Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Beach Bum

December 13, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Got someone on your list who can’t wait to ditch the parka and don a bikini? These handmade beach themed gift ideas are sure to get them dreaming of warmer days!

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

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1. Sea life Canvas Art – Spruce up your Beach Bum’s walls with some easy DIY sea life wall art.

2. DIY Beach Bag Tote – This great tutorial will have you churning out beach bags in no time… and really, who couldn’t use another beach bag?

3. Beach Decor Wooden Paddle – Turn your favorite Beach Bum’s house into beach chic with this charming Paddle.

4. Ombre Beach Inspired Pillows – More fabulous beach decor, with a tutorial to show you how to make these gorgeous ombre pillows.

5. DIY Flip Flops – Turn a pair of ordinary flip flops into something special… perfect for long walks on the beach.

6. DIY Ombre Straw Hat – Help protect your beach bum from harmful rays, by looking stylish at the same time.

7. Rope Knot Headband – This nautical inspired headband makes a cute gift for the beach bum in your life.

8. Pelican Sign – This adorable sign is sure to have your beach bum dreaming about the sea.

9. Beach Towel With Pockets – Help your beach bum keep track of beach essentials — sunscreen, novels, flip-flops — by sinking them in a corner pocket.

10. Fish Sculpture Wall Art – A great accessory for any home with a tropical, Beach, or Coastal Theme.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our last Handmade Gift Guide of the season… and everyone’s favorite: Gifts from the kitchen!

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Handmade Ornament Inspiration

December 12, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Who doesn’t love a handmade ornament? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that are sure to get your home in the festive spirit.

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Holly & Berries | Stamped Fabric Trees | Wooden Snow People | Grizzly Bear | Salt Dough Ornaments | Felt & Fabric Owl | Pom Pom Ornaments | Washi Tape Ornaments | Linen Stars

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Ski Bunny

December 12, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Today’s handmade gift guide is for the ski bunny who likes to hit the slopes, sip après ski cocktails and still look stylish for a night out on the town!

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

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1. Striped Cotton Cowl – Help keep your ski bunny warm and stylish with a cozy knit cowl.

2. Fingerless Gloves – These fingerless gloves are a super easy project. Made from sleeves of a sweater so no knitting involved.

3. Sweater Pillows – Another easy gift idea involving sweaters. These cozy pillows will help your ski bunny relax after a long day on the slopes.

4. DIY Coffee Cozy – Say goodbye to those cardboard coffee shop cozies with this easy DIY version.

5. Winter Ski Weekend Print – This charming, winter holiday, ski-themed illustration, would make a great addition to your favorite ski bunny’s lodge.

6. Peppermint Stick Cocoa – Warm up your ski bunny with this yummy homemade peppermint hot chocolate.

7. Fire starter Kit – Who doesn’t love warming up in front of a fire on those long winter nights? This fires tarter kit makes it a snap to get that fire going so you can warm up even quicker!

8. DIY Faux fur bracelet – Vintage buttons accent this easy faux fur braclet making a stylish accessory for your ski bunny apré ski.

9. Country Cottage Socks – Theses cozy socks are perfect for lazing around the house on snowy days.

10. Eat Sleep Ski Sign – This vintage-style wood sign would make a gorgeous addition to any ski bunny’s home.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Beach Bum.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Book Lover

December 11, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Do you have a friend who feels at home among the library stacks, who appreciates the smell of an old bound novel, and who even has a favorite literary figure? Then you’ve got a book lover on your hands! Here’s a selection of handmade gift ideas sure to put a smile on their face.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

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1. Personalized Bookplate – Help your book lover keep track of all the books in their home library with a personalized bookplate.

2. Hand drawn mug – Perfect mug for your literary friends with a good sense of humor.

3. DIY Piggy Bank Bookends – A fresh coat of paint on some recycled children’s piggy banks, or toys make stylish bookends.

4. Beautiful DIY Succulent Book Planters – Transform old books into beautiful planters for succulents.

5. Tea & Books illustration print – This illustrated quote from C.S. Lewis would make the perfect addition to any book lover’s home.

6. Magnetic Bookmark – Make sure your book lover never looses their place again, with a handy magnetic bookmark.

7. Handmade Journal – Give your book lover a hand bound book, a place to dump down their thoughts and express their emotions… or even just write their grocery list.

8. Graphic Stenciled Pillow – Take your book lover’s favorite quote and stencil it on to a handmade pillow, for a very personal gift.

9. Reversible Book Bag – A book lover can never have too many book bags, and this great tutorial gives you too bags in one, with it’s unique reversible pattern.

10. Re-purposed Book Shelves – Re-purpose old books into cute shelves perfect for the home of a book lover.

Be sure to check back tomorrow as we continue our series of Handmade Gift Guides. Tomorrow: Gifts for Ski Bunny.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Pet Lover

December 10, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Bring a smile to the pet lover in your life with a handmade gift that celebrates the special connection between them and their furry four-legged friends.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

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1. DIY Etched Glass Treat Jars – Give your pet lover somewhere stylish to store all their yummy treats. These etched glass treat jars are easier then you might think.

2. Image Transfer Bag – Transferring an image to fabric is easy, and once you know how the possibilities are endless.

3. Pet Pillows – These cute pet pillows are simply photos printed on white canvas. Then just cut out the rough shape, sew around the edge leaving room to stuff. Then stuff and whip-stich the whole. Easy-peasy and your pet-loving friend will adore the personalized touch.

4. Homemade Dog Treats – Knowing what goes into our pets is important, so why not make homemade treats!

5. Pet Pouches – Make sure your pet lover never forgets their doggy bag at home. These little pouches fit perfectly on any collar.

6. Sardine Cat Nip Toys – Forget plastic balls and cheap mouse toys, these handmade cat nip sardines are so much cuter!

7. DIY Pet Shampoo – Make sure your pets are clean and smelling fresh for the holidays, with this homemade pet shampoo, and they’ll be sure to reward you with lots of cuddles.

8. Tattooed “Mom” Dog Sweater – Let your pooch show he loves you by wearing his heart on his sleeve, or err… back, with this adorable sweater.

9. Personalized Pet Bowls – Show your furry friends how much you love them with elegantly personalized food and water bowls.

10. Personalized Dog Bone Ornament – These personalized ornaments make a lovely decoration for any Christmas Tree.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more great ideas as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for the Book Lover.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Gardener

December 7, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, Gardening

Help your favourite green-thumb kill time until the spring thaw with these gorgeous gardening gift ideas.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

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1. Peas on Earth Print – I’m smitten with these adorable vegetable prints. Check out the Etsy shop for other fruits and veggies, if peas aren’t your thing.

2. Neon Dipped Pots – A gardener can never have too many flower pots, and what a great way to add a splash of color.

3. Gardener’s Apron – Practical yet pretty. Give your favorite gardener a handy apron to help hold tools, gloves, and seeds as they get down and dirty.

4. Seed Bombs – Seed Bombs are a great way to spread the love, and the flowers. Simply mix together clay, dirt and seeds, roll into balls and let dry. Then package up with a little note.

5. Flower Arranging Kit – Your favorite gardener will appreciate a kit for arranging flowers, especially flowers from their own garden. Pack all the essentials inside a jar that’s attractive enough to double as a vase.

6. Seed Packets – These adorable seed packets are available as a free download. Simply pick your favorite colored paper, print, and fill with seeds.

7. DIY Garden Markers – Sure most green-thumbs will be able to tell you what’s what just by looking at their garden, but theses are just so darn cute who wouldn’t want to have a set?

8. Spray Painted Watering Can – Brighten up an old watering can with a simple coat of paint. Who says the flowers have to be the only thing colourful?

9. Gardener’s Soap – Anyone who’s spent much time in a garden can tell you just how dirty you can get. So why not give your favorite gardener some beautiful handmade soaps to help clean and nourish their hands after a long day in the garden.

10. Bee and Insect Hotel – Get their garden buzzing with this great bug house. Perfect for solitary bees such as Mason Bees, which are excellent for pollinating in the garden, helping to increase fruit yields.

Don’t forget to check back on Monday for more great ideas as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series.

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Christmas Photo Booth Props – Free Printable

December 6, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, Free Stuff

Every good party needs a photo booth, and props are a great way to make sure your guests cut loose and get silly. Simply print these patterns, glue them to foam core, cut them out with an exacto knife, and add a stick! Then you and your friends can get snapping! Happy Holidays!

*** UPDATE ***
A friendly reader just noticed that the ‘Naughty’ & ‘Nice’ arrows were missing from the original pdf. This has now been updated. Thanks Jenni!

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Materials:
8.5×11 paper
Dowels
Foam core
Spray Adhesive
Exacto Knife
Tape

Step 1: Click here to download the free printable and print out pictures of the props.

Step 2: Spray each piece with spray adhesive and mount to the foam core.

Step 3: Using an exacto knife cut out the shapes of the props.

Step 4: Tape the dowel to the backside of the prop.

Step 5: Get Snapping!

Happy Holidays from TalkCraftyToMe.com

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Handyman

December 6, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Today’s Handmade Gift Guide is for that special someone who’s always puttering around looking for that next DIY project. The handyman, who can hang a picture, fix a sink and everything in-between.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

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1. DIY Typographic Wall Art – Spruce up their garage, studio or workshop with a personalized wooden intial.

2. Hardware Coat Rack – Give your handyman and handy place to hang their coat.

3. Re-useable Beer Carton – Reward your special handyman with a cold beer and a stylish reusable beer crate.

4. DIY Lamp – This industrial style lamp would be a great addition to any workshop.

5. Peg Board Organizer – Who couldn’t use some help staying organized? This peg board organizer is just the ticket to make sure your handyman never misplaces a tool again.

6. Vintage Style Letterpress Wall Art – Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey… Stylish wall art for your handyman.

7. Chalkboard Mail Organizer – Another great way to help your handyman stay organized.

8. Concrete Book Ends – These personalized bookends have a great raw look to them and are easy to make.

9. Nature inspired iPhone Dock – Modern technology meets nature, with this iPhone Dock.

10. Industrial Side Tables – Build these attractive industrial side tables for a modern look at an affordable price.

Check back on tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Gardener.

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9 Candy Cane Crafts

December 5, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

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Nothing say “Holidays” quite like candy canes! Not only are they perfect for all sorts of sweet treats, but they can also be used in festive craft projects that will bring the holiday spirit in your house or make great gifts.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Homebody

December 5, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Today’s Handmade Gift Guide is for those friends of ours who don’t need to venture too far, but instead prefer to curl up on the couch with a cup of something warm and enjoy the comforts of home. Give your homebody something to make the home they already love even more special.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

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1. Porcelain Pen Mugs – Plain white mugs get a make over. One of the easiest projects around, simply doodle your design with a porcelain pen then bake in the oven.

2. Domestic Trophies – A new and playful spin on an old tradition.

3. Nature Inspired Vase – Use your printer and different types of transfer paper to embellish everything from fabric to furniture.

4. COZY Scrabble Pillows – Make your favorite Homebody’s home even cozier with these cute scrabble pillows.

5. Striped Cardigan – Help that special someone keep warm on these cold winter nights with a comfy yet stylish cardigan.

6. Knit Teapot Cosy – Make tea time a little more enjoyable with a knit cosy to keep your teapot warm.

7. Paint Chip Wall Art – You don’t have to be able to draw or paint to create stylish wall art. Spruce up with walls of someone’s home with this easy piece made from paint chips.

8. Chunky Knit Throw – Giving something hand knit is always special, and this beautiful chunky throw would be a perfect addition to any living home.

9. DIY Chevron Rug – Turn a cheap Ikea rug into something special, by coordinating it with your Homebody’s decor.

10. Very Fine House Art Print – This cute little print would make a lovely addition to a kitchen, foyer, fireplace, or family room.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Handyman.

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