DIY: Paper French Fry Holders | 12 Months of Martha

So you know those paper french fry holders you get at like every fast food place ever? Is it just me or do they somehow make the fries taste better? In any case, I wanted some to hold fries for our BBQ pool parties and realized the pillow box maker tool I got for 12 Months of Martha would be perfect. Using this tool made it so easy. I just followed the directions as I would to make a pillow box, but made a minor adjustment. I used heavy duty paper to print a design I found on Shutterstock.


Make DIY French Fry Holders Using Martha Stewart's Gift Box Maker #12MonthsofMarthaSee that one side where I used an exacto knife to cut out the curve? That’s it. Then fold it up as usual and fill it with delicious greasy fries.

Use Martha Stewart's Gift Box Makers to Make DIY French Fry Holders  #12MonthsofMartha

They’re so cute and fun. You can do this with onion rings and other delicious foods. These are perfect for BBQs and cookouts or picnics or whatever really. Who needs a reason other than they’re cute and they hold delicious food? Not meeee.

Use Martha Stewart's Gift Box Tool to make DIY French Fry Holders #12MonthsofMartha

DIY: Creep Out Your Valentine With This Hilarious DIY Valentine’s Day Card Idea

I’m going to confess right now that I’m not your typical lover of Valentine’s Day. I mean hearts are cute and I like pink enough, but I’m just not the traditional Valentine’s Day kind of girl. I am however, the kind of girl who occasionally likes to prank my friends and often likes to make a joke out of anything possible. That’s why these Valentine’s Day cards are probably my favorite to make.

Last year Jess from Letter and Ink and I made these weirdo creep-style Valentines, and this year I’m just doing my part to continue the tradition. If you want to get your creep on, just grab a stack of old magazines and get to cutting.

Hilariously Creepy DIY Valentines Day Cards

Seriously all you need is a festively colored piece of paper (red or pink preferably) and an old magazine that has as many words as possible. You’ll also need glue to, like, make it all stick of course.

Then just think about what you want to write. Poems are nice. Roses are red, violets are blue… It doesn’t take a lot, you guys. Just speak from your creepy little heart. A calm, assertive “BE MINE.” works.

Then cut out all of the little letters you need to complete your sentences. Don’t worry about cutting yourself, blood adds a nice touch. (Only kidding! Kind of…)

When you’re done you will have a colorful and adorable stalker style card for your favorite Valentine.

Hilariously Creepy DIY Valentines Day Cards


Home Decor: Framing Heirloom Jewelry

When my grandmother was dying she took off a couple of her rings and gave them to me. Sadly, I was an irresponsible teenager and lost them somewhere between school and home. I was devastated and looked for hours in any grassy patch I could find but they were never to be found. They were gone forever. 10 years later when I was about to get married, my father gave me my grandmother’s wedding rings.

I had completely forgotten that he had them. I made sure I guarded them and kept them safe in my jewelry box. They mean a lot to my dad and that makes them mean more to me. They’re not really something I would wear and to be honest I would be scared to anyway, considering my last experience with wearing her jewelry, but I knew I didn’t want them sitting in a box anymore.

I had a stroke of genius when planning for a skeleton key project. I decided I was going to frame my grandmother’s wedding rings!

I used this $5 frame from Ikea.

I looked good and I was on the right track but it wasn’t exactly what I was envisioning. I thought it needed some pattern to make it pop. I took a trip to Joann’s to find some glitter for a Christmas craft and saw all of this awesome card stock and scrapbooking papers! Jvee helped me narrow it down and we decided to mix and match texture with pattern and came up with this.

I took my exacto-knife and cut out the background paper to fit the frame. Make sure you cut on a cutting mat or another protective surface!! You don’t want to scratch or cut the surface you’re working on. I use my old crafting table for this.

I then traced the patterned paper to the size of the boarder mat.

Check your paper to make sure everything is cut nicely and is how you want it.

Lay the frame flat with the mat inside so you can place the rings where you want them.

I left the thicker original mat behind the new patterned paper to give some added depth. I also added some extra scraps of cardboard to the back to make sure everything stayed tight in place with out having to adhere the rings to the paper using an adhesive.

Here it is! A unique and personal framed piece to display in my home.