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Star Wars Valentines

More Star Wars Valentines-The Crafty Mommy

When I asked H what type of Valentines he wanted to give to his friends at school this year, he immediately said Star Wars. Although I have nothing against the store-bought Valentines sold at local drugstores, I prefer to make them on my own with H’s help. It’s something we enjoy doing together and it gets my creative juices feeling.

Star Wars Valentines-The Crafty Mommy

I am by no means a designer, so I enlisted help from Etsy, specifically the shop DorkyPrints. I love these kid-like Star Wars illustrations. And with a little bit of creativity and Photoshop, we were able to come up with these adorable, non candy Valentines.

Stay tuned, I’m going to try and pull together some other ideas for you busy moms out there.

Personalized Wall Art for the Kiddos


My talented friend and collaborator (she makes a lot of the invitations in my party kits), Sarah Vendittelli just opened her Etsy shop and it’s totally worth checking out.

She makes adorable and creative wall art perfect for a nursery, playroom, kiddo’s bedroom, and they make great gifts.

The best part is they are affordable and you can instantly download all of the files so you can get them right away. (Psst… you’ll never have to tell anyone that you purchased this gift last-minute.)


My personal favorites are the monogram letters and the animal water colors with encouraging words.

Visit her site here to see all of her designs!

Adorable Party Invitations

Although I love to create new items and design party kits, I am by no means a graphic designer. That’s why I decided to team up with some great graphic design friends to create the invitations for the party kits you see in my shop.

The one I have primarily been working with is my friend Sarah Vendittelli. You can order her invitations on their own or as part of the kits, just message me at to let me know what your party details are and what type of invitation you’d like to purchase.

You can see her current designs for the Crafty Mommy on my site and below:

Black and White Invitations - The Crafty Mommy

A black and white party for a baby or bridal shower, anniversary party, or an adult birthday party.

Twinkle and Mustache Invitations - The Crafty MommyA Twinkle Twinkle Little Star shower or first birthday party for a girl and a mustache shower or first birthday party for a boy.

Princess Invitation - The Crafty Mommy

A pretty princess party for the little princess in your life.

Circus and Jungle Invitations - The Crafty MommyA circus and jungle themed birthday parties (jungle one is coming soon to the shop).

Halloween_invite_template_5x7_2-upAnd finally, our Halloween party. A lot of people have been ordering bits and pieces of this kit as decorations for their home for the holiday.

And definitely let us know if there are any other themes you’d like to see in the shop!

Mermaid Silhouette Artwork

Way back when I created a silhouette of H to hang in one of our many gallery walls. It was so simple and I loved how it turned out, I ended up making a few as gifts for the grandparents.

Recently when our friends moved to another state, my friend was putting together her daughter’s new room and this older project inspired me to create something for her new room.

mermaid silhouette artwork framedShe loves mermaids and that was going to be part of the them in her new big girl bedroom so I created a mermaid silhouette in turquoise (one of the colors used in the palette of the room) and mounted it on white card stock and framed it in a white, modern frame.

The end result is sweet, simple, and will go perfectly in this little girl’s new room! I hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her. If you like what you see you can purchase your very own or customize a silhouette and I will make it and frame it for you, just message me here. 

DIY Father’s Day Card Ideas

I love working with H on different projects, especially around the holidays. It is especially fun and important to do nice things for those we love for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

This year for Father’s Day, I searched high and low for some personalized cards that we could make together (truth be told, I made most of the below cards, but H definitely had a hand in signing his name and decorating them).

Because I found so many cute ideas this year, I was able to customize the cards we made to the interests of each of the dads or grandfathers.

I made a golf-themed one for Grumps, King of the Grill aprons for GPa and Grandpa, and a tool belt for Daddy. All can hold some type of gift card or present that is specific to their own personal interests. I simplified these projects a bit and did my own interpretations of them, and you can definitely do the same.

golf card for dad

Golf-Themed Card from

apron card for dadKing of the Grill Card from Playing with Paper

tool belt card for dad

Tool Belt Card from Angel Street Mom

For the last one, instead of a gift card (because I had already purchased presents for my hubby), I included little sentiments on each of the “tools” like “Good for one snuggle” or “Good for a BIG breakfast.”

How do you like to celebrate Father’s Day and what special thing do you have to celebrate dad?

End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Gifts

personalized wine bottles with labels

I can’t believe it’s the end of the school year already! H finishes his first year of preschool this Wednesday and I’m always looking for new and cute ways to show his fabulous teachers our appreciation.

They get plenty of gift cards and we usually give them some sort of class gift, but I wanted to do something just from H.

I found these fabulous wine labels from that you can customize with your child’s photo and I thought this combined with a nice bottle of wine for each of them was a great way to say “thank you.”

Personalized Wine Bottle Labels

The labels come in a six pack and only cost $9.99 and they say “Our child might be the reason you drink so enjoy this bottle on us!” I bought my favorite bottles of white and rose wines for them and am putting a nice note with each. Here’s to hoping all of the awesome teachers and kids out there have a great summer!

Shark and Fish Valentines for My Toddler

Fish and Shark Valentines - the crafty mommyI was inspired by some valentines I saw on Pinterest and thought “I have to make these for H.” He is infatuated with sharks and all things aquatics. He visits the aquarium at least once a week (and gives the volunteers there a run for their money in terms of shark facts) but he also loves Octonauts, Finding Nemo, and anything underwater related.

So for his little friends, and H himself, I decided to make these adorable aquatic valentines. They’re perfect for taking a “bite” out of candy or a special note.

Fish and Shark Valentines Supplies - the crafty mommy

Scrapbook paper in various colors and textures
Craft glue
Googly eyes (optional)
Fine tip markers (optional)

How to Make the Shark and Fish Valentines
1. Start by cutting out a fish or shark. You can find templates all over online, I used this shark template and this fish template although I sized the shark one down to fit my clothespins. Just make sure whatever template you use is slightly bigger than the clothes pin itself.

2. Starting from the mouth, cut the fish or shark down the middle about half way.

Clothespin Valentines - the crafty mommy

3. Turn the clothes pin on its side. Glue the top half of the cut to the top of the clothes pin and the bottom half of the cut to the bottom half. Make sure you don’t get glue in between the two sides of the clothes pin or it won’t open.

4. Glue a googly eye on or draw an eye with a marker.

Shark Valentine - the crafty mommy

5. Open and close the clothes pin to insert a bag of candy, a sweet note, or other special treat.

Artwork with a Twist

octopus in central parkThis past Christmas I made a trip into the city to visit the holiday market in Bryant Park. I came across this amazing artist Naughty and Nice who uses photographs of real buildings (think the Empire State Building) and then adds amazing and whimsical illustrations.

monster on empire state buildingI bought this print for H’s room for $20. The artist also had these amazing frames which were painted in these bold and saturated neon colors, but they were $300+.

Monster Artwork and Frame - the crafty mommy

I decided to do a little searching and I found two similar ornate frames on Ebay. They were gold and ugly at first sight, but I thought they would work when painted. Turns out I was right! All it took was a can of paint and some patience to ensure all of the nooks and crannies were covered in blue and I had my own version for under $20.


DIY Valentine Wreath

Valentine's Day Wreath - the crafty mommyI don’t normally get into Valentine’s Day, but for every other holiday this last year I’ve made a wreath for our front door and garland for our mantel. Because I had some time the other day during one of the many winter storms we’ve had recently I thought I would do the same for Valentine’s Day.


Valentine's Day Wreath in Process - the crafty mommy

I started by wrapping a styrofoam wreath form with pink grosgrain ribbon. Then I cut out two different shaped hearts from felt in four different shades of red and pink. Although you could totally hot glue the hearts just as they are to the wreath and it would look adorable, I wanted mine to have some dimension and movement. So I sewed the hearts (two of the same color and size) together down the middle. Then I folded them open and started gluing them randomly on the wreath I had covered with ribbon.

Heart Garland - the crafty mommy

I had some leftover hearts so I decided to use the same idea and glue them to a skinny red grosgrain ribbon for a garland.

DIY Joy Holiday Wreath

Joy Wreath - the crafty mommy

I had seen some adorable yarn-wrapped letters that spelled out “JOY” in a holiday catalog I recently received, however, they were $70.

I decided that I could easily make some of my own and bought cardboard 3D letters online (you can also get them at Paper Source) and some inexpensive red yarn from Michael’s. Other than being a little time-consuming, it was a simple project that anyone could do in front of the TV.

Joy Letters Step 1 - the crafty mommyI anchored the end of the yarn to the letter with some hot glue and secured it with hot glue every so often. Especially around the edges. To ensure all parts of the letters were covered, I wrapped yarn vertically as well securing with glue, then I hid the ends of that yarn with the horizontally wrapped yarn. You could also paint the letters the same color as your yarn to do away with this step.

Joy Letters Step 2 - the crafty mommy

Joy Letters Finished - the crafty mommy

Joy Letters Finishing - the crafty mommy

When I was finished, I loved the result, but decided to use the letters on a plain wreath for over my mantle. To secure the letters to the wreath, I just wrapped them with another piece of red yarn and tied that around the wreath.