American Paper Lanterns

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Card stock (red, white and blue)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Star Punch or Star Stickers
  • Pencil
  • Glue Sticks
  • Festive Ribbon (optional)
  • Stapler

Directions:

  1. Fold your card stock in half lengthwise (otherwise known to some as the hot dog style). Take your  ruler and draw lines from the fold, leaving an inch from the end of your line and the edge. Leave about 3/4″ on each side.
  2. Cut on the line, stopping when the line ends, not through to the edge.
  3. Unfold your paper and then with the folded bumps on the outside, turn inward and attach at the top and bottom. Then staple both the top and bottom a couple of times.
  4. Now you have a paper lantern to decorate! Take the star punch and punch out stars with the extra card stock (in blue, red, white and silver). Use the stars made from card stock (or the stickers) and decorate the outside of the lantern by gluing the stars to the lanterns. Add a festive ribbon on the top and bottom with a stapler and attach a 1″ strip of card stock for the handle.

Cheap and Easy Upgrades

Want to spark up some of your current furniture and decor accessories? Here are some simple and cheap options to upgrade your space!

Bookshelf – Spark up a white bookshelf by painting the backs of a few shelves/cubbies in fun colors and scattering some funky accent pieces amidst the books.

Couch – Have a neutral colored couch? Want to add some color? Layer pillows and blankets that you have around or pick up from Goodwill. The key is to use different textures and keeping the colors bright.

Lamp – Upgrade a simple lamp by switching out the lamp shade or painting the lamp a new color.

Monogrammed Candle

Personalize a store-bought candle for an inexpensive Christmas gift! Simply wrap cardstock around the candleholder, and embellish it with a die-cut accent and letter.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • candle (with or without jar/holder)
  • candle jar/holder
  • die-cut accent
  • die-cut letter
  • stickers
  • ribbon (at least 2″ width) or card stock strips
  • hot glue gun with clear glue
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. First warm up the hot glue gun, then remove the labels around the candle (if their is one). Soak the jar in hot water to remove the label.
  2. Peel off the label and wipe any residue off. Dry the jar.
  3. Measure the ribbon and cut to size, ensure a 1/4″ of ribbon overlaps.
  4. Take the hot glue gun and apply a thin strip of glue on one end of the ribbon.
  5. Wrap the ribbon around the candle and apply another thin strip of glue on the other end of the ribbon. Secure the other end over the end you applied to the candle. Allow to dry 1-2 minutes.
  6. Hide the seam by applying a die-cut accent/shape to the seam with the hot glue gun. Allow to dry.
  7. Apply the die-cut letter on top of the accent.
  8. Allow to dry and repeat for each person you want to give a present too!

8 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds

  • Fertilize your flowers: several plants (roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, hydrangea and camellias) like acid will love coffee grounds. Mixed used coffee grounds into the soil around them to add much needed nutrients.
  • Exfoliate your Skin: Mix fresh coffee grounds, coconut oil and brown sugar. While in the shower massage the mixture into your skin and then rinse off.
  • Air Freshener: To keep your closets smelling fresh, put unused coffee grounds in old pantyhouse or stockings and knot the end. This will absorb odors in your closet.
  • Stuck on Stains: Use coffee grounds to help clean off stubborn stains off pots and pans.
  • Fridge Deodorizer: Just like baking soda, place the grounds in a cup somewhere it won’t be disturbed.
  • Shiny Hair: Work the coffee grounds in clean hair and massage and then rinse out. This helps condition your hair naturally and add shine. Bonus: For brunettes, natural highlights will be brought out.
  • Furniture Scratches: Rub wet coffee grounds in small scratches in wood furniture to help remove them. After you’ve rubbed the coffee grounds in, wipe away with a soft cloth.
  • Unwanted Hand Odors: can’t remove the smell after cutting garlic and onions? Scrub your hands with coffee grounds to help eliminate the odor.

One-of-a-Kind Pencil/Paintbrush Holder

Supplies

  • 2 clear-glass flea market apothecary jars (2 sizes) or you can substitute for 2 graduated sizes of glass containers
  • Black-and-white snapshots

Directions

  1. Create a one-of-a-kind pencil or paintbrush holder. Carefully place the smaller jar. Simply slip black-and-white family snapshots between the two jar.
  2. Once you have placed your choice(s) of snapshots in between the two jars, place on your workspace and fill with pens and pencils or your dry paintbrushes.

DIY Bath Fizz

Tools and Materials

  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Citric acid
  • Spritzer bottles
  • Food coloring
  • Glass bowl
  • Essential oil
  • Baking molds

How-To
1. Sift 1 3/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup citric acid, and 2 cups cornstarch through a sieve to remove chunks. To make different tints, fill small spritzer bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food coloring to each. 

2. Pour 1 cup of powdered mixture into a glass bowl. Lightly spritz, stirring after each spritz, until powder is desired color. Add water slowly, so mixture does not fizz. If mixing two tints, alternate colors as you spritz. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers; when it can be tightly packed or shaped, stop spritzing (this may take a little while). 

3. Select an essential oil. Add 5 drops if it’s one of the stronger scents (peppermint, lavender), 6 if it’s a weaker one (lemon, grapefruit). Mix well. Firmly pack mixture into small baking molds. We used 1/4 cup for each fizzy, which is good for one bath. Allow mixture to set for 2 hours, then pop out carefully. Repeat with different tints for remaining powder.