Saturday, December 13, 2014

DIY Gifts for Christmas

I love to make Christmas gifts for my friends.  There's just something so personal about a handmade gift that a storebought gift can't compare to!  Since I make so many gifts, it sometimes gets a little hard to find new ideas.  Since I was looking for DIY gifts to make, I decided to make a round up and share it with all of my readers.  Enjoy!


DIY Christmas gifts to make.

Caramel Corn - Have you priced this in the stores??  Yikes!  Make your own with this recipe.  Guaranteed it will taste better than what you  buy at a fraction of the cost!

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Christmas Pie Server - This is simple, functional, and adorable.  These would be great for just about anyone, but especially for church friends.

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Days of the Week Hand Towels - You could also use the first initial of their last name or even a cute silhouette.  

DIY Christmas gifts to make.

Button Keyring - You could make these in her favorite colors or even school colors.

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Lip Balm - Everyone needs this, especially in the winter.

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Monogrammed Coffee Mug -  These are easy to make if you have a Cricut or Silhouette and some vinyl.  

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Lemon Sugar Scrub - Inexpensive and luxurious!

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Pumpkin Bread Mix - Homemade taste with minimal work!

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Chocolate Peppermint Scrub - I can almost smell this through my computer!

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Cinnamon Sugar Candied Almonds - Yum!

DIY Christmas gifts to make.
Magazine Coasters - I love upcycling and reusing!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Teacher Gift Guide

Every year, I make my kids' teachers gifts.  This year, my son has five teachers every day (yes, in fourth grade!), and my daughter has two.  They also have a bus driver and support staff that they really like.  I usually do altered clipboards or tumblers, but they are only two years apart, so I can't give the same thing two years later.  Here are some great DIY teacher Christmas gifts that he or she will surely love!  You can also use these for end of the year gifts or even for teacher appreciation week.



DIY Teacher Gifts to Make

Chocolate Covered Pretzels - Hello!  It's chocolate!  Who wouldn't love chocolate??

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make

Embroidered Frame - How cute is this?  My kids' teachers all have themes in their classroom, so you could make it match the theme or colors.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Dried Fruit Potpourri - I love this idea because teachers are always so busy in December, but during her break, she can get that amazing holiday smell in her home.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Organizer - Any teacher would love this supply organizer!  You can include supplies or not.  I think I would fill it with some candy and then let her fill it.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Give Extra, Get Extra - These are perfect if you have a lot of teachers to buy for.  One year, we had more than 10 for 2 kids!  While I would love to get them all amazing gifts because they were amazing, it's just not in the budget.  This thoughtful gift is affordable and will be very appreciated.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Candy Bouquet - My kids had a male teacher in first grade.  I really struggled with a Christmas gift for him the first year!  I ended up donating to the class gift, but I wish I had seen this!

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Stamped Tea Set - Customize this for soup, tea, coffee, or anything!

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Whipped Body Scrub - This smells amazing as is, or leave out the spices and use your favorite scent.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make

Cute Potted Plant - I love this because it's simple and inexpensive, yet it looks great!

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Fabric Covered Flower Pots - Perfect for organizing a desk or planting flowers.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Terra Cotta Apple - How cute would this be on her desk?

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Mason Jar - She can organize her desk with these adorable mason jars.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Altered Clipboards - I've given clipboards several times, and they are always well received.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Chalkboard Tags - She can label just about anything in the classroom.

DIY Teacher Gifts to Make
Altered Binder Clips - Cute and functional.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

De-Wrinkling With or Without an Iron

Some people love to iron.  They find it relaxing and look forward to it.  That's definitely not me.  In fact, the first time I ironed in my daughter's lifetime that she could remember, she had had no idea what the strange device was.  Of course, I was ironing plastic bags to melt them into a sheet of plastic, so she was really confused.

I don't like to iron, but I also don't like wrinkled clothes.  If you don't want to turn your dryer back on to get your clothes wrinkle-free, then try these tips!


Courtesy of: Alight
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