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DIY Easter Gift Bags

We love this tutorial for a colorful hand-doodled Easter gift.

How to make DIY Easter gift bags for your friends and family

I love celebrating holidays and getting inspired to make something new each year. For Easter this year, I decided to make gift bags decorated with my own art doodles. I plan to fill them up with candy and strategically (and secretly) leave them for my friends and family to find. I hope these little surprises will brighten their day! Easter Gift Bags Supplies: • Muslin gift bags (I ordered mine online from Celestial Gifts on Etsy) • Fabric markers • Personalized favor … [Read more...]

Passover Bookmarks

A fantastic way to 'be on the same page' for Pesach (Passover) Seder.

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A fantastic way to be “on the same page” for the Pesach (Passover) Seder! This year, as we host a community Seder, I thought it would be a warm welcome to give each guest a take home favor that they can use at the seder as well as after! A beautiful bookmark made from a sunny spring colored label and cardstock, which will be used throughout the night as we experience the exodus from Egypt. Meaningful traditions and customs will inspire guests as everyone reads from, and follows along … [Read more...]

Bedikas Chometz Kit

A DIY favor idea for Passover.

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Pesach (Passover) brings so many childhood memories of late night Seders, friends and family, and of course the wonderful flavors that go along with this Holiday, celebrated this year on April 14 - 22. One of the many components to Pesach is the initial search for “Chometz” (leavened bread) once the house has been cleaned thoroughly to make sure there are no leavened particles in the house (always a big job with little kids running around!). These D.I.Y Chometz Kits are great favors … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit

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My Mother-in-Law loves to sew. It's inspiring what she can make with a sewing machine and some creativity. Given that her four children have showed no interest in her passion, she warmly (and hopeful, maybe?) prepared a large sewing kit as a gift for me one birthday. There were so many mysterious items in the kit, ones that I had never seen before, and sadly that I have never had need to use. There were things, however, that I have found endlessly useful such as thread, scissors, needles, … [Read more...]

DIY Sharpie Mugs

$1 wedding favor idea!

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When I found this craft on Living Well Spending Less, I was insatiable! The idea of doodling fully personalized tableware is sublime. In fact, our friend Ana was over and sipping from a graphically pretty cup with doodles by yours truly, and she insisted that Denise and I hand-draw designs on mugs as favors for her wedding later in spring. What You Need: Oil-Based Sharpie Paint Markers Mugs - they need to be microwave and dishwasher safe to ensure they will withstand the … [Read more...]

Healing Cuticle Balm

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Whether you wash your hands all winter to stave off the flu or all spring because you have been getting mucky in the garden, your cuticles take a beating. You may not think of them much in general, but when they dry out and start to crack you will certainly take notice. Dry cuticles can tear and boy, does it hurt! To make an all-natural healing cuticle balm you need healing ingredients and a wee bit of time. It's a very simple recipe. Apply cuticle balm to your nail beds and rub in 3-4 … [Read more...]

Chalk Painted Seed Starters

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To help stave off the gloom that befalls the winter months following the holidays, you can brighten your friends’ days by gifting little, chalk painted seed starting planters! I’ve wanted to make homemade chalkboard paint for a while, and this is the perfect occasion. These gifts are cute favors for many different reasons, for instance baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, etc. This time, I made them just because! Chalk Painted Seed Starter Pots What You Need: • ½ Cup flat … [Read more...]

Handmade Paper Fans For Chinese New Year

Year of the Horse!

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New Year in the Chinese calendar falls on January 31st this year and is a holiday that celebrates good fortune, happiness, and wealth, among other positive things. I was wandering through my local thrift store the other day, and decided to start looking for books about China, or kids books with lots of illustrations of horses, to start my own fans for our own celebration. The thinner the paper, the better, because you will want to staple through many layers; however, tissue paper is not … [Read more...]

Plantable Paper Heart Favors

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When you order heart-shaped tags, they come on a carrier sheet with each tag punched and ready to pop out. After you pop them out, you have not only tags, but the carrier sheet with a bunch of heart-shaped holes in it. There must be something you can do with this. After mulling it over for a while, I remembered the Christmas cards I made last year with my own homemade paper. I had made a paper rectangle mold to use as a guide so all the pieces of homemade paper were the same. That’s when I … [Read more...]

DIY Gift Idea: Brown Sugar Body Scrub

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The cold winter months have a tendency to dry out my skin, so it’s nice to have a few tricks to combat the brittle weather. Aside from deep moisturizing lotions and body butters, one of my favorite tricks is homemade sugar body scrubs that are full of natural oils and vitamin E. The sugar helps exfoliate dead cells, and the oil will moisturize your skin and leave it feeling nice and soft all day. If you buy a sugar scrub at the store, it can cost upward of $20-30 dollars, so I like to make … [Read more...]