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#DIY Gifts & Giveaways: Origami-Heart Notes

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By Fausto Mendez

    If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts, promotional giveaways and event supplies, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next gift, giveaway or event with gorgeous origami-heart notes. 

    We’re always looking for innovative ways to say “thanks” to special clients that deserve some extra attention, and promotional giveaways are great for that. But nothing says “thanks” like a #DIY gift from the heart. These special origami-heart notes are relatively easy to build, and the graphic below explains it very clearly (even if the instructions are in Chinese). 

    Though they appear to be envelopes, what you are looking at is actually the notes themselves. Even the heart is apart of the note sheet. You would write or print your note on the inside, of course.

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    You’ll need two separate sheets of paper in a square cut for this project. To maximize the marketing effect of this note, you should use a sheet of paper that features your company logo in a tasteful way. You can also add your logo to promotional mints or candy, and attach the mints or candy as a part of the gift. Thanks to Duitang for posting the image.


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#DIY Promotional Giveaway: Gorgeous Greeting Cards

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By Fausto Mendez

    If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts, promotional giveaways and event supplies, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next gift, giveaway or event with gorgeous homemade greeting cards.

    Sometimes, the best (and most affordable) way to say thanks is with a homemade gift, and a #DIY greeting card is perhaps one of the more fun, easier ways to express your creativity in appreciation of a great client.

    This week’s #DIY post isn’t so much a tutorial as it is a source of inspiration. It’s pretty easy to figure out how each of the below cards are made. The key is layering and having plenty of gorgeous materials to work with, including colored paper, colored poster board, foam paper, buttons, cloth, ribbons, printed graphics, pens, plastic pearls, beads, colored pencils, lots of glue and whatever else you can think of. 

    We encourage you to use these designs as a starting point for your own original creations, and if you’re using these as promotional giveaways to thank your business’s clients, sneak in your logo in a tasteful and classy way. For example, a great spot is the inside cover because it allows you to dedicate the other page to your message, and the logo won’t disrupt or distract from the cover.

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    If you’re feeling extra thankful, you might even include some custom candies or custom lip balm, which feature your logo and artwork on the wrapper.

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    Thanks to Causeway Crafts for the images of the greeting cards and, of course, the creativity behind the card designs. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or Linkedin, and stay ahead of the game with an occasional laugh, non-stop marketing advice, free fonts, easy-lunch recipes and more. Brought to you by AnyPromo.com.

#DIY Promotional Giveaway: Super-Easy Themed Envelopes / Note Holders

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By Fausto Mendez

    If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts and promotional giveaways, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next promotional gift with a super easy-to-make themed envelope or note holder. 

    This DIY project is so easy, it’s hard to write at any length on the concept. In fact, Sweet Tidings managed to explain the whole project with a simple photo (seen above) and the following caption: “cookie-cutter cut-out note holder.” Basically, you use cookie cutters to cut folded, colored paper. The key is to cut right at the folded edge so that it folds open like a greeting card. The fold also enables it to stand upright, which is a pretty cool feature if you’re trying to make someone feel special or appreciated. 

    You can use the same process (with bigger cookie cutters) to make a larger version, though I’d hesitate to call it a note holder at that size. It’s more like a greeting card. 

    If you’re planning a promotional giveaway or promotional gift basket, I highly recommend mixing in a DIY gift, such as this one, to further impress your target. Promotional gifts are very common in the realm of business, but few individuals think about adding a personal touch to a promo. In this case, you can use the note holder as a way to deliver a fun, appreciative note, or you might just use it to identify the recipient. I’m sure there are more interesting ways to mix these into your promos; you’re only limited by your creativity.

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DIY Promotional Giveaway: The Wine Cork Bulletin Board & Gift Basket

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By Fausto Mendez

    If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts and promotional giveaways, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next gift basket with a bulletin board made of real wine corks. This concept is perfect for any wine-loving lead at the targeted company of your choice, and you’ll have to down a few bottles to make it happen. It turns out you’ll finally have an excuse to drink on the job!

    When courting leads with promotional gifts, you’ll need to up your game if you want your gift to make a memorable impact. Stress balls and mugs are great, but they can only go so far. Attract leads with a high-end or DIY promotional giveaway as the main course, and add in some stress balls and mugs (with your logo) on the side. That’s how it’s done. 

    In this case, we’ll put together a wine-cork bulletin board, but because it’s often difficult to add your brand’s logo in a tasteful way to a DIY gift, we’ll bundle it with traditional promotional giveaways to add some brand-boosting power to the package. 

    The wine-cork bulletin board is a pretty basic project. You don’t need much, and you can easily finish it in less than 24 hours.

Step 0 - Gather Your Materials

+ Glue Gun

+ Paint

+ Frame

+ Wine Corks

Step 1 - Paint the Frame

+ Start by painting the inside of the frame (where it would normally hold a photo). Wine corks are inconsistent, so you might have small cracks between some corks. A black background fixes this problem. 

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Step 2 -  Assemble the Corks

+ Glue the wine corks onto the frame - horizontally or vertically. Try to use corks with a consistent width and height for best results. 

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Step 3 - Spice it Up

+ The bulletin board itself is a wonderful and memorable gift, but it doesn’t do much to boost your brand on its own. You want the frame to be associated with your brand - at least in the mind of the targeted recipient. Do this by bundling the bulletin with a promotional leatherette wine box. Make sure to pack it with your client’s favorite wine, so do your homework first. Don’t forget to add your logo to the wine box for best results.

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+ Next, you’ll need a handful of cheaper (but useful or fun) promotional giveaways to maximize brand awareness. To stay within the theme of wine, order a couple of custom promotional champagne bottles filled with classic candies. To round out the gift basket, mix in a promotional mug, a stress ball and a high-end notebook. Get as creative as you want. AnyPromo sells over 50,000 promotional products. Don’t forget to add your logo for best results.

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+ For the cherry on top, I suggest a personalized pen set made of maple or rosewood. In this case, you would add target’s name instead of your brand name for maximum wow. 

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