DIY Christmas Ornaments from Paper

diy christmas ornaments

Decorating your home around Christmas can get expensive. In fact, the average American spends $61 on holiday Decor. If you think about it, you buy a tree, tinsel, ornaments, wreaths, wall decor and even doormats. It all adds up.

But, you don’t have to buy your festive decorations from a store. You can make your own! (C’mon, you knew I was going to say that.) Use your crafting skills and plan time with friends and family and make decorations that everyone will enjoy.

These Christmas ornaments were made from scrapbook paper. You could use any kind of paper though. Newspaper, printer paper, coloring pages. They will all be beautiful.

Follow the steps below to make your own.

paper christmas ornament supplies

Christmas ornaments supplies

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holiday scrapbook paper

Step 1: cut even strips of scrapbook paper

First, cut strips of scrapbook paper like in the image above. Make sure they are all the width so your ornaments don’t look bulky.

scrapbook paper ornaments

Step 2: choose the height of your Christmas ornament

Cut a strip of paper the hight you want your ornament to be (the middle piece above).

Then, cut two more strips that are slightly taller.

homemade christmas ornaments

Step 3: add the first ornament layers

Align the two larger pieces of paper with the top and bottom of the smaller piece. Glue them in place.

When using the hot glue, be sure to glue the sides of the paper so you can later fit the hole punch over the layers.

festive christmas paper ornaments

Step 4: Repeat the previous step

Using two slightly longer pieces of scrapbook paper, align the top and bottom again, and glue in place.

handmade christmas ornaments

Step 5: punch a hole in the top of the ornament

Create a hole with your hole punch.

hang christmas ornaments

Step 6: Add a hanger

String a piece of twine through the hole you just made and tie it to create a hanger for your ornament.

hanging christmas ornaments

You can also make a string of ornaments by punching a hole in the top and bottom of each ornament and stringing them together.

That’s it! Easy Christmas decorations on a budget! I’d love to get your thoughts. Leave them in the comments. 🙂

You might also like to try making this ornament with your old Christmas cards.

DIY Wooden Ring Box

diy ring box

How many women (or men) do you know that wear rings? Most women I know have a few and just throw them into a dish, so a ring box is a great option for holiday gift-giving!

Homemade gifts are the best ones, especially for Christmas. People have told me that their DIYs often look cheap so they don’t want to give them as presents for the holidays. This often happens if you choose something that’s difficult to make or you don’t have much experience crafting, so I’m here to help you gift one that is easy to make and will look great!

To make this ring box, set aside about an hour. Grab the supplies and follow the steps below.

Ring box supplies

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Note: I bought my scrapbook paper years ago, so I was unable to find the same design. However, I linked to another scrapbook set on Amazon that is comparable. I also could not find the exact box I bought (several months ago) but you could use any wooden box.

scrapbook paper cutouts

Step 1: measure your box edges

The first thing you want to do is measure the edges of your box so you can cut the scrapbook paper.

I measure the bottom sides, both inside and out.

wooden ring box craft

Step 2: paint the box

Cover the box in acrylic paint.

Let it dry.

gift homemade ring box

Step 3: adhere the scrapbook paper

Brush on a small amount of Mod Podge to one of the sides of the box. Lay the scrapbook paper over it and press firmly.

Continue around the outside and inside of the box.

Let it dry.

Step 4: seal the scrapbook paper

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the scrapbook paper you glued on in the previous step. This will seal it in place to prevent lifting edges.

Let it dry.

felt roll

Step 5: roll the felt to hold the rings

Measure the inside of the box, then cut and roll the felt tightly. These are going to hold your rings in place once they’re beautified.

make your own ring box

Step 6: wrap the felt rolls in fabric

Cover the first felt roll halfway in fabric and hot glue it into place.

When you’re done, flip them over and glue the fabric to the bottom. This works best if you wrap it gift style.

Follow this process for the remaining felt Rolls until you’re finished.

ring holder

Step 7: place the ring holders in the box

Position the ring holders in place.

ring box diy gift idea

Add your rings and you’re done!

I’d love to get your thoughts so leave them in the comments. Happy crafting!

DIY Lemon Peppermint Room Spray

I’m sure there are weird smells in your home. I bought a house with ancient carpet that needs to be replaced ASAP, so I feel your pain. I feel like I’m constantly cleaning, even though it’s not dirty. It’s completely irrational. So, one day, I tried room spray.  🙌 🙌 🙌

That changed everything! Ever since then I’ve been on a kick of trying different kinds. Many of you know that I’m not a fan of commercial cleaners and such, so obviously I would try to find a way to make my own. Well, I’ve finally created the perfect recipe for room spray.

This one is lemon peppermint-scented because I think the combination of smells is invigorating. Mmmmm!

If you want to make your own, you’re in luck because it’s super easy. You’ll be done in less than 10 minutes.

Homemade Room Spray Supplies

Tip: if you’re buying both lemon and peppermint essential oils, go with the Doterra intro pack. It’s much cheaper.

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room spray recipe

Step 1: combine your supplies

Yep, seriously, all of them in this order:

  1. Half the bottle: distilled water
  2. Half the bottle: witch hazel
  3. 10 drops of peppermint
  4. 20 drops of lemon

Shake it up and you’re done. Start freshening up your house!

I’m going to try some more festive scents in December like orange and rosemary, or possibly cinnamon something. If you have any good ideas, please leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Apple Pie Soap

diy apple pie soap

I love the smell of apple. Real apples, apple cinnamon candles, apple crisp… whatever. It’s the perfect scent year-round.

Although, fall is the time for pumpkin spice and such, I’ve never been much of a fan. It’s an overwhelming smell.

Anway, I was experimenting with homemade soap this weekend. I’ve made a few of these in the past but wasn’t in love with any of them. Buuuuuuuut, I found a smell I really like that, for some reason, I was surprised about, apple pie!

I didn’t use any major scent boosters, just apple pie spice. Yes, the stuff you cook with! As long as you have a good base, it works well. Let’s get stared! Everything you need is in the list below.

homemade soap supplies

Homemade apple pie soap supplies

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NOTE: 2lbs of soap base makes about 8 bars of soap. I used about 0.5 lb.

melted diy soap

Step 1: melt the soap base

Cut up your base into small cubes and put it in your glass measuring cup. Then microwave it in 30-second intervals until it’s melted.

Tip: once the soap is melted, you’ll have to work quickly. It hardens faster than you think!

apple pie soap

Step 2: add the apple pie spice

Add 2 tablespoons of apple pie spice to the melted soap and stir well.

soap coloring

Step 3: add the color

Add two drops of red and 4 drops of yellow to your mixture and mix well.

Keep adding color until you get it just right! Be aware that your melted color will be a bit darker than the soap will be when it hardens.

soap molds

Step 4: pour the soap into the mold

Pour your melted soap base into the mold.

Let it harden. It usually takes an hour or two.

diy apple pie soap

Remove the soap from the mold and you’re done! Use it, gift it, use it for decoration, whatever you want!

I experimented a few times before getting the right combo, so you might also want to try that.

I’d love to get your thoughts so leave them in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

DIY Halloween Luminary

DIY halloween luminary

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I love candles. It’s actually surprising to me how many candle related crafts I’ve made, from the actual candle to holders, and now luminaries.

Fall and Halloween are known for their candle crafts. There’s something… I don’t know, mysterious, or maybe eerie, about candles during this season, so luminaries are the perfect addition to your decor.

This one is incredibly easy to make and you’ll be so happy with the result. Turn the lights off and you’ll have dancing shadows all night long.

Get the supply list below to make your own. There are links to these products if you’re unsure of where to find them.

homemade luminary supplies

Glass luminary supplies

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halloween luminary tutorial steps

Step 1: adhere the scrapbook paper to the candle holder

Adhere your scrapbook paper to the glass with Mod Podge and your brush.

I suggest fitting the scrapbook paper and making the necessary folds before you start gluing.

candle luminary

Step 2: add your candle

Choose your favorite candle, or flameless candle if you prefer, and place it inside your holder. Turn it on or light it.

glass luminary

I love the way the light dances inside and casts shadows on the nearby surfaces. It’s so pretty! I could watch it all night. Flip the lights off and enjoy it for yourself.

I’d love to get your feedback. Leave it in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Lemon Lavender Yoga Mat Cleaner

yoga mat spray with lemon and lavender

Have you ever thought about the germs on your yoga mat? I think about it too much.

For the most part, mine stays in my house with the exception of my patio and a yoga studio now and then. But your mat can absorb a lot of grossness from all of these places, not to mention your sweaty body rolling all over it.

Answer this question honestly: how often do you clean your yoga mat?

If you sighed when you read that, let me give you some motivation. A few years ago there was a lab study of 13 yoga mats from a local gym and a yoga studio and found Staph, yeast build-up (a form of fungus), fecal matter, allergens, and millions of bacteria. There’s more, but I won’t spoil it all for you if you want to read it on your own.

Just because it’s your mat and your germs, doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean it. Obviously, it’s important to clean your yoga mat after every use. I get it though, yoga mat cleaners can be expensive especially if you want something environmentally friendly and safe for your household.

How do we solve that problem? We make our own, of course! This yoga mat spray cleaner is a recipe I’ve used for years. It works well and I love it.

The essential oils I use are always DoTerra. I know… everyone has an opinion about essential oils. You can use whatever brand you want. If you want to use the ones I use, there’s a link to a starter kit in the supply list below and getting 3 oils in that kit is cheaper than buying 2 of them individually, most of the time.

lemon lavender yoga mat cleaner

Yoga Mat Cleaner Supplies

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essential oils yoga mat spray

Step 1: add the lemon and lavender essential oils

Add 4 drops of each essential oil and shake the bottle to mix them together.

Don’t worry, you can add more later if you’re not sure how much you want. Start small and work your way up!

yoga mat cleaner

Step 2: use Witch Hazel as your cleaner

Fill your spray bottle with Witch Hazel and shake to mix with the oils.

At this point, you might want to add a few more drops of essential oils, depending on your preferences. I like a stronger smell, so I added a few more drops of lemon in mine.

yoga mat spray with lemon and lavender

That’s it! Now all you have to do is grab a soft cloth and wipe down your mat. Give it a few minutes to dry before rolling it up or starting your yoga practice.

If you’re not crazy about lemon and lavender, I made a version with peppermint and lemongrass If you’re not crazy about lemon and lavender. This is also a go-to scent for me!

Have you tried making your own cleaner before? What did you think? I’d love to get your feedback. Leave it in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Fall Tin Can Lantern

Fall tin can lantern

Do you know what’s strange? I don’t love decorations. I’ve always taken a realistic/pragmatic approach to holidays and I can’t find a reason to buy festive decorations just to keep them in a closet for the majority of the year. BUT I do love crafting and upcycling. If I can do them both at the same time, then I’m all over it.

The plus side is that if I make something festive, friends know that it’s out of character for me. Sometimes, they will ask if they can have the festive thing I just made. I’m more than happy to give it to them. 🙂

I digress… this lantern was such a fun project. As mentioned in a previous blog post, I was sick a few weeks back and ate a lot of soup, so I have a number of tin cans just waiting to be upcycled!

This is an easy one because you probably have all of the supplies in your house already, except maybe the spray paint. It’s perfect for sitting outside as the sun goes down to provide some extra light and keep the bugs away. You could even make an adorable fall centerpiece out of these if you made a few.

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies listed below and keep reading!

Quick tip: if you want the avoid the hammered look, fill your can with water and put it in the freezer for a few hours before you get started. The ice will help the can keep it’s shape.

tin can fall lantern supplies

Upcycled lantern supplies

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Leaf art on tin can

Step 1: tape leaf clip art to the can

Tape your leaf printout to your tin can.

hammered tin can fall lantern

Step 2: create a leaf outline

Pick a point on your leaf and hammer the nail through that point the can.

Continue this process around the outline of the leaf.

gold spray painted upcycled tin can

Step 3: paint the can

I used white spray paint to put a base layer on the tin can.

After it dried, I added a second splotchy layer of gold to make it unique and give it some flair.

Step 4: hammer out the imperfections (optional)

Now you can hammer the inside of the can to even out the surface if you’d like.

I chose not to do this step. Fall is all about change and imperfection. Here, in lovely Pennsylvania, fall is cold and everything begins to die. But somehow, its incredibly beautiful. I wanted to capture beauty with the colors and imperfection with the hammered look.

That’s it! Throw a flameless tealight or small candle (may I recommend apple cinnamon, orange spice, or pumpkin) in there and you’ll have yourself a fancy new fall candle holder.

I’d love to get your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting! 🍁

DIY Planter from Upcycled Tin Cans

diy planter from upcycled tin cans

I have been sick for about a week now, which means I’ve been eating a lot of store-bought soup. Which also means I have a lot of tin cans.

Since I’m getting to the end of my sickness, I don’t have a lot of energy but still wanted to make a craft to lift my spirits. Creating something always makes me happy 🙂

What better to craft with than my new stockpile of cans, right? I like upcycling, why not? I’ve had a parsley and mint plant that’s needed a new home for a while, so I decided to go with planters this week.

I love this craft because most people have cans laying around and a lot of people like plants. Clearly, I’m not the blossoming flower type of girl based on my choice this week, but I do enjoy herbs. Whatever your preference, your plants can have a brand new recycled home.

diy tin can planter supplies

Recycled planter supplies

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tin cans with wooden feet

Step 1: add feet to your tin cans

Glue your wooden feet onto the bottom of the tin cans.

You can use any strong adhesive for this. I’d recommend super glue that is durable and waterproof. I love Gorilla Glue, but you can pick whatever you like.

Let it dry.

spray painted tin cans

Step 2: spray paint your tin cans

Spray your Rustoleum paint onto the cans.

In the link in the supply list above, I’ve sent you to a Pure Gold color, which I originally wanted but couldn’t find when purchasing. Instead, I got Gilded Brass which I like a lot. Your pick! Remember to choose an outdoor, or water-resistant spray paint.

Let it dry.

homemade planters from old tin cans

Step 3: repot your plants

If you’ve decided not to add holes to your tins for drainage, it’s a good idea to add the marbles people typically used in vases. It lets the water drain so your plants’ roots don’t stay too wet.

Now you can move your plants from their starter pots to their homemade planters!

Beautiful, and made with love! You can keep these for yourself or give them as a gift. Mine are going on my kitchen windowsill to soak up the sun. Maybe later I’ll make one for my office.

I’m also planning to make some hangers for them, so come back for that in a few weeks if you want to learn to make those, too!

I’d love to get your thoughts! Please leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Decorated Clothespins

decorative clothespins

The world has gotten digital (obviously) and because of that, people have stopped writing notes, letters, etc. It’s all online now. But there’s a group of people that still prefer handwritten notes, including myself.

I like to leave Post-Its on a bulletin board in case my phone fails to update me, and why not use something pretty to hold that Post-It note? Like a decorative clothespin, maybe?

I think yes. There are so many ways to decorate clothespins that it’s hard to choose a method, but I’m really loving the Washi Tape look.

Excluding drying time, spicing up my clothespins took 15 minutes or less. I love the way they look too!

decorative clothespin supplies

Washi Tape Clothespin Supplies

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Note: Be sure to choose short clothespins and not mini. The mini ones are too thin so the thumb tacks will stick out from the edges.

Step 1: choose your decorative tape

Pick the Washi Tape you’d like to decorate your clothespins with. I like to find tape that matches the room decor. I’m going to make another set of clothpins to match my office too 😀

In the supply list above, I linked to some fun decorative tape on Amazon (because they have a huge supply) but you can get it elsewhere, like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

diy decorative tape clothespins

Step 2: adhere the Washi Tape

Align the tape to fit the clothespin and cut off the excess. Scissors work fine for this. No fancy tools needed!

thumb tack clothespins

Step 3: glue on the thumb tack

Glue your thumb tack to the backside of the clothespins (the side that isn’t decorated).

Let it dry.

diy decorative clothespins on cork board

When you’re done, you’ll have beautifully decorated noteholders for your corkboard.

I’d love to get your feedback! Leave it in the comments.

DIY Paper Gift Card Envelope

diy gift card envelope

Did you know that consumers prefer physical gift cards? I always thought that was strange for our instant gratification digital age. According to the National Gift Card Annual B2B Gift Card Report, of the volume in gift card program redemptions is still in physical cards versus 25% for egift cards.

So, when you’re looking for a gift idea, remember that gift cards are always an option. What I like about gifting them is that I can customize the envelope however I want.

Depending on the person it’s going to, my envelope can be whimsical or more muted. As long as you can find the scrapbook paper to fit the person, you’re golden!

If you want to make your own, grab the supplies listed and follow the steps below!

gift card scrapbook paper template

Gift card envelope supplies

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gift card holder printable template

Step 1: print the template

Save the template above:

  • Right click
  • Choose Save Image As
  • Choose a file name
  • Open the image

Choose one of the following methods for printing

  1. print the gift card template directly onto your scrapbook paper
  2. print the gift card template onto a piece of printer paper, cut it out and trace it onto your scrapbook paper.

TIP: Don’t scale the image when you print. It’s the right size for an 8.5×11″ piece of paper.

gift card scrapbook paper template

Step 2: trace the template onto your scrapbook paper

If you printed directly onto the scrapbook paper, skip this step.

If you followed option 2 above, keep reading.

Cut out the template you printed and trace the outline onto your scrapbook paper.

Don’t forget to cut the slit in the middle. This is used to secure the flap which holds the gift card in place.

foldable gift card envelope

Step 4: glue the tabs

Fold on the dotted lines and glue the tabs to create the gift card.

diy gift card envelope

Slide in your gift card and you’re finished! Mail it, take it to a birthday party, or whatever you need to do to share your gift card.

What I love about these is that you can customize however you want. Choose your scrapbook paper, add embellishments, or wrap it in ribbons. Or all of the above.

I’d love to get your feedback. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

For previous craft projects, I’ve made different variations of gift card holders. If you like these better, follow the tutorial to make your own!

Stand-up gift card holder

opened gift card holder

Gift card envelope

DIY Gift Card Holder