Easy Greeting Cards

How to Make a Halloween Card in 5 Easy Steps!

Halloween cards are so much fun to make. Maybe you’re not used to giving out cards for Halloween, but you will be after this easy tutorial!

This project is one of a series of 5-step greeting cards that I have posted about. I have two tutorials for greeting cards here and here, as well as a tutorial for a birthday card here.

Follow along as I show you how to make a simple Halloween card in 5 easy steps!

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Materials:

  • blank greeting card with envelope (links to white cards but I used an orange one – you could always glue a piece of orange paper to the front to achieve the same look)
  • glue  (as usual, I used Elmer’s)
  • washi tape or scrapbook paper in a Halloween pattern/color scheme
  • stamp of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object
  • black inkpad
  • scrap of white paper (I used an envelope!)

The best thing about this project is that it will not cost you a lot of money. Blank cards are cheap when bought in a pack and so is scrapbook paper. The stamp and inkpad will probably be more expensive, but they can be reused many, many times.

Instructions (Only 5 Steps!):

1. Stamp the image of a Jack-o-lantern or other Halloween object onto a piece of white paper 3 times.

2. Trim the paper with the stamped images so that there is a small border. It should look something like this:

3. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper slightly larger than the paper above OR do what I did and cover a piece of paper with washi tape. It didn’t quite line up right, but it didn’t matter.

4. Glue the paper with the stamped images onto the piece of scrapbook paper/washi tape-covered paper, like so:

5. Glue the piece you made in step 4 onto the front of the card, and you’re done! As an optional last step, you could write something like “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat,” but I felt like this was an obvious enough Halloween card as it is!

Final Thoughts:

I hope you liked this easy Halloween card! I want to make loads more of them and give them out to all my friends because it will only take me 10 minutes (or less) to recreate. Not bad!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media.

See you next Friday (I know this was a day late) for yet another Halloween post!

DIY

Holiday How-To: Make a Dangly Ghost!

It’s never too early to make Halloween decorations, right? I know you’ve all seen those posts on Facebook about people who break out the spooky stuff as soon as the summer ends.

Today I’ll be showing you how to make a super easy, dangly ghost! It takes less than five minutes!

I’m trying out a different post format today, bear with me. (I admit, I had to look up whether it was “bear with me” or “bare with me”!)

Materials:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But Angela,” you may be asking, “How much will this cost me?”

The answer, my friend, is: not much! The first three materials most people will have on hand or can ask a friend for. Alternatively, you can use a tiny piece of black paper instead.

The tassel may be harder to obtain, but you can always make one yourself. It doesn’t cost more than the price of some thread/yarn!

Instructions:

  1. Draw two circles (eyes) and an oval (the mouth) onto the white paper using your Sharpie/marker OR cut two circles and an oval out of a piece of black paper.  You should end up with something like this:

2. Glue them onto the tassel. You’re done, all in less than five minutes!

 

Final Thoughts:

These are so quick and simple, you could make a whole bunch of them and hang them around your house. Ghost army, muahaha!

As always, remember to connect and share on social media. The Halloween fun continues next week. See you then!

 

 

 

Roundup

10 More Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill (30+ projects inside!)

Hello, my pretty little readers!

The follow-up to my first 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill post is finally here! Be sure to look at that post for more upcycling ideas, and have fun poring over this one too.

The items are listed as headings, followed by a couple of ideas that can be made with that item.

Happy thrifting/upcycling!

1. T-Shirts

There are tons of no-sew projects that can be made from T-Shirts! Here are just a few:

Idea: T-Shirt Potholders – Mommypotamus

 

Idea: No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag – Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

 

These no-sew reconstruction/upcycle ideas are not only cool, they’re also easy! There are tons more ideas out there, too!

Idea: Summer Tank Upcycle – Some Dreaming Tree

 

Idea: No-Sew Crisscross-Back T-Shirt Upcycle – WobiSobi

 

2. Neckties

Using neckties for projects generally involves more sewing than I can manage, but if you’ve got the skills, these projects look like a lot of fun.

Idea: Wine Tote – The Girl Creative

 

Idea: Upcylced Necktie Necklace – Aletha Israels

 

This one is a little tricky but the end product is so cool!

Idea: Necktie Baskets and Hats – ToolGirl

 

3. Popcorn Tins

Those big tins are great for upcycling projects!

Idea: Sisal-Wrapped Storage Bin – Homemade in the Heartland

 

Fido’s food container can be stylish, too:

Idea: Dog Food Tin Makeover – Frazzled Joy

 

Use the bottom as a lampshade, and the lid as a memo board! Two projects from one tin!

Idea: Popcorn Tin Lampshade – Bright Green Door

 

Idea: Memo Board – Crafting a Green World

 

4. Wooden Trays

I feel like I never see any wooden trays when I’m out thrifting, but I hope I find some soon because I have found some amazing ideas for them!

Idea: Jewelry Organizer – A Time for Everything

 

A little paint and some tile can go a long way!

Idea: Mosaic Tray – Reality Daydream

 

Add little legs and you’ve got yourself a bed tray! (This tutorial also shows how you can make your own tray, but you could obviously use one that’s already made, too.)

Idea: Wooden Tray Bed Table – Scavenger Chic

 

5. Glass Jars

It seems glass jars are never in short supply at thrift stores and yard sales, and now I have some pretty compelling reasons to hang onto some of my own!

Idea: Storage Jars with Knobs – Torie Jayne

 

If you have a jar without a lid and a vivid imagination, this next craft may be for you:

Idea: Mushroom Fairy House – DIY & Crafts

 

There’s always the age-old “snowglob from a glass jar,” but what about a pretty butterfly oasis?

Idea: Butterfly Oasis – Danee’s Delights

 

6. Cribs

This may seem like an odd item to look for, especially if you don’t have kids, but trust me, some of these ideas might have you searching for a crib of your own. These projects usually require a bit more in the way of resources, however. You might need power tools and special hardware.

Idea: Porch Swing – Lolly Jane

 

Idea: Magazine Rack/Shelf Unit – Eve of Reduction

 

This project uses just the siderails of a crib, but it’s so clever I had to share!

Idea: Craft Room Storage – May Arts

 

7. Belts

So many belt ideas didn’t have tutorials with them. 🙁 You would be amazed at the ways people upcycle them, though!

Idea: Hanging Shelves – Blue i Style

 

These next two ideas involve a few more tools/hardware than most projects on this list, but they look so cool:

Idea: Drawer /Furniture Pulls – Visual Heart

 

Idea: Bracelets from Belts – Linda Peterson Designs

 

8. Lamps

Even old, tired lamps can be spruced up to look amazing! Sometimes a coat of paint can go a long way, or sometimes something like rope can be used to cover the base:

Idea: Rope Lamp – Martha Stewart

 

Use the bases and some dishes for cute birdbaths!

Idea: Birdbath – SheKnows

 

You can even make a side table out of a lamp and a plate:

Idea: Side Table – The Shabby Creek Cottage

 

9. Cutting Boards

Who knew cutting boards were so versatile? Not me!

Idea: Wall Art – anderson + grant

 

Idea: Organizer – Organized Clutter

 

This chalkboard is too cute, not to mention super simple!

Idea: Chalkboard – Decorchick

 

10. Handkerchiefs

Handkerchiefs have such pretty patterns on them, and can be made into some really lovely things.

Idea: Anthropologie-Style Bracelets – Sadie Seasongoods

 

Here’s a super easy wreath idea! No sewing required!

Idea: Handkerchief Wreath – Bumblebee Linens

 

Try pressing and framing them for some lovely wall art!

Idea: Handkerchief Wall Art – Cleverly Simple

 

Final Thoughts:

Hopefully this list inspires you to look at things a different way, even things that you already have! Upcycling for the win!

As always, be sure to connect and share on social media. See you in one week!

 

Update

Update: Postage Stamp Gift Tags!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Yesterday I posted a list of 12 easy postage stamp projects. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already, there are some wonderful ideas there.

Today I decided to make my own version of #12 on the list, the gift tags from Pillar Box Blue. I sort of did my own thing, but I loved how they turned out! What a great way to “dress up” some plain, store-bought tags:

These are so quick and easy to make, and you could use so many different embellishments. I just used washi tape, but if I had some coordinating stickers and things, I probably would have used those too!

I’m especially fond of the Batman tag, and I have specific plans for that one. 🙂 I do wish I had switched the two strips of washi tape, but it still looks nice.

For the sweet corn tag, I opted for a smaller tag because the stamp itself was a lot smaller, and the rectangle tag would have been too big. If you can’t tell, the stamp has some red on it, which is why I went with the red polka-dot washi tape.

Hopefully this further inspires you to try out some stamp projects for yourself!

Connect and share on social media if you enjoyed. See you on Monday!

Roundup

12 Easy Postage Stamp Projects!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

My latest obsession is postage stamps. I actually wish I got more mail so I could save ALL the stamps! Be right back, I’m going to beg people to send me more mail. 😛

My current collection is pretty sad (you can see some – I mean, most – of it in the above graphic), but I hope to grow it more in the future so I can make some of these awesome projects! Most are very simple and won’t cost a fortune to make. Just how I like it.

Kick back and go postal (hmm, I’ll work on that…) with me! Also, if you’re interested in seeing my take on #12, check out the update to this post.

Note: I like to use blogger’s names when I can find them, but I am not personally affiliated with any of them.

1. Decoupage Box – Craftideas.info

This box is so cute, and so easy to make! You’ll have to click through to the tutorial, but make sure you read the materials listed at the link above, first. 🙂 You can also decoupage stamps onto other things such as bowls and coasters. There are a few more ideas on this list too!

2. Stamp Pendant – Crafting My Way

I honestly thought this might be a bit of a difficult and expensive project, but Jennifer makes it look so simple! You could make magnets using this same technique, too.

3. Postage Stamp Brooches/Jewelry – Miss Vicky Viola

This is another jewelry project, but it’s done very differently than the stamp pendant, so check this out and see if it’s more your style. I think it’s even easier, actually!

4. Wall Art – cabin + cub

There isn’t a tutorial given here but Valerie does mention mounting the stamps onto white archival paper in another post. It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out, and it looks oh so cool organized by color! I’ve also seen a similar idea where the stamps overlap, leaving no white space between them. You can also arrange them into a monogram or other shape. The possibilities are endless!

5. Postage Stamp Wreath – Sweet Paul

If there’s anything I’ve learned from my years of poking around for craft ideas, it’s that people are suckers for wreaths. This one is super easy and not very expensive at all!

6. Decoupage Vases – Art Education Daily

What I love about this project is that it is also a great way to upcycle a glass bottle that might otherwise get recycled. I think it would make a great display piece.

7. Map Art – Papery & Cakery

Niki used solely “love stamps” (stamps relating to love) for her US map art, but you could use a variety or pick a different theme! I love how this looks – it is so colorful and unique!

8. Postage Stamp Buttons – Izzwizz Creations

I would never have thought to cover a button with paper, let alone a stamp, but it looks so neat! You’ll have to scroll a little to find where Maddy describes using a postage stamp to cover a button, but the first part is also important so that you know what to use and how to poke the holes after you’ve glued the paper to the button!

These would be great as embellishments for a card or scrapbook.

9. Postage Stamp Notebook – My Poppet

Here’s a great way to upgrade a plain notebook! How cute would this be as a travel journal?

10. Postage Stamp Tabletop – Gardening Nirvana

I saw this idea floating around a couple of places, but it was hard to track down a tutorial. Once I found this one, though, I knew I couldn’t have asked for a better one! Very personable and fun to read. It makes me want to go out and make one right now!

11. Magazine Files – notes on paper

Now even your storage can have stamps on it! No real tutorial to speak of here, but as Julie puts it, “you glue stamps on to a box.” If you don’t want to buy magazine files, you can make your own out of old cereal boxes!

12. Gift Tags – Pillar Box Blue

Create personalized gift tags with the help of stamp or two and some embellishments! It’s that easy.

You can check out my version of these tags in this post update.

Final Thoughts:

There are so many more postage stamp ideas I wanted to include but couldn’t find tutorials for. If you’re curious, you can do your own search to find more ideas, so long as you don’t mind possibly not having instructions to follow.

Connect and share on social media, and come back Monday for another pretty little post!

 

 

 

Makeover Monday

Makeover Monday: Boring Bowl to Cool Container!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

It’s time for another Makeover Monday, this time involving a wooden bowl. If you want other ideas for upgrading wooden bowls, check out my post 10 Things to Look For on Your Next Trip to Goodwill. Wooden bowls are the first item on the list!

Note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

The Original:

These bowls were gifted to my family by my aunt, but we never found a good use for them. I took to painting a few and gave them to my mom and sister; however, there were still quite a few left.

One day I decided to use Mod Podge (link is to glossy version) to glue some torn comic book pages to one of the bowls. I don’t have any in-progress pics, but you’ll still get to learn a little about how I took a plain wooden bowl and made an awesome piece of décor!

I first painted the rim of the bowl with black paint. I did this because I wanted to leave that part comic-free.

Next, I tore up the black-and-white pages of the comic and used Mod Podge to affix the pieces to the inside of the bowl. I allowed for some overlap, but I had fun trying to figure out which pieces would fit best where.

Here’s how the inside ended up looking:

For the outside, I tore up the colored comic book pages and glued them down.

Finally, I used Elmer’s glue to seal and provide a glossy finish. The Mod Podge I was using had a matte finish, which I didn’t like – the above link is for glossy finish, though.

Final Product:

I love how this turned out! I think it looks so cool.

Let me know what you think, and as always, connect and share on social media!

See you Thursday for another pretty little post!

 

Makeover Monday

Makeover Monday: Drab to Fab Frame!

Hello, my pretty little readers!

Welcome to a new segment that I am calling Makeover Mondays!

On Makeover Mondays, I will be posting pictures of an item that I have transformed in some way, along with some information about how I did it.

The point is to inspire you to makeover your own items. Happy makeovering! (I know that’s not a word, but it’s all I could think of.)

The Original:

I picked up this rough, dull little frame at a yard sale for 25 cents.

For a quarter, I was willing to take a chance on it. After all, a little paint can sometimes go a long way…

I painted it with a paint sample that I got when I was trying to decide which color to paint my room. It’s not the exact shade that I ended up going with, but it’s similar enough that it will go well in my room.

There were some glimpses of the solid-aqua frame in my post last Thursday.

(Look familiar?)

Next, I blocked off parts of it with masking tape, like so:

I painted over some of the aqua areas with gold, which is one of the accent colors in my room.

Finally, I added a little pink paper flower to cover up the huge scratch/dent in the corner.

Final Product:

(I have a soft spot for Pusheen, as you can see.)

There’s the frame all set up in my room! Hard to believe it was once so plain, isn’t it?

Let me know your thoughts and, as always, connect and share on social media!

See you Thursday for another pretty little post!