Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together. - tipsaholic.com #trees #tinsel #diy #crafts #kids #ornaments Tiny Tinsel Tree Ornaments

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together.

Supplies:

  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • glass beads
  • tacky glue
  • utility knife
  • a cork
  • washi tape
  • pushpin
  • string

Directions:

Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree.

Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower.

Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue.

Use a utility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult’s job) and wrap the tape around the cork.

Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin, then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry.

Add a length of string for hanging the trees.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Mini Snow Globes

Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments via @tipsaholic #ornaments #snowglobes #diy Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

A drift of Epsom salts helps set the scene in this winter wonderland. Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments.

Supplies:

  • clear plastic shot glass
  • card stock paper
  • pinking shears
  • glue dots
  • small plastic figures (trees, penguins, etc.)
  • epsom salts
  • tacky glue
  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • string
  • button

Directions:

Trace the opening of a clear plastic shot glass(we got ours at a dollar store) on card stock.

Use pinking shears to cut a circle slightly larger than the traced line, then use a glue dot to adhere a small plastic figure to the center.

Add 1 tablespoon Epsom salts to the plastic cup, then line the rim of the cup with tacky glue and adhere the card stock base.

When the seam is dry, glue a piece of metallic pipe cleaner around the bottom of the globe.

Thread string through a button for a hanger, then glue the button in place.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

 Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite. - tipsaholic.com #gum #gumball #ornaments #DIY #christmas

Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

Crafting is a great way to spend some time at home during the holidays. Ornaments are always fun to create. Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite.

Supplies:

  • red card stock paper
  • tack glue
  • clothespin
  • silver glitter card stock
  • clear glass ball ornament
  • small round beads
  • large button

Directions:

Roll a 3/4- by 5-inch strip of card stock into a 11/4-inch-diameter tube and secure it with tacky glue (clamp it with a clothespin until the glue dries).

Glue one end of a small rectangle of silver glitter card stock to the tube.

Fill a 11/2-inch diameter clear glass ball ornament with small beads.

For the base, glue the tube to a large button (ours has a 11/2-inch diameter), then glue the ornament in place.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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Stay Frosty Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long. - tipsaholic.com #frosty #wreath #crafts #kids #christmas #snow

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. Have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long.

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Supplies:

  • circle punches or scissors
  • white card stock paper
  • black card stock paper
  • tacky glue
  • 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form
  • orange card stock paper

Directions:

This snowman won’t melt even on warm afternoons. Using circle punches or scissors, cut about five dozen 2-inch circles from white card stock.

For the eyes and mouth, cut two 2-inch and seven 1½-inch circles from black card stock.

With tacky glue, cover an 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form with the white circles (start at the outer edge, gluing the circles so they overhang a bit).

Roll an 8-inch square of orange card stock into a narrow cone.

Glue on the eyes, nose, and mouth. Add a paper hat as shown.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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16+ Handy Home Improvement and DIY Apps

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What kind of tools do you have in your toolbox? Does your collection include your smartphone? It should, since your phone can be turned into a wide array of useful tools with the help of these awesome DIY apps! For those of you who are interested in home improvement, carpentry, and other DIY projects, check out these DIY apps to see how they can make your life much easier.

Level Apps

If you’ve ever hung up a picture frame or a shelf, you know how important it is to have a good quality level in your toolbox. Make it easy to make sure everything in your home is not crooked by having a level app on your phone so you can whip it out of your pocket at any time.

Multi-Measures (iOS, Android) has both a surface level and a spirit/bubble level, but this DIY app also includes many other tools that you might find useful, such as a plumb bob, compass, and decibel.

iHandy Carpenter (iOS, Android) is similar to the previous app; it includes a level, surface level, plumb bob, and a few more tools. It’s nice-looking and pretty popular with DIYers. However, if all you need is a level, you can just download the iHandy Level Free (iOS, Android).

Measuring Apps

Home improvement includes lots of measurements, unless you like cabinets that don’t fit or furniture that’s too big for your space. A measuring tape always works, but why not use your phone instead so you don’t have to bring your tape to every store you go to?

Dimensions (iOS) is a great DIY app that measures many distances in your home and your yard and saves all of your measurements for you. You can measure your walls, your garden, and even tiny objects! The app also comes with several other features.

There are so many measuring apps that it’s impossible to mention them all, but some notables are Smart Measure Pro (Android), Dot Measure Pro (iOS), and Easy Measure (iOS, Android).

If you need to send over a whole list of measurements to your carpenter or your interior designer, or if you’re shopping for furniture and need to bring a lot of measurements of your home with you to find the perfect fit, you can save all of your measurements and put them around your pictures. You’ll be able to do this with the Photo Measures Lite (iOS, Android) app.

Painting Apps

You’re probably doing (or planning on doing) a lot of painting if you’re a serious DIYer or even just a homeowner. A good painting app will make this task a lot easier to plan for and complete.

Several paint companies have their own apps, but a well-liked one is ColorSmart by BEHR (iOS, Android). You can perform color-matching with your phone, as well as finding paint color schemes and testing out your paint colors in various photos of rooms and styles in the app.

Prefer to test out paint colors of actual photos of your rooms? Get the Paint My Place App (iOS) and do just that. It uses several paint brands so you can choose your favorite one. Change the paint colors of a room or the exterior of your home and narrow down your selections before heading over to the paint store.

If you just need to know how much paint you need to complete your project, the Paint Calculator Pro (iOS, Android) will help you find out. The app also will inform you how much your painting project will cost you and quotes from pros if you’re considering hiring help instead of doing it yourself.

Gardening Apps

Have a garden or a yard you’d like to add a garden to? Or maybe you just need help with increasing your curb appeal with landscaping? Check out these gardening apps and see how your phone can make your outdoor space more beautiful and functional.

Garden Plan Pro (iOS) is an all-comprehensive app that will help you design your garden, know when to plan certain corps, know where to plant your seeds depending on sun/shade, and set reminders that help you maintain your garden throughout the year.

The Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier (iOS) app is great for beginning gardeners and landscapers. You can use the app to identify plants that are already around your home by taking a picture of them. It also identifies diseases and pests.

New to gardening? The When to Plant (iOS) app will tell you exactly when to plant whatever you want to grow. You’ll put in your zip code and get all the information you need to begin gardening. For those of you who don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can also download this app onto your laptop or computer.

Carpentry Apps

Whether you like to make or refinish furniture, you’ll benefit from adding a few carpentry apps to your smartphone.

Woodcraft (iOS) is a handy DIY app to have if you like to build. It develops 3D models of your creations and helps you come up with a list of measurements of wood to buy so nothing gets wasted. This app will be very useful whether you’re looking to build simple shelves to fit a weird space in your garage or to adjust measurements on a DIY furniture plan to better fit your home.

I.D. Wood (iOS) helps you identify the various types of wood so you can select the best type for your project. If you’re refinishing an existing piece of furniture, you can use the app to find out what wood it is and how to best refinish it.

This list only barely scratches the surface of the world of DIY apps. There are sewing apps, floor plan apps, decor and furniture shopping apps, and even garage sale and flea market apps! Whip out your smartphone and find out just how useful it can be. And who knows what our phones can do for us in the future, even just a year from now.

What other DIY apps do you love? This list needs more android-compatible apps, so feel free to add your favorite DIY apps in the comments!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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20 Must-Read Posts Guaranteed to Improve Your Photography

Looking to kick your photography skills up a notch? We've got a list of photo posts with tons of tips and tricks guaranteed to improve your photography! 20 Posts That Will Improve Your Photography - tipsaholic, #photo, #photography, #improvephotos, #pictures, #DIYphotography

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More economical options for quality cameras is only one reason photography is growing as a hobby and interest.  If you’ve got a blog, Facebook page, or even an instagram account, you’re likely always on the lookout for ways to improve your photography skills.  Or perhaps you’d just like to know how to take better pictures of your family and friends.  Fortunately, there’s an increasing number of very accessible photography how-to’s, tips and tutorials on the internet.  If you’re searching for a place to start, here’s our list of 20 must-read posts that are guaranteed to improve your photography.  There’s something here for every fotog – beginner and professional alike!

 

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This post is the perfect place to start if you’re just picking up photography.  It lays out the basic differences between camera types,  gives some pros and cons of different cameras, helps narrow down your options based on your personal needs and gives you some questions to think about before you go spend a chunk of change on a camera!  Plus there are links to recommended cameras as well.  (also in this same series, check out 5 Photo Tips for Anyone at Anytime and 10 Tips for Shooting Your Kids.)

 

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Just as the title states, there are a lot of actions you can take to change your photography for the better and they don’t take a ton of effort!  This list has some great ideas for taking your photography up a few notches and each action is broken down into doable steps with an idea of how long it will take you to complete it.  You can make an organized action plan and schedule your time accordingly!

 

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If you’ve got a DSLR camera, you’ll want to read this post to figure out some cool tricks.  A DSLR can be a daunting piece of equipment, and the manual isn’t much better!  With all of the functionality at your fingertips, you’re bound to miss something.  Check out this shortlist of fun and useful things you may not know you can do with your camera.

 

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Here’s a well-written guide to DSLR lenses.  If you’re wondering what each lens does, what the differences between them are, which lens you should purchase next, or which lens you’ll use the most for your personal photography you need to read this post!

 

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If you need a one stop shop for all things family photo – either yours or someone else’s – look no further!  This tremendous list has tons of ideas for families.  Tons.  From how to pick a photographer, to how to choose a location, to what clothes to wear!  They also offer ideas for poses and props, along with some great tips for getting your kids and hubby on board and cooperative!  Bonus?  There’s a great printable where you can keep track of everything you don’t want to forget – budget, locations, poses, clothes, etc. – in case you’re super organized.

 

 

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If you have a little one on the way, or know someone who does, this info is great!  The first day with a new baby can be a blur, and there’s so much the new parents will want to remember.  This list gives examples of don’t-miss shots for directly after birth.  Read it and you won’t forget a thing!

 

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While this is written specifically with kids in mind, many of the points expressed apply to all ages.  Having your photo taken can be uncomfortable, embarrassing or downright painful for some.  This is a concise list of ideas the photographer can keep in mind for helping subjects feel more at ease in front of the camera.

 

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Panning is a technique that allows you to clearly capture a moving subject while the background is blurred.  It’s a tricky thing to accomplish, and trying your hand at it can make for some really dynamic photos of people, pets or sports events (like your kids first soccer game).  Kristen Duke gives great step-by-step directions for panning and some helpful tips to make the process go a little more smoothly.

 

 

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As a general rule, photographers want the sunlight (or other light source) shining onto their subjects from BEHIND the photographer – but did you know you can create some stunning portraits and other photos with backlighting?  It can be a tricky task, but backlit photos can be dramatic and create a flare or glow, depending on how you use the lighting and location.  Read through this list of tips and tricks to figure out how to do it.

 

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Night photography is really an art form all on its own.  Shooting the night sky can be incredibly difficult, but also stunning.  If you’re looking to round out your portfolio or just want to try something new with your camera, consider photography at dusk, sunset or nighttime.  This post has some really simple tips that can help you take amazing night shots.

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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9 Fun Winter Projects… With A Purpose!

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Once the holidays are over, winter can start to feel endless. With spring still a ways off you may be looking for ways to entertain yourself – and what better way to while away the dark winter hours than a few great winter projects? Not only are these crafts fun, they’ll also serve a purpose as you await the thaw this year.

 

1. There are many versions and sizes of these handy dandy warmer-uppers, but I like this “heartwarming” version of a rice warmer the best! Throw it in the microwave for a minute or two and cozy up.

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2.  Interested in attracting some winter visitors of the winged variety? Try these fun birdie ice pops for a fun and nature-friendly craft.

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3. ’Tis the season for the scarf, and if you’re having trouble keeping them organized, then this ingenious scarf organizer is the project for you! A set of dollar store curtain rings and a hanger and you’re on your way.

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4. Nothing says winter chic quite like a pair of warm woolen mittens, and you can’t beat the up-cycling factor of a pair made from an old sweater!

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5. Lips feeling a little dry? It’s common this time of year! Help yourself to a helpful project like this DIY peppermint-cocoa lip balm. And you can find containers like these here.

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6. Pets deserve some project love too! Up-cycle another thrift store find into this simple dog sweater for your frosty friend.

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7. Chances are, you’ll catch some kind of a nasty bug this winter. Be prepared when it hits with this fab “sick caddy” to tote around the house with you.

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8. Winter is nothing without a hot cup of cocoa, tea, coffee, wassail… Whatever your flavor, these painted mugs are sure to brighten your spirits while you guzzle.

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9. If you’re finding yourself frizzy and full of static, it might be time to moisturize your dry winter hair. Try a homemade hair mask full of all-natural ingredients!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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35+ Creative DIY Ideas for Clear Glass Ornaments

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas35+ Creative DIY Ideas for Clear Glass Ornaments

Personalize your Christmas tree with DIY ornaments that you make with your friends or family. With these 35 DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments, you can add precious memories to your tree or lots of fun color to make the tree truly shine during the holidays. Or you could use these DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to inspire your own creations. The possibilities are limitless!

Glass Photo Ornament

Pop in a cherished picture of your family, a vintage photo of your grandparents, or a baby picture in a clear glass ornament.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Sea Glass Ornaments

Love the beach theme? You’ll love this DIY idea for sea glass ornaments that will add a beautiful and beachy touch to your Christmas tree.

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Melted Crayon Ornaments

Melted crayons are so fun and they’re used in many kid craft projects, but have you ever thought of using them inside a clear glass ornament? The results are unexpectedly gorgeous.

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Mercury Glass Ornaments

Make expensive looking ornaments for cheap with this tutorial and allow your tree to truly shine with these DIY mercury glass ornaments.

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German Glass Glitter Ornaments

A fun and easy DIY Christmas ornament that you can do with a little (not too much!) glue and lots of glitter. Have some fun and get a little creative with the designs!

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Candy-Filled Glass Ornaments

The holidays are all about the candy, so celebrate that by filling your clear glass ornaments with candy! These would also work great as gifts.

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Ribbon Glass Ornaments

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Just pick out your favorite ribbons and stuff them into glass ball ornaments.

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Glitter Filled Glass Ornaments

Glitter is another holiday favorite and this tutorial shows you how to DIY your own glitter filled glass ornaments!

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Marbled Glass Ornaments

Marbling can look so elegant, even when DIYed. Make your own marbled glass ornaments in any color combinations you like.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Ombre Glass Ornaments

If you’re still in love with ombre, these DIY glass ornaments will speak to you.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Snowman Ornaments

Fun for kids to make or just to marvel at, these snowman ornaments will be a hit with everyone.

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Melted Snowman Ornament

Add a little humor and levity to your Christmas tree with these hilarious melted snowman ornaments!

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Glass Float Ornaments

This is another beachy DIY idea for clear ball ornaments. Perfect for Christmas vacations at the beach! Those also make great gifts.

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Pearls in a Glass Ornament

If you have a broken pearl necklace that you don’t know what to do with, fill a glass clear ornament with the pearls and you’ll have an elegant Christmas ornament. You can do a similar DIY project with other broken necklaces, pretty beads, or faux pearls. Even cheap plastic bead necklaces will look great in a glass ball ornament.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Stained Glass Ornaments

Stained glass is always a gorgeous and fun DIY project. Try it on a clear glass ornament!

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Seed Bead Ball Ornaments

This is another great craft for the kids to do. Cover a glass ball ornament with glue and seed bead balls to add a whole lotta color to your Christmas tree.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Candy Cane Marbled Monogram Ornaments

Make these gorgeous candy cane marbled ornaments with nail polish. You could put the marbling at the bottom of the clear ornaments or monogram them with your favorite letter.

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Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

Don’t know what to do with your baby’s hospital cap and hospital bracelet? Put them in a clear glass ornament for an instant Christmas ornament that will mean so much to you and your family.

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Metallic Swirly Ornaments

Grab a metallic paint marker and go to town on a clear glass ball ornament.

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Gilded Pine Cones in Glitter Snow Ornaments

Spray tiny pine cones gold and let them hang out in a clear ornament with a little faux snow. Check out this tutorial and you’ll also find 7 other easy (and pretty!) ways to DIY clear glass ornaments.

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Pom Pom Stuffed Christmas Ornaments

Let your kids take the lead on this one. Buy piles of fun pom poms and have them create their own DIY Christmas ornaments.

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Time Capsule Ornaments

Create a truly meaningful DIY Christmas ornament by writing down the special memories of a year and add the year on the ball. As the years go by, you’ll accumulate a nice collection of tiny time capsules.

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Scrap Fabric Ornaments

If you’re a sewer or a quilter, you probably have a lot of scrap fabric laying around. Put them to good use with this easy DIY idea for clear glass ornaments!

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Paper-Stuffed Ornaments

Love music or literature? Find special pieces of paper, make copies, cut them into strips, and put them in your glass ball ornaments.

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Wedding Bouquet Ornament

Still have your dried wedding bouquet or groomsman flower pin? Put them in glass ball ornaments and add your wedding memories to your Christmas tree.

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Feather Glitter Ornaments

A single feather or two can look ethereal in a glass ball. Add some glitter just because it’s fun.

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Snow Capped Ornaments

Whether you’re expecting a lot of snow during the holiday season or a lot of sun, your Christmas tree will come alive with the holiday spirit with these snow-capped ornaments.

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Faux Flower Filled Ornaments

Craft stores are full of beautiful faux flowers. Grab those with tiny blooms and put them in your clear ball ornaments to add Mother Nature to your Christmas tree.

Try these 35+ DIY ideas for clear glass ornaments to add precious memories and lots of spirit to your Christmas tree! from @tipsaholic #ornaments #diy #christmas

Graduation Tassel Ornament

Did someone just graduate or have you been holding on your graduation tassel for who knows what? Put them in a clear glass ornament and allow them to be useful instead of wasting away in a box in the attic.

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Water Bead Ornaments

Water beads, or plant gel beads, come in all kinds of vibrant colors. Even clear water beads would still look great in a glass ball ornament.

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Pine Branch Ornament

If you have pine trees outside, snip off a few tiny branches and decorate your clear ball ornaments with them.

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Sequin Ornaments

Sequins are never tacky during the holidays, so try this fun DIY glass ball ornament idea.

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Souvenir Ornament

Don’t let your souvenirs and travel mementos be abandoned and forgotten — showcase them in glass ball ornaments that you can take out every year and reminisce with. This DIY idea for a clear ornament includes shells and sand from a beach vacation, but you could stuff them with practically anything that will fit. Here are some more ideas for your travel mementos.

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Leopard Ornaments

These fun leopard ornaments are very taste-specific, but you could do the same DIY approach with any wrapping tissue that you like. Check out a nearby craft store and have fun choosing your favorite tissues for this DIY idea for clear glass ornaments!

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Alcohol Ink Ornament

Have you ever tried alcohol ink for a craft project? Create insanely beautiful DIY Christmas ornaments with this tutorial.

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Whew. I hope you’re good and inspired to go out and create your own fabulous DIY christmas ornaments with the blank slate that we know as clear glass ball ornaments!

For more DIY Christmas ideas, check out 10 Clever Christmas Decor Ideas and 11 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Garlands.

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20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

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Are you stumped when it comes to stocking stuffers for your tween or teen?  When small toys will no longer cut it, it’s hard to know what to fill their socks with!  While making your own small gifts is generally more durable and more meaningful, hand making for the 10-17 crowd can leave you flustered.  Here are some cool DIY stocking stuffers your tween and teens are sure to love!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCustom Sharpie Mug, Pounds4Pennies – If your teen loves hot chocolate, tea or coffee, this cute mug is sure to please.  Even if they’re more into milk and cookies, a monogram mug in their favorite colors will have personal meaning.  Plus they could use it for a pencil holder or even a vase for their bedroom!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino Necklace, It All Started With Paint – This cool necklace is super easy to create and makes a fun statement.  Metallics are super trendy, too.  Not into dinos at your house?  You could use any small plastic animal – just paint them up in gold or silver!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensVintage Book Trinket Box, Lovely, etc. – Everyone needs a secret spot for notes, mementos, and other small treasures.  This trinket box looks just like a vintage book – because that’s what it is!  Give them a spot to hide precious items from nosy siblings – bonus points if you can find a favorite book or author to use!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensKitty Studs, The Pink Samurai – Small and simple kitty studs make the cutest little statement perched in your tweens ears!  They’re fun and whimsical, but simple enough to look chic.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMini Duct Tape Notebooks, blitsy blog –  A mini notebook is super handy for keeping in a purse, pocket or bedside drawer.  Kids can keep track of ideas, inspirations, and notes while they’re out and about.  They are so easy to make, you’ll want to make a few sets for yourself as well!  Personalize them for your teens with papers in patterns and colors they’ll love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensComic Book Magnets, Crafts By Amanda – For the superhero fan, these magnets are a surefire hit.  They require just a few materials to make and teens will love the fun shapes, sizes and comic theme.  They can put them in their lockers for more personalization.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSwiss Army Key Ring, Man Made – Once your kids start driving, they’re bound to have more than one key to keep track of.  This awesome swiss army knife-style key ring is the perfect solution!  It folds up in a clever disguise your boys will love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensGlitter Rings, A Splendid Assemblage – Add some sparkle to your daughters’ hands with these cute glitter rings!  It’s an easy and quick project, so you can make one for each finger, or a rainbow of glitzy colors.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino iPhone Tripod, Eat, Sleep, Make – A phone tripod is super useful for watching videos, using the internet for homework, taking photos, and tons of other things.  This particular tripod – featuring a fun dino tail – will be a hit with your guys.  Use any kind of dino tail you want; you could even paint it different colors!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMystery Braid Bracelets, A Pumpkin and a Princess – These leather mystery braid bracelets are fun, trendy and unisex!  Stuff their socks with an accessory anyone can rock!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLego Belt, Delia Creates – Are legos slowly taking over your house?  These tiny building bricks make an awesome belt!  This is a super fast project they can have fun with AND wear for years to come!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensPom Pom Bookmark, Design Mom – If you’ve got any bookworms in your house, this is the perfect little stocking stuffer for them!  A fun, fuzzy pom pom makes just about anything cuter, but these bookmarks top the list.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Sunglass Case, Whimsey Box – Sunglasses can be a fun gift, even in the winter time.  Wrap them up with these DIY sunglasses case.  The neon shapes on the light leather pack a big style punch.  You can customize them however you like so your tween and teen will love them!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCereal Box Notepads, Infarrantly Creative – Here’s another way to encourage them to keep track of ideas, notes and other things they’ll want to remember throughout the day.  The cereal box covers are bright, fun and quirky – sure to catch the eye.  And you can make a whole set in one afternoon.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLip Balm Locket, Beautylish – This fun accessory is full of charm.  If your girls like a little vintage style, these lockets will impress for sure.  Hidden away inside is some homemade lip balm!  It’s a lovely addition to their trinkets.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSpa Kit, Doodlecraft – Your daughter will feel very adult with her own special spa kit!  Loaded with nail polish, nail file, lip balm, lotions and a bath poof, these tiny jars pack a lot of relaxation and thoughtfulness inside!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensFoxy Kindle Case, Eskimimi Makes – This super cute case is designed to fit a kindle or iPad.  It’s made out of fleece so there is no fraying to worry about and it’ll keep your kids’ devices nice and snug.  They’re going to love the little fox design!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Coin Pouch, Always Rooney – These geometric and leather circle pouches are loaded with style.  They can be loaded up with all your teens change, too!  What a fun way to keep track of their pennies; and a simple sewing project too.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Hershey Bars, Robin’s Creative Cottage – You just can’t go wrong with chocolate!  If you want to add a little fun to the treats in your kids’ stockings, try dressing the candy bars up like snowmen.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Gum, My Little Gnochi –  And continuing the snowman treat theme, why not draw some snowmen on the plastic packs of white gum?  Ok, it might be a little too “cutesy” for your 17 year old son, but at least his breath will be fresh!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas


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If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for your little ones, you don’t need to search the stores.  There are plenty of awesome DIY ideas out there!  We’ve got 20 super cute DIY stocking stuffers to provide inspiration.  Most of these are simple projects that require minimal time and materials, making them awesome candidates for filling up the kids’ Christmas socks!  Better yet, these stuffers won’t fall apart within a day like cheap store-bought toys and they don’t need batteries.

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas1. Sock Donuts, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – These adorable pretend play donuts are a super fast project.  They look like felt food, but they’re really made out of socks!  You could make all kinds of funky donuts with different patterned socks, and kids will love playing bakery with these soft, adorable treats.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas2. Doll Diapers, Bee in My Bonnet – Little doll clothes are the perfect size to roll up into a stocking!  These tiny diapers will thrill a baby-loving child who loves to dress and undress their dolls!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas3. Dino Magnets, C.R.A.F.T. – Kids love to hang their artwork and school papers on the fridge, and playing with magnets are a great time occupier!  If you’ve got a magnet wall or board that your kids can’t resist, these dino magnets are the perfect addition.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas4. Felt Ballerina Doll, Snugglebug University – If your kids love paper dolls, they’ll love this cute version!  Make a set of felt dolls – like paper dolls but without the tabs.  They stick to a flannel board or even another piece of felt.  They’re even easier to make AND play with than paper dolls are.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas5. Superhero Softie, TutsPlus – Who doesn’t wish they were a superhero?  With this pattern and tutorial you can design a superhero softie that resembles your own child!  This little action figure is perfect for cuddling, when it’s not saving the day.

 

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Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas7. Lucky Penny Necklace, Kaley Ann – Boys and Girls alike will love this piece of jewelry.  A penny for luck that they can wear around their necks!  It’s super easy to create and you can personalize it by using ribbon or colored twine.  Find a penny with your child’s birthday on it for added luck!

 

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Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas10. Felt Owl Pouch, Do Small Things With Love – Give them an adorable pouch for their tiny treasures!  This owl is super cute, and small enough to fit in the palm of their hands.  They can store all the little things they love – squinkies, stones, coins, stickers.  It’s the perfect spot for a little collection.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas11. Animal Key Chains, Megan Olsen on Flickr – Paint some inexpensive plastic animals, add an eye screw and attach a key ring.  Easy as that!  Kids will love the look of these wild animals, and they can attach them to backpacks or coats for zipper pulls, or keep their house key close at hand.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas12. Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets, Obsessively Stitching – Make these tiny cuddly critters out of just a bit of fleece; the free pattern makes it a cinch.  Kids will delight in an impromptu puppet show when they find these in their stocking!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas13. Car Carrier, Crazy Little Projects – These pouches keep toy cars snug and carry them wherever your little ones want to go!  They’re an easy sew and entirely customizable as far as pattern and number of pockets.  If your kids love keeping their cars close at hand when you’re out and about or on car or plane trips, this is a great gift idea!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas14. Fabric Marble Maze, Twin Dragonfly Designs – With some scrap fabric and a bit of sewing you can create a fun, portable, reusable maze for your kids.  Sandwich a marble between the two pieces of fabric and sew the maze design right on.  Kids can take it anywhere for some quiet play – it’s sure to keep them busy for a bit!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas15. Molded Crayons, She Knows – Use all those old crayon bits and pieces to create something cute and new!  Find adorable ice cube molds in all different clever shapes and make your kids a whole set of marbled crayons.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas16. Peg Dolls, Running With Scissors – Painting a set of peg dolls is a super cute way to make a personalized stocking stuffer for the kids.  All you need are raw wood peg people, some painters tape, paint and brushes.  You can make them any way you’re little person would love best!  Recreate your family – you could even get mini pegs for pets!  Disney princesses, characters from a favorite movie or book, and super heroes are just a few ideas.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas17. Hand-Stamped Memory Game, Claire’s Place – Mini memory games are perfect for stocking stuffers and easy to create.  Plus, they’re guaranteed kid pleasers!  This version has an almost vintage feel with the wooden discs and adorable hand-stamped animals.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas18. Cold & Hot Comfort Sacks, Delia Creates – Sew a bunch of rice bags in cute shapes for your kids to use.  They can be warmed up for hand warmers in coat packets or to place in bed for icy toes.  Or you can pop them in the freezer and keep them as ice packs.  Either way, these fun packs will be loved and used over and over.

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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11 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Garlands

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There are many ways to count down to Christmas, but an advent calendar is one of the best! Kids and adults alike can look forward to opening an envelope, peeking into a stocking, or unwrapping a small gift. Celebrate the holiday season this year by creating your very own advent calendar and filling it with your favorite goodies, drawing some inspiration from these 11 DIY Christmas advent calendar garlands. Hang one from the mantel, on a wall, or even use it to decorate your Christmas tree!

 

1. Paper Stockings

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This fun paper stocking advent garland comes with a template for the stockings and is a great one to make with help from the kids. Use ribbons, buttons, crayons and other basic supplies to dress up your stockings!

 

2. Snowman Capsules

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If your kids love the quarter machines that spit out prizes in little plastic capsules, you might want to save up a few for this clever advent project! Turn those capsules into snowmen and string them together and watch little eyes light up each day as they pop open a new one.

 

3. Felt Envelopes

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Use the basic pattern provided by Jenny Allsorts to cut felt for these envelopes. A bit of contrasting hand-stitching and a bright button really makes them pop!

 

4. Baby Socks

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Are the kids growing out of their cute little socks? Recycle them into a super-simple baby sock garland by adding number stickers! Mini clothespins definitely increase the cute factor.

 

5. Felt Mittens

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You’ll love the sparkle and shine on this adorable felt mitten advent garland. And Nana Company generously provides a free PDF pattern for the mittens, so just pull out the sewing machine and get busy!

 

6. Santa Hats

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Search dollar stores and craft stores for “Santa hats” to put this garland together, or try sewing your own (with your choice of fabrics!) using a simple tutorial like this. Stitch a button to each hat to hang a numbered tag.

 

7. Paper Mache Boxes

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This advent garland is made using paper mache boxes. The boxes are perfect for small treats and papers with fun activities written on them and look great with painted lids.

 

8. Paper Cones

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Roll up some paper cones and string them along your mantle with fun things inside! This garland is quick and easy and would be a great project for the kids to join in on.

 

9. Printable Paper Envelopes

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If you’re looking for something bright and colorful that can be put together at the last minute, look no further. The free printables from Oh Happy Day are perfect for folding into envelopes, clipping to a ribbon or string, and hanging on a wall.

 

10. Paper Bags

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This advent calendar may just be the easiest on our list! Use paper bags (miniature bags, if you please!) and clothespins to hold all of your advent goodies.

 

11. Velvet Santa Bags

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A bit of simple sewing and these cute Santa sacks will be hanging for all to see. Use a faux velvet fabric and soft cord to give an authentic, Christmasy feel to your garland.

 

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Festive DIY Christmas Tree Skirts

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There’s nothing like a classic tree skirt to finish off your Christmas tree decorations.  A tree skirt grounds the decor and makes the vignette look polished and complete.  Store-bought tree skirts can be pricey, and there’s no guarantee you’ll find the style or the colors you’d like.  Why not customize your skirt by making it yourself?  A tree skirt can be simple or detailed, classic and traditional or modern and clean.  It can be whimsical, fun, fresh, or chic.  You can use it to finalize the tone of your decor, so use these 10 DIY Christmas tree skirts as inspiration for your own!

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1. No-Sew Ruffled Tree SkirtThe Johnston’s – It’s hard to believe there’s no sewing involved here, but it’s true!  Fabric strips, a pre-made skirt base and hot glue – that’s all you need.  It looks like a million bucks.

 

2. Plaid and Pom Pom Tree SkirtSomething Is Done – If you like plaid for winter (and it’s really a winter staple, right?) you’ll love this skirt.  The photo tutorial makes it an easy sew while the pom pom trim adds the right touch of whimsy.

 

3. Felt Fringe Tree SkirtPretty Prudent – This cute and modern skirt uses felt, which makes it a quick sew with no hemming or raw edges involved!  The fringe element is a fun alternative to ruffles and you can customize it with any colors you’d like.

 

4. Rustic Tree Skirt, Country Woman Mag – This truly unique take on the tree skirt idea is intriguing.  It makes use of grapevine wreaths in graduated sizes stacked around the bottom of the tree.  There’s no sewing – or fabric! – involved though it still looks festive without the ruffles, lace and standard Christmas motifs.

 

5. Ruched Tree Skirt, Teal and Lime – This tree skirt takes the classic circle up a notch.  It’s a nice, simple look with one color and a small unified detail all around that makes it understated and classy.

 

6. Sequin Tree Skirt, Flowers are Lovely – Want to add a little sparkle under your tree?  This skirt is killer glam without going overboard.  The gold sequins are just the right amount of shine, without being glittery and gaudy.

 

7. Burlap and Felt Tree Skirt, Decorating Ideas Made Easy – This skirt is a simple design with some fancy touches.  An outer ruffled tier and tiny felt flowers add charm, but it’s the covered buttons that really pull it together.

 

8. Sweater Skirt, So Eclectic - With an old sweater, a scissors and a couple of stitches, this Christmas tree got a cozy skirt with a custom look.  It’s got a warm and homey look that’s truly inviting.

 

9. Scalloped Tree SkirtCentsational Girl – These scallops are a lot easier to make than you’d think – because they’re felt!  Attach a bunch of felt half-circles around a bottom layer of fabric cut in a circle, and you’ve got a cute scalloped skirt without the headache!  It’s fanciful and fun, and the unconventional colors make it pop.

 

10. Tablecloth Turned Tree Skirt, design POST Interiors – If you think tree skirts are too much trouble, try this one before swearing off the DIY look.  It’s made from a round tablecloth, so with two cuts you’re finished!  It literally takes about a minute to complete.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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Great Mudroom Round-Up

A mudroom can come in all shapes sizes and colors. Not sure what type of mudroom is right for your family? Check out these creative mudrooms for some inspiration from tipsaholic.com #mudroom #getorganized #organization #home

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‘Tis the season for boots, coats, scarves, school bags and more! If you don’t want your entryway (and your eyes) to be overwhelmed daily then it’s time to think about a mudroom. Don’t have an actual room? No worries, most of these fabulous mudrooms that we’ve rounded up will help you solve that problem.

1. If you’re one of the many families who walk through the garage into your home instead of the front door, then this first is the one for you.

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2. Have you been eyeing those DIY plank walls you’ve seen around the internet but just haven’t figured out where to put it?  How about as the backdrop for your entryway?

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3. For a traditional rustic look, your whole mudroom unit can be made from wood.

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4. Here’s a simple DIY look.

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5. This one is bright and cheery enough to get you through mud season!

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6. Just have a really small space or corner? Check out this mini-mudroom.

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7. Have an old dresser you don’t know what to do with? Repurpose it into a mudroom bench!

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8. Is your pup a priority? This is the mudroom inspiration for you.

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9. This last one shows that you truly can utilize every space in your home, including under the stairs!

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Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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25 Clever Storage Ideas

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It’s hard to truly organize your home when you don’t have enough storage to put everything away. Well, now you can solve that problem with these 25 clever storage ideas for every room in your home!

1. Rotating Desk Organizer as Makeup Storage

Grab a rotating desk organizer and fill it up with face brushes, concealers, tweezers, and all of your makeup supplies. Now you can keep all of your makeup in one place and it’s so convenient to just twirl it around to find what you need.

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2. Behind the Door Storage

The wall behind an open door can be considered as wasted space because you can’t exactly put up anything there, can you? Well, this smart behind the door storage adds hidden storage that would be perfect for a laundry room or garage.

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3. Under the Bed Rolling Storage Boxes

Use the empty space under all the beds in your home by building these simple plywood boxes and adding casters to them. Paint or stain them in colors that match your beds and use them to hold extra toys, seasonal clothes, or shoes. Alternatively, you could use a couple of old drawers and add casters to the bottom for a similar result.

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4. Clear Storage Bags

These clear toy storage bags with a drawstring closure are a great DIY project you can do yourself if you have a sewing machine and the skills. Using clear vinyl and your favorite fabrics, sew up cute toy storage bags that can hold your kids’ tiny toys. You could also use them for all kinds of things, from hair ties to makeup.

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5. Magnet Tape Bathroom Storage

Are you always losing tiny metal bathroom objects, like tweezers, bobby pins, and nail clippers? This clever storage idea is so easy: attach magnet strip tape to a cabinet door and stick your metal objects on it. Problem solved!

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6. Magazine Holders as Kitchen Storage

Magazine holders are obviously useful for storing magazines and papers, but did you know they could also be used for holding aluminum rolls, parchment paper, and cling wrap? You could also use them to store cutting boards, candy molds, and any other thin objects you have in your kitchen. Store them upright to save on space in your pantry and cabinets.

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7. Toilet Plunger Storage

The toilet plunger is an ugly thing but unfortunately a bathroom necessity. Hide it away in this smart storage solution that can also hold a bowl brush and bathroom cleaning chemicals. This kit comes with everything that you need to build out a little niche with a door in your bathroom.

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8. Soda Box as Can Storage

If you like to drink soda, you probably go through lots of cardboard packaging that hold soda. Instead of tossing them, wrap them in decorative paper and stick them in your pantry to hold your canned food.

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9. Over the Stairs Mudroom

A mudroom is a really nice thing to have, but maybe you don’t have enough space for a dedicated mudroom. How about using the space along your staircase? Add shelves and hooks along the wall on your stairs for a place to store your family’s shoes, coats, and bags.

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10. Narrow Wall Shelves in the Bathroom

Shelves above the toilet in a bathroom is common, but have you ever thought about using the wall space right next to a toilet for narrow shelving? This is a great storage idea to hold towels, toilet paper, and other bathroom essentials.

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11. Hooks on the Sides of a Kitchen Island

The sides of a kitchen island tend to be wasted space, but turn them into a cool storage solution by adding hooks in the form of cabinet pulls to hold up cutting boards or screws to hold pans.

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12. Above the Door Shelves

There’s some space above your doors — just enough space for a shelf. In a bathroom, you could store extra towels up there, while in a bedroom you could put up books. This is a great storage idea for smaller homes and apartments.

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13. Bookshelves on the Sides of a Dresser

Here’s another clever storage idea to use on the side of a piece of furniture, this time a child’s dresser! Add shelves, like these spice racks, and drill them into the side of a dresser to hold your kid’s overflowing book collection.

shelves on sides of dresser

14. Hidden Jewelry Organizer as Art

There are so many different DIY jewelry organizer ideas, but this one is so crafty because it doubles as art for your bedroom. Mount a favorite photograph on a piece of wood and build a jewelry organizer with plywood and hooks. So pretty and useful.

hidden jewelry organizer

15. Key Storage Behind a Picture Frame

Sure, you could always simply drop off your keys into a bowl near your front door, but that’s not exactly safe and your keys can get all cluttered up with others’ keys and miscellaneous things. Keep your keys hidden and hung up nicely behind a cute picture frame in your entryway.

key behind picture frame

16. Shelves on a Half Wall

Do you have a half wall that’s just standing there with no purpose other than dividing two spaces into half? Add shelves to it and a new counter top to turn it into shelving storage.

shelves on half wall

17. Canned Food Storage on Wheels

Check your refrigerator in your kitchen. Do you have a small opening, maybe around 6 inches, between the refrigerator and the wall? You could build this tall and narrow canned food organizer on wheels and push it right into that tiny space for a whole lot of storage.

canned food storage

18. Trunk as Shoe Storage

There’s a lot of storage ideas for shoes floating around on the web, but a lot of them can do some damage to your favorite pair of heels or flats. Here’s a new idea: find a cool-looking trunk at a thrift shop and turn it into shoe storage by adding rods to hold the shoes up. This tutorial actually made the trunk from scratch; you could do that if you can’t find a nice trunk ready-made.

shoe storage trunk

19. Baskets on Hooks

If you have some wall space available, attach hooks on a strip of wood and hang up colorful baskets on them to hold anything you’d like, from kids toys to towels to garage tools. When you need to use a basket, just pull it off the hook and put it back when you’re done.

baskets on hooks

20. Drawstring Storage Bag

Lego and other tiny toys are always the bane of parents (and their bare feet), so here’s a really cute and convenient storage that makes it easy for your kids to clean up after themselves. This drawstring bag folds completely open to be used as a play mat and then you simply pull up the drawstring with all the pieces inside.

drawstring storage bag

21. Garage Storage Tower

These storage towers are so clever because they can hold your huge plastic storage tubs as well as various garage tools on hooks along the sides of the towers. Instead of losing wall space with run-of-the-mill garage shelves, this storage solution gives you even more hanging space.

garage storage tower

22. Hidden Storage Headboard

Thanks to thousands of DIY tutorials online, you can make your own upholstered headboard in any shape or style you’d like. Why not make one that comes with hidden storage to hold blankets, extra pillows, books, and more? Let this be your inspiration!

hidden headboard storage

23. Fold-out Desk

Do you need a desk somewhere in your home for work or homework but no space to put it? How about storing a desk right on the wall? This fold-out desk easily pulls down to form a nice white desk and folds away to look like a small, simple box on the wall.

foldout desk

24. Cable Storage Dresser

Sure, you could wrap your cables with rope, tape, or the latest organization gadget, but then where do you put them? You know, you’ll only need them when there’s only a few minutes to grab them and you’re panicking and digging everything up. Put all of your cables in one place in a small dresser and label them. This only takes a few minutes, but it’s oh so worth it.

cable storage

25. Shelves Between Bathroom Sinks

If you have a double vanity and not much storage space in your bathroom, try adding a shelf between the two sinks. It will look great even with a full mirror, but you could always swap it out with two smaller mirrors that fit on each side with enough room for the shelf.

shelves between vanity sinks

 

Feature image via Better Homes & Gardens

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!