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 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 Scrapbook Paper Gift Bag

scrapbook paper gift bag diy

We’ve been apart for quite some time. I’ve been a busy girl and have had hardly any time for crafting. It’s something I’ve missed. So, I have a present for you. I have a gift bag.

Okay, I’m going to teach you how to make a gift bag… from scrapbook paper. Paper is really amazing. You can do so much with it. This particular paper craft is really easy to make and will hold lightweight items. I was thinking Valentine’s Day candy.

You’ll only need a few supplies to make your own.

 

paper gift bag supplies

Paper gift bag supplies

  • ruler
  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper (12×12)

 

folded scrapbook paper step 1

Step 1: fold the edges inward

Find the center of the scrapbook paper and fold the sides into the center line.

 

measurements paper gift bag

Step 2: measure the base of the gift bag

Turn the paper horizontally and find the center again.

Then, measure 1″ in both directions and mark it with your pencil.

Repeat this step on the opposite side of the paper.

 

paper gift bag folds 2 and 3

Step 3: Fold the base of the gift bag

Fold inward from one end to the other to match the marks you just created. You should have something that looks like the image above.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 4

Step 4a: create the basket

Lay the paper flat again. Then, pinch one of the folds you just made.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 5

scrapbook paper gift bag fold 6

Pull the piece you’re pinching toward the the top of the paper, along the edge.

The section you’re holding should meet the fold.

Repeat that step on all 4 sides.

 

scrapbook paper gift bag final fold

Step 5: fold the corners upward to create a basket

Fold both sides of the paper upward so you have something that looks like this.

 

hole punched scrapbook paper

Step 6: hole punch the top of the gift bag

Pinch the top of the paper together and punch 2 holes, centered.

 

foldable scrapbook paper bag

Step 7: tie it with a bow

Push a ribbon through the newly punched holes and tie a bow to hold it shut.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute little gift bag to give to someone special.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

DIY Gift Ideas for Christmas 2018

We’re a little less than 2 weeks out from Christmas and everyone is doing their last-minute shopping. Soon, you’ll be running out of time to order online and then your only option is to go to the stores. That’s sounds terrible.

You could make DIY gifts instead! Some people have a DIY Christmas. They require that all gifts given are homemade. That sounds awesome if you ask me.

So you want to make your own gifts but aren’t sure what to make? I have some ideas for you. Click the images below to go to a tutorial for each project.

Headphone Organizer

Clothespin headphone organizer

Serious question: How many people do you know who don’t use headphones? I can’t think of too many. So make a headphone organizer to help them transport their headphones without getting knots in the wires.

 

Glass Orb Keychain

DIY customized keychains

Want something a little more visually exciting? Make your recipient a keychain. Choose your favorite scrapbook paper and get to work!

 

Orange Cream Lip Balm

diy-orange-cream-lip-balm

Tis the season for chapped lips. Most people are going to appreciate any opportunity to add some moisture. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make your own. The best part, you can make many tubes at once so you can gives these to multiple people. Tutorials also available in grapefruit and peppermint.

 

Wire Wrapped Tree Earrings

DIY Christmas Tree Earrings

For the people who love Christmas and decorate the inside and outside of their house, the lawn, the kids… make them some wire wrapped earrings. Supplies are affordable these will last for years!

 

Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

Know a man with a beard? I bet the skin under his beard is pretty itchy in this cold weather. Be a doll and make him some homemade beard balm. It’s made with moisturizing ingredients that are sure to sooth that skin.

 

Beard Oil

DIY manly beard oil

While your at it, make some beard oil for him too. No one ever complained about smelling good and moisturizing, right?

 

Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames

diy ribbon hanging wood frames

Everyone likes reminiscing. Give them something to remember. Make these hanging frames with your choice of scrapbook paper and paint.

 

Heating Pad

DIY heating pad

Know someone athletic or someone with muscle pain? This is a great option for sore muscles. All you’ll need is a sewing kit, a sock and some rice. They’ll love you.

 

Photo Coasters

wedding gift photo coasters

These are the best coasters. Find some memorable photos and make these adorable coasters to gift. Whoever you give them to will love them.

 

DIY Gift Card Holder

If you really, really don’t have time to buy something or make something, you’re a procrastinator and should be ashamed of yourself. Just kidding. Buy a gift card and spice it up with scrapbook paper. It gives it a homemade element that people will enjoy.

 

Do you have any ideas? What homemade gifts do you like to make for Christmas?

 

 

DIY Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames

diy ribbon hanging wood frames

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed the streets and malls getting busier. You can tell that Christmas is coming up. Unlike most people, you couldn’t pay me to step foot in a mall or shopping center right now.

I have a system. Around Black Friday, I swear off shopping malls and hobby shops. I plan out a month or so of craft projects and DIY gifts, wait for a great coupon and get everything I need in one trip. I do most of my non DIY-Christmas shopping online. It’s a stable process.

Homemade gifts are the best, especially ones that evoke emotion, which makes picture frames perfect. Think about who you want to gift these to. What room might they hang them in (consider the colors)? What are the best memories you have with that person?

Go to Michael’s or another Hobby Shop and get the supplies below to make your own.

 

diy ribbon hanging frames supplies

Ribbon hanging frames supplies

  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint
  • Xacto knife
  • wood frames
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot glue and gun

 

wood frame traced on scrapbook paper

Step 1: trace the wood frame

Flip the scrapbook paper over, backside facing up. Trace the front of the frame on the back.

Tip: pay attention to which frame you trace on which piece of scrapbook paper. Often, the frames are unique, even though they look similar. 

 

painted wood frames

Step 2: paint the frames

Paint the frames a color that coordinates with the scrapbook paper you plan to decorate it with. I chose blue, green and yellow scrapbook paper, so I painted the frames those colors.

Let it dry.

 

scrapbook paper frame cutouts

Step 3: cut out the scrapbook paper framing

While your frames dry, cut out the traced frame.

Tip: Use scissors for the outside and an Xacto knife for the inside.

 

scrapbook paper decorated frame

Step 4: glue on the scrapbook paper

Brush the Mod Podge onto the frame and adhere the scrapbook paper cut out.

Let it dry.

Tip: Sometimes the edges lift a bit. Use a small paint brush to ensure the are are securely fastened to the frame. 

 

ribbon hanging frames

Step 5: add the ribbon

Arrange the frames in a vertical line, so the top of the lower frame is lined up with the bottom of another.

Glue the end of the ribbon to the top corner of the lowest frame. Then, glue it up the edge of the frames.

When you get to the to top, leave some slack. This will be how the recipient will hang the frames.

Then, glue the ribbon down the opposite side of the frames like in the image above.

 

When you’re finished, pop your favorite memories into the photo slots. Your recipient will be so excited to hang up your frames!

I’d love to hear your feedback! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

DIY Halloween Candy Treat Bags

halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

Halloween is right around the corner and trick or treaters are ready for their candy.

Every year, the apartment complex I live in participates in trick or treating for the kids in the building and I always use it as an opportunity to get creative. This year, I’m aiming at the treat bags. Since I have a surplus of Halloween scrapbook paper, this was an ideal project.

It’s a really easy craft and doesn’t take too long. Although, I wouldn’t recommend taking this route if you’re going to be giving candy out to more than 20 kids. You’ll be crafting for quite a while.

If you’d like to make your own, gather these materials and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

 

halloween candy treat bag supplies

Halloween Treat Bag Supplies

  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Halloween-themed scrapbook paper

 

halloween scrapbook paper

Step 1: cut your scrapbook paper

Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to about 6×8″.

 

halloween scrapbook paper craft

Step 2: fold the paper into a cylinder

Create a cylinder with your halloween paper and tape it in place.

 

halloween treat bag

Step 3: tape the bottom of the treat bag

Pinch one end of the cylinder and tape it shut. This will be the bottom of the treat bag.

 

candy treat bags

Step 4: fill the treat bag & seal it

Drop in the candy. I recommended mini candy bars, jelly beans, fruit snacks or other small treats.

Then pinch the top of the treat bag closed, but in the opposite direction of the bottom (in step 3). Tape it in place.

 

halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

You’re done! Make a few more and you’re ready for parties and trick or treating!

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their October craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Heather from ShiftMama: Easy Holiday Memory Ornament
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Distressed Denim Jacket
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Handmade Height Chart Keepsake for Kids

 

DIY Upcycled Halloween Candy Bowl

diy upcycled halloween candy bowl

Every year, the kids in my apartment complex get to participate in Trick or Treating. Unfortunately, we’re not home very often and Halloween is no exception. So, I always put a big bowl of candy outside the door and let the kids take what they want.

This year, I decided to upgrade my candy bowl by decorating a old dish washer pod container. Originally, I wanted to make a pumpkin out of it, but I couldn’t find orange Duck Tape anywhere. So, obviously, that didn’t work out. I had to settle with my witch hat decorated box.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the steps below.

 

diy duck tape candy bowl supplies

Duck Tape candy bowl supplies

  • scissors
  • witch hat outline
  • Dish washer pod container
  • Duck Tape (purple, black and green)

 

witch-hat-template

Step 1: download the witch hat

Right click on the image above and open the image in a new tab. Then click print.

You can choose to scale the image if you need a smaller or larger version.

 

black duck tape base

Step 2: layer on the black Duck Tape

Wrap the container with black Duck Tape.

 

Step 3: cover the witch hat with Duck Tape

place your hat on a flat surface and cover it with purple Duck Tape.

Then, peal it off and flip it over.

Begin cutting around the hat.

 

duck tape witch hat

Step 3: decorate the hat

Wrap a thin strip of green Duck Tape around the hat.

 

diy upcycled halloween candy bowl

Step 4: tape the hat to the container

Create tape rolls and use them to adhere the hat to the container.

You’re finished! Set your candy bowl out on the table out outside the door if you’re in an apartment complex and wait for the Trick or Treaters to come.

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

Happy crafting!

DIY Fall Candle Holders from Recycled Jars

DIY candle holders from recycled jars

It’s starting to get cold here in PA, and when that happens I get out my candles. They keep my apartment a little bit warmer and make the atmosphere more relaxing. Every Fall I do a few candle tutorials and this is the first one of the season. I know we’re not quite into autumn yet, but its about 64 degrees here, so it’s close enough for me.

I always save my jars because they can be used for something, whether it be craft and food storage or, in this case, candle holders.

If you have the jars already, that’s great! You will just need to make a craft store run for the following items.

fall candle holder craft supplies

Candle holder craft supplies

  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • recycled jars
  • white ribbon
  • lace ribbon
  • burlap ribbon (wide)
  • rope and burlap flowers

 

burlap ribbon

Step 1: wrap the jar with burlap ribbon

The burlap ribbon will be the base for the decorative wrap. Use your glue gun to adhere the ribbon to the jar.

candle holder crafts

Step 2: wrap the jars with white and lace ribbon

Glue the white ribbon around the center of two of the jars, preferably the smaller two.

Glue the lace ribbon around the larger jar.

Make sure your ribbons meet in the back where the burlap ribbon was glued together.

 

upcycled jar crafts

Step 3: decorate your jars with fall flowers

Glue on the rope and burlap flowers for the final touch of the fall-inspired candle holders.

 

DIY candle holders from recycled jars

Add the candles and you’re finished! Use them as a table centerpiece or set them on your windowsill.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

If you’re looking for more craft ideas, check these out:

DIY Autumn-Inspired Mason Jar Vase

This fall-inspired mason jar decor is perfect for upcycling old jars and getting into the autumn spirit! Grab some jars, acrylic paint, burlap, white ribbon and flowers to get started.

autumn-inspired mason jar vase

Autumn Craft: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

Not into the jar crafts? Try a relief painting with leaves! This is just a fun project. In fact, it’s one my favorite crafts on this blog. Follow the tutorial to make your own.

DIY leaf relief painting

DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

You can’t get into the fall months without seeing pumpkins. If you’re a fan, try this cute craft. All you’ll need is some scented pinecones, a craft pumpkin (or a real one, whichever you prefer), a candle and a carving knife.

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

DIY Herb Garden Markers

parsley plant marker

My mother always had a green thumb and it’s definitely not something she passed down to me. If it’s green and been in my house for more than a month, it’s probably dead. I’m so bad at gardening, but I’m not giving up yet.

This weekend, I planted a new indoor herb garden. I had a living rosemary and mint plant and added parsley, a different kind of mint and basil. Cross your fingers that I can keep the new ones alive.

In the meantime, I wanted to make some cute plant/garden markers. These are really cute and really easy. If you haven’t given your mom anything for Mother’s Day yet, a nice herb garden with plant markers might work out for her.

They’re super easy to make. A little bit of creativity goes a long way.

 

diy garden marker supplies

Plant marker supplies

  • gift tags
  • string
  • pen

 

Step 1: label and sketch

On a brown gift tag, write the name of each herb and sketch around it.

 

peppermint plant marker

Step 2: tie the label to the planter

Slip the string through the gift tag and tie it around the top of the planter.

Tilt the tag at a downward angle.

 

parsley plant marker

Now you have a lovely herb garden that’s beautifully labeled.

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

Happy crafting 🙂

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2017

Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.

With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.

There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.

Gifts to Buy

Stainless steel travel mug gift

OuterEQ Travel Mug – $19.99 with Prime

I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.

 

leather knotted bracelet gift

Leather knotted bracelet – $11.90 with Prime

Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.

 

This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!

 

This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.

 

Coffee painting gift

Coffee Painting – $20.99

Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.

 

Gifts to DIY

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It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.

 

DIY photo magnets

Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.

 

DIY manly beard oil

This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.

More Gift Ideas

Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:

 

I’d love to hear your ideas for gifts or date nights! Leave them in the comments!