Monday, December 21, 2009

Last minute, cheap Christmas gift/stocking stuffer

So I needed a SUPER QUICK, cheap little gift for a stocking stuffer. I decided to give Mod Podge a try. I have never used it before!! It is actually really cool. So, I used my leftover tiles from my stencil/coaster project, I bought wrapping paper from the dollar store, and ribbon from the dollar store. Then I made these!

They aren't perfect, but hey they are cute, fast, and under $5.o0! All I did was put a layer of mod podge, cut out sections of the wrapping paper I liked, and then two more layers of mod podge. Then I sprayed them with acrylic sealer and glued 4 felt circles onto the bottom. By the way, I didn't buy the pre-made felt circles that are like $5.99, I just bought a sheet of felt for $.029 at Michael's and cut circles out and glued them on! Twenty-nine cents!

I finished by tying them up with my ribbon from the dollar store. They have BEAUTIFUL Christmas ribbon right now.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My husband and I were doing some shopping the other night, and we stopped in J Crew. Everything in that store I am dying to have, but I really liked these delicate little headbands they had. Here is a picture of one of them.

Only problem of course, they were like $15.00! My husband gave me the idea that I could probably make them! Duh! Why didn't I think of that. So I went home and literally spent like 30 minutes and made 2. I am so glad I didn't waste my money and buy them. But I was thinking these would make cute little stocking stuffers or presents. You could even add little flowers or anything pretty really. All I did was start with a plain headband, wrap ribbon around it, and hot glue a bow on top. Easiest project ever! Since I had the ribbons and headbands already, it was also completely FREE!

Monday, December 7, 2009

DIY Christmas Presents

I have been seeing a lot of really cool Christmas gift ideas in the blog land. So I decided to try and make monogrammed coasters. I bought the tiles at Lowe's for 39 cents each. SO CHEAP! I got PermEnamel for Glass, Ceramic, and Tile at Michael's. For the last project I did which involved painting letters, I used a little paintbrush, but the brush was still enormous compared to what it should be. So this time I bought two teeny tiny brushes for $1.49 each.

Having smaller brushes made all the difference! It made the project so much easier. I printed out the letter N on the computer, cut it out, and traced around it with a mechanical pencil. Then I just painted the N in with my tiny brushes! It was so easy and hardly took an hour! After that I sprayed a coat of Clear Acrylic Sealer.

Then I finished it off by glueing four felt circles on the bottom of each coaster. DONE!

I also made the famous Dollor Tree Wreath that everyone is making this year. Beautiful! And so cheap!

Oh and here is my finished project from a couple weeks ago all hung up on the wall.