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Easy DIY Paper Easter Basket and Astrobrights Paper Giveaway

Easter, Paper Crafts, Spring, Under 1 Hour

Here's an easy DIY paper Easter basket that you can make with just a few cuts and folds. Hop to it! I love these paper Easter baskets. I want to make like 85 of...Easy DIY Paper Easter Basket and Astrobrights Paper Giveaway... »
 
 

Printable Superman birthday banner for a super hero birthday party (also great as an iron-on t-shirt graphic)

Baby & Kids, Birthdays, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here’s a printable Superman birthday banner for your little super hero. And you can download instantly and print at my etsy store -- no waiting! I made this printable Superman Birthday Party banner for...Printable Superman birthday banner for a super hero birthday party (also great as an iron-on t-shirt graphic)... »
 

 

How to sew reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This free sandwich bag sewing pattern and tutorial is so easy you'll be able to replace your old plastic snack bags in no time. I like the design of these free sandwich bag and...How to sew reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags... »
 
 

DIY Mother’s Day Card Using a Polka Dot Stencil (and GIVEAWAY!)

DIY Gift Ideas, Mother's Day, Paper Crafts, Spring, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

All moms agree that the best Mother’s Day presents are handmade. Make your mom a special Mother's Day card that spells M-O-M in polka dots. I used this new polka dot stencil from Amy...DIY Mother’s Day Card Using a Polka Dot Stencil (and GIVEAWAY!)... »
 

 

More free printable Toy Story photo booth props – Woody, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head

Baby & Kids, Birthdays, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

More free printable Toy Story photo booth props. Yee Haw! You've been so nice about pinning and commenting on my original free printable Toy Story photo booth props that I decided to make ya'll...More free printable Toy Story photo booth props – Woody, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head... »
 
 

EDITABLE Sayings Bubbles and Birthday Ages printable PDF for a Toy Story birthday party – Use as Photo Props or Party Decorations

Baby & Kids, Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These editable personalized sayings bubbles & birthday ages printable PDF will help personalize your Toy Story Birthday Party. Yee Haw! I've just added these to my etsy store. Use these personalized sayings bubbles as...EDITABLE Sayings Bubbles and Birthday Ages printable PDF for a Toy Story birthday party – Use as Photo Props or Party Decorations... »
 

 

Make DIY Valentine Day’s Cards using Recycled Magazines

Holidays, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Winter

Make these super cute DIY Valentine's Day cards by recycling magazines and catalogs. Just rip out colors from catalogs and magazines and glue them onto paper. Easy! I made a couple Valentine's Day card...Make DIY Valentine Day’s Cards using Recycled Magazines... »
 
 

Make a Valentine Card Using Recycled Security Envelopes

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Winter

Recycle a security envelope into a heartfelt Valentine's Day card with just a few punches and pastes. Years ago I saw a design*sponge post from derek & lauren that turned security envelopes inside out...Make a Valentine Card Using Recycled Security Envelopes... »
 
 

’8 glasses a day’ water drinking tally refrigerator magnet

Free Printable, Home, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I'm terrible at drinking water. Really awful. And with the Chicago deep freeze winter I'm even more dehydrated than usual. Enter my new DIY water drinking tracking 'system' ...refrigerator magnets! Simply place the long...’8 glasses a day’ water drinking tally refrigerator magnet... »
 
 

Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable template}

Free Printable, Holidays, New Year's Eve, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

This New Year's Eve Party Hat free printable template for 2014 is inspired by my clock-obsessed toddler, Elise. By request, I updated last year's printable hat to update it to 2014 -- and it's...Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable template}... »
 
 

Handmade Christmas Cards from Recycled Magazines

Christmas, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Thanks to Tesco for collaborating on this guest post. Although many Christmas cards are produced from sustainable sources, nothing beats making your own! Handmade cards are highly personal – both in terms of the...Handmade Christmas Cards from Recycled Magazines... »
 
 

Make a DIY Winter Hat from Recycled Sweaters

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Recycling sweaters into winter hats is an oldie but a goodie because it's cheap and useful and makes a great DIY gift. Check out this cute winter hat that Elise and I made from...Make a DIY Winter Hat from Recycled Sweaters... »
 
 

Personalize DIY Holiday Mugs by Hacking VELCRO® Brand Fasteners {Featured in Jo-Ann Stores National Christmas Catalog}

Christmas, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

No more mixed up mugs! Here's a quick and adorable way to personalize cocoa and coffee mugs for the holidays by hacking VELCRO® Brand fasteners. This DIY holiday mugs project uses VELCRO Brand One-Wrap...Personalize DIY Holiday Mugs by Hacking VELCRO® Brand Fasteners {Featured in Jo-Ann Stores National Christmas Catalog}... »
 
 

Printable mitten and snowflake tags and labels that YOU can personalize yourself

Christmas, DIY Gift Ideas, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Warm up your holiday gifts with these printable mitten an snowflake tags and labels that YOU personalize and print at home! Print as many as you like in an instant; reuse year after year....Printable mitten and snowflake tags and labels that YOU can personalize yourself... »
 
 

Free Printable Skeleton Halloween Table Decorations & HP Photosmart 7520 Printer Giveaway

Fall, Free Printable, Halloween, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This post is sponsored by HP; all opinions are mine. Enter below to win a free HP Photosmart 7520 e-all-in-one printer and supplies! Now that's my kind of trick-or treating. Here's a treat: free...Free Printable Skeleton Halloween Table Decorations & HP Photosmart 7520 Printer Giveaway... »
 
 

DIY Wall Art: Personalized Sun Prints

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Paper Crafts, Summer, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here's a fresh and sun shiny DIY wall art idea: personalized sun prints. Liam's room is getting a makeover so I decided to make a bit of DIY artwork for his room to keep...DIY Wall Art: Personalized Sun Prints... »
 
 

DIY Winnie The Pooh Ears, Piglet Ears, Tigger Ears

Baby & Kids, Free Printable, Halloween, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These DIY Winnie The Pooh ears, Piglet Ears and Tigger ears are just the right size for your own little Christopher Robin. You may have seen the Winnie The Pooh printable mini popcorn boxes...DIY Winnie The Pooh Ears, Piglet Ears, Tigger Ears... »
 
 

Winnie The Pooh Printable Mini Popcorn Box Template

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This Winnie The Pooh printable mini popcorn box template will put you "in the mood ...for food." Remember that song? It's from the classic movie “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” available on...Winnie The Pooh Printable Mini Popcorn Box Template... »
 
 

DIY birthday party door decorations from contact paper

Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I decorated our glass front door using white contact paper for Liam's 1st birthday party and loved it so much that I left it up for a week (OK so it was two weeks)....DIY birthday party door decorations from contact paper... »
 
 

Free printable 1st birthday party hat template

Birthdays, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under 1 Hour

Here's a free printable birthday party hat template for your one-year-old cutie. I like to make my own birthday party hats like my monkey printable birthday party hat and my stickers-themed party hat template....Free printable 1st birthday party hat template... »
 
 

Printable Canning Jar Labels – Personalized

DIY Gift Ideas, Edible Gift Recipes, Summer, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Making your famous strawberry jam this season? Dress it up in style with these printable canning labels from my etsy store that YOU easily personalize and print at home. Use these unlimited personalized canning...Printable Canning Jar Labels – Personalized... »
 
 

Homemade DIY Goodie Bags

Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Under 1 Hour

I like making homemade DIY goodie bags for birthday parties. Like, maybe too much. My homemade DIY goodie bags tend to be pretty quick and simple, and these DIY goodie bags for Liam's 1st...Homemade DIY Goodie Bags... »
 
 

Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters

Decorations & Favors, Fourth of July, Holidays, Under 1 Hour

This project is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores This Fourth of July kids crafts idea is so fun that the adults will want to join in too. While flipping through summer craft...Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters... »
 
 

Free printable happy birthday banner

Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This free printable DIY happy birthday banner sports circles polka dots in blue, orange, red and green. Just print the free printable template, cut out the circles, string and hang. The birthday banner sports...Free printable happy birthday banner... »
 
 

Toy Story Birthday Party Door Decoration

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays, Under 1 Hour

This Toy Story personalized sign front door decoration was the perfect yee-haw welcome for Elise's 3rd birthday party. My Buzz Lightyear obsessed daughter, Elise, wanted a Toy Story birthday party. Convenient for me, she...Toy Story Birthday Party Door Decoration... »
 
 

Personalized Sheriff Badges Free Printable {for Toy Story Birthday Party or Cowboy Birthday Party}

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made these personalized sheriff badges for my daughter Elise's Toy Story Birthday Party. And that means now they are yours to personalize for your own little sheriff. I'm really excited about these free...Personalized Sheriff Badges Free Printable {for Toy Story Birthday Party or Cowboy Birthday Party}... »
 
 

Paint Pen Easter Eggs Easy Kids Craft

Baby & Kids, Easter, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This free kid's Easter craft idea is sponsored by Elmer's. These paint pen Easter eggs are so pretty that this Easter we're totally passing up PAAS and decorating all of our eggs with paint...Paint Pen Easter Eggs Easy Kids Craft... »
 
 

Super Bowl Craft Idea: Make a no-sew football t-shirt or onesie

Baby & Kids, Fall, Sewing Projects, Super Bowl, Under 1 Hour, Winter

Make a cute football t-shirt or onesie for your little Super Bowl fan -- no sewing required! There are a lot of sewn and screenprinted versions out there (including my favorite, a Sports Illustrated...Super Bowl Craft Idea: Make a no-sew football t-shirt or onesie... »
 
 

Extra-long baby bib free sewing pattern for toddler-sized spills

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This longer baby bib sewing pattern is for all the messy toddlers out there and their moms (AKA me) who are tired of doing their laundry. All of Elise's baby bibs were much too...Extra-long baby bib free sewing pattern for toddler-sized spills... »
 
 

Festive stockings decoration on food storage container lids for pot lucks and cookie exchanges

Christmas, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under 1 Hour

This post is sponsored by VELCRO® brand fasteners. Last week I shared my wreath Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers wreath lid decoration that was featured in Jo-Ann national holiday advertising catalog. It's a super...Festive stockings decoration on food storage container lids for pot lucks and cookie exchanges... »
 
 

Easy DIY Cookie Packaging in 5 Minutes

Christmas, Cookie Recipes, Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

This post is sponsored by Elmer's and X-ACTO. Tis the season for making and gifting cookies. Elise and I are decorating sugar cookies for our friends and neighbors and we're going to package them...Easy DIY Cookie Packaging in 5 Minutes... »
 
 

Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers

Christmas, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

You spent all that time baking for holiday parties and cookie exchanges. Why put your goodies into plain storage containers? Add a little holiday cheer by personalizing food storage container lids with a little...Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers... »
 
 

Toy Story Photo Booth Props {free printable PDF}

Baby & Kids, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These free printable Toy Story photo booth props are sure to put the Yee Haw! into your Toy Story-themed birthday party. My daughter Elise is a big fan of Buzz Lightyear, Woody and all...Toy Story Photo Booth Props {free printable PDF}... »
 
 

Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here are some super easy fall napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags that you can easily make the night before your Thanksgiving feast. And these Thanksgiving napkin rings double as place cards....Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags... »
 
 

How to use the Martha Stewart Satin Spray Kit {and review}

Inspiration, Under 1 Hour

The Martha Stewart Spray Kit is basically a genius way of turning almost any Martha Stewart Crafts paint into spray paint. Let's process this. You can turn almost ANY COLOR into spray paint which...How to use the Martha Stewart Satin Spray Kit {and review}... »
 
 

Easy Halloween No-Sew Bracelets: Pumpkins and Skulls

Halloween, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Lately I've been dreaming up Halloween crafts for kids while re-watching Season 1 of The X Files. Now that Elise is almost 3 she's really getting into Halloween. She's already practicing her "trick-or-treats" and...Easy Halloween No-Sew Bracelets: Pumpkins and Skulls... »
 
 

Insulated Holder for Stick Popsicles and Frozen Yogurt

Accessories, Baby & Kids, Sewing Projects, Summer, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Cold tiny hands no more! Elise loves stick popsicles and frozen yogurt tubes. Truly, she's a junkie. But she doesn't like it when her hands get cold, which means I don't like it when...Insulated Holder for Stick Popsicles and Frozen Yogurt... »
 
 

Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps

Invitations & Cards, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

You've asked for Giving Tree personalized postage stamps and so here they are! These Giving Tree personalized postage stamps coordinate with the free Giving Tree Save The Date Wedding Announcement printable template from Cristin...Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps... »
 
 

Curved baby burp cloth tutorial {free pattern}

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This curved baby burp cloth tutorial and free pattern is reversible, recycled, and super easy to make -- you'll be able to knock out this burp cloth pattern in no time flat. During my...Curved baby burp cloth tutorial {free pattern}... »
 
 

Festive Tassel and Beaded DIY Cocktail Stirrers

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under 1 Hour

I am loving these tassel cocktail stirrers -- just the right added flair to summertime drinks on the deck. Earlier I showed you some of my DIY custom necklaces, earrings and belts using Styled...Festive Tassel and Beaded DIY Cocktail Stirrers... »
 
 

Easy Bejeweled DIY Vases

Home, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I bejeweled a couple of vases to hold the flowers that friends have brought over to welcome Liam Ellis home. They are a little extra posh compared with my normal decorating style but while...Easy Bejeweled DIY Vases... »
 
 

Easy DIY Custom Jewelry using Styled By Tori Spelling

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Under 1 Hour

I've always been intimidated about making my own jewelry. Honestly, for me all the supplies and tools kind of made the cost of entry too high for me, both literally and figuratively. But then...Easy DIY Custom Jewelry using Styled By Tori Spelling... »
 
 

DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers

Earth Day, Home, Recycled Crafts, Spring, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These free DIY printable garden seed markers are made from recycled plastic salad containers. The packrat in me always kinda feel bad about throwing these plastic salad containers away so thought I'd try to...DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers... »
 
 

Easy DIY no-sew felt flower bracelets {free pattern}

Accessories, Baby & Kids, Easter, Mother's Day, Spring, Summer, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here's a super cute DIY spring and summer craft that you can knock out in less than an hour: Easy no-sew felt flower bracelets. I love how cheery these no-sew felt flower bracelets look....Easy DIY no-sew felt flower bracelets {free pattern}... »
 
 

Make your own coasters with ceramic tiles and etching cream {plus Chicago flag free template}

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under 1 Hour

It's easy to make your own coasters using cheap ceramic tiles and glass etching cream. The effect is subtle but elegant - I just love the gloss/matte white clean white look on these Chicago...Make your own coasters with ceramic tiles and etching cream {plus Chicago flag free template}... »
 
 

Kid’s non-slip fabric Play-Doh mat or coloring mat

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under 1 Hour

I sewed this non-slip fabric kid's play mat for Play-Doh and coloring for our living room coffee table. The DIY fabric kid's play mat is super oversized (16" x 28") to give lots of...Kid’s non-slip fabric Play-Doh mat or coloring mat... »
 
 

St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Shrinky Dink Necklaces and Pins with Irish Maps and Sayings {free printable}

Free Printable, Spring, St. Patrick's Day, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made these St. Patrick's Day Shrinky Dink necklaces and pins to spiff up St. Patty's garb just a little bit. Of all the holidays, St. Patrick's Day is among the least classy when...St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Shrinky Dink Necklaces and Pins with Irish Maps and Sayings {free printable}... »
 
 

Make individually wrapped sugar cubes {video} with ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ sugar cube wrappers {free printable}

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Showers, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Remember when I made personalized wrapped sugar cubes to go with my friend Debbie's shower gift? I'm still obsessed. And this time I made a video to show you exactly how to fold paper...Make individually wrapped sugar cubes {video} with ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ sugar cube wrappers {free printable}... »
 
 

Valentine’s Day Card from Vintage Sheet Music {free printable}

Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Vintage Inspired

This free printable Valentine's Day card was inspired by vintage piano sheet music that I found in a Brooklyn antique store. I bought the sheet music thinking they might make nice wedding save-the-dates or...Valentine’s Day Card from Vintage Sheet Music {free printable}... »
 
 

Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable 2012 template}

Free Printable, Holidays, New Year's Eve, Paper Crafts, Under 1 Hour

UPDATE: I've updated this template for 2013. Get the 2013 New Year's Eve printable hat here. Enjoy! This New Year's Eve Party Hat free printable template is inspired by my clock-obsessed 2-year-old, Elise. It...Make New Year’s Eve Party Hats {free printable 2012 template}... »
 
 

Teeny witch’s hat Halloween costume for stuffed animal friends

Free Patterns, Halloween, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this teeny witch's hat Halloween costume for Elise's best friend and monkey Ooh-ah (her Angel Dear monkey blankie stuffed animal who you might remember from Elise's Pink Monkey and Bananas 1st Birthday...Teeny witch’s hat Halloween costume for stuffed animal friends... »
 
 

Oatmeal container straw game for babies and toddlers

Baby & Kids, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Today's craft is for babies and toddlers about 15 months to 2 years old: a straw game made out of a cardboard oatmeal container. All you need is an empty Quaker oatmeal canister, a...Oatmeal container straw game for babies and toddlers... »
 
 

Hostess or Housewarming Gift Idea: Mint Plant with Teabag Card

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Under 1 Hour

I whipped together this easy but clever hostess gift for my friend Wendy's 'Welcome Home' housewarming barbeque: a potted mint plant with a teabag 'card' perfect for summer sun tea. Wendy's new 3-bedroom Chicago...Hostess or Housewarming Gift Idea: Mint Plant with Teabag Card... »
 
 

Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

My friend Jolyn, the Queen of Handmade Burp Cloths, taught me years ago how to turn regular white burp cloths into posh fabric-covered burp cloth sets in less than an hour. Cute, huh? And...Baby burp cloths with loops for toys or binkies... »
 
 

Printable Thank You Cards for Pink Monkey 1st Birthday Party

Baby & Kids, Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Elise loved her 1st birthday gifts and wanted to say thanks in style! I designed pink monkey thank you cards with a '1st birthday' bananas birthday party hat and yellow polka dots cards. Then...Printable Thank You Cards for Pink Monkey 1st Birthday Party... »
 
 

Pink monkey printable birthday party hat for kids

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this pink monkey birthday hat for Elise to wear on her 1st birthday. She was a good sport about it and I think she looked adorable especially when she dug into her...Pink monkey printable birthday party hat for kids... »
 
 

Happy 1st Birthday Banner Free Printable Hanging Sign – customizable

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under 1 Hour

I made this "Happy 1st Birthday Elise" pink and yellow hanging birthday banner for Elise's pink monkey and bananas birthday party. I hung it over our living room curtains using three kinds of ribbon...Happy 1st Birthday Banner Free Printable Hanging Sign – customizable... »
 
 

Free printable gift tags from vintage Christmas ornaments

Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

Here's a woodsy pair of friends to adorn your holiday gifts. I made these free gift tags from vintage owl and deer Christmas tree ornaments that I found at a local antique store. Last...Free printable gift tags from vintage Christmas ornaments... »
 
 

Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

Decorations & Favors, Halloween, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

It's well-documented that I'm a pack rat when it comes to items I think could have another life. When Elise transitioned from breast milk to formula, I was amazed at how we flew through...Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans... »
 
 

Chalkboard lids for baby food jars

Baby & Kids, Recipes, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Elise is eating solid foods now so I've entered the Land of Frozen and Leftover Baby Food. With my brain still set on 'sleep deprived,' I put my chalkboard obsession to good use with...Chalkboard lids for baby food jars... »
 
 

Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Fourth of July, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Summer, Under 1 Hour

This original Fourth of July craft was created for Daily Candy Kids. Welcome, Daily Candy readers! I mourn sparklers. The City of Chicago banned sparklers in 2007 joining most other ousted fireworks. Yes,...Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland... »
 
 

Refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps

DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

This craft was originally created for and published by design*sponge. Welcome, design*sponge readers! I found a pile of buttermilk, chocolate milk and orange juice vintage bottle caps tucked away in a cardboard box in...Refrigerator magnets from vintage milk and juice bottle caps... »
 
 

Retro Embossed Label Maker Thank Yous

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

At the risk of dating myself my sisters and I used to play with embossed label makers when we were kids. With the new "improved" models and computers that came out in the 90s,...Retro Embossed Label Maker Thank Yous... »
 
 

Valentine’s Day Felt Heart Pocket Bracelet and Mini-Purse for Kids

Accessories, Baby & Kids, Free Patterns, Holidays, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day

Hearts is the theme of two easy Valentine's Day gifts perfect for spoiling the sweet toddler and tween girls in your life. First is a teeny pouch bracelet perfect for storing candies or tiny...Valentine’s Day Felt Heart Pocket Bracelet and Mini-Purse for Kids... »
 
 

Vintage-inspired Kissing Couple Box Wrapping

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Valentine's Day, Vintage Inspired, Weddings

Years ago I bought a vintage kissing couple pendant at a Manhattan summertime flea market. I wore the sweet thing ad nauseum, which you can see here in this summer cider and berry smoothie...Vintage-inspired Kissing Couple Box Wrapping... »
 
 

Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Invitations & Cards, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

When Shane told me that he wanted to host our sixth annual Thanksgiving dinner I didn't quite know what to say. Baby Elise was born on October 20th and I was crazy sore and...Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards... »
 
 

Paper and Fabric Leaf Fall Wreath

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Home, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Happy Fall! I love this time of year ...changing leaves, football, pumpkins, cider, late-afternoon sunshine, scarves. And fun fall crafting, of course. This paper wreath took me all of about 15 minutes to make...Paper and Fabric Leaf Fall Wreath... »
 
 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Burp Cloths

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here's an easy, fun and practical gift for new arrivals: Planes, Trains and Automobiles burp cloths. Friends Tamara and Jon recently welcomed Lucas, little brother to adorable Sienna, and I made these especially for...Planes, Trains and Automobiles Burp Cloths... »
 
 

Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

Recently I took part in the first inaugural Chicago Craft Social hosted by Amanda Edwards, Megan Hall, Megan Heep, and Jessica Jones. In addition to meeting tons of super cool crafty Chicago ladies, I...Retro Paris Photo Notecards and A2 Size Envelope Template... »
 
 

Covered Card Box for Weddings

Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

Cristin Siegel made this sophisticated wedding card box covered in decorative paper to collect cards at her sister-in-law Mara's wedding reception. Pretty crafty and much cuter than a most of the pre-made money boxes...Covered Card Box for Weddings... »
 
 

Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These no-sew felt 4th of July napkin rings really brightened up Shane's Fourth of July Birthday BBQ - no sewing machine required! And yep, I realize I'm a bit on napkin rings kick ...first...Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings... »
 
 

Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes

Decorations & Favors, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this fabric napkin rings recycled craft from an empty Saran Wrap tube. A few months ago I was getting ready to throw away an empty Saran Wrap box and happened to notice...Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes... »
 
 

Madison Wrapping Paper

Baby & Kids, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So my niece Madison's 3rd birthday is in April. What a big girl! I work near Madison Street in Chicago and couldn't resist taking a photo of a street sign to top her package....Madison Wrapping Paper... »
 
 

Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I'm posting the free tutorial for how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea by request. Jessica Mullen wrote: "I saw your beautiful photos from the tea party and I have a quick...Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors... »
 
 

Bacon pancakes

Recipes, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Lucky for me that magazines in my doctor's office are hopelessly out-of-date. I hit a goldmine during a recent appointment by seeing this bacon pancake idea in an old issue of Martha Stewart Living....Bacon pancakes... »
 
 

Shrinky Dink Rabbit’s Foot Napkin Ring Keychain Favor

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This is one of those craft projects that I just love. A little throwback, a little whimsical ...and totally original. The idea for Shrinky Dink rabbit's foot napkin rings that double as keychain favors...Shrinky Dink Rabbit’s Foot Napkin Ring Keychain Favor... »
 
 

Bouquet Mason Jars with Handmade Name Tags for Receptions

Accessories, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I really like this thoughtful detail from Cristin and Adam Siegel's Chicago nuptials. Cristin tied handmade name tags around the tops of water-filled glass Ball mason jars to hold the bridal party's bouquets during...Bouquet Mason Jars with Handmade Name Tags for Receptions... »
 
 

Chicago Avenue Bridge Graffiti Urban Thank You Card

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This free printable urban graffiti thank you is perfect for your everyday thank you needs. Every time I drive over the Chicago Avenue Bridge I look forward to seeing the "thank you" graffiti spraypainted...Chicago Avenue Bridge Graffiti Urban Thank You Card... »
 
 

Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Free Patterns, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This is our fifth year hosting Thanksgiving in Chicago for the twelve members of our joint families. Each year we try to do something slightly different for food and table decor. I constrained myself...Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving... »
 
 

Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids

Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

My friend Heather Crosby and I have creative chemistry. Whenever we get together we build on each other's ideas until it becomes something totally original. Heather came over for dinner last week toting stacks...Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids... »
 
 

Chicago flag passport cover

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Update: This project was proudly featured in Time Out Magazine and at Chicagoist.com. Yay! My friend Debbie has accumulated an enviable amount of stamps in her passport. Each year she plans a "big trip"...Chicago flag passport cover... »
 
 

Gift wrapping ideas for baby and kids

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Today I popped by my friend Anne's to drop off gifts for five-year-old son, Gavin, and her newborn son, Graham. I recycled and altered my chalkboard gift tags idea to wrap Gavin's birthday treat....Gift wrapping ideas for baby and kids... »
 
 

Giving Tree Save the Date Wedding Announcement for Fall

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

How sweetly romantic is this save the date wedding announcement for Cristin Witcher and her fiance Adam Siegel's fall Chicago nuptials? Adam designed the whimsically simple letterpressed save-the-date announcement and matching tree branch mailing...Giving Tree Save the Date Wedding Announcement for Fall... »
 
 

Sewn Tie Appliqué Baby Onesie Bodysuit

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

The first time I saw a sewn appliqué tie onesie bodysuit was about a year ago in an Uncommon Goods catalog. I thought it was really cute and looked super simple to make. Well,...Sewn Tie Appliqué Baby Onesie Bodysuit... »
 
 

Chicago Skyline Notecards and Lined Envelopes

Free Printable, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

My favorite Chicago mommy blogger Janna Devylder, sons Gus and Eli, and husband John are moving to Savannah to teach at SCAD. So I decided to make them a goodbye gift. These handmade, bright,...Chicago Skyline Notecards and Lined Envelopes... »
 
 

Fourth of July Waterproof Coasters

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

More decor for our upcoming Fourth of July - slash - Shane's birthday BBQ. I took Martha's Fourth of July parasols and turned them into a neat matching Fourth of July waterproof coasters. Supplies:...Fourth of July Waterproof Coasters... »
 
 

Fourth of July Paper Napkin Rings

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Shane's birthday is the Fourth of July so today I started to make some fun decorations for him. Martha Stewart has a super cute Fourth of July paper napkin ring template on her website....Fourth of July Paper Napkin Rings... »
 
 

Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card

Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

My downstairs neighbor Susan gave us a beautifully wrapped wedding gift in thick, shiny silver and pearl-like white wrapping paper. Channeling my mom, I decided to fold up the shiny white and silver paper...Recycled wrapping paper sewn wedding card... »
 
 

Indoor Smores

Recipes, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So it's pouring outside right now and I'm craving a smore. Luckily, living in a locale with nine long months of winter has allowed me to perfect the art of indoor smores. And the...Indoor Smores... »
 
 

Chalkboard gift tags

DIY Gift Ideas, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I came up with the idea of this chalkboard gift tag to add a wink to Chad and Shayda's engagement party gift. But I think these tags would be great on children's birthday gifts...Chalkboard gift tags... »
 
 

Sewn baby onesie bodysuits – applique dog, butterfly, bottle, bow, heart

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So my friend Jeff and I were talking at Mac's about Merriment and he asked if I could make a unique baby gift to help him welcome Isabella, a friend's newborn daughter. These handmade,...Sewn baby onesie bodysuits – applique dog, butterfly, bottle, bow, heart... »
 
 

Cookie jar wrapping paper for gifts

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So today is my adorable niece Madison's second birthday. I made her a super cool gift that I'll post in a few days with instructions once she's unwrapped her gift. In the meantime here...Cookie jar wrapping paper for gifts... »
 
 

Phone Book Wrapping Paper for Gifts

DIY Gift Ideas, Parties & Birthdays, Recycled Crafts, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

AT&T delivered piles of telephone books to my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago. Not needing ours but cringing at tossing the stack into the trash I decided to find some crafty uses for...Phone Book Wrapping Paper for Gifts... »
 
 

Farmland CD Covers for Music Mixes

DIY Gift Ideas, Free Printable, Home, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

I made these three kitschy CD mixes to thank my friend Amy for letting me stay at her place for the first few days of my week in NYC. Back when I was a...Farmland CD Covers for Music Mixes... »
 
 

Baby stuffed animals

Baby & Kids, DIY Gift Ideas, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

New mom and fashion maven Rachel Pluto made these adorable animals for her newborn daughter Maya. Taking a cue from Dwell's baby animals that retail $105 for three, Rachel handcrafted these adorable reversible giraffe...Baby stuffed animals... »
 
 

Monogrammed coffee insulator wrap

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Recipes, Recycled Crafts, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

So I was pretty excited about the success of the campfire coffee insulator wrap and decided to make a monogrammed coffee insulator wrap for my sister Krista. Perfect for coffee/tea/cocoa drinkers and the eco-friendly,...Monogrammed coffee insulator wrap... »
 
 

Campfire coffee insulator wraps

Accessories, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

While I'm not a particularly heavy coffee drinker I've been known to enjoy my soy mint mocha from time to time. If I buy coffee once a week I'm using 52 of these little...Campfire coffee insulator wraps... »
 
 

Guest towels for bathrooms

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

This is the detail that got the most comments from my wedding guests. My friends said it was 'typical Kathy' to personalize even the bathroom towels. But this crafty activity is something you can...Guest towels for bathrooms... »
 
 

Ring pillows

Free Patterns, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I adore the photos of our rings on the pillow before the ceremony. In addition to looking nice at the ceremony itself the photos from our photographer added a nice storytelling element to our...Ring pillows... »
 
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