15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 9, Christmas Card Holder

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In past years when I’ve gotten Christmas cards, one of two things would happen; I would either let them sit in a pile until after Christmas and then feel bad I didn’t put them up, or I would randomly tape them around the full length mirror on our basement door.  So I decided this year I needed something a little more organized, nicer looking, and higher up that little hands couldn’t get too.  In our living room we have a set of two windows that are higher up than standard windows and our TV sits in front of these windows.  I decided this would be the perfect place for a card holder because they would be visible (being right above the TV) and out of reach.  This might be the easiest of all the Christmas projects in this series.  All I did was cut the ribbon, attach it to the window sill, and clip my cards to the ribbon!  The ribbon was $.89, and the clothespins were around $1.50.  I bought a package a long time ago for another project and I had quite a few left over.

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15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 8, Homemade Snowglobe

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Christmas is getting closer!  I am so excited about this project because I love mason jars of any kind.  So here is a tutorial for a homemade snowglobe in a mason jar.  Here’s what you need:

Glass jar

Miniature tree or figurine

E6000 glue or crazy glue

Distilled water

Glycerin

Glitter

The tutorial I had seen online for a snowglobe said that you could find glycerin at Walgreen’s, CVS, etc.  So I looked at several drug stores, Kroger and Target for glycerin and every place I looked I got a crazy look when I asked for glycerin.  They said “what’s that?”  I thought I was going to have to give up on my snowglobe, until I happened to read that glycerin is also used in baking.  So I looked at Hobby Lobby, and lo and behold there is was, and for a lot cheaper than Amazon or CVS’s website was selling it for.  So my suggestion would be look in the baking aisle at a craft store, you’re more likely to find it there than a drug store.

First you  need to glue your tree or figure to the lid of the jar.  I used E6000 glue, but you could also use crazy glue if you already have that.  Let the glue sit for 24 hours (I wouldn’t rush this step since the glue will be submerged in water you want to make sure it is good and tight).  I got my miniature tree from the Dollar Tree and I didn’t notice until after I got home how crooked they were, so look for the straightest trees you can find.

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After the glue has set for 24 hours, fill up your jar with distilled water, add a dash of glycerin and some glitter.  You know that frustrating feeling when you know you have something, but just can not find it?  I had that feeling with this project.  I know I have white glitter somewhere in the disaster zone that is my crafting area, but I couldn’t find it.  So I ended up using pink.  I like how it turned out, so it was fine I couldn’t find the white, but man was it frustrating.  Once you have added the water, glycerin, and glitter to the jar, insert the tree and screw on the ring.  I ended up having to add some more water to my snowglobe because there was a big gap at the top.  I was afraid it would overflow when I inserted the tree, so I added a little at a time.

My daughter really loved watching the glitter drift down to the bottom.  She really wanted to do it herself, but mommy supervised with this one, I did not want to spend my evening cleaning glitter up off the floor!

For this project I spent $.99 on glitter, $1.49 on the glass jar, $.50 on the tree, $1.49 on the glycerin, and $.89 on the distilled water.  So the grand total for this adorable homemade snowglobe was $5.36.  I think these would make awesome gifts, and you could make tons of snowglobes out of one bottle of distilled water and glycerin!

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15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 7, Felt Ornaments

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When my husband and I got our first tree I bought a bunch of light green and red ornaments from Target that came in big packages and were pretty generic.  They were great for the first few years, but as we’re getting older and our family is expanding, we have started to get more personal ornaments.  As much as I like the matchiness (yes, I just made up a word) of the green and red ornaments, the other ornaments had meanings for us that those cheap, unbreakable ones from Target did not.  Each year I replace a few of the old ones with new ones that give our tree it’s own personality.  Now that we have a toddler, I decided our tree needed some more toddler friendly homemade ornaments.  I love the way felt ornaments look, and they aren’t breakable, a big plus in my book!  They’re also really easy and cheap to make!  I used felt scraps I already had, and I already had the red and green grosgrain ribbon.  I bought the red and gold ric rac and the blue ribbon at Joann for $.89 each (70% off Christmas ribbon!), so the grand total for this project was $1.78!  I sewed my felt ornaments, but you could just as easily use hot glue them if you’re not into sewing.

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15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 6, Felt Pillow

 

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Happy Friday!  Today I have a Christmas pillow inspired by this pillow.  Pillows are great for beginners, they are so easy!  Here is how I made this holiday pillow.

First I made a template in Photoshop for the felt letters, if you would like to download the template I made, you can get it here.  Cut out the letters for your template.

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Trace the letters backwards onto your felt.  The reason you will want to do it backwards, is so that you will not have any pen marks showing after you cut out and sew on the letters.

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After you have traced and cut all the letters out of the felt, place them on your fabric and pin in place.  I used white cotton fabric and each piece was 9.5″x13″.  If you have a pillow that you would like to create a cover for your fabric pieces will be a little different.

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Sew the letters into place.

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I have to admit, this was not my finest sewing job.  The letters are a little crooked, and at first I thought I was going to have to redo it.  But after stuffing, you can’t really tell that some of the letters are crooked, so that worked out well!  Next pin the right sides of the fabric together.

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Sew around the edges, leaving a space of about two to three inches unsewn.

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Trim excess fabric from the edges and corners.

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Turn the pillow right sides out and press.  Make sure you poke the corners out all the way, I use a chopstick to do this.

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Stuff the pillow and slip stitch the opening closed.

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15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Projects 4 and 5

I’m sorry I missed yesterday, I had a very busy day after work yesterday.  So today I have two projects for you to make up for it!  The first is a felt tree for toddlers to play with.  As soon as I saw this idea, I knew I needed to do it.  If you have a young child (or two) around your house, your tree is probably like mine.  It looked so nice that first night I put up all the ornaments after the little one went to sleep.  But she had other plans.  This hasn’t completely stopped my little girl from trying to redecorate the tree, but she has really loved this felt tree.  She is 16 months, so she still has a little trouble getting the ornaments to stick on, but for the most part she can do it herself.  Just be warned, cats loved this toy too…

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I used a half a yard of felt which was on sale for $2.99/yd and approximately 6 sheets of felt that were $.34 each.  So my grand total for this awesome quiet toy was $3.52!

The next project I have for you all is an ornament wreath.  I have wanted one of these for a couple years, and I decided to try to make my own this year.  It really was easy.  Here is a great tutorial for how to make this simple wreath.

Here are the supplies you will need to start with:

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I used ten packages of ornaments from the dollar store which ended up being around 70 ornaments.  The hanger I already had and the ribbon I got on sale for $1.99.  So my total for this wreath that would was $11.99!  I do wish I had stuck with only gold and silver or silver and red ornaments, rather than all the different colors, but I had a cranky toddler with me and was trying to very quickly get my supplies and get out of the dollar store!

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15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 2, Berries Monogram

Hello all, day 2 of 15 Christmas Crafts Under $15 is here!  Today I have a very awesome monogram to hang on a door, cabinet, or mirror for you.  I found this while browsing Pinterest and loved it!  Mine ended up looking a little different because I bought a different kind of berries.  Here are the ones I got:

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I got all of my supplies at Michael’s.  I ended up using four stalks of berries total.  All you do is snip the berries off and then hot glue them to your letter, it’s that easy!  I would recommend trying to find smaller berries than I used because I ended up having the do two layers in some places since my berries were so big, there were some gaps left and you could see the black letter underneath.  I decided not to use this on my front door because the letter is a little too small, and the berries are about the same color as my door, so you could barely see it from the sidewalk!  I haven’t found the perfect spot for it yet, but I’m still looking.  Here is the finished product:

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I got the berries on sale for $.99 each, so $3.96 for the berries.  The ribbon was $4.99 and the letter was $3.99.  I had a 15% off coupon, so with that and tax the total for this project was $11.66.  You could do it way cheaper if you already had the ribbon or if you got it on sale for a better deal than I did this time (I was at Joann today and they have their Christmas ribbon 70% off!).  See you tomorrow for another exciting Christmas craft!

15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 1, Yarn Wrapped Trees

I’ve been a little MIA this week I know.  If you recall in my last post I was home with a sick baby last Monday, well guess who got it next?  So I have spent this week resting up and preparing for an awesome series I’ve planned for you all.  I am spending the next 15 days posting a new Christmas project each day that is $15 or less.  So I’m calling it my 15 Christmas Crafts Under $15 series!  I love decorating for Christmas, but decorations are not cheap.  And if you’re like me, you probably see things in stores, and think, hmm I could make that.  Why pay $20 for something you could make for just a couple of bucks?  So here’s my list of Christmas projects you can do on the cheap (by the way, most of these projects cost way less that $15!)  As I’ve probably said before I love Pinterest.  I wish it was my job to get paid to pin things all day long (I would totally be rich, haha).  Some of these projects are ones you can find on Pinterest.  A couple are some originals I have thought up, and a couple are my spin on some projects I’ve found on Pinterest.

Enter our first Christmas Craft: the yarn wrapped tree!

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I love the way yarn looks wrapped around things, I’m not sure what it is about it I love, but I think it looks great.  Here is how you make these cute, easy trees.

First you need to make the base.  You can buy styrofoam cones, but since this series is all about doing things cheaply, I made my own cones out of cardstock and a paper plate.  I used hot glue to secure the cones.  Eek, excuse the mess on the table in the background!!

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Next add a line of hot glue near the tip of the tree along the seam.  Then place the end of your yarn on this line of glue.

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Then begin wrapping your yarn.  You may need to add a little more hot glue to the tip to get the yarn to stay in place while you begin wrapping.  As I went down the tree, every 10 rows or so I would add a dot of hot glue to help keep the yarn in place.  Then once you get to the bottom, hot glue the yarn all the way around the last row on the tree.  The first tree I did, I lined up the yarn neatly, but then while I was gluing around the bottom, the top half got loosened and shifted a bit.  While the nice, tightly wrapped look is nice, I actually liked the way the loosened, messier part looked (you can see the smallest tree is the one where this happened; the top is loose, and the bottom in neat and tight).  So on the next two I didn’t worry about staying lined up when I wrapped the yarn, I just made sure you couldn’t see the white anywhere.  You could make as many of these little cute trees and set them up along a mantle (I don’t have one, boo).  I think this would also look cute with some of that fancy yarn with fibers sticking out of it.  I’m not a knitter, so I don’t know that official name for that yarn.

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So here’s the breakdown on price.  I already had the cardstock and paper plate so that was free (you could also use a cereal box broken down, anything with a little bit of structure to it).  I had to buy the yarn because I didn’t have any colors that would work.  Joann had the skeins I used on sale for 2 for $5, plus I used a 15% off coupon.  So my grand total for this project was $4.25, although if you already have yarn, it could be free!  It doesn’t use much yarn at all, so you could use leftovers you had from another project.

See you tomorrow for the next Christmas Craft Under $15!

Boxy Makeup Bag

 

I just have a quick post for everyone tonight, things have been busy this weekend with all the eating, shopping, and family time!  On Thanksgiving Day as I was getting ready I started digging through my makeup bag looking for some eyeshadow.  As I my fingers got covered in the shimmery film that was coating the items in the bottom of the bag, I realized that I had been using the same makeup bag for probably eight years.  And there was makeup down in the bottom of the bag that might have been there that long too…

So I decided it’s time for a new bag for my makeup.  I know you all know how it goes, you think “oh I will get around to that…” and it never happens.  So I took a proactive step and threw away the bag and the old makeup hanging out down in the bottom of it, so now my makeup was just floating around in the top drawer of the bathroom vanity.  And I vowed to make myself a new makeup bag this weekend.  I found this great tutorial and used it.  The steps are very clear and easy to follow.  And here’s my confession, I’ve never sewn a zipper before.  I haven’t been seriously sewing for very long, but for some reason I have always been intimidated by zippers.  Not anymore!  I dug the zipper foot out for my machine and discovered there was nothing to be worried about!  It really was easy!  Here are some more pictures of this fabulous, boxy bag!

 

 

Sailboat Baby Toy

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping trip!  I braved the stores, but didn’t go out until 10 a.m. this morning, so it wasn’t too crazy.  Now that I’ve shopped until I dropped it’s time to get craftin!  I’m still working on the shower gift for a coworker who is having twin boys.  Her shower is next Friday and I have just one more blanket to make.  I’ve had so much fun making cute baby boy stuff!  I found this really cute tutorial on how to make a sailboat toy for a baby.  This is a great project for using up scrap pieces of fabric or ribbon.  Plus babies are fascinated with playing with tags.  My mom made Cora a cute little blankie with ribbon tags all around it and she loved it.  Here’s how I made my sailboats.

I cut out my pattern on blank paper.  The sails are right triangles that are 4.5″ x 6″ and the bottom of the boat is a trapezoid that is 5″ long on the bottom, 9″ long on the top, and 3.5″ tall.

Next cut out your fabric.  You will need two pieces of fabric for each pattern piece.  You can also go ahead and cut your ribbon, or wait until it’s time to sew the ribbon in.

First sew two sail pieces (I started with the boat and the red fabrics) along the long vertical edge with right sides of the fabric together.  Do this with the other two sail pieces.  Open the sails and press the seams.

Next lay your sails on top of each trapezoid with the right sides facing each other.  Sew along the 9″ edge, the press open the seams.

Next pin the two pieces together with right sides facing each other.  Don’t forget when pinning your ribbons to make the loops face inward (I’ve made this mistake a couple times not paying attention, then had to rip the thread out and start over).

Sew around the edges leaving an opening at the bottom of the boat.

Turn the boat right side out and press.

Stuff with filling and slip stitch the opening shut and you’ve got an adorable baby toy!

Felt Flowers Headband

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So on Thursday I realized Thanksgiving is mere week away, yikes!  I hadn’t started on making Cora’s Thanksgiving outfit at all, so I decided that was my mission this weekend to get her dress and headband finished before I had to start thinking about any cooking.  I love love love felt flower headbands.  I think they are so dainty and they can be worn with a dressy dress or an everyday outfit.  So here’s how I made this one to match Cora’s brown chevron Thanksgiving dress (coming soon!).

To make the dark purple flower you will start with a circle and four flower shapes (oops there are five in the picture, just ignore one for now!)

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Place a dot of hot glue in the center of one flower and fold in half like so:Image

Place another dot of glue in the middle along the bottom and fold in half again.

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Put hot glue on one side and glue to the circle.

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Do this for the remaining three flower shapes.

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Now cut three more flowers, these should be slightly smaller than the first flowers (remember that one I told you to ignore?  He got trimmed down a bit and we’re going to use him now).

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Glue two of the flowers in half.

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Glue them on top of the folded pieces with the long sides touching.

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Fold your last flower shape in quarters and glue in the center of the flower.

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And you’re finished with one flower, woohoo!  Two more to go!

Next we’ll be doing the light pink flower.  Start with a circle.

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Cut a spiral and then scallop the edges of the spiral.  Don’t worry about it being perfect.  I tell my students all the time that their artwork will never look exactly like mine or anyone else’s and that is okay.  You will never find two flowers that look exactly alike, so don’t stress about getting your flower perfect.  Mine definitely is not!

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Now you’re going to roll the spiral starting with the pointy end and hot glue the circular end on the bottom of the flower.  Okay, bad blogger moment, I forgot to take a picture of gluing the bottom.  But you can see how I did it on my fall wreath tutorial, which is also where you find how to make the brown flower.

Cut out two circles to be the base for the flowers and leaves if you would like.  I used embroidery floss to create the detail stitching around my leaves, but that’s totally optional.  Cut your elastic to the length needed. My daughter’s head is 17″ so I cut my elastic to 16.5″ to allow for overlapping when I sewed the two ends of the elastic together.  Now we’re ready to assemble the headband.

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First test out the placement of your flowers and leaves on one of the backing pieces.  Once you are happy, hot glue each piece to the back.

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Sew your elastic together.  I just hand sewed it since I was using skinny elastic.  Then spread glue all over the backing, lay your elastic in place, then put the other circle back on top of the glue.

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And you’re finished!  Aren’t you excited?  I know I was, too bad Ms. Cora is sleeping, I can’t wait to try it on her!

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