DIY Bow Tie Father’s Day Card

I’m a little late posting this Father’s Day DIY, but for a nice change I was actually on time posting the card! Inspired by this Father’s Day Printable on Minted, I made my Dad a DIY bow tie card.

DIY Bow Tie Card

I made a couple of amends to Minted’s design, turning it into a self-standing card that could also be held up as a bow tie. I also made the card look like a shirt and jacket with added buttons.

You can use this idea for any occasion, not just Father’s Day, and it smartens up any outfit. It’s great for selfies, and all you really need is some card and coloured paper. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Shelley Makes… a Pea Confetti Card!

When my friend Louise was at university, she famously exclaimed “I’m not buying these peas again!!” after accidentally sitting her pack of frozen peas on a warm hob, melting a hole in the bag.

Pea Confetti Card

Not realising her mistake, she blamed the pea manufacturer for the torrent of peas that landed on the floor. It’s been a favourite on our university ‘quotes wall’ ever since!

Pea Card

For Louise’s birthday, I decided to make her a card reminiscent of the pea incident. My hope is that when she opens it, the green hole-punch peas will go EVERYWHERE, reminding her of the mishap!

Pea Card

I’ve never posted an in-joke DIY before, but I figured that you could steal the confetti idea and change the caption for your own purposes, e.g. ‘Looks like you’ve peed yourself…’, or ‘Mind your Ps & Qs…’

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All I used was a sheet of green card, a hole-punch, scissors, and a double-sided sticky foam pad. I printed the message for the front and inside on white card, using a free font from dafont.com, cut out the speech bubbles and stuck them on, before filling the card with dozens of hole-punched peas!

It’s fun card confetti, and a great practical joke too. It made Lou laugh anyway!

Make a Teacup Birthday Card!

June marks the birthdays of two of my bestest buds, so it’s card-making season! For my friend Tal, who is a tea fiend, I decided to make a tea-cup birthday card, inspired by this DIY on Spoonful.

Tea Cup Card

You will need:

  • A4 card
  • Patterned paper / wrapping paper of your choice
  • Scissors / craft knife
  • Twinings tea envelope
  • String (I used some from an actual tea-bag)
  • Staple (just one!)

Tea Cup

Instructions:

Start by folding a piece of card in half, and drawing a tea cup shape on the card, making sure that the handle is at the fold. Cut out the cup shape, but make sure that you leave the fold at the handle uncut, so you have a hinge. If you’re uncomfortable free-handing the cup shape, here’s a template.

Pocket

If you want a pattern on the cup, glue the open card to some coloured gift wrap and cut around the edges with a pair of scissors or craft knife. To create the pocket on the inside for the tea-bag, I used a mini cellophane bag and trimmed it down, using double-sided tape to secure it to the inside of the card, leaving the top open. You can then poke your tea-bag of choice into its compartment!

It looks effective to dangle a tea tag from the front of the card, as though tea is being brewed, and you can personalise this how you wish. For me, it has to be Twinings, so I changed the tag ‘Lady Grey’ to ‘Lady Lim’ (my friend’s surname) in InkScape. You can use any picture editing software to do this, or you can just pen a message like ‘Happy Birthday’ with a pen – whatever you fancy!

TeaCup

This was really easy to make, but also felt suitably personalised. Let me know what you think!

Easy Origami Leaf Card

Yesterday was my boyfriend’s dad’s birthday, and as he’s a lover of origami, we decided to make him a simple yet effective origami leaf card. The last time I made a leaf card it was a paper-cut design rather than a folded origami creation – but this couldn’t be quicker or easier (even for origami newbs!)

Easy origami leaf card

For instructions, watch this YouTube video by Origami おりがみ 折紙 which gives you a step-by-step guide alongside relaxing music. It’s really simple – all you need is a sheet of A4 paper.

I used double-sided wrapping paper from Hobbycrafts (cut to A4) which was patterned on one side and light green on the other. I also tucked in a small square of card with an arrow pointing out that I wrote a birthday message on, rather than writing on the inside of the folded card.

This DIY took 5-10 minutes, and I got it right on my second attempt – the white design that you see in the pics here was the first. If you love origami or have an origami-lover in your life, give it a go!

Let me know how you get on! Enjoy!