A Holiday Question For My Readers

 

For the past two years I have posted DIY gifts every Monday throughout December because people really seem to like to make gifts on their own if possible. But, now, I’m noticing that people also really enjoy making holiday decorations, rather than buying them, if possible. So, I need your help here. If you could answer the poll below, it would be a big help. I do this for you guys, so it makes sense that I ask you what you want to see! If there is anything in particular that you want to learn how to make, leave me a comment and I will do my best to make it happen!

Thanks everyone!!

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DIY Holiday Centerpiece

DIY Holiday CenterpieceThe holidays are coming up. That means snow, holiday music, and of course decorating. If you’ve been following Make Something Mondays for a while, you know that I am not a huge fan of holiday decorating. But, there is one piece of advice that I’ve been given over the years that has really helped my blog. “If you can’t beat them, join them.” I don’t like decorating, but I like crafting. So, if I use the holidays to inspire my crafts, then I seem to enjoy them more. And my audience seems to enjoy them. That makes me happy. So, here we go!

DIY holiday centerpiece materialsThing You Will Need:
Candle
Glitter*
Pinecones*
Clear bowl
White sand
Pine needles
Colorful ornament balls

*optional (not pictured)

Glitter snowStep 1:
Pour the white sand into the bowl. If you chose to use glitter you can pour that in now as well. Shake it up or stir in the glitter.

Winter CenterpieceStep 2:
Start adding in your decorative elements. I added the ornament balls first, then some cinnamon-scented pinecones, then pine needles.

I added a second layer of silver glitter over the holiday decorations  for more of a winter effect.

DIY Holiday CenterpieceCheck that out! $8 and 10 mins later and you have a lovely winter-inspired holiday centerpiece. This craft would’ve costed $6 if I wouldn’t have used the pinecones that I bought for my DIY Fall-Inspired Wreath. If you live in an area like I do, the pine trees are prevalent, so you will be able to find what you need out in nature. Take advantage of that!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

Its about that time again! Christmas is about a month away and people are starting to look for gifts to buy for friends and family. Like many of you, I like to save money, so I use my crafty ability to make gifts when I can.

I’ve gone through my list of DIYs in the past two years and have compiled my favorite tutorials for some great gift ideas for the holidays. Let me know what you think!

DIY Gift Card Holder

DIY Gift Card HolderHow many gift cards do you buy around the holidays? I buy quite a few. And the designs are usually pretty wretched, so I made my own.

DIY Purse From A Scarf

DIY Knotty Purse

If you have a friend who likes scarves, this is a great gift. Find a scarf that is square, with a cute pattern. Add a gift tag with a link to my tutorial (or just show her how to make the purse) and she will thank you. 2 gifts in 1!

DIY Bookmarks

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I love these bookmarks. It is one of my favorite tutorials as well. All you need are some paper clips, patterned paper or fabric and some diamond glaze. Oh, and a few hours of waiting time.

DIY Coasters

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I know this is a common DIY gift on many craft blogs, but it is always a good one. Believe me, you can make better coasters than you will find anywhere else.

wedding gift photo coasters

You can also make photo coasters for a more sentimental gift. If you know a couple who have just gotten married, or just had a baby, and you can get ahold of those pictures, these are awesome gifts!

DIY Glitter Pendant

DIY Glitter Pendant via Make Something Mondays

This is a quick and easy DIY craft. It is a great last-minute gift as well.

DIY Missing Sock Station

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I know this is a weird gift idea. Honestly though, this is the most useful DIY project I have ever made. I use it ALL the time. If someone would have made this for me before I thought of it, I would’ve been thrilled! So, if you know someone who has everything, this is probably that something they don’t have.

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something Mondays

Don’t judge. People LOVE these. AND they are so easy to make. You need a jar, a candlestick holder, and some waterproof glue. You can also turn these into cute “baskets”. You’ve seen the hot chocolate kits and the manicure sets that people give. There are plenty of others on Pinerest as well, if you need some inspiration. Just remember, you want them to be able to use these jars for their wine! Or beer. Whatever.

If these aren’t enough and you need some more DIY ideas, feel free to search my site. Do a search for DIY or check out my Pinterest board Craft Projects with Tutorials.

If you have more ideas, please feel free to post them in the comments! Readers will thank you 🙂 And I thank you, in advance.

Write (More) Effortlessly With Markdown

In case you haven’t seen this yet…

The WordPress.com Blog

Markdown has arrived on WordPress.com! Some of you may respond with “Finally!” Others might be asking, “what’s that?” Markdown is a quick way to add formatted text without writing out any HTML.

Let’s take a closer look. Here is an example of how Markdown looks while editing a post:

Markdown Example in the Text Editor

This is how that same example looks in the Reddle theme after it’s converted to HTML:

Markdown Example shown in the Reddle theme

Writing with Markdown

Markdown lets you compose links, lists, and other styles using regular characters and punctuation marks. If you want a quick, easy way to write and edit rich text without having to take your hands off the keyboard or learn a lot of complicated codes and shortcuts, then Markdown might be right for you.

For example, to emphasize a word, you just wrap it with an asterisk on both ends, like this: *emphasized*. When your writing is published, it will instead look like this:

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DIY Gift Card Holder

DIY Gift Card HolderSince gift cards have been the most requested item on wish lists for the past 7 years (according to Gift Card Exchange Day), I figured I’d make a tutorial on how to make your own envelope/holder. The scrapbook paper you can find to make these is way more exciting than the ones that come with your gift cards. And you can personalize them however you want, which is always a perk.

gift card holder materialsThings You Will Need:
Pencil
Scissors
Gift Card
Scrapbook paper
Double-sided tape (not shown in picture)

gift card holder design

Step 1:
I would tell you to measure your gift card and make the above shape based on the dimensions, but then I would have to add a ruler to the materials list and I didn’t use a ruler. So, lay your gift card on the scrapbook paper and trace around it to create the shape above. Leave a little bit of extra space for folding. I used a water bottle to create the half circle.

If you don’t feel like making your own template you can always download one. There are a ton in the Google image search for “gift card envelope template”

folded piecesStep 2:
Cut out the shape so it looks like the above picture and fold where necessary. It helps to set the gift card where it belongs in the soon-to-be envelope and fold around it.

folded gift card holderStep 3:
Use your double sided tape to adhere the flaps. You should have an envelope that looks like the above.

DIY Gift Card HolderTah Daaah! A gift card holder that looks much cuter than store bought envelopes. You could even go a bit further and add the receiver’s name in the center.

Christmas themed gift card envelopeThen, do you know where you could put the gift card? In this adorable DIY holiday card! Its a DIY holiday!

Happy crafting 🙂