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Saying "thank you" to essential workers — the nurses, doctors, grocery store employees and more — with a card you decorated yourself is a fun, creative way to personally express gratitude. Print out the PDF for an easy-start project (you'll get both a coloring page and a foldable card) or follow the hand lettering tips below to create your own from scratch.
If you've ever wanted to tell a fun story via drawings and thumbnails, good news: you don't have to invest in a ton of materials. This mini comic book is made with a single sheet of paper and, with help from a printer or photocopier, it's quick to create and gift.
David Huyck
Nothing brightens up a room like a bouquet of flowers, and now you can make one that'll never wilt or wither. Pick and choose from the blooms below, then add them as embellishments on your handmade cards or use them in your scrapbooking. And if you simply can't choose, go ahead and make 'em to pull into a beautiful arrangement for your home.
Amy Robison
There's something extra special about seeing glitter on a card, and it's easy to give any paper craft an actual touch of sparkle. If your glitter stash has run out, don't worry — making your own is fast and fun, and there's a good chance you already have everything you need right in your kitchen.
Victoria Hudgins
Halloween is all about things that go bump in the night and things that glow in the dark. This handmade card definitely fits the bill — it's cute in the daylight, but spooky once the lights go down.
Kristen Magee
Gift tags are a great way to let kids put a handmade touch on their Mother's Day present. (Not to mention they save you a trip to the store.) But don't reserve this project for once a year — the whole fam can make a bunch to keep on hand for graduations, birthdays and holidays, so they're always ready for a special occasion!
Giova Brusa
Take advantage of long summer days with an easy project that'll keep the kiddos entertained — not to mention teach 'em a little somethin' somethin' about sunlight. All it requires is a bit of patience and a burst of creative mojo.
Victoria Hudgins
Skip the store-bought card this year and give Dad something he'll really love — a card made by you. Gift this one alongside a homemade tie to really stay on theme!
AmyR
Now that you've dyed your Easter eggs, keep the fun going by giving those cuties something to nestle in. These paper egg holders are fun, versatile and insanely simple — so it's a must-make for kids of all ages.
Victoria Hudgins
In cardmaking, there are a few ways to get gorgeous backgrounds. Some common options: painting with watercolors, blending ink and using gelatos.
Michele Boyer
You don't need an occasion to make a card, but Easter sure is a good excuse. Craft these three versions super-quick, then send them to friends and fam in honor of Bunny Day. Bonus points if you pair 'em with a handmade envelope!
Michele Boyer
Handmade mini paper baskets may just be the cutest way to gift candies, decorative eggs and other Easter treats. It's all thanks to a simple technique: paper weaving. Move the strips through one another, secure it with glue, stuff it with colorful artificial grass and say hello to your festive DIY gift wrap.
Kristen Magee
Paper and machine embroidery collide in all the best ways in this DIY project that's perfect for Valentine's Day. Just find your fave machine embroidery design, have some paper on-hand and hoop up!
Sue O'Very
Sue O'Very
Handmade cards are lovely, but why stop there when you can DIY the envelope, too? Fabric envelopes are super cute, resuable and so much more personal than their store-bought cousins. Not to mention they're a genius way to use fabric scraps left over from your latest project. Slip in a small gift, an extra-special photo or, obviously, a card that truly sends a heartfelt message.
Monogramming adds a personal detail to any project: piped icing on cake designs, embroidered stitches on home decor, stamped initials on stationary, even custom details on quilt or sewing projects. And these days, you can pretty much design your monograms however you want. But if you want to keep things more traditional, there are a few monogram etiquette rules to consider following.
Debbie Henry
When it comes to holiday decor, there's nothing better than going homemade. These ornaments are proof— they're made quickly with paper quilling, look totally trendy and you can guarantee no one else will have 'em on their tree. Plus, you can make one in under an hour!
Erin Curet
Receiving holiday cards is one of the best parts of the season. But let's be real: you can only hang a certain amount on your refrigerator before you run out of magnets. Instead of tucking them away in storage (where they'll never be seen) or throwing them away (even worse!), why not upcycle them instead? Here are a few fun ways to breathe new life into those beloved holiday cards that arrive in your mailbox.
Kimberly Stoney
DIY party decor has never been easier than a simple — yet festive! — paper pennant banner. It makes a gorgeous backdrop for selfies and adds a finishing touch to any other decorations you've set up around the house. And guess what? The whole thing takes less than an hour to put together!
Kerry Buckley
When you think of die cutting, you probably think of paper. But there are so many kinds of paper you can die cut, transforming them into shapes that make up the coolest projects. lf you're ready to go beyond the basic card stock (though that should definitely be used, too!), here are a few ideas to get you started.
Julia Stainton
Need a card, like, now? Been there. But here's the good news: we've got all the inspo for quick cards that still look cute. You can make these cards in under 30 minutes, with supplies you probably already have around the house (or buried in your craft room). Score!
Kimberly Stoney
Technically, calligraphy, requires special tools — usually a pointed pen and dip ink. But if you're just dabbling and haven't invested in calligraphy tools, don't fret: we've got some work-arounds that let you explore this craft with whatever you have on hand.
Laura Lavender
French artist Henri Matisse once described paper collage as "painting with scissors." Sounds fun, right? If you're new to paper crafting or curious about artistic collage, experimenting with these six techniques is a great place to start.
Sara Barnes
Paper quilling is insanely cool, but if you're a beginner the learning curve can be steep. Luckily, knowing a few key tips and hacks makes all the difference. You got this!
Erin Curet
Making your own stationary is THE BEST way to share your creativity with all your favorite peeps. And while you certainly can dive into the world of card making with nothing more than a pair of scissors, some construction paper and a bottle of white school glue, having a few more specialized tools and materials on hand will make the whole process a whole lot more fun.
Amy Robison
Once you get hooked on card making, you'll soon realize that simple paper-and-glue designs are really just the beginning. A dimensional, mixed-media approach takes cards to the next level, making your missive a true work of art.
Julia Stainton
Paper crafts are always a blast to do, but heat embossing adds a magic touch. This technique lets you add textured elements to your card stock or paper, using stamps, ink and special powders. (It's all about the melt!) You won't need too many supplies to get started, and the results are gorgeous. Get ready to see just what you can do.
Kristen Magee
We're way into the new craze called quilling. "Craze" is an unlikely word to describe a craft that dates back to the Renaissance, but whatever — it's trending.
Erin Curet
Quilling is all about paper, so it's weird that we don't get more excited about picking just the right type of paper. It's so easy to get caught up in planning our quilling projects that the paper practically has to scream, "Yoohoo, what about meeee?"
Erin Curet
Quilling, the art of transforming coils or scrolls of paper into beautiful designs, can be surprisingly minimalist: All you really need to try it are strips of paper, glue and a skewer or toothpick.
Erin Curet
Picture this: crowds of strangers eyeing your artwork and wanting to buy a piece or a whole collection for themselves.
Jessie Oleson Moore
If your kitchen table is covered or your drawers are stuffed with photos, ticket stubs, stickers, papers and more, it's a good sign you should start a scrapbook. But where do you even begin? While the number of scrapbooking options can feel intimidating, it's also super exciting — and with these tips, it's easy to get started.
Kerry Buckley
You've probably never made your own sketchbook — it's easy enough to buy one, after all. Possibly the thought of making this thing never even occurred to you.
Hannah Cooper
Take your embroidery skills to paper and you can create one of the coolest handmade cards anyone's ever received. This ombré design is actually pretty simple to make, even if you're a total embroidery newbie. Plus, it's guaranteed to make your loved one smile.
Kimberly Stoney
This Valentine's Day, give a piece of your heart with a cool mashup of collage and watercolor. Not a watercolor fan? No sweat — you can reinterpret this design using markers, colored pencils or even glitter. Whatever medium you choose, your boo will heart it.
Kristen Magee
#LetterEnvy is a real thing—you scroll through artists on Instagram and you think to yourself, “I wish my letters looked like that!”
Samantha Zabell
You might think that learning lettering requires just a paper and pen — and you’re right! But you’ll find it’s much easier to learn this new skill if you get a little more specific with your supplies. I’ve broken it down into three major categories to help guide your shopping.
Samantha Zabell
No one's surprised that hand lettering and hand stitching are instant BFFs. After all, beautiful, swirling script accented with textural stitching just makes sense. Plus, the technique is pretty straightforward: once you're happy with your hand lettering skills, simply write your message on fabric. Then, stitch over the letters.
Sara Barnes
Gold foil gives me all the feels. To share the love, I'd like to teach you how to use the foil to make cards printed with big gold hearts (or whatever design you like).
Amy Robison
It's my job to make parties look amazing on shows like Bring the Party and my own Bluprint DIY Party Decor class. (Yes, I have the best job in the world.) And not surprisingly, I have a hot glue gun in my hand pretty much every waking hour.
Kristen Johnson
Remember paper chains? Well we've got an even better way load up your tree with bold, bright, beautiful paper. Seriously, look how cool these are.
It's so easy to take glue for granted. It's been around forever, it's cheap and it gets the job done.
Victoria Hudgins
Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a totally original Christmas tree! It all starts with a simple paper garland and paper airplanes made from leftover wrapping paper. Fold up your airplanes, then fly them straight into the tree for the most fun you've had decorating a tree, like, ever.
Kimberly Stoney
Along with practicing every day (yes, every single day!), following fellow lettering artists on Instagram is a great way to get inspired as you learn the art form. Whether you’re intrigued by traditional marker lettering or you're thinking about dabbling in mixed mediums, these are the artists to stalk.
Samantha Zabell
Part of the beauty of origami is its simplicity. Just crisp, flat paper and your own two hands, right? Almost. Origami is simple, and it's great to keep it that way. But rounding up a few specialized items can set you up for success, especially when you're just starting out.
Chrissy Pushkin
You gotta love this: DIY wine tags that combine your love of wine with your love of crafting. This project adds a personal, seasonal touch to any bottle of wine, whether it be a gift for a fall b-day or your contribution to the Thanksgiving table.
A memorable place card is the ultimate way to tell your guests how much they matter — especially when you make it yourself. Go sweet and delicate like the ones pictured here, or bring in a pop of bright color to complement your other party decor. Super easy, totally original and so pretty.
Amy Palanjian
If you love cruising Instagram for decor ideas as much as we do, you're already well aware that the (paper) stars are out and shining! While you can always pick them up from IKEA (fun fact: paper stars have Scandinavian roots), we guarantee it’ll be even more satisfying if you try your hand at crafting your own.
Shelby Deering
Sure, you could pick up bags at the store. But this DIY version really piles on the style — and won't look like anything else you see this season. The key to to all this graphic coolness is using metallic markers that really POP on the black bags. You can use these for school events, give 'em out to trick-or-treaters, or stuff them with costume-party favors. Add on our printable gift tag, load 'em up with goodies and you're done!
Kristen Magee
When you think of origami, your mind might go straight to complex cranes and other intricate designs. But origami doesn’t have to be difficult. This DIY is super easy and a fun way to bring color and texture to a bland wall. Consider it the ideal origami project for beginners!
Swirl, curl, and twirl all with — wait for it — paper! Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is the art of shaping paper into intricate designs. It’s done by rolling strips of paper and pinching or curving them into various forms. Multiple pieces are then glued together to create gorgeous 3D art on cards, canvases, and more. Pick up this paper craft with these six beginner’s tips.
Jin Yong
Sure, origami can be simple — you might’ve even folded some as a kid. But your basic crane (or airplane!) is just the beginning of this craft. Contemporary origami artists are building on traditional techniques to create works of art that have us gawking (and wanting to try it ourselves!).
Sara Barnes
Keeping a travel journal is a great way to preserve memories of both far-flung and close-to-home travels. You've probably already thought of filling your pages with stories and sketches, museum tickets and cafe menus. But how about some dirt? For real! Check out our tips for really capturing the spirit of a place.
Kristen Pope
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