May 9th, 2013 § § permalink
As much as I DIY, I don’t exactly have the time to make things from scratch all for every occasion, room, or gift. So, I’m introducing you to my little secret of custom, but not always handmade things, like this Mother’s Day gift set for the baker.
Making a gift set like this is still one of a kind just like a DIY version, but doesn’t require all of the time.
- To make your own you can include these things:
- Recipe cards
- Matching apron and oven mit (this set is from Ikea)
- Striped straws
- Fresh cupcakes
- Specialty sugars and sprinkles
- Cute measuring spoons
- Matching cupcake liners
What baker wouldn’t love this much colorful goodness in one box?!
May 3rd, 2013 § § permalink
I’ve always been a big fan of making handmade Mother’s Day gifts. Granted I did used to make them out of sheer necessity in school because I had no money (sorry for the hand-painted rocks, Mom!), but now I like to add a handmade touch to pair with my store bought gifts just to show that I took the time and care.
This DIY bath sachet gift set and is quick and simple enough to add to any gift, or could be easily transitioned into party or wedding favors. Who couldn’t use a fresh chamomile or mint infused bath every now and then?
- Card stock
- Rectangular coffee filters
- Freshly ground lavender, mint, chamomile or other herbal scents
- Martha Stewart craft glue (c/o)
- Martha Stewart flourish frame layered craft punch (c/o)
- Martha Stewart scoring board (c/o)
First, we’ll make the sachets. Lay a rectangular coffee filter flat, and place your scents of choice in the midway on the right side. Then fold the filter like a hot dog, and folding the top and bottom flaps inward.
Then fold the sides inward about a half an inch, and staple down.
Next, cut 1 inch thick strips of card stock just long enough to make a band around your sachets.
Use the Martha Stewart craft glue to adhere the band to itself. This way the band slips off before using the sachets in water.
Use the Martha Stewart layering hole punch to make labels by cutting a solid color backing, and then switching to the border setting and cutting a patterned card stock.
Glue the two pieces together, label your sachet with each scent, and then glue the tag to the band around your sachet.
Using the Martha Stewart scoring board, make a matching card to fit with the gift set and personalize it with a monogram!
Now your gift is ready for your favorite lady of any age.
May 2nd, 2013 § § permalink
I swear I have some of the most talented blogger friends, like Kelly of Studio DIY, the talent behind this pretty little fresh flower banner DIY for Mother’s Day. Seriously, how cute is this? Not only is it the perfect touch for a handmade Mother’s Day, but it could easily be made into wedding, party, or evening soiree signage!
Read the full tutorial, here…
February 15th, 2013 § § permalink
I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day! Did even of you happen to make a Sugar & Cloth DIY for you Valentine? I’d love to see it!
I gave my Valentine (aka hubby) the gift of electric and internet by waiting at our new house all day for the utility guys. It was all so romantic. On the bright side I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to move, no more commuting! Eek! Forgive me in advance if I’m a little of my regular DIY schedule over the week.
Want to hear some really cool news that will hold you over until then? I was chosen as a blogger for the new Martha Stewart Living program, 12 Months of Martha! You can read all about the program and see my first DIY appearance on the Martha Stewart Crafts Dept. blog right here, someone pinch me!
February 7th, 2013 § § permalink
It occurred to me that not everyone needs a Valentine idea for this year, and just so you know I’m thinking of you, I have come up with three solutions: 1) boys, who needs them? 2) you can use this wrapping paper tutorial for revenge mail if needed, just leave out the o’s, use some black paint, and don’t be so careful with the x’s. 3) win a giant gift basket from DecoArt.
- DecoArt paints
- white card stock/computer paper
This might be the simplest wrapping paper you’ll ever make: All you have to do is paint x’s and o’s all over the computer paper! Once it’s dry, wrap your box like usual and tie it with twine. If you need to wrap something a bit bigger, you can buy sheets of drawing paper at the craft store to use.
To win the DecoArt giveaway, just leave a comment below! If you’d like additional entries, “Like” DecoArt and Sugar & Cloth on Facebook and leave separate comments telling me you did so. The giveaway ends February 13th, and a winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day. Open to U.S readers only.