Custom Playing Cards for Kids

I wanted to make something extra special for my niece Mylin’s fourth birthday this year. I thought I’d share it with you today, because it could also be a fun little Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.

Lindsey, the suspense is killing us, you’re saying. What is it?!

Calm down! I’ll tell you. It’s “Mylin’s Family Matching Game,” a deck of custom playing cards with pictures of our family!

Customizable matching card game for kids | betterafter.netThis is not my niece, obviously.  This is my nephew Kale, such a cutie.

Mylin and Kale live far away from all their grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles, so this is a fun little way they can see our familiar faces everyday.

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When the idea popped into my brain, I wasn’t even sure it was possible.  I mean, I’ve seen custom playing cards that are just a regular deck of cards, with a custom image on the back.  But I wanted to customize every single card with a photo, plus make an image for the backs too.

Luckily, in this day and age, anything is possible! I found a company that does just that. I actually found a lot of companies that will do that, but most of them required a minimum bulk order.

But MakePlayingCards.com (who is not sponsoring this post, or has ever heard of me at all) will let you customize the fronts and backs of all your cards with as many images as you want, with no minimum order.

They have design tools so you can add text and colors etc., plus they have tons of size and shape options from mini-cards to 3x5s to circles to hexagons, all customizable.

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Since a typical deck has 54 cards, I made 27 pairs for the matching game. It was tough trying to squeeze every person in the family in; Mylin has about a million cousins, but I made it work as best as I could.  That was the hard part!

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Then I just uploaded my pictures to the site, designed the backside, and chose from a few other options, including box style and card finish: smooth, linen, or plastic. I went with plastic which was a teeny bit pricier, but I wanted these things to be durable.Create custom playing cards for kids. | betterafter.net

They turned out so great! The photos are bright and clear and the plastic cards seem like they’ll last a long time. I had them shipped directly to her house, and my sister reports that are a HIT!  (Don’t be fooled by Mylin’s somber gaze, she is having the time of her life, I swear).

Create custom photo playing cards! Great gift idea. | betterafter.netThe grand total came to under $20. Not bad at all. I would love to see yours If you decide to make some too!

Happy Saturday!


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Attic-ted to You Baby

This room was perfect for a baby, if your baby happens to be a brooding teenager who sleeps in the attic and writes bad poetry amidst his laundry baskets. Unfortunately, Tricia’s baby was none of those things.  Fortunately, she changed this bleak little space to match his sweet and happy personality instead. Good call Tricia.

 

baby nursery makeover paneled walls

 

baby nursery makeover white paneling

Oh man, isn’t that the sweetest thing? So sweet I just lost a tooth.

Let’s check out another angle.  That polka-dot door! I need an excuse to polka-dot a door in my life.  Also, did you know she designed the fabric for the bedding herself? You can too! See that and more on her blog 724 South House.

 

nursery makeover before

nursery makeover after white aqua gray

 

Lots more kid-friendly makeovers to see right heah!


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All Inclusive Kitchen

Hey gang, how’s your Monday? Are you in the middle of the polar vortex? I don’t even know what that is, sorry. Like, a bunch of cold all at once?  Sounds terrible.  You should move to Arizona.

Speaking of tropical islands, (go with it) check out this deserted island in the middle of Kate’s kitchen. It looks so small and sad; all forlorn just sitting there, staring at the rest of the kitchen, a little orphan desperately wishing for a family of its own. Wow, it’s bumming me out.

Don’t worry.  All ends well for the little island, and the rest of the kitchen too.  Black and white for the win!

Best parts: the new island of course, the new flooring that no longer divides the kitchen and dining space, and the cornice that unites that outlier cabinet with the rest of the kitchen.  There’s a lot of inclusiveness going on here.

See more from Kate at Eating in the Shower. kitchen makeover before small island | betterafter.net

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PS: I’m one of the featured designers this week on BuildDirect.com’s “Ask A Designer” series. Come on over and ask your home/decor/design related questions and get one-on-one advice! Plus you’ll automatically be entered to win a $1,000 BuildDirect.com giftcard.  So, pretty awesome.


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In The Pink

Hey hey, pink stuff yay!

I’m not a poet, and I know it. You don’t have to tell me.

But if you like pink, then rub your hands together with glee, because I’ve got some pink makeovers for you today.  And if you don’t, well you probably know someone who does.  And if you don’t, you’re either lying to me, or you don’t have any friends. And if you don’t, I’ll be your friend.  And I like pink.  So here we are.

Kimberly was living in a two bedroom home and pregnant with her third child.  Needing another room, she converted this narrow space into her three-year-old daughter’s bedroom, fulfilling a life-long dream to decorate something pink pink pink girly explosion! So fun.

But don’t you worry, this is only a temporary arrangement until they move to a larger home. You can see more of her super fun style right here at MissFurnellie.

 

bedroom closet makeover before

 

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I bet you’ll never guess what Better After reader Sara did with this playhouse.  You’re right. She painted it pink! How did you know?

She received it free from a neighbor and fixed it up for her girls. Um, my neighbors never give me anything this cool.  All I get from my neighbors are notes asking me to please remember to close my bathroom blinds at night.  (Haha, I’m kidding.  They ask me to keep them open).

(Just kidding again). (Sorry in advance for your nightmares).

pink playhouse before

 


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I love the sweet little treatment Jen gave to this yard-sale dresser. She had learned that it was at least 50 years old and didn’t want to sand it for fear of lead-based paint. Also it was the color of depressed urine. No thanks! Primer, paint, and a little hand-painted work on the drawer details, and it looks better than new.

Check out all of her tips and helpful product recommendations for doing the same on her blog All Four Love.

 

cream dresser before

 

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