Category Archives: Handmade Gifts

Rustic Stained Wood Ornament Tutorial


DIY Wood Plank Ornament Shabby Chic SSI

I was totally inspired to make a few more DIY Christmas Ornaments when I stumbled upon this amazing Rustic Painted Ornament Etsy shop.  But I knew we could make these for next to nothing with salvaged craft supplies from around the house.  Keep reading for this super simple Rustic Painted Ornament Tutorial.


Shabby Chic DIY Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornament

I have an au natural Christmas tree with just a little bit of sparkle. White lights, ornaments in cream, gold, silver, glass and natural rafia and hemp…I haven’t purchased a single ornament this year, but wanted to add to my collection, so I made several of my own ornaments in these two styles. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can make your own DIY Hemp Ball Ornament and DIY Shell Ball Ornament.


Handmade Gifts Series – Festive Elastic Hair Tie Gift

Gold Black White Hostess Gift


I love a great handmade gift that’s small, inexpensive, and a crowd pleaser. This year I’m whipping up some Fold Over Elastic (FOE) Hair Tie Gifts. These are great little ‘thinking of you’ gifts for friends and coworkers, and they are going to be a big hit in the stockings of my teenage stepdaughter. (I hope!)


Treat Yourself – Teacher Appreciation Gift

Inexpensive Teacher Gift Ideas

Even though my lil’ guy is not even a year old, daycare is quick to remind us first time parents when exactly teacher appreciation week is.  I’m glad they do, the ladies that take care L everyday deserve a treat!!

I put together an easy an inexpensive treat bag to say “Thank You”.

Valentine’s Yarn Wreath

DIY Yarn Wreath

DIY Valentine's Wreath

I love wreaths, the way they just brighten up the front door, whether you’re coming home from a long day of work or welcoming vistors over. These yarn wreaths are easy to do. can be made for under $10, and hold up well for use year after year. It’s been awhile since I made one of these, so I thought one for Valentine’s Day would be perfect. The fun colors can definitely decorate through the spring also, so extra points for Valentin’s Decorations that don’t have to be packed away at the end of February.


Be My Valentine – Picture Frames

Mod Podge Frames

Diva Scrapbook Paper Frames

I just bought my first bottle of mod podge and I’m loving it! I whipped up these total diva picture frames for around $3 each and an hour or so of time. They’ll make great Valentine’s Gifts for that special someone :)