Cabinet Wreaths

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I found this idea on Pinterest and I just HAD to do it myself! SO here is my rendition of cabinet wreaths! I have made them all and hung them up on my kitchen cabinets and it really brings the Christmas spirit into my home! Also, this craft only cost 3 dollars! You can find all of these supplies at a dollar store near you! The supplies you'll need: 1. Wired Garland Ties 2. Ribbon 3. Double Sided Tape The first thing you do is take 2 wired garland ties and tie them together to make a small wreath and make several of them, as many as you need for your cabinets. After that it gets really easy! You just measure out the ribbon on your cabinet and see how long you want the ribbon and where you want your wreaths to hang. Make sure that after you measure you give a little extra length so that you can tape the ribbon on the inside of the cabinet and so it will wrap around the wreath itself. Voila! You can hang your wreaths on your cabinets with one sided or … [Read more...]

Snowman Button Ornament

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Welcome to another day of Christmas everyday! For this post I will show you a craft I did recently made out of buttons! This is a cute craft that you can do with kids of any age. I really enjoyed this craft and I will probably make more button ornaments, maybe a santa or an elf would be cute too! The supplies: 1. Scissors 2. Ribbon or fabric for scarf 3. String 4. White buttons of various sizes (about 7-10 depending on the desired size of snowman) 5. One red button 6. 3-5 Black buttons (depending on how tall you want the hat) Here is the finished project, I wish I could have taken more pictures so you can visualize it but this craft is super easy and is pretty easy to figure out! I started by putting the buttons in the order that I want. Then I grabbed my string and threaded it through the buttons in the proper order from the bottom up (base of snowman to hat). Once the string is threaded through one of the hole on each of the buttons, I went back and … [Read more...]

Christmas Themes

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Christmas time is near! You might be thinking about your tree and where to put it, you're thinking about the ornaments and where they're stored and then you think, hmmm, maybe I want to try something different this year. Maybe you want some new ornaments and maybe you want to give your Christmas a "theme"! So for today's post I wanted to give you all some ideas of what themes you could incorporate for your Christmas this year! My family are really big Harry Potter fans so I looked up some ideas for a Harry Potter themed Christmas!: This Harry Potter Christmas tree is to die for! This picture can give you tons of ideas of how you would dress your own tree at home! You can see a "Ron's sweater" ornament, a Sorting Hat topper, an owl, a deathly hallows symbol, etc.! You can also add all of the house colors especially if your family are all in different houses! These perfectly wrapped presents look exactly like the packages received in Harry Potter! They would be a great … [Read more...]

Holiday Storage and Organization Tips

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The holidays are coming up fast and I'm sure that everyone is pulling out boxes upon boxes of decorations and big surprise, everything is in disarray and disorganized. Ornaments are spread put between several different boxes, some of them are broken or cracked. Lights are all in a big, confusing, tangled ball that seems to have no beginning or end. Your fake trees and wreaths are bent and pieces are in different boxes. And as you open your boxes or bags of decorations and see this madness, you can feel your blood pressure start to rise and you feel stressed OUT. The holidays are not supposed to be about stress and madness. Decorating your home with festive decorations should be fun, but it's hard to have fun when you're stressed out! So instead of stressing out this season, take a deep breath and read these tips on how to get organized this Christmas season! Tip #1: Label everything! Having your boxes labeled with what's in them is really important. I also recommend using a … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Berry Wreath

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Welcome to Day 3 of The 30 days of Christmas with yours truly and The Shopping Duck! Christmas wreaths are a staple for the Christmas season, but unfortunately they can be really expensive. I decided that instead of buying a Christmas wreath that I would make one this year that I could use for the future. I looked for some ideas on Pinterest and found so many great ideas but the wreath that I liked the most was a holly berry wreath. I think this wreath is really beautiful and classy and I love the vibrant red and green colors. This wreath was super easy to make and I think it turned out really cute! Supplies: An old twig wreath (or a foam wreath form) 7 fake holly berry stocks (you can substitute for real ones) Scissors Wire cutters Twine Hot glue gun (optional) You can get all of these supplies at a thrift store, the dollar store or you're nearest craft store. The first thing that I did was cut off the long bottoms of the fake berry stocks and because … [Read more...]

1st Day of Christmas: DIY Holiday Vase Decor

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Welcome to the 1st day of our 30 Days of Christmas post! I want to thank The Shopping Duck again for this amazing collab idea for this Christmas season. We hope that we can give you some great ideas and tips for this upcoming and future Christmases! The first idea of a Christmas decor craft that I had was to do one of those super cute vases with ornaments and such in it that you see all over the place! But, since I am a married college student with a new puppy, I have a pretty tight budget. I thought that there would be no way that I could make something so cute on such a restricted spending limit. I was wrong! I first hit up a thrift store near me called Deseret Industries. Thrift stores are great for finding items in great condition for really cheap prices. After my trip to DI, I headed over to the dollar store near me. Another great place where you can find cute materials in good condition for cheap prices. After both stores, I had everything that I needed to do this … [Read more...]

30 Days of Christmas

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Who's pumped for Christmas?! I know I am! I am usually not this pumped about Christmas before Thanksgiving but thanks to The Shopping Duck we will be collaborating on 30 Days of Christmas! Everyday from November 16th to December 16th, we will be taking turns posting crafts, decorations, or holiday treats perfect for the Christmas season. This 30 Days of Christmas post will be updated daily with links to all of the posts! Merry Christmas! Day 1- DIY Holiday Vase Decor: This decoration is really easy to make and you can get all the items you need for cheap! Day 2- Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments: These are so easy to make and they are fun for kids too! Use them to decorate a tree or wreath. Day 3- DIY Christmas Berry Wreath: This wreath is really easy, cheap and is a great decoration to have in your home. Day 4- Easy DIY No Sew Pillows: These are so easy to make! Any piece of material will work to give your house a holiday flair. Day 5- Holiday Storage and Organization … [Read more...]

DIY Travel Box

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I was browsing the aisles of Porter's (a craft store near me) when I saw the cutest DIY project that I had to do and now that I have to share! What you will need: A Wood Memory Box A Sheet of Decorative Paper Paint Paint Brush Scissors Tape "Keep Calm and Travel On" Sticker The first thing I did was measure, cut and tape the decorative paper I chose to fit in the back panel of the memory box. Then I painted the box with some left over blue paint I had from a previous project. I put about 2-3 thin layers of paint and I let it dry for about 30 minutes. After the paint dried I put the "Keep Calm and Travel On" sticker centered on the glass. The finished product! I put some plane tickets to NJ, Disney tickets, BYU football tickets, Metro Subway cards and whatever else I had from previous trips into the new travel box. And now whenever me and my husband go on a new trip, we have a place to keep memories of where we have been! … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent Don't laugh! Making your own laundry detergent is quick and easy and will save you tons of money. I first made this laundry detergent here, but I have refined it a bit and I love my new concoction. Supplies Needed: One 55oz Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Walmart) (you will use one cup) One 76 oz box of Borax (Target) (you will use one cup) One 14.1 oz Bar of Zote Soap (Walmart) (you will use 1/4 of the bar) One small bottle of lavender essential oil (I had some on hand) (optional) Downy Unstopables (1 cap full) One large pot (it should hold at least one gallon of liquid) Cheese Grater Two - One gallon buckets with lids - Argee Corporation Versa-Tainer (Smith's) Instructions: Cut the Zote Soap bar in half and grate with a cheese grater. Place gratings in bottom of large pot. Measure in 128 oz (1 gallon) of water into the large pot. Turn on the heat to medium high. Stir occasionally until the soap is completely … [Read more...]

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

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How to Make Foaming Hand Soap   One way that I save money at my house is to buy items on sale or on clearance. One of my favorite clearance items is liquid hand soap at Bath & Body Works. My favorite is the foaming hand wash and it retails for $5.50 each. However, I usually buy a bunch when they are on sale and can sometimes get them for $3.00 - $3.75 each. However, I wondered if I could make hand soap myself for even cheaper! I found two small soap bars that I had collected from my hotel stays over the years. These soap bars are approximately 1.3 ounces a piece. I decided to see how much soap I could make from these two small bars. Here is what I did: Grate the soap using the fine side of my grater. This makes it easier for the soap and water to mix. Put the soap shavings and 2 1/2 cups of water into a saucepan and cook on medium heat until the soap is melted. Remove the pan from the stove and let sit overnight. The next day, check the soap … [Read more...]