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Summer Paper Placemat with Zebra Product

How to Create DIY Placemats for Summer

By: Shelly Kim

Hi everyone, it’s Shelly Kim of @lettersbyshells. Today I’ll be showing you how to create this fruity paper placemat for your summer tablescape to go along with the utensil holders in my last tutorial. These paper placemats will utilize a watercolor technique with Mildliner Highlighters. The finished product is a great foundation to any table setting. Let’s get started!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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:

*Mildliners
*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.

Book/Bookmark

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.

Candle

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

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.