• Gifts to make

    How to Get into Sublimation on a Budget

    When I made my first Cricut Infusible Ink shirt, I fell in love with sublimation.  The look and feel is so superior to vinyl.  I don’t sell my crafts,  so I am always looking for budget conscious ways to expand my crafting repertoire.  I will show you how to get into sublimation on a budget. What is Sublimation? Sublimation is a process in which special ink is heated and the vapors adhere to a special substrate. This process requires very specific materials.  You need sublimation ink, a sublimation printer, sublimation paper, a heat press for clothing, and a mug press or convection oven for mugs and tumblers.  If you are…

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    How to Make a Memorial Ornament with Signature

    I lost my father a fews year ago, and just recently lost my mother, so learning how to make a memorial ornament with signature was near and dear to my heart. I wanted to make something special for myself and my sister to memorialize our mother.  Scrolling through Facebook, I saw a lot of people posting on the Cricut page how to turned a loved one’s signature into a cute file. This was just the personal touch I was looking for! Here’s What You’ll Need  Printable Vinyl Clear Sticker Paper-I got mine at Michaels waxed cord ornament hooks acrylic circle-I get all my acrylic from Zindee.com! clear vinyl Cricut Bubble…

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    How to Make a Bubblegum Bead Keychain or Ornament

    It seems bubblegum beads are making a comeback!  What was once only seen as cute necklace and bracelets for little girls are suddenly all over Pinterest again.  I’ll show you how to make bubblegum bead keychains or ornaments like pictured above. I’ve been seeing cute bubblegum bead keychains all over, and since it’s the holidays I thought I would put a twist on it by making them into ornaments.  I had to do some serious digging around to figure out how people were making these.  Once, I finally was able to discover the method, I just had to share it. Necessary Tools and Baubles for the Project Acrylic Keychains-If you…

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    DIY Lip Balm-Easy to Make

    DIY lip balm is an easy, fun craft to make with kids. My teen and my little one enjoyed it.  Best of all, it produces something useful! DIY Lip Balm Supplies Crafts that are fun for a wide range of ages aren’t always easy to find.  This one is super easy too.  The kids were excited to make something that they can use themselves or give as gifts. Must Haves: Beeswax-make sure it’s cosmetic grade and not for candles coconut oil– vitamin E oil lip balm tins or tubes  microwave-safe bowl Optional: We added some vanilla extract in an attempt to flavor it.  We used 1/4 teaspoon, but the flavor…

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    DIY Soap Making

    DIY Soap making is an activity on my daughter’s shelter-in-place list of things to do.  This is a fun activity that multiple ages can enjoy.   This activity was my 19-year-old’s idea, but my 8-year-old was excited to join in the fun.  To be clear, we didn’t actually make the soap.  We bought a block of soap, melted it, and poured it into molds. What You Need for this DIY Soap Making Project block soap-this is similar to the one I got from Michaels. soap colors molds- I used inexpensive plastic ones, but I’m loving the idea of these silicone ones microwave-safe bowl microwave or double boiler and stovetop Easy…

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    Acrylic Keychains Make Great Teacher Gifts

    I recently discovered the most amazing craft.  Check out my first post about acrylic keychains here.  They are so cute and fun to make.  These acrylic keychains make great teacher gifts. Some of my projects! There are dozens of styles to choose from.  Check out Zindee.com, where I buy all the blanks.  In my last post, I shared how I created my own design using a circle blank and glitter. Now I’m going to share some secrets for making the more detailed designs. Supplies to Make Acrylic Keychain Gifts Zindee sales the key chains 10 for $2.00.  They are a nice quality.  Definitely order them through Zindee.  The suede tassels are…

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    Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gifts

    I like to give my daughters a little something for Valentine’s Day and my husband always gives me a hard time for making every holiday a gift-giving day.  Even he can’t argue with this inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift.  Who doesn’t love Starbucks and chocolate? Practically Free Starbucks has these reusable cold drink cups for about $3.00. They are plastic, NOT acrylic, and they come with a reusable straw.  I got mine at the Starbucks in my Target so I saved 5% with my Red Card.  Score.  Now they say they are dishwasher safe for the top rack, however, if putting vinyl on them, I would skip the dishwasher. Grab a…

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    Quick and Easy DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

      As a teacher myself, I can tell you I have an obsession with Post-It Notes and just about every teacher I know does too.  Stacks of Post-Its are strewn all over my desk and in just about every drawer.  So, this Post-It Note holder is the perfect quick and easy DIY teacher appreciation gift!  The best part, this is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift! Items Needed *Assorted scrapbook papers-I grabbed some at Hobby Lobby 5 for a $1.00 *Acrylic picture frame-I picked these up at Dollar Tree.  They have an assortment of sizes. *Ribbon-Hobby Lobby is a great place to pick some up for 50% off. *Paper flower embellishments-I…

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    DIY Baby Shower Gifts

    My niece is having a baby girl so of course, I wanted to make her some cute one-of-a-kind baby items.  Pink/grey with chevron, and elephants are her theme.  I knew I would make a blanket with flannel and minky fabric, but I wasn’t sure what else to make. So, of course, I turned to Pinterest, which never disappoints, and did a quick search for DIY baby shower gifts. The Elusive Elephant Tag Toy I found this adorable elephant lovey over and over this one came from A girl and a glue gun.com. I just couldn’t find a tutorial on it anywhere.  I did eventually find a pattern from Mellysews.com.  But I…