Few things are as charming as receiving snail mail. No matter the influx of texts, emails, or even snaps, the sweet sound of tearing an envelope beats them all. And today we take it one step further with handcrafted cards as inspired by A Cup of Jo. No gadgets needed, this is a DIY of purely household goods (and forgotten beauty products) to personalize and marbleize stationery.

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Itching to tap into your creativity this spring?

This multi-functional wood box is such a fun DIY because it is so versatile and can serve as so many things. Today I’m detailing how to make a box that’s about 15″W x 15″L x 14″H — perfect to store a few toys in the living room or even a blanket collections that can be rolled around as needed. It can even serve as a planter box. (I stuck my pot directly inside of it which made it a lot easier to move around; I never keep my plants in the same spot longer than a week.)

Want to find out how to make you own? See below for the full walk-through!

As a little girl, the first day of May held one of my favorite family traditions. Along with my sister, my mother and I would make simple flower baskets by rolling sturdy paper into cones and attaching a small handle. Then, we filled the bottom of the cone with small candies before tucking in a handful of blossoms — often tulips and lilies of the valley — that we had snipped from our own backyard.

With our May Day baskets in hand, my sister and I became tiny, anonymous gift-givers. After hanging a basket on the front door of a neighbor or friend, we rang the doorbell and scampered away. The goal was to remain secret givers; if we were found out, we could be kissed by the one who found us.

It was a celebration of spring, and I adored the secrecy of leaving flowers and sweets on the doors of those I loved.

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