DIY Monogrammed Notecards

monogrammed cards

My sister and I were recently talking about what to give as a First Communion gift. She mentioned she was going to give monogrammed notecards to her friend’s daughter.

I thought that was such a great idea. Everyone should have her own personalized notecards or stationery, but especially kids and teens. With all of the technology now, it’s important for kids to still appreciate the written note.

My sister’s gift inspired me to try to make my own monogrammed cards. If you’re needing a gift for graduation orĀ just want to make these, they are really easy. You just need blank notecards, alphabet stamps and ink pads.

I found that buying blank notecards in bulk is easiest. They are already scored (where it folds) and comes with envelopes. They have different colors and designs, too, which make it more fun.

Make your own monogrammed notecards

You can get these at any craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby and both stores always have 40% off coupons, which are great šŸ™‚

I liked this polka dot theme for the cards I was going to do.

Make your own monogrammed notecards

For the alphabet rubber stamps, it’s best if you have two sets, one with smaller letters and the other with larger letters. In the same section as the stamps, you’ll find ink pads in every color.

Make your own monogrammed notecards

To do a standard monogram you will need to know the initials of the person’s first, middle, and last name. Using your largest stamper, stamp the initial of the person’s last name in the middle of the card.

Make your own monogrammed notecards

Then using your smaller stampers, stamp the first name initial in the front and the middle name initial on the end.

Make your own monogrammed notecards

They also have stampers that say just about anything, so sometimes it is nice to give Thank You cards as a gift, as well.

Make your own monogrammed notecards

You can also monogram the envelopes for an extra touch.

DSC05648There are so many things you can do with these. Just don’t forget to make some for yourself while you’re at it!



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Make Your Own Bracelets from Costume Jewelry

No tools needed jewelry

My grandma loved her costume jewelry and I am having so much fun with this box of it that was given to me.


Between the broaches, beads and chains, I’ll never run out of things to make with them. A while ago, I used some broaches from this box to make theseĀ decorative mirrors.

jeweled mirror

But for this jewelry project, I wanted to make bracelets from this chain necklace.


I decided to make stretch bracelets because they are easy and don’t require a lot of tools or components.

First, using wire cutters (o.k. you do need one tool), cut off just a small section of links.


I just did enough links to cover the top of my wrist.


Then cut a small strip of stretchy cord.


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And loop it through one of the end links.


Then just fold the two ends through the opening to attach the cord to the links.


This will gave you two strandsĀ of cord.

If your bead holes are too small to string two strands, forget the folding and looping step and just tie your cord around the chain link. Tie a few knots and trim excess cord, leaving one piece of cord.

Next, string beads onto the cords until it is the right length (there are no set measurements here, just wrap it around your own wrist to determine the length you need).


Then tie the cord to the other end link and tie about three knots.


You can put a few drops of glue or clear nail polish on your knots to secure them.


And that is it!

You can use any kind of bead you have on hand to make a fun variety of bracelets.


If you don’t have costume jewelry on hand from grandma, don’t worry, garage sale season is coming up. That’s a perfect place to find great accessories to craft with!


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Fun Way to Display Your Favorite Quote or Verse

In the past month, I’ve come across this Bible passage (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7) five times fromĀ five different sources!


I realize this is a popular verse, but I always take notice when something starts showing up over and over. I like to think it’s God’s way of communicating with me and asking me to pay attention to something.

So, I’m not sure what the message is here. Maybe I’m supposed to be loving more? Better? Differently?

Or maybe I’m just supposed to enjoy the love that I already have.

Since I was feeling such a strong connection to this verse, I thought it would be nice to find a way to display it in our home.

This would be cute with any favorite quote or saying.

To start, I bought a frame from the thrift store.

Frame your favorite quote corinthians

Then I measured the area that shows through the glass so Ā I’d know what size to print my text.

Frame favorite quote Corinthians 13: 4-7

Using a computer, I typed out the text, changing the font with each verse. Then I printed it and cut it to fit inside the frame.

Frame favorite quote Corinthians 13: 4-7

With a pencil, I hand wrote the word love in the center of the page.

Frame favorite quote Corinthians 13: 4-7

Then using a small brush and acrylic paint, I painted over my penciled text.

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After it dried, I just put the paper into the frame and hung it in our bedroom where I could see it every day.

Frame favorite quote Corinthians 13: 4-7

Frame favorite quote Corinthians 13: 4-7

Frame favorite quote Corinthians 13: 4-7

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Frame favorite quote Corinthians 13: 4-7

How To Make Tissue Paper Flowers

My favorite plants are those that you don’t have to water. So rather than fill my house with cacti, I thought I’d play around with these paper flowers.

Tissue Paper Flowers

They are really easy and cheap to make and would also make great party or wedding decorations. Or just a way to decorate a bedroom.

Tissue Paper Flowers

All you need is tissue paper, scissors, and a stapler or piece of string.

Stack about six sheets of tissue paper.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Then begin folding the tissue paper in one inch segments.

Tissue Paper Flowers

After one fold, flip the papers over and do the same fold on the other side.

Tissue Paper Flowers

The point is to make an accordion. Make sure you flip after each fold.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Once it is all folded, it will look like this…

Tissue Paper Flowers

Try to slide it under a stapler to staple it right in the middle.Ā If you can’t get it lined up so the staple is straight, you can tie a string or piece of wire around the middle to hold it together.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Trim the edges with a rounded cut.

Tissue Paper Flowers

You can also do a sharp pointed cut to create a different style of flower.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Then stretch out the folded part,

Tissue Paper Flowers

and then carefully pull each piece of tissue paper out until they are all spread apart.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Do that to both sides and you are done!

Tissue Paper Flowers

You can experiment with the sizes, too. The smaller you go, the more time it takes to separate. If you are patient, it is worth it because the small flowers make adorable gift toppers.

Tissue Paper Flowers

If you want to make stemmed flowers, you can take a stick and hot glue it into the flower.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Put it into a vase filled with pebbles and you have a seriously low-maintenance bouquet of flowers!

Tissue Paper Flowers

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You Are Special Today Plate

Does this plate look familiar to anyone?


When we were little, we were allowed to use this plate on our birthdays and on a big occasion like graduation. It wasn’t an option to use it other times (at least, I don’t remember asking to). It was truly for special occasions.

For that reason, it really did make you feel special sitting there, usually beaming, with the bright red plate at the dinner table.

I know they still make these plates, but I thought I would experiment to see if I could make my own.

There are many tutorials out there regarding this and many of them suggest different things. Some say a regular Sharpie works fine while some say you have to use a porcelain paint pen. Since I already owned colored Sharpie markers, I decided to experiment with those first before buying anything new.

My assistants and I did a test run on a couple old pieces.



To get started, you will need some Sharpies or porcelain pen markers and a plain porcelain plate. I bought mine at the dollar store.

Draw on the surface with your markers and let dry completely. You can use a stencil template or just draw free hand.


Place in oven and THEN turn oven on to 350 degrees. These pieces can be delicate and you don’t want to shock the piece. This allows it to slowly heat with the oven.



Let bake for 30-45 minutes.

Leave in oven to cool completely. Don’t take out to cool. They will be HOT.

Wash well with soap and water. Dry. Enjoy.


Here are my findings.

Sharpie will work just fine but if you hand wash the items, you cannot use an abrasive sponge. It scratches off the marker. Hand washing with a regular soft sponge is fine. I tested mine in the dishwasher and it started to fade. I recommend hand washing only.

I’m conflicted on the toxicity factor. On one hand, it is permanent and doesn’t wash off without abrasive scrubbing so I am not worried about it rubbing off onto food. And since this plate will only be used a couple times a year, the exposure level would be low.

Ideally, you could do this project with a mug and only draw on the outside of the mug. Problem solved.

But for this project, I just played it safe and mainly drew on the outside of the plate, leaving the food area clean.

This would be a fun project for the holidays. Buy some cheap mugs or plates at the dollar store and let each of your guests have their own personalized place setting.


Have Fun.

Decorative Paper Clips

Office life doesn’t have to be boring. With a few simple steps, you can spruce up any document.

To get started, get some large paper clips.

decorative paper clips

Make sure that you put your embellishments on the top of the paper clip away from the inside clip that comes down onto the paper. Otherwise, your embellishment will be in the way.

decorative paper clips

For this ribbon design, justĀ cut a piece of thin ribbon and fold it in half.

decorative paper clips

Place the folded area inside the paper clip and pull the end through it. decorative paper clips

decorative paper clips

You can glue chipboard letters on….

decorative paper clips

..which can make a fun filing system.

decorative paper clips

You can also glue buttons together,

decorative paper clips

and then sandwich your paper clip between your buttons with hot glue to make a button clip.

decorative paper clips

decorative paper clips

This can make a cute money clip,

decorative paper clips

or clip for your business cards.

decorative paper clips

This is an easy way to stand out (any salespeople out there?) or just add a little color to your office.

Have fun!

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Design Your Own Umbrella

I don’t know about you but somehow we have accumulated about a dozen umbrellas over the years. And considering I usually just sprint from the car to wherever I’m going if it’s raining, most of them have never been used.

Since they all looked alike, I thought it might be fun to decorate a couple. For the type of smaller design I wanted to do, I decided that a fabric marker would be the best choice. It would adhere well and the marker would give me good control.


If you wanted to do a larger pattern or something using more paint, you could use acrylic paint with a paint brush.

Here are my umbrellas before.



First you will want to wash them well with water and mild soap and let them dry completely.

Here is where you can get creative.Ā Do you want to do polka dots? A striped pattern? Animals? Raindrops?

For my first umbrella I decided to make ladybugs along the edge. I just used an old toy to use as a template for the body.


I traced the toy and then colored it in. I did two coats for a brighter look.


Then I just drew the head and legs on freehand with the white fabric marker.


Easy, easy.

On my other umbrella I did polka dots. I used the lining of stickers to give me a template.


I peeled the backing off and cut them into pieces to place on the umbrella. Then I just colored inside the sticker for uniform dots.


If you have any college age kids (or you’re in college) you can personalize it with your school’s letters or your sorority letters. I just traced a stencil template.



This would be a fun project with older kids. Let them each design their own umbrella so there is no fighting in the morning. šŸ™‚

If you have a clear, cup shaped umbrella, it would be adorable with a painted design.

Lots of options with this…enjoy!


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