gifts

I recently came across a leather artisan who was selling leather scraps and scooped up a bunch for crafting. I couldn’t wait to use some in a project, and what better medium to use for gifts for dads? With Father’s Day in a couple weeks, now is the time to get crafting some handmade gifts. These […]

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I’ve been hand-stitching cards since waaaaaay back in the day. Embroidery was my first love. It’s such a fun craft and makes a beautiful handmade gift! See our Hand-Stitched pattern page to see all the free printable designs you can make. Now I’m turning these fun designs into mini versions for hand-stitched gift tags! These simple, […]

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I see these hair ties in all my favorite stores but never end up buying them because they are a little bit too expensive. Well, I have good news! They are SO easy to make! I saw this tutorial on how to make them when I was scrolling through the M&T Spotlight page! Olivia from A Field […]

Father’s Day is approaching and I have a fun (and super easy) idea for the kids to make for Dad: Family Magnets! To make this craft, kids simply select a picture of themselves, cut it out and laminate it (or use packing tape, like we did) then surprise Dad on Father’s Day. There are endless […]

I’ve talked before about how our family participates in school lunch and how I’m happy with what my kids are being served. Well, I’m partnering up with the SNA and Tray Talk once again, an M&T sponsor, to talk about the real heroes in the lunch room. Enter our own School Lunch Superhero, Miss J! […]

In light of yesterday’s events surrounding the Boston Marathon, I thought it appropriate to share a little love. I’ve been making a set of crochet hearts to send to my sister-in-law, who recently lost her mother. I’m planning to package these up and send some “love” her way, letting her know I’m thinking of her. I […]

Giving gifts to friends and neighbors is one of my very favorite things to do. What can I say, it’s one of my love languages. Can you think of a better gift to give or receive than a nice warm fresh loaf of homemade bread? Me either. That’s why I came up with this simple […]

Guest post by Lisette of Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary Do you ever tire of passing out treats to your neighbors on paper plates or presenting gifts to friends in gift bags with tissue paper? Here is an easy way to dress up treats, party favors, or to create last minute gift wrapping. Supplies for […]

Who Needs a Rainbow in a Can?

by Marie on February 27, 2013

What is more cheery than a rainbow? I don’t think much. So how about making someone’s day by giving them a rainbow in a can! It’s sure to be a smile on a cloudy day. Supplies for Rainbow in a Can: recycled can – any size colored paper double-sided tape scissors stickers 6 pipe cleaners […]

I love to decorate for the holidays, it makes the house so warm and snuggly. I kinda wish it was this way all year, with twinkly lights all over the house. One of my favorite items to display is a quilt I made almost 8 years ago – crazy to think how long it has […]

For our letter P and our Holiday ABC series, we’re talking about presents. I’ve collected some simple projects for you to make for your loved ones for the holidays. Most of these are easy to do, helping you have a happy handmade holiday! Hot Chocolate on a Stick Wipe Off Menu Board Scrabble Tile Necklaces […]

Every year about this time I start dreaming up how I’ll wrap up our Christmas gifts. While wandering through the craft store about a month ago I spied some silver tinsel pipe cleaners and thought they would be the perfect material to work with to create some inexpensive gift toppers. I love the way the […]

We’re at the letter D for our Holiday ABC series. D is for dipped desserts and we’re dipping all sorts of things to gift for presents to friends and neighbors. This is one of my favorite ways to make treats for giving. Supplies for Dipping Desserts for Gifts: chocolate chips, colored chocolates in red and […]

I’m so excited to be sharing a new feature on Make and Takes, all about crafty shops. I love to buy handmade and want to support the craft community, so I’ll be showcasing super cool shops you need to hop over to for hot crafty buys! Welcome, Ugly Baby and La Ru. It’s the brain child […]

With the holidays near, I’m sure you’re looking for all kinds of things to bake, craft and sew! Well, my good friends Kelly of According to Kelly, Rachel of Southern Fairytale, and Cindy of Skip to My Lou are at it again this year with another round of Holiday Bake, Craft, and Sew. Follow along […]

One way to give the perfect gift is to personalize it. Whether is something you make or something you buy, it’s always more fun when it’s something just for them. There are great shops for your personalized items, like Christmas gifts from Getting Personal, an M&T Sponsor. Kids always love to have their names pop up […]

Creative Crayon Teacher Name Tag

by Marie on September 13, 2012

I love when crayons are used in a different way. Look how fancy they are all lined up in this darling Crayon Teacher Name Tag. I spotted this over at the M&T Spotlight  from Infarrantly Creative and I might have to whip up a few for my kids teachers. Check out these other fun crayon […]

I’m highlighting a few Mother’s Day handmade gifts we’ve posted in the past, helping you find a few last minute ideas. Or you can visit our Mother’s Day project page for all our favorite tutorials! P.S. many of these will work for a fun gift for teacher appreciation week as well! Plantable Greeting Card Homemade […]

I love handmade journals. There’s something about them that calls out… “I’m handmade, write in me”! So to make things super simple, I’ve turned one of my hand-stitched greeting cards into a journal. Now it’s double the handmade! And it fits into a purse or handbag nicely. It’s perfect for Mom, Grandma, or anyone who […]

Francie Pants Giveaway

by Marie on March 16, 2012

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered. Congrats to #54, #89, #114. I’ll contact you for details! I’ve got a fun giveaway for you today. Francie Pants are one of my favorite companies and they are sponsoring a giveaway for 3 winners to each receive 2 pairs of these darling little pants. […]

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