This holiday season I decided to get creative and make all my gifts. I worked in retail for 5 years and the last thing I wanted to do was try and park at a popular San Diegian mall. It usually turns into the worlds worst nightmare. I turned to my new best friend…Pinterest… for some creative inspiration.
DIY Jewelry Holder Frames
I thought that this gift would be perfect for David’s sisters. Most girls have jewelry and most girls have no idea where to store it. I know for me, before my amazing boyfriend surprised me with a picture frame turned secret jewelry box, my jewelry was tangled in some sort of mess and prevented me from wanting to even wear it.
This project was fun and simple.
2.) Pick up spray paint of your choice and if you are a glitter freak like me, grab a can of glitter spray paint as well. $3 per can
3.) Head over to Home Depot and pick up some chicken wire. You will only need one roll per 3 picture frames you make. ($6)
4.) Spray paint your frames with the color of your choice, let dry.
5.) Staple gun the chicken wire to the back of the picture frames. (this part is the hardest part but once you learn to manipulate and cut the chicken wire (use wire cutters) this step is easy too.
** Teacher’s get discounts at the craft stores, so don’t forget to shine your ID if you got one.
This is a great gift idea for a beer lover and you won’t spend much on it at all.
1.) Head to your local liquor store and pick up a six pack of bottles of your choice. ($6-10)
2.) Go to the craft store and buy red fluffy balls, brown pipeline wire, and goggly eyes. ( all this should be in the same section) $3
** if you don’t already have a glue gun, you will need one of those as well.
3.) Bend the pipeline to form antlers. Glue on the eyes and the nose.
DIY Family Photo Montage
** I had to steal this picture from Pintrest because I wasn’t able to take a photo of my project hanging on the wall in time.
Of all my DIY gifts this year this gift was the most time consuming but still very simple. This is a great gift for a family member, friend, anyone who loves to hang photos. This project costs a little more since you are printing out photos and the initial investment in Modge Podge is $10, but you will have a lot left over and can use it for future projects.
1.) Buy a 8ft. piece of 2×1 and cut into the length of boards that you want. I chose to have 5 boards. 2 longer length and 3 shorter. You can choose to make them however you want it displayed. ($5)
2.) At the craft store you will want to pick up: modge podge, black spray paint, small picture frame wall mounts, ribbon color of choice. Make sure you choose a ribbon that is over 1 inch thick so it is sturdy. ($15)
3.) Pick out photos and have them printed in black and white (color is an option here as well). I had them printed as wallet size so there was not much trimming to do. ($10)
** you will also need to pick up a curtain rod, the smallest length.
4.) Spray paint your wood boards. Let dry.
5.) Cut your photos to fit your boards and modge podge your photos onto the boards. I would recommend using the mode podge as a glue at first to get the photos to stick and then go back and modge podge on top of the photos. You can use a sealer if you want, this prevents it from being sticky but you will spend an extra $5 bucks.
6.) Secure wall mounts on the back of each board so that you can hang your ribbon from the black boards to the curtain rod.