Not your typical mason jar light, these wondrous woodland silhouettes will bring a whimsical touch of nature into your home. Get your free download of our own patterns below. (In both pdf and Silhouette Cutter format!) These will work on pint size or quart jars. The lovely paper rose that you see can be made using our simple tutorial 5 Minute Beautiful Paper Flowers. We also found a better way to tint those jars! So make sure you view How to Paint Mason Jars Easily with Less Mess.
- 1 quart and 1 pint mason jar
- X-acto Knife
- Regular white paper to print the graphics on
- Battery Operated Tea Light
- Printable patterns below
- Spray adhesive
Gather the few supplies you’ll need.
Painting the jars. What we did and suggest NOT doing. For the jars shown we placed some Mod Podge into a bowl and added a squirt or two of white paint. We then brushed it onto the sides of the inside of the jar. The result was not nearly as nice as we wanted. Though it looks great lit up in the dark, in the light it looks messy. So we tested another method that we suggest using instead.
A better method to paint your jars.
Because we were unhappy with our original jar painting, we did some testing. Then we created a post on how to paint mason jars which you can check out before moving on to the rest of your project.
You can cut out the graphics in minutes using an X-acto knife.
They’re now ready to place in your jars.
In order to hold the images inside the jar used a light spritz of spray adhesive.
Carefully put the image inside the jar, pressing it into place.
We placed a small amount of moss in the bottom of the jar and set our battery operated tea light on top of it.
Batteries for these lights are very cheap. The ones I use and linked to under supplies are on a timer.
For the top of the lid we used a 5 Minute Paper Flower.
Glue your twine around the edge of the lid.
We added an extra little flourish tied on with some twine.
You can decorate your own Mason jar lights however you wish!
A whiteboard calendar can be a wonderful asset for a business or family scheduling. I had purchased a wipe off calendar but it looked pretty plain hanging on my office wall so Roy grabbed some wood strips and made me a quick rough frame that I nailed on around the calendar. Then I added four inexpensive plastic wall clocks from Walmart and set one to each time zone. You could also create an extended family time zone wall as we did in the past and set each clocks time to where each family member lives.
We’ve got free printables you can use to make your own plaques and also Silhouette versions if you happen to own that machine. We also have a free mini time zone chart to keep handy. I keep mine near my desk along with my Daylight Saving Time Reminder that you can print.
Wall Time Zone & Whiteboard Calendar Supplies
NOTE: You can purchase a variety of styles of calendars. They come by year or month and some allow you to write in your own numbers. Some use dry erase markers and some use wet erase. For my needs I chose a full year wall calendar. It is wet erase. I link to it below.
- Wall Calendar (I purchased this exact one for 2016. It’s a wet erase type of board and I purchased these markers to use with it.
- Plastic wall clocks I purchased mine at Walmart for $4 each.
- Wood Strips for frame and time zone plaques. We used 1.5″ pieces cut to fit the calendar. 8″ pieces were cut for the time zone plaques.
- Tiny nails to hold frame on the wall.
- Command Strips tape if desired to hold the time zone plaques on.
- Time zone labels, free download below
Download Labels & Free Time Zone Chart
Silhouette File Labels Only (zip)
The scheduling calendar right out of the box.
Roy made a simple rough wood frame for it by measuring 1.5″ slats and cutting them to fit the border of the calendar.
The slats were held together with a bracing strip on the front right and left of each side.
The frame was painted black.
We hung the frame over the calendar, holding it on with 4 tiny nails.
Four plastic clocks were used for the time zones. Using the same wood as for the frame, we cut 1.5″x8″ wood strips for the labels.
I used my Silhouette cutter to cut the labels out of vinyl and placed them onto the slats. There is also a free pdf you can cut and Mod Podge on.
Command Strips were used to hold the time zone plaques in place.
I’d always wanted to learn how to etch glass but assumed it was difficult, taking all kinds of funky chemicals and a lot of time. Silly me. 5 minutes. That’s how long it took me. After my first one I proceeded to search the house looking for things I could etch designs onto. It’s a bit addicting.
It does require etching cream and sticky type stencils. A small bottle of the etching cream lasts a long time. If you have a cutting machine, such as Silhouette, you can make your own stencils, which is what I did. (Hint: Grab your etching cream at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon.) FYI You can grab the free sketching images below. There is a pdf version and a Silhouette cutter version.
One fun use for etching is to decorate up your own personal glass water bottles. You can also learn Why Glass Water Bottles are Better!
Supplies for Etching Glass
- Etching Cream (A small bottles lasts a long time.)
- Sticky Stencils (or use a cutting machine to make your own such as a Silhouette)
- Paint brush
- Glass stuff to etch on
Silhouette studio3 File (zipped)
The stencil is adhesive vinyl I cut myself on my Silhouette machine. You can purchase all types of designs.
Carefully adhere your stencil /label to your object.
Apply the etching cream over the open parts. You don’t want it too thin. Be very careful not to get the cream on your skin. Wash your brush with water when done.
You can let it sit from 2 to 3 minutes according to the directions, though the time can vary. I did 5 minutes. After that time rinse off the cream.
Rub the remaining cream off with a sponge.
Remove the stencil and give it a final cleaning. NOTE: You won’t be able to see the etching well until the glass is dry. That’s it!
Kids and adults alike love Lego and our family is no different. I wanted a portable DIY Lego table for my newly updated living room and I wanted it to match. I went through my garage and found an old wooden TV tray. It was perfect! I painted it to match my living room and even added some gold stickers and leg tips. It’s chic and fun!
DIY Lego Table Supplies
- Wood TV tray (you can find these at thrift stores)
- Paints of choice. We used white acrylic indoor paint and Rust-Oleum Gold spray paint
- Lego mat (We used a 15″x15″.)
- Fine tooth saw or utility knife (We had a saw and used that but I’ve seen people cut the mats with a heavy duty utility knife.)
- Sand paper (optional)
- Stencils or labels (optional)
If you’d like to use the “CREATE” text you can download it as either a pdf or Silhouette file. It is sized to fit a standard tv tray.
Silhouette File (zipped)
This was the old TV stand I started with.
Most of the top will be covered so sanding is optional depending on the shape its in.
It took about four coats of paint. I hand painted mine but spray painting would work great also and be much quicker.
Because my tray had rounded edges I wanted my Lego mat to match so we traced the corners.
My TV tray measured 19″ x 15 1/4″. The Lego mat was 15″ square so we had to cut one row off of one side for a nice fit. Then we cut the rounded edges. I’ve seen people cut these mats with a strong utility knife also. Just be very careful if you choose to do it that way. After we sawed the corners I took a light sandpaper to them to smooth them out.
I could have ordered two mats to cover the entire top of my tray but I liked the idea of having text on one side. I chose the word “create”. As I had a Silhouette cutting machine, I cut my letters out of vinyl and then spray painted them metallic gold before applying. You could also print out the letters, cut them out and then Mod Podge them onto your tray.
I used hot glue to attach my mat on all edges. Any glue would work.
I wanted gold tipped legs so we taped them up for painting.
We added plastic bags to keep the paint from spraying onto the rest of the tray.
I toyed with the idea of adding a handle on the edge but as the tray is so light I decided against it. My tray stands against the wall in my living room ready for use.
Get your family organized with a Star Wars Family Command Center! We made ours from an old magnetic dry erase board we had lying around. (We put chalkboard contact paper on half of it.) There’s a variety of ways you can create yours and we’ve got a printable quote plus printable Star Wars planets you can make magnets from.
We’ll also show you how to quickly turn a plastic chalk holder into a lightsaber! Add a small family photo for each person, a catch all box and some hooks and you’ve got a spot everyone can keep track of what’s going on in the family. (P.S. For those who have a Silhouette cutting machine we have those files for download in addition to the pdfs.)
Want more Star Wars ideas? Check out our Star Wars craft page!
Supplies for Family Command Center
These are what we used for our center. Other options are easily available!
- Large dry erase type board. (You could use an old frame and turn it into a full chalkboard using the same concept and ideas.)
- Chalkboard Contact Paper
- Chalk holder (Many choices for these, some of which already look a bit like a lightsaber!)
- Silver Spray Paint
- 1″ Wood Rounds (for magnets)
- Magnets for back of wood.
- Cup hooks (for keys)
- Small cheap frames, one per family member.
- Mod Podge (for planet magnets)
- Box to use for container. (We used a long shipping box.)
- Downloadable planets and quote below.
We’ve got two versions for you. The first is a PDF. The quote is only the size that a normal sheet of paper will allow. The second is for those who have a Silhouette cutting machine which allows you to cut out longer quotes on vinyl.
Silhouette files (zipped)
Family Command Center Instructions
You can make a Star Wars Family Command Center in a variety of ways. Hopefully ours will inspire you!
THE CATCH ALL BOX
You could use a variety of boxes, even a cereal box, for a holder on your family command center. I had a long mailing box that was the perfect size so I used that. Just cut off the top, cover it something or paint it, then glue it on your board.
PLANET MAGNETS (if your board is magnetic)
We grabbed some small flat frames at our local Dollar store. They didn’t need to be painted as they were already the right color… bonus! You could also attach plain photos to your board with no frames!
If you use chalkboard contact paper, or even paint on your center you can get these nifty little chalk holders. We had one that we spray painted and quickly made into a lightsaber using Sharpie markers!
This shows all the parts to our Star Wars Family Command Center. We used things we already had so use our ideas as a jumping off point for your own center!
The chalk holder and Star Wars magnets you can make using our free printables.
This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there’s not much you can’t make look new again if you try! I’ve had this set of clothes hampers for about 8 years and I love them. I got them on Amazon and paid about $18 each back then. At this point in time they were still very functional but a bit wore out so when I did my Budget Bedroom Makeover. I knew I’d need to replace them with something nicer that matched.
I headed to Amazon again but the only type I could find that were this size and black were these. At $27 bucks a pop (and I needed four of them) it seemed like a poor choice for a “budget” makeover. That’s when I began to wonder if I could give the ones I have a face lift. I got with Roy and he said he could put a small wood brace on the inside to make them sturdier. After he did that I decided to test one and see if it would hold paint well and it did! Below are the simple steps I used for my clothes hamper redo. Grab our free files below if you’d like to use the same lettering. We have it as a PDF and in Silhouette version!
I had everything but the paint.
- Quart of black paint $8.50
- 12 thin wood strips for each one
- two sets nuts and bolts for each one
- White rope
TOTAL COST: $8.50
Download the same text shown. There is a pdf version and a silhouette file version.
I chose a gloss paint. It took three coats.
I was wondering what I would use for new handles when I saw a bunch of leftover rope we had purchased a week before to use for something else. It was perfect! I braided it and had new handles in no time.
I tend to label my containers in some way, as you can see from my photo from 2008. For these I decided to use my Silhouette cutter. I wanted the labels silver and I didn’t have silver paper. So I took a sheet of white cardstock and lightly spray painted it silver. Then I cut out my text using my machine and used spray glue to attach it.
I found this old photo of my hampers from 2008.
Do you need some cheap bedroom wall ideas? We’ve got a few things to get your creative juices flowing! This is part of our Budget Bedroom Makeover Series and we show you that lovely decor does not have to be expensive! As I used many things I had already the total cost for my four wall hangings was under $10.
Supplies Used for Bedroom Wall Ideas
Note: Part of the info below is very general in order to spark your own ideas. It shows how I used what I had to create wall hangings very inexpensively. Please take these ideas and adapt them to whatever works for you!
- Wood (We glued slats together for ours but any regular piece of raw wood slightly sanded will work. Use whatever size you wish. I’ll give the sizes of ours below.)
- Paints (for bird art)
- Silhouette cutting machine (we used this for our quote and have silhouette files you can download below. You could also paint on a quote.)
- Paper for cone wreath, colors of choice
- Foam board or cardboard for backing
- Round mirror for cone wreath aprox 6″
- Hot glue gun
FOAM BOARD GLUE DESIGN
- Tacky Glue
- Foam board
- X-acto type knife (for letter version)
- Fine sandpaper (for letter version)
- Frame for the picture version
- Silver spray paint (or any metallic color)
My Final Cost
I already had the wood lying around.
- Black and grey paper: $5.00
- Mirror for center of cone wreath: $1.00
- Foam board $1.00
- Tacky Glue: $4.50
TOTAL COST: $11.50
We have high quality pdf versions of the quote for those who can’t do the same type we did. This can be printed and cut to fit an 8×10. If it was framed using a mat it would make a wonderful wall hanging.
If you do have a Silhouette cutting machine you can download the those files below. These fit our own wood sign but you can adjust them as needed.
I love quotes and I had saved this one knowing I wanted to use it in my bedroom when I got around to redoing it as it fits Roy and I perfectly. Our life has indeed been an adventure! We made our sign using wood slats that Roy cut and glued together. However, a solid piece of raw wood would look nice too. Cut it to whatever size you wish, lightly sand it if desired, stain it and place an applicable quote on it. You can find ready to stick quotes that you can purchase at craft stores and other places.
I created one of these and made Roy and my initials with the provable plus sign meaning love. It turned out OK but was not the quality I really wanted for the bedroom. It would be great for a kids room or a more casual setting. I decided to use the same method and make a wall hanging which fit the room better.
Trace letters onto foam board and cut out with an X-acto type knife. You can lightly sand the edges with sandpaper to help smooth them out. Trace on designs. As I’m no artist I drew some very basic teardrop shapes all over it. Using glue carefully trace the designs. Allow to dry overnight. Spray paint with metallic paint. GLUE: I used regular white glue for the letters. It flattened out a bit more than I liked. Tacky glue works much better.
The letters turned out OK but were not quite what I wanted in the room. I decided to use the same method and create a framed piece of art. I had an old frame that I used to cut my foam board to fit. I spray painted it black to match the room. On my foam board I made very simple designs then I used Tacky Glue, which held its shape much better, to outline them. After it dried I spray painted the board with metallic paint and placed it in the frame.
The instructions for making cone wreaths are all over the web. I’ll just show you the basics here. I needed a large focal point above my bed and always loved the look of these so I created one. For the center I used a round mirror which I purchased at the dollar store. The video shows the very basics of how to roll the cones.
I had one wall left that needed something on it. As I was looking for ideas I saw a lot of birds on a wire artwork. I especially liked the “love birds” art which was very applicable to the room. I wanted a wide piece of art to fit the space but we didn’t have wood that was wide enough. Rather than purchase some Roy made three smaller plaques and painted on those. He did a light white wash coat on the boards and then roughed up the paint in spots with sandpaper. He lightly sketched on a branch and then the birds. As the design is so simple anyone could make this. Then he painted them solid black but dabbed on some dark green leaves. Then of course he signed up.
Make this classy Lord of the Rings art wood rack with some simple tools and supplies (and of course our free pattern.) You do NOT have to be an artist to do it! Its easy and would make a wonderful gift! Use it for necklaces, belts, scarves, or any other lightweight items you can hang. We’ve got a regular pdf version of the artwork plus a Silhouette file version for those who have that machine. One thing’s for certain… if I can make it, anyone can make it!
Supplies for Lord of the Rings Art Wood Rack
- 1″x6″ piece of wood. *cut to 18″ long)
- One 1/4″ round dowel cut into seven 2″ sections.
- Wood glue
- 7 wood plug buttons approx. 3/8″ (optional)
- Saw to cut wood (a hand saw works great!)
- Sawtooth no-nail hangers (optional)
- X-acto knife (or Silhouette machine)
- Paper or cardstock for the part members. (You can use black and trace the pattern onto it or white and print the pdf as is onto it and then cut it out.)
- Drill. For 1/4″ dowel pieces we used a 1/4″ bit which made a nice snug fit.
- Mod Podge or other clear gloss.
- Our free pattern downloaded
Silhouette File Version (zip)
Notes: You can use different sizes of wood and dowels if desired, adjusting things as needed. You can also purchase your own hooks to insert it rather than use dowels.
You can either cut a larger piece of wood down or buy a typical 1×6 board and cut it to the length you need, which is what we did. The wood plugs are optional but they are inexpensive and really make it look extra nice.
Print out your background pattern. Cut it out and tape it together then trace it onto your wood however you like. You can even just press hard with a pencil and it leaves a light indent on the wood that you can use as your painting guide.
No Nail Sawtooth Hangers
I added these after the hanger was completed. These are my favorite type of hangers. They just hammer right into the wood.
There are three ways you can cut out the Lord of the Rings art and us it. 1. You can print it out onto white paper or cardstock on high quality. Then you have to take an X-acto knife and carefully cut around it. (Yes, this will take a while and some patience.) Carefully tape it together. 2. You can print it out on normal paper then lay it over black paper or cardstock and carefully cut it out using the top piece as a pattern. Again, tape it together carefully. 3. For those of you who own a Silhouette cutting machine you can use the files for that and the machine does all the work for you.
Use your paints of choice and paint the areas as shown. No artistic skill required!
Don’t forget the edges!
Glue your party graphic onto the wood using Mod Podge or another method, making sure to align it carefully.
Top it with your choice of gloss or semi gloss coating.
You will now drill the holes to place your 2″ peg hooks into. We used a 1/4″ drill bit. You want your pegs to fit into the hole snug. We choose 7 hooks and drilled the holes as follows: 1/2″ up from the bottom of the board. We started 1 1/2″ in from each end. Each hole was 2 1/2″ apart. Please measure your own board to make sure this spacing works for you.
Getting Peg Hooks Ready
You can do this two ways. After cutting your dowels 2″ long you can glue your wood button ends onto them before inserting them. We did this by taping them upright to a board and then gluing the buttons on and letting them dry. We then inserted them into the board and painted them. In retrospect we suggest you insert the wood dowels into the board and then glue on the wood buttons and let them dry and then paint them as its simpler.
Place a small amount of wood glue on the ends of your dowels before placing them into the holes. You may need to use a hammer to tap them into place.
Wipe off any glue overflow.
After they dry, paint the pegs.
Make sure to give them a coat of gloss after the paint dries.
Completed Lord of the Rings Art Rack! Attach a hanger on the back and hang it up.
Here’s a fun way to cool off. You may recall we showed you how to create some pretty hand fans using clothespins. For this modern version you can download and print our Free Emoji Fan graphics and glue them onto an old CD or DVD then attach a tongue depressor! Kids and adults alike would enjoy these. Keep a bundle in a container for handing out. Give them as party favors. Hand them out at outdoor events. No matter how you use them they’re sure to put a smile on faces!
- Downloaded, printed and cut out emoji faces below
- CDs or DVDs
- Tongue Depressors
- Glue (I used spray glue to attach the faces to the CDs and hot glue to attach the tongue depressors)
- Paint if desired for tongue depressors.
Free Emoji Download Printables
Have a Silhouette Cutter? Grab files for that below!
Print out your patterns and cut them carefully. Glue the emojis on to CDs. Paint your tongue depressors if desired and glue them onto your CD putting them at least 1/3rd the way into the CD so they are sturdy. You can cut two of each image and glue one to the back of your fan too so it’s two sided. Only use one CD however as using two will make it too heavy.
This little note can gift set uses an empty soup can. I used a smooth edge can opener to remove the lid so there are no sharp edges. The clothespins are dyed yellow with Rit Dye and the birds and label are provided as a free download. Then toss in a pen and some note paper. I added a string to attach on the wall for hanging notes or photos. You could also attach sticky magnet sheets on the back of your clothespins or glue a regular magnet for using the clothespins on the fridge. I cut my birds out using my Silhouette Cutter but they are easily done by hand using scissors. I’ve included both types below as a free download.
Birds on a Wire Note Set Supplies
- 1 soup can
- aprox 6 clothespins dyed
- Scrapbook paper to cover can
- Downloaded, printed and cut birds and label.
- Notepad and pen or pencil
- String if desired
- Magnets for back of clothespins if desired.
Pdf Printable of Birds and Label
Silhouette Version of Files
Cover your can with desired paper. Print and cutout birds and label on cardstock. Glue to clothespins and can. Fill can with notepad, pencil or pen and string if desired. You can also glue magnets onto the back of the clothespins for holding notes onto the fridge.
Your lamps can hold surprise messages when they’re turned on! It’s just a matter of tacking a paper message behind your shade. This can be done using an X-acto knife, dark paper and a little patience, or if you’re lucky enough to have a Silhouette cutting machine, you can use that. I have FREE downloads for BOTH versions.
NOTE: This generally only works well on thin shades as thicker one’s will not allow the message to shine through. Make sure your lamp has a wide berth between the bulb and the shade so there’s no fire hazard.
How To Decorate a Lampshade (Cutting By Hand)
- Downloaded pdf patterns.
- White paper, cardstock preferably
- X-acto Knife
- Spray adhesive
- Print your words of choice on paper or cardstock. (Cardstock holds up better.)
- Lay your paper on a safe cutting surface and using an X-acto knife carefully cut around the edges and openings.
- Lightly spray the FRONT of your words with spray adhesive.
- Press the words inside the lamp shade.
How To (Using Silhouette)
- Downloaded Silhouette patterns.
- Black or dark paper, cardstock preferably
- Spray adhesive
- Open up the file of choice in your Silhouette software.
- Choose the messages you want and move the others off the page.
- The Silhouette patterns will allow you to make the patterns bigger or smaller if needed.
- Cut out your words using your Silhouette.
- Lightly spray the FRONT of your words with spray adhesive.
- Press the words inside the lamp shade.
Silhouette Files Download
“Once Upon a Time” Graphic
This is separate as it was created by another site.
You can grab their PDF download here.
Download Silhouette Version
As I was out of black cardstock I used a darker blue which worked.
Spray is used to tack the messages to the shade.
Spray a light coat on the front of the text.
Tack the words into place inside your shade.
I love globes and I’ve seen some of the awesome makeovers people have done with old ones. So I hit eBay looking for one I could purchase and re-do. Ends up even used ones in poor shape were pretty pricey. But I kept checking and eventually found one that I was able to snag fairly reasonably. My plan was to do a full makeover, painting over the globe and adding letters. However, when I received it I realized the globe itself, though old, was in really good shape. I couldn’t bring myself to paint over it. So my major makeover turned into a minor one. But I’m very happy with the result and changes I made while maintaining the integrity of the actual globe itself.
If you’re a skilled painter (I’m not) you could paint on the words. You could also print and cut them out of regular paper and glue them on. I used my Silhouette Portrait to print the letters on self-sticking vinyl. I LOVE that little machine! I’ve included the Silhouette file I used for those who own that machine plus a plain text version of my letters for those who want to cut out the letters by hand.
- An old globe. 12″ is the standard size. (Diameter of the ball.)
- Letters cut out of vinyl or paper. These need to be fairly thin so they will lay on the curved surface and not buckle.
- Mod Podge (I didn’t use this but it would be a good finish over an old globe.
- Spray Paint
- Sand paper if needed for rust.
- Stick glue or spray adhesive for letters you cut out.
You can of course use any word you wish on your globe. However, if you’d like to use the same one that I did you can download the text for the word “Explore” below as a pdf that you can cut out. For those who might have a Silhouette machine there is also a file for that! My text fits a 12″ globe.
“Explore” Text (pdf)
“Explore” Silhouette Format (zip file)
The first thing I did was to take apart the globe. The top disc had the north, south, east and west direction markers listed on it but it was too rusted to restore so I painted over it. Though the globe was a bit yellowed it was in wonderful shape with no tears on the surface. This is why I decided to clean it up and keep it as is.
The metal base was rusted in places. I sanded some of the rougher spots with a sanding sponge then cleaned it up. There was also a dent in the base which I hammered out. It wasn’t perfect but because of the location it wouldn’t show anyway. I then painted all the metal parts. I suggest using Rust-Oleum or something similar. l chose a color that was pulled from some of the contents on the map.
I wiped off the globe with a damp paper towel. I thought about coating it first in Mod Podge to help protect it but with it being yellowed I wanted the option to try and figure out how to brighten it up later. Because I was using removable vinyl I could do this. I cut out my word of choice “Explore” on my silhouette printer on some vinyl that matched my color choice. If you’ve cut out your letters by hand you would glue them on at this point. Stick glue or spray adhesive would work great for this.
Before and After
Here’s a fun way to show people that you love them. It’s perfect for kids and adults alike as they look for sneaky places to leave the notes! It’s an inexpensive Love Note Kit you can whip up in no time. Everything you need just might be lying around the house already.
You can easily make a bunch to give out as gifts. You can also do a group activity where everyone in the family makes a kit and they have to give away all their notes in a week.
Print and cut out the patterns and add some ribbon, Washi tape, glitter or paint and you’re good to go! Download the FREE pdf below and for those of you who might have a Silhouette machine we’ve made a zip file of all the patterns in that format also!
- Free downloadable files.
- Clothespins, any size.
- Cardstock, white and/or colored.
- Bone folder (or a butter knife for creasing)
- Hot Glue
- Regular glue
- Hole punch for tag.
- Glitter, Washi tape, Ribbon, String, etc.
Printable Box & Notes (pdf)
To Make the Box
To Make the Clothespins
This is a fun little way to give someone a special treat whether it be as a “thank you” for something or “just because”. They’re perfect for holidays like Valentines day! All you need is some CD envelopes and our free printable labels. The envelops are the perfect size for large cookies. The printable labels below come with a variety of sayings, including some for Valentines Day, and also blank ones for your own messages. There is a pdf and for those who happen to own a Silhouette cutting machine, there’s a download for you too!
- CD Envelopes (they also come in colors or black!)
- Downloadable Labels Below
- Ribbon or your own stickers if desired.
Two pages of labels to print and use. (pdf)
Silhouette files of labels (zipped).
Insert your large cookie into the envelope. Print out the labels and glue or tape the one’s you choose onto the front. You can also tie a ribbon around the envelope and attach the tag.
Are you a fan of mistletoe and the “activity” it inspires? Well here’s a little tutorial that shows you how to make a pocket version you can keep on hand to pull out at any given moment! Great for giving as gifts too. We’ve included a pattern and even printable cards for you to put your mistletoe on along with instructions. (FYI there’s also a Silhouette version for those with the machine!)
The mistletoe is made with inexpensive foam craft sheets you can get at any store with a craft section. So get busy making these so you can grab those kisses!
- Green Craft Foam
- White Craft Foam
- Downloadable Pattern and Printables Below
- Glue for berries.
- Thin red ribbon.
- Hole Punch (for berries)
- Glue gun or other glue.
Silhouette File Zipped
Cut out the pattern and trace onto foam.
With a hole punch punch out the “berries”. Punch three for each mistletoe and glue on.
Print out the downloadable cards of choice onto cardstock. You can use colored cardstock or white. I chose to color in my holly leaves with a pencil.
Glue a small red bow onto the mistletoe. Take a tiny dab of hot glue to affix the mistletoe to the card.
Looking for some unique Christmas party ideas? Make these beautiful holiday goblets and wine glasses from plasticware you can get at almost any grocery or department store. (We purchased ours from the dollar store.) There are a myriad of ways you can decorate them. We used stuff we had on hand! The North Pole signs are a free download below in both pdf and Silhouette cutter versions.
- Plastic Goblets and Wine Glasses
- Spray Paint
- Snow Texture
- Gold Thread
- Mod Podge
- Furry trim
North Pole Sign Printable
Silhouette Version Zipped
Christmas Party Ideas Holiday Goblet Instructions
NOTE: If using these for drinking you won’t want to put anything right on the lip of the glass, though they do make beautiful decorations!
This cute little pixel heart necklace is incredibly easy to make. All you need is some cardstock, glue and our free pattern. A little tracing, a little cutting, a little gluing and your done! We’ve provided a pdf version of the pattern and a Silhouette file for those who have that machine. For another great idea check out our Easy DIY Necklace for Someone You Love. It has the cutest free printable!
Pixel Heart Necklace Supplies
- Cardstock (color of choice)
- Craft knife for manual cutting (or Silhouette)
- Chain or string for necklace.
- Clear glue.
- Mod Podge for coating if desired.
PDF download of pixel hearts pattern. Print and cut.
For Manual Cutting: The pixel heart necklace pdf has several of each size heart but you only need to cut out ONE of the size of your choice to use for a pattern. Trace the one you cut out onto the cardstock several times and cut carefully with the knife, including cutting out the hole. I used 5 hearts for mine and it was a great thickness. You can add more or less if desired.
Silhouette Cutter: If you own a Silhouette download the appropriate file and remove the sizes you do not want in your Silhouette software and cut out the rest.
Spread a thin layer of glue between each heart until it is as thick as desired. Let it dry. Coat with Mod Podge if desired for a sheen finish. Insert string or chain.
Kids love playing in the dirt. (As do some adults!) In fact there’s a good bit of science that states dirt is good for us. Here is a pretend kids garden set you can put together for next to nothing. I made one for our daughter little girl Alyssa Mae (seen on the photos). There’s a downloadable pdf with the full instructions below including plant labels plus a Silhouette file. For more ideas kids can also do check out our Unique Planters from Soda Bottles.
Suggested Supplies for Kids Garden Kit
- Small squirt bottle. You can find the small ones in the hair care section of stores. It needs to be the smaller size for children to easily use.
- A few almond in shells for pretend seeds. Good for tiny fingers and easy to dig back up and reuse.
- Heavy Ziploc bag or any container to hold seeds . Use the printable label to stick on whatever holds your seeds.
- Large metal spoon for digging. You can of course get child sized spades etc. if desired.
- Artificial flowers. Get the type that have longer sturdy stems so they stick in the ground easily and stand up. A bouquet type will work if they have longer stems. You just have to cut the flowers off at the base with a wire cutter.
- Plastic bugs. Dollar stores usually have these. Fun addition!
- Small flower pots. You can use small plastic posts or the small Jiffy Pots shown.
- Tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks or regular small sticks for gluing flower signs on. I even used wood clothes pins to clip onto the pots.
- Printed labels from this kit for flower stakes and seed bag. Print the flower tags on white cardstock if possible.
- Hot glue, spray glue or some way to affix labels to sticks and plastic bag. Hot glue works best for affixing the flower names to the sticks.
- Box to use as a tote. You can also find cheap plastic totes at the stores. You want something a child can easily carry.
- Empty TP rolls and or cups to glue inside to hold items.
- Dirt They need a spot with some soft clean dirt they can dig in. You can also buy small bags of potting soil.
Pdf download of above instructions plus printable seed label and flower stake tags.
For the kids garden tote we took a cardboard box and cut it up.
I wanted a way to keep it organized so the pieces were not tossed in. I found some empty toilet paper rolls and a cup. I glued the empty rolls to the sides and put a little glue on the bottom of the cup to hold it in place. These hold flowers, labels on sticks, digging spoon and plastic bugs.
The flower labels were printed on cardstock and cut out. After you cut them out you need some type of stick to attach them to so they can put those in the ground. Popsicle sticks, tongue depressors or ever regular straight small sticks will work.
Hot glue the labels on the sticks. The labels can also be glued onto clothespins so they can be attached to the sides of pots.
Empty toilet paper rolls work great to keep the flowers organized.
Here’s the completed kids garden kit. They’ll especially love the big “seeds” they can plant and easily find again.