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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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:
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......
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.
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!
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.
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.