Oct 30

31 Days of Homemade Holidays! Day 31:Wooden Picture Prints

Oh, my goodness!  Last day of this 31 day series!!  Has been a fantastic challenge to write something 31 days in a row, had several late nights and almost didn’t make it some days.  But now it’s so great to look back at all that was accomplished this month!  So, last project to post in this series…..

Day 31: Wooden Picture Prints!


Blocks of wood and pictures the same size (printed on regular copy paper), Gel medium, Mod Podge, paintbrushes

A few simple steps in this project, but there is a waiting time in between each.  Start by covering the wood with the gel medium.

Place the picture, print side down, on the wood and smooth out all the bubbles with your hand.


Now let those dry for at least 8 hours.  When they are completely dry, wet the paper with a washcloth or sponge.

Rub the paper off as much as you can with your hands and then use a dry sponge or paintbrush to brush off all of the little pieces.

 Let the wood dry and then cover with Mod Podge to seal your pictures.  A unique gift or way to display your  favorite pictures!

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Oct 29

31 Days of Homemade Holidays! Day 30: DIY Printed Candles


I have been wanting and waiting to share with you one of my favorite DIY gifts.  Simple, beautiful and can be personalized!  Today’s homemade gift is DIY printed candles!

Day 30: DIY Printed Candles!


Pillar candles, tissue paper, embossing heat tool, images to print on the tissue paper, cardstock, stamps and stamp pads, stickers, glue stick or tape

To begin, choose what you would like printed on the candles.  A certain image or message.  To print a picture on tissue paper, cut the tissue paper to the size of the cardstock.  Use a glue stick or tape to attach the two.

Place the tissue paper/cardstock combination in the printer paper drawer, tissue paper side down.  Print or copy the image onto the tissue paper.

For these candles I printed an Owl Placecard from here (Stephanie Fizer Coleman) and here for the paisley print.

Cut the tissue paper just a bit smaller than the candle you are using.  Can use printed pictures or decorate with rubber stamps and/or stickers.  Personalize it by printing or stamping on the tissue paper.  So many possibilities!

When you have your design ready on the tissue paper, lay it across the candle.

Begin at one end and use the heat tool to melt the paper to the candle.  It will happen rather quickly as the tool is very hot.  Be careful not to hold the heat tool in one place for too long or it will burn the tissue paper.

You will see the change as the paper melts into the candle.

Work your way slowly all around the candle for a beautiful, finished product!  So pretty!

Try these for a simple Christmas gift, wedding favor, house-warming or hostess gift!

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Oct 28

31 Days of Homemade Holidays! Day 29: Paper Stars

A couple more days and we come to the close of this 31 day series!  Has been a very crafty month here with some of my favorite homemade gifts yet to come in the next two days, don’t miss them!  Follow along on Facebook so you don’t miss out!

Day 29:Paper Stars!

I think these are so classy…they look challenging to make, but they’re really not, try it out!


Cardstock scrapbook paper (2 12×12 sheets/star), glue gun, ribbon, scissors

Begin by folding the paper corner to corner (both ways) and then side to side (both ways).

Then make 4 cuts not quite half way to the center of the paper on the side folded lines.  NOT from the corners.

Now lay the paper with the print side down and fold in the corners to make four points.

Pull in each of the corners and glue one triangle flap on the other.

Repeat all steps with the other sheet of paper to make two matching halves.  Then hot glue the two together to complete the star.

Add a ribbon and find a place to hang or prop them up on your mantle!

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Oct 27

31 Days of Homemade Holidays! Day 28: DIY Lacing Cards

With three young boys at home, I am ALWAYS looking for good ways to keep their little hands busy.   Today’s project will do just that!

Day 27: DIY Lacing Cards!


Dot paints, Christmas colored cardstock, scissors, hole punch, laminator sheets or clear contact paper, round shoestrings or yarn

Have the kids cover the paper with the dot paints.  Just an FYI…these say washable, but it didn’t really want to come off my kid’s skin.  Washed out of their clothes okay, though. :-)

When the paints are dry, cut out shapes such as Christmas trees, stockings, stars, snowmen, etc.

Run the shapes through the laminator or cover with contact paper.  Cut off the extra plastic and then punch holes all around the outside of each shape.

Now you are ready to play!  

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Oct 26

31 Days of Homemade Holidays! Day 27: Magnet Calendar

I had so much fun with this project today, so…a heads up, I took a ton of pictures!  But we all love pics, right?!  Around here we really enjoy the Christmas season and especially the countdown to December 25th!  And that is why I have another Advent calendar project for you today… Earlier this week I posted a tutorial for the magnets I use with this project, find that here.

Day 27:Magnet Calendar!











Cookie sheet (mine is 14×16), scrapbook papers, white cardstock, spray paint, number stickers for 1-25, Mod Podge and paint brush, paper cutter

The day before you begin this project, spray paint the cookie sheet in a color that coordinates with your scrapbook papers.

When you are ready to begin, cut the scrapbook paper in 2 1/4  by  2 3/4 rectangles. (25)

Arrange the rectangles in rows and columns on the cookie sheet (5 across, 5 down).

Paint a small amount of Mod Podge on the back of each one to hold them in place.  From the white cardstock, cut 3/4 inch by 1 inch rectangles to use as a background for the numbers.  I used scissors to round the corners, slightly.  Use the Mod Podge to place one of those on each of the scrapbook rectangles.

Next, number the rectangles 1-25 with the stickers.

Paint over the entire calendar with Mod Podge to seal and hold it all together.

Let the calendar dry overnight and then you are ready to add the Marble Magnets!  Add a magnet each day as you countdown to Christmas!

I liked this idea so much, I wondered what else I could do with a spray painted pan.  I had an extra one that was a little smaller, so I attached scrapbook paper to the top and bottom of the pan and covered it in Mod Podge, as well.  Makes a fun place to hang a few pictures with the Marble Magnets!

Hope you have as much fun with this as I did!  Don’t miss any holiday projects! Find me on Facebook and at these link parties!