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4 Father’s Day Gifts for Kids to Make

This Father’s Day, let’s celebrate Dad with gifts made from the heart! Although we chose projects that are easy for children to make, these are really cool gifts that we think Dad will treasure and use for years to come.

1. For Playful Daddy

fathers_day_octopusHow adorable is this googly-eyed octopus? Hand tracings and pinky prints make this underwater scene super easy and super cute! Complete the painted canvas with a water-themed photograph – like an aquarium visit, a beach vacation or a scuba diving trip.

2. For Sporty Father

fathers_day_coastersGet those images out of your phone and put them on coasters! It’s easy to transfer pictures to this 4-piece coaster set that is available at Michaels stores. Whether they are teeing off, hitting a home run or just doing cute kid activities, preserve those precious moments on coasters that Dad will use every day.

3. For Stylin’ Papa

fathers_day_shirtThe perfect Father’s Day gift from toddlers to teens! Just place paint on your children’s palms and press them onto a T-shirt. Use a dark shirt like we’ve shown here or choose a lighter shirt and pastel colored paints.

4. For Laid-Back Dad

fathers_day_dad_mugPerk up Dad’s morning with a personalized coffee mug. Recollections™ Block Alphabet Stickers make it easy to spell out his name. He will love the smiley faces and hearts.

How will you honor your father this Father’s Day? I have no drawing skills, so I am seriously considering drawing hearts and smiley faces on a mug!

Share your Father’s Day creations with us on Instagram or Twitter using #MadewithMichaels.

Valentine Heart Sugar Cookies

7 Last Minute Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

I adore Valentine’s Day! Red and pink hearts, chocolate temptations and Valentine’s Day cards make me smile. It’s also the perfect time to show a sweetheart, family and friends how much you love them. And what better way to show your love than with a delicious treat you make yourself? Whether you are a novice or have some baking experience, here are seven sweet Valentine’s Day confections to inspire you.

1. Valentine’s Day Ombre Cake

Bake a Special Valentine's Day Ombre Cake Stylish and sophisticated, this cake is as fancy as anything you’ll find at a bakery. Cut into the cake to reveal the real drama – multicolor tiers and a tiny heart design baked inside the bottom layer.

 2. Valentine’s Day Candy-Dipped Pretzels

Hand Dip Pretzels in Melted Chocolate No baking required! If you are in a pinch timewise, this sweet and salty treat is for you.

3. The Wilton Method Sugar Cookies (Video)

Watch how easy it is to make these oh-so-charming heart cookies! This free online class takes you through all the steps, including making the dough, cutting out shapes and using a pastry bag to create these colorful icing designs. To see how to decorate the three Valentine’s Day cookies above, skip to minute 39:30 of the 43-minute video.

4. Chocolate Lover’s Deep Dish Cookie

Bake This Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Elevate a humble chocolate chip cookie into a decadent dessert by topping it with buttercream icing, chocolate chunks and hot fudge sauce. Yum!

5. Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Decorate Heart-Shaped Cookies Love, hugs and kisses – say it with cookie cutters shaped like a heart, an “X” or an “O”. Use a pastry bag to create designs using icing or to spell out “Love” or “Amour.”

6. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies valentine_whoopie_pie

Super cute and easy to make – nothing says I love you like a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie!

7. Tattoo Your Love Mini Cupcakes

Easy to Make Valentine Cupcake With Edible Decorations How cute is this? Imagine serving your sweetie this tiny cupcake decorated with sprinkles and an edible tattoo heart decoration. What is your favorite “go-to” dessert for Valentine’s Day?


Patriotic Party Ideas

rwb-picnic-2It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is almost here! I can practically hear the burgers sizzling on the grill and the fireworks exploding across the sky.  Celebrate the Fourth of July with a patriotic party complete with red, white, and blue decorations and treats. Get inspired to create a star-spangled celebration with our patriotic party ideas.rwb-picnic-1Red White & Blue Mason Jar Floral Containers:   Paint a trio of mason jars and fill with patriotic petals. Use red and white paint to create the the stripes of the American flag!rwb-picnic-3Bandana Tablecloth: Set the table for a patriotic party with this festive bandana tablecloth. Match the tablecloth to any party or decor by simply changing up the colors of the bandanas. rwb-picnic-4Patriotic Wood Crates: Add height to your table setting with these painted wood crates. Set each crate on their side and fill them with napkins, utensils, and place other party snacks on top. rwb-picnic-5U.S.A. Mini Cupcake Flag: End this Fourth of July celebration with a batch of mini cupcakes that resemble the American flag! Use blueberries, strawberries, and coconut to create this sweet version of Old Glory.

You can find more ideas for your patriotic party on our website here. Get inspired and have a wonderful Fourth of July! How will you celebrate the holiday?


4 Tips to Frame Up Your Entertaining

It’s almost party season! As the weather gets cooler and we want to gather and be around friends and family, decorations and activities are key. Check out these four easy party ideas using readymade frames from Studio Décor™!

Chalkboard Party Sign



Know where to go with this easy to create chalkboard sign. A pretty, painted open back frame serves two purposes, first to match the decorations of your party and second, to point the way! You can scatter a few about if you have different areas, like a kids area, big-screen section or nosh table to help your guests wander freely without making you the night’s concierge.



Frame Tray



Need a way to get drinks to your guests quickly? An 11″x14″ Wall Frame makes an excellent serving tray. Just add some pretty paper behind the glass, make sure you glue in the back so it’s secure, and you’ve got the perfect serving surface. You can even place a few of these around your home, so guests know where they can set dripping glasses, instead of on your reclaimed, hand-stained barn door coffee table.




Framed Menu


By framing your evening’s menu, and placing it on the sideboard as they walk into the dining area or even on the table will help your guests relax and enjoy dinner without wondering if there is any tuna surprise coming their way!





Adding little touches, like framed place cards for a dinner, is a nice gift your guest can take away after the party is over. Try your hand at calligraphy and write their names, or use a printer, either way your guests will love the little details!

Of course, it’s all the little details that count when you host a dinner party. Tell us your favorite tips and ideas for the perfect party!

RL birthday party ideas

10 Rainbow Loom® Birthday Party Ideas

If you haven’t heard by now, the Rainbow Loom® is THE hottest new kid’s craze in town. I’ve seen Rainbow Loom – wearing children every place I go. Heck, I even see adults rocking the colorful rubber band bracelets.

Since looming is the all the rage right now, I’ve rounded up some colorful ideas on how to host a really rad Rainbow Loom Birthday Party.

#1 Invitations

Set the theme for your rainbow – inspired party with colorful invitations. Customize your own invites online to make them uniquely yours. Plus, who can resist chevrons and rainbows?rainbow invite

#2 Décor

Creating a backdrop really sets the scene for a party. They make a great focal point for the dessert table and are are an easy way to “decorate” without having to drape streamers, pom poms and balloons across your entire home. Gwynn over at Gwynn Wasson Designs has three ah-mazing rainbow backdrops. They’re all so fun; I’m not sure I could pick just one.rainbow backdrops

#3  Rainbow Loom Station

Set up a bracelet making station with bowls of rubber bands filled with every color of the rainbow. What a great idea from Mom of 6!

Rainbow Loom Station

#4 Rainbow Wearables

Encourage your friends to bring plain white t-shirts or sneakers and spray a rainbow onto them with Tulip® Fabric Spray.

Rainbow Sneakers

#5 Rainbow Popcorn Snacks

Everyone loves popcorn, but I think it’s even better with a little chocolate drizzled on top! Check out this delicious treat made by Wants & Wishes.

rainbow popcorn

#6 Rainbow Cookies

Sweet Sugar Belle designed these fun rainbow cookies that can be personalized with each guests name.

Sweet Sugar Belle Rainbow Cookies

#7 Rainbow Cake

How fun is this cake? It looks a little daunting to make, but it’s not. I made one last year and it was super simple!

rainbow cake

 #8 Custom Water Bottle Labels

Your guests will surely need to wash all of that popcorn and cake down with a nice cold beverage. Print these labels from Wants & Wishes and stick them on. What an easy way to incorporate your theme!

water bottle labels

#9 Rubber Band Party Favors

Kiddos are addicted to looming, so there’s no doubt that you’ll make their day with favor boxes full of extra rubber bands to take home. Get these fun favor printables from Mom of 6.

Party Favors

#10 Thank You Notes

It’s never too early to learn the importance of sending a thank you note. Make this card with your child to thank all of the guests that came to your party.

thank you note


Do you have a Rainbow Loom? Share your rainbow inspiration with us on Pinterest by tagging @MichaelsStores!

- Jillian

Girls Night Out, Michaels, Wedding

Glitter & Glam: Girl’s Night Out

One of the most important festivities for a wedding is the Girl’s Night Out! This is one of the last chances a bride will have to go out with her leading ladies as a single gal. It’s a time for fun and celebration and we have some great tips to make sure your Bachelorette Party is a blast!

Girl's Night Out Bachelorette Party

Start the celebration off right with some super cute and festive invitations! When thinking about invitations, make sure your guests know what kind of party you are throwing. If your bride is a simple, shy girl, she’s not going to want to throw a really wild party and you want your guests to act appropriately for her. If she’s a party girl at heart, let them know that they are in for the night of their life! The right invitation will not only match the party décor, but give your guests an idea of what to expect..

Get everyone in on the memories with fun photos from your party. Create this adorable photo booth to make sure every memory can be captured and remembered forever. It’s easy to make, and adds a fun sparkle to the décor for the bachelorette bash!

Girls Night Out Photo Booth

Want to add a cute and unique twist to your partyware? Don’t go for traditional, plain cups – after all, it’s a party! Instead, check out these absolutely adorable mustache cups paired with mustache napkins.

Girls Night Out, Michaels, Wedding

Before going out, make sure your bride is party-ready with her sash and tiara on. Also, make sure your Bride and her Bridesmaids get all the attention with blingy bridalware. Totes are so fun and can be personalized for everyone. Add cute boas and ribbons to spice them up a bit and make them extra special! Stuff the cute totes with fun favor boxes – they’re easy to make but such a great, simple gift. Add items like luggage tags and cosmetic bags as favors and everyone is sure to love it!

Girl's Night Out Bride ToteGirl's Night Out Bridesmaid Tote

However you celebrate your Bride, she’ll feel extra special knowing that you put your DIY hat on to give her a night on the town she’ll never forget.

- Betsy