Holiday DIY Goodies

As we move closer and closer to the holiday season I tend to get a little carried away, for this is not only my favorite time of year in general, but the biggest crafting season! As a student with little income I find that the holidays clean me out financially, but it need not be that way. Right?! I am a crafter, I am creative, and I know my way around a craft store, so why can’t I MAKE great gifts?  Well, that is just it, I can and I will.

I have scoured the internet for the best, most approachable holiday gift ideas and brought them to you. All reviewed and neatly organized, so without further ado: The Top Five DIY Holiday Gifts!

  1. Sharpie Mugs

I know, I know, been there seen that, but they are still one of my favorite DIY gifts. I made around 4 last year all varying in sayings. (“All I need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.” or “Let us praise Him with dance. Psalm 149:3” were my favorites.) I have found the best tutorial on this cute project along with must read tips and tricks before you start:

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2. Inked Wood

I didn’t know what to cal this one…but a picture speaks 1,000 words right? This is actually really cool and would be a gift I definitely would be excited to recieve.

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3. Peppermint Sugar Scrub

I am a big fan of scrubs and lotions, for I have been cursed with dry skin, and this peppermint sugar scrub looks down right delicious(fun to wash with not to eat). Again, I would love to receive this cute little gift for the holidays and the process seems easy enough.

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4. Gift in a Jar

Mason Jars are like *teenage girl voice* “so in right now”, and you could put any regular gift in one to make it cute. But, sometimes that’s a little too easy and us “crafters” need at least a little creativity involved, and this site has 15 gift in a jar ideas.

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5. Teacup Candles

How cute? I have always wanted to try making my own candles, but it has always scared me just a little but. But, I mean who doesn’t love to burn a candle in these cold, bitter months? Plus, although I don’t this tutorial includes it i am sure you can scent them anyway you want!

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Peacock Costume

After hours and hours of brainstorming and shopping for my ten year olds sister’s halloween costume I figured it out! A PEACOCK….it would be so cool, fun, and girly. After figuring out the costume now I had to set out a plan, a cheap plan. But, much to my surprise peacock eyes (hey, that rhymed) are expensive, like crazy expensive! So I had to innovate and change my plan. Here is my final product and how I got there!

A DIY Peacock costume for under $20 (With coupons of course)! All materials were found at Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Store: http://www.joann.com

  • 10yds of matte tulle fabric (I used 2 colors so 5 yards of each)
  • 1 3/4 inch (any color) elastic–if you do it right it will be hidden and scrunched
  • 2 packages of Zucker Feather Peacock Feather(you will end up with a total of 4)
  • Laliberi Quick Clip Flowers Peacock (Any large flower hair clip would work)
  • Feather Boa (any color)–I used brown and white mix

Beginning with the tutu:

  1. Measure your waist and subtract the size by 3 inches, so if the size was 27 inches you would want to sew the elastic at 24 inches(27-3=24).
  2. Cut the tulle in strips about 6”x24”; the length of the strip depends on how long you want the tutu to be.
  3. Fold the strip of tulle in half and place under the elastic like shown:    IMG_8401
  4. Then, pull the loose ends through the loop and pull it tight around the elastic.    IMG_8402
  5. Continue to do this in any color pattern until the entire elastic is covered.
  6. Weave the boa in and out of the tutu/elastic waistline beginning in the front, then working your way around to make a bow in the back.

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7. For the arm pieces repeat steps 1-5.

Next the headpiece:

  1. Create a fan like shape with peacock eyes and hot glue them together when you have the desired shape.

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2. Hot glue the peacock eye fan to the flower, so people see the front of the eyes when standing in front of you, but the front of the flower from the back like so:  IMG_8399

 

3. Hot glue a couple of left over tulle strands to the bottom of the flower.

There you have it! I cute, cheap, girly peacock costume! Happy Halloween!IMG_8398