Easy DIY Silhouette

 

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If you have a steady hand, I promise on your favorite granny that you can do this easy DIY silhouette.  I did one of each member of my family and this year, I decided to do one as a gift for my sister-in-law.  Here is my simple tutorial!

 

Supplies:

acrylic paint for silhouette in color of your choice

paint for wood canvas

 quality fine to medium-fine tipped paint brush

photograph of person you wish to paint

quality scissors

pen

sealer if desired

Steps:

1.  Take a picture of your subject’s profile, neck up against a solid background to make outlines distinct.  Take picture close enough so that there is only a slight margin around the profile.  Why?  This way when you choose the size you wish to print your picture, whatever size you enlarge it to be will also be the same size of the actual profile.  So if you need your silhouette to be a 5 by 7, if the image takes up the whole picture, you can be sure that your silhouette will be a 5 by 7 when you print if you leave only a small margin around the profile

2. Paint canvas/surface you wish to put your silhouette on if needed. I painted and distressed mine first.

3.  Take printed picture of subject’s profile and cut out slowly with a good pair of scissors to get accurately all of the lines of the profile, neck, head, etc.

3.  Lay cut out silhouette on to surface and trace.

4.  Using the acrylic paint of your choice, take your time to paint the outline steadily.  A good paint brush will make this much easier and precise.

5. Finish painting in the remaining space of the silhouette.  I typically do two coats.

6. Seal portrait if desired.

7. Say “I’m a boss!” You’re done.

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I didn’t like the above orientation so I flipped it for the final product.

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You can use this technique in a million ways including cutting out animals and people on patterned paper,  making paper silhouettes if painting them scares you.  You can silhouette just about anything and cut them out of any medium that creates clean edges.

My sis-in-law loved this gift and I loved giving it. I wrote my nephew’s full name and age on the backside for keepsake.  Pin, follow and enjoy!

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Cute Gift Packing With Spice Tea

 

I’m sure other people on planet earth drink spice tea, but I never hear anyone talk about it.  It’s a long stand by at Christmas in our family and it’s yummy in my tummy.

Right now at Target in the one spot aisle, you can get a two pack of these awesome glass milk bottles for 3 dollars.  You can also get mason jars which you saw me use in the DIY snow globe tutorial and for this gift idea here.  I wanted to stray a bit from the jars and use these bottles because they steal my heartstrings.  Milk bottles are used less than the ever popular mason jars these days.

I made the tags and embellishments using washi tape, bakers twine, scrapbook sticker letters and two paper straws from Hobby Lobby.  You can buy these straws at Mighty Dollar by the packs so I would go there.  Way better than the Hobby Lobby deal.  It would be really cute to attach a recipe card to the jar as well but hey, can win them all.

This is a cute appreciation gift for a teacher or a nice “I love you”/ “Just because” gift for a friend. Really,  it’s a nice cozy gift for anyone and they can use the jar again so double score for this awesome jar!  You can double/triple this recipe and make a few of these suckers as gifts.  There she blows, folks!

Spice Tea

1/2 c. instant tea
2 c. sugar
2 c. Tang
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pkg. lemon flavored Kool Aid
1 pack of red hots
Mix all dry ingredients well.  Use 2 rounded spoons of mixture for 1 cup of hot water or simply to taste.

 

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Gifts in Jars: DIY Mixes and Seasonings

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Do you know someone who is a mom, loves to cook, likes to eat more naturally, loves creativity, likes practical gifts, and loves to save money?  Me too, sister.  Enter this gift idea that I can’t wait to give and would love to receive.

Make knock off baking mixes/seasonings and put them packaged in cute jars.  Above I made onion soup mix in the large jar which is great for roasts.  In the smaller jar, I made Rachel Ray’s homemade taco seasoning.  It’s all of the yummy with none of the junk and preservatives that come in the pre-made packs.

I embellished the jars with washi tape a.k.a my new addiction, twine, craft paper, a chip board letter colored with a metallic pen, dye cut doilies and gift tags tucked in mini craft bags.  The recipes were written on the tags inside the bags with a gold pen.

The full recipe for the onion soup mix is shown. 5 tablespoons = 1 packet. I tripled it for this jar.  The full taco seasoning mix is not shown on the card because it’s two sided so don’t make it how you see it here.  You’ll be bummed.  See that recipe here.

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Love A Mom-To-Be From Afar: Baby Shower In A Box

 

If my love for creative gift ideas and my love for my friends had a baby, it would be this idea:  Baby Shower In A Box.  As you get older and your friends scatter, it’s hard to get to them for all of the big events in life.  I recently had a friend who was adopting a baby girl and the problem was, she lived in a different city but I still wanted to do something special for her.  My idea for a baby shower in a box was born when I thought, “How neat would it be to send to her what I can’t do in person?  I’ll send her a party to her door!  Her own baby shower!”

Thus, I present to you the idea of planning and creating a party for someone that you pack and ship right to your loved one’s door!  You can make it any theme and in any price range.  I promise that you will be the only one giving them this gift.  It’s sort of a double gift:  a party and the gifts for the party.

Special thanks to Joel Ham Photography for making my idea come to life in these beautiful photos.  Check them out on Facebook and on their personal site.

Here’s a look at what I created:

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This is a baby I borrowed, along with a box I bought and embellished.  Using scrapbook paper, chalkboard stickers, and an oil-based Sharpie, I made this “Baby Shower In A Box” label.  I will wrap the front in packing tape when it’s shipped so it will be delivered with this on the front!

 

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When she opens the box, the first thing she will see is this handmade invitation I made to match the decor for the front of the box.

 

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What’s in the box?  Well, a whole shower so…

  • An invitation
  • Cake mix and icing to make the shower treat with her son
  • Paper goods:  napkins and plates
  • A helium balloon that will pop-up when the box is opened
  • Gifts:  a dress for later, a onesie for now, and a headband to grow with her
  • Party Game with a game prize AKA a treat just for the mom
  • Big Bro Bag because you can’t forget the older sibling(s) while showering the new little squirt
  • Something for the nursery.  I ordered the print shown from Mandipity on Etsy.

 

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What’s in the bag?  For the sibling bag I just put in a bunch of cheap thrills:  bath bombs, Ninja Turtle cup, Ninja Turtle bubble wand, M & M tube, and a party of pack of glow stick glasses and wands.  If the bag is for a little girl you could include: nail polish, pink cookies, glitter pens, plastic tiara, or one of the many paperbooks about being a big sister.  Lots of popular characters that both boys and girls love have cute books on becoming a big sister/brother.

If you want to go all Martha on the bags, check out my post on Big Sister Bags and Busy Bags for Toddlers for more specific bags that will really make a mom cry tears of jubilee.  You can do these for yourself pre-baby to build in a little sanity for after the baby comes.  Hey, if no one sends you a bag to busy your kids, by all means, be your own hero.

 

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How did I make the box that holds the prize? I took a plain white gift card box from Hobby Lobby and embellished it to match my party theme. Using washi tape, a doily die cut and a chalkboard sticker, this little box became my favorite party detail.  And just for all you curious cats, the prize was a gift card to Starbucks for the mom because EVERY mom needs a little Star-cation.

 

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One small detail you might have overlooked is the doily banner strung on twine across the backdrop.  That actually coordinates with the whole theme and will be sent in the box as more of the “party decorations”.  A banner can be personalized and used in the nursery or can be pulled back out and used it at their first birthday party.  It’s a sentimental touch and I’m a sucker for that.

If you want to add a few pieces that are personal to your special celebration, yet doesn’t require a crafty hand, the home decor space within Shutterfly has everything from custom art, plates, and pillows.  I love the chalkboard pillow or woodgrain monogram pillow print for a nursery I also adore the personalized placemats for kids as a big sibling gift.

 

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This gift is creative, personal, thoughtful, and has more possibilities than the Powerball.  It’s for any person, for any party, for any celebration! Now that’s versatile! You don’t have to be close to a friend to be a part of the experience.  Pin, share and enjoy!

 

Cheap Kid Fun: Water Gems

 

These little guys are not only cheap, but super fun to play with.  They are like a sensory explosion of jubilation and glee.  Now that’s a commercial. I, however, am not being paid by Water Gems. (sobbing sounds)

One pack of water gems makes roughly one billion gems.  You can find them in floral department of most stores. I got mine at Michael’s for 2.99 a pack before discount.  Don’t forget to slap a Hobby Lobby 40% coupon off your phone on those Michael’s prices as they accept their coupons for anything.  That makes the price even more reasonable.  ORRRRR buy them on Amazon in loads of colors for half of that price with free shipping.  Good ole, Amazon.  They didn’t pay me to say that either. (sniffling and nose wiping)

My kids love these and water gems are easy to mail and break up into Ziploc bags to send to your friend’s kids from a far.  Nothing like a good cheap thrill.  These are a great non-toy gift idea that you can package and pair a million ways.

Water gems are slippery, bouncy, colorful and truly, hard to keep your hands off of.  They truly beckon you back to keep running your hands through them.

 

How to:

Put 1/4 to a 1/2 a pack in the bottom of a pitcher and add approximately a half gallon of water and watch them grow as they absorb the water. In about 2 hours of less, they are marble size and ready for some squishy slippin’!  Put them in a Tupperware when you are done and they will keep.  Re-hydrate them with water if they start to shrink or simply store them with water in the container.

You’re welcome and pin me! Pinterest did pay me to say that.  Or maybe not…..

 

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Growing….

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Full grown!  Just look at them glisten just waiting for a good squishing and swirling!

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 Add some spoons and scoops and let them have it at it.  They are really fun if they fall on the floor cause they are really easy to pick up.  Just kidding.  On that note, you can also fill a tote with them outside and let them play in them or, if you are feeling fun, let them get inside with the water gems!

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A Non-Toy Gift for Babies and Young Children

Everyone knows I love a non-toy gift.  For this gift, I used a dollar spot pail from Target with 2 dollar tissue paper.  Love the pails…also not a surprise.  This gift was for baby Naomi who just turned one and sometimes, gifts for one year olds can be tricky to buy so when buying for little ones who are too young to truly care either way, I think of their mom instead.

Naomi’s mom loves walking around Target and, who doesn’t really?  They have toys, clothes, everything a one year old could want or need sooooooo….

I bought these Target gift card tokens that I put on my stocking stuffer gift list last year.  You can pick the dollar amount that goes on each coin and they are fun for bigger kids to receive to spend on their own AND fun looking little ones AND fun spending for a mom who can pick out what their kid really needs or wants.   I put them in this little pail with a tag embellished with a foam letter with the baby’s first initial and wah-lah!

Most people don’t know about the coin gift cards so they are a hit! They are more unique than regular gift cards but still just as practical.  Give it to a one year old, give it to a 7 year old.  Put them in an Easter basket, stuff them in a stocking, give them for a birthday gift, hide them in your purse as a reward for your child and let them spend a coin or two on your next errand. You will love this little unconventional perfect gift.  Pin and enjoy!

 

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Creative Wedding Shower Gift

If you are getting married, you will get this from me.  When you are newlyweds, you usually have everything you want for the house but not that much cash in the bank.  I came up with this gift and this little phrase that I put on a pre-cut card stock tag that I mounted on a place card holder and put in a tin from the dollar store.  Date night wedding gift!  Everyone is happy!  I put a gift card with restaurant options on it inside and a gift certificate to a local chocolate shop here in town that I adore that the couple has never been to.  There are TONS of variations on this gift and million dollar store containers to do them in.  I love a good creative and practical gift and I will put more of these up cause I love giving gifts!  Here are all of my gift  ideas here, here, here, and here.

 

This is packaged really casual because it was for a girl’s night shower outdoors.  I was really pressed for time so it’s a little sloppy (Sorry, Erin!) but I will put up more polished ones later.  Promise!  Pin and enjoy!

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Birthday Gifts for Kids that aren’t Toys

You know ALL those toys your kids have that they have played with once?  They get gobs of exciting toys at their party and play with them for a short time and then they’re yours to store.  Good luck.  You have two options:  have a big house or know how to get rid of clutter.  When I go to birthday parties, Eden brings non-toy gifts about 95 percent of the time.  It’s something much more practical to do, fun for the child, and something a parent can really appreciate.   Here are some ideas and some of the gifts that we like to give.

 

1.  Gift card to self-serve yogurt shop.  A small gift card gives several visits which can all be used for the child, their siblings, and maybe the whole family.  It’s a special treat, a fun trip, and they will love getting to build their ice cream/yogurt and pick all their toppings.  This can be packaged in really cute ways.

2.  A balloon filled with a dollar for each year of their life that they have to pop.  Even young children know that cash money means you get what you want!

3.  For a toddler, buy a bunch of carousel tokens from the mall and package them by wrapping the coins in a tiny box and using them as a balloon weight to a bundle of birthday balloons.

4.  For a little girl, get a gift card to a spa that offers children’s chairs and pedi/manis.  She can take a friend along or do it as something special with a mom or sister.  She will remember this forever unlike a toy.

5.  Passes to a zoo or children’s museum.  If you know the parent’s well and live within an hour of one of these locations, this is a gift that many won’t mind driving for if there aren’t zoos or museums in their hometown.  It’s active, stirs the imagination, and gets the whole family going.

6.  Gift card to a painting place.   Again, they can do this with friends or family and use their imagination picking and painting their own pottery.

7.  Gift certificate for bowling, putt-putt, ice skating, go karting, or roller skating.  Get them out of the house and active, doing something they only do maybe once or twice a year at best.

8.  Do your research on your hometown and see what’s offered locally.  Where I live you can go on cave tours, boat cave tours, butterfly gardens, zip lining (offers a course for children),  and horseback riding which is offered in most towns. Buy them a gift certificate to do some of what makes your city special. Let a little one get to know what’s neat about their town and get them experiencing new things!

9.  If you are going to a summer party, buy a pass to a local or near by water park or amusement park if it’s offered near your town.  Have your child give the gift and package it with flip flops or sunglasses in a confetti filled cellophane bag with a tag that says “A day at the water park with me!”

10.  If you can’t attend a party for a toddler or young child but want to do something special for them, go to Baskin Robbins and get one of their classic clown ice cream cones made up with their favorite ice cream.  Grad a balloon or two and stop by their house with their clown cone.  They will be excited for the unexpected surprise and yummy, personalized treat!

11.  Give a gift card to a play place where they can run, jump, and slide no matter the time of year or weather!

12.  This one I did just last week.  I bought two one dollar stinkin’ cute pails from the one spot aisle at Target and filled it with tokens to Chuckie Cheese.  The party was for twins so I bought 150 coins and split 75 in each pail which is 75 games and or rides/kids.  This means they will get more than one trip from the gift.  The coins were tucked inside in a Chuckie Cheese coin cup that I put down in a clear bag tied with decorative ribbon.  I topped with it tissue paper and made a little tags and gave one out of the box fun gift.  Look how cute!  (minus the rubber step stool they’re sitting on….)

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Chuckie Cheese token filled pails. PIN ME!

Fun to receive, fun to get gifts that require activity, encourage family fun, and ones you will NEVER have to store….except in your memory box in your head.  All the moms will think you are one smart cookie and the kids will have something as unique as them and something tailored to what they already like or a chance to try something new!

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