Gifting Ideas

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How to Build a Quick DIY Tray & Gift Box

Growing up, my parents always told me homemade gifts meant more to the recipient than a store-bought gift. If you're like me, and enjoy making things and have a lot of wood scraps, you'll love making many of these Quick DIY Trays and Gift Boxes! How…
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Simple Chalk-Painted Jars

This is by far one of my favorite gift crafts. Grab a few recycled jars or bottles and use your favorite chalk paint to create simple chalk-painted jars! Simple Chalk-Painted Jars Two weeks ago I spent less than 20 minutes whipping up some…
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Easy Pounded Flower Gift Ideas

Spring is here and there are countless flowers awakening from the cold winter slumber. When it happens you can pick some blooms and turn them into easy gift ideas. Today I'll show you how to make easy pounded flower art. Easy Pounded Flower…
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Don’t Pitch Glass Bottles! Cut Them in Half!

Are you a wine drinker? Nope? Well how about a beer drinker? Either way you can stop throwing away those pretty bottles and cut them to use as glasses, containers —or my favorite—flower vases! Don't Pitch Bottles! Cut Them in Half! About…
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Creative Block Desk & Art Utensil Holder

Need a quick gift using scrap wood? A Creative Block Desk & Art Utensil Holder is an easy and fun gift to make and certainly a project that you can customize to meet your needs. Best of all, the kids can help with the painting step! Creative…
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Holiday Gift Idea: Hot Cocoa on a Stick

Every year I try to come up with a simple and inexpensive gift idea for teachers and service providers in my life. But, I don't want the gifts to look cheap. This year I put together these simple Hot Cocoa on a Stick Gift Mugs. They look festive…
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Top 16 Gift Ideas for the DIY Enthusiast

Top 16 Gift Ideas for the DIY Enthusiast Cyber Monday is the perfect day to look for online deals and steals. Even if you missed Cyber Monday, I have some stocking stuffer ideas for your little (or big) DIYer? These are gift items I know any…
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DIY Back to School Pencil Vase

DIY Back to School Pencil Vase Last year my son's teachers asked for a pack of pre-sharpened pencils. Instead of just giving them a box of pencils, I wanted to give his teachers something prettier than a box of pencils. When I found a colorful…
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31 Last Minute DIY Gift Basket Ideas

I'm sure you are feeling that crunch to get gifts for those last people on your list. Or maybe your cousin you haven't seen in years is suddenly coming for a visit. I get it, there's nothing worse than feeling the pressure to purchase last minute…
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DIY Sheet Metal Gift Trays

DIY Sheet Metal Gift Trays The holidays are fast approaching and it's time to start thinking about gift giving ideas! Gift trays are a great way deliver gifts to your friends, neighbors or teachers. The best part of a gift tray is it can be…
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Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems – Guest Post by Pretty Handsome Guy

Hi all, Pretty Handsome Guy here filling in for Brittany. Last night Brittany and I were wrapping presents and I thought I'd share with you some common gift wrap problems and how to deal with them.  Think of this as the polar opposite of…
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Quick & Easy Peppermint Oreo Recipe

  Want a quick and easy holiday recipe you can make with the kids? When you don't have time to bake, but you still want to give a homemade holiday treat, try this recipe for Peppermint Oreos! Quick & Easy Peppermint Oreos Ingredients: …
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DIY Copper Ring Jewelry

The holidays are here and you know what that means: It's time to check off items from your gift list. I don't know about you, but I detest braving the mall traffic and chaos. I'd much prefer to stay indoors and make gifts for the ones I love.…
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10 Cool Gifts that Every Handy Guy (or Gal) Would Love

As an avid DIYer, I know that Father's Day is a good time to pick up great bargains on DIY tools and more. Sometimes picking out the right gift for that handy person in your life can be a little daunting. Therefore, I've created a list of…
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Simple Washi Tape Vases {Teacher’s Appreciation Gifts}

Teacher's Appreciation Week is coming up.  I needed a gift that would be special and would make the teachers' smile. And, I needed a gift that would require very little time to create. As I strode by the recycling bin, I grabbed some jars…
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You Rock 3-D Card

This week is Teacher and Staff appreciation week at my sons' school. Monday was bus driver appreciation. Our bus driver is a really great guy. He's young, but man is he on top of things! He is always polite and learned the kids' names the…
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Thank You for Nurturing My Child – Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Every year my son's elementary school has a staff and teacher appreciation week. It sneaks up on me and catches me off-guard (every year!) In the spirit of last minute teacher appreciation gift ideas, I'll be bringing you a week's worth of…
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Decorated Chalkboard Clipboards

Teacher Appreciation time is coming up. Every year, I find myself scrambling for last minute gift ideas for the teachers. My sister-in-law is a school teacher and she has always lamented the amount of sugar-laden sweets she is gifted. For…
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Make a Driftwood Gift Crate

I love making small crates or boxes to use as a gift baskets for friends. It's a great way to used up scrap wood and give a gift that can be used to organize a desk or shelf.  Stick around today and I'll show you How to Make a Driftwood…
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3 DIY Books for Holiday Gifts

I'm thrilled to share with you a selection of 3 DIY books this holiday season. If you are looking for ideas for someone on your gift list who: has children who love to create; loves rustic metal decor; or wants some simple ideas to love…
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Gift Ideas for the Creatives on Your Wishlist

The holidays are fast approaching and I'm sure there's someone on your list that fits the "creative" description. That special someone desires something opposite of the normal gifts that most people will enjoy. He or she may be a hipster or…
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Personalized Wood Slice Coasters

Today I have the ever fabulous and always vivacious Corey on stage. She will be sharing how to make these Personalized Wood Slice Coasters. Corey is the rockstar designer behind Sawdust 2 Stitches. As if you had any doubt, this girl is multi-talented…
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Finger-printed Envelope Star Pillows

Personalized finger-printed envelope star pillows are an easy and fun gift item to make. My boys and I enjoyed making these pillows for their home room teachers. We got the idea from Cristina's beautiful seaside themed thumb print pillows. Materials: …
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Natural Accents & New Ceramic Surface Design – Book Reviews

It's time to make room on your bookshelf for two more beautiful books. The first is Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay. Stacy is a good friend and fellow DIY blogger. She's also a power tool rock star. Stacy recently released this colorful…
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Housewarming Gift Caddy {Mystery Thrift Off}

Do you have a new neighbor or know someone who just moved? It's time to celebrate with them by giving them a housewarming gift caddy! This is an easy gift tote that you can customize to any size you like. Plus, the recipient can use the caddy…
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12 Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Way Cooler than a Tie

Father's Day is coming up next week. The conundrum of what to get your Dad or your spouse is waging war in your mind. I scouted far and wide on the interwebs to come up with 12 Father's Day Gift Ideas that are Way Cooler than a Tie! (I've…
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Heart Shaped Topiary

The season of love is upon us. Have you embraced it? Or are you struggling to find something cute but not cutesy. Or something non-red or pink? Today I have a tutorial to show  you how easy it is to create a heart shaped topiary. Keep it…
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What I’d Ask Santa for (if I were you)…

It's the final days before the big guy packs up his sleigh and starts delivering presents to all the good little girls and boys. You've been good this year, right? This year I'm asking Pretty Handsome Guy Santa for a few things, but these…
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Chalkboard Gift Tag Signs

Want a great way to dress up gifts? Make these easy chalkboard gift tags for your holiday or birthday gifts. Purchase some inexpensive wood plaques or cut some masonite scraps and paint them with chalkboard paint. Drill a few holes and thread…
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Mosaic Tile Coasters {Lowe’s Creative Idea}

Want an easy and inexpensive gift idea to give out as a hostess gift for those upcoming holiday parties? How about Mosaic Tile Coasters? They are quick and easy to make. Last month, for my Lowe's Creative Idea I created a unique lamp shade…
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Announcing Pretty Handy Girl Shirts & Gifts – How to Set Up a Zazzle Store

Happy Friday everyone! I'm so excited to be launching my own line of graphic t-shirts, clothing and gifts. I've dreamed of having a line of DIY themed shirts and clothing that would allow those of us Handy Girls and Handy Guys to show off…
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Rock n’ Roll Birthday Party

My goodness, I have an eight year old! Time has flown by and my little baby is one handsome rocker wanna be. He loves anything rock n' roll and can be found in his room with headphones on listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripes…
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Handy Dog News and Pet Portraits by Colleen of Just Paint It Blog

Hey y'all. Did you miss me on Friday? I missed you! It's been quite a week, so I hope you don't mind if I step away from the DIY tutorials today to share a little news from my personal life. About two months ago, I received a sweet gift…
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Sew Easy Anthropologie Cloth Napkin Gift Bags

When I want to give a small gift as a thank you or to make someone's day I like to dress it up by presenting the gift in a little fabric drawstring pouch. These cloth napkin gift bags are "sew" easy to make and they cost about 1/3 the cost…
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DIY Lemonade Lip Balm

Happy Summer! Warm days and soaring temperatures always put me in the mood for lemonade. For a little end of the year gift for my sons' teachers I whipped up a small batch of DIY Lemonade lip balm. But, this is a fabulous gift to make for…
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101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for Friends

I'm excited to share 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends. I am joining creative forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! The…
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Why I’m NOT going to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week anymore!

Two weeks ago was Teacher Appreciation Week at my son's school. Every year I have a bit of a knee jerk reaction to this week. Is it because I don't appreciate my sons' teachers and administrators? Definitely not true! I appreciate them more…
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10 DIY Gift Ideas for the Rock Star DIYer

Christmas is next week? Christmas is next week! Who else is still running around buying those last minute gifts? {Me raising my hand.} If you have someone on your list who is an avid DIYer, I have a new list of the Top 10 Gift Ideas for the…
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Très Frugal DIY Gift Idea Round Up

Can you believe all the wonderful DIY gift ideas that we had for you this past month? 31 DIY gift ideas that are frugal and attractive in this Très Frugal DIY Gift Idea Round Up. And if that's not enough, you can view 10 DIY Gift Ideas that…
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Marbled Picture Frames by Sarah M. Dorsey

Today I am so excited to have the very talented Sarah joining us with a fabulous très frugal DIY gift idea. Sarah is the creative genius behind Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. I am in love with her design style in her home. The coolest thing about…