Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

Create Your Own Watercolor Photo Bookmarks

I discovered the design for these bookmarks by accident one day while sorting through old photos where I had cut someone out of a garden scene and thought, “Hmm, if only there were some way to USE all these fragments of old photos…” Then I came across some ‘Make Your Own Bookmark’ kits at Michaels Craft Store (Heaven) and one plus one made two. Instead of using the kit I bought it, took it apart and used their bookmark as a stencil to make my own- now you can do it too! These watercolor photo bookmarks are a lot of fun to design and make a wonderful personalized gift 🙂

What you will need:

watercolor paints and painting supplies (brushes, containers, etc)

bristol paper or watercolor paper



x-acto knife




hole puncher


1. Make your bookmark stencil ( use a heavy paper or cardboard to lengthen stencil life):

The measurements for this stencil are 12 inches by 1.5 inches, with two triangle notches at 6inches where the bookmark will be folded. The window for the photo is 4 inches from the bottom, with .25 inches on both sides and 1.5 inches on top where a hole will be punched for ribbon.

2. Trace your stencil on the back of bristol or watercolor paper you wish to paint on- make sure you trace them close together to not waste paper 🙂

3. Get ready to paint! I choose watercolors for these bookmarks because the colors are so vibrant and it is a lot of fun to experiment with textures. Try using different techniques like wetting the paper a little before applying paint to make more blended look, or splattering a different color over wet paint to create a tie-dye effect. Go crazy! Have fun!

4. When paint is dry cut out bookmark strips following the lines you traced before painting.

5. Use an x-acto knife to cut out windows for photos and fold bookmarks in half at 6 inch line

6. Now it is time to select your photos!I lean toward nature photos, but faces would be lovely as well 🙂

Photo measurements are 3.5 cm by 5 cm

7. To attach photos into bookmarks put a small amount of glue around the edge of the photo square and center it in the photo window. When photo is dry fold bookmark in half and glue insides together. I usually press the bookmarks under a stack of books while they dry to keep them nice and flat

8. When your beautiful bookmarks are dry you can use a hole puncher to punch a hole above the photo window and tie a little ribbon on for a finishing touch.

Grab your favorite book and keep your pages in style! 🙂


Make Your Friends Eat Dirt- They’ll Love It!

We all have fond memories of mixing dirt, water, grass, the occasional unlucky bugs and making mud pies in the yard as kids- here is an easy way to make an edible version that your friends will love. I mean, i’m sure we have all eaten our share of dirt whether by choice or by force, these cupcakes will leave you asking for more!


What you will need:


chocolate cupcake mix (boxed or from scratch, can’t descriminate against cake)

chocolate frosting

gummy worms

Oreo cookies

cupcake pan

cupcake wrappers


check out these cute grass themed wrappers I found at JoAnn Fabrics!



1. Bake cupcakes and let cool

2. While cupcakes are cooling put Oreos in a ziplock and smash them up (for a dozen cupcakes I used about 15 Oreos)

3. Pour smashed Oreos into a bowl and stir in two or three generous spoonfulls of chocolate frosting

4. Frost cooled cupcakes with chocolate frosting and scoop a spoonfull of Oreo crumb&frosting mix on top of each

5. Add gummy worms on top of cookie dirt and serve your friends some mud pies!





This recipe can also be used on a cake rather than cupcakes- get crazy creative with it and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, CHOCOLATE dirty!