101 Days of Christmas: Gifts in a Jar

Last year I shared 9 gifts in a jar ideas, and this year I set out to see if I could find 9 more. We've all seen the classic cookie recipe in a jar, but there are so many other possibilities as well. From a gift card snow globe (#3) to a mason jar sewing…

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101 Days of Christmas: Easy Monogram Balls
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101 Days of Christmas: Easy Monogram Balls

I've seen versions of this project popping up all over Pinterest and blogs, and it's one that you can make as simple or fancy as you'd like! These monogram ornaments can be given as gifts themselves or used as place cards (set on top of a small napkin ring in the center of a plate?),…

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101 Days of Christmas: Ribbon Bookmarks for Kids

I've seen a few versions of ribbon paperclip bookmarks on Pinterest, and I thought they would make the perfect classroom gifts for my girls to give their friends in our homeschool group. The only problem is that a bookmark with a few ribbons tied on the end -- while absolutely adorable when used in a…

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101 Days of Christmas: String Ornaments with Bells

I've been fascinated with these string balls in home decor ever since I first saw them. With a balloon, some cotton string and regular white glue, you can easily make them in a variety of sizes and shapes. There are a number of different methods for doing this, but we stuck with Martha Stewart's, which…

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101 Days of Christmas: Personalized Scrabble Ornaments
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101 Days of Christmas: Personalized Scrabble Ornaments

When I came across these DIY scrabble ornaments, I knew right away that I'd be making them this year! You see, every year we give our girls a special ornament to add to their collection. These are packed away in individual tins after Christmas so that they have their very own ornaments to put on…

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101 Days of Christmas: Salt Dough Ornaments
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101 Days of Christmas: Salt Dough Ornaments

These salt dough ornaments are fun and easy for kids or adults. We used teeny tiny cookie cutters to make little ornaments, but you could make larger ornaments as well. Ingredients: 1⁄2 cup table salt 1⁄2 cup water 1 cup all-purpose flour latex gloves (optional) Directions: Use a mixer to combine all ingredients until you…

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101 Days of Christmas: Family Photo Ideas for Your Christmas Card

Have you started thinking about your 2011 Christmas card? I love -- love -- to receive photo cards in the mail at Christmas time, and we display them all along our banister to enjoy throughout the Christmas season. Typically, we send whatever family photo we manage to get, perfect or not, but there are so…

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101 Days of Christmas: Covered Oatmeal Cans for Cookies & Gifts

Looking for green & frugal wrapping ideas? Here's a fun one in place of cookie tins or gift bags. With these simple covered oatmeal canisters, you can share cookies and treats without breaking the bank on containers! Of course, if you want to give out lots of cookies, you'll need to begin saving your oatmeal…

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101 Days of Christmas: Pretty DIY Dry Erase Board

This post is brought to you by 101 Deals of Christmas at For the Mommas, featuring a steal of a deal every day from now through Christmas: This is a simple and fun project that would make a great, practical teacher gift. Everyone loves a dry erase board (no?), and with a piece of plexiglass…

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101 Days of Christmas: Adorable Button Christmas Cards
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101 Days of Christmas: Adorable Button Christmas Cards

Are these not the cutest cards? Inspired by Martha Stewart, my mom and I had a lot of fun brainstorming our own designs and digging through our "button box" to find the perfect buttons. Every family should have a button box! Ours originally belonged to my Italian great-grandma, Mary Cicero, who gave it to my…

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