I hope you’re getting your holiday crafting boots ready, my friends, because I’ve got lots of cute DIY’s planned for you. I thought I’d let you in on my recent best-kept-crafting-secret discovery that I like to call Consumer Crafts, reason being, it’s insanely inexpensive! Seriously, you could decorate your whole neighborhood. These are my favorite items for your home this holiday season–
1- Acrylic pom poms 100, $1.17 // 2- Martha Stewart twine 36 yds, $4.67 // 3- Grapevine heart garland 5ft, $3.97 //4- 18 in. pinewood tree, $3.97 // 5- 5lbs. of pine cones, $4.97 // 6- 12in. Paper mache letters, $2.27 // 7- Gold curling ribbon 100 yds, $1.77 // 8- Cinnamon sticks 1lb, $5.97 // 9- 15ft. Mini ming pine garland, $1.97
Follow Consumer Crafts for (even cheaper) black friday deals-
Crafts Unleashed blog (for inspiration)
*This post was sponsored by Blueprint Social and Consumer Crafts, opinions listed are my own.
Thank you so, so much to everyone that came out for the craft night at Langford Market! It was a total blast (plus there were mini cupcakes, so how could it not be?)! I absolutely loved getting to meet regular S+C readers, it made my whole month, I can’t wait to do it again. For those of you not so close to Houston, how about I swap you a craft night teaching for a plane ticket and cute place to stay(seriously)? Deal. Until then, maybe I should start doing video DIY’s so you can join the fun, what do you think?
Thank you Langford Rice Village ladies for being such wonderful hostesses, you’re the best!
Honestly, where did November go?! I swear I just blinked for a second and now it’s Thanksgiving! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good excuse to stuff myself on turkey, dressing, and as much pie as the next person, but I’m just a little astonished (and way, way underprepared). Luckily, I have a token last minute Thanksgiving recipe or two, and one of them happens to involve snacking on chocolate covered strawberry turkeys (would you really expect any less from me?)…
- Melting chocolate
- Candy corn
- Fudge stripe cookies (cut into halves)
- Wax paper
- White royal icing (optional)
Cut the tops off of the strawberries, making sure that you cut the “back” flat so that the tail stands upright. Dip a few strawberries in chocolate and place them on wax paper. Once the chocolate is almost dry (but still sticky), press a half of a fudge stripe cookie onto the back to make the feathers, then press a candy corn on the tip to make the beaks. If you have any excess chocolate on the side of the turkeys, use a butter knife to cut it off. That’s all you have to do! You can put eyes on them with royal icing, but I like to keep it simple, especially since they never last long.
Not only are these perfect for snacking on throughout Thanksgiving (and the few days before and after, ughm..), but they also make really cute hostess gifts!
It’s officially scarf weather. Even by Texas standards they’re welcomed with open arms instead of the judgmental stares from people that don’t share my fall weather love affair year-round. So, I thought I’d share my no-sew infinity scarf tutorial that I made for this craft wars post.
- T-shirt (the larger the shirt, the bigger the scarf)
- Foam pouncer
- All-surface paint
Lay your t-shirt flat, taping down the edges. Cut a line straight across just above the bottom hem and just below the sleeves or the armpit. This will form the actual scarf so try and make the cut edges as smooth as possible. A rotary cutter will give you the best result but it isn’t necessary.
Dip your pouncer in the paint color of your choice and start dotting.
Stamp your first row spaced however you’d like, then make the next row alternated from the first. Repeat this until one whole side of the scarf is patterned.
You can wear it two ways, one long loop, or loop it around twice for a short, fuller scarf!
In case you didn’t know, I live a somewhat overly sentimental life. It’s not always such a bad thing, but it has it’s downfalls every now and then. Con: Sometimes it makes me seem like a bit of a push over. Oh, and there was this time (last week..) when I couldn’t bring myself to use a particular shower because there was a cricket trapped in it scurrying for his life when I turned the water on, but I couldn’t get him out.
On the bright side, it does make me the friend to call when you have exciting news because I’m practically celebrating too; or anytime you need a hug or shoulder to cry on. I might add a dash of my awkwardness in a few encouraging words here and there, but I’m still your girl! ;)
I bring this up because I was thinking about it on my flight home yesterday. Thinking of how maybe living so far away from all of my family and close friends would be easier if I wasn’t so sentimental, but then again maybe I wouldn’t enjoy them as much if I weren’t. I’d like to say that I’m always strong about being away, or that it doesn’t get me down from time to time, but I’m not. And maybe I don’t want to be.
photo via Avaition Explorer // design by Sugar & Cloth
Before you start threatening pom pom rehab on me, let me say that in my defense, pom poms are light, fluffy, and pretty much perfect for holiday gift wrapping. They’re just so cute! Add a little glitter and they’re about as awesome confetti and cupcakes (which is hard to beat in my book).
- Two pieces of cardboard (see tutorial)
To create glitter dipped pom poms, dab the edges of the pom with paint and a foam pouncer. Then sprinkle the wet paint with glitter and shake the excess off!