Christmas, Holidays

Candy Ornament DIY

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It’s the holiday season!  This year we’re going simple but unique and creative with a Candy Ornament DIY using peppermint candy.  We’ll also make Peppermint Holiday Plates that double as plates for Santa’s cookies or festive Christmas decor.  These ornaments take literally minutes to create and cost roughly $1.25 for eight!  They won’t break the bank….and let’s be honest, everyone…
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Christmas, Holidays

DIY Tassels

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It’s time to wrap the presents! Today’s project is an easy bow substitute – DIY Tassels! Tassels are an on trend way to zhuzh up any (holiday or not) gifts. They make unique embellishments to necklaces or as earrings so this how-to will teach you the process of making a tassel and what you do with it is up to…
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DIY Decor, DIY Projects, Holidays

Glowing Orb DIY

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‘Tis the season for LIGHTS! I love the lights of the holiday season, you never can have too many for me. However, those lights get expensive! So today’s Glowing Orb DIY takes penny pinching to a whole new level. We’re making Effortless Girl instead of Expensive (see my play on words)…These orbs are beautiful and currently retailing at a popular…
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Fall Season, Holidays, Thanksgiving

Holiday Place Card DIY

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Thanksgiving is upon us. This Holiday Place Card DIY is imaginative and simple. We’re making wire pumpkins! They’re great party favors for dinner or collapsible and reusable for easy storage for next year. You could even get the kids involved making these fun pumpkins that double as Thanksgiving Place Cards. The cost is about 75 cents or less per place…
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DIY Decor, DIY Projects, Fall Season, Thanksgiving

DIY Napkin Rings

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Today’s idea is perfect for those of us that need a simple fall project….We’re making (fancy pants) DIY Napkin Rings from paper towel roll inserts and pasta.  Seriously – Pasta!  They look high end and very elegant but nobody has to know how simple and inexpensive they are to create.  They cost about $1.50 for eight rings, if you have…
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DIY Decor, DIY Projects, Fall Season, Repurposed Things

Faux Pottery DIY

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This project is something I wasn’t sure was going to work. I wanted to redo some old vases and I played with different additives to paint until I found this one. I LOVE the texture. This Faux Pottery DIY turns blah glassware into a beautiful and usable new vase. Repurpose or Upcycle (whatever word you like) instead of buying new…
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Christmas, Holidays

Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones

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It’s Christmas in July week and today I’m making a very easy (and short) project – Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones! These pine cones are incredibly easy to make and they smell so good – like all of the holidays in one bag. You can see video how to’s here and here and here. Materials: Pine Cones Cinnamon Oil Baking Sheet…
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Christmas, Holidays

Christmas in July

I’m one of those…those women (or men) that get extremely excited about Christmas.  I love the meaning of the day, the goodwill, the celebratory vibe, the food, and the decorations.  It is so much easier to get a jump on the presents now, when things are quiet and you have a minute to think that’s why I think “Christmas in…
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Holidays

Earth Day Baking DIY

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To celebrate Earth Day, here is an easy cookie project that comes together quickly.  Everyone can enjoy creating this Earth Day Baking DIY!  Using one roll of store-bought cookie dough and a handful of ingredients, you can create a sweet eco-treat to celebrate our planet! Materials: For approximately 12 cookies: 1 roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough, approximately 16 oz. A…
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DIY Decor, Holidays

DIY Spring Gardening

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Spring is kind of here (fingers crossed) which means gardens are just around the corner.  I love to grow things. Growing food to eat or flowers to admire takes real skill.   I have what I’ll call a semi-green thumb – my skill level always has room for improvement.  One thing I’ve learned is that “starting” seeds or allowing them to…
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