Aren’t cupcakes the cutest little treats ever? I’ve always loved them. I make them for every party we have, and I also like giving them as gifts. Here’s a fun way to give a cupcake to a friend this Christmas – in a sweetly labeled mason jar! Once you’re done checking out this easy DIY Christmas gift idea, make sure to scroll to the end of this post to see 15 more beautiful DIY Christmas gift ideas from my blogging friends. [Read more…]
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How’s your Christmas gift making / buying coming along? I still have a lot to do, but I’m steadily plugging away at my list. When I saw this metallic pouch from Anthropologie the other day, it inspired me to make my own handmade zippered & lined metallic pouch for gift giving this year. Zippered pouches are so versatile, and a shimmery one is that much better! Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for 11 more handmade Christmas gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends. [Read more…]
‘Tis the season for whipping out the old sewing machine and plugging away at handmade Christmas gifts! One of my favourite gifts to give is STILL a DIY infinity scarf. They’re so quick to make (about 15 minutes), and it’s a lot of fun to find unique fabrics that will make your recipient happy. I made a new video tutorial for my infinity scarf technique, and I hope you enjoy it! Also – scroll down to the bottom of this post to find 9 more amazing DIY gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends! [Read more…]
With Christmas less than a week away, all of the kindergarten and dance class recitals complete, and our home decorated and ready to go, we are taking some time to relax and enjoy the season together. What better way to relax and enjoy Christmas than to do fun, festive crafts together! This craft was something we made up as we went along, and it doubles as a fun kid’s activity as well as a unique neighbor or teacher gift. This silly recycled baby food jar hot chocolate reindeer and marshmallow snowman were a big hit in our house! Come read how we made this fun & simple Christmas craft. #YahooDIY [Read more…]
I’m so happy to be a part of a Back to School Blog Hop posted by the lovely ladies at Elizabeth Jone Designs! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a ton of wonderful DIY back to school ideas from everyone.
As you probably know, Little C is headed to Kindergarten in less than a month. I’ve been going through all sorts of emotions as I process this big step in my little girl’s (and my) life. I wanted to make a small but special gift for her first day of school – something that would make her feel special and know how much she’s loved. I came up with the idea of a “jitter glitter” back to school necklace set after I saw this bracelet set and this first day of school note on Pinterest. I combined the two ideas, re-wrote my own poem, and created a fun little gift for my girlie. This DIY Jitter Glitter Necklace set is a fun and simple first day of school gift idea for any little one heading off for the first time! [Read more…]
My Little C has graduated playschool this week and she’ll be headed off to kindergarten in the fall! She is thrilled and I am thrilled/scared. She seems totally ready and excited to go to school this year. I can’t believe how grown up she is! As a gift for her wonderful playschool teacher this year, we made this simple succulent mason jar present using leftover Hens & Chicks from my sister’s wedding favours. These plants are so cute and low maintenance, so I think they make a perfect gift for a teacher!
As I anxiously await the arrival of our third daughter, it causes me to reminisce about my first two girls and those precious first weeks and months with them as new babies. Honestly, some of the first year with each of them is a bit of a blur – some days seemed to go by slowly and some seemed to go by so fast! When you’re exhausted, it’s sometimes hard to remember how you dealt with certain things or how you even made it through the long, sleepless nights. I do remember most of the first year with each of my girls, though, and I know that I’m here today to tell the tale!
Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite holidays to spend with my girls! We love making sweet Valentine’s crafts, baking and giving little gifts to our friends. This year, Little C and I thought it would be fun to give one of our favourite treats – Kinder Surprise eggs – to our friends as Valentines. I made a fun “love bug” printable to dress up the eggs for V-day: [Read more…]
We have had far too many Snow Days here for my liking lately. A couple of weeks ago, the temperature dropped to -44 degrees (celcius) with the windchill! We’ve also had several feet of snow recently, plus some freezing rain to top it all off. Needless to say, we’ve spend a lot of time inside doing crafts, Christmas baking and watching movies.
All of these snow days have made me think that it would be fun to make some “snow day survival kits” as unique, handmade Christmas gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends this year. In a pretty little tin, I’ve put some things that a family could use on a day stuck at home – some sugar cookies in a jar, a cookie cutter, hot chocolate mix in a jar, and some chocolate spoons to mix the hot chocolate with.
Are you joining me in A Handmade Christmas this year? Edible gifts are so much fun to give at Christmas time! I’m a huge baking fanatic, and I love to give trays of baking to neighbors, friends and family, but I also like to find interesting and creative ways to package DIY Christmas food gifts. Here are some wonderful edible gift ideas for giving this Christmas. [Read more…]
Question: How is Christmas only a month away? It’s really crept up on me this year and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m pregnant and have two little ones, because we’ve been continuing to finish Our DIY House, or if that’s just what happens as the years progress.
I’ve been feeling extra nostalgic this year because this will be our first Christmas in our new home. We’ve spent 7 Christmases as a little family in our teeny tiny Garage House before moving this year into the new house we built. It’s funny, because I had always longed for more room (especially during the holidays), but I really do have some fond memories of cozy little gatherings in our little house. We’ve never given the girls a ton of presents because of the lack of space in our home, but they’ve always loved the gifts they did receive (and the many more they received from their grandparents)! [Read more…]
Are you joining me in A Handmade Christmas this year? I’m so excited to finally be done my crazy-busy last couple of weeks (due to WeeStock) and ready to get crafting for my family and friends! I love thinking up fun things to make for the special women in my life – and I’m so blessed to have a ton of them. Here are some of my favourite handmade Christmas gift ideas for women that I’ve found online this year. I love them all! [Read more…]
Are you joining me in A Handmade Christmas this year? There are so many clever and adorable ideas for handmade Christmas gifts for toddlers floating around on my favourite blogs. Here are some of my top picks for DIY toddler gifts – some are sewn and some require no sewing, and all would be a lot of fun to make and give! (Want even more ideas? Check out my DIY Toddler Gifts post from last year!) [Read more…]
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? There’s no doubt that I love to bake and that I love to give food presents to my friends and neighbors. I’ve searched the web high and low and have come up with my favourite list of edible Christmas presents that would be perfect little gifts for neighbors, co-workers, friends and family this year! There are a couple of classic cookies and treats in this list, but there are also some wonderfully unexpected and creative ideas like the “Hot Cocoa Ornament”! I hope you enjoy browsing through these Christmas food present ideas and get some inspiration for your own gifts this holiday.
- Cookie Dough Tins by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
- Peppermint Bark by Baked By Rachel
- DIY S’mores Kits by Twig & Thistle
- DIY Vanilla Extract by Bake at 350
- Sugar Cookie Squares by Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
- White Chocolate Christmas Pretzels by Baked Perfection
- Hot Cocoa Ornament by Craftberry Bush
- Cocoa in a Jar by Better Homes and Gardens
- DIY Ice Cream Sundae Kit by Family Bites
What edible gifts are your favourite to make and give for Christmas? Please comment below!
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? Here, I’ve linked up to my nine most favourite DIY Christmas gifts for men. I’ll admit that this one was HARD! I find it difficult to come up with handmade presents for men that they (or at least my husband) wouldn’t find cheesy and strange. I’m confident that these would be welcomed by a special man in your life!
- A Manly Bar of Soap from The Art of Manliness
- Men’s Mini Herringbone Scarf from The Purl Bee
- A Firewood Tote from Whip Up
- Leather Envelope Phone Case from design*sponge
- Mustache Mug from The Tortoise and the Hare
- Car Kit from Not Martha
- Man Hat from Knit Alone Together
- Father’s Day Tie from The Purl Bee
- Chalkboard Mug from Wit and Whistle
Have you ever made your man something that he loved? Please comment below!
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? Whether you’re making a Christmas gift for your sister, your best friend, your mom or your aunt, the DIY ideas below are easy and unique! I think all of them are lovely, but I’m especially fond of the boot socks and the homemade tea bags.
- Boot Socks by Oops! I Craft My Pants
- DIY Soaps by 100 Layer Cake
- 15 Minute Infinity Scarf by The DIY Mommy
- Soy Candles by Ruffled
- Braided T-Shirt Bracelets by Henry Happened
- Hot / Cold Bags by Bee in my Bonnet
- Cozy Toes Slippers by Sew News
- Pin Cushion Jars by Make It and Love It
- DIY Tea Bags by A Beautiful Mess
Do you have a friend, mom, sister, grandma or aunt in your life that you’re planning to make something for this Christmas? Please comment below!
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? I’ve found the absolute sweetest and most creative DIY ideas for toddler gifts! From easy homemade play dough to a super hero fort kit, these gifts would be exciting for any little one to receive.
- Baby Doll Accessories by Craftaholics Anonymous
- Homemade Playdough by Art Nest
- DIY Wipe-Down Aprons by Ruffles and Stuff
- Chalk cloth Table Topper by Noodlehead
- DIY Felt Board by The Busy Budgeting Mama
- Super Hero Fort Kit by Meg + Andy
- Old MacDonald Puppets by Just Another Day in Paradise
- Mini Colouring Tote by LBG Studio
- Magnetic Fishing Game by Blissfully Domestic
Do you have a toddler in your life that you’re planning to make something for this Christmas? Please comment below!
by Christina Dennis
If you have a home business and hand-make items for sale, exhibiting at a trade show or craft show is an excellent way to promote your brand and sell your product. It’s also a great way to meet your customers face-to-face and thank them for supporting you and your craft!
After a few years of being a vendor at shows myself and also from co-producing my own show, WeeStock, I’ve found several things that have helped me find success at these events. I’d love to share these tips with you!
- Research the shows in your area & choose only the one(s) that suit you the best
It’s important to find shows that are the right fit for your business. Do they have the same target customer as you (moms, people who appreciate handmade products, expecting parents)? Does the show have an established following? How long has the show been around? How do they market themselves? If you cannot easily find this information online, contact the show producer. They should be happy & willing to answer any questions you may have. You may have to try different shows to see which work best for you, and then edit your selections the following year. Sometimes shows can be a hit-and-miss dependent on the other shows happening at the same time, the weather, the economy etc. so keep this in mind as well!
- Treat shows not only as a sales opportunity, but also as a marketing opportunity
It’s a wonderful thing to make lots of sales at a show, but keep in mind that shows are also an excellent way to promote your brand to potential customers. Every person you talk to, every business card you hand out, and every email address that is signed up for your email newsletter is a potential customer in the future. Every person that glances at your logo is a new person aware of your brand! With this in mind, make sure that you have a large stack of business cards on hand, a method of capturing new potential customers (an email sign-up sheet, a draw etc.) and lots of signage with your logo and contact information largely displayed on it.
- Give people a reason to see you at the show
I find that it’s useful to offer some sort of “special” or sale when I’m at a show to encourage my customers to visit me there rather than order from me online. This is helpful for us both – my customer can see the product in person and get a discount, and I can make a lot of sales all at once with no packaging & shipping hassles… and I can say hello! Offer a small discount on your product, a volume discount, a free gift, or something that will encourage visitors to your booth at the show. Advertise this promotion several weeks prior to the show through your email newsletter, your page on Facebook, your twitter following and with flyers added to your outgoing orders.
- Make your booth display eye-catching and unique
A booth, whatever the size, can be organized in creative ways to make it visually appealing. Consider the colours and the feel of your brand, and decorate your booth to match. Is your logo green and brown? Use a green tablecloth and brown shelving to display your goods. If your booth is small, display your products vertically – a grid wall is a fantastic tool for this! Use lots of large, colourful signage and make sure that a price tag is on all of your items(people despise looking & asking for prices)! Look for creative ways to display your products – old crates, vintage wire shelves, old hat stands, drying racks, clotheslines and antique furniture are all unique pieces to use in your display. Use your own creativity to come up with something truly unique!
- Follow-up to maximize your experience
After the show, give feedback to its producer on what you liked about the show and what you thought could have been better. You can also contact the people that visited your booth and made purchases (here’s where an email list or draw comes in handy) and thank them for coming to see you. It’s also helpful to review your sales, how many cards you gave out, how many people you talked to and then consider whether or not this show was beneficial for your business and if it is worth your time and money to return again.
I always have such a great time at trade and craft shows – and these tips have helped me make the most of them! I hope that you will find them useful as you market your business through shows. Are there any additional tips on exhibiting at shows that you’d like to share? Please add your thoughts by commenting below. Happy trade show season!
Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured. Christina also co-produces WeeStock Indie & Boutique Baby Show with Leah Seidl of Whimsical Elements.
The photos on this post are courtesy of Steve Nagy Photography.
By Zoey Cory
Handprints of your baby make treasured gifts that last a lifetime. Handprint crafts are inexpensive and easy to create with the right instructions and you can choose painted handprints, plaster of paris handprints and more. Enjoy making an adorable piece of art that will always be cherished by parents, grandparents and of course the children.
Below you will find projects for baby handprints complete with instructions and tips. These crafts are easy and enjoyable to do and the cost is small for such a large return.
Painted Hands Craft: Start by painting baby’s hand generously with ceramic paint in the color of your choice. Once painted, press baby’s hands down onto an unglazed plate. After you have achieved the desired handprint, wash baby’s hands thoroughly.
Now take a pencil and draw a design around the border of the plate adding baby’s birth date if desired. Use a fine paint brush and paint over the design you have drawn using ceramic paint. Write baby’s name in the center of the plate with the pencil next to the handprint. Now the plate will need to be glazed and fired to finish it. Using a hot glue gun, glue a ribbon to the back of the plate to use for hanging the plate on a wall or you can display it using a plate stand.
Tip: If needed, use a local pottery shop to have your plate fired.
Clay Impressions: To get started, you will need some craft clay (the type that will harden after being worked with). Take the clay and shape it into a shape you desire the baby’s handprints to placed on and be sure it is large enough to accommodate baby’s hands. Make two holes at the top for putting wire or ribbon through for hanging. You may want to write out baby’s name and birth date if desired near the top.
Now you are ready to take the baby’s hands and press them firmly into the clay. If desired you can paint your clay creation or just leave it as is. Once dried you can place the ribbon or wire through the holes and hang your creation on the wall. You have easily made a beautiful and sentimental art piece for the entire family to enjoy.
Baby Box: You will need a small box that is already stained. Mix together black and white child-safe paints to make the color gray. Place baby’s palms into the gray paint and tenderly press them down on a piece of paper. Once the handprints have dried you will need to cut the prints out with a pair of scissors. Apply a thin coat of mod-podge to the back of the cut out prints and adhere them to the lid of the box. After the mod-podge has completely dried put another thin coat of mod-podge over the entire box.
Tip: With the use of colored paint and a thin paint brush you can add baby’s name and date of birth before you mod-podge the entire box.
Plaster of Paris: The items you will need for this craft are as follows: plaster of paris, 1 and 1/4 cup of water, small container for mixing, mixing spoon and a paper plate. In your small container place 2 cups of plaster of paris and slowly pour 1/4 cup of water at a time onto the plaster of paris while stirring; this will keep mixture smooth and without lumps. This mixing process should take no longer that 1 minute.
Once you have finished mixing you have 20 minutes to form your cast on the paper plate before it hardens. After washing and drying baby’s hands, press baby’s palms down firmly in to the formed plaster of paris for 3 minutes. Be sure to wash baby’s hands promptly after you remove them from the mixture. Let the plaster sit for 12 to 24 hours in order to dry completely. With the use of a plate easel, baby’s handprints can be easily displayed for all to see.
Tip: Have enough plaster of paris on hand in case the first handprints don’t come out very good so you can try again.
By Shelly Hill
When it comes to frugal crafting, I like to repurpose regular household trash into new craft projects. One of the items I like to use are empty baby food jars. These little jars can be repurposed into many different types of craft projects.
You can paint them or leave them plain. One of my quick and easy ways of decorating them is to just glue 1/4″ wide ribbon around the lids rim and then glue a powder puff or fabric pillow on top. You can accent your powder puff with a satin ribbon bow or leave it plain.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Bath Salt Containers (fill with your favorite homemade bath salts)
2. Bubble Bath and Bath Oils
3. Hold Desk Supplies (staples, paper clips, rubber bands, pencil leads, etc.)
4. Craft them into a pin cushion
5. Hold Sewing Supplies (needles, bobbins, buttons, snaps, etc.)
6. Hold Craft Supplies (buttons, beads, brads, eyelets, etc.)
7. Hold Loose Tea and give it as a gift
8. Candle Holder (pour candle wax into them or just sit a tea light candle inside it)
9. Tooth Pick Holder
10. Party Favors (decorate them for party favors and fill with candy)
11. Blowing Bubbles Solution (make homemade bubble solution for the kids)
12. Mini Candy Dish (fill with small candies like M&M’s, Jelly Beans or Tic Tacs)
13. Sand Art (purchase colored sand and let the kids make sand art inside the jars)
14. Homemade Body Butter Containers (fill with homemade body butter and body lotions
15. Lip Balm Tubes Organizer (You can fit 4-5 standard lip balm tubes inside)
16. Gift Jar Container (all kinds of jewelry will fit inside for gift-giving)
Repurposing your empty and clean baby food jars into useful and pretty crafts is a great way to save them from your local landfill. So, the next time you are getting ready to trash an empty baby food jar, think of all of the crafty things you can create with it.
Shelly Hill is a mother and grandmother living in South Central Pennsylvania who enjoys crafting, sewing and scrapbooking. Shelly has been crafting for over 30 years. You can visit Shelly’s online craft site at http://passionateaboutcrafting.blogspot.com for FREE craft project ideas and FREE craft patterns.
2015 is drawing to a close and what a year it’s been. Today I’m sharing with you your most favourite posts from my blog this year (according to their page views), but first I wanted to confess something. [Read more…]
As we enter the year 2015, I feel very thankful. I’m thankful that I can continue use this little blog as a creative outlet, and I’m excited that it has even become a source of income to help support my little family! I cannot believe it, but The DIY Mommy received over 1.5 million page views in 2014. I’m blown away.
I’m thankful that there are people that come visit this blog, comment on posts, Pin my ideas and projects, and interact with me. I LOVE it, and I’m so happy to have found such a wonderful way to meet new friends and share all of my crazy projects. [Read more…]
Wanting to start a blog or trying to grow your blog or YouTube channel? Today, I’m sharing what I wish I knew before starting my blog in order to help you! I’m also joining some of my favourite blogging friends in a video today and they’re sharing what they wish the knew before blogging, too. [Read more…]
Get over 100 effective and creative blog and YouTube monthly video topic ideas for 2019! These are popular theme ideas for every month of the year that will help boost your SEO and relevancy. [Read more…]
I have one final Christmas blog post for you this year, and I promise it’s a good one! It’s my parents’ beautiful lake house all decorated for the Holidays, and I hope you’ll fall in love with it as much as I have. Get ready for some classic, cottage style Christmas goodness at my mom’s house to get you into the festive mood! [Read more…]
It’s almost the end of the year! I can hardly believe it. I thought it would be fun to ask my kids what they thought about their year, and write all of their answers down to save and read later. It’s so neat to watch girls grow and change! I’ve made a gold and glittery “year in review” printable for you today! [Read more…]
Learn how to make a DIY Christmas card wreath from a sunburst mirror, plus see my dining room buffet decor so far! [Read more…]
Learn how to make a DIY Christmas advent calendar on a shelf featuring adorable handmade paper houses. [Read more…]
Learn how to make a DIY floor lamp Christmas tree that makes a unique, minimalist alternative to a real Christmas tree this holiday season. [Read more…]
Learn how to make easy DIY macrame feather Christmas ornaments for your glamorous or boho holiday home this year! [Read more…]
Last month, I reached 100,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. I never thought I’d reach this milestone, but I’m so thrilled and grateful that I did! In honour of 100k subscribers, I’m sharing a full 100 of my favourite DIY decor ideas that I’ve featured here on my blog and my YouTube channel over the past few years. [Read more…]