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Martha Steward DIY Gift Guide

Martha Stewart Crafts® DIY Gift Guide

I don’t know about you, but the holidays snuck up on me quite quickly! It seems like we went from pumpkins and turkey to glittered tinsel and Old Saint Nick in the blink of an eye. When it comes to gift giving, I fall into the “it’s the thought that matters” camp. This is mostly because A.) I’m a DIY’er at heart and I pride myself upon my creativity; B.) the holidays can get expensive! and C.) nothing means more than a gift that was made specifically for you by hand. Am I right? Thankfully, Martha Stewart understands people like me and you. She knows that handmade gifts are the best gifts for any person on your list. That’s why Martha Stewart Crafts® has released a DIY Gift Guide to help you out this holiday season.

Featuring gifts for the Fashionista, the Sports Fan, the Gardener, the Decorator and the Entertainer, this DIY Gift Guide has something for each and every person on your list.

For the Fashion-Lover, craft a Glamorous Makeup Pouch or add the sparkle with a pair of glittered pumps.

Makeup PouchGlitter Pumps

For the Sports & Fitness Fan, create custom phrases on pint glasses or add a personal touch to a Monogrammed Yoga Mat.

Pint Glasses Yoga Mat

For the Gardener, gift customizable Terra Cotta Pots with chalkboard paint and erasable liquid chalk.

Terra Cotta Pots

For the Decorator, carefully painted ombre stripes on Ceramic Vases are a winner. Don’t forget to paint with your friend’s favorite colors!

Ceramic Vases

For the Entertainer,  try bright Floating Dot Tumblers that will definitely be a hit at your friend’s next party.

Floating Dot Tumblers


Goodness, there are so many fun gift ideas…. I better get to crafting!

For lots more DIY gift ideas from Martha, visit our Martha Stewart Crafts Pinterest board. Do you make handmade gifts? Share what you’re making this year with us!

Teacher Gifts

6 DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

It takes a special type of person to be a teacher. Not only are they guiding and inspiring your little one day in and day out, but they’re also dealing with not one but SEVERAL little angels and monsters for at least 8 hours a day. Needless to say, as quick thank you has never been more deserved.

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, (already?!), it’s time to start thinking about ways to show your child’s teacher appreciation for all that they do. We’ve rounded up 5 creative teacher appreciation gifts that you can make in a snap!

Gift Card Holder

Teacher Appreciation GiftsGift cards are the best gifts! They’re a no-brainer and allow the recipient to get something that they’d really love. Pick up a Michaels gift card and craft this cute holder for teacher.

A+ CakeNotebook Cake

Everyone loves cake right? This notebook paper cake is simple to make using a sheet cake, fondant and Wilton® Foodwriter™ Edible Color Markers!

Notebook Paper FrameNotebook Paper Frame

This value wood frame is easily transformed into the perfect class picture holder. Add the school year date and you have a quick gift!

Spa GiftSpa Gift

After a full school year, any teacher would appreciate a jar of relaxing bath salts. You can easily customize the color and scent for this fragrant project.

Notebook Paper JournalNotebook Paper Journal

Transform a sketchbook into a cute journal that looks like notebook paper. Add a fun Rainbow Loom® pencil charm to top it off!

Are you crafting something for your kids’ teachers? Let us know what you’re making in the comments!




5 DIY Gifts for Mother’s Day

The funny thing about Mothers is the evolution of your relationship with them. As you grow from child to teen, you seem to grow ever so slightly apart. And, as a young adult, visiting Mom tends to take a back seat to fun times with friends. But when you start to transition into a responsible adult, you realize how invaluable your Mother is and how you’d never had made it to that point without her undying love and support. And then when you turn 30 you find yourself calling her for advice and family recipes and asking her if she wants to hang out on Sunday. Hi Mom!

As Mother’s Day approaches, kiddos everywhere are handcrafting little tokens of love for their moms. We’ve got 5 DIY gifts that any mother would love and cherish. The best part is that they’re much more useful than just decoration for your refrigerator door.

1. Awesome Mom Mug


Moms aren’t moms without their morning coffee, right? Make her  a sweet mug to remind her of your love every morning.

2. We Love Mom Frameframe

Make a fun chalk frame to hold memories and mom selfies.

3. Spa Gift JarsMother's Day Bath Salts

Mix mom’s favorite fragrance into relaxing bath salts and treat her to 2 quiet “spa day” hours to enjoy.

4. Phone Easelphone-easel

This tiny easel is adorable and perfect for holding mom’s smartphone while she watches episodes of her favorite primetime drama.

5. Lace Clay Pots


Even if you can’t keep a cactus alive, I know you can make these delicate lace pots for your mother. It’s easy!

 So whether you’re a Dad, Aunt, Uncle or Grandparent, gather up the kids to make one of these fun crafts for Mom on her special day. We’d love to see what you’re crafting! Share it with us on Facebook!

kids valentine ideas

5 Fun Valentine Ideas for Kids

Valentine Ideas for Kids

I absolutely LOVED Valentine’s Day as a kid. School parties were the best. I have fond memories of crafting Valentine boxes & making tiny, pink frosted heart cookies with my Mom. I was always on the hunt for the most unique box of Valentine cards at the grocery store. Whether it was My Little Pony or Pound Puppies, (don’t judge); I had to have the coolest Valentines for my classmates. Now that I think about it, store-bought Valentines aren’t very creative. So we thought up some of the coolest, crafty Valentine ideas for kids and rounded them up for you.

1. Safari Toobs® Animal Valentines

Safari Toob ValentinesThe perfect way to tell your Valentine “I’m Wild About You”.

2. Crayon Heart Valentines

Crayon Heart ValentineThese are super fun to make, and a genius way to use up all of those broken crayon pieces!

3. Rainbow Loom® Valentine Pencil

Rainbow Loom Valentine PencilI have a feeling there will be lots of Rainbow Loom® Valentines this year.

4. Glow Bracelet Valentine

Glow Bracelet Valentine These Valentines will make your heart “glow”.

5. Rainbow Loom® Lips Charm

Rainbow Loom LipsAdd a Lips charm to your gift or tie it on to a Valentine card. How fun!

Are you DIY’ing your valentines this year? We’d love to see them! Tag @MichaelsStores on Instagram and show us!


- Jillian




5 Trendy Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $15

valunder1501I love the day for love! I love my friends, my parents, my silly nephews, my wonderful hubby, and I love my pets. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t love my wallet, too. While I’d love to buy them everything their little hearts desire, sometimes you just have to find easy – and fun – DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank. Here’s a few ideas that shouldn’t cost more than about $15 each.


For my friends, I’d make a few super cute t-shirts. Check out this idea using a bit of light colored lace on a dark t-shirt. Give them to your friends early so they can wear them on Valentines!


For my nephews, I love this piggy bank idea! I’d call it their “Love To…” fund so they can save up, and we can do a fun activity that they’d “Love To Do” later in the year when it gets a bit warmer.


For Mom, I’d give her flowers. How cute is this ribbon vase idea?! I’d make her something like this and add a fun daisy so she could set it on her desk at work and have a bright, cheery day.


For the hubby, we love to share little love notes to each other. This chalkboard frame idea is perfect. Just the right amount of space to make each other smile.


Finally, my fur-babies. What better way to say “I Ruff You” with a tasty treat! Of course, they’ll never know the jar is the gift, but they will sure love the puppy cookies inside!

There are many more fabulous Valentine’s Day Ideas in our Made with Love Lookbook as well. Go ahead – fall in love – with Valentine’s Day!

- Cara



Blogger Challenge Roundup: Ornament Frames

With the holidays just around the corner, we teamed up with a few of our favorite bloggers to Think Beyond the Frame this season. We sent each blogger our Studio Décor® festive ornament frames in a variety of shapes and colors and asked each blogger to dream up five creative ways to use the frames in unique ways this holiday season. Take a look at what they came up with, it’s sure to inspire you too!

1. Whipperberry


Whipperberry came up with 5 beautiful ways to use the ornament frames. From napkin rings to gift tags and even a beautiful wreath. Click through to see more ideas!

2. Sugar Bee Crafts

Sugar Bee Crafts

Sugar Bee Crafts made stocking holders, place settings & more!

3. Craftaholics Anonymous

Craftaholics Anonymous

Craftaholics Anonymous spray painted the frames for a more modern look. Love it!

4. Eighteen 25

eighteen 25

Eighteen 25 incorporated scrapbooking stickers, ribbon and little premade stockings for quick and easy gifts.

5. Lil’ Luna

Lil' Luna

Lil’ Luna had some unique ideas too! Aren’t those photo gift tags precious? What a great way to give two gifts in one!

Skip on over to our Holiday Style DIY Pinterest board to see all of the ornament frame projects and more DIY inspiration. What are you making this season?

- Jillian