. Mom would love these!) I’ve rounded up some favorite tutorials to get you inspired and walk you through the steps to do it yourself.

If you’re not so inclined, leave the dipping to the pros. Included are some really wonderful options for you to buy and gift too. Enjoy!

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Wind & Willow Home Dipped ShopPretty Painted Centerpieces by Project WeddingColorblocked Cutting Boards by Lostine & Dipped Wood Knife BlockMixx Spoon Set from MoMAPainted Wooden Spoons by Little Bit FunkySuperior Servers by Ladies & GentlemenPainted Havtorn Vases by IKEA Life At HomeHave & Make Dipped Wooden Utensils by House of EarnestDipped Chopsticks by Penelope & Pip

How to Make DIY Origami Bows from Recycled Magazines

DIY Origami Bows

DIY Recycled Magazine Origami Bows, by Jessica Jones

In honor of Earth Day and because these were just too cool not to share, I thought you’d all get a kick out of these awesome recycled magazine origami bows! All you need is a single piece of scrap paper and you’re set. Aren’t they lovely? I might just start turning everything into a pretty bow — watch out!

Check out How About Orange for more pretty pics and Let’s Create for the detailed tutorial.

Happy folding!

P.S. If you’ve got a surplus of magazines (who doesn’t?) and are feeling extra crafty, check out these pretty magazine bows too!

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Make This Gift: A Colorful Leather and Wood Trivet!

DIY Leather and Wood Trivets

DIY Leather and Wood Trivets, by Kate Pruitt

Hello, beautiful! These pretty wood and leather trivets are perfect for friends who love to cook or as a housewarming gift for new neighbors. They’re simple, modern, and oh-so-colorful! Plus, you can totally customize the colors to match your gift recipient’s decor (serious bonus points, you guys). If you’re not sure, you can’t go wrong with a minimalist raw wood/white/and black leather combo!

Check out how to make them over on Design*Sponge.

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