For all you creators out there, here are twenty DIY holiday gift ideas to get your wheels turning for the upcoming holiday season.
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I shared earlier this week my thoughts and feelings on both of my little men attending preschool this year. In that post, I gave you a sneak peak of a DIY hanging snack basket I had created to make the transitions to and from school go a little smoother. This snack station will be kept near our front door to give myself easy access to snacks for the boys on the way out or in.
Here is how I made it.
1 Small cardboard box
1 Old book
First, I cut three flaps off the top of the cardboard box. This left me with just one flap left to make the handle.
Next, I used a pen to sketch a handle on the remaining flap and cut it out with an X-Acto knife. I did this processes very carefully as X-Acto knives can be really sharp and I didn’t want to lose any fingers.
Okay, here is where the project went wacky.
I thought, hey it would be so awesome if I made this cardboard box look like it was made out of planks of wood, but not actually use wood for it. Well, once again, I was wrong. I used craft paper and used a tool to make wood grain on the paper and glued it to the box. It was an odd color, but I thought “hey I will move on with it anyways.” When I stained and polyurethaned the box, the paper started to bubble up and looked really bad and the color did not improve. Bummer!
It was time to scratch that idea and move on. My first attempt was a fail, but I was able to salvage the box to push forward to make something really cute. Plus it made the final project more sturdy.
I decided that covering the box with just about anything would be an improvement. After giving it some thought, I chose book pages.
First, I ripped out pages from an old book. This book had been well read and had lived a great life. It was time to give it a new purpose.
Next, using a solution of Elmer’s glue and water I brushed the glue on the pages and attached them to the box. To give the design interest I rotated the pages to where some were facing right-side up, upside down and sideways.
I continued applying book pages until the box was fully covered.
Finally, I added this really cute chalkboard tag I won in a giveaway from Little House Of Four. It was the perfect touch.
Leaving the house with my two preschoolers can sometimes be a fight, so this hanging snack basket will be extremely convenient to just grab a snack and go. Love how it turned out too!
We would love hear any tips and tricks you may have that make the school mornings go a little smoother.
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Three years ago, I held a woodland themed baby shower for my darling sister, Erin. The decor incorporated a lot of natural type items like, logs, sticks, and moss. After the shower, I returned the wood back to its rightful home, the great outdoors, but I had an abundance of moss leftover that I had purchased at craft stores.
I came across the large bag of assorted moss the other day in my basement, and decided now was the perfect time to do something with it. So, I chose to make a welcoming, spring wreath for our front door.
For the base of the wreath, I used a grape vine form I had purchased at a garage sale. Do you remember the lavender wreath I shared last summer? Well, this is that exact wreath form.
First, I covered the form with moss mat by spreading it across the vines and tucking the edges in.
Next, I layered floral moss and reindeer moss on top to add some different colors and dimension.
Then, I hung it on our front door with burlap. I added a few moss rocks to the wreath and stood back with disgust. I hated how this looked! Yuck!
When I have a creative crisis, the first thing I usually do is call Erin for help. That is exactly what I did. Through a series of text messages, and trying about everything we could think of, we eventually came up with the perfect combo.
Here are a few of the failures I tried. The first one was a bit more glitzy than I was going for.
In the second photo the keys look more like a pair of scissors than they do a pair of antique keys.
I was so desperate to get this wreath right, I even attempted taking advice from a two year old. Yo ho, let’s go!
After all of those ideas, I was feeling a little discourage. Erin suggested that I maybe add a few sticks or twigs to it. Genius! I grabbed a few from another grape vine wreath and inserted them into the wreath I was working on.
This was looking so much better, but wasn’t quit perfect yet. It was still missing something.
That’s when I remembered, I had a cute little butterfly that I inherited when our grandmother passed away. I don’t know the significance it had to her, if any, but she always kept it in her jewelry box. Once it was in my possession, I had been doing the same. So, after retrieving the monarch from my box of jewels, “that’s what my 4 year calls it,” I placed it on the wreath and it was like magic. The wreath finally looked complete.
I am so happy with the final result of this wreath. Our Grandma’s butterfly, adds such a special touch that makes it the wreath that much better.
Erin thinks it still needs more, but I told her “no.” Leave a comment and let us know what you think.
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I would love to be one of those people who has all of their holiday presents purchased and wrapped by the beginning of December. But, alas, I am not. I’m typically the person at the other end of the spectrum, who is running around like a mad woman on Christmas Eve trying to tie up all of the loose ends. However, this year has been a little bit different. Most of the gifts we are giving are at our house or on their way. (Thanks online shopping!) We’ve even had one Christmas celebration already this year, so those presents have been given to their recipients.
Since I had all of these presents just lying around, waiting for my kids to “accidentally” stumble upon, I decided to start my wrapping a bit early this year. Lucky me that I didn’t inherit the same present wrapping skills as Emily. (Just kidding. You can see her beautifully wrapped present ideas here.)
One thing that I have found that saves me some moolah and makes my gifts look good is to make my own curly wrapping paper bows. They are super easy and only take a few minutes to make. Saved time and money? That’s my jam. It is the theme song to my busy and frugal existence.
Anyway, let me show you how you can whip up one (or 100) of these puppies for your own gifts. Follow the steps below.
1. Gather supplies. All you need is a 9″ x 9″ cut piece of wrapping paper, a pair of scissors, and some Scotch tape. Simple, right?
2. Fold the wrapping paper piece in half and crease.
3. Using scissors, cut 1/2″ strips into the open side of the paper all the way along the edge, leaving about 1″ uncut next to the fold.
4. Next, use one side of the scissors to curl the wrapping paper like you would with regular curling ribbon. Don’t pinch too tight or the paper will rip.
5. Hold the paper with the crease towards you and fold it in half to the left (or right) twice.
6. Add a piece of tape to close off the open end, opposite of the new fold.
7. Cut a half inch up both sides, through both the fold and the tape.
8. After that, fold the bottom halves up in opposite directions. This will be the base where you will attach the ribbon to the package.
9. Fluff those little, curly tendrils a bit and place the bow on your package. Voila! All done.
This seems to work with pretty much any wrapping paper that I have found and also works with book pages and sheet music. I have yet to try newspaper or anything that thin, but if you give it a go, let us know!