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Burlap Gift Wrap for Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in DIY, Easter/Spring, Hospitality, Projects | 2 comments

I love wrapping gifts in a unique fashion, whether it’s a treat from the kitchen or a birthday gift, I enjoy making it special. There are tons a great idea’s on Pinterest that I gather inspiration from. You can find some ideas here on my board if you’d like.

But before you head over to Pinterest, today I’m sharing a picture frame I wrapped a couple of weeks ago for my parents 30th wedding anniversary gift.

Since burlap is one of my favorite textured fabric (and I had it on hand), I thought it would be great to wrap a gift with it. To add an elegant element to the gift, satin was my ribbon of choice and adorned it with a white silk flower.

Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I hope this inspires you to wrap a gift in a fun way. Enjoy.

What you need

  • Burlap (Any color will work. The amount you will need depends on the size of your gift)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Satin ribbon (ribbon of choice)
  • Embellishing flower (If you want to make one here is a tutorial here and here.  I purchased this one from Pier 1)

Time:

  • 15 minutes

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  1. Gather supplies
  2. Wrap gift in tissue paper. Since the burlap is slightly transparent and you might see the gift, therefore, I wrapped my gift in tissue paper first. This step is optional.
  3. Wrap gift in burlap. Use pea size drops of hot glue to keep fabric together.
  4. Wrap ribbon around gift in your own fashion. Fix together with a pea size drop of hot glue. Double sided tape might work well on satin ribbon as an option also.
  5. Slip the flower underneath ribbon or fix flower ribbon with small amount of hot glue.

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And there you go! A beautifully wrapped gift for Mother’s Day or any special occasion.

What fun creative ways do you like to wrap gifts? 

Sharing today at Chic and Crafty , Tips and Tutorials and the Better Mom. 

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Hostess Gift – Homemade Donuts and Milk

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013 in DIY, Hospitality, Projects | Comments Off on Hostess Gift – Homemade Donuts and Milk

Having dinner parties at my friends houses it a ton of joy for me.  I love chatting and enjoying yummy food. My third favorite thing about going to friends houses for dinner is I get the opportunity to make them a little treat.

Since seeing homemade donuts on Pinterest and around the web, I’ve been wanting to make them for some time. And after finding this inspiration Saturday, I knew the perfect hostess gift was donuts and milk!

I scoured my craft closet to see if I had any thing like what the tutorial had, but I all I had on hand were some baskets. So I went to the kitchen to see what I had: large mason jars – perfect!  Then it was back to the craft closet for a few staples: dish cloth, cellophane, tape and embellished flower.

After making homemade donuts…

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Donut Recipe

Lemon Glaze

Chocolate Glaze 

I gathered my supplies all in one place…  

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Mason Jar with milk

Dish cloth (from Target)

Recipe

Embellished Flower  (Quick and easy to make!)

Donuts wrapped in cellophane and ribbon

Basket

and assembled  the hostess gift for our friends. 

Milk and Donuts

It was a simple gift idea that I just loved creating for them! I can’t wait for the next party that way I can come up with another treat!

What gifts do you like to receive when you invite friends over? 

Sharing today at: The Frugal Girls.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in DIY, Hospitality, Preparing for the Holidays | Comments Off on Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Happy Thursday to you all!

Wow, I can’t believe how fast this month has flown by. I finally got all our Christmas shopping done, now I need to wrap it all up. :) Today I just wanted to share an assortment of gift ideas from my blog this year. If you are in need of any last minute homemade gift ideas, today I have some frugal and creative ones for you. Enjoy!

Good Morning Breakfast Basket

Gift Basket

I love making a gift baskets for friends, especially breakfast baskets. Since breakfast is my favorite time meal of the day, it’s probably my favorite meal to give. Make this a Christmas theme by adding a Christmas towel and an small ornament as an embellishment.

Homemade Gift Bag with Treats

Newspaper Gift Bag

Make your own gift bag and fill it with your Christmas treats, cookies, candies or even a ornament. Add a punch of color by using red ribbon and maybe a flower embellishment. If you want a gift bag idea for kids, check out this one! 

Peppermint Bark Gift Set

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I shared this idea with you all last week, but it is one of my favorites. I think it is a great idea for families to spend time together and learn about the history of the candy cane. 

Baker’s Gift Set

4th of July HospitalityIf you have a family or friend who loves making bread, this is a simple inexpensive gift idea. To make it a Christmas theme again use a Christmas towel. Embellish with a spatula, measuring spoons or wooden spoon and tie with Christmas ribbon.

My best kept secret for saving money on gifts is by buying brand name items at the dollar store. Oh, no I let my secret out! 😉 All the items in the above picture were found there.  You might not find brand name items every time you visit the dollar store but with repeat visits and stocking up on them as you find them, help making gifts budget friendly.

Gift Wrapped Bread

Gift Wrapped Bread

Next to the peppermint bark gift set, this is one of my favorite gifts as well. It was very fun to make and it can easily be changed into a Christmas theme.  Wrap your homemade or store bought loaf of bread using a red, green or white tea towels. Add festive embellishments with this fabulous flower idea. Lastly, adorn the center of the flowers with  jewels, brads or buttons. Here is another example of flowers adorned with jewels.

I hope these gift idea’s inspire you to make a homemade gift this Christmas season. Have a fantastic day friends!

Sharing today at Chic and Crafty and Frugal Friday.

 

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Peppermint Bark Gift Set

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in DIY, Hospitality, Preparing for the Holidays, Projects, Series | Comments Off on Peppermint Bark Gift Set

After starting our advent devotional, one of the activities was to make peppermint bark. It was fun letting my little guy crush the candy canes with a plastic toy hammer. It also was a great time to learn about the candy cane and some of the history behind it. I loved doing with my family so much that I thought it would be a great gift idea for others to do with their family. So today I wanted to share with you my peppermint bark gift set with you all! Enjoy!

Supplies

Assembly

  1. Print the history of the candy cane. 
  2. Print the recipe for peppermint bark.
  3. Place 3/4 cup of white chocolate into a sandwich bag or celephane bag and tie with ribbon. Repeat with milk chocolate chips.
  4. Arrange all the items inside the tin or box in a fashion that you’d like.
  5. Add ribbon and any embleshments to the outside of the tin.
In ten minutes or less you’ll have a fabulous gift idea to give to family or friends.

I’d love for you to share, what are your favorite food gifts you’ve received for the Christmas season?  

Sharing today at Frugal Friday, The Frugal Girls and The Better Mom.

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Christmas Series ~ Gift Wrapped Cookbook

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Preparing for the Holidays, Projects, Series | 6 comments

Hi friends! How are you all doing today? I’m very excited to share with you all today a gift idea for the holidays. I came up with this gift idea for my sister-in-law back in October for her wedding but it can easily be transformed into a Christmas present. Let me show you!

As I mentioned I got this little gift for my sister-in-law because she enjoys cooking and she loves everything about horses. So when I set out to find the perfect little gift for her, I instantly thought of Ree Drummond’s cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.

This cookbook not only has fabulous down home comfy cozy recipes, it also has beautiful pictures of ranch life, Ree’s beautiful family and of course the yummy food she cooks for her sweet family! What also amazes me about Ree is that she took all the pictures for her cookbook too! I think that is impressive. Her labor of love is shown on each page of this great cookbook! I think it’s a fabulous Christmas gift too, if I say so myself! (I’d really like to add this to my collection! Hint, hint to my hubby! Who will more then likely be reading this post.) :)

Anyways, I didn’t mean to get off topic, but I love this little cookbook. Now back to the featured program. :) Do you want to learn how to gift wrap a cookbook with soft tea towels. Great! Let me show you!

Here’s what you need:

  • A cookbook (Here’s some of my favorites!)
  • At least one tea towel (I used three to give it a layered look, but you can easily do it with one.)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Small kitchen item (A set of measuring spoons or a small spatula are a couple of examples.)

Now that you’ve got all your supplies, lets get started.

First, take one towel and lay it on the table. Place cookbook in the center and then wrap the towel around the cookbook. Secure with scotch tape.

Next, take the second towel and fold it in thirds vertically. Wrap the towel around the the cookbook and secure with tape. You should be able to see the first towel on the side.

Take the third towel, fold it in half and then in half once more. Wrap it around the book horizontally and secure with tape. You should now see all three towels.

Lastly, tie coordinating ribbon around the cookbook and add the finishing touches with a small kitchen item.

Thats it, super easy right?!

Okay, so it’s the Christmas season, we are all on a budget, so lets talk money, here’s the breakdown:

  • The Cookbook I purchased on Amazon for $16
  • Towels (and ribbon) on Cleareance at Target for $4.99. The towels were wrapped with the ribbon. Score!
  • Measuring spoons from World Market for 2.99

Total gift: 23.98 +tax

Another way to decrease the cost is to buy used cookbooks instead of brand new or find small kitchen items and kitchen towels at a dollar store. I find some great items, even brand name items there sometimes! The added benefit to wrapping gifts in towels is it makes them a very useful item. I don’t remember the last time I used wrapping paper for cleaning up spilt milk. :) If you are looking for a gift idea that is affordable, creative and fun, I encourage you to try this out this year!

What are some ways you’ve used tea towels to wrap gifts? I’d love for you to share.

If you are looking for more gift wrap idea’s click on over to my gift wrap pin board on Pinterest.

Sharing today at The Frugal Girls and Today’s Creative Blog.

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Fall Flower Bouquet

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in DIY, Projects | Comments Off on Fall Flower Bouquet

Hi friends! I hope your week has been a great one.  Today I have a fun and fresh tutorial for you all.  I hope you enjoy it!

In September, my friend Lisa Marie  brought me a beautiful fall bouquet of sunflowers wrapped in a green wax tissue paper.  It was so elegant and I thought to myself, “I’ve got to try something similar.”  This year I’ve dabbled with making my own flower arrangements for my home and last week I decided to make make a little flower arrangement for a gift. You don’t have to be a florist to make this bouquet.  All you have to know is how to use a pair of scissors, fold a piece of fabric and tie a ribbon. It is really that easy!

Here is what you need

  • A store bought bouquet of flowers (or fresh flowers from your garden to decrease your out of pocket expense)
  • 20 in by 20 in piece of burlap
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Bow or flower embellishment

My cost for this project:

The cost of this project was roughly 8 dollars. The majority my cost was the flowers. If you have an over abundant garden, play with some flowers you already have. Or be on the look out for discount flowers or flowers from a farmers market.  I used a Costco bouquet and broke the flowers into two parts to make two arrangements. Use fabric or tissue paper you have on hand, utilize scrap ribbon to add the finishing touches.
After you’ve gathered all your supplies, lets make a bouquet!

Using fabric scissors,  cut a 20 by 20 inch piece of burlap.  I used burlap  because I love it’s rustic texture, I had it on hand and it’s a sturdy fabric to use for this bouquet.

Place flowers in the  center of burlap diagonally. (I ended up bringing the flowers down a little bit more then what is pictured here.)  Then trim the stems to line up with the end of the burlap.

Starting from one side, fold burlap under to create a roll effect and repeat on the opposite side.

Tie with ribbon.

Add a bow or fabric flower to the bouquet. Instead of ribbon like the tutorial uses, I cut scrap fabric into 1.5 inches by 4 inches to create my flower. I  hot glued a  scrapbook embellishment for the center of the flower.  Then added an alligator clip to the back to attach the flower easily to the ribbon.

 All done. A simple store bought flower arrangements can be transformed into a little creation with just a few craft items.

Have you received a flower arrangement before that you just loved? Do you remember how it was made? I challenge you to recreate one of your favorite flower arrangements, decorate your home with it or give it as a gift.

Have a fabulous weekend my friends!

Sharing today at Women Living Well and Chic and Crafty 

 

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