Have I mentioned that I LOVE lemon curd? I really do. I need to find a healthier option, but until then, I will enjoy it as a special treat. But seriously, it is one of my most favorite things ever.
I canned a few jars of it this week and needed a nice little gift tag for it. Fold it in half and write a nice message inside the card. Lemon curd should be consumed no later than a year after it’s been canned (who would wait that long?!), so make sure you write the appropriate dates on the back.
Fold it, punch a hold towards the top fold, and hang by a pretty ribbon or bakers twine.
*Will post a picture soon, my printer is out and I need to get them printed. If you are having problems with the quality, email me or leave a comment.
While citrus may not be viewed as something “Christmas-y” (though, some people do put oranges in stockings), it’s in season and there is so much you can do with this pretty fruit. From cleaning supplies to seasonings, there are lot of DIY gift potential.
Who loves free printables?! I have searched for and scanned through, hundreds of free holiday gift tags and label printables. Although this list is HUGE, I didn’t even include all of them!
No matter what you use as gift wrapping, there is a gift tag here that will go great. I love the little woodland creatures and vintage-inspired tags. Which ones are your favorite? Oh, and did I mention they are all FREE? Plus, they are super easy to download and print!
Have you found any great Christmas gift tags this year?
Now the hardest part is deciding which gift tags to use!
I guess I am lazy, but I find it a pain to change out pictures in frames, especially when they are hanging on the wall. Solution? Hang the picture on the outside of the frame! You can easily change out pictures of several different sizes and you can change out the backdrop paper as well.
I bought the frames from a dollar store and the clips came in a 3 pack from Target. I also used spray paint on the clips.
All purpose, industrial-strength glue
Spray paint (optional)
Colored paper (optional)
That’s it! Now you can change out your hanging pictures without taking your frames down!
I love seeing all the DIY treat stands on Pinterest and I have been meaning to make some. All you need is glue, a base, a tray, and if you want, some ribbon or paint. An assortment of trays full of goodies would be great for holiday parties. Here is a list of some different tutorials:
December is here and my house has already begun to celebrate Christmas. I have my mantel decorated and a small tree up and my husband has hung lights, I just have a Christmas tree left to get. This is our first year in a house and I want a real one, like all the years of my childhood! Luckily my husband is willing to indulge me!
The holidays to me are full of crafts and new recipes, family and friends, and special church services. So let the countdown begin!
The other day I found a couple packs of clothespins in the garage and wanted to do something Christmas-ey with them. There are a TON of crafts to do with clothespins. There are a million animals, people, and little critters do make with clothespins, but I was looking for holiday decorations that maybe double as organization as well. I found a few things that seem promising:
It can be easy to make quality photo pendants and charms using resin. Some resin can be tricky to work with, but I’ve found that Castin’Craft’s Easy Cast Epoxy is actually very easy to use. You just need a few supplies and before you know it, you will have fun charms or keepsake photo pendants for you or for gifts!
Glue (if using a bail or glueing a frame or scrabble tile onto another setting, use e600 or something similar)
Scrapbook paper, digital negatives, small pictures, or other paper-type item
Blow dryer (optional, but recommended)
Optional – chain, key ring or ball chain, bails, or cufflinks
Epoxy, digital negatives, and frame charms
For this project, I used Costco’s 5×7 digital negatives and frame charms. In the photo on the top of this post, there are cufflinks made out of scrabble tiles, using pictures from a vintage bug dictionary. You can also do photos or scrapbook paper on scrabble tiles and glue a bail onto the back, or use a cabochon setting.
To make tiny pictures: In a photo editing software or PowerPoint create a 4×6 inch shape, insert the pictures you want to use and minimize them to your setting’s shape. Do a couple different sizes to play around with, fill up your 4×6 shape and have printed at a 1 hour photo place.
Follow the Easy Cast directions and mix your epoxy. The amount you need will determine how many items you are using. A little bit goes a long way, so do several pendants at a time.
Cut your paper/photo to fit your setting, tile, or frame; glue into place.
Using your plastic knife, small spoon, or stick, carefully drop a small bit of resin on top of your photo. Use a toothpick to spread it into corners and sides. Add more if needed. Resin is thick enough to “dome” on to of a surface, like water on a penny.
Using a blow dryer on low, directly above your pendant, carefully blow out any air bubbles.
Keep in a warm, dry, place for 24+ hours until no longer sticky
Glue a bail on the back of your tile, attach chain or key ring to your pendant, and enjoy!
Charms for jewelry
Glue tiles onto bobby pins with settings, or other berets
Wine glass charms
Napkin ring charms
Glue settings onto rings
Glue onto picture frames
Make 3D stickers by coating store-bought or handmade stickers with resin
I know it’s not even November yet, but before you know it, it will be time to send out Christmas cards. If I don’t start on things now, they will probably go out late! Besides, you don’t have to make just Christmas cards with this tutorial, you can make any card or invite or layered graphic.
My computer has Photoshop on it, but it’s on the fritz, so I have been using my husband’s computer – he doesn’t have Photoshop on his computer and I have been procrastinating on installing it. I’ve been doing all my icons and graphic layering using POWERPOINT! Microsoft does make a flyer making software, but I don’t have that on my computer, either.
Some things are actually easier to use PowerPoint than Publisher or Photoshop or any other fancy photo editing software. I’ve including the following step-by-step tutorial on how to do your own Christmas cards (or birthday, or Easter, or scrap booking or electronic invitations) using PowerPoint. I made my wedding monograms some years back with this technique.
Printing pictures as Holiday cards can be more economical and can offer you more creativity and variety. You don’t have to follow a template! You can even make your own postcards this way by gluing cardstock to the back of one of your pictures.