I'll do it myself.

Nifty Letters

My friend Sydney is about to have a baby, and I’ve been wanting to do this for a while to spruce up the nursery. I just haven’t had the time. But I’m going to show you exactly how it’s done. First, so you’ll know what I’m talking about, I’m going to show you a picture.

superhero letter

Pretty sweet, isn’t it? Well, baby Ily probably won’t be getting a superhero pattern for her room this time around. I would like to do something in a pretty, pastel color that will go with the colors in her room. It takes no time at all. All you’re going to need to do is Mod Podge some scrapbook paper to a wooden letter (found at any craft store), and trim the excess. Add a couple more coats to seal it up, and you’re golden.

Heart Handwarmers

I get cold awfully easy, and while I adore winter clothes and winter activities and other winter things, I do not enjoy frostbitten hands. This, then, is the perfect solution for people like me.

handwarmers

All you need is felt, a needle, embroidery floss, rice, and (if you want them to smell pretty) essential oil.

First, fold the felt in half and cut out a heart. Use that pattern to cut out another to match. Start sewing the hearts together. When you’re 3/4 of the way done, fill it with rice. Finish sewing it up, and knot the end. Make another so that you have one for each pocket, and you’re set.

Magnetic Plate

This is seriously one of the best and most creative projects I have ever seen! I just want to make a few dozen and hand them out to everybody I know. Because, let’s face it. I am a chronic bobby pin loser. And if you are anything like me, you are too. So check this out!

magnetic plate

Yep. It’s a plate with four disc magnets glued to the bottom with E-6000 glue. That means that once you put those safety pins or bobby pins or sewing pins down, they aren’t getting back up until you say so. Who’s ready for Christmas presents?

Laser Maze

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a production of “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” at the Wesley Foundation on our campus. It was a blast. One night, Trinity (the director) loaded up the entire cast in a van and drove us to a church’s rec building, where we had a cast party. However, you could not get to the party without making it through this laser maze…

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Yeah, it was a pretty scary time in my life. If it had been made of real lasers, I’m pretty sure I would have lost an arm, a leg, and most of my hair. Rosalyn would have been a quadriplegic, though.

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She’s the one spider-manning the wall on the left. See,  this probably one of the easiest party games you could do. All you need is a bunch of read crepe paper and some tape. Tape several strips of paper across a hallway, making sure to use different lengths and whatnot. Remember: make it difficult, but not impossible.

Homemade Chalk

chalkI can’t remember the last time that I played with chalk, but I found instructions on making some for those of you who may be less busy than I or who are in search of the perfect homemade gift for the children in your life.

You will need…
* 1 cup of plaster of paris
* 1 cup of water
* powdered tempera paint
* 1 disposable container
* greaseproof paper
* cardboard toilet paper tubes
* masking tape

Instructions:
1. Seal one end of cardboard toilet paper tubes with masking tape. Line the inside with greaseproof paper.
2. Pour water and then plaster of paris into the disposable container. Add 1 tbsp. paint and mix. Add more if desired.
3. Fill cardboard tubes with mixture and lightly tap to remove bubbles.
4. When the plaster is set, remove the cardboard and grease paper. Let set for a few days.

Wire Photo Holder

photo holder

Is this not just the most precious thing? It’s a nice and simple switch from having picture frames everywhere, too. You are only going to need three things for this project: round nosed pliers, a wire cutter, and a long length of wire in the color of your choice. This is how you do it…

1. Create a small loop using the pliers. Twist so that the wire becomes a swirl shape. Keep going until your swirl is an inch in diameter.
2. Thread the wire through the center of the swirl.
3. Pull the wire through will pushing it through on the other side, making the swirl a cone [if this doesn't make sense, look at the picture of the base above].
4. Make a loop at the end with an inch of wire left.
5. Bend another loop next to the last [it should look similar to a heart].
6. Bend the end up underneath the heart so that it will hold your photo in place.

Pretty Makeup Brushes

Are you poor? Are you struggling to find cheap (uh…low budget) gifts for the folks in your life? I’ve been there. Oh wait. I am there! Well, dears, I have found a clever little gift idea today. Yes, we shall be making pretty, pretty makeup brushes for all of those lovely ladies on our shopping lists who care about makeup or pretty things. Here is what the final product should look like:

makeup brushSo let’s get started! You’re going to want mod podge (remember this?), a cheap makeup brush, scissors, fabric, and a paintbrush.

1. Using paintbrush, cover handle of makeup brush with mod podge.
2. Wrap fabric around the handle.
3. Trim excess fabric.
4. Cover the bottom of the handle with more fabric and mod podge.
5. Impress your lady friends. :)


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