Sunday, December 15, 2013

25 days of Christmas DIY: Day 14

White Elephant Gift Games!

Ever get tired of white elephant secret Santa?  This is a great way to disperse the great wealth of presents.

Every on starts with their original gift on their lap.  Then you get a hat or a bag with different instructions and pass them around.

Some examples of this is to pass your presents to the left.  Trade with the youngest. Trade with the person with the longest hair.  Trade with the person who is more likely to be in a scifi movie.  Trade with the person who is most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse.  The list goes on and on!  Be creative!

25 days of DIY Christmas: Day 13

Tis the time of year for cooking and I have a great recipe for you!  Wild rice soup!  This is not the creamy kind, but lighter fare.

Here is the recipe:

2 quarts chicken broth
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 cup dry white wine or additional chicken broth
3 cups cooked wild rice
2 cups cubed cooked chicken

1. Combine the first 9 ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, after that let simmer for 30-45 mins.
2. Stick your chicken in the oven to bake at 400.
3. Start cooking your rice.
4. Melt butter and combine with flour in a bowl.
5. Add flour mixture to broth and mix in with wisk.
6. Bring to boil.
7. Add soup and wine to broth. Mix well.
8. Add rice and chicken and let simmer.  Cool slightly to serve.

25 days of DIY Christmas: Day 12

So I am posting days 12-15 late.  Sorry it is finals week and my anniversary.

Today I am going to take a break from DIYing to talk about another ways to save for Christmas.  Are you ready?  Here it comes!

Buy your decorations at a thrift store like Goodwill, or Savers!  I found a ton of cute stuff there this year!  Lots of wall hanging stuff.

I hope this helps!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

25 days of DIY Christmas: Day 11

For all of you ice cream lovers--ornaments!

Cut a cone out of a grocery paper bag:

Tape together.

Crumple tissue paper and sew together.

Attach to cone.

Add loop.


25 Days of DIY Christmas: Day 10

Crochet Snowflakes!

Follow the steps in this video to get these snowflakes!

25 days of DIY Christmas: Day 9

Crochet Star Ornament! (10 mins or less)

Use the pattern found here.

Your finished pattern should look like this
Add a loop and your done!

Monday, December 9, 2013

25 days of DIY Christmas: Day 8

This activity cost me $0.49 and was a lot of fun!  You can easily give this as a gift if you include some coco or cider.

Design Your Own Mug!

What you need:
Plain ceramic mug

Draw your desired design on a your mug with a sharpie.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 mins.

Enjoy your new mug!

Sunday, December 8, 2013


Due to fatigue I will not be posting today, but I do have a post in progress and will be posting two posts tomorrow! :)

I will leave you with this quote: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!” 
― C.S. LewisThe Last Battle

Saturday, December 7, 2013

25 days of DIY Christmas: Day 7

First of all Thank You to all of our veterans, especially if you served in Pearl Harbor.

Today we are staying in the world of felt--it is incredibly inexpensive and has so many uses.

Felt Mitten Ornaments:

What you need:
Felt Scraps
Embroidery thread

Cut out two small mitten shapes from felt.

Blanket stitch across the top of one mittens.
If you do not know how to click here.

Then add 2 inches, or 4-5cm, of thread and start on the top of second mitten.

Now you can sew buttons on your mitten or embroider.  I did two different patterns to mix it up.

Proceed to put the thumbs of the mittens together.  Make two small--try to make them invisible--stitches.

You can now hang it on the tree!

Friday, December 6, 2013

25 Days of Christmas DIY: Day 6

Ice Skating!  Make adoreable skate ornaments!

What you need:
Felt--I get mine at Michaels for 0.29 a sheet
White yarn or string
#1 paper clip
Yarn Needle

Estimated time: 10 mins

Cut out a small boot shape that fits the length of the paperclip.  
Make sure that the bottom of the boot is cut on a fold.  
It will look like this

fold back together

Sew the sides and the top of the boot together, but leave the bottom unsewn.

Next add the "blade."

Finally use a yarn needle to add the laces and the hanger.

That's all folks!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

25 Days of Christmas DIY: Day 5

One of my favourite memories from growing up is when Mom took me to see the Nutcracker.  It was what started my longish journey into dance.  Today we are going to be making a Sugar Plum Fairy mobile for your dining room.

ng Needle

First go into Microsoft Word and print out this clip art.  Make it as large as possible to fit on one page. (Search Ballerina)

 Cut it out.

You don't need to be concerned about the bottom of the Tutu.  You'll see why later.

It should look like this:

Trace the template you just cut out.

Cut that out.

You should now have your template and your original.

Next you will make the tutu.
You can make it out of paper, but tissue paper is more transparent and will not block the light as much.

Make a snowflake out of tissue paper.

Be careful not to cut the "top"
Make a small slit at the top of the snowflake and try to carefully slip the tutu on from the top.

After that you should have a completed fairy.

From there make 3 more smaller snowflakes.  Using a thread and needle sew the four pieces together and hang from the middle of the light fixture.

Make 4 more fairys.

Hang in like fashion mixing up how you want to do it.  This is what I did.

Have fun!  Feel free to comment with Questions :)

25 days of Christmas DIY: Day 4

Next time you go shopping choose paper over plastic.  This DIY is easy and fun--you can also do it with the kids :)  Our puppy also helped make these.

Paper Bag Gingerbread Men:

What you need:
Paper Grocery Sack
Cookie Cutter
Hole Punch
Markers and other crafting supplies
Yarn or Ribbon

 Cut bag so only the paper shows.  Sometimes the grocer puts ads on the front.

Use cookie cutter as a stencil.  If you do not have a cookie cutter you can print out a template, and use that.

Cut out the trace.

Punch hole in head 

String in Ribbon or Yarn.

Decorate!  This is the fun part!  Be as creative as you want! Our puppy enjoys coloring likes to "help."  You can even add a yarn scarf.