… make sophisticated friendship bracelets? As a girl, I always felt there was something so special about sharing a friendship bracelet I had made with a close friend. Using this DIY tutorial from Dear Lizzy, friendship bracelets are all grown up in the most stylish way possible. Wrapped in velvet, this is a bracelet that is so easy to make and incredibly pretty too.
… make refreshing summer slushies? If the weather in your area is anything like it is here, you’re hot and constantly craving cool summer treats. When I came across these Lemon Lime Slush Cups on Momtastic, that are cleverly held inside the lemons, I knew it would be my go-to treat for the weekend. Cleaning out the lemon rinds is easy enough for the kids to help with too, so it can be a fun activity everyone can get involved in.
… make a striped tote bag? The look of a relaxed and well worn tote bag has always been so stylish to me, but I’ve never been able to find one to fit all my needs. Stripes are perfect for the summer months, so this tutorial for making your own tote bag seen on Momtastic is a definite must for a lazy weekend. Pairing it with a cute dress or bathing suit for the beach would look fantastic.
… make your own bouquets? Although this post from 100 Layer Cake is meant for making your own wedding bouquets, I think it provides great inspiration for making bouquets for the home as well. To add a pop of color to the home, these bouquets would be a lovely idea for achieving that.
… have an early summer picnic? This idea, seen on Saveur, looks like a lovely way to begin the sumer months. While this French picnic is stunning and looks delicious, any yummy treats would make a summer picnic a fun excursion.
… treat someone to summer fruit? I’ve never canned much of anything, but with the bounty of summer fruits I’ve been feeling inspired lately to make some homemade jam. When I found these free summer fruit labels over on Creature Comforts, I knew any excuses I had been making for avoiding this had to be left behind; these tags are too cute!
… make your own drumsticks? It seems like everyone is a sucker for a good old-fashioned drumstick with their magical chocolate filling. Thanks to these instructions found on instructables, drumsticks can actually become a DIY dessert. As the temperatures are apparently soaring everywhere in the country (except for socal it would seem), these would make the perfect treat for a hot day.
… dip dye your ice cream cones? Apparently this weekend will be one full of ice cream, because these DIY dip dyed ice cream cones look like the coolest things ever. Seen on a subtle revelry, I think these would make any plain old ice cream cone look like a professional, stylish dessert. Kids and adults alike would revel in the rainbow of colors on the cones.
… create your own painted votives? Seen on Oncewed, this DIY project would make a lovely addition to a summer dinner party, or could be a really cute gift any candle lover would enjoy. Pick out your favorite colors and this craft would be so fun on your own or with a group of crafty girlfriends.
… make your own market tote? There’s nothing I enjoy doing more during the summer months than going to the local farmer’s market and having a picnic. With this DIY market tote in hand, this simple activity immediately becomes stylish. Seen on momtastic, this tutorial isn’t too tough for non-sewers like myself, and the final product is too sweet to pass up.
. . . create a photo advent calendar? I’ve always been in love with advent calendars ever since I was a little kid, primarily because of the excitement of getting a chocolate each day. This photo advent calendar from Honeysuckle Life has given me a whole new appreciation for this decoration! I love the idea of personalizing it, making the holidays even more special. -Vanessa
. . . liven up your photos? I’ve seen tons of photo booth accessories used at weddings for a while now, but I never had the idea of using them just for fun! Hostess With the Mostess has printable holiday photo booth accessories which would be so fun to use when posing for your holiday cards! I can see kids absolutely loving these fun additions. -Vanessa
. . .go pick out your Christmas tree? Use this post from Reader’s Digest to help you find the perfect tree. From my own experience, I have only one warning: make sure to pick a tree with the straightest trunk possible! It will make your life much easier -Allison
. . .get the family together and pose for your perfect Christmas card photo? After picking out the perfect tree, there’s no better time than the first December weekend to put on your warm holiday sweaters and pose for a smiling photo! Use these tips we published to get that perfect shot. –Allison
… make your own gift wrap? Inspired by this post from DIY genius design*sponge, I’m now obsessed with the idea of making my own gift wrap for the holidays. With some cute stamps, paints, and some basic paper, I think this is something that could turn out really well; even for me! Might as well do it now so the paper is ready when you need to do your gift wrapping!
… start making room for guests? If your planning on having guests over this Thanksgiving, I’m sure it’s going to be the start of a long holiday season with family and friends going in and out of your home. This post, Making Room for Guests from Home Design With Kevin Sharkey has some awesome tips about how to start preparing for them now. This weekend is the perfect time to get it all done before the Thanksgiving and subsequent holiday rush!
. . . Start planning a dessert buffet? I was very inspired by this post over at Project Wedding Blog which gave me all sorts of ideas to spice up my Thanksgiving desserts, both visually and taste-wise. Go take a look to get inspired, and start planning a dessert buffet of your own!
. . . Plan your perfect thanksgiving table? We all know that the food takes front and center at Thanksgiving, but don’t forget how much time will be spent at the dinner table! I’m in charge of making a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting this year, and I’m getting myself psyched up with some of these ideas from Martha Stewart!
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… check our facebook giveaway series? Starting next week Cardstore is hosting a series of weekly giveaways on our facebook page just in time for the holiday season! There will be questions relating to the holidays for you to answer, and one lucky fan will win one of our awesome prizes each week. Be sure to become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/cardstore so you can enter the contest!
… create a beautiful placecard? Inspired by this stunning DIY placecard by Sweet Paul, all I can think about is what a perfect addition this would make to any Thanksgiving table. If you’re left with any extra time this weekend, I’d start crafting these to make them just right.
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… host a fakesgiving? If you’re one to get a little freaked out about the thought of entertaining friends and family while making an impeccable feast for Thanksgiving, you’re certainly not alone. When I saw this idea for a Fakesgiving party on the Bitten Word I realized what a great idea this is! Instead of worrying up til the last minute whether the recipe and decor will turn out okay, why not have a fun, stress-free run through with friends where everyone practices their Thanksgiving skills? And it’s a great opportunity to have some awesome food!
… create your own vintage tin can candles? DIY projects that are absolutely beautiful as a final product generally totally intimidate me. But this project from design*sponge is not only stunning but actually doable! Finding a vintage tin can is easy, and while I have never made my own candle wax, it doesn’t sound too bad! Can’t wait to try this out to see if these could be the perfect DIY gifts this holiday season.
… use up leftover Halloween candy? My family always has ridiculous amounts of candy left over by the end of Halloween, and it generally just ends up sitting around for quite some time. I think these 10 Recipe Ideas for Halloween Candy from Real Simple are genius and a great way to use up that extra candy this weekend!
… make a canvas calendar? I was instantly smitten when I saw this canvas calendar over on design*sponge a while ago. Although it’s a semi-difficult DIY project, I think it would be perfect to begin now for the holiday season. It’s such a heartfelt, personal gift that would be a stunning decoration anywhere.