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Are you feeling the holiday pressure? Do you need some gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Look no further! Sheri has got you covered with 15 easy DIY projects that are sure to impress your friends and family. From book cover notebooks to pet-themed wood block crafts, there’s something for everyone on your list.
In this article, we’ll highlight a few of Sheri’s creative and humorous DIY ideas. Get ready to impress your loved ones with your crafting skills and sense of humor. So grab your hot glue gun and let’s get started!
- Create unique and personalized gifts with DIY book cover notebooks and printable fabric sachets.
- Upcycle thrift store finds with a retro sugar frosted pillar candle and a jewelry box makeover.
- Show your love for pets with pet-themed wood block and fabric crafts.
DIY Book Cover Notebooks
For those who love to read, a personalized notebook with their favorite book cover image is a thoughtful and unique gift idea. This DIY project is easy and affordable, requiring only notebooks or planners from the dollar store and printed book cover images.
To create the notebook cover, find and print out book cover images in the size to fit the notebook using a sizing app like Print to Size. Cut out the image and use Mod Podge to attach it to the front of the notebook. For added durability, apply a protective topcoat.
For a more personalized touch, add a label inside the front cover or choose a notebook with a color that matches the book cover image. Sanding the notebook cover before attaching the image can help the paper adhere better.
This project is so easy and fun that even viewers like Karen Hood have made their own versions of it using miniature composition notebooks from the dollar store.
So, why not give this DIY project a try and create a unique notebook for your loved ones?
Hanging Dish Towel Craft
Looking for a creative way to add some personality to your kitchen? Look no further than this easy hanging dish towel craft! Simply follow these steps:
- Cut a rectangle of fabric about 10 inches long and 5 inches wide.
- Fold the edges over and either hot glue or sew them in place.
- Iron on two strips of velcro, one at each end of the rectangle about an inch and a half from the end.
- Fold your dish towel in half lengthwise and make a crease along that middle line.
- Fold the two sides of the towel over to the back until they meet at that crease line.
- Keeping the sides folded to the back, fold the towel in half lengthwise, making the front half about a half an inch longer than the back half.
- Create pleats along the top edge of your towel by folding the fabric back and forth in your fingers while pinching the pleats together.
- Take one end of your fabric rectangle and wrap it around the pleats and then hot glue it in place.
- Glue the sides of the towel to the fabric rectangle and then glue along the back pleats and finally glue along the front pleats.
- Dress the towel up with buttons and rick rack if desired.
And there you have it! A simple and stylish way to keep your dish towels within arm’s reach. Plus, it makes for a great gift idea for your friends and family who love to cook. So go ahead and give it a try – your kitchen will thank you!
Printable Fabric Sachet
Looking for a fun and easy DIY gift idea? Look no further than a printable fabric sachet! Simply tape a piece of lightweight cotton fabric to a piece of card stock and print images onto the fabric using your printer. Cut out the images and attach two pieces of fabric together to create a small pillow using hot glue. Add your favorite essential oil to pillow stuffing and place it inside the sachet before hot gluing the fourth edge together. For a finishing touch, add some little embellishments like bows or jingle bells.
This project is perfect for anyone who loves their pets. Print out a picture of your pet on regular copy paper and apply mod podge to the back of the image. Adhere the image to a house-shaped wood block and smooth out any wrinkles. For a finishing touch, add a little collar ribbon or bell. Alternatively, print out the image of just the animal’s head on a small piece of fabric and create a stuffed animal head by outlining the image with hot glue and filling it with pillow stuffing. Add a strip of ribbon around the animal’s neck to create the illusion of a collar.
Looking for a way to dress up an old thrift store jewelry box? Spray paint the box with a few coats of white chalk paint and distress the edges with sandpaper. Apply a coat of clear wax and replace the handles on the little drawers. Trace around a Christmas village house on the top of the jewelry box and apply hot glue to the bottom of the house before lining it up with the pencil markings. Paint the house with a coat of the same white chalk paint and sprinkle fake snow on while the glue is still hot. Glue on small trees and animals and sprinkle fake snow at the base of each. Brush a little mod podge in a few spots on the roof and sprinkle on some iridescent glitter. Insert a string of fairy lights through the hole in the back of the house and hot glue the battery pack to the back of the jewelry box.
Create an easy hanging dish towel by folding a scrap of fabric and either hot gluing or sewing the edges in place. Iron on two strips of velcro and fold the towel in half lengthwise, making the front half slightly longer than the back half. Create pleats along the top edge of the towel by folding the fabric back and forth in your fingers while pinching the pleats together. Wrap one end of a fabric rectangle around the pleats and hot glue it in place. Dress the towel up with buttons and rick rack if desired.
Looking for a unique notebook or planner cover? Find and print out book cover images from your recipient’s favorite books and use mod podge to attach them to the front of your notebook. Apply a protective top coat for added durability. For a secret diary, add a label to the inside front cover. These make great gifts and stocking stuffers that your friends and family will love.
Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeover
Looking for a fun and unique way to dress up an old jewelry box? Look no further than this simple DIY project! With just a few supplies and a little creativity, you can transform an old thrift store jewelry box into a charming and festive decoration for your home.
To get started, you’ll need an old jewelry box (which you can find at most thrift stores for just a few dollars), some white chalk paint, and a few other basic supplies. First, remove the handles from the drawers and spray the entire box with three coats of white chalk paint. Once the paint is dry, use 220-grit sandpaper to lightly distress the edges and apply a coat of clear wax to protect the finish.
Next, trace the outline of a small Christmas village house onto the top of the jewelry box using a pencil. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the bottom of the house and line it up with the pencil markings on the jewelry box. Paint the house with a coat of white chalk paint to match the box, and sprinkle fake snow around the base of the house while the glue is still hot.
To finish the project, add a few small trees and animals to the scene and sprinkle fake snow around their bases as well. Brush a little mod podge onto the roof of the house and sprinkle on some iridescent glitter for a touch of sparkle. Finally, insert a string of fairy lights through the hole in the back of the house and hot glue the battery pack to the back of the jewelry box.
With just a little time and effort, you can create a beautiful and unique decoration that is sure to impress your friends and family. So why wait? Head to your local thrift store today and start hunting for the perfect jewelry box to transform!
Pet-Themed Wood Block and Fabric Crafts
In this section, Sheri shares some easy DIY projects that are perfect for pet lovers. These projects are simple to make and make great gifts for friends and family.
One of the projects involves creating a house-shaped wood block with a picture of the pet on it. To make this, one needs to print out a picture of the pet on regular copy paper and apply mod podge to the wood block and to the back of the image. After adhering the two together, cut off the excess paper and smooth the edges with sandpaper. To protect the image, apply another coat of mod podge to the top and add a little collar ribbon or bell for a finishing touch.
Another fun project is creating a small animal head pillow. To make this, print out the image of just the animal’s head on a small piece of fabric and cut out a second piece of fabric the same size. Place the image face down on the surface and outline it with a small thread of hot glue. Then press the second piece of fabric into the hot glue and leave the neck side open. Fill the animal head about halfway full of pillow stuffing and apply hot glue to the end of a pen or pencil and insert it into the animal head. Add additional hot glue to the inside of the animal head, gluing the bottom edges of the fabric to the side of the pen. Finally, glue a strip of ribbon around the animal’s neck to hide the end of the fabric and to create the illusion of a collar.
These pet-themed crafts are not only easy to make, but they also make great gifts for pet lovers. Give them a try and see how much fun you can have creating unique and personalized gifts for your loved ones.
Retro Sugar Frosted Pillar Candles
If you grew up in the 70s, you might remember these sugar frosted pillar candles. In a recent video, a viewer asked the host to try to duplicate them, and she was up for the challenge.
To make these candles, the host bought three pillar candles from the Dollar Tree and printed out three vintage images in sizes to fit the candles. She then applied Mod Podge both to the jar and to the back of the image and adhered the two together, smoothing out any wrinkles.
The host considered several options for frosting the glass jars but settled on regular table salt and sugar as being the most similar to the original 1970s candles. She brushed on Mod Podge hard coat to the outside of the first candle and then rolled it in a pan of table salt. However, she was disappointed to discover that the salt stuck on thicker in some spots and not at all in other spots.
So, she decided to try sugar on the second candle. After applying a coat of the Mod Podge hard coat to the outside of the glass jar, she rolled it in the pan in the same way. The result was much better, and the sugar stuck on more evenly.
Overall, these retro sugar frosted pillar candles are a fun DIY project for anyone looking to add a bit of nostalgia to their home decor.