This is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and its incredibly useful and so cheap to make! All you need are some marbles and 2 cheap cake pans to make a Lazy Susan that works as well as the one’s you buy. With a little spray paint and some contact paper or scrapbook paper, it’s also quite pretty. Lazy Susan’s are pretty pricey so this is a way to make several for only a couple dollars each. This was part of our outdated kitchen transformation which included some other fun posts such as our Chicken Wire Memo Board and our Lovely Little DIY Sugar Bowl
This DIY Lazy Susan is one of the most awesome upcycle projects ever and it’s incredibly useful and inexpensive to make. Plus, it has all kinds of uses!
Lazy Susan Supplies
- 2 cake pans any size (we got ours for .88 each at Walmart)
- Marbles, normal to smaller size. They must all be the same size. You need enough to almost cover the bottom of the pan.
- Spray paint (optional)
- Paper or contact paper for bottom of one pan (optional)
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Gather your items. IMPORTANT: You need enough marbles to COVER NEARLY THE ENTIRE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.
Spray paint your pans whatever color you choose. You don’t need to paint the inside of the bottom pan where the marbles will go.
Measure the inside of the pan for cutting your liner.
Cut out your contact paper or liner paper.
Place it in your pan.
Fill the bottom pan most of the way with marbles.
Set your top pan onto the marbles and your Lazy Susan is ready to use!
There are many reasons that people prefer to take their shoes off before entering their home. Cleanliness and custom being the top two. For those of you who do, we’ve created a quick and classy entryway shoe rack that comes with a bonus of aromatherapy, so not only is there a place to hang your shoes up, they smell better when you put them back on! And last but not least, we have three lovely printables you can frame above your shoe rack to remind visitors. If you’re interested in other ways to make your feet smell sweet, check out our How to Cure Smelly Feet naturally with our DIY Foot & Shoe Spray and also learn why Going Barefoot is Best!
Entryway Shoe Rack Supplies
NOTE: You can of course make your own rack with wood and hooks. We took the short cut and used a coat rack!
- Coat Rack with 6 hooks ( this exact one was used).
- Felt, white and grey
- White 1/4″ Ribbon
- Glue of choice ( Quick Grip was used)
PDF Comes with ALL three in 8×10 and 5×7 size
Print out the templates and cut them out of felt.
We used grey and white for the flowers, leaves and centers. It gave a crisp clean look. Glue the centers onto your flowers.
Glue the leaf onto the back of your flower as shown.
Cut 3″ strips of white ribbon.
Loop and glue as shown.
Place a dab of glue onto the top back of the leaf. Stick your ribbon onto the glue.
After it dries you will hang your flower onto the bottom hook of each set.
You can use any oil you choose to place on your flowers. I use Tea Tree.
This charming kitchen wall decor cost us $1.00 to make. Dollar Tree carries these bright plastic plates and platters regularly. The set we did for our kitchen, assuming you have trouble with basic addition, was $3.00. I actually cheated a bit and used my Silhouette Portrait to cut vinyl letters for my kitchen set. But that’s just a perk if you have one.
These are so easy and fun to make and you can fill your kitchen with whatever words you choose! If you’ve been following along you know this is part of our Outdated Kitchen Transformation. Make sure you check out our last decor addition to the project. Our Chicken Wire Frame Memo Board with Faux Succulents. It’s pretty unique!
Kitchen Wall Decor Supplies
NOTE: If you own a Silhouette cutting machine you can of course easily make your own words easily out of vinyl. You can also buy ready made letters at the craft store. The most inexpensive way is to use colored paper and card stock and cut your own. You can use our patterns or make your own on a printer.
- Plastic plate or platters
- Card stock , colors of choice
- Precision Scissors (these are small scissors great for cutting details. This is the best set I have found.)
- Colored paper for text (you can use card stock, I just preferred the flatter paper)
- Glue stick, or other method of attaching letters to plates
Choose a plastic plate size, shape and color.
Print out your words of choice or create your own on a printer and print them out.
Place the letters on a colored piece of paper and carefully cut each one out.
Lay out the words as they will be placed for gluing.
A glue stick works very well for this project as it allows you to slide them for adjusting as you go along.
Coat the back of each letter.
Place them on your plate or platter. If needed, slide them with your finger to align.
For the flowers, print out the flower templates.
Cut out the size you need. We used the smaller two.
Cut the small slit into the middle that allows for overlapping two petals together to make a single petal and give the 3D effect.
Place glue on one next to the cut you made into the center of your flower, then overlap the petal next to it onto it completely, turning two petals into one.
Add a dob of glue and add your center circle. You can trim the double petal with scissors if needed.
Glue onto your platter. Add leaves if desired.
This is the set we did using vinyl cut from a Silhouette Machine to match our kitchen.
We supplied the same text so you could do something similar with your own flowers as flourish.
I always wanted a chicken wire frame memo board and when we did our kitchen transformation, I decided to add one into my new kitchen. We’d used chicken wire once before in a really popular Dream Catcher Vision Board but this one was meant to be kitchen oriented, though I throw in a little twist using a pinecone craft succulent craft we did recently. It turned out gorgeous! I even made my own mail holder from a Malt-O-Meal box. The entire thing was a wonderful upcycle project. Fill yours with whatever pleases you!
Chicken Wire Frame Supplies
- Large Frame. We used an old rough wooden one we had lying around.
- 1″ size chicken wire to cover frame 24″x25″ roll
- Staple gun (I own this inexpensive stapler and brad nailer and its great. Manual but strong.)
- Mail Box Metal Label Holder
- X-acto Knife
- Spray Adhesive
- Glue gun
- Washi Tape
- Clips with Hooks These are PERFECT for using on your bulletin board and for a variety of other things! We used one to hold our notepad on.
- Pencil with tiny cup hook
- Small white clothespins
Please visit our Pinecone Craft post for details on making these.
- Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
- Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
- Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
- Moss, if desired for containers
We had an old rough wood frame that we decided to use for our chicken wire frame. Roy cut some chicken wire to fit it.
Then he stapled it in place around the edges.
We did this backwards and painted it after we put the chicken wire on.
Next we made our pinecone succulents. It’s very easy to do and we have detailed instructions on our Pinecone Craft post here.
After our succulents were made and painted, we cut small circles out of felt to attach them to our chicken wire.
Place a large amount of hot glue on the felt circle.
Place it where you will be putting your succulent.
Push your succulent down onto the felt while pushing the felt with glue onto the succulent. Use something, if needed, to help push the felt so you don’t get burned.
This shows all of the succulents attached.
I decided to add moss in between the succulents.
I just poked it down in between and didn’t use any glue. It’s a messy job I suggest you do outside.
Next, I designed a note pad and pencil to hang on the board.
A tiny hook screw was twisted into the end of the pencil eraser.
I was painted silver and Washi tape was wrapped around the end.
We covered the top of our note pad with Washi tape to match.
I was originally going to use a binder clip and somehow rig a hook onto the chicken wire to hold the memo pad.
Then I remembered I had these awesome Clips with Hooks. They were perfect!
I wanted to have a pouch on my board to hold mail until we had a chance to open it. A Malt-O-Meal box was the perfect size.
I measured it and marked it how I wanted with a sharpie marker.
Then cut it with an X-acto knife.
I chose a color of scrapbook paper to cover it with.
I laid the box on the wrong side of the paper and carefully traced it.
Then I made two of the main folds.
At this point I pulled out my spray adhesive and gave the front and sides of the box a quick spray.
Then I pressed the paper carefully onto the box aligning the folds. I decided not to cover the back as it would not show.
I then proceeded to cut and fold the bottom paper.
I used stick glue to hold it in place.
Any extra was trimmed off.
On the top side I carefully decided where to make the cuts so I could fold the paper down and glue it into place while trimming away the excess.
I used a stick glue to do the seams.
For the finishing touch I added a metal label holder. It was bronze and I wanted silver so I used a little rub ‘n buff on it.
I glued it onto the front of the box and made a hole for the screws and pushed them through. Then I printed a label that said MAIL on my computer to insert into it.
I found a plastic hook and glued it upside down on the back of the box so I could hang it on the board. I could have also used felt to glue it on but I wanted the box to be removable.
If you’ve always liked succulents but didn’t want the hassle of watering them or the tediousness of making them from paper, this pinecone craft will amaze you! In a matter of minutes you can have a bowl full of stunning succulents you never have to touch again. They just sit there looking pretty. Since they don’t need watering they can be also be used in a huge variety of fun ways. If you enjoy flowers in general that are low care, you might also enjoy our Felt Flowers in 5 Minutes, our DIY Paper Flowers in 5 Minutes and our Coffee Filter Twinkle Light Flowers.
Succulent Pinecone Craft Supplies
- Pinecones of various shapes and sizes. You’ll be using bottoms and tops.
- Pruning shears or something to cut your pine cones with. They need a longer tip to get inside.
- Paint, acrylic or spray paint (after testing both, spray paint is much easier)
- Moss if desired for containers
APPLE BARREL ACYRLIC
RUST-OLEUM SPRAY PAINT
Gather your supplies.
Cut the top and or bottoms off your pinecones.
This may require pulling out some of the pine cone scales to be able to reach in to the core. You can use both tops and bottoms of a pine cone as both look appropriate.
Once you have your pieces, paint as desired either by hand or spray painting.
As you can see, the bottoms and tops both resemble succulents.
Fill your container with moss or stones if desired.
You can now arrange your “succulents” inside.
If you’re looking for a small token for Valentines day or anytime, here’s cute little heart keyring you can make while saving the planet! OK, that might be a little extreme but it does use up a plastic lid, which hopefully you grabbed by digging in your neighbors trash… those darned non-earth caring people. I won’t mention where I got my lid but they make the cutest little keyrings rather than adding to our bulging land fills. And if you’re looking to gain even more positive Karma, place the keyring in our lovely little Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking to increase your Karma with the person you’re giving it to, attach a key to a new car. Just saying.
Heart Keyring Supplies
- Plastic Lid (butter lid or other flat plastic items etc)
- Scraps fabric or burlap
- OR Washi Tape
- Keyring loop
- Mod Podge (protects and helps water proof it)
- Small hole punch
- Optional: Crop a Dile Eyelet Punch I had just received one of these and wanted to test it out so I used it for one of the hearts.
Gather your supplies. For this first heart we’re using fabric.
Choose the size of heart you want to make from our free printable patterns.
Cut out a heart from the plastic lid.
Trim the end a little so it’s not a sharp point.
I used my plastic heart as a pattern for the fabric. I used a tight weave burlap for one side. You can cut your other fabric at the same time if you want.
Add a generous amount of Mod Podge on one side of your plastic.
Place the burlap on.
Add a little extra Mod Podge on the edges to keep it from unraveling.
For the ring holder, take a small piece of fabric and cut it approximately 1/2″ wide and 2 1/2″ long. Coat it lightly with Mod Podge.
Fold it over.
Bend it over and trim it to about 1 1/2 to 2″. You just want a large enough loop to slip your ring through but also enough to glue under the fabric on your heart.
On the other side of the heart you will add another piece of fabric. If you have not cut it out yet do so with your pattern.
Glue the end of your loop onto the back of your heart using Mod Podge, then cover the entire back of the heart with Mod Podge.
Press your fabric down over the heart. Once it dries you can also give it another coat of Mod Podge for added gloss and protection.
You can now slip your ring into the loop.
All ready for keys!
For the next heart we used the lid from a plastic egg carton.
We traced the heart on.
For this heart we added strips of Washi tape touching each other. Once they are on we cut around the heart where we had drawn.
Remember to round the tip a little so that it’s not sharp.
Turn your heart over and apply Washi tape to the back just as you did on the front.
Trim off the extra Washi tap around your heart.
Coat each side with Mod Podge and let it dry between coats.
You can punch a small hole into the corner of the heart to hold the ring. I had just received this nifty Crop a Dile Eyelet Punch so I decided to try it out for the first time on this heart.
It’s a pretty neat little gadget and you can use at least two sizes of eyelets. Punch the hole.
Insert the eyelet, which comes in every color of the rainbow.
And clamp. Done!
I admit it’s cool and does give it a more professional finish but had I not had this, I’d have just used a 1/8″ hole punch.
Make a heart keyring as a gift for Valentine’s Day or any day! This upcycle uses a plastic lid, a split key ring & some fabric or Washi tape & Mod Podge!
You got three minutes? You got an old t-shirt? Add in a heart shaped pony bead and now what you’ve got are 3 minute DIY bracelets! Make them in bulk using our free printable cards for Valentines day giveaways or just make them to wear. It’s a wonderful way to upcycle those old t-shirts and they’re great for kids and adults! You could also put a set of these little bracelets in a variety of colors inside our Soda Bottle Pillow Box. And if you’re looking for other quick jewelry ideas check out our Charming Soda Bottle Bracelet DIY and our Easy DIY Necklace for Someone You Love.
DIY Bracelets Supplies
- T-shirt material
- Fabric Scissors
- Heart Pony Beads
- Card Printout Below (optional for giving them way)
Card Printout Download
Gather some old T-shirts and heart pony beads.
Cut approximately 12″ long by 1″ pieces in the same direction as the hem. You can trim the ends as needed when completed.
Grab each side of your piece of materiel.
Slowly stretch it out.
Continue stretching until it rolls up as shown.
Let go and you should have a roll as shown. Clip one end to a very skinny point to allow you to feed it into a bead.
You can trim it more if needed.
You can also use a large needled to help push it through.
Once you have your bead or beads on, tie it around your wrist where it just fits. Tie a square knot and trim the ends. It will slip on and off as needed because it stretchy. (Try not to pull or stretch it too much when you put it on and off.)
If you’re giving these DIY bracelets away as Valentines gifts, print and cut out the paper tags on cards stock.
They will be folded around each bracelet and glued.
Close them together to hold.
Have you been searching for those unique valentines crafts ideas? Well, here’s one we bet you’ve never seen before! That’s bold statement to make now a days! It’s two halves of one heart made from plastic soda bottles and it’s the perfect gift for a couple. Then we thought, what more perfect couple to give this too than good old mom and dad. I mean it’s their two loves that make you whole… or is it their two halves of love that made you a whole… well, you know what we mean. In any case they certainly deserve something special on this day so we think they are perfect candidates for a set of these. You can put something dad likes in one side and something mom likes in the other, add one of our free printable tags, and let them know just how glad you are that they both came together. Just like these soda bottles did! #lame But the gift works for any couple or for that special person of your own. And if you like this you just gotta check out our Pretzel Arrows Valentine Gift Idea which is placed inside our Clear DIY Pillow Box made from , you guessed it… a soda bottle!
Half Hearts Valentines Crafts Supplies
- Two Clear Straight Sided 32 oz Soda Bottles
- Two small pieces of sturdy white poster board
- GOOP Glue We tested hot glue but it just didn’t work well. You need a thick, clear glue of choice. GOOP worked great.
- Wipe off marker
- Red paint for lids
- Template below
- Tag of choice below
You’ll need two 32 oz bottles.
Print out the download template and cut off the top section.
Wrap the template around your bottle with the base touching the table.
Tape it into place.
Using a wipe off marker trace around the top curved part.
The two bottles, marked and ready for cutting.
Carefully cut as straight as possible along the lines you made.
Get two pieces of sturdy white poster board, large enough to set each bottle base onto.
You’ll need some thick glue. Hot glue was tested and didn’t work well for us so we used GOOP.
Place a line of glue on the cut rim of your bottle.
Very carefully, and without bending the bottle, place it down on the poster board. Assuming you cut the bottle straight it should touch all the way around. It will need to sit this way until it dries. NOTE: Every so often I would go in and lightly press down on the bottle to make sure it was firmly adhering to the poster board.
After it dries you will cut the poster board off around the edge of the bottle. You will also be cutting off any excess glue that may have spread out too far.
You will see glue around the edges which is fine.
If there happens to be any gaps because the bottle was not cut straight you can fill them in with a little extra glue if you desire.
Paint the bottle lids red.
Fill each side with any candy that will fit inside the bottle.
You can use each person’s favorite if you know what it is. M&M’s are also a great choice!
Do you love to text? Are your hands cold? Do you get tired of taking your gloves on and off so you can text? Power Texting Gloves to the rescue! They’re inexpensive, simple to make and best of all you can add whatever power words you’d like and save all that time and money and pain on finger tattoos that your mom, husband, wife or whomever won’t let you get anyway. This is a win win DIY all around! You might want to sit down here because it just keeps getting better… guess where we got our gloves? That’s right… THE DOLLAR STORE! Oh my gosh… I know, I know… it’s almost too much to take in. And you get the free instructions below plus a list of words to pick from. Catch your breath from all this excitement, then grab you some gloves and get busy!
Power Texting Gloves Supplies
- Tightly knit cheap gloves
- Fray Check
- Puff Paint (for paint words)
- Heavy String (for string words)
- Fabric Glue (for string words) Tacky Glue might work well as long as the gloves are not washed.
NOTE ON FABRIC GLUE: After a lot of research I use Beacons fabric glue because it has the highest reviews.
Download Word Idea List
pdf of word list and direction image
NOTE: You do need to treat your gloves with care and don’t stretch out the finger holes anymore than necessary. The Frey Check helps a lot but they are still knit gloves and will pull apart if you are too rough with them. Just use a gentle “hand” so to speak.
These are the supplies needed for the Puffy Paint Power Texting Gloves. Gloves, Fray Check and Puffy Paint of choice.
These are the supplies you will need for the string text gloves. Gloves, Fray Check Fabric Glue and heavy String.
Begin by cutting off the tips of the gloves where they start to curve.
Carefully put them on and see where they fall on your fingers. This lets you know if any need trimmed. You want to be extra careful at this stage to not stretch the ends out as they will fray easily at this point.
The pinky finger needed trimmed as you could see so I trimmed it a little.
You then want to test them, again being careful to stretch them out as little as possible, to make sure they work fine for texting. Trim more if needed.
Once one glove is trimmed to the exact length needed, lay it over the other glove and trim it to match.
Find a slim object you can stick your gloves over to hold them up while you put the Fray Check on the ends of each finger. I used two small spray cans.
Make sure each finger hole is spread out.
It’s now time to pull out the Fray Check which is perfect for things like this.
You will run a bead of Fray Check around the edge of each finger hole. Don’t be afraid to rub it in as you go with the tip of the applicator. Put plenty on. If the end of any finger is curved under slightly make sure to pull it up so you can coat the area that has been cut. Fray Check dries quickly. Go over the ends again if needed to make sure you get a good coat around it. Do this on both gloves.
Make sure the tips don’t touch each other and stay open so they don’t stick together from the Fray Check as it dries, which takes only minutes.
For the puffy paint text I suggest practicing on paper first then apply your text to the four fingers. MAKE SURE TO DO IT THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Puffy paint normally takes about 4 hours to dry lying flat.
For the string words, cut pieces of string for the words you choose.
You’ll want to make the words in sections as I did with the M. I laid all my words out ahead of time to make sure they were the correct size.
Once all your letters are cut, grab your fabric glue.
Glue where the letters will be placed and attach them.
A pillow box is a nifty little invention that’s perfect for putting a small gift in. They are magically self closing and most are made from cardstock. But we’re going to show you how to make one from a plastic soda bottle! It’s easy and fun. Plus pillow boxes aren’t the only thing you can make from a soda bottle. (Not to brag or anything, but we kinda consider ourselves soda bottle gurus over here.) First, you gotta check out these other awesome Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles (though you can use them any time of year of course.) Next, well… where to start… I’d have to say one of our more popular soda bottle posts is our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser. It’s an upcycle that not only looks great but is useful!
Pillow Box Supplies
- Clear Straight Sided Soda Bottle (works with most sizes, 32 oz being a good average)
- X-acto knife
- Dry erase marker
- Small bowl, cup or plate to match the end of your bottle
- Bone folder or butter knife for pressing sides of bottle
When your finished, use the pillow box for a Valentines Gift idea!
I use a dry erase marker for making all my cutting lines because it wipes right off afterwards.
If you’re lucky there may be a line already near the bottom of your bottle. There was on this one so I used it as a cutting line. If not, you’ll have to measure up to cut off the base just where it stops curving in.
After I cut the bottom off I then measured up and marked the bottle using my dry erase marker where I would cut it on the top. Go as high as you can before it starts to curve.
Cut along where you marked.
Wipe off your marks and you should now have a cylinder.
Carefully flatten the cylinder and crease it on two sides. Press is with your hands and fingers to start but you will then need to use something to get a crisp crease on each side.
I use a bone folder which is made for the purpose of creasing paper and card stock. Its actually made out of bone and very strong. You can use pretty much anything, however, that will give you a good crease. The handle of a butter knife for example should work well. Just make sure to get a good crisp crease all the way to the ends.
You will now cut a curve around each end. To do this you need to find a cup, bowl or plate that fits your bottle end as shown. You want a nice gentle curve as shown, with very little being taken off. You want the bowl to barely touch the top of the end.
Mark it with your dry erase marker as shown.
Cut off the end where you marked and do the same on the other side.
This is the part is a little tricky. Take your bowl and face it the OTHER way on each end.
Make sure to score it with the knife all the way to the corners. As the scoring will not go through to the back side, you will need to flip the container over and do the same thing to the back side, then repeat the same thing on the other end.
Carefully bend down on the crease you made with the knife and fold it inward.
Pinch the crease some if needed to help it bend inward.
Once pressed in, it should stay. You can pop it out to do the other side.
To close your container you close one flap in, then the other. Do this on both sides.
Fill them with whatever you like and wrap a ribbon around them!
We also used this container for our Pretzel Arrows Valentines Gift Idea.
We made this cheap wall decor lightning bolt from a piece of foam that came packed in some furniture but the foam board you buy at the store works just as well. Most Dollar Stores, Craft Stores and Walmart carries it. You could literally make any design but this one went in our daughter Amy’s chic office and the lightning bolt fit her decor perfectly. This is one of those upcycles or basic crafts that costs next to nothing but looks phenomenal! If you’re looking for more great inexpensive ways to decorate, check out our DIY Cash Statement Piece and our Anti-Bad Vibe Shield, both made from foam board!
Lightning Bolt Cheap Wall Decor Supplies
- 40mm round gold sequins (we purchased ours at Hobby Lobby for 1.99 a pack)
- Foam board, 22″ x 28″ or any size you want your lightning bolt.
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-acto Knife or utility knife
There are three patterns. One is just a small example to look at so you can draw your own large one. The other two are larger version you can print out and tape together and use as an actual pattern.
Example to Copy 18″x11″ 24″x15″
Gather your supplies.
We upcycled a piece of foam packing that came in a small piece of furniture we ordered.
However, foam boards you buy at most stores will work fine also!
Trace your lightning bolt onto your foam board whatever size you like then cut out with an X-acto knife.
Begin at the bottom and add the sequins overlapping each row slightly. Try to cover all your foam.
Continue until all the lightning bolt is covered.
This particular lightning bolt was hung in a fun chic grouping in my daughter Amy’s office.
Get organized with a gigantic wall calendar! As you might know, huge wall calendars are not only hard to find but also really expensive. Well, here’s a way to make your own using Washi tape and its not only inexpensive but a fun eye catching focal point. Ours was used in my daughter Amy’s home office but it would be equally great as a family center. It incorporates Post-it Notes and you can use smaller ones and assign each person a different color or use large ones that fill the entire block. So many choices! We did ours in black and gold but get creative! If you’re looking for other ways to get organized check out how to Organize Office Supplies in Style and our Home Office Closet Makeover!
Wall Calendar Supplies
NOTE: We tried electrical tape for the calendar as we thought it would be perfect. It was too stretchy and would not stay up on the wall.
- Black Washi Tape
- Post-It Notes These come in a variety of sizes too!
- 40mm round gold sequins
- Sequin Pins (to hang sequins on for dates)
- Gold Letters for Week Days These are 2.5″ tall. The size you need will depend on the size of your calendar.
- Black cardstock
- Double Sided Tape
- Black Sharpie Marker
Step By Step Instructions
Wall Calendar Frame
Something To Think About: What types and sizes of Post-it notes you want to use. i.e. small sizes for each person, a large size that fills the block etc. Some might require doing some specific math to get your boxes the right size. You’re also using wider Washi Tape than the typical type.
- Pick a wall that you’ll place the calendar on.
- Decide how big you want the calendar. The only size limit is your wall.
- Measure out and lightly mark where your rectangle will be.
- Take your width number and divide by 7. Take that number and measure and mark across the top and bottom of your rectangle.
- Take your height number and divide by 5. Take that number and measure and mark down the right and left side of your rectangle.
- Cut your Washi Tape and lay it out along the all the lines you made. The main calendar is now completed.
Calendar Sequin Dates
- Write the numbers 1 through 31 on your sequin’s with the hole on the top. These are for hanging on your days.
- Lightly hammer tap in the sequin pins where you want your dates to hang out. Change them out each month!
Calendar Days of the Week
- Make half circles from black paper that fit over your day columns.
- Place your day of the week letters on each half circle and tape it over the appropriate column using double sided tape.
- As everyone generally always knows what month it is we didn’t add a month label but you certainly could.
Get organized with this fun huge wall calendar made with Washi tape, large sequins and Post-it notes! It’s great for a home offices or a family center!
We’ve found yet another wonderful way to upcycle candle stick holders and turn them into a beautiful classy display for motivation quotes, ten of which we provide free below. This is a perfect match to go with our New Years Resolution Ideas Kit & Casual Resolutions. Change them in and out as desired. But that’s not all! Use it to display photos. Or how about artwork your children draw for you? You could also use it as a fancy note holder. Make different styles for each room. Give them as gifts! These candle stick holders can be found in a variety of styles and types at most thrift stores. You might remember seeing other ideas we used them for such as our Beautiful Classy Jewelry Stand and our Fun Upcycled Portable Recipe Holder. Who would have thought you could do so much with such a tiny object!
Motivational Quotes Stand Supplies
- Candle Stick Holder (Brass and glass ones such as ours can also be found at thrift stores and dollar stores.)
- Primer Spray Paint (This might be optional but since I was painting glass and I had some, I used it.)
- Gold Paint I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold as it has a true gold look.
- White Paint
- E600 Glue or glue of choice
- Bobby Pins, 2″ size
- Wire Cutter
- Round Wood Ball with Flat Surface to fit your dowel.
- Dowel 3/4″ Average NOTE: This can vary with your holder and some can hold a variety of sizes of dowels. I chose a 3/4″ size for mine but I could have gone larger or smaller.
Ten 5″x7″ High Resolution Prints (pdf)
Though its free, we always appreciate donations.
Gather your basic supplies.
Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some.
I added white on the bottom of my candle stick.
I painted the rest of it metallic gold. I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.
I painted the stick and then the wood wall.
Squeeze glue into the bottom but only a small amount as you don’t want it seeping up the sides when you push your dowel down into it.Set the dowel down into the holder. NOTE: You will have to find a way to keep it from leaning while it dries, depending on the type of holder you have.
You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.
With a pair of wire cutters cut the bobby pin on the middle of the second curve up then cut it on the bottom at the same spot. Try not to bend it too much.
This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting. You can easily slip a paper in the top part.
Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip.
Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown.
Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.
If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.
Cut out your quotes from our free download packet.
We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder.
They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.
We created these personalized gift tags and they were a HUGE hit. We got a bunch of photos printed at the local 1 hour place and then sat down with a tag punch and punched away. If you have a large family, you can make it even more fun by using baby and child photos of adults. People LOVE looking at the tags and trying to figure out who is who. It makes an already special holiday even more so. All you need is a large tag punch. Making the tags is as much fun as finding them on the presents Christmas morning and even kids can do it. This means you don’t write names on the presents. Just attach the photo tag. Follow the simple directions below and you’ll be on your way to a very unique Christmas morning and it just might be the start of a new tradition for your family. If you’d like some other tradition ideas take a peek at our kit for Christmas Eve Traditions. It’s FULL of specific ideas themes and printables! And if you’d like an incredibly unique way to package smaller items and use your personalized gift tag, check out our Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas using Soda Bottles.
Personalized Gift Tag Supplies
NOTE ON PUNCHES: You want one that is large enough to get a photo or head into. We used a Recollections brand purchased at Hobby Lobby. Below are two that we found on Amazon that should work great.
NOTE ON PICTURES:
You can also print photos out on your home printer if you don’t mind using the ink. Black and white photos also work great for tags. If using a store for printing, use a place like Walgreen’s that always has specials. You can get 4 x 6 photos for pennies each on a regular basis. If you have time to order online, places like Shutterfly usually has going specials and does great work.
- Lots of 4×6 photos
- Large tag punch (see a couple of choices below that we found on Amazon)
- Small 1/8″ hole punch for string (For small tags) or you can just tape them on!
All you need is a stack of photos and a tag punch.
You’ll want a test photo to see how it punches. You can also use a 4×6 index card or piece of paper.
Center your photo and make sure it’s pushed evenly all the way back against your punch. Punch the tag with firm even pressure.
You can now see where it punched the hole.
I can now lay my template over a normal picture and see where it will punch if I put my picture in the exact center.
You will have many photos that you will have to trim to insert. It’s difficult to be exact with most punches. Just do the best you can!
If you choose to tie your tags on with ribbons, you will need to punch a hole in them. For smaller tags use a smaller hole punch.
Punch the holes.Add string or ribbon.
We did the entire family one year using old and new photos.
If you need a last minute table centerpiece, holiday gift or even something simple that the older kids can make, these candy cane Christmas candle sticks are perfect! All the supplies can be purchased at the dollar store which is yet another bonus. They are beautiful and you can, of course, decorate them any way you like. These are a perfect match for our other poinsettia decor items. I’m talking about our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats, our matching Poinsettia Christmas Placecards and of course our gorgeous Poinsettia Lights. There’s no shortage of poinsettia crafts here, for sure! But the best thing about making these candy cane Christmas candles? You get to eat the left overs!
Christmas Candles Supplies
- Candy Canes, Pack of 12, Singly Wrapped (KEEP WRAPPED) 4.5″ measured tip to curve. If candy canes have a measurement on the box it is from tip to tip not tip to curve. FYI.
- 10″ White Taper Candles, Wrapped (KEEP WRAPPED)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Silver Ribbon 1.5″ wide
- Sheet of Red & Green Cardstock
- 1/2″ Gold Jingle Bells, one per candle
- Detail Scissors for cutting out poinsettia pattern
Poinsettia Flower Download
IMPORTANT: Candy canes break easily. HANDLE THE FINAL WITH CARE. Once you have placed them on the glue, you can only adjust them for just a second or two. So be quick! The trick is to get your candle to stand straight. If it does not, in the end you can glue a little something under one side to make it even, such as a sliver of wood, then paint it to match so it won’t show.
Gather your supplies!Make sure to keep the wrappers on your candy canes and your candles. This is because of the obvious reason. The glue will not hold to wax. Also the candy canes will melt. Choose candy canes that are not broken. It helps to have extras.
Lay down a 3 to 4 inch heavy strip of hot glue on the candle base.
Quickly stand up the candle and press the first candy cane on it to make it stand as straight as possible.
Add your next row of glue.
Quickly stand up your candle and press on your cane. Because these are taper candles the candy canes will touch at the top but will have small gaps at the bottom. Again, the goal is to get your candle to stand straight.
This shows the bottom of my candle after all the candy canes were glued on.
You can see the gap at the bottom because of the taper. This is fine.
Cut out your poinsettia pattern.
Cut the leaves out of green and red cardstock.
These are ready to glue together.
Glue your poinsettia together.
Add a bell.
Glue your ribbon around the candy cane base.
Add a large dob of glue to the front and add your poinsettia flower.
If your candy canes have uneven spots where the plastic sticks up you can clip them off.
The finished Christmas candles. Please handle carefully!
Four dollar store Santa hats and some felt that’s all you need to make this darling two sided Santa pillow. It does require a small amount of straight sewing. But I use hot glue for the rest. Feel free to sew it all if you like! You end up with the cutest reversible pillow you’ve ever seen. It only takes minutes to whip one up and they make great neighbor gifts! We even made a special tag poem to print out should you decide to use them that way. If you’re looking for more creative ideas like this make sure you check out our Christmas Caps for Visitors and 2 No Prep Last Minute Gifts from Your Pantry.
Santa Pillow Supplies
- Four Santa Hats per pillow (We got ours from the Dollar Store)
- Sewing machine You can get these SO cheap now. I’m not much of a sewer, only using sewing machines for minor crafting projects. But they sure comes in handy for things like this!
- Felt, black and yellow
- Seam Ripper
- Hot Glue
- Stuffing of some sort
- Tag Download below (for a gift)
Gift Tag Download
Gather your basic supplies.
Remove the bottom white bands from your Santa hats.
Hat with white band removed.
Open up one seam on the caps.
Remove the top pom poms.
You should now have two sets of each of these as shown. You will be trimming all four pieces as shown.Cutting off the area as shown above on all pieces so you can sew them into square shapes.
Both sets after cutting of the points.
Take each set and sew a seam along where you just cut.
You now have two square piece, the front and back of your pillow.
Take one of your white brim pieces and iron it out as needed. Fold over the edge that was ripped away and hem it so that it matches the other side that is already hemmed.
Lay out where you will place the white strip across your pillow. I chose to glue mine onto the pillow rather than sew it. Trim the excess off on the ends. Take three of the pom poms that are left over and glue or sew them onto the center of your white band.
For the other side of your pillow you will be making a Santa belt. Measure and cut your black felt.
Using our free pattern cut a belt buckle out of yellow felt.
Glue the belt together.
Mark the center of your pillow.
Glue or sew your belt into your pillow.
This shows the front and back of your pillow.
Place your pillow pieces right side together and sew the edges.
Make sure to leave a few inches for stuffing.
I used a wooden spoon to help poke out the corner. Trim the extra fabric off inside on the corner to help them pop out more.
Stuff your pillow with whatever stuffing you like and sew or glue up the seam.
Completed belt side.
Completed Pom Pom side.
Add our wonderful poem for a gift.
Bring a little magic into your home with this snowy mason jar craft made with good old fashioned Epsom salt! Even children help make them and use the salt to mimic snow. It’s very safe. Add a real or battery operated candle in your jar when it’s finished and set them in your windows or on your fireplace mantle. Or give them to neighbors as a holiday gift. They are inexpensive, unique and they’ll love them! You can see some of ours on our Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Decoration mantle post along with other gorgeous ideas like our Twigs n Twine Wooden Reindeer. For cheap, awesome ideas we’re the place to go!
Snow Mason Jar Craft Supplies
NOTE ON SALT: The salt can come in different forms. Some is more crystallized and icy looking, other types is more flaky like we used. All of it is safe as it can even be eaten. It will fall off your jar a bit. you can use a clear acrylic sealer if desired to help prevent this.
- Mason Jars, Any Size
- Epsom Salt, 1/4 cup per jar
- Mod Podge
- Red Pom Poms
- Brown String
- Candle, real or Battery Operated on Timer
- Clear Sealer (OPTIONAL to help seal on salt)
- Holly Pattern Below
Holly & Poem Gift Tags Download
Gather your supplies. This shows a quart size mason jar but I ended up using a pint size.
Epsom salt comes in different textures. This is how mine looked. Place it in a cup ready to sprinkle.
I placed my jar over a paper plate for quick cleanup afterwards.
Working quickly, brush Mod Podge down the sides of your jar. You want an even, slightly heavy coat.
Make sure to bring it down around the curved part of your jar. Notice there are some extra heavy areas. I smoothed those out.
I had my Epsom salt ready in a cup and sprinkled it over my jar while turning it. A little goes a long way.
Dump the extra back in for another day, another jar.
Cut out your leaf pattern and trace your holly leaves.
Cut where shown and glue them together to make a curved effect.
Wrap your twine around the jar and tie, gluing two holly leaves underneath it.
Glue on three small red pom poms for berries.
Choose your tag of choice if your giving your jar as a gift. Print and cut it out.
Attach some ribbon.
Add it to your jar.
Add in a real candle or battery operated candle and display!
I’ve never liked putting holes in my doors and I was also never a fan of those metal or plastic over the door wreath hangers either. When I learned how to hang them with ribbon, I’ve never looked back. Then I took it a step further and created by own little system involving large thumbtacks and tiny corks for storage. I feel so organized now! My door remains hole free and I can match my hanger if I want so it blends right in. We have a tutorial for the Peace Wreath below which I think works for any time of year, depending on how you tweak it. We also have a Burlap Wreath made from an embroidery hoop which I think is quite clever so check that out!
How to Hang a Wreath Supplies
- 1″ wide to 2″ wide ribbon to match your wreath and/or door. 1 1/2 yards will most any wreath.
- Thumbtacks Extra Large are really nice for this purpose
- Small .25″ corks size #000 (for storing your thumbtacks in your ribbon)
I used some wide burlap to hang one of my Christmas wreaths with. Using ribbon, the sky is the limit.
Glue your tack to your ribbon which attached onto your wreath.
When storing your wreath, push a tiny cork into the push pin.
Keeps it safe and keeps fingers from getting poked.
This is how we store our Peace Wreath.
For this Spring wreath I used a 1″ piece of white ribbon which blends right into our door.
It took about 1 1/4″ yards.
Reach up and push one pin into the ends of your ribbon to secure it above the frame. That’s it!
In case you need an extra example this is one using our burlap hanger.
Depending on your color choice of ribbon it can blend in very well.
If you’re always on the lookout for unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas, we’ve got some that will blow you away! Whether it’s for a small gift for a family member or a next door neighbor treat, the packaging will put a smile on the face of the receiver as much as the contents. They are made from plastic soda bottles and are as cute as can be. We have three versions, a clear square and a small petal flap and a tall mixture of both. We’ve also got some fun ways to fancy them up. If you’d like one more awesome way to use a soda bottle for gift giving, check out our other Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas! FYI we put our Quick Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe in one of ours!
Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Supplies
- Soda Bottles with Straight Sides – 1 or 2 liters depending on size needed
- X-acto Knife
- Dry Erase Marker
- Ribbon / Washi Tape Etc. as desired
- Cardstock Paper For Holly and Berries
- Black Paint (for Santa pants)
- Bone Folder (I LOVE this for making creases on my bottles but you can use the end of a butter knife too.)
- Black Ribbon and Gold or yellow paper or felt for Santa belt
- Free Pattern Below
We have three styles! You can just start on down the list or click on of the links to jump to the one you want.
Style 1: Tall Mixed Style Container
We used a typical 2 Liter bottle for this one. Many of these have lines around them near the bottom or top. We use those as a base line for measuring, depending on how tall we want our container to be. Mark your container circle into four equal parts. Then mark it where you will be folding it at.
Fold straight down to your marked area on each “corner” area.
Once you fold one side you can easily fold the other straight across from it.
When you are finished you will have a perfect square on the top. The bottom of the container is the bottom of the bottle.
Cut each corner down to where you marked it. This will be how “high” the container will be. My bottle is still too high so I’ll end of trimming the petal flaps even more.
Keep in mind that the points where you cut are VERY SHARP. They will poke and draw blood. You’ll be fixing those in a minute. But be careful in the meantime.
Fold the flaps over to the inside and crease the edges sharply using a bone folder tool or the handle of a metal butter knife to press them down.
You will now pop the flaps back out and trim them down, curving the edges. The flaps will most likely be too long. Keep trimming them evenly until they fall halfway to the middle of the container. They can barely overlap each other or almost touch. Make a nice curved shape on the edges so they won’t poke anyone.
This shows a completed curved edge.
You can overlap the flaps one at a time to close them. They should stay closed on their own.
You can also punch a hole in two of the flaps for tying them together.
The container can be held together this way also.
I used ours for a 3 ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe you can get here. This is a perfect holiday neighbor gift.
To make it even more special, I happened upon these ornament cards from Shutterfly and fell in love with them. They are 50% off and typically stay that way during the holidays. There are many choices and you get to customize both sides and even add a photo if desired, which I did. Attach one to your gift and it doubles as a card/tag for neighbors and friends. (I love it when companies make me look good for a low cost.)
Hey, who’s that good looking dude I’m with? This is the back side of the Shutterfly card /tag. Their online system lets you design it up very easily. You can add all kinds of text in a huge variety of styles. (FYI, the tag I used is called “Merry Chalkboard Berries”. Again, it’s one of their Ornament Cards. Brilliant idea.
Style 2: Small Petal Box
I used a tall slim 32oz bottle for this one though any size will work. (Walmart has a wonderful slim tall 33oz size in their own brand that I use for quite a few crafts for 88 cents each.) Mark the bottle as high as you want it and cut around. In this case I cut off quite a bit as I wanted a fairly short gift container. The flaps themselves will only be 1.5″ or so long. The rest will be the height you wish the bottle to be.
For the petals you need six flaps, so measure around and divide the bottle into six even sections and mark accordingly. (Finally… that math you took in school comes in handy!) In all honesty it does NOT have to be exactly even. I eyeballed it to tell you the truth.
Remember, because we are making a short bottle we used the line that was already at the base of the bottle as our guide line to cut down to. Had that not been there we would have measured and marked around it with a dry erase marker. If you wanted the container taller you would just need to measure up from that line and cut higher.
Cut down to your base line. Also remember that those edges are sharp until you curve them! The petals will need to fold over about half way into the middle of the bottle. Trim them if they are too long.
Bend over each of the six flaps to the inside and press firmly with a bone folder, as you see me using, or a butter knife handle to get a nice clean edge.
Pull the flaps back out and trim around the sharp pointed edges making rounded petal shapes. You can draw on with a dry erase marker first if you’d like a pattern to follow. Remember, dry erase marker wipes right off when you’re done!
After your petals are trimmed and creased you can fold them one at a time, overlapping each, and they will close over the top.
This is the finished container.
It can hold not only treats but small gifts.
Since we made this at Christmas time, the more we looked at this one the more we thought it resembled the bottom of Santa’s pants. So we added a black ribbon belt. We toyed with the idea of a big red pom pom or a white bow. The bow won out.
We painted black on the four bumps to signify the boot parts and added a paper buckle.
Style 3: Square Box
This next container was made from another tall 32 oz bottle though you’d never know it! Measure and cut off both ends of your bottle making it the size you want. Then measure around making four even marks using a dry erase marker and crease each one as shown on above bottles. Make sure to get a nice sharp crease. I love using my bone folder for that but anything hard will work.
This shows two of the the nice creases. Now you’ve got a complete square.
For the bottom flaps you need to measure up on each corner. For my small container I measured up about 1.5″ then cut.
Fold them over like the top part and crease. Again, remember the points are very sharp. Overlap them to close and seal. The bottom could actually be glued if desired to keep it together. Round the very tips of the pointy parts for safety.
Curve the four top flaps either on just the edges or you can also make petal shapes if desired.
Overlap them to close the top.
We added a bit of gold Washi tape around the middle.
Two small holes were punched in two of the flaps to tie on a matching gold ribbon and bell.
You won’t believe how gorgeous your mantle can be with these homemade Christmas decorations! Some of them cost pennies to make and we’ve got a free elegant quote you can download to add into the mix. Our mantle is made of things we created through past posts with a couple new items tossed in. We’ll link to each item below. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your handmade decorations, created with love, staring back at you from a beloved spot in your living room. Many will be handed down and become keepsakes. Keep that in mind as you create them.
Homemade Christmas Decorations Used
How To’s can be found for the following items:
New Items Added
These items were added and most literally took minutes to make!
I found two old frames, an 11×14 and an 8×10, and painted them bright red. For one I glued on two ribbons and attached two gold ornaments. For the other I printed out the quotation we designed below and framed it.
Snowy Mason Jars (Full Post Tutorial Coming December 13th!)
I’d seen these done online and wanted to add a couple to my mantle. They were so easy. All you do is paint on a coat of Mod Podge them and sprinkle on some Epson Salt! I glued on brown string and cut some leaves off of some old artificial greenery I had and added that. Then I added in two battery operated tea lights.
Grabbed a few sticks from the back yard and painted them gold!
Most people know how to make snowflakes from paper . There is a site where you can get patterns for these very beautiful ones. I purchased the entire CD but they have some free ones on this page. You will need some nice detail paper scissors for cutting these snowflakes.
8×10 Printable Quote
Download and print the pdf. Place your 8×10 frame glass centered over the paper text. Trace around it and cut out the quote. Insert it in your frame.
A blank slate!
With the lights off. This is our little chalkboard countdown.
Our Christmas spider post has a lovely little printable poem that comes with it.
These little wooden reindeer cost virtually nothing to make!
Make sure to grab this free printable quote on this post!
Let your visitors join in the holiday festivities by donning a Christmas cap that you keep conveniently hanging next to the front door! Choose one of four sayings or a poem that is sure to make them smile. You can get the hats at any Dollar store and the hanger whips together in no time very inexpensively. We created two different versions. For more fun and creative DIY Christmas decor ideas, check out our Whimsical Burlap Tree using 6 Hangers and our Poinsettia Twinkle Lights!
Christmas Caps Supplies
NOTE: We used some gold scrapbook letters for one of our plaques.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Santa Hats (Can be purchased at any dollar store or you can buy these felt one’s on Amazon for less than $1.00 each!)
- Regular Clothespins
- Red Pom Poms
- Green Cardstock or Construction paper
- Spray adhesive
- Quote download below
- Glue or Mod Podge for Quote
Quote & Poem Printables
Gather your supplies. You can use whatever color ribbon you like. You just need a nice 2.5″ to 3″ wide ribbon for the base ribbon .
We put bows on one set of clothespins.
Then glue bells on the bows.
Paint your clothespins and hot glue them onto your ribbon.
Glue your decor onto the clothespins. Paint your plaques. We used gold for one and white for the other.
Cut out the poem or quote you choose.
Cut out paper holly if you are using that.
For the holly, add red pompoms.
Glue your poem or quote onto your plaque. We use spray adhesive.
Clip on our hats and hang your plaque where it can be easily seen!
This rustic little tree is made with six plastic hangers, some twinkle lights and burlap. It’s a great little, easy upcycle project and would make a perfect tree for a small family or an extra tree for another room in the home. Set it in a window and light it up for a beautiful eye catcher as people drive by. Make some of our rustic Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer to go with it or adorn it with Christmas Spiders. Now that would be unique!
Burlap Christmas Tree Supplies
NOTE ON BURLAP: Use tight weave burlap. We bought a roll of 12″ at Walmart that had silver threads running through it. It was 10′ long. We cut it into two 6″ strips and it just did one tree. However, we did not overlap ours very much going up. In retrospect I would have put them a little closer, which means I would have needed a bit more. You can also use thinner strips but you will also have to use more burlap to cover the tree that way.
- 6 Plastic White Hangers
- Glue Gun
- Burlap, tight weave. For 6″ strips you will need at least 20′. For 5″ strips you will need more etc.
- White Chenille Stems or Twistie ties
- 50-60 String LED Lights You can also use This Type Easily! I would have preferred the second type but used what I had on hand. You want LED lights that last a long time and don’t get hot.
- 1″ Jingle Bells
- Star Pattern Below
3D Star Pattern Download
You are going to take two hangers and lay them as shown on top of each other. I’m using a blue and white one so you can see how they lay out easier.
Cut some chenille stems for tying your hangers together.
Tie them in the spots shown.
Two on each side and one on the top.
Make three sets like this. These form the three sides of your tree.
You will not attach the side together using more chenille stems plus the ones already attached.
The side ones can be twisted together if you left them long enough.
If the side pieces are too small you can just add more chenille stems.
You will now attach the top parts together using new chenille stems as shown.
Attach the three together, twisting the chenille stems tightly.
This is how it will stand up once it’s secured.
Taking a 3rd piece of chenille stem, tie the entire thing together.
Tie it together at the bottom also.
Here is your tree base!
Get your burlap ready. We used a 12″ by 10′ piece.
We folded it in half and cut it so each piece is 6″ wide.
Cut a few more pieces of chenille stems for attaching your lights to your frame.
Weave your lights in and out around your frame. You would also put them into the center but I was concerned they would not be bright enough to show through.
Attach your lights where needed to keep them from slipping. You can also hot glue your chenille stems in place to help.
Keep weaving your lights around, in and out and down.
As I tried to push a big wad of the lights through my frame it broke one of my hangers. I tied it back together with a chenille stem and held it with hot glue.
Keep in mind all of the lights that stick out will be pushed to the inside as you cover your frame with burlap.
Make the frame more sturdy by gluing the sides together in places as shown.
I ironed my 6″ piece in half for a nice sharp edge then cut up in 1″ slits about 1″ from the top. ONLY CUT ONE LAYER.
This shows how I only cut one layer. This assures that the frame does not show through.
Begin gluing your burlap around your frame. You will cut each side piece separate and wrap it around for gluing.
Make sure each side is glued well.
Overlap each piece as you go around so none of the frame shows through.
Push the lights into the back if they stick out too much.
After you have done one row move onto the next, overlapping.
Keep going around as before, overlapping the sides. As you can see, I didn’t cut enough on one row and the frame showed through. See the next photo for the fix.
I cut a single strip to cover the open spot.
As you get closer to the top you will need smaller strips. Near the very top one strip will cover three sides and possibly all four.
Usually, one last piece will wrap around the top completely.
You will have to curve it in a way that it makes the point. Make sure you aim the back of it towards the actual back of your tree.
You can now glue on your bells. Do this while the tree is on its side as the glue will run. Also, metal is a heat conductor so use something to help hold the bells as they will be hot from the hot glue as you hold them!
Paper Star Instructions
Attach a chenille stem to your star.
Insert it down into your tree top.
Brighten up your holiday with these beautiful poinsettia lights made using twinkle lights, red and green tissue paper and some floral tape. They are just gorgeous and add a touch of magic to where you place them.
Poinsettia Lights Supplies
NOTES: LED Lights are COOL TO THE TOUCH and VERY SAFE. Also, we found some red and green glittery tissue paper at Walmart in the party section.
LED White Twinkle Lights w/green String (Get a GOOD brand that lasts. The ones linked to are not glass and will work great.)
Red & Green Tissue Paper (We used 12 sheets each of 20″ x 20″ (33 sq. feet for each color) and it was just enough to make 50 flowers. Possibly a few more.
Awl or something with a point to poke a hole in the tissue flowers with
Free Poinsettia Pattern
Video Of Poinsettia Assembly
NOTE ON STORAGE: Tissue paper is very delicate so DO NOT STORE WHERE DAMP. Store them carefully in a box with lots of room.
This is all you need!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at time. FYI don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around. Start cutting out!
I stapled my tissue paper together to help hold it as I was cutting more than one poinsettia leaf at a time. FYI, don’t cut too many as they tend to slide around.
For each flower you will need three red and two green leaves.
Your finished Poinsettia!
Get all your items ready in an assembly line.
Layer the flowers as shown, making sure to keep them centered.
Using an awl or something sharp and pointy, poke a hole into the very center of your leaves. Wiggle the awl to make the hole a little larger.
The hole made using the awl.
Carefully push your light through the hole all the way down to the base. This will require a small amount of tearing. Just don’t tear it too much!
The underneath side of your flower.
Fold all your leaves over like a sandwich.
Try to fold them in the other direction, then scrunch them together.
Take a few inches of floral tape and start wrapping the base, squeezing it tightly as you go.
Keep wrapping as you move down.
The tape is very waxy and holds perfectly. If it tears just add more.
Carefully pull out the petals a bit.
Your finished Poinsettia!
What’s more festive at Christmas than a wreath and what fits the meaning of Christmas more than a Christmas peace wreath complete with a peace on earth quote? All you need is some inexpensive garland, some burlap, hot glue and foam board. You could even use cardboard for the wreath base instead of foam board. We also show you the best way ever to hang wreaths that doesn’t use a wreath hanger and doesn’t put a nail hole in your door! While you’re here, check out our Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer and our Poinsettia Christmas Placemats!
Christmas Peace Wreath Supplies
NOTES: Cardboard can be used in place of foam board.
- Foam Board 20″ x 30″
- X-acto Knife
- Scotch Tape for pattern
- 24 feet green garland This is all Amazon currently had in stock. We purchased a 50 foot batch at Walmart for $8. You can try the Dollar store too.
- Burlap 12 plus 2 feet burlap, 2″ to 4″ wide. We used a glittery type similar to this one.
- Brown Twine
- Hot Glue Gun
- Large Thumb Tacks (I use the large for hanging all my wreaths though regular tacks can work but are less strong. They are an awesome, no-nail way to hang a wreath!)
- Tiny Cork I buy a package and use the tiny ones for my wreath storage purposes. They are perfect as you will see below!
- Small gold or copper Christmas balls – Check out the Dollar Store for these.
- Small wood plaque 3.5″x 5″ These sizes were the best fit, however we supplied quotes for a variety of sizes.
- Gold Paint
- Mod Podge
- Printable quote below
- Printable pattern below
Downloads Pattern & Plaque
Peace Pattern (pdf)
You will need two pieces of 12 foot garland and one piece of 12 foot burlap. They will be braided so you will need to hold them together on one end. I used a binder clip tied to a chair to help out.
Because you will be dealing with extra long amounts of items, you can wind them up if needed while you are braiding them. It is, however, very helpful to have one or two other people help you.
Because our burlap was so wide we opted for a different type of braid. I’m not sure what it is called but we took a video of it below so you can see how we did it. You can use whatever type of braid you like, just make sure to not make it super tight.
Here is a video showing how we “braided” ours.
Next you will print out your peace sign wreath pattern and tape it together.
After taping it together, cut it out.
Place your pattern over your foam board or cardboard and trace it.
Using an X-acto knife cut out your pattern. You are welcome to paint your cardboard or foam board to make it match better. The goal, however, will be to make sure that your braid covers the peace sign entirely so that none of it shows through.
You will start to hot glue your braid onto the foam board, again, making sure it covers the peace sign completely.
Glue the ends under.
Make sure to use enough glue to hold the braid down.
Once you have completed the circle you will carefully cut off your braid and tack the end with glue. You will use the remaining parts to make the peace sign feet, gluing them on as you did the circle.
To make the plaque, print out the quote and cut it out.
Paint your plaque gold.
Glue on your quote and Mod Podge over the entire plaque.
Add on the brown twine.
Add on any decor you like.
To hang your wreath, add a strip of burlap glued firmly to the top, barely enough to reach over the top of the door.
We used plastic balls and clipped off the part that stuck out so they could be glued onto our burlap.
Our plaque was glued on.
Two balls were glued on above the plaque.
A line of hot glue was placed along the top edge of the burlap to keep it from unraveling.
A large thumbtack was placed on the top for hanging. Glue the thumbtack onto the burlap.
This shows how it will hang on the top of the door. No nail needed! Place a tiny cork on the end of the thumbtack when not in use.
Make these beautiful 3D placecards by downloading our free printable below. Print it on cardstock and add a bit of gold glitter and you have a sparkly addition to your Christmas table. It’s a perfect match to our Poinsettia Placemats or Centerpiece! Also, even though you’re working with a tiny bit of glitter here, make sure to check out our How to Organize & Use Glitter post for tips on working with glitter easily and with less mess!
Christmas Placecards Supplies
NOTE: Everything linked to below is exactly what I use. Ü
These elegant poinsettia Christmas placemats can also be used as centerpieces or even wall hangings! All you need is a 12″ piece of square felt and some fake poinsettias and a hot glue gun. They are easy to make and would be great as a gift. In fact, you could hang one on your front door! These are exactly the same as our Quick Leafy Autumn Placemats we made for Thanksgiving using leaves we got at the local Dollar, store proving yet again that decor doesn’t have to be expensive to be classy! FYI you may notice that little white reindeer in the photo from a previous post. Learn how to make those simple Twig & Twine Wooden Reindeer here!
Christmas Placemats Supplies
NOTES: I used a 12″ x 18″ piece of red felt and made a 12″ circle for the base.
- Artificial Poinsettia (One 12″ circle took two large bunches from Walmart @$3.00 a bunch with some left over. Check the dollar stores or sales at craft stores! You need big leaves preferably.
- Large Felt This was the best deal Amazon had but it’s a variety of colors.I I suggest purchasing a single sheet locally if you can unless you need to stock up.
- Glue Gun
Grab our free printable poinsettia placecards to match your new placemats!
Gather your supplies.
Trace the size of circle you want. My deviled egg plate was the perfect size!
Cut out your circle.
Pull the leaves and flowers off the stems.
Clip the stems off the leaves. There were no wires so normal scissors worked on mine.
Do the same with the red portion.
Because these leaves are so large you will need to put a broad strip of glue at the base to hold them down.
Begin gluing on the green leaves around the edge of your felt piece overlapping as shown.
If you find that some are lifting up just add a little glue to tack them down more.
You can choose to do as many green and red rows as you like, depending on the number of leaves you have of each. I did two rows of green and then started on the red.
Offset the leaves as you go along, continuing to overlap them.
Once I got to the center it took five small leaves to finish it off.
We used ours as a centerpiece along with our Twine & Twig Wooden Deer.
The back looks nice and clean.
These festive little wooden reindeer are a mixture of modern and rustic style and only require some tiny branches off your tree. Add twine and a bell and they’re complete! The best part is you can make them any size. And I mean any size. We made small 5″ ones but you could even make them from logs if you were so inclined! If you enjoy doing this, you might also like our unique little stand up Christmas Countdown from Wood Slices.
Wooden Reindeer Supplies
NOTES ON GLUE: For the tiny reindeer, I used hot glue in the essence of time. This is actually not a good idea if your branches have bark on them as mine did because the sticks will pull the bark off easily. Either use sticks without bark or use larger branches and drill holes to place your sticks into for a firm hold. For larger reindeer I’d suggest a drill and wood glue.
- Small Branches
- Carpentry Hand Saw OR Table Saw We have this table saw. It’s fairly inexpensive as far as saws go.
- Hot Glue Gun (Read notes as this does not hold well)
- Wood glue for larger reindeer
- Drill (for long term holding)
- White paint
- Gold paint
- Brown Twine
Our reference sheet can be helpful when cutting your wood if your making a small reindeer. It’s in pdf format.
Grab some branches. Or do like I did and call your dad up and have him cut you a few.
Decide on the length of the deer parts. We’ve included a basic sheet of sizes but you can adjust as desired.
If you are gluing, make sure to cut certain parts that go against the body at an angle.
I just cut up a bunch of pieces to pick from.
If some have rough edges, rub them on a piece of sandpaper.
Glue on your pieces. Remember, I learned that these don’t stick well with bark on the branches. Best to drill holes in that case.
You can see why we angled the leg pieces a bit.
Now to add on the little tail.
To make the antlers attach better I did drill a hole in the head piece which had the bark removed.
Make sure the antler pieces fit in and then remove them for painting. If you drill your legs in the same manner they will hold firmly.
Paint the antler pieces gold.
Paint your deer white. Paint the tips of his feet and tail gold.
Grab some twine and bells.
Put his antlers in and tie the twine around his neck and glue on a bell.
We made these beautiful autumn placemats from a large sized piece of felt and some fall leaves we had previously purchased at the dollar store. I say we because this was my daughters inspiration and my implementation.. We were both amazed at how gorgeous it turned out. It can be used alone or for a Thanksgiving dinner or fall event. They are so inexpensive guests could even take them home and use them as doilies. If you’d like another fun idea using these same leaves, check out our Gratitude Jar which is a lovely decor item plus a perfect Thanksgiving activity. And if you do happen to use this for Thanksgiving, grab our free Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels.
Autumn Placemats Supplies
NOTES: I used a 12″ x 18″ piece of thin stiff felt I already had and made a 12″ circle for the base. It took approximately 55 2″ to 3″ leaves to cover it.
- Fall Leaves
- Large Felt This was the best deal Amazon had but it’s a variety of colors.I I suggest purchasing locally if you can.
- Glue Gun
Free Leaf Placecards
This is all you need for your leafy placemat. I had a mixture of leaf types from different packages and it ended up looking great!
I wanted to use as much of the felt sheet as I could so I tested several large plates and as it turned out my deviled egg platter was exactly 12″ wide and perfect. I turned it upside down and traced my circle on.
Cut out your circle.
Starting on the outside, use a small dot of glue at the center base of each leaf and glue them on, overlapping just enough so none of the felt shows through.
Once you finish one circle, move to the next inner circle.
You don’t want the leaves to lay completely flat so remember to just use one dot of glue.
Continue as before, overlapping each leaf just enough to make sure the felt does not show through.
You will eventually work your way to the center at which point you will only needed one to three leaves to cover it. NOTE: If you find there any spots where the felt does indeed show through, just cut a leaf down and glue a piece of it behind the other leaves and over the spot just enough to cover it. I had to do that on three spots. Works perfectly!
This is the finished placemat! It could also be used as a doily.
It’s nicely finished on the back also. A set of these would make a lovely gift. FYI, both plates and the pumpkin also came from the Dollar store!
I’ve tried many recipe holders in my kitchen, the most recent was attaching a clip to my cupboard. The problem is I move around a lot while cooking. I decided what I needed was a portable recipe holder. I also needed one that would hold not only cards but also sheets of paper of various sizes. Well, I found one that does the job and does it with style and it’s got to be one of the cutest upcycles ever! All you need is a small brass candle stick holder that you can find at almost any thrift store. (You might recall that we made a Classy Jewelry Stand from one of the larger ones earlier this year.)
This recipe holder is lightweight and you can easily move it around, and when it’s not being used it looks darling sitting on our counter. Not to mention, talk about a wonderful unique gift! We also have some free matching recipe cards you can print out to go with it.
Recipe Holder Supplies
- Brass Candle Holder Amazon has the larger type which would still work fine as you can use the base to hold a mixing spoon.
- Large Kabob Stick (To fit inside the straw to give it stability. A very small dowel would also work. )
- Red Paper Straw
- Small Clothespin. We used a 2″ size.
- White Oven Bake Clay (Bakes 15 min. per 1/4″ thickness) I use both Sculpty and Fimo. Both bake up super quick. For one recipe holder you need a small square that comes in a set of colors. Or you can purchase just white.
- Shades of Brown Paint for base (or the cone) Markers can also be used over the base, lighter brown for cross hatching to resemble a cone.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Rice (Painted to make sprinkles!) We used markers to color them.
- Clear gloss spray to give it a nice shine.
This is what we started out with! You can find this at many thrift stores. I paid 50 cents for this one.
Gather up a few supplies.
Roll out your clay to make your ice cream.
Shape the clay as shown, twirling it around.
Keep swirling your ice cream around.
Make it fit onto your candle holder.
If the straw is strong enough, use it to push a hole into the clay at the angle it will be placed in your ice cream. It needs to go all the way through. You can also use a dowel that is the same size as your straw to make the hole. Now take your ice cream top and bake it in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes for each 1/4″ of thickness. We baked ours for about an hour.
While your clay is baking you can paint your base to resemble a cone and dish. The top portion was painted a lighter brown.
We took some permanent markers and used plastic gloves to help color the rice. We could just roll the rice around between our fingers. If you use water color markers, you won’t need the gloves. Color a few grains of rice whatever colors you wish for your sprinkles.
Glue your rice on however you want.
Add lines to the top part of your cone and paint the bottom of your “dish” white. Glue your ice cream to your candle holder.
Glue a 2″ clothes pin to the top. Make sure to put a coat of gloss over everything.
Being thankful can be difficult when life gets in the way and the daily grind gets us down. Even teens and kids get stressed out with school and chores. Our Gratitude Tokens can help! Well, we have two printable versions that work for adults, teens and kids alike to help everyone remember the wonderful things in their life on those days when they forget. You can make either a “Let Gratitude Grow Flower” or a “Here Comes the Sun”. Print them, fill out the answer on the back and put them on a string, key chain, or ribbon. Then get your token to remind you just how lucky you are when you need it most! If you’d like more gratitude ideas check our very popular Encourage Thankfulness with Gratitude Stones and our A Thankful Heart, A 30 Day Gratitude Challenge, also with awesome printables!
Being Thankful Reminder Token Supplies
- Printables Below
- Small hole punch I prefer a 1/8″ size for string. A regular size will work but the hole may need to be punched a bit further up into the petal or raindrop.
- String or Chain or Key Ring that snaps open
- White Cardstock This is what I keep in stock at home. Its 110 lb very bright so its heavy. You can buy smaller packs that are not quite as heavy though I do like heavier weight cardstock for this type for project.
Free Token Printables
The packet also comes with a page each of blanks in case you want to come up with your own questions.
NOTE: There are 30 questions, one for each day of the month, should you decide to make it a month long activity. It can also be done for an evening activity. younger children can be helped. You can use all or just some of the questions. Write the short answer to each of the statements on the back of each petal or raindrop. Then when you or others are having a bad day you pull out the gratitude token to remind yourself how wonderful your life truly is.
Cut out the petals or raindrops.
Punch holes where shown.
If you have an awl it can help you line up smaller holes for putting string into.
Write the answers to the questions on the back of each petal or drop.
Whenever you are having a bad day bring our your cards and look through them.