12.03.2013

Easy DIY Christmas gifts for mom.

This morning I was on FOX 45 explaining some great DIY mom gifts for the holidays. Here's the segment and a how to below. ENJOY!



Okay, so here's the deal. I am a total crafter, at least when I am at home and alone,  able to yell whatever I want when I hot glue my fingers together.

I am also in love with the concept of homemade Christmas gifts. They are so thoughtful and did I mention cheap? Compared to store bought gifts, anyway. Not to mention that the best way to see tears is to create something with love. So naturally,  I combed the internet for gifts that moms would actually like, and these are the two gifts that I came across, and the tweaked a little just to make them my own.

The first project I chose were super cute  DIY Photo Coasters.

                                                                    Materials:

                                          -4x4 ceramic tiles (you can find these at the local hardware store)
                                          -Photos printed into a square (I used Instagram photos from my phone, and had them printed at Walgreens)
                                         -Modge Podge glossy
                                         -Felt
                                         -paintbrush





 
First you take your tile and apply a thin coat of Modge Podge all over including the edges. This is creating a base for the photo to stick to.
 

 
Then you stick your photo on the tile (I didn't get a photo of this step). And cover the photo edge to edge with a layer of Modge Podge, being careful of brush strokes. Let dry for 20 minutes then Repeat.
 
You can do up to 5 coats, which is what I did, since these will be exposed to liquids. Let dry, then flip over and hot glue felt onto the corners to prevent slipping and scratching.

 

 
 
 
Let them cure for 24 hours before using, and VOILA! You have adorable photo coasters!
 
 
For the next gift, I found this simple easy way to doll up a regular vanilla candle for the holidays with Cinnamon.  And let me tell you, my life weakness is yummy smelling candles, so I just had to try them, because hello...cinnamon vanilla. Amiright?  
 
Materials:
 
-Vanilla PILLAR candle
-hot glue gun
-scissors or knife
-Cinnamon sticks
-Burlap string or Twine
 
 
 
First cut the Cinnamon Sticks to the height of the candle. This was by far the hardest step.  I used 10' Cinnamon sticks and it would have MUCH easier to use a 10' candle. Oh well, lessons learned.


  
                                    Then you will take each Cinnamon stick and hot glue it to the pillar candle. Continue this as you move and cover the entire diameter of the candle.

 
Once your candle is covered with the hot glued Cinnamon sticks. Take your string (or twine) and cut it so you can wrap it 3 times around the candle to further secure the Cinnamon Sticks.
 
REMEMBER: THE STRING IS A VITAL STEP, BECAUSE AS THE CANDLE BURNS, THE HOT GLUE WILL MELT, AND THE STRING WILL BE THE ONLY THING SECURING THE CINNAMON STICKS TO THE CANDLE.
 
Also remember, always use candles with caution, away from flammable objects and within supervision. It is recommended that you frequently check the cinnamon sticks and string to make sure that they aren't in danger of catching fire.

 
And there you have a perfectly delicious smelling, rustic inspired candle! Just don't forget to burn it on a decorative plate or dish, to prevent fire hazards and wax spillage!
 
Happy Holidays!

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