Category: printables

13 stunning New Year’s party printables and DIY ideas

We have been seeing so many cool New Year’s party printables and DIY ideas around the web, that we have carefully culled it down to 13 of our very favorites to spare you the challenging Pinterest search with promising how-to photos that  lead to dead ends or instructions in Japanese. Whether you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with a hundred of your closest friends (because you know, parents get to do that every year), or you just want to feel festive while you’re snuggled on the couch watching Ryan Seacrest, we hope these DIY ideas help make your evening sparkly and...

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The cutest printable photo props to put the Merry in your Christmas

We love how grownups and kids alike will totally let their silly side show when you leave out some easy-to-DIY printable photo props. We’ve seen this trend at many birthday parties and even outlined how to make your own photo booth for your next shindig. And now we’ve changed up the props for Christmas, with a roundup that we’ve made sure are all printable and either free, or very affordable PDFs for download. Tet ready to smile so wide it hurts when Uncle David or cousin Lucas starts mugging for the camera. Oh Happy Day’s illustrated free holiday printable photo...

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Wrap it up with the coolest free printable gift tags and gift wrap

Running low on gift tags and holiday wrapping paper right when you really need them? Want to avoid a shopping center parking lot at all costs this close to Christmas? Yeah, us too. No worries:  Download some of these gorgeous printable gift tags or holiday gift wrap designs and print them right from your home printer. We’ve tracked down only the very nicest ones for you–and huge thanks to all the wonderful designers who provide such a kind service to all of us over the holidays.    Hand-illustrated free printpable Christmas labels and tags by Emily McDowell Oversized tags with a...

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Printable Nutcracker paper dolls bring the magic to a coffee table near you.

Forget overpriced seating and an emergency potty break right before the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy. Thanks to these gorgeous printable Nutcracker paper dolls from CMP favorite Sarah Jane, now you can enjoy the magic of one of our favorite holiday traditions any time, any place, and with the most beautiful or ridiculous dances your kids can devise. The Nutcracker Paper Dolls and Puppet Theater includes PDF printables of the stage proscenium and 13 Nutcracker characters. Just print them out on heavy card stock, cut and assemble. Then, crank the Nutcracker soundtrack from Spotify (The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra recording...

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How to make Game of Thrones snowflakes. Because winter is coming.

We do not snow? Think again. Those Star Wars snowflakes from last year were out of this world, but now that we’ve discovered Game of Thrones snowflakes., we realize that we knew nothing, Jon Snow. Thanks to these free patterns, anyone can create beautiful snowflakes to celebrate their favorite — and least favorite — Game of Thrones family crests. (The Lannisters clearly belong in the pile with the yellow snowflakes.) Interactive designer and storyteller Krystal Higgins is our moon and stars for creating these 8 free printable JPEGs.  Houses include Baratheon, Greyjoy, Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Martell, Tully, and Arryn. And...

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Deck the house with the coolest Christmas printables, lots of them free

Liven up your Christmas decor this year by printing out some great printable holiday decorations without leaving the comforts of home. The best part: you won’t need a degree in Paper Arts or a stash of obscure crafting supplies to get these pieces ready to display. The printable gingerbread house (above) may not include real candy, but it sure is sweet with lots of  individual characters to position. Or for your kids to reposition every chance they get. ($3 for download; with lots of other sets in Fantastic Toys’ Etsy shop) Tired of green-and-red everything? Check out these Scandinavian-inspired, geometric printable Christmas...

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Make your own family trivia game for Thanksgiving. Beats fighting about politics.

There’s something about Thanksgiving that brings out the sentimental side of our ordinarily feisty family. In part it’s the memory of family who’s no longer with us, in part it’s seeing the next generation start to fill their seats–if still with boosters in the chair. So I really am smitten with this printable Family Trivia Game DIY project at Martha Stewart that’s super easy to make and might be a fun way to keep the conversation rolling. You can let one family member create a master list of questions, and then everyone has to fill out their own answers in...

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Personalized paper dolls: Coolest gift in the world. Ever.

Little kids can be tougher to buy gifts for than it might seem. Either they want absolutely everything, or they can’t think of one thing they want. Which is why I’m flipping out over the personalized paper dolls from Sandy Ford Design. What are they? Basically the coolest gift in the world. You send in an image of your child and within 48-hours get a JPG of a doll that looks exactly like her (or him), along with 5, 10, or 20 outfits. Never fear if you’re not the DIY type; you can order dolls and outfits printed and ready to...

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The brightest and best Hanukkah printables for this year’s Festival of Lights

With Hanukkah beginning in just a few days, we’ve rounded up some festive Hanukkah printables to decorate your home, including a few fun items to mark the once-in-a-lifetime merging of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. Or Thanksgivukkah. But, since Hankukkah lasts longer than turkey leftovers, we have plenty of more traditional decorations that will be ready for all eight nights. If you’ll be hosting the special Thanksgivukkah dinner, grab this downloadable Hanukkah chalkboard sign and hang it on your front door to greet your guests. Or, since it will be sent to you in three different sizes, you can also print...

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The Thanksgiving Leftovers Kit and Free Printables: Just add turkey

I had a friend who always said “it’s not a dinner party unless there are leftovers” and Thanksgiving is probably the most perfect example of this. So I think this is the most genius idea to get your leftovers home. Unless you want six pounds of stuffing in your fridge? At TomKat Studio, makers of tons of cute printables (like these personalized party printables), they’ve just come out with a limited time 67-piece Thanksgiving Leftovers Take-Home Kit. For just $29.99, you get eight each of Chinese style take-out boxes, pint containers, mini containers, and even jute twine to wrap it...

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Smiling (not scary!) printable skull masks to celebrate the Day of the Dead

See ya, Halloween: We bid a fond farewell to pumpkins, goblins, and waaaay too much candy to celebrate today and tomorrow’s Latin American holiday Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead is so cool, we love to celebrate it, even though we’re thousands of miles north of the border. One of our favorite decorations for “Dia de los Muertos” are the beautifully decorated, smiling skulls known as calaveras, unlike the grimacing visages of Halloween. And with this easy, creative, and free craft, you too can create your own version of this holiday with your kids this year....

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Haunt your house with 10 of the coolest, easy Halloween printables. No glue guns required.

I don’t worry about running to the store to buy Halloween decor anymore, because I know that some of the best ideas can be printed right at home, for no more than the cost of some fresh ink in my printer. So keep reading for some of the coolest, spookiest, and, in many cases, free-est Halloween printables out there. –Christina     Tired of answering How much longer ’til Halloween? Print out this handy free chalkboard-style Halloween Countdown Calendar and let the kids do the counting themselves.   Scatter a bunch of printable little black cats, bats, and owls from happythought...

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Halloween clip art and templates from Martha Stewart: Too early? Not for her.

I will admit that we have been completely holding back on posting Halloween decor and craft ideas just yet. Can’t we get through September yet? Well, we guess not. Because Martha Stewart’s Halloween Issue just hit the stands, and we’ve got some exclusive template and clip art to share. Just, you know, to bookmark for later.   Now admittedly a lot of the designs are very classic–nothing too cheeky or outrageous. However I happen to love these printable Halloween beverage labels which turn any beverage a little more scary. Maybe the cyanide soda label goes on some rice wine? (Sorry.) Halloween...

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The coolest printable lunchbox notes: The sweetest thing in their lunch box won’t be cookies

I still remember opening up my lunch each school day and looking for something sweet from my mom. While nothing could beat a handful of chocolate kisses or a few homemade cookies, a “sweet” note tucked in between the sandwich and apple often did the trick. That’s why I’ve rounded up a bunch of cool printable lunchbox notes–and okay, a couple that you can purchase but they were too great not to share. They’re so easy to include on those days when you think your kids could use a little treat, minus the sugar   Great for hanging off...

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Printable personalized school labels: No, you can’t stick one to the head they’d lose if it wasn’t attached

With kids heading back to school (um, where did summer go?), it’s time to start that long process of putting their names on everything they own. And that’s where school labels makes it so much easier. Especially this DIY version which can save you a ton of money, and let you have some fun in the process. Sometimes (like when you have a whole lot of children) investing in a whole bunch of labels when you’re also buying new school supplies, clothes, gym uniforms, and shoes can seem a little daunting. So that’s where the Printable Personalized Label Set from the...

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The only thing better than a cupcake? A cupcake tucked into this gift box.

It’s still a little toasty outside for me to consider baking, but I’m busy lining up recipes for when the temperature takes a dive. And because I usually bake more than my family can eat, I’m also collecting creative ideas for sharing my wares with friends and neighbors. One of the top finds on my list: The printable retro oven cupcake boxes from Claudine Hellmuth’s Etsy shop. Just download the PDF files, gather the materials on her list, print and assemble. Plus, there’s a link to a super detailed how-to video. You can even omit the cupcake tray and...

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A free printable to get your kids excited about back to school. (Also: cheaper than a new outfit.)

With my kids starting a new school in a new city this year, I’m doing everything I can to take the edge off what could be a pretty nerve-wracking experience. That’s why I’m loving these adorable free printables that are sure to make the first day of school an extra special one. This super cute, free First Day of School printable over at Alphamom is already downloaded to my computer, ready to fold and print and surprise them at the breakfast table on my kids’ own first day of school. I can’t think of a sweeter way to send...

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One baby shower game we love. And it’s printable. And free.

I am not shy about my dislike for baby shower games. When people ask, “So then what do you do at a baby shower party?” I wonder, well, what do you do at any party? Cool people, good food and drinks usually do the trick. But then I saw this adorable baby shower game as a part of a new set of baby shower printables and I thought…okay. That could be fun. At Love vs Design, there’s a brand new set of free baby shower printables including these awesome baby Mad Libs, with a Western-themed design. Starting with “My...

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DIY printable invitations you’ll love to send and they’ll love to get

As much as I love the ease of dropping an email to friends to invite them over for a summer BBQ or pool day, there’s something special about sending invitations the old-fashioned way.   These DIY printable party invitations from Girl in Gear Studio make sending real paper invitations super easy, and not to mention, stylish. Just purchase the PDF and then instantly download and print it. Here are a few of my favorites:      Of course, you’ll need to grab the brown paperstock and typewriter to make them look this cool , but honestly, the simple, bold...

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2 great DIY Father’s Day ideas, including the best printable Father’s Day coupons we’ve seen

I always look forward to my free online subscription to Moomah, which always has tons of fun craft ideas and other creative inspiration for parents. Today, their Father’s Day issue hit my inbox and I love the two projects they’re featuring. First there are some of the best looking printable Father’s Day coupons I’ve ever seen. Trust me, I’ve searched the web and most look kind of hokey. These happen to be clever and modern, offering a free uninterrupted Goodfellas screening, a coupon to wear whatever you want with no criticism, and even a little spicy from mama. If...

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15 of the best free printable Valentine’s cards for the classroom (no cheesy ones, promise)

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, many of us will be getting our kids ready for the Annual Valentine’s Day Card Exchange, held in classrooms all over the country.  Get ready with this carefully curated list of attractive printable classroom cards. With just a color printer and some paper–and a few minutes of cutting time–voila! Your kids can all have beautifully designed, modern cards for their classmates. And they are all free! Isn’t it sweet that so many artists spread the love freely this time of year? -Christina and Liz   Book lovers will adore Positively Splendid’s Free Printable Valentine...

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How do you spell “excitement” for tonight’s Downton Abbey? “B-I-N-G-O”

It’s Sunday which means another episode of Downton Abbey airs on PBS tonight, and you can bet that I’ll be on the couch, ready to see what happens next in the lives of the Crawley family and those around them. For those of you who gather around with friends to watch the show, you can make things even more exciting with Downton Abbey Bingo!  {Don’t miss these free printable bingo cards after the jump!} These four Downton Abbey Bingo cards from Paste Magazine with spaces like “Daisy Gets Jealous of the New Kitchen Maid” and “Thomas Checks Out The New Footman” are ready-made for...

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Free printable paper dolls: the ultimate collection, from Betsy McCall and beyond

I’ve never let go of my love of paper dolls, ever since I played with them myself. (No, not last week with my kids; I mean a loooong time ago.) While our paper dolls apps on my iPhone get a ton of play, so do the regular old paper variety. A little more mess, but also a lot more creativity. It’s funny that recently the New York Times covered them like a new trend, even though we (and plenty of design blogs) have featured plenty of paper dolls over the years. In any case, nice to be validated! Since...

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Free Valentines printables that beg the question: How much for a triple word score on VALENTINE?

You’ve officially got one month til Valentine’s Day. And the word nerd in your life is going to adore this free DIY Valentine’s Day message that takes a little bit of scrabbling to puzzle out. The clever folks at Oh Happy Day have a delightful little present for you: a free printable PDF to create Valentine’s Day Scrabble Grams. Simply download, cut along the lines, and slip the right squares into an envelope for a just-challenging-enough-to-be-cute message for your honey. You can go with their pre-made selections, which are refreshingly kid-safe, or combine the available letters for your own...

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9 free, fabulous printable gift tags to top off your Christmas gifts

It’s never too late for more awesome free printable gift tags. In fact, I’m pretty certain I will be in good company this weekend when I start–and finish–all my wrapping for Christmas. There’s still time to stock up on tape, double check the gift wrap supply, and print out some of these lovely (and free!) gift tags to top off those thoughtful gifts. –Christina I adore how these printable bauble gift tags from fellow fellow look like they were printed on kraft paper, but were really just printed on regular card stock. So festive and pretty in muted colors, plus...

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Best New Holiday Tradition goes to…Thanksgiving Bingo!

Of all the things I’m thankful for this holiday, my family and friends rank right at the top–which is why I love this funny game we play during our Thanksgiving meal. It keeps us on our toes (and laughing hysterically), even after we’ve gone for seconds. Or thirds. The ingenious (and frequently hilarious) Thanksgiving Bingo game from Jennifer Lewis for FlavorWire includes bingo squares for those quintessential Thanksgiving moments, like when relatives begin fighting over politics, or one of the kids spills her drink. Some of the spots are pretty easy to fill–like “stuffing” or “pumpkin pie”–while others may prove a bit...

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Block party: printables that let you create your own mix-and-match stackables

It’s nothing new to us mamas that kids love blocks. But it’s double the awesome when kids get to build their own. And that’s where Olliblocks come in. These adorable children’s blocks are assembled by you and your child. All you need to do is download the PDF, print, adhere the paper to 1.5″ or 2″ wooden blocks, and start mixing and matching. They come in three sets of characters: animals, girls and boys. Get your little one’s favorite for $5 each, or download all three for $12.                                                                                                      ...

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These free printable bookplates are the cat’s pajamas

If you have a little one who’s mighty attached to a certain book, here’s a fab way for her (or him) to stake a colorful claim. For free. These adorable printable bookplates are the cat’s pajamas…and the mouse’s jumper. Mom of three and artist extraordinaire Helen Dardik of Orange You Lucky created four sweet and vibrant printable bookplates to help make your kids’ favorite books feel extra special. Just visit the site and follow the directions to print the bookplates on sticky paper in any size you wish. Voila! Adorableness.   And if you love the artist’s bold, mod style, you won’t...

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Perfect the art of gift-giving with these adorable gift tags

Nothing brings a grin to someone’s face like a gift from someone special. And nothing makes a gift-giver like me happier than finding unique gift wrap and supplies. These adorable printable gift tags from la-fabrique-a-bricole are perfect for birthdays, showers and “just because” gifts. You can choose from a variety of cute designs including birds, monsters and cars. They also have tags created especially for gifting bottles of wine.                                                               These are just the kind of thing you want to stock up on, to have on hand for last-minute gift-giving that won’t ever look like an afterthought. Even if it...

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The most dapper DIY Halloween masks, yours for the printing

If I started today, I could probably create Halloween costumes by hand for my three, although it would cost me dearly in terms of time and sanity. But here’s another thought: instead of sweating over fabric and glue, I could just hit “print” for some super-cute free printable Halloween masks, throw the kids in colored sweatsuits, and call it a day. If you too want DIY Lite, then you’re going to love this roundup of mostly-free printables. The gorgeously illustrated printable Halloween masks (at top) from Shades of Every Color on Etsy can be sized up or down depending on the size...

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