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How to Make a Gift Card Envelope With a String Closure

How to Make a Gift Card Envelope With a String Closure

My kids love getting gift cards, but that seems so sterile as a gift. So I came up with these handmade gift card envelopes. They are the perfect size to hold a gift card and the cardboard backing (if you fold it). That way, the recipient knows you put some thought and effort into their gift. (And they still get what they want.) Materials Needed Scissors Credit card or other tool to crease a fold Double sided tape or glue Pencil Sharp object to poke a hole with 9" of twine 2 brads and 2 sturdy circles (I glued 2...

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How to Print on Tissue Paper

How to Print on Tissue Paper

I love using pretty printed tissue paper in my crafts and junk journals, and I wanted to be able to make my own. I tried just running the tissue through the printer, and it always got jammed. So I figured out how to use a piece of cardstock to make the tissue firm enough to go through the printer. It only takes a few steps, and once you get going, you'll want to make tons of these sweet pages.   How to Make Pretty Tissue Paper  Materials: Tissue paper (the kind for wrapping gifts). I used white. A digital download (such as...

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DIY Envelope with String Closure

DIY Envelope with String Closure

This is what we're making today: A sturdy kraft cardstock envelope with a string closure. The finished size is about 6.75 inches by 3.5 inches. Each envelope kit comes with the base (pre-folded), two sturdy circular tags, two brads, 13 inches of twine, and instructions. Get the kit here: DIY Envelope Kit  They come in a pack of 2 or 10. STEP ONE: Fold the envelope and mark where you want the circular tags to go. (I lay the circles on the envelope to see where I like them & put a dot of ink through the center.) STEP TWO: Unfold...

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Homemade Gifts For the Birds

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Homemade Gifts For the Birds

Do You Feed the Birds, or Know Someone Who Does? If so, you'll want to take a look at these great ideas for feeding the birds. They're both super fast to whip up and they make great gifts. Best of all, you'll be helping our feathered friends, who are on the decline. Burlap Bird Feeder This easy to make bird feeder was a great hit with all of my birding friends last Christmas. I made myself a few, too, and it was a hit with my birds, as well, as you can see from the picture above. I wasn't sure...

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Potato Success!

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Potato Success!

Yesterday felt like fall, and after a long summer in South Jersey, that's a real treat. I went up to the office early and got to work so I could get out into the yard. I packaged all the Rolodex cards and dividers and study cards that needed to get mailed, and then I went out to play. My first stop was the vegetable garden. I had planted potatoes in mid-April and I wanted to check on them. I've never tried potatoes before, so I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't expecting much, since all I did was...

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