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Origami Embellished Phone Case

origami embellished cell phone case

Can I let you in on a little secret?  I’m a very frugal person.  And because of my frugality, I was inspired to make this embellished phone case.  At first I started looking into custom printed cases but quickly decided I didn’t want to spend thirty dollars.  My original plan was to make a case with an origami print.  However, I realized I could incorporate a physical origami piece into a case opposed to a print.  As a result, I made this origami bow embellished phone case.  Simple directions below.

origami embellished cell phone case 4Supplies

Origami art – Your origami art should be no larger than the width of your case.  I used a 3in square paper to make this bow.  You can find directions for the bow here.

Painters Tape

Clear Phone Case – I used this one, here.

origami embellished cell phone case 3With a small piece of painters tape, adhere origami to phone.  This will keep it in place when you place the case on.

origami embellished cell phone case 2Cover the bow with the phone case and you’re done.  I’ve been using my case for over a week and the bow hasn’t moved.  If I ever get board with it, I can just take the case off and replace it with something else.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmarks

DIY Washi Tape BookmarkFeel like doing a little crafting today?  Grab a couple rolls of your favorite washi tape and try your hands at this simple bookmark.


Used envelopes


Washi Tape

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 11. Cut the corner of an envelope off.  Refer to dotted lines.  You can also use the other corner for a second bookmark.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 22.  Your triangle should look something like the image on the left.  If you cut it correctly, it will be a little triangle pocket.

3.  Start covering the triangle with washi tape.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 34.  Once the entire triangle is covered, cut off the excess tape.  Refer to orange dotted lines.

5.  Flip over the triangle and repeat steps 3 and 4. Done

Now you just need to find a good book to read.

Heart Embellished Twist Ties

Heart Twist Ties 4Need a last-minute idea to package up your Valentine treats?  May I suggest some cellophane bags with heart embellished twist ties.  They are super easy and quick to make.  I’m talking “less than a minute to make” quick.  Sadly, I can’t say the same thing about the cookies.

Heart Twist TiesSupplies:

Heart Stickers

Twist Ties – I purchased the polka dot twist ties at Daiso

Cellophane Bags

Heart Twist Ties 21.  Place a heart sticker at each end of the twist tie.  The sticky side is facing up in the top image.

2.  Place a heart sticker on top of each heart (adhesive sides together).

Heart Twist Ties 53. Fill up a cellophane bag with some treats and secure the bag with a twist tie.

You could make these with other stickers as well.  You just want and make sure the stickers are symmetrical so they  line up back-to-back.

An Out of This World Valentine

out of this world ValentineI designed this outer space themed Valentine card in 2012.  You might have seen it in the 2013 February issue of Family Fun Magazine.  It’s one my favorite Valentines and I hope you like it too.  Directions on how to construct the this “out of world” card below.


Black Cardstock

X-Acto knife

Metallic Gel Pens

Super Balls

out of this world Valentine 21. Cut out a heart about 5 to 6 inches in width.

2. Using a separate piece of paper, cut out a hole slightly smaller that the diameter of your super ball.  Make sure the ball will fit inside the hole snugly.  Use this paper as a template to draw a circle on your heart.  Cut the circle out with an X-Acto knife.

out of this world Valentine 33.  Draw various size planets and stars on your heart with the gel pens.  Write your message on the Valentine as well.

Out of this world Valentine 4

4.  Place the super ball into the hole on the heart.  It should stay on its own, no tape or glue required.

Printable Roller Skate Valentine Cards

Printable Roller skate ValentineEvery time I see a pair of roller skates, I can hear the song Celebration by Kool & The Gang.

A few years back, I made these Roller Skate Valentine cards for my daughter. You may recognize them from my other blog.  I decided to change them up a little and add hot pink pom-poms.  Directions below.


Card Stock


Small Hole Punch

Pom-Poms with tail left on


Small Brads

 Printable Roller Skate Valentine templateClick here for Roller Skate PDF

1. Print templates on card stock.  You can use white cardstock like I did or make them different colors.  Cut out all the pieces.

printable roller skate valentine 22.  Place a wheel over the bottom part of the roller skate (refer to picture).

3.  Punch a hole through the wheel and the roller skate.

4.  Place a brad through both holes. Do this for both wheels.

Printable roller skate valentine 45.  Punch a hole in the top heart and thread the yarn through.  Tie the yarn in a bow to secure.

6.  Punch a hole at the toe of the skate and tie a pom-pom to it.  If you’re using pre-made pom-poms, just attach it with a glue dot.  Done.

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