Category Archives: Celebrate

Super Easy DIY Bookmark

Know anyone that loves to read?  I do! That’s why I love making homemade bookmarks. They’re easy and fun, and they add such a personal touch to a gift for a friend or family member.

diy gift: personalized bookmark

This would be a great idea for Father’s Day and/or Mother’s Day.  The last one I made was for my Dad; his birthday is at the end of May.

I picked out a few pictures of my sister and me as young kids, scanned them in to the computer and re-sized them.  I’ve also made them before with pictures of flowers, and of pets.  Really you can pick anything that your reader enjoys.  Endless possibilities.

I recommend printing your pictures on card stock for sturdiness, but regular paper should work fine in a pinch.

For the bookmark portion, I used two pieces of card stock because I wanted different patterns for each side, but you could easily get away with one piece if you want the bookmark to be the same on both sides.

diy gift: personalized bookmark

I cut these two pieces to 7″ x 2″ but there isn’t a law about bookmark proportions so I say, if you’re going to make a bookmark, do it however you want to.  Just make sure it’s at least practical.

If you’re using two pieces of card stock like I did, use double-sided tape to stick them together.  I have craft paper swag so I used a round corner paper punch (similar to this) to round the edges of my bookmark.

Use double sided tape again to stick your pictures to the bookmark and then give the whole thing two coats of mod podge.

A quick squeeze of a hole punch and an embroidery thread tassel make this bookmark extra fancy!

diy gift: personalized bookmark

To really up the cute factor, you can buy your gift recipient a book and tuck it in the book.  I did with this one I made for my dad!

He loved it!

Are you DIYing a present for your father this coming Father’s Day?  Link in the comments!

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Mother’s Day DIY No. Three

My mom loves a good diy project, so I always try to give her something handmade for Mother’s Day. She also loves to garden, so it’s fun to combine these two things and give her something plant-y!

Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters

This year I went with succulents in terra cotta pots that I hand painted. I just used latex paint samples and sponge brushes that I already had on hand.

Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters IMG_1413

I didn’t even realize until I gave them to her that the colors I picked match the curtains in her office – I love a happy accident!

Don’t they look so cute on her desk in the window?

Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters Painted Terra Cotta Succulent Planters

Did you DIY anything for your Mom this Mother’s Day? Link it in the comments!

PS – here are my Mother’s Day projects from the last couple of years:

DIY Veggie Garden Signs
Mother’s Day Mani Kit

Blogiversary: Two Years!

Dudes, I’ve been making things my whole life, and I’ve been writing to you about them for two whole years now. Thousands of people have visited my little corner of the internet from all over the planet. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for this entire experience. It’s one of the most emotionally rewarding hobbies I’ve ever had.

I owe everyone that’s ever visited, commented and shared my posts a thank you and a big bear hug! You guys are awesome!

I’ve got some projects in the works right now, which have been delayed because life happens, but in the meantime… Here are a few of my favorite little projects from the past year.

DIY Hanging Canvas Headboard
String Art
Leaning Instax Picture Display Shelf
Upcycled Colander to Patio Planter 

Cheers!

xo,

J