The Easiest DIY Pom-Pom Headbands

March 02, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Pom-Poms

Welcome to the first post of the National Craft Month celebration on Design Improvised. We’re kicking things off with my favorite craft supply of all – pom-poms! These DIY pom-pom headbands are a project we made at my website launch party last year. The activity was a big hit with kids and adults alike.  This […]

March is National Craft Month 2020!

February 29, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Fave Supplies

National Craft Month – March 2020 Did you know that March is National Craft Month? That means 31 whole days dedicated to the thing you and I love most of all! Even though National Craft Month has been around since 1994, this is the first time we are officially celebrating it on Design Improvised. Better […]

Fingerprint Heart Craft with Printable Gift Tags

February 10, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Valentine's Day, Kids Crafts

Here’s a fun handmade gift for kids to make using a fingerprint heart! These DIY painted jewelry dishes are my latest kids craft for Oriental Trading’s They also come with free printable Valentine’s Day gift tags that say “You Make My Heart Happy”. You can download the gift tags here. They would be great […]

Simple Origami Heart Flower Bouquet

February 05, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Valentine's Day, Paper

Have you ever made a paper origami heart? It is so simple and downright satisfying once you have the technique down. After a quick YouTube tutorial yesterday, I ended up whipping up 10 of these pretty paper hearts to make a Valentine’s Day bouquet. I love the idea of giving a non-traditional paper flower bouquet […]

DIY Pink Floral Wreath for Valentine’s Day

February 01, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Valentine's Day, Flowers

Want to freshen up your front door in time for Valentine’s Day? This DIY pink floral wreath should do the trick! I had so much fun making this flower wreath because it was so simple to make. I used a combination of artificial rose garlands and painted wood hearts. It matches my pink office walls […]

Top 10 DIY Valentine Box Ideas for School

January 29, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Valentine's Day, Holiday Crafts

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I’ve rounded up 10 of the cutest DIY Valentine box ideas I’ve found on the web. I’ve included a few Design Improvised creations as well for a bit of shameless self-promotion! My latest craft is this sparkly flip sequin Valentine box that I recently made for Oriental Trading’s […]

“100 Days Brighter” DIY Reverse Tie-Dye Shirt

January 25, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Fun Activities

I’m back with one more idea for a 100th day of school shirt. This 100 Days Brighter shirt uses a cool reverse tie-dye technique and glow in the dark stars on a black shirt. I’ve partnered with Tulip Color to try out their 2-N-1 Reverse Tie-Dye Kit and Glow-in-the-Dark Fabric Paint for this DIY galaxy shirt, […]

100th Day of School Shirt Idea: 100 Days of Blooming!

January 22, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Kids Crafts, Fun Activities

Do your kids celebrate their 100th day of school? Then this 100th day of school shirt idea may come in handy! I partnered with Aleene’s Glues to create a flower filled shirt with 100 artificial daisies that says “100 Days of Blooming”. 1ooth Day of School 2020 Thanks to Pinterest, elementary children around the world […]

Make the Cutest Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments!

December 22, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Christmas

These mason jar lid wreath ornaments are my final Christmas project of the year! We made these for my recent event at Pottery Barn and they turned out so cute. I love them because you can improvise using whatever craft supplies you have on hand to transform a metal ring into a sweet little wreath […]

Join Me at Pottery Barn Quarry Market TOMORROW!

December 11, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized

I’m so excited to be hosting a holiday meetup at the Pottery Barn Alamo Quarry Market tomorrow night (Dec. 12)! If you are in San Antonio, I would love to see you there. Pop in anytime between 7pm – 9pm for some holiday crafting and treats. We’ll be making a pretty ornament that you can […]

Ribbon Christmas Ornaments with Brother P-Touch Embellish Elite

December 10, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Christmas

I love a creative handmade ornament project and these DIY ribbon Christmas ornaments were particularly fun to make because I got to personalize the ribbons! For this project, I partnered with Brother to try out their new P-touch Embellish ELITE Ribbon and Tape Printer. I had never used a label printer before, so I was […]

Cherry Icebox Cookies – a Texas Favorite!

December 09, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Christmas

If you’re a Texan, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the cherry icebox cookies made by Collin Street Bakery. Located on busy Highway 35 near Waco, it is a popular pit stop between the drive from San Antonio to visit family in Dallas. I tried my first cherry icebox cookie thanks to my sister-in-law […]

Giant Wooden Snowflakes with Pom-Poms!

December 03, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Pom-Poms, Paint, Christmas

I had a vision for these giant wooden snowflakes from Oriental Trading the second I saw them. My vision? Pom-poms, of course! I thought a wall of these snowflakes painted in pretty pastel colors and dotted with fluffy pom-poms would make me so happy. It turns out my hunch was correct! This is such a […]

Painted Wood Slice Ornaments with Martha Stewart Stencils

November 25, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Paint, Christmas

I have always wanted to do something with these birch ornaments I’ve seen at the craft store, and I am so excited how these painted wood slice ornaments turned out! Iโ€™m partnering with Martha Stewart Craftsยฎ to show how their beautiful stencils and craft paints create amazing results for even the beginning crafter. No painting experience […]

The Easiest Pom-Pom Christmas Wreath

November 22, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Christmas

This pom-pom Christmas wreath may look like it took hours to make, but I used my newest time-saving trick: premade pom-poms from Oriental Trading. These yarn pom-poms have quickly become my favorite new craft supply. They are great quality, come in a variety of bright colors, are only $4.19 for a pack of 42 pom-poms. […]

How to Make a Lighted Christmas Wreath

November 20, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Wreaths, Christmas

I love a good Christmas wreath craft, but a lighted Christmas wreath takes my crafting to a whole other level! It is amazing what the addition of fairy lights can do to the feel of a wreath. Especially during the holidays when that warm glow is so nice to have inside your home. I recently […]

7 DIY Santa Decorations You Can Make

November 18, 2019 | FILED UNDER: Christmas

Here comes Santa Claus…here comes Santa Claus…. right to our dining room! Our home is filled with DIY Santa decorations this Christmas thanks to my latest project for Oriental Trading. I created 7 different Santa crafts as part of my Santa Claus themed tree and decor. All of them are simple to make and turned […]