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December 14, 2017

3 DIY Ideas for a Magical Holiday

The holiday season is finally upon us! With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to find the perfect gifts for the people we hold dear. Sometimes this is an agonizing task—searching endlessly for that perfect something to give, creating the most picturesque wrapping and presentation, all while trying to create a memory that will last for years to come. It’s no easy feat to accomplish!


But never fear, today we’ll be sharing three great DIY ideas for handmade gift wrapping, greeting cards, and photo albums—so that you can create a perfect personalized experience, including everything from the packaging to the gift!


Interactive Folded Heart Card

Skill level: Medium
Cost: $10-$20
Amount of time: 30-45 minutes


Need the perfect card to complete a gift for someone special? Try out this awesome tutorial for an interactive folded card by The Postman’s Knock! Create the template for the heart by folding a 3” x 3” piece of paper, and drawing one half of the heart on one side. Next, use scissors to cut both layers of the folded paper—and voila! You now have a perfect heart shaped template. Use this to draw a heart four times, with each tip touching each other, in order to create a shape similar to a four-leaf clover. The instructions on their blog will show you how to use this to trace onto cardstock paper, and fold it into a heart-shaped card where you can write your message…when it’s all tied up with a bit of ribbon or twine, it’s like a miniature present in itself! The card attached to the back of the heart is decorated here with a paint splatter effect, but you can create any kind of look you want…the outcomes are endless!

Recycled Tissue Paper

Skill level: Easy
Cost: $5-$15 (not including the price of whatever item you received your tissue paper with!)
Amount of time: 10-15 minutes


With this clever idea from The Crafted Life, you can find a way to repurpose old tissue paper that you’ve received from stores during your holiday shopping. Collect some stamps and inks in designs of your choosing, and create your one-of-a-kind tissue paper in just a few minutes!  It’s both an easy and eco-friendly way to add a personal touch to your wrapping repertoire!



Paperbag Photo Album

Skill level: Medium
Cost: $15-$25, maybe more depending on how many embellishments you want to add
Amount of time: 30 minutes – 1 hour


Continuing on the subject of eco-friendly, check out this nifty photo album made by Helen Griffin, all from simple brown paper bags and cardstock! The design utilizes the openings of the bags in order to create pockets to stash photos, notes, or memorabilia. (Be sure to follow along with Helen’s tutorial video while creating!) Simply start by collecting six paper bags, and folding up the bottom flap of each bag. Now it’s time to begin assembling our pages together! Glue the bags together two at a time, attaching them by the folded bottom flap.  When finished with this process, you’ll have three sets of pages. When attaching these sets of pages together, leave about an inch of space for the spine of the book while covering the rest of the page with glue. The cover is created with two pieces of cardboard glued to the front and back pages, and a binding made from thin paper that covers the cover by an inch and a half on each side. The last (and most fun step) is decorating! Use any kind of cardstock, stickers, trims, and photos to create a lasting keepsake full of precious memories for you and others to enjoy.


Happy holidays and happy crafting from all of us at Genue! Let us know what you’ll be making this season, and if you plan on surprising any family and friends with handmade gifts!




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Hannah Grace

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Hannah Grace Smith is a freelance artist and writer. She is a recent graduate of Mount Ida College, where she received her BA in fashion design. Her whimsical designs for women and children have a surreal-but-cute style.


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