DIY Making Tape Stickers – Monogram / Alphabet Edition

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers2 My apologies for the super late post today friends! My computer decided to go on strike last night, and it ended up taking me the better part of today to get it cooperating again. Phew!

Anyhow, I’m excited to finally have the chance to share a tutorial for these DIY Monogram Masking Tape Stickers that I created to top a gift I was giving a couple months ago. You might remember the DIY Layered Masking Tape Borders and DIY Easter Stickers I created a couple years ago using the same process. This time around I used a nice bold font for my sticker templates. You can download the version that I used in the PDF below (it includes the full alphabet in two different sizes), or use any font from your computer that you’d like. Just be sure to keep in mind that the more ornate the font is, the more challenging it will be to cut out.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers4 Supplies needed:

  • Printed letter template(s) | DOWNLOAD LETTER TEMPLATES
  • Japanese paper masking tape | available online and in craft stores
  • Parchment paper
  • Sharp scissors
  • Craft knife | optional
  • Self-healing matt | optional – for use with craft knife
  • mini binder clips or paper clips | optional
  • Wrapped gift | optional

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers3          Start by printing out your desired letter template(s) onto standard copy paper paper. You can choose to print the entire alphabet, or just select the letter you need from the PDF file. Once your template has been printed, place a piece of parchment paper on top of it. Note: I used waxed paper here, but it does not work nearly as well as parchment paper.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers5 Begin sticking strips of masking tape onto the parchment paper so that the ends of each strip are slightly wider / longer than the edges of your letter template. Overlap each new piece of tape on top of the previous piece.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers6 Overlapping the tape edges will ensure that your sticker holds together as one solid shape, and won’t easily peel apart.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers7 Once you’ve completely covered your shape with tape layers, remove your template from below the parchment paper. Trim around the edges of your paper template so that you are left with only a narrow border (1/2 inch wide is good). It is easiest to cut your letters out with a craft knife. To do so, place your taped parchment paper down on top of a self-healing matt, set your paper template on top of that, and then use a few pieces of tape to secure the template on top of the parchment paper.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers8 Cut any interior spaces in your letter design out first, and then carefully cut around the outside of your letter template until you have trimmed around the entire shape. Pull the paper template away…and Tada!

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers9 You can also cut out your letters using a pair of sharp scissors (this will be a trickier if you have letters with interior shapes that need to be removed). TIP: To keep your layers from sliding around, you can use a couple of small binder or paper clips to hold everything in place while you work.

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers11 When you are ready to use your letters as stickers to decorate a gift, carefully peel the paper backing from your design, starting at the top (where you placed your initial strip of tape). Adhere your sticker to your pre-wrapped gift, and you’re done!

diymaskingtapemonogramstickers12 You can also use these stickers to decorate a wall in your home with an inspirational phrase or word (they are easy to remove without damaging paint)…or frame one for a quick and easy custom art piece!

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The Daily Find: Wood Block + Print Gift Set

dailyfindblockandphotoset Everything that Artifact Uprising creates is wonderful (they work with your regular photos or even your instagram snapshots to create beautifully printed works of art), but their newest Wood Block + Print Gift Set ($22) really caught my eye when it was introduced last week. I am probably always overly touting what great gifts The Daily Find picks would make…but here I go again, because this one is no exception (I’m thinking about Father’s Day)! Check out all the photo products that Artifact Uprising has to offer right here.

Roundup: DIY Gifts & Wrapping for Mother’s Day

diymothersdaygifts5131 1. DIY Brushstroke Glazed Mini Bowls |  2. DIY Simple Teapot Flower Arrangement | 3. 5 Minute DIY: Gilded Pattern Votive Holders & Bud Vases | 4. Homemade Caramel & Fudge Sauce with Free Printable Tags | 5. DIY Fabric Peony Flower Accessories & Gift Toppers

Happy Friday friends! I don’t want to cause a panic…but Mother’s Day will be here next weekend! Fortunately that means that there’s still time to get creative and make a DIY gift for Mom, or wrap her store-bought gift up with DIY packaging that helps it shine (but just barely…so get cracking). All of the DIY projects in this roundup are Creature Comforts’ originals (woot), and some will take you no more than 5 minutes to make. You can’t get much easier than that!

diymothersdaygifts5132 6. DIY Tea Painted Card with Free Printable | 7. DIY Fancy Clothespin Clips | 8. 5 Minute DIY: Fabric Poppy Flowers | 9. DIY Sequin Strand Gift Embellishment | 10. Decorated Mini Chalkboard Gift Idea

I hope you’ll find a project here to spark your interest and make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day. You can also check out the DIY Gallery for more creative ideas! Have a beautiful (crafty) weekend! xo Ez

Mother’s Day Gift Giving Ideas with 31 Bits

31bitsmothersdaygiftideas1 Featured: Luna + Rock Garden Jewelry Set, $52 - 31 Bits

Today I’m delighted to be partnering with 31 Bits to bring you a sweet roundup of Mother’s Day gift giving ideas for the most special lady in your life—Mom!

31 Bits is an accessories brand that is passionate about using fashion and design to empower the women of Uganda to rise above poverty. They offer programs for the women they employ, to provide literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems…all with the underlying mission of empowering women to further their careers and attain social equity. I couldn’t dream up a better business to partner with on a Mother’s Day themed post!

I’ve used both their empowering mission and beautiful limited edition jewelry gift sets (free gift packaging included), to inspire today’s assortment of gift giving ideas. I hope one, or maybe even a few of them, will be the perfect way for you to show your mom just how much she is loved and thought of on this Mother’s Day (May 12th)!

mothersdaygiftideas13 1. Luna + Rock Garden Jewelry Set, $52 - 31 Bits | 2. Teacup Framed Photographic Print, $35-$138 - Elle Moss | 3. Jute Wrapped Garden Scissors, $34 - Terrain | 4. Custom Silhouette Plates, $34 - Le Papier Studio | 5. iPhone Cases, $30-$36 - Rifle Paper Co. | 6. Zhena’s White Tea Sampler, $7 - World Market | 7. Happ & Stahns 1842 Rosa Alba Eau de Parfum, $30-$68 - Anthropologie

Receive 20% off while shopping at 31 Bits with promo code: Creature20 (offer ends May 12th).

BONUS – Check out this clever Mother’s Day Packaging DIY idea from 31 Bits: mothersdaydiyfrom31bits 31bitssponsor This post was sponsored and made possible by 31 Bits. Any opinions expressed are my own.

DIY Faux Polaroid Coasters from Darkroom and Dearly

Hi friends! I want to thank you all so much for your amazing support and encouragement yesterday. It’s always scary to share something personal online, but every time I have over the years I have quickly been reminded of how incredibly lucky I am to be surrounded by such an amazing community of genuinely kind and inspiring individuals such as you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

In any event, I’m not quite on top of things enough to have a new Creature Comforts DIY post done already, but luckily I came across these amazing DIY Faux Polaroid Coasters on Darkroom and Dearly a while back, and I think they are just the thing to share today. This finished project would make a wonderful gift (even more so if the gift recipient is a photo enthusiast), and I absolutely love how easily they can be customized to suit just about any one (i.e. photos of the grandkids for nana, shots of the seashore for your land-locked friend, etc.). Pop over to Darkroom and Dearly for the full DIY. xo Ez