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Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas for the Cupcake Lover

It's time to start getting ready for holiday gift giving and finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. A group of 30 bloggers (including me!) has gotten together to give you ideas that all fit in a mason jar and I'm sharing ideas for Cupcake Lovers.

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Pilgrim Hat Placeholders

Looking for cute way to add a touch of whimsy to your Thanksgiving table? Look no further than your garage or your potting shed! decor table crafts

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Dollar Store Cloche

Do you know what a cloche is?(Sounds like 'coach' with an 'L' in it) A cloche or bell jar is a glass jar that is used in gardening to protect new sprouts. It actually acts like a mini-greenhouse for seedlings.

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DIY Painted Mugs That Won't Wash Away

You’ve all heard or read how to draw your own designs on a coffee cup then bake it in the oven to make it permanent. And half of you have probably tried it only to see your beautiful masterpiece wash down the drain – literally – even though you followed all the directions, used an oil-based marker, and gently hand washed the darn thing.

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DIY Christmas Bow Wreath

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! As my kids got older, I thought life would get easier? NOT! I am busier than ever and am always on the lookout for easy DIY crafts that I can make in a limited amount of time. This Christmas Bow Wreath is so simple and costs less than $3. My kind of crafts!

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Chalk board painted silver tray

I have a silver plated tray someone gave me for Christmas one year. It was spotted and very thin, not in great shape...I decided to give it a few coats of chalk board paint. I love how it looks in my kitchen now.

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Cedar, Pine Cone, and Rustic Bell Swag

Okay, Christmas decorations are being made in my studio. Love this time of year. This is an easy swag anyone can make! Sometimes simplicity is the most beautiful decoration.
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DIY Wood Slice Christmas Trees

My brain has been on Christmas overdrive and when I got this idea it was hard to contain my giddiness. It's probably no secret that I love using rustic wood elements. I used them in my wedding, my coffee table is a wooden industrial table, I tend to use wood elements in my past Christmas decor, etc.

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Patriotic Pallet Flags.... With a Twist!

I love all of the patriotic pallet flag projects that I've been seeing, but since my job is to be creative and think outside the box, I totally wanted to make one that was a little different from all the rest! And instead of making one.... I decided to make 3!

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Retro Christmas Tree - Star Wars Version

My mother was convelasying at my home recently and very bored. With a 77 year old and a 3 year old it was hard to come up with things for everyone to do together but I finally came up with this. It's is a tree made with all those catalogs you get during this time of year (Reader's Digests are not so small anymore). We also used some Star Wars Macaroni and glitter. It didn't cost us a dime. If you are unfamiliar with how to make one - let me show you how!

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Dollar Store Christmas Gift Bag Wall Art

Ever have one of those "aha" moments? WelI I sure did while walking though my local Dollar Store a few weeks ago. I came across some Christmas gift bags that caught my eye. So of course I had to bring them home.

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Glitter Filled Glass Ornaments (tutorial)

Want to make gorgeous Christmas ornaments with the glitter on the mess, but so pretty. Let me show you how!

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Twig and Plastic Cup Christmas Trees Luminaries

Although I love all that glitters and glistens at Christmas time, it's the rustic projects that give me the most Christmas cheer. Maybe it's the woodsy nature of many rustic projects that make me think of a good hearth fire on a freezing cold winter's night. And trust me, there are plenty of those in Northern Illinois. So I decided to make some nature inspired Christmas trees using twigs and clear plastic cups.

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DIY Rustic Advent Calendar

I picked up this box of goodies at a church sale with no idea what I was going to do with them.

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How To: Make The Most of a Cheap Christmas Tree

A Christmas Tree comes out for a short period of time every year and many of us don't find the investment worth it to buy a more expensive tree. There are a few tricks and tips I can share with you that I used to amp up my $40 Christmas tree and that will help you achieve a thicker, better lit, more glamorous looking Christmas tree without spending a whole lot of money.

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Vintage Santa Christmas Decor Made From Old Pallets ‪#‎HolidayCheer

Thanks so much to Karen - The Graphics Fairy I have myself some cute new Christmas Art. I used old pallets and painted them a pale blue and then used her Free Graphic and glued it to the pallets. I then lightly distressed the edges and used spray modge podge to seal the project. It is a perfect vintage match for my newly painted living room!. 2013

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DIY Christmas Pillow Slip-Covers: No-Sew or Low-Sew

There's no need to store bulky Christmas pillows after the season. Make quick and easy slip-covers to fit over existing pillows. Post-season storage is minimal, since you only store the slip-covers, not the entire pillow. Follow the link for my tutorial to see more details.

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Orange Pomanders & the Scents of Christmas

To make our home merry and bright these Holidays I made my own Christmas decorations. My kids helped me make orange pomanders and dried orange and cinnamon ornaments.

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Make Your Own Etched Glass Candleholders

I love pretty candles and luminarias at Christmas, so when I discovered an easy way to make these etched glass candleholders, I knew I had to try it out. It turned out to be easier than I realized and now I want to etch everything in my house!

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Holiday Decor: Pimp Out Your Pinecones

So you’ve set the table with your good china and planned a meal Anthony Bourdain would be proud to call his own. Now what? To make the holidays jump from an “8” to a “10," grab a handful of pinecones and a little bit of glitter, yarn or paint. We know you don’t have a lot of time for tomfoolery during this time of year, so not only is this DIY project inexpensive, it’s also quick and safe for kids! Use the pinecones to decorate your mantle for the holidays, create festive ornaments or add a touch of the outdoors to your dining room table. Here are three ways pinecone crafts can spruce up your seasonal décor:

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A Few Christmas Trees Over the Years...

Just thought I would share a few of the Christmas trees I've decorated over the years. Although traditions of using the same ornaments year after year are great, I get bored with that & like to change it up......

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Beach Themed Christmas Ornament

Holiday gift exchanges are fun, fun, fun! Even more so when it’s with a group of super creative and talented DIY bloggers from all over the US! We had one simple criteria..the gift had to be made. Of course, living at the beach, I planned on making something coastal! This is an easy and super cute way to personalize an ornament.

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Dollar Store Mason Jar Snow Globe Soap Dispensers

You know you can turn mason jars into soap dispensers, and you can turn mason jars into snow globe... why not do them both at once?! These adorable snow globe soap dispensers make great, and inexpensive, gifts!

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DIY Drop Cloth Christmas Pillows

One item I wanted to get checked off of my pre-holiday to-do list was to make Christmas throw pillows for our family room sofa. To keep the cost low, I used a drop cloth for the main body of the pillows and the red ticking stripe fabric was a scrap I had leftover from another project. All I had to buy was the white felt for the wreath pillow, the red buttons, and the zippers to enclose the pillows.

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DIY Glass Photo Ornament

I love making photo gifts during the holidays, especially ones that can be cherished year after year. Ever wonder how to get your family photo inside a glass bulb? Check out this tutorial for an easy method. No special tools required, a photo, drinking glass, fishing line, pencil, and a decorative ribbon.