This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

DIY Whalecome Baby Card

Celebrating a new life on the way is always such a blessing. Whether it is a couple’s first child or their fifth, it is still an occasion to celebrate. One of my favorite things to include with gifts, besides a DIY baby book, is handmade cards. The fun of cards for babies is that you can be super cutesy with them. No one has ever looked at anything baby-related and said, “Nope, that’s tacky. It’s just too adorable.” This DIY Whalecome Baby card is a perfect handmade card that fits the adorable baby motif!
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This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Materials

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Step 1

Orient your card so that it opens up from the bottom.

Step 2

Add a strip of striped scrap paper to the right side of the front of your card. Trim any overhang.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 3

Ink your whale stamp and stamp on the bottom left of your card front.

Note:

  • I centered mine in the bottom side of the card not covered with paper.

Step 4

Next, cut out a small rectangle of your plain scrap paper.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 5

After you have cut your rectangle, round the corners and write “Whalecome Baby” in the center with the fine tip end of your marker.

Tip:

  • Add extra definition, as pictured, by tracing over “Whalecome” with the broad tip end of your marker.

Step 6

Next, chalk the edges of your rectangle with your chalk ink. (See the picture in step 5 for reference.)

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 7

Attach your rectangle in the center of your scrap paper strip with adhesive foam squares.

Tip:

  • Put one square in each corner and 1 square in the center to make the rectangle more stable on the card.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 8

Finally, add gemstones to the top left of the card, centered above the stamped whale image.

Tip:

  • Start with the largest gemstone in the center first. Next, add your smaller gemstones on either side.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 9

Next move on to the inside of your card and stamp your sentiment with pigment ink.

Step 10

Immediately after stamping your sentiment, cover it with your holographic powder.

Step 11

Shake off excess powder and return to the container.

Tip:

  • I have this awesome little tray with a pluggable spout that makes it super easy to put the excess back into the container.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

Step 12

Next, blast your powder-covered saying with your heat tool to emboss. Allow it to cool before closing your card.

Tip:

  • If the heat causes your card to curl a little, place it between some heavy books to flatten it back out.

 

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! You'll secretly hope more of your friends have some babies so you can make some more of them.

This DIY Whalecome Baby card is so stinkin’ cute! I’m secretly hoping more of my friends have some babies so I can make some more. Plus, you know, babies are so adorable and loveable! Any expecting momma will be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful, handmade card attached to her baby’s gift. In case you haven’t notices, I’m absolutely in love with the cute little animals on these stamps. You can check out the coloring page I made with them in this DIY Coloring Book!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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3 Creative Activities to Rock Snow Days

Being a parent is a full-time job and you’re never off the clock. Unexpected snow day can throw a wrench in your routine making you stressed or frustrated. I get it. Your responsibilities don’t stop because school is closed. Instead of letting snow days aggravate you I want to challenge you to see them another way. Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. They provide you with moments you can’t replace. Goldfish brand knows this, too, and together we want to help you create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days.

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DIY Look and Find Book

This is an incredibly simple way to get creative on a snow day.

Materials

  • Small Toys
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Phone
  • Small Photo Album

Step 1

Gather a collection of items: small toys, art supplies, and other small objects.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper.

Step 3

Have your kids fill their paper with small items. Let them have fun with it and get as creative as they want.

Step 4

Sprinkle Goldfish crackers over the scene your child has created.

Step 5

Take a photo of the scene using the edges of the construction paper as a guide.

Step 6

Do this for each child. Feel free to let them dump the scene after you’ve photographed it and make another.

Tip:

  • Let your kids keep creating as many different scenes as they want. The more pictures you have, the better you can fill their Look and Find books.

Step 7

Print out the photos and place them in a small, inexpensive photo album.

Tip:

  • Be sure to print out multiple copies of each photo if you want each child to have his or her own book.

 

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Goldfish Cracker Mosaic

Make macaroni art a thing of the past with Goldfish cracker mosaics. This low-mess activity will make it easy for your child to discover their inner artist.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Mix your flour and water in a small container to create a non-toxic paste.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a small bowl of Goldfish crackers.

Step 3

Show them how to create their mosaics by painting flour paste on the back of a Goldfish cracker and attaching them to the construction paper.

Tip:

  • If your child wants an idea to follow you can draw a shape or outline on the paper before he or she starts adding Goldfish crackers.

Step 4

Allow their artwork to dry then hang it on the wall to display.

 

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Stop Motion Video

This is a fun, creative activity that will have your kids excited for days! They will love coming up with the story, making the background and costumes, and showing off their movie masterpiece. If you’ve never made a stop motion video before, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. GoldfishTales has an awesome video tutorial to help you out but essentially it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

Think of a story and create your background.

Step 2

Place your Goldfish crackers on your background and take a picture each time you move it.

Step 3

Add all of your photos to your favorite video app and play.

Tip:

  • If you need app suggestions, check out the Goldfish how-to video.

This is an absolute blast! My kids and I had so much fun brainstorming and creating. Right now Goldfish Brand wants to inspire you to create your own stop-motion video as a family with an awesome contest. Get information, tips, and ideas at GoldfishTales.

 

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These 3 creative activities to rock snow days are so much fun you will find yourself looking forward to snow days as much as your kiddos! Enjoy the opportunities to have fun together. Create smile worthy moments that become cherished memories for years to come. Don’t forget to visit the GoldfishTales page to submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Unique DIY Wedding Guest Book

Weddings are expensive. Even when you DIY everything you are still looking at a hefty chunk of change. Add to that the fact that you want your wedding to be unique and special and it can seem like an impossible task. Last year I had the awesome privilege of being a part of some of my best friends’ wedding. I helped them with decorations, photos, and the inevitable emergencies that crop up on the big day. One of my favorite projects from the wedding was this unique DIY wedding guest book.

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This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Materials

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 1

Remove all of the packaging from your canvas.

Step 2

Place your wall sticker in the center of your canvas.

Tip:

  • The adhesive on these probably won’t be strong enough to keep it in place, especially once guests start signing it. Make it stronger by applying Mod Podge to the back before attaching it to the canvas.

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Step 3

Allow Mod Podge to dry completely.

Step 4

Have guests sign your canvas during the wedding with Sharpie markers.

Tip:

  • Easily make this match your décor by choosing coordinated marker colors.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

Step 5

After the wedding, seal your entire canvas with Mod Podge and allow it to dry completely.

 

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book is inexpensive and becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come.

This unique DIY wedding guest book becomes a beautiful piece of décor that you can display on your wall for years to come. The best part is that you can change the style by simply changing the wall sticker and colors. I already had the canvas for this project so it literally only cost me a dollar! Even if you have to buy the canvas you are still only looking at a few bucks to create a unique wedding memento that will last forever. That is much less than a traditional guest book would cost you. Be honest, how often would you open your guest book to look at the signatures anyway? Mine went in a box after the wedding and I never looked at it again. Don’t let that happen to you. Save your money and enjoy your special day long after it ends.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

DIY Etched Mugs without Vinyl Stencils (2 Different Methods)

Custom etched mugs are an easy and inexpensive gift idea. That is why you see them as Father’s Day, Christmas, Birthday, and even groomsmen’s gifts. Unfortunately, most of the tutorials that you see for them require cutting a stencil out of vinyl to adhere to your mug. What do you do if you don’t have any vinyl or you are still waiting for that cutting machine? That is what I wanted to find out so I made DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best: a plastic stencil and sticker outlines. Find out the outcome and my tips below.

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Method 1: Plastic Stencil

Materials

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 1

First, make sure that your mug is clean. Giving it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth is sufficient.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 2

Place your stencil on your mug where you would like the design and tape into place with your packaging tape.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 3

Before doing anything else, put on protective gloves. You don’t want to get the etching solution on your skin.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 4

Open your etching solution and apply over your stencil using a paintbrush.

Tip:

  • Brush towards the center of your stencil openings. This will help keep the solution from getting under the stencil and give you cleaner lines.

Step 5

Allow to sit according to the time on your etching solution directions.

Step 6

Put your gloves back on and rinse off your solution. Once the bulk of it is off, remove your stencil and rinse off any remaining solution.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 7

Dry your mug and you are finished.

Method 2: Sticker Outline

Materials

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 1

Again, make sure your mug is clean.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 2

Cut out the stickers that you want to use. Be sure to leave excess around the edges.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 3

Pull off only the inverse of the letters and stick them to your mug where you want your design.

Tip:

  • Remember to add the centers of letters that have openings.

Step 4

Before doing anything else, put on protective gloves. You don’t want to get the etching solution on your skin.

Step 5

Open your etching solution and apply over the inside of the sticker outlines using a paintbrush.

Step 6

Allow to sit according to the time on your etching solution directions.

Step 7

Put your gloves back on and rinse off your solution. The sticker outlines will soften and wash off along with the solution.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Step 8

Again, dry your mug and you are finished.

 

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Make DIY etched mugs without vinyl stencils. I tried 2 different methods to see which worked best. See the tutorials and find out the outcome (+ tips).

Both of these methods for DIY etched mugs without vinyl were successful. However, the sticker outlines method resulted in cleaner lines. The removal of the sticker outlines and etching solution is also much easier. Also, both of these methods work if you only have stencils or stickers available to you. My overall opinion is to go with stickers if you have them. They seal everywhere which results in a beautiful, clean design. Have any DIY alternatives you want tackled? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can come up with!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

DIY Leather Charging Cord Organizer

How many times has your husband asked you where his charger is? If you don’t know, then one of you is digging through a drawer of cords hoping to find an extra one that fits his phone. It’s frustrating and eats up valuable time that you don’t have. Save time and energy by storing your chargers in a DIY leather charging cord organizer. The adjustable leather cord holds your charging cords and wall adapters to keep everything organized in one place. It makes traveling easier because you can grab it and go, confident that you have what you need. Additionally, it is so easy to make that it is a perfect DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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Materials

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 1

Trim a piece of scrap leather into a rectangle. It can be any size you like but I recommend no smaller than 12 inches by 5 inches.

Tip:

  • You can be a precise as you would like but don’t feel like you have to be. Having some irregularities adds a more rustic touch to your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 2

Punch a hole in the center edge of the right side of your rectangle.

Note:

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 3

Fold your leather in half lengthwise and cut notches every two inches with your scissors. Make sure that you have an odd number of notches that are large enough to thread your leather cording through.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 4

Unfold your leather and thread your cording through. Start by threading the cord through your punched hole and next continue weaving back and forth through the notches.

Tip:

  • Only leave enough of the leather cording through the punched hole to secure it to your organizer. The excess cording should be at the opposite end.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 5

Push your brad through the punched hole with the prongs coming through the inside of your organizer. Fold out the prongs over the cording to secure them.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 6

Place a few stitches through your organizer and cording end at the brad to secure the cording thoroughly. You don’t want it pulling out when you tighten the cord around your chargers.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 7

Cut a small square of leather out of a piece that you trimmed off in step 1.

 

Step 8

Center the leather square over the cording and brad on the inside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 9

Secure the leather square into place by sewing a whipstitch around the edges.

Tip:

  • For a cleaner look, do not stitch all of the way through your organizer. Instead thread about halfway into your organizer leather and pull back up through your leather square. This is so that your stitches are not visible on the outside of your organizer.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 10

Lastly, add your charging cords and adapters and tighten your cording.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

Step 11

Roll up your DIY leather charging cord organizer and wrap the excess cording around the outside to secure.

 

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

This is such an easy and inexpensive way to organize all of your chargers in one place. You can change the look to fit your style by using a different color of leather for your organizer or cording. A DIY leather charging cord organizer is also a perfect DIY gift for the guys in your life. It is handsome and practical to delight even the most difficult men to shop for. If you want to make one for everyone on your gift list, opt for buying a yard of leather instead of using a scrap piece. Then you can cut all of your organizers at once and have enough to make them in bulk! I’d love to hear who you would make yours for. Let me know in the comments!

This DIY leather charging cord organizer holds your cords and wall adapters to keep everything in one place. Perfect for yourself or as an easy DIY gift!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

A Mom for Christmas DIY Rose Quartz Necklace and Movie Night

One of the joys of being a mom is sharing the things you loved as a child with your own children. The holidays are an especially fun time to share traditions. Make sure to get some quality time with your daughter during the busy season. A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night is the perfect way to do this! This was one of my favorite Christmas movies growing up. I still love this movie today although I hadn’t taken the time to watch it in many years. Now I can promise you that this will be a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition for us and I hope it is for you and your daughter too.

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We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. Each blogger will lead you to the next, so be sure to finish the hop all the way through to the end for all the Christmas movie goodies!

 

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Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

 

Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Alli ~ An Alli Event | Shirley ~ Intelligent Domestications

Marie ~ DIY Adulation | RaNesha ~ Queen Thrifty | Emily ~ The Crafty Carlson

Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Molly ~ Just a Little Creativity | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom

Pam ~ P.S. I Love You Crafts | Sue ~ A Purdy Little House | Katie ~ A Mommy Scene

Vanessa ~ DIY 180 | Nicole ~ For the Love of Food | Victoria ~ Dazzle While Frazzled

Stephanie ~ A Little Moore | Sam ~ Raggedy Bits | Paula ~ Paula Tisch

Courtney ~ Running with Love and Coffee | Dana ~ Emerald and Oak

Kim ~ Made in a Day | Kallee ~ Creative Southern Home | Rachel ~ Smart Mom Smart Ideas

Emily ~ Small Stuff Counts | Evelin ~ Sweet Song Bird Evey’s Creations


Now are you ready to get to this A Mom for Christmas DIY Rose Quartz Necklace and Movie Night? Let’s start with a little movie background then get on to the rest of the fun:

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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About the Movie

If you haven’t seen the movie, it is about a little girl whose mom died when she was very young. Her father has never truly healed from the loss and the girl desperately craves the love and attention of a mother figure. While at the store she draws a free gift to find that it is for one free wish. She wishes for a mom for Christmas. To her surprise, she a pendant necklace as well as a literal wish come true when a mannequin comes to life and shows up at her house. This is such a beautiful and heartfelt movie about a family healing and finding its way back together. It is also sprinkled with comedy as the mannequins in the store are absolutely hysterical! You and your daughter will love watching this flick together.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

DIY Rose Quartz Necklace

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Materials

  • Bead Landing Sedona Rose Quartz Pendant (x2)
  • 18 inch Silver Chain Necklace (x2)

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 1

Remove rose quartz pendants from packaging.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 2

Remove silver chains from packaging.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 3

Slide your pendants onto the chains and you’re done!

That is seriously the easiest DIY ever. This is a quick and fun surprise for your mother-daughter movie Christmas movie night. It will mean so much to the both of you. Now that you have your necklaces done, it’s time to cover the rest of the essentials for your night.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Snacks

At the beginning of the movie, Olivia Newton John (the mannequin come to life) makes the family soup for breakfast because she doesn’t know any better. It is absolutely adorable. Bring that fun vibe to your movie night by serving traditional snacks in a fresh way.

Popcorn Garland

Instead of snacking on a regular old bowl of popcorn, make a popcorn garland. Thread popcorn and dried fruit into a giant snack necklace that’s fun to munch on.

Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a delicious mug of hot chocolate. Dress up the flavors by adding your favorite flavored coffee creamer.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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Dress for the Occasion

In the movie the girls wear matching braids and, of course, they rock early 90’s style. Go retro with your daughter and dress in your comfiest pair of leggings and some warm cable knit socks. If you’re feeling ambitious, braid each other’s hair. Here are a few tutorials if you need help:

Classic Braid

French Braid

Fishtail Braid

Now all that’s left to do is turn the lights down, snuggle under a blanket on the couch, and watch A Mom for Christmas. Your new necklaces will be a beautiful reminder of the memories made and your daughter will love letting friends and family know the story behind. Don’t forget to snap a picture each year to chronical your awesome mother-daughter tradition. Now it’s time to check out the next fun post in the 25 Christmas movies blog hop! Check out this awesome “This Christmas” recipe from RaNesha at Queen Thrifty! 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

DIY Family Game Night Board

Board games are so much fun. With the variety of styles and age ranges available there is literally something for everyone. If you have ever played with small children, though, you have likely experienced the frustration of little do-it-myself arms knocking all of the pieces over. This easy DIY family game night board solves the problem by making the game board easy to rotate so that little hands can always reach their pieces. The best part is that it’s non-skid so the board stays in place while you play!

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This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Materials

  • Wooden Lazy Susan (I got mine from IKEA)
  • Puffy Fabric Paint (The colors I used are all in this pack)

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 1

Remove the packaging from your lazy susan and wipe is down with a damp cloth.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 2

Write the word “Family” on the top third of the lazy susan.

Note:

  • Try to center it on the board.
  • I used the Lime paint for this word.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 3

Next, outline the word “Game” in block letters directly underneath the word “Family”. Do not fill in the letters yet.

Note:

  • I used the Turquoise paint for this word.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 4

Write the word “Night” last in the same style as you wrote “Family” in step 2. This should be directly underneath the word “Game”.

Step 5

Allow your paint to dry completely.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 6

After your paint has dried, fill in the block letters of the word “Game” with a secondary paint color.

Note:

  • I used Yellow paint for this.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 7

Add starts around the edges. Be sure to vary the sizes to add visual interest.

Note:

  • I used 2 different paint colors to create the stars: Yellow and Purple.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 8

Continue embellishing the lazy susan until you have the look you want.

Note:

  • I wanted a fun and colorful look for ours (because family game nights are a celebration) so I added bubbles, party swirls (my own term), and polka dots. This gave it that celebratory vibe I wanted.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 9

Allow all of your paint to dry completely before use. I recommend at least 24 hours.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

I only waited 12 hours and then stacked my package of fabric paint on top of it. The packaging kind of stuck and now we’ll have black letters forever on the paint. That’s okay though because I feel like it gives it an extra fun element. Luckily a baby wipe took off all of the paper from the stuck packaging leaving just the letters. That reminds me; wipe down your DIY family game night board with a damp cloth to clean as needed. Looking for some fun new games to add to your family night? Here are a few of our faves:

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Doctor Who Monopoly

Don’t think you can only play this with older kids. When we play this for family night, the 3 (almost 4) year old is usually on my team. She “manages” the properties for me, rolls the dice, and moves the piece abound the board with help from me. She also loves to hand over money when we have to pay people or the bank.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Pay Day

This game doesn’t get enough love. It is a great way to teach kids beginning money-management skills. My 7-year-old has begun coping what I do and putting the money to pay the bills with those bills as he draws them. This way we know exactly how much we have to spend on deals throughout the month.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Disney Trivial Pursuit

The beauty of the version we own is that there are 2 different card types. One is geared towards young kids and one is geared towards adults. This lets the game be fun for everyone. The kids get to guess at pictures while the adults take on actual trivia prowess.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Imaginiff (This one is harder to find)

This is a fun and silly game to play any night of the week. All of the options are family-friendly (at least the ones we’ve gotten to) although younger children may need some of the options explained, like penicillin. The best part about this game is that there is no “right” answer. You simply need to pick the most popular one.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

There you have it. Now you can totally rock your next family game night easily. With the DIY family game night board your biggest worry will be what snacks to serve instead of “Where was that piece at again?” You can get even more fun family night ideas with this Moana-themed family night and 10 easy ways to connect with your kids!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

DIY Autumn Thankful Wreath

November means a lot of things to people. Some look forward to the weather finally turning crisp or the beautiful colors across the scenery. Traditions and giving are also big themes for this time of year. If you read Creating Your Future November Goals then you know that one of my main goals for this month is increasing my thankfulness. Even if you have a grateful heart, sometimes we lose sight of how much we have to be thankful for every day. That is why it is important to be mindful about increasing your thankfulness. The main strategy for doing this is to write down 3 things each day that you are thankful for. You can extend this practice with your family by making this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. It is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving while exercising continued thankfulness together.

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Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

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Materials

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 1

Remove all packaging from your wreath.

Step 2

Cut a length of ribbon that is 24 inches long.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 3

Fold the ribbon in half and knot the loose ends about 8 inches from the bottom.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 4

Wrap around the top of the wreath and pull the folded end through the knotted end. Pull tight to secure.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 5

Tie the dangling ends into a bow. Trim the bottoms and fold the ends behind. See picture for reference.

Tip:

  • You can secure your bow to your wreath using 2 dressmaker’s pins.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 6

Attach your faux autumn leaves with your pins to cover your wreath.

Note:

  • I love the natural look of the straw so I chose not to cover it completely. This is totally optional.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 7

Cut out 5-10 leaves in each color from your paper pack. Use the leaf button on the “Stretch Your Imagination” cartridge (not ‘leaf-s’).

Tips:

  • Change up the sizes to add visual interest to your wreath. I used 3 inches and 4 inches.
  • Save time and use the ‘auto-fill’ feature to cut out as many leaves as will fit on one page.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 8

Have your family fill out the leaves with what they are thankful for using the metallic Sharpies.

Tip:

  • Let your little non-writers get involved by having them dictate what they are thankful for to you.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Step 9

Attach your thankful leaves to your wreath with your dressmaker’s pins.

 

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

Practice thankfulness with this gorgeous DIY autumn thankful wreath. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition you look forward to each year!

This is an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Create an environment of thankfulness with gorgeous décor. Take the opportunity to make a family night out of making this wreath. It’s good for your kids to hear what you are thankful for. Even better, you might be surprised to hear what your little ones are thankful for. (Case-in-point: my 4 year old is thankful for her Twilight Sparkle Pony from Build-a-Bear. She cracks me up!)

Want to take this décor a step further? Use some of the paper leaves as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner. As the meal winds down, ask guests to write down what they are thankful for. Have the guests add their thankful leaves to your wreath before they go. This will become a fun Thanksgiving tradition guests look forward to each year!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box

In case you have somehow missed it, I am a huge nerd. I love Doctor Who, rock Hello Kitty everything, and “I want to Believe”. The epitome of my fangirl soul is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BTVS). Unfortunately, DIY tutorials for awesome Buffy crafts are hard to come by. For that reason I’ve decided to create my own. If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

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DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

About the Episode

Even if you aren’t a BTVS fan, I totally recommend watching this episode (don’t worry, you can watch it for free on Netflix or Amazon Prime). Hush is the tenth episode of Season 4 and it is phenomenal from a cinematic standpoint. The entire town is rendered speechless due to the latest villain, The Gentlemen, and the actors nail silent-film style! The Gentlemen are easily one of the scariest monsters you’ll ever encounter and the mimes that play them did incredible. When they steal all of the townspeople’s voices, they contain them in a creepy little box. Find out how to make your own replica box below.

*DISCLAIMER* This one probably won’t steal and/or store people’s voices for you.

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Materials

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 1

Remove all stickers from your box.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 2

Next, use your screwdriver to remove the hinges from the box and lid.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 3

Apply a thick coat of paint to the top of your lid.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 4

Immediately wipe off excess paint with a paper towel. This is what stains your wood while still letting the grain show through.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the rest of your box until the entire outside is stained.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 6

Paint the inside of your box and lid but this time do not wipe the paint off.

Step 7

Allow your paint to dry completely.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 8

Next, reattach your hinges.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 9

Close your box and draw lines on the lid 1.4 inches from the top and from the bottom.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 10

Next, make small notch marks on each edge and each line to mark every inch.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 11

Connect the marks to form triangles as pictured above. (Start at the corner and connect to the first notch mark on the line below. Continue in this pattern.)

Step 12

Now, draw your lines on the sides of your box. These lines should be measured .8 inches from the top (under the lid) and .8 in from the bottom of your box.

Step 13

Again, make small notch marks on each edge and line to mark each inch.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 14

Connect the notches to create triangles as you did in step 11 above.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 15

Cover the lines on the top of your lid with gallery glass and allow to dry completely.

Note:

  • If you don’t have gallery glass you can use black fabric paint. The end result will not be as aged-looking, though.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 16

Next, put a dot of white fabric paint in the bottom center of each triangle. See the picture above for reference.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Step 17

Repeat steps 15 and 16 with the rest of your box. Allow the entire box to dry completely before use.

 

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

DIY Buffy Hush Box :: If you are looking for a great DIY to flaunt your BTVS nerdiness then this DIY Buffy Hush Box is the perfect start!

Now that you have your awesome replica it’s time to put it to use. You can use it on your night stand to store your everyday jewelry in the evening. It can hold your loose change displayed on a shelf. Another option that keeps in the theme of the box is to store a mini notepad and pen set inside of it. Any time that you are feeling a particularly strong emotion that you can’t shake, write it down. Then fold the slip of paper up and toss it in the box. Let the box hold onto your frustrations for you so that you can get on productively with your day!

Looking for more nerdy crafts? You will love these DIY Sonic Screwdriver earrings!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

DIY Home and Heart Cutting Board

Do you set a Christmas budget each year? Last year I set a Christmas gift budget of $500 for almost 30 people. When all was said and done, I actually did even better, coming in at $487.39! This isn’t because I utilized gift cards earned from Swagbucks or Mpoints. It was because of careful budgeting, smart shopping, and DIY gifts like this DIY home and heart cutting board. Those are the ways to have a budget Christmas without the remorse at New Years.

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Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

 

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Materials

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 1

Remove all of the packaging from your cutting board.

Tip:

  • If there are stickers on it, you want to make sure you get all of the sticky off. Use soap and water if you need to.

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 2

Print out the “Home and Heart” printable.

Tip:

  • Save on ink and print this with the ‘quick print’ or ‘draft’ option if you have it. You just need to see the letters are enough to trace them.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 3

Color over the back of your paper where the words are.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 4

Place the paper phrase so that it is centered on the cutting board, pencil-side down.

Tip:

  • You may want to cut out the design so that it is easier to center.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 5

Trace over the letters with your pencil to transfer the design onto the cutting board.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 6

Burn the traced design into the wood using the rounded tip attachment for your wood burner.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 7

Thread your leather cord through the hole in the handle of your cutting board.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Step 8

Tie a knot in the cord and trim the excess.

Note:

  • I left 3-4 inches of excess to add a little bit of decoration to it. This is totally optional.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

 

This is a seriously easy gift to make for Christmas or even as a wedding present. It comes together quickly and I already had all of the materials except the cutting board so it is inexpensive as well. That makes it perfect in my book. Feel free to change it up, too.

  • You can try out different designs and sayings.
  • You can also personalize it with the family’s name to make it even more special.
  • Attach a different style of cord or ribbon to hang it from.

 

Looking for an easy gift idea (or just some personalized decor for your kitchen)? This DIY home and heart cutting board is exactly what you need!

Before you start making your gifts it is important to create a written budget. Even when you DIY your gifts, you are still spending money and you want to keep track of that money. You can get a free copy of the exact gift budget I use in the VIP Library of Resources. It is the number one tool to keep your holiday spending on track.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.