Browsing Category: Gifts

Blue Mason Jar Vase

Mason jars, I love ‘em!  This is a very simple way to make a mason jar into a more efficient and effective flower vase.  My wife loves mason jars, and uses them for everything, but as a flower vase, it just doesn’t always work right.  In just a few minutes, with very little supplies, you can make it work perfectly!  This idea comes from CraftaholicsAnonymous, and I think I will help my kids make some of these for my wife for Mother’s day!  We can present them to her filled with flowers from our garden, and I know she will love them!  Check out the step by step photo guide below for the technique.  Like that beautiful blue color of their mason jars?  Check out their post on making your own Blue Mason Jars!

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Colorful Bird Nests

This is a great way to help the birds, have some fun, and reuse old scraps!  Right now I see birds behind my house flying with all manner of straw, string, and grass in their mouths building nests like crazy!  Why not help them along?  Here is an idea from FiberFarm.com.  Just take a nice cheap Suet Feeder, and fill it with old yarn scraps about 4 to 8 inches long!  The birds are usually pretty comfortable with this kind of feeder, and yarn makes great nesting material.  Plus, the birds will have beautiful colorful nests.  How fun would it be to go exploring with the kids in the woods, our around your house to find the nest with the colorful yarn in them, and know that you helped that bird make it’s home?

I know, I was skeptical at first as well, thinking that this would make it easier for predators to find the nests and things like that.  However, FiberFarm did a little research before posting the idea, in this is what they came up with: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology gives yarn scraps a thumbs up.http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1144 (Scroll down to “Nest Material”). I have also gotten approval from the Audubon Society BEFORE posting this. In other words, actual EXPERTS approve of this project. I’m sure that whatever your cousin’s neighbors best friend had to say about is interesting but I am sticking with EXPERT opinions on this.  But thank you.

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Whipped Coconut Oil & Lime Body Butter

Coconut oil is a staple around our house.  We use it to cook and bake as well as for a moisturizer.  It smells divine and my favorite part is that it’s all natural and non-toxic.  In fact I can even eat it which makes me feel better putting it onto my skin & especially my 12 month old!  I love this simple little twist.  Not only would it be great for at home use but would make a fantastic gift!

To make it you’ll need:

1/2 cup coconut oil

20 drops of lime oil (or your favorite essential oil)

A jar (the volume will double so make sure you have a jar that will fit at least a cup)

Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer until it becomes soft.  Once it’s soft add the oil.  Mix a bit more and voila! Just be sure to note the expiration date on the coconut oil and store it in a cool, dry place.  Most of all enjoy!

Recipe found on Blah Blah Magazine

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DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box

Homemade gifts are the best, especially for Mom!  She’ll so appreciate the time and thought that went into something crafted by you just for her.  This DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box found on Decor and the Dog is so perfect for the occasion.  This could be really neat if made with herbs or other plants and flowers as well.

Supplies Needed

  • Planter Box
  • Paint Markers
  • Flowers, Herbs or Plants (whatever suits your or your mother’s fancy)

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Plantable Paper for Earth Day!

I strongly believe in the importance of teaching our children the value in caring for and appreciating our amazing planet.  Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to begin a tradition of doing something kind for the earth (and hopefully something to think about more frequently as well).  I liked this kids craft idea for Plantable Paper found on Alpha Mom.  This looks like a fun activity and a great way to give back!

For full instructions please visit Alpha Mom

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DIY Foldable BBQ Table

What a dream this would be!  When the weather is warm, you can find me outside just about any night, standing in the smoke of my grill, or my smoker.  There is just something so special about cooking outside on actual fire (I have an electric stove and oven).  Be on the look out for lot’s of outdoor cooking posts now that it’s warming up!  So, one of the things about cooking outside is that I keep my grill on the stone patio where things are a little more fire proof (I cook with charcoal, not gas), and all of the tables are on the wooden deck.  So, I would love to have something that I could keep all of my food and grilling tools on while I’m working the grill.  Plus, this looks like it would be really fun to make.  I would love to get my kids working on this with me.  I think I could even get a lot of the lumber for it from old pallets, so it would be really cheap to make as well!  The DIY instructions come from Home-Dzine.com  They have a great tutorial with great pictures as well, so if you want to make this, go check the tutorial here.

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DIY Letter Stones

I’m all about activities for kids that encourage creativity and movement.  I love this idea for DIY Letter Stones found on Buggy & Buddy as it’s a great project to get the kids outside on a nice spring day and it also has a great educational element to it.  Why is it the simplest of ideas are always the best :)

For full tutorial please visit Buggy & Buddy.

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How To Grow Roses From Cuttings

This is the kind of tip that I find so exciting for some reason.  I love when people with experience on any given topic develop their own techniques for doing things better.  This trick comes from amateurgardening.com and lets you save a ton of time and money growing as many rose bushes as you want for almost free!  You can take cuttings of roses from a friend, or from your own rose bushes, and make as many new rose bushes as you wish.  All you need is a cutting and a small potato!  After you cut a nice section of the rose bush (The cutting should be about 9in (23cm) long. Cut just below a bud at the base. Then remove the leaves and thorns from the bottom half. You can leave a couple of leaf systems at the top of the cutting if you wish), you simply take the cut end and jam it into a small potato.  Then you plant the potato, with the rose bush jammed into it, in the ground keeping cuttings about 6 inches apart.  That’s all there is to it!  They say that the roses will not have fully rooted until Fall, but now is the time to get them in the ground!

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Kids Art Collage

I’m a big fan of kids art.  Keeping their original work is fantastic however I thought this idea found on ArtfulCircle would allow you to display several different “pieces” of art in one large picture.  Such a simple and creative idea.  I love it!

What You’ll Need:

  • A few pieces of kids art
  • A large picture frame – this is a decent 16 x 20 for about $25 on Amazon
  • A circle punch – about $11 on Amazon
  • Mod Podge – about $9 on Amazon

Visit ArtfulCircle for full instructions.

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