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DIY Crafts, DIY Family Food, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Recipes, Free Printables

Make a Snow Day Survival Kit Christmas Gift

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.
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DIY Crafts, DIY Parties & Holidays

A Handmade Christmas: More DIY Gifts for Men

Are you joining me in A Handmade Christmas this year? I find men particularly tricky to make handmade gifts for – I’m always worried that they’ll find a DIY gift slightly cheesy or useless. This year, I’ve found 9 more DIY men’s Christmas gift ideas that I actually think my man would enjoy! (And, if you need more DIY present ideas for men, click here to visit last year’s list.)Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Family Food, DIY Parties & Holidays, DIY Recipes, Free Printables

Free Printable “Sweet & Tweet” Valentine’s Day Tags

For a simple and budget-friendly Valentine for friends and family this year, print out my free bird & cupcake Valentines (found here) and cut them out into squares. You can punch holes in the tops, and tie them to a small bag of treats with raffia ribbon or baker’s twine.

Free Printable Valentine Tags by The DIY Mommy

I like to bake my favourite sugar cookie recipe (found here), cut it into hearts and sprinkle with Valentine-inspired sprinkles, and put those in a small bag with jelly beans or cinnamon hearts.

So “tweet”!

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make Decoupage Fabric Coasters

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

DIY drink coasters have been popping up all over Pinterest and the web lately and I think they’re great! What a fun way to incorporate your decor scheme into your table/coffee settings.

I picked up some inexpensive coasters at a dollar store and used up some scraps of extra fabric I had in my stash to make a few coasters to match my living room’s colour scheme. These lovely, simple coasters in yellow chevron and a turquoise graphic print turned out great and they were so easy to make. My 4 year old helped me with most of it!

Supplies:

  • ceramic coasters that you want to cover (or, you could use ceramic tiles and glue felt squares on the back)
  • scraps of fabric (cotton decor fabric was used in this tutorial)
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • white paper or fabric (if your covering fabric is a little see-through)

Directions:

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Using the coasters as a pattern, cut out square pieces of fabric (with sharp scissors or a rotary cutter). If the fabric is see-through, cut out some more squares out of white paper or white fabric.

Apply a thin layer of decoupage onto your coaster’s top (this is an fun project for children)!

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

My white & yellow chevron fabric was a little see-through and my original coasters were dark, so I had to apply a piece of white paper first. My daughter did this part, and then she even did the next step – applying another thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper (let it dry before moving on to the next step).

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Apply a square of fabric in the same manner, smoothing it out well. Let it dry completely.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

Apply a thin layer of decoupage over the fabric. Let it dry, and then apply one final coat.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

The Mod Podge will appear milky before it dries, but will dry to a smooth, clear finish.

After the coasters are completely dry, trim off any uneven edges of the fabric square if necessary.

Make Decoupage Coasters with Fabric by The DIY Mommy

All done! Enjoy a Chai Tea Latte on your new coasters (or gift them to a friend for their housewarming)!

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities, DIY Parties & Holidays

A Handmade Christmas: Make a Snowman Hot Chocolate Jar Gift

DIY Hot Chocolate Snowman Jar Gifts by The DIY Mommy

My adorable daughter has been loving our crafty days lately – she almost expects a daily craft time now, which I think is the cutest thing in the universe!

Yesterday during “quiet time” we whipped up these easy hot chocolate snowman jar gifts that I think will make cute handmade Christmas presents for our neighbors this year. They’re unique and practical – filled with hot chocolate mix, peppermints and marshmallows that a whole family could enjoy.

I found the inspiration for this project on Pinterest. I saw this image last year and thought it was such a fun way to yet again recycle some baby food jars. (Forgive me – I’ve tried to find the original source to this image via Google image search and simply can’t. If you know the originator of this image, please  let me know so that I can give them proper credit!)

This fun Holiday craft took us less than an hour. I did the hot gluing and ribbon tying, but my 3 year old did the rest! We’ve made two so far. After we made the first one, my daughter was indignant: “He needs a SISTER!” So, we had to make a girl snow-woman.

DIY Hot Chocolate Snowman Jar Gifts by The DIY Mommy

How to Make a Hot Chocolate Snowman Jar Gift

Materials:

  • empty & clean small baby food jars and lids (3 per snowman)
  • hot chocolate mix
  • peppermints
  • mini marshmallows
  • scraps of ribbon and felt
  • permanent marker
  • hot glue gun

Directions:

  1. Fill one jar with hot chocolate mix, one with peppermints and one with mini marshmallows. This is a fun job for a kid! Put the lids on the jars.
  2. Hot glue the bottom of the peppermint jar to the top of the hot chocolate mix lid, and the bottom of the marshmallow jar to the top of the peppermint jar lid.
  3. Tie a ribbon(s) around the “neck” of the snowman. If you want to, make a hat for his head out of felt pieces (a circle slightly bigger than the jar lid, topped with a rectangle of felt rolled into a cylinder and glued together) – glue a ribbon around the hat for a hat band (as pictured).
  4. Draw a face on the snowman with a permanent marker.

DIY Hot Chocolate Snowman Jar Gifts by The DIY Mommy

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