DIY Gift Wrapping Additions

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Happy New Year!

It has been awhile since I blogged..it’s always a busy time during the holidays!

Over the holidays we also celebrated my sister’s birthday, which gave me the opportunity to try out a few gift wrapping pins that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile!

The first one is courtesy of Martha Stewart….how to wrap gifts to include a pocket that holds the card.

The second is how to make gift bows, using pages from magazines.

I didn’t take step by step photos, but you can see the finished gift below:

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I usually use ribbon when I wrap gifts, but now that I know how to make bows, I’ll be using them more often.

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Crayon Christmas ornaments

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Since my Christmas board is the board I pin to most frequently these days, I thought I’d try another Christmas craft.

We decorate these ornaments, using paint, with the kids at work. It’s an easy craft that always turns out. But awhile ago I pinned this…the same idea as the paint, but it uses broken crayon pieces instead.

You need glass ball ornaments, crayons, a hairdryer, knife to cut crayons. And having a pair of gloves could be useful!

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Choose your colors…

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Take the paper off the crayons and cut into pieces:

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It’s recommended to use 4 or 5 pieces of crayon in each ornament.

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Now you hold the ornament with one hand, and hold the hairdryer in the other hand, directly underneath the crayon pieces, to melt the wax. It takes a minute for the wax to start to melt. Swirl the wax around to make designs or to cover the inside of the ball completely (this is what I did). I wore knitted gloves to hold the ornament, which helped as the heat from the hairdryer makes the ornament hot to touch.

Finished product:

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I wish I had bought an extra box of ornaments…next time, I would experiment with the different colors. I would also make some with just a stripe or two of wax swirled on the inside.

What is your favorite Christmas craft?

Beer Advent Calendar

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Although I have no shortage of ideas to attempt from my 2K+ pins on my boards, this project wasn’t actually inspired by Pinterest. With that said, it’s the kind of idea that seems like something I would find on Pinterest, plus I’m betting if I were to do a search, I would find versions of it on Pinterest, and if not, I think there should be 🙂

The inspiration was from a friend who posted to FB a picture of a beer advent calendar she was given. …A random collection of craft beers, each one different. J thought it was the coolest thing. Since his birthday was at the end of November, it was perfect timing for a birthday gift. I checked, but the version my friend had was sold out in less than 2 days. Instead of giving up, I created my own version.

I shopped for 24 unique individual beers. Trader Joe’s was a great source, since you can pick and choose any of their beers and buy any bottle as a solo. They even provide empty 6-pack holders so you can create your own customized pack of 6.

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I used an empty beer case to package the 24 unique bottles, wrapped it up with gift wrap, and wrote a unique number overtop  each bottle in random positions around the case, and voila – a Beer Advent Calendar.

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J thinks it’s pretty cool, and for fun he’s keeping track of how many of the beers he’s being introduced to for the first time.

 

Christmas tree craft

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It’s definitely a busy time of year! Since it’s December, my Pinterest pins lately have been Christmas related. And honestly, even then, most of them would just remain pins until next year or the year after. But this year, mostly because of this blog, I’ve found I’ve been going through my Christmas board and trying ideas I pinned last year (while still pinning lots of new ideas :).

I’m fortunate that I get to test out many of the pinned ideas with the kids at work.

This week we made a Christmas tree craft, inspired by this pin.

I liked how each child was able to create their own design…but when they were placed together to form a tree, the triangles complimented each other.

All that is needed is an uneven number of equilateral triangles! I printed an equilateral triangle I found on a search engine and enlarged it with a photocopier. Then we cut out the triangles out of green bristle board. The kids decorated their triangles with sequins and stickers.

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Our tree is made of 25 triangles. We added a star on the top and a brown piece of construction paper for the trunk….

Voila!

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Christmas Photo booth Props

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I’ve been into photography for years…from capturing vacations and holidays, to landscapes and candid moments. It’s my favorite keepsake and art form.

There’s a trend now of having photo booths at events…love this idea! And I also love the idea of making your own photo booth with backdrops and props. Earlier this fall I bought a photo booth props kit at Wal-mart for $5 and brought it in to work for the kids to use. It was lots of fun!

Now that Christmas is approaching, I thought it would be fun to have Christmas props. Here was the initial Pinspiration. I’m not a drawer so I searched Pinterest for a pattern and found someone who had also been inspired by the previous pin and had sketched the props.

Here are our props. I made them using the same card stock I use for scrapbooking:

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Added glitter to the reindeer noses and party hats for a bit of sparkle:

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And created a small backdrop with material from the dollar store:

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The kids had fun with the props during our first photo shoot and I’m sure we’ll use them more as Christmas gets closer.

Party Crossword

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I’ve been creating, but overdue on posting – the good news is that I loved the results of my Pinterest inspired project this week!

Our sweet friend Sarah hosted a ‘Welcome to the World’ party for Evan with a few friends, and she filled it with an unbelievable number of personal, creative touches. I do believe love is in the details, and she sure made us feel uber loved! She brought to life a whole number of Pinterest inspired projects that we were inspired by. In fact, if I were the one who executed them, I would have weeks worth of completed Pinterest projects to post here… but since she did the creating, not I, this wouldn’t be the place for me to share. I did however do one of the projects myself, so lets get to it…

I created a giant crossword that all attendees could contribute to throughout the afternoon. I was inspired by this Pin from my Parties & Events Pinterest board – which happened to have been created and posted by my friend Sarah (though I didn’t know it at the time – crazy!)… I’m sure I repined it from her originally, but I didn’t know she was the originator at the time.

All the questions were facts about Evan and highlights of his first months of life. I called it: ‘Evan’s “All About Me” Crossword’.

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After coming up with the questions and answers, I plotted them into a crossword within Excel. Questions ranged from Evan’s nickname, to how many weeks early he arrived, to the name his 2.5 year old brother insisted we name him – “Jaguar Baby” (he has an extreme fascination and love of Jaguars right now…so cute), and many more – 14 questions in all.

It turned out that creating the base of the crossword in Excel was perfect as I was able to create the crossword boxes in perfect form. I saved the final version as a PDF, and opened the PDF within Photoshop. From there I made it pretty by layering in a few backgrounds and playing with the opacity. I used a fun font, and added a photo and chevrons that I was really digging – especially since they emphasized my categories of ‘down’ & ‘across’ – adding a perfect visual.

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I created it to fill the largest frame I had (14″x18″), and simply printed it at home on 8.5″x11″ paper. It came out in 4 pages, which I carefully trimmed and taped together on the backside of the pages, so the tape wouldn’t be seen. I then placed it into the frame so that the crossword answers could be written onto the glass with a wet erase marker. Before printing at home, I considered paying to have Staples print it on one larger piece of paper to avoid any seams, but they quoted $14 to do this, so I decided to try it myself first. As hoped, once assembled, the seams were barely noticeable and virtually disappeared once I put the crossword behind the glass of the frame (yay!). I even had one friend ask how I printed it so large. 😉 The frame then rested on an inexpensive table top easel that I picked up from Staples.

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It was a hit and a fun addition to the party, allowing guests to get to know our sweet baby boy.
Whenever I get around to creating the baby book that I’ve started designing *in my head*, I plan to include a smaller version of this crossword on one of the pages. …sigh, if only I had enough time to create all the *in my head* designs and projects. I pinned this quote to my Quotable Quotes board not too long ago and WOW, is it ever the reality I need to remind myself.
What quotes are ringing true for you lately?
What project would you create if time were no limitation?

Another Infinity Scarf!

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After I made my first infinity scarf a few weeks ago, my mom asked if I would knit one for her. So, I decided to try another scarf from my knitting board on Pinterest.

Here’s the Pinspiration for this scarf.

This scarf was easy to knit (especially since i’m getting used to the process of knitting in the round).

I used the same needles as last time. This pattern requires you to count rows, but is still very simple. I’ll be knitting this scarf again!

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