Showing posts with label gift. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gift. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Photo Pedestal

I've seen many versions of these photo displays floating around blog land.  But I finally got around to making my own.  I bought a 2x8 at Home Depot and had it cut into 7 inch pieces.  I also picked up the clip, small candlestick, round wood piece, finials and paper flowers at Hobby Lobby.  I gave them all a coat of Dark Walnut stain.

Then I just hot glued all the pieces together with a high temp glue gun.

I made a ton of these.  I think they would be perfect for a birthday or Christmas gift as well.  You can display a photo, recipe, saying, or reminder card, lots of uses.

This is a printable I found on someone's blog.  I love this saying.  I don't recall where I got this printable from.  Sorry I can't share the source.  If I find it, I'll be sure to update this post.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Picture Frame Dry Erase Memo Board

This is a project I made a while ago.  I found some 8x10 picture frames at the thrift store, spray painted them black, added some scrapbook paper that looks like lined paper, and hot glued on a few rolled flowers. Quick and easy project and pretty low cost too, depending on the cost of the frame.  This is a great way to recycle old frames.

I made several smaller ones as well using a 5x7 frame.  The smaller memo boards made the perfect appreciation gift for my son's preschool teachers.  That size will fit perfectly on any desk or table. This would be great for co-workers, teachers or your home office.

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts either - these would be pretty easy and inexpensive to make.  Just include a dry erase marker.  And really you could use any scrapbook paper behind the glass.  I just liked the lined paper look.

Happy crafting!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Personalized Christmas Ornament

I try to have my Christmas shopping all done by the end of November, well minus the fruit and candy for Christmas day.  But I'm down to the last week of the month, so I'll be doing some power shopping this weekend to finish up.  I like to actually enjoy the month of December without all the hustle and bustle. 

When wrapping gifts, I like to tie a little something on the outside of the gift - usually something small, a treat or a Christmas ornament.  Well a few weeks ago I was in Michael's and came across these letters in their dollar bins, which were $1.50 each.  I snatched a few of them up and decided to make them into personalized Christmas ornaments.

The unfinished letters were either too big or not big enough, so these were the perfect size for an ornament.

I didn't really like the bright colors though and wanted to make them a little more neutral.  So I painted them a gray color, just white craft paint with a couple drops of black paint.

I also covered them with some scrapbook paper using Mod Podge.

I attached an eye screw to the top so it could hang from the tree.  Then I added a little tag with the last name, some ribbon and a little bling.

They are pretty simple, but turned out so cute.  I ended up making about 7 different ones.  So this weekend while you're shopping check out Michael's dollar bins.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Easy Magnet Board

Well I've been neglecting this little ol' blog again.  That's what happens when you have to work full time and take care of 3 little kiddos and a husband I guess.  I'm lucky to keep food on the table and clean clothes in the drawers, let alone work on any "extra" projects.  Thankfully, work has slowed down and I'm back to just two days a week again.  Last week I finally got a little cleaning done and I feel like I can breathe again.

Saturday the weather was just gorgeous!  I wanted to be outside, plus having missed so many weeks of crafting I had the urge to make something.  So I decided to put together a couple magnet boards.  I've seen tons of ideas on various blogs (here is one) and Pinterest, but here's my version.

I bought an 1x10 at Home Depot and had them cut it into 13 inch pieces.  I sanded down the sides and edges really good.

 I painted the sides and back a cream color (Sand).

 I also picked up a piece of metal at Home Depot - go to the roofing section and you'll find these pre-cut pieces for a buck.  They are about 9x12.

 I decided to add some scrapbook paper to the metal with a little Modge Podge.

 On the back of my board I added a picture hanger.

 I also added a little ribbon loop too, so it's actually a faux ribbon hang.  Then I hot glued my metal to the front of the board, tied another ribbon around the bottom and it's done!!

I thought it turned out so cute.  I ended up making three of them.  The one below, I distressed the edges a bit too.  Love it!

They are a great size to display up to an 8x10 photo.  I also put one in my kitchen right by my stove so I can easily hang a recipe while I'm cooking away. 

These would make pretty inexpensive Christmas or Birthday gifts.  The color possibilities are endless.  They could hang on the wall or be displayed with an easel depending where you want to put it. 

Happy crafting!  Later, I'll show you the cute magnets I made to go with them.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Another Monogram Plaque

A co-worker of mine is getting married this month, so I decided to make her a monogrammed plaque for her bridal shower.  I thought it turned out pretty cute.

If you want to check out the how to go here.  These make such fun gifts.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Beadboard Magnet Board

Well I had some leftover beadboard from my bookshelf I redid, so I had Home Depot cut it down to 12x12 pieces.

I decided to paint the board black - well a bunch of boards.

Then for the magnet part, I went to Lowe's and picked up a roll of metal for about $8.00 and cut it into 8x8 pieces.

Then I covered the metal with scrapbook paper by using a little hot glue on the back.

Then I attached it to the beadboard with hot glue as well.

I added a piece of ribbon on the back with a couple small nails.  Then I just made a bunch of them.

I also made some magnets with coordinating paper to go with them too.

Simple and inexpensive Christmas gifts.

Tomorrow is the big day, so I hope you're ready!!  My darling boys are just estatic! Linking up to:
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bubble Frame

I saw the most darling frame at Kohl's one day while I was shopping, but it was a Christmas frame that said "tis the Season" made using the clear glass rocks.  I thought that would be the perfect birthday gift for my sister in law, if I changed it up a bit.

So I picked up an unfinished 5x7 frame at Michael's, with a coupon of course, they are regularly $4.99.

Then I painted the edges black.

I knew I wanted to add some texture, so I added scrapbook paper with Mod Podge.

I sanded the edges to remove the excess paper and to distress it a bit.

Then for the wording, I printed off the word "family" on my printer and then placed a clear rock on each letter with a little Mod Podge.

Once it's dry, cut around each letter then attach to your frame with a little more Mod Podge.


At this point it looked pretty cute, but I wanted to add a little something more. I found this punch at Michael's on clearance and wanted to try it out.

So I cut some polka dot paper and added it to the top and bottom of the frame as well. I just used some glue to attach it.

I plan on making several more of these for birthday gifts next year.  You could easily change up the saying and colors.  These would make fun Christmas gifts too.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


This year for Christmas my brother-in-law and sister-in-law gave me a set of stands.  They can be used as cake stands, serving trays or for decorating - whatever your heart desires.

I love the different sizes and that they made them.  They used some square pieces of wood and a table leg or a decorative post and screwed them together - simple as that.  What a fun gift idea.

I decided to use one of them as a stand for my stackers to add a little height.

I can't wait to use these in various places in my home thoughout the year to decorate with and also to use for parties and family get together as a serving stand.

So what would you use them for?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Personalized Framed Art

I recently showed you the project I made using some letters I downloaded from the Internet here.

Well I decided to make a couple more projects.  I found a frame at Walmart that holds four 4 by 6 photos ($5.00).

I downloaded some free letters and had them printed up at Costco.

Then I framed them.

Another project I did was with a smaller frame I also found at Walmart ($3.00), which holds two 4 by 6 photos.

This time I decided to use wallet size photos that I had printed at Costco as well ($.39 a sheet).

I cut the letters down just a tad and then cut out that center bar in the matting and lined all the letters up to fit in the mat. 

I love how it turned out.  I plan to make a few more of these for birthday gifts.

These make such great personalized gifts.  You could even do first names too.