DIY Customized Coffee Jar

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You probably know a lot of people who like coffee, right? I sure do. So, for Christmas this year I am gifting some coffee in a cute customized jar that I just finished making. It makes a nice gift for anyone, not just the coffee snobs. You could do this with tea also!

As with many of my crafts, this one is quick and easy. If you have less than a day to get a gift together, this might be your life saver.

coffee jar materials

Coffee Jar Materials

  • Jar
  • Sponge brush
  • Painters tape**
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Satin acrylic paint

** = optional

The painters tape isn’t necessary, but I like to use to ensure a straight line. You could use any other kind of tape or rubber bands as an alternative.

preparing coffee jar

Step 1 (optional)

Align your tape evenly so that your stencils will adhere the jar in a straight line.

coffee stencil letters

Step 2

Adhere the stencils.

Tip: If you have the Martha Stewart brand stencils that I used, I would suggest overlapping them a bit. When I was finished, I felt as if my letters were spaced too far apart.

coffee jar with stencil and glass paint

Step 3

Paint the letters and design (if applicable).

Let the paint sit for a few minutes, but be sure to remove the stencils before the paint dries.

NOTE: You can either cure the paint by letting it air dry for 21 days or you can bake it for 30 minutes (according to the Craftsmart brand directions). Your brand might be different, though, so make sure you read it.

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When you’re finished, you’ll have a very cute customized coffee jar to give as a gift or keep for yourself! If you are giving it as a gift, it might be nice to provide a recipe card for different coffee drinks you can make. I’ll just direct you to Pinterest for some of the yummy coffee recipes I found earlier.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!

 

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

Water
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

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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!

DIY Stenciled Casserole Dish

DIY stenciled casserole dish

The DIY Customized Casserole Dish was such a fun project! It’s cheap and quick, which is great, but you have to pay close attention to what you’re doing. Getting the stencils to sit in a straight line and paying attention to how well the stencil is adhered to the glass is going to make a big difference in whether or not you’re redoing the project.

The good news is that, if you mess up, you can wash it off (if you do it quickly) and start over.

The most important part is the paint you choose. I highly recommend Martha Stewert’s Satin paint. It’s a multi-surface paint so you can use it for a variety of projects. I’ve used it on glass before, and it works very well.

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Things You Will Need

Satin paint
Paint brush
Casserole dish
Adhesive letter stencils

stenciled name on glass

Step 1

Position your stencils in the middle of the glass in a straight line.

Tip: Put the middle letter on first and work your way to the beginning and end of the name. This helps to center the name.

satin paint stencil name

Step 2

Brush on a light layer of paint.

Peel the stencil off slowly and cautiously while the paint is still wet. Let the paint dry.

senciled glass

I recommend cleaning the stencils immediately after you remove them from the casserole dish. It makes cleaning much easier. Make sure to rinse off the back as well.

DIY stenciled casserole dish

Make sure you read the label on you Satin paint. Different brands have different requirements. Some require that you bake the dish to cure the paint and some don’t.

Either way, when you’re finished, your glass will be dishwasher safe. Wonderful, right?

customized name dish

When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful, customized casserole dish that you can take to family reunions to distinguish your dish from everyone else’s or give it as a gift along with some tea towels or a casserole dish carrier.

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

DIY Gift Box From Scrapbook Paper

DIY paper gift box

I was trying to think of a good craft to make for Make Something Mondays earlier in the week and I thought of this paper box. When I was a freelance graphic designer and was regularly looking for new clients, I would make these boxes and fill them with tidbits about myself along with my résumé. It usually worked and I would at least have a call with my prospective clients.

I like these boxes because they are easy (and affordable) to make, and people always react positively to them. They make great gift boxes for candy or other small things and can made with any kind of paper or card stock.

I’ve made these boxes two different ways, and will show you both.

DIY paper box materialsThings You Will Need
Pencil
Paper
Ruler
Scissors
Glue stick

Paper Box Option 1

paper layout

Step 1
My paper is 12×12 inches, so I marked every 3 inches and drew lines to show the area. So the bottom of the box will be 3×3 inches and the walls of the box will be a little bit shorter than 2 inches.

paper cutsStep 2
Make cuts down the sides of the soon-to-be walls like in the image above.

paper box bottom

Step 3
Use your glue stick to adhere the cut pieces to the inside of the walls so that you end up with a shape like this.

Decorative box bottom

Step 4 (optional)
Cut out a 3×3 square and glue it into the bottom of the box for a nice decorative element.

**for the lid, you want to make sure that it’s 1/2″ larger than the base. Since my base was 12×12 inches, I would make sure the lid was 12.5×12.5 inches.

Paper Box Option 2

fold in half

fold paper diagonally

Step 1
Fold the paper diagonally that one point meets the point directly across from it.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have folds that criss cross in the center.

fold paper in half

paper folds

Step 2
Fold the paper in half.

Repeat on the opposite side so that you have fold similar to the above images.

fold side to center

Step 3
Fold one edge of the paper into the center.

Repeat on the other three sides.

fold edges inward

fold in side of paper

Step 4
Fold two of your points inward like in the image above and glue them. This will start one side of your box top.

Repeat on the other side.

paper box lid

You should have a box top that looks like this.

DIY paper box

DIY paper gift box

Add some ribbon around the box and tie a bow at the top for a fun accent!

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

Instructions
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.

Gift
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 Gift Bag from Scrapbook Paper

DIY Paper gift bags

So many friends and family members are getting married or having birthdays and I keep trying to think of new ways to decorate their gift bags and boxes. Of course, it’s easier to go to the store and buy a gift bag, but I’d rather make one myself. I gave a gift recently that was tall and skinny and was trying to think if the best way to present it. I decided to make my own bag out of scrapbook paper. The black and white bag in the picture above is the one I chose. The brown one is cute, but the design didn’t suit her as well.

You don’t need much to make it and it takes about 2 minutes to complete.

diy gift bag materials

Things You Will Need
Tape
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Scrapbook paper

paper gift bag directions

Step 1
Find the center of your paper and fold both ends into that center point.
Tape both ends together.

fold over paper

Step 2
Fold the bottom of the paper up about two inches.

folded bottom of paper bag

Step 3
Open the folded part up and fold down the sides like in the image above.

Taped bottom

Step 4
Fold the top and bottom to the center and tape them together.

Top of gift bag

gift bag with bow

Step 5
Fold the top of the paper down about an inch.
Punch a hole on each side of the paper and tie a ribbon through for some extra flare! You can always tie a gift tag in the ribbon as well.

DIY Paper gift bags

The thicker the paper you choose, the more durable the gift bag will be. So if you’re giving a gift that is a bit heavier or needs extra support, go with a card stock paper rather than your typical scrapbook paper.

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s DIY project!

Happy crafting (and gift giving)!

DIY Dad’s Stache Father’s Day Jar

DIY dad's stache jar
My dad’s birthday and Father’s Day are within 1 week of each other. Each year we usually go do something like whitewater rafting, but this year he said he just wanted to get dinner.

So, along with dinner, I made him a Dad’s stache jar and got a few gift cards I knew he would use. He’s a big car guy and he’s always working on a new car project, so I knew he would use the Auto Zone gift cards. He’s also a big reader so Amazon was a given.

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Things You Will Need:
A jar
Paint pen

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step 1
Using your paint pen, add your desired text and a fun mustache to the jar. If you’re concerned about the quality, you can print it out, tape it to the inside, and trace it.

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step 2
Put some gift cards or cash in the jar, and don’t forget the Father’s Day card!

What did you give your dad for Father’s Day?

Father’s Day Gifts 2014

Buying a gift for Father’s Day can be difficult, especially if Dad doesn’t have many hobbies. I’ve run into this problem many many times so, I compiled a bunch of ideas that could work for just about any guy with or without hobbies.

I have put together ideas in the past as well, so if you didn’t find anything good in this post, you might find the older ones helpful:

Gifts for him

These are both Valentine’s Day gifts but are still applicable:

More gift ideas

Even more gift ideas

wooden wallet

Slim & Light (Red X Walnut) Armoury M wallet via Ingenious Bros

bottle opener keychain

Bottle opener keychain by TomisTreasures

Father's Day cup

Father’s Day cup by MorningSunshineShop

engraved 50 caliber bullet

Engraved 50 caliber bullet by BottleBreacher

 Some of my DIY gifts that are perfect for Father’s Day

 

 

 

DIY Glitter Wine Glasses

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DIY glitter glasses! These glasses are the third gift in the Make Something Mondays Holiday Gift Series. They are a great gift and are easy to make.

materialsThings You Will Need:
Tape
Glass Paint
Wine Glass
Paint Sponge

glitter glass paint

Step 1:

Add some tape around the top of your glass as a barrier and paint on a thin layer of glass glitter paint. Let it dry.
Keep the paint below where your lips will touch the glass. Obviously, this isn’t something you want to consume.

glitter paintStep 2:

Tape off the bottom and paint on a thin layer. Let it dry.

glitter

Step 3:

Continue painting on the layers until you have your preferred amount.

diy glitter glasses

Step 4:

When you are done, peel off the tape and admire.

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TahDah! Glitter glasses. They don’t take too long to dry but you should let them sit for 21 days after painting them before using or washing them. Then, they will be dishwasher safe and everything!

Happy crafting!