Gifting Ideas

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Faux Cross Stitch Tea Towel

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! I came up…
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Pen & Ink Sketch Decorative Plates

My goodness, November is flying by! Get it...flying...insects. I crack myself up. But seriously, I have been having a blast coming up with new creative gift ideas that you can make. This idea for making pen and ink sketch decorative dessert…
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Make a Tray from a Cabinet Door

One of my favorite places to thrift shop is the Habitat ReStore. I mean, where else can you find cool $2 cabinet doors? This fine cast off door is just screaming to be upcycled into a beautiful tray. Especially when the same thrifting…
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How to: Hand Painted Monogrammed Ornaments

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. Today I'm sharing how to make a simple circular handpainted monogrammed ornament with a metal frame. You…
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Easy Wooden Chalkboard Sign {Countdown to Christmas Idea}

Do you keep scraps of wood and say to yourself, "I might need that for something someday." Well, today is your someday! Grab a scrap (or ask Lowe's for their scraps) and create this super easy wooden chalkboard sign. When you're done,…
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DIY Stamped Spoon Necklace from Thistlewood Farms

Today I have the honor of introducing the extremely creative KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms. She's showing us one of my favorite gift ideas from her idea farm ;-). DIY Stamped Spoon Necklaces! Hello Pretty Handy Girl readers! My…
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Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial

Once again I've created a DIY gift that I want to keep for myself! It's true, I've fallen in love with these stenciled and dyed scarves that I created this week. In particular, I'm rather fond of the blue/gray and yellow ones. So, my question…
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Handmade Greeting Cards by Just a Girl

Today I have a great DIY blogger, friend and cohort when it comes to appreciating a handwritten note in a handmade greeting card! Chris from Just a Girl has a wonderful tutorial for creating handmade greeting cards that would make a wonderful…
Spoon Tealight Candle Holder
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Spoon Tealight Candle Holder

Jacque and I are so excited to be contributing in Brittany's Trés Frugal- 30 DIY Gift Ideas!  We're no strangers to DIY gift ideas!  In fact for as long as I can remember, my family has taken part in a Make-a-Gift tradition.  Each year…
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3-D Snowflake Tutorial by Remodelaholic

3D Paper Snowflake 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! I think it is fun to let your kids get in…
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Homemade Tea Bags by Songbird

Homemade Tea Bags Oooo, you are going to be so excited! I have a very special lady visiting today, she traveled all the way from the Netherlands to share her Très Frugal DIY gift idea with you. Please welcome the very sweet and very savvy…
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Beach Themed Succulent Garden

You like the beach right? Who doesn't?! Come December I long for the feeling of burying my toes in the warm sand. Bring back those memories by having a Beach-Themed Desktop Succulent Garden nearby. The idea for this garden came as I sat…
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DIY Scented Room Spray

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…
DIY Fabric Coasters
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DIY Fabric Coasters

Hi everyone! I'm more than excited to be here at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany and to be joining the amazing team of contributors. Are you enjoying the fabulous Très Frugal DIY gift ideas so far? I'm Jessica and I blog at Decor Adventures,…
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Faux Etched Glass Soap Dispenser Gift

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to show you a fun Très Frugal DIY gift idea today - a faux etched soap dispenser. Of course you could use this paint technique on any glass item - a vase, votive, or pretty up a simple jar - but, to me, there's…
Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl
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DIY Rustic Cake Stand Tutorial

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…
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Très Frugal – A Month Worth of DIY Gift Ideas

At the end of every year I'm struck by how much money is spent on holiday gift giving. There are so many people to buy for! As an answer to the age old question, "What should I get _______?" I'm teaming up with several bloggers to bring you…
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DIY State Capital Rustic Tray

Whether you are looking for a quick and easy gift idea or want to make this for yourself, this DIY State Capital Rustic Tray was fun to make and easy to create! DIY State Capital Rustic Tray Are you proud of your hometown? Want to create…
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DIY Kids Cloth Napkins Tutorial

Hello Pretty Handy Girl readers, contributor Jaime back again to share an earth-friendly, fun and very useful tutorial as we begin to think about back to school! Today we are talking about creating DIY Kids Cloth Napkins. Let's make personalized…
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DIY Star Wars Birthday Party

Today we are going to talk about DIY Star Wars Birthday Party. But first, I have a special guest for you today. Jenelle is a woman who shares my passion for upcycling and creating treasures from trash. She creates at TrashN2Tees. When I…
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Kids Bookend Kit: Build your own bookend

Do your kids want to build and paint just like you?  This project a great beginner build for young ones who want to get in there and make something to call their own. And once they're done building they can paint it too! Or give…
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Create an Embellished HERSHEY’S KISSES Carrying Case

~This post is sponsored by HERSHEY'S~ Do you know how much I love chocolate? I love chocolate so much that I joke that there needs to be chocolate coursing through my system at all times. And there's a reason that I'm in love with chocolate:…
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You Rule: Candy-Free Classroom Valentine Gifts

Happy Friday! Do you have snow? I know the south eastern states got a surprise visit from Mr. Winter last night, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Besides sledding, the boys and I will finish up these fun little Valentine gifts over the…
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Bottle Cap Magnet Flowers

I hope you all enjoyed the 10 Days of 15 Minute Gift Ideas. I really wanted to include this gift idea because they are adorable and were well received last year, but they take more than 15 minutes. But, they cost next to nothing to make. So,…
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Round Up of DIY Gift Ideas

It's the homestretch before Christmas. With less than a week away, those procrastinators amongst us (ahem, me) need to get crackin'. These were a few of my favorites from the DIY Gift Idea link party. DIY Instagram Necklace by Mod Podge…
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Warm & Cozy Chocolate Gift Basket

Warm & Cozy Chocolate Gift Basket I love making my own gift baskets. They cost less than a store-bought version. Plus, they don't need to be wrapped! (Call  me lazy, but I prefer a pretty gift basket to a wrapped gift any day. And I've…
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Twig Star Decorations

I love nature and her beautiful palette, even as winter sets in she showcases a beautiful white, green and red color theme in honor of the impending holidays. With these colors in mind, I decided to bring a little of this beauty indoors…
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Tea Towel Calendar

2013 is right around the corner! Do you have your new calendar? I bet several people on your gift list don't either. That's why I think these tea towel calendars from Spoonflower would make a great gift. Have you heard of Spoonflower? It…
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Soap Snowballs with a Surprise Inside

I cannot claim authorship of this DIY Gift Idea (Family Fun Magazine), but I can tell you that it is one heck of a fun way to entertain the kids for 15 minutes AND they make great gifts for the kids on your list. Materials: 4…
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Drawstring Gift Bag Tutorial

Welcome back to another 15 Minute DIY Gift Ideas! We're on Day 3 and the gifts just keep comin'! Sometimes the perfect present isn't actually the gift itself. It's how the gift is packaged. These quick and easy drawstring bags can be…
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10 Days of 15 Minute DIY Gift Ideas

December is here! Ack!!! Anyone else feeling the pressure? Did you buy gifts for everyone? Have you decorated? GAAAAHHHHH!!!! Well, I'm here to help take some stress off your wallet and your to do list. Over the next two weeks I'm going…
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DIY Book Reviews – Inspired You – The Handbuilt Home – Handmade Walls

I think 2012 could be named the year of DIY blogger authored books. So many fabulous bloggers have come out with phenomenal  books. Young House Love, Miss Mustard Seed, Ana White, and The Handmade Home just to name just a few. For me…
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Hanging Beaded Glass Flower Vases

Happy Independence Day America! A few weeks ago I attended a birthday party for my niece at The Scrap Exchange in Durham. My kids had to drag me kicking and screaming out of there because I was in creative nirvana. There were all kinds…
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Father’s Day Gift Idea – Golf Gift Basket

June is upon us, and that means that Father's Day is just around the corner! Do you want to be the "birdie" of your hubby's eye? Or maybe you want to give Dad a present that is above "par"! Well, I have a gift basket idea that is sure to…
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White-washed Window Box from a Wine Crate

The other day I was wandering aimlessly shopping at Costco and spied an empty wooden wine crate. The angel stamped on the side was beckoning me to take her home. Actually, I read Funky Junk Interiors's post about making tool boxes last year…
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #5 – Polar Bear, Dove, Holly and a Sleigh

This is it, the last day of the Creative Gift Wrapping tutorials. I hope you have had fun with some of these creative gift wrap ideas. In case you missed any, here are the previous days of gift wrapping: Day #1 - Monogram & Name Plaque Day…
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #4 – Chalkboard Tags

What is better than a creative gift wrapped package? A creative gift wrapping that can be re-used again and again and again! Chalkboard tags made from foam board are adorable and can be used after the gift has been opened. Materials: Chalkboard…
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #3 – Clustered Butterflies and 3-D Tree

Last night I invited two of my girl friends to wrap our Christmas presents together. We decided it was waaaaayyyyy more fun to wrap together than by ourselves Christmas Eve. We chatted and talked for hours! Before we knew it the clock had…
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #2 – Frosty and Rudolph Gift Wrap

Are you ready to have some fun today?! Making recognizable holiday characters is sure to be enjoyable. It brought me back to some preschool craft projects we used to do in school. Materials: Black felt or black construction paper …
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Creative Gift Wrapping Day #1 – Using Elmer’s Holiday #GlueNGlitter Supplies

Every year I try to come up with new and creative ways to wrap Christmas gifts for my friends and family. For me, making beautiful packages is almost as fun as opening the gifts Christmas morning. In fact, I usually invite a few friends…