Hi! Happy Summer! It’s me, Kathleen, from Fearlessly Creative Mammas here to share a secret with you. Here it is, I’m a sucker for cute little signs and plaques. I have a few around my house. I’ve made a few, bought a few and a few have been gifts. When I saw this paper at Wood Creations, I knew I had a make a We Go Together Plaque for our family room! It just perfectly describes my sweet hubby and I. I’m sure it describes lots of you too, so make one for yourself!!
Hello. It’s Kathleen again, from Fearlessly Creative Mammas, to bring you a really great DIY Coat Rack. A little over three years ago my husband, youngest daughter and I moved to China for a year and then to Korea for a few months. We decided to rent our house out to our oldest daughter and her family while we were gone and they made some changes that were awesome for their family, mainly because they are younger and younger people’s tastes are different than older people’s taste. Yes, I am the older person in this story. [Read more…]
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #showmetheshine #CollectiveBias
Practically everyone I talk to has some ‘special’ dishes. Some fine china, heirloom pieces or just some that are fantastically beautiful. For me, I have ‘fancy’ ones that I use for my blogging…you see them here often with my recipes, and even with crafts on occasion! Now I can show them off with this DIY Dish Display Cabinet!
Until now, I’ve been storing them all crowded in a shelf up in my craft room. It’s frustrating trying to go through them to decide which I want to use when they’re stacked all sloppily! So I made a couple of these awesome cabinets (with major help from Hubby) and now I can see everything perfectly…plus they’re less likely to bump each other and chip. Woot woot!
This only took us a few hours (plus drying time), and was friendly to our budget. You can switch up the sizes/shapes as you want, so I’m not including measurements – just the overall ‘how to’.
- Thin wood plank for backing
- 4 Wood boards for sides (together should frame your back piece)
- Boards for shelves
- Dowels/posts for railings
- Nail/staple gun
- Sand paper, if needed
- Measuring tape
- Hot glue/gun or wood glue
- Paint of choice (I used spray paint)
- Make sure your 4 outside boards are cut to the appropriate sizes, then use a nail/staple gun to secure the corners together.
If there’s some rough edges, use sand paper to smooth them out.
- Secure the backing with your nail/staple gun.
- Measure the height you want your shelves, then cut them to size and nail/staple them securely into place.
- Using your hot glue gun (or wood glue), secure your dowels where you want them.
- Paint as desired.
That’s it! It didn’t take long at all (other than having to run back to the store because I bought the wrong size of nails…ugh!) and now all my dishes have their place!
Since I use my dishes for photos, I want them as sparkly and smudge-free as possible, right? I love that Finish® Max in One™ tablets do the job right, and leave them picture-ready at any time! You can grab them at Target next time you’re there…
If you like watching your spending like I do, be sure to take advantage of the Target Cartwheel offer! Save 5% on NEW! Max in ONE & Quantum Max Small Size 3/29-4/25!
Ready for an awesome giveaway? You could win 1 of 4 FABULOUS prizes, along with a Gift Card to purchase Finish® at Target! Winners must be 18+.
- Grand Prize: Riedel Swirl Decanter and Wine Glasses ($51.99 value) and a $100 Target Gift Card
- Prize 2: Libbey Bar In a Box ($39.99 value) and a $75 Target Gift Card
- Prize 3: Riedel Champagne Flutes ($39.99 value) and a $50 Target Gift Card
- Prize 4: Libbey Frosted Glass 20 Piece Dinnerware Set ($29.99 value) and a $25 Target Gift Card
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SleepAligned #CollectiveBias
Do your kids still prefer a little light as they sleep, or even just as they’re falling asleep? Mine do, but most lamps are pretty boring! I decided to add some fun into their room with this DIY Peter Pan’s Shadow Nightlight makeover! Plus – a GIVEAWAY! We all love those, right?!
Contains affiliate links that support this blog at no extra cost to you. See our Disclosure for more info.
It’s been about a year since I remodeled the boys’ bedroom into a Pirate theme, so it’s about time I did something about their nightlight! With the whole Neverland/pirate thing going on, I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than Peter Pan’s shadow hanging out on their wall!
- Peter Pan Silhouette
- Marker for tracing
- Paint (grey) and brush
- GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb
Ever since we started using this new light bulb, the kids have seemed to have an easier time falling asleep at night. I think it’s because the NEW GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb helps to promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by producing a low amount of blue light versus an ordinary light bulb, causing the body to produce more melatonin (sleep hormone).
Since I love using Amazon.com for as much of my shopping as possible, I ordered it right from there using my Prime membership! You can find it on Amazon.com right HERE. If you haven’t used Amazon.com before, you definitely should because it’s AWESOME! They have practically everything, great prices, and I can order it right from my house (in my yoga pants, if I want) and it ships super quick.
- Cut out your Peter Pan Silhouette, and place it on your projector. Since I wanted my shadow up along the top of the wall and ceiling, I had to prop it up a bit. (I used their Pirate Treasure Chest to prevent it from tipping OVER). This is what this section looked like before…..
- Use your marker to trace the outline of the shadow on your wall/ceiling. I used a grey one so it would blend in with the paint best, and not have funny edges.
- Once you’ve got your full outline done, paint it in! I did a grey color, like a shadow.
- Once it’s dry, you’re good to go!
I love that even if you turn OFF all the lamps at night, it REALLY looks like a shadow still! Sorry it’s blurry – I had to take this when my kiddos were asleep and didn’t want to wake them up.
GE Align™ also sells AM LED Light Bulbs, which help promote the body’s natural wake cycle – also available on Amazon.com! Be sure to check out more great lighting options at http://cbi.as/56dh. I’d love to hear your favorite!
What shadow design would YOU choose to do?
Other fun DIY projects…
I received free paint from Modern Masters to assist with this post. All opinions and ideas are my own.
As we’re remodeling the kids’ playroom to be totally Ninja Turtle themed, we wanted a fun little area for them to play in…like a hut, only sticking to our theme. That’s when the fun idea came that we should build them the Shellraiser – the turtle’s fully-loaded, radical subway car turned van. There was a LOT we learned along the way, so get ready to hear our Do’s and Don’ts of making your own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Playhouse ‘Shellraiser’!
When we started on this project, I knew I wanted to do a few EXTRA things to really make it seem more like the Shellraiser on the show. A tube along the front bumper? Check! Graffiti-like designs on the side? Done! And, of course, fabulous metallic paints to give it that ‘shine’? Easy, thanks to Modern Masters!
I was able to find the perfect colors for their playhouse:
First, we got TWO large pieces of wood panel. Our finished Shellraiser measures 8 feet one on side and 6 feet in the front. We cut our boards to these dimensions, then cut out the door. Hubby marked where we wanted it, drilled two holes in the top corners, then used a saw for the straight lines. Don’t forget to sand it, making it more safe and ouchy-free for the kids!
Then I used my awesome paints to design the wood planks. Since most of it is ‘roughly’ painted and such on the show, I tried to stick to that and not let my OCD get in the way. I loved doing the ‘graffiti’ side of it! Just do a a few different layers/designs of the paints!
I loved how thick and ‘creamy’ the paints were, and they gave it the perfect metallic shine for a ‘subway car’!
Once the painting’s all done, we got to work assembling the playhouse! We used 2x4s against the wall for support. Measure out to where your wood planks will go, then place the 2×4 right inside. Try extra hard to get a stud behind your boards, since this will really help secure everything. Nail or screw your front wood board (our shortest, so easiest to work with first) to the 2×4 on the wall, then use a 2×2 at the ‘corner’. Use lots of nails/screws – you want it secure!
Next, attach your bigger wood board to the other 2×4, then to the same 2×2. Again, lots of nails/screws!
Along the top of your 2x4s and 2×2, attach more 2x2s (one on the side, one on the front). This is what you’ll attach your ‘roof’ to! We didn’t cover the entire roof, of course, just made a metal ‘edge’ to look like it. Although we used metal ducting – I DO NOT recommend you do that! It was a huge pain, and didn’t get the look I was aiming for. If you really want to use metal, use metal sheeting. If I do this again/over, I’d just find a shiny fabric 🙂
We flattened our duct, then used duct tape for ALL the edges. Our kids are playing with this, so we wanted it as safe/smooth as possible! We used screws to attach it to the top of the wood boards, then folded it up over the top 2x2s. Once all the pieces were attached, we also duct taped the seams, just to be safe.
I had a tube packaging thing leftover from a delivery, so painted that a metallic silver and duct taped it along the front to match the turtle’s bumper!
After it was all done, we got some foam rolls (like the kind you can grab for A/C units and such) and attached it to the door openings – this way if they bonk going in/out of the playhouse, it’s soft and padded for them. Hubby’s idea – yes, he’s awesome! (foam not shown)
So grab some metallic paints, wood and tools, and build your kids their very own Ninja Turtle Playhouse ‘Shellraiser’ style!
If you’re a mom of young boys, I’d dare guess that they love Ninja Turtles. My three boys (and even my girl) are obsessed with them! That’s why we chose that for our playroom remodel theme, and it’s coming right along now that I’ve added this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wall Art!
There’s going to be a lot of Ninja Turtle stuff going on, so I wanted this art to be a little less detailed (no eyes) and fun. The boys knew EXACTLY who each of the canvas’ represented, then the PIZZA made it even more ‘rad’, as Mikey would say!
- 4 Canvas Wraps
- Paint: green, red, orange, blue, purple, white, brown
- Paint brushes/etc.
- Letters: P – I – Z – Z – A
- Thin wood board, for mounting (painted color of choice – I did grey metallic)
- Hot glue gun/glue
- Paint your canvases all green, allowing to dry. Use a piece of straight cardboard (or similar straight edged item) to help you do your mask lines – then do one of each: blue, orange, red, and purple. Allow to dry completely.
- Paint your PIZZA letters, allowing to dry. Use hot glue to attach your letters to a thin board (this is how you’ll mount them to the wall). Let the glue dry completely.
- Use nails to attach your board to the wall. Use a nail for each canvas to hang those, also.
That’s it! Now you’ve got an awesome Ninja Turtle wall display!
We’ve got a TON more exciting plans for our playroom remodel, and can’t wait to share them all with you! A super fun themed playhouse (clue: not actually a ‘house’!) is coming up in the next week, so be sure to check back!
I received a free stencil for this post. All opinions and ideas are my own. See my Disclosure Policy for more info.
Have you ever wanted to do a specific design on your walls, but the thought of doing each piece by hand made you want to cry? That’s how I felt when I decided to make my kids’ playroom wall look like bricks…old, sloppy bricks (that still looked fabulous)! Luckily, you can Easily Make a Brick Wall with Stencils from Royal Design Studio!
When we bought our house, the biggest reason we chose this specific floor plan was because of the HUGE loft upstairs, knowing this would be the playroom while the kiddos are younger. The last couple months I’ve been working on remodeling it to be more fun, organized and look AMAZING! After I painted the yucky, builder-grade wall a nice grey color to install our new shelving area, I got ready to create a ‘brick’ look on the rest.
Before the Brick Wall Look…
My go-to place for stencils is, of course, Royal Design Studio. They have an amazing selection, and I know my chances of finding exactly what I need for a project are high. Sure enough, I browsed through and found their Mosaic Stencil (in large) that would be PERFECT for a brick wall! I contacted their amazing staff (seriously, they’re all super friendly and helpful!) and got started right away…
Although in their project images they have the lines running up and down, for the brick look I did mine horizontal. I loved the variety of shapes and sizes, since I needed it to look NOT perfectly matched. I went one shade darker than my wall for the majority of the ‘bricks’, then two shades from that for some.
Originally, I considered just doing the one color….
Not quite the ‘POW’ amazing look I was going for…it needed that other coloring for some accents and variety! Much better, right?!
Since I didn’t decide this until later, I did things the REALLY hard way and went back over for the dark ‘bricks’ by hand….every single dark one you see wasn’t roller, it was a brush.
So the EASY way to do it, other than make up your mind before the ‘end’, is to follow one (or more) of these great stenciling tutorials from Royal Design Studio.
After the Brick Wall Look…
Check out my cute little photo-bomber in this picture….he LOVES the new look of their playroom!
I seriously can’t WAIT to finish the entire playroom remodel! Still a lot to do, but it’s going to knock your socks off, so be sure to check back! And the next time you have a fun project you want to make simpler and look FABULOUS, check out the selection at Royal Design Studio!
Other Royal Design Stencil Projects I’ve done
Who else has kids that are totally into Minecraft? A year ago, I had no idea what that even was, but now it seems like a normal part of daily conversation to bring up Creepers or Endermen! Now you can join in the fun and Make Your Own Minecraft Creeper Pinata!
My twins turned 5 last month (insane, right?!) and had a big Minecraft themed birthday party. If you missed the party post, go check it out! We also had this super fun Creeper pinata for one of the activities, and the kids thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Of course, I couldn’t FIND a Creeper pinata, so I decided to make my own. It was really easy, and saved my budget even more! Gotta love a wallet-friendly birthday party!
- Square box (or pinata) – with a small opening to insert candy/etc.
- Random green tissue paper
- Tape & scissors
- Black construction paper
- Rope or something for hanging
- I got a simple, inexpensive box ‘birthday present’ pinata to start out with. Take your tissue papers and randomly put the colors row after row taped to the box on all four sides. After each row, cut slightly so the paper ‘ruffles’, like a pinata! Overlap the next row OVER the tape area to hide that part.
- Keep on going, keep on going….
- After your box is covered, cut out the face from the black paper and tape that onto one (or all four, like I did) sides.
- Fill with your candy/etc., attach the rope (or whatever you’re hanging it with) and you’re ready to go!
Our box lasted a decent amount (the main group was filled with 5-6 year olds, so not exactly hard hitters), but when it WAS finally done it didn’t exactly resemble a Creeper anymore….
This was so much fun, and even easier than the DIY Minecraft Torches I made for the party!
Don’t miss out on these other Minecraft Posts…
My kids just started holiday break and are already bored! We still have two weeks until school/normal life resumes, so I think them complaining that ‘there’s nothing to do’ will drive me mad long before then. Luckily, I’ve been able to create some really fun crafts with them during our off-time, from holiday items to gifts to just plain old crafty messes! One we got to do this week is this adorable Frozen Olaf Treat Jar from Yahoo! DIY.
While searching on Yahoo! DIY for quite awhile (longer than I probably should have, since there’s plenty I need to get done) I came across this super fun Frozen Olaf Treat Jar and instantly wanted to make it. She used terra cotta pots and saucers, making it a lot more sturdy….but also a bit more expensive and not very kid-friendly.
I decided to just find supplies I had on-hand to make ours! Now, I may or may not have a ridiculous habit of saving every single glass jar we go through…..okay, I really do keep them all! Storing them drives me nuts, but then I love times like this when I can find pretty much any size/shape of jar I need! To make your own Olaf Treat Jar, go through your house to find supplies you already have to make it work. No need to spend more money, especially during the already-tight holidays!
- 2 cups or pots for the HEAD
- 3 lids or saucers
- 1 glass jar (that top and bottom, without lid, fit into the rims your lids/saucers)
- White paint
- Black permanent marker
- Orange felt, stick (if desired, can work without a stick)
- White felt
- Black felt
- Brown felt
- Black pipe-cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Black pom-poms
- Hot glue/gun
- Treats, of course!
- Since I used some random hot drink paper cups with lids for mine, I had to paint my lids with the white paint. Do plenty of coats, then allow to dry completely.
- Hot glue one of the lids to the bottom of the jar. This just makes a nice ‘stand’ for Olaf to be on and adds some white at the base to ’round it out’.
- Cut out little ‘stick’ arms with the brown felt, then hot glue inside as you glue the remaining 2 lids together.
- Use the black marker to draw Olaf’s mouth onto the bottom cup. Add a white felt ‘tooth’. Hot glue the two cups together. I started with a smaller tooth, then decided I wanted it bigger and just glued the bigger one over it.
- Wrap your orange felt around a stick (or just roll the felt, whatever’s easier) and glue securely. Glue it as Olaf’s nose. Add black felt behind the googly eyes (slightly above) and glue those to the face. Draw on his eyebrows with your marker.
- Glue the black pom-poms onto his ‘belly. Don’t actually glue the 2 top saucers to the glass jar, just set them on top. They’re your ‘lid’ for the treat jar!
- Glue Olaf’s ‘head’ (the 2 cups glued together’ to the top 2 lids (that are glued together) so they’re one piece. Take 3 different length pipe-cleaner pieces and glue them to the top of his head, then bend them so they’re like ‘stick’ hair.
- Fill up your jar with treats, and you’re done!
I’m so in love with this craft, and my kiddos were thrilled to make some Olaf jars! Although we’re totally in love with all things Frozen, Olaf is our favorite!
I’ve already made a list of other ideas I got inspiration from on Yahoo! DIY! Here’s some of the ones I’m planning to give a try really soon…
- Say Cheese! How to Set up your Own Photobooth
- 11 Glitter Crafts Without the Mess
- 10 Noncommittal Ways to Add Color to your Home
- 10 Beauty Storage Solutions
- Make Your Folding Chairs Fancy Enough for Holiday Dinners
- 6 Simple Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season
- 15 Ways to Make Fruit a Gift Worth Giving
- 5 No-cook Meals you Need in Your Life
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealMagic #CollectiveBias
I love how giving everyone is during the holidays. I know it should be this way all year long, but realistically people are just more thoughtful and caring for others around Christmas. They want to do more to help those who may be needing some extra support, or even just need a little extra smile! Our family is trying very hard to focus on the GIVING this season instead of the receiving, and have ‘adopted’ a few families nearby who have had a rough time lately. One of the things we’re doing to share a smile is with this fabulous Real Magic Holiday Gift Basket!
I’ve been mentioning a lot lately how much help and love my family has received over the years, so it’s very important for us to pay it forward for others. We especially want to instill in our kids how truly wonderful it is to give to someone else. They’ve really gotten into the giving spirit, and it’s been a lot of fun for our family as we’re planning things for our ‘families’. Seeing my kids eager to do something for someone else, even if it means less for them, has really been a blessing!
I was able to find all of the supplies I needed for this gift basket at Walmart, and was able to stick to my color scheme to go along with the classic Coca-Cola glass bottles I used for my ‘focal point’. The red, black, silver and white looked AMAZING! Kind of a twist on the typical red and green. The cardboard carrier for the bottles is even all Christmas themed, with Santa and everything; totally perfect!
Note: you don’t have to use EXACTLY what I did for your own Real Magic basket. Mix it up so it’s really what will make those receiving it smile!
- 6-pack Coca-Cola glass bottles
- Basket of choice
- Colored Straws
- Tinsel, Garland, Mini Bows, Ribbon, Accent decor, etc.
- Tissue Paper
- Holiday plate (or other fun holiday gift for a backdrop piece)
- Treats and goodies (I wrapped mine in sparkly tulle to look like a snowman pouch)
- Gift Cards
- May need scissors or tape
- Gift Tags – Free Printables below
- Weave some tinsel and/or ribbon all around your basket. I went around twice so it was really ‘sparkly’.
- The plate I found (on sale for $1!) wouldn’t stand up straight, so it looked kind of funny. If you have this problem, you can cut a slit in the back of the Coca-Cola carrier and slide it in. This helped it stand up straight and pretty for my ‘backdrop’.
- I stuck in a silver accent piece for some fun dimension and some red and black striped straws for enjoying their Coca-Cola drinks.
- One the sides I put some white tissue paper to hold things up, and placed my goodies (the ones wrapped in tulle to look like snowman pouches) on each side. I place some gift cards between some tissue paper so it showed, but wouldn’t fall out of the basket.
- To add a bit to the bottles, I just wrapped a piece of ribbon near the tops.
- Now stick in a few mini bowls for accent! All that’s left now is attaching a pretty holiday tag! Here’s some free ones you can enjoy….
My kids are so excited to leave this on our ‘family’s’ porch! I did make sure to share a smile with my own kiddos and got some Coca-Cola bottles with straws for them, as well. They started calling it ‘the Santa drink’ because it has Santa on the package. Super cute!
That led us into the talk about how Santa’s always making everyone else’s holidays magical. But he does have some wishes of his own. No, he doesn’t want a new suit or sleigh, and is fine without some Lego’s. All he wants is for us to make someone happy. This time of year is full of magic, if you just know where to look. We can help Santa make a little more of that magic happen all around by sharing some simple ideas for bringing an extra sparkle to someone’s season. Coca-Cola wants YOU to share the magic by Tweeting or Instagramming a photo of how you’re making the holidays more magical with the hashtag #RealMagic. When you do this, you’ll get a special thank you smile in return plus you can earn extra rewards by sharing videos and photos from the My Coke Rewards website!
There’s so much good you can do with Coke Rewards, too…such as check it out their website and entering for your chance to win $50,000 PLUS a chance to tell them where to donate an extra $10,000! You can also win some neat prizes during the Twitter Party happening on Dec. 9th from 3-4pm EST with the #RealMagic hashtag. Don’t forget to check out even more fun by seeing Coke Rewards on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of fun spoon wreaths all over the internet, and if you’re like me you’re totally intimidated! I love them, but kept putting off actually creating one because I hate complicated projects. When I finally just bucked up and did one, I was happily surprised that it was really simple! Don’t believe me? Check out this beautiful Frozen Inspired Spoon Wreath I made! Plus a GIVEAWAY!!!
Contains affiliate links that support this blog at no extra cost to you. See our disclosure for more info.
I’ve been wanting something to go over Wonder Woman’s bed since I made her Frozen Bedroom. I originally put our wreath up there, but it was heavy and after it fell down right onto her pillow once (luckily NOT while she was in bed), I removed it. It left a big blank space that was designed for a nice focal point….yuck! So when I finally convinced myself to try making a spoon wreath, I knew exactly where it would go!
- Plastic spoons….LOTS
- Spray paint(s) of choice
- Wire Cutters
- Hot glue/gun
- Vinyl lettering/design
- Ribbon, for hanging
Note: I did a really large wreath, and used about 135ish spoons.
- Using wire cutters, clip off the handles from your spoons. Wear gloves (like gardening gloves) to protect your hands from blisters! Careful, as little shards might clip off occasionally. Lay your finished spoons out and spray paint your base color. I did a light blue, then sprayed them all with a sparkle. (I finish the edges later with a silver, read on). Allow to dry, so they’re not still sticky!
- I recommend spray painting your cardboard, in case there’s gaps. I sprayed my spoons over cardboard, so just cut my circle from that. You can also use foam board, if you prefer. Get your cardboard/foam circle and, starting from the OUTSIDE edge, hot glue your spoons into place. Work around the outside edge, then move in slightly for your next layer to overlap the bottom.
- Just keep gluing, just keep gluing! Go until you have the center that will fit your mirror. This is where I took my finished spoon part and just sprayed silver AT AN ANGLE towards the outside row. It gave it a little dimension!
- Once it’s all dry, work on your mirror. Get your vinyl lettering or design (I printed mine on my Silhouette Cameo) and place it carefully on your mirror. Paint over it and allow to dry. I did two coats to ensure smooth coverage. Make sure it’s fully dry before moving on!
- Very carefully peel off the vinyl. If there’s any goofs, just touch it up with a tiny bit of paint.
- Take little pieces of cardboard/foam board and hot glue them in a stack in the center of your wreath. This is so the mirror can go in place overlapping the spoons (to avoid gaps) and lay nicely flat. I had to use about 4-5 squares of cardboard to get mine the appropriate height. Hot glue the mirror down. Hot glue some ribbon to the back in a loop for hanging.
I’m thrilled with how beautiful the wreath turned out!
Once I get to remodel my master bedroom, I’m totally doing another one! I love that you can customize these to fit your preference of color, design, size….even the center can be switched from a mirror to a photo, or whatever you feel like. Now Wonder Woman has a pretty focal point over her headboard, and it’s lightweight so I’m not worried about it falling down on her during the night!
More Frozen Fun from Get Away Today
Our friends at Get Away Today are full of Frozen excitement lately! First of all, here’s 3 Easy Frozen Inspired Ways to Give a Disney Vacation! They even have a free printable letter from Elsa you can print off. Super cute!!!
They’re also spilling the beans on More Frozen Fun coming to Disneyland in 2015! I’m super excited about this one because we’ll be going next October….Woot Woot! Head on over to their blog to learn all the ‘chillingly’ awesome details!
Win 2 Frozen Princess Dresses for the Frozen Fan in Your Life!
Head over to Get Away Today to book your next Disney vacation, and use Promo Code: BusyMomsHelper for $10 off your package!
This post contains affiliate links, which help support this blog. See my Disclosure Policy for more information.
Despite working like crazy, my to-do list just seems to grow ever longer this holiday season! With everything to do, I’m not getting the quality family time I want. One thing I’ve been trying to do to help is find ways to cut down on time AND money, especially with my gift giving. Luckily, I planned ahead last year and was able to make some super adorable Simple Neighbor Gifts from Clearance Sales!
Now, I’m not one of those people who hits the stores extra early the day after Christmas to get the best sales. One, I’m not brave enough to fight through the deal-hunting mobs and Two: I like my sleep. A lot! So I just get around to shopping after-Christmas clearance sales a day or two after that. Maybe I miss out on some great deals, but I still always manage to find the perfect things to make the next year so much nicer! Last year I was able to nab twenty or so of these cute ceramic holiday bowls….for $0.50 a pop!
Fun, right?! They’re perfect for pretty much any treat you want to give as neighbor gifts, whether it’s cookies, snack mix, wrapped candies or whatever. I wanted to make them a little ‘extra special’, though, so decided to get out my trusty Silhouette Cameo and add some vinyl! I chose some sayings like ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ and the classic ‘Merry Christmas’. Plus images like a swirly Christmas tree or star.
- Holiday dish or bowl
- Vinyl in text/designs desired
- Cookies, candies, whatever you want to fill it with
- Cellophane or pretty tulle
- Ribbon for tying
- Make sure you measure the inside area of your dishes before getting your vinyl shapes, to make sure they’ll fit. After I cut out the vinyl designs really fast on my Silhouette, I put them on transfer paper and carefully transferred them to the inside bottom of each dish. Rub well to make sure it’s all smooth with no bumps or stuck-up edges.
- Add your filler, like cookies or chocolate kisses (if you get the holiday colored ones, it looks even more festive) into the bowls. Wrap with your cellophane or tulle, then tie it off with a pretty Christmas ribbon. That’s it!!!
It only took me about 10 minutes to design and print my vinyl, then maybe 20-30 minutes until all 20-something of my bowls were done! This saved me so much time, they turned out fabulous, and I didn’t have to spend much! I’m so excited to hand these out next week, and know my neighbors will absolutely love their treats and holiday bowls!