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DIY Holiday Gift Bundle

The winner of the First Ever Vylette Giveaway is Katie!

I fear there will be a great deal of gift wrapping in my near future. I was actually ahead of things this year and I got my gift wrap, matching bows and tags as soon as the stores starting putting out the displays. I was so proud of myself, then I see this DIY by Honestly…WTF. My beautifully coordinated gifts will look great, but this takes things to a whole other level.

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You’ll need:

  • a gift (mine was a Sweet Romeo sweater from Nordstrom Rack)
  • wrapping paper
  • scissors
  • adhesive dots
  • a gold medallion
  • twine or ribbon

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Start by cutting the wrapping paper into 1″ wide strips. For a thicker sweater, I made my strips approximately 13″ long and used 60 total. Keep the strips in order as you cut them to keep the pattern intact.

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Make a small mark about half an inch from the end of the strip and punch a hole through it. Use it as a guide to continue punching holes through the rest of the strips.

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Place a paper medallion face down onto a working surface. This will be the base and where you will glue the other end of the strips to.

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Overlap the individual strips of wrapping paper, fanning them out.

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Take the sweater and roll it up tightly with a piece of twine. Place it in the center. Thread the ribbon through the front of the wrapping paper and out the backside.

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Continue adding strips. You’ll notice a sphere is forming.

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Before adding on the last strip, untie the twine from the sweater to loosen the sweater so that it fills the sphere. Add on the last strip and tie a double knot to the end of the twine.

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Pull it through the top of the sphere and tie another double knot. Trim and add a bow.

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Enjoy the gift of giving!

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Images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF

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Awesomeness in Jars

I like gifts, and during Christmas time, I like gifts in jars. Apple butter in jars, cookie mix in jars, hot cocoa mix in jars, electric butterfly in a jar…you get the idea. Last week, I was on the phone with one my close friends and we were brainstorming about how she could make the majority of her holiday gifts this year jar based. We had a long conversation about materials, recipes, packaging, and then I got home and found this amazing DIY by Creature Comforts that not only provides some great jar-based gift ideas, it also has free printables. It was like the Christmas crafting gods were speaking to us!

 

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I’ve been sitting on this DIY post for quite a while now, so I’m super excited to finally be able to share it with you all today. One of my favorite gift giving solutions: DIY Customized Gift Jars!

We all know someone (or more than one someone) who is tricky to buy for. Luckily, with just six simple steps and a few basic supplies, you can bust out these custom gifts that are sure to please just about anyone. I’ve created 4 different jar variations (with free templates): The DIY Treat / Food Jar, The Pampered Pet Jar, The Craft Supply Jar, and The Mini Spa Jar. You’ll find ideas below on what to fill each one with, but since the best gifts always reflect the tastes of the person receiving them, feel free get creative with the contents of your jars. Time to start checking people off your holiday gift list!

BASIC JAR MAKING SUPPLIES:

  • Printable templates
  • Glass jars with smooth sides | I found all of the ones used here at Target. If you’re not sure what size jar(s) to get, I recommend printing the templates to bring along with you to the store
  • Sakura 1.0mm Fine Point Pen-Touch Paint Pen | You can use white, gold, or silver ink varieties. Available in many craft stores
  • Removable tape / masking tape
  • Gift fillers | Store-bought or handmade

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There are only six simple steps to this project, and the same basic steps are used for all four jar versions (easy-peasy):

  1. Print and cut out the desired word template
  2. Tape template inside jar using removable tape
  3. Use your paint pen to carefully trace the template on the outside of the glass
  4. Remove template from inside the jar and allow paint to dry (Sakura paint pens dry quickly)
  5. Add a second coat of paint pen over the original layer if desired (optional)
  6. Fill your jar with small gifts and give

Note: Once design has dried fully, jars can be washed by hand with warm soapy water if needed. Avoid scrubbing the design on the exterior of the jar.

DIY TREAT / FOOD JAR:diy-treat-jars

Download and use the FOOD JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Hard candies
  • Chocolates
  • Caramels
  • Candy canes
  • Cookies
  • Sweet bread
  • Savory snacks
  • Homemade goodies

DIY PAMPERED PET JAR:diy_pampered_pet_gift_jar

Download and use the PET JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Toys
  • Bones
  • Biscuits
  • Other treats

DIY CRAFT SUPPLY JAR:diy_craft-jar_gift

Download and use the CRAFT JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pom poms
  • Sequins
  • Clay
  • Googly eyes
  • Washi tape
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Other craft supplies

DIY MINI SPA JAR:diy_mini_spa_jar_gift

Download and use the MINI SPA JAR TEMPLATES. Fill customized jars with an assortment of the following:

  • Nail polish
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Hand / foot lotion
  • Bubble bath
  • Loofah
  • Lip Balm
  • Other pampering supplies suited to the gift recipient

All of this Jar DIY awesomeness, from photos to tutorials, is original content from Creature Comforts.


Light Your Fire

Dear Lovely Readers,

This post comes to you from my living room couch, where I am currently resting from the strenuous activity of getting out of bed, finding my glasses and booting up my laptop. I am 87% sure that what I thought was an allergy flare up this weekend was in fact the beginnings of a cold. And since I didn’t take care of myself….you get the picture. But enough of that, I have lots of fluids an impressive array of meds and a house full of cats that are delighted to have me home.

The November after I graduated from college I was super broke and my car was unreliable so I had to skip driving home for Thanksgiving. Several of my friends found themselves in similar situations so we all went over to my friend Billy’s apartment to cook dinner together. I really shouldn’t say this, since my family wasn’t there, but it is one of my favorite holiday memories. Billy and I ended doing most of the cooking, Justin and his boyfriend “supervised” and drank a lot, we had Billy’s girlfriend on speakerphone from Miami, and the day ended with us eating dinner on the living room floor while watching Nightmare Before Christmas. Awesome. One of the kitchen tips I picked up that day was a simple trick for making the apartment smell warm and delicious before the cooking even started. All you had to do was take cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg, put them in a pot with water and leave to simmer on one of the back burners. Simple and all you had to do to keep it going was add water ever now and again.

When I saw this DIY for Homemade Herb/Spice Firestarter on Henry Happened, it gave me a Thanksgiving flash back.

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Supplies needed –

  • Coffee filters
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Dried orange and apple peels
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Lavender

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Stuff the coffee filters with a handful of the spice mixture.

Thread the needle and sew the top opening closed. It’s that simple!

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I can’t wait for it to finally get cold enough for Andy and I to try one of these out in our fireplace.