DIY Lollipop Stand

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Happy Spring folks!  Jaime here from That’s My Letter back to share a fun DIY party decor idea: make your own lollipop stand.  I promise it’s fast and easy and adds tons of charm and sweetness to any party.

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This lollipop stand holds a ton of lollipops – 52 to be exact!  You could probably even use this stand for cake pops.  (The tutorial for the ‘celebrate’ script sign can be found here.)

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Materials:

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  • 1 – 1 1/4″ wood dowel x 11″ long
  • 1 – 1×5  cut to 4 1/2″ (or any scrap wood 4 1/2″ square x 3/4″thick)
  • white gloss spray paint
  • sandpaper
  • 1 – 2″ wood screw
  • countersink bit
  • 5/32 drill bit
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • drill
  • glue
  • scotch tape

Instructions:

Step 1: Mark the center point on the 4 1/2″ square wood base. [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Garden Flag from a Placemat

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I love making unique garden flags. My go-to material for these outdoor accessories are Dollar Tree placemats! You read that right. $1 fabric placemats! But, if you don’t live near a Dollar Tree and you have old placemats, you could upcycle them into a Valentine’s Day garden flag!

A few years ago, I made this Let it Snow flag:

Although it doesn’t seam to convince Mother Nature to bring us some white powder, it has held up nicely in the cold and rain. I’ve since set out to create a garden flag for each season. I have a Fall themed flag and a Summer flag. So, why not a Valentine’s Day flag?!

Start by collecting some supplies. Feel free to substitute what you have on hand.

Materials:

  • Dollar Store placemat
  • Ruler
  • Soap sliver (pencil or disappearing fabric marker)
  • Letter stencils (I chose a set by Martha Stewart Plaid)
  • Round paint brush
  • Tulip Fabric paint (white and black)
  • Tulip glitter fabric paint
  • Tulip glitter transfer sheets
  • Fabric scraps (red, pink and white)
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Scrap fabric, towel or rag (for ironing the glitter iron-ons)
  • White thread
  • Scissors

Begin by ironing the fabric you will be using (including the placemat). Use caution when ironing the placemat, the DollarTree ones I bought are polyester and needed a cooler iron. [Read more...]

All You Need Is…Valentine String Art & Engraving

All You Need is...Valentine String Art | Pretty Handy Girl

All You Need is...Valentine String Art | Pretty Handy Girl

All you need is some scrap wood, and maybe a little string. And a few nails. And how about a gum wrapper? If you had all those you could be like MacGyver and build some kind of cool device that would catch fire. But, since I had everything except the gum wrapper, I decided to make a Valentine art project. Follow along and I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own heart string art and engraving art for Valentine’s Day. If you need any of the materials, you can pick up most of them at your local Lowe’s Home Improvement store (probably the same place MacGyver shops because they have gum at the registers.)

Materials:

Instructions:

Start by painting your wood red.

All You Need is...Valentine String Art | Pretty Handy Girl

After the paint has dried, draw a heart with chalk. [Read more...]

Double Ribbon Valentine Wreath

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Hi, this is Cristina from Remodelando la Casa, I’m so glad to be here once again, sharing with you a cute and easy project just in time for Valentine’s day.

While walking through Costco (it always happens there, you go for groceries but come back home with so many things that weren’t on your list!), I spotted some gigantic spools of ribbon that for only 8 bucks, so I grabbed one and my project began taking shape inspired by a wreath created by Jessica.

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Materials:

  • One wire hanger
  • 15 yd. wired edge ribbon (1.5″ wide)
  • 15 yd. wired edge ribbon (.62″ wide,  a contrasting color from the previous one)
  • Pliers
  • Awl
  • Small decoration to hang in the center of wreath
  • 2 yd. decorative ribbon to hang the wreath in place
  • Scotch tape or glue gun

Instructions:

Using pliers, unravel the coil on the hanger.  Make a heart shape out of the hanger. [Read more...]

Pretty Handy Girl’s Christmas Home Tour 2013

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

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Welcome, welcome! I see you made it here from Songbird’s beautiful home. If you are coming here first, be sure to check out Marianne’s home:

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I can not tell you how excited I am to have you in for the tour. Last Christmas we were living in a demolition zone. So, it feels wonderful to have our kitchen complete and be able to focus on decorating for the holidays.

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I’m also enjoying low fuss decorating. Like this fake wreath that looks fabulous when you tuck some live greenery inside (thanks for the idea Colleen.)

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home Tour

Another lazy decorating trick is to wrap garlands around the chandelier. [Read more...]

Holiday Home Tour & A Big Accomplishment

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Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home

Guess what! BIG NEWS!!! I FINALLY finished our kitchen remodel. I completed most of the work over the summer, but had two key components that I had to install. They are big, chunky and I am truly in love with them.

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I’ve been waiting for some free time to get these puppies up, and the time finally came. On November 30th, (13 months after our little leak, but who’s counting) I installed two shelves on the tile wall in the kitchen. Like that it was…BAM…Put a fork in it, this kitchen is DONE!

Because I know you’re wondering where I got those gorgeous corbels, I got them from Southern Accents Architectural Antiques! And even though they are in Alabama, you can shop there online or ask for Garlan and he’ll hook you up with ANYTHING you want. In fact, would you believe that these corbels are brand new? Yup, I designed them and SAAA made them for me. I painted and distressed them (tutorial to come) to look like they are salvaged.

Now that the kitchen is complete, I’ve been enjoying decorating for Christmas. If you remember, last year our kitchen looked like this and decorating was low on my priority.

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This year, I’m REALLY enjoying adding that holiday jewelry and decorating. I will be showing you the full kitchen reveal and pictures of the rest of my home as part of the Christmas Home Tour hosted by Just a Girl. Check in with her tomorrow morning for the start of the tour!

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The line up of homes is truly spectacular:

Monday:
Just a Girl
Nesting Place
Hi, Sugarplum
Tatertots and Jello
Remodelaholic

Tuesday:
Shabby Nest
Life in Grace
Not Just a Housewife
All Things Thrifty
Funky Junk Interiors

Wednesday:
Thrifty Decor Chick
Storywood Designs
Decorchick
Southern Hospitality
Our Fifth House

Thursday:
Sand and Sisal
A Place for Us
Songbird
Pretty Handy Girl
Beneath My Heart

Friday:
I Heart Organizing
My Blessed Life
Emily A. Clark
A Thoughtful Place

Are you ready for the tour? I can’t wait to see all the fabulous décor. I’m really ready to sit down with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the holidays. How about you?

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Rosemary Wreath, Juniper Garland Tutorial {+ a Healthy Home Giveaway from Filtrete}

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Winter is upon us and with the temperatures dropping we have our windows closed and doors shut. Thus sealing in the stale air and odors. Not to mention cold and flu viruses. Ugh. But, I have a few easy and inexpensive tips to give your home beautiful natural scents and cleaner air. Plus, Filtrete is giving away some healthy home products to help you survive winter indoors. Read to the end of the post to learn how to enter the giveaway.

DIY Juniper Garland Tutorial:

As I was driving through our local shopping center last week, I spotted several juniper bushes that were ripped out of the ground by the landscapers. It was obvious they were getting rid of them. I did what any resourceful crazy DIYer would do and filled my trunk full of the bushes.

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I was just about to drive away as one of the landscapers hailed me down. I totally thought I was about to be reprimanded. Gulp. But, he asked me if I knew they were dead. I laughed and said it didn’t matter because I was going to make garlands out of them. He then showed me the location of the three dumpsters full of more juniper I could have for more garlands! Score one for the crazy DIY lady!

If you don’t have free landscaping waste at your disposal, you can use any trimmings from pine and evergreen type bushes.

Materials:

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  • Fresh trimmings
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pruners
  • Gloves

Instructions:

Put on your gloves. Cut your trimmings into manageable sections. Layer clumps together.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Wrap a small piece of floral wire around the clump to secure them. (I should have worn gloves, I totally regretted my actions after having many tiny cuts on my hands.) Continue adding to create a garland rope.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the garland rope to your bannister, mailbox, mantle or wherever you want to decorate with holiday greenery. I used more floral wire to attach the garland to our banister.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Then I added some pretty bows. I wish my blog had smell-o-vision because these juniper garlands have a fresh evergreen scent.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Not bad for free greenery!!!

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Rosemary Star Wreath Tutorial:

Making a rosemary wreath is almost as easy as making a garland, but on a smaller scale. If you have a fresh rosemary bush, you can use trimmings from it for this project. If not, now’s the time of year to purchase little rosemary trees at your grocery store.

Materials:

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Copper pipe (or a coat hanger will work)
  • Fishing line

Optional: Plumbing strap for hanging

Instructions:

Form your copper wire into a star shape. Wrap (or solder) the ends together.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Use small pieces of floral wire to attach rosemary springs to the star shape. Add a plumbing strap on top and feed fishing line through the hole in the strap.

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

Hang your rosemary star wreath and enjoy the heavenly scent of rosemary in your kitchen throughout the season.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

DIY Rosemary Wreath & Juniper Garland | Pretty Handy Girl

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Cleaning the Air in Your Home:

Having the doors and windows closed in the winter helps keep your home warm. But, it also traps odors and makes the air in your home stale. You know who else is trapped indoors? Viruses and germs are also trapped inside! Besides frequent hand washing, you can improve your odds of staying healthy this winter by changing your air filters.Use a good quality Filtrete brand filter, like the Filtrete Healthy Living Filter, MPR 1900, to trap viruses and to clean your home’s air.

Be sure to check your filters and change them every 1-3 months to keep your home healthy and your HVAC system running smoothly.

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Filtrete Healthy Home Giveaway:

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Filtrete is offering a special giveaway of two products to help you stay healthier this winter:

A new filtering water pitcher to help keep you hydrated in the cooler and dryer season. And the Filtrete Healthy Living Filter to scrub your home’s stale winter air.

To enter to win this Healthy Home Giveaway. Simply like Filtrete on Facebook using the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you can’t see the widget, click here.)
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Filtrete. I have the honor of being an ambassador for them and have been sharing information from 3M Filtrete. I was given key messages to share, but all the words and thoughts are my own.  I have been compensated for my time and for this post. I continue to work with certain companies like Filtrete that I believe in, because of their quality and because I feel they have helpful messages for my readers. I will always disclose to you if you are reading a sponsored post.

How to Make Giant Lighted Ornament Balls

Giant Lighted Christmas Ball Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Giant Lighted Christmas Ball Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

A few years ago we discovered a street in our city that is lit with giant hanging lighted ornament balls. We drove down the street with our low beams on and were truly speechless. It was magical, ethereal and beautiful seeing giant orbs of light suspended in mid-air. Since then I’ve scoured store shelves to find these beautiful lighted spheres. Little did I know that they were truly a DIY project.

This year, our neighborhood decided to hold a workshop to teach anyone who was interested how to make giant lighted ornament balls. You know I was there with bells on ;-). Here’s how to create your own hanging lighted Christmas ornament balls complete with hanging suggestions!

Materials Cost breakdown:

  • Chicken Wire: 3′ x 50′ roll (yields about 12 balls) – $24
  • 3 – 100 light strings of outdoor Christmas lights (green wire is best) – $10
  • Twisty tie from the light strands
  • Poly-braided rope or clothes line rope – $10 per 100 ft.
  • Extension cord: $15
  • Small water bottle
  • Gloves
  • Aircraft sheers for cutting wire

Cost: approximately $37 per ball with extension cords and hanging supplies (not including gloves and shears)

Optional: 

  • Three way plug in adapter $5 (to add more balls to one cord),
  • Extra extension cords
  • Timer

 

Instructions:

Cut a section of chicken wire 42″ long (using a 36″ width roll). Shape the section into a cylinder.

Giant Lighted Christmas Ball Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the ends of the chicken wire by folding the ends over and securing to the opposing side. Stop about 8″ from each end. [Read more...]

How to Make Pine Cone Garland

How to Make Pine Cone Garland

How to Make Pine Cone Garland

Happy December! The holidays are such a wonderful time of year and an opportunity to get creative with entertaining, cooking and decorating. Mostly, I love to make things simple and today’s lesson on how to make a pine cone garland will be just that. An easy, quick, not to mention very inexpensive craft you can do to decorate your home this season. And it can be done in about 30 minutes {minus an adventurous walk in the woods to get pine cones}, here is how.

Supplies:

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  • Pine cones – These can be found simply going outside and looking around the pine trees. Depending on where you live, you’ll find all kinds of sizes. If you collect pine cones from outdoors, be sure to ‘de-bug’ them by baking them for 30 minutes on a low temperature. You can also get pine cones at craft stores, thrift stores, flea markets and such. Or maybe in a friend’s attic? Put those old holiday decorations to a new use.
  • Just twine or ribbon – This is to hang the cones. You can use anything you might like, or what matches your style.
  • Screw Eyes – Find these in the hardware section at the home improvement store. A small box will only cost a few dollars.
  • Optional supplies include a drill with a small bit and glue

 Instructions [Read more...]

Très Frugal DIY Gift Idea Round Up

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Can you believe all the wonderful DIY gift ideas that we had for you this past month? 31 DIY gift ideas that are frugal and attractive. Here is the full round up for you:

And if that’s not enough, you can view 10 DIY Gift Ideas that take 15 minutes or less to create:

Happy Holidays to you!

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Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel

Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel | Pretty Handy Girl

Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel | Pretty Handy Girl

How about a cheap and easy DIY gift idea today? Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towels are sure to please anyone and they cost less than a dollar! I bought several of the red striped Tekla tea towels at Ikea that cost .79 a piece!

Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel | Pretty Handy Girl

I came up with the idea after seeing Miss Mustard Seed’s cafe curtains. But, decided to create monogrammed tea towels to give as gifts.

Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • Ikea Tekla Tea Towel
  • Red & green acrylic paint
  • Tiny round paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Light box (if you don’t have one, you can tape your letter and towel to a window during the day.)

Instructions: [Read more...]

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

One of my favorite places to thrift shop is the Habitat ReStore. I mean, where else can you find cool $2 cabinet doors?

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

This fine cast off door is just screaming to be upcycled into a beautiful tray. Especially when the same thrifting adventure yielded VERY COOL door hardware! Simply combine the two and you have yourself a unique serving tray to give as a gift (or keep for yourself.)

Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • Cabinet door
  • Door handle or cabinet handle
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Rubber bumpers

Optional: Rub n’ Buff Gold Leaf

The steps are super simple. [Read more...]

How to: Hand Painted Monogrammed Ornaments

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Jaime from That’s My Letter here to share a handmade ornament as part of the Très Frugal gift ideas series running all through November.

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Today I’m sharing how to make a simple circular handpainted monogrammed ornament with a metal frame.

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You can choose nearly any font for the monogram, the thicker the letters the easier it is to paint.  You’ll get the best results if you use a small, fine brush, go slow, and have a steady hand.  Then you’ll be making monogrammed ornaments for all your friends and family this holiday season:

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The circular wood discs are readily available at most craft stores and the stainless steel metal hose clamp adds the perfect frame and weight to the ornament.  It’s the perfect combination of wood, metal and fabric with the added ribbon:

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Supplies: [Read more...]

3-D Snowflake Tutorial by Remodelaholic

Snowflake Tutorial for Christmas

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Today’s guest is the queen of DIY! She’s all about doing it herself from huge home renovation projects down to small ornaments. Please welcome Cassity from Remodelaholic!

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I think it is fun to let your kids get in on gift making, not just buying! Something simple that brings you together as family and doesn’t break the bank? This not so little 3D snowflake is the perfect answer to getting your kids involved!

Supplies:

  • Double sided Scrapbook paper (12″ x 12″ will result in less wasted paper!)
  • Glue, tape or staples
  • paper clips

Instructions: [Read more...]

Decorating Like Royalty Hangout with Royal Design Studio and HomeTalk for the Holidays

HomeTalk Stenciling Hangout

HomeTalk Stenciling Hangout

Sooo, whatcha doing on Tuesday? Say around 2pm EST? Do you wanna come over and play with some paint and stencils? I’d love to have you. As would Melanie from Royal Design Studio & Jesse from Scout & Nimble! Miriam from HomeTalk will be our host and we’ve got several fun stenciling projects to share with you! Plus, I’ll be giving you a sneak peek of the Très Frugal gift that will be revealed later this week. Come join us and ask questions as we give you some tips and ideas to stencil like royalty!!!

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If you can’t show up, I’ll be crushed! No, it’s okay, because I’ll be sure to include the video of our Hangout with my stencil project tutorial. But, I do hope to see you there.

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Painted Trays with Scrapbook Lining

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Today I have a really adorable and easy DIY Gift Idea for you! Scrapbook paper lined and painted trays. These trays are so versatile, they can be used in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or anywhere you want to corral items or have a flat surface available. And best of all, you can change their look in a snap.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

You can buy unfinished trays at your local craft supply store. While you’re there pick up some scrapbook paper too.

Scrapbook Paper Lined Painted Trays | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • Unfinished tray
  • Fine grit sandpaper sheet
  • Damp & dry rags
  • 2 sheets of scrapbook paper per tray
  • Paint (acrylic, craft paint or chalk-like paint)
  • Primer (if you are using other than chalk-like paint)
  • Paint brush
  • Optional: Antiquing Wax, Plexiglass cut to fit bottom of tray

Instructions: [Read more...]

DIY Scented Room Spray

DIY Scented Room Spray | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Scented Room Spray | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m not exactly known for my short and sweet tutorials. But, I assure you this recipe for making DIY scented room spray is exactly that…short and sweet! What I like best about this DIY room spray is that it uses natural ingredients and natural scents. The chemical or fake smell of commercially bought room deodorizers really bothers me.

Ingredients & Supplies: [Read more...]

DIY Rustic Cake Stand Tutorial

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Day two has arrived and I have ANOTHER fabulous Très Frugal DIY gift idea for you. Honestly, this is one of my favorites. And I owe it all to this little picture from my Instagram friend, Kennesha. She blogs over at Restoration House and has an amazing sense of style!

After seeing her rustic cake stand that she wanted to DIY, my creative wheels began to burn rubber.

I simply picked up a few wood discs and a furniture leg to create a unique cake stand. Here’s the tutorial:

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • 15″ Wood Disc from Lowe’s
  • 5″ and 7″ Wood plaques (from Michaels)
  • Turned furniture leg (from Lowe’s)
  • E-6000 glue (or wood glue)
  • 1 – 2.5″ wood screw
  • 3M Sandpaper block
  • Drill
  • Drill bit slightly smaller than the screw
  • Drill bit slightly smaller than the furniture leg bolt
  • Philips head screwdriver bit
  • Food safe sealer (Behandla cutting board sealer found at IKEA)

Optional: Paint & Glazes (all available at Lowe’s):

  • Valspar 6006-1A Woodrow Wilson Putty
  • Valspar 6007-2A Arid Plains
  • Valspar 6005-1A Asiago
  • Valspar clear mixing glaze
  • Dry brush paint brush
  • Paint brush

Not optional: Cake or Cupcakes!!!! (kidding of course) [Read more...]

Painted Bird House Tree Topper

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Painted Birdhouse Tree Topper Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome to the first day of Très Frugal! I’m excited to share with you 30 days of DIY Gift idea. Handmade gifts are a rarity these days. Receiving something that someone else has taken the time to create is such a wonderful gift! I hope you’ll find one or two ideas of gifts you can make for your friends or family members this year.

Today’s DIY gift idea has several uses. I created this little painted birdhouse to function as a tree topper, but you could slip a little battery powered candle inside and have an instant luminary. Or forgo drilling a hole in the bottom at all and add a hook to have a fully functional birdhouse for those bird watchers on your list.

Painted Birdhouse Tree Topper Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials: [Read more...]

Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge – Feathered Nest

Feathered Nest Themed Christmas Tree | Pretty Handy Girl

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I know what you’re about to say…”What?! It’s not time for Christmas decorations!” Well, I received an email from Michaels asking if I’d like to participate in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge. If you saw last year’s contestants and the resulting dream trees, you’ll completely understand why I was excited to be asked to join in this year. Plus, I’ve been working feverishly on the Très Frugal month of DIY Gift Ideas and having some Christmas décor set up has put me in the mood (and provides for a festive backdrop for photography!)

Once I received my pre-lit tree and the gift card to pay for my tree decorations, I hit up my local Michaels retail store. I really had no idea what theme I wanted to create, but I did know I wanted to be frugal and make my gift card stretch as far as possible.

As luck would have it, there were lots of Fall berries on clearance. Can you tell the difference between fall red berries and Christmas red berries?  [Read more...]