Dried Flowers bring Tears of Joy Showers

If you’ve read my blog, you know I’m all about saving money through DIY. Here’s a great gift for almost anyone in the family. It’s a dried flower wall hanging.

You can use any flowers, grasses, wheat that you have access to; you can even use flowers that a loved one adored before they past, making it even more sentimental.

What you’ll need:

-Two picture frames with glass (make sure they are the exact same – I found mine at Goodwill)


-Hefty books that you won’t be reading for a long time

First, go out and pick flowers! This part is the best! Take a walk, get some fresh air, and pick what catches your eye. Bring them back to your house and open up those large books. Stagger your flowers on different pages and shut them carefully. Stack books on top of the ones that you put flowers in to make sure they become fully flat. I let my books sit for about three weeks. When I pulled the flowers out they were super flat and dry, which is what you want.


Take the cardboard and backing off of one of the frames. Make sure the glass is super clean and begin placing your flowers in an arrangement. Then take the glass out of the second frame and place it over the flowers. Seal the frame (hopefully it has small metal tabs that allow for this. If you buy a frame that has a stand on it, you won’t be able to have just a clear setting. You may like to have a background color of some sort, but for mine I just stuck with the transparency of the glass.


And, you’re done! This isn’t a last minute project you can do, but it’s a cost-efficient gift that means more because of its simplistic beauty and effort.


DogWood Keepsake

This one goes out to all the animal parents out there. As any normal dog mom, I’m obsessed with my little howler and want to hold onto every adorable thing about him. Finding a way to capture his essence other than through pictures on my phone was a little challenging but worth it.

Get ready to DIY your pants off with this adorable paw print memorabilia for your pet. The tools you’ll need for this project include a slat/plank of wood (you can find barn wood at Hobby Lobby or use part of a pallet), acrylic paint (I used pastel colors), small paint brushes, and of course an animal ready to hand over one of their paws!

I would do this outside in the grass, or in a controlled space that is super easy to clean. Pick a color for your precious pet’s paw print – this will be the petals of a flower.  Once you’ve painted a paw, place it carefully on the wood plank in a mismatched line. Have a few wipes ready for your fur baby. Let the flower petals dry so you don’t mess them up in the next step of the process.

Then, you’re going to need a shade of green. Paint imperfect lines down the board up towards the paw prints. These will be the stems of the flowers. Grab a yellow, orange, or other color you want to use as the middle of the flower where the pollen lives.

And, Boom! You have yourself the cutest little block of wood that honors your pet!

DIY of the (Holi)Day #4

The next project I’m going to share with you, doesn’t necessarily have to be a gift, or even something that you just do for Christmas. Depending on how you design it, this could be seasonal or every day décor that you leave up all year long (which I plan to do).

Today, we’re making fabric trees!


First step, go to a fabric store (I went to JOANN Fabrics and Crafts) and pick out  fabrics that complement each other. I went for a rustic, wintery theme with fake fur, fuzzy greens, charcoal greys, and basic patterns, nothing too crazy.

Step two, draw the size of trees you’re wanting on a piece of paper and cut them out. Remember, they will be smaller once they’re sewn. Then trace the cut out trees onto the fabric and cut them out. I did a total of 12 trees. If the fabric is different on the inside than the outside, make sure and put the side you want to show inside when sewing.

Once you’ve lined up your two trees you can begin sewing them together. Sew everything but the trunk. Once you’ve gotten this far, turn the tree inside out through the trunk. You may  need to use a stitch puller to help you, but be careful not to hurt your sewing job. Stuff the inside with stuffing (I used the stuffing from my dog’s torn up stuffed animals), then sew the trunk shut.

Now, you have a tree! Do this with each of them until your tiny forestry is complete. You can gift them to people, nail them into the wall, or make an advent calendar out of them. I pinned mine to the wall on our map. They look super cute and adventurous.

Do you want to build a snowman?

Snowmen are the cutest, but it’s so sad when they melt away. Fear not, I’ve found a solution to the problem by making an indoor one out of wood!

First, you’ll need three circles of wood. One large, one medium, and one small. Then you’ll need a cylinder of wood smaller in diameter than your small circle, but pretty tall.

Once you have all three , use wood glue to fuse  the large and medium together with the large on the bottom. I made my large one with a flat edge so that it can stand on its own. Then, glue the small one perpendicular to the medium round. This is the base of the hat. Once that dries, glue the cylinder on top of the small round to make the top of the hat.

Now, it’s time for fun! You can decorate your snow man any way you like. I used black buttons for eyes with chalk paint on them to add a mischievous sparkle. I found leather rounds in some of my craft stuff and used those as buttons. His nose is wooden, which actually fell off one of the circles. The mouth I just drew on with sharpie. I found some velvet fabric and tied a scarf around him, made a pocket out of denim, and put a fake flower in the pocket. His hat has a small patch of plaid fabric with a button and a bow made out of hemp string. I also added a piece of straw on the side of the hat for character.

He’s the cutest. You’ll love a little guy like this smiling at you all winter long!

DIY of the (Holi)Day #3

Babies can be expensive to buy for, especially when it’s one you’re related to. My nephew is the cutest little bub, but as a young married couple, my husband and I can’t afford to buy him a bunch of clothes or expensive toys. So, for Christmas we put our heads together and hand crafted an indoor swing.

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You, too can be the super Aunts and Uncles with some elbow grease and just a little money. First, you’ll need 2 wood dowels about 2 inches in diameter, thick fabric like canvas or burlap, two small throw pillows, thin rope, a metal ring, metal mountain climber, and several large beads.

Cut the two dowels into two so that you have four. Then drill holes at the two ends of each dowel so that the rope can go through. Make a square with the dowels so that the drilled holes line up and put the rope through the holes. Tie a knot in the rope at each end.

Then tie each of the four ropes to the metal ring so that it makes a tent like shape. Put the ring onto the mountain climber. Then, cut two more long pieces of rope and tie them to the mountain climber with a knot at the top to hang from a hook on the ceiling.

Next, it’s time to cut the fabric. Cut two 36” by 12” pieces (seat), two 12” by 11” pieces (back), and two 6.5” by 11” pieces (front) from the fabric you chose. Sew the ends to go around the dowel rods, and then sew the pieces together to make your swing.

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Place the two pillows in the swing, one for the seat and one for the baby’s back to rest against. I added a string with beads and tied it to the rope on the front right side for the baby to play with.

We gave this to our nephew on Christmas day, and although he had no idea what it was, his parents were super impressed and excited to try it out. Overall this gift probably cost us $30, which really isn’t that bad and it possesses higher levels of sentiment then what you can buy at the store.

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DIY of the (Holi)Day #2

Yay! It’s time for holiday hack number two! Compared to the troll gift, this one is a little more challenging. Your first task is to go to Goodwill (one of the best stores ever), and find some plain mugs. They can be any color, but they need to be plain. This will most likely cost you 69 cents per mug.

Your next mission is to go to a craft store and buy either permanent paint pens or sharpies. Make sure you get a color that will show up on your mug. For example, I bought black, dark burgundy, and dark green mugs. So, I used white paint pens and copper metallic sharpies.



Next, pick out a design or saying that you know each person will love and print them out in a size that corresponds with the mug size. If you’re not the best at free handing, you can color in your design on the paper very heavily with a pencil. Then, flip it over so that it is resting against your mug and color the back even heavier with a pencil. This side doesn’t have to be neat; you just have to cover the entire design. Then you should have a light outline of your design on the mug. Depending on the glaze that was used during the kiln process, the led from the pencil may not show up as dominant as on other glazes.




Once you have your design on the mug with pencil, you can then begin to trace over it with the sharpies or paint pens. I prefer the paint pens as they show up thicker and more opaque than the sharpie. With Sharpies, you can go over them a second time if needed, but with paint pens you cannot as it will take off what you’ve already done. Weird, I know, but good to know beforehand.




Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place your mug on the rack. Let it bake for 30 minutes. This helps solidify your work and make it even more permanent. Once it’s done, take it out of the oven but be careful not to touch any of the design as it will come off when it’s fresh out of the oven.



Lastly, make sure when using these mugs that you hand wash them. The dishwasher can be too aggressive and take off some of your hard work! I gave 5 of these away this Christmas as presents and everyone loved them. They take quite a bit of time, but again it’s a super cheap way to make a more sentimental gift.


DIY of the (Holi)Day

Holiday Cheer is easy to come by, but affordable gifts aren’t as common. Not to worry, the magic of DIY can save your Holidays! This year I attempted several different creative gifts, which were a huge hit!

My first project revolved around trolls. You know, the vintage trolls you can probably find stashed in your mom’s closet from the 90’s. If your mom wasn’t as hip back in the day, you can also find these stumpy gems on eBay. They’re usually sold in lots, so you can make a ton of presents all at once for super cheap. We’re talking a lot of 10 trolls for about $6.

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The next step in this gift-giving process is to buy air plants. I purchased mine off Amazon. Again, they come in an assorted lot, some have blooms, some stand straight up, and some are various shades of green with red hues. I bought about 12 of them for around $12. Again, super affordable. That’s about 10 presents!

Air plants are insanely easy to keep alive. They survive by soaking up moisture in the air. If your plant ever looks a little dry or droopy, all you have to do is soak them in water for a minute.  Then it should be good to go for several months.


Once you have both the trolls and the air plants on hand, you’ll want to rip the hair off all the trolls. I usually take their clothes off too if they come with any. They’re cuter naked. Some older trolls have odd shaped heads when the hair is gone. For example, the head will extend up past the eyebrows. You’ll want to carefully cut the excess off with a knife.

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If the hair is glued on super tight, you  may be left with a little fuzz around the rim of the head. I disguised this with some moss that I ordered off Etsy for about $8, which I still have a bunch left over for other planting projects. I used hot glue to attach the moss.

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Lastly, just place an air plant in the opening of the head where the hair was and voila! You have a super cute troll plant! I gave them to about 15 people this Christmas and they all  were obsessed! Marking this as a DIY success for sure.