Category Archives: Frugal

Sunshine Art Gift

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In search of a homemade gift from my kiddos, I saw a few variations on Pinterest of this idea, mostly using footprints.  They were super cute, but I didn’t want to invest in a large canvas big enough for feet.  Instead I used an 8×10 canvas panel that I purchased on Amazon in a 12 pack (around a dollar a piece).  I outlined the circle for my oldest kiddo and he painted the sun.  Then I helped each munchkin make three or four fingerprints on the canvas.  Using my trusty Silhouette I cut out the letters in vinyl and applied to the canvas.  I love how it turned out!  On the back (not pictured) I put “Made with Love and Little Fingers” and had all my kids sign their names.

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Paper CTR boxes

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“CTR” stands for “Choose the Right”.  At church, I teach seven year old boys and girls.  They get a ring that has the CTR symbol on them, reminding them to Choose the Right.  I made these little boxes to put the rings inside.

I got the template of this A-MAZING site that designs templates for any size box you want.  I just put in my dimensions and printed out how many I needed.  I made the white CTR logo on my Silhouette Craft Cutter.

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ctr 2This would also be a great, inexpensive way to package a gift for baptism.

Hair Bow Holder

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It seems like everyone I know is having a baby girl.. which is fabulous!  I made these hair bow holders out of items I already had at home.

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You’ll need:

  • A 12×12 canvas (or whatever size you want)
  • Felt (doesn’t matter what color, just used for “softness” or filling behind fabric, about 16×16 inches
  • Cute material, 16×16 inches
  • Ribbon
  • Staple gun
  • Hair bow making supplies

Basically, make a mini quilt, without finishing the edges, then staple it around the canvas.  Like this:

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bows3Need more instructions?  Here’s step-by-step:

1.  Layer felt and material, sew three equally spaced lines down the center of the fabric (this will be where you place the ribbons).

2.  Line up the ribbon along the sewed lines (I taped them on with painter’s tape) and then secure them by sewing along the edge of the fabric.  You want the actual ribbon loose so that hair clips can be attached.  The ribbon is only attached at the bottom and top.

3.  Place “quilt” material face down and fold over edges.  Secure with staple gun.

4.  Make some cute bows, attach to ribbons, all done!

His and Hers Gifts

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I’ve been jumping on the mustache trend, I’m mean really, how can you not?

Using my Silhouette and outdoor vinyl, my outdoorsy friends got these beauties for their wedding gift.  In case its hard to tell from the picture, I did the lips and mustache on one side and their names on the other.  If you want to see some other Nalgene bottles I’ve done, check out here.

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hishers2My sister needed a gift for her boss, so we used the same design on these mugs from the dollar store.

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Praises to Ana White

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There are no words to describe how much I love Ana White and her site of free designs.  I have a LONG list of many of her projects I’d like to try.  Here’s the first attempt at one of her designs, an entry table I’ve been eying for awhile.

If I were to do anything different, I would have stained the wood, then wiped it off with a microfiber towel so some of the wood grain could show through.  I did it this way to match my stairs, but I would have preferred the grainier look.  If you like the stain color, its Rosewood from Home Depot.

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Easy Gift Wrapping

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This year, my go-to neighbor gift is peppermint popcorn which is divine and easy to make.  I needed an equally as simple gift bag to put it in.  I ordered 4 inch doilies from Amazon, although any respectable craft store will have them.  I designed a little “Merry Christmas” tag and stapled it all on at once onto a brown lunch bag.  You could also use “To/From” tags instead.  I love easy.

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Wood Letters Decorated with Card Stock and Mod Podge

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Lately, I’ve been giving wooden letters as gifts to friends.  If using a coupon at a craft store, you can usually score a letter about a foot tall for $2.  I get a pretty card stock to match their house, and pull out the Mod Podge.

Here’s a letter “C”:

Quick tutorial:

Paint your letter whatever color you want, back and front, two coats.  Let dry completely.

Trace with a pencil around the letter on the back of the card stock.  Cut out along your line a little more than what you traced to give you a nice border:

Sorry, not pictured, but do a layer of Mod Podge on top of the letter and carefully lay card stock on top.  Its very important to press down completely and get out any air bubbles while the Mod Podge is still wet.  I turn the letter over to dry completely pressed against my counter.  You can seal the whole thing with another Mod Podge layer if you’d like.

Done!

Here’s another:

And here’s what I did for my kitchen.  I had a weird, long and skinny spot above a window that needed a little something.  These letters I cut out myself with a hand held jig saw.  To get the shape of the letter, I just found a font I liked on the computer and printed it off, cut it out, and used it as a pattern.

Forget Not Post It Note Gift

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This week I am getting ready for a Visiting Teaching Conference at church.  Our theme is “Forget Not the Importance of Visiting Teaching”.  I needed a cute hand out for under a dollar a piece.

I decided on post it holders:

This blog was where I got my inspiration (i.e. copied) to do the post it note hand out.  Her tutorial is great, but gives measurements for holding two post it note pads.  Since I had to make 150 of these things, I chose to save a little money and only do one pad.

In case you are wondering, the mini gel pens are from Staples and the cheapest post it notes I could find were the generic brand from Costco.

The card stock is from Joann’s (the lavender “pearl” pack) and the plastic packaging is also from Joann’s.

My tutorial:

 

Want to see how we decorated the Relief Scoiety room?  Forget me not flowers are small and weren’t in season, so we printed of these prints from Costco photo gallery ($3 each) and put them in frames we already had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mod Podge Tables

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Here are a few tables I gave a facelift to using just Mod Podge and paper.  This first one is just a kids table from Ikea, I think they are $25, but its been awhile since I purchased it.  I first painted with regular craft paint, got wall stickers from the Dollar Store, then Mod Podged over everything.

This second table a neighbor gave to me, but there were scratches all over the top of it.  I got a pack of pretty card stock from the craft store and cut 3 inch squares.  Once I had my design figured out, I Mod Podged a few rows at a time.  To keep paper from wrinkling, apply a thin but complete layer, put square down, then rub with finger to get a tight seal across the whole piece.  Once all the squares were on, I did another layer over the top.  This table fits nicely in my guest room.