Homemade Christmas Gift wrap ideas

handmade gift wrap ideas

Christmas gift wrap ideas using Sculpey polymer clay  to make Christmas ornaments and accented with buttons.  The projects brought to you today are part of a Sculpey ornament hop.  I chose to make my ornaments using a mold and add them to my homemade wrapping  paper.

polymer clay ornament To use a mold you simply condition the clay.  Press the clay into the mold and remove for baking.  Some molds need to be dusted with cornstarch or a mold release.  Others you can bake in directly.  Since I made 16 ornaments I made mine and and baked them all at one time.

how to make ornament from polymer clay

I used three blocks of clay and made a ton of ornaments okay maybe not a ton, but I did make 16.
The mold is from Krafty Lady Molds.  They are super fantastic and work great.

handmade ornaments

I mixed the colors together to get a wide variety of one shade to create almost an ombre effect.  I painted all my wrapping paper and wanted to make unique toppers too.

handmade ornaments I wrapped my packages in the homemade wrapping paper and tied ribbon on them.

Materials to make homemade Christmas gift wrap and ornaments

Thought I would show you the variety of paper and the different color ornaments on the package.

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homemade baby shower thank you cards

Homemade baby shower thank you cards, a gift card and and a tote to put them in and Voila` you have a great gift to take to a baby shower.

baby shower thank you cards

The tote can be used inside the diaper bag to hold pacifiers, tiny toys or what ever they might want to use it for.  I have found that often the older sister snags the tiny tote.   I have started giving gift cards for baby showers so the mom to be can get diapers, formula or what ever else she might need.  I do not feel guilty giving the gift card when it is combined with something handmade.    If I know the style of the mom  to be I will often appliqué bibs or onesies.

homemade baby shower

homemade baby shower

homemade baby shower thank you cards

Materials to make the Baby Thank You cards:


homemade baby shower


Materials to make the Baby Thank You cards:


9 clever pillows you can make

9 pillows you can make with very little sewing.  Pillows are an easy way to add a little pop of color to a room and to show off your style and personality.  Check out each of these clever ideas for pillows.

 Jeanne Bridges Clemmons

Pillow Makeovers with Scarves

Amy Davidson Latta

Beach Ball Pillow

Sarah Vanderkooy

Easy Updated Throw Pillow

Girl in the Garage 


Danielle Paul Mangelsdorf


Danielle Paul Mangelsdorf

Repurposed Pillow

Cara Kueck


Nancy Bandzuch

Embroidered Hanky

Nancy Bandzuch

satin bird

We hope you have enjoyed this round up of pillow ideas you can make yourself.

Christmas Card Idea

Allie here today with a Christmas Card Idea for you.

christmas card

I’m completely smitten with using all different kinds of colors this Christmas! Don’t get me wrong, I love the red and green, but isn’t this little Elf in the Snow super cute in some peachy keen pinks and limey greens?

Supplies you’ll need for this Christmas Card Idea…

  • Cardstock – Discount Cardstock
  • Bling – Want2Scrap
  • Digital Image – Birdie Brown
  • Digital Die Cut – Samantha Walker
  • Colored with Copics
  • Accented with Glitz Gel
  • Patterned Paper – from my stash
  • Twine, Fibers – misc.

I created this card on my CAMEO. If you have a CAMEO and want the full details, please see my post at My Card Party.

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white chocolate peppermint cheesecake rice crispy treats

peppermint white chocolate cheesecake rice krispy

peppermint white chocolate cheesecake rice krispies

White chocolate peppermint cheesecake rice crispy treats are totally amazing and addictive.  My family absolutely loves them.  They are quick and easy to make as well as super delicious.

    peppermint white chocolate cheesecake rice krispies

    Ingredients (about 24 Squares) for white chocolate peppermint cheesecake rice crispy treats:

    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1 bag marshmallows
    • 1/4 – 1/2 crushed Peppermint
    • 1 box (3.4 oz.) Jell-O Cheesecake Instant Pudding mix
    • 1box Rice Krispie cereal
    • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)

    Additional Toppings for white chocolate peppermint cheesecake treats

    • 1 bag Ghirardelli white chocolate Baking Chips
    • 1/4 -1/2 cup crushed peppermint

    peppermint white chocolate cheesecake rice krispy

    Instructions peppermint white chocolate peppermint cheesecake rice krispy treats:

    For the treats:

    • In a large sauce pan, melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. Stir until completely melted.
    • Add the dry pudding mix and stir until completely blended.
    • Remove from heat and add the peppermint. ( peppermint extra too)
    • Add Rice crispies and stir until completely incorporated.
    Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan or  line the pan greased waxed paper.  A cookie sheet will work too and spread it evenly with a piece of greased waxed paper.

    For the topping:

    •  Melt white chocolate or milk chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave safe bowl on 50% power in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth, stirring after each interval.
    • Evenly spread melted chocolate over  treats. Or cut treats into squares and dip into white chocolate and then sprinkles.
    • Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
    • Cover dish with plastic wrap and allow chocolate to harden in refrigerator about 30 minutes before cutting into squares.
    Tip :  Spray cooking spray on the blade of the knife.  It will help prevent sticking.  The quicker you cut them the easier it will be.  I find it difficult to cut them when they are cool.
    cooking tip spray knife
    I hope you enjoy this family favorite recipe of white chocolate peppermint cheesecake rice crispy treats.
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    Wine bag gift packaging

    handmade felt wine bag easy sew

    Wine bag gift toteCreate an easy to make wine bag with a few inexpensive materials.  I thought this would be perfect for craft lightning.  I originally made this wine bag to sell at craft shows a few years ago.  The first show I made them in cream, brown, tan and heather gray.  I completely sold out of the gray and sold about 2/3s of the other colors.  Last year I made cream, gray and rusty red.  I barely sold any of the gray and sold out of the other two.  This year, same show no gray and I had 15 requests for the gray.  I GIVE UP.  lol not really I took orders and I am mailing them.  I wish I had a magic formula.

    Materials to make wine bag:

    • felt
    • sewing machine
    • scissors
    • needle & thread
    • wood button
    • ribbon
    • office supply tag and marker

    handmade felt wine bag

    Handmade wine bag instructions:

    1. Cut felt to 6″x24″.  Cut a circle out on one side about 1.5″ from the top.
    2. Sew two sides together, starting about 1″ from bottom.
    3. Hand sew button on the ribbon. Add to bottle.
    4. Write sentiment on tag and hang on the wine bottle.

    There you have it an easy sew, super fast gift bag for your bottle of wine.  I like to make a few at a time and keep them in my stash.  I can always grab  bottle of wine on my way to an event.



    CAS Embossed Card for Fall

    I love embossing, and I wanted to share this embossed card, perfect for Fall. You can emboss using folders, stencils and more, and you can also use a Scoring Board for embossing. I’m using a Basket Weave folder from Spellbinders Paper Arts and my Martha Stewart Scoring Board.

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    Supplies you’ll need:


    1. Create a card base – 4.25×11″ and fold in half.
    2. Emboss Gold Ore Metallic Cardstock (4×5.25″) with Basket Weave M-Bossabilities. The cardstock takes the embossing BEAUTIFULLY! Adhere embossed piece to card base.
    3. Die cut acorn and mat pieces. Score a set of lines and then turn and score again to create a hash pattern on the acorn top. Assemble acorn.
    4. Stamp, color and fussy cut image. add to card.
    5. Adhere buttons to card with Glue Dots.

    Thanks for joining me for another fun card making idea.




    Recycled Wine Bottle Art

    recycled wine bottle craft
    If you are anything like me, you like projects that require the most basic of supplies including a recycled item. These Recycled Wine Bottles are works of art with so many possibilities for customization.

    Supplies for Creating Recycled Wine Bottle Art

    Basically, you will need items you probably have around your home:

    • Recycled glass item- I used various sizes of wine bottles, but glass jars, old flower vases or other glass surfaces will work.
    • Cotton twine- I used about a half of a regular sized ball of basic cotton twine to complete three bottles
    • Tacky glue- Used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.
    • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint- I used both a gloss and a matte finish. Colors used in my Recycled Wine Bottle Art are Gloss Blue Ocean Breeze, Gloss Blue Gum Drop and Semi-Gloss White.
    • Cotton swabs
    • Scissors

    Instructions for Recycled Wine Bottle Art:

    The first step is to gather your wine bottles and remove the labels and adhesive by scrubbing the bottle with a bristle brush or steel wool under hot water.
    Scrubbing off labels (2)
    Dry the bottles thoroughly, and you are ready to begin creating wine bottle art. Decide on a basic pattern or theme. For the white bottle, I decided to create a fairly elaborate pattern.  Simpler patterns such as forming a word or simple hearts, etc., will also work. This is the part where you decide on how your recycled wine bottle art should be customized to fit your decor, etc.
    Recycled Wine Bottle ArtStart by laying the bottle on it’s backside. Create a pattern with a very small line of glue.  Place the cotton twine on the glue lines. It’s very important not to use too much glue or you will end up with gobs of adhesive and that will be difficult to cover with the spray paint.

    Notice how I used a ceramic mug to keep the bottle from rolling backward or forward.

    Continue your design.  Work with fairly short lengths of twine (no longer than 12″) to complete your recycled wine bottle art. When you get to the opposite side of the bottle,  prop your bottle up sideways so the twine on the backside doesn’t slip off of the glued lines.

    Remove excess glue (2)
    Have plenty of cotton swabs on hand so you can remove excess glue from your bottle art. Once the design is complete and the glue is dry, take the bottles outside and spray them with several coats of spray paint. Hold the can at least 6″ away from the wine bottle and spray, using light coats and allowing coats to dry in between to avoid drips and runs.

    Recycled Wine Bottle Art
    Although I created the more elaborate swirl pattern, I also opted for simpler patterns too. I love the cheerful flowers and a simple sentiment for my Recycled Wine Bottle Art. I finished them with a light coat of Krylon’s ColorMaster Acrylic Crystal Clear Coating.


    There are so many ideas for creating Recycled Wine Bottle Art.

    So gather your twine and spray paint and have a blast!

    Live Life Creatively

    MOXIE FAB BLOG HOP – Thanks to you Cath

    Moxie Fab, Thank you Card, Handmade Cards, Silhouette Projects

    Hello friends, Allie Gower here with a project for the MOXIE FAB BLOG HOP.

    When I learned Cath was leaving the Paper Crafts team, I was kind of sad. I learned so much reading the great posts at the Moxie Fab Blog.

    I didn’t want to make a “goodbye” card, and I don’t know Cath personally, so rather than an ordinary thank you card, I wanted Cath to remember to celebrate the everyday. When one door closes, sometimes a great one is opening.

    moxie fab blog hop, 3d double bracket frame, Simple Stories project

    Papers and chipboard embellishments are from a summer line by Simple Stories. The 3d double bracket frame was designed by Lori Whitlock. I accented with Sleek Strips from Want2Scrap.

    Best wishes to you Cath, and thanks for the crafty memories.  The next person on the hop is  Shelly Kurth

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    Rit Dye Back Pack for Preschooler

    BackPack dyed with rit liquid dye - back to school

    Rit Dye Back pack for preschooler –

    Rit dye is a great way to transform a dull canvas back pack into an exciting adventure for your preschooler. What little kid would not like to have a fun backpack like this one?  My 3 year old calls her backpack her packpack and I think it is the cutest thing ever.  I am  her mom, so it is naturally the cutest thing to me.

    brown rit dye

    Wet the fabric before placing in the hot water and dye bath.  This will allow the dye to absorb into the fabric at a nice even rate and help prevent splotches.  But if you are going for the splotchy look then leave it dry.


    Let the back pack soak in the mason jar filled with hot water and liquid Rit dye.  I soaked this piece for about 20-30 minutes.  If you leave it longer that is okay too.  The less time you leave it the lighter the color and also the warmer the water is the darker it will be.

    dye fabric in a jar with rit liquid dye

    Once the back pack is finished soaking in the dye bath. Remove it from the bath and rinse in cool water until the water runs clear. Wash and dry.

    Once the piece is dry you can add your embellishments. I chose cute novelty buttons from Buttons Galore and More .  I adhered the buttons with my hot glue gun from Adtech.