Mod Grommet Snowman Gift Tag and Ornament

created at: 12/22/2010

created at: 12/22/2010

Before winding up the Wine Bottle Roundup, you may want to quickly put together a mod puffy snowman gift tag/ornament. Made from a houndstooth remnant, dacron, felt and a silver 1/2″ grommet, he’s a cute little touch of MOD anyone would love. This is fast and easy if you have the materials in your craft stash.

1. Use round patterns to draw three concentric circles in a snowman shape on a piece of fabric, dacron and a felt back. Continue Reading

Give a Recycled Sweater Pet Bed and Donate to Animal Shelters

created at: 12/01/2010

Ordinarily, I’d try to figure out how to make these cozy little sweater pet beds, but when designer, Susan Lowe Heap, owner of WoolyBuddyBeds.com only charges $25.00-$30.00 for her handmade wool felted cat or dog beds, and donates 5% of all proceeds to various animal shelters, I must step back and respect her tremendous creativity and generosity. Susan

scours thrift stores for wool sweaters to wash and felt, donating yet again.  She softens up the sweaters and then somehow pads and molds these into snuggly beds animals can’t seem to resist. Continue Reading

Handmade Hanukkah: Inspiring DIY Hanukkah Decorations

created at: 11/30/2010

Hi everyone, it’s me Sara of creativejewishmom.com back again with some inspiring ideas for DIY Hanukkah decorations. If you’d like to read a little about the history of Hanukkah, please see my post from yesterday here. Or continue reading for a bunch of crafty DIY ideas that could easily keep you busy all year!

Hanukkah decorations? What would that be exactly? Between you and me, it could be anything that brings you joy! Not to pop anyone’s bubble, but the idea of Hanukkah being a blue and white holiday is a fabricated American idea, that does link the holiday to the colors of the Israeli flag, but was probably developed in order to commercially distinguish the Jewish holiday from the red and green holiday. Continue Reading

Curbly Recession Busters: 5 Gifts for a Buy-Nothing Christmas

Still haven’t gotten around to your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping yet? Don’t. Instead, you might want to consider opting for a recession-busting, buy-nothing holiday. However, just because you don’t buy anything doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be giving your loved-ones gifts. For example…

  1. For Mom: Make housework coupons. (Here’s a free printable that could work.)
  2. For Dad: Paint a picture of something meaningful.
  3. For Your Girlfriend: Make homemade, wild-flower potpourri. (Or spa stuff.)
  4. For Nephews and Nieces: Make a scrapbook page.
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Make A Personalised House Of Cards

The Eames House Of Cards is a series of interlocking cards depicting what Charles called ‘The good stuff’,

created on: 11/28/08

first produced in 1952, they’re still available today, find them at the Curiosity Shoppe for $35. If you have an MCM lover on you list they’re pretty much perfect.

OR you could make some depicting your very own good stuff. There’s a tutorial over at Design*Sponge to do just that.

You’ll need:

  • 32 images that you love
  • a printer
  • 3 sheets of photo quality ink jet paper
  • 3 pieces of 8.5” x 11” cardstock
  • rubber cement
  • x-acto knife and straight edge
  • rounded-corner punch (optional)
  • scissors

I’ll be making a three sets of these featuring Teddy to give to his
Grandparents this Christmas and a set featuring indecent close-ups of
vintage V8 engines for my brother-in-law. Continue Reading

Make Teacup Candles

Teacups with saucers make the world more ladylike and dainty and thus
brilliant. If you combine teacups and saucers and candles you get
either a tea party waiting for a place to happen or these:created on: 11/20/08
Teacup
Candles! Guest blogger Kate over at Design*Sponge made these lovely
little fellows.  So cute, and I think they might be what
ModHomeEcTeacher was talking about in her post about repurposing thrift
store stuff
to make gifts.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

  • teacups (saucers optional) – Kate got hers from thrift stores
  • wax – she used microwaveable soy wax
  • candle wicks (at least 1″ taller than your cup)
  • candle scent or dye (optional)
  • microwaveable container
  • hot glue gun
  • thermometer

They look dead simple to make, head over here for the rest of the
skinny
. Continue Reading

How To ‘Make’ Soap Cupcakes

created on: 11/18/08

I
love the idea of making soap but am totally scared off by the
complex-science-molten-fat part. These cupcakes are super easy to do,
as technically you reshape soap as opposed to making it.

Before
we start I have to say that I know the ‘icing’ on these is pretty lame,
certainly no Bakerella creation, but that is more to do with me than
the technique. I am infamously horrible at cake decoration. Every
cupcake I’ve ever made has looked like it was iced by an angry drunken chimp. Continue Reading

7 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Maybe you haven’t had time to shop, or maybe a lack of funds has made braving the holiday shopping experience less than fun, or maybe you just don’t know what to buy those hard to buy for types. Don’t worry. Take a deep breath, read the list below and maybe you’ll find the perfect last minute gifts. Bonus: They’re more personal than the ubiquitous ‘gift card’ AND some don’t cost a thing!

  • Offer that favorite couple a free night of your babysitting services.
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Modern Christmas Gift Ideas for Under 50 Bucks!

If you have a fan of everything modern on your Christmas list and need some gift-giving ideas, you might want to check out Mod Livin’s Under $100 Gift Shop, but don’t worry, there’s plenty to choose from closer to $50. And what’s great is there’s something for everybody! Here’s just a sampling:

Jonathan Adler Gloss Lantern Vase, $44 + $7.95 shipping.

Flensted Flowing Rhythm Mobile, $45 + $4.95 shipping.

Coink Piggy Bank, $38 + $6.95 shipping. Continue Reading