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Happy Spring DIY Gift: Basil in a Jar April 03 2015, 1 Comment

I have an easy DIY gift today that anyone would enjoy receiving. While plants can be intimidating to some, basil is easy to care for and makes a great windowsill plant. Plus, who doesn't love fresh basil in their supper?

While it is a bit late to sprout these as an Easter gift, a happy spring is reason enough to give a jar to a friend.

You will need:

- A mason jar

- Basil seeds

- Rocks for drainage

- Potting soil

- Gift tag and string or ribbon

Place the rocks in the bottom of the jar and then cover with potting soil. Sprinkle about 5-8 seeds on the top of the jar and barely cover them with soil. Water the seeds. Because of the rocks on the bottom you don't really need to worry about over watering.

Read your seed package, but generally after 5-10 days your seeds should sprout. After they sprout you can thin them out so there are 3-5 sprouts per jar. Once leaves have formed you will want to place them in an area that gets some sun, like a windowsill.

Now all you need to do is add a pretty tag and gift them to a friend for some spring cheer. I practiced my calligraphy with some blank tags I had. If you don't have blank tags you can make your own with our Recycled DIY Gift Tag Tutorial, or use the watercolor floral gift tag from our April subscription!

Don't forget to make an extra basil jar for yourself. Here is a photo of one I've had for a few months. It's still going strong! Planting in a clear jar is pretty interesting because you can see all of the roots grow in addition the leaves.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Happy Spring!


A Month of Thanks Contest November 03 2014, 6 Comments

November is a month of thanks. Included in each Pennie Post subscription this month is a “Thankful” card. Fill it out with anything you are thankful for, snap a photo of either the card, or whatever it is you are thankful for and post it to our Facebook page or on Instagram with @penniepost and #penniepost for a chance to win a 12 month subscription! You can also download a printable file to print out more for your friends and family so they can participate as well. You may enter as many unique "thankfuls" as you like for a better chance to win. The contest is open to subscribers and non-subscribers. Ends on November 30th.

Thankful cards also make a great Thanksgiving day activity. Have your guests each fill out cards and read them out loud, or try to figure out who wrote what.

What are you thankful for?

DIY Halloween Candy Corn Treat Printable Tutorial October 13 2014, 0 Comments

Today I have a free candy corn treat printable for you guys. It is super simple to make these cute Halloween goodies to give to your pals or to hand out at your Halloween party. All you will need is some candy corn, card stock or heavy weight printer paper, scissors, a stapler, and a cellophane bag. I used a 4.5" wide bag, the same ones I use to package Pennie Post orders.

to make your goodie bags, just print out the printable, cut them out, fold in half, and staple them to the candy corn filled baggie. This would be perfect to give to someone along with our matching Trick or Treat Girls Card.

I hope you enjoy this printable and have a happy and safe Halloween. What will you be dressing up as this year?

DIY Mason Jar Gift for Stationery Lover and Printable Tag September 01 2014, 2 Comments

There are tons of mason jar gift ideas floating around online. Mason jars are pretty trendy these days, and they make the perfect inexpensive cute container for little goodies. While perusing Pinterest I mostly saw jars filled with sweets, baking mixes, and manicure items, but no gifts for stationery lovers?! What?! Stationery lovers love tiny cute things, right? So, I decided to gather up some cute stationery goodies for my mason jar and even designed a printable tag to go along with it. If you are in need of a last minute gift, this is the perfect DIY. These jars would also be awesome as gift favors for a party or a shower. We all know Pennie Post makes an awesome present for any stationery lover and this mason jar would go along great with a gift subscription!

To make your own mason jar gift, simply download the printable goodies tag, punch a hole in the tag, fill the jar to your heart's content and then wrap it all up with some string or a ribbon.

Here's what I found to go inside my jar: Rainbow Herringbone Enclosures by Pennie Post, tiny blue notebook, roll of washi tape, multi colored sticky tabs, handmade fabric covered magnets, hippo stickers, turquoise bakers twine, and a pouch of spiral paperclips.

I found these fuzzy hippo stickers on a recent trip to Japan. How cute are they?!

I hope you enjoy the goodies tag printable and create some fun mason jar gifts of your own!

Back to School: DIY Greeting Card Notebook Tutorial August 19 2014, 1 Comment

Can you believe it's already back-to-school time? Where did the summer go? When I was a kid, it should be no surprise that my favorite thing about starting a new school year was getting new notebooks, binders, paper pads, pens, markers and pencils! Today I have a DIY greeting card notebook tutorial for you in honor of back-to-school season. The covers of these notebooks are made from greeting cards! You can use a favorite Pennie Post card you have been saving, or recycle a special one that you have received. If you are a greeting card saver, you probably have a box full of possibilities.

For this DIY will need:

- greeting card

- lightweight printer paper (I used a both kraft and white)

- ruler (or you can eyeball it if you are brave)

- scissors or a paper cutter

- thread in the color of your choice

- sewing machine (if you don't have a sewing machine you can use a long arm stapler)

Once you have your card picked out, unfold it and measure. Cut 5-7 sheets of paper 1/4" smaller than the size of the unfolded card (Example: if your unfolded card measures 8.5"x5.5", cut your papers to 8.25"x5.25"). Fold the pieces of paper in half and insert it in to the card.


Place the card and papers face up and align it in your sewing machine. Pull the threads out a bit so there is at least a few inches of loose threads before the stitching. Sew down the spine of the card keeping as straight as possible. Once you get to the end, pull out a few more inches of thread and cut. You may want to practice on a test card and papers first so you can adjust the thread tension and stitch length to your liking.

Knot the ends of the threads a few times and cut.

You now have your very own homemade greeting card notebooks! Jot down poems, grocery lists, important numbers, or to-dos. If you don't have a sewing machine you can staple the pages in instead of sewing if your stapler is long enough.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I'd love to see how your notebooks turned out. Feel free to post photos of your notebooks to the Elsie J/Pennie Post Facebook page or Instagram them and tag @penniepost.

DIY Printable Mini Money Envelope Tutorial and Free Template August 14 2014, 2 Comments

Growing up I was always given tiny red envelopes ("lai see" in Chinese). These were given out on birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions and always contained money. "Lai see" envelopes are almost always red with gold foil, but every once in awhile I would score a cute Hello Kitty one. I always wished they would have more fun and modern designs available. Well, instead of wishing, why not just make my own? Brilliant!

If you are a stationery and paper fanatic like me, I am sure you have saved scraps of cute art paper and wrapping paper piled up because you are sure will find a use for it someday. Well, that day is today! Today I have an easy DIY mini envelope tutorial for you. I'm sure you have all the supplies you need already at home, and within minutes you can have a finished product. These can be used to gift money, hold a tiny note, or adorn a present. Possibilities are endless!

You will need:

- Envelope Template 

- Card stock

- Decorative Paper

- Pencil

- Scissors

- Glue 

Download the envelope template here, print it on to the card stock and cut around the solid lines. 

 Next, place the template on to your paper of choice trace around the edges. Cut out the paper, then make your folds.

Put a tiny amount of glue where the flaps overlap and press it in to place. Make sure not to use too much glue or it will squish out and be a mess. Let the glue dry and voila! You are done! How easy was that? Now you have your very own handmade envelopes. You can get creative with the paper you use. Decorative and wrapping papers work great, but you can even use magazine pages, old calendars, or regular printer paper. For one of my envelopes I used graph paper and decorated it with washi tape before cutting and folding.

I hope you have fun with these. Let me know what papers you use. I'd love to hear how they turned out!