Learn how to make a warm & cozy looking chunky knit hat and mittens with this free knitting pattern. These are quick to knit, a wonderful project to take on if you’re relatively knew to knitting, and they also make lovely Christmas gifts!Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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
When I was scouring the web this week for last minute Father’s Day gift ideas (for my hubby from the kids and also for my dad), I was so impressed with how many great, free printables are out there for Father’s Day! Here are some of my favourite Father’s Day free printable gifts – they’d make wonderful last minute presents this weekend.Continue reading
Sadly, my Little C had to miss her last day of playschool this year because of her hospital stay. She was not happy at all about that, and I don’t blame her! Thankfully, we were able to meet with her sweet teacher last week and give her a small gift that Little C helped me with.Continue reading
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.
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.
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!
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)
white paper or fabric (if your covering fabric is a little see-through)
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)!
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).
Apply a square of fabric in the same manner, smoothing it out well. Let it dry completely.
Apply a thin layer of decoupage over the fabric. Let it dry, and then apply one final coat.
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.
All done! Enjoy a Chai Tea Latte on your new coasters (or gift them to a friend for their housewarming)!
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.
How to Make a Hot Chocolate Snowman Jar Gift
empty & clean small baby food jars and lids (3 per snowman)
hot chocolate mix
scraps of ribbon and felt
hot glue gun
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.
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.
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).
Draw a face on the snowman with a permanent marker.
Something I’m making this year are piles and piles of infinity scarves (remember the tutorial I posted in September?). They don’t take very long, they’re so pretty and practical, and you can personalize them with fabric choice to suit the recipient.
I’ve made three more variations of the classic knit jersey style I had originally made, and I really think they’re all pretty!
Sparkly Striped Sweater Knit Infinity Scarf
For a festive and sparkly look (like the first picture above), I made an infinity scarf with a glittery striped sweater knit. I made this one extra wide (the raw fabric measured about 40″ wide before it was folded and sewn).
Woven Burgundy & Chocolate Plaid Infinity Scarf
Plaid is trendy in a big way this year, and I made a second version of the infinity scarf with a plaid woven fabric with a slight stretch to it. This one was also extra wide (at about 44″ before it was folded and sewn). I’m really liking the look of adding quite a bit of extra width to the scarves, giving them a dramatic full look.
Cream Lace Overlay Infinity Scarf
Finally, I made a third version of the infinity scarf by laying a piece of stretch lace over a piece of stretchy jersey (both were about 15″ wide) right sides together. I sewed them together along the length of each side, and then completed the rest of the scarf as I did in my original tutorial. You could use a different colour of knit jersey for a more contrasting look. It’s such a romantic version of the infinity scarf!
Have you tried making an infinity scarf yet? Please share below if you have with a link to your finished project! Or, if you’re planning on making one for yourself or as a Christmas gift – what would be your favourite fabric choice?
If you’re looking for a fun little Christmas holiday craft for your toddler or preschooler, these candy cane mice are really easy and cute!
My Little C (she’s 3 going on 4 in January) made these today and they were quick. She picked out the colours of felt that each mouse needed to be, I cut out the pieces and did the gluing (but if you had regular white glue, a child could easily do that part too) and then she inserted the candy cane.
She gave them all names and played with them for a while – I believe the purple one is “Desmerella”.