Paper Purse Party Favors to Make With Kids

Paper Purse Party Favors Tutorial

Paper Purse Party Favors Tutorial

These little paper purses are so cute and are perfect for kids to make. They can be used as party favors for a birthday party, or for kids to take into school for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. Kids will have lots of fun embellishing these purses and giving it a style all their own. So if you want kids at the party to make their own, you could prep the basic paper purse in advance and then let the kids decorate it.

Supplies Needed to Make Paper Purse

Scrapbook Paper
Scoring tool (a toothpick works just fine)
Embellishments or Stickers
Small Hole Punch

How to Make Paper Purse Party Favors

Amy Locurto sure does make these paper purses look so fun and easy to make. I hope you give it a try for your next party.


DIY Christmas Card Ideas to Make This Year

Snowtop Mountains Card

Making your own Christmas Cards is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Whether it’s a photo card that puts together a collage of your favorite family photos from throughout the year, or a homemade card with your own creative touches, a hand made Christmas card is a fun craft project for the whole family.

Christmas Card Ideas

There are a wide variety of Christmas cards that you can make. There are simple designs that are quick and inexpensive, and there are more elaborate designs that layer paper and accessories to create a magical keepsake for family and friends. One of the best things about a Christmas card is that you can make them with your kids. They may not have the attention span to help with them all, but I’m sure that there’s a step or two where they can lend a hand. Or, let the kids make a special card for their Grandparents or teacher.

Here’s a look at the types of Holiday Cards that you can make for Christmas this year.

Snowtop Mountains Card

This snowy mountain card by lindsay.dee.bunny (via Flickr CC 2.0) shows what you can do with a little paper. If you don’t have a die-cut machine to make the trees, you could cut some out by hand or use tissue paper to glue down your own trees. Or another idea would be to make a needle felted tree and glue that to the card. I love adding texture and depth to a card.

Bike Chain Christmas Tree

I love the creativity and ingenuity used to make this card. The Christmas tree is made from a bike chain that has been painted green and then shaped into a tree. What a brilliant idea shared by Richard Masoner via Flickr CC 2.0

Photo Ornament Christmas Card

Are you newlyweds celebrating your first Christmas together? Or maybe there’s a new baby in the house? This photo ornament card is a great way to show-off your news. All you have to do is make a photo ornament, take a picture of it and then add a greeting. You’ll enjoy working on every step of this project. Photo courtesy of njt1982 via Flickr CC 2.0

Kids Christmas Card

Kids love getting involved with Christmas and want to help whenever they can. Let them get involved with the family card, or let them make one for someone special. I’m sure that this adorable card would be loved by all. You can also make copies of your kids artwork and turn it into a card. I did this with one of my son’s drawings when he was too young to write. I made a card using a photo I took of the drawing. I then used Send Out Cards to make Thank You notes with his drawing on the front and my writing on the inside. A frame-able card that we still have on display! Photo via Brentwood Borough Council via Flickr CC 2.0

Here are a few more ideas. All of these cards were made with scrapbook paper, card stock and and lots of creativity.

Photo by starshaped via Flickr CC 2.0

Holiday Card
Photo by amy.gizienski via Flickr CC 2.0

Embellished Card
Photo courtesy of WordRidden via Flickr CC 2.0


Crafts to Make With Alcohol Ink

Alcohol Ink Fluid Designs

Have you added alcohol inks to your craft drawer yet?  One day I saw a video showing a craft made with these liquid inks and I knew that I had to give them a try.  And of course I was instantly hooked.  I love the versatility of alcohol inks.  You can use them to create paintings, mosaics, jewelry and so much more.  Here is one of my favorite ways ways to use these inks.

Alcohol Ink Floating Background

With this technique, all you have to do is mix cold water with alcohol ink.  You can then dip any type of item into the water.  It’s great for making colorful gift tags, colored wooden pieces and beads for jewelry.

Here are a few examples of gift tags made with this technique.  When dry, the tags can be used for stamping and inking.

You can create any color combinations you want.  Have fun playing around with the amount of ink that you place in the water.  Decide what background color you’d like and then add a drop or two of a bold accent color.  It’s also fun to play around with the type of paper that you use.

These beautiful designs show you the depth and variety you can achieve with alcohol ink.  By varying the colors and amount of ink added to the water, you can really play around with the designs that you can achieve with this method.

You aren’t limited to simply using paper and cardstock with this method.

Bisque Beads Made With Alcohol Ink

These beautiful ceramic beads were created with this technique.  The beads were varnished with Decoart Triple Thick Glaze to give them the protective, high-gloss finish.

I hope that you have fun making your own designs using this fluid background technique.  I can’t wait to make some new cards to use for the upcoming holiday season.


Handmade Gift Wrapping

Handmade Gift Wrapping

One way to turn a ho-hum gift into something special is to make your own wrapping paper.  Taking the time to create your own wrapping paper shows the love and care you put into the gift.  Plus, making your own gift wrapping helps you try out new craft techniques, use up left-over supplies, or recycle stuff from around the house.

DIY Gift Wrapping Paper

Handmade Gift Wrapping

Image courtesy of erika g via Flickr CC 2.0

I love this gift wrapping.  You can create pretty flower and leaf motifs using a number of techniques.  Here are a few ideas for how to make your own gift wrapping.

  • Stencil designs onto paper.  You can even use brown paper bags from the grocery store for Eco-friendly gift wrap.
  • Decoupage pictures and words onto paper.  You can create some really fun and creative wrapping paper with decoupage.  Cut out some words or phrases from a newspaper or magazine to write what you want on the gift.
  • A fun craft idea for the kids is to make fruit and vegetable stamps.  You can use apples, potatoes, or whatever item you’d like to cut out a design.  Kids love using these homemade stamps to dip into paint and stamp away.
  • Cut out strips of paper and roll them up into tight circles.  This technique, called quilling, lets you create fun designs with paper.  Simply glue these paper curls onto large pieces of paper to create wrapping paper.

The beauty about making your own wrapping paper is that anything goes.  Any style, any supply and any technique works.  Just have fun with it and see where your imagination takes you.

Here are some inspiring gift wrapping ideas:


Wrap It Up: 100s of Fast, Fun, and Festive Gift Wrapping IdeasWrap It Up: 100s of Fast, Fun, and Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas

Simple, Creative Ideas for Imaginative Gift WrappingSimple, Creative Ideas for Imaginative Gift Wrapping


Fall Craft Idea for Kids

Fall Craft for Kids

With school starting next week for my kids and the temperature turning cooler, my mind automatically goes to fun, fall craft ideas for the kids.  This tissue paper tree is an easy and fun project that is perfect for boys and girls of all ages.

Fall Craft for KidsHow to Make a Tissue Paper Tree

This tissue paper tree lets kids use their creativity to mix colors and create their own tree showing off the beautiful colors of fall.

Supplies Needed:

  • Construction Paper (blue, green and brown)
  • Tissue paper or crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Paper punch with leaf pattern (optional)

Here is how to make this cute tree:

1.  Use a blue piece of construction paper for the base.

2.  Rip a piece of brown construction paper into strips to create the tree trunk and branches.  For a more realistic looking tree, crumple the brown paper before gluing it to the blue paper.

3. Cut a strip of green construction paper for the grass at the bottom.  You can use scissors to create fringed grass, or just use a plain strip if you prefer.

4.  Cut tissue paper or crepe paper into squares.

5.  Fill a small cup with white glue.

6.  Using the eraser end of a pencil, wrap the tissue paper around the pencil to form the leaves.

7.  Dip the pencil and tissue paper into the glue and then add the leaf anywhere on the tree.  Be sure that you don’t use too much glue.  A little dab will do ya!

8.  Keep adding tissue paper leaves to the tree, varying the colors as you go.

9.  Use a paper punch to cut-out and glue small leaves falling from the tree and in the grass.

That’s all there is to it.  Kids can add as many tissue paper leaves as they’d like.  You’ll be amazed at how much your kids will enjoy this project and how quietly they’ll sit and work on it.

You can also use elements of this craft idea to make a fall greeting card or scrapbook page.  There’s no rule that says that craft ideas for kids can’t be enjoyed by all!

If you’d like to see a step-by-step tutorial, here’s a video from The Frugal Crafter.

Supplies Available on Amazon to Help Make a Tissue Paper Tree:

1 Inch Tissue Paper Squares1 Inch Tissue Paper Squares

Assorted Pack of Tissue PaperAssorted Pack of Tissue Paper

Maple Leaf Paper PunchMaple Leaf Paper Punch


Fun Crafts Using Rolled-Up Magazines

Rolled-Up Magazine Crafts

Do you have piles of magazines at home that are just waiting to be recycled?  Before you toss them in the recycling bin, how about some fun craft ideas for how you can take rolled-up magazines and turn them into vases, organizers and other pretty pieces to decorate your home.

How to Make a Rolled-Up Magazine Vase

All you need for this craft are a few magazines, a glue stick, glue gun and a paper or plastic container (like a recycled food container).  You may also want ribbon, pipe cleaners or rope to finish off the edges.

This video shows you how easy it is to make a magazine vase.  You can use this idea to make a pen holder, trash can, or any size holder you’d like.

Video by PattieWackDesigns

And this video uses the same rolled-magazine technique, but shows you how to make a decorative box with it.  In this example, she has made a magazine holder.  How appropriate, right?

Video by kelseyr2

How to Make a Rolled Paper Trash Can

These two videos show you variations of the rolled-up magazine technique.  Rather than creating long tubes with the magazine pages, these two ideas both use coils of paper.  Definitely more time consuming to do it this way, but the result is pretty cool.

Video by Flux Magazine

Video by Keepinitsimple101


Water Bottle and Paper Bangle Bracelets

Water Bottle Bangle Bracelet

Take an old water bottle and turn it into a fun bangle bracelet that you can wear alone, or layer with other bracelets.  This is recycling and upcycling at its very best!

How to Make a Water Bottle Bracelet

The premise of this DIY bracelet is that you’ll sandwich some pretty paper between two layers of plastic cut from a water bottle.  Finish off the edges with an adhesive tape that holds it all together, but that also adds a pretty contrast to the pattern in the paper.

Video by EcoHeidi Borchers

Supplies for this craft are minimal.  You’ll just need some paper, glue, decorative adhesive tape and a water bottle. An inexpensive way to accessorize your outfit.  You can make the bangles as thin or as thick as you’d like, so you can create lots of variations for mixing and matching.


Cinco De Mayo DIY Craft: Tissue Flower Garland

Tissue Paper Flower Garland

This tissue paper garland tutorial was created for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but I think it’s perfect for any party or holiday gathering.  Use whatever color tissue paper that goes with your theme, or with the holiday.  So pastels would be perfect for Easter and a red/white combination could be used for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

Tissue Paper Flower Garland Tutorial

Tissue Paper Flower Garland

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This fun craft would be fun to make with the kids.  I love that it’s so inexpensive and just takes a little tissue paper to create.

To get a pretty detailed edge on the flowers, Yvonne used an edge puncher.  This gives the flowers a level of detailing that you can’t get with scissors, but you certainly could use the same steps in the tutorial to make a flower garland without the use of an edger.

Supplies needed:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Edge Puncher

How to Make Paper Flowers

DIY tissue flowers

Paper flowers can be used for so many things.  They are perfect to use when decorating, and they make great gifts, either as is or as part of the wrapping.  This DIY tutorial teaches you how to make tissue paper flowers that are perfect for Mother’s Day, or for decorating the table for a party or bridal shower.  These flowers would also be a fun way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and add a little color to your house.

Not only are these paper flowers easy to make, but they are also really inexpensive to make.  And because they are so versatile, I love to have extra tissue paper on hand so that I’m always ready for a crafty project.  My daughter loves to help make these as well.

DIY Paper Flowers Tutorial

DIY Tissue Flowers

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Visit Design Every Day for the complete photo tutorial on how to make this beautiful tissue paper flower.  This is a great tutorial that walks you through every step of the process.