DIY Christmas Gifts

Yay! The holiday season quickly approached and it is time for some gift inspiration! I always have to do a few DIY gifts to keep the giving season extra fun. This year, I found myself stumped thinking of gift ideas for my future in-laws. Specifically, my fiance's mother and sister. After seeing these amazing free printables, I knew these beautiful recipe cards would be a perfect gift! AND since I would soon be joining their family, it would be special for me to give them one of my own family recipes! Honey Bee Invites created the free printable and also has the most beautiful recipe card box on their etsy shop!

Below are some inspiration photos for me to get working on this weekend!

HBI Recipe Card

HBI Recipe Card

HBI Recipe Card

HBI Recipe Card

How perfect are those cards in the wooden box? LOVE it. I also thought the cards would be cute with a cookbook, or fun cooking utensil! They have given me plenty of ideas :)

Another beautiful DIY gift I stumbled upon were these Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes. I absolutely love them! They would be a great "filler" gift for those people that you simply don't know well enough to buy for or maybe wanted to add a personal touch to a generic gift (i.e. gift card).

DIY Snow Globes

DIY Snow Globes

I  love how festive they are for the season but also can be personalized by who the recipient it! Mason Jars and fake snow are so inexpensive, and there are endless options for the trinket you add inside!

Can't wait to get started on these weekend projects!

xo,

T

weekday project: DIY glass etching

I am so excited to share this post! I did my first glass etching project and I am so happy with the results!! These will be perfect for our boat drinks this weekend and a little keepsake for us girls. They would be perfect for parties and weddings! It was just a little tedious because I am a perfectionist when it comes to crafting, but I have a couple tips to share that could make it easier in the future.

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Items:

Glass Object Armour Etch (about $8 for a small bottle @ craft store)

Masking Tape

Paintbrush

Exacto Knife

*optional: Cricut or cutting machine*

I followed this tutorial and used my cricut to cut out my desired letters. I sealed a strip of masking tape on each glass mug and taped my paper stencil on top of the strip of masking tape. Next, I used my exacto knife to cut the stencil out in the masking tape. (This was the tedious part.. in the future I will buy vinyl strips for my Cricut, then it will cut a sticker version of the stencil I want!) I left the etching paste on for 10 minutes and then put the mug under hot running water. The excess paste and tape slipped right off and that's it! I am in love!

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What do you think?

p.s. I didn't have time to order paper straws (my new obsession) from my favorite online store, Shop Sweet Lulu so I improvised. I stole a few extra wrapped straws when I was picking up takeout last night, and used paper tape (or washi tape) to add the red stripes! With that, they were perfect for Memorial Day Weekend.

xo,

T