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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)


  • 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…  


Mason Jar with milk

Dish cloth (from Target)


Embellished Flower  (Quick and easy to make!)

Donuts wrapped in cellophane and ribbon


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!



  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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Colored Pencils Gift Bag

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Hospitality | Comments Off on Colored Pencils Gift Bag

Well it is that time again. Summer is over. So sad! Or not? It’s time to buy new school supplies, wear new outfits and of course send your sweet children to school with a gift for their new teacher!

Since my little guy is too little to go to school. I still get really excited about back-to-school! Because its a great time to get some amazing deals for my home office. A couple weeks ago I was at Wal-Mart getting a couple things, when I came across color pencils at 50 cents a box. It was a great price, so I grabbed 4 boxes.

Later that day, as I reorganized and inventoried the gift items in my craft closet and I came up with an idea to make a gift bag out of the colored pencils.

At first I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but to my suprise it turned out even better then I thought.

I just love it and only wish I had a teacher to give it to!

If you need a simple, frugal gift bag: give this one a try!

Time to do craft

  • 15 to 20 minutes
  • Depending on what you have on hand, this project could cost you as little as 2 dollars.

Here is what you need

  • 4 packages of colored pencils (I used Crayola, but I think any kind would work well.)
  • Hot Glue gun
  • 1 hot glue stick
  • Ribbon
  • 1 piece of heavy card stock (I used an empty gift box)


#1. Fold down the top of the packaging and secure with a dab of hot glue to the back of the box.

#2. Starting with one side at a time. Glue each edge of the colored pencil box to another box (forming an L shape). Before moving on to each side hold it together with light but firm pressure for 1 to 2 minutes. Once all four sides are attached, let stand for 2-3 minutes to ensure glue is dry before moving to the next step.

#3. Next, set the bottom of the box on top of heavy duty card stock. Using a pen, trace the box onto the card stock and cut out. Once cut, measure it up to the bottom and trim more if needed. Note: I didn’t line up my box exactly right on the last side, so you can see where its off at the top. Thats okay, add a hint of character. :)


#4. Glue all four sides of the bottom of your box and adhere the card stock or card board. Next, center the ribbon on the bottom and draw a line of where you want to place it. Then place a line of hot glue there. Next, adhere the ribbon to the bottom.

#5. Finish by bringing up the ribbon, adhere a dab of glue at the top and then tie into a bow.

And there you have a gift bag made from boxes of colored pencils. Be sure to fill this bag with sweet light weight treats and a little note!

Do you typically make a gift or buy a gift for your children’s teacher? If so, what are some frugal ways you can spoil your child’s teacher?

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Setting the Table For Lunch

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Entertaining, Hospitality | Comments Off on Setting the Table For Lunch

Recently, I’ve been trying to use my trifle bowl for more then just trifle.  When I had a friend over for lunch a few weeks back, our menu was taco salad with chips and salsa. For dessert, we had chocolate covered strawberries.

Since I don’t have a chips and salsa bowl, I decided to use my trifle bowl as the chip bowl and footed dessert dishes as individual bowls for salsa. I was happy with using those two things because yet again I love using things that I have on hand. Why buy something specifically marketed for chips and salsa when you have perfectly good trifle bowl just lying around! :)

Setting the table with a simple table runner, a kitchen towel and a little help from Pinterest. I was ready to have a little lunch with my grandma and a dear friend!

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To help you set the table with great etiquette, here is a way to set your table for your next luncheon. I’m not always about formal etiquette and table decoration but it is so much fun to make an enjoyable table scape for friends! Especially, one you can eat from! :)

How do you set the table when you have friends over? What items do you have in your kitchen that you can use for another purpose? 

Sharing today at Frugal Girls and Frugal Friday.

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