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A Gift In A Tin: Mom's Day Off In A Tin. Ideas on what to include + free printables! A great Christmas or anytime gift. www.thediymommy.com
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A Gift In A Tin: Mom’s Day Off In A Tin

It’s November and my brain is starting to think in “Christmas mode” again. I truly love the season, and I always try to give as many handmade gifts as I can. My Gifts in a Tin ideas from last year were so well loved (as of today, almost a million Pins!!) that I thought I’d kick off November again with another week of gifts in tins! This week, I’ll share with you some ideas for creative gift baskets that you can give to your friends or neighbors for Christmas (and some will work for any time of the year). Each gift in a tin idea will come with free printables so that you can make your gift look extra special! Today, you can also find some more DIY Christmas gift ideas from my fellow Canadian blogger friends at the bottom of this post. Today, this week, and this entire month will be filled with handmade gift ideas galore! Woohoo!

The first gift in a tin idea is this Mom’s Day Off In A Tin. Mom’s need a break, and what better way to encourage a special mom in your life to indulge in one than to give her a kit with everything she needs!Continue reading

Hot Chocolate Reindeer and Marshmallow Snowman from recycled baby food jars and socks. So easy and a cute Christmas gift and kid's craft!
DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Parties & Holidays

Make Hot Chocolate Reindeer and Snowman Jar Gifts – A Kid’s Craft

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. #YahooDIYContinue reading

How to make a fringed infinity scarf with knit jersey - just some cutting and one seam to sew!
DIY Sewing, Life

Make an Easy Fringed Infinity Scarf

Welcome to a week of easy, handmade scarf tutorials. It’s Scarf Week – like Shark Week, but far less frightening! From Monday to Friday, I’m sharing with you 5 super-duper-simple handmade scarf tutorials that would make great gifts for your friends and family this Christmas season. These are seriously easy to knock out. I made all 5 scarves in a couple of little girl nap times over two days!

The third DIY scarf I want to share with you is this cool and totally chic fringed infinity scarf. I’ve been really into fringes these days (see my Anthropologie inspired fringed Christmas stockings), and I really wanted to try creating a fringe-y scarf. I  love how this one turned out! It’s so easy, too. There’s a lot of cutting involved, but then you just sew one seam and you’re done.Continue reading

How to make a 15 minute infinity scarf - free tutorial and video
DIY Sewing, Life

Make an Easy 15 Minute Infinity Scarf

Welcome to a week of easy, handmade scarf tutorials. It’s Scarf Week – like Shark Week, but far less frightening! From Monday to Friday, I’m sharing with you 5 super-duper-simple handmade scarf tutorials that would make great gifts for your friends and family this Christmas season. These are seriously easy to knock out. I made all 5 scarves in a couple of little girl nap times over two days!

The third DIY scarf I want to share with you is not new to my blog, but it’s SUPER AWESOME. Meet my staple scarf sewing tutorial – the 15 minute infinity scarf. I’ve made a gazillion of these for myself and as gifts over the last few years, and my DIY Scarf Week list simply isn’t complete without one of these.Continue reading

How to make a DIY plaid tartan blanket scarf - SO easy!
DIY Crafts, Fashion, Life

Make an Easy No Sew DIY Plaid Blanket Scarf

Welcome to a week of easy, handmade scarf tutorials. It’s Scarf Week – like Shark Week, but far less frightening! From Monday to Friday, I’m sharing with you 5 super-duper-simple handmade scarf tutorials that would make great gifts for your friends and family this Christmas season. These are seriously easy to knock out. I made all 5 scarves in a couple of little girl nap times over two days!

The second DIY scarf I want to share with you is a really easy no sew plaid blanket scarf. Blanket scarves seem to be a fashion staple this Fall & Winter, and I knew I HAD to make at least one of these this year. I really like how mine turned out and the best part is that I didn’t even have to use my sewing machine!Continue reading

Wrap Christmas presents in vintage maps that you find or print, and accent them with green, teal and gold ribbon
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DIY Vintage Map Christmas Gift Wrap and Gift Bags

Vintage maps are so, so awesome. They’re beautiful pieces of art in my mind, and I’m so obsessed with them lately that I knew I had to incorporate them into our Christmas decor this year. If you haven’t seen it yet, pop on over here to see our Christmas home tour this year in colours of teal and green – the colours of a beautiful vintage map coincidentally! Here are some ideas on how to incorporate vintage maps into your Christmas gift wrapping this year, and where you can find them. Scroll to the end of this post for more brilliant Christmas gift wrap ideas from my blogging friends!Continue reading

DIY Easy Arm Knit Scarf Video Tutorial
DIY Crafts, Knitting & Crochet, Life

Make an Arm Knit Scarf

Welcome to a week of easy, handmade scarf tutorials. It’s Scarf Week – like Shark Week, but far less frightening! From today until Friday, I’ll share with you 5 super-duper-simple handmade scarf tutorials that would make great gifts for your friends and family this Christmas season. These are seriously easy to knock out. I made all 5 scarves in a couple of little girl nap times over two days!

The first DIY scarf I want to share with you is a cozy, chunky arm knit scarf. I love how mine turned out! I’ve always wanted to try arm knitting, and it’s everything I imagined it would be. It’s SO fast, and a lot of fun.Continue reading

Anthropologie Inspired Linen Burlap Christmas Stockings - Free Pattern & Tutorial
DIY Home Decor, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Sewing

Sew Linen Burlap Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Stockings

It was time for me to sew some new Christmas stockings for our mantel this year. I thought it would be a good idea to make them neutral in colour so they could match our Christmas decor from year to year, but I still wanted them to be interesting and a little bit fun. I love linen and burlap, so when I found this gorgeous linen burlap from OnlineFabricStore.net, I knew it would be the perfect fabric for our Christmas stockings. Then, when I saw this stocking from Anthropologie, I had my inspiration to create some pretty new stockings for my family this year. Here’s how I made Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Stockings!
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A DIY Christmas ornament advent calendar made from an old door
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Parties & Holidays

Make a Daily Ornament Advent Calendar from an Old Door

This is the story of how I turned something sitting in our storage into a gorgeous, vintage rustic DIY Christmas decoration for our home. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see more beautiful vintage rustic Christmas ideas from my talented blogging friends!)

I have a love/hate relationship with doors. I love doors because they can be incredibly beautiful – especially old, weather-worn doors that have loads of history behind them. However, I hate doors now too. When we built Our DIY House, we had to order doors 3 (THREE!) times because of a comedy of errors. First, I made the mistake of consulting our blueprints for our door sizes rather than measuring the actual framed openings when our home was at the framing stage. Thankfully, my dear and patient husband was able to modify most of the frames to fit the doors, but some had to be re-ordered. When those doors were re-ordered I made another mistake. I gave Hubby the rough idea of what the doors looked like (“five panel doors – easy!”)… but there were a couple of different 5 panel door available and he bought the wrong ones. We now have a stack of gorgeous, brand new doors in storage that are all machined to open a specific way that are really impossible to sell because of this. I’ve been patiently waiting for an opportunity to use one (or 5!) of our extra doors for a DIY project, and I finally had the opportunity this past weekend! Hooray!Continue reading

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