DIY personalized letter writing kit {from dandee}

by @according2kelly on September 7, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 31 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is is the superstar – danyelle of dandee. danyelle writes…

Hello, hello! My name is Danyelle. I’m a mother to five lovely little people, I have a dog named Sam, I crave road trips + wedding cake and I blog at Dandee.
Instead of giving your children’s teachers a gift card for Christmas, how about a personalized letter writing kit? The supplies are inexpensive and can be modified to fit your teachers specific style and taste. To get started you’ll need to gather:
– a wooden cigar box found at any craft store for under $5
– Japanese masking tape
– pencils
– patterned paper + embellishments that fit your color scheme
– envelopes + stamps

I lined the cigar box by gluing patterned paper to the inside. The personalized stationery + tag for the outside of the box was created with Adobe Illustrator but you could use any word processing program and handwriting fonts from

Packaging the elements sweetly with pretty ribbon and bakers twine adds the perfect finishing touch.

The best thing about these kits? They’re really versatile. Last year I created similar kits for my nieces and they loved them! Need more gift giving ideas? Visit my “projects” page for more inspiration.

Thanks for having me, Kelly!

for more great ideas be sure to visit danyelle at dandee. or follow her every move on twitter or pinterest.

about danyelle: Her name is Danyelle, although some people call me Dandee. She married young. Had five beautiful babies. Now, she is a mother. She loves. She creates. She tries to be kind. She worries about people’s feelings. She gets excited for concerts. She eats sweets. She dreams of big things.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.


I swoon over Danyelle's projects. They are simple but pack a big punch!


This is such a fab idea. I need to file this one away... I love the idea for teachers' gifts, too.

Eliza Jane
Eliza Jane

What a great idea! I'm moving to Australia in November, so I could make these to give to all my friends here in Vancouver!

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