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DIY Holiday Card Series: Holiday Card Wreath

December 13, 2013

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Today’s DIY post is also being featured on I Heart Nap Time which is an amazing site with crafty ideas for you to create while baby is napping!  Thanks Jamielyn for the collaboration!

We’ve all been there – stacks of holiday cards are piled high on the countertop, or worse, taped haphazardly to a wall in an effort to contain the chaos. The good ole’ fallback of sticking them to the fridge just isn’t working, plus you’ve got 1 too many friends and not enough magnets. Well, with just a few supplies and some quick, easy steps, you can create a one of a kind card display.

Here’s what you’ll need!

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Supplies:

  • Wide holiday ribbon for hanging, about 6 ft
  • Solid foam craft wreath (we found ours in the garden section of our local big box craft store)
  • Small Straight Pins
  • Holiday Cards

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Step 1: Loop the ribbon around one edge of the wreath making sure that the ends of the ribbon meet evenly. This will be what the wreath hangs from, so measure the amount of ribbon you’ll need to secure it to your hook or door. Secure the ribbon to the foam wreath with 2 pins, 1 on each side.

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DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Step 2: Lay out the cards in the order that you think will be most visually appealing and start pinning. Pin each card to the wreath using the 1-2 straight pins.

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Step 3: Continue pinning cards to the foam frame until you’ve covered the entire wreath. If any cards seem loose, just add an extra pin.

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When you’ve finished, hang your wreath in a space that could use a touch of holiday!

Photography by: Thomas Kuoh
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner

DIY Holiday Series: Custom Wrapping Paper

December 3, 2013

When Zazzle first launched custom wrapping paper I knew exactly what I was going to do with it – cover it with the faces of my friends and family. Not only did I find the idea hysterical, I also figured it would save me a lot of money on gift tags!

This super-simple DIY project is less of a craft project, more of a silly prank. Have fun.

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Supplies:

  • Custom Zazzle Wrapping Paper (Upload the recipients photo and chose the “Design Area: Tile” within the design tool to achieve the tile-look pictured)
  • Embellishments (permanent markers, glitter glue, sequins, etc.)

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Step 1: Buy the recipient a sweet holiday gift. Wrap it! Consider the placement of the photos. The more facial surface area the better!

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Step 2: Draw! Glue! Go crazy on your friends and family! The more ridiculous the better. I started with a classic mustache.

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DIY Custom Wrapping Paper #zazzle

Then I thought, “You should be a pirate!” So I made him into a pirate.

Let your imagination go wild!

Here are some other fun ideas:

  • glasses
  • whiskers
  • clown makeup
  • speech bubbles
  • earrings
  • devil horns/halo (depending on whether they’ve been naughty or nice of course)

At the end of the project, you’ll be left with super awesomely wrapped gifts. The giftee won’t even care what’s in the box!

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That’s a wrap.

Show us how you’ve customized your gift wrap by including a link in the comments below!

DIY Holiday Series: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

November 22, 2013

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

If your mom’s 1980′s hand-knit holiday sweater isn’t available for the taking, we have just the solution! With this quick and simple tutorial from Zazzle, we’ll show you how to turn some not-so-ugly sweaters into duds that you’ll be proud to don at your next Ugly Christmas Sweater party.

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Supplies:

  • Zazzle Ugly Christmas Sweater
  • Fabric Glue
  • Miscellaneous embellishments for your particular sweater design. We used pom poms, glitter glue, jingle bells, and sequin. Some other ideas for embellishments include: googly eye, pipe cleaners, and confetti.

Step 0.5: *The embellishments you choose may or may not make it through a wash cycle, so be sure to wash it before decorating*

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Step 1: Gather your sweater and add any embellishments that work with the sweater’s patterns.

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Step 2: Glue! For the Santa sweater, we added white pom pom balls to the beard and snowflake shaped sequin around as accouterments.

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To add a bit of obnoxiousness to the old-school,  green sweater we added a collar of tiny jingle bells.

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We also included gold glitter glue to the tree design and a red glittered dot for Rudolph’s nose.

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Step 3: Party! Top your outfit off with a tacky hat and some battery-powered lights. If you throw a Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this holiday season and follow these simple steps, you’re sure to be the Ugliest of the Uglies. You may even get a mistletoe kiss.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

Photography by: Matthew Dunn
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner

DIY Holiday Card Series: Family Newsletter

October 29, 2013

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Add flair and fancy to your holiday mailings with colored envelopes by Envelopments! These Pocket Folds are great spaces to stow family newsletters, loose photos, or if you’re really festive, glitter! They are available in 10 colors and 2 styles – a perfect accessory to Zazzle’s 5×7 holiday cards. Here’s a simple DIY project that shows you how to make your holiday greetings super special this year.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Supplies

  • 5×7 Zazzle holiday card
  • Coordinating Envelopments Pocket Folds (once you choose your card, you’ll find these accessories on the right side of the product page, under “Add an Essential Accessory”)
  • Printed newsletters
  • Adhesive (we used a simple glue stick, but double-sided tape or rubber cement would work just as well)

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Step 1: Flip your card over and evenly apply adhesive to the back of the card.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Step 2: Place the glue-side down on the left panel of your Envelopment using your hand to smooth out any bubbles or creases.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Step 3: Fold your newsletter into quarters (fold in half, then fold in half again).

Step 4: Slip your newsletter into the pocket making sure that the front is facing up.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Add addresses to the front of the envelop using a fun, metallic pen and continue to embellish it with coordinating Zazzle holiday address labels, custom postage and holiday wrappings. Then just pop it into the mailbox! It’s as simple as that. With just a little effort, you’ve added a huge impact to the presentation of your holiday messages.

What fun it is…to receive a colored envelope in the mail!

Photography by: Thomas Kuoh
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner
Holiday Card: “Pure Joy” by origamiprints
Envelopments Pocket Fold: 5×7 Invitation Landscape Pocket Fold, color “Lucky”

DIY Birthday Series: Postcard Bunting

June 10, 2013

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For this DIY Series, we’ll teach you how to use products from our site to add the perfect, personalized touch to a birthday. 

First, using postcards to make birthday bunting. 

Bunting’s all the rage and you don’t need a lot of resources to pull it off in time for a birthday bash. “Bunting,” for those unfamiliar with the term, is usually a decoration with a number of flags sewn to rope webbing.

With the proper postcards from Zazzle, you can easily spell out a special birthday phrase, name or message.

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Supplies:

  1. Postcard bunting
  2. Twine or string of choice
  3. Mini-clothespins
  4. Scissors

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Step 1: After receiving your personalized bunting postcards, cut each postcard according to the decorative edge of the template.

Step 2: String an appropriate number of mini-clothes pins to match the number of cards.

Step 3: Attach postcards to clothespin.

Step 4: Spread the cards evenly on the twine (feel free to add a knot after each clothespin to secure the card’s placement).

Step 5: Cut the twine at the desired length and display on a wall in the center of your party.

You’re done!

In our next DIY Birthday Series, we’ll show you how to make cupcake wrappers with flyers.

Photography & Collage by: Aaron Calestar 
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner and Nicole Pittman
Postcard design by: kat_parrella

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DIY Baby Shower Series: Baby Bodysuit Cupcakes

May 26, 2013

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Fans of unique presents for baby showers know that diaper “cakes” — rolled up diapers made to look like tiers on a cake — were extremely popular last year. Why limit yourself to one cake when you can make a few “mini-cupcakes” with our adorable baby bodysuits? They’re easier to pass out and hold more variety for the mom-to-be.

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Supplies:

1. Baby bodysuits

2. Jumbo cupcake wrappers

3. 1 yard of 1.5 inch ribbon (1 foot per “cupcake”)

4. Red pom-poms

5. Double-sided tape

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Step 1: Fold the baby bodysuit in half, length-wise. Then, fold in the sleeves, followed by folding the suit in half again (lengthwise).

Step 2: Once the bodysuit is in a long strip, start at one end and roll the baby bodysuit until it’s a tight spiral. Attach double-sided tape to secure the spiral (or “onesie cupcake”).

Step 3: Take a piece of ribbon and attach it to the double-sided tape. Wrap around the “cupcake” completely. Take one more piece of double-sided tape to secure the cupcake and ribbon together.

Step 4: Take a red pom-pom and stick it on top of the cupcake (like a cherry!). This will also add a nice pop of color.

You’re done!

Check out some other ideas for a great baby shower gift:

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1. Little Princess Custom Baby Pacifier

2. I Love You to the Moon and Back Throw Pillows

3. Bun in the Oven Tee Shirt

4. Earthy Quatrefoil Courier Bag 

5. Little Man Mustache Custom Baby Pacifier

Photography & Collage by: Aaron Calestar and Nicole Pittman

Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner

T-shirt designs by: geek_supply_shop, looneytunes, lizphoenix 

DIY Baby Shower Series: Flyer Candy Bar Wrappers

May 19, 2013

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In our second DIY Baby Shower Series, we’ll cover how to add an extra touch to a baby shower favor by making a personalized wrapped candy bar wrapper.

Everyone loves chocolate, so send your guests off with something that’s thoughtful and extra sweet.

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Supplies: 

  1. Baby shower candy flyers
  2. Scissors
  3. Double-sided tape
  4. 1.55 oz candy bars

When choosing your design, feel free to play around with the text in the nutritional facts. Add personality and humor to the favor, while tying the theme to your shower.

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Step 1: Purchase your flyer with your personalized text and image. Note flyers come in a pack of 25, so you’ll need to adjust the amount to your party size.

Step 2: Cut along the lines of the wrapper until you have the amount you’ll need for all of your guests.

Step 3: Center the main image of your flyer to the top of the candy bar. Once centered, flip the candy bar over and fold the small side of the flyer to the back, making a crease. Then, take about an inch of double-sided tape and apply to the back of the wrapper.

Step 4: Fold the longer side over and press to seal. You’re done!

Check out some more fun favors and games for baby showers:

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1. Mommy Advice Business Cards

2. Baby Shower Bingo Invites

3. Rainbow Confetti Baby Word Scramble Game Stationery 

4. Baby Shower Word Search Notepad

In our next DIY Baby Shower series: how to make Baby Bodysuit Cupcakes.

Photography & Collage by: Aaron Calestar and Nicole Pittman
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner
Baby shower candy flyer design by: AnnLeeDesigns

DIY Baby Shower Series: Scratcher Postcards

May 12, 2013

For this DIY Series, we’ll teach you how to use products from our site to add the perfect, personalized touch to a baby shower. 

First, scratcher postcards for a “gender reveal” baby shower. 

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Is it a boy or a girl? Turn an ordinary baby shower into an occasion to announce your baby’s gender with family and friends.

Gather everyone and have them participate in an interactive game, where they’ll have to scratch a card to find the answer.

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Supplies: 

1. Gender reveal postcard (this is a template product, so feel free to include the messaging inside the balloons).

2. Silver acrylic paint

3. Dish soap

4. A plate

5. A paintbrush

6. A coin

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Step 1: Personalize the scratcher postcard with the correct gender.

Step 2: Pour three parts acrylic paint and one part dish soap on a plate.

Step 3: Mix the paint and dish soap together.

Step 4: Paint inside the balloons to cover the answer, using 2-3 coats of paint. Let the paint dry between coats and repeat until you can no longer see the text.

Step 5: Let dry. (It might take up to an hour to dry).

You’re done!

Provide the finished scratcher postcards to your guests and hand them coins. Have them guess the gender and scratch to see the answer! Whomever gets it right can get a special treat.

Check out some more products for gender reveal parties:

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1. Pink & Blue Gender Reveal Cake Topper

2. Gender Reveal Baby Shower Custom Announcements

3. Gender Reveal Cast Your Vote Business Cards

4. Team Girl Baby Gender Reveal Party Buttons

5. Team Boy Baby Gender Reveal Party Buttons

6. Envelope Note Gender Reveal Postage

In our next DIY Baby Shower series: how to make a unique Flyer Candy Bar Wrapper to cover tasty chocolate party favors.

Photography & Collage by: Aaron Calestar and Nicole Pittman
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner
Business card design by: Zazzle Templates 

Mother’s Day DIY: Breakfast in Bed

April 15, 2013

Make Her Smile with the Perfect Breakfast in Bed

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Mother’s Day is coming up, and here’s a really adorable project you can do with your kids to help make a fantastic breakfast in bed.

A simple idea is to take your kids’ artwork and turn it into something she can keep forever. Using our custom mugs, take your children’s artwork and turn it into a personalized mug.

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Once you have your mug, add extra touches for the breakfast in bed with:

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Make sure to place the food on a customizable or matching plate!

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Make her favorite breakfast and serve the food in a way that she can read her special message. You’re done!

Concept & Styling – Jenny Wagner & Monae Fenton

Photography – Aaron Calestar 

DIY Wedding Series: Rustic Seating Cards Display

March 17, 2013


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March is National Craft Month! In our second post in our Do It Yourself Wedding Series, we’ll cover how to make a rustic seating cards display.

Want to make sure your wedding guests can find their seat? Why lay out their seating cards on a boring table? Rustic and vintage are always in, and we’ll show you how to organize and display seating cards so your guests can find their way to the right seat.

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Supplies needed:

  1. Table number business cards
  2. Vintage frame
  3. Twine
  4. Push pins or tacks
  5. Clothespins
  6. Felt-tip marker or pen
  7. Scissors

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Step 1: Fill in the names of your guests on the cards.

Step 2: Arrange the cards in alphabetical order.

Step 3: Depending on your guest count, figure out the appropriate number of cards to fit on each twine row, factoring in the size of your frame and the size of your party.

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Step 4: Tie a knot to the edge of one tack and push it in towards the top of the frame. Hold down the tack and measure across the frame to where the second tack will be. Leave 2 inches of room for the second tack’s knot.

Step 5: Depending on how many cards will fit per row, thread the clothespins onto the twine.

Step 6: Tie the second knot onto the other tack, pull the twine taut and press into the frame, making sure the twine is straight and parallel to the top of the frame.

Step 7: Continue steps 4-6 until you’ve completed the number of rows you’ll need.

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Step 8: Attach each card to each clothespin in alphabetical order.

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Step 9: You’re done! Enjoy your rustic seating cards display!

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Check out some more creative and unique ways to use Zazzle products for the bride’s big day:

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1. Chevron Wedding Menu Rack Card

2. Chalkboard Dinner Menu Custom Invitation

3. Gold Calligraphy Design Postcards 

4. Chalked Table Number Postcards

5. Black and White Table Number Postcards 

6. Rose Garden Wedding Favor Wine Labels

7. Elegant Wedding Wine Label

Photography by: Aaron Calestar
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner

Business card design by: VintageWeddings


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