Beautiful Paper Lamps


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Take a look at these beautiful paper lamps. If you`re wondering what shops host these beauties, hold on for a second. These paper lamps and candle lights are part of a “do-it-yourself” project and you can easily turn them to a dream come true if you are handy with your scissors. If you know how to make paper cut cards and patterns, you are almost done. Choose the kind of paper you think matches your room design and start thinking of a pattern. The images clearly show patterns of flowers, trees, butterflies, branches and even nice messages that seem “carved” on paper. You can follow these patterns if you like the way they look and if not…you can always come up with some nice images. Although the design might seem minimalistic the silhouettes that are cast on the walls during night time are spectacular. The shadows that will seem to enchant your walls will bring you joy and if you have kids, they`ll be delighted as well. These beautiful paper lamps can also be a heartwarming gift.

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Cute Yarn Snowman..


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The last few weeks I have been hoarding a bunch of Pinterest pins for Christmas and sorting through them to see what I am going to recreate for my own holiday decor. Well here’s #1!  and I just love this pin by Wendy of Craft Goodies, I love natural stuff and burlap really makes me smile. So I have had this on my list to do and  here’s my version. My cute snowman is a lot larger, because to me bigger is better!

 

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List of materials I used were: 2 Bernat Baby Blanket (#6 super Bulky) yarn in White (Walmart), Panacea Burlap Garland Roll (Michaels), Panacea Naturally wired twine (Michaels), 3-4ft hard styro foam board (Michaels floral foam section), 3 buttons, a faux carrot, cotton balls or batting, hot glue and a chef knife.

 

I decided to use a large styro foam board because it is less expensive, but you can buy the foam already cut into 3 different sized circles to skip the whole cutting step. I then placed three graduating in size plates on the foam to draw circles. Cut them out with a chefs knife. They do not need to be super perfect.

 

Next make a spiral in hot glue in the center of the foam circle and place various cotton balls, this is to make snowman appear fuller, you can use batting if you have it, I had cotton balls on hand so I just used them, again less expensive.  Hot glue the end of the yarn to the back of the foam and start wrapping the yarn in one direction. This can be tricky when you get close the sides of the circles, just hot glue the yarn in place. I wrapped the yarn over each foam circle twice to cover all the cotton and foam. Next hot glue the circles together. I overlapped the bottom two and glued the edges together of the top two.

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Now for the hat and arms. The twine I used was the perfect color but not the right gauge. Wendy of Craft Goodies used 20 gauge wire.  The wired twine I found did not have a gauge on the package, but I thought it would still work and it does. (I found this out trying to make the hat.) The arms & hands are bent shaped and twisted for strength, then just shove them into the foam and hot glue into place.

 

For the hat: I had to unroll the whole twine and double it and twist it for strength. Then you get two hardback books in different sizes, one for the rim of the hat one for the top of the hat. I will not lie this is the tough part. Wrap the twine around three times for the larger book and press flat. Slip it off and do the same for the smaller book, about eight or nine times. I then took smaller pieces of twine wire and wired the hat together in the back to make it stable. It tends to flop. Slip it over the head and hot glue into place. Cut a small piece of a faux carrot diagonally and hot glue into place.  Place buttons and glue into place. Loop a small piece of twine on the back of the head and hot glue to make a hanger. Tie burlap around the neck and trim and you are done!

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100 DIY Food Gift Ideas


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Christmas shopping can be a nightmare, large crowds, unruly children, unhelpful store clerks and that’s before you have to search out a gift for everyone.

 

However everybody loves a homemade gift and with 100 DIY food gifts, you’ll be able to find the perfect gift, while adding a personal touch too. Cookie mixes, or preserves, cakes, sweets or oils and extracts…the list keeps on going.

I think it is safe to say we have officially entered last minute territory when it comes to Christmas gifts. If you still have shopping to do, you better do it soon! And oh, it will be awful. There will be lines. Screaming children. The things you need to buy will be sold out.

But there is another way! You can make your own gifts. Everyone loves a homemade gift! (Well, maybe kids don’t. If you give your kids jars of Meyer lemon marmalade for Christmas, it will probably be something they tell their therapist about 20 years from now. Don’t give your kids homemade marmalade for Christmas.) And guess what? I have 100 DIY food gifts for the holidays in this post.

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One hundred! Starting with my own food gift idea, a Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a jar. This mix is easy to make, reasonably healthy, and the addition of mini chocolate chips makes it a crowd pleaser too. Pack it in mason jars, print out the labels below, and package it up with a bottle of maple syrup. And then instead of going to the mall, you can chill out at home in your pajamas and watch Shahs of Sunset marathons while assembling your awesome homemade pancake mix gifts.

Click on the links below to download printable jar labels by Anna from In Honor of Design (cute little whisk drawing by Kaitlin Kostus!):

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Download Front Labels Here
Download Back Labels with Instructions Here Print the labels on sticky paper or use rubber cement to affix them to your jars.

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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 4 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. mini chocolate chips (use more if you want!)

Instructions

  1. Place oats in food processor. Process until finely chopped (not powdered!).
  2. Combine oats, flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in bowl of a stand mixer. Using paddle attachment, mix on low speed. As mixer is running, slowly drizzle oil into bowl. Continue to mix until well-combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer to mason jars or other airtight containers. Mix can be kept for up to two weeks at room temperature or indefinitely in the refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

To make pancakes: Whisk together 1 cup of pancake mix, 1 cup of buttermilk, and a large egg. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Heat a lightly greased griddle on medium-high heat. Drop batter onto griddle in 1/4 cup portions. When edges look dry and bubbles come to surface without breaking, carefully flip over pancake. Continue to cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately or keep in a warm oven until serving. (Yield: About 8 pancakes.)

So that’s one idea. Here are 99 more DIY food gift ideas from other blogs and websites. There is something here for everyone!

Drinks (Alcoholic & Otherwise)

Pomegranate & Vanilla Vodka [Ren Behan’s Fabulicious Food]
Vegan Salted Caramel, Peppermint & Mexican Hot Chocolate Mixes [The Sweet Life]
Peppermint Schnapps [The Boys Club]
Orange-Infused Bourbon [Martha Stewart]
Homemade Mulling Spices [30 Pounds of Apples]
Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix [Kitchen Treaty]
Limoncello [Smedette]
Key Lime Pie Bitters [Adventures in Cooking]
Homemade Tea Blends [The Kitchn]
Strawberry Vodka [Deliceux]
DIY Flavored Coffee Syrups [Annie’s Eats]

Candy

Mixed-Nut Brittle with Sea Salt [Will Cook for Friends]
Gingerbread Caramels [Good Life Eats]
English Toffee with Almonds [Noshings]
Homemade Peppermint Sticks [Martha Stewart]
Spiced Sweet Potato Caramels
Salted Caramel Fudge [Eclectic Recipes]
Candied Orange Peel [Yujai]
Bourbon Peanut Butter Cups [Food Nouveau]
Homemade Holiday Lollipops [Just a Taste]
Cashew & Cayenne Brittle [Martha Stewart]
Cranberry Fruit Jellies [Cooking Lessons]

Chocolate

Sugar-Free Chocolate Coffee Truffles [All Day I Dream About Food]
Crock Pot Candy [Cookies & Cups]
Double Layer Peppermint Bark [Oatmeal with a Fork]
Salty Hot Fudge Sauce [Cheap Recipe Blog]
Chocolate Covered Pretzels [Savory-bites]
Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Truffles [The Sweet Life]
Bailey’s Walnut Bark [Got Chocolate]
Red Wine Chocolate Truffles [Pastry Affair]
Salted Quinoa Chocolate Bark with Pistachios [Cooking Quinoa]
Five Minute Fudge Wreath [Tidy Mom]
Vegan Smoked Almond Dark Chocolate Turtles [Baker Bettie]

Soups, Sauces, & Chilis

Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix [Back to Her Roots]
Dal Mix in a Jar [Veggie Belly]
Hot Pepper Sauce [Southern Living]
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix [Eating Well]
Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup
Vegetarian Black Bean Chili Mix [Razzle Dazzle Recipes]
Curried Lentil Soup [Good Housekeeping]
Apple Brandy Mustard [Burnt Carrots]
Layered Patchwork Soup Mix [Waking Up Vegan]
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup Mix [Budget 101]
Homemade Sriracha [Reclaiming Provincial]

Baking Mixes

Monster Cookie Mix [Tidy Mom]
Blue Cornbread with Pineapple [Food Network]
Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar [Food for My Family]
Holiday Panettone [Food Network]
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Mix [All Parenting]
M&M Cookies in a Jar [Damn Delicious]
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread in a Jar [Mel’s Kitchen Cafe]
Peppermint Brownie Mix in a Jar [I Heart Nap Time]
Rosemary Focaccia in a Jar [An Oregon Cottage]
Blueberry Muffin Mix in a Jar [About.com]
Cowgirl Cookies [Bakerella]

Oils, Vinegars, Seasonings & Extracts

Chili Salt [Feasting on Art]
Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar [The Kitchn]
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix [Bake Your Day]
Indian Spice Rub [Eating Well]
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix [The Vedge]
Vanilla Sugar [Kitchen Konfidence]
Lemon & Orange Extracts [Akshayapaatram]
Infused Olive Oils [Just Putzing Around the Kitchen]
Vegetarian Furikake Rice Seasoning [The Kitchn]
Tangerine Sea Salt [Style Me Pretty]
Herb-Infused Vinegar [Whole Foods]

Quick Breads

Blueberry, Bourbon & Brown Butter Spiced Cakebread [Tasty Trix]
Vegan Cranberry Orange Almond Loaf [Vanilla & Spice]
Copycat Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf [A Cup of Mascarpone]
Chocolate, Nuts & Fruit Panettone [The Tummy Train]
Christmas Stollen [JungleFrog Cooking]
Vegan Citrus & Spice Tea Banana Bread [Healthy Happy Life]
Triple Chocolate Malt Bread [Dine & Dish]
Lemon-Glazed Eggnog Loaf [citronlimette]
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Loaf [Food Doodles]
Chocolate Cinnamon Bread [The Idea Room]
Cheddar & Chive Guinness Bread [The Kitchn]

Snacks

Sweet & Spicy Candied Nuts [A Thought for Food]
Curried Cashews [Eating Well]
Macadamia Butter-Crunch & Chocolate-Almond Popcorn Tins [Martha Stewart]
Brown Butter Sage Cashews [The Kitchn]
Christmas Morning Granola with Cranberries & Pecans [My Own Ideas]
Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers
Whole Wheat Cheese Straws [Apt. 2B Baking Co.]
Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow [Sally’s Baking Addiction]
Homemade Cheez-its [My Fair Baking]
Vegan Salted Caramel Corn [Princess in the Kitchen]
Roasted Almonds with Paprika and Orange [The Kitchn]

Jams, Jellies & Spreads

Cranberry Lemon Curd [Teaspoon of Spice]
Fig Anise Compote [Eating Well]
Carrot Cake Jam [MyRecipes]
Cinnamon Roll Flax Almond Butter [Healthful Pursuit]
Herb-Infused Caramelized Onion Jam [What about the food?]
Cranberry Pineapple Mango Preserves [Averie Cooks]
Clementine & Whiskey Marmalade [A Good Place to Gather]
Pear Ginger Jam [A Baker’s House]
Honey Roasted Peanut Butter [Red Shallot Kitchen]
Homemade Walnut Butter [Henry Happened]
Meyer Lemon & Vanilla Bean Marmalade [Epicurious]

 

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DIY Snowman Painted Jars


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Here is a cute tutorial for a DIY project which consists in a painted jar that has a snowman on it. So we’ll just call it Snowman Jar. As the winter holidays are approaching we thought this tutorial will help you bring the holiday spirit in your home. This craft was created using a glass jar, but you can also paint this nice snowman on any other surface, such as fabric and even wood. So here are the supplies you will need for this project:

• one glass jar (in this case)
• one liner brush
• one shadier brush
• one smaller brush
• brown and black colored craft pens
• white pen
• a toothbrush
• acrylic spray sealer, a matte one
• the pattern of the snowman
• and acrylic paint for the snowman ( green, white, red, blue, brown, golden and any other colors you’d like your snowman to be)

And now, let’s see the steps for making this craft:

1. Be sure that your jar is clean and label-free otherwise the paint won’t look good on it. So you’ll need a clean and washed surface on which to paint.

2. Apply the first coat of paint on the jar. In the picture we found this one was green, but you can get creative and use any other color you want. Let it dry and then apply a second coat of acrylic paint of the same color.

3. Now trace the pattern of the snowman and then start with painting the body, its clothes and cute face. For this you can use any of the colors above. Just let your imagination run free.

4. Now paint its arms and other little details such as the buttons on its coat. Again, you don’t need to make your snowman look just like the one in the picture we found, use your creativity to personalize it.

5. You can now use the black and brown pen to add some stitches to the snowman’s clothes. All you have to do now is write the text that says ‘snow place like home’ and with the use of the toothbrush, splatter white paint all over the jar. Looks like real snow, doesn’t it?

6. Now the last step is to take the acrylic spray sealer and spray the whole jar 2 or 3 times in order to fix the paint.

And that is all you need to do, to re/create this cute holiday decoration, that we are sure your children will love too.

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9 “Dreamy” Headboards You Can Make


Wake up your sleepy bedroom decor with a DIY headboard that reflects your personal taste and lifestyle.

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Taking Notes?

Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflect your mood, or leave a note for a sleeping loved one. Whimsical and artistic, it’s an easy and budget-friendly DIY.

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Shabby Chic

If you love repurposing old things for new purposes, try this clever project: Vintage shutters, joined together and mounted to the wall, give this bed a unique and relaxed appeal.

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Living the Dream

A white-washed section of picket fencing becomes a charming headboard. Paired with quilts and wicker, it sets a folksy and fanciful tone in this cottage-style bedroom.

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By the Fire

Even a fireplace mantle makes for a memorable headboard that, counter to intuition, looks like it was always meant to be. True to form, the headboard-mantle doubles as a picture-perfect display for family photos and mementos.

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Star Light, Star Bright

Want to create a tranquil atmosphere conducive to rest? Hang string lights over a dark-painted wall, with sheer curtains to soften and diffuse the effect. This headboard definitely lights up the night.

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Soft and Luxurious

Achieve a modern look with minimal expense by stapling bold fabric over a square or rectangular piece of plywood.

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Book Lovers

Useful in every room of the house, modular shelving units in the bedroom form a storage headboard that anchors the sleeping area, while accommodating books, picture frames, and miscellaneous other personal items.

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To the Top

Comprised of fiberboard (MDF) strips with iron cylinder bracing, this graphic headboard extends all the way to the ceiling and serves as a striking focal point in the space.

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Knock, Knock

A vintage door—painted and embellished with pine framing lumber, crown molding, and end caps—turns into a clean and classic headboard when mounted to the wall.