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Super super simple and cheap last minute gift!  All you need is a candle in a glass jar (the dollar store is a great place to get these!), rubons, ribbon (optional), and a rub-on tool or bone folder.

Just place the rub-on where you want it and rub it on.  Tie ribbon around the top and you’re done!

Here’s another tutorial from the Savvy n Sassy Christmas Crop for y’all. This project is so SUPER easy and can be made totally out of scraps. A great way to dress up those gift cards at the last minute. Sorry for the bad photos, I tried to get good ones in the dark, but it just didn’t work out very well. 🙂

Ingredients:
Arrow cardstock scrap approx 8″x3 3/8″
Arrow Christmas patterned paper scraps
Arrow ribbon scrap 4″-6″
Arrow hole punch and/or eyelet setter
Arrow eyelets or brads
Arrow embellishment for front of tag (chipboard, flower, paper cutouts, or whatever)
Arrow ink or paint (optional)

Directions:
1. cut corners from top of cardstock rectangle to make a long tag shape

2. fold up approx. 2 1/2″ from bottom of card

3. cut paper scrap to fit and adhere

4. ink edges of paper and cardstock if desired
5. punch holes in (a) top of card for ribbon (b) through both layers of cardstock on corners in the middle of card. it should look like this:

6. add eyelets or brads

7. embellish front of pocket as desired and add ribbon to top


8. slide gift card into pocket and there you go!

Still playing catch-up from the wedding with lots of assistance from my little helper!

All you need is construction paper, tape, and a paper trimmer or scissors.

Our paper was 9″x12″, so I cut each sheet into eight 1.5″x9″ strips.

Then the littler helper takes over.

Make strip into a circle with the edges just overlapping.

Tape in place.

Put a second strip through the first circle.

Make into a circle and tape in place.

Keep repeating.

make the chain as long as you want!  put on the tree, hang over a doorway or window, etc.

Great as a gift for grandparents, or use as a gift bag!

Supplies:

  • canvas tote bags (get the value pack with a coupon and it makes it pretty cheap)
  • fabric paints (we have a lot of these accumulated from other projects)
  • foam brush
  • paper plate

Start by painting one of child’s hands.  Completely cover with fabric paint.

When completely covered, press down on bag.  You will probably need to press down the child’s hand to make sure it doesn’t leave empty spaces.

Clean up the first hand and then do the same process with the second one.

Bag should look about like this.

Add a heart and a name if desired.

I also just let DD “color” some of the bags however she wanted to.

This is a little peek at a “guy” on one:

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (depending on the humidity and the softness of the butter, you may need to add more.)
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 1 t finely grated lemon zest
  • 1-3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

Directions

Start by zesting and then juicing a fresh lemon.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in lemon juice.

Combine flour and cornstarch and gradually into creamed mixture.

Divide dough in half and then shape dough into two logs approx 8-inches long. (four in this pic, cause I was doubling)

Chill for at least two hours or overnight.

After dough has chilled, unwrap and slice into 1/4 inch slices.

Place two inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes until firm to the touch.

Cool on wire racks.

Combine frosting ingredients in a small bowl, beating until smooth.

Frost cooled cookies and let icing set up before bagging or freezing. You can do this with a knife or spatula, but I find it’s easier to put the icing in a ziploc freezer bag, snip off the end, and pipe the frosting onto the cookies.

For today’s tutorial, I’m going to link you up to a new tutorial I just did for the SavvynSassy blog!

First of all, so sorry for the terrible pictures!  It’s so dark and wet that it’s hard to get any decent pics right now.  😦

Second, these instructions are for the non-perfectionist only.  If you want a perfect scarf, I would look for a different tutorial.  I don’t measure, don’t use the correct tools, etc.

Supplies:

  • fleece of your choice
  • scissors (a rotary cutter or sharp shears would be great, but if you’re like me, paper scissors are all that are in the house.)

Directions:

Lay the fleece on the floor or other large flat surface, folded in half.  Try to make sure the edges match up as closely as possible. (I just used what I found in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby, but if you want to make a scarf for an older kid or adult, you probably want to find wider fleece than I used.)

Next, cut a strip the whole length of the folded fabric, the width that you want your scarf to be.  I just eyeballed this, but you could measure if you want to.  Or use a straightedge, which I didn’t.  😉  I would guess this is around six inches wide.

Cut off the selvage on the ends.

Now, decide how long you want the tassels to be.  You could measure this or use a straight edge.  I just put a heavy book down on top of the fleece about where I wanted the tassels to stop.  This was to keep the fabric from moving around.

Then cut strips.  I just eyeballed again, but you could measure if you want.  I think these are about 1/2 inch each.

Tie a knot at the top of each tassel.  Do this very carefully if you wan the tassels to lie flat.  I didn’t.  I like the way they look kind of curled up on themselves, so I gently stretched each strip after tying.

If you stretch them out (be careful, so you don’t tear them off), they should look about like this when you get done.

There, all finished.  A scarf in less than ten minutes that cost about 50cents in remnant fleece!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 T finely grated orange zest
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • plastic wrap and parchment paper

Directions

Zest orange, chop pecans, chop cranberries.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add orange zest, vanilla, eggs, cranberries, and nuts, stirring with each addition.

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt and gradually add to liquid mixture.

Dough will be sticky.  Divide in quarters and wrap each in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 325.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Use your hands to shape a blob of dough into a log on the lined baking sheet.  (I find it’s helpful to brush with a little water or use wet hands for this.)

Bake for 30 minutes or until pale gold.  Cool log on a wire rack.

Slice log into slices about 1 inch thick.

Place slices on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for an additional 8 or so minutes (until starting to turn golden), then flip them and bake an additional 8  minutes.

Cool slices on wire racks and store in airtight container.

These freeze very well.

You can also melt white or dark chocolate and drizzle over the top to make it extra pretty.  🙂

Remember playing with these as a kid?  Learning to thread a shoestring through the holes?  Feeling all grown-up because you were “sewing”?  I love passing things like this along to my daughter.  And lacing cards are super easy to make.  You could use just posterboard or cardstock if that is what you have on hand, but these are a little more sturdy for little hands.  I’m making several to stick in my daughter’s stocking this Christmas.

Supplies:

  • large chipboard shapes (you can find a lot of these in the dollar section at Michael’s)
  • scrapbook papers
  • glustick
  • crop-a-dile or heavy-duty hole punch
  • sandpaper or emory board
  • pen
  • sharp scissors
  • ink*
  • mod podge*
  • shoelaces or embroidery floss with blunt needle for lacing (MAKE SURE YOU SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN WITH THIS GIFT!!!)

*optional

 

How To:

1: Flip the chipboard shape upside down and trace on the wrong side of the patterned paper.

2. Cut out the paper shape and adhere to chipboard with gluestick or mod podge.

3. Sand edges of shapes with sandpaper or emory board and ink if desired.

4.  Use hole punch to punch holes all around the edges of the shape.  Seal with mod podge if desired.

5. Package up with shoelaces or floss and blunt needle for gift giving.

A nice feature of these toys is that you can vary the skill level a lot.  Punch fewer and larger holes for younger children, smaller and more holes for older ones.  You can also make these more elaborate by paper piecing, stamping, etc on the shapes.

Remember this little book?

I sold the original in my Etsy shop, but I also created a tutorial for the Savvy n Sassy Christmas crop, that I’m going to share with you here.

Merry Christmas!
Ingredients:
Arrow 3-5 coffee sleeves
Arrow sheet of felt (i used the embossed kind, but any kind will work)
Arrow 1 sheet of Christmas paper or various coordinating scraps
Arrow stickers and coordinating embellishments
Arrow ribbon (about a foot and a half)
Arrow 2 1-inch binder rings
Arrow crop-a-dile or hole punch
Arrow eyelets and eyelet setter
Arrow felt or ribbon glue
Arrow embroidery floss
Arrow paper punch and large needle

Directions:
1. Cut one coffee sleeve along right hand perforated edge for cover of book

2. trace shape on felt, cut out, and adhere to cover using felt or ribbon glue


3. use crop-a-dile or large hole punch to punch a hole on either side of the center line of the cover

4. set large eyelets in holes through both the felt and the cardboard sleeve

5. using paper punch, punch holes all along top and bottom edges of cover. then use needle and embroidery floss to stich around the edges.


6. glue ribbon to front of cover, being sure to leave enough ribbon on each side to tie a bow.
7. trim edges of inside pages to fit (you can either cut the sleeves apart for this or leave them intact to make “pockets” that you can slip tags into–i cut mine apart)
8. use the holes in the cover as guides and mark the holes on the inside pages. then punch holes on the inside pages.

9. embellish as desired (I covered some of the pages with paper and left some alone, because I like the corrugated cardboard look. I also added 2.5″x2.5″ mats for photos to add later.)
10. when finished, insert binder rings through eyelets and holes in all the pages to bind. then tie the bow.

Here are some pictures of the inside of the finished original book: