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DIY Gift “Open When” Letters

DIY Gift “Open When” Letters

open when letters

“Open When…” Letters are a DIY project for the creative spirit, as well as the lazy ones.

Open When… letters is a fun way to show someone how much you care about them, without spending more than a few cents on ink and paper, and as much time as you want.

Oh, the days are creeping up to February 14th… and the pressure is on to find that perfect gift for that special someone. Heck, even for your best friend or family members. Valentines Day doesn’t have to be something we only celebrate romantic love, it is a day to celebrate all love. If you’re single, you don’t need to be discouraged by this post. I think you could make these cards for anyone that makes your life a whole lot better, that could be a friend, cousin, sibling, parents, etc.

If you do decide to give this a go I hope you customize it to your heart’s desire!  I didn’t come up with this idea myself. How dare I share an idea that isn’t mine. I found several posts about it on Pinterest so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to add more ideas. After reading a couple I decided to customize this idea to my heart’s desire. Several people have posted this, and honestly, I have no clue who came up with this idea originally so I can’t share a link to the original creator.  However, this blog is the one that inspired me.

Another Note

“Open when” letters aren’t for Valentines Day only. You may use them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or if you have a child going to live somewhere new.

I made six letters total.  There are plenty of letter topics to choose from. Besides I made these two years ago and my husband hasn’t opened one of them yet. It’s great he hasn’t had any of the feelings, but now I wish I made one for when he has a cold, or when he’s had a crummy day.  If you’re giving it to a lady you could give Open when it’s that time of month.

Within each envelope, I added photos that went along with each subject and a coupon that he could use to give to me.

Here are the letters I made to my husband… He still hasn’t opened them yet.  For each envelope I had a personalized letter that I wrote to him, just saying what I would do if I were with him during that time.

Open when you are stressed out

When Stressed Out

For this letter, I added a picture of us when we were being silly.  I don’t even remember the circumstances. Sometimes bubble wrap helps with stress so I added that.  Then lastly, I included a little coupon for a massage, I don’t know anyone who thinks a massage doesn’t relax the mind and body.

Open when you need a good laugh

This was one of my favorites letters to make.  I was able to find a few things from Pinterest that made me laugh. My favorite was a Will Ferrel meme that says “Why Periods? Why can’t mother nature just text her and be like, “Waddup girl, you ain’t pregnant. Have a great week, talk to you next month.”  I figured my husband might find that funny considering how much I complain about periods.  I also added a coupon for a tickle attack.

Open when you are angry

I don’t know if I should have made this envelope, because one, I’ve never seen my husband angry, and two I really had no idea what to put into this letter.  I just added a few photos of being calm and a baby looking angry.  Lastly, I added a coupon for support, which I am embarrassed to say I didn’t come up with anything else.

Open when you can’t fall asleep

I did a little research for this letter. I found on a how-to site that had “12 ways to help you fall asleep” and printed it out with a little color.   Also added a calm chamomile tea and a lullaby coupon.

Open when you are feeling sad & lonely

So Puss’n’Boots is one of my favorite animated characters, the “I hopes you feel better” meme made me feel better, so I thought it could help him too.  I added little things to this one, as well as a cuddle time coupon.

Open when you need to be reminded of why I love you

Finally, with this letter, I had a hard time to express how much he means without being there in person.  Of course, I wish I picked another topping because I don’t think he would ever doubt I love him, and there isn’t much to show without being there with him.  I added a picture of tigers caressing (because our spirit animals are tigers) and a coupon for a great kiss. The red hands are cut outs of my hands that say “I love you… this much”. I placed a long ribbon taped between the hands.

So now that you’ve seen what I created two years ago, I would love to see/hear what you decide to do for Valentines Day. I’m still stumped on what to do for this year.

Make Your Own Greeting Cards Book

Make Your Own Greeting Cards Book

greeting cards book main photo

After coming home from our honeymoon, we had a bunch of beautiful wedding cards from family and friends all around the world. I want to cherish these cards and look back at them for years to come. There were so many wonderful cards and sweet messages with fantastic marriage advice. I asked myself, “How does one gather their greeting cards without putting them in a box that ends up collecting dust?” That’s when I came up with an idea to make a greeting cards book. Now I’ve seen one other person do the same thing, but, of course, I didn’t do it exactly the same way. I feel like my way was the easiest and most frugal way of doing it.

Of course, you can use this method for any special date and you don’t have to do it exactly the way I did it. Create it the way that works best for you. Make a book out of the cards you received for your wedding, baby shower, graduation, birthday, Christmas, or any celebratory event where you received many greeting cards.

One thing to keep in mind: When you make the book, you must be confident you won’t be getting any more cards for that special event. I got excited to make mine right away, but I didn’t realize I would get more cards months after our wedding. Try waiting at least 6 months after the event — most people will send their cards to you by then. If it’s for your birthday or Christmas, you probably only need to wait a month.

Material and Tools Needed

Cardboard (a box from anything will do, I used a shoebox)
Twine (a large amount, depending on how many cards you have)
Cloth (for the exterior of the cover)
Glue (Mod Podge)
Sponge Brush (if using Mod Podge)

Step 1

Cut up 2 pieces of cardboard to be a bit taller and wider than your largest card. These will be your front and back covers.

Step 2

Take the width of all your cards and measure the thickness. Now cut a piece of cardboard that is 1 inch larger than the thickness of your cards together and match the height of the cardboard covers. This piece will be the binder.

binding of the book

Step 3

Get the binder cardboard and wrap the twine around the inside of the cards and the back of the cardboard. I used my wedding colors for the twine, but any color twine is good.

This part will take the longest. Be patient and make sure you have the twine pulled tight.

adding twine around the book

Step 4

For those cards that open horizontally, I glued the back of each card onto an opened envelope that was cut on the sides so that it would open vertically, like the rest of the cards.

envelop for horizontal open cards horizonal opening card

Step 5

Once you’re done with wrapping, cut the twine and glue the end to the back part of the binding, I added tape to it as well.

binding and twine done and tight

Step 6

Glue the outside of the binding and two covers. Place the back of the book cover onto the cloth. Wrap the cloth around the binding and the front cover.

glue cover of bookputting the book together

Step 7

Once you’ve glued the cloth around all the sides, glue the rest of the cloth and fold it inside the covers. To add a little personal touch, I added pieces of some of the written envelopes inside the cover. Wait for it all to dry. (Drying takes around 2 hours.)

pasting cloth onto cardboard cover

Step 8

I wrapped a little golden bow to the binding for added beauty — this is optional of course. Voilà! You’ve made your very own greeting cards book.

side view of closed book with bowbottom view of open book

I’ve now learned my lesson with these photos, and so I apologize for not taking pictures for each step. Maybe for my next DIY project, I’ll just do a video so that I don’t have to remember to take a photo every 2 minutes. 😉

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial on making a greeting cards book.  If you would like to see more, please let me know in the comments. I would love to see your DIY Greeting Cards Book, if you make one.  Have a lovely, joyful day!

Re-purpose Your Old Calendars

Re-purpose Your Old Calendars

Do you have some old calendars you saved, because you love to look at the monthly photos? Whether they are still shots from a favorite movie, beautiful landscapes, or inspiring quotes from inspirational icons, why not make use of them instead of throwing them away once the new year rolls around? I am sharing two ways to repurpose your wall calendars.

To make wall art, all you need is a pair of scissors (or a straight edge cutter) and tape (or a picture frame).

1. Take out the staples from the outside of the calendar.

2. Separate and cut the middle of each page.

3. Cut off the top part just below the nail hole.

Then remember to make sure the other sides/months are cut properly too.

4. Hang them up, either with tape or inside a frame.  And there you have it, your own free art gallery.


I like to do this every year to change up the art work on my walls. And best of all it’s super easy and free (except for the frames, if you don’t have them already). Another reason I love this is because my hubby approves of these photos above our bed, without worrying about anything heavy falling on our heads.

You can also make matching magnets from the thumbnail photos on the back cover of the calendar!
All you need is a bit of card board, magnets, and mod podge (waterbase glue).

1. Cut them out as you wish with scissors or a straight edge cutter.

2. Place mod podge over the flat cardboard.

3. Place the photo right over the cardboard.

4. Once the mod podge is dry, add some to the magnet and place it on the back of the photo.
Decide how many magnets you want on the back of the cardboard — the more magnets used, the stronger the magnetic hold will be.

I hope you become inspired to do something with your wall calendars too. Please share pictures if you did anything to keep the art in your home.