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Bow Holder

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BOW HOLDER 

I took a simple frame and spray painted it black.

Then I hot glued two different colored pink ribbons on the inner back edge of the frame and it looks like this:

I’ll either sell this one or give it to my niece considering I don’t have a daughter of my own to use it for.

I also made another Earring holder…This one is purple and is just too stinking cute:

Both of these projects cost under $1 to make. I had the black frame from a long time ago and just re-purposed it while the purple frame I bought at a garage sale and painted it with some purple spray paint. The jewelry, wire mesh, and ribbon were materials I already had on hand.

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Graduation Gifts For Girls

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Just like my Previous Earring Holder gift idea that you can check out here this is an earring holder I am making for my cousin for her High School Graduation! I am trying to twist hooks into the bottom of the frame but so far I’ve only been able to get one in…Does anyone have any tips on how to make it easier to get these hooks in? I painted the wooden frames a fuchsia color and hot glued the costume jewelry onto the front. It gives it a very classy posh look…I want to keep it it is so cute… but I don’t have enough earrings for it! I will post pictures of the finished products since I have one more to fix for my niece. This is really easy and cheap to make too… I bought the frame at a garage sale for $0.50, the jewelry and mesh screen came from my grandmother’s house so it was free…the most expensive part of this project was the can of spray paint..which was about $4 at walmart!

Finished Product:

Here is the other Earring Holder I am making for my niece for her graduation gift:

It is the same color as the one above but I just took the picture with a different camera…

Finished Product:

I’m so happy as to how these turned out! I would love to keep them for myself!

Nook Sleeve

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I am a big fan of books, so the thought of buying a Nook or Kindle was something I never wanted to do. However, being a college student, it is easier to get a Nook or Kindle to have the textbooks on because books take up a lot of space and can get a little heavy. Even though I am an English Major there are still plenty books that I am assigned to read but will probably never read again. So I broke down and bought a Nook in August for school. However, this is my last semester…yay graduation is just around the corner…and I don’t even need the Nook this final semester because all the books I needed I already owned which is great because I enjoy all the books on the list this time. So I gave my Nook to my seven year old son who loves books just as much as I do. So since he is only 7 and he likes to take his electronics like his iPod touch and now the Nook everywhere he goes I told him I would make him a sleeve/padded case to carry it in. I did my best to follow the tutorial for The Cottage Home’s Laptop sleeve here and this is the end result: 

Teacher Gifts

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Each year we always like to make something different and creative for our kids’ teachers. This year thanks to Pinterest and many different blogs that I came across, I found this adorable Crayon Monogram Art. This is a super cute Teacher gift or something to use as art in your child’s room. Print out your background with the teacher’s name, and create a monogram out of crayons, breaking them to get the right widths. Glue crayons on, pop in the frame, and you’re ready to go back to school! You can also substitute other school supplies such as colored pencils or regular #2 pencils.

First you’ll need a piece of cardstock, a template for your letter of choice, 2-3 boxes of crayons (depending on your letter and the size), a shadow box, hot glue gun, adhesive for the cardstock, a cutting board and a knife. Oh, have an old towel on hand, too.

I used my son’s writing tablet as the background for the crayons. 

Before you start, go ahead and stick your crayons in the freezer. I know this sounds crazy but I fully intend on trying this the next time because I heard it helps so so much!!

Print your letter out in your favorite font. Keep in mind the size of your shadow box and make sure your letter will fit inside. A simple block/basic font is the easiest. Cut your letter out and trace it lightly on your cardstock. I even went back and erased lots of my tracing so nothing would show up in my final project.

I took my template and just eyeballed the size of the crayon pieces I would need. Cut your crayons to your desired lengths and then hot glue in place.

To cut your crayons, you’ll want to take them out of the freezer and dump them on your workspace – (I’ll be trying this next year: Run your knife under the hot water for a few moments and dry off quickly and cut your crayon.) You will only have to saw back and forth a little bit before the crayon just pops in half. You’ll get a super clean cut this way. I however,  just cut each crayon with a regular knife  on the cutting board and there were pieces everywhere.

Once you have all your crayons glued down, go ahead and trim your cardstock to match the backing to the shadow box. I applied adhesive to the edges and through the middle of the backing and placed my finished cardstock on top. I wanted to write the teachers name but you could print it if you wanted on your cardstock first.

Next time I’m going to hopefully find a larger frame so I can make the letters look a lot better and less jumbled!

From Santa

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One of the hardest parts of the Christmas Season is finding cute identifiable gift tags from Santa. You want them to look different then the gift tags on the rest of your gifts. I found these cute little guys through Pinterest.  North Pole Gift Tags. Thanks to Brooklyn Limestone my Santa Gift Tags just got even better!

 

Fabric Flower Pom Pom Headband

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I have ONE niece and a GAZILLION nephews…so when I discovered how to make these adorable headbands…my glue gun and needle and thread came out! I couldn’t resist myself and made a bunch of these adorable headbands. I found the Pom Pom Headband Tutorial here on the Little Miss Momma Blog. Here are some of the headbands that I made…I think they turned out pretty good. I Can’t Wait for my Little Annie to open her gift with all her new headbands!

This one is a Kelly Green Pom Pom Headband that I made her for when she comes to my Nephew’s basketball games. His School Colors are Green and White!!

Pale Yellow Pom Pom Headband.

What Little Girl doesn’t need a Pink Pom Pom Flower Headband?!

I Love the way this one turned out! It is a Navy Blue Pom Pom Flower!

Hot Pink…Because you just can’t have enough pink headbands!

 

Stocking Stuffers…

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WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER?

HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH!!!!

It is soooo easy to make and way better than the stuff bought at a store!

This recipe makes the best, most squishiest, longest lasting playdough you have ever played with!

You can make your kids’ favorite colors and put them in cute little containers to throw in their stockings at Christmas!!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 CUP FLOUR

1 CUP WATER

1/4 CUP SALT

2 tsp. CREAM OF TARTER

1 Tbsp. VEGETABLE OIL

FOOD COLORING OF YOUR CHOICE ( use as many drops to reach your desired color)

Just dump all the ingredients into your pot and give them a good stir.  Enlist some small help if possible – they will think you are magic.

Put your pot on the stove and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms into a ball.

As soon as it joins into one big glob, take it off the heat and dump it onto your counter or some wax paper.  Wait for it to cool, then knead it a few times until it is nice and soft.  This is where you have to use a little self control to let the kids have a turn too.:)

This would make a perfect gift for any kid – not just for Christmas, I’m thinking birthdays, party favors, gifts for the classroom kids, cousins, neighbors, anyone!

You can use these printables to decorate your container or choose from many others from ishare.