Handmade Envelope

Create your own custom handmade envelopes to coordinate with cards you make! You can use any color or pattern of paper for your envelope, so it will stand out and truly be one of a kind! Try using paper that has a pattern printed on each side – your envelope will look great inside and out!

Materials:

-Envelope template {download template here}

– Card stock or scrap booking paper

-Scissors

-Double sided adhesive squares or glue

Directions:

Download and open the envelope template.

**Before printing, make sure that in the Print Dialog Box, the “Page Scaling” option is set to “None”.  This will ensure that the template will print large enough to create an envelope that will hold a 5″x7″ card. If the lines don’t reach all the way to the edge of the paper when printed out, you may want to use a pen or pencil to extend the lines all the way to the edge of the page.

On the printed template, cut along the solid lines, which will remove small portions of each corner.

Trace this shape onto your patterned paper, then cut your paper along the lines you just traced.

Use the template’s dashed lines as a guide to fold in the two flaps on the sides (marked #1 on the template). Use double sided tape (or glue) on the folded-in flaps, and then fold the bottom (fold #2) up, attaching it to the flaps.

Fold the top flap down (fold #3).

Your envelope is now ready to hold a card! When you are ready to seal the envelope, just use double sided adhesive squares/tape to secure the envelope closed.

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Red, White and Blue Coffee Filter Wreath

Celebrate America with a fun and festive red, white and blue wreath that’s made from colored coffee filters! Get the whole family in the patriotic spirit by getting the kids involved in this project (under adult supervision, of course)!

Materials:

  • White coffee filters
  • Blue food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • Plastic cups
  • Newspaper
  • 7″ inch Styrofoam ring (any size will work, 7″ is the size used in this tutorial)
  • Straight pins OR hot glue gun
  • Pipe cleaner

Directions:

Put red food coloring into plastic cup, and add a small amount of water. Test the color intensity by dipping coffee filter into cup. To enhance color, add more food coloring to cup (in this example, I used 1 bottle of food coloring diluted in about 4 tablespoons of water). Repeat with blue food coloring in second cup.

Fold coffee filters into triangular shapes and dip into cups of food coloring. To save time, fold many filters together and dip. Lay flat on newspaper to let them dry.

After filters are dry, pinch the center of each filter and twist tightly to create a small tail, but still leaving the outer part of the filter full and un-twisted  (as pictured). *This is  a great step to get the kids involved in – it’s fun for them, and it makes the process go much more quickly! 🙂

Begin constructing the outer ring of the wreath by pushing a straight pin through the twisted “tail” of the filter and into the outer rim of the Styrofoam ring. Alternatively, you may prefer to use hot glue instead of straight pins, which will work just as well.

Do the same to create a ring of white filters and red filters, working in to the middle of the ring. You may need to add an extra ring of red in the inside of the circle, to cover any visible Styrofoam.

Cut a pipe cleaner in half, bend it into a U-shape, and push the ends into the Styrofoam, creating a hook to hang your wreath from. A dab of hot glue on each end will help to secure the pipe cleaner hook into the wreath.

Hang and enjoy your patriotic decoration!

*FYI: If you’re wondering how many coffee filters you’ll need for this project, here’s what I used:

For the 7″ styrofoam circle, I used 52 blue filters on the outer ring, 25 white filters for the middle layer, and 55 red filters on the 2 inner rings.

Pledge of Allegiance Printable

Use this free printable to display your patriotic spirit this summer! It is sized to fit in an 8×10 frame, and would look great displayed on a food table at your party,  but it could also be used for any other crafty Fourth of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day decorating ideas.

DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE HERE!

For best use, print on high quality photo paper or white card stock.

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Red White & Blue Coffee Filter Flowers

Decorate your summer table with these fun and patriotic flowers that kids can create and decorate!

Coffee Filter Flowers

Materials:

  • White coffee filters
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Water
  • 2 plastic cups
  • Newspaper
  • Vase or container to place finished “bouquet” in

Directions:

Put red food coloring into plastic cup, and add a small amount of water. Test the color intensity by dipping coffee filter into cup. To enhance color, add more food coloring to cup (in this example, I used 1 bottle of food coloring diluted in about 4 tablespoons of water). Repeat with blue food coloring in second cup.

Fold coffee filters into triangular shapes and dip into cups of food coloring. To save time, fold many filters together and dip. Lay flat on newspaper to let them dry.

To create different looks for your flowers, try the following techniques:

  • Use a small paintbrush to dip into the food coloring and dab onto the filter to create spots or polka dots.

  • Take the triangular coffee filter and fold in half (see picture below). Dip the center into one color (which will create a “stripe”, and then unfold to triangular shape and dip one end in the other color.

After filters are dried, create the flower by stacking 3 coffee filters, pulling them together in the center, and twisting the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap pipe cleaner tightly around the twisted area to create a stem.

Add shape and fullness to the flower by carefully separating each filter.

Arrange flowers in vase or container and place on your table to admire!

 

 

“I Love You” Card with Fabric Flower

Create a card that sends a message of love with simple, clean black text on crisp white card stock paper accented with a handmade fabric flower.

 

 

Materials:

 

 

Directions:

Fold large sheet of white card stock in half to create the base of your card, trimming if necessary to fit in your envelope.

Tear black paper to be slightly smaller than the front of the folded white card stock (about 1/4″ – 1/2″ smaller on each side looks best).  Use double sided adhesive squares to attach to folded card stock. This will be the front of your card.

Cut “Love” page (printed on white card stock) to be slightly smaller than the black torn paper. Center the “love” page on the black paper and use double sided adhesive squares to attach.

Tear or cut a black strip of paper to your desired length and width (the card in this example used a strip that measured 5 1/4″ x 1/2″ ). Use double sided adhesive squares to attach to front of card, beginning in the lower left  corner.

*TIP: If your paper cutter or scissors are a bit dull, they may leave the edges of your card stock looking frayed or fuzzy. To fix this, just use a nail file to gently brush any rough or fuzzy edges. This will leave your edges crisp and smooth! 🙂

Cut “I Love You” phrase (printed on white card stock), and back with black card stock, cut slightly larger (about 1/4″ larger on each side looks best).

 

Use 3-D foam mounting squares to affix “I Love You” phrase (backed with black paper) to the card, positioning it over the black strip.

Position fabric flower in upper right corner and attach using double sided adhesive. *Fabric flower can be any color, but red really”pops” on the black and white!

Your card is complete! To create an envelope for your card, see the handmade envelope tutorial.

 

 

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Flip Flop Gift Tags

 

Materials:

  • Flip Flop Gift Tag Template {download template here}
  • Colored card stock (for flip flop sole and strap)
  • Coordinating patterned paper
  • Ribbon or hemp cord – 8″ – 12″
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Double sided adhesive strips
  • 3-D Foam Squares
  • Optional embellishments, such as stick-on rhinestones, decorative buttons, decorative paper or felt

 

Print out template and cut out each shape.

Use the cut out shapes from the template to trace the following shapes on your papers:

  • Trace template shape #1 onto colored card stock
  • Trace template shape #2 onto patterned paper
  • Trace template shape #3, trace template “v” shape (the sandal strap) onto colored card stock
  • Optional for embellishment: Trace template  flower shape onto decorative paper, card stock or felt

Cut out each shape you traced.

Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the spot marked on template shape #2 (only punch the hole on your patterned paper). Loop hemp cord or thin ribbon through the hole.

Stick a 3-D foam square to the bottom of the card stock strap, as pictured. Then fold corners under, as shown on template shape.

Attach the strap to the decorative paper (#2), being careful to put the mounting square directly over the hole punched. Use double sided adhesive to attach the folded part of the straps to the under side of the decorative paper (template shape #2), as pictured. Next, use double sided adhesive to attach the decorative paper to the sole of the flip flop (template shape #1).

Attach any optional embellishments.

Write or stamp your message onto the back of the flip flop tag. Tie to your gift, and you’ve created an unforgettable original card!

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Scrap Cake Birthday Card

Use leftover scrap paper to create an adorably unique handmade birthday card in this tutorial. You can use extra pieces of scrapbooking paper, or even recycle old birthday or greeting cards by using small strips of them to build a fun & funky cake for the card!

Materials:

  • scrap paper
  • 8 1/2 x11″ card stock
  • sheet of decorative paper (at least 5×7″)
  • tacky glue (or any type of crafting glue)
  • double-sided permanent adhesive mounting squares
  • paper cutter (or scissors)
  • Optional (for inside of card):
    • additional piece of decorative paper, at least 5×7″
    • ink pad
    • “Happy Birthday” stamp
    • corner rounder

Directions:

Choose scrap paper pieces to use to create the cake, candle, and flame. Paper scraps that are in the same color family and have varying pattern sizes work best. Small scraps should be at least 1/4″ wide and 3-5″ long.  Also choose a large sheet of card stock to serve as the main part of the card, and a decorative piece of paper to go behind the cake.

Fold large sheet of card stock in half to create the base of your card, trimming if necessary to fit in your envelope.

Cut sheet of decorative paper to be slightly smaller than the front of the folded card stock (about 1/8″ smaller on each side looks best). This will be the front of your card.

Cut scraps for the cake into strips that vary in thickness from 1/4″ to 1/2″. Arrange strips horizontally in the order they will be in to form the cake – don’t worry about length yet.

Tear the top (vertical) side of each strip.

 

To create the cake, start with the bottom layer; tear a strip of paper on the left and right sides to be about 4″ long. Continue working up the cake, tearing the sides of each layer to be slightly shorter than the strip below it. Glue each strip in place on to the card.  *Tip: use glue only on the bottom edge of each strip, so that the strip above it can be “tucked” in to the top to create a stacked look.

 

 

Cut the scrap paper that will be the candle on the cake to an appropriate size and glue on to card.

Use a small scrap of yellow (or orange) paper, and tear it into a flame shape. Glue to the top of the candle.

Attach to the front of the folded card stock using glue or double sided adhesive.

Optional: You can embellish the inside of the card with pretty paper and a stamped happy birthday message as well.

Cut another sheet of decorative paper to fit inside the card (the same size as the decorative paper on the front). Make sure the pattern is not too bright or busy, so that you will be able to see the message you write on the inside. Attach the paper to the inside (right side) using glue or double sided adhesive.

Stamp (or write)  Happy Birthday on another small scrap of paper. Use a corner rounder on the scrap paper (or any other decorative cutting) and attach to the inside of the card using double sided adhesive.

Voila! Your card is complete! To create an envelope to go with your card, see the handmade envelope tutorial.

 

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