12 Christmas in July Crafts that You Need to See

July is here which means that Christmas is less than 6 months away. Whether you’re ready to start crafting for December now or just want to check out your options for the next few months, the Christmas craft ideas below are charming holiday ideas that you absolutely did not make last year. All new to FaveCrafts.com, these brand new Christmas crafts are special, stunning, and sure to impress. From tropical hues to more traditional printables, we are so excited for the following DIY Christmas ideas that we did not want to wait until September, October, or November to share them. Make sure to pin or bookmark these cuties if you’re not up for making Yuletide cheer just yet. They’ll be here when you get back.

Christmas in July

12 Christmas in July Crafts

DIY Pinata Christmas Trees

Merry Reindeer Art Board

Dollar Store DIY Ornaments


9 Tips for Planning Your DIY Gifts

If you are a responsible crafter who loves creating your gifts early (or just really want to try to be), check out our tips on how to plan your DIY Christmas gift!

 


 

Washi DIY Christmas Ornaments

 

What Christmas craft did you never get a chance to make next year?

 

How to Make a Washcloth Bunny

The cutest decorations sometimes come from the simplest places. This video tutorial on How to Make a Washcloth Bunny demonstrates how you can upcycle an old washcloth and turn it into one of the most adorable springtime crafts you’ve ever seen!

Not only is this spring craft adorable, it’s also easy to make and cost effective! In less than an hour you can create a fun and easy springtime craft that will cost you under $10 to create. How’s that for a thrifty craft? Try pulling out this project with your kids and grand-kids – they’ll love how easy and interactive it is! Soon you’ll have adorable bunnies littering your entire house. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a herd of the cutest rabbits you’ve ever seen? 🙂

Love it yet? Find Instructions at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com!

Let us know—what’s your favorite way to decorate for spring?

Darling Daisy Easter Ornaments

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Show your Easter spirit with these cute studded clay ornaments! These fun DIY decor pieces are a great way to add a bit of sparkle and shine around your home, and the spring flowers add a cheerful touch! It’s an easy technique of cutting clay using cookie cutters, and then simply pressing in studs before baking.

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You can really make these ornaments any color you’d like, and use them to hang on indoor plants, on a fireplace, doorknobs, or drapes. Get creative with these! I also like to hang these from a light fixture over your Easter dinner table. The bright silver studs add a modern touch to otherwise traditional decorations.

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Step 1: Gather materials. You will need polymer clay (oven bake — I use Sculpey or Fimo), fine glitter, an assortment of mini cookie cutters or clay cutters (find at a food specialty store like Sur la Table or a craft store like Michaels) – I used an egg shape and then mini flower shapes – small studs (these were iron-on studs I found at Michaels), and finally organza ribbon for your top tie.

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Step 2: Make the glitter accents first. Roll out one color of clay until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Press and rub on glitter to the top surface until it’s adhered and sticking, covering the entire surface.

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Step 3: Press down the cookie cutter and cut out your first flower.

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Step 4: To cut more flowers, simply re-roll clay, add more glitter, and cut out.

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I used three flowers per ornament.

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Step 5: Roll out your base clay until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Use your egg cutter to cut your shape.

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Step 6: Line the outer edge with studs, pressing them down to embed them in the clay. Smooth out any imperfections in the clay.

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Step 7: Press your three flowers on top of the egg, firmly but gently to make sure they adhere to the surface.

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Step 8: Press studs into the center of the flowers. Poke a hole at top, and bake about 30 minutes at 125 degrees or according to package. When cooled, tie organza ribbon at top to create the ornament!

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Perfect for a kid’s craft, anyone can have fun making these home decor DIY pieces!! Mix colors (I’d stick with pastels) for a very Easter-type scheme.

You can view all of my other tutorials on my blog at quietlioncreations.com!

What’s your favorite thing about Easter?

10 DIY Easter Cards To Make Today

Images courtesy of (from left to right): thefrugalgirls.com, vintagemusedesigns.blogsot.com, doeyandowlette.com

Images courtesy of (from left to right): thefrugalgirls.com, vintagemusedesigns.blogsot.com, doeyandowlette.com

 

In case you missed it, Easter is sneaking up on us early this year and is on March 27th!  Are you like me and you automatically assume Easter falls in April or at least later in March, if so it’s time to get crafting for Easter if you haven’t already started.  When creating DIY paper crafting projects for Easter there are so many cute themes to choose from like bunnies, chicks, eggs, carrots, and flowers.  Unlike the previous holidays of Christmas, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day where there is a set color scheme, with Easter projects you can choose to create your projects in a variety of colors in pretty pastels or brighter hues. Dig into your stash and pull out all of the pretty papers!

So what will you be crafting for Easter this year?  Will you be creating your own paper Easter baskets? If you are hosting Easter brunch this year you could make Easter treat boxes for your guests to take home.  I know I have said it before, but it just isn’t a holiday until you have created a paper garland (or two or three!). If the Easter time crunch this year leaves you with limited crafting time, use that time to create Easter cards for your friends and family.  Below are 10 of my favorite Easter card tutorials that range from super simple (so you can quickly create multiples) to  more advanced designs and techniques. Hop over and check them out!

Image courtesy of: northstory.ca

Image courtesy of: northstory.ca

Cute Homemade Easter Cards

Easter Treat Cards

Double Sided Step Card for Easter

Vintage Easter Card

Paint Chip Easter Egg Card

DIY Easter Cards

Hidden Easter Eggs Card

Hippity Hoppity Bleached Card

Cross Stitch Happy Easter Card

Bunny Card With Washi Tape

Plastic or real eggs, which do you prefer for your Easter egg hunt?

Lucky in Love St. Patrick’s Day Card and Pedestal

Today we have a guest post from Stefanie Girard from Sweater Surgery! She’ll be sharing with us an easy way to decorate for St. Patrick’s day. For more great tutorials, be sure to check out her blog!

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Good thing we have lots of holidays to celebrate as it gives all of us card makers and crafters lots of reasons to get our paper, recycled cardboard, and die cutter out. After crafting with my heart dies for Valentine’s Day, I knew I could then use them to make clovers and shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day and that is just what I did for this card.

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In addition to die cutting 3 hearts to make the clover for the card, I die cut the words “lucky”, “in,” and “love” using all different fonts and dies with my Sizzix die cutter. To make the stem of the clover I just trimmed by hand a scrap of the green glitter paper I used for all the other elements.

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In addition to my Lucky in Love St. Patrick’s day card, I wanted to make a little pedestal for my vintage wedding cake bride and groom. The glitter cardstock was a bit too flimsy so I went to my pantry-one of my best sources of recycled cardboard. A Chex cereal box was perfect! I was careful where I die cut the cardboard as to maximize the green areas of the box. I did add a small square of the coordinating green plaid paper on the top of the die cut pedestal for an added element.

I hope you have fun with this “green” craft and are lucky enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with someone you love!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s day?

Upcycled “Lucky” Die Cut St. Patrick’s Day Necklace

Today we have a guest post from Stefanie Girard from Sweater Surgery! She’ll be sharing with us an easy way to decorate for St. Patrick’s day. For more great tutorials, be sure to check out her blog!

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Words make a great subject for statement necklaces and die cutting recycled plastic is an easy way to make words for your statement necklaces. I like to use the plastic from take out containers with my die cuts to make jewelry.

The surrounding plastic left over from the die cut makes a great stencil for future projects so don’t throw it away!

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To color the plastic a Krylon silver leafing pen works great on the backside of the plastic.

To poke the holes for the jump rings I used a large embroidery needle. I simply held the plastic on self healing cutting mat and worked the needle into the plastic from one side until it went through a bit and then from the other side enlarged it more to accommodate the diameter of the jump ring.

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Decide how long you want your necklace and add chain to each side along with your favorite type of clasp and you have yourself a pretty statement necklace featuring the word “Lucky.” I bet your friends will want one too, so you might as well make a bunch to give them for St. Patrick’s Day.

Have you ever made jewelry out of recycled materials?

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Erin go bragh (Ireland forever for those of you who don’t speak Gaelic)! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and you know what that means. Rainbows, leprechauns, shamrocks, and lots and lots of green!

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Since we are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, we thought you might be looking for some great ideas for fun projects to celebrate. So, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites here.

  1. Show your Irish spirit and protect yourself from those St. Patrick’s Day pinches with a DIY Shamrock Shirt from A Little Craft in Your Day
  2. Get the luck of the Irish with this four leaf clover charm you can add to a bracelet, brooch, or keychain from FaveCrafts
  3. You could add this shamrock bow from Dollar Store Crafts to a wreath or basket or make a smaller version to wear in your hair.
  4. Display your love for all things Irish with Shrinky Dink necklaces and pins of Irish maps and sayings from Merriment Design
  5. Display this crocheted pot of gold from FaveCrafts on its own or add it as an accent on a crocheted beanie
  6. Decorate your home for the holiday with these paper shamrocks from Hoosier Homemade
  7. Make a fun table centerpiece with a tissue paper four leaf clover bouquet in a painted shamrock mason jar from Creative Cynchronicity
  8. Package your St. Paddy’s Day chocolate gold coins in sparkly treat bags from FaveCrafts
  9. String art has made quite a revival in the past few years and this shamrock version from Darice is absolutely adorable
  10. Display your lucky four leaf clover in this pretty pendant from Rook No. 17
  11. Wood shims become mini pallets and in turn, they become charming St. Patrick’s Day wooden pallet wall art from View From the Fridge
  12. Use simple thumbtacks to make a lovely shamrock canvas with this tutorial from Roubinek
  13. Make mason jar luminaries for the holiday with this project from Mom 4 Real
  14. Start your spring planting in these gold shamrock painted flower pots from Handmade in the Heartland

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So, what will you make to show your Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments below.

 

12 Valentines Day Printables!

Can you believe it? Valentine’s Day is this weekend! It always seems to sneak up on us. One minute it’s Christmas and then suddenly, we’re running behind for Valentine’s Day. Are you in a last minute rush when it comes to the holiday too?
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Valentines for your kids to take to school, something sweet for your significant other, an “I’m thinking of you” for your best friend.

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It can feel overwhelming and like time is running out. Don’t worry. We’re here to help. We’ve rounded up some adorable free printable Valentines for you.

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Some are perfect as is and others are great for matching up with a simple little treat. You’re sure to find something for everyone here.

Shark fans will love these “You are jaw-some!” themed Valentines from Love the Day.

1. “You are Jaw-some!” Valentines 

Pick up some donuts to share with your friends. They’ll be perfect with these “Do-nut forget” Valentines from The 36th Avenue.

2. Donut Inspired Valentines Day Printable 

Just as they are or with a box of crayons attached, these fun color by number Valentines from A Mom’s Take will keep kids busy!

3. Color Number Inspired Printable 

These funny cards from Landee See Landee Do for your significant other celebrate the reality of life together with such sentiments as “You’re the one I want to be next to when you’re on your computer and I’m on mine”.

4. Funny Valentines Day Cards

Simple and sweet Valentines from A Little Craft in Your Day make it easy to get ready for the big day without even having to leave your house!

5. Easy, Quick, and Simple Valentines 

We love these adorable little mice with cheese Valentines from Laura Kelly at Every Day Party – “It’s mice to know you Valentine.”

6. Kid Approved Valentines 

The kids can give their friends a Valentine and game in one with these Tic Tac Toe Valentines from Simm Works Family.

7. Tic Tac Toe Valentines 

Love typography and chalkboards? You’re going to love these charming Valentines from We Lived Happily Ever After.

8. Chalkboard inspired Valentines 

Kids love I Spy games and they’re going to love these I Spy themed Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe.

9. I Spy Themed Printable 

Or how about a word scramble? They’ll have so much fun with these Valentines from Moritz Fine Blog Designs, they won’t realize they’re educational too!

10. Educational Valentines Day Printable 

Get nostalgic with these vintage Valentines from House of Hawthornes

11. Vintage Inspired Valentines 

Sweet, feminine designs on these Valentine tags from Lia Griffith make them perfect for giving to your best friends.

12. Sweet Valentines Day Gift Tags

Now, wasn’t that easy? Showing your love at Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a chore and now it doesn’t have to be. Pull out the printer, load up the ink, and start printing. You’ll be all set for Valentine’s Day in no time!

What’s your favorite part of Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments below.

 

23 Rustically Romantic Ideas

If you’re looking for ways to express your rustic sense of style this Valentine’s Day, then look no further! These 23 Rustically Romantic Ideas are perfect for the holiday of love while still exuding the rustic atmosphere that will fit so well in your home. Sure to wow your friends and family, these rustically romantic ideas are incredibly festive and fun. Burlap, wood, and felt are just some of the materials that give these rustically romantic ideas the country charm that we love. This list features our favorite rustic decorating ideas for Valentine’s Day, as well as rustically romantic gift ideas.

23 Rustically Romantic Ideas

Rustic Home Decor
Decorate your home with heart! Make these awesome DIY Valentine’s Day decorations that are both festive and have that certain special, wholesome country charm. These rustic home decor crafts would look great in any country-style home, cottage, or farmhouse. These decorations would also be great for any rustic wedding because they are both rustic and centered on love.

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2. Valentine’s Day Garland DIY
3. DIY Heart-Shaped Wreath
4. Be Mine Burlap Wreath
5. Rustic Burlap Heart
6. Beautiful Wrapped Paper Hearts
7. Rustic Branch Photo Holder
8. Rustic LOVE Sign
9. Chic Decorative Heart
10. Romantically Rustic Mixed Media Heart
11. Vintage Key to My Heart
12. Classic Country Scrap Wreath

Rustically Romantic Gift Ideas
The only thing better than decorating your own home with rustically romantic crafts is making rustic gifts to give to your friends, family, and loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Jewelry, soap, tea, bread—we’ve got all sorts of ideas to help you give the best Valentine’s Day gift ever for that special someone in your life.

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14. Warm Hearts Coffee Cozy Pattern
15. Handmade Soap Hearts
16. Somebody Loaves You
17. The Sweetest DIY Tea Bag
18. Really Pretty Ruffled Shirt Scarf
19. Secret Message Felt Hearts
20. Sweet Memories Burlap Bag Keepsake
21. Decoupage Heart Necklace
22. Heart Felt Ornaments Tutorial
23. Crochet Valentine Shawl

 

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

10 Valentine’s Day Crafts to Help You Have the Best V-Day Ever

Get ready for the loveliest day of the year! With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, it’s time to get your home, your gifts, and your Valentine’s Day cards in order. If you’ve ever thought that Valentine’s Day was sort of a let-down, then you need to follow this guide to understand how fun and festive it can actually be. It’s likely that all you need are some good Valentine’s Day ideas to get you excited about the holiday again. With this step-by-step guid, we’ll show you some of the best Valentine’s Day crafts to make Valentine’s Day gifts, home decor, and decorations so that you have the best Valentine’s Day ever.

10 Valentine's Day Crafts to Help You Have the Best V-Day Ever

First things first, decorate your home so that you are surrounded by love! Making your house a fun, festive place will definitely make you excited for Valentine’s Day. Start off by upgrading your boring old candle holders into stunning, romantic decorations. These are truly The Easiest Valentine’s Day Decorations.

The Easiest Valentine's Day Decorations

Next, make sure all of your neighbors and visitors feel the love too by hanging a Valentine’s Day wreath or other decoration on your front door! We especially love this Repurposed Crown Molding Heart Decor!

Repurposed Crown Molding Heart Decor

Wake up with a heartwarming cup of coffee by making the I Heart You Mug Cozy. This would also make a great gift for anyone you know who is an avid coffee or tea drinker.

I Heart You Mug Cozy

Planning a Valentine’s dinner? Add some nice little touches to your table decorations by making the Queen of Hearts Table Runner.

Queen of Hearts Table Runner

Add other small touches around the house that your friends and family will love with their whole heart. Leave this Wine Cork Heart by the bar so that all of the wine lovers can appreciate this heartwarming wine cork art.

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Now that your house is decorated to the nines, it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day gifts. If you’re looking for a nice gift to make all of your girlfriends, why not tell them, “Somebody loaves you“?

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Finding gifts for the man in your life can be difficult, but everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so try making him A Pie Made With Love!

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Now that you’ve got your gifts all set, it’s time to finish off your Valentine’s Day cards. For a more serious card, try giving the stunningly beautiful Pretty Paper Scraps Valentine.

Pretty Paper Scraps Valentine

If you’re a bigger fan of funny Valentine’s Day cards, give your loved one this DIY Scratch-Off Valentine—it’s horribly/wonderfully punny!

DIY Scratch-Off Valentine

Last but not least, dress to impress! You’ve decked out your entire house—and your friends and family—with awesome Valentine’s swag. But don’t forget about yourself! Wear this Lovey Dovey Apron to really bring out the Valentine’s fanatic in you.

Lovey Dovey Apron

And there you have it! You can easily craft your way to a festive and inexpensive Valentine’s Day!

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?