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TAG : Winter 2014

Turn Feed Sacks Into Toss Pillows

I collected old feed sacks for years before I put them to use. I find them at flea markets, antique stores, and on eBay. I choose sacks with interesting advertising slogans and eye-catching logo designs. Clean and rip-free fabric is a plus, although it’s not critical; I can fix any sack with ...

Non-Traditional Holiday Recipes

The holidays are all about tradition. The smell of customary dishes like honey-baked ham or slow-roasted turkey never fails to bring back cherished memories of Christmases past. But what if the slate is clean? Maybe you’ve just gotten married or had your first child. Or perhaps your gathering ...

Make Simple Gifts for Kids

Use scrapbook paper featuring something that interests the child — favorite TV or movie characters, trains, trucks, animals, Barbie dolls — and the youngster will be thrilled.Find a frame you like. Remove the glass, and either sand and paint the frame or use it as is. Choose fun and ...

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

The winter holidays are a special time for many reasons. Each year, as our family gathers at Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how grateful I am to be part of such a fantastic family. Then I begin thinking of Christmas — the next time our large group will get together again.One of the joys of ...

Framed Art Project

With just a few materials, you can create a beautiful work of art that can be hung on a wall or placed in an easel to be displayed on a table. Choose a photo frame and fabric that complement each other or that you can coordinate by painting or staining the frame. Remove the back and glass from ...

Homemade Candy is a Holiday Must

Homemade candy and handmade ornaments make special gifts for the Christmas holiday.In our house, candy making delights everyone. I love to make fudge, French style, and I do it the easy way, using a double boiler. In addition, I make chocolate-covered cherries, peanut brittle, peanut butter ...

Food Baskets Make Perfect Gifts

I make homemade summer sausage, as well as many canned and baked goods to go into food baskets almost every year for the Christmas holiday season. I decided food baskets are among the best holiday gift ideas for a couple of reasons. First, they’re useful, and who doesn’t enjoy delicious ...

DIY Chalkboard

Almost anything — picture frames, mirrors, cookie sheets, cabinet doors, clipboards — can be transformed into a chalkboard. You can make your chalkboards basic, or you can dress them up by gluing a flower to the edge, adding door knobs or pulls, or stenciling a design around the border. The ...

Create a Homemade Recipe Book

For the cooks on your gift-giving list, you can’t go wrong with a handmade recipe scrapbook. Trust me! Find a recipe book, then choose enough recipes to fill the pages. Next, pick out scrapbook paper and embellishments to go along with the recipes.Since my recipe book is small (6 inches ...

DIY Dry Erase Calendar

Who can’t use a calendar, especially one that never expires, meaning it never needs to be thrown away? Find a 12-by-12-inch frame that suits your liking — this size of frame keeps with the size of a traditional calendar. Then you’ll either need to purchase a make-your-own calendar kit ...

Chicken Wire Photo Board

Give loved ones the opportunity to showcase their favorite photos at home or work with a photo board.Choose a wooden frame and fabric that go well together. Or you can sand and paint or stain an old frame to make it work with your fabric. When choosing your frame, make sure there is a fairly ...

Craft a Welcome Sign

If you have some thin plywood scraps or smaller boards that you don’t have any plans for, here’s a great little project that will look fantastic hanging on the front door to greet company.Sand the surface of your plywood or board so it’s fairly rough. Then cut a piece of scrapbook paper ...

Barn Wood Becomes Handcrafted Gifts

The year was 1966, and I found myself without a steady job. I was very low on funds as the Christmas season quickly approached, and I was at a loss as to what I would do about gifts. Although the real reason for Christmas has nothing to do with gift-giving, and while I knew my family wouldn’t ...