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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 Personalized Mugs

Here’s a fun one. My mother has drank coffee since I can remember. In fact, I remember making her coffee when I was young, and carefully trying to walk with the cup back to her bedroom without spilling it, to wake her up in the morning. My brother and I both did this all the time. So now, I’m older, and I, too, appreciate coffee. So when my mother asked for coffee mugs this year for Christmas, you know that I had to make something, and it had to work with my non-existent budget. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here we go!

What You’ll Need:

  • Mugs from a thrift store, white or light colored
  • Sharpies or Porcelain Pen
  • Oven

So this is super simple. Get some mugs from a thrift store. Our local Salvation Army has plenty of houseware items like this, and I scored a set of four matching mugs for less than 2$. My husband and I have somehow managed to accumulate what seems to be hundreds of Sharpie markers, so I had no problem there. (BUT I did end up buying paint pens, and I’ll explain why later).

Clean your mugs and remove any stickers from the store. I ran mine through the dishwasher and sanitize cycle. Find some quirky sayings, or your favorite quotes, or anything you want to write or draw on your mugs. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, go ahead and draw or write on your mugs.

Once your oven is heated up, use a shallow pan or cookie sheet to place your mugs on. Then pop them in the oven and wait. I heated mine up for 30 minutes. The first time. I say the first time because after I pulled out the first mug and let it cool for an hour or two, the sharpie scratched right off when I used my fingernail. This freaked me out a little, so I bought those paint pens. HOWEVER, after I did the other 3 mugs with the paint pens, and I was ready to clean the first mug off and try again, the sharpie wouldn’t come off! I scrubbed it, and ran it through the dishwasher and it wasn’t coming off. EVENTUALLY, using LOTS of elbow grease and a “scratchless” scrubby sponge, all of the sharpie came off and I redid the mug with the paint pens to match the others. (But it was apparent to me, that the sharpie method was just fine!)

On the other three mugs, I did use 350 degrees for one hour and I recommend leaving your mugs overnight before throwing them into the dishwasher. They ARE dishwasher safe! (Especially if you use the paint pens)

Have fun! These are really fun, and if you have older kids, they can make some, too, for the perfect permanent artwork. ๐Ÿ™‚

-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 Decorative Wall Letters

So I had this horrible blank space that I was told is called a “soffit”. I didn’t care what it was called. It was a glaring blank, white space in my kitchen and something needed to be there. STAT! I decided that I wanted something cute. I thought about quotes, and words, but I settled on our family name, Roark (pronounced Row-Ark). Once I settled on that, I had to figure out how to do the letters on my, yep, that’s right, non-existent budget.

Here’s what I did.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Trace paper
  • Pencil
  • Exacto/Box Knife
  • Computer
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Super Glue
  • Paint

I absolutely LOVE the font that Twilight uses, so I decided to open up a word document and size up the letters to the size I wanted to use. Choose a font that you like, and go with it. I used the trace paper and traced the letters from the computer screen. *Note* Be SUPER careful if you have a soft screen, you can damage the pixels!

After tracing the letters onto the cardboard, you cut them out with the exacto knife. Be careful.

cut out the letters

cut out your letters

After I cut them out, of course, I had to paint them a different color. Cardboard brown just isn’t my taste! ๐Ÿ™‚

Paint the Letters

Make sure to Paint your Letters

Lastly, I had to figure out how I was going to get them on the wall. I decided on tacks, because I had some thumb tacks in the ever-so-popular “junk drawer”. You know you have one, too! I used super glue to attach the tacks to the back of the letters. Try to get them in the middle of the letter, or wherever the letter will hang straight. Its like a picture frame, if you have too much weight on one side or the other, it will tilt. hang the letter on your finger to figure out which side might be heaviest and decide from there.

Hang your letters on the wall

You can hang the letters on your wall now!

I measured the “soffit” to see how many inches between each letter I needed, and then hung each letter in the middle of that space. Ultimately, this is what I came up with. Since I had a matching blank space on the opposite wall, I made more letters that spelled out “Family”.

There you go! Cheap, easy, and decorative! I’ve had quite a few compliments and have been asked where I bought them. HA!

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