Free Template Generators for Boxes, Bags and More!

Free box template printables

Handy, free and just in time for the holidays! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite resources for box template generators, our favorite tutorials for making your own gift boxes, PLUS some free printable downloads that we’ve created just for you! That’s a lot of gift-wrap magic!      

Ever been in the middle of wrapping gifts and realized you needed a very specifically-sized box or bag? The internet teeming with free box template generators that will create unique containers based on your measurements. Continue Reading

Make This Leather Coffee Sleeve to Keep Your Hands Cool and Your Drink Hot

DIY Personalized Leather Coffee Sleeve
Sponsored by the Home Depot

My wife and I will be buying a house somewhere in the near future. Whenever she asks me what kind of neighborhood I want to live in, I just say, “One within walking distance of a coffee shop.” That's my only criteria, because that's how much I love coffee. Right now we live in an apartment in a busier part of the city, so most of my coffee is to-go, and grabbed on foot. Continue Reading

DIY This: Make Your Own Super Cute “Enamel” Pins for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Pin: Make these lookalike enamel pins!

It's almost Valentine's Day! I love this holiday because: A. love is a lovely thing, B. exchanging cards or little gifts is always fun, and C. chocolate! What's not to enjoy? You know what else I'm totally loving right now? Enamel pins (hello 90s fashion – it's nice to see you again!). If you're looking for a cute gift to give to your friends, coworkers, or gal-pals, these faux enamel pins are quick and easy to make.      Continue Reading

Upgrade Christmas Gifts with 3D Paper Bows

As the time comes to wrap up Christmas gifts this season, why not try something different? Skip the ribbons and string this year and opt for 3D paper bows instead! They’re unique, customizable and reusable…not to mention recyclable. There are at least THREE different techniques for making paper bows at home, and they’re all very easy to complete with or without templates. Mix and match paper patterns and colors, and prepare to up your gift wrap game!  Continue Reading

Make This: DIY Paper Wishbone Garland for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving decoration done on the cheap: Paper Chain Wishbone Garland

I've been a vegetarian for over 13 years now, and there aren't many meat-eating rituals that I feel like I'm missing out on. I don't crave hamburgers, I don't really care for barbecuing, and carving a turkey isn't my style either. Free wishes, though…that's something I could use more of! This quick Thanksgiving decoration is as close to a wishbone as I'm getting, and after the holiday I'll be ripping a few in half so I can make a wish anyway.        Continue Reading

DIY This: Planetary Mobile for a Minimal Nursery

Minimal Nursery decor: Make this planetary mobile

As nursery trends change, the traditional pinks and blues are slowly being pushed out in favor of current, updated looks. Parents are experimenting more and more with bolder hues, playful patterns, or simply less of it all. It's easy to see why the minimal nursery look is gaining in popularity. There are fewer elements to worry about, there aren't any color-related gender-indicators (which makes styling ahead of time a breeze), and the color palette is almost non-existent.  Continue Reading

Free Download: Faceted Candle and Concrete Vase Templates


created at: 03/17/2013A series of free, downloadable geometric templates that can be used as forms and molds for everything from candles to concrete planters?? Yes, please!     

created at: 03/17/2013

Those cool kids at HomeMade Modern (my new favorite site on all the Internet, P.S.) are at it again with these awesome — and completely free — downloadable templates that can be adapted for a variety of projects. Grab the templates (there are 8 in all) and instructions on how to assemble them for use as molds! Continue Reading

Free Printable Download: Fruit Sticker Valentines

created at: 02/02/2012

There’s no cheesiness in this food-inspired Valentine- it is all fruit.     

These fruit stickers from Twig and Thistle would be a fun surprise in a lunch sack or fruit basket on Valentine’s day.

created at: 02/02/2012

Kathleen went all out and included nearly every fruit so none of these naturally sweet valentines would feel left out.  You can get her food-safe stickers, or make your own regular fruit stickers using her great idea.

Eating healthy suddenly became that much more fun! Continue Reading

Roundup: 8 Easy DIY Projects to Make Valentine’s Day Special

created at: 02/01/2012

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and often times we are all so exhausted from the winter holidays that we neglect the holiday of love.  This year I decided to decorate a bit for my kids’ sake, but I have to admit I’ve fully enjoyed having some love-filled reminders around the house.  We’ve kept things simple, like the fuzzy ball garland by Anna at Noodle-head, above, and I’ve rounded up a few more simple and endearing projects for a sweet Valentine’s Day.   Continue Reading