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Colorful DIY utensil holder

How to Create Summer-Themed Utensil Holders

By: Shelly Kim

Hi everyone, it’s Shelly Kim of @lettersbyshells. Today I’ll be showing you how to create some fun and colorful summer-themed utensil holders. These utensil holders will utilize different techniques from painting oranges and drawing leaves. The finished product will add the perfect finishing touch to any table setting. Let’s get started!

A piece of cardstock with Mildliner Highlighters

Materials Needed:

Cardstock with colorful circles of color

Step 1: Color Circles on the Cardstock

Begin by drawing circles all over the paper using Mildliner Highlighters or Mildliner Brush Pens. These will be the orange illustrations.

Simple doodling of oranges

Step 2: Draw Stems and Leaves

Next, draw stems and leaves to finish the orange illustration for just a few of the circles using Mildliner Highlighters. For the stems, draw a light stroke and for the leaves, draw an almond-shaped leaf.

Doodles of oranges with leaves

Step 3: Add Additional Leaves

Draw leaves all over and next to the orange illustrations to fill the negative space.

Artist creating a DIY untensil holder

Step 4: Outline the Orange Illustrations

Using the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen in Black or ClickArt Retractable Marker Pen in Black, draw some offset outlines of the oranges.

Person doodling oranges

Step 5: Add More Details

To add some contrast and added detail, draw the inside of the oranges by outlining the orange segments. Start by drawing a circle and then draw triangles inside the circle.

Colorful doodles of oranges with segments outlined

Step 6: Continue Adding More Detail

Next, let’s add more details inside the orange by drawing vertical lines inside the triangles. I continued using the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen because it has a thin point size for fine details.

Artist outlining orange leaves with Sarasa Clip

Step 7: Outline the Orange Leaves

Next, draw offset outlines of the leaves.

Orange-themed untensil holder

Step 8: Create the Backing of the Utensil Holder

To create the backing for the utensil holder, we will be using another 4” x 6” card stock sheet. Begin by taping down the 2 cardstock sheets by taping the both side edges and bottom, only leaving the top open.

Oranged-themed utensil holder with utensils

Step 9: Use Your Utensil Holder

Yay! Your orange and leaf themed utensil holder is now ready to use. Add in your favorite silverware and add to your table for a beautiful accent of summer.

Summer-themed utensil holder

For more tablescape inspiration, check out 4 DIY Napkin Tags Perfect for Spring

Mini birthday banner

How to Create A DIY Mini Birthday Banner

By: Erin McDonough

Any good party needs a banner and it doesn’t have to take up a whole wall! I love making a mini banner to elevate any party table décor. You also don’t need any fancy tools or a cutting machine to make it super cute and easy. Follow along in this tutorial!

Mini birthday banner supplies

Materials Needed:

Cutting cardstock

Step 1: Cut Your Cardstock

To begin this project, first use your 2-inch punch tool (or scissors) to cut the cardstock paper into uniform circles for each letter that will be used in the banner. I wanted mine to say “Happy Birthday,” so I punched out 13 punches for the 13 letters we will be creating.

Lettering on cardstock

Step 2: Add Lettering to Each Circle

Next, it’s time to add a letter to each of your circular pieces of cardstock. I wanted this mini banner to be bold and colorful to match my rainbow party theme so I used Mildliner Brush Pens and Zensations Technical Drawing Pens for this project. The Mildliner Brush Pens come in a variety of soft, beautiful colors so there’s plenty of options.

Adding to details to calligraphy

Step 3: Outline the Lettering

To make your lettering stand out, use the Zensations Technical Drawing Pen (in any size) to outline each letter. I also added a little drop shadow to make it POP!

Feel free to use a variety of colors, especially if you choose to replicate the rainbow theme that I’m using for this project.

Step 4: String Together the Letters

Next, punch single holes in each of the letters so you can string them together.

Step 5: Assemble the Banner

Next, take the twine or ribbon and string it through the holes you created with the hole punch in each of the letters, assembling the banner in the correct order. You can use glue dots to keep your letters in place if you are so inclined.

Step 6: Hang the Banner

Finally, it’s time to enjoy your work! Hang up the banner or drape it on a table to add some flair for your next birthday party.

For more party-planning inspiration, check out 4 DIY Napkin Tags Perfect for Spring.

Mother's Day card

Simple DIY Mother’s Day Card

By: Sue Nguyen of @letteringwithsuzy

Hi Friends! Mother’s Day is right around the corner. What better way to show your appreciation for your mom than a handmade Mother’s Day card? Here is a fun and easy Mother’s Day card to show off your lettering and floral abilities. No need to worry if you have never drawn florals before. In this tutorial, I’ll give you some pointers and let you do the rest.  Let’s get started!

White stock paper and an assortment of Zebra Pen Brush Pens and markers

Materials Needed

Mother's Day card sketch

Step 1: Sketch the Lettering for the Card

Start off with the card base; you can create your own with cardstock or buy premade blank cards. I used white cardstock cut and folded to 5 x 7. Next, sketched out, “Happy Mother’s Day” on the card. I used my favorite Z-Grip Plus Mechanical Pencil to lightly sketch the quote. With the sketching and inking of this card, I love that the Z-Grip Plus Mechanical Pencil has a handy twistable eraser. I like using the slim eraser to remove any pencil lines after inking.

Once the sketch is finished and the placement of the quote is centered, we are ready to ink. Use the Zensations Brush Pen to letter the quote.

Brush pen flowers

Step 2: Add Floral Designs

For the florals, I used the Mildliner Brush Pens. This brush pen allows you to control the width of the stroke. My tip for drawing rose petals is to mimic the shape of eyebrows. Start with a thin stroke, add pressure to the brush for the arch, and then release the pressure.

Brush Pen flowers

For this card, I drew 2 sets of roses on diagonal sides of the quote. I recommend starting with the center rose for each set. Using the Mildliner Brush Pen, draw a small “c” and “u” shape for the center of the rose, then start drawing around the center using the eyebrow method until you reach the size of rose you like. Then, use another Mildliner Brush Pen color to create the roses on the left and right.

Flower designs

To draw the leaves, draw a thin stem, then press the brush on a slant, pulling slightly and releasing to create the leaf shape. Go back to the main stem and draw a leaf on the opposite side. You can add a few leaves around each the roses.

Tip: To make the roses look like they are bundled together, make the center of the rose a little closer to the main red rose. This way, the side roses will look tucked under the center rose. I recommend practicing your florals on a separate piece of paper before creating your card.

Mother's Day card

Step 3: Add Embellishments

Since the card has extra white space on opposite corners of the florals, I added small hearts with the Metallic Brush Pen in Pink. I also used the Metallic Brush Pen in Gold to create a drop shadow on the lettering. To do this, draw a parallel line to all the downstroke areas of the lettering and the loops. Feel free to move the placement of the roses anywhere you like on the card or add more leaves and florals.

Inside page of Mother's Day card

Step 4: Write A Message Inside the card

Now it’s time to craft a heartfelt message inside the card. First, I used the Mildliner Brush Pens to create more florals inside the card. Then I used the Metallic Brush Pen to letter an eye-catching message. I also used the Metallic Brush Pens to add more embellishments around the card. You can write a message on the left side as well.  

Mother's Day card

How easy was that? It doesn’t take much to create a heartwarming gift from the heart. For more homemade card inspiration, check out How to Create a DIY Father’s Day Card.

Paper flower bouquet

Easy Paper Flower Bouquet for Mother’s Day

By: Christine Asciutto of @twinkleplansherday

Mother’s Day is approaching and making Mom feel special has never been easier. Today I’ll be sharing how to create an easy paper flower bouquet using Mildliner Highlighters and some everyday household products.

Materials Needed:

  • 5 White coffee filters
  • Paper plates
  • Mildliner Highlighters
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Paper straws
  • Floral or washi tape
  • Scissors
Color dying a coffee filter

Step 1: Use Mildliner Highlighters to “Dye” Your Coffee Filters

The first step is to add a splash of color to your white coffee filters. To begin, select a Mildliner Highlighter color you want for your paper flower and use it to add strokes to the edges of your coffee filter.

Next, use your spray bottle to add a small amount of water to your coffee filter while it rests on the paper plate. The paper plate will help keep your work area mess-free and help keep your filter flat. Let the ink diffuse evenly throughout the coffee filter and let dry. Repeat this step four more times to ensure your paper is thoroughly saturated with color.

Folded and dyed coffee filter

Step 2: Fold the Dyed Coffee Filter

Once your coffee filter is thoroughly saturated and dry, fold each filter in half. Then fold it in half once more until it resembles an ice cream cone shape, like shown above.

Folded coffee filter with cut outs

Step 3: Cut Triangle Shapes

Using scissors, snip a tiny section of the bottom of the “cone.” This will create a center hole in the flower design once it is unfolded. Once cut, turn the cone upside down and make four 1-inch cuts along the bottom. Next, cut triangle shapes along the edge, as shown in the example above. 

Repeat steps 1 through 3 four more times until you have 5 total pieces.

Paper flower

Step 5: Assemble the Pieces into a Flower

Now that you have all your flower petals created, it is time to assemble your flower together. Start by unfolding each filter to reveal a flower shape.

Then, insert the paper straw into the center hole of the first filter and wrap the filter along the top, securing with floral or washi tape. Repeat with the remaining filters to add more volume with each layer.

Paper flower bouquet

Step 6: Create Multiple Paper Flowers for a Bouquet

Repeat steps 1 through 5 to create more paper flowers ranging in a variety of colors. Once create, these flowers can be arranged in a bouquet or used as a gift topper.

For more spring-inspired craft projects, check out 4 DIY Napkin Tags Perfect for Spring.

Easter banner

How to Make A Festive Easter Banner

By: Hazel Ung of @hazels.pineapple.patch

Hello Spring! It’s that time of year, when the frost starts to melt, and the flowers begin to bloom. It’s also that time of year when we celebrate Easter. With family and friends gathering for this occasion, it’s always a fun idea to create festive décor to add to the celebration. Today I’ll be showing you how to create this festive Easter banner using a few simple materials.



Materials & Tools:


Step 1: Make your banner

You can buy a paper/cardstock banner (already shaped), or you can make your own using white cardstock. If you love to craft, having white cardstock handy is a must for simple projects like this one. You can create a banner-shaped stencil and then use it to create as many cutouts as you need. Once you have cut out all your pieces, you can punch the hole at the top corners.
Banner crafts


Step 2: Let’s get creative with your banner

I started off by lettering the individual banner pieces with each letter to spell E A S T E R. I used the Sarasa Fineliner in Black to create a block letter and then outlined it with a pastel colored Mildliner Highlighter. The Zensations Brush Pen would also work great for outlining your letters if you prefer a bolder outline. I alternated 3 different colors to keep it bright and festive.

Here’s a tip: You can use an alphabet stencil if you need help with creating your block letters.

Easter banner materials

Since it’s Easter, I chose a theme of “Eggs.” The pattern was simple yet cute and festive. Whatever you decide, you get to create it! I used the Sarasa Fineliners & Mildliner Highlighters to add a colorful pattern to my banner.


Easter banner hung on a door

Step 3: Assemble your banner

Now you can put your banner together. Get your twine or ribbon and weave it through the holes that you punched out at the top of your cutouts. Looking at your cutout, weave the end of your twine or rope from the front left hole, pull through and weave it back into the right hole pulling from the back to the front. Repeat this with each cut out.


Easter banner

Step 4: Add embellishments

Once you’ve weaved your twine through, you can add embellishments to your banner. I attached ribbon tassels in between each letter. It gave the banner some dimension and tassels are perfect for any celebration.

Banners look amazing on a mantle or even an entry way. Whatever you decide, it will make your occasion a little more personal and create a memorable experience. For more spring-themed crafts, check out How to Draw a Baby Chick in 7 Easy Steps.

DIY Father's Day popsicle card

How to Make a DIY Father’s Day Card

By: Mai Lagdameo of @mai.notebook

Hello! Mai here, from @mai.notebook on Instagram. I’m here to do a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a fun Father’s Day card. This is something you can work on by yourself, or with kids! The first step to getting started is to gather your tools and materials.

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Thanksgiving placecard

Personalize Your Thanksgiving Table with These DIY Place Cards

By Mai of @mai.notebook

Hello! It’s Mai from @mai.notebook and I’m here today to share with you four easy ways to make a place card for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Creating place cards doesn’t always have to be elaborate. I will walk you through some very easy-to-follow examples that will be sure to help you spruce up any table setting. Let’s get started!

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How to Create Gorgeous Watercolor Florals Using Mildliners

By: Artist Ambassador Courtney Bray
Hello there!  I’m Courtney from @tulippoplarco! I love creating watercolor paintings, but today I want to share a secret with you!  You can get that beautiful watercolor look with your Zebra Mildliners! I’m going to walk you through the process step-by-step on how to create a faux watercolor floral painting!

Materials needed:

*Zensations Technical Drawing pen

*Zebra pencil and eraser

*Watercolor paper
*Watercolor brush (I used a Princeton round size 8)
*Water and paper towel
**Optional: Sarasa pens for added detail

Step 1

Sketch out your floral using your Zebra pencil. I chose to go with Zinnias since they are fun and easy!  I love doing a grouping in odd numbers (three for this one) and including lots of leaves or foliage!

Step 2

Trace over your pencil with your Technical Drawing pen. These pens are bleed-proof, so they won’t bleed into your Mildliners when water is added!  This is crucial! Also, don’t forget to erase your pencil lines when you are finished.

Step 3

Lay down blocks of various colors using the Mildliner markers. I recommend using a couple (or few) colors to add dimension and depth to your “painting.” Do not worry about filling in all of the white space.  Also, I worked with only one flower (or a few leaves) at a time so all of the colors would not bleed together once I added water.

Step 3

 Add water to the area where you added marker.  Use your brush to move the marker around to fill in all of the white space and allow the colors to blend.

Step 5

Continue adding marker and water to the rest of the painting.  If one area is still wet, I generally try to move to a dry area so that my colors do not bleed too much. Use this method to work your way around the painting. As long as you do not add a ton of water, your painting will dry pretty quickly!

Step 6

Once the painting is completely dry, you can go back and add details (like veins in your leaves or flowers, darken areas of interest, add extra shading, or highlight the center of your flower) with your Mildliners or Sarasa pens!

Step 7

 Admire your work!  You can hang it up or gift it to a friend!  These would make great cards and this method could also be used for journaling!

8 Heartfelt DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts


While it’s important to show appreciation for our loved ones year-round, Valentine’s Day offers us a special opportunity to treat them to something special. Flowers, jewelry and chocolates are great, but the best gifts come straight from the heart and not from the store. It is incredibly impactful to spend time and effort on something rather than simply buying it. Show your friends, family and loved ones how much you care by creating your own Valentine’s Day gifts. Use these tips for inspiration to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with memorable, cost efficient gifts.

Handmade Cards

Creating handmade cards is a personal, fun and inexpensive way to show someone you care without breaking the bank. Be as creative and personal as you like by designing your own cards from start to finish. Pick high quality stationary, stickers and other finishing touches and use Zebra Zensations brush pens to hand letter your own messages. Use an inside joke, a meaningful quote or a heartfelt message to complete a card they will hold onto forever.

Sugar Scrubs

Sugar scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your skin while relaxing and practicing selfcare. While there are many sugar scrubs to choose from, they’re super easy to personalize and make at home. Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar, ½ cup of coconut oil, and essential oils of your choice into a decorative jar. Lavendar, peppermint, chamomile and tea tree all have calming effects and are ideal for unwinding. Decorate the jar with ribbon, twine, or a colorful handmade label using Zensations fineliners. Enjoy for smoother, healthier skin.


There’s nothing quite like the gift of knowledge and enlightenment. Give your significant other a book about a subject or person that interests them, and pair it with a handmade, heartfelt bookmark. Hand letter a phrase, encouraging message, or illustrate a unique design. Laminate the bookmark when you’re done so your partner can use it for years to come.


Candles can help create a sense of calm, peace and serenity that is invaluable during a busy week. Grab a friend and attend a local candle making workshop for a fun activity that results in the perfect gift for a friend or significant other. They are also easy to make at home, using scents, containers and sizes of your choice.


Soap is a pleasant, practical and cost-efficient gift that keeps on giving. The color, scent and shape combinations are practically endless, giving you plenty of creative freedom to make soap for significant others, friends, family and coworkers.

Shadow Box

Our lives are made up of tons of tiny defining moments, and the same can be said for our friendships and romantic relationships. Celebrate the little things in a big way by creating a shadow box craft. Purchase a shadow box from a local craft store, and fill it with small, meaningful objects including ticket stubs, photos, and other sentimental things that signify your relationship.

Homemade Sweets

Store bought candies, cookies or other sweets are great when you’re pressed for time, but homemade treats mean even more. Baking gives you an opportunity to create many gifts at once, making it perfect for a large group of friends or an office setting. Package your baked goods in festive bags or boxes and enjoy.

Bath Bombs

In our busy lives, taking the time to relax and reconnect with yourself is invaluable. Bath bombs are a staple of selfcare, which makes them a perfect gift for anyone on your list. Bath bombs can be easily made at home, and can include all natural ingredients and essential oils. Use heart shaped molds to create perfect gifts for a group of friends.

Cards for Kids

Making Holiday Cards with Kids

With the holiday season upon us once again, now is the perfect time to snuggle up inside and get to crafting! Holiday cards are essential for all your loved ones. There is almost no better way to express gratitude and season’s greetings to another person than with a handmade card with your kids. Zebra Pen has made the job of crafting a heartwarming card beyond easy with their colorful products like Sarasa Gel Pens , Sarasa Fineliner Pens , Cadoozles Starters  or the Super Marble Gel Pens.

Use this instructional video as a source of inspiration or follow along to create your own cards with you kids!

Reindeer Greeting Card

• Cut three ovals from tan felt
• Glue felt ovals to card surface
• Use brown Cadoozle Colored Pencil to make antlers
• Adhere purchased eyes to top part of felt ovals
• Glue buttons as nose for reindeer
• Write seasonal message on bottom with Cadoozles Colored Pencils



Metallic Joy Card

• Start with dark colored paper (this helps the Super Marble Gel pen show metallic colors)
• Find space toward left or right side of paper to start silhouette
• Trace snowflake with Super Marble Gel pens (or any seasonal image) onto paper
• Make small pattern like lines or shapes inside the silhouette
• Start from center and work toward outside edge (like in snowflake example)
• Draw or glue custom holiday phrase on side of page opposite your drawing



Christmas Carol Card

• Draw music bars on page with black SARASA Gel pen
• Glue buttons for the words with spaces between each
• Glue green and red colored buttons as notes
• Add note bars as in video example (Use black or colored SARASA Gel pens)
• Under each button along bottom with SARASA black pen: “We wish you a Mer-ry Christ-mas”



Ornament Greetings Card

• Draw circles or shapes on page with SARASA Fineline markers
• Color-in with designs and holiday patterns with Cadoozles colored pencils and SARASA Fineline markers
• Glue one ornament with a button (optional)
• Draw lines from ornament towards top of page with Black SARASA Fineliner marker
• Add small loops at top of ornament with two loops to look like the string is tied
• Write seasonal message on bottom with Cadoozles Colored Pencils