Christmas Craft Challenge: DIY stocking Stuffer Gift Bags

The Craft Challenge

This post is part of The Craft Challenge. You can read more about it here.


DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags

This month the theme for the craft challenge is Thanksgiving/Christmas crafts. For this theme I chose to make Christmas stocking stuffer gift bags. You know, for the little things that suck to wrap, like chapstick, money, food, hand sanitizer, etc. That sort of stuff would be perfect to wrap up in a cute little gift bag like this.

You will only need a few materials and probably won’t spend more than half an hour on these (unless you have a ton of people to gift to). The best part is that the paint dries quickly so when you’re done, you’re actually finished.

stocking stuffer gift bag materials

DIY Christmas Gift Bag Materials

Gift bags
Paper towels
Paint brushes
Self-adhesive ornament stencil
Satin multi-purpose paint (or fabric paint)

You might also want to grab some newspaper to keep from getting paint all over the place.

Tip: buy Satin acrylic paint. It works on fabric, which you need to make this craft, but it also works on wood, ceramic, glass, metal, some plastics, canvas, paper and terra cotta. It’s about a $1 a bottle and will work on multiple surfaces.

Stencil gift bag

diy ornament gift bag

Step 1

Adhere the stencil to your gift bag and paint it whatever color(s) you want.

Make sure not to glob on the paint. You want to cover the surface but you don’t want blobs of paint.

painted gift bag

Step 2

Slowly peel off the stencil and set your bag off to the side. This one is done!

Christmas gift bags

DIY Christmas Gift Bags

Step 3

Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have the desired number of gift bags.

DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Bags

Now, stuff them with all of your goodies and get them to the stockings!

…Or maybe keep them hidden for a few more weeks, just to be safe.

Either way, someone will be happy to receive your home-made gift. You might even want to add names to each one, just to give it a special touch.

Here are a few ideas for things to add to your new gift bags:

I’ll stop there.

Hope you liked my gift bags.

Happy crafting!

Candied Pecans As Christmas Gifts

Candied pecans gifted for Christmas

Some people are really hard to buy Christmas gifts for. There is one such person on my list this year and I’ve scoured the internet looking for a good idea. Nothing.

Later, while sulking on Pinterest I found this really great recipe for candied pecans on Paint Chips and Frosting (it’s a neat blog so take some time to check it out if you head over there). If you know me, you know that I’ll only cook if I have to so, naturally, I was a little apprehensive about trying to make these. If you’re in the same boat, don’t be worried, it’s cake.

Outside of the pecans, you probably already have everything in your kitchen.

After my first test batch earlier this week, I modified a few things. It tasted very good, but I made modifications because instead of actually following the directions and sprinkling the sugar mixture on top of the pecans, I dropped the pecans in the sugar mixture and covered them so I actually pulled in more of the sugar mixture than I had anticipated. Who can argue with more sugar and cinnamon?

Things You Will Need
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz pecan halves
Coconut oil

Preheat oven to 250.

Line your baking sheet with foil and spread a thin layer of coconut oil over it.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt in one bowl and whisk egg white, water, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.

Add a small amount of pecan halves to the wet mixture and stir.

Transfer those pecans to the sugar bowl and coat evenly.

Repeat until you’ve covered all of the pecans.

Spread pecans evenly across the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

Stir them every 15 minutes or they will stick together.

Let them sit out for 10 minutes after baking.

When they’re finished, you can fill up a mason jar and decorate with scrapbook paper, ribbons, etc. They make a sweet gift!

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her 2014

Every year, my family and I make a Christmas Wish List on Amazon so that we can actually buy each other gifts that we want rather than guessing. I’m all about it, but I know that some people enjoy buying what they think their parents or significant other would like.

For those of you who are looking for Christmas gift ideas, I like to help you out. Over the past few months I’ve been compiling gifts ideas into a wish list on Etsy so that I can share them with you here. Whether you’re looking for gifts for that lovely lady in your life, your best (girl) friend or your wife or girlfriend, you’re in a good place.

All of these gift ideas are from Etsy. If you haven’t been on Etsy, I highly recommend it. It’s a online marketplace for artisans to sell their work. A lot of these are very small local businesses just trying to make it. In my experience, they make great work, are very responsive and happy to help if you have a problem. I love shopping there because the items are so unique.

Shop: MangoJewels

initial necklace- $28.00

Customized initial necklace- $28.00

I love these customized necklaces! They can be made with gold or silver plates (or both) and you can add as many as you want. Not bad for $28, right?

Shop: VillaSorgenfrei

dandelion seed glass necklace

dandelion seed glass necklace- $24.90

This is one of my favorites. This necklace is filled with dried dandelion seeds. It’s perfect for any girl with a wild spirit.

Shop: freestickersdecal

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover- #12.99

Do you have a Mac lover in your life? This galaxy-inspired keyboard cover is just the thing to spice up her computer. The dark blue to light pink/orange color is lovely.

Shop: infusion

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer- $24.00

Does she carry her headphones around everywhere? This cord organizer holds headphones in place with a snap and go design. Trendy and functional.

Shop: UnaBiologicals

lip balm

Organic Peppermint Lip Balm- $3.50

Honestly, this is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I LOVE Una products. I know you’re thinking why would I spend $3.50 on lip balm? Because it’s organic and is the best lip balm she’s ever going to put on her lips! You can buy 3 for 10 if you’d rather buy a few. The peppermint is my fav.

Shop: BZRshop

Ombré tights

Ombré tights- $40.00

I know, $40.00 is a lot to spend on stockings, but these are so cute and if she likes fun clothing, she’s going to love them! You can get brighter colors or darker colors. And if this shop has any uneven spots (usually on the top half of the stockings (so you wouldn’t be able to see the uneven spots), you can get them for around $15.00.

Shop: maddiekayhandbags

Clutch purse

Clutch purse- $22.00

Every girl I know carries a purse and many of them carry a purse that could fit a toddler in it. Encouraging her to downsize to a cute clutch purse will save her back, and probably her sanity.

If you want to see more gift ideas from Etsy, check out my Gifts For Her list.

Have you gotten anything for a girl that she absolutely loved? Or maybe, as a girl, you’ve received a great gift. Leave it in the comments if you  have any other ideas. I’d love to hear them!

Check back in about a week, I plan to do a gift idea post for guys as well!

DIY Candle | Holiday Gift

DIY layered candle

Here is post #2 of the DIY Holiday Gift Series. This one is easy but takes about an hour to get together. That is still pretty quick for a candle, right? The girl you are giving it to will enjoy it 🙂




Things You Will Need:
A Pot
Glass Jar
Candle Wax
Candle Wick

Step 1: (I skipped the picture. I know you know what water in a pot looks like :-D)
Pour a small amount of water into your pot and place it on your stove burner. You want to heat the water but not necessarily bring it to a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to heat up get your glass jar and remove all of the department stickers (if you haven’t already). Tip: using soap and hot water helps to rub off the soap much faster.

melting the wax

Step 2:
Break up your scented wax of choice and put it in the glass jar.

When your water is toasty and steaming use your tongs to pick up the glass jar and place it in the hot water. Now you will be waiting for a while. Make sure you stay in the kitchen while you are waiting to make sure your glass jar stays upright. Ideally you would hold it there with your tongs but I am as impatient as you are so I realize that this isn’t going to happen. Honestly, it will be fine, but stay in the general area.

secure the wick

Step 3:
After all of your wax has melted pick it up with your tongs and place it on a hard surface. Put a wick down into the wax and secure it however you want. I find wrapping the wick around a utensil to be the easiest. You will have to let it sit for while until it dries. The waiting time will depend on how big the jar you chose is. Smaller ones will take less time.

second layer

Step 4 (optional):
If you want to be cute you can add another layer of a different scent when the first layer is dry. Just pour the wax on top and let it dry.

The first layer of wax has to be completely dry though! If it isn’t dry when you pour the hot wax from the second batch then, the first will cave in and the waxes will mix. It really doesn’t look pretty… I tried. I’ll spare you the picture though.

When the wax is dry, cut the wick to about 1/2 inch above the wax.

You can decorate the jar if your feel extra crafty. The shape of mine is a bit awkward though, so I am going to pass on that.
DIY layered candle

Option 2:

You can do it like Shey does on her blog. This is more of a from scratch method. It is a good one but if you are in a pinch and don’t have more than an hour or two to get something together then you can go the route I went. I don’t like to procrastinate but I understand why people do so, this is a quick and easy way to get something pretty together 🙂

Happy crafting

DIY Holiday Party Decorations

I was searching for something completely unrelated to this article and came across some useful DIYs for holiday parties on BlogHer. There are some great ideas on here guys! Check them out! Click the picture to go to her site for tutorials 🙂

DIY Tiered Serving Tray

DIY Christmas party decorations

diy Holiday party tiered tray

Christmas Kisses

Holiday party crafts

Holiday crafting

Mason Jars

Holiday party mason jars

DIY Beaded Bracelets

Pink and Pearl BraceletSince we are getting closer to the holidays and so many people are Christmas shopping I thought I would make it easier for everyone. From now until Christmas I am going to post Make Something Mondays that you can give as gifts. Quick and easy DIYs. This is the first one.

materialsThings You Will Need:

*You can get all of these materials at your local craft store in the jewelry section.


Step 1:

Thread the string of your choice through the first half of your clasp. String the fastener from the other side and squeeze it tightly around the end of the string. Cut off the excess string.

step2Step 2:

String on your beads until you get close to the opposite end of the string.

step3Step 3:

This time, string the faster on first. Then, string on the other end of the clasp and pull the string down toward the faster. Pull it through the fastener and squeeze it tightly and, again, cut off the excess string.

IMG_0510It is a good gift for your best (girl) friend, daughter, mom, etc. It is cute, inexpensive, and is something they will wear.

IMG_0511This one is relatively light weight so, if you want to give it a little more weight, add some metal separators and/or beads like on this black and pearl bracelet.

IMG_0515Or try some diamond shaped and metal beads. Either way, she will love it 🙂

Happy crafting 🙂

DIY Candy Cane Vodka

Okay, I’m not usually festive. I’m kind of a scrooge when it comes to holidays so, I’ve decided to work on that. This is my first step… Candy Cane Vodka! Yummy! It is very easy to make and I assume that it will taste amazing. I’ve never made this before but I have made cherry and watermelon Jolly Rancher vodka and that was pretty good.

What can you use this for you ask? I recommend pouring a small amount of it in your hot chocolate on a cold day. That would be pretty good. Maybe it would taste good in your coffee (I am definitely not suggesting that you to indulge in an alcoholic beverage before work), and maybe sprite. If you come up with any other ideas let me know and I would be happy to add them!

Things You Will Need:
Mason jar
Candy canes
Unflavored vodka

Step 1:

Break up a few candy canes (I think I used 7) and drop them into the bottom of your mason jar. The more candy canes you use the more flavorful your vodka will be.

Step 2:

Pour in the vodka.

Step 3:

Let the jar sit for a a few minutes and shake it up.

Put it in the refrigerator. Shake it periodically. When the candy canes dissolve it is ready to drink!

Happy Monday!


DIY Candy-Cane Wreath

Look Mom, I’m being festive 🙂

This is a quick and easy dollar store craft. I bought two small boxes of candy canes (only because they didn’t carry full boxes) at the dollar store for $2.

I think this craft would also look nice with colored candy canes. Possibly the red and green or the blue and purple ones that come out around the holidays.



Things You Will Need:
Hot-melt glue
About 20-25 candy canes



Step 1:

Place two candy canes side by side facing in the same direction. Apply hot-melt glue wherever they touch. Ideally you would be gluing at the top and the bottom.

After repeating step 1 a few times you should have something like this.

Keep going…



Step 2:

Make a ring of glue (a lot of glue) around the bottom of the candy canes, like so. The wreath is pretty fragile so the glue helps to hold it together. If you want, you can add a circle of cardboard to the back to help with that.