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3 DIY Gifts for Christmas

DIY Gifts for Christmas

Well, I’ve been away for a while, what, with the holidays and family and craziness. So I thought to make up for the lost time, I would share 3 projects in one post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Make Your Own Personalized Mug1.) DIY Personalized Mugs – Porcelain paint pens (or sharpies), mugs, and oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Leave alone over night.

Make your own skull shirt2.) DIY Skull T-shirt – Two old shirts, one stenciled and cut out, then sewn together.

DIY Coffee Creamer Sample Gift

3.) DIY Coffee Creamer Sample Gift – Small glass bottles, a little of your favorite coffee creamer, then freeze. Do this with 3-6 creamers and leave in freezer until you are ready to give away.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think, or if you have any ideas that use these projects! I’d love to hear about them, or maybe even feature them! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Roxanne, LWMM

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DIY Coffee Creamer Sampler Gift

In my post, DIY Personalized Mugs, I talked about my mother’s love for coffee. Well, since she asked for coffee mugs, I wanted to add something to make it even cuter. So, since I recently bought myself some International Delight York Peppermint liquid coffee creamer, it gave me an idea. I could put a few “samples” of coffee creamers into her mugs. I don’t know if she has tried the ones I plan to give her, but I know my mom’s tastes, and I figure she’ll either like them or she’ll have tried them already! ๐Ÿ˜‰

What You’ll Need:

  • Small Bottles or Jars
  • Coffee Creamers

So, anyway, I had an empty sample bottle from a company that sent me a sample syrup, and decided it would be perfect. You can collect a few from Cracker Barrel, with their glass maple syrups, or you can find them all over the place. Find something cute and go with it. You just want to make sure they are small and not too big. Its supposed to be a “Sample Pack”.

I cleaned my bottles and took off the stickers. If you need to, use a razor to get off anything particularly stuck. Alcohol, q-tips/cotton balls, and a razor work well for this.

After the bottles were clean, I poured in my creamers as I opened them. Since I don’t regularly have two or three open at once, I did this over a period of time. Since I knew it was going to be a Christmas gift, I began this in November, freezing the creamers until I am ready to give them to her. I wrote what each one was on the bottle. (And that isn’t so pretty, but you can make it prettier using your own stickers and a printer, or prettier handwriting! :p.)

Once you have as many creamer samples as you want to make, freezing as you go, if you did it like me, then you will want to package them up! I plan to simply place them into the DIY mugs that I have made and wrap them up with little gift bags or tissue paper and ribbon.

Have fun with it. You can even make DIY syrups instead, and use those! Happy Holidays!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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DIY Boys T-shirt

DIY Skull TShirtSo I was on Twitter and happened to see this project for a DIY skull tshirt for boys, that had actually been adapted from this project.

However, I didn’t like the results of the first project and was worried my son would end up ripping the fabric with the second, adapted tshirt project. So, I adapted that one into my own! ๐Ÿ™‚

Needless to say, kids grow fast. Super fast. Ridiculously and super-humanly fast. Their clothes don’t last long. So this tshirt project sounded great, because it was reusing old shirts. However, when I thought about it, I realized if I used old shirts, my son would, maybe, get to wear this thing once. So I used two old shirts of mine. They were just old unisex shirts that I had used for yard work. Nothing special and I was getting rid of them anyway.

So here’s what I did;

What You’ll Need:

  • Two T-shirts
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Stencil or design
  • Washable marker or chalk
  • Sharp scissors

First things first; if you’re using a shirt with any graphics, turn it inside out. I had a red shirt and a white shirt. I liked the idea of white showing under the red, so I had to flip the red one inside out because it had a logo on the front.

After flipping the shirts to their desired side, I sewed my shirts together. I hand sewed along the seams down the arms, around the arms, along the bottom seam, and along the back of the collar. I didn’t want to fuss with one cut up, holey shirt in my washer, so I sewed them together.

DIY Skull TShirt

Stitch along the seams of both shirts to keep them attached. I sewed them using black thread to have it stand out.

Now came the fun part; you’ve got to draw a design, or else use a simple one from the internet. A friend of mine suggested using pumpkin carving templates, and that sounds marvelous. I free-handed a skull face onto some blank paper.

DIY Skull TShirt

Create a stencil by drawing out your design on paper, then cutting out the pieces you want to use as your stencil. Use chalk or a marker to trace this image onto your shirt.

Once you’ve got your drawing or template, you need to transfer it to your shirt. I did this by cutting out my drawing and using it as a stencil. I just happened to have chalk, so I used that to draw the stencil on the shirt.

Once you have traced the image onto your shirt, then you just have to cut out the image out of the top shirt. If you cut both shirts, you’ll end up with just a bunch of holes! After I made mine, I realized it might have been easier to cut out my image BEFORE sewing the shirts, but oh well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once everything has been cut out, I sewed along the image. Not only did this look cool (to me), but it will help keep the shirts from being torn up as easy. Use your own judgement, but this is what I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Skull TShirt

Sew along the image to help keep it from tearing up.. if you want.

Now you’ve made a skull t-shirt! You can use any image, but after this one, I suggest using something with big holes, like the eyes in my skull face. Those teeth were HELL to cut out and worse to trace! It WAS worth it, but I will be making two more shirts, and I am avoiding intricate designs!

These would be great for Christmas gifts, and totally personalizable. If you use a sewing machine, these would be super quick and easy. They look a lot like some shirts I’ve seen at a major retail store. I loved the look. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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How to Make Chalk Paints

How To Make Chalk Paint

How To Make Chalk Paint – Easy to do!

Well, everyone, sorry I’ve been gone for a little bit! I had a weekend in Arizona with some friends (a tweetup, actually), and I’ve been working extra hard on trying to some work. Unfortunately, my non-existent budget is back in action! That could be a good thing, I guess. Lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I have been trying to come up with things for the kids for Christmas. Now, when I say kids, I mean my 3 year old niece, and a 3 year old little girl named Elizabeth. My 9 month old son, Luther, is a little young for hand made items like these, and I’ll write about what I’m doing for my 13 year old, later. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, I love pinterest, and someone I follow is an addict. Haha. She always has such cool things to pin and I found this idea while looking through her boards. I changed it a little because I didn’t have any leftover bits of chalk, like that person did, and I wanted real colors, not mixed ones. Since summer came to a close in the retail stores, I managed to pick up a set of 20 pieces of chalk for .50ยข. Sweet deal!

What You’ll Need:

  • Water
  • Containers (I used baby food jars)
  • Chalk
  • Ziplock baggie
  • Something to crush the chalk with (I used the bottom of a measuring cup, and then later, the baby food jars)

Place two pieces of chalk in the baggie and smash it with whatever tool you decided to use. When crushing my chalk, I found out why it was so cheap; it had gotten wet at some point. This made it easy for me to mash up. When all of your chalk is pretty much powder, pour it into your container. I had four of each color and two little girls, so I used two pieces of each color in each jar to end up with ten.

After you have poured your crushed chalk into the container, add just enough water to give it that “paint” consistency. I filled my baby food jars about 3/4 full, and that seemed to work out pretty good. Shake up the contents. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s it!

Now, you will also need a paint brush to actually use the “paints”, but you can pick those up at a local hobby store. Also, DO NOT USE FOAM BRUSHES! They tear up on the sidewalk and concrete, so there really is no point in wasting your money on them. A thin, 1 inch paintbrush used for trim and molding it just about perfect!

The paints won’t show up great while they are still wet, but after they dry, they look great! Just be sure to shake up your containers before using them, to make sure everything is good and mixed!

Have fun!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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How to Make a Gift Card Box Out of an Altoids Tin

How to Make a Gift Card Box Out of an Altoids Tin

How to Make a Gift Card Box Out of an Altoids Tin

Two Christmases ago, I was jobless and broke, but I had a few gift cards I had managed to get before becoming not-employed. I was trying to figure out a way to give them away, but most ways required me to buy a card-holder-card, which just wasn’t in my (non-existent) budget.

So, one day I’m with my aunt who happens to like Altoids. She had a tin in her car, and to make conversation I asked her what she did with the tins when she was done (she likes to recycle as much as possible). She told me she recycled them, and BAM! The idea hit me like a ton of bricks. They might just fit a gift card. So I asked her to start saving them for me.

Now, once I got the tins, I realized I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about decorating them, or changing them, because they are so oddly shaped, but I managed to figure it out, and they were a big hit that Christmas. Everyone saved them to give away again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Recycling at its best, right?

So, anyway, let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Altoids Tin (however many you want)
  • Ribbon, and a Christmas Card (one you don’t mind cutting up)
  • Hot Glue Gun

The first thing you’ll need to do is clean out the tin. That candy powder is nice and all, but not for our cards.

Clean Your Altoids Tins

Clean Your Altoids Tins

After cleaning, you need to take the lid off of the tin. I failed to take a picture of this, but its really easy. Just bend back the two metal tabs holding the top on and remove the lid. Once you’ve done that, you can trace your lid onto whatever covering your using. In my case, I chose a Christmas card, but I’ve done them with wrapping paper too, which will have to be another post!

Trace Your Tin Lid

Traced out our Tin Lid

Once you have your traces, you cut them out.

Cut Out Your Traced Pieces

Cut Out Your Traced Pieces

Once you have yours cut out, its time to put them on your tin, like I have done here. I checked that they fit both the top and inside of the tin lid. If yours don’t, just trim and adjust a little at a time. After you have them cut just right, go ahead and glue them on. I used hot glue for this one.

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Glue the Card to the Top and Insides of the Tin

Now that you have your card glued to your tin, reassemble the tin by putting the lid back on the base, and bend the metal tabs back into place. *Note, if you are having trouble with this, you can use needle nose pliers for better strength and control. Once the tin is back together, its time for the fun part! DECORATING!

I hot glued ribbon around the tin lid, and on the inside of the base, where the card would be.

Hot Glue Your Decorations to Your Tin

Hot Glue Ribbon or Other Decorations to Your Tin

Hot Glue Your Decorations to Your Tin

Hot Glue Ribbon or Other Decorations to Your Tin

It looks good, right? And it’s easy! Now, the bottom of the tin still has Altoids info written all over it, and you can trace out another piece and glue it there, but I didn’t bother to do that on this one.

A Gift Card Box Made Out of an Altoids Tin

A Gift Card Box Made Out of an Altoids Tin, The Finished Product

So, there you have it! How to make an Altoids Tin into a Gift Card Holder. You can use other decorations besides ribbon, and a card, but its easiest. There are other ways to decorate these tins with wrapping paper and even tissue paper, which I will have to do soon and make a post of! If you make one, feel free to share! Thanks for reading!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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