• 5 Minute Projects,  Crafts,  Holidays & Seasons

    Five Minute Friday: Coffee Mug Gift Card Holder

    Five Minute Friday

    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Coffee Mug Gift Card Holders.

    Coffee Mug Gift Card Holder

    To make this super easy, adorable, gift card keeper you need wool felt, scissors, paper, pencil, sewing machine or needle and thread.

    Make your own GC Holder

    First, create a template by drawing on paper what you would like your mug and handle to look like. (I am one of the world’s worst drawers. So if I can do it, I know you can too.) FYI: The mug portion and the handle are separate templates. Make sure you make the mug big enough to hold a gift card and remember to account for seam allowances too.

    Coffee Cup GC Holder

    Next, cut out your templates with scissors and lay them flat on the felt. Trace around them with the pencil or chalk. You need 2 mug pieces and 1 handle piece. I folded the fabric when tracing the mug section on so I could trace and cut the 2 cup pieces at the same time. When selecting your fabric for this project keep this in mind that the felt I used was fairly thick. If you choose a thinner fabric you will end up with a floppy handle.

    5 minute GC Holder

    DIY Felt Gift Card Holder

    Then, remove the paper and start cutting out your felt shapes.

    After that, lay the two mug pieces one directly on top of the other and insert the tips of the handle in between the two pieces.

    DIY Gift Card Holder

    Finally, sew down one edge of the mug, across the bottom, and up the other side securing the handle in place.

    Simple Sewing GC Holder

    Trim any loose thread and you have yourself a very cute coffee gift card holder. Happy Gift Giving!

    Coffee Cup Gift Card Holders

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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Recipes

    Five Minute Friday: Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Five Minute Friday

    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Pumpkin Pie Dip.

    Pumpkin season is upon us. This quick dip will fulfill all of your pumpkin cravings in just a few minutes.

    5 Minute Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Ingredients
    2 Cups – Canned Pumpkin
    1 – 3.5 oz. Pkg. – Vanilla Instant Pudding
    1 Tbs. – Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1 tsp. – Cinnamon
    1 – 8 oz. Container – Cool Whip

    Fall Favorite Pumpkin Dip

    Kitchen Tools
    Can Opener
    Large Mixing Bowl
    Wooden Spoon
    Measuring Spoons
    Measuring Cups

    Pumpkin Pie Dip Tools

    First, add the pumpkin, pudding, and spices to a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.

    Pumpkin Pie Dip

    Creamy Pumpkin Dip

    Next, fold in the cool whip.

    Quick Pumpkin Recipe

    Mix until smooth and creamy. Pop the dip into the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy this delicious dessert with apples and graham crackers.

    Pumpkin Dessert

    My little guys love eating dip with teddy bear grahams. Yummy!

    Yummy Pumpkin Whip Dip

    Pumpkin Pie Dip from Elizabeth Joan Designs
    Ingredients
    2 Cups – Canned Pumpkin
    1 – 3.5 oz. Pkg. – Vanilla Instant Pudding
    1 Tbs. – Pumpkin Pie Spice
    1 tsp. – Cinnamon
    1 – 8 oz. Container – Cool Whip

    Preparation
    Combine pumpkin, pudding, and spices in a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Fold in the cool whip and mix until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy with apples and graham crackers.

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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Holidays & Seasons

    5 Minute Friday: Printable Thanksgiving Leftover Bags

    Five Minute Friday

    Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Printable Thanksgiving Leftover Bags.

    DIY Printable Thanksgiving Leftover Bags

    It’s mid-November and we are quickly approaching my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Turkey, corn, mashed-potatoes, cranberry salad and pumpkin pie! Yum! With all of that delicious food there is bound to be mounds of leftovers. Now, only if you had cute bags to send some of that food home with your holiday guests…Oh wait you can! Just follow this super easy tutorial and you will be all set.

    Supplies
    – Paper Bags- the plain old brown lunch ones work great
    – Printer- I have an inkjet and these bags turned out awesome! Results may vary with a laser printer.

    Ready! Here we go!

    Step 1:
    Place your brown paper bag against a plain piece of computer paper in your printer so the ink prints on the same side as the flap. There is a seam down the non-flap side of the bag that makes printing difficult if you try using it.

    DIY Printing on Paper Bag

    Step 2:
    Print one at a time. The plain computer paper will feed through with your bag. And that’s it!

    DIY Thanks Leftover bags

    Super easy, right?

    Click the image below for the free PDF link. Please download the file and open with Adobe Reader to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “None.”

    Thanksgiving Leftover Bags

    For more freebies, check out our Printables gallery.

    All of our printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

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  • 5 Minute Projects,  Crafts,  Holidays & Seasons,  Home Decor

    Knit Vases

    Warm up your holiday decor with these cute knit vases!

    knit vase 3

    I have a few unfinished knitting projects our grandmother was working on before she went into the nursing home. Grandma did teach me to knit. As you know, practice makes perfect and well, I didn’t practice. So instead of trying to finish her work, I decided to combine these pieces with a few of her old canning jars to make some cozy holiday vases.

    knit vase1

    First, using a rotary cutter, I cut out sections to fit around the jars.

    knit vase2

    Then, the knit fabric was wrapped around the jars and secured with safety pins. I knew the backs of mine would not be seen, so I sort of haphazardly placed my pins. If yours will be seen, you may want to hide thems a little more or use a hot glue gun instead.

    knit vase 4

    Finally, I filled my vases and was done. It only took about five minutes from start to finish!

    knit vase

    I love that I was able to find a use for these special hand knit pieces that would otherwise have just sat in a box in my basement. If you do not have your grandmother’s unfinished knitting projects and want to make these vases, there is no need to worry. You can achieve this same snugly decor look with an old sweater.