Browsing Category: Gifts

Decorating With Nature

At my house we love decorating our home with found objects from the natural world around us.  We have framed insects, skulls, cool looking sticks and rocks, you name it.  My oldest son is really into collecting feathers, but it is tricky trying to figure out how to display them.  A friend of mine just sent me a link to these amazing frames that are made for displaying leaves, but I think they would be just perfect for feathers as well!  However, the leaves would be really nice too.  The frames are a little expensive, around $26, but the “art” inside them is free, so it is really not a bad deal if you look at it that way.  You can buy them on Amazon, either in horizontal 8 inch, or in the vertical 8 inch.

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Photo Pencil

I’ve always enjoyed coloring ever since I was young and just never outgrew it.  Although I’ve not done it in quite some time I find it therapeutic.  This neat little website called Photo Pencil now allows you to upload a photo and turn it into a color page.  I thought that was so cool!  This could be a great rainy day project for the kids!

To make your own FREE color page visit Photo Pencil Sketch.

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DIY Garden Fountain

Since my oldest son was 3 years old he has been asking for a fountain for our yard.  An interesting request from a toddler that I never really took seriously, but 4 years later, he still wants a fountain!  He has never passed a fountain without stopping to check it out, feeling the water, and standing silently listening to it.  So, we figured we should look into making one, because buying one is just too expensive.  My wife found this great tutorial on Instructables, and although it is no quick project, it can be done in an afternoon, and with mostly found objects, and things you might have around the house.  As the author says, you can really make it out of anything that you can drill a hole in, and run some copper pipe through.  This basic technique can be modified in a million ways, to make a fountain in a pond, or a small water garden, in a half barrel on your deck, etc.  I will probably make mine in a half barrel, and ad some water plants to it.  Tomorrows post will be about making a water plant garden, and I will put the 2 posts together to make my water plant fountain!  Go check it out on Instructables!

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Easter Bunny Pinata

Do you ever grow out of enjoying pinatas?  I’m not sure that’s possible.  I’ve seen plenty a pinata but have yet to see one as cute as this DIY Easter Bunny one found on DIY Studio.  This could be a great addition to any Easter egg hunt!

What You’ll Need:

  • White Fine Crepe Paper or Tissue Paper
  • Pink and White Cardstock
  • Pink Pom Pom
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Piñata Fillings

For full instructions please visit DIY Studio.

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Organic Garden Seeds

That’s right, spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about your garden.  This year we finally have a space to do a bit of gardening.  Living in NYC last year certainly didn’t allow for that.  For me having produce that’s free of GMO’s, harsh chemicals and pesticides is even more important than ever now that we have our son.  I found some seeds that I’ve bought to get our garden started this summer and wanted to share them with you!

Ferry Morse Large Organic Vegetable Garden – $16 on Amazon

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Custom Collection of 12 Organic Herbs – $9.50 on Amazon

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Easter Chick Goodie Bags

My mom used to make my brother and I Easter baskets every single year as kids.  We always looked forward to the goodies!  It always included a chocolate bunny but other than that varied from year to year.  I saw this tutorial for Easter Chick Goodie Bags on Country Living and thought they could be a fun addition! They would also be great for an Easter party.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Download & Print the Free Chick Template
  • Small piece of cardboard to use as a cutting mat
  • Hole Punch
  • White Paper Bags -  Amazon for about $12 for 100 pack
  • Cellophane Sheets -  Amazon for about $11 for a 48 pack
  • Elmer’s Glue Stick -  Amazon for about $3 for a 2 pack
  • Ribbon

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Steps

  1. Take the chick template and center it on the front of the paper bag. Using a pencil, trace the outline.
  2. Slide the cardboard piece in the bag to serve as a cutting mat & cut the outline of the chick.
  3. Cut a 3 x 4 in square of cellophane and using the glue stick (put some on your finger) run it around the inside of the bag around the outline of the chick.  Stick the cellophane to the bag and press to adhere.