color blocked canisters are my fave

July 9, 2014

diy gift wrap
Two things I’ve made clear: I’m crummy at getting wrapping paper corners to lay flat and I love Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paints. Hence, this steamer turned color blocked gift container.
diy color blocked canisters
To make your own you’ll need:
bamboo steamer
– acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paints in party streamer, wild salmon, and gold)
basic paint brushes

All you need to do is paint the outside of the steamer (I did two coats), then let dry, and gift away. IF they like it enough, the gift recipient can even repurpose it as a storage container for bits and baubles or beef jerky. Their call.

diy gift wrap
gift wrapping ideas

photos: Jennifer Little

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

flower cake toppers are my fave

March 19, 2014

diy cake toppers

Cake is welcome any season. Spring-one-up with these flower cake toppers that take only seconds to create (so you’re not wasting valuable cake eating time).

diy cake toppers

All you need is floral wire and these Martha Stewart Crafts pom-pom stickers. Cut the wire into various lengths and stick the poms on then (bam!) you’ve got yourself some cake toppers.

easy flower cake toppers

easy flower cake toppers

Pretty, right? Just don’t drop the cake on the floor.

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

a floral dotted bunting is my fave

March 18, 2014

no sew garland

I loved this Oscar de la Renta pattern so much, I decided a spring bunting inspired by it was in order. And since I always forget how the bobbin works, it’s no sew. You’re welcome.

no sew garland

To make your own you’ll need:
– polka dotted fabric
– floral fabric (preferably with a medium scale pattern, like this one from Joel Dewberry)
– felt
– hot glue gun
Martha Stewart Crafts fabric to fabric decoupage
– twine or thread (I used Martha Stewart Crafts gold thread)

Step one: Cut the polka dotted fabric into flags or triangles. If the fabric needs some heft, back with felt using hot glue.

Step two: Cut around flowers from the floral fabric. Adhere on top of the flags with fabric to fabric decoupage.

Step three: Use a needle to string the thread or hot glue it to the back of each flag. Done!

no sew bunting

diy garland

easy garland

Two more days until spring officially starts, I will survive.

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

a birthday cake you can send in the mail is my fave

February 17, 2014

diy happy birthday poster
Sending baked goods in the mail always starts out with good intentions but ends in stale cake. Here’s a way to send a cake, card, and surprise all wrapped into one – no intense saran wrapping skills required.

diy happy birthday poster

To make your own you’ll need:
– white poster paper
– Martha Stewart acrylic paint in various colors
– paint brush or small roller
Martha Stewart Crafts glitter
– glue

diy happy birthday poster

Paint the cake stripes (a little roller comes in handy here), paint some lines on top for candles, add some drops of glue above the candles and shake the glitter on to mimic the flames. Spell happy birthday out with stickers or hand write.

diy happy birthday poster

diy happy birthday poster

diy happy birthday poster
Simply roll up and ship in a mailing tube for a very happy birthday wish.

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

pop-up box valentines are my fave

February 5, 2014

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day on yamf without some cheesy puns. Here are some of the pop-up variety.
pop up valentines

pop up valentines

pop up valentines

To make your own you’ll need:
Pop-up box download
– small jewelry box (about 4″ square)
– patterned paper (I used sheets from this Martha Stewarts Crafts pad)
– scissors
– hot glue

Step one: trim your patterned paper to fit the inside back of the box. Place in box, glue if necessary.

Step two: print download, cut out message and shape (animal or boat).

Step three: Make the shape pop-up and adhere it by taking a scrap piece of paper, trimming it down to a rectangle and accordion folding it. Then hot glue the top to the back of the cut-out shape (animal or boat) and glue the bottom of the accordion fold to the back of the box (see the below image). Adhere the flag by folding down the edge of paper and hot gluing to the side of the box.

homemade valentines

Fair warning, with the lid on, your valentine may think you’re giving them something a little more blingy than paper. Hopefully one of these won’t cause disappointment.

homemade valentines

Design: Kirsten Bingham

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.


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