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12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 7 ~ Playing Cards Garland

I love this idea and how awesome is this that most people have a deck or two that are missing cards and no longer get play time. This was first seen at Anthropologie and it is so easy to make that I thought I should share this with all of you. Great garland for trees, fireplaces and anywhere you want to hang this.


~Playing Cards (2 decks in two different colors)

~Sewing Machine

~Scissors (Large Circle punch, in which case you wouldn’t need the pen or glass)


~Glass (or circle stencil)

1. Trace your circle onto your card.

2. Cut each circle out of the playing cards. It would be much easier if you had a large circle punch.

3. Sew the cards together using a straight stitch, until all cards are used.

4. Hang it up (I can’t to use this on my tree).



12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 6 ~ Countdown to Christmas Blocks

This is an easy project, one that even your kids could probably help with, of course with your supervision!


4 Wood Blocks

White Paint

Mod Podge

Coordinating Paper cut into squares

Numbers & Sayings


1. Paint the blocks white on all sides.

2. Mod Podge the cut paper onto each side of the square and then Mod Podge over the top of the paper.

3. On one block Mod Podge the numbers 1, 2, 6(which will be used as a 9), 0, 7 & 8. On the other block Mod Podge the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 0. On the other two blocks Mod Podge the words days to Christmas.

4. Take a ribbon and tie in a bow or knot around the blocks.


12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 5 ~ Mod Podge Canvas Art

I have wanted to do this for long time and just never did. But now that I have, I will do this more often, its so much fun and really is a great way to decorate your bare walls. And would make a great gift too!


~Canvas (size of choice)

~Scrapbook Paper (thinner paper is easier to work with)

~Mod Podge

~Embellishments (ribbons, rhinestones, pearls, buttons, etc..)

~Hot Glue Gun

~Razor Blade

1. Cut the paper to big enough so that it wraps around the sides.

2. Using your razor blade and cut the corners diagnolly in towards the corner of the canvas.

3. Cover the entire paper with Mod Podge.

4. Attach the paper to the canvas and completely cover the top with Mod Podge. Let dry.

5. Decorate your canvas with your embellishments using your hot glue gun.


12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 4 ~ Paperback Ornament

This was not so easy but I was so proud after I got the first one done and then it became easier as I went along. So I will try to explain every step, but don’t get discouraged, just try it again and I am sure it will turn out great! Everything looks better with glitter! By the way ~ it gives it more character when its not quite perfect! 😉


~ Paperback book

~ Glue

~ Spray adhesive

~ Glitter

~ Clothespin

~ Scissors

~ Ribbon

~ Embellishments of  your choice

1. Cut the book into 1 inch strips. Now this part is a bit tricky, it would be easy if you have a industrial size paper cutter. I had to use scissors and this book wasn’t huge so I cut a few strips and cut a few more until I got through the whole book, leaving the binding in tact.

2. Take some glue and apply to the binding.

3. Use a clothespin to hold the binding together until the glue dries.

4. You will be using two strips at a time and start by putting glue on the end of the strip and glue to the next two pieces.

5. Then you take the next two strips and fold in half.

6. You can use the clothespin to help keep the strips in piece, its just like having another hand.

7. Continue folding & bending, putting glue on the end of the strips that you bend, not the ones you fold, until your done.

8. Take an all purpose spray adhesive and spray the ornament, then cover with glitter. Do both sides and edges if desired.

9. Take your embellishments and using hot glue or tacky glue, attach them.

10. Once the ornament is completely dry, take a ribbon or some sort of decorative string and attach to the ornament.



12 Days of DIY Christmas ~ Day 2 ~ Easy Dish Cloths

These easy to make dish clothes turn out so cute that you will want to make some for everyone you know.




Fray Check

Serger or Sewing Machine

1. Cut the dish clothes into 4 equal sections.

2. Cut the fabric to the same size. Putting wrong sides together(right sides facing out) serge around the edges. If you don’t have a serger you can use your sewing machine set to a zig-zag stitch.

3. Use your fray check on the ending stitches to keep them from coming apart.

Now wasn’t that super easy? And what great gifts for newly married couples, baby gifts and anyone who enjoys being in the kitchen! Just wrap up with a few kitchen gadgets and your good to go.


Starting Next Week….

On November 1st I will start my 12 Days of DIY Christmas! Are you excited? Cuz I am! I will have some great handmade gift ideas,  Christmas decor ideas, gift wrapping ideas and I hope that I can get you excited about making your own gifts this Christmas season!

And do you want to know the best part? ~ On November 13 I will have a GIVEAWAY of some great stuff that I made throughout the two weeks of DIY madness!

Here is a sneak peak of whats to come in the next two weeks:

~DIY~ Two Toned Fabric Flowers Tutorial

I said a few weeks ago that I would give you instructions on how to make the two toned fabric flowers and well I forgot to do that… so today is your lucky day! Here are the instructions as best as I can give them.

Supplies Needed:

Sewing Machine


Two Strips of Fabric

1. Take two strips of fabric (iron if needed). Trim to about 3 inch width and 12 inches in length.

2. With the fabric right sides together, sew a straight stitch the length of the fabric along the side.

3. Turn the fabric right sides out and iron along the edge to crease down.

4. Setting your sewing machine on the longest stitch it has, run a stitch along the raw edge of the fabric (DO NOT BACK STITCH, you want threads hanging off both ends).

5. You will have two threads hanging from both ends of the fabric. Pull one of the threads on one side to gather the fabric. Roll the material together and you get this beautiful two toned fabric. Use a needle to sew the raw edge together.

If you need any more details or help, please don’t hesitate to email or leave me a comment.

Easy DIY Anthropologie Necklace

I found the Incredible Orbs Necklace while looking through the new arrivals at Anthropologie and knew it would be an easy one to duplicate.

All you need is:

Large Beads

Strip of Silk fabric(length depending on your preference)

This is super easy, all you do is take your beads and string them on, one by one, tying a knot between each one. Here is how mine turned out. I decided to use colorful striped beads.

Perfectly Peacock Boutennieres

My niece asked me if I knew how to make peacock boutennieres, she is getting married in May 2011. I responded with a “sorry no, but I do know someone who could find out.” My twitter friend from Seattle is the Wedding Queen, if you need to know anything about weddings, she is the one to ask. So I asked her if she knew of any great sites for DIY or instructional help. And of course she did, thank you Cindi from The Brass Paperclip Project.

Isn’t this beautiful? She did a whole post about Perfectly Peacock Boutennieres, click here to see the rest of the post. While your there check out the rest of her blog for other wonderful wedding posts.

Baby Bibs for my New Great Nephew

{ Isn't he a cutey? }

I became a great aunt last week! My nephews wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Thursday and I wanted to make something to take to the hospital. I have all these wonderfully cute ideas for baby girls but baby boys are a bit harder to find cute ideas, so I found this bib tutorial on Offbeat Mama. Mine are obviously different than hers, as I didn’t want to add a ruffle so I left that part out.

{ Frogs and Space - Totally Boy }