Make This:

by Kris | no responses | 1 minute read

Chilly days are easier to manage when you have a few cozy candles to light, and it’s always fun to carefully make a project by hand and then set it on fire. These hot cocoa candles are made with real cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla. The scent is authentically cocoa, with a bit of that festive holiday spicy and sweetness mixed in.

Hot Cocoa Candles

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Make This:

by Kris | one response | 1 minute read

I’ve always thought it was kind of disappointing to carefully choose or make a gift for someone, then pack it in an off-the-rack sort of gift bag. But I do love gift bags, they’re so nice for wrapping wonky things like jars of food, and such good protection for lofty hand knits. For this ombre gift wrap project I started with some gift bags that were just about as generic as they come – plain kraft paper. With just a few minutes of painting they became beautifully sparkly, and just as thoughtful as what’s inside of them.

Ombre Gift Wrap

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Pattern:

by Kris | no responses | 1 minute read

One of our all-time most popular posts is the Diagonal Basketweave Knitting Pattern. It’s been pinned thousands and thousands of times, posted by all kinds of other bloggers, and caused me to receive a lot of email and comments requesting an “in the round” version. The short answer is that this pattern just doesn’t really want work in the round. But you’ve already guessed that I wouldn’t have made a post just to tell you that. So this is a tutorial for working diagonal basketweave in the round, with a little hack to make it look really seamless.

Diagonal Basketweave In The Round

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Make This:

by Kris | no responses | 1 minute read

Garlands are one of those fun decorations that add a little extra sparkle to a party. This paper garland is made from cardstock in bright colors – it’s sturdy enough to last year after year, but inexpensive and quick enough to be disposable in case of a spill-prone guest or an overly excited hunting house cat. (I really saw that once – I was at a birthday party for two cats and they destroyed their own decorations. It’s your party and you can vault onto the mantle and untie your banner if you want to I guess.) It would also be totally reasonable to hand the stringing part of this project over to an older kid who is safe with a needle.

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Make This:

by Kris | no responses | 1 minute read

This quick and rewarding project is all about a product you’ll find in office stores (and now in the scrapbooking aisles of craft stores,) the classic shipping tag. They’re perfect to repurpose – they’re made of heavy, creamy cardstock, they have a reinforced punched hole, and come with a nice piece of sturdy string. In this project I’m turning them into notebooks and envelopes that are just right for gifting small trinkets, holding notecards, or keeping track of secrets.

Mini Envelopes and Notebooks from Shipping Tags

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Make This:

by Kris | no responses | 1 minute read

I’m a year-round lip gloss addict, but I’m even more obsessed with keeping a half dozen tubes of it in my purse when the weather gets cold and windy. I switched over to making my own diy lip gloss for a few reasons – I can control my ingredients, I don’t have to worry about a company discontinuing a favorite, and this project is really inexpensive even compared to drugstore prices (let alone my high-end taste in cosmetics!) This project is really more of a “choose your own adventure.” You can make the most classic basic or a really fancy product, it’s totally up to you. This is definitely an excellent project to keep in mind for gifting, too!

DIY Lipgloss

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Make This:

by Kris | no responses | 1 minute read

Like most people, you wear clothes with a range of different necklines – anything from a deep v-neck to a collar – and have probably had moments where the perfect necklace just didn’t want to get along with the neckline of your shirt. Since I believe that a big reason to make your own stuff is to solve these little annoying day to day problems, I worked out a fix. This convertible charm necklace and choker ensures that you can wear a wide, statement style jewelry at any length you want.

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