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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! 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! Christmas Pie Server - This is simple, functional, and adorable.  These would be great for just about anyone, but especially for church friends. Days of the Week Hand Towels - You could also use the first initial of their last name or even a cute silhouette.   Button Keyring - You could make these in her favorite colors or even school colors. Lip Balm - Everyone needs this, especially in the winter. Monogrammed Coffee Mug -  These

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. Chocolate Covered Pretzels - Hello!  It's chocolate!  Who wouldn't love chocolate?? 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. 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. Organizer - Any teacher would love this supply organizer

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

Santa's Beard Wreath

Thanksgiving is over, so I can finally post my Santa's beard wreath!  Miss Koti Beth and I watched Gilmore Girls on Netflix while we made our wreaths.  She made a smaller version with a 12" ring and Christmas ribbon that she hung in her room. I made this with tulle so I could try one of the popular tulle wreaths.  This would be really cute on a 12" foam ring too.  The hat fit the smaller wreath really great, but I wanted a bigger wreath because I have a big blank wall that needs filled when I take down my fall owl wreath .  Yes, my wreaths hang inside since no one will see them outside because we live so far from the road. Since I have a wreath up, now I better get the rest of my decorations out and my tree up! How to Make a Santa Beard Wreath with Tulle What You Need Wreath White tulle (I used about half of a 25 yard roll) Red ribbon or  yarn Santa hat Directions Since I used a straw wreath, I first wrapped it with plastic wrap to keep everything

Cubby Turned Shoe Holder + How to Make Chalk Paint

I have three kids, so we should have five to ten pairs of shoes, right?  Not even close.  I bet we have more like 20 to 30 pairs around here.  We all have tennis shoes for every day, old tennis shoes for chores, dress shoes for church, mucking boots for working in the barn and mud, and winter boots.  My daughter also has cowgirl boots (not shown because she wears them every single day) and I have cute boots.  My husband also has several pairs of work boots depending on what he's working on. You can image what my entry way looked like!  To make matters worse, my back door -- the door everyone uses -- is in my dining room.  People walked in and there were shoes and boots strung from one end of the room to the other end. Oh, we tried telling them to keep their shoes on the rug.  We tried a hanging shoe organizer behind the closet door, which is across the room.  You can guess how that worked out.  I was done with the shoe pile, so I turned this old cubby in to a shoe organizer.  I

Owl Fall Yarn Wreath with Chicken Wire and Burlap Flowers

I started this wreath over two years ago before we moved.  We used to live in an allotment, so I had a nice porch and had pretty wreaths.  Now we live in a farm house 0.2 of a mile from the road and I don't have a porch.   That's partly why this wreath sat for so long, but the other part was because I had the wreath yarn wrapped and the felt owl, but it just would not stay glued to the wreath.  I was going to put it right on the wreath, but it kept falling off.  I finally set everything aside until I got another idea. Since we have chickens now and my 8-year-old absolutely loves them, quite a few chicken decorations have made their way to our dining room.  I was looking around, moving stuff around, and it hit me.  Chicken wire!  Why can't I put chicken wire behind the wreath and attach the owl to that?  So I did.  And here's how I did it. Owl Fall Wreath with Chicken Wire I had already wrapped the straw wreath with yarn, so I don't have photos of that.  It&#