SAVE MONEY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! THESE ARE NICE GIFTS, NOT THE TRASHY USELESS ONES THAT WE MADE AS CHILDREN. ENJOY!
This holiday season, money is so tight for me. Luckily i was born with extreme creativity! Today i'm gonna help you guys out with some DO-IT-YOURSELF ideas that I've thought of myself OR that I've found online in my struggling search to satisfy everyone this Christmas with my "homemade gifts",
Bejeweling/decorating picture frames
This is such a great gift idea for family or friends. I started off by going to A.C. Moore and looking through their picture frames. I luckily found a set of 3 WHITE picture frames. Finding them with the widest//biggest frame (for more decorating room) and preferably white. The reason i chose white is because i glue rhinestones on mine, and i don't like the glue showing on the frame. I also like the ability to paint the white frame any color that i may decide on. The different supplies I use depend on who i'm making it for and what their style is. I suggest you buying:
*Ribbons (thick and thin) different colors and patterns
*RHINESTONES (MICHAELS has the most inexpensive packages that I've seen-- they have a brand called JOLEE, that has 20-50 packs of rhinestones for $4.99. They also have the "sticky" kind, which is great too. They're about $2.49 for a pack of 50)
*STICKERS- Stickers help add some flare to the frame... They also save you from having to rhinestone the whole damn thing! The scrap-booking section in craft stores has tons of stickers! Although they're expensive, you only need about 2 stickers per frame to add to it without having to keep rhinestone-ing. I pick my stickers depending on the rhinestone colors i used on the frame, and on what the friend or family member likes. I've used flower, bird, Tinkerbell, mermaid, beach-y, and Disney stickers. LAST BUT NOT LEAST- PLEASE PICK UP ALPHABET STICKERS (in scrapbook section) THERE ARE TONS OF FONTS, SIZES, AND COLORS. THEY'RE USUALLY 3.95-5.95 PER PACKAGE BUT HAVE AROUND 4 OF EACH LETTER IN THE ALPHABET. Putting words on the frame is such a cute and personal touch. I've written out "best friends, Grandma, Partners in Crime, LOVEBIRDS, XOXO, Pixie Pals, Like Mother Like Daughter, and many more" on frames. And also, it keeps away frojm having to bejewel a lot- as we all know that's quite a tedious project.
* PAINT - Acrillyc paint works, Enamel works as well as a tough-ER duty paint.
Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of a lot of the frames i've done- But I am currently working on one that i just finished bejeweling- and here's the picture.
|I started bejeweling this one, I plan on putting my "letter stickers" on the bottom and spelling out "Best Friends" at the top, i plan on scattering more jewels in between the corners. On the sides I am putting "mirror chips" (2-3 on each side).|
This is basically the same thing as the picture frame. Decorate them the same way as you would the picture frame, with the same supplies. I typically find my votive holders at the dollar store!! Add a candle, or even a plant for an extra touch. Here's a picture of one that i made that i still have, like i said with the picture frames, I've given most of them away as gifts.
MAKE YOUR OWN MAGNETS!
Buy a magnet strip (preferably with a sticky side).. Put your sticker, decorated index card, design, etc on the magnetic strip and cut around it- WALAAAA! You have a magnet! It's as easy as that. Everybody needs magnets, and everyone uses them. Its a great way to create a quick and personalized gift for ANYONE-- from family members, to friends, to special people. An example of one i made: I went to Lowe's hardware- I got a bunch of paint color samples. I cut a purple paint sample into a circle, placed jewels around it, and put a silver glitter cardboard "E" in the middle for my mother. It looks so legit, like any other monogram magnet or accessory that you'd see in a nice boutique!
PINK COOKIES (Put in a cute plastic bag with pretty christmas ribbons for anyone girly)
Forget Christmas cookies! These are the best. It's a cute gift for any females you need to get a gift for. Not only does it add a personalized touch by adding the pink, they're absolutely delicious! These will be a hit!
- 2 sticks (1 cup) butter (softened; how to soften included in directions)
- red food coloring gel - if you can magically find pink, go for it! But i doubt it!
- 1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Here's the youtube video with directions on how to make these yummy and girly cookies
- Here is the original recipe for the cookies! Thank god i found them :)
|With all different kinds of ideas, you can make the cutest ornaments. Start by going to Target, Walmart, or probably even your local drugstore and pick up a package of "regular ball shaped ornaments" similar to the picture posted above.|
|Buy pebbles, they generally come in small and big sacks. They sell them at the dollar store and at craft stores. They range from $2.50-$6.99.|
E600 GLUE, Tacky Glue (possibly), Superglue! Chose one!
|I suggest using paints, rhinestones, sharpies, stickers and cardboard cutouts to decorate your ornament with. Other than the pebbles.|
- Above are some of the ideas i followed. From left to right, the first ornaments is wrapped with hemp, you could also try ribbon or string to add more color. The middle photo- the B was done with sharpie and glitter. The last, a stamp was used.
- I found them at this website
Find small sized chicken wire, line the inside of the frame with it. Also buy the "S" hooks at your local hardware store.
Lay the cardboard that came with the frame over the freshly ironed fabric. Secure the back of the cardboard and fabric together with packaging tape
2 Cups of Brown Sugar
1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Cup + 1 Tablespoon of Sunflower, Safflower, or Vegetable Oil
Just keep out of direct sunlight; as you would store the oil itself.
- -a bit of paper to make a tag (optional)
|.The pink bracelet is Chan Luu's that costs $220, The blue bracelet is the DIY that costs $5 or less to make!|
**Cut the ribbon into 3 seperate pieces that are equal lengths. The average bracelet size is about 7 inches, so you'll need the string a total of 29 inches if you want to be able to wrap it 4 times.
**Start by braiding about 6 inches and securing the end with a rubber band. Anchor the other end with something heavy to hold it into place.
**Start braiding the beads by feeding the ball into the middle strand and then tightly braiding the other 2 strands around it. Continue feeding the beads onto the middle strand until you run out. OR UNTIL THERE'S ABOUT 6 INCHES OF RIBBON LEFT.
**Finish with another 6 inches or so of braiding. Clamp te ends with ribbon fasteners or just tie it in a knot.
You can make a necklace, but i think the bracelets are the cutest!!
T-SHIRT TWISTED SCARFThe original blog that this came from onto pinterest.com is right here.You'll need:
2 XL T-shirts (craft store $3 each usually).
Thread and needle OR sewing machine
SCISSORS (SHARP FOR FABRIC)